Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Words of Wisdom

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.

 Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than going to MacDonald's makes you a hamburger.

 Real friends are those who, when you feel you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel you've done a permanent job.

 A coincidence is when God performs a miracle, and decides to remain anonymous.

 Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.

 I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.

 Lead your life so you won't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

 Sometimes, people gather bundles of sticks to build bridges they never cross.

 Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you respond to it.

 Did it ever occur to you that nothing occurs to God?

 Life is like an onion; 

you peel off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep.

 Learn from the mistakes of others. 

You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.

 Two things I've learned:
 There is a God. And, I'm not Him.

 Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked.

 Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace.

 And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Sign at Wal-Mart

Our Society is doomed..





The Christian's Declaration Of Independence

I am free from failure

"for I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."

Phil. 4:13 




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I am free from want

"for my God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus"

Phil. 4:19 



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I am free from fear

"for God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

2 Tim 1:7 



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I am free from doubt

"for God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."

Rom. 12:3 



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I am free from weakness

"for the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

Ps.27:1 




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I am free from the power of Satan

"because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

1 Jn. 4:4 



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I am free from defeat

"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ."

2 Cor. 2:14 



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I am free from ignorance

"for Christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God."

1 Cor. 1:30 




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I am free from sin

"for the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all sin."

1 Jn. 1:7 



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I am free from worry

"for I am to cast all my cares upon Him."

1 Pet. 5:7 



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I am free from bondage

"for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

2 Cor. 3:17 



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I am free from condemnation

"for there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

Rom. 8:1 



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~ Our Heavenly Father Wrote This ~

Just for Me and You

Sunday, August 28, 2011

~ Shake It Off ~

Reverend Joel Austin tells of a farmer whose bull fell into a deep well. The bull was a favorite of this farmer and since the well was deep, there seemed to be no possibility at all of rescuing him. Not wanting his bull to suffer, the farmer told his workers to begin to fill the well with dirt in order to kill the bull more quickly so he wouldn't have to suffer as long.

 The farmer had not credited the bull with as much intelligence as the situation revealed however, for when the workers dumped a load of dirt into the well, he shook off the dirt and stepped up on top of it. And from then on, each time a load of dirt came down the shaft of the well and onto the bull's back, he would shake it off and step up and shake it off and step up. He continued to do this until, much to the amazement of the workers, the bull at last stepped over the edge of the well and onto solid ground.

 Reverend Austin said that we should be like the bull. When problems and difficulties keep coming our way, we should shake them off and step up and shake them off and step up, until at last we can step out of that well with solid ground under our feet.

 The "dirt", or trouble, that has come your way, might be a person who has offended you or treated you unfairly. It might be a financial setback, or any number of other difficulties. You can take those problems to the Lord in prayer and turn them over to His keeping instead of your own and step up to higher ground with your problems under your feet instead of on your back.

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
 and carried our sorrows:
 yet we did esteem him stricken,
 smitten of God, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:4

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Slow Down Therapy

1. Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.

 2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.

 3. Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to tell them they're pushing.

 4. Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.

 5. Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.

 6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.

 7. Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn, or possess. God's gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be clear.

 8. When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.

 9. Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.

 10. Create a place in your home...at your work...in your heart...where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.

 11. Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn't a luxury; it's a necessity.

 12. Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow-and now. NOW counts.

 13. Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.

 14. Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words.

 15. Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.

 16. Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.

 17. Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.

 18. Make time for play - the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.

 19. Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.

 20. Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.

 21. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders.There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.

 22. Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to create the universe, can you hope to do any better?

 23. When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself "WHY?" you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve your self-understanding.

 24. Take time to read the Bible. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.

 25. Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first.

 26. Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one.

 27. Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.

 28. Work with your hands. It frees the mind.

 29. Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.

 30. Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.

 31. Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the invitations. Less really can be more.

 32. Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is the best.

 33. Take a walk-but don't go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.

 34. Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.

 35. Count your blessings - one at a time and slowly...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Big Mud Puddles and Sunny Yellow Dandelions

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.


When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me,
I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away. My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.


When I hear music I love, I know I can't carry a tune and don't have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen. My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words. If they don't know them, they make up their own.


When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it.
I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk.
My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it, until they fall to the ground laughing.


When I pray, I say thee and thou and grant me this, give me that. My kids say, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy and Daddy."


When I see a mud puddle I step around it.
I see muddy shoes and dirty carpets.


My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross, and worms to play with. I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from? No wonder God loves the little children! Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.


I wish you Big Mud Puddles
and Sunny Yellow Dandelions!!!




"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away."
Life's a journey, enjoy the ride."

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Change of Pace

 Well summer is almost over and we all have a garden full of zucchini so here is a delicious dessert and it really tastes like apple crisp.

ZUCCHINI CRISP
from COOKS.COM

5 c. zucchini, peeled, seeded & sliced
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. lemon juice
3/4 c. water
Cook above ingredients for 10 minutes. 
Place in a 9" square ungreased pan.
TOPPING:
6 tbsp. butter
1 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix topping ingredients until crumbly. 
Sprinkle over zucchini and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serves 6 to 8 people. Tastes like apple crisp.

Back In My Day

 When I was a kid the adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up, with all that walking twenty miles to school every morning uphill both ways through year-round blizzards carrying their younger siblings on their backs to their one-room schoolhouse where they maintained a straight-A average despite their full-time after-school job at the local textile mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just to help keep their family from starving to death!

 And I remember promising myself that when I grew up there was no way I was going to lay a line like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it! But... now that I've reached the ripe old age of thirty-five, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.

