27 Facts that will Leave You Stunned

27 Facts that will Leave You Stunned

 27 Facts that will Leave You Stunned

The world of facts and figures is truly an inspirational one. The world that we live in is much more than what meets the eye.

This blog outlines some of the facts that on the outset appear to be false, but are in reality very true and weird.


Hold on to your horses, you may be in for a factual shock ahead.

  1. The total number of sand particles on earth is lesser than the total number of stars in the Universe.
  2. The famed Oxford University is actually older than the Aztec Empire
  3. Originally, the gaming giant Nintendo was a trading card company
  4. The surface area of the entire Planet Pluto is smaller than the surface area of Russia.
  5. The ratio of ants to humans on earth is 1.6 million ants to every human being which includes babies.
  6. In the last 12 months the number of pictures captured is 10 percent of all the photos captured as yet.
  7. The name Jessica was first used in the play Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare because he made the name up.
  8. There are twice as more chances of a human being killed by a vending machine than being bitten by a shark.
  9. Uninhabitable planets Saturn and Jupiter experience rains similar to the earth, only there diamonds rain down instead of water from the sky.
  10. The Nursery Rhyme Humpty Dumpty does not mention even once that Humpty Dumpty was an egg.
  11. The national animal of Scotland is a fictional creature the Unicorn.
  12. A strawberry is not a berry.
  13. A banana however is actually considered a berry.
  14. Octopus has not one but three hearts.
  15. There is one country that stands between North Korea and Norway.
  16. The number of fake flamingos in the world is more than the number of real flamingos.
  17. The single Tik Tok by Ke$ha sold more copies than any single released by the famed Beatles.
  18. A Giraffe can survive without water longer than a Camel.
  19. The real name of the famed cloth designer Ralph Lauren is Ralph Lifshitz.
  20. The current crop of people in Britain are more accustomed to American accent as opposed to the original British accent of English Speaking.
  21. A human that is at their peak can outrun any animal on planet earth in a marathon.
  22. The mating between Eagles happen while they are still Airborne.
  23. If all the DNA in our body was stretched out from one end to another it would cover a distance that would be more than six times of the distance between the Sun and Pluto
  24. The famed cartoon character Popeye has four nephews that are all identical quadruplets and they are named Pipeye, Poopeye, Peepeye and Pupeye.
  25. Tickling a woman in Virginia is considered against the law.
  26. A headless cockroach can live for weeks before eventually dying of starvation.
  27. The rank Algorithm by Google is not named after Web Pages it is named after Larry Page.

These are some of the interesting facts that will have left you stunned.


The total number of sand particles on earth is lesser than the total number of stars in the Universe.

The ratio of ants to humans on earth is 1.6 million ants to every human being which includes babies.

The number of fake flamingos in the world is more than the number of real flamingos.

The Nursery Rhyme Humpty Dumpty does not mention even once that Humpty Dumpty was an egg.

A Selection of Facts Quotes

“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”  ~ Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” ~ Arthur Conan Doyle, The Boscombe Valley Mystery

“It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.” ~ Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Facts are like cows. If you look them in the face long enough, they generally run away.” ~ Dorothy L. Sayers

“If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein

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6 Tips To Answer MCQS



Multiple choice questions are a form of test given to students to pick the most appropriate answer from several other statements. That sounds cheap but trickery. Especially when the negative marks are awarded. Check the following scenario, if given an exam covering 100 marks having 100 questions. You decide to answer 70 questions which you get 56 and you get 14 wrong, they have to be deducted from the 56. That leaves you with 42, a fail. It is even worse if you attempt the 30 you were not sure of. With luck on your side, you get 15 right because you get 15 wrong, overall remains 0. That means you were better off not trying! Below are some tips to help you dodge MCQs and excel with flying colors.

  • familiarize yourself with the format of the exams

Get to know how your exam will be set. The type of questions that are normally asked. The series in which they take and if possible the topics to be covered. Your course work/handbook will come in handy. You might also consider seeking the opinions of your friends. Before entering an exam room, know how many questions are there and the duration it will take. A point to note is whether negative marking will be there.

  • Read and understand the questions

Pay special attention to questions especially those that have special instructions like NOT. It is very possible to answer the question wrongly due to small mistakes of negligence such as failure to finish reading a sentence. Take your time in each and every question. Do not be in a hurry.

  • practice

Practice as they say, makes perfect. Grab question papers in MCQ format and go through them. Create an environment almost close to that of exam room. Gauge yourself in terms of time taken to answer them and the mistakes you made. Better still, go through them with friends. Critically evaluating the questions and how similar types can be approached.

  • apply elimination method

This method is only used when one is not sure of the answer. Rule out all those answers that seem not to fit in until you remain with one probable answer.

