Fri, May 25th - 11:19AM
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For beautiful eyes, seek out the good in other people.
To lose weight, let go of stress and the need to control others.
To improve your ears, listen to the word of God.
Touch someone with your love.
Rather than focus on the thorns of life, smell the roses
and count your blessings.
For poise, walk with knowledge and self-esteem.
To strengthen your arms, hug at least 3 people a day.
To strengthen your heart, forgive yourself and others.
Don't worry and hurry so much.
Rather walk this earth lightly and yet leave your mark.
Fri, May 18th - 2:36PM
Words of Comfort for the Soul
Charles Spurgeon, from Beside Still Waters: Words of Comfort for the Soul (Nelson Reference)
"God has not promised to rescue us according to our time schedule. If it appears that your prayers are unanswered, do not dishonor the Lord with unbelief. Waiting in faith is a high form of worship. In some respects, it excels the adoration of the shining ones above.
"God delivers His servants in ways that exercise their faith. He would not have them lacking in faith, for faith is the wealth of the heavenly life. He desires that the trial of faith continues until faith grows strong and comes to full assurance. The sycamore fig never ripens into sweetness unless it is bruised; the same is true of faith. Tested believer, God will bring you through, but do not expect Him to bring you through in the way that human reason suggests, for that would not develop your faith." (p. 148)
Fri, May 11th - 10:41AM
By Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable,
Illogical and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind,
People may accuse
You of selfish motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,
You will win some false friends
And some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank,
People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building,
Someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
They may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
It is between you and God;
It never was between you and them anyway.
Sun, May 6th - 12:54AM
God can use anyone
This is a beautiful story I received from MountainWings today.
for those of you who aren't aware, there's a pastor who sends
out daily inspirational emails. You can sign up at www.mountainwings.com
"It was hard to watch her fail. Physically she was growing
thinner and more stooped. Mentally she was losing her ability
to sort out reality. Initially, my grandmother had railed
angrily against the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease that were
eroding who she had always been.
Eventually, the anger gave way to frustration and then
resignation. My grandmother had always been a strong woman.
She had a career before it was common for women to have careers.
She was independent. In her eighties, she was still dragging
out her stepladder every spring to wash all the windows in her
house. She was also a woman with a deep faith in God.
As my grandmother lost her ability to live alone, my father
moved her into his home. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren
were often in the house. She seemed to enjoy being surrounded
by the noise and activity of a large, extended family.
As she slipped further away from us mentally, my grandmother
would occasionally have moments of lucidity when she knew where
she was and recognized everyone around her. We never knew what
prompted those moments, when they would occur or how long they
Toward the end of her life she became convinced that her mother
had knit everything she owned. "Mama knit my boots," she would
tell strangers, holding up a foot clad in galoshes. "Mama knit
my coat," she would say with a vacant smile as she zipped up her
raincoat. Soon we were putting on her boots for her and helping
her zip up her coat.
During my grandmother's last autumn with us, we decided to take
a family outing. We packed up the cars and went to a local fair
for a day of caramel apples, craft booths and carnival rides.
Grandma loved flowers, so my dad bought her a rose. She carried
it proudly through the fair, stopping often to breathe in its
Grandma couldn't go on the carnival rides, of course, so she sat
on a bench close by and waited while the rest of the family
rode. Her moments of lucidity were now a thing of the past
having eluded her for months, but she seemed content to sit and
watch as life unfolded around her.
While the youngest members of the family ran, laughing to get in
line at the next ride, my father took my grandmother to the
nearest bench. A sullen-looking young woman already occupied
the bench but said she wouldn't mind sharing the bench.
"Mama knit my coat," my grandmother told the young woman as she
We didn't let my grandmother out of our sight, and when we came
back to the bench to get her, the young woman was holding the
rose. She looked as though she had been crying. "Thank you for
sharing your grandmother with me," she said. Then she told us
her story. She had decided that day was to be her last on
Earth. In deep despair and feeling she had nothing to live for,
she was planning to go home and commit suicide.
While she sat on that bench with Grandma as the carnival noises
swirled around them, she found herself pouring out her troubles.
"Your grandmother listened to me," the young woman informed us.
"She told me about a time in her own life, during the
Depression, when she had lost hope. She told me that God loved
me and that He would watch over me and would help me make it
through my problems. She gave me this rose. She told me that
my life would unfold just like this rose and that I would be
surprised by its beauty. She told me my life was a gift. She
said she would be praying for me."
We stood, dumbfounded, as she hugged my grandmother and thanked
her for saving her life. Grandma just smiled a vacant smile and
patted her arm. As the young woman turned to leave, she waved
good-bye to us. Grandma waved back and then turned to look at
us, still standing in amazement.
"Mama knit my hat," she said."
~By Sara L. Henderson~
Fri, May 4th - 11:32PM
Thanks for visiting my blog. I want to use it to encourage others through qoutes, inspirational stories and testimonies. I hope to give a testimony of my father's healing soon. I actually have another blog for those who want to join me in praying for him. http://prayforpastorford.blogspot.com
It's been a bit of a difficult winter for me and my family, but thank God seasons change and now it's spring! My favorite time of year. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and hope is evident in nature all around us.
The earth is filled with His unfailing love!
It's a time of new beginnings for me as well. I'll be moving across the country this month and starting a new life. God has really given me a peace about it, and instead of being scared, I'm really excited. I'm curious what God has in store for me there.
I've also gotten started in a new business. http://www.peacebiznet.com
It's just what I need because it's something that can generate income for me while I'm busy packing, moving and then traveling this summer. God's provision is amazing!
I'll finish this up with a quote from Anthony J. D'Angelo
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”