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Old 07-15-2011, 07:24 PM   #2441
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Thankful Gratitude

We all have reason to be thankful,
They can be large or something small;
We thank God for changes in fortune,
We may not notice small things at all.

The sun streaming through our windows,
The birds flying out of a tree,
A day from pain for a loved one,
The fact that you simply can be.

The beat of the rain in the winter,
The warmth of the fire on the hearth,
These are the things to give thanks for
To bless them for what they are worth.

God gives us blessings each day
That we hardly notice are there.
We should be thankful for all things,
We should try to be more aware

Of the wonders that daily surround us;
We should give prayers of thanks every day
For God's blessings, no matter how small.
They all show His love in their way.


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DIFFERENT DRUMMERS

If I do not want what you want, please try not to tell me that my want is wrong. Or if I believe other than you, at least pause before you correct my view. Or if my emotion is less than yours, or more, given the same circumstances, try not to ask me to feel more strongly or weakly. Or yet if I act, or fail to act, in the manner of your design for action, let me be.

I do not, for the moment at least, ask you to understand me. That will come
only when you are willing to give up changing me into a copy of you.
I may be your spouse, your parent, your offspring, your friend, or your
colleague. If you will allow me any of my own wants, or emotions, or beliefs,
or actions, you open yourself, so that someday these ways of mine might
not seem so wrong, and might finally appear to you as right -- for me.

To put up with me is the first step to understanding me. Not that you embrace my ways as right for you, but that you are no longer irritated or disappointed with me for my seeming waywardness. And in understanding me you might come to prize my differences from you, and, far from seeking to change me, preserve and even nurture those differences.
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Strong Woman vs. Woman of Strength

A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape, but a women of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape.

A strong woman isn't afraid of anything, but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear.

A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of her, but a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future. A woman of strength realizes life's mistakes can also be God's blessings and capitalizes on them.

A strong woman walks sure footedly, but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls.

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face, but a woman of strength wears grace.

A strong woman has self esteem that she is strong enough for the journey, but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey-she will become strong.

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A Blue Rose
Having four visiting family members, my wife was very busy, so I offered to go to the store for her to get some needed items, which included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags, detergent and Clorox. So off I went.
I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies and headed for the checkout counter, only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man who appeared to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn't in a hurry, so I patiently waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, "Mommy, I'm over here."
It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged and also startled as he turned and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said, "Hey Buddy, what's your name?"
My name is Denny and I'm shopping with my mother," he responded proudly.
"Wow," I said, "that's a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Steve."
"Steve, like Stevarino?" he asked. "Yes," I answered. "How old are you Denny?"
"How old am I now, Mommy?" he asked his mother as she slowly came over from the next aisle.
"You're fifteen-years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass by."
I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with excitement, because he was the center of someone's attention. He then abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.
Denny's mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn't even look at him, much less talk to him.
I told her that it was my pleasure and then I said something I have no idea where it came from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow, and pink roses in God's Garden; however, "Blue Roses" are very rare and should be appreciated for their beauty and distinctiveness. You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if someone doesn't stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose with their kindness, then they've missed a blessing from God.
She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, "Who are you?"
Without thinking I said, "Oh, I'm probably just a dandelion, but I sure love living in God's garden."
She reached out, squeezed my hand and said, "God bless you!" and then I had tears in my eyes.
May I suggest, the next time you see a BLUE ROSE, don't turn your head and walk off. Take the time to smile and say Hello. Why? Because, by the grace of GOD, this mother or father could be you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece or nephew. What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.
From an old dandelion! Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
"People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel!".
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"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers:
For thereby some have entertained
Angels unawares."
Hebrews 13:2 KJV
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Blind Ambition


Charlie Boswell has always been one of my heroes. He has inspired me and thousands of others to rise above circumstances and live our true passion. Charlie was blinded during World War II while rescuing his friend from a tank that was under fire. He was a great athlete before his accident and in a testimony to his talent and determination he decided to try a brand new sport, a sport he never imagined playing, even with his eyesight . . . golf!

Through determination and a deep love for the game he became the National Blind Golf Champion! He won that honor 13 times. One of his heroes was the great golfer Ben Hogan, so it truly was an honor for Charlie to win the Ben Hogan Award in 1958.

Upon meeting Ben Hogan, Charlie was awestruck and stated that he had one wish and it was to have one round of golf with the great Ben Hogan.

Mr. Hogan agreed that playing a round together would be an honor for him as well, as he had heard about all of Charlie’s accomplishments and truly admired his skills.

“Would you like to play for money, Mr. Hogan?” blurted out Charlie.

“I can’t play you for money, it wouldn’t be fair!” said Mr. Hogan.

“Aw, come on, Mr. Hogan…$1,000 per hole!”

“I can’t, what would people think of me, taking advantage of you and your circumstance,” replied the sighted golfer.

“Chicken, Mr. Hogan?”

“Okay,” blurted a frustrated Hogan, “but I am going to play my best!”

“I wouldn’t expect anything else,” said the confident Boswell.

“You’re on Mr. Boswell, you name the time and the place!”

A very self-assured Boswell responded “10 o’clock . . . tonight!”


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Had to share this one...

