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Be blessed and be a blessing

I get a lot of emails and most are trying to sell me something so end up in the spam folder. But one I get almost every day is from a man I have never met. His name is Pastor Tim Burt and he sends out a daily email called Fresh Manna.

Today’s was a real blessing so I emailed him and he gave me permission to reproduce it in my blog.

I hope it blesses you as much as it did me.

Fresh Manna from Pastor Tim Burt
As Christians, we are given a life-long assignment which is described in 2 Corinthians 5:19 NLT that says, “And God has given us the task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others.”

2 Corinthians 5:19

God’s Word also teaches us that we should all use our God-given gifts and abilities—not only to help people to come to know Jesus, but to also serve others in His behalf. The Apostle Paul in speaking to people who have financial affluence wrote: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
 1 Peter 4:10
Paul teaches the affluent that when they are using their gift of financial affluence that God has given them to help promote the gospel and as a means to build the church, they are serving God and others and building a reward— “Laying up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

 

This exhortation isn’t just to financially affluent people. This truth and exhortation is for all Christians at all times. When we use whatever God has given us in gifts, talents, and abilities to serve others from a pure heart and motivation of love, will be building our future—“a firm foundation in the coming age.” We do have another life to live in the world to come. It sincerely will be the life God intended for us to have. It will be without the curse of sin and defilement that sin has brought to this world. When we help others know Jesus and when we serve them, we lay up rewards for the next life. We also help them come to really know what life on earth here is about—the love of Jesus to redeem mankind—“…that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

 

One last thing to think about. Our personal character runs deep (good or bad) and is rarely changed until someone makes a life-style change in their thinking and actions. That is most often motivated by God, or the threat of something such as health issues or financial problems. When someone does make that change and stick with it, it changes their character over time. This is how God helps us experience true life transformation. He motivates us through His Word and asks us to make it a core value we live daily. When you take up the attitude of serving others as a life-style because the Lord tells us to, it will bless your life in more ways than you could have ever imagined—and produce eternal rewards!

 

Never give up serving God and reaching others with His love. It is “…taking hold of the life that truly is life.”

 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
http://todaysfreshmanna.wordpress.com/

 

May I suggest a couple of really simple ways in which you can bless others?
As you know we run 2 ministries.
TLC Children’s Trust provides for all the needs (accommodation, food, clothes, education, medical care, etc. ) for 52 very vulnerable children in rural Kenya. You can read more about it on our website CLICK HERE.
You could pray for us and for the work
You could tell your friends, family and church.
You could consider sponsoring a child.

 

Christian House Sitters is our other ministry and makes it possible for Christians all over the world to enjoy vacations that they could otherwise not afford. You can read more about it on our website CLICK HERE.
You could consider becoming a member and allowing us to bless you while you bless others.
For example:
When you next go away from home why not let us arrange for a Christian family to stay in your home looking after your home and your pets free of charge
You could also register as a Sitter and bless others by looking after their home and pets while at the same time enjoying a lovely rent-free vacation. We have houses all over the world.

 

God bless you,
Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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The Charity Scandal

Charities in the UK have been getting a lot of bad press recently.

Earlier today I was listening to a programme explaining that all charities are now required to include information on their website about every member of staff who earns in excess of £60,000 per year. The information must be ‘transparent and clear’ and accessible within 2 clicks from the home page.

But it seems some of the bigger charities are, as always, finding loopholes. For example one charity has the information tucked away on page 35 of a 60 page annual report. Obviously hoping nobody will bother reading that far.

We run a charity. TLC Children’s Trust (charity registration number 1156786) and our website has no information about staff wages.

I therefore felt I should clarify.Absolutly Nothing

Our total wage bill is ZERO. We do the work free of charge.
Our overheads are ZERO. Marilyn and I personally cover these costs from our pension income
Our Admin costs are ZERO. Once again Marilyn and I personally cover these costs from our pension income

What percentage of money given actually goes to the charity. 100%. Yes every penny / cent given goes to help the children.

So if you or anyone you know feels that you have been giving to a charity where the staff earn more than you and as a result you feel your gift has not been wisely used may I suggest that you think about helping us help the vulnerable children at Home of Peace Children’s Home in rural Kenya.

You can read all about it on our website CLICK HERE

You can sign up for our Newsletters from the website. Don’t worry we only send about 4 or 5 a year. And the next one will contain really exciting news and pictures of our new dormitories, sick bay, first aid room and office.

We run Christian House Sitters as a Ministry which is a fantastic blessing to people all over the world. All the income goes through TLC Children’s Trust to the Children’s Home.

As well as helping the children we would also like to help you.

How?

We can offer you rent free accommodation all over the world.

No there is really no catch. Look at the website  (www.Christian-housesitters.com )and read the reports by leading Christian and Secular media from all around the world. They investigated and then reported.

While you are there also take a moment to read the testimonials on the site from those who have benefitted personally.

