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Old 02-29-2012, 02:46 PM   #2721
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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.


Welcome! Extremely sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Very grateful that you found the thread and hope it will continue to be a blessing to you.
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I'll Keep You In My Prayers

When you were a baby;
I held you all so close.
I kissed your little cheeks;
I kissed your little nose.

I taught you how to sing.
I held you on the swing.
I taught you how to pray.
I taught you many things.

When you were a toddler;
As cute as you could be.
I taught you the bible;
You sang Jesus loves me.

On your first day of school;
I hugged you, oh so tight.
A tear ran down my cheek;
I prayed you'd be alright.

When it was time to sleep;
I'd lay beside you.
I'd talk about Jesus;
Until our time was through.

When you became a tween;
Sometimes I felt afraid.
I'd lay in bed at night;
I prayed and prayed and prayed.

"Lord please protect my child;
Help her make the right choice."
The Lord heard my prayers;
I would sing and rejoice.

Then there were your teen years;
You made some choices then;
That were not very wise;
But soon you turned from them.

I never ceased to pray;
That the Lord would shield you.
I prayed from day to day;
That He would strengthen you.

Now you are a woman;
You're living for the Lord.
You are heaven's blessing;
I pray you'll touch the World.

With God's love and kindness;
With gentle hands that give.
But yet standing strong;
And willing to forgive.

Thank-you for the blessings;
Throughout these many years.
You are full of sunshine;
I'll keep you in my prayers.
I Love You!

~ Susan Y Nikitenko ~

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I feel selfish being so upset, and I know I'm allowing this crazy situation to consume me right now, I have prayed to let it go, but I am just really struggling. Maybe if I write it down, it will help.

There is a women that I went to High School with, I never liked her, we were never friends, we have nothing really in common. But yrs ago my husband was asked to be a volunteer on the local fire dept. and ambulance crew. Through this he became friends with her husband and now that years have past, he is friends with her as well. She is very manly, but very *****y! When she comes to my home, she barges in and is very rude to my children and has been for yrs. I have always told them to give it back to her, she has no business coming into our home and talking to them like that. (Hey Boya, move, I'm gunna sit there!) stuff like that!

My children are now almost grown and if DH is doing anything with this couple they choose to forgo the event, and it really bothers me. DH is a FT teacher, construction worker, computer technitian, coach (to 4 dif. teams) and as I said vol. Fireman/EMT. As you can guess, he has little time for family time, he is an avid hunter/fisherman/snowmobiler and it just drives me wild when family time is distrupted because of her.

My DH has reunited with a couple college buddies and they spend a lot of time together, they go on some really cool trips and I think it's great after all of these yrs they are still so close, like brothers. They come to our house in the fall and spend much of hunting season here, but have now met this crazy couple and they invite themselves along to EVERYTHING they do together. I think in a way they get a kick out of having them along because it's their entertainment because they are so backwards and uneducated.

The straw that broke the camels back for me was the other weekend. Typically we have a 4-day weekend for Pres. Day and it has been a family weekend in the past, this year DH went on a "Man Trip" fishing trip (youngest went, 23 yr. old chose not to take time off work)because Yes, SHE went!! She posted on my FB pictures of the cabin one of the C. buddies paid for etc. and I feel it was bragging. Note* She could not win for losing, because no matter where she slept, it would have been inappropriate in my eyes. (One room with rows of bunk beds, and another room with a Dbl bed and a couple bunks) I know I'm being a brat about this part, but sleeping out in the cold in the boat would have been the only appropriate place. LOL

I know that part of the underlying problem here is the fact that DH and I spend so little time together. I already know that, but I truly feel that I sacrifice to let him do all of these things with his buddies and it makes me wild that she has to go or her husband can't. No, I do not want to go. They like to have their "Man" time and I respect that. I don't mind "man" time, but don't feel like it is that when she is there.

DH and I got in a really heated arguement about it, I told him all of this and he says I allow it to bother me more than it does him. Yes, I agree, it does, but yes it does and I can't help it. She takes ownership in people and treats me like she has more right to my own DH than I do, because I'm not manly and have no desire to do these things. I pray that the Lord guard my tongue, I know I can be mean about her, but I want nothing to do with her and I want my DH to be more assertive about it. He had no problem telling me that Pres. Weekend was a "Man Trip" and I wasn't really allowed, but doesn't feel like it's his place to do anything about HER taggin along.

Last night the C. Friend's wife invited us to a concert that they want to pay for, and she said to invite THEM!! I know her but not really well, and as badly as I wanted to be that facebooker without a filter, I didn't, but I did send her a private message that I have no desire to spend my free time with them everytime we all get together. It's a much bigger issue than they can realize, and I know I look like the one with the problem. I have no desire to try and tell them who they should befriend, but I don't want other people forcing a friendship on me, including DH.