You never know what will come out the mouth of a child-


LITTLE GIRL ON A PLANE

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, "What would you want to talk about?"

"Oh, I don't know," said the atheist. "How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?" as he smiled smugly.

"OK," she said. "Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?"

The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmmm, I have no idea."

To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don't know Crap?"

....And then she went back to reading her book.
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Caterina, this was so humorous. My teenaged son read this and really laughed. Thanks for the smile today!
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You never know what will come out the mouth of a child-


LITTLE GIRL ON A PLANE

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, "What would you want to talk about?"

"Oh, I don't know," said the atheist. "How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?" as he smiled smugly.

"OK," she said. "Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?"

The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmmm, I have no idea."

To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don't know Crap?"

....And then she went back to reading her book.
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In kindergarten your idea of a good friend was the person who let you
have the red crayon when all that was left was the ugly black one.

In first grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went to the
bathroom with you and held your hand as you walked through the scary
halls.

In second grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you
stand up to the class bully.

In third grade your idea of a good friend was the person who shared their
lunch with you when you forgot yours on the bus.

In fourth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who was willing
to switch square dancing partners in gym so you wouldn't have to be stuck
do-si-do-ing with Nasty Nick or Smelly Susan.

In fifth grade your idea of a friend was the person who saved a seat on
the back of the bus for you.

In sixth grade your idea of a friend was the person who went up to Nick
or Susan, your new crush, and asked them to dance with you, so that if
they said no you wouldn't have to be embarrassed.

In seventh grade your idea of a friend was the person who let you copy
the social studies homework from the night before that you had.

In eighth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you
pack up your stuffed animals and old baseball but didn't laugh at you when
you finished and broke out into tears.

In ninth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who would go to
a party thrown by a senior so you wouldn't wind up being the only freshman
there.

In tenth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who changed
their schedule so you would have someone to sit with at lunch.

In eleventh grade your idea of a good friend was the person who gave you
rides in their new car, convinced your parents that you shouldn't be
grounded, consoled you when you broke up with Nick or Susan, and found you
a date to the prom.

In twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you
pick out a college/university, assured you that you would get into that
college/university, helped you deal with your parents who were having a
hard time adjusting to the idea of letting you go...

At graduation your idea of a good friend was the person who was crying on
the inside but managed the biggest smile one could give as they
congratulated you.

The summer after twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person
who helped you sneak out of the house when you just couldn't deal with
your parents, assured you that now that you and Nick or you and Susan
were back together, you could make it through anything, helped you pack up
for university and just silently hugged you as you looked through blurry eyes
at 18 years of memories you were leaving behind, and finally on those last days of
childhood, went out of their way to give you reassurance that you would
make it in college as well as you had these past 18 years, and most
importantly sent you off to college knowing you were loved.

Now, your idea of a good friend is still the person who gives you the
better of the two choices, holds your hand when you're scared, helps you
fight off those who try to take advantage of you, thinks of you at times
when you are not there, reminds you of what you have forgotten, helps you
put the past behind you but understands when you need to hold on to it a
little longer, stays with you so that you have confidence, goes out of
their way to make time for you, helps you clear up your mistakes, helps
you deal with pressure from others, smiles for you when they are sad,
helps you become a better person, and most importantly loves you!
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Catrina- I really enjoyed your last post. It is so true.
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I am humbled by the strength and beauty of this young woman's spirit. Read the short caption here and may you enjoy the video as much as I did.

A video of a young Chinese girl playing the piano is about to make your day.

The footage may force you to examine the excuses you make not to tackle those major challenges in your own life.

"Souvenir D'enfance" by Richard Clayderman is not an easy piece to play. The girl plays beautifully, with the sort of lyrical maturity not often found in youngsters new to their instruments.

Even more impressive, she first sat down at a piano a mere three years ago.
And if that wasn't enough to wow you, she has no fingers on her right hand.

Watch the amazing performance below.
…..Sure shows us what determination can accomplish!!!


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Chinese girl with no fingers on one hand wows on piano | Good News - Yahoo! News
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Have posted this before but thought it worth posting again. This is a beautiful and meaningful streaming video.

Be sure your speakers are on, sit back and enjoy!

Magnificent
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Master of The Storms
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"Ride your motorcycle today," were the words that I was hearing in my
spirit. When God speaks, I do my best to heed the words.

I looked out of the window. It looked cloudy. It looked like rain and it
didn't seem wise to ride my motorcycle.

I checked the weather report quickly on my computer. 80% chance of
thunderstorms was the result. Not just rain - THUNDERSTORMS!

"Ride your motorcycle today," I heard again, this time clearer and more
insistent. I've learned to listen to the voice even when it doesn't exactly
agree with my logical sensibilities.

So I put my briefcase in the luggage box on the back, put on my helmet,
cranked up and took off. As I left the subdivision It felt that the bike (a
BMW RT1100) wasn't riding as smooth as normal. Was it just me or was the
bike unbalanced?

A truck went by me and the driver blew the horn and yelled out the window,
"You've got a flat tire on the back!"

I was halfway to the office. I stopped and looked at the back tire. I
couldn't really get a good look at it while sitting on the bike but it
wasn't completely flat, just flat enough to cause the bike to wobble
slightly. So I slowly continued on to the office. I had not ridden the
motorcycle in awhile so I figured the tire just lost air as the motorcycle
was sitting.