 You kids have got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today you don't know how good you've got it! I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet - if we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves!

 And there was no e-mail! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a PEN! And then we had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a WEEK to get there!

 And there were no MP3s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to go to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and ruin the song!

 We didn't have fancy stuff like 'call waiting'! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal! And we didn't have that fancy 'Caller ID' stuff either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was it could be your boss, your mom, a collections agent, you didn't know! You just had to pick it up and take your chances! And what's more, your phone was plugged into the WALL!

 And we didn't have any fancy computer games and Playstations with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari! We had like "Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the graphics were terrible! Your guy was a little square! You had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or screens or secret areas, it was just one screen forever! And you could never win, the game just kept getting harder and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!!!

 And sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 14 channels and there was no onscreen menu! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! There was no Cartoon Network! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning! D'ya hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK!

 That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled, you guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1984!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Memo From God

To: YOU

 Date: TODAY

 From: THE BOSS

 Subject: YOURSELF

 Reference: LIFE



I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help.

 If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours.



Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.


If you find yourself stuck in traffic; Don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.


Should you have a bad day at work; Think of the man who has been out of work for years.


Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; Think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.


Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.


Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.


Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.


Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity.


Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; Remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!


Should you decide to send this to a friend; Thank you, you may have touched their life in ways you will never know!





Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Three Trees

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, 'Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.'


Then the second tree said, 'Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take Kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.'


Finally the third tree said, 'I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest Tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.'


After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, 'This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter, 'and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.


At the second tree the woodsman said, 'This looks like a strong tree. I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.' The second tree was happy Because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.


When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsmen said, 'I don't need anything special from my tree, I'll take this one,' and he cut it down.


When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.


The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end.


The third tree was cut into large pieces, and left alone in the dark.


The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.


Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.


Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and He stood and said 'Peace' and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.


Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.


The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, God will give you great gifts.


Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.


We don't always know what God's plans are for us. We just know that His Ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.


May your day be blessed. And until we meet again, may God cradle you in the palm of His hand.

Keepers

Some things we keep...


I grew up in the fifties with practical parents,


a Mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil


after she cooked in it, then reused it.


She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it...


A Father who was happier getting old shoes fixed


than buying new ones.


Their marriage was good, their dreams focused.


Their best friends lived barely a wave away.


I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat


and Mom in a house dress,


lawn mower in one hand, dishtowel in the other.


It was the time for fixing things --


a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door,


the hem in a dress.


Things we keep.


It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.


All that re-fixing, reheating, renewing,


I wanted just once to be wasteful.


Waste meant affluence.


Throwing things away meant there would always be more.


But then my Mother died, and on that clear summer's night,


in the warmth of the hospital room,

I was struck with the pain of learning that there isn't any 'more.'


Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...


never to return.


So...while we have it...it's best we love it.....and care for it.....


and fix it when it's broken.....


and heal it when it's sick.


This is true.....for marriage.....and old cars.....


and children with bad report cards.....


and dogs with bad hips..... and good friends....and sisters.....


aging parents.....


and grandparents.


We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.


Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away -- or --


a classmate we grew up with.


There are just some things that make life important,

like people we know who are special.....


and so, we keep them close!


Now send this to all those people that are "keepers" in your life...


like you!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sand and Stone

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert.


During some point of the journey they had an argument,


and one friend slapped the other one in the face.


The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything,


wrote in sand:


TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.


They kept on walking until they found an oasis,


where they decided to take a bath.


The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire


and started drowning,


but the friend saved him.


After he recovered from the near drowning,  he wrote on a stone:


TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.


The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him,


 "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone,


why?"


The other friend replied


"When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand


where winds of forgiveness can erase it away.


But, when someone does something good for us,


we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."


LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND and


TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE.


They say it takes a minute to find a special person,


an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them,


but then an entire life to forget them.


Send this phrase to the people you'll never forget


and remember to send it to the person who sent it to you.


 It's a short message to let them know that you'll never forget them.


If you don't send it to anyone,


it means you're in a hurry and that you've forgotten your friends.


 Take the time to live!


Do not value the THINGS you have in your life,


but WHO you have in your life!

The Secret

One day, one friend asked another,


"How is it that you are always so happy?


You have so much energy,


and you never seem to get down." 


With her eyes smiling, she said,


"I know the Secret!"


"What secret is that?"


To which she replied,


"I'll tell you all about it,


but you have to promise to


 share the Secret with others."




"The Secret is this:


I have learned there is little I can do


 in my life that will make me truly happy.


I must depend on God to make


me happy and to meet my needs.


When a need arises in my life,


I have to trust God to supply


according to HIS riches.


 I have learned most of the time


I don't need half of what I think I do.


He has never let me down.


Since I learned that 'Secret', I am happy." 


The questioner's first thought was,


"That's too simple!"


 But upon reflecting over her own life


she recalled how she thought a bigger house


would make her happy, but it didn't!


She thought a better paying job


 would make her happy, but it hadn't.


When did she realize her greatest happiness?


Sitting on the floor with her grandchildren,


playing games, eating pizza or reading a story,


a simple gift from God.


 Now you know it too!


We can't depend on people to make us happy.


Only GOD in His infinite wisdom can do that.


Trust HIM!


And now I pass the Secret on to you!


So once you get it, what will you do?


 YOU have to tell someone the Secret, too!


That GOD in His wisdom will take care of YOU!


 But it's not really a secret.


We just have to believe it and do it...


Really trust God!