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... advice. They're never too rich to take home your leftovers. Don't remind your grown son you changed his diapers. If they grow up to be doctors, take the credit. ... say" Now you know". Teenage daughters are hazardous to your health. Teenage sons are hazardous to their own health. How long CAN you put off the birds & bees ... . Do a jigsaw puzzle together. Ask only that they try their best. Your son's wife will not be pretty enough. Your daughter's husband will not earn enough. When they ...

... of money to a female village moneylender. The female Moneylender, who was old, fat and ugly, fancied the farmer's handsome son, Cliff. So she proposed a bargain. She said she would forego the farmer's debt if she could marry his son. Both ... the difference between lateral and logical thinking. »»» (Page down to find out what the son decided to do) »»» The Son's Solution.... The son's dilemma cannot be solved with traditional logical thinking. Think of the consequences if he chooses the above ...

... voice called again:" Do not discard your father's heart !"" Who are you ?"" I am the Father of every son and daughter and I tell you, the stone you hold in your hand is like the condition of your father's heart !" He looked ... !" And they embraced. A moment later the old man straightened up, stretched out a trembling hand, laid it upon his son's head, and spoke these words:" You are a reflection of the face of God. Though I cannot see you with my ...

... they can ’ t, but their lives are just as precious and just as valuable as mine. As I watch my oldest son be a friend to everyone in his school and share his simple kindness with everyone he meets I am warmed to the depths of my ... My Sons Raising two sons with Autism has been the most difficult challenge that I have ever faced in this life. Watching them deal daily with their handicaps and trying to help them in every way I can has at times been painful, frustrating, and even ...

... was a particularly devastating time in my life. I had left my own home to live in an apartment with my then 10-year-old son (who would just have been in the way of his Mother's new-found life-style )! Every day I mourned my fate, having lost my ... On top of it all, I was now a single parent, having to put meals on the table, look after my son's medical needs, jockeying my son hither, tither, and yon, and all the other domestic chores. Well, one night when ...

... who married Esau ), as did Jacob, but Nahor apparently had none. He did have one granddaughter, however, through his son Bethuel (see Genesis 22: 20-21). It dawned on my friend that there could have been only one candidate who could fulfill ... specifically, the first book of the Bible, Genesis. He noted how the Messianic line always seemed to produce a surplus of sons, but few daughters. Nahor, (Abraham's brother ), Ishmael, and Jacob had twelve sons each. We know that Ishmael had ...

... ," may your will be done" Matt. 26: 39. Even Christ, with His high standing as the only Son of God, did not attempt to superimpose His will over that of the Father, but rather accepted the will of His (and ... maker of the universe, Father, and to remember that the Creator's will is perfect. Remind us, father, of your Son's sacrifice and that His focus was at all times on You and Your will. Help us, Father, to remain in Your Word ...

... They are taught and learned time and time again over years and years. I realized this today when I was with my youngest son in the store. We were walking back and forth looking for something both good tasting and good for you when he suddenly reached over ... soul. I have been blessed a million times over by the love and joy she so freely shares with me. My two sons ' hugs always bring happiness to my heart as well. It makes me feel good to know that they have learned two of the ...

... and to the world around them every single day. It is always such a pleasure to take walks around town with my oldest son. He has more people say" Hi" to him in a day than I do in a week. This is because his ... in the simplest things makes me smile and his wonderful laughter sounds as beautiful as an angel ’ s song. Both of my sons do have Autism, but Autism doesn ’ t have them. My boys also remind me that sometimes the brightest souls come to Earth ...

... in the lake, the fish grabbed a hold. Shrieks of excitement announced that we had landed another pint-sized bluefish. My oldest son took responsibility for baiting the hooks and fixing some of the tangled lines. Without hesitation he got the fish off the hooks and released ... our friends. We met them and through a series of events we won't get into, we all drove together. Her three sons, my three sons, my friend and I all piled into the mini-van and headed to our destination. Although the boys ages varied ...

... Gift Of A Hug It was two days before Father ’ s Day and my eldest son and I were having breakfast. Just as he finished off the last bite of his Cheerios my boy caught me off guard by asking me what I wanted as a present ... The precious gifts didn ’ t end there either. On Father ’ s Day I got several more hugs from both of my sons and my daughter too. Each one shared all the love they had for me and I had for them. Each one brought us ...

... It is found in the Bible, starting with Genesis 25. Here are a few highlites from his life. Jacob was the son of Abraham, and the twin brother of Esau. Jacob was a scoundrel during the early years of his life. The first thing ... family to Egypt where his son, Joseph could take care of him. He died there and was buried with honors by his sons. He had changed from the young scoundrel he had been, to a man loved and respected by many. Are you a scoundrel ...

... about a television reporter who grilled Miss Lillian on this topic." Is it true ," asked the reporter," that your son doesn't lie? Can you tell me he has never told a lie ?"" Well, I reckon he might have told a little ... of President Jimmy Carter more than his own mother" Miss Lillian ," as she was fondly called. She was aware of her son's reputation for honesty, which had become a topic of curiosity among many politicians and even reporters. During a 1986 speech at the University ...

... at my son's school and I can remember when I attended that same school and swung on those same swings. I give my son and daughter a hug and notice that they are almost as tall as me now. I can remember, though, when I could ... becoming aware, however, at just how short even the longest life here on Earth is. I see children swinging at my son's school and I can remember when I attended that same school and swung on those same swings. I give my son and daughter a ...

... Blessings Newly divorced, I was waiting tables at a little diner in Ponca City, Oklahoma, barely scraping by. My three-year-old son, Scott, had chronic asthma and the medical bills were overwhelming me. Worry undermined my thinking. My faith in myself and God ... needs, I thought. I dug out my old faded spiral notebook. I put it in a manila envelope along with my son's senior picture and a note that said," A wise friend once told me, 'When things are rough, you have to look ...

... from a lengthy illness. She enjoyed sitting on her front porch in her wheelchair and, on this day, she watched her son repair his automobile. He raised it on blocks of wood, removed the tires and slid on his back underneath the vehicle. Suddenly ... 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 ...

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

... God looks at you he sees a perfection you could never attain on your own; he sees the perfect image of his own son. What would you pay for house paint that will last forever? What would you say if I told you that somebody had already ... . What you cannot overcome, God is willing to dismiss. But only when it is buried deep within the covering of his son's blood. The fourth wall of your life needs some paint. Have you met the master painter? [by Mark Phillips (lovenotes-on ...

... Hand A Life Multiplied A Living Sacrifice A Look Of Love A Matter Of Focus A Penny A Moment To Remember -You Are My Son A Short Time Here A Sign For Santa A Stroke Of Luck A Sure Cure For Stress A Tribute To Mothers A Walking Sermon A ... Mud Puddles And Dandelions Mushrooms My 2nd Father My Moment For Finding Faith My New Watch My Next 40 Years My Old Car My Sons New -Not Improved Name Them One By One New Years Wishes Niare To A Blessing Nineteen Somethings To Say To Childern No Room Not Our ...