I called my wife and asked her to drop off the portable air pump I keep in
her van on her way to pick up the kids.

Then the rain came. It poured down. I looked out of my office window at the
bike being drenched in the parking lot and thought that it needed a good
washing anyway.

By closing time the rain had stopped and my wife had left the air pump on
the bike seat. I pumped up tire. As I turned the pump off I heard a slight
hissing. I looked closely and saw that the tire had a nail or screw in it.
It was a slow leak. I figured that I could make it home and patch it later
so I cranked up and drove off. The sky looked dark and ominous.

Then the bottom fell out.

In 30 seconds I was absolutely drenched.

It was refreshing I thought and at least since I was thoroughly drenched, I
absolutely couldn't get any wetter. I slowly drove along as thunder rattled
my helmet. Lightning flashed every few seconds. It was as if I was in the
maelstrom of angry winds, electricity and water.

The rain was so heavy that I could barely see. I was expecting lightning to
strike around me at any moment because the thunder was a constant crack and rumble.

In the midst of all of that seeming mess, I heard Him speak,

"You have storms ahead but remember during the storms that I will be with
you. I am the master of the storms and I am sending you into them, have no
fear for I am with you."

With a tire oozing air, a waterfall of water pouring over me, lightning
flashing like police lights and thunder booming like canon fire, I rode on.
I was aware of it all but completely at peace and unafraid. Oddly enough, I
was quite comfortable.

I walked into the house dripping a steady stream of water.

"Look at you!" my wife and kids exclaimed.

"It was a magnificent ride," I said.

It was.


You have storms ahead but always remember those words spoken in the midst of the storm.

"I am the master of the storms, have no fear for I am with you."
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There is...

For every hectic work day there is a quiet rest...

For every painful experience there is a healing touch...

For every negative feeling there is an abiding joy...

For every disappointment there is a certain hope...

For every turbulent storm there is a sure foundation...

For every doubting thought there is a calm assurance...

For every hurtful action there is a forgiving love.

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

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A Memo from God

"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of the human
The things which God has prepared for those who love God." 1 Cor 2:9

Please be aware that there are some changes you need to make in your life. These changes need to be completed in order that I can fulfill My promises to you and grant you peace, joy and happiness. I know, I've already given you the 10 commandments - keep them, but follow these guidelines too.

QUIT WORRYING
Life may have dealt you a tough blow and you are worried about it. 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 your way?

PUT IT ON THE LIST
Something needs to be done or taken care of? Put it on "the list." Not YOUR list. Put it on MY 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. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problems with finances? Put them on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For YOUR sake, put them on MY list. In fact, if the truth were 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. 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're feeling stronger? 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'll 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 what? I can handle it! But there's one thing I hope you'll never forget. Please don't ever forget to talk to Me - OFTEN! I love you. I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in the things that are 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 best friend.

HAVE FAITH
I see a lot of things from here that you can't see from your perspective. 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. All you have to do is trust Me.

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You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? Hey, 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 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 arranged it so that in your lifetime, you could enjoy a world of experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, you have children, you change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places and meet thousands of people - and it all takes time. So why do you get so impatient when I take a little longer than you'd like to handle something on your list. Trust MY timing, because believe me - it's perfect.

BE KIND
Be kind to others, because 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. For MY Sake (and yours) please try and get along. I created everyone different, in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. And guess what, I LOVE each and every one of the differences.

LOVE YOURSELF
If I love you, how can you NOT love yourself? I created you for one purpose - 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 hurt when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to Me. Don't ever forget that!

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Time for some chuckles...

I was in the six item express lane at the store quietly fuming. Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line pushing a cart piled high with groceries. Imagine my delight when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward looked into the cart and asked sweetly, 'So which six items would you like to buy?'

Wouldn't it be great if that happened more often?

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Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbor and his wife were told there would be a 45-minute wait for a table. 'Young man, we're both 90 years old, ' the husband said ..'We may not have 45 minutes.' They were seated immediately.
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The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would 'hate' to have to make a living under the laws they've passed.
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All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom; the bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand. The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the priest smiled broadly. As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.
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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
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Three friends from the local congregation were asked, 'When you're in your casket, and friends and congregation members are mourning over you, what would you like them to say?'
Artie said: ' I would like them to say I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man.'

Eugene commented: 'I would like them to say I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God who made a huge difference in people's lives.'

Al said: 'I'd like them to say, 'Look, he's moving!'
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Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks the Lord... 'God, what does a million years mean to you?'
The Lord replies, 'A minute.'
Smith asks, 'And what does a million dollars mean to you?'
The Lord replies, 'A penny.'
'Smith asks, 'Can I have a penny?'
'The Lord replies, 'In a minute.'

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A man goes to a shrink and says, 'Doctor, my wife is unfaithful to me. Every evening, she goes to Larry's bar and picks up men. In fact, she sleeps with anybody who asks her! I'm going crazy. What do you think I should do?'
'Relax,' says the Doctor, 'take a deep breath and calm down. Now, tell me, exactly where is Larry's bar?'
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John was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully. 'Give me one last request, dear,'he said.
'Of course, John,' his wife said softly.
'Six months after I die,' he said, 'I want you to marry George.'
'But I thought you hated George,' she said.
With his last breath John said, 'I do!'

