Friday, July 31, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/31/2020

 Friday Tale - Patience and NO

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No.
Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is earned. 

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No.
I give you blessings.  Happiness is up to you. 

I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No.
I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as God loves me.
God said... Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

"Stop telling God how big your storm is.
Instead tell your storm how big your GOD is."
~ Unknown

 So, as those who have been chosen by God, 
holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
~ Colossians 3:12

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/30/2020

Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.

~ Hal Borland


Wait for the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the

precious produce of the soil, being patient

about it, until it gets the early and late rains.

You too be patient; strengthen your hearts,

for the coming of the Lord is near.

~ James 5:7-8

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/29/2020

No good comes from hurrying.

~ Yiddish Proverb


The Lord is not slow about His promise,

as some count slowness, BUT is patient

toward you, not wishing for any to perish,

BUT for all to come to repentance.

~ 2 Peter 3:9

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/28/2020

Patience can't be acquired overnight.

It is just like building up a muscle.

Every day you need to work on it.

~ Eknath Easwaran

 But thou..... follow after righteousness,

godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

~ 1 Timothy 6:11

Monday, July 27, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/27/2020

When you feel the need to hurry,

remember that everything in

life is a CHOICE.

~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I implore you to walk in a manner worthy

of the calling with which you have been

called, with all humility and gentleness,

with patience, showing tolerance for

one another in love.

~ Ephesians 4:1-2

Friday, July 24, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/24/2020

Friday Tale - Comfort

Generally, your greatest service to someone in their time of trouble, sorrow or confusion, is your comfort.

Take the time to listen to their troubles and concerns with patience, kindness and empathy, but without offering unsolicited advice or suggestions.

Your kindly hand on their shoulder,
supportive hug, and patient listening
are often the greatest gifts you can offer. 

And brings you both comfort.
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will
be able to comfort those who are in any affliction
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/23/2020

Practice the pause.

Pause before judgment.

Pause before assuming.

Pause before accusing.

Pause whenever you're about to react

harshly and you'll avoid doing and

saying things you'll later regret.

~ Lori Deschene


Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,

and He shall strengthen your heart.

Wait, I say, on the LORD

~ Psalm 27:14

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Thought for the day 7/22/2020

Ships don't sink because of the water

around them; ships sink because of

the water that gets in them. Don't let

what's happening around you get

inside and weigh you down.

~ Unknown


Because of the voice of the enemy,

because of the pressure of the wicked,

for they bring down trouble upon me

and in anger they bear a grudge against me.

BUT as for me, I shall call upon God,

and the LORD will save me.

~ Psalm 55:3, 16

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/21/2020

Your worth consists in what you are

and not in what you have.

~ Thomas A. Edison

The tongue of the righteous is like

precious silver, greatly valued;

the heart of the wicked is worth little.

The lips of the righteous feed

and guide many.

~ Proverbs 10:21-22

Monday, July 20, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/20/2020

Hope is necessary in every condition.

The miseries of poverty, sickness, would,

without this comfort, be unsupportable.

~ Wayne W. Dyer


The hope of the righteous brings joy,

but the expectation of the

wicked will perish.

~ Proverbs 10:23

Friday, July 17, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/17/2020

Friday Tale - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

          One of these days is yesterday with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.

          All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed - we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.

          The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow with its possible adversaries, its burdens, its large promise and poor performance.

          Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.

          Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds - but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

          This leaves only one day - today. Any man can fight the battles of just one day.

          It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities - Yesterday and Tomorrow - that we break down.

          It is not the experience of today that drives men mad - it is remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

          Let us therefore, Live but one day at a time!

~ Jim Gentil

Working together with Him, then, we appeal to you not to receive

the grace of God in vain. For He says, "In a favorable time

I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you."

Behold, NOW is the favorable time, and

behold NOW is the day of salvation.

~ 2 Corinthians 6:2

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/16/2020

Just like gold, which has to weather very

high temperatures to achieve the sheen

and shine it finally gets, so also every

person has to go through struggles

in his life to achieve the best.

~ Kailash Kher


We know that when He appears,

we will be like Him, because we will

see Him just as He is. Everyone who

has this hope fixed on Him purifies

himself, just as He is pure.

