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Old 09-15-2011, 08:25 PM   #2521
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THOUGHTS....



1. Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout life.

2. Why is a car's windshield so large & the rear view mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.

3.Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.

4.All things in life are temporary. If they are going well, enjoy them, they will not last forever. If they are going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

5.Old friends are gold! New friends are diamond! If you get a diamond, don't forget the gold! To hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold!

6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart; it's just a bend, not the end!"

7. When God solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when God doesn't solve your problems, He has faith in YOUR abilities.

8. A blind person was asked: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10. Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles; it takes away today's PEACE.





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Hope this story will be a blessing....


Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of the local hospital . We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out-patients at the clinic.

One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. "Why, he's hardly taller than my 8-year-old," I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw.

Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've come to see if you've a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'til morning."

He told me he'd been hunting for a room since noon but with no success, no one seemed to have a room. "I guess it's my face .... I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments."

For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: "I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning."

I told him we would find him a bed, but to rest on the porch.. I went inside and finished getting supper. When we were ready, I asked the old man if he would join us. "No, thank you. I have plenty." And he held up a brown paper bag.

When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk with him a few minutes. It didn't take a long time to see that this old man had an oversized heart crowded into that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her 5 children, and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury.

He didn't tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other sentence was prefaced with a thanks to God for a blessing. He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer. He thanked God for giving him the strength to keep going.

At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children's room for him. When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded and the little man was out on the porch.

He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, "Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a treatment? I won't put you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a chair." He paused a moment and then added, "Your children made me feel at home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind."
I told him he was welcome to come again.

And, on his next trip, he arrived a little after 7 in the morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the largest oysters I had ever seen! He said he had shucked them that morning before he left so that they'd be nice and fresh. I knew his bus left at 4:00 a.m. And I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.

In the years he came to stay overnight with us, there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from his garden.

Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed. Knowing that he must walk 3 miles to mail these, and knowing how little money he had made the gifts doubly precious.

When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning.

"Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such people!"

Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice. But, oh!, if only they could have known him, perhaps their illnesses would have been easier to bear.

I know our family always will be grateful to have known him; from him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to God.

Recently I was visiting a friend, who has a greenhouse, as she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. I thought to myself, "If this were my plant, I'd put it in the loveliest container I had!"

My friend changed my mind. "I ran short of pots," she explained, "and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old pail. It's just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden."

She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven.

"Here's an especially beautiful one," God might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman. "He won't mind starting in this small body."

All this happened long ago - and now, in God's garden, how tall this lovely soul must stand.








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another great inspiration!
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Funny truth:

It really stinks at that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

Bad decisions make good stories.

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.






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Looking Beyond Limitations

There was an article in the May 5, 2000 edition of The Denver Post, written by Linda Usrey Long from the Portales News-Tribune. It is a true story about a man named Lyle Bert, age 64. Mr. Bert has an associates's, bachelor's, AND a master's degree, and hosts "The Lyle Bert Show," in Portales, New Mexico.

There is a lot more information than what is being shared here, but the main gist of the article is about how Mr. Bert was in an accident in 1965, while handling a homemade rocket that exploded. He says:

"I lost both hands, the eyesight in both eyes . . . My jaw was broken . . . My face and lips were burned. I had 124 penetration wounds in my chest and abdomen. I almost lost my right leg . . . Pieces of device went through my leg and through my abdomen. They amputated my hands . . . and I lost two-thirds of my stomach."

While speaking to the Conference on the Handicapped a few years ago (in Santa Fe, New Mexico), Lyle Bert shared something very worthy of repeating:

* "A person who has no legs can still achieve great heights;

* A person who has no hands can still grasp an idea;

* A person who has no sight can still have great vision;

* And a person who can't move can still lead."


Bible verse:

"But he said to me,
'My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.'
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For the sake of Christ, then,
I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and calamities.
For when I am weak,
then I am strong."

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)

May each of us look beyond our "limitations" and see what God can do through us!







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This little girl is absolutely adorable! Hope you enjoy!

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Saw this on a little boy's caringbridge site and thought to share...

This song is by David Meece. It's quite old, but I thought the words might bring you joy. It's called "God's Promises Are Rainbows in the Night":

Deep within this darkened heart of mine,
The Word of God still shines with hope.
Deep within this frightened life I live,
A voice so soft and still grows.