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A man goes to see the Rabbi. 'Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it.'
The Rabbi asked, 'What's wrong?'
The man replied, 'My wife is poisoning me.'
The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, 'How can that be?'
The man then pleads, 'I'm telling you, I'm certain she's poisoning me, what should I do?'
The Rabbi then offers, 'Tell you what. Let me talk to her, I'll see what I can find out and I'll let you know.'
A week later the Rabbi calls the man and says, "I spoke to her on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?'
The man said yes and the Rabbi replied, 'Take the poison'
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Today may be the first day of the rest of your life; but what you did yesterday may be the memory in the minds of others beyond your lifetime....
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Jesus' Great Mercy
Christ died and rose so that sin and accusation would never have the last word. I rejoice that mercy and redemption are possible for every repentant sinner who comes to Christ, because this means it is possible for me!
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Beautiful encouraging post, Joan, thanks so much!
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I love this thread - this is such a blessing! Rough day and this made me laugh and worship!
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Binding The Wounds

Tornadoes don't happen in the mountains. Ask anybody.

The weather in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, where I live, promises to be the safest on earth. Our weather is tempered by the mountains we love, and though we are not as high as the Rockies, when tornadoes infrequently touch down, they are swiftly sent packing up the next slope, and into the sky. That's the way it's always been until now.

It happened late at night, when the powerful tornadoes swept through Alabama, and five other states. My community, in southwest Virginia, was the only thing standing in their way.

One. Two. Three. Four tornadoes, raced past the Tennessee/Virginia border and into the small town of Glade Spring. Then they hit Chilhowie, and barreled on. But the greatest destruction remained in Glade Spring, along with a tragic loss of life.

It chills me to realize that we are talking about life and death. Their community, just like ours. Their homes, just like ours. Their families, just like ours. Their hopes and dreams, shattered, just as ours would be. Their grief was so palpable that it tore through my heart, as I realized it could have been me. It could have been my house flattened, as we slumbered in our beds. It could have been my family, and my husband gone.

"No man is an island, entire of itself," wrote the great Churchman and poet, John Donne, "every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main... any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

So, for those of us who fared well, who woke up the following morning and wondered who is going to mow my grass? I hope we remember to thank God that is was not us. I hope we remember well, that a powerful, uncontrollable natural disaster just may come our way.

Before the night was over, the rescue sirens were blaring, and every volunteer was on his way. That means half of three counties. Betty Blevins was pulled from the wreckage by young hands who wrapped her in their shirts and jackets to keep her from going into shock. While one stayed to comfort, the rest moved on to others and everyone, believe me, everyone showed up.

The next day, people took vacations to help with the clean-up, and it didn't take long, with hundreds of volunteers, to uncover what was left. Nothing.

Nothing except prayers, tears, and a hand to hold. Inexplicably, FEMA refused aid, because the cleanup was so fast. We couldn't possibly need help, because we had so many volunteers, and it was up to the churches to move in and rebuild.

Wow. So the churches have stepped in, as they always do, along with local aid agencies of every scope. When donations were requested, empty cupboards and pockets dug deeper still to find enough to share and to heal.

You see, it doesn't take much money to bind the wounds of a small town. It doesn't make much press. It merely takes a heart.

So, if in the future it is your life that is wounded, I pray that you are near a town like Glade Spring, as I am blessed to be, where binding up wounds is not just what they do, but it is who they are.

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The Pickle Jar

"Stand firm in your faith... Be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."
1 Corinthians 16:13,14

The pickle jar, as far back as I can remember, sat on the floor beside the
dresser in my parents' bedroom. When he got ready for bed, Dad would empty his pockets and toss his coins into the jar. As a small boy, I was always fascinated at the sounds the coins made as they were dropped into the jar. They landed with a merry jingle when the jar was almost empty. Then the tones gradually muted to a dull thud as the jar was filled. I used to
squat on the floor in front of the jar, and admire the copper and silver
circles that glinted like a pirate's treasure when the sun poured through
the bedroom window. When the jar was filled, Dad would sit at the kitchen
table and roll the coins before taking them to the bank. Taking the coins
to the bank was always a big production. Stacked neatly in a small
cardboard box, the coins were placed between Dad and me on the seat of his
old truck.

Each and every time, as we drove to the bank, Dad would look at me
hopefully. "Those coins are going to keep you out of the textile mill,
son. You're going to do better than me. This old mill town's not going to
hold you back."

Also, each and every time, as he slid the box of rolled coins across the
counter at the bank toward the cashier, he would grin proudly. "These are
for my son's college fund. He'll never work at the mill all his life like
me."

We would always celebrate each deposit by stopping for an ice cream cone.
I always got chocolate. Dad always got vanilla. When the clerk at the ice
cream parlor handed Dad his change, he would show me the few coins nestled in his palm. "When we get home, we'll start filling the jar again." He
always let me drop the first coins into the empty jar. As they rattled
around with a brief, happy jingle, we grinned at each other. "You'll get
to college on pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters," he said. "But you'll
get there. I'll see to that."

The years passed, and I finished college and took a job in another town.
Once, while visiting my parents, I used the phone in their bedroom, and
noticed that the pickle jar was gone. It had served its purpose and had
been removed.

