Friday, October 30, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/30/2020

 Friday Tale - The Brick 

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.  He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

    As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!  He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

    The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, 'What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?'

    The young boy was apologetic. 'Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do,' He pleaded. 'I threw the brick because no one else would stop...'

    With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car.     'It's my brother, 'he said 'He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up.'

    Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, 'Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me.'

    Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat.  He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts.

    A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. 'Thank you and may God bless you,' the grateful child told the stranger.

    Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

    It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door.

    He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: 'Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!'

    God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It's our choice to listen or not.

~ Anonymous

 Give ear and hear my voice,
Listen and hear my words.
~ Isaiah 28:23

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/29/2020

 It is not because things are difficult
that we do not dare; it is because we
do not dare that they are difficult.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca 

Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens 
and the earth by Your great power and by Your
outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,
who shows loving kindness to thousands.
~ Jeremiah 32:17-18

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/28/2020

 Be sure to taste your words
before you spit them out.
~ Unknown 

This you know.... BUT everyone must
must be quick to hear,
slow to speak and slow to anger.
~ James 1:19

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/27/2020

Don't wait for people
to be friendly,
show them how.
~ Unknown

D
o not neglect to extend hospitality to
strangers, especially among the family
of believers - - being friendly, cordial,
and gracious, sharing the comforts of
your home and doing your part
generously, for by this some have
entertained angels without knowing it.
~ Hebrews 13:2 (Amplified)

Monday, October 26, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/26/2020

 Sometimes the answer to our prayers
is to become the answer
to someone else's prayers.
~ Robert Breault 

And He will again rescue us while you
join in helping us by your prayers.
Then thanks will be given by many
persons on our behalf for the gracious
gift of deliverance granted to us through
the prayers of many believers.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:11 (Amplified)

Friday, October 23, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/23/2020

 

Friday Tale - Passion and More     

 PASSION is an enthusiasm that gives you energy and focus for the present and gives you the power to keep moving forward for the future.

BELIEVE while others don’t.

PLAN while others are playing.

STUDY while others are sleeping.

DECIDE while others are delaying.

PREPARE while others are daydreaming.

BEGIN while others are procrastinating.

WORK while others are wishing.

SAVE while others are wasting.

SMILE while others are frowning.

COMMEND while others are criticizing.

PERSIST while others are quitting.

~ Eddie Elguera

 Let us consider how to stimulate one
another to love and good deeds.
~ Hebrews 10:24

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/22/2020

 When God permits His children
to go through the furnace
experiences of our lives, He
keeps His eye on the clock -
and His hand on the thermostat!
~ Unknown 

Our God whom we serve is able
to deliver us from the furnace of
blazing fire, and He will deliver
us out of your hand, O King.
~ Daniel 3:17

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/21/2020

 God loves so much that He accepts
me as I am.... BUT He loves me too
much to leave me that way!
~ Unknown 

That the Father would grant you
to be strengthened with power
so that Christ may dwell in your
hearts through faith, and that you,
being rooted and grounded in love,
would know the love of Christ which
surpasses knowledge, so that you may
be filled up to the all the fullness of God.
~ Ephesians 3:15-19

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/20/2020

 Attitude is the mind's paintbrush.
It can color any situation.
~ Unknown

 Devote yourselves to prayer,
keeping alert in it with an
attitude of thanksgiving.
~ Colossians 4:2

Monday, October 19, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/19/2020

Our eyes are placed in front because
it is more important to look forward
than it is to look back.
~ Unknown 

Keep yourselves in the love of God,
waiting anxiously for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
~ Jude 1:21 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/16/2020

 Friday Tale - Stress Management 

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked; 'How heavy is this glass of water?'

    Answers called out ranged from 1 ounce to 15 ounces.

    The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. 

    If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.

    If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

    If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.

    In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

    He continued, 'And that's the way it is with stress management.

If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. '

    'As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.'

    'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow.

    Whatever burdens you're carrying now,

    Let them down for a moment if you can.'

