Monday, August 31, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/31/2020

 Music washes away from the soul
the dust of every day life.
~ Berthold Auerbach

Speak to one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing and making
melody with your heart to the Lord, always
giving thanks for all things in the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God.
~ Ephesians 5:19-20

Friday, August 28, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/28/2020

Friday Tale - The Sands of Forgiveness

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

    The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:

TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE. 

    They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. 

   After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:

TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE. 

   The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?" 

    The other friend replied "When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it." 

LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND
AND TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE.
~ Unknown

He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.
To him that overcomes, to him I will give of the hidden manna,
and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone...
~ Revelation 2:17

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/27/2020

 Confidence on the outside begins
by living with integrity on the inside.
~ Brian Tracy

O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
He who walks with integrity, and
works righteousness, and
speaks truth in his heart.
~ Psalm 15:1-2

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/26/2020

 Better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which
you must see the world.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Let us draw near [to God] with a sincere
heart in full assurance of faith, having our
hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed with pure water.
~ Hebrews 10:22

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/25/2020

If there is rightness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
~ Unknown

He who walks in integrity and with
moral character walks securely.
~ Proverbs 10:9 (Amplified)

Monday, August 24, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/24/2020

 None will improve your lot
if you yourself do not.
~ Bertolt Brecht

Do your best to improve your faith.
You can do this by adding goodness,
understanding, self-control, patience,
devotion to God, concern for others,
and love.
~ 2 Peter 1:5-7

Friday, August 21, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/21/2020

 

Friday Tale - Children Learn

 IF children live with CRITICISM
         They learn to CONDEMN.

If children live with HOSTILITY
         They learn to FIGHT.

If children live with RIDICULE
         They learn to BE SHY.

If children live with SHAME
         They learn to FEEL GUILTY.

If children live with PERSEVERANCE
         They learn to BE PATIENT.

If children live with ENCOURAGEMENT
         They learn to HAVE CONFIDENCE.

If children live with PRAISE
         They learn to APPRECIATE.

If children live with FAIRNESS
         They learn JUSTICE.

If children live with SECURITY
         They learn to HAVE FAITH.

If children live with APPROVAL
         They learn to LIKE THEMSELVES.

If children live with ACCEPTANCE and FRIENDSHIP
         They learn to FIND LOVE IN THE WORLD.
~ Unknown Author

Walk as children of Light, trying to
learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
~ Ephesians 5:8, 10

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/20/2020

None of us got where we are solely by
pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.
We got there because somebody bent
down and helped us pick up our boots.
~ Justic Thurgood Marshall

I commend to you our sister Phoebe,
who is a servant of the ecclesia at Chencrea, that you
receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the
saints, and that you help her in whatever matter
she may have need of you; for she herself has also
been a helper of many, and of myself as well.
~ Romans 16:1-2

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/19/2020

I always get to where I'm going by walking
away from where I've been.
~ Winnie the Pooh

Depart from me you evil-doers, that
I may keep the commandments of God.
~ Psalm 119:115

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/18/2020

 Transformation through togetherness turn
this Tuesday towards trust-worthiness.
~ Inga von Gadenstedt

Do not be conformed to this world,
BUT be transformed by the renewal of
your mind, that by testing you may
discern what is the will of God, what is
good and acceptable and perfect.
~ Romans 12:2

Monday, August 17, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/17/2020

 Attitude is a little thing that
makes a big difference.
~ Winston Churchill

Show a gentile attitude toward everyone.
The Lord is coming soon.
~ Philippians 4:5 (GNB)

Friday, August 14, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/14/2020

Friday Tale - See the Trees.

I lived in Alabama on a half-acre lot blessed huge oak trees that were 40 feet in diameter. They were HUGE! The house was laid out such that every bedroom faced the backyard. Each bedroom had a large picture window. The view was breathtaking. I enjoyed just looking at the trees. In the fall I would identify a particular leaf that was falling and watched it for what seemed liked 5 minutes before it fell to earth.

         One day I invited this married couple over to enjoy the view from the bedroom window. I took them into the bedroom and excitedly pointed to the trees out of the window and exclaimed, "just look"!