A lump rose in my throat as I stared at the spot beside the dresser where
the jar had always stood. My dad was a man of few words, and never
lectured me on the values of determination, perseverance, and faith. The
pickle jar had taught me all these virtues, far more eloquently than the
most flowery of words could have done. When I married, I told my wife,
Susan, about the significant part the lowly pickle jar had played in my
life as a boy. In my mind, it defined, more than anything else, how much
my dad had loved me.

No matter how rough things got at home, Dad continued to doggedly drop his coins into the jar. Even the summer when Dad got laid off from the mill,
and Mama had to serve dried beans several times a week, not a single dime
was taken from the jar. To the contrary, as Dad looked across the table at
me, pouring catsup over my beans to make them more palatable, he became
more determined than ever to make a way out for me. "When you finish
college, Son," he told me, his eyes glistening, "You'll never have to eat
beans again...unless you want to."

After our daughter Jessica was born, we spent some time with my parents.
After dinner, Mom and Dad sat next to each other on the sofa, taking turns cuddling their first grandchild. Jessica began to whimper softly, and Susan took her from Dad's arms. "She probably needs to be changed," she said, carrying the baby into my parents' bedroom to diaper her. When Susan came back into the living room, there was a strange mist in her eyes.

She handed Jessica back to Dad before taking my hand and leading me into
the room. "Look," she said softly, her eyes directing me to a spot on the
floor beside the dresser. To my amazement, there, as if it had never been
removed, stood the old pickle jar, the bottom already covered with coins.
I walked over to the pickle jar, dug down into my pocket, and pulled out a
fistful of coins. With a gamut of emotions choking me, I dropped the coins
into the jar. I looked up and saw that Dad, carrying Jessica, had slipped
quietly into the room. Our eyes locked, and I knew he was feeling the same
emotions I felt. Neither one of us could speak.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture, you
can change a person's life. For better or for worse. A positive, happy life is not built on big events, but many positive, small acts.

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INVESTMENT ADVICE:

I thought that you might like to be aware of the next expected mergers so
that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG bucks. Watch for
these consolidations in the fourth quarter of 2011 and make yourself a
bundle:

1. Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W.R. Grace
Co. will merge and become: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.

2. Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers join forces and
become: Poly, Warner Cracker.

3. 3M will merge with Goodyear and issue forth as: MMMGood.

4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge
and become: ZipAudi DoDa.

5. FedEx is expected to join its major competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP.

6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become: Fairwell
Honeychild.

7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become: Poupon Pants.
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Sharing Grief and Joy

Those who are gathered together in community are witnesses to the compassionate Lord. By the way they are able to carry each others burdens and share each others joys, they testify to God's presence in our world.

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GOD IS…

"So God created humans in God's own image, in the image of God, God
created humans, male and female God created them." Genesis 1:27


God is the First and Last, the Beginning & the End!
God is the keeper of Creation & the Creator of all!
God is the Architect of the universe & the Manager of all times.
God always is, & God always will be...
Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, & never Undone!
God brings healing!
God eases pain!
God brings new life!
God brings new power!
God reigns & brings Peace!
The world cannot always understand God, armies cannot defeat God, the
schools cannot explain God, & the leaders cannot ignore God.
God is Light, Love, Longevity!
God is Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness!
God is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, & pure!
God Ways are right, God Word is eternal, God Will of good and love is
unchanging, & God Mind is on me!
God is my saving grace, God is my guide, & God is my peace!
God is my Joy, God is my comfort.
I serve God because God’s bond is love, God’s burden is light, & God’s
goal for me is Abundant Life!
I follow God because God is the wisdom of the wise, the power of the
powerful, the ancient of days, the ruler of rulers, the leader of leaders,
the overseer of the overcomers, & is the same to me!

God’s GOAL IS A RELATIONSHIP WITH ME!!!
God will never leave me, never forsake me, never mislead me, never forget
me, never overlook me, & never cancel my appointment in God’s appointment book!

When I fall, God lifts me up!
When I fail, God forgives!
When I am weak, God is strong!
When I am lost, God is the way!
When I am afraid, God is my courage!
When I stumble, God steadies me!
When I am hurt, God heals me!
When I am broken, God mends me!
When I am blind, God leads me!
When I am hungry, God feeds me!
When I face trials, God is with me!
When I face persecution, God shields me!
When I face loss, God provides for me!
When I face Death, God carries me Home!

God is everything for everybody everywhere, every time, & every way.

I am God’s, & God is mine, we are ONE!

In Psalms 34:18, our Bible states, "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit."

GOD is in control, you are on God side, & that means all is well with your
spirit.

Everyday is a blessing for GOD Is!
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If I Had my Child To Raise Over Again
by Diane Loomans

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I'd finger paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars,
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often,
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I'd model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.
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If I Had my Child To Raise Over Again
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Wish I would have known this 32 years ago.
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Wish I would have known this 32 years ago.


You are not alone in that wish...
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"To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6

CHILDREN'S SERMON:
One Easter Sunday morning during the children's sermon, the minister
reached into his bag of props and pulled out an egg. He pointed at the
egg and asked "What's in here?". One little boy exclaimed "I know,
PANTYHOSE"!

