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... Learn the rules of football. Teach them to write thank you notes. Your teenage daughter WILL find you embarrassing. Cheese food is not cheese. Thirteen is too late to put ... than you. When daughter's in labor don't say" Now you know". Teenage daughters are hazardous to your health. Teenage sons are hazardous to their own health. How long ... that they try their best. Your son's wife will not be pretty enough. Your daughter's husband will not earn enough. When they have kids, they'll REALLY appreciate you. Grandchildren ...

... . Her mother was exasperated, as this had happened too many times before. At her wits end, she said to her daughter," Now you go into your room, take off those pants, and sew up that tear !" The poor child had never ... and thread in her life. So understandably, a little while later her mother saw the pants crumpled on the floor of her daughter's bedroom-still torn. She looked around for her daughter. Spying the basement light on, she called down the stairs," ...

... . We have truly become sons & daughters of God. About the author: Cheryl is a SAHM to her three year old daughter. She worked as a nursing home administrator for 8 years before her promotion to 'Stay At Home Mommy ' She loves being a homebody ... churches, our communities, and our world. What is our reward for being peacemakers? We will be called sons (and daughters) of God! The Message tells us ‘ Then you can see God in the outside world ' In this day and age it ...

... The Power Of A Touch Writer Gordon MacDonald said that each night he reads a story to his little daughter. One day he was preparing to be away from home for a few days and he taped a selection of stories for his daughter to listen to while ... was gone When he came back, he was eager to hear his daughter's reaction. She answered," Dad, the stories were fine, but it wasn't the same-I couldn't sit on the tape recorder's lap" Too often we underestimate the power of touch ...

... the floor in shame ," an older and wiser Eleanor later recalled. In a similarly harsh vein, Anna sometimes admonished her young daughter," You have no looks, so see to it that you have manners" Yet through it all, Eleanor forever wanted her ... sincere compliments and power they can have. Eleanor Roosevelt never remembered being complimented by her mother. Anna was deeply disappointed in her daughter's looks and demeanor. She often called young Eleanor" Granny" To visitors, she would say," She is such a funny ...

... How's Your Vision? One woman laughs about the time she took her 14-year-old daughter and her daughter's best friend to a Peter, Paul and Mary concert. They were all fans of" oldies" music from the 60's and 70's and felt lucky to get front ... seats. When they returned home, her daughter said," During the show, we looked back and saw hundreds of little lights swaying to the music. At first we thought the people were holding up cigarette lighters. Then we realized that the lights were the ...

... and me, out of happiness. I hate to say that it's more often than I'd like to admit. Although our eldest daughter usually got all A's on her report card, there was never a semester when at least one teacher would not suggest that she talked ... time I read it -which is almost every day -I am reminded to ask myself if I am doing the same thing for my daughters. I've asked myself how many times I've" but-ted" them, and me, out of happiness. I hate to say that ...

... . Nahor, (Abraham's brother ), Ishmael, and Jacob had twelve sons each. We know that Ishmael had at least one daughter, (who married Esau ), as did Jacob, but Nahor apparently had none. He did have one granddaughter, however, through ... book of the Bible, Genesis. He noted how the Messianic line always seemed to produce a surplus of sons, but few daughters. Nahor, (Abraham's brother ), Ishmael, and Jacob had twelve sons each. We know that Ishmael had at least one daughter ...

... felt like ice water on my face. Easy for her to say, I thought. She has a husband and a healthy daughter. What do I have?" It's hard to keep the faith when things stay bad for so long ," I offered, sounding ... from Bea." My life, I'm afraid, is dreary now ," she wrote." With my husband gone and my daughter's diabetes, I wonder sometimes what has been the purpose of my struggle" I know just what she needs, I thought. I ...

... at the same time? Or is it in her Heart ?? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time ?? The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, ... for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead. This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot. This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls" Mom ?" in a ...

... of joke? Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read: *** Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it-a speeding driver. A fine and three months in jail ... and he was free. Free to hug his daughters. All three of them. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again. A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand ...

... brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She told LaGuardia that her daughter's husband had deserted her, her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving. But the shopkeeper, from whom the bread was stolen, refused to drop the ... minutes, a tattered old woman was brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She told LaGuardia that her daughter's husband had deserted her, her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving. But the shopkeeper, from whom the bread ...

... scared half-to-death. A father never feels entirely worthy of the worship in a child's eyes. He is never quite the hero his daughter thinks. Never quite the man his son believes him to be. And this worries him sometimes. (So he works too hard ... cry where it shows, fathers stand and beam. outside. as they endure the pain inside. Fathers are men who give daughters away to other men who aren't nearly good enough, so that they can have children that are smarter than anybody's. Fathers fight dragons ...

... With You I heard a story today that found a warm place in my heart. I don ’ t know if it is true or not, but if it isn ’ t then it should be. It seems a mother was recently approached by her teenage daughter who asked for a new $160 piece of electronics equipment to replace her old one. Her old one by the way was only a year old and was working fine. The wise mom said she would think about it but first could her daughter help her with ...

... The Limits of Love After the divorce, her teenage daughter became increasingly rebellious. It culminated late one night when the police called to tell her that she had to come to the police station to pick up her daughter, who was arrested for drunk driving. They didn't speak until the next afternoon. Mom broke the tension by giving her daughter a small gift-wrapped box. Her daughter nonchalantly opened it and found a small piece of a rock. She rolled her eyes and said," Cute Mom, what's this for ?" ...

... He Sent The Right Man A woman received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left work and stopped by the pharmacy for some medication for her daughter. Upon returning to her car, she found she had locked her keys inside. She had to get home to her sick daughter, and didn't know what to do. She called home and the baby sitter told her that her daughter was getting worse. The baby sitter suggested that she get a coat hanger to unlock the door. ...

