Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall is here



Summer is gone, and fall this year's fall begins today, Sept 22nd at 10:49 AM on the east coast. Starting today, the temperature will start dropping and days tend to be shorter.

The old weather proverb says, "If autumn leaves are slow to fall, then prepare for a cold winter."

It's now time to pull out jackets from the closet and change our blankets. I would also stock some hot coca drinks to enjoy with marshmallows. Last week on a shopping trip, I noticed stores started stocking Christmas items - 2012 is almost over now.

Couple of my friends have taken a trip to the smokey mountains and they said they could see the leaves changing color. 





Friday, September 21, 2012

Sufferings

These days, I am reading the book of Job - one of the six books of wisdom. I started reading it aloud to my family, so that they can listen to it and learn as well.  While on the very first chapter my son commented, "Wow, what a day Job had to endure - and I thought I was having a bad day!!" It also has some nice vocabulary words worth picking up.

The setting of the book is interesting - Job is a righteous and wealthy person; blameless and upright; who feared God and turned away from evil. He was indeed the greatest man in the east. Then comes Satan proposing to God that Job be stripped of all his wealth and pleasures to test how devout he is. God agrees to Satan's request to test his fidelity. In the process, Job is stripped off all his belongings including children, house, servants and wealth.  His wife mocks him to curse God and die. Job holds on to his faith and endures the pain. Three of his friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar after hearing his calamity, come to visit him. After seeing the state Job is in, they sit with him for seven days and seven nights without uttering a word. Indeed, silence speaks and it was probably the most compassionate thing they did. After seven days and seven nights, their silence is broken by Job.

The book is a conversation between Job and his three friends. Emotions such as distress, pain, shame, bitterness, anger and disappointment are captured in this book to the maximum extend a human can endure.

Seldom is this book read by many of us.  If you plan to read it, I recommend reading one chapter a day and meditate over it. Put yourself in the shoes of Job and try to imagine the hardships this man had to face.  Notice the amount of pain he suffered - I won't break the spoiler as to what happens in the end; you may have guessed it.  However, it is worth travelling with Job in his journey, by reading those 42 chapters, one chapter a day.

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A lesson from sociology



Here is a story of a lady who took a class in sociology.

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I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology.

The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called, ‘Smile.’ The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.

We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.I did not move an inch…. an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.

As I turned around I smelled a horrible ‘dirty body’ smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was ‘smiling’. His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance. He said, ‘Good day’ as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.

The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation. I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, ‘Coffee is all Miss’ because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it – the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.

I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman’s cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, ‘Thank you.’

I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, ‘I did not do this for you.. God is here working through me to give you hope.’

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, ‘That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope..’. We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not church goers, but we are believers… That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand. I turned in ‘my project’ and the instructor read it.Then she looked up at me and said, ‘Can I share this?’ I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.

She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed. In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my son, the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.

I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn : Unconditional Acceptance.

Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to:

Love people and use things;
NOT
Love things and use people.

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.
God gives every bird it’s food, but He does not throw it into its nest.



I Have But One Thing In Life



I have but one thing in life

That really matters to me,

It is something that is VERY PRECIOUS

That I'll cherish till life's end .

It isn't a pretty flower,

Nor a Golden Rainbow's Hue

It's not the tiny raindrops

That cause a Morning Dew.

It's one thing that is DEAR to me

Makes my world  seem not so BLUE,

It is the MOST important thing

And that ONE THING is you !
 

" THANK YOU "

For Being That *SOMETHING*  in my life

That is more * PRECIOUS * than any words I could ever say. . . .




Credits: DAWN MARIE BARTON  & Judith Johnson Kypta

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Towards 5th year

Dear Readers,

Early this week, we counted 4 years since we started posting on this corner of the World Wide Web. Several people have contributed towards the contents of this page - thank you. While I have not been punctual and regular in posting daily, it is somehow staying alive despite the ups and downs and inching towards 5th year.

For the next few days, I am going to post few poems from Judith Johnson Kypta. Last week she published the Abby Ding Glove series.  Click here to find a list of her books at Amazon. Good luck on your new book Judi.

Thank you
:-)


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Smiley turns 30


The smiley emoticon turned 30 years today.

Professor Scott Fahlman, of Carnegie Mellon University. Fahlman is credited with creating the common :-) hieroglyphic when he included it in an email on September 19th, 1982, but he never imagined that it would become a universal standard.

To me, I love it and use it whenever I can.

:-)


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The Silence of My Soul



In the quiet of the evening
After the day, has taken its toll
I close my eyes and listen
To the silence of my soul

It is so very comforting
As my mind and soul connect
As my thoughts begin sorting
Bringing forth, a calming effect

Then I listen to my heartbeat
As it pumps, so quietly . . .
My mind, my soul and my heart
What comprises . . . most of me

A work of our great "Creator"
Everything is under . . . His rule
The very breath, He breathed
Became the silence of my soul


Credits: Judith Johnson Kypta

Monday, September 17, 2012

Testimony


Once a traveler was spending time with a group of villagers in Bolivia - home to the world's most dangerous roads. Bolivia’s Death Road, dubbed the world’s most dangerous road takes up to 5 hours and starts at a breathlessly high altitude of 15,400 feet, covered by awesome snow-covered peaks.

He shared his testimony, "I was driving a 4 horse carriage on the dreaded Death Road and about mid way, my carriage fell down the cliff. While falling down, I thought I was dead, but I escaped with just minor bruises even though all my 4 horses died. God is wonderful - he carried me in his arms and I lived to share this story with you today."

The villagers praised God and shared the happiness with this traveler.  A man listening to this story said, "I have an ever greater testimony to share."

The villagers were amazed and wondered - what would that testimony be and asked the man, "What is that?"

The man replied, "I have traveled on the Death Road hundreds of times and till today I have not fallen down once - God is in full control, His angels carried me and my horses in their arms every time I traveled that path."

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