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Cleaning Tips You will Love

Posted by sheldonhudlin@gmail.com on July 19, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (7)

Cleaning Tips You Haven't Heard Before

 

The best way to dust blinds: Close them, then wipe up and down with an old dryer sheet. It'll create an antistatic barrier that helps prevent dust from building up again.

 

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is your friend. It will cut your cleaning time in half for bathtubs, sinks, countertops, and dirty walls.

 

To clean glass and mirrors, use coffee filters, not paper towels. They leave no streaks or lint — and they're cheap.

 

Vinegar and water is a great deodorizer for a musty bathroom. Spray your shower down as you're getting out. It really absorbs the odors, and the smell of vinegar goes away in an hour.

 

A wet pumice stone will clean a dirty oven faster than any spray-on product.

 

Vacuuming bathroom mats is a nightmare. Toss them in the wash every week or two instead.

 

To damp-mop wood floors, use plain water or a water-based floor cleaner like Bona. Don't use vinegar. The acid in it will pit your polyurethane finish, can void your warranty, and may reduce shine over time.

 

Seventh Generation dish liquid diluted with water is a great nontoxic all-purpose cleanser. Just put two squirts in a spray bottle and fill it with water.

 

Our biggest secret weapon? A powdered product called Bar Keepers Friend (amazon.com). We use it on everything. Its active ingredient is rhubarb powder, which really cuts through grit and grime. It cleans glass-top stoves, counters, toilets, porcelain and more. Your sink will never be shinier.

 

To clean your microwave oven, microwave a cup of water with some baking soda in it until it's boiling. That eliminates odors and makes it super easy to wipe away all that stuck-on stuff.

 

Clean cobwebs with a yardstick covered by a tube sock. That also works for cleaning under stoves and refrigerators.

 

Shine your bathroom tiles with lemon oil. It also helps prevent mold and mildew.

 

To eliminate that ring in your toilet, drop in a bubbling denture tablet, and leave it for at least 30 minutes or overnight. The stain will come off with just a few swishes of the brush

PUT DOWN YOUR GAVEL!

Posted by sheldonhudlin@gmail.com on July 19, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)


OK.....people...STOP Pointing your finger and PUT DOWN YOUR GAVEL! "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." (John8:7) This is a powerful story, and it's all summed up in this one verse. What a different world it would be if we all lived by this concept. None of us are in a position where we can sit in judgment of anyone. We may not have all committed the same sins, but never the less, we are all guilty. We all have fallen short of the glory of God. Even if we have just broken one of the commandments, the bible says we are just as guilty, in God's eyes, as the one that has broken them all. As James 2: 10 says, "For whosoever keeps the Law [as a] whole but stumbles and offends in one [single instance] has become guilty of [breaking] all of it." So no one is better or worse than anyone else. We all need to come to Jesus for forgiveness. His blood can wash any sin away. Like the woman in the story, Jesus does not condemn us. He loves us and will forgive and cleanse us when we come to Him and ask for His forgiveness. Each one of these men in this story could not throw a stone at her. It says in V: 9, "They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them." They knew they too had sinned - and maybe some of them may have committed the same sin. We, too, must remember that we have sinned as well - so we can't judge or condemn others. 1st Class can clean your place but let God clean your heart.....1st Class Style.

Words are POWERFUL

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Words are POWERFUL. According to Proverbs 18:21, words hold the power of life and death and in the beginning, with four WORDS, God spoke the UNIVERSE into existence: Let there be light! God created man in His image and passed unto him a portion of His creative ability and our words, while not as powerful as the word of God, still have the ability to shape reality - our reality and the reality of those around us. Have you been on the receiving end of bitter words? Angry words? Demeaning words? We might be tempted to say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But we know better. WORDS CUT DEEP. I think about the child who’s been told, “You’ll never be good enough.” The wife who gets the message, “You’re an idiot.” The husband who hears, “Why can’t you ever get it right?” And on the contrary, I think about: The teacher who says, “You’re so smart! You can do this!” The parents who say, “You’re special and you are loved.” The friend who says, “I believe in you.” “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24) Not only do the words we speak have an effect on others, what we say to ourselves be just as important! What about your own self-talk? The words you speak to yourself have the power to hold you back or push you forward. What words are you speaking into your life today? The devil would have you speak death over your life, but the Lord would have you speak words of LIFE. May we be mindful to recognize the source of our negative self-talk that tells us that we are not valued, that we can’t succeed, and that we are worthless. Words like that have only one origin and it is not the Lord. Let’s fight against those words with the WORD of God and like Paul, proclaim to the evil one, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to breakdown strongholds. Let’s not kill others or ourselves with our speech. We are what we speak. So let’s think before we open our mouths. Let’s be mindful of what we say to ourselves and what we are saying to others because “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18) May our words on this Thanksgiving Day and every day bring life, joy, and healing to ourselves and those around us. Please use your words to mend relationships....not tear them down. Let’s get busy speaking life 1st Class Style.

