Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Be honest. Every time you buy a lottery ticket, you can't help but let those million dollar sugar plums dance through your head. I mean, I really can't even begin to fathom that kind of money. What would I do? I would never have to work again. I could buy an amazing house, car, plane, heck! whatever I wanted! I could travel the world. I could take care of my friends and family. I could give tons of money to charity. Winning the lottery would fix all of my problems! Or would it?
What really matters to me in life? Can they be bought? What do I pursue... love of money or love of God? What a hard lesson to remember when we get so caught up in having it all. While money can do so many things... it will never send me to Heaven.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
1 Timothy 6:10-11
Friday, February 24, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
- Leo Buscaglia
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
There was someone in front of her, He was strong and tall.
"Let's trade" He said, as He carefully lifted her heavy burden up and onto His broad shoulders. In return, she got His... It was light... easy... free.
"So I don't owe you anything?" she said.
"No" He replied "it's already been paid for"
Gently He helped her up and held her close... to rest... peacefully.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Looking straight ahead.
Don't trip, don't fall,
Feet heavy as lead.
Fire burning, under me,
Making me jump away.
Now safe, but soon enough,
More fire won't let me stay.
Stumbling block, in my path,
Keep from looking down.
Want to run, want to fly,
To land on solid ground.
More silence, no answers,
Listen for a voice to guide.
Am I ready? Will I hear Him?
Or run away to hide?
Chin up, stand tall,
Looking straight ahead.
I still hope, I still pray,
And long for worry to shed.
Monday, February 20, 2006
I don't want to begin to get into my political views. Everyone is entitled to their own. But today I DO want to say thank you... not to any specific man, and not for any specific title that he may have had... today I want to celebrate leadership.
leader (n.) defined as: 1. One who leads or guides. 2. One who is in charge or in command of others. 3. One who heads a political party or organization. One who has influence or power, especially of political nature.
Whether President or not, a leader must have passion. Good leaders don't just lead, they care. They have more than a spark, its a fire burning within. They are committed... their body, mind, and spirit are engaged. Leaders have an openness to possibilities and the innate belief that people want to work together to create the best future imaginable. Leaders are authentic. Leaders are not perfect. Leaders sometimes fail. Leaders admit their shortcomings to themselves, they recognize their strengths, and they live as who they are. Leaders have ethics. They have at the center of their belief a regard for human worth and dignity. They make decisions based on deeply held values and beliefs. Leaders are servants... dedicated to the service of others. Leaders lead. They don't lead to be followed, they lead because they are called to lead.
Thank you to all the past and present leaders of this country.
God Bless America.
Friday, February 17, 2006
What a great slogan! I am sure you have seen the T-shirts before, they are soft, comfy, and so TRUE! How simple... a cute picture of something that makes you happy with the words "Life is Good" written below... GOSH, that is genius! How great is that! Life IS Good and I am so glad that someone finally decided to remind us of that. With all the inappropriate logo's that we can have on our clothing, I commend whoever created such a wholesome product line.
You are blessed. I am blessed. We are blessed.
Life is Good. God is Good!
Thursday, February 16, 2006
She waits, frustrated, beaten down, longing for answers, longing for guidance.
God's here, I know he is! He always has been, and always will be, but why won't He talk to me? I need to hear His voice. People talk of these high points of prayer, you know the ones where they felt moved, or heard God loud and clear about what they should do and who they should be. I want that! Is that too much to ask? God, can I have that? Why won't you speak to me? ... listen... listen.... listen... silence... sigh.
Feeling defeated, she looked at Him. He motioned her closer, and she went. In the silence, she climbed up and into His lap. She nuzzled her head into His chest, closed her eyes, and she was silent...
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
God Bless America!
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
“What are you making, Honey?” Her mother asked.
Not wanting to explain what she was doing, the seven year old shook her head as she began to organize her pink and red markers on the desk, “Nothing Mom”
“Are you making a Valentine?” She asked cautiously, “Will you show it to me?”
Hesitantly, the girl reached down and pulled it out of her bag. For being made out of construction paper, it was the most beautiful valentine that her mother had ever seen. She could tell that it was made with love, the way a valentine should be. There was one thing that struck her as rather odd about the valentine. Instead of having a heart on it, or being shaped like a heart, it had a simple red and pink cross on the front made with glitter.
“It’s gorgeous, who is the valentine for? A boy in class?”
The girl nodded her head.
“You’ve never made a Valentine before? This boy must be special?”
The girl became slightly frustrated for having to explain something to her mother that seemed so simple. She spoke in a very matter of fact way. “Mom, I never made a valentine before because I couldn’t give my heart to anyone... Jesus has it.”
Smiling, the mother replied, “You are right, sweetie, Jesus does have you heart. So what makes this year different?”
The young girl paused for a moment “Well, I talked to Jesus, and He said that since He has both of our hearts, that they could be together.”
---To the man who swept me off my feet, put a sparkle in my eye, and changed my heart for all eternity. Thank you for finding me. You are my one true love, my precious Valentine. Oh yeah, and I talked to Jesus, He said that our hearts could be together…
Friday, February 10, 2006
No, not what you think,
Ladies flying for Gay,
And they're all about pink.
Angels from God,
Watching over their friend,
No doubt they will be there,
To fight and defend.
Every day is a battle,
But it's not the war,
Her angels lift her up,
They help her to score.
She's strong and she's brave,
But that isn't enough,
She needs all her angels,
They help her to be tough.
Pink is for strength,
Faith and love do their part,
Illness may have her body,
But God holds her heart.
-for Gay F.
Please pray for her and her pink angels!
Thursday, February 09, 2006
To be worthy of something... to deserve it...what does that mean? We always say things like "oh thanks, I don't deserve this gift, how nice" or "I deserve a promotion after how hard I have worked" or to a loved one "I don't deserve you" or about the wrongdoer, "they'll get what they deserve!" or to a friend in a bad relationship, "you deserve so much better than him!" So, what DO I deserve? What do I have that I don't deserve? What do I give to others that they don't deserve? What has God given to me that I don't deserve?
When things in life are good, I seem to be more thankful than when things aren't so good. I thank Him for what I get and I rarely thank Him for what I don't get. Really, when it comes down to it... I don't deserve any of it. NOTHING. I am unworthy of His love. I am unworthy of my life, and all that is in it, whether good or bad. I am unworthy of His grace, His mercy, and His love.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to everyone you meet.
To make all your friends feel there is something special in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others.
To be too large for worry,
Too noble for anger,
Too strong for fear,
And too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Friday, February 03, 2006
Taking care of your heart is more important than you might know. Too few people realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women — and of men. But the good news is that heart disease can largely be prevented. How you say? Well, let me tell you...
1. Eat Healthy- Healthy food habits can help you reduce three risk factors for heart attack and stroke—high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess body weight.
2. Get Physical- Increase your physical activity to at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week, even if you do it 10 minutes at a time.
3. Kick Butts- Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. If you smoke cigarettes (or cigars), you have a higher risk of illness and death from heart attack, stroke and other diseases. These include lung, mouth and throat cancers; chronic lung diseases and infections; congestive heart failure; and peripheral vascular disease (in the legs and arms).
Go Red For Women empowers women with knowledge and tools so they can take positive action to reduce their risks of heart disease and stroke and protect their health. Make your promise to be heart healthy — join the movement to help conquer heart disease, and encourage others to do the same.
*Information from www.americanheart.org
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
God smiles. She tries to please Him, and THAT is exactly what pleases Him the most.