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... Good Friends Are Good Medicine Our news is constantly filled with the reality of death and dying. And each of us, if we live long enough, experiences the loss of ... they thought about death, and these are some of their answers:" When you die, God takes care of you like your mother did when you were alive-only God ... Good Friends Are Good Medicine Our news is constantly filled with the reality of death and dying. And each of us, if we live long enough, experiences the loss of persons ...

... Ten Reasons to Believe 1. A Public Execution Assured His Death During the Jewish Feast of Passover, Jesus was swept away by an angry crowd into a Roman hall of justice ... for their lives. Even Peter, who earlier had insisted that he was ready to die for his teacher, lost heart and denied that he even knew Jesus. But the apostles ... Jesus they did not break His legs, because from experience they knew He was already dead. As a final precaution, however, they thrust a spear into His side. It ...

... my ways" Some people ARE afraid of dying. Others are not concerned about their death. but they worry about how they're going to get there. Will illness linger? Or ... it be sudden? I can't even guess how or when I might die, but knowing my life will end has actually helped me to live more passionately. I think others have ... Passionate Living One man quipped:" It's not that I'm afraid of dying. It's just that I've been alive for as long as I can remember, and I'm kind of ...

... preacher thundered again." No !" the dying man repeated." You're on your death bed, Jack ," the minister pleaded." There's no hope for you at all. ... Going Up? A preacher once visited a dying man in a last ditch effort to win him over to God." Renounce Satan ," the preacher shouted." No !" ... paid for by the blood of Jesus. Satan was defeated when Christ rose from the dead. Anyone who accepts this accepts that Jesus as Lord. It's just that simple. No ...

... " Edith Burns took her Bible and shared with Phyllis Cross the Easter Story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Edith said," Phyllis, do you believe ... until you come into the family" Phyllis Cross said," Then you will never die because that will never happen ," and curtly walked out of the room. Every day Phyllis ... face. When Phyllis Cross went to pick up Edith's hand, she realized Edith was dead. Her left hand was on John 14: 2" In my Father's house are many ...

... is actually loved so much by God, that He let His Son die a terrible death to restore their relationship. God does love you! He sees your pain and weeps with ... and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on god ... can raise the dead. 2 Corinthians 1: 8, 9 There is an eternal life to come." Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the Glory He will ...

... did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets" She concluded her speech by courageously singing" The Rose" She ... everyday. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it! ... is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will ...

... store an hour later, I found him dead. There was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the ... daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon. Did he die in peace ?" he asked. Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, ... cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. There was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he ...

... . But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw ... within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to ... than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children gone. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart ...

... , hanging-on hate; every fear, fault and failure. Let each die a proper death -at the Cross. Then arise with new determination to welcome a new season of your life ... bitterness; old, hanging-on hate; every fear, fault and failure. Let each die a proper death -at the Cross. Then arise with new determination to welcome a new season ... need Your help. I WILL pick up the rake, begin to gather all the dead" stuff" that needs discarded in my life; I WILL bag it and bring it ...

... up at my Mom ’ s picture hanging above my desk today, I realized that it is now almost 15 years since her death. Thankfully, over the years the pain and sense of loss have eased while the memories of her life and her love have remained ... such an early age. She blessed us all with her love, her joy, and her gentle laughter right up until her dying day. I only hope and pray that I can live my own answers as beautifully and wonderfully as she lived hers. May all ...

... Measure Freda Bright says," Only in opera do people die of love" It's true. You really can't love somebody to death. I've known people to die from no love, but I've never known anyone to be loved to death. We just can't love ... Love Without Measure Freda Bright says," Only in opera do people die of love" It's true. You really can't love somebody to death. I've known people to die from no love, but I've never known anyone to be loved to death. We ...

... ? A businessman on his deathbed called his friend and said," Bill, I want you to promise me that when I die you will have my remains cremated"" And what ," his friend asked," do you want me to do with your ashes ... . Some months later she saw a sight that completely revolutionized her life. Shortly after moving to Calcutta she spotted a homeless, dying woman lying in the gutter, being eaten by rats. After seeing that, compassion compelled her to beg an abandoned Hindu temple from ...

... of joy than he had known before. They lived happily for years until one winter the old man fell ill and was near death. As his breathing grew labored, his son sat on the bedside and asked:" Grandfather, is there anything I can get ... and still almost every evening he would hear his father say the same thing:" Poor me! Poor me! I will die a sad old man because you are a fool and will never amount to anything" But the boy was not a fool He showed ...

... stories like one from the time of Oliver Cromwell in England where a young soldier had been tried in military court and sentenced to death. He was to be shot at the" ringing of the curfew bell" His fiancιe climbed up into the bell tower. Several ... of commitment I needed to make! I wanted to give my all. To tie myself to the bell for her. To die, if necessary, for her. To sacrifice myself on the altar of true love! I wanted her to know that I'd give ...

... arrested for sheltering Jews and members of the Dutch resistance, were sent to Nazi concentration camps. She, indeed, experienced the deaths of her parents and sister, as well as numerous friends. She endured hardships that she could never have imagined as a young child ... powerful lesson as a little girl. Having encountered the lifeless body of a baby, she realized that people she loved would someday die, too. She thought about the fact that her father and mother and sister Betsie could quite possibly pass on before she does. ...

... Beyond Death A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was leaving the room after paying a visit, and said," Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side" Very quietly the doctor said," ... don't know"" You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side ?" The doctor was holding the handle of the door, on the other side of which came a sound of scratching and whining, and as ...

... No hope for transplant, no hope for cure. Therapy: painkillers and bed rest. Prognosis :," here he paused," death within one year" He stopped the recorder, but there was more to be said." Why ?" he asked aloud." ... tears were hot, but his anger was hotter." You created that boy, and You created that heart. He'll be dead in months. Why ?" The Lord answered," The boy, My lamb, shall return to My flock, for he has ...

... grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast as they should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he ... he grabs it. Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed. Eagles do not eat dead things. They feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals, but eagles will not. Steer clear of outdated and old ...

... throw something back. Age 70: I learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 75: I learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 80: I learned that even suffering has its gifts ... . If we're not improving, we're not growing. And if we're not growing, we're not living. Some people worry about dying. I am more concerned with living-as well and as fully as possible. Learn-improve-grow-live. Learn ...

... care ?" When you think of all the pleasures you and he had often shared, You are filled with sudden anger -for his death you weren ’ t prepared. All those dreams of pleasant leisure as you reach your senior years: All those plans of fun together ... only child. He had lived with us since he was ten. He drowned at the age of twenty. Too young to die! I remember how we felt. We were angry. We looked out at the world. It was still" going around !" ...

... away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped ... Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog ...

... in shame for the killing of that righteous man, the Dutch passed a law that no person should ever again be put to death for his or her religious beliefs. It was the first such law in Europe. Holland became a haven for all kinds of Christian ... its center. Dirk was safe. Free. But he also faced a question. Was it Christ-like to leave a man to die? How could a Christian live with that cry ringing in his ears? On the other hand, how many people could he reach ...

... to accept the giant's dare. Seasoned, hardened men of war cowered and wished for the bosoms of their wives and children. Death was upon them and Goliath was ready to drink blood. Suddenly a red haired boy, barely weighing 90 pounds, bravely steps forward ... terror and amazement as Goliath staggers, then falls to his knees." You dog, he screams at David ", and collapse dead on the ground. This day, the character of a new King is forged on the battlefield, the character of King David of ...

... Solomon was too rich. Jesus was too poor. Abraham was too old. David was too young. Peter was afraid of death. Lazarus was dead. John was self-righteous. Naomi was a widow. Paul was a murderer. So was Moses. Jonah ran ... God. Miriam was a gossip. Gideon and Thomas both doubted. Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal. Elijah was burnt out. John the Baptist was a loudmouth. Martha was a worry-wart. Mary was lazy. Samson had long hair. Noah got drunk. ~*~ ...

