World Day Of Prayer . . . Can You Think Of Anything More Worthwhile To Celebrate?

Mar 7th

Yesterday on the way to work, I found out – again – first hand, how quick I can feel road rage!  I have to make sure I get out of the house a little early today to see if I can avoid getting behind the same person again!  Oh my goodness!  They went 29-32 in a 50 for several miles, stacking up traffic behind me for quite some distance.  I went from peaceful to outraged in seconds flat!  I don’t get it! WHY?  Not why was I angry, I’m perfectly aware of why I was angry, but WHY were they doing that?  This is the 2nd time I’ve been behind this car – the first time was on the way home.  They did the same thing the 1st time that they did yesterday morning.  AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!  I realize we can’t justify pulling over and yanking someone out of their car through their air vents, but honestly, the thought definitely crossed my mind.  Today I am keeping it firmly in my head that it is Friday, I’m THRILLED that it is Friday, and I am looking forward to a lovely, if rainy, weekend with my hubbyl  I will be calm, I will be cool and I will not do bodily harm to another traveler on the road this morning, no matter how much I may daydream about it.  With all the anger behind me, let’s see what is in front of us!  How can there be room for frustration when there are great things to celebrate?

World Day of Prayer –   This is a special one.  today is World Day of Prayer, an international Christian women’s initiative that works under the motto, “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action”.  It is celebrated each year in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March.  This movement is aimed at bringing together women of various races, cultures and traditions in a common day of prayer each year.  The Women’s World Day of Prayer first began in the United States in 1887, when Mary Ellen James, the wife of a Presbyterian minister from New York, called for a day of prayer for home missions, and Methodist women called for a week of prayer and self-denial for foreign missions.  Two years later, two Baptists called together a Day of Prayer for the World Mission.  The Day of Prayer started by these two women spread to Canada, then to the British Isles in the 1930s.  On t his day, women are encouraged to be aware of other countries and cultures, taking up the burdens of other people, sympathize with the problems that other countries and cultures suffer, and pray with, and for, them.  We should each be aware of our talents and use them to serve God by helping others.  Today we demonstrate that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have influence in the world that cannot be measured.  Each year the worship service focuses on a different country and has a specific theme.  This year the country that is the focus of our prayers is Egypt, and the these is “Streams in the Desert”.  Spend some time today reading about the challenges and needs of women in Egypt, and pray for them, lifting them up to God so He reveals Himself in their lives in a unique and beautiful way. 

National Crown Roast of Pork Day – I have never actually had Crown Roast of Pork, and I have to wonder, how is it really different from a regular pork roast?  Can it truly be any different?  I know it’s really expensive and let’s be honest, if it’s not a holiday, or a special occasion, is it really worth the extra cost when you can have a perfectly good pork roast instead?  What do I know?  I’ve never had one.  It could be awesome and I’m just not aware of how awesome it is!  You will have to tell me.  Have you ever had Crown Roast of Pork?  Was it amazing?    I couldn’t find a reason for this one to be a celebration.  I must just assume that the person who registered this one REALLY loves Crown Roast of Pork.

Employee Appreciation Day – We have Secretary’s/Admin Assistant’s Day.  We have Bosses Day.  What about the other employees?  Today ALL employees get to feel appreciation, since it honors employees everywhere.  This is one that is supposed to be created and executed by the company the employees work for, and it can be as simple as a thank you, or as big as a treat, lunch or even a small gift of recognition.  Everyone deserves to feel appreciated. . . so let’s hope that all employees go home feeling that way today. 

National Salesperson Day – Sales professionals make up a huge art of our workforce.  They are under appreciated and sometimes even thought of with disdain.  We’ve all run into salespeople who are just plain pushy – used car salesmen come to mind, or telemarketers.  Fact is that they do perform a service that needs to be appreciated . . .SOMEONE has to do these jobs, right?  Other examples of salespeople to appreciate today would be clerks at stores, people who sell door to door (these are becoming fewer and fewer – with good reason.  I won’t open my door to one EVER), insurance agents, mortgage brokers and loan officers (yep, they are selling too), manufacturer’s representatives, and the list goes on.  You don’t have to LIKE being pressured to buy, but when you are in the market to get something, you’ll need a sales person to help you!  So, if you are in sales, today is for you! 


Dress in Blue Day – This is a sad one, but one that is important.  One in every 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer, leading to more than 50,000 deaths each year.  This is such a sobering number, but the Colon Cancer Alliance refuses to accept these horrible statistics for a disease that can be largely prevented through recommended screening.  They are urging individuals, businesses and community groups across the country to take part in the nationwide “Dress In Blue Day” today.  By wearing blue and urging other people to wear blue also, you can help put colon cancer awareness on the map.  This event takes place each year during National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  The idea behind it is to start a conversation nationwide about how important it is to get screened, and save lives by knocking colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers.  The first step in saving lives is starting the conversation, so let’s wear blue and raise awareness today.

 

National Be Heard Day – HELLO!  HELLO?  Is anyone listening?  Today is National Be Heard Day  and is a holiday set up as a way for small businesses and entrepreneurs to make their presence known in a world of large corporations, popular brands and big box stores.  It is a day to help the “little guy” find their voices and be heard.  It is good to be seen too.  Use Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest to get your name and face out there.




This Day In History

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell patents the Telephone.      
1933 – Monopoly board game is invented.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Cereal DayJohn Harvey Kellogg served the first breakfast cereal during the week of March 7, 1897, to patients at his sanitarium in Battle Creek, Mich. He and his brother “invented several foods made from grains, which were forced through rollers to make long sheets of dough. Called away while cooking wheat one day, when the brothers returned the wheat seemed overcooked. Funds were tight so they decided to put it through the rollers anyway, and as each wheat berry was flattened it emerged as a thin flake — they had accidentally invented ‘flaked’ cereals, and the Sanitarium became famous for its wheat and corn flakes”.  I had no idea!

Cinnamon Munch
Cocoa Pebbles Cookies
Honey Snack Mix
Rice Krispies Chocolate Dream Bars
Golden Graham Cereal S’mores Squares
Breakfast Cereal Muffins

And there you go – all the wonderful things we are celebrating, commemorating and raising awareness for today.  Let’s get the day started!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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