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Old 01-28-2012, 08:12 AM   #2681
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Once upon a time there was this girl who had four boyfriends.

She loved the 4th boyfriend the most and adorned him with rich robes and
treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.

She also loved the 3rd boyfriend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another.

She also loved her 2nd boyfriend. He was her confidant and was always kind,
considerate and patient with her. Whenever this girl faced a problem, she
could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times.

The girl's 1st boyfriend was a very loyal partner and had made great
contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not
love the first boyfriend. Although he loved her deeply, she hardly took
notice of him!

One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of
her luxurious life and wondered, I now have four boyfriends with me, but
when I die, I'll be all alone.'

Thus, she asked the 4th boyfriend, 'I loved you the most, endowed you with
the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying,
will you follow me and keep me company?'

'No way!', replied the 4th boyfriend, and he walked away without another
word.

His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart.

The sad girl then asked the 3rd boyfriend, 'I loved you all my life. Now
that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?'

'No!', replied the 3rd boyfriend. 'Life is too good! When you die, I'm going
to marry someone else!'

Her heart sank and turned cold.

She then asked the 2nd boyfriend, 'I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?'

'I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!', replied the 2nd boyfriend. 'At
the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.'

His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the girl was devastated.

Then a voice called out: 'I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where
you go.'

The girl looked up, and there was her first boyfriend. He was very skinny as
he suffered from malnutrition and neglect.

Greatly grieved, the girl said, 'I should have taken much better care of you
when I had the chance!'

In truth, you have 4 boyfriends in your lives:

Your 4th boyfriend is your body. No matter how much time and effort you
lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you die.

Your 3rd boyfriend is your possessions, status and wealth. When you die, it
will all go to others.

Your 2nd boyfriend is your family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.

And your 1st boyfriend is your Character. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world.

However, your Character is the only thing that will follow you where ever you go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of you
that will follow you to the throne of God and continue with you throughout
Eternity.
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APHORISM: A SHORT, POINTED SENTENCE THAT EXPRESSES A WISE OR CLEVER OBSERVATION OR A GENERAL TRUTH.

1. The nicest thing about the future is . . . that it always starts tomorrow.

2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.

4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.

6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark
to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

7. Business conventions are important. . .because they demonstrate how
many people a company can operate without.

8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?

9. Scratch a cat . . . and you will have a permanent job.

10. No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car.

11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

12. No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.

13. I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap.

14. Be careful about reading the fine print. . . . there's no way you're going to like it.

15. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

16. Money can't buy happiness – but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac.

17. Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind . . . .
and the ones that mind don't matter.

18. Life isn't tied with a bow . . . .. . . . but it's still a gift.
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A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door.

Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday ." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

"Jack, did you hear me?"

"Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said..

"Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it," Mom told him.

"I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said.

"You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said

"He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said. "I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important...Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught t he next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture....Jack stopped suddenly...

"What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.

"The box is gone," he said

"What box?" Mom asked.

"There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'" Jack said.

It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.

"Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said. "I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. "Signature required on a package. No one at home Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read.

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago.. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. "Mr. Harold Belser" it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside.

"Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life." A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:

"Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser."

"The thing he valued most was...my time"

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. "Why?" Janet, his assistant asked.

"I need some time to spend with my son," he said.

"Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!"

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away,"

Think about this. You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.


1. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way..

2 A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.

3 Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

4.. You mean the world to someone.

5. If not for you, someone may not be living.

6. You are special and unique.

7. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you trust God to do what's best, and wait on His time, sooner or later, you will get it or something better.

8. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.

9. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.

10. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.

11.. Always remember the compliments you received.. Forget about the rude remarks.

12 . Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you 'll both be happy .

13. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.
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February is the month of love, we ask you to pray this prayer every day this month.

The love of God enfolds me
The love of God surrounds me
The love of God saturates me
The love of God upholds me
The love of God strengthens me
The love of God comforts me
The love of God cheers me
The love of God restores me
The love of God calms me
The love of God consoles me
The love of God guides me
The love of God protects me
The love of God cleanses me
The love of God frees me
The love of God fulfills me
The love of God heals me
The love of God uplifts me
The love of God embraces me
The love of God envelopes me
The love of God fills me
The love of God shines in me
and eternally sustains me

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Do You Trust Him?