And when the sun is hidden
And shadows cloud my starless skies,
Amazingly I turn and see a light:

God's promises are rainbows in the night
Shining hope inside
When shadows cloud my eyes.
His promises are rainbows in the night
Guiding through the darkest times...
God's promises are rainbows in the night.

Looking back on all the roads I've known,
The echoes of the songs I've sung.
Looking back, there's a thread of love and grace,
Connecting each line and space, I've known.

And all the years I thought were lost
On empty, searching without clues,
Now trace a journey to the highest truth...

God's promises are rainbows in the night
Shining hope inside
When shadows cloud my eyes.
His promises are rainbows in the night
Guiding through the darkest times...
God's promises are rainbows in the night.
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On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came onstage to give a
concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. If you
have ever been to a Perlman concert, you know that getting onstage is no
small achievement for him. He was stricken with polio as a child, and so
he has braces on both legs and walks with the aid of two crutches.

To see him walk across the stage one step at a time, painfully and slowly,
is a sight. He walks painfully, yet majestically, until he reaches his
chair. Then he sits down; slowly, puts his crutches on the floor, undoes
the clasps on his legs, tucks one foot back, and extends the other foot
forward. Then he bends down and picks up the violin, puts it under his
chin, nods to the conductor and proceeds to play.

By now, the audience is used to this ritual. They sit, quietly, while he
makes his way across the stage to his chair. They remain reverently silent
while he undoes the clasps on his legs. They wait until he is ready to
play. But this time, something went wrong. Just as he finished the first
few bars, one of the strings on his violin broke.

You could hear it snap - it went off like gunfire across the room. There
was no mistaking what that sound meant. There was no mistaking what he had
to do.

People who were there that night thought to themselves: "We figured that
he would have to get up, put on the clasps again, pick up the crutches and
limp his way off stage - to either find another violin or else find
another string for this one." But he didn't.

Instead, he waited a moment, closed his eyes and then signaled the
conductor to begin again. The orchestra began, and he played from where he
had left off. And he played with such passion and such power and such
purity as they had never heard before. Of course, anyone knows that it is
impossible to play a symphonic work with just three strings. I know that,
and you know that, but that night, Itzhak Perlman refused to know that.
You could see him modulating, changing, recomposing the piece in his head.
At one point, it sounded like he was re-tuning the strings to get new
sounds from them that they had never made before.

When he finished, there was an awesome silence in the room. And then
people rose and cheered. There was an extraordinary outburst of applause
from every corner of the auditorium. We were all on our feet, screaming
and cheering, doing everything we could to show how much we appreciated
what he had done.

He smiled, wiped the sweat from this brow, raised his bow to quiet us, and
then he said, not boastfully, but in a quiet, pensive, reverent tone,

"You know, sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music
you can still make with what you have left."

What a powerful line that is. It has stayed in my mind ever since I heard
it. And who knows? Perhaps that is the way of life - not just for artists
but for all of us. Here is a man who has prepared all his life to make
music on a violin of four strings, who, all of a sudden, in the middle of
a concert, finds himself with only three strings. So he makes music with
three strings, and the music he made that night with just three strings
was more beautiful, more sacred, more memorable, than any that he had ever made before, when he had four strings.

So, perhaps our task in this shaky, fast-changing, bewildering world in
which we live is to make music, at first with all that we have, and then,
when that is no longer possible, to make music with what we have left.
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Sunday Funnies


A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet.

So he went to the pet store
and told the owner
that he wanted to buy an unusual pet..

After some discussion,
he finally bought a talking centipede,
(100-legged bug),
which came in a little white box
to use for his house.

He took the box back home,
found a good spot for the box,
and decided he would start off
by taking his new pet
to church with him.
So he asked the centipede in the box,
"Would you like to go
to church with me today?
We will have a good time."

But there was no answer
from his new pet.

This bothered him a bit,
but he waited a few minutes
and then asked again,
"How about going
to church with me
and receive blessings?"

But again,
there was no answer
from his new friend and pet.
So he waited
a few minutes more,
thinking about the situation.

The guy decided
to invite the centipede
one last time.

