Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The New Year is a painting not yet painted,
a path not yet stepped on; a wing not yet taken off!
Things haven't happened as yet!
Before the clock strikes twelve, remember you
are blessed with the ability to reshape your life!
~ Mehmet Murat ildan
Be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and
put on the new self, created after the likeness
of God in true right-ness and holiness.
~ Ephesians 4:23-24
Monday, December 30, 2019
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are
making new things, trying new things, learning,
living, pushing yourself, changing yourself,
changing your world.
~ Neil Gaiman
Do not conform yourselves to the standards
of this world, BUT let God transform you
inwardly by a complete change of your mind.
Then you will be able to know the will of God -
what is good and pleasing to Him and is perfect.~ Romans 12:2 (GNB)
Friday, December 27, 2019
Friday Tale: Strength vs. Courage
It takes strength to be firm
It takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to stand guard.
It takes courage to let down your guard.
It takes strength to conquer.
It takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain.
It takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in.
It takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to feel a friend's pain.
It takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to hide your own pains.
It takes courage to show them.
It takes strength to endure abuse.
It takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone.
It takes courage to lean on another.
It takes strength to love.
It takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive.
It takes courage to live.
~ Author Unknown
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD!~ Psalm 31:24
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for
loving, sharing, giving, are not to be put
away like bells and lights and tinsel,
in some box on the shelf. The good you do
for others is good you do yourself.
~ Norman Wesley Brooks
Complete my joy by being of the same mind,
sharing the same love,
being in full accord and of one mind.~ Colossians 3:14
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
Christmas is the spirit of giving
without the thought of getting.
It is happiness because we joy in people.
It is forgetting self and finding time for others.
It is discarding the meaningless and stressing
the true values - all year round.
~ Thomas S. Monson
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give and only suffers want.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and
one who waters will himself be watered.~ Proverbs 11:24-25
Friday, December 20, 2019
Friday Tale - Giving When It Counts...
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her."
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled,
as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek.
Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.
Greater love has no one than this,
that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
When you give yourself,
you receive more than you give.
~ Antonie de Saint Exupery
And whoever gives one of these
little ones even a cup of cold water
because he is a disciple, truly,
he will by no means lose his reward.~ Matthew 10:42
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
To give and then not feel that one has
given is the very best of all ways of giving.
~ Max Beerbohm
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart,
not reluctantly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.~ 2 Corinthians 9:7
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019
This is the miracle that happens
every time to those who really love:
the more they give, the more they possess.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
For as the rain and the snow come down
from heaven and do not return there BUT
water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty, BUT
it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and
shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
~ Isaiah 55:10-11
Friday, December 13, 2019
Friday Tale - I will...
I hope is very positive, and
yet I will is even more so.
I might gets you facing in the right direction, while I will takes you all the way there.
I'd like to helps you set your goals, and
I will makes them happen.
I should is good at nagging, yet
I will is the master of achievement.
The words you use influence the thoughts
you think and the actions you take. And the
words I will are two of the best you'll find
when it comes to expressing, sealing and maintaining your commitment.
Though words alone will not make it happen,
the most positive, confident words will indeed
make a difference in what does happen.
A constant attitude of I will will always outperform an attitude of I wish.
I will is clear and unambiguous.
It puts the power of solid intention to work for you.
At any given moment, you're filled with energy that
can make things happen, energy in search of a purpose.
Saying I will, with sincerity and confidence,
directs that energy precisely where you want it to go.
~ Jim Gentil
Now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies around me.
I will offer in His tabernacles sacrifices of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to Yahweh.
So also you have sorrow now, BUT I will see you again,
and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.~ Psalm 27:6 with John 16:22
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Trust the timing of everything.
Just because it's not happening
RIGHT NOW doesn't mean it never will.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end - it will not lie.
If it seem slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.~ Habakkuk 2:3
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Live in such a way that you would
not be ashamed to sell your
parrot to the town gossip.
~ Will Rogers
It is my eager expectation and hope
that I will not be at all ashamed, BUT
that with full courage now as always
Christ will be honored in my body,
whether by life or death.~ Philippians 1:20
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
There is no Wi-Fi in the forest BUT I
promise you will find a better connection.
I call upon You, for You will answer me, God.
Listen closely to me and hear my prayer.
God has done all this so that we will look
for Him and reach out and find Him.
He isn't far from any of us.~ Psalm 17:6 and Acts 17:27
Monday, December 09, 2019
Friday, December 06, 2019
Friday Tale: Thankful
1. The birds chirping early morning
2. Waking up and seeing your spouse sleeping peacefully next to you
3. Seeing the early morning sky
4. The sunset over the horizon
5. The first cup of tea
6. The steaming hot coffee
7. The delight on your parents’ face when you visit them
8. Sharing jokes with your grandkids
9. The family prayer time
10. Handmade gifts from your kids
11. The unexpected hug from loved ones
12. Your favorite song just when you need it
13. Lovely book to read
14. Best friends
15. A smile from your colleague
16. Troubles to help appreciate the good things
17. A roof over your head
18. A comfortable bed and pillow to curl up on
19. Comfortable shoes to walk in
20. To walk barefoot
21. The first leaf on the new plant you have
22. The bloom on the rose plant
23. Your dog nuzzling you awake
24. Wonderful doctor
25. A nice cool drink when you are tired
26. To rest after a tired day's work
27. Lovely friends
28. Amazing family
29. Nutty adorable buddies
30. Belief in God
~ Annie Abraham (amended)
Give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Use the talents you've developed to
create goodwill, to ease the burdens
of those who are not as fortunate
and to seek the truth humbly.
~ Laura Burroughs
Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for
You are the God of my salvation;
for You I wait all the day long.~ Psalm 25:5
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