  • guessing

At times guessing the answer in an intelligent way may fetch you correct answer. Look into wordings used to enable you what the question could mean. Like in the meaning of photosynthesis, ‘Photo’ is the word you are possibly going to be familiar with which means light so, you will look for an answer that has essentials of light.

  • read widely

Ensure you have sufficient knowledge on the topic that the MCQs will cover. Do not neglect even the obvious because the questions come in ways you may not predict.


“To be better equipped for the tests that the year will bring — read a textbook. To prepare for the tests that life will bring — read a book.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana

A Selection of Quotes About Exams

“Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.”
~Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

“All I can say is, ‘Damn the exam!”

~ William Shawcross, The Queen Mother: The Official Biography

“To be better equipped for the tests that the year will bring — read a textbook. To prepare for the tests that life will bring — read a book.”

~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana

 “In a British University, a final exam question on Business was:”Define what risk is”.The shortest answer ever at one word was :”This.”

The student handed the essay in and got 100%.”
~ Anonymous

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10 Fundamentals about Customer Service You Didn’t Learn in School

10 Fundamentals about Customer Service You Didn't Learn in School

10 Fundamentals about Customer Service You Didn’t Learn in School

Customer service is fundamental to the success of any business oriented organization because it is the only thing that can keep your customers coming. Companies should invest heavily in their customer services for efficient service delivery to customers by satisfying them. Most thriving companies today have learnt this secret and have made enough budgets to invest in their customer service by adequate trainings. One of the reasons why companies fold up is their inability to sustain the interest of their customers in this world of competition. The following are the fundamental principles guiding customer service which can only be learnt from experience.

  1. Customers will prefer to patronise a company where their needs are attended to promptly and not where their precious time will be wasted. People should be around and available to attend to customers.
  2. A good listening ability without distractions. Most customers know when you are just cajoling them. They also understand when they are listened to with rapt attention. No one wants to be looked down upon. Listen to their complaints and act appropriately.
  3. Arguments don’t work. Just listen to their complaints and act accordingly. A good customer service is provided with politeness because you can’t argue without raising your voice and sometimes shouting. Remember “customers are always right”.
  4. Be professional and principled. As you attend to different customers, you will discover some have some things in common with you that may tempt you to treat them preferentially. A good customer service treats all customers equally without partiality or favouritism.
  5. Selfless service. No matter how good natured you are, a time will come when some challenges will make you want to transfer aggression or vent your spleen on any available person, that is when you need to forget yourself and be professional. A good customer service is the one rendered selflessly.
  6. Time consciousness. Everything needed for maximum satisfaction should be made available without wasting the time of the customers. This way you win your customers’ confidence.
  7. Be consistent. Inconsistency is similar to not doing anything good. A good customer service will ensure customers are attended to promptly every time. If you are inconsistent in rendering efficient customer service, your customers will know and you will lose their confidence.
  8. Phone calls ethics. Respond to your phone calls promptly with a broad smile as they detect your smile and sincerity from your voice. Don’t keep customers call for too long before answering. Let their case be treated professionally.
  9. First impression is important. How you render your customer service to those patronising your company for the first time will determine their continuous coming or not. Give them special attention by answering their questions.
  10. Get their details. There should be a record of the personal details of each customer for record purpose and for involvement. At festive periods, messages can be sent to them for compliments. The company can use this medium for adverts to update the customers on new arrivals and products in stock.This is a customer service that has dual purpose of satisfying the customer and rewarding the company in return.

    “Service is not something you do. It is something you are.” ~ Stella Payton

 A Selection of Customer Service Quotes

The code-of-ethics playlist:
o Treat your colleagues, family, and friends with respect, dignity, fairness, and courtesy.
o Pride yourself in the diversity of your experience and know that you have a lot to offer.
o Commit to creating and supporting a world that is free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
o Have balance in your life and help others to do the same.
o Invest in yourself, achieve ongoing enhancement of your skills, and continually upgrade your abilities.
o Be approachable, listen carefully, and look people directly in the eyes when speaking.
o Be involved, know what is expected from you, and let others know what is expected from them.
o Recognize and acknowledge achievement.
o Celebrate, relive, and communicate your successes on an ongoing basis.
~ Lorii Myers, Targeting Success, Develop the Right Business Attitude to be Successful in the Workplace

“Service is not something you do. It is something you are.”

~ Stella Payton

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.”  ~ Jeff Bezos

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Ruby’s $10 Challenge

Ruby’s $10 Challenge

Ruby’s $10 Challenge

I’m ten years old and I want to help an Indian orphanage get a bigger school.

Hi my name is Ruby and I am 10 years old and I am excited to help out my friend John with raising money for a school in India with my Ruby’s $10 Challenge. He is helping some really great kids in an orphanage there get a bigger school and I want to help them out. Maybe you do too.