This time
he put his face up against
the centipede's house and shouted,
"Hey, in there!
Would you like to go
to church with me
and learn about God?"

... YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ...

This time,
a little voice
came out of the box,
"I heard you the first time!
I'm putting on my shoes!"
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Dedicated to ALL the awesome brave little souls fighting an ugly monster, childhood cancer.

The Brave Little Soul
By: John Alessi

Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, "Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?" God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people's hearts." The little soul was confused. "What do you mean," he asked. God replied, "Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone." The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, "The suffering soul unlocks the love in people's hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love - to create this miracle for the good of all humanity."

Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied. "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people's hearts! I want to create that miracle!" God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you". God and the brave soul shared a smile, and then embraced.

In parting, God said, "Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed." Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God's strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people's hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys, some regained lost faith - many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased.






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The Brave Little Soul
By: John Alessi

Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, "Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?" God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people's hearts." The little soul was confused. "What do you mean," he asked. God replied, "Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone." The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, "The suffering soul unlocks the love in people's hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love - to create this miracle for the good of all humanity."

Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied. "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people's hearts! I want to create that miracle!" God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you". God and the brave soul shared a smile, and then embraced.

In parting, God said, "Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed." Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God's strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people's hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys, some regained lost faith - many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased.






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Colors of Blessing

Could the angels have special jobs;
Like painting leaves of fall?
Can’t mighty God do anything?
He has created all.

Perhaps angels spread forth their wings;
To paint the swirls of fall.
Upon the trees of mountain tops;
And on the forests tall.

A swish of orange, a splash of gold;
A whirl of autumn red.
Every creature great and small;
I’m sure would lift their head.

From tree to tree each color grows;
and spreads across the land.
A gift from God to be enjoyed;
Made by his perfect hand.

Each angel flying here and there;
Spreading colors of joy.
And when leaves flutter to the ground;
It makes a rainbow toy.

Children jumping, children laughing;
In the colorful mounds.
Up pops a smiling little face;
With all the fun filled sounds.

And like a child I too will laugh;
I’ll jump right in with glee.
And enjoy these lovely blessings;
He’s given you and me.

Orange leaves of family laughter;
Red leaves a promise of grace.
Yellow a golden forever;
In the arms of God's embrace

I’m not to old to play in leaves;
Too old to have some fun.
I’ll roll around and giggle too;
and I’ll have joy in God's Son.

For He fills my heart with laughter;
He is so good you see.
He’s painted this, a lovely world;
It is inside of me.

Jumping daily in His presence;
A colorful array.
Jump into Joy, Jump into peace;
By trusting Him every day.

Jump happily, into kindness;
Jump with glee into love.
Be content and be hopeful;
Looking to Him above.

Leave a lasting essence of hope;
To all eyes watching you.
A rainbow of blessing awaits;
Come, jump into it too.

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In the Darkness of The Storm

The leaves are still turned away, left there by the force of the wind. Perhaps even afraid to face the gentle breeze that now embraces them. Branches once scattered, are now gathered in one spot. Bits and pieces of what once was still cling to the memory of it.

The plants and trees took the brunt of the storm.

What about me?

Sometimes it doesn't take much to cause confusion and the feeling of being lost. Any slight interruption in routine always has a ripple effect on me.

But this was more than slight for most people. They are still dealing with the aftermath.

I am pretty much back to normal... I'm sorry. I had to pause for a moment after writing that. The one thing I'm not now or ever have been is..."normal."

So, you would think that a hurricane would fit in to my life just fine. It didn't.

It disrupted it. It was an inconvenience. All we lost was power. Oh, and most of the contents of our refrigerator.

That's okay. It needed cleaning anyway.

Still losing power meant losing my connection to the world. Losing power meant I never really knew what was going on with you.

The truth is I loved the hurricane. Not the destruction, certainly not the loss of life, nor the financial impact it had on so many, but the storm itself.

I stood just outside my door and watched the distant trees begin to sway, then bend as the unseen force of God's creation swept into my world. The rain pelted my face but I could not feel the sting they so often spoke about. If it were not the for flying debris or fear of falling branches, I would have stood in the middle of it all and let Irene have her way with me.

As evening approached and the last hopes of the return of electricity faded, we began to light candles.

It should have been romantic. I always associate candles with celebrations and romance.