Me (in a tizzy) : God, can I ask you something?

GOD: Sure.

Me: Promise you won't get mad?

GOD: I promise.

Me (frustrated): Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

GOD: What do you mean?

Me: Well I woke up late,

GOD: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start,

GOD: Okay....

Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait

GOD: Hmmmm..

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call

GOD: All right

Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn't work. Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

GOD: Well let me see..... the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me (humbled): Oh...

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road

Me (ashamed): ............

GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work

Me (embarrassed): Oh.....

GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered

Me (softly): I see God

GOD: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm sorry God.

GOD: Don't be sorry, just learn to trust me.........in all things, the good and the bad

Me: I WILL trust you God

GOD: And don't doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan

Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

GOD: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children.


Scriptural References: II Samuel 22:31, Proverbs 3:5, Hebrews 2:13
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In This Moment

It was a cold, cloudy and rainy morning outside my kitchen window today. I shivered and walked over to the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in one hand and a steaming bowl of oatmeal in the other. I sat down, gave thanks, and took in a spoonful of the oatmeal and a sip of the coffee. I sighed as my chilled insides grew instantly warmer.

Just then I felt a nudge on my knee. I looked down and saw my little beagle, Snoopy’s warm brown eyes looking up at me. I petted her head and smiled down at her. Suddenly, I felt two arms wrap gently around my neck as my daughter gave me a loving hug. I squeezed her arms with my hand and said "Good morning" to her. I gazed out the window and saw a single ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds and shining on the Maple tree in the meadow behind my house. A red Cardinal flew down, landed on a branch, and looked at me. It was beautiful. At that moment I felt so loved! I felt loved not only by my daughter and my dog, but by God and life itself. At that moment I had what we all want in this life: sweet, wonderful, glorious happiness! I looked to the heavens, laughed, and thanked God for my life!

Most of us go through life with one eye looking towards the future and the other eye gazing into the past. Half our sight is focused on our goals and desires. The other half is looking back with regret at mistakes and missed opportunities. In order to be happy, though, both of our eyes have to be here in the present. In order to be happy we have to live here now.

The future is only a dream and the past is only a memory. God doesn’t want us to live in either. God wants us to live in this moment. God wants us to love each other in this moment. God wants us to share kindness and have happiness in this moment. Life is a collection of moments. May you always fill yours with love, joy, and oneness with God.

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FOR ALL YOU LEXOPHILES (LOVERS OF WORDS)
Some are new, and some are not.

1. A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two-tired.
2. What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead giveaway).
3. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
4. A backward poet writes inverse.
5. In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism, it's your count
that votes.
7. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
8. If you don't pay your exorcist you get repossessed.
9. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.
10. Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat
minor.
11. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
12. The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
13. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum
Blownapart.
14. You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
15. Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.
16. He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
17. Every calendar's days are numbered.
18. A lot of money is tainted. 'Taint yours and 'taint mine.
19. A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.
20. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
21. A plateau is a high form of flattery.
22. The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small medium at
large.
23. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
24. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
25. Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.
26. When an actress saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she'd
dye.
27. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.
28. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
29. Acupuncture is a jab well done.
30. Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.
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Sweet precious story....

Little Girl In The Park

There was this little girl sitting by herself in the park. Everyone passed by her and never stopped to see why she looked so sad. Dressed in a worn pink dress, barefoot and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by.

She never tried to speak. She never said a word. Many people passed by her, but no one would stop. The next day I decided to go back to the park i...n curiosity to see if the little girl would still be there. Yes, she was there, right in the very spot where she was yesterday, and still with the same sad look in her eyes.

Today I was to make my own move and walk over to the little girl. For as we all know, a park full of strange people is not a place for young children to play alone. As I got closer I could see the back of the little girl’s dress. It was grotesquely shaped. I figured that was the reason people just passed by and made no effort to speak to her.

Deformities are a low blow to our society and, heaven forbid if you make a step toward assisting someone who is different. As I got closer, the little girl lowered her eyes slightly to avoid my intent stare. As I approached her, I could see the shape of her back more clearly. She was grotesquely shaped in a humped over form.

I smiled to let her know it was OK; I was there to help, to talk. I sat down beside her and opened with a simple, “Hello.” The little girl acted shocked, and stammered a “hi”; after a long stare into my eyes. I smiled and she shyly smiled back. We talked until darkness fell and the park was completely empty.