Soul-Winner

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You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Be a Soul winner. Have you ever wanted to lead somebody to the Lord, but were afraid because you didn’t feel “qualified” enough to do so? Or you hesitated because you couldn’t quote the entire Bible? To lead somebody to the Lord, we only need to be willing and obedient. Those are the two characteristics God is looking for. We are all human, and we all make mistakes. There may have been times when we knew God was leading us to minister to somebody, but we didn’t do as He asked. In those cases, we need to repent, move on, and not let it hinder us from doing what God has called us to do. The Apostle Peter erred by denying Jesus three times, but on the day of Pentecost, he told people about Jesus and led nearly 3,000 people to the Lord! Let that be an example to us. Don’t let your mistakes take you away from God. Instead, let them be a reminder that we can’t do anything apart from Him! So after last night we should all know the harvest is plenty and the labors are few.....lets get busy 1st Class Style.

How do we resist satan's schemes?

Posted by sheldonhudlin@gmail.com on July 19, 2015 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)


How do we resist satan’s schemes? Be sober-minded and be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9) As Christians, we are called to stand firm against the devil, to be watchful, and to resist his scheming devices. But in all areas of our lives as believers, we are completely incapable to do these in our own strength. We don’t have enough strength or ability to stand firm against Satan. On our own, we would head into a losing battle. Praise God that we are not alone. At those times, when we are called to do something far beyond our own ability, we learn a deeper dependence on Christ. He has promised not to leave us unequipped and alone in the struggle against Satan and sin. Ephesians 6 talks about the armor of God. He equips us for the battle. He protects us through His word, through other believers, and through the Holy Spirit. The battle might continue but the victory in Christ is secure! When the apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christians, he was not suggesting that they view their conflict with the powers of darkness as a battle whose outcome still hung in the balance. He was telling them they needed to be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might; to stand firm; to use the spiritual armor – truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and God’s Word – to resist the schemes of the devil. They were to fight from a position of victory, not out of fear that Satan might make them toast. We can resist the schemes of Satan and remain firm in our faith because we know that the victory is sure! Claim hold of the truths of God with confidence, knowing that no attack of Satan can overcome our God! "RESIST”. Be more prayerful every time satan is more active. He will soon give it up, if he finds that his attacks drive you to God 1st Class Style.

A Thankful Heart

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“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18) Giving Thanks AFTER THE TURKEY IS GONE! December. Can you believe that December is here? Day upon day, week upon week, and so the months have steadily passed. November makes me think of Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving makes me think of God, the only true God, a loving God who has guided me through another year and supplied all my needs. During this month of December why does that have to stop? I want to take time each day to thank the Lord for something special in my life. I believe that if we take time to give God thanks, not just one Thursday in the year, but every day, it will make us more appreciative of the blessings God has bestowed on our lives. Happy Thanksgiving! Giving Thanks AFTER THE TURKEY IS GONE! 1st Class Style.

God Uses CRACKED Pots

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Do I have to be perfect? Before we begin this devotion, the exciting truth I want you to grab hold of is this: God can use imperfect vessels like you and me. In fact, he often delights in choosing the most unlikely people to accomplish his purposes in this world. Everyone around you may consider you the least likely job candidate, but fortunately, God works as his own employment recruiter! No matter who you are, if you will yield your life to God, you can become a vessel God can use. Set aside time daily to work on your relationship with your heavenly Father. I hope you will make time with God a genuine priority in your life. The housecleaning will wait or call 1st Class Cleaning….we gotcha; someone else can bake the brownies for a while; your favorite TV shows aren’t that important. Nevertheless, hectic days will come. If you can’t journal daily, make it a weekly time that takes priority over other activities—perhaps on Sunday afternoon or evening. As you begin your devotional time, spend a few moments focusing on God, asking him to show you what he has for you today. Read and reread the Scripture. Then be quiet and listen. Write whatever the Holy Spirit brings to mind; write your questions to God. There are no right or wrong answers. No one will grade your paper. This is your private conversation with God. Here are a few Requirements for Becoming A Vessel God Can Use: 1. ACCEPT the way God made you. 2. Be EMPTIED of self to make room for God. 3. Allow God to CLEANSE you even if the process is painful. 4. Be FILLED and constantly refilled with the Living Water of the Holy Spirit. 5. POUR OUT your life in ministry and others as God directs………. Now Let’s let God work on us together 1st Class Style.