SUPPORT A FAMILY:
The future father-in-law asked, "Young man, can you support a family?"
The surprised groom-to be replied, "Well, no. I was just planning to
support your daughter. The rest of you will have to fend for yourselves."

GRANDMA'S AGE:
Little Johnny asked his grandma how old she was. Grandma answered, "39
AND HOLDING." Johnny thought for a moment and then said, "And how old would
you be if you let go?"

FIRST TIME USHERS:
A little boy in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed
around the offering plates. When they came near his pew, the boy said
loudly, "DON'T PAY FOR ME, DADDY. I'M UNDER FIVE."

PRAYERS:
The Sunday School teacher asked, "Now Johnny, tell me, do you say prayers
before eating?" "NO SIR!," he replied. "We don't have to 'cause my mom
is a good cook!"

CLIMB THE WALLS:
"OH, I SURE AM HAPPY TO SEE YOU," the little boy said to his grandmother
on his mother's side. "Now maybe daddy will do the trick he promised us."
The grandmother was curious. "What trick is that?" she asked.
"I heard him tell mommy that he would climb the walls if you came to visit
us again".

PALM SUNDAY:
It was Palm Sunday and, because of a sore throat, five-year-old Johnny
stayed home from church with a sitter. When the family returned home,
they were carrying palm branches. Johnny asked what they were for.
"People held them over Jesus' head as He walked by."
"Wouldn't you know it," he fumed. "The one Sunday I don't go to church,
He shows up!"

THE MOOD RING:
My husband bought me a mood ring the other day. When I'm in a good mood it
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THE WATER PISTOL:
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he discovered a water pistol. He squealed with delight and headed for the
nearest sink. I was not so pleased.
I turned to mom and said, "I'm surprised at you! Don't you remember how
we used to drive you crazy with water guns?"
Mom smiled and then replied....."I REMEMBER."

LIFE AFTER DEATH:
"Do you believe in life after death?" the boss asked one of his employees.
"YES, SIR," the new employee replied.
"Well, then, that makes everything just fine," The boss went on.
"After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother's funeral, she
stopped in to see you!"
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A Pocket Full Of Gold

The dining room was filled with teenage laughter and everyone was in a festive mood after having been served dessert. Vanity had opened all her birthday presents except the last one from her parents. Her father rose and gave a short speech, saying how proud he and his wife were of their daughter. How on this, her sixteenth birthday, she had grown into a beautiful young lady. As he removed a small velvet box from his pocket, Vanity had visions of a beautiful diamond ring she had expressed a desire for. However when she opened the box, there was a small gold cross on a golden chain. She was so disappointed, she barely heard her father describe how it was very rare and one of a kind, fashioned by a master craftsman of old. A true treasure. But, Vanity was rightly named, for this small cross of purest gold was much too plain for her liking.

A few blocks away, in another home, there was a celebration also, except there were no laughing teenagers, no stack of presents, no fancy table with desserts. Just Dawn and her only family. Mother, father and maternal grandmother. They had a simple meal with a simple dessert but her father rose to give a speech also, saying how very proud he and his wife were of their daughter who on her sixteenth birthday had grown into a very beautiful young lady. He then removed a small wooden box from his pocket and handed it to Dawn. She knew her parents were poor and she never really expected a gift. When she opened the box, there was a beautiful wooden cross, stained and polished, on a blue satin ribbon. She had never seen anything so beautiful because she knew it was one of a kind, fashioned by a master craftsman with loving hands as a gift for his daughter. Something very rare to be treasured.

Now it just so happened that Vanity and Dawn shared some of the same classes at school.

Vanity went about showing all the kids and teachers her cross, making sure to let them know just how rare and expensive it was.

At the same time, Dawn went about showing everyone her cross, telling them how it was one of a kind because her father had made it especially for her.

It was in gym class that Vanity caught sight of Dawns cross and chided her unmercifully. Saying it was a worthless piece of wood. Just a pocket full of sawdust.

This went on for days but Vanity never succeeded in her aim of shaming Dawn so finally gave up as Dawn proceeded to wear her cross with pride.

It was nearing the Easter season and the parents of one of the boys in Vanity’s group of friends were going away for the weekend and decided to leave him home alone, trusting him to be on his best behavior. So he and all of Vanity’s friends decided it would be a great time to have a party. They each took liquor from their parents homes and stashed it in the trunk of his car. When the weekend came, they were well prepared to do some heavy drinking. When they all arrived at his home, the liquor flowed like a river and needless to say they became quit inebriated. Someone suggested that they drive to the lake and do some midnight skinny dipping. They all agreed that would be a big hoot, so off they went in three separate cars.

Everything was going well till they reached a sharp turn in the road and the boy driving the car Vanity was in, lost control of the car and it plunged over the guard rail and down a deep ravine.

This sobered everyone up quite quickly and one of the boys in another car went for help. Everyone escaped with scrapes and bruises except for Vanity who was thrown through the windshield and a piece of the glass pierced her side. She was bleeding profusely.

By the time the ambulance arrived she had lost consciousness and was very pale.

At the hospital, after the doctors took over and her parents were called, it was decided that she would need a blood transfusion. She had a rare blood type which the hospital did not have, so her parents were typed and cross matched for a donor. It was then learned that Vanity had been adopted and her parents blood did not match.