... , and heat radiated up from the tabletop. Nothing moved, except the waiters, of course. And they didn't move very fast, either. After lunch Scott and I started to walk back up the mall. We both noticed a mother and her young daughter walking out of a card shop toward the street. She was holding her daughter by the hand while reading a greeting card. It was immediately apparent to us that she was so engrossed in the card that she did not notice a shuttle bus moving toward her at ...

Three Inspirational and Christian messages for Mother’s Day, about butterflies.
... So many of these little miracles happen around me all the time that I know that they are not just luck. One in particular has been happening a lot to me recently and it gives me a special joy. A few months ago I was telling my daughter some stories about my mom. My daughter was so young when my mom died that she doesn ’ t remember her well. She relies on stories from dad to fill in the gap of not having her grandma here. I tell her all that I can remember ...

... far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us" Psalms 103: 11-12 I was staring at the computer screen when I heard my favorite little voice say," Mommy ?" I turned to look at my sweet daughter and she said," I sorry I lock you out of the bathroom last night" She was referring to an incident a few days earlier in which she had gotten angry with me and locked me out of the bedroom. After the appropriate discipline and discussion, ...

... given with strings and conditions attached are a sham and not valid, since they can be snatched back at any time. An unknown author beautifully portrays the possibilities of no-strings-attached love in this heartfelt story titled" The Rock"" As she grew older her teenage daughter became increasingly rebellious. It culminated late one night when the police arrested her daughter for drunk driving. Mom had to go to the police station to pick her up. They didn't speak until the next afternoon. Mom broke the tension by giving her a small gift ...

... My Daughter The Graduate My daughter graduated from college this Spring. I couldn ’ t be more proud of her. Through countless hours of study, books read, papers written, and tests taken, her hard work has paid off. She is no longer the little girl I once pushed on a swing and taught to ride a bike. She has become a wise, mature, giving, caring, and loving adult. She has learned so much and is ready to start the rest of her life. I think ...

... Daddy's Empty Chair A man's daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit." I guess you were expecting me, he said. 'No, who are you ?" said the father. The minister told him his name and then remarked," I saw the empty chair ...

... a Hug It was a warm, sunny, Saturday afternoon some fifteen or sixteen years ago. I had volunteered to take my two older kids to the local playground while my wife put the youngest down for a nap. As soon as we got there my daughter headed for the swings and asked for a push. As I was helping my daughter to go higher and higher, I noticed another little girl 3 swings down trying in vain to get her own swing going. Her elderly grandmother was sitting quietly on a nearby bench ...

... Curfew Time Doesn't Follow Normal Rules My teen-age daughter came home late last night. She was supposed to be home at midnight and, instead, arrived home at 2 a.m. Which is two hours late, unless you happen to be a mother. Then it is physically possible for the time between midnight and 2 a.m. to be 10 hours and 43 minutes. That's what worry does to your frame of time. Minutes seem like hours. Or at least they do to my wife. I was fast asleep. This ...

... but also a dream. I was terrified-did this mean that I would have difficulty conceiving, or carrying a baby to term? I mourned for the little girl, or boy, whom we had lost. Sarah Jaffe, sweet Sarah, our oldest daughter, almost age six, was conceived a couple of months later. If I had known at the time that God had such an incredible gift in store for us, I would have accepted the miscarriage with greater ease when it happened. Every mother loves her daughter ...

... The Child Within I got that look from my daughter again the other day. It is the look that says:" Dad, will you please just act your age ?" You see, my daughter is growing up fast and is on her way to becoming a beautiful, young woman. Even though she is still a teenager she already has the maturity and wisdom of an adult. I, on the other hand, have been busy enjoying my second childhood ever since my first one ended. It seems strange to my ...

... not lose your cool when your baby has colic, or your toddler is having a tantrum, or your school age child has been called to the principal's office. It takes a 'gentle strength ' to be all things to all people, wife, mommy, daughter, PTA chairman, neighbor, and any of a thousand other titles we take upon ourselves. It takes a 'gentle strength ' to administer discipline to a child when your heart wants to hug them. It takes a 'gentle strength ' to leave a wailing toddler with ...

... a high power career, there are certain things attached to working that are not (or seem not to be) replaced when we become SAHMs. From personal experience I know that going from a" working" woman to a SAHM was confusing. When my daughter Katie was born when I was 40, I knew that being at home was where God wanted me. I counted the days of my pregnancy, not only for her to come into the world, but also for me to be able to say goodbye to my ...

... in mourning and had no intention of adding yet another pet to a house still crowded with 4 dogs, 3 cats, and a turtle with a bad attitude. Little was I to know, however, that God had other plans. That very day my daughter came home from her walk carrying a small, sad-eyed bag of bones in her arms. She had rescued the poor, limping puppy after it had almost gotten hit by a car. I knew that I would have to take this little dog into my home at ...

... The Daffodil Principle Several times my daughter had telephoned to say," Mother, you must come see the daffodils before they are over" I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead." I will come next Tuesday ," I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call. Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren, I said," ...

... blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her" Proverbs_31: 28 A number of years ago, on a beautiful warm spring day, my wife was in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on supper. Her day had been long and tiring. Our daughter burst into the hot, percolating kitchen. It wasn't her first burst! She had repeatedly slipped into the kitchen just to be around her mom. There were no earth shattering needs. She wasn't hurt. There were no pressing emergencies or great demands. She just ...

... men met at a bus stop and struck up a conversation. One of them complained of family problems. Finally, the other man said," You think you have family problems? Listen. A few years ago I met a young widow with a grown-up daughter, and we got married. Later my father married my stepdaughter. That made my stepdaughter my stepmother and my father became my stepson. Also, my wife became mother-in-law of her father-in-law." Then the daughter of my wife, my stepmother, had a son ...

