Sammy Wanjiru wins London marathon
Sunday 26 April 2009
Kenya’s Sammy Wanjiru runs past the Houses of Parliament on his way to winning the 2009 London Marathon. He put in the seventh-fastest time for the distance.
Kenya’s Sammy Wanjiru won the London Marathon in a course record time.
Wanjiru, the Olympic champion, held his nerve to cross the line in an unofficial time of 2 hours 5 minutes and 10 seconds, just 10 seconds ahead of Beijing bronze-medallist Tsegay Kebede.
Wanjiru, whose attempt to break Haile Gebrselassie’s world record fizzled out just after the halfway point, won in the fastest time of his career. After breaking up the pack after 19 miles, the Kenyan held off the determined challenge of Ethiopia’s Kebede with a series of surges. Jaouad Gharbib of Morocco came third in 2hr 5min 27sec.
In the women’s event Great Britain’s Mara Yamauchi was denied victory by a dominant display from defending champion Irina Mikitenko.
Yamauchi produced the finest performance of her career and remained in contention until around six miles from the finish when Germany’s Mikitenko put in the first of two powerful surges on her way to an comfortable victory.
Mikitenko won in an unofficial time of two hours, 22min, 11sec to earn a third marathon title. Yamauchi, whose previous best placing in London was sixth, achieved her pre-race ambitions of a podium finish by taking the silver medal in a personal best time of 2hr 23min 12sec.
In every end of the year, we makes some sort of resolution but this year let us try a different way by resorting in the change of renewal our mind and our inner thoughts.
Deep in our spirit the Word of God is always at war with the renewed mind, possibly engaging in a battle with our desire to pass A New Year’s Resolution, however, as we consider setting resolutions to improve our lives and the lives of our beloved ones, this coming year let us consider our walk with Christ in the coming walkway path a head.
All across the world people stay up until midnight to welcome the New Year, some in pubs, some in major stadiums,some in the varies worshiping houses and others in turmoils.
No matter how we go about it but remember that as we stay up to make sure the old year pass over,then ushering in this New Year 2009, we must try not accommodation the past memories which may serve as distraction to our new resolution or sabotage our future.
In the other hand we can’t likewise deny the fact that the last year might have been full of blessings or shortcomings which may not heal easily, but we must certainly shake off the last journey dusts on our shoes, forsake and bury the ills because some of the issues in life are beyond our control and cannot be solved by holding or hanging on, and therefore, we must not invite them to have permanent residence in our lives.
Apostle Paul honestly admitted that he was struggling in certain areas, just like all of us today. Paul says, "I know the law but…can’t keep it…sin…keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I…need help…I decide to do good, but…My decisions…don’t result in actions. Something…gets the better of me every time" (Rom 7:17-20 ). "
Thank be to Paul" from the rest of us who mistakenly thought that once we became Christians there would be no more struggles! Then he goes on to say, "Consider yourselves to be dead to sin" (Rom 6:11 ); "Just as Christ was raised from the dead…we also should walk in newness of life" (Rom 6:4 ).
In other words, let us stop pursuing the past dead matters, we must admit them, we must quit them and forget them!
Instead of struggling to change what cannot be changed, let God’s transforming power sweep through our lives, washed our hearts and deliver us from all those tormenting and strange stressful thoughts from our inner being. We simply must accept that the coming 2009 shall be a year of accomplishments.
Let them go today in 2009 by faith in Jesus’ Christ, the Name above all names!
ndebele [email protected]
Secrets to a Great Life
By Kathy Gates
A great life doesn’t happen by accident. A great life is the result of allocating your
time, energy, thoughts, and hard work towards what you want your life to be. Stop
setting yourself up for stress and failure, and start setting up your life to support
success and ease. A great life is the result of using the 24/7 you get in a creative and
thoughtful way, instead of just what comes next. Customize these "secrets" to fit your
own needs and style, and start creating your own great life today!
1. S – Simplify. A great life is the result of simplifying your life. People often
misinterpret what simplify means. It’s not a way to remove work from your life. When
you focus on simplifying your life, you free up energy and time for the work that you
enjoy and the purpose for which you are here. In order to create a great life, you will
have to make room for it in yours first.
2. E – Effort. A great life is the result of your best effort. Creating a great life requires
that you make some adjustments. It may mean re-evaluating how you spend your
time, or choosing to spend your money in a different way. It may mean looking for
new ways to spend your energy that coincide with your particular definition of a great
life. Life will reward your best effort.