Thanks for listening, boy I could go on and on and on and on!!!
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Caterina~ Thank you for your posts, I have been looking at many of them and crying a few tears, must be needed. I know my post sounds angry, I guess that's part of my defense mechanism, to sound all tough. I don't want to be that, I'm just at a lose right now. XO I'll be back ~ Thanks!
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Caterina~ Thank you for your posts, I have been looking at many of them and crying a few tears, must be needed. I know my post sounds angry, I guess that's part of my defense mechanism, to sound all tough. I don't want to be that, I'm just at a lose right now. XO I'll be back ~ Thanks!

Welcome sweetie, sounds like you are going through a rough time and can understand your emotions must be difficult. Sending you much love and hugs.
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Gizelabella- I am praying for you! This is a friendly understanding forum.
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AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART – Acts 13:22-23

"After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'

From this man's descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised."


These two verses come from a sermon that Paul gave in the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch during his first mission trip with Barnabas. They had entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and sat down. Then verse 15 says, “After the reading from the Law and the Prophets (the Old Testament), the synagogue rulers sent word to them, saying, Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak."

The two verses above were and are of incredibly great encouragement for me because of the huge impact they had on my walk with Jesus.

When I first was born again, there was a huge change inside me. I KNEW I’d been “made a new creation” right then and there, even though it took about a year for me to learn what to call what had happened to me. I didn’t come to Jesus after years of Bible study or as the result of a brilliant sermon by some preacher. I came to Jesus alone, sitting on my bed, surrounded by stacks of heretical books and one book full of truth – the Bible. I didn’t have a great knowledge of Christian doctrine. In fact, I knew very little of the Bible – only a whole string of “proof texts” that I’d used for years which I used to “prove” that the teachings of the pseudo-Christian religion of which I was a member were true.

But that afternoon, Jesus showed Himself to me through God’s Word, and made me realize who He really is, showing me that I was a sinner in need of a Savior, and that He was the only one who could save me. He showed me that – until that moment – I’d been one of those people He was talking to in John 8:24, when He said, “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.” Until that moment, I’d placed my faith in a religion, and in a Jesus who did not resemble the Jesus of the Bible in any way but the name. Suddenly, though, I knew who Jesus really was, and I believed in Him with all my heart – not in a man-made religion that had no power whatsoever to save me, but rather, in fact, had been summarily escorting me toward Hell every day.

I didn’t say the typical “sinner’s prayer”… in fact, what I did say probably would not be considered by most people to even be a prayer. But the Lord didn’t care… He saw my heart and that day, He saved me.

However, there was still one big problem… Although I wasn’t a murderer or adulterer, nor was I guilty of the many “big” sins that people like to list. But in the previous 30 years – especially the previous 8 years of membership in that pseudo-Christian religion – I’d done some things that I knew were pure blasphemy. And I was having a really hard time believing that God would or could forgive me. Those sins loomed large and frightening before me constantly, and – since I had yet to find a good, Bible-teaching church – I didn’t know anyone to talk to about my concerns and fears. The good news is, God instantly instilled in me a deep hunger for His word, so I spent as many waking hours as possible reading and studying the Bible. And one night, I read the story of David…

David was a man of faith, a real powerhouse warrior for the Lord… But David blew it… He let his flesh overcome his spirit… his lust overcome his heart for God… and not only did he commit adultery, but he also committed murder in an attempt to cover up his adultery. He was so far from the “man after God’s own heart” at that point that it took the prophet, Nathan, confronting him with his sin for him to see what he’d done and realize what an abomination it was to God! I thought that was amazing, but the thing that struck me the hardest was that God DID forgive David! He placed David’s sins as far from him as east is from west! Those terrible sins no longer existed as far as God was concerned.

And that’s when it struck me… if God could forgive David… if He not only could forgive him, but make him one of the most renowned ancestors of Jesus, the Messiah, then God could and would forgive me for the blasphemy in which I’d participated before I knew Him! That realization set me totally free – free in Jesus to learn and to grow and to serve Him in any way He asked me to. I also realized that any guilt I still felt for the things I’d done was not coming from the Lord, because He had not only forgiven me, but had forgotten my sins!

If you’re having the same problem I did, just remember David and the forgiveness he received even though he didn’t deserve it. Remember that Jesus died for your sins, and – if you have repented and asked for forgiveness – ALL of them are forgiven. Rejoice in that forgiveness, and then commit to spending the rest of your life in obedience and service to the one who saved you so that you, too, can become a person “after God’s own heart”.

“…The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7b
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On days when life is difficult and I feel overwhelmed, as I do fairly often, it helps to remember in my prayers that all God requires of me is to trust Him and be His friend. I find I can do that.

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Good morning dear friends, as most of you know have been in the hospital for over a week and am still recovering from surgery. Appreciate all your prayers.

