Monday, September 30, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/30/2019

Look to the future, because that is where
you'll spend the rest of your life.
~ George Burns

Know that wisdom is like honey to your soul;
if you find it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
~ Proverbs 24:14

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/27/2019

Friday Tale - Serve Now Please
I hoped that with the brave and strong
my portioned task might lie;
to toil among the busy throng
with purpose pure and high;
but God has fixed another part,
and He has fixed it well:
I said so with my breaking heart
when first this trouble fell.

These weary hours will not be lost
these days of misery,
these nights of darkness, tempest-tost,
can I but turn to Thee;
with secret labor to sustain
in patience every blow,
to gather fortitude from pain,
and holiness from woe.

If Thou would be with me through the night,
humbler I should be,
wiser, more strengthened for the fight,
more apt to lean on Thee.
Should death be standing at the gate,
I’ll not fear, I’ll keep my vow.
But Lord! Whatever be my fate,
Oh, let me serve Thee now.
~ Anne Bronte (modified)

The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and
saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the
afflictions of the righteous, BUT
the Lord delivers him out of them all.
~ Psalm 34:18-19

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/26/2019

If you are irritated by every rub,
how will your mirror be polished?
~ C. S. Lewis

So we do not lose heart. Though our
outer self is wasting away, our inner
self is being renewed day by day. For
this light momentary affliction is
preparing for us an eternal weight
of glory beyond all comparison.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/25/2019

Getting over a painful experience is
much like crossing monkey bars.
You have to let go at some point
in order to move forward.
~ C. S. Lewis

Look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter
of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before him, endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is seated at the right
hand of the throne of God.
~ Hebrews 12:2

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/24/2019

Don't worry about failures,
worry about the chances you miss
when you don't even try.
~ Jack Canfield

 Walk as children of light, and
try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
~ Ephesians 5:8, 10

Monday, September 23, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/23/2019

Correction does much, BUT
encouragement does more.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him
as you would a father, younger men as brothers,
older women as mothers,
younger women as sisters, in all purity.
~ 1 Timothy 5:1-2

Friday, September 20, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/20/2019

What draws people to be friends
 is that they see the same Truth. 
They share it.
~ C. S. Lewis

For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers 
came and testified to your Truth,
as indeed you are walking in The Truth.
I have no greater joy than to hear that
my children are walking in The Truth.
~ 2 Timothy 2:24

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/19/2019

In the long run, the sharpest weapon
of all is a kind and gentle spirit.
~ Anne Frank

The Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome,
but kind and gentle to everyone,
able to teach, patiently enduring evil.
~ 2 Timothy 2:24

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/18/2019

Raise your word, not voice.
It is rain that grows flowers,
not thunder.
~ Rumi

Make your ear attentive to wisdom
and incline your heart to understanding,
call out for insight, and
raise your voice for understanding....
~ Proverbs 2:2-3

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/17/2019

The Truth is humbling, terrifying, and
often exhilarating. It blows the
doors off the hinges and
fills the world with fresh air.
~ Augusten Burroughs

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him,
 "If you abide in my word, 
you are truly my disciples,
and you will know the Truth and
the Truth will set you free."
~ John 8:31-32

Monday, September 16, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/16/2019

If it is not right, do not do it.
If it is not true, do not say it.
~ Marcus Aurelius
Hear, for I will speak noble things, and
from my lips will come what is right,
for my mouth will utter truth.
~ Proverbs 8:6-7

Friday, September 13, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/13/2019

Friday Tale: Find Happiness

A group of 50 delegates were attending a seminar on personal development when the speaker said it was time to do a group activity.

He started by giving each of the delegates a white balloon and everyone was asked to write his or her name on it using a black marking pen.

Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

The 50 delegates were let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written within 3 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 3 minutes no one could find their own balloon.

THEN each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

The speaker then spoke with the 50 delegates . . . 'The exact same thing is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is. Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.
~ From "The Daily Grind"

Give and it will be given to you.
Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
running over, will be put into your lap.
For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
~ Luke 6:38

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/12/2019

Be just as concerned with your character
as your reputation.
~ John Wooden 

Do not be deceived:
"Bad company ruins good morals".
~ 1 Corinthians 15:33

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/11/2019

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
~ Marilyn vos Savant
And let us not grow weary of doing good,
for in due season we will reap,
if we do not give up.
~ Galatians 6:9

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/10/2019

It is not hard to make decisions when
you know what your values are.
~ Roy Disney
Follow the pattern of the sound words
you have heard from me, in the faith
and love that are in Christ Jesus.
~ 2 Timothy 1:13

Monday, September 09, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/9/2019

Happiness is a perfume you cannot
pour on others without getting
some on yourself.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

But may all who seek You rejoice and
be glad in You; may those who love
Your salvation say continually,
"Great is the Lord!".
~ Psalm 40:16

Friday, September 06, 2019

Thought for the Day 9/6/2019

Friday Tale - the Tongue

"The boneless tongue so small and weak
can crush and kill," declared the Greek.

"The tongue destroys a greater horde,"
The Turk asserts, "than does the sword."

The Persian proverb wisely saith
"A lengthy tongue, an early death."

Or sometimes takes this form instead,
"Don't let your tongue cut off your head."

"The tongue can speak a word, whose speed,"
Says the Chinese, "Outstrips the steed."

While Arab sages this impart, 
"The tongue's great storehouse is the heart."

From the Hebrew with the maxim sprung,
"Though feet should slip, ne'er let the tongue."

The sacred writer crowns the whole,
"Who keeps his tongue, doth keep his soul."Prov.22:5 
~ From: Gems of Truth in Simple Settings

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the tongues of the fools pour out folly.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
~ Proverbs 15:2, 28

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