I asked the girl why she was so sad. The little girl looked at me and with a sad face said, “Because, I’m different.” I immediately said, “That you are!”; and smiled. The little girl acted even sadder and said, “I know.”

“Little girl,” I said, “you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent.”

She looked at me and smiled, then slowly she got to her feet and said, “Really?”

“Yes, you’re like a little Guardian Angel sent to watch over all people walking by.”

She nodded her head yes, and smiled. With that she opened the back of her pink dress and allowed her wings to spread, then she said “I am.” “I’m your Guardian Angel,” with a twinkle in her eye.

I was speechless — sure I was seeing things.

She said, “For once you thought of someone other than yourself. My job here is done.”

I got to my feet and said, “Wait, why did no one stop to help an angel?” She looked at me, smiled, and said, “You’re the only one that could see me,” and then she was gone.

And with that, my life was changed dramatically.

So, when you think you’re all you have, remember, your guardian angel is always watching over you.
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The 3-D Movie

“Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18

The thing about common sense is it isn't very common.

I had the funniest thing happened to me recently. I was on a personal cruise for relaxation, and I was excited to go to a presentation of a 3-D movie. It's interesting, it was a movie I would never consider going to see, but it was going to be in 3-D!

People will go to see almost anything in 3-D. It can be the worst movie imaginable, but if its effects jump off the screen at you, it can seem more enjoyable.

Every day our normal life is in 3-D, so why is it that we rush to see something on the silver screen in 3-D? We could see much more stimulating effects, just viewing our own lives in a positive light.

The theater was absolutely packed, not a single seat empty. Hundreds of people sat there with sunglasses on. You must wear special glasses to be able to see the 3-D effects. How funny is this, 300 people in a darkened theater all wearing sunglasses! I sat there with my sunglasses on too.

Before the movie started there were opening credits for the real 3-D theater. It had bouncing balls that seemed to bounce off the screen and into your lap. After the opening credits the movie began. The movie though seemed flat, in storyline, and also effects. After a few minutes, I whispered to my family, this is not in 3-D! I took off my glasses and could still see the movie clearly. If it was in 3-D it would have been blurry. BUT, I looked around with my glasses off, 299 other people still were wearing their glasses. They gave me a strange look, as if I was out of the club for not wearing my glasses. I'm sure they thought – foolish man – he's going to miss something.

The movie was almost 2 hours long, or at least seemed that way. Not one person around me dared take off their glasses, they all fully believed, and were convinced, that they were seeing full 3-D.

Leaving the theater I even heard a couple people comment about how great the 3-D effect was. In their imagination they saw the 3-D movie, and I believe the rest thought this is what they saw also.

I did not enjoy this movie, but I will never forget the experience, and I smile every time I think of it – and therefore it became one of the sweetest movies of my life – I literally could not get the smile off my face for days.

There are many multiple dimensions to all of life, and it is my prayer that no one lives a 1D life in the 3-D world. Sometimes, we imagine things to be something they are not, and it can blind us to the reality of what really is.

False imaginings can cripple our progress, such as a poor self-image. If we could only see all the dimensions to ourselves the way that God does, we would be filled with a positive self-image – all the time.

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I don't always take the time to comment, Caterina, but I really do enjoy these! Thank you for continuing to post! (By the way, Titanic is being released again to theaters in April...this time in 3D!!)
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I don't always take the time to comment, Caterina, but I really do enjoy these! Thank you for continuing to post! (By the way, Titanic is being released again to theaters in April...this time in 3D!!)