Thanks so much for the encouraging posts. God bless all of you.
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Isaiah 64:1-4

The Lord is a God of action. Even when He rested on the seventh day of creation, it wasn't because He was tired and needed to recuperate. Although He deliberately made a choice to stop His creative activity, He never ceased working. While the Lord is always controlling the universe, He is, at the same time, intimately involved with individual lives.

God has a plan for each one of us and wants us to know what it is. Every time we take a step of obedience, He sheds more light on our path. But sometimes He asks us to pause awhile, and we may not know why. We long for direction in a particular matter, but our prayers just aren't being answered, and we wonder, Why does He delay?

When you aren't seeing any answers, it doesn't mean that God is not working. He's still actively involved in your life, but He works in ways that are not always visible He orchestrates circumstances, changes people's hearts, and protects His children from making hasty decisions that will have disastrous consequences. Perhaps the Lord knows you're not yet ready for the next leg of your spiritual journey. Waiting times are opportunities for growth in character, obedience, and faith. He may also need time to train you for future responsibilities and ministries.

When you intentionally choose to be still, God unleashes His mighty power on your behalf. He has planned good things for those who wait, and I believe what He has in store for your life will surpass all expectations. When He knows you're ready to receive His blessings, they'll flow into your lap.
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A Good Lesson

Spreading Joy

A young man, a student in one of our universities, was one day taking a walk with a professor, who was commonly called the students’ friend, from his kindness to those who waited on his instructions. As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which they supposed to belong to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work.

The student turned to the professor, saying: “Let us play the man a trick: we will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them.” “My young friend,” answered the professor, “we should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor. But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of the poor man. Put a coin into each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how the discovery affects him.”

The student did so, and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes. While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes; but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin. Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance. He gazed upon the coin, turned it round, and looked at it again and again. He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin. His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving, in which he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom the timely bounty, from some unknown hand, would save from perishing.

The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. “Now,” said the professor, “are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?” The youth replied, “You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. I feel now the truth of those words, which I never understood before: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

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God is the perfect artist. Every brush stroke is purposed. For today, give thanks to God for his handiwork. Give God thanks for the lovely creation that is you!

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Having come home from the hospital, after surgery a week ago, thought this was perfect....

I'm Fine - How are you?

There's nothing the matter with me,
I'm just as healthy as can be,
I have arthritis in both knees,
And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze.
My pulse is weak, my blood is thin,
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

All my teeth have had to come out,
And my diet I hate to think about.
I'm overweight and I can't get thin,
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

And arch supports I need for my feet.
Or I wouldn't be able to go out in the street.
Sleep is denied me night after night,
But every morning I find I'm all right.
My memory's failing, my head's in a spin.
But I'm awfully well for the shape I'm in.

Old age is golden I've heard it said,
But sometimes I wonder, as I go to bed.
With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,
And my glasses on a shelf, until I get up.
And when sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself,
Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?

The reason I know my Youth has been spent,
Is my get-up-and-go has got-up-and-went!
But really I don't mind, when I think with a grin,
Of all the places my get-up has been.

I get up each morning and dust off my wits,
Pick up the paper and read the obits.
If my name is missing, I'm therefore not dead,
So I eat a good breakfast and jump back into bed.

The moral of this as the tale unfolds,
Is that for you and me, who are growing old.
It is better to say "I'm fine" with a grin,
Than to let people know the shape we are in.
I'M FINE!! HOW ARE YOU?
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Caterina- I Love your post!
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SUNDAY FUNNIES

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her
brother in another part of the country. "Is there anything breakable in
here?" asked the postal clerk.

"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.

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There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his
congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have
enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is it's
still out there in your pockets."

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A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know
what the Bible means!"

His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the
Bible means?"

The son replied, "I do know!"

"Okay, said his father. "So, son, what does the Bible mean?"

"That's easy, Daddy. It stands for 'Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.'" (BIBLE)
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Cannot begin to express my sincerest gratitude to so many of my wonderful SCS friends for the beautiful cards, well wishes and prayers for my recovery. It is a slow go but getting there. <3
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The Wrong Funeral

THIS IS CUTE; THE OPENING PARAGRAPH MAKES THE PROPER STATEMENT TO SET THE MOOD. AND WE THINK GOD DOESN'T TALK TO US?

Consumed by my loss, I didn't notice the hardness of the pew where I sat. I was at the funeral of my dearest friend - my mother. She finally had lost her long battle with cancer. The hurt was so intense; I found it hard to breathe at times. Always supportive, Mother clapped loudest at my school plays, held a box of tissues while listening to my first heartbreak, comforted me at my father's death, encouraged me in college, and prayed for me my entire life. When mother's illness was diagnosed, my sister had a new baby and my brother had recently married his childhood sweetheart, so it fell on me, the 27-year-old middle female child without entanglements, to take care of her. I counted it an honor. 'What now, Lord?' I asked sitting in church. My life stretched out before me as an empty abyss. My brother sat stoically with his face toward the cross while clutching his wife's hand. My sister sat slumped against her husband's shoulder, his arms around her as she cradled their child. All so deeply grieving, no one noticed I sat alone. My place had been with our mother, preparing her meals, helping her walk, taking her to the doctor, seeing to her medication, reading the Bible together. Now she was with the Lord. My work was finished, and I was alone. I heard a door open and slam shut at the back of the church. Quick footsteps hurried along the carpeted floor.