What about your home and pets while you are away?

Here again we can help.
There is no need to leave your home unprotected and vulnerable to a whole range of potential disasters. Burglary, flooding due to a burst pipe, storm damage or anything else. There is no need to imprison your loved pets in some kennels or cattery.

We can arrange for honest, reliable Christians who have references from their church to stay in your house and it will not cost you anything.

There is the very old song about love and marriage which says you can’t have one without the other. Well with us you can have either of our services without the other or you can choose both.
So if you just want to have a vacation join as a House Sitter
If you just want someone to look after your home and animals join as a Home Owner
Or if you want both then join as both.
The choice is entirely up to you.

God bless you,
Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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Warning. Do not be ripped off.

I was listening to a radio programme yesterday as I drove home from doing some chores.

Tiny CarThey were chatting about the cost of car hire at an airport vs. at a city depot. The programme had compared the same car, for the same dates and from the same hire company. They did this for, if I remember correctly, 4 different car hire companies and at a couple of different airports.

The price difference was staggering. On average it costs at least double to rent the car at the airport. In the most extreme case the fee from the city depot was £300 for a 1 week hire but the same car, from the same company if hired at the airport was a mind-blowing £1,600.

During the programme a listener got in touch from Spain saying she had discovered that she could save €400 by going to the Malaga airport, using their free Wi-Fi and booking a car as opposed to walking a few steps the desk and booking it in person.
Horse pulling car
Hire companies tried to justify the difference by talking about higher overheads etc

With Christian House Sitters we can save you a fortune by offering you rent-free accommodation all over the world and fairly often the owners allow you to use their car free of charge as long as you cover the insurance but naturally there are also a lot of houses where they can’t make a vehicle available for you so please be warned we do not control the car hire companies so check before you fly.

We would like to serve you as well

We can help you enjoy a Rent Free Vacation and we can help find someone to look after your home and pets while you are away. Free of charge.

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them. Full details on our website www.Christian-housesitters.com

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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I was greatly encouraged.

Running Christian House Sitters can sometimes feel like a lot of work. I monitor the site for an average of 11 hours a day 7 days a week. No that does not mean I am at the computer all that time doing nothing else but I keep an eye on the site and have a system that alerts me to any incoming emails or requests.

It is however well worth it when we receive an email like the following one that arrived this afternoon.
Through the screen

Dear Ray

Just to say a huge thank you for your wonderful Christian House Sitters.

I am so grateful for (name removed to protect privacy) who stayed with us for two weeks June/July. What can I say about them? truly God sent, my cat and I have been truly, utterly blessed by their stay in our home.

It was our first experience with CHS and quite honestly can’t tell you how wonderfully everything worked out. ___ and ___ are perfect ’sitters’, and well, I guess before they even arrived lovely ___ seemed like a friend. We had emailed lots and spoken on the ‘phone.

When they arrived on our doorstep I ‘knew’ them instantly. Everything would be just fine. I had complete and utter confidence in them. And they spoke ‘cat’ fluently!

It made such a difference to my holiday knowing that my precious cat was being not only looked after but loved. I could relax totally trusting in my beautiful brother and sister in Christ being in our home.

And my cat’s report? well she loved them! She has been missing them very much, even sleeping on a little backpack they left for her.

And us? we have two beautiful friends forever. We will meet again. Thank you Ray and thank you Lord!

With every blessing to you

Julie

 

We would like to serve you as well

We can help you enjoy a Rent Free Vacation and we can help find someone to look after your home and pets while you are away. Free of charge.

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them. Full details on our website www.Christian-housesitters.com

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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Thank You

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Time to say thank you to some people.

Many of you kindly contacted me with very encouraging and positive comments after my last blog post. Thanks that is always an encouragement. (If you missed the last post you read it easily by clicking the link to the post called Wonderful Exciting Progress)

A couple of days ago I received an email from a couple who are registered with us as House Sitters. Their email said “Hello Ray, Just a note to let you know that the stay was everything we hoped and prayed for. …… we have come back physically and spiritually refreshed. Thanks so much for this work. “

They had just returned from a house sit arranged through Christian House Sitters. It is lovely to hear from people who have been able to enjoy a much-needed break through our service. This couple were able to travel to a different country, stay in a lovely home and as they said they benefitted both physically and spiritually and it was rent-free as are all our houses.

Thank YouI also received a letter from one of our home owners saying “… what a tremendous blessing your service had been enabling us to go away without having to spend a lot of money on putting our dogs in kennels, our cats in a cattery and then worrying that the animals were ok and that our house was safe. As a result we had more money to spend while away and we had a better, more relaxed time.”

Finally I received an email from the Administrator at the Children’s Home we support in Kenya. (Remember 100% of the income to Christian House Sitters goes to support these vulnerable children. He wrote saying ‘ Please say thank you to all your members. Because of them our children eat well and are happy.”

So this is just a short blog post to sat thanks to everyone for your encouragement.

