Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/31/2021

Wisdom is the reward you get
for a lifetime of listening when
you'd have preferred to talk.
~ Doug Larson 

Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
incline your heart to understanding.
~ Proverbs 2:2

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/30/2021

 Patience is a form of wisdom.
It demonstrates that we understand
and accept the fact that sometimes
things must unfold in their own time.
~ Jon Katab Zinn 

Therefore, beloved, since you look for
these things, be diligent to be found
by Him in peace, spotless and
blameless and regard the patience
of our Lord as salvation.
~ 2 Peter 3:14-15

Monday, March 29, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/29/2021

 Intelligence is knowing the right answer.
Wisdom is knowing when to say it.
~ Tim Fargo

 I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and I find knowledge and discretion.
~ Proverbs 8:12

Friday, March 26, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/26/2021

 Friday Tale - Tending the Garden of our Lives

 We live in an age of instant gratification. When we are hungry, we drive in to McDonalds, or heat something in the microwave. When we want to be entertained, we switch on the television.

 We also seek instant gratification in other arenas in which its success rate is abysmal. Buying lottery tickets is an example of this irrational striving for instant gratification. Unlike the fast-food window, lottery tickets very rarely pay out. The search for a romantic partner is also susceptible to being swept up in an urge for instant gratification. While some couples do "win the lottery" of instantly finding a great relationship, the odds are very much in favor of those couples who become solid friends with shared values before they become romantically involved.

 Instant gratification is not the way of nature, and has not been the path of human advancement.

 Preparation, Perseverance, and Patience are the path to success in nature and in our own lives. These "Three Ps" are what allows a gardener (and Nature) to turn a tomato seed into a tomato plant filled with beautiful, tasty, nutritious tomatoes. Prepare the garden at just the right time of year by carefully grooming the soil and removing all the rocks and weeds before planting the seeds. Persevere with the weeding, the watering, and a dash of fertilizer. And then have Patience. Tomatoes, and corn, and watermelons don't grow any faster if you yell at them to grow, or if you tell them how disappointed you are that they aren't growing faster. You can't get them to grow faster by force feeding them extra fertilizer or water. If you try that, you just burn them or drown them. Preparation, Perseverance, and Patience get you vegetables. Anything less - or more - gets you nothing.

 Our lives are also a garden, and like a vegetable garden they require careful tending. Try applying the old fashioned values of Preparation, Perseverance, and Patience to your own life. See if you don't get far better results than when you seek instant gratification.
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie 

BUT the seed in the good soil,
these are the ones who have heard
the word in an honest and good heart,
and hold it fast, and bear fruit
with Perseverance.
~ Luke 8:15

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/25/2021

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap, 
BUT by the seeds you plant.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson 

Your people shall be righteous;
they shall possess the land forever,
the branch of My planting,
the work of My hands,
that I might be glorified.
~ Isaiah 60:21

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/24/2021

 It is only the farmer who
faithfully plants seeds in the Spring,
who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
~ B. C. Forbes 

"Behold, days are coming,"
declares the LORD, "When the
plowman will overtake the
reaper and the treader of grapes
him who sows seed, When the mountains will drip sweet wine....
Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel...."
~ Amos 9:13-14

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/23/2021

 A bird does not sing because
it has an answer, it sings
because it has a song.
~ Maya Angelou

BUT let all who take refuge
in You be glad, let them ever
sing for joy, and may You shelter
them, that those who love
Your name may exult in You.
~ Psalm 5:11

Monday, March 22, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/22/2021

 If we had no winter, the spring would
not be so pleasant. If we did not
sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
~ Anne Bradstreet 

I know O, LORD, that Your judgments are righteous, and
that in faithfulness You 
have afflicted me.
~ Psalm 119:75

Friday, March 19, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/19/2021

 

Friday Tale - Dog Lessons

 It is amazing to me how God communicates certain lessons. Apparently, I must not listen in a traditional way because He always seems to use nature, my children, or my dogs to teach me things about myself.

                As I was walking my dog, Chelsea, today, I noticed she was worse than usual about pulling. She was practically choking herself. She has a 25-foot leash that allows her 25 feet in just about any direction to enjoy without feeling uncomfortable. However, Chelsea seemed to always want to pull the leash as tightly as possible to get to the next "spot" in the road. Keep in mind that we are walking that direction and will be at that "spot" in just a matter of minutes.

                Chelsea was so busy looking at the next place, the next moment that she failed to enjoy the place where she was. With 25 feet in any direction, she could only concentrate on the one foot that she could not reach in front of her. All the while we were moving forward, she wanted to be someplace different, further ahead. Her eyes were always one step further than where we were.

                When I thought about how ridiculous she was, I realized how ridiculous I am as well. God has been trying to teach me to enjoy the moment while continuing to move forward. Why do I practically choke myself to get to the next place that I fail to enjoy the beauty of the place where I am. As long as I am moving forward, why can't I enjoy the trip?

                I made a decision to enjoy things I usually would take for granted. That day, I found myself enjoying even the small things in my life more. I did not just take a shower that day thinking about what I needed to do during my day. I enjoyed my shower, thought about the warm water and how grateful I was that in our country I could take a shower anytime I want. That was probably the best shower I have had in a long time.

                I can honestly tell you that I experienced more pleasure from everyday chores than I can ever remember. What a wonderful lesson I learned from my sweet Chelsea. I pray that I can continue to enjoy the place where I am, while continuing to move forward to the place I want to be.