This evening the candles were fighting fear. The fear of darkness. The fear of the howling winds.

But I am not afraid of the dark. I am more afraid of the light sometimes. What you can't see in darkness pales in comparison to the light of reality.

Just before going to bed I walked outside into the night and instead of worry I found joy. The clouds had passed and before me the universe waited. Although we are far from a city, the lights of the world have dimmed the view of the millions of tiny lights I remembered in my youth.

With the street lights off I could see the world as in my childhood and but stood there at such an age as to deeply appreciate it all now. I pointed and called out their names..."There's the big dipper!" I said. My eyes were wide open in a child-like gaze, the way I want them to be now at 61. I must have said "awesome" a dozen times.

Like a school boy begging his mother to let him stay up, my heart beat faster and faster at the prospect of simply standing there until sunrise.

I didn't. Now I wish I had.

A few days passed and the power returned. In a sense I wished it hadn't. I turned on the television and saw the destruction in my own community. With mixed emotions I, on one hand, ached for the people who lost so much and on the other hand saddened by the fact that I found more joy in darkness than in the light that day.

Perhaps this was the lesson here. "A lesson from the storm?" you may ask.

Yes, every event carries with it something to be learned.

Storms in your life can bring both destruction and joy. It all depends on how prepared you are and what you choose to see in the darkest hours.

"I wish you enough!"

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Caterina- A great post. It helps to put life into perspective.
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THE DOCTOR AND THE APPLE

It is said that at the University of Chicago Divinity School, each year,
they have what is called "Baptist Day." On this day each one is to bring a
lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every Baptist Day, the
school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the
theological education center.

The story is that one year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr. Tillich
spoke for two and a half hours, "proving" that the resurrection of Jesus
was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book.

He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical
resurrection, the religious tradition of the church was groundless,
emotional mumbo-jumbo, because it was based on a relationship with a risen
Jesus, who, in fact, never rose from the dead in any literal sense.

He then asked if there were any questions. After about 30 seconds, an old,
dark-skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair
stood up in the back of the auditorium.

"Docta Tillich, I got one question," he said as all eyes turned toward
him. He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began
eating it.

"Docta Tillich"... CRUNCH, MUNCH... "My question is a simple question,"
CRUNCH, MUNCH.

"Now, I ain't never read them books you read..." CRUNCH, MUNCH "...and I
can't recite the Scriptures in the original Greek"... CRUNCH, MUNCH ..."

I don't know nothin' about Niebuhr and Heidegger"... CRUNCH, MUNCH... He
finished the apple.

"All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate - was it bitter or sweet?"

Dr. Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly
fashion: "I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven't tasted
your apple."

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled
paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, "Neither have you
tasted my Jesus."

The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium
erupted with applause and cheers. Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and
promptly left the platform.
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Humorous Signs

1. At a Santa Fe gas station: "We will sell gasoline to anyone in a glass container." (Have you ever seen "someone in a glass container?")

2. On the wall of a Baltimore estate: "Trespassers will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, 'Sisters of Mercy'." NO COMMENT!

3. On a long-established New Mexico dry cleaners: "38 years on the same spot." (Gee, by now you'd think they'da gotten that spot off!)

4. In a Los Angeles dance hall: "Good clean dancing every night but Sunday." ???

5. In a Florida maternity ward: "No children allowed." ("So, where am I supposed to have a baby delivered?")

6. In the offices of a loan company: "Ask about our plans for owning your home."

7. In a New York medical building: "Mental Health Prevention Center" (WHO would want to prevent mental health?)

8. On a New York convalescent home: "For the sick and tired of the Episcopal Church."

9. On a Maine shop: "Our motto is to give our customers the lowest possible prices, and workmanship."

10. At a number of military bases: "Restricted to unauthorized personnel." (The sign should read "Unauthorized Personnel Restricted from access.")

11. On a display of "I love you only" Valentines -- "Available in multi-packs."

12. In the window of a Kentucky appliance store: "Don't kill your wife. Let our washing machine do the dirty work."

13. In a funeral parlor: "Ask about our layaway plan."

14. On a shopping mall marquee: "Archery Tournament -- Ears pierced"

15. In the window of an Oregon store: "Why go elsewhere and be cheated when you can come here?"

16. In a Maine restaurant: "Open 7 days a week and weekends."

17. In the vestry of a New England church: "Will the last person to leave please see that the perpetual light is extinguished." NO comment!