~ 1 John 3:2-23

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/15/2020

It's not about being the best.

It's about being better than

you were yesterday.

~ Unknown


He who is slow to anger is better

than the mighty, and he

who rules his spirit, than he

who captures a city.

~ Proverbs 16:32

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/14/2020

Someday is not

a day of the week.

~ Janet Dailey

But encourage one another day after day,

as long as it is still called "Today,"

so that none of you will be hardened

by the deceitfulness of sin.

~ Hebrews 3:13

Monday, July 13, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/13/2020

It is better to walk alone,

than with a crowd going

in the wrong direction.

~ Herman Su

If sinners entice you, do not consent.

Do not walk in the way with them.

Keep your feet from their path,

for their feet run to evil.

~ Proverbs 1:10, 15-16

Friday, July 10, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/10/2020

Friday Tale - Lessons from a Carrot,

Egg and Coffee Bean


Let's face it. Painful personal trauma and tragedy – like illness or injury, death of a loved one, loss of a job, or an unexpected breakup of a relationship – are unavoidable. The question is: Will these private calamities erode our capacity to be happy or cause us to become stronger and better able to live a meaningful and fulfilling life?

         Consider how differently carrots, eggs, and ground coffee beans are affected by the extreme adversity of being boiled. Like a carrot, adversity can soften us. We can emerge more flexible, understanding, compassionate, and grateful, or we can let our life spirit turn into a soft mush.

         Like an egg, boiling water can make us harder, stronger, tougher, and wiser, or we can become more cynical, pessimistic, callous, and inaccessible.

         And like a coffee bean, we can willingly transform our lives into something better or lose ourselves completely.

         We can't control what happens to us, but we have a lot to say about how we react and, therefore, what happens in us. The first step to turning adversity into advantage is to get out of the hot water as quickly as possible. Don't dwell on catastrophe. Grieve, but move on. Don't define your life by misfortune.

Second, force yourself to move forward. Draw on your inner strengths, the people who love you, and your faith to transform your life into something better. Formulate a vision of a more purposeful life filled with people and experiences that will help you become more fulfilled.
~ Michael Josephson

For our momentary, light affliction is producing
for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:17

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/9/2020

Sweet are the uses of adversity

Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

~ Shakespeare (in As You Like it)


Rejoice in hope, persevere in

tribulation, devoted to prayer.

~ Romans 12:12

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/8/2020

Adversity has the effect of

eliciting talents which, in

prosperous circumstances,

would have lain dormant.

~ Horace


For consider him who has endured hostility 

by sinners against himself,

so that you will not grow weary

and lose heart.

~ Hebrews 12:3

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/7/2020

The height of your

accomplishments will equal

the depth of your convictions.

~ William F. Scolavino


These things I have spoken to you,

so that in me you may have peace.

In the world you have tribulation,

BUT take courage, I have

overcome the world.

~ John 16:33

Monday, July 06, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/6/2020

You can preach a better sermon

with your life than with your lips.

~ Oliver Goldsmith


But the goal of our instruction is love

from a pure heart and a good

conscience and a sincere faith.

~ 1 Timothy 1:5

Friday, July 03, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/3/2020

Friday Tale - No Limits

Life is unlimited.
Your world expands with the generosity,
compassion, inventiveness, and service
that you contribute.
Money that is spent or given
away returns multiplied.
The more love that is given,
the more love returns.
The more a helping hand is given,
the more hands are strengthened and
empowered to help.
We can help each other.
We can all have love and happiness.

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him
who brings good news, who announces peace and
brings good news of happiness, who announces
salvation, and says to Zion, "Your God reigns!".
~ Isaiah 52:7

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/2/2020

Calm provides clarity. Pause to consider
the gifts you have been given, the
difference you have made, and the
direction in which are you are headed.
~ Anonymous

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and
not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength
and my song, and He has become my salvation.
Therefore you will joyously draw water
from the springs of salvation.
~ Isaiah 12:2-3

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Thought for the Day 7/1/2020

Whatever you want in life, start today.

Not tomorrow - today.

Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning.

Your happiness depends on starting

today - every day.

~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 Do not be grieved,

for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

~ Nehemiah 8:10

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