... Are You Behind In Your Past Leafage And Rootage 10 Lessons Learned My Moment For Finding Faith A Moment To Remember -You Are My Son Just One Of Those Days Fireflies In The Moonlight Philosophy'quotes 21 Things To Remember Tomorrow Is Not Promised Good People The 11th'20th Commandments Children Learn ... Spite Of Adversity The Walk My 2nd Father The Bell Ringer Principles To Live By The Blood Drive What Is God Telling You My Sons As Old As I Use To Be Let The Past Be Past The Habits Of Love A Gift Of Giving Times Two Do Not Let ...

... Love That Changes A Loving Thought A Matter Of Character A Matter Of Focus A Miracle Morning A Moment To Remember -You Are My Son A Monster To Hug A Morning Blessing A Morning Gift A Mountaintop View A Penny A Picture A Place At The Table A Ray Of ... My First Kiss My Moment For Finding Faith My Mom's Treasures My Nanny My New Watch My Next 40 Years My Old Car My Sons Mysterious Ways Namaste Name Them One By One Needing A Nudge Needless Worry Never Be Sorry Never Forget Never Too Late New -Not Improved New ...

... A Moment To Remember. You Are My Son I was watching some little kids play soccer. These kids were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real game-a serious game: two teams, complete with coaches, uniforms and parents. I didn't know any of them, so I was able to enjoy the game without the distraction of being anxious about winning or losing-I wished the parents and coaches could have done the same. The teams were pretty evenly matched. I will just ...

... , out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel" Micah 5: 2 C is for Cattle, their manger His bed, There in the stable where He laid His head." And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger" Luke 2: 7 D is for David and his ancient throne Promised forever to Jesus alone." He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and ...

... True Healing My son was wheezing and gasping for breath. I had never seen him so sick. His face was pale and his irregular breathing pattern was very scary. I got worried and started to panic. I didn't even call the doctor's office for an apppointment-no time to waste! I just bundled-up my son, David, and rushed him to the doctor's office. All that was going through mind was" I have got to get the doctor see my son immediately" When we reached the doctor's office, ...

... day. I didn ’ t have a choice though. I had to have my paper work turned in that day if I wanted to be paid for the work I had done that month, so it was a trip to the office for me and my son. The wind cut into me as I walked out of the office and got back into my car for the 15 mile trip back home. The snow continued to fall as we drove along and I slowed the car down even more. I glanced over at my ...

... , and we got married. Later my father married my stepdaughter. That made my stepdaughter my stepmother and my father became my stepson. Also, my wife became mother-in-law of her father-in-law." Then the daughter of my wife, my stepmother, had a son. This boy was my half-brother because he was my father's son, but he was also the son of my wife's daughter, which made him my wife's grandson. That made me the grandfather of my half-brother." This was nothing until my wife and I had ...

... was in abundance. Traffic was hectic and the A / C in my car was not cooperating either. I had to run many errands, and since the baby sitter was on leave, I had to take a day off and take my 4 year old son wherever I went. I was just hoping that he behaved well the entire day, because I was definitely not in a good mood. I had to pickup a book for my friend who was celebrating her birthday the next day, so I ran to the bookstore ...

... Through Autism ’ s Walls I pulled an old photo album from its shelf yesterday and wiped the dust off of it. It is one that I rarely open, but something moved me to open it then. Inside of it were baby pictures of my youngest son from the day of his birth until he was 18 months old. Looking at them made my heart ache, not with nostalgia but with loss. You see, the reason I hardly ever look at these pictures is that I can see in them the normal child ...

... Five More Minutes While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground." That's my son over there ," she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide." He's a fine looking boy ," the man said." That's my son on the swing in the blue sweater" Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son." What do you say we go, Todd ?" Todd pleaded ...

... Grandfather's Table A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his steps faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk sometimes spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess." We must do something about Grandfather ," said the son ...

... along the ocean shore... trying not to stray. He looked up to his father saying," Dad, I want to play" His father looked upon him, with love showing in his eyes." Do what you want to, my son... but do not leave my side"" I would never leave you Daddy, I love you way too much" But the boy took a step away, out of his father's range of touch. He walked through the surf, the waves tickling ...

... Cookies I had just picked up my son from the sheltered workshop for the handicapped where he works part-time. We were driving home listening to music on the radio when suddenly a news break came on. It appeared that a reality television star had just wasted 10 million dollars on a wedding for a marriage that lasted 72 days. The next story predicted that BILLIONS of dollars could be spent on negative attack ads in the coming election year. I sighed and wondered about this weird and crazy world we live in." Is ...

... The Habits Of Love I stopped at the local gas station with my oldest son to fill-up my car the other day. I told him to go on in and get himself a can of pop while I pumped the gas. After I finished and got in line to pay I looked to see where he was. I soon found him by the front doors of the store. He was opening one for a woman with her arms full of groceries. He accepted her thanks with a cheerful" no problem" and quickly ...

... The Sweetest Sound My youngest son doesn ’ t speak much. His severe autism has always made language a struggle for him. Even though he is sixteen years old now his vocabulary remains very limited. His sentences are simple ones that only let us know his basic needs. Even these sometimes fail and he will need to grab our hands and show us what he wants. Still, his light-hearted laughter, delighted smile, and shining eyes can speak volumes at times. Often I only have to look at him to share ...

... releasing us from our captivity... allowing us the opportunity to experience the fullness of life God has for us! The message is simple, clear and personal: God with us... He loves you so much He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ!" For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have Eternal Life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to ...

... Laughing Angels My youngest son doesn ’ t talk much. He has severe Autism that hampers his ability to speak and communicate. It also locks him in his own world much of the time. Yet, when he laughs and smiles he can light up the darkest day. Sometimes he will break into a spontaneous spasm of giggles for no apparent reason at all. When this happens my daughter and I will often joke that his dearly departed Grandma and her angel friends must be tickling him. The other night while I was ...

... . As I pulled around, my gaze scanned the area until I saw him, on the far side by the shopping mall. I wondered where he might be heading now. As I pulled up along side, I lowered my window and called out 'Hey son, and told him I'd brought him a little breakfast. His humble reply surprised me," No, you keep that, you bought it for yourself"" Oh ," I said," I got some for myself, too. This is for you" ...

... A Special Thanks My son will be graduating from High School next May. After turning 21 he will no longer be able to attend the special education program at the school he loves. Over the years, in spite of his Autism, he has grown into such a kind, happy, and caring young man. He is a joy to this world and I know too that his Mother and I aren ’ t the only reason he became the blessing he is. That is why I want to give a special thanks ...

... 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 ...

... The Power Of Words It was 15 years ago. I was driving home with my 8 year old son after a trip to the grocery store. Traffic was light. The sun was shining. A cool Autumn breeze was in the air. I was quietly singing along to the song playing on the radio. I pulled to a stop at the intersection and looked both ways. 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 ...

... Through His Eyes My oldest son is always the first to get the Christmas Spirit in our house. He usually gets it a few weeks before Thanksgiving. It is a joy to watch. With both the heart of a child and the soul of an angel he cherishes everything about this time of the year. He takes so much happiness in putting our decorations up. He takes so much pleasure in our evening drives to look at the outdoor lights on other people ’ s houses. He takes so much delight in singing ...