An exasperated young man looked around briefly and then sat next to me. He folded his hands and placed them on his lap. His eyes were brimming with tears. He began to sniffle. 'I'm late,' he explained, though no explanation was necessary. After several eulogies, he leaned over and commented, 'Why do they keep calling Mary by the name of 'Margaret?'' 'Because, that was her name, Margaret. Never Mary, no one called her 'Mary,'' I whispered. I wondered why this person couldn't have sat on the other side of the church. He interrupted my grieving with his tears and fidgeting. Who was this stranger anyway?

'No, that isn't correct,' he insisted, as several people glanced over at us whispering, 'her name is Mary, Mary Peters.' 'That isn't who this is.' 'Isn't this the Lutheran church?' 'No, the Lutheran church is across the street.' 'Oh.' 'I believe you're at the wrong funeral, Sir.' The solemnness of the occasion mixed with the realization of the man's mistake bubbled up inside me and came out as laughter. I cupped my hands over my face, hoping it would be interpreted as sobs. The creaking pew gave me away. Sharp looks from other mourners only made the situation seem more hilarious. I peeked at the bewildered, misguided man seated beside me. He was laughing too, as he glanced around, deciding it was too late for an uneventful exit. I imagined Mother laughing. At the final 'Amen,' we darted out a door and into the parking lot. 'I do believe we'll be the talk of the town,' he smiled. He said his name was Rick and since he had missed his aunt's funeral, asked me out for a cup of coffee.

That afternoon began a lifelong journey for me with this man who attended the wrong funeral, but was in the right place. A year after our meeting, we were married at a country church where he was the assistant pastor. This time we both arrived at the same church, right on time.

In my time of sorrow, God gave me laughter. In place of loneliness, God gave me love. This past June, we celebrated our twenty-second wedding anniversary. Whenever anyone asks us how we met, Rick tells them, 'Her mother and my Aunt Mary introduced us, and it's truly a match made in heaven.'
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Jesus, the more I am like you, and the more I allow you to work in and through me, the more others will discover the love you have for them as well. This is my prayer! Amen!

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Purified By God!

The old gentleman had been hired many years earlier by a young town councilman to clear away the debris from the pools of water up in the mountain crevices that fed the lovely spring flowing through their town. With faithful, silent regularity, he patrolled the hills, removed the leaves and branches, and wiped away the silt that would otherwise have choked and contaminated the fresh flow of water.

The village soon became a popular attraction for vacationers. Graceful swans floated along the crystal clear spring, the mill wheels of various businesses located near the water turned day and night, farmlands were naturally irrigated, and the view from restaurants was picturesque beyond description. Years passed.

One evening the town council met for its semiannual meeting. As they reviewed the budget, one man's eye caught the salary figure being paid the obscure keeper of the spring. Said the keeper of the purse, "Who is the old man? Why do we keep him on year after year? No one ever sees him. For all we know, the strange ranger of the hills is doing us no good. He isn't necessary any longer." By a unanimous vote, they dispensed with the old man's services.

For several weeks, nothing changed. By early autumn, the trees began to shed their leaves. Small branches snapped off and fell into the pools, hindering the rushing flow of sparkling water. One afternoon someone noticed a slight yellowish-brown tint in the spring. A few days later, the water was much darker. Within another week, a slimy film covered sections of the water along the banks, and a foul odor was soon detected. The mill wheels moved more slowly, some finally ground to a halt. Swans left, as did the tourists. Clammy fingers of disease and sickness reached deeply into the village.

Quickly, the embarrassed council called a special meeting. Realizing their gross error in judgment, they rehired the old keeper of the spring, and within a few weeks, the veritable river of life began to clear up. The wheels started to turn, and new life returned to the hamlet in the Alps.

Are there leaves of anger, twigs of resentment, or silt of unforgiveness clogging your spring of living water? Just as little by little the stream became clogged and contaminated by debris, so our spirits can become obstructed by the *small sins* of day-to-day living. Let's keep the water clean and flowing...

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Can You Install Love?

The Bridge Customer Service Rep: Can you install LOVE?

Customer: I can do that. I'm not very technical, but I think I am ready to install now. What do I do first?

CS Rep: The first step is to open your HEART. Have you located your HEART ma'am?

Customer: Yes I have, but there are several programs running right now. Is it okay to install while they are running?