The hospital called the local T. V. and radio stations to put out a bulletin for donors, asking everyone to come in and be typed.

Dawn heard the news and asked her father to take her to the hospital. Out of the twenty two people who came, Dawn was the only match and she willingly gave her blood to save Vanity.

Vanity’s parents offered Dawn a reward but she refused, saying she did not give her blood for a reward.

In a few days Vanity recovered and asked who had saved her life. When she was told it was Dawn, she confessed to her parents how mean she had been to Dawn and asked to see her.

When Dawn walked into the room, she gave Vanity a big smile, saying how good it was to see her looking like her old self. Vanity didn’t speak for a few minutes but gazed at Dawns cross. When she did speak, she told Dawn how much she appreciated what she did and asked her to come closer, she had something she wanted to give her.

She held out her hand and dropped her gold cross into Dawns hand.

Dawn said she could not take it as it was Vanity’s gift and she would never give up her wooden cross to wear the gold one. Then added with a smile, "It would just be a pocket full of gold dust." reminding Vanity what she had said about her wooden cross.

Vanity said, " Oh, please take it. I and my parents want you to have a reward of some kind and you won’t take money. What can we give you?"

Vanity’s father cut in and asked Dawn why she had been so generous to Vanity since she didn’t deserve any kindness after the way she had treated her.

Dawn replied, "Because someone once did the same for me. He not only gave His Life’s Blood but died for me and I didn’t deserve it either. It was a gift, freely given and I accepted it. If you can't accept my gift and feel you have to repay me, then please go with me to the Easter service at my church next Sunday. It’s a new church and we don’t have many members or even a Pastor yet. The members take turns filling in for the Pastor and this Sunday, my dad will do the honors. So I have been out recruiting, so to speak and it would make me very happy if you would come."

Vanity and her parents looked at each other, not believing what they had heard. It had been years since they had been to church. They were just too busy. But reluctantly, they agreed to go.

On Easter morning they all met outside the church and went in together. The service was beautiful, Dawn’s father did a wonderful job with the presentation of the Easter story. Vanity kept her eyes on a wooden cross that hung behind the altar and when the altar call was given she was first to go and kneel down, followed by her mother then her father. It was a beautiful service indeed.

After church was over, Dawns mother invited Vanity and her parents for dinner. They accepted and spent the rest of the afternoon getting to know each other.

When school resumed the following week, Vanity went about telling everyone about her new church and invited them all to come and visit. No one could believe the change that had come over her. She followed Dawn around like a baby chick follows its mother and they became the best of friends.

Vanity and her parents joined the little church and became quite active with helping it grow.

One day Vanity asked Dawn if she would ask her father to make a wooden cross for her to wear. One of a kind, because she wouldn’t have her gold cross anymore. She said, "I asked my dad if he would sell it and let me donate the money to the church. I thought he would be quite angry with me but he seemed to understand. Your wooden cross is much more beautiful. Besides, who needs a pocket full of gold when they have a heart filled with the rarest gold that money can't buy? The kind that's fashioned by The Master Craftsman’s hand is a treasure beyond compare."


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A Cup Called Hope

The homeless man clutched within his sun bleached hand a yellowed photo of a woman who might have been his mother.

His entire worldly possessions lay near his battered shoes. His past, his present, perhaps his future. A tattered journal‘s pages rustled in the wind, speaking memories of days long past. A small bag of faded clothing, a frayed sleeping bag. A barren coffee cup, which might have once held hope.

I watch the front doors of the shelter swing open. The drab building stands in stark contrast against the amber sun, as it slips silently into twilight. The homeless filter in, as they had done the day before, the week before, the month before.

I step into the concrete building where the nations’ forgotten hoped for a hot meal, and a good nights sleep. My gaze falls on men and women as they quietly line up to take their supper. No words were spoken. Perhaps, there was no need.

An elderly man, and a middle-aged woman stood near. A cloak of sadness suddenly overwhelmed me, as I gazed into their stoic faces. The gentle mist in the woman’s kind eye, as she thought of her long lost daughter. A worry line etched across the gentleman’s brow, becoming a living roadmap of his once content existence.

So many people swept under the rug of society. So many who once had hopes and dreams and families, like you or I. So many whisked away into a dark corner of the city. Too many.

They lined up in robotic silence in the cafeteria, and methodically took their trays. The only sound to be heard was the whisk of the plastic moving across the metal bars in front of the food counter. Volunteers dropped spoonfuls of gruel onto the plates, as each quietly passed by.

One by one, they took a seat. The hushed atmosphere was unlike any cafeteria I’d ever found a meal in; many a schoolteacher might trade her very degree to behold such order and respect each had for one another.

I glanced down the darkened hall near me. Row after row of the homeless lay upon their blankets, the only thing shielding them from the unforgiving concrete floor, and from the world.

A gymnasium brimming to almost overflow of mothers and dads and even sons and daughters. Bursting at the seams with uncles and aunts, and maybe even a forgotten friend or two.

I taste a salty tear as I attempt in vain to nonchalantly stroll amongst the forgotten, amongst the down trodden.