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Hi--I am new here and I am going through a difficult time right now. The words of encouragement are helping me. I have just ended a relationship with a friend (he has found someone else) and I am really hurting. I am a widow of two years; he and I got together after losing our spouses and had a wonderful time just being together and sharing our tears, and eventually sharing our days in lots of fun ways. I know God always opens a window when He closes a door, and I am trying to focus on that truth---but right now I just need someone to talk to. Thanks for being here for me. I hope I will be able to be a good "poster" and find some good friends here.
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Hi--I am new here and I am going through a difficult time right now. The words of encouragement are helping me. I have just ended a relationship with a friend (he has found someone else) and I am really hurting. I am a widow of two years; he and I got together after losing our spouses and had a wonderful time just being together and sharing our tears, and eventually sharing our days in lots of fun ways. I know God always opens a window when He closes a door, and I am trying to focus on that truth---but right now I just need someone to talk to. Thanks for being here for me. I hope I will be able to be a good "poster" and find some good friends here.
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Good morning, Katie, extremely sorry to read that you are hurting right now and even though it has been two years, truly extend my sincerest heartfelt sympathies to you having your husband pass away. Please know that God hurts when you hurt and cares more than you know about your pain. As for this friend who is now with someone else, perhaps, God has someone for you that will love you as He loves you (and that is more than anyone could measure). Grateful you came across this thread and know you are welcome here. Sending baskets of love, hugs and prayers your way.
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TRUE LOVE IS ACCEPTANCE

"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8

A physician from Phoenix Arizona tells this in his own words. It was a
busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman, in his
80's, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he
was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over
an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his
watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would
evaluate his wound.

On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the
needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I
asked him if he had a doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such
a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing
home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a
while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and I
finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a
bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not
recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him. "And you still go every morning, even
though she doesn't know who you are?" He smiled as he patted my hand and said. "She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is."

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and
thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life." True love is
neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is,
has been, will be, and will not be.

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TELL THE PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT – THAT YOU CARE!

"Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Romans 13:10

One day, in 1972, a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other
students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each
name.

Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each
of their classmates and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and
as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a
separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that
individual.

On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire
class was smiling. "Really?" she heard whispered. "I never knew that I
meant anything to anyone!" and, "I didn't know others liked me so much."
were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they
discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter.
The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with
themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and his
teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a
serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature.

The church was packed with his friends. One by one, those who loved him
took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the
coffin.

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to
her. "Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked. She nodded: "yes." Then he
said: "Mark talked about you a lot."

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a
luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak
with his teacher.

"We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of
his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you
might recognize it."

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook
paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The
teacher knew, without looking, that the papers were the ones on which she
had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about
him.

"Thank you so much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "As you can see,
Mark treasured it."

All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled
rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list. It's in the top drawer
of my desk at home."

Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album."

"I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It's in my diary."

Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her
wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this
with me at all times," Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she
continued: "I think we all saved our lists."

That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and
for all his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will
end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be.

So please, tell the people you love and care for that they are special and
important. Tell them, before it is too late.
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TELL THE PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT – THAT YOU CARE!

"Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Romans 13:10

One day, in 1972, a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other
students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each
name.

Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each
of their classmates and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and
as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a
separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that
individual.

On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire
class was smiling. "Really?" she heard whispered. "I never knew that I
meant anything to anyone!" and, "I didn't know others liked me so much."
were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they
discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter.
The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with
themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and his
teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a
serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature.

The church was packed with his friends. One by one, those who loved him
took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the
coffin.

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to
her. "Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked. She nodded: "yes." Then he
said: "Mark talked about you a lot."

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a
luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak
with his teacher.

"We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of
his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you
might recognize it."

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook
paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The
teacher knew, without looking, that the papers were the ones on which she
had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about
him.

"Thank you so much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "As you can see,
Mark treasured it."

All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled
rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list. It's in the top drawer
of my desk at home."

Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album."

"I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It's in my diary."

Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her
wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this
with me at all times," Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she
continued: "I think we all saved our lists."

That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and
for all his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will
end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be.

So please, tell the people you love and care for that they are special and
important. Tell them, before it is too late.
Had heard this one before, still read it, still cried! Thanks Caterina!!
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First Things First

A young ensign had nearly completed his first overseas tour of duty when he was given the opportunity to prepare his ship to "set sail." With a stream of crisp commands, he had the decks buzzing with sailors and soon the ship churned slowly out of the channel.

The ensign's efficiency was remarkable. In fact, the talk was that he had set a new record for getting the ship underway.

But his captain was not as pleased. A message delivered to the young officer read, "My personal congratulations upon completing your underway preparation exercise according to the book and with amazing speed. But next time, you might wait until your captain is aboard before setting off."

What good is a ship without the captain? The ensign did all the right things, but he never did the most important thing.