All the money I raise will go to help the Maxton Strong School in Banbasa India.



The campaign is called ORPHAN SCHOOL and you can learn more about it on the Indiegogo page if you want to see school plans and see how they’re doing.

If you don’t know about this orphanage you can see more about them at their website. it’s www.indianorphanage.com

If you want to see more of the kids watch this HAPPY video. John shot it when we was living at the orphanage and it always makes me smile. See how cute the kids are. They look so happy. If we lived closer I bet we’d be friends.


So that’s it. If you can help these kids with me that would be great. If you can tell your friends, that is another way to help. Together we can change the world ten dollars at a time.


Wonderful Definitions

Wonderful Definitions

Wonderful Definitions

Wonderful Definitions



  1. Wonderful is defined as an amazing, astonishing, excellent or enjoyable person, thing or event.
    1. An example of wonderful is watching a fireworks display; a wonderful experience.
    2. An example of wonderful is finding out you just won the lottery; a wonderful discovery.
    3. An example of wonderful is meeting your baby for the first time; a wonderful event.

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Wonderful Definitions

Too Busy for a Friend… Remember, you reap what you sow

Too Busy for a Friend… Remember, you reap what you sow

Too Busy for a Friend… Remember, you reap what you sow. One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name.

Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each
of their classmates and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and
as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a
separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that

On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire
class was smiling. “Really?” she heard whispered.
I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!” and, “I didn’t know others liked me so much,”
were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they
discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn’t matter. The
exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with
themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his
teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a
serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature.

The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took
a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin.

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to
her. “Were you Mark’s math teacher?” he asked. She nodded: “yes.” Then he
said: “Mark talked about you a lot.”

After the funeral, most of Mark’s former classmates went together to a
luncheon. Mark’s mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak
with his teacher.
“We want to show you something,” his father said, taking a wallet out of
his pocket “They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you
might recognize it.”

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook
paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The
teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had
listed all the good things each of Mark’s classmates had said about him.

“Thank you so much for doing that,” Mark’s mother said. “As you can see,

Mark treasured it.”

"I still have my list. It's in the top drawer

All of Mark’s former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, “I still have my list. It’s in the top drawer of my desk at home.”

Chuck’s wife said, “Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.”

I have mine too,” Marilyn said. “It’s in my diary”
Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her
wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. “I carry this
with me at all times,” Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she
continued: “I think we all saved our lists”

That’s when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and
for all his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will
end one day. And we don’t know when that one day will be.

So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and
important. Tell them, before it is too late.

You’ve received this because I care for you and it means
there is probably at least someone for whom you care.

Remember, you reap what you sow.

What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.


“How can anyone ever love you for who you are if you become someone else to be with them?”  
-Unknown Author

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”
~ Earl Nightingale 1921-1989, Author and Radio Announcer


Gifts from the Heart

Gifts from the Heart

Gifts From the Heart

Gifts from the Heart… According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back to a tribal elder who had been his teacher. After a four-day journey he presented the water to the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student lavishly for the sweet water.

The young man returned to his village with a happy heart.

Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He spat it out, saying it was awful. It apparently had become stale because of the old leather container.

The student challenged his teacher:
Master, the water was foul. Why did you pretend to like it?”

The teacher replied, “You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The water was simply the container for an act of loving-kindness and nothing could be sweeter. Heartfelt gifts deserve the return gift of gratitude.”

I think we understand this lesson best when we receive innocent gifts of love from young children. Whether it’s a ceramic tray or a macaroni bracelet, the natural and proper response is appreciation and expressed thankfulness because we love the idea within the gift.

Gratitude doesn’t always come naturally.

Unfortunately, most children and many adults value only the thing given rather than the feeling embodied in it. We should remind ourselves and teach our children about the beauty and purity of feelings and expressions of gratitude.

After all, gifts from the heart are really gifts of the heart.

Author ~ Michael Josephson

Valentine Gift #2


“There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude.  It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.” 
~Joseph Addison


After all, gifts from the heart are really gifts of the heart.

Choice #1

Choice #1

Choice #1

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school.

His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.”

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.

I think it’s supposed to be more instructional than inspirational. The message is that we can make a difference by (sometimes) so little and we may never know the “life”-changing effect it will have. Never underestimate the power of your actions. When the opportunity arises, take a risk, and do something…

My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said,

“Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.” He looked at me and said, “Hey thanks!” There was a big smile on his face.

It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now.

I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him. Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, “Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!” He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation.

I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.

He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous.

Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, “Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!” He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled.

“Thanks,” he said.

Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. “Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach…but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story.”

I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home.