         After about 20 seconds there was no comment from the couple. I however, noticed a big frown on the woman's face.

         I said, "What's wrong". She was reluctant to reply.

         I insisted and again said, "What's wrong?"

         She relented and said, "Don't you see those fingerprints on the glass?"

         I turned and looked and there were what seemed to be fifty or more fingerprints on the glass. I ran for the Windex to clean the glass. The lady "Oh, I didn't mean for you to clean it now."

         The morale here is this. That lady never saw the trees. Even when I tried to point them out, she missed it! I didn't see the fingerprints. I was looking through the glass not at it.

         When the fingerprints were pointed out to me, I saw them and removed them. The lady never saw the trees. She focused on the fingerprints and she never got passed them.

         Life is much like that. There are things in life that are good and things that are bad. You choose which things you want to focus on. I focus on the trees.

               What are you focusing on?

~ William Lambert

And behold, I am coming quickly.
Blessed is he who focuses on the words
of the prophecy of this book.
~ Revelation 22:7 (AMP)

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/13/2020

 Just breathe in, breath out,
and remember that moving forward
means taking it one step at a time.
~ Unknown

I do not regard myself as having laid hold
of it yet; BUT one thing I do: forgetting what
lies behind and reaching forward to what lies
ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 3:13-14

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/12/2020

 I find television very educational.
Every time someone turns it on,
I go in the other room and read a book.
~ Groucho Marx

Your word I have treasured in my heart,
that I may not sin against You.
~ Psalm 119:11

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/11/2020

Every day may not be good,
BUT there's something good in every day.
~ Unknown 

Blessed is the one whom You chasten, O Lord,
and whom You teach out of Your law, that You
may grant him relief from the day of adversity.
~ Psalm 94:12-13

Monday, August 10, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/10/2020

 Don't count the days.
Make the days count.
~ Muhammad Ali 

For I am confident of this very thing, 
that He who began a good work in you
will perfect it until the day of Christ.
~ Philippians 1:6

Friday, August 07, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/7/2020

 Friday Tale - Last Day 

Once there was a Rabbi who was asked,
"When should a man repent?" 

And the wise old Rabbi answered,
"On the last day of his life." 

"BUT," they said, "none of us can be
sure which day is the last day of our life." 

The Rabbi smiled and said, "Then repent now."

Repentance is not a negative self-condemnation.
Repentance is "turning around" to walk God's way.
What else can you do NOW to change your life?
~ Jewish tale

So remember what you have received and heard;
and keep it, and repent.
Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief,
and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.
~ Revelation 3:3

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/6/2020

Employ whatever God has entrusted you
with, in doing good, all possible, good,
in every possible kind and degree,
to the household of faith, to all men.
~ John Wesley 

BUT love your enemies, and do good, and
lend, expecting nothing in return; and your
reward shall be great, and you shall be
sons of the Most High; for He Himself is
kind to ungrateful and evil men.
~ Luke 6:35


Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/5/2020

If you can't be a pencil to write
anyone's happiness, then try to be a
nice eraser to remove their sadness.
~ Unknown

 We urge you, admonish the unruly, 
encourage the faint-hearted, help the
weak, and be patient with everyone.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:14

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/4/2020

I can be changed by what happens to me,

BUT I refuse to be reduced by it.

~ Maya Angelou

 

We have not ceased to pray for you and

to ask that you may be filled with the

knowledge of His will in all wisdom and

understanding, SO THAT you will walk

in a manner worthy of the Lord, to

please Him in all respects, bearing

fruit in every good work and increasing

in the knowledge of God.

~ Colossians 1:9-10

Monday, August 03, 2020

Thought for the Day 8/3/2020

Do not run after happiness, BUT seek
to do good, and you will find that
happiness will run after you.
~ James Freeman Clarke

Go your way, eat your bread with joy
and drink your wine with a cheerful heart,
if you are righteous, wise and in the
hands of God; for God has already
approved and accepted your works.
~ Ecclesiastes 9:7 (AMP)

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