3. C – Create Priorities. A great life is the result of creating priorities. It’s easy to
spend your days just responding to the next thing that gets your attention, instead of
intentionally using the time, energy and money you have in a way that’s important to
you. Focus on removing the obstacles that get in the way of you making sure you are
honoring your priorities.
4. R – Reserves. A great life is the result of having reserves – reserves of things, time,
space, energy, money. With reserves, you acquire far more than you need – not 6
months living expenses, but 5 years worth; not 15 minutes of free time, 1 day.
Reserves are important because they reduce the fear of consequences, and that allows
you to make decisions based on what you really want instead of what the fear decides
5. E – Eliminate distractions. A great life is the result of eliminating distractions. Up
to 75% of your mental energy can be tied up in things that are draining and distracting
you. Eliminating distractions can be a difficult concept to many people, since they
haven’t really considered that there is another way to live. Look around at someone’s
life you admire. What do they do that you would like to incorporate into your own
life? Ask them how they did it. Find ways to free up your mental energy for things
that are more important to you.
6. T – Thoughts. A great life is the result of controlling your thoughts so that you
accept and allow for the possibility that it actually can happen to you! Your belief in
the outcome will directly dictate how successful you are. Motivated people have
specific goals and look for ways to achieve them. Believing there is a solution to the
same old problems you encounter year after year is vitally important to creating a life
that you love. Whatever you think and believe, you create. Listen to what you’re
telling yourself, and adjust that voice if you need to.
7. S – Start! A great life is the result of starting. There’s the old saying everyone’s
familiar with "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." In order to
even move from the couch to the refrigerator, you have to start. There’s no better time
to start than today. Don’t wait for a raise, or until the kids get older, or the weather is
better. Today, right now, is the right day to start to take a step in the direction of your
heart’s desires. It’s what you do TODAY that will make a difference in your life
How God Builds Character in Our Kids
By Jeannie St. John Taylor
So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Jeremiah 18:3-4
For three years, I threw pottery on a wheel and sold my creations at art shows. So I know why the potter in Jeremiah squashed the jar into a lump. It wasn’t capricious, and he didn’t want to destroy his work; I can guarantee it. He had to smash the jar because of something inherently wrong with the clay.
Every potter has high hopes for each pot he begins. But sometimes as he presses into the lump of clay and pulls upward, thinning the walls to shape the pot, things go wrong. He’ll feel the bump, bump, bump of an air bubble beneath his fingertips, or he’ll detect a hard lump of limestone.
He knows the clay is flawed, and he must deal with the defect. If he ignores it, the pot will gradually become misshapen and may eventually fly off the wheel. If he manages to turn out a decent-looking pot despite the flaw, the pot will likely explode during firing.
So he stops the wheel and pierces the air bubble with a needlelike tool called a “pricker,” then presses out the air. Or he keeps turning the pot and uses the pricker to cut off the lip just below the hard lump, removing the flawed portion. After that, he can proceed to shape the pot.
But if the flaw is close to the base of the pot, he may not be able to salvage it, and the entire pot has to be squashed.
Because God says he’s the potter and we’re the clay, I think we can parallel the air bubbles and lumps in clay to our own character failings. When God perceives them in us, he corrects us in much the same way the potter deals with the clay: He has to prick us, cut out the defects, and press us before he can shape us into people of godly character.
Fortunately, God not only corrects you and me, he loves our children enough to correct and shape them into people of character, too. Though that can be hard for parents to watch, we should welcome the times God chooses to discipline our kids by letting them suffer the natural consequences of their choices.
We want children of character.
What Parents Can Do
Since the easiest way to get rid of character flaws is by reading the Bible and applying it to our lives, read your Bible daily.
Early on, teach your children to understand and obey God’s Word.
When God disciplines you, accept it. Thank him for forming you into a person of godly character, because people of character tend to raise children with character.
Recognize when God is disciplining your children, and don’t get in his way by excusing their behavior or trying to rescue them.
Prayer for Myself
Lord, I give you permission to correct any defects in my character. I will accept your discipline even though I know it will seem unpleasant at the time. Keep me from interfering when you correct my children.
Prayer for My Children
Teach my children to learn for your Word rather than having to suffer from their mistakes.
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