... . It is never too late to love and it is never too late to live. Life might be the leading cause of death in this world, but if you are not living then you are already dead. Before your own alarm sounds then make sure that ... truly live every minute of your life. Before your own clock stops make sure that you choose and share love, joy, and oneness with God every second that you can. Your time is in your hands. Make the most of it.~Joseph J ...

... good to sweep, too proud to mop, as one they seemed to say; Let the preacher do it. Millions are dying, while others are trying their game scores to increase. The battles ' not lost, but consider the cost in souls lest you ... she left, her need unmet, as one they seemed to say; Let the preacher do it." Our brother is dead" the preacher said. The people gasped aloud." Some help is needed ," the preacher pleaded ," Someone from this crowd" ...

... me. Money cannot buy me. Governments cannot silence me, and hell cannot handle me! I am a soldier. Even death cannot destroy me. For when my Commander calls me from this battlefield, He will promote me to a captain. I am a ... . I am a volunteer in this army, and I am enlisted for eternity. I will either retire in this Army or die in this Army; But, I will not get out, sell out, be talked out, or pushed out. I am ...

... and happiness that they shared with the Sisters and with each other. These people had nothing. Many were on the verge of death. Yet, they knew the simple truth that so many of us here are still learning: Joy is Free. The truth is ... buy happiness. Hearing them made me think of a documentary I saw many years ago on Mother Teresa ’ s home for the dying in Calcutta. What struck me the most when I watched it wasn ’ t the grinding poverty there. It wasn ’ t the ...

... did all of this too while her health continued to grow worse and worse. My friend, however, is not afraid of death. She has told me several times that she believes it will only be like a brief sleep and then she will awaken in Paradise ... Paradise Within My good friend and neighbor is dying. She has battled more health problems through the years than anyone should have to endure. Now as she approaches her 57th birthday she knows that it will probably be her last. She has started giving away a ...

... on the porch swing after gardening all day. It's more of a crash and burn, hit-the-wall, feel like you're dead or dying exhaustion. I imagine it's the way the coyote feels who not only chased the roadrunner all day but was also pulled through a wringer ... sip lemonade on the porch swing after gardening all day. It's more of a crash and burn, hit-the-wall, feel like you're dead or dying exhaustion. I imagine it's the way the coyote feels who not only chased the roadrunner all day but was also pulled through ...

... . When we live in and choose these things we come alive with energy and vitality. When we don't we grow closer to death with each passing day. The rewards for choosing love, joy, and oneness with God are immediate and glorious too. Everything inside ... keeps our strength and zest for living high. Pessimism, despair, complaining, and self-pity all make us feel like we are dead inside, but optimism, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, and merriment all make us feel like we could live forever. When all this is ...

... not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference" And what's the opposite of indifference? It is concern. It's caring. I think most people want to make ... on speaking to the crowd before allowing his gunshot wound to be treated. He told them that he would make this speech or die. He had something to say and there was no canceling. Visibly pallid and sporting a bright red stain on his chest, he ...

... I sat next to the bed of old man, a friend for over twenty years, and held his hand. Hal was dying. We both knew these next few days would be his last. We spent time reminiscing about his long and fruitful career as a ... this way:" Beginning today ," he said," treat everyone you meet as if he or she were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of ...

... had quit, these women took eight-hour shifts with the boy, seeing him through skin grafts, operations, crucial periods in which death almost gained victory, and dull, dragging days of rehabilitation. The boy grew to dislike them, as he innocently thought they caused ... body. His condition was so severe that several doctors gave up and one hospital would not admit him because they thought he would die anyway. His life was saved, however, by eight courageous and committed people – his parents, three nurses and three doctors. ...

... , that one sausage was safe to eat. The other had been poisoned with trichinae, which would cause a slow and lingering death, or at least long invalidism. He informed the prince that he should choose which sausage to eat and said he would eat the ... one. Bismarck reasoned that a man might die with some sort of honor on a dueling field, but never by food poisoning. He sent the message back," His highness has destroyed the sausages and asks that you be his guest at dinner this evening. ...

... of the moment, you ignore the still small voice of God warning you of danger and encouraging you to choose life instead of death. [Youth Talks by Wayne Rice (wayne @uyt.com)-from Keith Todd] Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ... of his patrol car. Spinning a U-turn on the gravel road, he sped off to the hospital, but Sammy was already dead. What the sheriff had discovered was that Sammy had been fishing with baby rattlesnakes. Sammy's deadly bait brought him a good morning's fishing ...

... a need that could not be met by a stamp machine. When Harry Truman was thrust into the U.S. presidency at the death of Franklin Roosevelt, a colleague and friend-Congressman Sam Rayburn of Bonham, Texas-gave Truman some fatherly advice. Rayburn said ... ," the congressman replied," Bonham is a place where people know it when you're sick, and where they care when you die" Rayburn had a need greater than good medical assistance. He needed friends. Someone to ask how his grandchildren were doing. Someone ...

... to Hal's" death-bed" and thought about the fact that I had known him for over twenty years. Hal knew he was dying and that these next few days would be his last. I held his hand. We spent time reminiscing about his long and fruitful ... this way:" Beginning today ," he said," treat everyone you meet as if he or she were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any ...

... the quality of your thoughts. It is much easier to be critical than correct. Feed your faith and doubt will starve to death. It is no crime not to be perfect. If others have messed up, you don't need to remind them. No man ... anyone caught it from you? Be as patient with others as God has been with you. It is better by far to die for something, than to live for nothing. The God who sends you free will also sustain you. It's always darkest before the ...

... Calvary Summary ONE MAN WAS DYING TO SIN ONE MAN WAS DYING IN SIN ONE MAN WAS DYING FOR SIN ONE MAN WAS DYING IN REBELLION ONE MAN WAS DYING IN REPENTANCE ONE MAN WAS DYING IN REDEMPTION ONE MAN LOST HIS LIFE ONE MAN FOUND HIS LIFE ONE MAN GAVE HIS LIFE Addendum-Luke 23: 39-43 (NIV)" 39) One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: 'Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us! ' 40) But the other criminal rebuked him. 'Don't you ...

... like to dabble with sin and play with it despite the fact that it hurts! So we continue to hit a wall in our relationship with Jesus simply to touch that sin one more time. Yet all we're doing is hurting ourselves. Sin always leads to death! Whether it be death in relationships, goals, or even physical death it always leads to death! We don't have time to play games with Jesus. Today is the day to serve Jesus; to come back if we're straying, and to get ourselves back ...

... during the hot Summer months. Now it was ending its life at its most beautiful with its radiant red adding to the glorious painting from God that covers the mountains during Autumn here. I knew too that its work wasn ’ t done yet, because in death it would return to the soil and help God to bring about new life next Spring. My little leaf reminded me too of all the good I can do in my own short life here. If one, red leaf can do so much for this world then ...

... bragged:" I only worry about two things-whether I am sick or well. If I'm well, I have nothing to worry about. And if I'm sick, I've only got two things to worry about-whether I get better or whether I die. If I get better, I have nothing to worry about. And if I die, I've only got two things to worry about-whether I go to heaven or hell. If I go to heaven, I have nothing to worry about. And if ...

... lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived" His hands took mine and we were silent. After a long period, I said," May I ask you another question ?" He replied with a smile." As a Father, what would you ...

... road. The road of unhappiness and regret that makes a sharp turn onto" I had my chance" Highway. It intersects with" It's my lot in life" Road and suddenly comes to a halt at" I can't do it" because it's a dead end" He sat down." I've been there myself many times. I am sorry to say I take a tour of those same places every now and then even today. But I never get as far as the dead end road"" Why ?"" ...

... an adult. During that day it mates, lays eggs and expires. That last day must be absolutely spectacular. Next time you dust your house, you may be interested to know that most of the dust particles you are removing are actually tiny bits of dead skin. Don't even ask how much dead skin has made its way into your favorite pillow. Did you know that the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows? Or that that 80 %of your brain is water? Well, mine anyway. You've heard the expression" ...