18. In a Pennsylvania cemetery: "Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves." (That sounds fair to me!)

19. On the grounds of a public school: "No trespassing without permission."

20. On a Tennessee highway: "When this sign is under water, this road is impassable."

21. Similarly, in front of a New Hampshire car wash: "If you can't read this, it's time to wash your car."

22. And apparently, somewhere in England in an open field otherwise untouched by human presence, there is a sign that says, "Do not throw stones at this sign." (Perhaps the sign prefers empty beer bottles?)
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Act of Praise
Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, and praising God until we ourselves are an act of praise
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OVERCOME LONELINESS

“Trust in God at ALL times. . . God is a refuge for us.” Psalms 62:8

If there is one feeling that many people have in common, it is the feeling
of loneliness. With most of us, it is only an occasional or fleeting
feeling. With some, it is a devastating feeling that can become almost
overwhelming and overpowering.

Why this loneliness? Probably it is because each one of us is essentially
alone, even though it seems like we are surrounded by other people all
the time. No matter how close you may feel to another person, there is a
part of you that is separate and apart; there is a part of you that no one
else shares.

We are lonely until we realize that we are NEVER alone. God is with us
every moment of every day. Even when we shut our door at night and turn
out the light, we are still not alone. God is with us! God's presence is
with us and God's light shines through us. When we realize that we are
never alone, day or night, in the midst of a crowd, or in solitude; when we
realize that God is with us – we no longer feel lost, or alone.

When we realize that we are not alone, our human energy actually changes
and we seem to draw people and happy experiences to ourselves.
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There You Are

"Skipper, a special message just came in for you from the admiral," a sailor reported to his captain, holding out a brown envelope. "I have it right here."

"Just read it to me," said the captain.

"I think it's personal, Sir. You may want to read it in private."

"Read it aloud to me," he ordered, "unless you're embarrassed by a little flattery." He stuck his chest out a tiny bit further.

The sailor read, "You are without a doubt, the most conceited, self-absorbed, ego-maniac ever to command a ship in this country's navy."

The skipper scowled. "Have that communication decoded at once."

Surely it couldn't mean what it said. The captain was like a proud lion who strutted through the jungle. The lion came across a chimpanzee. "Who is the king of the jungle?" he demanded.

"Why, of course, you are." The terrified chimpanzee trembled. With that, the lion gave a mighty roar.

Next he spotted a hyena. "Who is the king of the jungle?"

The hyena was quick to respond. "You are, mighty one." She bounded away without looking back.

Then the lion came across an elephant drinking from the river. "Who is the king of the jungle?" he roared.

The elephant grabbed the lion with his trunk, whirled him around in the air and threw him far into the water.

As the soggy and bedraggled beast struggled to shore he said, "Just because you don't know the answer is no reason to get upset."

Like the skipper, the lion had trouble hearing what he didn't want to hear. He was king of the jungle no matter what anyone else might think.

Have you noticed - for some people, it's all about them; for others, it's all about you? Author and speaker Leil Lowndes puts it this way: "There are two kinds of people in this life. Those who walk into a room and say, 'Well, here I am.' And those who walk in and say, 'Ah, there you are.'" I know which I am happiest to see.

I've learned how important it is to try to make others feel important. Do you know that it is easy to talk to practically anybody? If you want to find a subject of interest, ask them about themselves. That way you will always have plenty to talk about.

It's important to make them feel important. If you want friends, show an interest in people around you. No one is without a friend who knows how to be a friend.

And if you want to take it to the next level, treat each person you are with as if they are the most significant person in your life at that moment. That is making the shift from "Here I am" to "There you are." It is not always an easy shift to make. It may mean changing a fundamental outlook or attitude. But when one can make that change, everything else changes, too - for the better.

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army in 1865, understood this principle. A story is told that, one Christmas season, he tried to think of a way to encourage all of his officers. The Salvation Army had seen rapid growth by this time they were spread throughout several countries. He decided to send each one a telegram. The cable consisted of a one-word message: OTHERS. His organization grew around that motto.