... Works In Progress I snapped at my son today. In a moment of frustration I scolded him over something trivial that I could have easily ignored. I saw the hurt in his eyes after I did it and apologized to him. Afterwards, I gave him a hug, reminded him of what a good son he is, and told him how proud I am of him. Still, I wished I could have taken back what I said earlier. Later in the day I was in the store getting a few items ...

... Worthless Or Priceless I was driving my son to the sheltered workshop for the handicapped where he works a few days each week. My seventeen year old car was cruising along while the Spring sun shined down. The trees were budding and flowers were popping up along the side of the road. I looked over at my son who was humming along to a song on the radio. He turned his head, smiled and said," I love you Daddy" I smiled back and said," I love you too son ...

... WHILE THEY CAN STILL KNOW, LOVE, AND APPRECIATE THEM-GOD DID YOU FIND MY" KEYS ?"-GOD CALL YOUR MOM-GOD IF YOU NEED ME. I'LL BE IN THE" LOST AND FOUND" AREA, FOR AWHILE-GOD WITHOUT THE SON, THERE MIGHT BE TOTAL DARKNESS IN THE WORLD-GOD CHILDREN OF MINE. YOU ARE A CHILD OF MINE. PLEASE CALL HOME.-GOD BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF-EVEN I COULDN'T DO IT ALL IN ONE DAY; ONE PROJECT TOOK SIX DAYS-GOD ...

... life came with a pause button? Do you ever wish that you could just take a moment from your life and stay there forever? I was remembering a moment like that from my own life recently. It was the night I brought my newborn, baby son home from the hospital. My son was 3 weeks late in arriving and my wife needed an emergency Caesarian section to bring him into the world. She was still in a lot of pain and sleeping when I heard him wake up during the night. Gently I ...

... . I remember that especially because it is only the second time I saw him cry. My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to Grandpa. She asked me" Do you know the most important body part yet my son ?" And I was shocked she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me. She saw the confusion on my face and told me" This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in your life ...

... Beatitudes for SAHMs-7 Beatitudes for 'Stay at Home Moms ' (part 7)" Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God" Matthew 5: 9 (NIV) Anyone who has more than one child has experience as a peacemaker! But God calls us to a deeper peacemaking in this verse. The Shepherd's Guide tells us that ‘ Jesus promised this blessing not to those who remained neutral, or to those who simply love peace, but to those who are actively involved in making peace. ...

... out an imaginary ache of his own." God knows everything, doesn't He ?"" Yes, he does. He knows everything that can be known, I guess"" He knows the future ?" Sam sat cross-legged on the grass." Yes, son He does" Grampa squatted down to look into little eyes." He knows all about our lives, even before He opened the heavens"" Then before He made each person He knew whether or not the person would go to heaven or hell ?" Sam pensively ...

... spoke out with both laughter and kindness greeting this beam of light by name. Spirits that were feeling a little down were soon soaring skyward again. The entire store seemed happier all thanks to this walking ray of sunshine. This ray of light is my oldest son. In the eyes of the world he is seen as mentally handicapped. In the eyes of Heaven, however, he is seen as so much more. His concern, caring, laughter, love, gentleness, and good cheer light up the lives of everyone ...

... and I know I have a long way to go. Still, with their help I keep trying to choose love and learn more about love everyday of my life. One of my greatest teachers is very different from the rest. This teacher is my youngest son. He has a severe form of Autism that limits his speech and keeps him trapped in his own world most of the time. Changes in the simplest things disturb him. The smallest difficulties frustrate him. His mood can go from extremely happy to very sad in ...

... Seeing Angels Almost 9 months exactly after my Mom died my youngest child was born. I felt truly blessed by God having this new baby come after such a difficult year. I did feel regret, though, that my new son would never get to know my wonderful Mom. As my baby got older, however, I started to notice something. When I would be playing with my son he would often look past me, over my shoulder and smile. At other times it seemed like he was laughing and playing ...

... in her was evident. As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children. It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This is when the problems began. You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor's son. The church began ...

... give you the piano, if you learn how to play it ", my Heavenly Father says," Use your talents wisely" When my earthly mother says," Just wait until your father gets home ", my Heavenly Father says," Just wait until my Son takes you home" When my earthly father says," You will never amount to anything ", my Heavenly Father says," You will always be something special to me" When my earthly father says," Go stand in the corner ", my Heavenly Father says ...

... . I guess my guardian angels are keeping me around for a reason and I will do my best not to make their work too hard in the future. I also believe in guardian angels because I have seen one in action over the years. My oldest son graduates from high school this Spring. Through all of his years in school he has struggled with Autism. It has made it difficult for him to learn, to relate to others, and to function in this world. Thankfully, though, he has had a ...

... against a November gust and the florist shop door. Her life had been easy, like a spring breeze. Then in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a minor automobile accident stole that from her. During this Thanksgiving week she would have delivered a son. She grieved over her loss. As if that weren't enough, her husband's company threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose holiday visit she coveted, called saying she could not come for the holiday. Then Sandra's friend infuriated her by suggesting her grief was ...

... Life Is Simple My first born son is mentally handicapped, yet in so many ways he is far wiser than I am. He has an intuitive knowledge of what is important in life. When we go out he looks people in the eye, calls them by name, and shares his smile far more easily than I do. He goes through life with a soul full of love, joy, and kindness that he gives to everyone he meets. He makes others feel better. He makes each day shine brighter. ...

... Stolen Checks and Stupidity This story starts with a few stolen checks but ends with simple stupidity. I had to take my son to a doctor ’ s appointment today and afterwards was hoping to pay for and pick up the new registration for my car. I took my checkbook then and tossed it into my car ’ s glove box before going to the doctors. We were running a little late so my son and I hurried into the office without locking up the car. The appointment went well and I headed off next ...

... I Can ’ t Thank You Enough Father I can't praise you enough For the blessings you bestow For your wondrous love and mercy For cleansing my heart and soul. Father I can't praise you enough I'm unworthy to speak your name Yet you gave your only Son for me And He willingly took my blame. Father I can't praise you enough For your sweet Spirit living in me And Father I can't thank you enough For your Son who set me free. Father I can't thank you enough That even though I sometimes stray You ...

... How To Carry Your Burden A monarch of long ago had twin sons. There was some confusion about which one was born first. As they grew to young manhood, the king sought a fair way to designate one of them as crown prince. All who knew the young men thought them equal in intelligence, wit, personal charm, health, and physical strength. Being a keenly observant king, he thought he detected a trait in one which was not shared by the other. Calling them to his council chamber one ...

... The Night Peace Found Me My oldest son turned 24 recently. When it comes to the soul, however, time is irrelevant and memory can melt away the years in a second. When I looked at my grown son my mind took me back to one very special time only a few weeks after his birth. I had awakened in the middle of the night after hearing him stir in his cradle. My wife was still recovering from the emergency c-section that was needed when complications occurred during his delivery. Wanting to let ...

... . All this time the boy's father watched from his living room window as the drama unfolded. At the moment the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the sandbox. It was the boy's father. Gently but firmly he said," Son, why didn't you use all the strength that you had available? Defeated, the boy sobbed back," But I did, Daddy, I did! I used all the strength that I had !"" No, son ," said the father kindly." ...