... , he did! The trucker pulled up behind the car and climbed from his cab. The elderly man staggered from his auto and fell into the trucker's arms. He poured out a story of months of fear and pain that accompanied the illness of his only daughter. Now he was returning from the hospital where it was decided that she would cease any further treatment. In the hospital he remained" strong" and stoic for his daughter, but out on the road he fell apart. The two men talked for the good ...

... music honors or some other notable accomplishment. The photographs with the articles usually show clean-cut, all-American kids. These kids deserve to be proud of their accomplishments, and I'm sure their parents are very proud also. Well, I'd like to tell you about my daughter, Heather, who will not be featured in the local paper, but who I am extremely proud of. She's definitely not your typical clean-cut," preppy" looking kid. In fact, Heather likes the outrageous Gothic / Skater look. You know, black ...

... Missed Opportunities The story is told of a young man who wished to marry the farmer's beautiful daughter. He went to the farmer to ask his permission. The farmer looked him over and responded," Son, go stand out in that field and I'm going to release three bulls, one at a time. If you can catch the tail of any one of the three bulls, you can marry my daughter" The young man stood in the pasture awaiting the first bull. The barn door opened and out ran the ...

... went on his journey to Haran, the land of his ancestors. There he lived with his uncle, Laban, for 20 years. There Jacob met his match in craftiness. (Runs in the family !) Jacob wanted to marry Rachel, Laban's beautiful younger daughter. He promised to work for Laban for 7 years for her. Laban tricked him into marying Leah, the older unattractive daughter. Then he had to work another seven years so he could get Rachel! Still he kept on with his trickery. Finally, he ...

... a nudge on my knee. I looked down and saw my little beagle, Snoopy ’ s warm brown eyes looking up at me. I petted her head and smiled down at her. Suddenly, I felt two arms wrap gently around my neck as my daughter gave me a loving hug. I squeezed her arms with my hand and said" Good morning" to her. I gazed out the window and saw a single ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds and shining on the Maple tree in the meadow behind my house ...

... were not. I put my son down then, glued and reset the frames, and set them on the table to dry. Sewing the jacket without my glasses, though, was no easy task. On my thirtieth try at threading the needle my little daughter came in the room. I asked her if she could put the thread through the eye for me. She did on the first try and handed it back to me with a smile." There you go, Daddy !", she said with sparkling eyes before heading ...

... Listening To Our Better Angels I was driving my daughter home from college for the weekend on a Fall Friday afternoon. The air was warm, the sun was shining, the sky was clear, and God ’ s paintbrush had just begun to color the mountains of my home. Spectacular reds, yellows, and oranges glowed from the trees and kept a smile glowing on my own face as we drove up the narrow mountain road. As I rounded a curve I saw an old gentleman who I knew didn ’ t own ...

... interview some of the people saved by the Nazi Oscar Schindler. One survivor says this about the sufferings of her life:" I survived Auschwitz and all the atrocities of the war. But the most difficult thing I ever had to face was losing my 39-year-old daughter to cancer" The army of modern medicine could not save her daughter. This woman went through the war and concentration camp experience WITH people; she suffered alongside of them. But she fought this other terrible battle alone. We are all survivors! In some way ...

... Because of that, I'm not doing very well. But on top of that I've got bills that there's just no way I can cover! And I alone am now responsible for raising my son. Add to that the fact that I've been abandoned by my daughter (who had" sided" with Mommy in this terrible affair)." Well, God, I'm here to tell you that I just can't take it anymore! I'm asking You, I'm begging You. PLEASE. step in and carry the load for just ...

... It also locks him in his own world much of the time. Yet, when he laughs and smiles he can light up the darkest day. Sometimes he will break into a spontaneous spasm of giggles for no apparent reason at all. When this happens my daughter and I will often joke that his dearly departed Grandma and her angel friends must be tickling him. The other night while I was busy working at my desk I once more heard his musical laughter behind me. I asked," Son are the angels tickling you ...

... Page At A Time I have the bad habit of skipping to the last pages of a book to see how it ends while I am still in the middle of it. This habit annoyed first my Mom, then my friends, and finally even my own daughter. Often my impatience wouldn ’ t be confined just to the books I read but also to what they were reading as well. Finally one day my daughter told me in exasperation," Dad please just read a book one page at a time like everyone else ...

... Dream Something Beautiful A mother of a vivacious five-year-old just returned from a meeting of the National Organization for Women. Stirred by exciting dreams for the possibilities of womanhood, she asked her daughter what she wanted to be when she grew up. Little Lisa quickly answered," A nurse" There was a time when nursing was thought of as a woman's profession and the answer somehow seemed not to satisfy. She had, after all, just returned from a NOW conference." You can be anything you want to be ," ...

... you do as a SAHM. You have made a decision that you will never regret, and if you look closely, you can catch a glimpse of God's mercy each and every day! About the author: Cheryl is a SAHM to her three year old daughter. She worked as a nursing home administrator for 8 years before her promotion to 'Stay At Home Mommy ' She loves being a homebody, sewing, needle arts, scrap-booking and raising her daughter. Cheryl believes that SAHMs don't get enough support or encouragement in this day ...

... first in our day in order to be the best SAHM we can be. His will called us to the task, His strength-if we seek it-can carry us through. About the author: Cheryl is a SAHM to her three year old daughter. She worked as a nursing home administrator for 8 years before her promotion to 'Stay At Home Mommy ' She loves being a homebody, sewing, needle arts, scrap-booking and raising her daughter. Cheryl believes that SAHMs don't get enough support or encouragement in this day ...

... being raised form sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife" Matthew 1: 24 K is for King. A true king He would be, Coming in power and authority." Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, they King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation" Zechariah 9: 9 L is for Love that He brought down to earth That night in the stable in lowly birth." ...

... God is gracious, we know that He gives us daily the little joys that sustain us in our` career ' choice, and that ultimately, He will welcome us into His kingdom. About the author: Cheryl is a SAHM to her three year old daughter. She worked as a nursing home administrator for 8 years before her promotion to 'Stay At Home Mommy ' She loves being a homebody, sewing, needle arts, scrap-booking and raising her daughter. Cheryl believes that SAHMs don't get enough support or encouragement in this day ...