I can hardly think of a better motto for a life. A life dedicated to "others" is one that shouts THERE YOU ARE. It is a life that is full and happy and, best of all, worthwhile.

~ Steve Goodier ~
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thanks again Caterina! I so enjoy your posts.
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Thanks, Joan, hope the Lord blesses others too with this thread.
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God Can Move Your Mountain

When things seem so impossible

And life’s so hard to bear,

God can move your mountain

Before you reach despair

He’ll never leave you or forsake you-

Trust in Him always.

Be anxious then, for nothing

And never cease to pray.

So keep on climbing higher,

Be patient while you wait.

For God is never early

And also never late.

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SUNDAY FUNNIES

Years ago, Ann Landers had readers submit funny stories about their
children reciting prayers and saying the Pledge Of Allegiance.

From New York:
When my twin daughters were young, I taught them to say this prayer before going to bed. As I listened outside their door, I could hear them say,
"Give us this steak and daily bread, and forgive us our mattresses." My
husband and I always had a good laugh over this. That was over 50 years
ago, and the memory still remains in my heart.

From San Francisco:
When I was a child, I learned this prayer as "Our Father, who are in
Heaven, Howard be thy name." I always thought that was God's real name.

Groton, Mass.:
My mother spent her early childhood saying, "Hail Mary, full of grapes."

Missoula, Mont.:
My son, who is in nursery school, said, "Our Father, who art in Heaven,
how didja know my name?"

Uniontown, Ohio:
I remember thinking this prayer was "Give us this day our jelly bread."

Covina, Calif.:
I recall reading something years ago about the Pledge of Allegiance. Some
child thought it began, "I led the pigeons to the flag."

Cleveland, Ohio:
"When I was little, I often wondered who Richard Stands was. You know: "I
pledge allegiance to the flag . . . and to the republic for Richard Stands."

Schenectady, N.Y.:
I once knew a child whose favorite Sunday school song was "Gladly, the
Cross-Eyed Bear."

Tampa, Fla.:
When my husband was 6 years old, he thought a certain prayer was "He
suffered under a bunch of violets." The real words were "under Pontius
Pilate," but at that age, he didn't know better. To this day, we still
snicker in church whenever that prayer is read.

Lake Forest Park, Wash.:
When I was a little girl, we sang a song in Sunday school about Noah. Part
of the chorus was "And the rains came down, and the floods came up." We
lived next door to a couple of charming little girls who always sang this
song while playing in their garden. Their words were, "And the rains came
down, and the spuds came up."

Oak Harbor, Wash.:
When my older brother was very young, he always walked up to the church
altar with my mother when she took communion. On one occasion, he tugged at her arm and asked, "What does the priest say when he gives you the bread?" Mom whispered something in his ear. Imagine his shock many years later when he learned that the priest doesn't say, "Be quiet until you get to your seat."

Grand Junction, Colo.:
When I was younger, I believed the line was "Lead a snot into temptation."
I thought I was praying for my little sister to get into trouble.
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Thanks for the lift!! I needed it today - plus it made me remember my Father-in-Law's funeral. Everyone was going up for communion - and my son who was 7 at the time asked why I wasn't going - and I told him I wasn't Catholic and I only take communion in my Church. He looked at me and said - what does Catholic taste like??
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Thanks for the lift!! I needed it today - plus it made me remember my Father-in-Law's funeral. Everyone was going up for communion - and my son who was 7 at the time asked why I wasn't going - and I told him I wasn't Catholic and I only take communion in my Church. He looked at me and said - what does Catholic taste like??

Kristin, your so welcome and thanks for stopping by and sharing such a cute story.
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"For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by God and for God."
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Thanks Michele- I need an uplift today!
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:05 AM   #2554
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Some inspirational qotes --

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” – Ray Kroc

“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment and learn again to exercise his will—his personal responsibility.” – Albert Schweitzer

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” – Thomas Jefferson

“As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” – Andrew Carnegie

“The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.” – Helen Keller

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 14:12
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This list of sayings will make great card sentiments. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:44 AM   #2556
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And then it is Winter....