... itself with two hunters who were out in the woods when one of them collapsed. He didn't seem to be breathing and his eyes were glazed. The other pulled out his phone and called emergency services. He gasped to the operator:" My friend is dead! What can I do ?" The operator in a calm, soothing voices replied:" Take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead" There was a silence, then a shot was heard. Back on the phone, the ...

... of the most important things we can do for others. And sometimes one of the most difficult. Experts tell us, among other things, to simply say," I'm sorry" or" I love you" They warn us against trying explain away the death or loss; against theologizing or philosophizing about it. Often, the less said, the better, so long as you are present, you care and you listen. American poet Edgar Guest told of a neighbor by the name of Jim Potter. Mr. Potter ...

... too are" miserable comforters". We do not even attain the level of Job's three friends. Teach us to comfort others, as You have comforted us. Empower us by Your Holy Spirit, Your Comforter, whom You made available to us through Your death on the Cross. 2. THE WAYS OF THE COMFORTER A despairing man should have the devotion of his friends, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty. (Job 6: 14, NIV) Job in his affliction called his three friends," ...

... that dumb quote you made me write 20 times one day.` There is no failure except in no longer trying ' Then it suddenly made sense to me. As long as I was alive, I wasn't a failure, but if I allowed myself to die, I would most certainly die a failure. So with my remaining strength, I called for help and started a new life" At the time he had heard the quotation, it was a pebble. When he needed guidance in a moment of crisis, it ...

... , Jesus says, 'LO .I'll be with you always "! Other common fears have kept countless people from enjoying life fully. Some of the greatest fears we share are a fear of becoming incapacitated, a fear of financial ruin, fear of abandonment and fear of death. Fear may be the most powerful enemy of humanity. And it is an enemy all of us are intimately acquainted with. As James Bell writes," Fear is an insidious virus. Given a breeding place in our minds .it will eat away our spirit and ...

... home fast enough to hug their kids. On Monday people picked up McDonalds for dinner. On Tuesday they stayed home. On Monday people were upset that their dry cleaning was not ready on time. On Tuesday they were lining up to give blood for the dying. On Monday politicians argued about budget surpluses. On Tuesday grief stricken they sang 'God Bless America. On Monday we worried about the traffic and getting to work late. On Tuesday we worried about a plane crashing into your house or place of business. On Monday ...

... a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy. Now .go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to. not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round Or listened to rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a ...

... widow Job went bankrupt John the Baptist ate bugs Peter denied Christ The Disciples fell asleep while praying Martha worried about everything The Samaritan woman was divorced-more than once Zaccheus was too small Paul was too religious Timothy had an ulcer... AND Lazarus was dead! No more excuses now. God can use you to your full potential. Besides, you aren't the message-you are the messenger. Dear God, I have a problem-it's me. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts. Growing old is ...

... the dirt, sweat and tears from my face I knew the answer. Because it is worth it. The Love is worth the pain! The Love is ALWAYS worth the pain! We are meant for love. God put us here to love. If death and pain are part of the price we must pay for that love, then I will pay it. Love is what makes life worth living. And love transcends even death. As I walked out of the woods I pictured Harley young and healthy again. I ...

... And It Came To Pass As I stared out the rear window of the bus, I thought, 'What if I die? This may be my last night ever! ' My son suggested we take an all-night bus through the Peruvian Andes down to the coast. I was prepared to be driven over high mountain passes and on winding roads. We live in the Rocky Mountains of western United States. But I was not prepared for roads so narrow that the bus had to stop and let on-coming traffic around; or the ...

... gives me a hint of what Paradise itself must be like. It really amazes me then that the phrase" the Autumn of our lives" is always said with such fear. The very mention of it stirs up images of aging, illness, and approaching death. I guess so many are afraid of that last leaf falling that they fail to see the beautiful Spring that awaits them. I think the Autumn of your life should instead be embraced with joy. It should be the peak of a beautiful, colorful, and ...

... Say," AWE" Albert Einstein said that wonder is the source of all true art and all science." He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed" During our recent visit to Peru, we were amazed at the magnificent Incan architecture. Their precise stonework has withstood the centuries, though earthquakes have toppled other buildings all around. We were enthralled by the terraces the Incan people built on ...

... at bedtime. Every evening they knelt together and asked for strength to fight one more round. They often wondered why they remained together. One night, while kneeling, she said to him," Why don't we just ask God to strike one of us dead tonight, then this marriage would have peace at last .and I could go live with my sister" All relationships experience conflict. Marriages, friendships, parents and children. But too many unfortunate souls, like this couple, seem to be unable to resolve their differences ...

... say many of these Psalms from a first person perspective, driving home the point that these are not just community truths, they are personal realities as well." The Lord is MY shepherd. he leads ME. even though I walk through the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. .your rod and your staff comfort ME"" Your hand will guide ME, your right hand will hold Me fast. you created MY inmost being; you knit Me together in MY mother's womb. Search ME, O God ...

... But, how do SAHMs mourn? Unless they have lost a child or a spouse or someone else dear to them during their time as a SAHM, can this beatitude apply? Certainly! We know from psychologists that certain life events are stressors. Marriage, death in the family, divorce, moving and job changes are all at the top of the stressor list. Wait a minute-" job changes "??? What bigger job change is there for a woman that to go from a" working" woman to a SAHM? ...

... myself into a mad frenzy looking for someone to fill a void I thought I couldn't satisfy on my own. Someone, anyone with a pulse would do. Over the years, I dated quite a few guys I liked-I was even engaged once but" till death do we part" seemed a very long time. I always ended up alone again. So holidays, especially with the Aunt Nells of the family, can weaken my confidence, leaving me a little bereft. One day, noting my frustration surrounding the holidays, ...

... to manage the mountain lion population" and because it didn't" react to reports of cougar activity in the area by posting warning signs" But an interesting thing happened. Her distraught husband felt it was wrong to blame the state or anyone else for his wife's death, even though he stood to possibly win a small fortune. Against her family's wishes, he dropped the law suit." Barbara and I have always taken responsibility for our own actions ," he explained." Barbara chose to run in the wild and, on ...

... of course the warranty just ran out. For the first time ever, my main computer crashed. My repair man called me and said, I have good news and bad news"" Tell me the bad news ," I said." Your computer is dead"" what's the good news ?" I asked." You can go shopping. I love to shop ," he said. I do, too when I have the money. Major car repairs, a computer crash, increased health concerns .I won't ask," ...

... around it was the last straw. Butterflies had always been special to me. My Mom had loved their simple beauty and delicate grace. Seeing them always reminded me too of her own lovely and loving spirit. Now I was going to have to peel a dead one off my car. After I stopped I walked sadly around to the antenna. I reached over, gently touched the tip of the butterfly ’ s wing, and lifted it away from the antenna. Suddenly, to my utter delight the butterfly moved. It ...

... Someone Else Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else. Someone's passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list," Let Someone Else do it" Whenever ...

... as to please a heavenly audience. One ’ s legacy is found not in things that matter least but in people who matter most. The generation into which I am born is my calling and it beckons me to be fully engaged. When Jesus paused while dying on the cross to make certain his mother was cared for, he showed how to prioritize family amidst ministry. Sermons can inspire but it is love in action that makes the most profound impact. As I look to the next generation of ministers I am keenly aware ...

... experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation you are ahead of 500 million people in the world. If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death .you are more blessed than three billion people in the world. If your parents are still alive and still married. you are very rare,. If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful. you are blessed because the ...

... . Thanks for everyone of those homemade, Italian dinners over the years. They were food for both the stomach and the soul. Thanks for all those bags of groceries you brought me that got me through college. Thanks too for always bringing my old, dead cars back to life with your miracle mechanic work. You kept me driving instead of walking. Thanks Dad for always encouraging me and supporting my choices even when I made the wrong ones. Thanks for always being there to talk to when I had problems and pain ...

... TEACHER Many years ago I had a teacher whose husband unexpectedly died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there. With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said," Before class is over, I would like to share ...