It is a matter of priorities. I know that I may accomplish a great deal every day. I may do the right things, but am I doing the best things? To borrow language from author Stephen Covey, do I put first things first?

I can relate to the man who believes he spends too much of his time in meetings. "I have this recurring nightmare," he says. "My wife and children are gathered at the cemetery for my funeral. After the service, the funeral director approaches my weeping family and hands them a box containing all my earthly possessions. In the box are 35 years of my annual calendars and diaries. I read over their shoulders as they scan the appointment notes that kept me busy for so many years. It occurs to me how seldom anything of significance was ever accomplished at those gatherings. I turn to look at my tombstone. The epitaph reads, "Daddy has gone to another meeting."

That man could be me. I need to regularly ask myself, "In my most significant relationships, in my work and in my free time, in all areas of my life, am I doing what is truly important? Important to me? I do the mundane. I do the urgent and the pressing. But do I spend enough time with what is actually significant?

I once made this demonstration to an audience. I filled a large, clear jar with coffee beans almost to the top. The beans, I said, represent all of the activities we accomplish in a day. Then I produced two golf balls. "These," I said, "represent a couple of the truly important things in our lives." I asked them to think of the golf balls as time spent with a significant person, such as a family member, or doing something special for somebody else, or developing their spiritual life or just beginning that project they keep putting off. I placed the balls on top of the beans then tried to screw on the lid. I couldn't do it. There were too many beans in the jar.

"Does this remind you of a typical day?" I asked. "We're so busy doing the usual we can't seem to squeeze in anything else."

I emptied the jar and started over. "But what if we put first things first? What if we start each day doing something special, something we truly WANT to do? I placed the golf balls into the jar first. Then I poured in the coffee beans - all of them. They fell neatly around the balls and filled the jar to the top. When I screwed on the lid it fit perfectly.

And that's the secret to building the kind of life you want. I've discovered that if I can begin every day with one or two things that are important to me, the other stuff still fits into place just fine.

I don't want to just do all of the RIGHT things and never get around to the BEST things. And I certainly don't want my life summed up in the sentence, "Daddy has gone to another meeting." So I handle the golf balls first. And in comparison, everything else is just beans.

~ Steve Goodier ~
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by Randy Kilgore

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. —Deuteronomy 6:7

In my family scrapbook is a picture of my daughter at age 4 working next to me, using a toy hammer to repair the siding on the house. Side by side we worked that day; she imitated my every action, absolutely convinced that she too was fixing the house. Rarely have I enjoyed a chore more. In the picture, it’s obvious that she’s enjoying it too.

That photo reminds me that our children mimic most of what they see in us—words and deeds. They also form their images of God from the images they have of us as parents. If we’re stern and unmerciful, they’re likely to see God that way too. If we’re distant and cold, so God will seem to them as well. It is one of our most important duties as parents to help our children see God clearly, especially the unconditional nature of His love.

I can imagine the family scrapbook of my relationship with God having a similar picture. I’m learning from Him how to live life, how to love, and how to make it a permanent part of my being. He then teaches me how to teach others (Deut. 6:1-7).

May the Lord grant us an understanding of Him and the wisdom to pass it on.

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What is right and what is wrong;
Live before them an example—
Godly, righteous, pure, and strong. —Fitzhugh

To teach your children well, let God teach you.
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SUNDAY FUNNIES....


A TOUGH OLD COWBOY FROM EASTERN OREGON COUNSELED HIS GRANDSON THAT IF HE WANTED TO LIVE A LONG LIFE.
THE SECRET WAS TO SPRINKLE A PINCH OF GUN POWDER ON HIS OATMEAL EVERY MORNING.
THE GRANDSON DID THIS RELIGIOUSLY TO THE AGE OF 103.
WHEN HE DIED HE LEFT BEHIND
14 CHILDREN,
30 GRANDCHILDREN,
45 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN,
25 GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, AND
A 15-FOOT HOLE WHERE THE CREMATORIUM USED TO BE.
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A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the
sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read
Mark 17." The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon,
the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had
read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark
has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin
of lying."

******************************

The local bar was so sure its bartender was the strongest man around that
they offered a standing $1,000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon
until all the juice ran into a glass, and hand the lemon to a patron.

Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money.

Many people had tried over time, including professional wrestlers and
bodybuilders, but nobody could do it.