You know . . . time has a way of moving quickly
and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young,

just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.
And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago,

and I wonder where all the years went.
I know that I lived them all...
And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is -- the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise.
How did I get here so fast?
Where did the years go and where did my youth go?
I remember well...
seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people
were years away from me and that winter was so far off
that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is ...
my friends are retired and getting gray,
they move slower and I see an older person now.
Some are in better and some worse shape than me,
but, I see the great change.
Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...
but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks
that we used to see and never thought we'd be.
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!
And taking a nap is not a treat anymore ... it's mandatory!
Cause if I don't on my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so . . .
now I enter into this new season of my life -- unprepared
for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability
to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!
But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last ... this I know, that when it's over...its over.
Yes , I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done, things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done.
It's all in a lifetime.
So, if you're not in your winter yet,
let me remind you that it will be here faster than you think.
So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!
Don't put things off too long!
Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today,
as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life . . .
So live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember,
and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things
that you have done for them in all the years past!!
"Life is a gift to you.
The way you live your life
is your gift to those who come after.
Make it a fantastic one."
LIVE IT WELL!

ENJOY TODAY!

DO SOMETHING FUN!

BE HAPPY!

BE THANKFUL!
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:48 AM   #2557
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Thought provoking...

Love Conquers All
By James Robison

Love is the greatest force on earth to resist, limit, and ultimately halt evil’s deadly progression. This is the greatest hour in human history for us to express the power of God’s love “not in word only, but in deed.” Believers can inspire effective action in all areas of influence including making a positive impact on the federal government. Effective government serves the people and protects them from harm. The primary role of government should always be the protection of our people – not the caretaker or provider for the people.

Because of love for others, the church and private sector (including business and corporate leaders) must join together and seek effective ways to address legitimate needs at home and abroad. Although there are ways to help, we must not leave caring for the poor up to the government because they have failed miserably both domestically and globally. Failure is nearly always the result of the missing hands-on compassion connection and necessary oversight. Good intentions do not necessarily produce meaningful results. If we’re to be successful, everybody must decide to make a difference and we must act with integrity. I want to help inspire those who create business, wealth, opportunity, and jobs to focus their creative energy on effectively meeting the needs of the poor and downtrodden. The legitimate needs of desperate people cannot be left up to the federal government alone which has proved to mismanage the people’s money and consistently miss the intended target.

I’m convinced that before the needed expression of love will sweep our nation and the world, it must first take root in the church of Jesus Christ. After all, isn’t love the signature gift of the Spirit? We need to show people that Jesus sends us out first to demonstrate what He taught in His life and then to teach them the life of love. All too often we have misinterpreted “making disciples” to mean making members of our own group. By seeking to spiritually clone ourselves, we have succeeded in making “like kind,” but we have not necessarily made “Christ-like kind.” If we show people that we love them – period – the way a dedicated parent loves a child, their lives can be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

If you had asked me years ago if I loved other people, I would have said yes, but I had developed a critical spirit that was not healthy. The fact is we hold our religious convictions even more strongly than any political concern. We often defend our beliefs in such a way we actually contribute to our own defeat. Mean-spirited sectarianism has as much potential to damage people as racism or any other “-ism”. God got my attention and showed me I had developed a very unloving attitude through my association with other like-minded individuals and groups.

I remember calling Billy Graham and criticizing him quite forcefully for his association with people I deemed too liberal or non-Evangelical, because of his friendship with Catholics here and in other countries and even foolishly questioned his association with charismatics and Pentecostals. Dr. Graham was unfailingly gracious to me in that conversation, and he said, “I really want to be careful that I’m not compromising. I don’t want to do that. But tell me this: Do you know these people? Have you been around these people that you’re talking about? Have you spent much time with them?”

I said, “No, I haven’t.”

He replied, “Well, I have, and I’ve found them to be very Christ-like. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t have a crusade outside the United States without their help. If it were not for the Pentecostals and charismatics, I couldn’t have an effective crusade overseas.”

As I look back on that conversation, I realize that the same small-mindedness and hard-heartedness I exhibited is a tendency of many in the church. And we need to stop it. It’s not healthy and it makes us insensitive to the heart of God. It deafens us to what the Lord is saying to His people. Billy Graham inspired me to spend time with Christians and church leaders I had been critical of and I experienced the transforming power of God’s love. As I got to know them better I came to know Him better. I saw clearly there is only one perfect person and His Name is Jesus. It is sad to realize that while attempting not to compromise, we actually find ourselves compromising the Great Commandment to love God and others appropriately.