... the sweet fragrance of a thousand roses. Loved ones who have passed on, having given their lives to you, having stayed in bloom through a life time of eternal Spring, are like these Lilacs. Although my heart is saddened having discovered that they are dying, I will not remember them that way. I will forever see a thousand blooms each time I think of them. In the coldest, darkest days of the winter of my life, the memory of them will get me through it all. Even the slightest ...

... to dinner. As he was walking back, he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch that day grandma said," Sally, let's wash the dishes" But Sally said," Grandma, Johnny told me he ...

... Micah 6: 8) e X hausted? Take Vitamin X." Exercise thyself rather unto godliness" (1 Timothy 4: 7) Y earning for hope? Take Vitamin Y." Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you art with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me" (Psalm 23: 4) Z apped? Take Vitamin Z." Zealous for good deeds" (Titus 2: 14) [Author ...

... usually some good in every problem. Look for it. Second, I was thankful I was able to work. I had good health and the fresh air probably did me more good than a typical sedentary day. Be thankful you can solve problems! Only dead people are without difficulties. I was also thankful that the snow was temporary. Problems may come, but it helps to remember that they almost always pass, too. Months from now your problem may be no more than a distant memory. Finally, I was ...

... Never be afraid to say those three magic words:" I Love You" Never let an opportunity pass to praise someone. Always leave someone you love with a loving word-it could be the last time you see them! If you were about to die but could make telephone calls to the people you loved, who would you call, what would you say and. why are you waiting? The seventh secret? the power of COMMITMENT. If you want to have love in abundance, you must be committed to ...

... an easy one. In my 45 years I have had to deal with sickness, injuries, accidents, and pain. I have had to deal with years of poverty and financial struggles. I have had to deal with my sons ’ mental handicaps, the death of loved ones, and being separated from those I love. I have had to deal with anger, betrayal, confusion, depression and at times even despair. Like so many before me I have asked the question: Why do bad things happen to good people ...

... . He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me: Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy ...

... " Bent"" But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners" Romans 5: 8 (NLT) Matchbox 20 had a hit song called" Bent" Radio stations still play it, just not quite as much. In this particular song, Rob Thomas-the lead singer and songwriter for the band-manages to capture the emotion behind what seems to be a universal problem. Here are a few lines: If I fall along the way Pick me ...

... you give to others the more God gives to you. The more you shower others with your love, the more God showers your soul with His. If you wish then by all means sign an organ donor card so you can give something back after you die, but don ’ t be afraid to also give something now while you are still alive. Be a donor. Make your entire life here a gift to others. Donate all those wonderful things inside of you to make this world a better and brighter place. ...

... can hear My still, small voice. I don't like to shout. Leave the world a better place by living your life with dignity and gracefulness, for you are My own child. Hold back nothing from life, for the parts of you that can die surely will, and the parts that can't, won't. So don't worry, be happy. (I stole that last line from Bobby McFerrin, but Who gave it to him in the first place ?) Simple stuff now. Why do you keep making it so ...

... meaning of love. In an attempt to find love I joined a motorcycle club and became a drug-addict, biker chick, and strip dancer. I had two obsessions in life-to find love, and to hate my father. When I learned he was dying, I told my mother that I would spit on his grave and laugh at him in hell. I developed panic attacks. A neighbor took me to church with her. I sat there in my biker garb and heard about Jesus ' love for me. The ...

... same time struggling to hold the tears back in my eyes. I remember almost going off the road twice as I blinked back the salty water that was burning my eyes and blurring my vision. My hands shook, my heart hurt, and my soul felt dead. Finally I could do it no longer. I stopped, pulled over, lay my head on the steering wheel, and cried. I cried until the tears couldn ’ t fall anymore. I cried until the pain that I was holding onto so strongly finally ...

... we could run through the rain and not get wet ?"" Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said," If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything !" The entire crowd stopped dead silent, the sound of the rain was nearly deafening. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off and scold her for ...

... and not your smile, you didn't smile enough. The surest way to make yourself happy is to make someone else happy. Be smarter than people. just don't tell them so. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again." Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condem not ...

... 19 Horses One rich man owned 19 horses when he died. In his last will and testament he had written that upon his death, half the horses he owned should go to his only son; one fourth to the village temple and one fifth to the faithful servant. The village elders could not stop scratching their heads. How can they give half of the 19 horses to the son? You cannot cut up a horse. They puzzled over this dilemma for more than two weeks and then decided to send for a ...

... take in the wonder all around them. It is a special time when the whole world seems to come back to life again. Watching the rebirth of the Earth again this Spring has made me think of all the times in my own life when I felt dead inside only to be reborn. There have been moments of pain, purposelessness, and pride when I felt all the zest for life draining out of me. There have been times of despair, depression, and desperation when I never thought I would feel alive again ...

... , and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and ...

... Reach Up" Ye, though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil" The journey each of us walks is not always a meadow full of flowers. Sometimes it is a journey up a mountain, loose rocks and steep inclines. We so often loose sight of the beautiful scenery because of our attempts to hold on. We have to struggle with many things in this world that makes us feel alone. Arthritis grips us tight and wrenches pain from within. Diabetes cuts our feelings ...

... deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.~George Eliot Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution.~Kahil Gibran Let us be kinder to one another.~Aldous Huxley (on his death bed) When strangers start acting like neighbors communities are reinvigorated.~Ralph Nadar It is better to give and receive.~Bernard Gunther No joy can equal the joy of serving others.~Sai Baba Shall we make a new role of life from tonight? ...

... , often a major financial challenge, and invariably a drastic personal esteem change, isolation, adjustment and struggle. This beatitude, of course, refers to the fact, that we as Christians are fully aware of the mercy shown to us by God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And, because we are aware of this and are grateful for this, we seek to show mercy to others. As SAHMs, we have made the conscious decision to show this mercy first and foremost in our own homes with our own ...

... followed it. After that was the dream of raising a family. Then there was retiring and finally enjoying my life. Each dream postponed my happiness a little further down the road. Finally I realized that if I kept going this way, I would be dead before I was happy. That is when I came to see that it would be a lot better to be happy now than to live with this disease. Life I knew would always have fresh problems and frustrations, but I thought it would be a lot better ...

... her hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday School class. The child was 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 ...

... fulfill God's redemption plan. Can we know of the depth of Christ's suffering? Can we fathom His anguish and pain? 'Twas for us He was tortured, forsaken, Went to Hell, then ascended again. What if Jesus had failed in His mission To die for the sins of all men? There would not be a reason for Easter. There'd be nothing to celebrate then. While we celebrate this Easter season, Keep in mind this wee bit of advice: Let's take time on this happy occasion To thank God for ...

... in the hospital live too far, are too ill, or have no support from family or friends. About 1 / 2 of the cancer wing was deserted. We visited the staff and gave them candy and our little Christmas canes, then we visited the dying and ill. How can one describe being humbled? The patients asked for our prayers. We visited with every patient in the wing. We left the patients with a smile. When we left the hospital, we had nothing else left to give, but we ...

... was full of love. A person who didn ’ t own dogs once asked me why I would put myself through such pain. Why would I bring dogs into my home knowing that eight, ten, or fifteen years later I would be losing them to death? I couldn ’ t answer him at the time, but looking back on Buddy ’ s years with us I think I can now. A dog ’ s love is unconditional. It is pure. It is strong. It is blessed. It gives us ...

... energy is low their love is still high. They are Heavenly persons. They care, they laugh, and they smile even through the worst pains and challenges. They face life without fear. They share love with no thought of reward. And they meet death with a faith and peace that passes all understanding. They give all their days here to bring Heaven closer to Earth. They spend their whole lives showing the rest of us how to live in love and oneness with God. The good news is that whether you ...

... far as the general public was concerned, was the entire purpose of his life. None of his true intentions surfaced. Nothing was said about his work to break down the barriers that separated persons and ideas. He was, quite simply, a merchant of death, and for that alone would he be remembered. Alfred read the obituary with horror. He felt that the world must know the true meaning and purpose of his life. He resolved to do this through his last will and testament. The final disposition of his ...

... must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep. A vet is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket-palsied now and aggravatingly slow-who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come. A vet is an ordinary and yet extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, ...

