Saturday, July 24, 2010

Not home yet


A couple went to Africa to serve as missionaries right after they were married. They had planned to serve only a couple of years and then return home. They soon fell in love, with the kind people they had come to help. They stayed on year after year setting up a clinic and a school, helping the people build a sanitation system so they could have clean water, teaching children to read and learn, and sharing their faith and love daily with the villagers that they cared so deeply about.

Finally, after over 50 years of faithful work, failing health caused the couple to decide to come home again. They wrote to their hometown community and church to let them know when they were coming. After sailing several days they arrived in the port community that they grew up in. They smiled when they saw a large crowd cheering the boat as it anchored. Their smiles and hearts fell, though, when they saw that the crowd was there to cheer a local politician on the same ship. The old man told his crying wife that he was going to ask God in prayer why after so many years of service not one person was there to greet them when they arrived home. He went into their cabin for several minutes then came out with a peaceful and joyous smile on his face. His wife asked him if God had said anything to him as he prayed. "Yes," he replied. "He said ‘You are not Home yet!’"

This is something we all should remember as we journey through this life with all of its challenges, pains, and struggles. We are not Home yet. Home is the place where our loving Father awaits us. Home is the place where our true reward lies. Home is the place where the love we learned, the good we did, and the joy we shared will reside in our souls forever. Rejoice in your life here then. Love, help others and be happy. The lights will be on when you get home.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Knowledge Pills


A somewhat advanced society has figured how to package basic knowledge in pill form. A student, needing some learning, goes to the pharmacy and asks what kinds of knowledge pills are available.

The pharmacist says “Here’s a pill for English literature.” The student takes the pill and swallows it and has new knowledge about English literature!

“What else do you have?” asks the student.

“Well, I have pills for art history, biology, and world history,” replies the pharmacist.

The student asks for these, and swallows them and has new knowledge about those subjects.

Then the student asks, “Do you have a pill for math?”

The pharmacist says “Wait just a moment”, and goes back into the storeroom and brings back a whopper of a pill over a foot long, and plunks it on the counter.

“I have to take that huge pill for math?” inquires the student.

The pharmacist replied “Well, we all know math always was a little hard to swallow.”

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Going places

Where would you go, if you could go anywhere? Perhaps I should simplify the question and ask, where would you go if money were no object and I was picking up the tab? You mean it wouldn't cost me a penny? Yep, that's what I mean! Air fare, hotel, spending money? You got it! Even the most extravagant of my wishes will be master to your wallet? Double yep! Wow!

Think carefully. Don't squander this opportunity. You don't often come across someone as generous as I! Ok, so where would you go? Would you escape from the late winter/early spring blahs and fly to some exotic tropical retreat to be pruned and pampered? Would you visit the family you never see enough, and treat them to the time of their lives? Would you see the pyramids, spy the Eiffel tower, or visit Mickey? How about Venice with the one you love? Rome? Humm . . . Keep going, there are lots of places to pick from, aren't there?

What if I told you that I just found a way to travel back in time? Where would you go, and who would you visit? Would you join Neil Armstrong as he took mankind’s first step on the moon? Would you step off the ship with Columbus? Would you sign on as Leonardo's DaVinci's assistant?

Perhaps you would rather return to the days when the world was covered with old growth forests and the seas were full of fish, and "pollution" was a word as yet uninvented? Or, maybe you’re much more practical and just want to travel back to a time when life didn't seem as complicated as it is now?

Ok, let's go off on another tangent. What about travelling back into Biblical times? If you could pick a couple of events to view what would they be? Creation itself? Imagine having a front row seat at the moment the universe came into being! Imagine watching the Master Painter create everything from billions of stars to butterflies! Ok, may-be that's a little too "out there" for you. How about the parting of the Red Sea? You've seen it on television for the past thirty years or so. How about visiting the real thing? How about picking up a starfish off the damp sea floor for a souvenir? And, what about the fall of Jericho? Wouldn't you like to be in on that and blow your own horn?

What about the events that took place during the time of Jesus? Would you want to be in the crowd when Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount? Oh, to hear those words actually spoken by our Lord! Not for you? Ok, how about the feeding of the 5,000? Wouldn't it be wonderful to eat a miracle? How about at the wedding of Cana and taste the most delicious wine prepared by Jesus?  Not interested? Maybe you'd love to see Jesus walk on the water or raise Lazarus from the grave? That would certainly send your faith into orbit!