... only notice the big miracles, but the tiny miracles surround us everyday. They are gentle reminders of how much God loves us and how much we can love too. I got one of these miracle reminders just the other day as I was driving my handicapped son to the sheltered workshop where he works part-time. The sky was full of gloomy, gray clouds, but they had not dampened my mood. I was singing along with the radio and indulging in a favorite past-time of mine: joy watching. I was keeping my ...

... special time that I get to see one of the most wonderful sights in the world. It is a sight that teaches me again and again about what life truly is all about. I get to see it mainly when I go to pick up my youngest son from school. I can even hear it as I get out of my car. Its musical and magical sound floats happily through the air from the playground just off the preschool building. It is the sound of children at play. Each day just before I pick ...

... take love or life for granted. If I had it to do over I would have hugged them a dozen times a day, every single day they were with me. If I could have those moments back I would have followed the example of my own son who gives me more hugs everyday than I can count. I would have taken the lead of my son ’ s childhood friend too. She may be confined to a wheelchair but she can still hug your heart out with the squeeze of her hand or lift your ...

... Circles Of Kindness I was pushing my shopping cart loaded with a week ’ s worth of groceries out of the store the other day when I suddenly heard," Wait Dad you forgot !", behind me. My oldest son then ran up, grabbed the separate bag of groceries that we had put into our cart for the local food bank, and hurried over to the collection barrel with a happy smile on his face. As I watched him my mind flashed back to another Autumn afternoon 13 years ago. I was keeping ...

... look into those eyes, to see that face, to hear those words," Father, forgive them !" And, unlike the crowd, we would know that the words were meant for us! Imagine! Imagine seeing love in action. Imagine seeing God's Son proclaim, through exhausted tears mixed with royal triumph," It is finished !" Well, we really don't have to imagine about either of these last two events. We can visit them anytime. In fact we must visit them every day! Why? Because we ...

... squares. I remember taking a moment to look at one of these public Nativity scenes during a cold, December day. A snow was gently falling on each of the statues and even in the manger. About this time a mother walked up with her young son. The boy couldn ’ t have been more than three years old. As they too stopped to stare at the beautiful sight the little boy removed his scarf and walked over to the Nativity. Then he folded it and placed it over the manger. He smiled ...

... You Can Change The World I changed the world today. It happened while I was driving home after going to the store with my son. I was just about to pull onto the side road that leads to my house when my handicapped son laughed in the back seat. I glanced in the rearview mirror to see his smiling face and then made the turn a little bit faster than normal. As soon as I did I saw a big dog walking down the road in my lane. Not having time to down shift ...

... Real Beauty When a first-time father cuddled his newborn son, he immediately noticed the baby's ears conspicuously standing out from his head. He expressed his concern to the nurse that some children might taunt his child, calling him names like" Dumbo" A doctor examined the baby and reassured the new dad that his son was healthy-the ears presented only a minor cosmetic problem. But the nervous father persisted. He wondered if the child might suffer psychological effects of ridicule, or if they should consider plastic surgery. The nurse ...

... middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His mother, in the house was looking out the window, saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him. >From the dock, the mother grabbed her ...

... a glorious sight to see. As beautiful as this Summer light is, however, it still can ’ t compare to the soul light that I see everyday. This light burns just as brightly in the Winter too. I see it shining from my youngest son ’ s smile and hear it in my oldest son ’ s laugh. It glows warmly in my daughter ’ s eyes and it leaps out from the words of an inspiring book. It travels from soul to soul on the laughter, prayers, gentle words, ...

... and forth in the moonlight. The Father lit a match and looked at his watch. It was 10 p.m.-two hours before the season opened. He looked at the fish, then at the boy." You'll have to put it back, Son ," he said." Dad !" cried the boy." There will be another fish ," said his father." Not as big as this one ," cried the boy. He looked around the lake. No other fishermen or boats were around in the moonlight ...

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

... hungry children. They simply have not discovered the importance and power of giving. And sadly, these wealthier clients are in a position to do something significant, but they choose to do nothing at all. Author Kent Nerburn wrote a book titled LETTERS TO MY SON: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love. In one letter, he teaches his son the value of generosity:" Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance, and none can say why some fields will ...

... Remembering Independence Day Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. These patriots signed, pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? ...

... of it. Its warmth, however, had little effect on me. It had been a long and rough Winter and its coldness and bleakness seemed to be seeping into my spirit on this dark afternoon. A loud thumping noise let me know that my youngest son was bouncing down the hallway towards me. He was over 18 now but his severe Autism had frozen his mind at a 2 year old ’ s level. Sometimes the frustrations of his handicap would even cause him to cry, pinch his face, or hit himself ...

... 34: 18 As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40: 11 One day I will wipe every tear from your eyes. Rev 21: 3, 4 Because I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17: 23 For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17: 23 He is the exact representation of my being. Heb 1: 3 He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans ...

... ’ t mind then if I just hit the highlights. Thanks Dad for having the good sense to marry Mom all those years ago. You couldn ’ t have chosen a better wife or mother for all of us. Thanks Dad for not stopping at two sons or else I wouldn ’ t be here today. Thanks Dad for that stack of books you kept in the corner of the living room. It got me reading early and I haven ’ t stopped since. Thanks for taking me to church when I didn ’ ...

... It was a glorious day to be out for a drive. The trees lining the country roads were full of green leaves. White daisies were blooming along the sides of the hills. The sun was shining, giving the whole world a golden glow. My son and I were singing along to songs playing on the radio. Suddenly, an old favorite of mine came on and my son whose memory is far better than mine at times reminded me that we had once had it on cassette, but it was stolen from our ...

... Resisting The Blame Game A mother heard the family cat yowl in pain. She knew where to look – she looked for her son, Mike." Stop pulling the cat's tail, Michael !" she chided." I'm not pulling his tail ," the boy retorted." I'm just standing on it. He's doing the pulling" He, of course, is no different than any of us. Often, our first impulse is to blame someone or something else for problems. It's the cat's fault. Or the school's ...

... the classrooms. Overload the jails. Stand up for your beliefs. Or. sit down and shut up. People who believe in stupid stuff like animal rights seem to have more certainty in the righteousness of their cause than those who profess to believe that the Son of God came to Earth and died for their sins. The animal rights zealots will risk their liberty and property for the benefit of a lab rat. Will you not do the same for your eternal soul? I guarantee you that the civil authority will stop enforcing ...

... even in the temper she lost from time to time. I think one of the reasons I was never taught Italian by my Dad was he was afraid I might learn the meaning of some of those words Nanny said when she was upset. Nanny raised four sons and then helped my Mom and Dad raise me and my two brothers as well. I always felt blessed growing up in her home as a boy. She worked hard, laughed loud, and was never afraid of what life threw at her. Life wasn ’ ...

... Dr. Eggleston gave Penney a sedative. However, the effect quickly wore off, and Penney awakened with the conviction that he was living the last night of his life." Getting out of bed, I wrote farewell letters to my wife and to my son, saying that I did not expect to live to see the dawn" Penney awakened the next morning, surprised to find himself alive. Making his way down the hallway of the hospital, he could hear singing coming from the little chapel where devotional exercises were held ...