... our lives, and our children's lives-and being with Him eternally in heaven. Take heart SAHMs-there is one who understands, loves and looks after you. Seek His face. About the author: Cheryl is a SAHM to her three year old daughter. She worked as a nursing home administrator for 8 years before her promotion to 'Stay At Home Mommy ' She loves being a homebody, sewing, needle arts, scrap-booking and raising her daughter. Cheryl believes that SAHMs don't get enough support or encouragement in this day ...

... breath and open them. Now, look around and see if you can catch a glimpse of" the kingdom of heaven"-it may very well be right in front of you! About the author: Cheryl is a SAHM to her three year old daughter. She worked as a nursing home administrator for 8 years before her promotion to 'Stay At Home Mommy ' She loves being a homebody, sewing, needle arts, scrap-booking and raising her daughter. Cheryl believes that SAHMs don't get enough support or encouragement in this day ...

... A Young Spirit It was my daughter ’ s 21st birthday. Dinner was finished and cake and ice cream were about to be served. As I looked out on my three grown children I was amazed at how quickly the years had gone by. My youngest was now 18 years old. My daughter was a college graduate. My oldest boy was 23 and getting older every minute. Just thinking about it I could feel my hair getting thinner and grayer and my wrinkles getting deeper. I dragged my aching, aging body ...

... Work And Love My daughter was having trouble recently deciding on what to major in at college, so she asked my advice. I told her the one thing I wish that I had been told at her age:" Find a career that you love and you will never work a day" She caught me off guard, though, when she next asked what she should do if she couldn ’ t get that career right away. What should she do if she had to take a job that she hated? That ...

... " Do not discard your father's heart !" He looked at the trees and then at the rock in his hands. The voice called again:" Do not discard your father's heart !"" Who are you ?"" I am the Father of every son and daughter and I tell you, the stone you hold in your hand is like the condition of your father's heart !" He looked at the rock. He could tell it was badly misshapen, that it had broken off from a larger rock and had many cracks and flaws ...

... . According to history, Valentinus (the Latin form) was thrown into a dungeon. Although his jailer, Asterius, was not harsh, the priest lived with only the bare necessities. His one comfort while in prison was his friendship with Asterius ' blind daughter. She befriended the kindly priest by bringing him food and delivering messages. After a year in jail, Valentinus was summoned to appear before Claudius II. The emperor was so impressed by the young priest's dignity that Claudius attempted to convert him from Christianity to save him ...

... the first red Maple leaves of the year, and a smiling dog sitting on its front porch. The best sight of all, though, happened just as I rounded a curve. A young mother was waiting to cross the road. Her five year old daughter was by her side. In the mother ’ s arms was another daughter about two. As I got closer to the family the little toddler in her Mother ’ s arms saw us, smiled, lifted her tiny arm, and began to wave at us. ...

... and write the other way; to look at the problem a whole new way. Here's a good question to ask:" How can I come at this thing from a different angle ?" Because there is likely something you're not seeing. A father and his daughter were stopped by a flight attendant before boarding their plane. The problem? The little girl was clutching a large bouquet of balloons. In sympathetic tones, the attendant told the child that she would not be permitted to travel with all of the balloons." Only ...

... your child through a tough time in the future. You might not think it significant, but she might remember your love for her and your willingness to follow God's will for the day. About the author: Cheryl is a SAHM to her three year old daughter. She worked as a nursing home administrator for 8 years before her promotion to 'Stay At Home Mommy ' She loves being a homebody, sewing, needle arts, scrap-booking and raising her daughter. Cheryl believes that SAHMs don't get enough support or encouragement in this day ...

... Change The World My daughter and I planted four trees in our backyard recently. They were little more than twigs when she brought them home. She was able to hold all four of them in the palm of one hand. Still, with faith in the future I dug the holes in our backyard and with loving care my daughter planted each one of the saplings. When I look out on them now I smile. They are so small and yet so full of life. As they stretch towards the morning sun and ...

... , and camels? Why would God nominate Job for a job in which he would receive painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head? Why would God nominate Job for a job whose description included burying all of his sons and daughters? Why? Because Job could take it. 1 Corinthians 10: 13 say," No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you ...

... that it will probably be her last. She has started giving away a lot of her things so her loving husband won ’ t be stuck with her" Junk" as she says. She has already given me several books, containers, clothes for my daughter, and a beautiful Hawaiian shirt to add to my collection. She has given all of us around her much more than just her stuff, though. She has also given us her friendship, her kindness, and her joyous smile. She has given us her ...

... . There are several ways to teach basic safety rules. We enjoyed using a cassette tape (today you'd probably use video or DVD) which made safety rules memorable and fun. Having fun with it takes away some of the scariness. For instance, our daughters easily memorized their phone number by using the sing-along song on the tape and inserting their own number at the correct place. They learned that if they got lost in a crowd, they should look for" a mother or grandmother with children" to ask for help ...

... I heard a giggle. I walked back into their bedroom and my foot stepped on one of those stuffed animals. A second giggle came from within the big cardboard box that held their toys. I peeked over the top of it. My 2 year old daughter had dragged her 5 year old brother into the box to hide from Daddy. I gently stepped over the toys they had emptied out to make room for themselves, leaned down and tickled my little girl. She squealed with delight and wrapped her arms around my neck ...

... The Bell Ringer" Ring-a-ding-ding. Ringity-dingity-ding" The sound floated towards me as I walked across a parking lot the other day. I had enjoyed a rare lunch out with my daughter and decided to do a little Christmas shopping before heading home. The department store looked warm on that chilly, wintry day and the ringing bell beckoned me with its sweet music. As I got to the store entrance I saw the music maker. He was an old bell ringer working tirelessly beside the Salvation Army bucket at the front of the ...