Ok, I got it, who of us wouldn't want the opportunity to be there with Mary, Peter and John as they saw the empty tomb and the resurrected Lord, the first time? Oh, to be there when Thomas fell at Jesus' feet and declared, "My Lord and My God!" To be there for those 40 days and learn from the resurrected Lord -- WOW!

I wonder if any of us would travel back to the cross to witness the birth of full and complete forgiveness? I 'kinda figure that not many would. It would be too difficult, too painful. But wouldn't it also be the greatest opportunity a follower of Christ could ever have? To look into those eyes, to see that face, to hear those words, "Father, forgive them!" And, unlike the crowd, we would know that the words were meant for us! Imagine! Imagine seeing love in action. Imagine seeing God's Son proclaim, through exhausted tears mixed with royal triumph, "It is finished!"

Where would you go?  Which is that place and time in the history of mankind, where you wished you were and witnessed?  Difficult - isn't it?

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Good Luck Dave


This is to inform you about a good friend of mine Dave, with whom I have worked in Chicago, is participating in a 160 mile run to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Hospital. He approached me for donations and explained the cause and I was thrilled to hear what they do. The only point I want to make is that people like Dave find time to do volunteer work and fundraising activities towards the betterment of the society we live in. 

Here is Dave's mail to which I was copied:

Just thought I’d send one final reminder since I’ve got about 2 weeks left before the run. I’m closing in on my goal of $2,000, hopefully the final push can put me over the edge…

This year the run is on August 6th & 7th. Our team of 10 runners will be joining 165 runners from other teams on a 160 mile run from Midwestern University in Downers Grove to the Convention Center in downtown Peoria. Thru the heat, humidity, and a crowded (and smelly) RV, we’ll run for 30 hours straight. Why? In order to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I’m sure many of you are already familiar with St. Jude’s cause, they have a great track record of finding treatments for various types of cancer that had previously been fatal in children. On top of this, St. Jude has never turned away a patient based on their ability to pay.

This is one opportunity to really make a difference. Words can’t describe the gratitude the patients and families that I’ve met over the years have conveyed to all the runners and donors. Every year we are reminded in Roanoke, IL a small town about 30 miles from Peoria, of just how important it is that a facility like St. Jude is available. The family of a former patient reminds us with an extremely emotional speech thanking the runners and donors for their efforts. There is never a dry eye in the house. This is why I’ve participated in the run every year since 2004.

If you want more information about St. Jude, please visit their website, http://www.stjude.org/.

Dave.

The minimum fundraising goal for each runner is $1,250.  Dave had set his own minimum goal at $2,000.  After sending out this email, Dave surpassed his goal and is now focusing on his run.  Please join me in prayers to help Dave complete his run on Aug 6th and 7th. 

You create your own Heaven


Last week I started a new assignment and after almost 2 weeks, I am loving it. Compared to my previous assignments during the past many years, I am putting in lot more hours into this work.  Even though nobody is supervising my work, I am clocking nearly 100 hours per week.  Given the fact that the team here is the best of the best, I am dealing with several hundreds of highly professional and experienced individuals. The reason for my happiness is that I can see bits of Heaven in so many of the people here.  There is a kindness in their smiles. There is a gentleness in their voices. There is a goodness in their actions. There is a patience in their manner. There is a peace in their souls. There is a love in their hearts. And there is a joy in their lives. Everyday our relationship as a team grows little more in oneness.  Everyday they bring a little more Heaven into this world. I feel truly blessed to be part of this team with such good people.

Anyplace on Earth can be Almost Heaven if we take our Heaven with us. How much Heaven is within you? No matter how much you said, take heart in knowing that it can always be more. God gives us that choice every single day. Every I tell myself in the morning, "I am going to make today the best day of my life." Everyday we can choose to love more, give more, care more, and help more. Everyday we can choose to bring the joy of Heaven into our hearts and souls and then share it with the world. Everyday we can live in Almost Heaven while still here on Earth.

It's all in your head - you create your own stairway to Heaven. 

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Hand - leg coordination


See if you can outsmart your foot, but trust me, you can’t. It is pre-programmed in your brain.

1. While sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number ‘6′ in the air with your right hand.

Your foot will change direction!!

I told you so! And there’s nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you’ve not already done so.

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The story of Bozo


Many years ago in England a circus elephant named Bozo was very popular with the public. Children especially loved to crowd around his cage and throw him peanuts. Then one day there was a sudden change in the elephant’s personality. Several times he tried to kill his keeper and when the children came near his cage he would charge toward them as if wanting to trample them to death. It was obvious he would have to be destroyed. The circus owner, a greedy and crude man, decided to stage a public execution of the animal. In this way, he could sell tickets and try to recoup some of the cost of losing such a valuable property. The day came and the huge circus tent was packed.