One day, a scrawny little man came in, wearing a tie and a pair of pants
hiked up past his belly button.

He said in a squeaky, annoying voice, "I'd like to try the bet." Even the
ladies burst into laughter.

After the laughter had died down, the bartender said, "OK," grabbed a
lemon, and squeezed away. He then handed the wrinkled remains of the rind
to the little man.

But the crowd's laughter turned to total silence as the man clenched his
fist around the lemon and six drops fell into the glass.

As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1,000, and asked the little
man, "What did you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, weight lifter,
or what?"

The man replied, "I work for the IRS."
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Today the sun is shining and I feel better than I have in awhile. Yesterday I gave up ever getting him back, and today I am poised to move forward.
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Sea Of Love

It was a bitterly cold morning in the middle of a relatively mild Winter. The chill cut through my light jacket as I took my dogs out for their morning walk. The frosted grass crunched beneath my feet as I walked along. The stars were shining in the still dark sky. I paused and watched as my frozen breath floated up towards them. They seemed so far away. I thought about the billions of stars stretched across the vast sea of black out there. Our galaxy was just one of many in this incomprehensible universe. Our sun was just one tiny star in the massive Milky Way. Our planet was just one little lump of rock flying around it. It all made me feel small and insignificant. I wondered what part I could play in such an endless creation.

Suddenly, I felt a surprising warmth envelope me. It was like being wrapped in a blanket of love. In my moment of doubt God was touching my heart. I felt filled with peace and joy. I looked to the stars again and saw them sparkle as tears filled my eyes. I recognized then that God’s love was everywhere. That vast sea of black was filled with it. The entire universe was made from it. I saw too that even though I am only a tiny person on a tiny planet that I was important in His eyes. I was loved! I was watched over! I was cared for! And I could make a difference too! I smiled, petted my dogs, and walked back inside ready to start the day and be a part of the sea of love that fills our universe.

You can be a part of that vast sea of love as well. Just open your heart to the love that surrounds you. Just open your mind and let God guide you. Just open your soul and let His Oneness fill you. Then you will know what a powerful part you have in this endless creation that is life. You are loved by God! You can give His love to the world! You can share your love as well! You can help to create a better universe for us all!

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I pray for everyone who is facing pain so that each person may come to realize the redemptive value of suffering by union with Christ's passion. I pray for all Christians who suffer for their faith in Christ. May the frustrations I experience be balanced by the comfort I receive from Christ, whose graces sustain me. Amen.
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Here is a spiritual code based on the alphabet.

A – Accepts other people the way they are.
B -- Behaves nicely, at all times, in all situations.
C -- Cheers others on.
D -- Defends others behind their backs.
E -- Enriches the lives of others by your presence.
F – Forgives.
G -- Grows people into greatness.
H -- Helps when needed.
I – Includes, never excludes.
J – Joins, instead of sitting on the sidelines.
K – Kneels, humbly in prayer.
L – Listens, more often than speaking.
M -- Motivates when speaking.
N -- Notices the good in others.
O -- Overlooks the imperfection in others.
P -- Provides for the need.
Q -- Quiets negativity.
R -- Respects the rights of others.
S -- Surprises others with small gifts of delight.
T -- Tries to be a bigger person.
U – Understands, asking God for greater understanding.
V – Volunteers, giving away oneself in selfless service.
W -- Warms the hearts of those near, in the next room, or distant cities.
X -- eXpects only good.
Y – Yields, when someone else has a better idea.
Z - Zip in your life, as well as those around you!
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SUNDAY FUNNIES

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending
and having the two as close together as possible.
(George Burns)

Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year.
(Victor Borge)

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
(Mark Twain)

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce.
(Mark Twain)

By all means marry: If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you
get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
(Socrates)

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
(Groucho Marx)

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech – every now and then she
stops to breathe.
(Jimmy Durante)

The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and
kindness, can be trained to do most things.
(Jilly Cooper)

I never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.
(Zsa Zsa Gabor)

My wife says I don't listen to her ... or something like that.
(Pat Paulsen)

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food
groups: Alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.
(Alex Levine)

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you
nothing. It was here first.
(Mark Twain)

My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.
(Ed Furgol)

Money can't buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form
of misery. (Spike Milligan)

What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money.
(Henny Youngman)

