Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother with father's heart


If I'm not sure of who I am,
I just need to look at you.
You're the kind of person I'd like to be...
One who strives to be like Jesus.

I won't compare your beauty to that Rose,
Although I've seen you display God's grace
when life handed you thorns.
No, your humility would not allow it.

Instead I will just remind you, Mom,
that even a little green sprig is celebrated
in a sun-scorched desert.
Yes, you are a sign of living water
in a land of thirsty hearts and souls.

I won't compare your strength to a mighty tree,
although you've shaded many weary people,
in the healing leaves of your prayers;
and fed them by the fruits of the Spirit
abundantly growing from He Who dwells within you.

Instead I will remind you, Mom,
that all it takes is a few broken twigs
to create a storm-sheltering nest.
And the faith of a little mustard seed
moves God's heart to produce miracles.

And I won't compare your loving heart
to all the mothers' hearts of the world,
because you have the heart
of the loving Heavenly Father.

I love you, Mom,
the way you have taught me to love,
With the love of the Lord.



Credits: Melanie Cummings

Love you forever


A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang:

I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

The baby grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house. He pulled all the books off the shelves. He pulled all the food out of the refrigerator and he took his mother's watch and flushed it down the toilet. Sometimes his mother would say, "This kid is driving me CRAZY!" But at night time, when that two-year-old was quiet, she opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor, looked up over the side of his bed; and if he was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

The little boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was nine years old. And he never wanted to come in for dinner, he never wanted to take a bath, and when grandma visited he always said bad words. Sometimes his mother wanted to sell him to the zoo! But at night time, when he was asleep, the mother quietly opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep, she picked up that nine-year-old boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

The boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a teenager. He had strange friends and he wore strange clothes and he listened to strange music. Sometimes the mother felt like she was in a zoo! But at night time, when that teenager was asleep, the mother opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep she picked up that great big boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

That teenager grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a grown-up man. He left home and got a house across town. But sometimes on dark nights the mother got into her car and drove across town. If all the lights in her son's house were out, she opened his bedroom window, crawled across the floor, and looked up over the side of his bed. If that great big man was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

Well, that mother, she got older. She got older and older and older. One day she called up her son and said, "You better come see because I'm very old and sick." So her son came to see her. When he came in the door she tried to sing the song. She sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always....

But she couldn't finish because she was too old and sick.

The son went to his mother. He picked her up and rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And he sang this song:

I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living my Mom you'll be.

When the son came home that night, he stood for a long time at the top of the stairs.

Then he went into the room where his very new baby daughter was sleeping. He picked her up in his arms and very slowly rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while he rocked her he sang:

I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.



Credits: Robert Munsch

Friday, May 6, 2011

The word.


A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question:

“My full name has six letters. The first one is M. Here is another clue - I pick up things. What am I?”

When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find over 50% of the students answered the question with the word 'Mother'.


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Arthritis


Mamie made frequent trips to the branch post office. One day she confronted a long line of people who were waiting for service from the postal clerks.

Mamie only needed stamps, so a helpful observer asked, “Why don’t you use the stamp machine? You can get all the stamps you need and you won’t have to stand in line.”

Mamie said, “I know, but the machine can’t ask me about my arthritis.”

People still need human contact.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wish List


Things Women Want to Hear, but Never Do

Wow, I just don't know what to do with this money we won in the lottery, so why don't you take it to the mall and see if you can find something to buy with it.

Hey, how about inviting your mother to spend the summer with us.

Oh, go ahead and eat that third piece of chocolate cream pie. If it's one thing I hate it's skinny women.

What luck, they had a special rental rate at the video store on romance movies.

You know, that Pam Anderson just doesn't seem to have the brain power that I find so attractive in a woman.

What a break, I won a prize on the radio station.... tickets to either the super bowl or the opening of the New York Ballet. I got first choice so pack your bags for New York, we get to go to the ballet!!!

Who wants to play golf when I can get to see how good the lawn looks when it's freshly mowed.

Shoot, there's nothing on TV but football games. Let's go furniture shopping.

Man I tell you, nothing feels better than getting all spruced up in a suit and tie.

I'm getting a little tired of steak on the grill. How about a nice quiche?

You know, I think I'd really prefer the four-door sedan to that impractical Corvette.

Golly I think we're lost. Let me find a gas station to ask for directions.

My golf clubs are only 30 years old. Why don't you use the money my parents gave us to get something nice for the house.

If the guys call and want me to go to that new sports club with them, tell them I'm busy. I really want to get the living room painted tonight.

Sports cars are just such stupid little toys for men who have never really grown up.