... . He climbed into his own vehicle and sped off for help. The mother, who hadn't walked in months, realized that her son's groans were growing fainter and she knew that it would be up to her to save the boy. She sensed he was dying and that she had to act immediately. She rose to her feet and walked on shaky legs to the car. Bracing herself, she lifted. The car rose a few inches – just enough to let the boy scramble free. Then she collapsed. After a ...

... has victory that is full and eternal. Some days, victory is hidden beneath a vail of pain or sorrow just as it was that first Easter. But, when I look at the tomb and realize that the very same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in me (Eph 1: 18-20 ), victory becomes a tangible hook on which to hang my hat. The day-to-day battles may be won or lost, but by visiting the tomb I can't deny that I am, and forever will be, victorious ...

... sound too Pollyanna, but I agree with newscaster Paul Harvey when he said that he has never seen a monument erected for a pessimist. A stubbornly positive attitude can often make the difference between happiness and misery, between health and illness and even between life and death. Viktor Frankl would have agreed. Dr. Frankl chronicled his experiences as a Holocaust and concentration camp survivor in his book MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING. In it he asserts something really quite remarkable. He says that everything can be taken from a person except one thing ...

... a chance at wholeness. You have a chance at meaningful relationships and, though you may not believe it, at happiness. Are you a prisoner of circumstances. stuck and helpless, or a practitioner of hope? It can be a difference between life and death.~Steve Goodier~[ by: Steve Goodier-Copyright 2010-from Steve Goodier (LifeSupport @yahoogroups.com)] Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... love their neighbor as themselves ," no society could survive and no great cause could prevail. The truth is that nobody is a nobody in God's eyes. Everybody is a somebody. In fact, everybody is a somebody special. God wouldn't send His Son to die for a bunch of nobodies. Neither would he entrust a mission so great to nobodies. We are all somebody special. In the church that I pastor there is a plaque that someone donated. I often read it when I think I am the" World's Greatest ...

... in the day with the smiling, good Samaritan I was later in the afternoon? The answer is simple. I am still a work in progress. In truth, we are all works in progress from the second of our birth to the moment of our death. We are here to learn to love, to grow in love, to share our love, and to become one with our Heavenly Father ’ s love. It may seem simple but it isn ’ t always easy. It takes a lifetime too. That ...

... have lost, very often find their prayers answered. Their prayers helped them tap hidden reserves of faith and courage that were not available to them before" Like you, I know what it is to be afraid. I'm afraid of accidental injury, dismemberment or death. I've been afraid of a pending medical diagnosis. There must be a million different faces to the fears of life. I'm tempted at these times to hope for, and pray for, a way to avoid the danger ahead. I want to be safe, ...

... our good. He ’ s preparing a place just for us. He ’ s promised to come back for us. We, more than all others, have the greatest reason to bubble over with this most joyous anticipation. It is because of the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus ’ that we have been given yet another wonderful gift from the hand of God Himself. That gift is hope.-Glenn A. Hascall-[ by: Glenn A. Hascall Copyright 2004 (cmi @prairieweb.com)-submitted by Glenn ...

... known as the greatest hockey player of all time. Gretzky is not particularly big for his sport-he stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs in at 170 pounds. He never skated particularly fast, his shot was not high-powered and he often placed dead last on regular strength tests administered to his team. So what made" The Great One" so great? He was ready. Gretzky attributes his stardom to practice and preparation. He practiced stick handling in the off-season with a tennis ball, as the ball was ...

... tiny rosebud, A flower of God's design; But I cannot unfold the petals With these clumsy hands of mine. The secret of unfolding flowers Is not known to such as I. GOD opens this flower so sweetly, When in my hands they fade and die. If I cannot unfold a rosebud, This flower of God's design, Then how can I think I have wisdom To unfold this life of mine? So I'll trust in Him for His leading Each moment of every day. I will look to Him for His ...

... knowledge of the One who created me, that I was and will be no longer the ugly duckling but the beautiful swan. The new spiritual self make me special in God's sight. I can be beautiful because of what the Lord has done for me. Dying, rising again, and He will be coming back for me if I don't go to Him before He comes back. How beautiful the swans were and how beautiful God's Word is. Now I can honestly say," Thank you Father for creating me"" ...

... home in which I live is what I am most concerned about. I hope that the same is true for you. I hope that you always strive to keep your soul bright, beautiful, and full of God ’ s love and light. Remember when die you will leave your house behind, but you will take your home with you.~Joseph J. Mazzella~You can get Joseph Mazzella's book," WALKING THE PATH OF LOVE ," at www.amazon.com [by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright 2012 (joecool @ ...

... you watch your child disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the first time? Is it the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a school-shooting, a fire, a car accident, a baby dying? I think so. This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the mothers who wanted to but just couldn't. This is for reading" Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a ...

... by anxiousness, there's a simple diagnosis. You are suffering from stress. You are taxed by unmet deadlines. You are driven by demands. You're a mess of frayed emotions like some stretch-out rubber bands. It's a low-grade chronic sickness that will leave you nearly dead, if you don't address the symptoms. First of all, go straight to bed. When you wake up, eat your breakfast. Spend some time with God in prayer. Let the Lord review your date book. Offer up your angst and cares. Take ...

... . Time can break your heart, have you begging please. Beyond the door there's peace I'm sure, And I know there'll be no more tears in heaven" These lyrics were penned in response to tragedy, when guitarist Eric Clapton's son Conor fell to his death from a New York high-rise window. The music helped him heal. In 1994 the city of Sarajevo was daily under siege. Mortars and artillery fire instantly transformed once beautiful buildings into rubble. Sarajevo's citizens were frightened, weary and increasingly despondent. Then, one February ...

... Anger is just one letter short of danger-it seems to be as true in English as well as in practice. Dr. Bedford Williams at Duke University has determined that students who score high on a" hostility test" are in far greater danger of dying young than their peers. In fact, those who are prone to anger are in greater physical danger than those who smoke, have high blood pressure or even high cholesterol. Not that we should never be angry. It is a normal part of life. We ...

... home smelling of sweat and sawdust and collapse on the couch. One evening I felt like I could take it no more. I cried out to God as I drove home alone." Why God ?", I said." Why am I working myself to death here just to survive? Why couldn ’ t I find a better job than this? Why am I having to go through this right now ?" I wasn ’ t really expecting an answer, but God loves to surprise us. As I struggled up the steps ...

... doubt it was a breath from God protecting them both. But the awesomeness of this miracle is that she never knew. As we continued back to work, I wondered how God often acts in our lives without our being aware. The difference between life and death can very well be a little thing. Comment: Miracles often blow unseen through our lives. [Author Unknown-from Douglas B. Boebinger] Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... 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 of an even greater life after this one. There is renewal, youth, and growing up. There is hugs, kisses, joy, and laughter. There is family, caring, and sharing. There is wonderful togetherness. ...

... fear, literally or figuratively, allowed him to subdue it. We each have our nights of fear, don't we? We all encounter monsters of some sort. We may fear spiders or insects, heights or crowds, abandonment or loneliness, the future or death. And most of us are occasionally visited by shadows of these monsters in the dark of night. The next time you're afraid, try" hugging the monster" Face it and embrace it. It's hard to feel afraid of something you're hugging! And you just ...

... Have you obeyed them? but we have always searched after vain pleasures to make us happy, Yet they don't always feed our souls, do they? And we become tired of defending them. How else could the story end? The monkey might be found dead of hunger, under a beautiful tree, with fruit within reach, but still grasping his wooden apples. I chose to end it with him letting go, because only with open hands can we receive anything, Ask God & He will give you more greater riches ...

... of birds earlier this Spring on my Dad ’ s porch across the road had started a second nest in this Maple tree. Looking up I saw the nest high in the branches. The baby bird had taken quite a fall and I was sure it was dead. I reached down to pick it up when suddenly it moved. Its bald head with still closed eyes was stretching from side to side looking for its Mother. Amazed at this miracle, I pondered what to do. I knew that my Dad had a ladder ...

... Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group. Final Truth-If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, protect one another and sometimes make new friends who seem ...

... I could feel my own soul awakening to Heaven ’ s joy and my own heart filling with God ’ s love. It truly was a perfect moment. Sometimes we all go through the harshness of Winter in our lives. Sometimes we all feel cold, dead, and quiet inside. Sometimes we all wonder where the music has gone. It is then, however, that we need to tell the little bird in our souls to sing once again. It is then that we need to ask God to fill us with ...

... head? You'd better slow down; don't dance so fast; time is short-the music won't last. Ever told your child we'll do it tomorrow and in your haste, not see his or her sorrow? Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die 'cause you never had time to call and say hi? When you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss half the fun of getting there. When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift .thrown away. You'd better slow ...

... The road was clear. I slowly started to make a right turn when suddenly a car rounded a curve at high speed and came straight at me. I stomped on the breaks of my car killing the engine in the process. The speeder zoomed past my dead car without even slowing down missing me by inches. Before I knew it a stream of profanity was flying from my lips, chasing after the car and its driver. I then looked over to my son who was staring up at me innocently. With a red ...

... one of His. Bible students recall how the Lord fed Israel with manna -the original angel food -six days a week for forty years during Israel's wilderness wanderings. God's people received a lasting illustration of the sufficiency of the Lord for every day. The movie" Dead Poets Society" introduced the Latin expression" carpe diem" to most of us." Seize the day" became the watchword for everyone committed to making the most of each moment. Once we realize that life is a gift from a good God, and not ...

... of love are not taught often enough, the power is too often abused. When you enter someone's life, whether by plan, chance or coincidence, consider what your lesson will be. Will you teach love or a harsh lesson of reality? When you die, will your life have resulted in more loving or more hurting? More comfort or more pain? More joy or more sadness? Each one of us has the power over the balance of the love in the world. Use it wisely !" Don't miss an opportunity ...

... still have hope. If receiving an unexpected card or letter still brings a pleasant surprise, then you still have hope. If the suffering of others still fills you with pain and frustration, then you still have hope. If you refuse to let a friendship die, or accept that it must end, then you still have hope. If you look forward to a time or place of quiet and reflection, then you still have hope. If you still buy the ornaments, put up the Christmas tree or cook the turkey ...

... I don't mind, when I think with a grin, Of all the places my get-up has been. I get up each morning and dust off my wits, Pick up the paper and read the obits. If my name is missing, I'm therefore not dead, So I eat a good breakfast and jump back into bed. The moral of this as the tale unfolds, Is that for you and me, who are growing old. It is better to say" I'm fine" with a grin, Than to let ...

... off discouraged and hide your face? Nobody but you. You are the one who has done it all-Deserted your castles and let'em fall, Smothered the spark of ambition fire. Shut off the current and cut the wire. How do you know the die is cast? How do you know when the crowd goes past Who'll be the leader, and who'll be the last? How do you know? Life is not merely a game of chance, And you're not the victim of circumstance. Nothing too hard for a ...

... ," The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead" I love science, and I want to learn as much as I can. But as I do, I still want to wonder and stand rapt in awe before the splendor of life and the universe. This is a place of holy curiosity; a place ...

... But before he could think much about it she said," He died" Compolo felt terrible. But she continued," Don't feel bad. When he came into that church that Sunday he was filled with anger. He knew he was going to be dead in a short period of time, and he hated God. He was 58 years old, and he wanted to see his children and grandchildren grow up. He was angry that this all-powerful God didn't take away his sickness and heal him. He would lie in ...

... smiled as he ran around me and barked in pure happiness. It was so good to see him again. It filled my heart with love. It made my soul dance with joy. It helped my mind to see clearly once again that there is no death and that life and love go on forever. After I woke up I stayed awake for a long time remembering every moment of this dream. I knew that it was more than just the longings of my heart. I knew that it was my old friend ’ ...

... you to simply name a favorite celebrity. There is a difference. Do you know a hero? I think perhaps you do. Heroes, you see, can be found in some of the most unexpected places. I knew a young mother who was slowly dying of cancer, yet she put aside her pain long enough every day to smile and laugh with her children. She tried hard every day to bring sunshine into the gloomy hospital room when her family was present. And I watched her husband fill the roles of single ...

... friend, my child is still warm" When they got to the hospital, the young girl was gone." This is a terrible task for me ," the distraught man said to the reporter." I must go tell her father that his child is dead. He will be heartbroken" The reporter was amazed. He looked at the grieving man and said," I thought she was YOUR child" The man replied," No, but aren't they all our children ?" I think that is one of the great ...

... that embracing his fear, literally or figuratively, allowed him to subdue it. We each have our nights of fear. We each encounter monsters of some sort. We may fear spiders or insects, heights or crowds, abandonment or loneliness, the future or death. And most of us are occasionally visited by shadows of these monsters in the dark of night. The next time you're afraid, try" hugging the monster" Face that fear head-on, whatever it is, and embrace it. You may be surprised at how ...

... have been done to the family car. Parents worry because they know bad things can and sometimes do happen to kids. It's something that most kids haven't clued into. Every kid in the world thinks he is almost immortal, if not actually too cool to die. My daughter naively thinks that she can take care of herself. I tell her that the only reason she believes this is that she isn't familiar with some of the truly evil things lurking out there in the dark. I never tell her that the reason I ...

... voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself. I choose self-control. I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be ...

... Blvd. From there, make a Right turn on Gospel Lane. Keep Straight and then make another Right on Prayer Road. As you go on your way, Yield Not to the traffic on Temptation Ave. Also, avoid SIN Street because it is a DEAD END. Pass up Envy Drive, and Hate Avenue. Also, pass Hypocrisy Street, Gossiping Lane, and Backbiting Blvd. However, you have to go down Long-suffering Lane, Persecution Blvd. and Trials and Tribulations Ave. But that's all right, because VICTORY ...

... for granted that I'd understand That you couldn't bother to come hold my hand. Well, now I've passed on. It's too late, my friend. Your teardrops and flowers will not make amends. I can't see your bouquets, folks, now that I'm dead. I won't see the gravestone that's placed at my head. I can't hear the eulogy the preacher is saying. I won't know the cost for my funeral they're paying. I don't care at all who shows up at my grave. It won't make a difference ...

... ," I want to be remembered as somebody who lived life fully and with passion. I've been asked to write my epitaph and I have always thought that the perfect one for my tombstone would be, 'Here lies Leo who died living" I want to die living. And I want to be remembered as one who lived with purpose, joy and verve. I want to spend my time learning what goes into a whole and happy life, then building that life the best I can. Sociologist Tony Campolo told about a ...

... Disguised Blessings There is a place where modern technological conveniences go to die. My place. During the past week alone we have sent our van's fuel pump to the automotive afterlife, our washing machine to laundry Valhalla and our home computer through those big Windows in the sky. They join the lifeless metallic bodies of our dishwasher, our microwave oven and our food processor, all of which have given up the electronic ghost during the last few months. If there were laws against appliance abuse, I'd be public enemy number one ...

... researchers are discovering what many people have known all along-that getting healthy is about more than medicine and treatment. It also involves a healthy outlook on life. Various studies have validated the mind / body connection. Cancer is often diagnosed within months of the death of one's spouse. People who are cynical or angry have been shown to be more prone to heart attacks than those with a more positive outlook. And former Saturday Evening Post editor Norman Cousins has demonstrated for years how humor, laughter and hope can aid the healing ...

... too seriously. Newspapers reported that Dutch police arrested a man in the town of Rosendaal. They found him in possession of 186 false papers, including 29 Nigerian passports, 30 British passports, 74 Dutch work permits, 12 British driving licenses, 18 birth or death certificates, 2 British student cards, an international driving license and 20 forged checks. Once he was in custody, they still had a problem. They weren't sure who he was. I have no regrets that I'm not someone else. But that doesn't mean I've ...