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the
position. (Mark Twain)

Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was 'shut up.'
(Joe Namath)

I'm very pleased to be here. Let's face it; at my age I'm very pleased to
be anywhere. (George Burns)

At my age flowers scare me.
(George Burns)

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.
(Herbert Henry Asquith)

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about
your age. (Lucille Ball)

I don't feel old - I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my
nap. (Bob Hope)

A woman drove me to drink -- and I hadn't even the courtesy to thank her.
(W.C. Fields)

I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.
(W.C. Fields)

It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is I can't remember
if it's the thirteenth or the fourteenth.
(George Burns)

If only God would give me some sign...a clear sign! Like making a large
deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.
(Selections from the Allen Notebooks, New Yorker)

Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your
children will not have you declared legally insane in order to gain
control of your estate.
(Woody Allen)

If you want to make GOD Laugh, tell him your future plans.
(Woody Allen)

Those are my principles, if you don't like them...... I have others.
(Groucho Marx)

Last week I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I
have since been visited by her sister and now wish to withdraw that
statement.
(Mark Twain)

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GETTING UNDERSTANDING

A good friend was telling me a story about his uncle.

It seems that his uncle was hard of hearing. He noticed, one day, that
his uncle was wearing an earphone off of a cheap transistor radio with its
cord just dangling down the front of his shirt. Surprised, my friend
asked his uncle, "Does that help you hear?"

The uncle replied, "No, it doesn’t, BUT it makes other people talk
louder!!!”

Some of us wish that we could wear a T-shirt listing all of our needs on
the front so that others could respond in kind and meet our needs. All of
us want to be understood by others. But, usually, the truth is that most
people are too busy trying to understand themselves to be fully aware of
the needs of others.

The more we offer to understand others, the more they will seek to
understand us. People take notice of our attention and in turn, take
notice of us; this leads to a true desire to understand us and our needs.

Do not expect others to simply know what your needs are. Even those close
to us are sometimes quite oblivious to our needs. We must communicate
what our needs are and ask for what we want. Not asking for what you want
is really a silent attempt to be in control. People want to give to you,
but never assume that they know what it is that you need. People love to
help, and in turn, feel better about themselves when they do. It has been
proven in studies that people even like you more if they are given the
chance to help you – as long as it is not abused.

Most people are quite insecure about their relations with others and jump
at the chance to know how to meet the needs of a friend, just as you
should jump at the chance to know how to meet the needs of your friends.

All of us should understand each other more. The good news is we do not
have to wear T-shirts that shout our needs to the general public at-large;
we just need to communicate it to those close to us so that they may
better understand us.

There are no two people exactly alike, and each of us has different needs.
Understanding what those needs are helps us to come together as friends,
families, churches, and communities.

It would be a boring world if everyone was exactly like us. The joy of
friendship is found in the discovery of understanding. While this takes
time, its rewards are too great to overlook. There is a major disease in
our country, and it is loneliness. Yet most of us walk around in crowds.
The major need is to be understood.

Your assignment this week: Find at least one person, today, to talk to, so that you may expand your awareness about them, leading to understanding their needs, wants, and desires in life.

Pray to God for better understanding of someone close to you. Give away
your understanding as a profound gift to another human being. Just as God
understands and loves you, you choose to understand and love another.
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Redemptive Suffering
I pray for everyone who is facing pain so that each person may come to realize the redemptive value of suffering by union with Christ's passion. I pray for all Christians who suffer for their faith in Christ. May the frustrations I experience be balanced by the comfort I receive from Christ, whose graces sustain me. Amen.
— from The Challenge of the Cross
Oh how I need to hear that... thank you.

Had a tough day today and that spiritual and emotional pick-me-up was very, very timely.
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Caterina,
This is the first time I've looked at this thread. I really needed it today. I lost my husband of 41 years two years ago. I am still having a really hard time. I am having an extra hard day today. After reading some of your posts, I find that I feel so much better. Some made my cry and some made me laugh. In all, they made me feel better and not so alone. Thank you for taking the time to post and affecting many lives.
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Learning Good Habits

All-knowing and understanding God, help me discern what habits I need to change or get rid of altogether. Help me to replace negative and self-destructive habits with positive ones that will improve my life and lead me closer to you. Amen.

— from Rediscover Lent
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