Showing love does not mean we’ll never have disagreements, but let’s learn how to resolve those disagreements without being hateful. What have we accomplished if we “win” a debate but lose a brother? I have been blessed beyond measure when joining with other church leaders both Protestant and Catholic and all those who confess Jesus as Lord and the Bible as His Word to find common ground necessary to effectively address our common concerns.

I still have deep theological convictions, but my convictions are now aimed more toward tearing down the walls that separate people and building a dialogue that leads to healing and reconciliation. I’m tired of the division in the Church and in our nation. I want to help bring people together, “speaking the truth in love.” Of course truth does have a polarizing effect, but when shared in the power of God’s love it penetrates and influences all parties and groups for the better.

That’s why I am heartbroken when church leaders and political leaders refuse to dialogue and interact honestly, refusing to hear one another. And it disturbs me when I see the media misrepresent the truth, or when I see Hollywood filmmakers misrepresent the truth, or when religious people misrepresent the truth. Let’s stop hiding behind our party lines, our denominational differences, our stereotypes, and our rhetoric. Let’s speak the truth lovingly to each other and continue to build on the absolute principles that have made our nation great and that must be restored.

There is no doubt we are facing challenges. These are perilous times and difficulties lie in wait at every turn. But if we will commit ourselves to the principle that “love conquers all,” we will find God’s love expressed through us is sufficient to correct our political problems and effectively meet the pressing needs people face.

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I've been waiting for just the right moment
To start living the life of my dreams
I was hoping some magical moment
Would come rescue me

But I realized today, there's no better time to begin
This day I've been given is my day to start living
So I'm jumping in

Why not today while the sun is shining?
Today while I know I can?
The past is behind me, tomorrow can't find me
Till I live today
So why not today while my heart is ready?
Today while it's in my grasp?
If I start out slowly, I'm confident knowing
I'm still on my way.
So why not today?

I've been searching in all the wrong places
For the courage to follow my dreams
But I finally discovered the power
Lies inside of me

I could spend my life waiting for something to show me the way
But I would be missing the wonderful blessing
Of embracing/using/living/starting today

Why not today while the sun is shining?
Today while I know I can?
The past is behind me, tomorrow can't find me
Till I live today
So why not today while my heart is ready?
Today while it's in my grasp?
If I start out slowly, I'm confident knowing
I'm still on my way.
So why not today?

I'm ready, I'm willing, I'm able, I'm learning to fly
How will I know how high I can soar
If I never try.
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Sunday Funnies

"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things
that you have not known." Jeremiah 33:3

Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. A small boy
wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the
lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked.
"Sure," said the young boy confidently. "It means carrying a child."
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A grandmother was surprised by her 7-year-old grandson one morning. He had made her coffee. She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life.
When she got to the bottom, there were three of those little green army
men in the cup. She said, "Honey, what are the army men doing in my
coffee?" Her grandson said, "Grandma, it says on TV - 'The best part of
waking up is soldiers in your cup!"
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Susie Sunshine asked her Sunday School class to draw pictures of their
favorite Bible stories. She was puzzled by Jimmy's picture which showed
four people on an airplane, so she asked him which story it was meant to
represent. "The flight to Egypt," said Jimmy. "I see . . . and that must
be Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus," Ms. Susie said. "But who's the fourth
person?" "Oh, that's Pontius the Pilot."
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An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally
asked him, "How do you expect to get into heaven?" The boy thought it over
and said, "Well, I'll just run in and out and in and out and keep slamming
the door until St. Peter says, 'For heaven's sake, Jimmy, come in or stay
out.'"
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A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home
one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the
fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's
duties. "They use him to keep crowds back," said one youngster. "No," said
another, "he's just for good luck." A third child brought the argument to
a close. "They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrant."
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Little Johnny watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on
her face. "Why do you do that, Mommy?" he asked. "To make myself
beautiful," said his mother, who then began removing the cream with a
tissue. "What's the matter?" asked Little Johnny. "Giving up?"
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HAPPY AUTUMN

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin.
God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you.
He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff--
including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc.
Then He carves you a new smiling face and
puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.


Happy Fall!
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