He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. “Thankfully, I was saved.

My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.”

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment.

I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse.

God puts us all in each other’s lives to impact one another in some way.

Look for God in others.

"Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

“Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.”

Getting Help

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“Do not be anxious about 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7 

Make The Right Choice


Before they call, I will answer

Before they call, I will answer 

This beautiful story was written by a doctor who worked in Central Africa

One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities..

Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in. Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had  burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates).. And it is our last hot water bottle!’ she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways. All right,’ I said, ‘put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts.

Your job is to keep the baby warm.’ The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died. During prayer time, one ten-year-old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt   conciseness of our African children. ‘Please, God’ she prayed, ‘Send us a hot water bottle today. It’ll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.’

'Please, God' she prayed, 'Send us a hot water bottle today. It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.'

While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added,

‘And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so  she’ll know You really love her?’

As often with children’s prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say ‘Amen’? I just did not believe that God could do this. Oh,  yes, I know that He can do everything; the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren’t there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel from home.

Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator!

Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses’ training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door.. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there on the porch was a large 22-pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly… Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box.

Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box.

From the top, I lifted out brightly-colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored. Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas – that would make a batch of buns for the weekend.

Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the….. could it really be? I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, a brand new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could.

Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, ‘If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too! ‘Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully-dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted! Looking up at me, she asked, ‘Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she’ll know that Jesus really loves her?’ ‘Of  course,’ I replied! That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God’s prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator. And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child – five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it ‘that afternoon’.

‘Before they call, I will answer.’ (Isaiah 65:24)

'Before they call, I will answer.' (Isaiah 65:24)

When you read this, say the prayer. That’s all you have to do. Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive. There is no cost, but a lot of rewards.

Let’s continue praying for one another. This awesome prayer takes less than a minute.

Heavenly Father, I ask you to bless my friends reading this. I ask You to minister to their spirit. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self doubting, release a renewed confidence to work through them.. Where there is tiredness or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, guidance, and strength. Where there is fear, reveal Your love and release to them Your courage. Bless their finances, give them greater  vision, and raise up leaders and friends to support and encourage them. Give each of them discernment to recognize the evil forces around them and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat it. I ask You to do these things in Jesus’ name.   Amen.

 Author: Unknown


“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything, This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” ~Alan Cohen 


57 cents + God = a majority!

57 cents + God = a majority!

57 cents + God = a majority!

Let me introduce you to Hattie May Wiatt, a little girl who made a big difference with just 57 cents.  A first-hand account of Wiatt’s contribution to God, community, and others was told in a sermon delivered Dec. 1, 1912 by Russell H. Conwell, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pa.

A little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was “too crowded.”

 “I can’t go to Sunday School,” she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by.

Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the reason and, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday school class. The child was so happy that they found room for her, and she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus.

Pastor Conwell recalled the little girls name was Hattie May Wiatt. She lived near the church where the Sunday school was very crowded. He told her one day they would have buildings big enough to allow everyone to attend Sunday school who wanted to.

Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings. Her parents called for the kind-hearted pastor who had befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements.

As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled red purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump.

Inside was found 57 cents and a note, scribbled in childish handwriting, which read: “This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday school.” 

For two years she had saved for this offering of love. 

When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion.

He challenged his deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building.

But the story does not end there…

A newspaper learned of the story and published it. It was read by a wealthy realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands.

When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered to sell it to the little church for 57 cents.

Church members made large donations. Checks came from far and wide.

Within five years the little girl’s gift had increased to $250,000.00–a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends.

When you are in the city of Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist Church, with a seating capacity of 4,600. And be sure to visit Temple University, where thousands of students are educated.

Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday school building which houses hundreds of beautiful children, built so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.

In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history.

Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, author of the book, “Acres of Diamonds”. 

Hattie May’s burden began to spread throughout the church. Some of the members of the church formed what they called the Wiatt Mite Society. The society was dedicated to making Hattie May’s 57 cents grow as much as possible.

A nearby house was purchased with the $250 that Hattie May’s 57 cents had produced, and the rest is history. The first classes of Temple College – later Temple University – were held in that house. It later was sold to allow Temple College to move and grow. This, along with the Society’s founding of the Good Samaritan Hospital (now the Temple University Hospital) are significant testimony to the power of a very small amount of money with a very large share of commitment.

 This is a true story, which goes to show WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH 57 CENTS.

 No start is too small with God. He started with a baby. Even if you can only do a small thing, do it! Maybe all you can save each month is pennies; do it. Maybe you may have to take a small job; do it. Maybe you can volunteer one day a month; do it. You see, your 57 cents just may make history, too

Authors: Unknown (but edited by Richard Bejah)





“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.” ~ Mother Theresa 


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