CS Rep: What programs are running ma'am?

Customer: Let me see.... I have PASTHURT.EXE, LOWESTEEM.EXE, GRUDGE.EXE, and RESENTMENT.COM running right now.

CS Rep: No problem. LOVE will automatically erase PASTHURT.EXE from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs. LOVE will eventually overwrite LOWESTEEM.EXE with a module of its own called HIGHESTEEM.EXE. However, you have to completely turn off GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM. Those programs prevent LOVE from being properly installed. Can you turn those off ma'am?

Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

CS Rep: My pleasure. Go to your Start menu and invoke FORGIVENESS.EXE. Do this as many times as necessary until GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM have been completely erased.

Customer: Okay, I'm done. LOVE has started installing itself automatically. Is that normal?

CS Rep: Yes it is. You should receive a message that says it will reinstall for the life of your HEART. Do you see that message?

Customer: Yes I do. Is it completely installed?

CS Rep: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other HEARTS in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops...I have an error message already. What should I do?

CS Rep: What does the message say?

Customer: It says "ERROR 412 - PROGRAM NOT RUN ON INTERNAL COMPONENTS." What does that mean?

CS Rep: Don't worry ma'am, that's a common problem. It means that the LOVE program is set up to run on external HEARTS but has not yet been run on your HEART. It is one of those complicated programming things, but in non-technical terms it means you have to "LOVE" your own machine before it can "LOVE" others.

Customer: So what should I do?

CS Rep: Can you find the directory called SELFACCEPTANCE"?

Customer: Yes, I have it.

CS Rep: Excellent, you are getting good at this.

Customer: Thank you.

CS Rep: You're welcome. Click on the following files and then copy them to the "MY HEART" directory: FORGIVESELF.DOC, SELFESTEEM.TXT, REALIZEWORTH.TXT and GOODNESS.DOC. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching any faulty programming. Also, you need to delete SELFCRITIC.EXE from all directories, and then empty your recycle bin afterwards to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My HEART is filling up with really neat files. SMILE.MPG is playing on my monitor right now and it shows that WARMTH.COM, PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are copying themselves all over my HEART!

CS Rep: Then LOVE is installed and running. You should be able to handle it from here. One more thing before I go...

Customer: Yes?

CS Rep: LOVE is freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everybody you meet. They will in turn share it with other people and they will return some really neat modules back to you.

Customer: I will. Thank you for your help.

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Sunday Funnies

Two elderly women were out driving in a large car - both
could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising
along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red,
but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger
seat thought to herself 'I must be losing it. I could
have sworn we just went through a red light.'

After a few more minutes, they came to another intersection
and the light was red. Again, they went right through. The
woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light
had been red but was really concerned that she was losing
it. She was getting nervous.

At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was red
and they went on through. So sh e turned to the other woman
and said, 'Mildred, did you know that we just ran
through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us
both!'

Mildred turned to her and said, 'Oh, no, am I driving?'
____________

Two rednecks are out hunting, and as they are walking along they come upon a huge hole in the ground. They approach it and are amazed by the size of it. The first hunter says, "Wow, that's some hole; I can't even see the bottom. I wonder how deep it is."

The second hunter says, "I don't know, let's throw something down and listen and see how long it takes to hit bottom."

The first hunter says, "There's this old automobile transmission here, give me a hand and we'll throw it in and see".

So they pick it up and carry it over, and count one, and two and three, and throw it in the hole.

They are standing there listening and looking over the edge and they hear a rustling in the brush behind them.

As they turn around they see a goat come crashing through the brush, run up to the hole and with no hesitation, jump in head first.

While they are standing there looking at each other, looking in the hole and trying to figure out what
that was all about, an old farmer walks up.

"Say there," says the farmer, "you fellers didn't happen to see my goat around here anywhere, did you?"

The first hunter says, "Funny you should ask, but we were just standing here a minute ago and a goat
came running out of the bushes doin' about a hunert miles an hour and jumped head first into this herehole!"

The old farmer said,

"That's impossible. I had him chained to a transmission!"
_______

A man sobering up from the night before is sitting through the
Sunday sermon, finding it long and boring. Still feeling hung
over and tired, he finally nods off.

The priest has been watching him all along, noticing his
apparent hangover and is disgusted. At the end of the sermon,
the preacher decides to make an example of him.

He says to his congregation, "All those wishing to have a place
in heaven, please stand."

The whole room stands up except, of course, the sleeping man.

Then the preacher says even more loudly, "And he who would like
to find a place in hell please STAND UP!"

The weary man catching only the last part groggily stands up,
only to find that he's the only one standing.

Confused and embarrassed he says,

"I don't know what we're voting on here, Father, but it sure
seems like you and me are the only ones standing for it!"
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Meet Derek who is mentally and physically challenged blind piano player.