If you're looking for me later, I'll be over there looking at the home decorating magazines.

You know, we really don't visit your relatives enough.

Why don't you relax this weekend. I'll take care of the cooking and housework.

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National Day of Prayer

Today, the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation," is the National day of prayer.

This year, the theme is, "A Mighty Fortress is our God."

It is based on Psalm 91:2 "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 



On the website of the church that I currently attend - Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, it says, how to pray:


How to P.R.A. Y.

Praise.  Thank God for what He has already accomplished through Jesus.

Repent.  Confess your sins and shortcomings. Repent personally and on behalf of our nation.  The Lord is quick to forgive when we come to Him.

Ask.  Ask God to reveal truth, turn our hearts back to Him, and bring healing.

Yield.  Yield to the Lord and recognize He has heard our prayers and will answer according to His will.  He is waiting to provide guidance and direction!

To find an event in your community, click here.

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Mission trips


My son signed up for 'Inner city mission trip' to Dallas from June 4 - 11.  I hope to sign up for something similar this year.

Click here to check out the list of mission trips available available at the church I am currently attending.


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No difference



Small as a peanut,
Big as a giant,
We're all the same size
When we turn off the light.

Rich as a sultan,
Poor as a mite,
We're all worth the same
When we turn off the light.

Red, black or orange,
Yellow or white,
We all look the same
When we turn off the light.

So maybe the way
To make everything right
Is for God to just reach out
And turn off the light!



Credits: Shel Silverstein



Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Think


Today before you think of saying an unkind word – Think of someone who can’t speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife – Think of someone ho’s crying out for a companion.

Today before you complain about life – Think of someone who went too early to heaven/hell.

Before you complain about your children – Think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn’t clean or sweep – Think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive – Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job – Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another – Remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one Maker.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down – Put a smile on your face and thank — you’re alive and still around.

Life is a gift – Live it, Enjoy it, Celebrate it, And Fulfill it!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What men say but really mean


"I can't find it," REALLY MEANS, "It didn't fall into my outstretched hands, so I'm completely clueless."

"That's women's work," REALLY MEANS, "It's dirty, difficult and thankless."

"Will you marry me?" REALLY MEANS, "Both my room mates have moved out, I can't find the washer, and there is no more peanut butter."

"It's a guy thing," REALLY MEANS, "There is no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical."

"Can I help with dinner?" REALLY MEANS, "Why isn't it already on the table?"

"It would take too long to explain, "REALLY MEANS, "I have no idea how it works."

"I'm getting more exercise lately," REALLY MEANS, "The batteries in the remote are dead."

"We're going to be late," REALLY MEANS, "Now I have a legitimate excuse to drive like a maniac."

"Take a break, honey, you're working too hard, "REALLY MEANS, "I can't hear the game over the vacuum cleaner."

"That's interesting, dear," REALLY MEANS, "Are you still talking?"

"Honey, we don't need material things to prove our love, REALLY MEANS, "I forgot our anniversary again."

"It's really a good movie," REALLY MEANS, "It's got guns, knives, fast cars, and good looking women."

"You know how bad my memory is," REALLY MEANS, "I remember the words to the theme song of "F Troop", the address of the first girl I kissed, the Vehicle Identification Number of every car I've ever owned, but I forgot your birthday."

"Oh, don't fuss. I just cut myself. It's no big deal," REALLY MEANS, "I have actually severed a limb, but will bleed to death before I admit I'm hurt."

"I do help around the house," REALLY MEANS, "I once threw a dirty towel near the laundry basket."

"What did I do this time?" REALLY MEANS, "What did you catch me doing?"

"She's one of the rabid feminists," REALLY MEANS, "She refused to make my coffee."

"I heard you," REALLY MEANS, "I haven't the foggiest clue what you just said, and am hoping desperately that I can fake it well enough so that you don't spend the next 3 days yelling at me."

"You really look terrific in that outfit," REALLY MEANS, "Please don't try on another outfit. I'm starving."

"I missed you," REALLY MEANS, "I can't find my sock drawer, the kids are hungry and we are out of toilet paper."

"I'm not lost. I know exactly where we are," REALLY MEANS, "No one will ever see us alive again."

"We share the housework," REALLY MEANS, "I make the messes. She cleans them up."

"I don't need to read the instructions," REALLY MEANS, "I am perfectly capable of messing it up without printed help."

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Things My Mother Taught Me



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Lester


Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes–
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six–or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes ’til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more…and more…they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted–and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead–with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new–here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

Credits: Shel Silverstein


Monday, May 2, 2011

Holiday


Last August, Osama bin Laden, not feeling well and concerned about his mortality, goes to consult a psychic about the date of his death.