Bozo, in his cage, was in the center ring. Nearby stood a firing squad with high-powered rifles. The manager, standing near the cage, was about ready to give the signal to fire, when out of the crowd came a short, inconspicuous man in a brown derby hat.

“There is no need for this,” he told the manager quietly.

The manager brushed him aside. “He is a bad elephant. He must die before he kills someone.”

“You are wrong,” insisted the man. “Give me two minutes in the cage alone with him and I will prove you are wrong.”

The manager turned and stared in amazement. “You will be killed,” he said.

“I don’t think so,” said the man. “Do I have your permission?”

The manager, being the kind of man he was, was not one to pass up such a dramatic spectacle. Even if the man were killed, the publicity alone would be worth millions.

“All right,” he said, “but first you will have to sign a release absolving the circus of all responsibility.”

The small man signed the paper. As he removed his coat and hat, preparing to enter the cage, the manager told the people what was about to happen. A hush fell over the crowd. The door to the cage was unlocked, the man stepped inside, then the door was locked behind him. At the sight of this stranger in his cage the elephant threw back his trunk, let out a might roar, then bent his head preparing to charge. The man stood quite still, a faint smile on his face as he began to talk to the animal.

The audience was so quiet that those nearest the cage could hear the man talking but couldn’t make out the words; he seemed to be speaking some foreign language. Slowly, as the man continued to talk, the elephant raised his head. Then the crowd heard an almost piteous cry from the elephant as his enormous head began to sway gently from side to side. Smiling, the man walked confidently to the animal and began to stroke the long trunk. All aggression seemed suddenly to have been drained from the elephant. The great elephant tenderly wrapped his trunk around the man, lifted him up and carried him around his cage before carefully depositing him back at the door. Everyone applauded.

“He’ll be all right now,” he told the manager. “You see, he’s an Indian elephant and none of you spoke his language, Hindustani. I would advise you to get someone around here who speaks Hindustani. He was just homesick.”

And with that the little man put on his coat and hat and left. The astounded manager looked down at the slip of paper in his hand. The name the man had signed was Rudyard Kipling.

Just like animals, people also become frustrated and angry when they are not understood. But great relationships are formed by parents who learn to speak their children's language; lovers who speak each other's language; professionals who speak the language of their staff and clients. When people understand that YOU understand, that you empathize with their heartaches and understand their problems, then you are speaking their language! It is the beginning of true communication.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The little girl's piggy bank

This is the story about a young girl and her piggy bank.

The little girl's father had just given her a silver dollar to put into her piggy bank. She excitedly ran off to her room to "deposit" the coin. However, in a few minutes she returned and handed the silver coin back to her father.

"Daddy," she said sadly, "here's your dollar back. I can't get it into my bank."

"Why not?" her concerned father asked.

"It's too full," she said, obviously disappointed.

Her father accompanied her back to her room and, sure enough, her piggy bank was too full to accept even one more coin. It was stuffed with pennies.

Is your life ever like that bank? So full of errands, obligations and activities of no lasting value, that there simply is no room left for what is truly important - the silver dollars?

Have you made room for a few large coins in your bank; for something you believe to be worthwhile? If not, you may have to take out a few pennies.

Add time to your daily schedule for your family and loved ones, for those things that make you happy, and most importantly,  for our loving God.  

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Children


Children are truly a gift of God.  Raising them - oh tell me more; it is a challenge.

Here are the Murphy’s Law of Children

1. The later you stay up, the earlier your child will wake up the next morning.

2. For a child to become clean, something else must become dirty.

3. Toys multiply to fill any space available.

4. The longer it takes you to make a meal, the less your child will like it.

5. Yours is always the only child who doesn’t behave.

6. If the shoe fits, it’s expensive.

7. The surest way to get something done is to tell a child not to do it.

8. The gooier the food, the more likely it is to end up on the carpet.

9. Backing the car out of the driveway causes your child to have to go to the bathroom.

10. The more challenging the child, the more rewarding it is to be a parent (sometimes).

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Shipwreck


A ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small desert like island. The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they have no other recourse but to pray to God for help. 

However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they decided to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island. 

The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the island, and he was able to eat its fruit. The other man's parcel of land remained barren. 

After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, there was another ship wreck, and the only survivor was a woman who swam to his side of the island. On the other side of the island, there still was nothing. 

Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, and more food. The next day, like magic, all of these things were given to him. However, the second man still had nothing. 

Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked on his side of the island. The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island. He considered the other man unworthy to receive God's blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered. 

As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven boom-out, "Why are you leaving your companion on the island?" 

"My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them," the first man answered. "His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything." 

"You are mistaken!" the voice rebuked him. "He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings." 

"Tell me," the first man asked the voice, "what did he pray for that I should owe him anything?" 

"He prayed that all your prayers would be answered." 

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Have you ever prayed hard for somebody else's prayers to be answered?  Guess what - it works like a miracle.  Our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another praying for us.  This is too good not to share. 

My prayer for you today is that all your prayers will be answered.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Jacob & Rebecca


Biblical characters Jacob age 85, and Rebecca age 79 are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding and on the way home they pass a CVS drugstore. Jacob suggests that they go in.

He addresses the man behind the counter: "Are you the owner?"

The pharmacist answers: "Yes."

Jacob: "Do you sell heart medication?"

Pharmacist: "Of course we do."

Jacob: "How about medicine for circulation?"

Pharmacist: "All kinds."

Jacob: "Medicine for rheumatism?"

Pharmacist: "Definitely."

Jacob: "Medicine for memory?"

Pharmacist: "Yes, a large variety."

Jacob: "What about vitamins and sleeping pills?"

Pharmacist: "Absolutely."

Jacob: "What about sugar diabetes. We both got bad cases."

Pharmacist: "Oh, but of course. You name it with that condition and we have the works."

Jacob:"You have loose bladder and gas pills?"

Pharmacist: "Yes, there are lots of those with plenty of generics."

Jacob: "Perfect! We'd like to register here for our wedding gifts."

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Response

At a particular church, each service begins with a greeting. The officiating clergyman says, “The Lord be with you.” The congregation used to respond by saying, “And with thy spirit.”

But, with the modernizing of the liturgy, the minister now says, “The Lord be with you,” and everyone responds with, “And also with you.”

One Sunday a visiting bishop went to a church where the sound system was known to be old and unreliable. As he approached the microphone, he tapped it several times and finally said, “There’s something wrong with this!”

Without hesitation, the whole congregation answered faithfully, “And also with you.”

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Fruit Cake


Have you tried baking a fruit cake during the summer holidays?

The Bible often links the Word of God to food.
Job had an "appetite for God's Word more than for his necessary food" (Job 23:12).
The Psalmist regarded the Word as "sweeter than honey from the honeycomb" (Psalm 19:10).
In the Book of Revelation, John was instructed to take Gods Word and "eat the book" (Revelation 10:9).

If you are ready, wear that apron and let's get started.

This fun recipe is another way of eating Gods Word. It is a simpler version of which appeared some time ago in the Jerusalem Post. I am sure that the children of the house will have a great time in helping make this cake. Have the older children look up the scriptures to find the ingredients. (Note: the fruit used in this recipe is dried rather than candied.)

1 cup golden raisins (I Samuel 25:18: ". . . a hundred clusters of raisins.")
1 cup figs, chopped (Isaiah 34:4: ". . . fig from the fig tree.")
1 cup almonds, finely chopped (Numbers 17:23: ". . . bore ripe almonds.")
1 cup dates, chopped (Exodus 15:27: ". . . there were seventy palms.")
1-1/2 cups flour (Leviticus 2:5: " . . . fine flour, unleavened.")
1 pinch salt (Leviticus 2:13: " . . . season with salt.")
1 tsp. cinnamon (Exodus 30:23: ". . . of sweet cinnamon.")
1 dash ginger and allspice (Song of Solomon 4:10: ". . . all manner of spices.")
1 tsp. baking powder (Amos 4:5: ". . . of that which is leavened.")
3 large eggs (Isaiah 10:14: ". . . one gathereth eggs.")
1 cup sugar (Jeremiah 6:20: ". . . and the sweet cane.")
1/2 cup vegetable oil (Numbers 11:8: ". . . cake baked with oil.")
1 tbsp. honey (Judges 14:18: ". . . what is sweeter than honey.")

Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F) or 165 degrees (C). In a medium bowl, combine raisins, dates, figs, and almonds. In a large bowl beat eggs until light. Gradually add sugar and continue beating for 5 minutes. Add oil and honey slowly and continue beating another 5 minutes. Add flour, salt, baking powder, and spices, a little at a time. Stir until well-blended. Finally, fold in fruit and nuts. Pour into well-greased 5" x 9" loaf pan or two smaller loaf pans. Bake about 1-1/2 hours for large loaf or 45 minutes to 1 hour for smaller loaves. Let cool for a few hours. Slice with sharp knife. Keeps well in refrigerator.