... are beyond redemption. God is able to turn your mess into a miracle. I hope the following story will minister to you if you are having trouble forgiving yourself, or feel as if God will never forgive you of your past mistakes. A woman is dying of Aids. A minister is summoned. He attempts to comfort her, but to no avail." I am lost ," she said." I have ruined my life and every life around me. Now I'm going painfully to hell. There is no hope ...

... came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8: 31 And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5: 18-19 Jesus died so that I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5: 18-19 His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. I John 4: 10 I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8: 38-39 Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15: 7 I ...

... I am for you, not against you. Romans 8: 31 And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Co 5: 18, 19 Jesus died so that we could be reconciled. 2 Cor 5: 18, 19 His death was my ultimate expression of love for you. 1 John 4: 10 I gave up everything that I loved to gain your love. Romans 8: 31, 32 If you receive the gift of my Son you receive me. 1 John 2: 23 And ...

... a work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said," I'm not going to do anymore" I began to see garbage trucks. Like in the movie" The Sixth Sense ," the little boy said," I see Dead People" Well, now" I see Garbage Trucks" I see the load they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I don't make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well ...

... husband." Sidney thought of everything ," she said." Just before he died, he called me to his bedside. He handed me three envelopes. 'I have put all my last wishes in these three envelopes, ' he said. 'After I am dead, please open them and do exactly as I have instructed. Then I can rest in peace" She explained the contents of the envelopes." The first envelope contained $5, 000 with a note: 'Use this money to buy a nice casket ' So ...

... his heart the most deeply, though, and I am happy that he was able to end his work on Earth here. He did the very best work he could every single day. Even though his body aged, wore down, and finally surrendered to death, his spirit never did. Father Ed may have left us now, but his work goes on. The work we do for the love of God never ends, but thankfully God ’ s love for us never ends either. God ’ s love not only ...

... am certain the right words do not even exist. Like when I'm trying to say something hopeful or comforting in a particularly frightening situation. More than once I have been called to a hospital emergency room or to be with a family surrounding the bed of a dying relative. And more than once I've been at a loss for words. What is the right thing to say at a time like that? What can I say that doesn't sound hollow or trite or like I'm just not in touch with the feelings of others who ...

... another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk revealing your true self. To place you ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk rejection. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk disappointment. To try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. Those who risk nothing, do nothing, have nothing, and become nothing. They may avoid ...

... , room to keep growing. To say," I've been converted and that's that ," is to say you have decided to quit growing. If life is about anything, it is about growing. The day I quit changing and learning is the day I die. I like the old southern American slave's prayer:" I ain't what I ought to be and I ain't what I'm agoin ' to be. But I give thanks that I ain't what I used to be" Change, for him, has been a good ...

... will always be based on a forgotten past, you can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying. [Author Unknown-from 'Aiken Drum ' (Aiken @AikensLaughs.com)] Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. Work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, And dance like no one's watching ...

... endured. Of course, no one would have remembered him either. Abraham Lincoln achieved greatness by his display of wisdom and character during the devastation of the Civil War. Luther translated the Bible while enduring confinement in the Castle of Wartburg. Under a sentence of death and during twenty years in exile, Dante wrote the Divine Comedy. John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim's Progress in a Bedford jail. Finally, consider a more recent example. Mary Groda-Lewis endured sixteen years of illiteracy because of unrecognized dyslexia, was committed to a reformatory on two ...

... 13 call John 15 call Psalm 126 call Psalm 19 call Psalm 34: 7 call Psalm 121: 3 call Mark 8: 35 call Psalm 145: 18 All lines to Heaven open 24 hours a day! Feed your faith, and doubt will starve to death! [Author Unknown-from 'E-Mail Ministry ' (emailministry @emailministry.org)] Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... on the inside comes out. If you are full of sour grapes then you will give the world vinegar. If you are full of good fruits then you will give the world orange juice. Maybe my good fruits are finally ripening while my sour grapes are dying on the vine. Maybe I am finally gardening my soul the way that God wants me to. One thing I do know, however, is that the more you fill your heart, soul, and mind with love and thankfulness the less room there is for ...

... must also express it. What good are our affectionate feelings toward others if we don't find ways to let them know? George William Childs put it like this:" Do not keep the alabaster box of your love and friendship sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier. The kind things you mean to say when they are gone, say before they go" Happiness. may be ...

... Feeling More Thankful A man lay in a hospital bed worried about whether he would live or die. He called his pastor to come pray for him. He told her that if he got well, he'd donate $20, 000 to the church. The pastor prayed and the man eventually DID get well and returned home. But no check came to the church. So the pastor paid him a visit." I see you're doing quite well now ," she observed." I was just wondering about the promise you ...

... . Work & Finance: I like to work hard, pay my way and help others where possible. Spiritual Life: When I am spiritually centered and at peace, I can handle most things. Service to Others: A lake with no outlet becomes a dead sea. It's true with people, too. Mind and Body: Exercising my body as well as my mind helps them both work better. Attitude Adjustments: I really can control my outlook and attitudes. Emotions: I can also control my reactions, including anger ...

... those mornings, the aroma prompted her to say," Much obliged, Lord, for the coffee. And much obliged, too, for the smell of it !" Young Fulton grew up and left home. One day he received a message that Anna was dying. He returned home and found her in bed with her hands folded over her white sheets, just as he had seen them folded in prayer over her white apron at the kitchen table so many times before. He wondered what she could give thanks for at a ...

... Mushrooms I never liked mushrooms when I was a boy. There seemed something strange about them. They grew in clumps of dead leaves, on rotting tree trunks, and in moldy basements. Their white, fleshy texture seemed almost ghostly as well. In addition, I had been warned a hundred times not to eat any wild ones because they might be poisonous. This didn ’ t put me in a mood to taste them then when I saw my Grandma getting ready to put them on a pizza one day. I ...

... mother and me. Taking on many more responsibilities than was expected of him, I remember he made sure the trash was taken out, and the yard mowed. He did this on his own, without being told to do so. Because of my father's death, my mother was forced to get a full time job. My brother took it upon himself, to get up early every morning. He would get me up for school, and make me breakfast. While I was eating he would lay out my clothes, ...

... . “ The Great One ,” as he is often called, is not particularly big – he stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed about 170 pounds during his career. He never skated particularly fast, his shot was not high-powered and he often placed dead last on regular strength tests administered to his team. So what made him so great? Gretzky attributes his stardom to practice and preparation. He practiced stick handling in the off-season with a tennis ball, as the ball was harder to control than a puck. In ...

... Moonpie Over the last few months I have once again been reminded of two things: God has a sense of humor and God knows how to heal a hurting heart. It all started a few weeks after the death of our beloved dog, Harley. At the time I was 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 ...

... . I also remember all those boxes of food you and Dad would bring to me when I was in college. You always kept my stomach full and my mind hungry. Mom, I remember you teaching me to drive even though I nearly scared you to death when I got behind the wheel. You taught me well and never gave up, even when it cost you a scratched bumper and a few more gray hairs. Mom, I remember you crying with joy the first time I ever wrote something about how much you ...

... handle it. It may give us a few more tears, but God makes sure that most of them are ones of joy, compassion, and kindness. It is far better to have wet eyes and a warm, loving heart than dry eyes and be dead on the inside. Don ’ t be scared to let your eyes go moist then. Those tears will clear your vision to see God ’ s spirit in everyone you meet. Those tears will open your heart to all the love that God wants to bless you ...

... the doctor and to Church. She helps in her community in countless ways. And she does it all with a joyful smile on her face. Her faith and love for God are amazing too. She has lost brothers, sisters, and her husband to death. She has watched her friends, children, and grandchildren deal with health problems. She has faced health difficulties in her own life as well. Through it all, however, her belief in God ’ s love and care have never wavered. When I called ...

... My Nanny There is an old Cherokee expression that goes," When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice" Well, I know one Italian lady who lived up to that Cherokee saying. My grandmother or Nana came into this world in Italy right after the turn of the 20th century. In 1914 when she was only 8 years old her family braved German U-boat attacks to travel to America. There she grew up, ...

