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Why kids self-segregate

Friendships between people of different races are common until about the age of 10, when children begin to self-segregate.

The long-standing assumption has been that children become more prejudiced at this age,”

Evan Apfelbaum and Kristin Pauker write in Time, but new research suggests that children’s hesitation to socialize across racial lines has more to do with their understanding of prejudice. In a pair of studies, researchers found that children who view prejudice as an immutable trait were less likely to interact with cross-race peers.

“Even children who showed low levels of prejudice showed less interest engaging across racial lines when they thought prejudice was fixed,”

write Apfelbaum and Pauker. In other words, talking about prejudice as a malleable quality that can be overcome may help prevent children from avoiding interracial interactions. [TIME]

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Living in peace through restoration

In times of war, there exist the danger, people getting frustrated and angry, wanting to do the wrong things against others.

In wartime, the greatest need is for friends.
Here one should not forget Who is always ready to be the Greatest Friend and the Saviour in high need. In times of fear and suffering, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, the Most High and Only True God, is there to guide us through those dark times. Best we give Him our hand and let Him lead us through this darkness to light full of hope.

Susan Reimer

With everything that’s going on in our world the idea of living in peace might seem impossible. But what is impossible for man is possible with God.

2 Corinthians 13:11 says: “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Restoration. I don’t think I’ve noticed that particular word before. Restoration means bringing back to a former position or condition. Rebuilding, reconstructing, renewing or recovering. What would restoration look like in your life? Forgiving a betrayal so that a friendship can begin again? Studying every night for an hour instead of scrolling social media to raise your grades? Sitting down with a counsellor to discuss a hurt that is preventing you from moving forward?

Only you know the answer to that question but restoration is possible and the end…

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A Friend Like You

Purplerays

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    A Friend Like You

    There’s lots of things
    With which I’m blessed,
    Tho’ my life’s been both Sunny and Blue,
    But of all my blessings,
    This one’s the best:
    To have a friend like you.

    In times of trouble
    Friends will say,
    “Just ask… I’ll help you through it.”
    But you don’t wait for me to ask,
    You just get up
    And you do it!

    And I can think
    Of nothing in life
    That I could more wisely do,
    Than know a friend,
    And be a friend,
    And love a friend… like you.

    By Anon.

    Artist Inge Look.

            Text and image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook https://www.facebook.com/531188960392510/posts/2082553225256068/

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            What are friends and friendship

            Friendship.

            According to Aristotle, a Greek philosopher from ancient times, there are three types of friendship,

            I. Friendship of utility II. Friendship of pleasure, and finally, III. Perfect friendship

            But what is a friend?

            A friend is someone other than family that you share close affection with. A friend will share kindness, sympathy, compassion, loyalty, fun, common beliefs and values.
            A true friend will celebrate the good times, and provide support during the bad times.

            Ecclesiastes tells us

            “You are better off having a friend than being all alone…..if you fall, your friend can help you up.” Ch 4 v 9-10

            In the Bible there are many mentions of friends, and it is easy to see the attributes that make a good friend;

            Loving, respectful, positive, forgiving, reliable, loyal, inspirational, vigilant, supportive, non-judgemental, trustworthy, cooperative, wise, and self- controlled.

            We are told in Luke 6 v 31

            “treat others as you want to be treated.”

            Of course, the most powerful example of a friend, was Jesus.

            John 15 v 12 -13 “Now I tell you to love each other, as I have loved you. The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them.”

            Let us all remember the example Jesus gave us, and be the sort of friend to others that we would want for ourselves.

            In a world where we can be anything, let us be kind, compassionate, sympathetic and empathetic, loyal, and fun to those around us, as we journey together towards the Kingdom. There, by God’s grace, we will meet our best friend.

             


            Dear Lord,
            Help us to be good friends to those around us.
            Help us to show love and kindness to others, as you have shown us.
            Help us to provide support and comfort to our friends as they have need.
            Thank you for being our friend and comforter,
            and for our many blessings.
            Amen 🙏🏻🙏🏻

             

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            Someone needs …


            ”Someone not far from where you are,
            needs your tender touch, your simple smile, your holy hug…today.”

             

             

            ‘A friend loves at all times…’ Proverbs 17:17

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            . . . he who plants kindness gathers love.

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            “A good deed is never lost;
            he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and…
            he who plants kindness gathers love.”

            ~Saint Basil

            Artist~Frederick Morgan
            Text & image source: Rest in the Arms of Angels https://web.facebook.com/Rest-in-the-Arms-of-Angels-164081253667227/

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            Trouble in my brain

            Who does not want to be loved? Who is not longing for attention, recognition, acknowledgement and for being recognised as a human being, to be seen and heard and why not for receiving a hug?

            E.T.'s blog

            I’m so confused.
            There’s a big mess in my head.
            I don’t know where to start and where to end.
            There’s no problem in my life.
            The only problems are made by me.
            I’ve got no big threats against my life.
            Then why is my brain fried?
            Problems are problems, if you give them the space to be problems.
            Because the only one recognizing those problems, is you.
            It’s your brain telling you there’s a problem, but when is it really one?
            My brain is fried with problems.
            Or aren’t they such things?
            Are they just thoughts, which pass my mind too many at the same time, so that I can’t see which one is which anymore?
            I can’t differentiate between them.
            I want things but do I have the right to?
            I’m aware of my past and my failures.
            I try to stop myself from doing weird things.
            But…

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            One of the tasks of true friendship

            Sacred Touches

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            **Image found on Pixabay; text added by Natalie

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            No Friendship is an accident


            No Friendship is an accident.

            Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Vriendschap gebeurt niet per ongeluk

            Friendship.

            Friendship. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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            The one who knows who you are and where you have been


            A friend is one who knows who you are:
            understands where you have been,
            accept what you become
            and still gently invites you to grow.


            Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Een vriend is degene die weet en begrijpt

            Accept No Substitute

            Accept No Substitute (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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