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Angels Are Always With Us

Angels With Us Barbara was driving her six-year-old son, Benjamin, to his piano lesson. They were late, and Barbara was beginning to think she should have cancelled it. There was always so much to do, and Barbara, a night-duty nurse at the local hospital, had recently worked extra shifts. She was tired. The sleet storm and icy roads added to her tension. Maybe she should turn the car around.

“Mom!” Ben cried. “Look!” Just ahead, a car had lost control on a patch of ice. As Barbara tapped the brakes, the other car spun wildly rolled over, then crashed sideways into a telephone pole. Barbara pulled over, skidded to a stop and threw open her door. Thank goodness she was a nurse – she might be able to help these unfortunate passengers. Then she paused. What about Ben? She couldn’t take him with her. Little boys shouldn’t see scenes like the one she anticipated. But was it safe to leave him alone? What if their car were hit from behind?

For a brief moment Barbara considered going on her way. Someone else was sure to come along. No! “Ben, honey, promise me you’ll stay in the car!” “I will, Mommy,” he said as she ran, slipping and sliding toward the crash site. It was worse than she’d feared.

Two girls of high school age are in the car. One, the blond on the passenger side, was dead, killed on impact. The driver, however was still breathing. She was unconscious and pinned in the wreckage. Barbara quickly applied pressure to the wound in the teenager’s head while her practiced eye catalogued the other injuries. A broken leg, maybe two, along with probable internal bleeding. But if help came soon, the girl would live.

A trucker had pulled up and was calling for help on his cellular phone. Soon Barbara heard the ambulance sirens. A few moments later she surrendered her lonely post to rescue workers. “Good job,” one said as he examined the driver’s wounds. “You probably saved her life, ma’am.” Perhaps. But as Barbara walked back to her car a feeling of sadness overwhelmed her, especially for the family of the girl who had died. Their lives would never be the same. Oh, God, why do such things have to happen?

Slowly Barbara opened her car door. What should she tell Benjamin? He was staring at the crash site, his blue eyes huge. “Mom,” he whispered, “did you see it?” “See what, Honey?” she asked. “The angel, Mom! He came down from the sky while you were running to the car. And he opened the door, and he took that girl out.”

Barbara’s eyes filled with tears. “Which door, Ben?” “The passenger side. He took the girl’s hand, and they floated up to Heaven together” “What about the driver?” Ben shrugged. “I didn’t see anyone else.”

Later, Barbara was able to meet the families of the victims. They expressed their gratitude for the help she had provided. Barbara was able to give them something more – Ben’s vision.

There was no way he could have known what happened to either of the passengers. Nor could the passenger door have been opened; Barbara had seen its tangle of immovable steel herself. Yet Ben’s account brought consolation to a grieving family. Their daughter was safe in Heaven. And they would see her again.

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Constant and unchanging God, show me how to be more like you. Help me to come to rely on you for everything and pray to you without ceasing—today and always. Amen.
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This story has been posted before but thought worth posting again.

The Marble Trader

During the waning years of the Depression in a small southeastern Idaho community, I used to stop by Mr. Miller's roadside stand for farm-fresh produce as the season made it available. Food and money were still extremely scarce and bartering was used, extensively. One particular day, Mr. Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas.

I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller and the ragged boy next to me. "Hello Barry, how are you today?"

"H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas......sure look good." "They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"

"Fine. Gittin' stronger alla'time."

"Good. Anything I can help you with "

"No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."

"Would you like to take some home?"

"No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."

"Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"

"All I got's my prize aggie, best taw around here."

"Is that right? Let me see it."

"Here 'tis. She's a dandy."

"I can see that. Hmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?"

"Not 'zackley .....but, almost."

"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red taw."

"Sure will. Thanks, Mr. Miller."

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our community. All three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble, or an orange one, perhaps."

I left the stand, smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Utah, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys and their bartering.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community, and while I was there, I learned that Mr. Miller had just died. They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.

Upon our arrival at the mortuary, we got into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could. Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an Army uniform and the other two had short haircuts, wore dark suits and white shirts, looking like potential or returned missionaries.

They approached Mrs. Miller, standing smiling and looking composed, by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary, awkwardly, and wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. Eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket. "This is an amazing coincidence," she said. "Those three young men that just left, were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim "traded" them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size...they came to pay their debt. We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she confided, "but, right now, Jim would have considered himself the richest man in Idaho." With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three magnificently shiny, red marbles.

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"Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such
as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." Matthew 19:14

"Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty
years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle
East that has no oil!" Milton Berle

“I was never an athletic kid. One year I played Little League Baseball
and my dad was the coach. Halfway through the season he traded me to
another family.” David Corrado

Priceless Grandparent Stories

1. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old
slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard
the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin.
At last, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room,
putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she
heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"

2. A mother was telling her little girl what her own childhood was like:
"We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it
hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild
raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in.
At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"

3. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her father's word
processor. She told him she was writing a story. "What's it about?" he
asked. "I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."