I wanted to be one with them. I wanted to feel in my heart, to the deepest crevices of my soul, what it meant to have nothing. No home, no job, no love. No medical care, no vehicle, not even a toothbrush to call their own. And, worst of all, no smile to greet them when the great wings of the morning awaken them to their daily plight.

I carefully studied their sleeping faces, searching for my father who had disappeared in the night the week before. Row after row my gaze fell upon, as I struggled to comprehend why so many people had no where to call home.

Some had pillows over their heads as they slept. Others tossed and turned, trying desperately to find comfort which didn’t exist in a place like this. Nor, would comfort come when they were turned back into the city at sunrise. Comfort was not something that was a part of their existence. Comfort only came in the form of a blanket and pillow and warm meal within the shelter, come nightfall.

I whisper a silent prayer as I quietly slip away into the moonlight. As I make my way back home, I realize the search for my father had, in essence, opened my eyes to the world around me. Perhaps a divine force had driven me to seek him out in the homeless shelter. For now, I see with clarity that the homeless are one of us. They could be your old friend. They might have been your minister, or your co-worker. They might have been a hero on a battlefield. They might even be your dad.

My father was not amongst them, but would be found safe soon thereafter. He was the lucky one. He had someone to come home to.

The homeless did not ask to be where they are. They were not born homeless. They walk amongst us, hoping for another chance to prove themselves. Hoping to find acceptance, and most importantly, to find one person, only one, who cares. That is all they ask. To once and for all throw that cloak of obscurity aside, and walk with pride within society, as they once did.

Today, I have tasted the tears of humility. But, I will be back. I will let them know there is a greater force above who smiles down on them. That one day they too will once again fly on the wings of the morning. I will be that smiling face on the other side of the food counter, where together, we will drink from that cup called hope.

“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
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Imprisoned

My heart was imprisoned
in a steep tower
weeping, distressed...
she tried valiantly to escape
but her chains were too bitter
the walls too high
and monsters with poison fangs
lurked far below.
What was she to do?
What knight would rescue her?
So nightly she sang
and daily she prayed
and she thought and thought
contemplating the stars
that peered into her window
glowing and lovely
but blind and deaf.

Then one day a Prince
came riding by
on a steed of righteousness
and He heard her song.
Lifting His shining lance
He challenged the Dragon
that held her in thrall
He fought it gallantly
wrestling with all His strength
until the writhing Beast
blew a blast of flame
and the Prince soon lay dead
beneath the Dragon's feet.

And he cried, "HAH! I have won!
Heart, you are MINE!"
and spat on the charred corpse.
Yet even before his golden eyes
The blackened body began to stir
and shiver and shine.
Its charred garments fell away
its skin turned to gold.
In dire dismay
the Serpent turned and fled.
The Prince rose slowly
clad all in light.
He outshone the stars
which fell into His hands
and He fashioned a crown of them
and fixed them on His brow.

He easily scaled the tower
calling gently to my heart.
She quickly grew wings
and flew into His hands
like a tamed dove
diamond tears falling
on His happy fingers.
And now they are one
and they live in His Castle
planting flowers of faith
and trees of truth
and their songs fly like flags
from the highest towers
for all to hear.

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"You will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected
and take your rest in safety." Job 11:18

1. Faith is the ability to not panic.

2. If you worry, you didn't pray. If you pray, don't worry.

3. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day.

4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

5. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be
still so God can untangle the knot.

6. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.

7. Laugh every day; it's like inner jogging.

8. The most important things in your home are the people.

9. Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.

10. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.

11. We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy
your precious moments. Like the saying: "Life is not measured by the
number of breaths you take, but the number of times your breath is taken
away."

12. Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage. The
great goals and dreams you're seeking require courage and risk-taking.
Learn from the turtle – it only makes progress when it sticks out its
neck.

13. Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.

14. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because
your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely
what others think you are.
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The fan said… Be Cool!
The roof said… Aim High!
The Window said… See the World!
The clock said… Every Minute Is Precious!
The mirror said… Reflect before You Act!
The calendar said… Be up to Date!
The door said… Push Hard for Your Goals!
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Wal-Mart vs. Heaven

I consider Wal-Mart to be God's gift to shoppers. Literally, here are the similitudes I have noticed between the kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of Everyday Low Prices.

1. Heaven: St. Peter greets you at the gates.
Wal-Mart: Some old geezer named Peter greets you at the automatic doors.

2. Heaven: Eternal.
Wal-Mart: Open 24 hours.

3. Heaven: Where old people go when they expire.
Wal-Mart: Where old people go when they retire.

4. Heaven: Plenty of Room for everyone who loves God.
Wal-Mart: Plenty of Parking for Everyone.

5. Heaven: Golden-haired angels shouting the glory of God.
Wal Mart: Purple-haired obese women shouting for a price check on diapers.

6. Heaven: Salvation and redemption no matter what your sin.
Wal-Mart: Full money refund on no matter what your complaint.

7. Heaven: EDLP = Every Do-gooder lives peacefully.
Wal-Mart: EDLP = Every day low prices.

8. Heaven: Sam Walton -- now a resident!
Wal-Mart: Sam's choice cola -- now on sale!

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love the wal-mart vs heaven!
very funny!
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love the wal-mart vs heaven!
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Glad you enjoyed it, Angie!!
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