A New Covenant

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” -Jeremiah 31:31-34

Good Gifts

…which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
–Matthew 7:9-11

Receiving Gifts

Some people respond well to visual symbols of love. If you speak this love language, you are more likely to treasure any gift as an expression of love and devotion. People who speak this love language often feel that a lack of gifts represents a lack of love from their mate. Luckily, this love language is one of the easiest to learn.

If you want to become an effective gift giver, many mates will have to learn to change their attitude about money. If you are naturally a spender, you will have no trouble buying gifts for your mate. However, a person who is used to investing and saving their money may have a tough time adjusting to the concept of spending money as an expression of love. These people must understand that you are investing the money not in gifts, but in deepening your relationship with your mate.

The gift of self is an important symbol of love. Sometimes all your mate desires is for someone to be there for them, going through the same trials and experiencing the same things. Your body can become a very powerful physical symbol of love.

These gifts need not to come every day, or even every week. They don’t even need to cost a lot of money. Free, frequent, expensive, or rare, if your mate relates to the language of receiving gifts, any visible sign of your love will leave them feeling happy and secure in your relationship.

Soldiers set up security and provide aid in Haiti

A crowd gathers at a country club that U.S. Soldiers are using as a forward operating base in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 16, 2010. About 200 Soldiers, assigned to the 82nd Airborne’s 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, are setting up security to help provide humanitarian aid to those left devastated by the earthquake. A survivor camp of thousands of displaced Haitians is near the base.

Bad news for the Twitter Addict

Twitter addict receives phone call from his doctor.

The doctor says, “I have some good news and some bad news.”

Twitter addict, “OK, give me the good news first.”

The doctor says, “The good news is, you’ve got only 24 more hours to live.”

Twitter addict, “Oh no! If that’s the good news, then what’s the bad news?”

The doctor says, “The bad news is, Twitter is down!

Planning meeting with a sheik in Karmat Ali

U.S. Army Soldiers tell a sheik at Karmat Ali, Iraq, Sept. 10, 2009, that the Al-Hajrat Grammar School in his town has been chosen to be refurbished. The Soldiers are assigned to the 1314th Civil Affairs Company, 17th Fires Brigade. The Al-Hajrat Grammar School has 13 teachers and 600 students.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha R. Ciaramitaro

Folding Styles for Pocket Squares & Handkerchiefs

When used as an accessory to a suit, a handkerchief is known as a pocket square. There are a wide variety of ways to fold a pocket square, ranging from the austere to the flamboyant:

*The Presidential, perhaps the simplest, is folded at right angles to fit in the pocket.
*The TV Fold looks similar but is folded diagonally with the point inside the pocket.
*The One-point Fold is folded diagonally with the point showing.
*The Two-point Fold is folded off-center so the two points don’t completely overlap.
*The Three-point Fold is first folded into a triangle, then the corners are folded up and across to make three points.
*The Four-point Fold is an off-center version of the Three-point Fold.
*The Cagney is basically a backwards version of the Four-point Fold.
*The Puff or the Cooper is simply shaped into a round puff.
*The Reverse Puff is like the Puff, except with the puff inside and the points out, like petals.
*The Astaire is a puff with a point on either side.
*The Straight Shell is pleated and then folded over to give the appearance of nested shells.
*The Diagonal Shell is pleated diagonally and then folded.