... house today as I walked through the melting snow. It seemed so strange to see how the trees looked in the middle of winter. Their black, gray, and brown trunks were twisted, wet, and gnarled. They were full of chipped bark and dead limbs. They seemed almost ugly and as far from perfect as you could get. Still, I knew that in just a few months they would be alive again with bright, green leaves and in a few months after that they would be full of beautiful colors ...

... No One To Phone One afternoon after the death of her grandfather, Carol lay huddled on her bed, sobbing forlornly. Her mother sat beside her and asked," What's the matter, honey ?"" I miss my grandpa, and I miss talking to him about my problems ," the girl said." I know, dear ," sympathized her mother." I miss him too. But can't you talk to me ?" Carol shook her head vehemently." Why not ?" her mother persisted." Because you're what ...

... not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Isaiah 57: ...

... ? It's good to accept ourselves as we are, but when an unhealthy attitude or a destructive behavior gets in the way, when we wish we could change something about ourselves, we had better change. People who embrace change thrive; those who resist it die. If you have been waiting for a sign to make that needed change, this may be it. I am convinced that it is never too late to be the person you might have been. It's never too late to be happy. It's never too late ...

... , most glorious, and most loving time of your life. The longest life here is still very short indeed. Do all you can then to live it in laughter, love, happiness, joy, goodness, and oneness with God. Then when you die and get to see God ’ s smiling face you will know that your next billion years will be your best billion years.~Joseph J. Mazzella~[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella (joecool @wirefire.com)-{ used with permission}] Inspirational ...

... have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people around the world. If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest or torture of death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world. If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 %of this world. If you ...

... Meanings Standing for what you believe in, Regardless of the odds against you, and the pressure that tears at your resistance,. means courage. Keeping a smile on your face, When inside you feel like dying, For the sake of supporting others,. means strength. Stopping at nothing, And doing what's in your heart, You know is right,. means determination. Doing more than is expected, To make another's life a little more bearable, Without uttering a single complaint,. means compassion. Helping ...

... ," His second grade teacher wrote," Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle" His third grade teacher wrote," His mother's death had been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken" Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote," Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in ...

... us. In fact, holding on to a grudge is like holding on to a hot stone. It doesn't hurt the stone or the person who gave it to us; it only hurts the one holding it. Carrying a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. It doesn't matter how justified the bitter feelings are or how right we are. Holding on to a grievance turns pain into suffering. In a peculiar way it empowers the wrongdoer to hurt us again and again. So start out this New Year ...

... dealing with the burdens of life: Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them. Always read stuff that'll make you look good if you die in the middle of it. Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it ...

... the store by your distinctive laughter. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive, don't put out a mailbox on the highway of death and just wait in residence for your mail. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it ...

... " And researchers are finding that to be true – quite literally. A woman diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis wrote to me and talked about how painful the disease had become. Debra said that no drugs would touch the devastating pain." At times I prayed to die because I did not think I could go on this way ," she said. But in two and a half years she weaned herself from most of her medication, which had reached a high of 21 pills a day. This is how she did it." ...

... left her, but in those moments I felt connected to her soul. I knew that her spirit would soon pass from this world, but I also knew that the love we had shared would live on in my heart always. Even now years after her death I still feel that connection. I still feel that love. It reminds me everyday that we are all one family in this world. We are all Children of God. We are all here to love each other, to help each other, and to grow ...

... it was a life for a life-sometimes two or three-and even the women became just part of the body count. Hostilities didn't finally abate until the second decade of the twentieth century. The cost to those two families was immense. Almost thirty deaths were recorded in the most famous example of eye-for-an-eye revenge in U.S. history. You've seen this scene in the movies: a rugged cowboy pats his pearl-handled six-shooter in a holster hanging from his hip and drawls," This here is my peacemaker" Peacemaker? Maybe ...

... spread. I still have a lot of love left to share. I still have a lot of life left to live. I still have a lot of goodness and oneness with God left to give to everyone I meet. I don ’ t want to die full of regret because my music was still inside of me. I may just be one, little bird singing in this vast world, but I am going to keep chirping away. I know that if you take away just one bird the song of life becomes ...

... You Say," Awe "? Albert Einstein said that wonder is the source of all true art and all science." He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed" I remember standing in rapt awe when I gazed upon the wonders of the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru. That amazing city was built above the clouds, and it was more than the high altitude that took my breath ...

... moved into the small home on her husband's ranch in the mountains. She put a shoe box on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it. For 50 years he left the box alone, until his life partner was old and dying. One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the box again and thought it might hold something important. Opening it, he discovered two doilies and $82, 500 in cash. He took the box to her and asked about the ...

... whole time I have known her Kai has been racked by terminal illnesses that have battered every part of her except her spirit. In the book" Tuesday ’ s With Morrie" author Mitch Albom writes about his visits to an old, college professor who is dying and how much he learned about living from him. I think that my Wednesday afternoons with Kai have done the same for me. Kai has taught me so much about how to be a more loving human being through her words and through her life. I couldn ...

... that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 52 I've learned regardless of the relationship with parents, you miss them a lot after they die. Age 53 I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58 I've learned if you want to do something good for your children, improve your marriage. Age 61 I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance ...

... his professional baseball career. After various treatments failed to stop the growth, doctors advised Dave to have his arm amputated. Some people may feel 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 ...

... are not numbers on a calendar or candles on a cake. You are instead a being of light and a Child of God. You are an eternal, loving soul. You are a forever young spirit. Your body may age, weaken, and eventually die, but you never will. May you live all of your days with love, laughter, light, and joy.~Joseph J. Mazzella~You can get Joseph Mazzella's book," WALKING THE PATH OF LOVE ," at www.amazon.com [by: Joseph J ...

... from that merry Irishman has stayed with me. I knew from that time on that God not only loves us, but also wants us to be happy in our lives here. We may face challenges, tragedies, suffering, loss, and eventually our own deaths. But with God ’ s love within us we can still choose joy, give joy, live in joy, and make this world a more loving and joyous place for everyone. I never saw that angel from Ireland again. I am sure, though, ...

... SAHMs-09 Beatitudes For Parents Beatitudes Of Marriage Beauty Is Soul Deep Because God Loves You Before I Was A Mom Behind In Your Past Being Kind And Charitable Believe Believe It Bent Best Things I Can Do With My Lips Better People Better To Give Than To Receive Beyond Death Big Boys Do Cry Biker Chick Birthday Thoughts Blessed Blowing Out Your Guilt Bluebird Of Happiness Bonds Of Love Books Boys Will Be Boys -Merit Badge For Mother Bread Water And Love Bringing Harmony To Discord Bringing Heaven To Earth Bringing Out The Best In Us Broken Hearts Build A ...

... Friend Autumn Leaves Be Thankful Beatitudes For SAHMs-01 Beatitudes For SAHMs-02 Beatitudes For SAHMs-03 Beatitudes For SAHMs-05 Beatitudes For SAHMs-04 Beatitudes For SAHMs-06 Beatitudes For SAHMs-07 Beatitudes For SAHMs-08 Beatitudes For SAHMs-09 Beatitudes Of Marriage Before I Was A Mom Believe Better To Give Than To Receive Bent Beyond Death Blessed Biker Chick Boys Will Be Boys -Merit Badge For Mother Calvary Cast Out The Net Carry Me Catch Of A Lifetime Change The World Challenging The Lord's Prayer Charles Schultz Philosophy Childern Are (A'z) Child To Parent Childern Are Children Learn What They Live Childern Live Choices ...

... Water And Soap A Cowboy Goes To Church The Power Of Touch The Pastors Plight Birthday Thoughts Easter Story Cookies Attitude (To Be Really Happy) Spring Forever In My Heart Not Our Fruit Alone To Remember Is To Understand Gods Billboard 15 Minutes What Childern Want Beyond Death Today I Will Make A Difference Letting Your Soul Walk You Bonds Of Love Your Valuable Friends When You're Feeling Down Beauty Is Soul Deep Women The Golden Suitcase A Bicycle Built For Two Feeling Loved Keep On Swinging Atmosphere And Attitude A Matter Of Character Healed And Whole We ...

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