4. I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I
decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it
was. She would tell me, and always she was correct. But it was fun for
me, so I continued. At last she headed for the door, saying sagely,
"Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!"

5. Our five-year-old son Mark couldn't wait to tell his father about the
movie we had watched on television, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." The
scenes with the submarine and the giant octopus had kept him wide-eyed.
In the middle of the telling, my husband interrupted Mark, "What caused
the submarine to sink?" With a look of incredulity Mark replied, "Dad, it
was the 20,000 leaks!!"

6. When my grandson, Billy, and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the
lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects.
Still, a few fireflies followed us in.

Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, "It's no use, Grandpa. The
mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights."

7. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not
sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandma," he advised. "Mine says I'm four
to six."


Children's Logic:

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 these 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!’"

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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Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America - If you remember,
she's the wife of Todd Beamer who said 'Let's Roll!' and
helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was
heading for Washington, DC back on 9/11.

She said it's the little things that she misses most about
Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came
home, and her children running to meet him.

Lisa recalled this story:

"I had a very special teacher in high school many years
ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack.
About a week after his death, she shared some of her
insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon
sunlight came streaming in through the classroom
windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few
things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.

With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused
and said, 'Class is over, I would like to share with all of
you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel
is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn,
share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of
us knows when this fantastic experience will end.
It can be taken away at any moment.

Perhaps this is the power's way of telling us that we
must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes,
beginning to water, she went on, 'So I would like you all
to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school,
or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.

It doesn't have to be something you see, it could be a
scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of
someone's house, or it could be the sound of the
breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the
way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it
falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things,
and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to
some, these things are the "stuff" of life.
The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy.
The things we often take for granted.

The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our
books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon,
I noticed more things on my way home from school than
I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think
of that teacher and remember what an impression she
made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those
things that sometimes we all overlook.

Take notice of something special you see on your lunch
hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset.
Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice
cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we
did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do.
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Tree of Mystery

Just before Easter I was driving the kids over to see my parents and we were talking about all the beautiful trees that had blossomed overnight. The whole neighborhood was transformed by bursts of lavender, pink, and pure white and it looked like something out of a movie.

"Which one is your favorite, Kate?" She pointed out at a tall white tree that looked like it was covered with snowballs.

"How about you, Ellie? Got a favorite?" She watched as the houses passed us and then a few seconds later I heard her say quietly, "That one, mommy. That one is my favorite. It's the prettiest one on the whoooole street. That's what I think."

I made a confused face and looked at her in the rearview mirror. "I think it's dead mommy. It doesn't have anything on it. But it's the prettiest one." I just sat and waited, fascinated by the fact that out of everything we were looking at, that was the one she chose.

"Well...it looks dead, but I love it because everyone picks the fancy ones and that one might be keeping a secret. Maybe it's flowers haven't come out yet, or maybe it's just pretending to be dead. Nobody knows what that one is going to do. So I think it's the most beautiful."

I sat stunned with my hand on the gearshift, unable to even put it into drive because I so felt the presence of the Lord. He uses my girls so many times when He is speaking to me and I know from experience that it's best to just be still and soak it in.
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Truly inspirational young man!

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A Blue Rose

Having four visiting family members, my wife was very busy, so I offered to go to the store for her to get some needed items, which included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags, detergent and Clorox. So off I went.

I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies and headed for the checkout counter, only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man who appeared to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn't in a hurry, so I patiently waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, "Mommy, I'm over here."

It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged and also startled as he turned and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said, "Hey Buddy, what's your name?"

"My name is Denny and I'm shopping with my mother," he responded proudly.

"Wow," I said, "that's a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Steve."

"Steve, like Stevarino?" he asked. "Yes," I answered. "How old are you Denny?"

"How old am I now, Mommy?" he asked his mother as she slowly came over from the next aisle.

"You're fifteen-years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass by."

I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with excitement, because he was the center of someone's attention. He then abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.

Denny's mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn't even look at him, much less talk to him.

I told her that it was my pleasure and then I said something I have no idea where it came from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow, and pink roses in God's Garden; however, "Blue Roses" are very rare and should be appreciated for their beauty and distinctiveness. You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if someone doesn't stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose with their kindness, then they've missed a blessing from God.

She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, "Who are you?"

Without thinking I said, "Oh, I'm probably just a dandelion, but I sure love living in God's garden."

She reached out, squeezed my hand and said, "God bless you!" and then I had tears in my eyes.

May I suggest, the next time you see a BLUE ROSE, don't turn your head and walk off. Take the time to smile and say Hello. Why? Because, by the grace of GOD, this mother or father could be you.

