The Perfect Heart:

heart

One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.

Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said, “Why your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine.” The crowd and the young man looked at the old man’s heart. It was beating strongly, but full of scars, it had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn’t fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing. The people stared — how can he say his heart is more beautiful, they thought?

 The young man looked at the old man’s heart and saw its state and laughed. “You must be joking,” he said. “Compare your heart with mine, mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears.” “Yes,” said the old man, “yours is perfect looking but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love – I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart, but because the pieces aren’t exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared.

Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn’t returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges — giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?”

 The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands. The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man’s heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges. The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old man’s heart flowed into his.

 They embraced and walked away side by side.

Author Unknown



STEPPING STONES

stones

The Lord came to me like a dream one day and asked, “why do you sorrow?”

I answered, “Lord my life is so full of pain, I can’t face one more tomorrow.”

The Lord sat down beside me, and gently took my hand.

He said, “Let Me explain to you, and then you’ll understand.

 Each sorrow is a stepping stone you must surmount each day,

And every stepping stone you climb is a sorrow that’s passed away.

 The road of life is a mountainside, with crevices in which to be caught,

But as you struggle on your way, I, the Rock, will lend support.

 Every stepping stone you climb, makes spirit and heart grow strong.

Exercising character and faith, this road seems painful and long.

 The way is paved with stepping stones, to uplift your heart and soul.

Though difficult, they aid your way, to a City paved with gold.

 I know that you are tired, for I too have walked this way.

My sorrows did they multiply, but I cleared many stones away.

 I left My Rock to lift you up, I left behind My story.

To give you strength to make your climb, to that special place in glory.

 And never fear, the Rock is here, you’ll never climb this mountain alone

Surmount life’s sorrows, continue on, for they are but stepping stones.”

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.

In all ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 35-6

–Author Unknown



Memorial Day Quotes,

memorial day

Memorial Day Quotes, remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy and cherish.

 Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life.  – Robin Hayes

 Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.  – Pete Hegseth

 The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.  – Jeff Miller

 A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.  – George William Curtis

 Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.  – James Bryce

 I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.  – Bob Riley



36 Stress Reducers for Christians (Part 2)

stress help

If everyone could do just a few of these everyday, the world would be a

better place.

 

  1. Get organized so everything has its place.
  2. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
  3. Write thoughts and inspirations down.
  4. Everyday, find time to be alone.
  5. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until its time to go to bed to try and pray.
  6. Make friends with Godly people.
  7. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
  8. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you Jesus!”
  9. Laugh.
  10. Laugh some more!
  11. Take your work seriously, but yourself not at all.
  12. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
  13. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
  14. Sit on your ego.
  15. Talk less; listen more.
  16. Slow down.
  17. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
  18. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.

(Author unknown)



36 Stress Reducers for Christians (Part 1)

stress free

 

If everyone could do just a few of these everyday, the world would be a

better place.

  1. Pray
  2. Go to bed on time.
  3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
  4. Say No, to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
  5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
  6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
  7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
  8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
  9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
  10. Take one day at a time.
  11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you to do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
  12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.,
  14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut.) This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
  15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
  16. Carry a bible with you to read while waiting in line.
  17. Get enough exercise.
  18. Eat right.


Oh Lord, Not My Will But Thine”

 
His Will

Oh Lord, Not My Will But Thine”

When a soul comes to Christ, seeking salvation
and redemption to cover their hearts,
They really don’t know what God’s about to do
or the process that’s ready to start.

For God sweeps in, in an instant of time
and saves their soul through forgiveness of sin.
They are made whole through the sacrifice of God
and this is how God’s work begins.

For a person who’s saved becomes a new creature
and old desires begin to change.
The others will notice the newness of life
or a life being rearranged.

And as a child of God grows to love Him more
they’ll see an even deeper meaning of things.
They’ll learn to look for the workings of God
or His movings behind the scenes.

As time progresses they’ll surely confess
they’ve seen God use all things for His good.
And they will see God’s glory through the hardest stories
and the moments that were not understood.

God’s greatest work is in saving the soul
but He also works through the passage of time.
For God melts the heart who surrenders to pray,
“Oh Lord, not my willbut thine”.

c2001 Sheila Gosney



The Can Man

cans

I work in a major US factory. We make refrigerators. Four thousand five hundred new refrigerators every day. It is a union shop and it’s gradually shrinking as many union blue collar factories seem to be but that is not what this story is about.

This story is about one man who works in that huge factory. I’ve seen him around for years but never paid much attention. He always seemed just a little odd. A little short. A little dirty. Always the same old red ball cap. And always a garbage bag in one hand. He walked around that big old factory on his breaks and his lunch time collecting aluminum cans. Day after day, month after month for years. Hot days, cold days. Over the years I’ve followed him as he walked to his old pickup truck on the coldest day with snow blowing and everyone with their collars turned up and their hands in their pockets. He would be there with a 40 gallon garbage bag full of aluminum cans. He’d toss it into the back of his truck and jump in and I’d reach my car and jump in and we’d all race to the exit of this big half empty parking lot.