... Earth. I decided to not let that smile fade as the day went on either. Instead I tried to pass it on to everyone I could. I found it very hard to give away, though, because I almost always got it returned. My sons ’ smiles shined brighter than the morning sun had. My daughter ’ s smile made my heart feel lighter and my soul feel stronger. The smiles of all the people I met during the day left me feeling more connected to them, more connected to life, ...

... before I can ever hug her again. A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray for me. Be careful. My son is all I have left. *** Bob Jack shifted uncomfortably in his trench coat. Then he twisted around to see Bob's car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he too, pulled away and ...

... Somebody said a parent can find all the answers to child-rearing questions in books. Somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose. Somebody said a parent can stop worrying after his or her child gets married. Somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to their heartstrings. Somebody said your parents know you love them so you don't need to tell them. Somebody isn't a parent. Somebody said a parent's job is done when the last child leaves home. Somebody never had grandchildren. [Author Unknown- ...

... some 25 members of the Ouachita Baptist University choir. They were returning from a two-week trip to Europe, where they had entertained Kosovo refugees in Austria. In the chaos that followed the crash, the singers went to work. Barrett Barber, a 19-year-old minister's son, lifted passengers through a hole in the plane above an emergency exit that would not open. Choir member Luke Hollingsworth escaped from the tail section only to go back to help wounded passengers escape. On his own shoulders, the young man carried a woman with a ...

... are able to attain in God. When we are able to do this, it is as if we are actually sending a Valentine balloon to God. John 3: 16 says," For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" Remember, when it comes to God's love, you can rest assured knowing there are no strings attached. [by Mike Colllins-from 'Sermon_Fodder '] Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved ...

... unto others as you would have them do unto you" What amazes me most about these wonderful words, though, is the truth that lies in them. I see this truth everyday in my own life. This truth shines through the actions of my youngest son whose smiles, hugs, and laughter light up the world around him in spite of his handicap. This truth glows from the life of my daughter whose kindness, friendship, and loving spirit brightens the lives of those around her. This truth flows out of the ...

... we surely don't want to be sued. Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and we won't even have to tell their parents. And we said, that's a grand idea. Then someone else said, let's give our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all the" fun" they desire, and we won't have to tell their parents. And we said, that's another great idea. And then some of our top officials said that it doesn't matter what we ...

... have heard of the man who decided to repair the roof of his house. The pitch was steep, and to be safe, he tied a rope around his waist and threw the other end of it over the top of the house. He called his son and asked him to tie it to something secure. The boy fastened the safety rope to the bumper of their car parked in the driveway. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But a little while later, his wife needed to run a few ...

... without an anesthetic. He growls when he feels good and laughs very loud when he is scared half-to-death. A father never feels entirely worthy of the worship in a child's eyes. He is never quite the hero his daughter thinks. Never quite the man his son believes him to be. And this worries him sometimes. (So he works too hard to try to smooth the rough places in the road of those of his own who will follow him) A father is a person who goes to war sometimes. and would ...

... recognize it as His day? What if, GOD took away the Bible tomorrow because we would not read it today? What if, GOD took away His message because we failed to listen to the messenger? What if, GOD didn't send His only begotten Son because He wanted us to be prepared to pay the price for sin. What if, the door of the church was closed because we did not open the door of our heart? What if, GOD stopped loving and caring for us because we failed to love ...

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

... The Young Man And The Leper There is a story from the Middle Ages that has always touched my heart. The grown son of a rich merchant was walking down the road towards his home after visiting friends. As he neared a curb he heard the ring of a leper ’ s bell coming from the other way. At that time Leprosy was a highly contagious and incurable disease. Lepers were not allowed in the towns and were forced to ring bells and warn others of their approach as they walked the roads. Before ...

... see my dog cuddling in for a hug. I smiled and scratched his head while the laughter of the children and the sound of crickets in the woods blended together to create a unique and beautiful music. I started to walk back inside and saw my own son grinning at me from the window. Most of the world could only see his mental handicaps, but when I looked at him then his eyes sparkled with a divine light. I waved to him and laughed when his older sister snuck up behind him and wrapped him ...

... separate trust fund with every person you know. If you have been making regular deposits into your account with that individual, when the time comes that you disappoint, you will still have a large enough balance of goodwill to cover the debt. That friend, son or mother will realize that your account is still good. You are a person of good intent. You are reliable and trustworthy. Scottish writer George MacDonald said," To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved" Whether or not that is true ...

... like that anyway ?"" I found it" Have you ever wished you had a guidance system like that golf ball? Who among us doesn't know how it feels to be lost? And there are many different we ways can get lost. One of my sons, now a young man, spoke with some sadness about his teen-age years. He made some poor choices for a while. That day, while looking back at those difficult years, he commented," I lost my way" At one time or another we've ...

... spot them because they are so good at disguises. There was no white robe on this one. She was wearing a faded, flowered, sun dress not suited for the Winter weather. Her coat too was well worn and probably older than my grown up son. She didn ’ t have a halo. Her white hair, though, sparkled when the light hit it and her smile shined with joy. There were no wings to be seen either. She was walking slowly in her scuffed up shoes while she pushed her ...

... I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you ten cents too much change" When my friend stepped off the bus he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, and held on, and said," O God, I almost sold your Son for ten cents" [Author Unknown-from Aiken Drum] Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... 103 years old. During her 100th year," Aunt Pearl" was asked to speak to a group of high school students. She offered a century of wis ­ dom in a few short sentences:" Enrich your life by becoming a better per ­ son, a better student and an individual worthy of trust and faithful in your commitments. Aspire to help and not hinder in all your good and worthy undertakings. Use these words often: 'thank you, ' 'please, ' 'I'm sorry ' Af ­ ter living 100 ...

... and built will be brushed away, melted like snow under the gaze of our eternal Father. Deep within each one of us he will seek the one thing, the only thing he truly cares about: the imprint of the cross, the mark of his Son. Nothing else matters to Him. And on that day, nothing else will matter to you. Do you possess the one thing that really matters? You can see Moran's painting of the mountain at: The Mountain of the Holy Cross [Mark Phillips, Copyright ...

... The Hitchhiker It was the middle of Winter and I was just getting out of a training for my job. The drive home was 25 miles and I needed to get on the road quick so I could get back in time to pick up my sons from school. I pulled my coat on and headed out to my car. The temperatures were below freezing, the snow was steadily falling, and the wind felt like a punch in the face. I hurried into my car and pulled out. I had only been ...

... time can bend your knees. 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 ...

... were bent at my glance and feet shuffled. Amidst the mockery and laughing they were scared children in teenage bodies. They were searching and trying to cope in what they thought was a nasty world. I thought back on my own conversation with my own teenage son, Joshua, over the weekend. Talking late into the night, he poured out his heart in a spurt of anguish. So many issues, so many stresses." What's the point of it all ?" he said." The world is all messed up ...

... has already tasted and found it to be nothing short of disgusting. You'd think I'd learn, if the vacuum doesn't like something on the floor, there is no amount of coaxing that I can do to convince it to take it (Reminds me of my son). Invariably the manufacturers of these demented machines make the electric cable one foot too short. Why, there was even a time when I spent valuable time trying to locate a new electric outlet that would allow me to vacuum that one square foot of space. ...