    So, my friend, put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.  

Don't pick it up again until after you've prayed and waited for God a while.

~ Jim Gentil

 Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.
~ Psalm 27:14

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/15/2020

 When you forgive, you in no way change the
past - BUT you sure do change the future.
~ Bernard Meltzer

And whenever you stand praying, forgive,
if you have anything against anyone,
so that your Father also who is in heaven
may forgive you your trespasses.
~ Mark 11:25

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/14/2020

 The secret to living well and longer is:
eat half, walk double, laugh triple,
and love without measure.
~ Tibetan Proverb 

In this the love of God was made manifest
among us, that God sent His only Son into
the world, so that we might live through him.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought
to love one another.
~ 1 John 4:9, 11

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/13/2020

 Faith is not to get you out of a hard place
BUT to change your heart in the hard place.
~ David Wilkerson 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is
the power of God for salvation to everyone
who believes, to the Jew first and also to the
Gentile. For in it the right-ness of God is
revealed from faith to faith, as it is written,
"BUT the righteous shall live by faith.".
~ Romans 1:16-17

Monday, October 12, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/12/2020

 Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hat:
only love can do that.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. 

For you are all sons of light and sons of day.
We are not of night nor of darkness; BUT
since we are of the day, let us be sober,
having put on the breastplate of faith and love,
and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:5, 8

Friday, October 09, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/9/2020

 Friday Tale - Sense of Wonder 

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.
You get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger.
May you never take one single breath for granted.
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.
I hope you still feel small when you stand by the ocean.
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens.
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance,
I hope you dance. 

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance.
Living might mean taking chances, but they're worth taking.
Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth making.
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter.
When you come close to selling out, Reconsider.
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance.
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance,
I hope you dance.
~ Lee Ann Womack

Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder!
Because I am doing something in your days - you would not believe
it if you were told. BUT now many nations will marvel at Him and
kings will be speechless with amazement. they will see and
understand something they had never known.
~ Habakkuk 1:5 with Isaiah 21:15

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/8/2020

 Vision is the art of seeing what
is invisible to others.
~ Jonathan Swift 

While we look not at the things which are seen,
BUT at the things which are not seen; for
the things which are seen are temporal;
BUT the things which are not seen are eternal.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:18

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/7/2020

 Curiosity, creativity, discovery and wonder;
they are not traits of youth, they are traits
of learning. If you want to feel younger and
you want to replicate the conditions of youth,
enable curiosity, creativity, discovery and wonder!
~ Author Unknown 

O Lord, our Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them al;
the earth is full of your possessions.
~ Psalm 104:1

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/6/2020

 He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
~ Albert Einstein 

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your
name in all the earth, who has displayed
Your splendor above the heavens!
~ Psalm 8:1

Monday, October 05, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/5/2020

 Never say there is nothing beautiful in
the world anymore. There is always
something to make you wonder in the
shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
~ Albert Schweitzer 

You visit the earth and greatly enrich it;
the stream of God is full of water; You
prepare their grain, for thus You prepare
the earth. You bless its growth.
~ Psalm 65:9-10

Friday, October 02, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/2/2020

 Friday Tale - Geese Flying South

This fall when you see geese heading south for the winter... flying along in V formation...you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way:

Fact 1:  As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

 

Fact 2:  When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

 

Fact 3:  When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

 

Fact 4:  The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Lesson: We need to make sure honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.

 

Fact 5:  When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.

Lesson:  If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

~ Unknown

 Now he plants and he who waters are one,
BUT each will receive his own reward according
to his own labor. For we are GOD's fellow workers;
you are God's field, God's building.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:8-9

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Thought for the Day 10/1/2020

 Great works are performed not by strength,
BUT by perseverance.
~ Samuel Johnson 

Work out your salvation with fear
and trembling, for it is God who is
at work in you, both to will and
to work for His good pleasure
.
~ Philippians 2:12-13

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