Closing her eyes and silently reaching into the realm of the future, she finds the answer. "You will die on an American holiday."

"Which one?" Osama bin Laden asks nervously.

"It doesn't matter," replied the psychic. "Whenever you die, it will be an American holiday!"

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Checkmate, Al qaeda

Obama: About the Birth Certificate




Credits: The White House Blog

From and American wife and mother


Here is letter that was published right after 9/11.  It was titled, "To Osama and the boys - from an American wife and mother. Check out the emotions of the writer.
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Yo, Osama!

Well, the government finally named you as a suspect, so I guess it's fair to talk about you now.  Thought you had us, didn't you?  What a laugh!  You did more to unify this country than George Washington.

See, we Americans had gotten sort of distracted.  We worried about things like lockboxes, taxes, and who was committing hanky panky with whom.  We were too stressed to reach out to one another, to sit down and talk with our kids, to call our spouses at work and tell them we loved them.  We were MUCH too busy to even think about giving blood or going to the hardware store to buy and hang an American flag.

You changed all that, Osama, you and your gang of creeps.  I met my neighbors in the park across the street tonight.  We talked quietly while everybody gathered.  Then we lit our candles, and just stood there silently, holding them.  Without anybody saying anything, we walked back to our neighborhood, and set them on our doorsteps.  They are still burning.  You will never be able to put them out.

See, Osama?  You think you get ticked off when someone messes with your culture, your beliefs, your country?  Just wait a minute, you flea bitten, miserable excuse for human DNA!  You haven't seen anything like the anger of a MOTHER whose son has to go off to defend their homeland against your cowardice and hatred. You haven't seen anything like the WIFE of a fireman, policeman, or EMT who clings to hope wondering if he'll ever return from trying to help his fellow man in your moment of destruction.

You haven't seen anything like the WOMAN who will keep her family, and her neighbor's family, and her best friend's family, and country's family going when hope and energy falls low.  You haven't seen anything like the good OLE GIRL who weeps tears of agony for families she's never known or never will meet, just because she cares.

You think the American MEN are bad?  You just better thank your lucky stars that you aren't dealing with one of us American WOMEN right now.  Trust me, the men are the ones showing restraint.  I have heard the best ideas of just how graphically you need to be disposed of lately in the beauty shop, nail salon, and the grocery store lines.

I've had more meaningful conversations with my teenager this week than in the last couple of years combined.  Tonight I was driving her to a friend's house when the voice of Lee Greenwood came over the radio singing, "I'm Proud to Be an American".  We were stuck in traffic, and normally we would have been snapping at one another.  She started singing along softly with the radio.  I joined in.  By the second verse, we were singing at the top of our voices, with the windows rolled down.  People stuck in traffic on either side of us joined in.   By the time we were finally able to move a little, perfect strangers were wiping their eyes, blowing their horns, and shouting good wishes to one another.

I hung an American flag on my house yesterday for the first time in my life.  I'd like to get another one, but there are no flags or anything else red, white, or blue left in any store in this town.  My daughter and I did find some white and blue ribbon in the sewing box.  Tomorrow we're going to make a huge blue-and-white bow and fasten it to the front grille of the car.

I called my husband at work today just to tell him I loved him.  I hadn't done that for a while - too busy, I guess.  It felt wonderful.  We are going to send some money to a fund to help the victims.  Tonight at the dinner table we talked about the various charities and tried to decide which one was best.  Normally we just eat and run.  It was the best dinner table conversation we've had in a long time.  We finally decided on a fund that's been set up for the children of the rescue workers who were killed in New York City.  We'd never given much thought to appreciating all they do for us before now.

My husband and I are on a waiting list to give blood.  It'll be awhile before our names come up; there are over 500 people ahead of us.  There's been a shortage of blood in this area.  I wouldn't be surprised if the blood donated all across this country eventually saves more people than you killed.  That would be a fitting memorial to those who died.

We're sticking together. Our politicians are rising to the occasion. Rudy Giuliani and George W. Bush never looked half as statesmanlike as they have this week.  Partisan bickering?  What's that?  Half the Congress stood on the steps of the Capitol the other night and sang "God Bless America".

See, Osama, you underestimated us. And maybe for too long we've been underestimating ourselves.  This is the greatest, strongest, richest, most beautiful country in the world.  Our firefighters, policemen, EMTs, and people like the ones on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania have reminded us that we're also the bravest and most determined.

You can't destroy us, and you can't stop us.  Because we're coming, Osama.