How does that taste?

Here is the good news: When you eat this fruit cake, you will still fit into your favorite jeans and will never put on an extra ounce of fat!

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Prayer and Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi claimed to have never made even a minor decision without prayer. Gandhi was known best as an Indian nationalist and spiritual leader, but he was also a man of rare courage. He developed the practice of nonviolent disobedience that eventually forced Great Britain to grant India's independence.

He spoke often about spirituality and prayer. He told about traveling to South Africa to oppose a law there directed expressly against Indians. His ship was met by a hostile mob and he was advised to stay on board. They had come, he was told, with the express intention of lynching him. Gandhi said of the incident: "I went ashore nevertheless. I was stoned and kicked and beaten a good deal; but I had not prayed for safety, but for the courage to face the mob, and that courage came and did not fail me."

Gandhi preferred courage over safety. If accomplishing his goals put him in the way of danger, then he wanted to face that danger bravely. His prayer was to receive enough courage to do what needed to be done, not to live his life free from harm.

Pray Hard.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Guardian Angel

I believe in guardian angels. Since I was a boy I have felt watched over, loved, and protected by my unseen friends and I am so thankful to God for them. I have had far too many near misses with hurt and harm over the years for it to be mere luck. I guess my guardian angels are keeping me around for a reason and I will do my best not to make their work too hard in the future.

There are many guardian angels in our lives. Some are unseen, but some walk with us and help us everyday. Take the time then to thank God for all the guardian angels in this world. Take the time as well to thank all the guardian angels that touch your own life. But most of all take the time to be a loving, joyous guardian angel yourself to every hurting heart that needs you.

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It's up to you

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true.
One life can make the difference,
You see, IT'S UP TO YOU!

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Listen to me

My Dear,

Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. I know, I already gave you the 10 Commandments. Keep them. But follow these guidelines, also:

QUIT WORRYING
Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes along?

PUT IT ON THE LIST
Something needs to be done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can't help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all... God. I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.

TRUST ME
Once you've given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs. YOUR problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.

LEAVE IT ALONE
Don't wake up one morning and say, "Well, I'm feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here." Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It's simple. You gave Me your burdens and I'm taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don't you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with Me and forget about them. Just let Me do my job.

TALK TO ME
I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I'm in control. But there's one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don't forget to talk to Me - OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend.

HAVE FAITH
I see a lot of things from up here that you can't see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I'm doing. Trust Me; you wouldn't want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?

SHARE
You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven't heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.

BE PATIENT
I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to-do-list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.

BE KIND
Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please, know I love each of your differences.

LOVE YOURSELF
As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only -- to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to Me. Don't ever forget that! With all my heart, I love YOU!

- GOD

You are my friend

You're My friend,
my companion,
through good times and bad,
my buddy and friend,
through happy and sad,
beside me you stand,
beside me you walk,
you're there to listen,
you're there to talk,
with happiness,
with smiles,
through pain and tears,
I know you'll be there,
throughout the years!
You're a good friend to me,
and I am truly grateful to you.

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Take your time

Take time to laugh
It is the music of the soul.

Take time to think
It is the source of power.

Take time to play
It is the source of perpetual youth.

Take time to read
It is the fountain of wisdom.

Take time to pray
It is the greatest power on earth.

Take time to be friendly
It is the road to happiness.

Take time to give
It is too short a day to be selfish.

Take time to work
It is the price of success.

Take time to love and be loved
It is a God-given privilege.

Take your own time...

Hammering away


While a man was sitting in his parked car on the street one day, a young lady in the car ahead came over and asked the man if he had a hammer she could borrow.

When he said no, she got one from the man in the car in front of her. She then deftly proceeded to smash out the vent pane on the passenger side of her car. After returning the hammer, she opened her door, took out the keys, and waved them at the man with a triumphant grin.

As she drove away, the fellow who lent her the hammer came over to the man, spread his hands and said, "If only she had told me why she wanted the hammer, I think I could have helped her. I’m a locksmith."

We do tend to go through life hammering away at fragile and valuable things we do not understand and cannot solve, when there is, more often than not, help available to us for the asking. We break and hurt so much in ourselves and in others when, if we would but ask, we could resolve the matter far less painfully.

An old friend of ours over 2000 years ago said, "Ask and it shall be given to you!"

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