... . Next it came to me with a purr and a nuzzle as my big, gray cat refused to eat her breakfast until she had gotten her morning head scratch. The whisper came down the hall with a" good morning" and a hug from my son too. Then as I went out to get the morning newspaper it came through loud and clear with a dazzling sunrise and a chorus of birdsong. Later in the day I also heard it hiding in the sweet music coming from the radio and the not so sweet ...

... in today's world..." George Washington, did YOU chop down the cherry tree ?"" No, Dad"" I think you are lying"" No, no, no! I swear I did NOT chop down the cherry tree"" Son, I saw you out here with your axe. Your punishment will be much worse for you if you lie. Now, tell me the truth !"" Dad, I answered your question truthfully. Still, I must take complete responsibility for all my actions. ...

... True Love I'm not sure I can always tell love from passion. One father said of his teenaged son," I don't know if he's in love or in heat !" What teenager would know? Besides, feelings of attraction can change more quickly than a pouty expression. But love, in its truest form, is greater than feelings. It is as much a decision as it is a feeling. Love is what Mr. and Mrs. Strauss shared. Mrs. Isadore Strauss was one of the few first class ...

... because you couldn't think of anything else. Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, tie sand so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way. Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was wrestling at the junior level at the school he attended; and shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church, mostly black. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged ...

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

... say" thanks" and mean it and smile, really smile a lot. So, what happened to me that brought all of this on? Scott Hagler. His mother wrote a review of my book" I wish you enough" She mentioned that her son had died in January and how much the book helped her. He was a young man leaving behind a wife and three children. I wrote to her and she sent me a link to his blog. I got to read in his words about the last two ...

... my life came from a very special woman: my Mom. It happened when I was in my early twenties. I had just recently graduated from college but couldn ’ t find that well paying job I had been hoping for. With a wife and baby son to support at home I found myself reluctantly taking a job as a busboy in a local restaurant. I was bitter, sad, and depressed to find myself working there to say the least. God works in mysterious ways, though, because that restaurant was the ...

... learn from it and decide to do things differently next time. Second, seek forgiveness from any others who were affected. If possible, make amends. In Ernest Hemingway's short story" The Capitol of the World ," a Spanish father decides to reconcile with his son who has run away. Now remorseful, the father takes out a newspaper ad in El Liberal:" Paco, meet me at Hotel Montana noon Tuesday. All is forgiven" When the father goes to the square he is surprised to find eight hundred young men ...

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

... Cake With Kai For the last several weeks my oldest son and I have been visiting our neighbor and friend, Kai every Wednesday afternoon. I always bring over my newest bit of writing to share with her and she always greets us with a hug, a smile, and a freshly baked cake. Each week she fills our bellies with another frosted delight. First it was chocolate, then lemon, strawberry, and vanilla. Everyone of them too melts in your mouth and makes your stomach sigh. After cake we all ...

... even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God's healing touch. If you prayed yesterday and today, you are in the minority because you believe in God's willingness to hear and answer prayer. If you believe in Jesus as the Son of God, you are part of a very small minority in the world. If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all. [Author Unknown-from 'Aiken Drum ' ( ...

... , but it has never been 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 ...

... school book fair. Other days it is getting our house in order while our child is napping. God cares for us all. The greater explanation of the verse is that when we seek to be pure in heart, when we seek God's salvation through His son Jesus, we will be eternally saved and will see God in eternity. But, we can see Him today if we just SEEK Him and his will. Take heart SAHMs! Your job is not so insignificant that God does not care. It is so important ...

... within, And your past sins will be gone. Gone? Yes, vanished. as far. As the East is from the West. And Believe. Believe what? That Jesus died on the cross for your sins. Believe that He. Is the Son of God. But I couldn't. Why would He do that for me? Because He loves You And Yes, you can. Just say it and Believe. Just Believe it? Yes, believe it. and it's done! I woke up early Sunday morning ...

... grew warm enough for the snow to begin to melt in the late afternoon but soon the temperatures dipped again as the cold, evening air turned the melted snow into ice. Early the next morning I walked out to my cars. I needed to take my sons to school and then had a 30 mile round trip to make after that. I wondered which car to take. My little one had the better gas mileage, but the tires on my bigger one were less worn. Just as I took a step towards my ...

... young student shows much promise and should be given every help and encouragement, as he may have a great future if he will study and work hard. The old man was deeply moved. Rossetti asked," Who is this fine, young artist? Your son ?"" No ," replied the visitor sadly." It is I-forty years ago. If only I had heard your praise then. For you see, I became discouraged and gave up too soon" Mother Teresa wisely said," Kind words can be ...

... belly". His giggles tickled my soul but his arm also accidently knocked off my glasses, breaking the frames for the hundredth time that year. At that time money was tight, miracle glue was cheap, and new glasses were not. I put my son down then, glued and reset the frames, and set them on the table to dry. Sewing the jacket without my glasses, though, was no easy task. On my thirtieth try at threading the needle my little daughter came in the room. I asked ...

... heart. Isaiah 40: 11 One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes and will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21: 3-4 I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17: 23 For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17: 26 He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1: 3 He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans ...

... of them to share with friends and people in the community. One time while we were loading up a bag full of corn to take to a needy family I asked my Dad why we always gave so many of our vegetables away. He said," Son, not everyone has as much as we do. They can use our help. Besides, if we didn ’ t give these vegetables away they would just go to waste" Now that I have been on this world a lot longer I can see the wisdom ...

... know that my daughter needed assurance of my forgiveness and of my love for her. Is that what we are seeking when we ask God to forgive our sins again? In Matthew 7: 9-12, Jesus tells us," Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father ...

... Feeling Loved I got to hold a baby again recently. I had taken my son to the doctor ’ s office for a checkup and noticed a tired grandmother trying to fill out the office ’ s paperwork and comfort her sick grandchild at the same time. I offered to help and gently rocked the infant back to sleep. With all of my children teenagers now it had been a while since I had held someone quite so small in my arms. As I looked at his sweet, innocent face I couldn ’ t ...

... no. I believe that these so-called unpurchasable people are the truly contented and fulfilled souls around us. In Whitney Seymour's book MAKING A DIFFERENCE (New York: William Morrow and Co, Inc, 1984 ), Arthur McArthur, General Douglas McArthur's father, told his son of such an unpurchasable man. This man was a Union general in charge of the occupied territory surrounding New Orleans toward the end of the American Civil War. He was pressed by local plantation owners to permit them to haul their cotton to the wharves in order for ...

... their forgiveness if we fly off the handle needlessly. We also must model God's mercy and grace to our children. In order to do this, it is essential that we fully understand and accept the awesome gift of mercy and grace He gave us through his son, Jesus Christ. We also must long to be 'just and good. We must use God's word as a template for loving, raising and disciplining our children. As it says is Deuteronomy 6: 5-8" love the Lord your God with all our heart, ...