Just thought you oughta know.  And, just to show you how good hearted we Americans are, I will end by saying THANK YOU.  Not for the lives taken, for which we now mourn, nor for the destruction, but for instilling back into the hearts of every American, young and old, black, white, red, or yellow, what we always knew deep down.  We are strong. We are brave.  We are ONE NATION, UNITED UNDER GOD.  We will overcome this, as we have always overcome those moments that tested our very being.

And, Osama, I say this, all the while asking God to forgive ME, for I do not feel any compassion or have any mercy on your soul, but...may you and all your cowardly friends soon sit happily in those front row seats you have reserved in Hell.

Life's little instructions


1. Every so often push your luck.

2. Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed.

3. Never give up on anybody -- miracles happen every day.

4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

5. Learn to listen.

6. Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.

7. Don't expect others to listen to your advice or ignore your example.

8. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.

9. Leave everything a little better than you found it.

10. Don't forget: a person's emotional need is to feel appreciated.

11. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

12. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

13. Make new friends but cherish the old ones.

14. Don't use time or words carelessly, neither can be retrieved.

15. Judge your success by the degree that you're enjoying peace, health, and love.

16. Smile a lot: it costs nothing and is beyond price.



Credits: Jackson Brown

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Superman



Superman announces that he is going to give up his U.S. citizenship. Despite very literally being an alien immigrant, Superman has long been seen as a patriotic symbol of "truth, justice, and the American way," from his embrace of traditional American ideals to the iconic red and blue of his costume.

However, he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville.

Click here to read more.



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Sweet Revenge


There were two high school sweethearts who dated chastely for all four years of high school. When they graduated, they wanted to both go to the same college but the girl was accepted to a college on the east coast while the guy went to the west coast.

They agreed to be faithful to each other and spend anytime they could together. As time went on, the guy would call the girl but she was never home and when he wrote, she would take weeks to return any letters. Even when he e-mailed her, she took days to return his messages. Finally, she confessed to him that she wanted to date around. It was evident that she had become very loose and trampy but he still saw the good in her and wanted to win her back. But she became annoyed. Since she now had a new boyfriend, she wanted to get him off her back. So what she did was this:

She took a photo of herself in an unmentionable position with her new boyfriend and sent it to her old boyfriend with a note reading, "I found a new boyfriend, leave me alone."

Well needless to say, this guy was heartbroken, but even more so, he was very upset. So what he did next was awesome:

He wrote on the back of the photo the following: "Dear Mom and Dad, having a great time at college, please send more money!" and then mailed the picture to her parents.

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Bible Study

Today, while listening to the sermon, I felt as if I knew so little from the Bible. I was carrying my Bible with me, and I felt a desire to learn more about the Bible. Even though I have read the Bible, I've not fully understood what's written in it.

Hence, I am planning to enroll myself in a Bible study class at a neighboring church.  While it's impossible to learn everything, I hope to learn at least few things from it.

I shall share my knowledge by posting few things that I learn at the Bible study.

Smile


A smile is better than pills
To ease all the everyday strife;
It perks up your heart and your spirit
So you can cope with everyday life.

It takes more muscles to frown
Than to flash a smile to the world;
It helps heal a broken heart
Like a waving banner unfurled.

It shows people you still have hope
That a better tomorrow will bring,
That no matter how bad the winter,
You still have the promise of spring.

So, smile when your heart is heavy,
It's the only thing you can do,
Frowning won't change the problem,
But smiling will your spirits renew.


Credits: Mary Eileen Butera

Easter one liners

We just celebrated Easter last week.  Here are few one liners:


Q: How do bunnies stay healthy?
A: Eggercise

Q: What do you get when you cross a chicken and the Easter Bunny?
A: A good Easter.

Q: What do you call Easter when you are hopping around?
A: Hoppy Easter!

Q: "Why are you studying your Easter candy?"
A: "I'm trying to decide which came first-the chocolate chicken or the chocolate egg!"

Q: What do you get when you find a rabbit with no hair?
A: A hairless hare!

Q: Why are people always tired in April?
A: Because they just finished a march

Q: Why did the Easter egg hide?
A: He was a little chicken!

Q: What do you call a duck who plays basketball?
A: A slam duck.

Q: What do you call a bunny with a large brain?
A: An egghead.

Q: What grows between your nose and chin?
A: Tulips (Two Lips).

Q: What's red and blue and sogs up your Easter basket?
A:Coloured scrambled eggs!

Q: Why did the rabbit cross the road?
A: Because it was the chicken's day off.

Q: What do you call a bunny with a dictionary in his pants?
A: A smarty pants.

Q: What would you call the Easter Bunny if he married a chicken?
A: The very first rabbit to lay an egg!

Q: What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards?
A: A receding hareline.

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