Saturday, March 26, 2011

The light

A boy was walking with his father along a lonely road at night carrying a lantern. He told his father he was afraid because the lantern showed such a little way ahead.

The Father answered, "That is so, but if you walk straight on you will find that the light will reach to the end of the journey."

God often gives us light for only a little way ahead, but He always gives at least that, and so He always gives us light enough for the whole journey.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Gift


A young successful attorney said,"The greatest gift I ever received was a gift I got one Christmas when my dad gave me a small box.  Inside was a note saying, 'Son, this year I will give you 365 hours, an hour every day after dinner.  It's yours. We'll talk about what you want to talk about, we'll go where you want to go, play what you want to play.  It will be your hour!'"

"My dad not only kept his promise," he said, "but every year he renewed it - and it's the greatest gift I ever had in my life. I am the result of his time."

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The verdict


A defendant was on trial for murder. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no corpse.  In the defense's closing statement the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, resorted to a trick:

"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all," the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. "Within five minutes, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom through that door."

He looked toward the courtroom door. The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly. Five minute passed. Nothing happened.

Finally the lawyer said, "Actually, I made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I therefore put it to you that there is reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty."

The jury, clearly confused, retired to deliberate. A few minutes later, the jury returned and pronounced a verdict of guilty.

"But how?" inquired the lawyer. "You must have had some doubt, I saw all of you stare at the door."

The jury foreman replied: "Oh, we did look, but your client didn't."

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Watching the sheep



A Wolf followed a flock of sheep for a long time and did not attempt to injure one of them.  The Shepherd at first stood on his guard against him, as against an enemy, and kept a strict watch over his movements.  But when the Wolf, day after day, kept in the company of the sheep and did not make the slightest effort to seize them, the Shepherd began to look upon him as a guardian of his flock rather than as a plotter of evil against it.  When occasion called him one day into the city, he left the sheep entirely in his charge.

The Wolf, now that he had the opportunity, fell upon the sheep, and destroyed the greater part of the flock.  When the Shepherd returned to find his flock destroyed, he exclaimed:  "I have been rightly served; why did I trust my sheep to a Wolf?"

If ministers or pastors do not guard and pray for their flock, the Wolf (Satan) can easily come and wreck havoc and destruction.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kids say it

Jim (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read, "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." Concerned, Jim asked, "What happened to the flea?"

Charles (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried when his mom asked what was troubling him. He replied, "I don’t know what’ll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in it?"

Kevin (age 3) hugged and kissed his mom good night. "I love you so much that when you die I’m going to bury you outside my bedroom window."

Molly (age 4) had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she’d have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked. "How does it know it’s me?"

Susan (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. "Please don’t give me this juice again," she said, "It makes my teeth cough."

Dennis (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked, "How much do I cost?"

Mark (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad, "Why is he whispering in her mouth?"

Chrisine (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her mom knew. Christine looked at her for a while and then asked, "Why doesn’t your skin fit your face?"

Cathy (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn’t remember any more. Cathy said, "If you don’t remember you should look in the back of your panties… Mine say five to six."

Johnny (age 3) was watching his mom breast-feeding his new baby sister. After a while he asked, "Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?"

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Two friends


Once there were two friends - a squirrel and a puppy. They used to live and play together. The squirrel was very sporty and always won the game. The puppy used to feel bad and thought that it was of no use.

One day, it started raining heavily. The squirrel was in high spirits. He started doing antics but suddenly, lost his balance, fell into the rain water and discovered he could not swim.

He called his friend, the puppy for help. The puppy came to his rescue. The squirrel climbed on its back and reached a safe place. He thanked his friend for saving his life.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Church members



Fred Somebody, Thomas Everybody, Susan Anybody, and Joe Nobody were neighbors, but they were not like you and me. All four belonged to the same church, but not sure we’d enjoy worshipping with them.

Everybody went fishing on Sunday or stayed home to visit with friends. Anybody wanted to worship but was afraid Somebody wouldn’t speak to him. So guess who went to church – Nobody.

Really, Nobody was the only decent one of the four. Nobody read the Bible. Nobody listened to the sermon. Nobody gave money to missions. Nobody worked on the church building.

Once they needed a Sunday school teacher. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, and Anybody thought Somebody would do it. And you know who did it? That’s exactly right – Nobody!

It happened that a fifth neighbor (an unbeliever) moved into the area. Again, Everybody thought Somebody should try to witness to him about Jesus. Anybody could have made an effort. You probably know who finally shared the Gospel: Nobody!

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Fishing - season starts Mar 26


After a long wait, the fishing season is opening in GA on March 26th.  We started taking out our fishing gear and plan to go fishing next weekend.

This year too, we plan to stay focused on trout.  If anyone needs free fishing lessons, feel free to ask.  Catching the fish is just part 1.  Later comes cleaning and cooking the fish.  I am not offering that course for free.


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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Be a kid again



Wear your favorite shirt/blouse with your favorite pants/jeans even if they don't match.

Grow a milk mustache.

Have a staring contest with someone not your age.

Make a face the next time somebody tells you "no."

Ask "Why?" a lot.

Believe in fairy tales.

Have someone read you a story.

Sit really still for as long as the dog/cat is asleep in your lap.

Stick your head out the car window and moo if you see a cow.

Walk barefoot in wet grass.

Giggle at nude statues in a museum.

Count the colors in a rainbow.

Take a running jump over a big puddle.

While in the garden, squish some mud between your toes.

While outdoors, find some pretty stones and save them.

Giggle a lot for no real reason.

Do that tap-someone-on-the-shoulder-while-you-stand-on- their-opposite-side-and-they-turn-around-and-no-one's- there thing.

Throw something up and when it lands make a cool exploding bomb noise.

Buy yourself a helium balloon.

Hide your vegetables under your napkin during dinner.

Make a "slurpy" sound with your straw when you get to the bottom of a milkshake/juice.

Put an orange slice in your mouth, peel side out, and smile at people.

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Old Irish Blessing


May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

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Joy



Today's food for thought is bases on Ecclesiastes 2.

King Solomon conducted a series of experiments in a quest to discover by practical experience and analysis how to get the most and best out of life. His experiments included joy. As Solomon described the parameters of his search for meaning in life, he used words that are translated into English as "mirth," "laughter" and "pleasure," all of which we normally associate with joy. Even more interesting is that the word translated "pleasure" in Ecclesiastes 2:1 is the Hebrew word "simha," the word most frequently translated as "joy" throughout the Old Testament.

Solomon admits that his quest rewarded him with a certain amount of joy, but he still found it unsatisfactory. We may think that with all his wealth, good health and a discerning mind, he would have had joy in abundance. What he accomplished, however, did not leave him with an enduring sense of well-being because his search continued after this experiment ended.

He seems so frustrated that he says we should seize the joy as it comes along and be content with it. His ultimate conclusion, found in verse 26, says, "To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness."

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Viewed full moon.


Yesterday evening, we watched the full moon for quite some time, starting from when it was still orange.  In order to see it up close, we took our telescope and set it up outside.

It was a beautiful view, with the shape of a perfect circle, color changing from orange to pure white, and we could view some of the creators on it's surface as well.

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