Today I was working on a broken machine in this factory and the can man came by with his bag picking up cans. Our manager was standing there because the machine I was working on had been “down” for a couple of hours and he was getting worried that we might run one of the assembly lines out of the parts.

I was finishing and I stood up just as the manager asked the can man what he did with all those cans. I’d never thought to ask him that question because I always just assumed he cashed them in at the recycle center.

The can man said “I give them to my neighbor, he’s epileptic and can’t hold a job”. I blurted out, “you mean you’ve been collecting all those cans for all these years to give to your neighbor??” “It ain’t much” he said “but I give them to him. He can’t hold a job, he has too many seizures”.

Right then and there in that factory I found myself looking smack at the face of Jesus. He was wearing a T-shirt and an old red ball cap and he  had a garbage bag full of aluminum cans in his hand and it WAS Jesus!

It was one of the most humbling moments of my entire life. “Dear Lord, I offer my prayer for the can man. I don’t even know his name but You do. Lord, I lift him up to You. Bless him and watch over him for his is surely one of your best foot soldiers. He is a man whose feet I am unworthy to wash!! Thank you God for sending the can man to help his neighbor and for the lesson he taught me. May I remember it long after today!

Amen!”



I AM THANKFUL…

 
thankful

-FOR THE TEENAGER WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES

BECAUSE THAT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME & NOT ON THE STREETS

-FOR THE TAXES THAT I PAY,

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT I AM EMPLOYED.

-FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY,

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT I HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.

-FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.

-FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES ME WORK,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE.

-FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING, WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING,

AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING, BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME.

-FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT,

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

-FOR THE PARKING SPOT I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING AND THAT I HAVE BEEN

BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION

-FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM WARM.

-FOR THE LADY BEHIND ME IN CHURCH THAT SINGS OFF KEY,

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT I CAN HEAR.

-FOR THE PILE OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.

-FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES AT THE END OF THE DAY,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.

-FOR THE ALARM THAT GOES OF IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS,

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT I AM ALIVE.

-AND FINALLY…….

FOR TOO MUCH E-MAIL,

BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE THINKING OF ME.



Sponges

sponges

There are 5 sponges laying on your kitchen counter top. Each member of your family has been cleaning up different areas of your home, but all the sponges  look the same. You are curious as to what was cleaned in your home, but you can’t tell by looking… they all look the same….so what do you do?

You squeeze each sponge to see what comes out. As you squeeze the first sponge, you see that cola comes out, and so you decide that someone cleaned the kitchen with that one.

 Upon squeezing the second sponge, you find tub and tile cleaner — that one was used to clean the bathroom.

 Next, in the third sponge, you find motor oil — hubby was cleaning the garage!

 In the fourth sponge, baby powder puffs out when it is squeezed — yep, the baby’s nursery was done with that one!

 And finally, in the last one, is floor wax — that was the one you used on the hall floor!

 As you lay the last one down, you look again at their similarity — and they all look the same until they’re squeezed.

 Christians are the same way.

 As life squeezes us, different things come out — anger from one, a need for revenge from another, tears from one, remorse from yet another — also greed, untruth, lust — and finally, from one saint, pours forth the love of Christ.

 Just like the sponge, we can only squeeze out what is put in — stay in the Word daily, and be in continuous prayer, so that when life puts the squeeze on you (and it will), Jesus, and Jesus alone will shine forth from you!



Just some Thoughts

thoughts
  1. If you feel far away from God, guess who moved?
  2. Fear knocked. Faith answered. No one was there.
  3. What you are is God’s Gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.
  4. I am God’s Melody of Life and He Sings His Song through me.
  5. We can never really go where God is not, and where He Is, all is well.
  6. No matter what is happening in your life, know that God Is Waiting for you with open Arms.
  7. God Promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
  8. Do your best and then sleep in peace. God Is Awake.
  9. God Has a Purpose and Plan for me that no one else can fulfill.
  10. The Will of God will never take you to where The Grace of God will not protect you.
  11. We are responsible for the effort, not the outcome.
  12. We set the sail; God Makes the wind.
  13. Begin to weave and God Will Give you the thread.
  14. When God Says “no”, it’s because He Has something better in store for you.
  15. The task ahead of us is never as great as The Power behind us.
  16. Prayer: don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.

1 7. It’s my business to do God’s Business, and it’s His Business to take care of my business.

  1. Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.
  2. How come you’re always running around looking for God? He’s not lost.
  3. The will of the majority may not be The Will of God.



 

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