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adam garrett
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3rd generation REALTOR® Full Time in Hampton Roads and Married to Jessica
3rd generation REALTOR® Full Time in Hampton Roads and Married to Jessica

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My grandmother passed away yesterday morning. We are thankful that she's fully at peace and no longer in pain. Like my dad said, I too can picture her dancing in Heaven.
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Here an atheist and a Christian talk about faith. Both graduated from the late Billy Graham's alma mater, Wheaton, an Evangelical Christian university established by an abolitionist. While the atheist, a medical doctor, was formerly a Christian, he felt compelled to leave the Church and has not come back since. He now considers himself one of the top 11 graduates of Wheaton whose voice opposes Christianity. This video was a test prior to a more formal video where we are going to invite others to join via chat.
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Remembering my first mission trip to Nepal
My First Mission Trip at Age 11
My First Mission Trip at Age 11
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God wants our obedience today, in this moment even, more than He wants our significance tomorrow (1). We won’t be as significant apart from obedience anyways (2), and can even be negatively significant apart from obedience (3). It’s not just about our obedience either; He wants to be intimate with us. Don’t you remember that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (4)? No He doesn’t need us (5), but chooses to give us purpose out of His love for us (6). The way that we get in touch with purpose is by getting in touch with Him (7), and the way that we get in touch with Him is by feeling His warm embrace as we look into His eyes of fire (8). We get in touch with Him by pouring ourselves into His Word as He enables us to live it out (9), eliminating distractions from our eyes (10) as we see the incomparably beautiful nature of who He truly is. He is Love (11).
1. 1 Samuel 15:22, Romans 11:35-36, Esther 4:14
2. John 15:1-17
3. 1 Samuel 15
4. Psalm 50
5. Esther 4:14, Romans 11:35-36, Numbers 22:29, Luke 19:40
6. Romans 2:4, Romans 8, Ephesians 1:3-10
7. Ecclesiastes 2
8. Revelation 1:14; 2:18
9. Psalm 1
10. Hebrews 12:1-3
11. 1 John 4:16
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Time Saving Tip 2:
Capitalize on your commute! 
Here are 4 of the ways that I do it:
Time in thought, meditation, prayer & worship 

It's important to have time every day to intentionally replenish your mind in a positive way. Especially if you don't make time in the day where you plan this activity, your commute can be a decent time. These activities can accomplish a lot more than mental replenishment as well.

In all of these activities, your focus has a tendency to dramatically increase if you engage with more than your mind, whether you are also speaking, singing, or otherwise. 

1. Thought - voice to text these days makes this a lot more effective, whether you're planning your day or coming up with ideas for family, business, or otherwise. 

2. Meditation - If you're a Christian and think that meditation is only for New Agers & those of Eastern religions, check out the plethora of examples in Scripture: http://biblehub.net/search.php?q=meditate

3. Prayer - If you're a person of faith, the commute can be a decent prayer time. It's distracted prayer since you're driving, but it can still be good. 

4. Worship - If you're a person of faith, you probably already know that worship has a tendency to lift your own spirits as you're lifting up the name of the Lord. I like to plug a Blackberry into my car rather than relying on CD's, radio, and my Iphone. I got the Blackberry for around $30 or $40 off Ebay and added a 32 GB memory card. I use that, which is not connected to any network, while still having access to my Iphone. You're not draining any battery or data from your primary phone that way. You're also wearing down your primary phone less so that it should stay faster longer. 

Caveat: Shifting all of the time that you spend to each of these activities to the commute is not recommended. You won't be able to be as engaged if you're distracted by driving & commute time is limited. Nevertheless, adding some time in these activities to your commute can make it substantially more effective & increase your time spent in each. 
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It has been such a blessing to serve here since June of 2014! Thank you to everyone who has prayed for me while at Joyful!
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Time Saving Tip 1:
Skip the line at Starbucks! Use their mobile app to go directly to a barista for a ready drink and get free food/drinks & other perks with a green or gold card:
http://www.starbucks.com/coffeehouse/mobile-order
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$ Saving Tip 4: Budgeting
If you don't limit yourself with a budget, your financial growth will forever remain limited, no matter how much or how little your income. I use Mint.com to track my spending. I also have created a few spending categories for expenditures that fluctuate from month to month, having numbers to stay under each week and each month, tracking them accordingly and adjusting my spending as needed to be within budget.

If financial growth isn't a motivating factor for you personally whether individually or for your family, note that you can also give far more to those in need  if you steward and grow your finances well. 
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$ Saving Tip 3:
Save 5% for every future purchase at Target without adding a new credit card. Get free shipping and 30 extra days for returns:
http://www.target.com/redcard/main
I don't use Target much besides black Friday and for wedding registries for friends, but when I do, it's good to get some extra $ off. 
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$ Saving Tip 2: Discover Cashback Checking
Limited time (til Jun 30) to get the best checking account I've seen yet with a 50$ bonus if you already have another Discover product. Even if you don't have a current Discover product, this account gives you ten cents per transaction, whether an online payment, a debit card purchase, or check. This means that you can get something at the dollar store and get 10 cents back, which means phenomenal savings on small purchases of 2 dollars or less, better than any credit card for in store purchases.

For many people, this will be the most profitable checking account they can get. This checking account will be much more profitable than my checking account with BankFive where I get .76% interest, which is already much more profitable than most people's checking accounts. This wouldn't be as profitable for you as an account like Bank Five at .76% interest if you like to keep 5k in your checking account and make less than 380 checking transactions in a year. If you keep 1k in your checking and keep most in higher interest savings (I like to use GE Capital's 1.05% as I've mentioned before) or elsewhere, as long as you're making 77 transactions in a year or more, you're doing better to go with Discover. If you do like to keep 5k in checking, you could always keep using your current checking account and open a secondary Discover checking account with a few hundred to 1k where you could make small purchases from it.
It's also a mostly online bank, so that's another factor to consider for your area. In Hampton Roads, the closest branch is a long way away. I don't recommend closing your existing bricks and mortar account in favor of this one if you're able to avoid all the bricks and mortar fees like I do. I didn't close any of my current checking accounts online or in a bricks and mortar bank when I opened this account.

Compare it here: https://www.discover.com/online-banking/checking-lp-lng-01/

Check out more here: https://www.discover.com/online-banking/checking/
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