This could be your child, grandchild, niece or nephew. What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.
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The Power Of Believing

As I think about it, I'm not sure I ever really bought into that Easter Bunny stuff.

Santa Claus was one thing. He was human, chubby and groovy in long hair and a beard. As a heavy-set child of the 1960s, I could relate to that. But how do you relate to a rabbit -- especially one with no name, no discernable personality and a propensity for laying multi-colored chicken eggs?

Thankfully, I grew up in a family of believers, so it really didn't matter how I felt about Easter's benevolent bunny. Not only did I learn to believe, but I also learned something about the power of belief -- in myself, in principles and in other people and causes. But I worry a little about children who grow up in this age of disbelief. Experiencing the fun of a harmless fantasy like the Easter Bunny is one thing. But how do they cope with life in a world where belief itself is belittled, where faith is ridiculed and reality extends only as far as one can see hear, smell, taste or touch?

A few years ago national attention was focused on a deep, dark cave in the mountains near where I live. A Scout troop had entered the cave to do a little exploring. Despite every precaution that had been taken to make it a safe and exciting adventure for all, one young man was separated from the troop and lost in the depths of the cave.

For several days rescue crews worked around the clock, searching every twist and turn in the underground cavern. With each passing hour hopes of finding the boy inside the cave dimmed, and new theories were advanced. Perhaps he had simply run away. Or maybe he had stumbled out some other entrance and was now lost in the mountains. Or perhaps he was already... well, nobody wanted to say it. But everybody thought it.

Everybody, that is, except the boy's parents.

"That wasn't an option as far as we were concerned," the boy's mother said. "Eventually we would find him -- safe and alive. We were certain of that."

There was little reason to cling to that belief. Those who were familiar with the cave claimed it had been thoroughly searched -- several times. Common sense dictated that time was running out and that other options needed to be considered -- like when to say "enough."

But like Kris Kringle himself says in A Miracle on 34th Street, "faith is believing in something even when common sense tells you not to." And the boy's parents had faith. They wouldn't give up, and they wouldn't let anyone else give up, either. And sure enough, the boy was found -- hungry, thirsty and frightened, but otherwise healthy.

And how did he manage to survive his ordeal in the cave?

"I prayed a lot," he said, "and I never stopped believing that someone would find me."

Of course, I'm aware that not every crisis ends so happily, no matter how much faith and belief is exercised. But how many tragedies have been averted because believing people refuse to be dissuaded or discouraged by common sense?

Many people view belief, faith and hope as the feeble stepchildren of knowledge. I understand that feeling. Sometimes I lean a little that way myself. But while it's true that the pursuit of knowledge is a value to be cherished, there always comes a point at which knowledge ends. Always.

That can be a scary place for those who have no faith in belief. But for those who have learned to walk in faith and to trust the power of believing, the absence of absolute knowledge isn't any more of a problem than life's other realities. You just move on -- in whatever direction you believe is best.

Your course may be uncertain and your step may be slow and cautious. But hopefully -- or maybe we should say "full of hope" -- you move on.

With or without the Easter Bunny.

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Hope everyone is enjoying the beauty of Spring....

The Glory Of Spring

I opened up the door this morning and did a little jig.
I smiled at the falling rain even though the drops were big.

Those drops didn't discourage me as they fell on the window pane,
before the dawn of sunshine I knew there'd be some rain

For now the barren gardens are floating in muddy gloom,
soon they'll house the buds from where the flowers bloom.

We've looked forward to a grand awakening that is happily in the works,
a burst of new life from where the bare tree limb lurks.

The snow has all melted, Jack Frost has been sent on his way,
though we thought we'd never see it we welcome Spring this day.

I saw a robin perched on the roof, perhaps scouting out a nest,
I placed shedded dog hair on the fence post, mama robin will do the rest.

Soon tiny tots on swing sets will be reaching for the sky,
filled with wonder and laughter, the magic won't pass them by.

The glory of Spring and the awakening it brings,
is the joy in the tune that the bluebird sings.

It is a chance for us to improve on the days that lie ahead,
to make sure the bounty of our blessings keep our hearts and souls well fed.

Gardener's thumbs will once again regain their color green,
while blooming shades of purple, pink, and red will reign supreme.

Spring nights are for young lover's walking hand and hand in the park,
beneath the starry skies, a chance to dance in the dark.

Every Spring season we are rewarded with this glorious gift of rebirth,
and reminded of our own new beginnings every Springtime on this earth.

Young dreams will be carried along on warm soothing breezes,
sweet recollections of life anew and all that pleases.

So, I'm enjoying the rhythm of the gentle falling rain,
it's nature's way of saying there is so much for us to gain.

These wonderful days of Spring will be bursting out in song,
a sweet melody of promise that carries our hopes along.

AND THAT'S THE GLORY OF SPRING!

~ Kathy Whirity ~
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