... Autism everyday but still make this world a happier place for others with their sweet laughter and gentle love. My oldest son is only the water boy for his football team, yet his contagious joy inspires the players more than a star quarterback ever could. My daughter is about to graduate high school but already has the wisdom, kindness, and love of one beyond her years. She is going to make a difference in this world even if she doesn ’ t realize it yet. My children aren ’ t the only real ...

... ! The church has received so many emails asking us how we are able to have hope and continue on. There are teams of church member volunteers responding to these emails. My friend Jodi has been praying for her husband for years. She and their 4-yr-old daughter were at the church that night. 3 days ago Scott gave his life to Christ. We have had over 70, 000 hits on our web page which displays the plan of salvation in multiple languages. Many members at Wedgwood Baptist are healing broken relationships within the ...

... them. I see this truth everyday in my own life. This truth shines through the actions of my youngest son whose smiles, hugs, and laughter light up the world around him in spite of his handicap. This truth glows from the life of my daughter whose kindness, friendship, and loving spirit brightens the lives of those around her. This truth flows out of the behavior of my oldest boy who is a friend to the world and never met anyone he didn't like. This truth radiates from everything I watch my ...

... old age" As I look at the beautiful, loving habits of my own children I think that they can also become the blessings as well. My oldest son ’ s habits are so joyful and caring that everyone shines brighter when he is around. My daughter ’ s habits too are full of compassion, sharing, and gentleness. All that she wants to do with her life is to help others, and that is just what she does every single day. My youngest son has many habits of love as well. ...

... by their faith and trust. I want to believe that some where down the road in life, Mom will find herself reflecting back on moments they spent together, captured like pictures in the scrapbook of her cherished memories. Maybe when she watches proudly as her daughter graduates. Or as her Daddy walks her down the aisle on her wedding day. She will laugh again. Her heart will beat a little faster. Her smile will tell the world they love each other. But only two people will share that precious moment when ...

... heartfelt passion and sincerity, but other times it's just been something to say because it sounds encouraging. The truth is that when we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we automatically became a child of God. In fact, we became the son or daughter of the one and only awesome God. That's why we can have total confidence in knowing that our destiny will be a reflection of Him-in other words, awesome! The truth of this is in God's promise to the children of Israel in Jeremiah 29: ...

... discipline our children when they misbehave. And our school administrators said, no one in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued. Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and we won't even have to tell their parents. And we said, that's a grand idea. Then someone else said, let's give our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all the" fun" they ...

... time you had a puppy lick your face, a cat purr in total affection, a child that thought dog biscuits were cookies? When was the last time you gave a hug for no reason, said a kind word to a stranger, intentionally blessed your daughter? When was the last time you made snow angels, threw snowballs, had rosy red cheeks? When was the last time you received an unexpected gift, phone call, visit or email? When was the last time you took a long walk, rode a ...

... Looking out the window, she exclaimed," Look! A horse !" And a moment later," Look! Houses !" She gave every indication of keeping this up, so her embarrassed mother apologized to the man next to her." I'm sorry my daughter is going on like this ," she said." She still thinks everything is wonderful" When do we stop thinking everything is wonderful? When we grow up? Does growing older also mean growing jaded? And must we travel to faraway places to marvel once again ...

... Spit It Out My daughter Beth has always been one of the wisest people that I have ever known. Even as a baby this wisdom was apparent. I can remember when I first tried to get her to eat green beans from a baby food jar. With the first spoonful she made a terrible face. When I tried to give her a second spoonful she spit it out instantly and it ran down her bib turning it an ugly shade of green. I then foolishly tried to give her a third spoonful. This ...

... . However it is done, people are realizing the importance of a healthy spiritual dimension to their lives. One man tells about a time when his wife suffered from a headache. She took medication and lay down, but nothing seemed to help. Her six-year-old daughter was concerned about her Mommy's health, so the ailing woman asked her if she would like to pray for her. Little Leia said that she would. Leia put her hand on her mother's head and prayed the only prayer she knew:" Lord, thank you ...

... read a good book with a cat sleeping on my lap and a dog curled up at my feet. Now days you won't find me watching so much television either. I find that time better spent going for walks, hugging my sons, talking with my daughter, and writing words like the ones you are reading here. Now days you won't find me restlessly looking for more work to do as well. I find that time better spent thinking of God, watching the sunset, singing a song, and laughing with my ...

... rotary wheel. These days my home is wireless and yet has more wires than I can count. I have a mobile phone, cell phone, and computer. I have two televisions and a hundred cable channels. I have CD and DVD players. My daughter has an i-pod and a cell phone with more functions than she could ever hope to use. I am connected with friends and family all over the globe and can communicate at the speed of light. I am a part of the vast electronic web that encircles our ...

... little girl that I have ever seen in my life. Then they walked out the door, and I followed, close behind them. As I walked back to my car, in amazement over what I had just witnessed, I heard the father ask his daughter why she had done that. I'll never forget what she said to him." Daddy, didn't Nana and PawPaw want me to buy something that would make me happy ?" He said," Of course they did, honey" To which the little girl replied ...

... What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up? Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She causally mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value. A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies ...

... her play. After a moment he began to play along with her, adding chords, runs, and arpeggios. The little girl continued to play" Chopsticks" The parents couldn't believe their ears. They were hearing a beautiful piano duet, played by their daughter and the maestro, and amazingly enough, the central theme of it was still" Chopsticks" At times you may feel like you're a nobody, that you will never accomplish great things. But think of that little girl. All she could play was" Chopsticks ...

... ?" I wasn ’ t really expecting an answer, but God loves to surprise us. As I struggled up the steps to my front door, I found all three of my young children waiting for me with smiling faces." Daddy, Daddy !", my daughter yelled. I smiled and picked her up with my weary arms. Then after hugging and kissing them all, I laughed for the first time in days and sat down peacefully. Later, I thanked God for His answer. It had given me the strength I ...