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

... seas, little food, and an attack by a German U-boat. After getting here her large family worked hard to build a new life in America. They never had much money but were rich in love. Nanny grew up, married, and raised 4 sons of her own. And then when my parents moved back into her home she helped to raise me too. One day when I was about 5 or 6 years old my parents and brothers went on a trip. It was just me and Nanny in the house ...

... no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not, I felt it was God asking-" Are you willing to share your son for a moment ?", when He Shared His for All Eternity. The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me," To enter The Kingdom of God, we must become as little children" [Author Unknown-from Chaplain 777 (chaplain777 @hotmail.com) ...

... to" 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" ...

... and let the tears flow. It wasn't long before a trucker stopped to see if he was all right. My brother told him the story and showed him the flag. The trucker listened patiently, patted my brother on the shoulder, and said," Son, It's going to be all right" The trucker disappeared for a minute and was soon back at my brother's side. In a few minutes another trucker stopped to pay his respects and to listen to the story of my Father's life and passing. A few minutes ...

... . It had been with me as I worked minimum wage jobs mopping floors, doing dishes, and carrying lumber. It had been with me as I held each of my newborn children in my arms. It had been with me as I struggled with my sons ’ autism and learned to love them for just who they are. It had been with me when I was sick. It had been with me when I didn ’ t have a cent to my name. It had been with me as I raced towards that ...

... 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 ...

... -or thirty-four! Find a way to bring love into another's loveless life today -and you'll find a full, happy heart yourself! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day next Saturday, celebrating with a lost and lonely world a love we can all enjoy -the love of the Son of God whose faithfulness and friendship never fails! Celebrate HIM on Valentine's Day -load down that" bicycle built for two" with some lonely, loveless people -head down the road to HIS Home -and you will have a great day! Scripture:" And now abideth ...

... now Lord, you know I just can't do it on my own. Help us, most of all, to see You this Christmas. Amen" That was all she knew for sure-that God cared about her kids too, just as He loves his own Son. And she knew that God loved her kids even more than she did. She'd always known that Christmas Joy isn't something that can be purchased or wrapped up in pretty packages. She knew that somehow, God would provide them with a Christmas that they would always ...

... the little girl and asked if she could use a push too. She smiled and said" Yes !" I soon had her feet soaring towards the clouds while she laughed happily. For the next two hours I found myself pushing swings and playing tag with my son, daughter, and the other little girl. By the time we headed home I was physically exhausted but my spirit was still flying higher than those swings. Two years later I was exhausted again after a long day ’ s work. Still, I needed to ...

... A Tap On The Shoulder A long time ago when my full grown children were still" children" I saw something that still brings a burst of joy to my heart whenever I think about it. My youngest son who was still a toddler at the time was very attached to his big sister. When she first started going to school he would stand by the window waiting everyday for her bus to bring her home. And when I would walk her up the hill to our house he would be waiting at the door ...

... kind word can spread throughout the whole world and change history. I was thinking of these sayings recently when I remembered a story I had once heard about two boys. Both of these boys were born in the late eighteen hundreds. The first boy was the son of a poor cobbler and had contracted smallpox as a child. This left his face scarred and caused him to face teasing from the other boys. He sought solace by dreaming of a career in the church. His first job was as an altar boy but he ...

... , too. We may not always want to be like everyone else around us. I admire those people willing to stand out from the crowd. People like a Miami mother who came to police and spilled out cash and coins totaling $19.53. Her young son added another 85 cents to the little pile. It turns out that, after two days, they were the only people to return money scooped up from an armored truck that toppled on an overpass and rained more than half a million dollars onto the street below. ...

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

... . She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's." I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed ," she said, as she got into the car." They can't wait to hear about our meeting" We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if ...

... wants you to sit higher up, He will show you that, but err on the side of humility, not pride.*Finish the meal. John 3: 16 tells us," God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son" Some believe that because God has already come and died for the sins of the world, they don't have to do anything else. However, it's important to finish the phrase regarding man's responsibility:" whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting ...

... So, the next time doubt walks in, escort him out. Out to the hill. Out to Calvary. Out to the cross where, with holy blood, the hand that carried the flame wrote the promise," God would give up his only son before he'd give up on you" [by: Max Lucado-received from Chris Long at 'Laugh & Lift ' (www.laughandlift.com)] Cartoons Daily Inspiration HOME Humor Poems Quotes Stories Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... am getting sentimental in my middle years. I think I am just getting wiser and more in touch with God ’ s love. Not all of my tears are loving and joyful ones, either. I have had tears of sadness while holding my own crying son, because there was nothing I could do to ease the frustration his Autism causes. I have had tears of grief when first my Mom and then my Grandma died. I have even had tears of empathy in seeing the suffering that so many people in this world ...

... Most Beautiful Of All I decided to take my sons for a walk the other day. Autumn was in the air. Rich, delightful reds painted by God ’ s own hand were coloring some of the trees. Heavenly yellows shining brightly in the afternoon sunshine were coloring others. On the ground a carpet of dry leaves had begun to form along the path. They smelled wonderful and crunched under our feet as we walked along. A light breeze swirled newly falling ones around and around until they too gently floated to the ...

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

... remember you crying with joy the first time I ever wrote something about how much you meant to me. It was the best encouragement this writer ever got. Mom, I remember how you never complained when you took me, my wife, and newborn baby son into your home when I was struggling financially the first years of my marriage. You showed me what it takes to love and raise a child. Mom, I remember all the lessons you taught me about patience, humor, and courage when you faced your long ...

... , a fifteen year old boy who lived in Missouri (USA ), had been feeling badly for several days. His mother Donna took him to the emergency room where blood tests revealed one of the most frightening things a parent can learn about a child. Her son was diagnosed with leukemia. Douglas ' life changed. He began a routine of blood transfusions, spinal and bone marrow tests and chemotherapy. The physical trauma was one thing, but he also became depressed. And who wouldn't? He lost is former life, his ...

... . All he'd wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But his father just watched him. Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process. That's how God deals with us. We try to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a ...

... saw a picture that my cousin had posted online. There he was. His black furry face was looking sadly into the camera. I quickly let my cousin know that it may be my neighbor ’ s dog that she had found and rescued. Then my son, neighbor, and I hopped into my car and drove the half mile to my cousin ’ s house. The little pooch was waiting for us on the porch and was more than happy to get back home into his owner ’ s loving arms. Now isn ...

... him the card. As he read it, I saw the tears forming in his eye's. I felt a lump in my throat, as he threw his arms around me and my mother. I heard the crackling in mom's voice as she said," Son, your father is proud of you, seeing that he raised a good man, and that you do your best to fill his shoes. We love you, and thank you" Addendum-Philemon 1: 7" Your love, dear brother, has brought ...

... in her newspaper column." I could no more say to you a 'Merry Christmas ' without feeling a catch in my throat than I could fly to the moon !" In September 1945, U. S. Navy chief radioman Walter G. Germann wrote his son from a ship anchored in Tokyo Bay to tell him that the formal surrender of Japan would soon be signed." When you get a little older you may think war to be a great adventure-take it from me, it's the most horrible thing ever done.I'll ...

