Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Today, fear again grips America and the world -
in public and in private. Remember FDR's words,
and focus with courage on the job at hand -
the job of living joyfully regardless of external
circumstances. Franklin D. Roosevelt said:
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
BUT the very hairs of your head are all
numbered. So do not fear, you are more
valuable than many sparrows.
~ Matthew 10:30-31
Monday, March 30, 2020
When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege
it is to be alive - to breathe,
to think, to enjoy, to love.
~ Marcus Aurelius
Look on our Lord's patience as the
opportunity he is giving you to be saved.
~ 2 Peter 3:5 (GNB)
Friday, March 27, 2020
Friday Tale - The Bumblebee
Did you know that according to a theory of aerodynamics that the bumblebee should be unable to fly? The bumblebee's size, weight, and shape of its body, in relationship to its total wing span, flying is technically impossible. The bumblebee, being ignorant of the technical theory, goes on and flies anyway and makes honey every day.
You and I need to take a few lessons from the bumblebee. First of all, if the bumblebee were to look at its size, it would say My body is too big for my wings, for that reason I am not able to fly. If it looked at its weight, it would say, I'm too heavy, it is impossible for my wings to create enough lift for me to do the job I was created to do. If it looked at the contour of its body it would say Forget it, it is scientifically impossible for me to do this.
My friend, the bumblebee is totally unaware of the impossibilities that say it can't do what it does, day after day. It goes against all the odds that say, you should be a failure. Look at you; aren't you a pitiful looking thing? You are overweight, your body is in pathetic shape; and you have the nerve to think you are going to fly. Who do you think you are a bumblebee? This kind of view never comes across the mind of a bumblebee. It doesn't know it's not supposed to fly.
Now, what's your excuse? Who or what is screaming at you that you can't possibly do what you desire to do? When are you going to look them in the face and say, Watch me! I will overcome these odds; I believe I can fly. I don't care who or what is telling you that you can't, with God all things are possible.
It’s time to make man's impossibility, God's possibility.
~ from Positive Thinking
Looking at them, Jesus said, "With people
it is impossible, BUT not with God;
for all things are possible with God."~ Mark 10:27
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Although the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of the overcoming of it.
~ Helen Keller
For whoever is born of God overcomes
the world; and this is the victory that has
overcome the world - our faith.
Who is the one who overcomes the
world, BUT he who believes that
Jesus is the Son of God?~ 1 John 5:4-5
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
What molting time is to the birds,
so adversity or misfortune is to us humans.
~ Vincent van Gogh
When things are going well for you,
be glad, and when trouble comes,
just remember: God sends both happiness
and trouble; you never know what
is going to happen next.
~ Ecclesiastes 7:14 (GNB)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Did I offer peace today?
Did I bring a smile to someone's face?
Did I say words of healing?
Did I let go of my anger and resentment?
Did I forgive?
These are the real questions. I must trust
that the little bit of love I sow now will
bear many fruits, here in this world,
and the life to come.
~ Henri Nouwen
BUT the fruit of the spirit is love, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control, against such
things there is no law.~ Galatians 5:22-23
Monday, March 23, 2020
Discipline comes through self-control.
If you do not conquer self,
you will be conquered by self.
~ Napoleon Hill
Everyone who competes in the games
exercises self-control in all things.
They do it to receive a perishable wreath,
BUT we an imperishable crown.
~ 1 Corinthians 9:25
Friday, March 20, 2020
Friday Tale - Excellence
An excellent life is the sum of
many excellent moments!
Within a day, strive for an excellent hour.
Within a month, strive for an excellent day.
Within that year, strive for an excellent month.
To have an excellent life, strive for an excellent year.
You are what you think, so control your inputs!
~ From Positive People e-newsletter
This I pray that your love may abound still more
and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
so that you may prove the things that are excellent,
in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.
~ Philippians 1:9-10
Thursday, March 19, 2020
At the end of each day, you should
play back the tapes of your performance.
The results should either applaud
or prod you.
~ Jim Rohn
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
for You have been my help, and
in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
~ Psalm 63:6-7
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
To think bad thoughts is really the
easiest thing in the world. If you leave
your mind to itself, it will spiral down into
To think good thoughts, however, requires effort.
This is one of the things that discipline - training - is about.
~ James Clavell
For those who are according to the flesh
set their minds on the things of the flesh;
BUT those who are according to the spirit,
the things of the spirit..... for the mind set
on the spirit is life and peace.
~ Romans 8:5-6
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Laughter is the sun that drives
the winter from the human face.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter
and our tongue with joyful shouting;
then they said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
~ Psalm 126:2
Monday, March 16, 2020
We should every night call
ourselves to an account:
What infirmity have I mastered today?
What passions opposed!
What temptation resisted?
What virtue acquired?
~ Mracus Annaeus Seneca
Who shall separate us from the
love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or
distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
NO, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him who loved us.
~ Romans 8:35, 37
Friday, March 13, 2020
Friday Tale - Who Am I?
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.
I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.
I am at your command.
Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me.
For I can do them quickly, correctly and profitably.
I am easily managed; just be firm with me.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with
the precision of a machine and the intelligence of a person.
You can run me for profit, or you can run me for ruin.
Show me how you want it done. Educate me. Train me.
Lead me. Reward me.
And I will then…do it automatically.
I am your servant.
Who am I?
I am a habit.
So get rid of every filthy habit and
all wicked conduct. Submit to God
and accept the word that He plants
in your hearts, which is able to save you.
~ James 1:21
Thursday, March 12, 2020
If you don't think every day is
a good day, just try missing one.
~ Cavett Robert
It is good to be able to enjoy the
pleasant light of day. For you have
delivered me from death, yes, my
feet from falling, that I may walk
before God in the light of life.
~ Ecclesiastes 11:7 with Psalms 56:13
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
A man can no more diminish
God's glory by refusing to worship Him,
than a lunatic can put out the sun
by scribbling the word "darkness"
on the walls of his cell.
~ C.S. Lewis
For the earth will be filled with
the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
as the waters cover the sea.
~ Habakkuk 2:14
Monday, March 09, 2020
Friday, March 06, 2020
Friday Tale - Because
Keep your Thoughts Positive.
Because your Thoughts become your Words.
Keep your Words Positive.
Because your Words become your Behavior.
Keep your Behavior Positive.
Because your Behavior, becomes your Habit.
Keep your Habits Positive.
Because your Habits become your Values.
Keep your Values Positive.
Because your Values become your Destiny.
Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples,
don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious.
~ Bill Meyer
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.~ Isaiah 26:3
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Rest in this - it is His business to lead,
command, impel, send, call...
it is your business to obey,
follow, move, respond.....
~ Jim Elliott
And he said to them, "Follow me,
and..... I will make you fishers of men".
~ Matthew 4:19
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that
people act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on
the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
~ Charles Swindoll
BUT he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness."
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content
with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions
and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Monday, March 02, 2020
Do one thing at a time and
do that one thing as if your
life depended upon it.
~ Eugene Grace
Whatever you do, work heartily,
as for the Lord and not for men,
knowing that from the Lord you
will receive the inheritance as your reward.
You are serving the Lord Christ.~ Colossians 3:23-24
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