... them toward a solution. God does not expect us to meet every need in the world, but He expects us to help those He sends our way. In Luke 8: 41-56 Jesus was on the way to help Jairus ' need of healing for His daughter. But He encountered another need along the way and helped both the woman and Jairus toward greater faith as a result. The point is that distractions are not always to be considered bad. They seem like a nuisance sometimes but it could be that God has a ...

... day went on either. Instead I tried to pass it on to everyone I could. I found it very hard to give away, though, because I almost always got it returned. My sons ’ smiles shined brighter than the morning sun had. My daughter ’ s smile made my heart feel lighter and my soul feel stronger. The smiles of all the people I met during the day left me feeling more connected to them, more connected to life, and more connected to God. Even my dogs had smiles and ...

... so touched that she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus. Two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings and the parents called for the kindhearted pastor, who had befriended their daughter, to handle the final arrangements. As her little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump. Inside was found 57 cents and a note scribble in childish handwriting which read," This ...

... married for the second time. In spite of the pain that arose out of my first marriage, I was lucky to have two wonderful children out of the chaos. I also have a child with the wonderful man that is truly my soulmate. My oldest daughter, who is now 11, taught me a lesson about life and love several years back. When she was in first grade, as Valentine's Day approached, she came into the kitchen pondering what makes people fall in love. She started asking questions about how to ...

... granddaughter. A visiting pastor had already pulled over to help and together we were able to push her old car to a wide spot off the road. She thanked us both and then thanked me again after I dropped her and her young granddaughter off at her daughter ’ s house. That simple" thank you" brought a warmth of joy to my heart. It felt good being able to help another soul. It felt great being able to share a little kindness in this world. I drove away feeling like the richest ...

... would he see such a great fish. That was 34 years ago. Today, the boy is a successful architect in New York City. His Father's cabin is still there on the island in the middle of the lake. He takes his own son and daughters fishing from the same dock. He was right. He has never again caught such a magnificent fish as the one he landed that night long ago. But he does see that same fish-again and again-every time he comes up against a question of ...

... Looking out the window, she exclaimed," Look! A horse !" And a moment later," Look! Houses !" She gave every indication of keeping this up, so her embarrassed mother apologized to the man next to her." I'm sorry my daughter is going on like this ," she said." She still thinks everything is wonderful" When do we stop thinking everything is wonderful? When we grow up? When do we stop saying," Awe "? Does growing older mean growing jaded? And must we ...

... twinkle in his eyes I felt as vital and alive as I ever had. I saw the young, loving spirit living inside this aging body and knew that is who I really am. I remembered too one of the quotes on a beautiful plaque that my daughter gave me as an early birthday present. It was by Edward Bulwer Lytton and it said:" It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart. It is such an amazing thing that we can grow younger on the ...

... Bonds Of Love My neighbor that lives just down the hill from me has" adopted" the family that lives across the road from her. She joyously calls their children her grandchildren and the mother and father her son and daughter. Watching them together touches my heart and lights up my soul. They share more than just cookies and chores together too. They share closeness, caring, laughter, tears, goodness, and love. They are a true family through both tough times and tender moments. They show me daily ...

... understand that 2005 was the first year that there were more spam e-mails sent than cans of Spam sold. And if you wonder what a can of Spam is, then you see how much things have changed. In a restaurant, a mother noticed her eleven-year-old daughter staring at a movie poster on the wall. The picture portrayed Superman standing in a phone booth. The girl's mother whispered to her husband," Doesn't she know who Superman is ?" He told her it was worse than that" She doesn't know what a phone ...

... And monthly treatment was required. Then they discovered the Corporate Angel Network. Now Casey and her mom and dad sit among Mellon Financial Corp. executives shuttling between offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Says grateful mother Belinda:" We can concentrate more on getting our daughter better, instead of worrying about how we are going to get to the doctor's office and pay for our transportation" Now 75, Blum still volunteers at Corporate Angel headquarters once a week. For more about the Corporate Angel Network visit: Corporate Angel Network [By ...

... suggested we all celebrate Senior Citizen Week by cheering up a senior citizen, I decided to do just that. I would call on my new neighbor, an elderly retired gentleman, recently widowed, and who, I presumed, had moved in with his married daughter because he was too old to take care of himself. I baked a batch of cookies, and, without bothering to call (some old people cannot hear the phone ), I went off to brighten this old guy's day. When I rang the doorbell this" ...

... am becoming aware, however, at just how short even the longest life here on Earth is. I see children swinging at my son's school and I can remember when I attended that same school and swung on those same swings. I give my son and daughter a hug and notice that they are almost as tall as me now. I can remember, though, when I could hold them in the crook of one arm while I rocked them to sleep. I mow the lawn near the graveyard by my home and remember ...

... t compare to the soul light that I see everyday. This light burns just as brightly in the Winter too. I see it shining from my youngest son ’ s smile and hear it in my oldest son ’ s laugh. It glows warmly in my daughter ’ s eyes and it leaps out from the words of an inspiring book. It travels from soul to soul on the laughter, prayers, gentle words, and caring hearts of friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers. It sails on the winds of ...

... Birthday Thoughts I celebrated another birthday recently. As I sat down that evening with a belly full of red velvet cake and chocolate chip ice cream, wearing the new Hawaiian shirt my daughter had bought me, it occurred to me that I had already passed the midway point of my life here. I had already lived 44 years on this world. Statistically, I had about another 30 years left, God willing. Sitting in the quiet of the evening, though, I realized that whether I had 30 years, 30 ...

... babies keep crying and won't stop. This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purses. This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump-shot. This is for all mothers whose heads turn automatically when a little voice calls" Mom ?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are not with them. This is for mothers who put pinwheels and teddy bears on their ...