... live everyday with courage, strength, faith, and love. My three children are all heros. My two boys deal with the challenges of Autism everyday but still make this world a happier place for others with their sweet laughter and gentle love. My oldest son is only the water boy for his football team, yet his contagious joy inspires the players more than a star quarterback ever could. My daughter is about to graduate high school but already has the wisdom, kindness, and love of one beyond her years. She ...

... bigotrys and confusion. The whole planet is now connected by air travel, satellite dishes, telephones, fax machines, rock concerts, diseases and mutual needs and concerns. Get with the program! If you really want to help me celebrate the birthday of My Son Jesus, then commit yourselves to figuring out how to feed your hungry and clothe your naked, and protect your abused and shelter your poor. And just as important, make your own everyday life a shining example of kindness and good humor. I've given you all ...

... important is it to offer our love, especially to those closest to us, with no strings attached? Ernest Hemingway wrote a poignant short story called" The Capital of the World" In it he tells about a Spanish father who wants to reconcile with his son who has run away to Madrid. In order to locate the boy he takes out this ad in the El Liberal newspaper:" Paco, meet me at the Hotel Montana at noon on Tuesday. All is forgiven. Love, Papa" Paco is a common ...

... 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, married, and lovingly raised four sons. Then she helped to raise me and my brothers as well. I can still remember coming home after school to my Nanny ’ s old house. The dinners always smelled so wonderful. She always gave me a big Italian hug before dinner too with a smile ...

... together in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 28: 18-20-All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. John 14: 20-Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one ...

... , not a hammock" The fact is, sometimes our successes hold us back more than our failures! I once heard a story about the actor Clark Gable. A friend paid Gable a visit one afternoon at the actor's home. She brought along her small son, who amused himself by playing with toy cars on the floor. He pretended he was racing those cars around a great track, which in reality was an imaginary circle around a golden statuette. The small statue the boy played with was actually the Oscar Clark Gable ...

... a pearl of great wisdom slips into your ears and finds its way into your heart, mind, and soul. This is what happened to me the other day while I was walking in a store. I was looking for acne pads to help my youngest son ’ s teenage face. As I rounded the corner I heard a middle-aged woman with a little girl in her arms asking her grandmother what she thought about a brand new face cream that was supposed to diminish wrinkles and laugh lines. The grandmother just laughed and said ...

... birds greeting the sunrise with a chorus of delight. Later as I sat on my porch swing I saw my first butterfly of the year circling down in the wind until it touched my hand and passed on its loving greeting. Then as I walked with my sons around the local lake this evening we saw dozens of yellow and purple flowers sticking their heads through the ground to soak up the warm sunshine. These were complimented by the red, green, pink, and white of the trees eagerly bursting in growth. A cool ...

... rug, reached out for something to hold on to and grabbed the telephone table. It crashed to the floor and jarred the receiver from the cradle. The table fell on top of the family dog, which leaped up barking and howling. The mother's three-year-old son, startled by this noise, broke into loud screams. The woman mumbled some colorful words and finally managed to pick up the receiver and lift it to her ear. Before she could answer, she heard her husband's voice over the phone say," Nobody's said ...

... Happy Moments I took my sons out for a walk at a nearby lake the other day. The weather was perfect for it. The sky was clear, the temperature was warm, the sun was dancing off the waves, and flowers were blooming along the walk path surrounding the water. Couples both young and old were walking along the path enjoying all of this God given beauty. Dozens of people were fishing peacefully along the banks and in boats. Children were running and playing with their dogs. Families were setting up ...

... Hand In Hand I can remember when my first born son was learning to walk. Everyone in the house was full of excitement. We cheered him on as he pulled himself up on the coffee table and walked around it keeping his palms on it for support. We applauded when he began to make his way down the halls leaning against the wall and going hand over hand as he toddled along. Every time we stood him up in the middle of the floor, however, he would only take a step or two ...

... sent here by the people of Kansas, and who have been ordained by You to govern this great state. Grant them the wisdom to rule, and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of Your Son, the Living Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen" [From: Phil & Sue Warren (08 Mar 1999)-Disclaimer: Posted without verification.] Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... 2 million, the buildings were only insured for $238, 000 because they were made of concrete and thought to be fireproof. Much of Edison's life's work went up in spectacular flames that December night. At the height of the fire, Edison's 24-year old son, Charles, frantically searched for his father among the smoke and debris. He finally found him, calmly watching the scene, his face glowing in the reflection, his white hair blowing in the wind." My heart ached for him ," said Charles." ...

... love them; I simply love them as my children. To learn that the shortest distance they could be from Me is the distance of a prayer. Addendum-1 John 3: 23 (GNB)" What he commands is that we believe in his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as Christ commanded us" [Author Unknown-from Amy and others.] Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... cost of over five million dollars. The 160 room house has stairways that lead to blank walls, corridors that lead to un-openable doors, 13 bathrooms, 13 stair steps, 13 lights to a chandelier, 13 windows to a room.strange. Her husband was the son of Oliver Fisher Winchester, manufacturer of the famous Winchester repeating rifle. The house is referred to as the" guilt house ," and was conceived as a never-ending building project to provide a home for spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles. Instead of addressing her grief ...

... Jesus Is Always With You I was blessed with my 1st son, David, 6 years ago; he is a wonderful boy. He listens to me and obeys me, whatever I teach him he never forgets, and he holds onto it like a treasure. So I felt impressed in my heart that I needed to speak with him more about the Lord, so that he can always have the fear of the Lord and the love of the Lord in him. When he was about three he use to be very ...

... . I weep inside for his handicap, but I am inspired by his courage. And I smile as I watch the children play, totally accepting their friend for who he is, not judging him for what he lacks. It's just another day. My son proudly presents the report he did for school. He shares with me the hopes and dreams he holds for his future. His curiosity and excitement are contagious as we unfold the limitless possibilities that lay before him. I am encouraged that no dream is beyond our reach ...

... of Nazareth, as some would say. A good man. A teacher. Maybe a prophet, but at any rate, at the very least a wise and just rabbi. No. He was much more than that! He was the Christ; the son of the living God. And he still is! Addendum-See Luke 2: 1-20. Have a true Merry Christmas everyone. [Author Unknown-from Anonymous] Inspirational Messages SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... you'd better learn ," said the cowpuncher. Hot lead kicked up dust around the old man's feet and he began to dance. Soon, however, the guns were empty. Now the old prospector reached into his saddlebag and pulled out a sawed-off shotgun." Son ," he said," you ever kissed a mule ?" Looking first at the shotgun, then at the spot where the mule's tail is attached to its body, the young cowboy got the message." Nope ," he answered," I never kissed a mule ...

... died. As the saying goes," Life must go on" We have all lost loved ones. It is a painful, but inevitable part of life. I remember years ago when my husband and I lost a dear one. He was like a son-our 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 ...

... balance wasn ’ t much. It amazed me just how much everything costs these days. I looked down again at the tiny amount left over and sighed. It was then, however, that I felt someone behind me. I turned and saw my youngest son smiling down on me. His handicapped mind had no concept of money, yet his gentle spirit seemed to know that I could use his smile right then. I put my pen down, got up from the table, and gave my boy a hug. I ...

... grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. James 1: 2-4 You are loved! Even the most unlovable person in the world 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 you." He has sent Me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent Me ...

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