We would like to serve you as well

We can help you enjoy a Rent Free Vacation and we can help find someone to look after your home and pets while you are away. Free of charge.

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them. Full details on our website www.Christian-housesitters.com

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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Wonderful, Exciting Progress.

As most of our regular readers will know Christian House Sitters donates 100% of our income to TLC Children’s Trust a registered charity that runs a Children’s Home in Kenya for really needy children.

Here is a brief video showing how far this home has progressed.

If you would like more information please look at the latest newsletter which can be found on the TLC website www.TLC-Childrenstrust.org/update.htm

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

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Help yourself get a promotion

I read a lot of strange things.

This week I was reading an article in the June 12th edition of the

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW.

The headline caught my attention.

Why Not promotedAre the People Who Take Vacations the Ones Who Get Promoted?

Here is what it said:

Too many people limit their happiness and success by assuming that taking time off from work will send a negative message to their manager and slow their career advancement. But new research, says that the exact opposite is true. Taking a vacation can actually increase the likelihood of getting a raise or a promotion.

For the past two years, I’ve been partnering with the U.S. Travel Association to promote the business case for taking time off from work. Their new initiative, Project: Time Off, is one of the most robust examinations of how vacations affect companies and employees alike. Their analysis has found that Americans are taking less vacation time than at any point in the last four decades. Why? According to Gary Oster, Managing Director of Project: Time Off, “Many people don’t take time off because they think that it will negatively impact their manager’s perception of them. But, that isn’t the case at all.”

If you or someone you know needs to be convinced to use your vacation time, here’s a list of reasons why it just makes good business sense:

1. Taking a vacation increases your chances of getting a raise or promotion.

According to Project: Time Off, people who take all of their vacation time have a 6.5% higher chance of getting a promotion or a raise than people who leave 11 or more days of paid time off on the table. That percentage may sound small (and it is a correlation versus a causation), but it is the polar opposite of the idea that staying at work might mean getting ahead. It simply doesn’t.

2. A positive, engaged brain improves important business metrics.

Why I am not promoted

In The Happiness Advantage, I describe research that shows that when the brain can think positively, productivity improves by 31%, sales increase by 37%, and creativity and revenues can triple. In fact, the conclusion of my HBR magazine article, “Positive Intelligence,” which was based on a decade of research, was that “the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged brain.” To be truly engaged at work, your brain needs periodic breaks to gain fresh perspective and energy.

But not all vacations are created equally. Consider research that shows that the average vacation yields no improvement in people’s levels of energy or happiness upon returning to work. In these cases, it wasn’t the time away that caused the negative or neutral impact, it was the travel stress. In a study of over 400 travelers from around the world, Michelle Gielan from the Institute for Applied Positive Research and I found a strong negative correlation between travel stress and happiness. However, we also found that 94% of vacations result in higher levels of happiness and energy if you 1) plan a month in advance and prepare your coworkers for your time away, 2) go outside your city (the further the better), 3) met with a local host or other knowledgeable guide at the location, and 4) have the travel details set before going. Smart vacations lead to greater happiness and energy at work, and therefore, greater productivity, intelligence and resilience.

3. Your manager will perceive you as more productive.

According to research done by the U.S. Travel Association, managers associate personal happiness with productivity. In fact, when asked what vacation time benefit would motivate managers to talk to their employees about using more vacation days, the top benefit was increased personal happiness (31%), followed by productivity (21%). Why does happiness win out? Because most managers understand that happy employees are more productive and collaborative.

4. Not taking time off means giving yourself a pay cut.

There’s no research necessary for this one; it’s just simple economics. If you’re a salaried employee, and if paid vacation is part of your compensation package, you’re essentially taking a voluntary pay cut when you work instead of taking that vacation time. Why would anyone do that? Four out of 10 employees say that they can’t take their vacation because they have too much work to do. But, think about it this way: Whether or not you take a vacation, you’re still going to have a lot of work to do. Life is finite, and work is infinite.

But what if you work in a culture that’s just not supportive of taking vacations? In that case, it’s time to come together with your coworkers and create a new social script that says: “Of course we take all our paid days off, because we want greater happiness and success at work.” This gives everyone license to benefit from time off. Once the social script allows it, your decision to become happier becomes much easier.
Relax
DO NOT LOSE OUT!

We can help you enjoy a Rent Free vacation and we can help find someone to look after your home and pets while you are away. Free of charge.

Don’t just take my word for it. See our last blog post for a review in the magazine Women Alive. CLICK HERE

Share this opportunity with your friends, your family, your church and be a blessing to them. Full details on our website www.Christian-housesitters.com

God bless you,

Ray

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity

TLC Children’s Trust

UK Charity number 1156786

www.tlc-childrenstrust.org

WordPress are adding adverts to blogs. They are not always shown but if there are adverts on this page please note they were not placed by me, not approved by me and do not imply my recommendation

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