... Drop In The Ocean I was in the post office the other day waiting to mail out a few letters. As the line moved slowly forward I chatted with the woman in front of me. She was carrying a large package that she was mailing to her daughter who lived on the other side of the country. It was clear from her voice too just how much she loved and missed her girl. When it was finally her turn she slowly but happily counted out her money for the postage. Her smile faded, however ...

... lifted it up and several coats, scarves, and toboggans that the children had outgrown fell to my feet. At that moment God pulled the curtain shade open to the window of my mind and shined His light through it. I remembered a flier at my daughter ’ s college calling for a winter coat drive to help the needy. Suddenly the toilet repair didn ’ t seem quite so urgent anymore. I never did find the handle I started looking for, but I did leave the closet with both arms full of warm ...

... A Choice It was a beautiful, sunny, Spring day. I had just finished driving my daughter to the airport to catch an early morning flight. My sons and I then went to a fast food place for breakfast before heading back home. After eating we all got into the car and pulled out of the parking lot. The restaurant was at the very top of a hill. At the bottom of the hill was a stop sign so we found ourselves at the end of a long line of traffic waiting while ...

... position her walker so she could go into a local store. A smiling woman was tossing birdseed into her backyard while a dozen Robins flew down to enjoy the feast being laid out before them. A young man was walking along, carrying his two year old daughter safely in his arms. He tickled her gently when she pulled the hat off his head and they both laughed. I laughed too as I looked at all of this kindness. It felt like a glimpse of Heaven. The radio may have been off in my ...

... the touching interchange between Tevye and Golde in the musical" Fiddler on the Roof "?" Do you love me ?" Tevye asked his wife." Do I what ?" Golde responded." Do you love me ?"" Do I love you? With our daughters getting married and this trouble in the town, you are upset, you are worn out, go inside, go lie down, maybe its indigestion"" Golde, I'm asking you a question. Do you love me ?"" You're a fool"" I ...

... I think I must have got it from my Mom. When I was a boy she used to take a break from working in her flower garden just to watch these delicate winged beauties fly from blossom to blossom. After my Mom passed away I told my daughter many times that if her Grandma ever wanted to check up on her that she would probably just hop a ride on the back of a butterfly to do so. The amazing thing is that the more I would say it the more the butterflies would dance gracefully in ...

... deeply admired. The story goes like this:" My grandmother was born in a small west Texas farming town on August 26, 1929, two months and three days before Black Tuesday, the stock market crash that started the Great Depression. As the youngest daughter of sharecroppers, who earned their living by picking cotton, she knew the meaning of barely getting by. Times were tough and she learned to never waste anything. Her Uncle Jess was a compassionate man who always treated her with kindness. Each time she would visit ...

... life is all about. In the background is a family graveyard with fresh flowers placed everywhere. The sun is shining through the trees and glistening off the stones with a glorious light. In the front of the picture in the shade of the trees is my daughter. She is holding her 2 year old cousin in her arms and gently kissing her on the cheek. This single picture holds so much. There is beautiful nature, flowers, sunshine, and trees. There is life, death, remembrance, and the promise ...

... on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. After Sonora became an adult she realized the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910. President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of ...

... Fearless Living A woman traveled by plane with her infant daughter. When they landed, they were met in the waiting area by her father, who took the baby while she proceeded to the baggage claim area. Standing there alone waiting to claim her luggage, she was absent-mindedly holding the baby's pacifier. She noticed a flight attendant staring at her, then at the pacifier in her hand. The flight attendant finally spoke:" Excuse me, Miss. Is this your first flight ?" Fear of flying has kept many people ...

... that a diagnosis of cancer, the loss of a career and the amputation of a limb may as well be a death sentence. Of course, many survivors know better. Dave, too, learned that his life was far from over. When his little daughter Tiffany first saw her father after surgery, she went straight to him and hugged him long and hard. Then she smiled and announced that she was happy his left arm was gone. She explained that over the last few weeks, the arm had caused her father ...

... even though I hadn't been able to teach my son everything over the years, I had at least been able to teach him how to hug. I am so delighted too that all of my children have learned this lesson so well over the years. My daughter's hugs brighten my days and uplift my soul. I have been blessed a million times over by the love and joy she so freely shares with me. My two sons ' hugs always bring happiness to my heart as well. It makes me feel good to know ...

... 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 ...

... be. The dawn lights along the road where I live kept all but the brightest stars from shining through. At night I could see only the moon and a few dozen stars from my home. The other evening, though, while I was picking my daughter up I found myself on a small farm far from the dawn lights, car lights, and building lights. It was then that I felt a gentle urge in my mind to look up at the clear, night sky. The sight was so glorious that I ...

... Moist Eyes I find that my eyes are watering up more often lately. They were wet when I got my daughter ready for her prom recently. I felt my vision get a little blurry too just the other day when I watched an old home movie with my Mom in it. These days I even find them getting moist from certain songs I hear, stories I read, and thoughts I have. Some think I am getting sentimental in my middle years. I think I am just getting wiser and more in touch ...

... Packing I helped my daughter move into her college dorm recently. She took a little teasing from her old Dad about all the boxes and suitcases she brought. I thought she had packed way too much stuff, but then I saw what the girl down the hall had brought. I guess my girl was traveling light, after all. I knew, though, that she had already packed every essential thing for this next great adventure in her life. It was just packed in her heart, soul, and mind. ...

... how to live. They go around spreading love, sharing joy, and shining God ’ s light. And they help us to realize that we can do the same. Those who know them often become better because of them too. I know that my daughter ’ s kind, giving, and loving heart has grown stronger and more beautiful because of them. She has had to face a lot growing up with two" special" brothers, but she has used it all to become the wonderful, young woman she is ...

... love and joy everyday of it. Having these two sons has shown me just how much God loves us and just how much God wants us to love each other. I try then to share my love and my joy everyday with them, with my beautiful daughter, with my loving family, with my wonderful friends, and with all of you special souls who read my simple words. I hope that you all do the same.~Joseph J. Mazzella~[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella (joecool @wirefire.com ...