Let???s CRUCIFY RACISM

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Let’s CRUCIFY RACISM Together! But they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" - Luke 23:21 Today's devotion is not one of political correctness, or even one of encouragement... instead today we need to take a serious look at our own views, and how we perceive others. While racism is not something we like to talk about, or even think about, it is something that we can ALL fall victim to... regardless of the color of our skin... we all can find ourselves falling to crazy stereotypes or our fears of those things that appear to be different. But don’t get it twisted some white folks don’t like white folks and some black folks don’t like black folks…… some folks don’t like themselves. What becomes even more dangerous than allowing ourselves to fall victim to these crazy feelings however, is when we try to justify them... when we try to tell ourselves we are right for feeling anger or hatred towards another person simply because of their race. I would like to look back and remember the abuse we caused, beating to near death... ripping and tearing skin away with each strike of a whip. How we unfairly persecuted, jailed, and even killed the most innocent out of our own prejudice. I look back, and remember how we nailed this man to the cross, nearly 2000 years ago. How we took God's only son, and mocked Him as we pierced His side or pushed a crown of thorns on His head.... as we cursed Him while ripping the hairs from His beard. Jesus suffered one of the most inhumane and most merciless punishments of all time for our sin... an innocent man who did nothing wrong. HE just taught us about God's love. And yet, despite doing all of this, Christ left us with a message of forgiveness. Despite doing this to God, He gave us eternal life with Him. While nailed to the cross, Christ called for our forgiveness. Today think about how you feel about others, and why you feel that way. Do not limit yourself to race, but think about those who have persecuted you, hurt you... and ask yourself if Christ has forgiven us, should we also forgive them? Should we put aside our pain and anger, to live with the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ? And above all, we must remember that Christ died for the forgiveness of all, and in Christ there is not race, social status, gender, etc... we are all of one body, one that we are all guilty of betraying. (Galatians 3:28) Hope I didn’t offend you, but Jesus went to the cross for me and my many sins and has forgiven me so I loves, Blacks, Whites, Mexicans, Jamaicans, landscapers, cleaners, Christians, non-Christians, police, fire fighters and drive thru workers. Oh and loves my neighbors and my enemies too……. OK you got it…LOVING is My Favorite….. Let’s CRUCIFY RACISM……..TOGETHER! 1st Class Style

Change HAPPENS!

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Change HAPPENS.. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) Change is something that we all go through. We have big changes in our lives and we have little changes. Some of us get set in our ways and we don't like change and I'm not saying that all change is good. There are some things I don't want to change myself but the fact is in life we all go through some type of change and it affects us in some way. Change can be hard. On the other hand, some change can be easy but in the end, we can learn from it. Sometimes it helps make us stronger. Sometimes we look back and see how God worked through it and that is such a blessing. Other times though, we don't know why we had to endure change. Why do I love here? Why do I work here? Should I train for this promotion? Why Why Why? Sometimes we can't see God's plan and sometimes we never will know why He worked in a certain way. Change will happen. In the end, all we can do is trust the Lord and allow His moving and leading because we know that God always has a plan. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) …..bottom line…Trust GOD and don’t run from change just because you don’t understand it…….Love GOD & LIVE LIFE……1st Class Style

Becoming a Person of Peace.

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Becoming a Person of Peace. Peace with God is only found at the foot of the cross and achieved through obedience to the word of God. Once you have accepted Christ and have found peace with the Lord, the next step is to learn to walk in the peace. Living a life of peace is a choice. Nothing can rob you of your peace--you freely give it up when you allow your circumstances to cloud your vision and cause you undue concern or worry. God wants peace in every aspect of your life. He wants you to learn to trust His heart even when you cannot trace His steps. True peace is a calm assurance coupled with a quiet joy that God has your life under control and that He is continuously working to accomplish His purpose through you. God knows your unfulfilled desires, your broken dreams, your disappointments, and your defeats. He can bring about peace in your life in the midst of these challenges and He want to do that for you today. We want to clean up after the tornado. God commands the winds, rain, and everything else. God can clean up during the tornado 1st class style no doubt. Simply pray for God to grant you the perspective you need on your circumstances and ask for His help to maintain your reliance on Him and dependence on His power despite the difficulty you are facing. Studying His word and allowing it to transform you will enable you to find that peace He wants to give you. Philippians 4:6-7 says, "Do not be anxious for anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Psalm 31:15 says, "My times are in your hands." Your life is under God's watchful care. He wants to fill your life with even greater peace……so that it may overflow into the lives of others. We need to STOP thinking it is all about us….. Sometimes God uses you and what you’re going through to teach others. He is God alone so He can do what he wants……GET OVER IT. The one thing God can’t do is have His words return void. You are His vessel sent into the world to be a channel of His love and grace. Keep your life plugged into the true Power Source, for it is only there that you will discover the refreshing and revitalizing peace that awaits those who rest in His presence. So becoming a person of peace is no more than getting and staying plugged in 1st Class Style.

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