So much joy can lie in the journey if I can be content with where I am and not continually pull to be where I am not quite ready to be. I wish I could say that Chelsea learned her lesson but that would be a lie. She still kills herself to get to that next place in the pavement when everything she needs is right under her nose.

~ Jo Ann Brown

 O LORD, how many are Your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of Your possessions.
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
~ Psalm 104: 24, 33

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/18/2021

 Self pity is our worst enemy,
and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything
wise in this world.
~ Helen Keller

Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.
Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit
from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in
the midst of the house, while David was playing the
harp, as usual; and a spear was in Saul's hand. Saul
hurled the spear for he thought, "I will pin David to
the wall." BUT David escaped from his presence.
Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was
with him, BUT had departed from Saul.
~ 1 Samuel 18:9-12

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/17/2021

You cannot control what happens to you,
BUT you can control your attitude toward
what happens to you, and in that,
you will be mastering change rather
than it allowing it to master you.
~ Brian Tracy 

I press on toward the goal for the
prize of the upward call of God in
Christ Jesus. Let us therefore,
as many as are mature, have this attitude.
~ Philippians 3:14-15

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/16/2021

The person who says it
cannot be done should not
interrupt the person who is doing it.
~ Unknown

Therefore, prepare your minds for action,
keep a clear head, and set your hope
completely on the grace to be given
you when Jesus, the Messiah, is revealed.
~ 1Peter 1:13

Monday, March 15, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/15/2021

Our thoughts, deeds, and words
return to us sooner or later,
with astounding accuracy.
~ Florence Shinn 

By his fruitful speech a man
can remain satisfied, and a
man's handiwork will reward him.
~ Proverbs 12:14

Friday, March 12, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/12/2021

 Friday Tale - Mousetrap

mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package.
 
"What food might this contain?"  He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
 
 Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning.
 "There is a mousetrap in the house! There Is a mousetrap in the house!"
 
 The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr... Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
 
 The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house". The pig sympathized but said, "I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers."
 
The mouse turned to the cow. She said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you. But it's no skin off my nose."
 
So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
 
 The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife.
 
The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.
 
Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
 
The farmer's wife did not get well. She died; And so many people came for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
 
 So next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it doesn't concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
 
 In the book of Genesis, Cain said about Abel his brother to our God: "Am I my brother's keeper?".
 
 We are all involved in this journey called life.  We must keep an eye out for one another and be willing to make that extra effort to encourage one another.  Nobody makes the journey alone.
~ Unknown

Jesus replied and said, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. "But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him .
~ Luke 10:30, 33-34

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/11/2021

 bad attitude is like a flat tire:
you can't go anywhere
until you change it.
~ Unknown

Let your gracious attitude
be known to all people.
The Lord is near.
~ Philippians 4:5

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/10/2021

 You don't become
what you want,
you become
what you believe.
~ Oprah Winfrey 

Therefore, be imitators of God,
as beloved children; and walk
in love, just as Christ also loved
you and gave himself up for us.
~ Ephesians 5:1-2

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/9/2021

No such thing as spare time.
No such thing as free time.
No such thing as down time.
All you got is LIFE time.
Go.
~ Henry Rollins 

Therefore, be careful how you
walk, not as unwise men, BUT
as wise, making the most of
your time, because the days are evil.
~ Ephesians 5:15-16

Monday, March 08, 2021

Thought for the day 3/8/20201

 Our Lord has written
the promise of the
resurrection, not in books
alone, but in every
leaf in spring time.
~ Martin Luther

We also believe, therefore
we also speak,
knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus and
will present us with you.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:13-14

Friday, March 05, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/5/2021

 Friday Tale - Saturday Marbles 

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable. One Saturday I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning conversation. I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. He was telling whoever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles."

 I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say. "Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well, but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital."

 He continued, "Let me tell you something, Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."

 "You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.

 "Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now stick with me Tom, I'm getting to the important part. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail", he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.

 "So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.

 "Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time. It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. 73 Old Man, this is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"

 You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast."

"What brought this on?" she asked with a smile.

 "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles." 

~ Unknown

 So teach us to number our days,
that we may present to You
a heart of wisdom.
~ Psalm 90:12

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/4/2021

 Shared joy is double joy and
shared sorrow is half sorrow.
~ Swedish Proverb 

And do not neglect doing good
and sharing, for with such
sacrifices God is pleased.
~ Hebrews 13:16

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/3/2021

 Love and kindness are never wasted.
They always make a difference.
They bless the one who receives them,
and they bless you, the giver.
~ Barbara de Angelis 

Each one must do just as he has
purposed in his heart, not
grudgingly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
~ 2 Corinthians 9:7

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/2/2021

Life is a quarry, out of which
we are to mold and chisel
and complete a character.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

And not only this, BUT we also exult in
our tribulations, knowing that tribulation
brings about perseverance; and
perseverance, proven character,
and proven character - hope.
~ Romans 5:3-4

Monday, March 01, 2021

Thought for the Day 3/1/2021

 You have two hands.
One to help yourself,
the second to help others.
~ Unknown 

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

Thought for the Day 5/14/2021

  Friday Tale - The High School Loser For Sparky school was all but impossible. He failed every subject in the eighth grade. He flunked ph...