... my children ’ s laughter. The smell of my Nana ’ s home cooked spaghetti sauce on a Sunday afternoon after Church. The taste of cold water from a pure, mountain stream. The feeling of a hug given in love. The sight of my daughter ’ s dog wiggling with delight when she comes home from school. The joy of singing along with an uplifting song. The pleasure of watching a butterfly feed on the flowers I planted in the Spring. The peace that comes from breathing in deep the fresh air ...

... worried her. One night her father came in to tuck her into bed. Corrie burst into tears and sobbed," I need you. You can't die. You can't !" Her father sat on the edge of the narrow bed and spoke tenderly to his daughter." Corrie ," he said gently," when you and I go to Amsterdam, when do I give you your ticket ?" She sniffed a few times and considered the question." Why, just before I get on the train ," she answered." ...

... " My dear son got right up, wrapped his arms around me and gave me just what I asked for. The precious gifts didn ’ t end there either. On Father ’ s Day I got several more hugs from both of my sons and my daughter too. Each one shared all the love they had for me and I had for them. Each one brought us so much joy. Each one made us feel connected, cherished, and whole. Those wonderful hugs made it one of the best Father ’ s ...

... problems we all run up against. I want someone to explain how to get through difficult times or tell me what to do in a tough situation. I just want to get it right. But I think I identify a bit more with the father whose daughter asked him if he would help her with some homework." I'm sorry ," he replied." It wouldn't be right"" Well ," she said," at least you could try" Problem is, I don't always have the answers I need. And ...

... the feeling that at any moment we could zoom into the heavens. I remembered later being a young father and pushing my own children on the swings. Watching their happiness was a bit of Heaven itself. I remembered as well one time my five year old daughter saying," You swing too, Daddy !" I was embarrassed at first but once I saw my feet headed towards the clouds again all those wonderful feelings of childhood came rushing back. I was flying high once more. After that I always swung with my kids ...

... , white clouds float in the brilliant blue sky. I hear a cardinal singing to his mate as he perches upon my back fence. And a bed of crocus open their purple heads to the heavens in joyful thankfulness. It's just another day. My small daughter bursts into the room, her giggle ringing through the house as she hugs my neck tightly. Her small hand fits into mine as she pulls me to the kitchen to show me the card she has made. A stick figure with curly brown hair waves from the ...

... every life around me. Now I'm going painfully to hell. There is no hope for me" The minister saw a framed picture of a pretty girl on the dresser." Who is this ?" he asked. The woman brightened." She is my daughter, the one beautiful thing in my life"" And would you help her if she was in trouble, or made a mistake? Would you forgive her? Would you still love her ?" the minister asked." Of course I would !" cried the woman ...

... Goodness Of God (Meeting Needs) I have a story to tell. It is a little lengthy, so read it when you have time. Sometimes, wonderful things happen in our lives, which are hard to keep to ourselves. Yesterday, my daughter Carol and I met together at Dallas ' Fair Park Music Hall, for our traditional season tickets performance. We were still enjoying the music in our heads as we headed for the parking lot. Behind the car next to Carol's we spotted a bracelet and picked it ...

... , books, As we touch we leave our identity. Oh please where ever I go today, Help me leave heartprints! Heartprints of compassion Of understanding and love. Heartprints of kindness and genuine concern. May my heart touch a lonely neighbor Or a runaway daughter, Or an anxious mother, Or, perhaps, a dear friend! I shall go out today To leave heartprints, And if someone should say" I felt your touch ," May that one sense be .YOUR LOVE Touching through ME. [Author Unknown-Aiken ...

... I find myself whispering it when my oldest dog who would be past eighty if he were human slowly gets up and walks across the room just so he can be petted and curl up at my feet. I find myself laughing about it when I see my daughter ’ s young dog perched on the back of the couch like a squirrel watching out the window and waiting for her to get home. I find myself smiling about it when I go to feed my big, watch dog only to find him ignoring the food and ...

... Missing Lamb Moist Eyes Moments For Love Mom's Soup Moonpie Moral Dilemma More Light -Less Noise Most Beautiful Of All Most Important Body Part Mothers Mother's Day Butterflies Motivational Quote Much Obliged Mud Puddles And Dandelions Mushrooms Music Of The Heart My 2nd Father My Aunt My Dad My Daughter The Graduate My First Kiss My Moment For Finding Faith My Mom's Treasures My Nanny My New Watch My Next 40 Years My Old Car My Sons Mysterious Ways Namaste Name Them One By One Needing A Nudge Needless Worry Never Be Sorry Never Forget Never Too Late New -Not ...

... Listening With Your Heart Ready To Fly A Hero For Our Time A Young Spirit The Way To Be Happy The End DreamBusters -DreamBuilders A Long Way To Remember Is To Understand Dandelions2 Do You Know Who You Are Dad And The Snake Making The Best Of You My Daughter The Graduate Grace2 A Few More George Bailey's Touching The Sky Bread Water And Love Giving Validation Laying Awake At Night The Gift Of Music A Swing And A Hug The Real First Day Of Spring Finding The Right Words What's Hope A Sunbather He Loved Building A Boat Happily ...

... Installing Love Doing Something Great Broken Hearts The Child Within Good Advice From God Room Brighteners The Way We Affect Others The Messenger Good Advice You Can't Keep Time Teach Me To Forgive Bringing Harmony To Discord The Most Important Trip You May Ever Take Mothers Planting Potatoes My Daughter The Graduate Gift Of A Hug Homemade Happiness The Hour Before I Was A Mom Sitting On Your Talent What About Trust A Lighted World Thoughts Of Heaven Better People The Eyes That See The Smiling Game How Are You Behind In Your Past Leafage And Rootage 10 Lessons Learned ...

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