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... Candles When I began this journey, I was presented with the most precious gift, three candles. These were the candles of Faith, Hope, and Love. Everywhere on my path of life I went, they were a light to my path. I enjoyed ... . As a pastor it was my greatest faith test. I broke 18 bones and did lots of internal damage. God was faithful" [By: Tim Manzer Copyright 2005-submitted by: Tim (tim @soulrehab.org)] Inspirational Stories SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved ...

... self imposed or wrongfully fed to you by others in your life or the world in general. Fear and doubt are enemies of faith. They are the enemy that you permit to control your decisions even when you declare your faith in God. You give them power ... you. The enemy doesn't want you to be happy, successful, or faithful. The enemy wants you to fail and stay there. Why? Because successful, happy, healthy people give credit for their happiness to God even when they face their fears they declare ...

... them. All of us woven together over a lifetime become the patchwork quilt generations after us must build on. If you have faith don't just apply it randomly. Often times we do the right thing when it doesn't take much effort. Making a life means being ... . Have fun. Take time to be silly. God loves the child in us, not just the children. Making a life means living fully. Laughing often. Love. Take time to love unconditionally. Our faith tells us to love one another not just ...

... Faith Years ago, I was enthralled as I listened to a pastor who for several years had faithfully served the church. His executive responsibilities had taken him all over this country. As he concluded his message, he told of one of the most frightening yet ... experiences of his life. He had been on a long flight. The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on:" Fasten your seat belts" Then, after a while, a calm voice said," We shall ...

... The Faith of a Child Brings Answered Prayer It's a quiet summer day-the sun is brilliant against the sapphire sky and the slightest breeze gently rustles the leaves that dress the trees. Beneath the stately maple can be seen the small figure of a child- ... reunited with each other. And the missing ones with their mother! Yes, God DOES answer prayer. He has honored the faithful petition of a little girl who never gave up hope of finding the missing children. A little girl who always carried them deep within ...

... answers the prayers of the faithful. After you read this, please pause and give God thanks for the beautiful gift of your faith, for the powerful gift of prayer, and for the many miracles He works in your own daily life. and then pass it ... clearly illustrates," with God all things are possible" and more importantly, how God hears and answers the prayers of the faithful. After you read this, please pause and give God thanks for the beautiful gift of your faith, for the powerful gift of ...

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... The Storm Everybody Knows Everybody Everyday Heroes Everywhere Everything Is Connected Except For Six Strangers Extenuating Circumstances Eyes Of A Tiny God Face Value Faith Faith And Deeds Faith Is Everything Faithful Friends Fallen Angel Fast Food Faith Fast Pitch In Heaven Father's Day In Heaven Fathers Promise Father's Day ... Fear Not Feathered Fidelity Find Joy In The Ordinary Finding A Voice First At The Royal Blue First Degree Romance First Light Fisherman Flag Waving Cowboys Fly Flying Solo Flying The Friendly Skies Follow Through On Resolutions For Those Who Dream Forgiven Forgiveness Four Seasons Of A Tree Frank Riddick's ...

... Do Flying The Friendly Skies He Was Proud Of Himself Changing The World When Zucchini Happens Little Tuba Boy Never Stop Shining Miracles Of Faith The Month After Christmas Olympically Engaged Sun Already Set In The Valley They Survived Extenuating Circumstances The Right To Be Wrong Dunk Not Doing Good ... Do You Believe In Saint Nick Dream Catchers Eagle Peak Elusive Butterfly Entertaining Angels Everybody Knows Everybody Faith Faith And Deeds Faith Is Everything Faithful Friends Fallen Angel Fast Food Faith Father's Day In Heaven Fathers Promise Fear Not Find Joy In The Ordinary Finding A Voice First Light Flag ...

... There's Something About The Wind I was trying to explain faith to a man who had no faith." How can you believe in something you can't see ?" he asked me. It was a fair question. I placed my hand upon my chin like the famous statue," The Thinker" Glancing back and forth, I tapped my foot for a moment. Then turning toward him, I pointed my finger as if about to respond. I stopped and returned my hand to my chin. He smiled that kind of ...

... the impact on family and friends. You fidget and get nowhere. To regain footing, remember that we were born not into death, But into life-and that the journey continues After we have finished our days on this earth. We accept this on faith, But that faith is nourished by a conviction That stirs even within many non-believing hearts-an institution that the gift of life, once given, Cannot be taken away. Those who have been stricken Enjoy the special privilege of being able to fight With their might ...

... . But I worry a little about children who grow up in this age of disbelief. Experiencing the fun of a harmless fantasy like the Easter Bunny is one thing. But how do they cope with life in a world where belief itself is belittled, where faith is ridiculed and reality extends only as far as one can see hear, smell, taste or touch? A few years ago national attention was focused on a deep, dark cave in the mountains near where I live. A Scout troop had entered the cave to ...

... been waiting for you. As a matter of fact all three of us have been waiting to meet you. I will help you take the way out of Temptation that God gives you as it comes up. The last person we want you to meet is Faith"" Hi Soul, I am Faith, and I will help you stay strong and keep your beliefs strong ," said Faith. Soul began to cry. When he began to cry Redemption said," This is what we were here for. Jesus redeemed you ...

... , knowing her winged companion would never leave her side. Many years passed, and one day, for some strange reason, the fair maiden recalled how she used to search for the elusive butterfly of love. In fact, the more she looked at her faithful winged companion, the more she wondered about the validity of the story of the elusive butterfly. Curiosity soon began to turn into discontentment with the butterfly she had devoted so much of her life to." Look at you ," she whispered to her faithful companion as ...

... try to do it. It just could not be done. So he tried to go on with his life. He got a job operating heavy equipment, got married, and had some kids. However, as a good Christian, he knew that" faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead" (James 2: 17). So, he kept studying about the subject, and prayed for guidance on the matter. Then one night he felt led to take action by faith alone. He ...

... The Angel Penny A few years ago I was involved in a Religious Encounter Weekend. These weekends provide many things to many people. To some, it may be an affirmation of their faith,-to others, it's just the beginning of their journey in Faith. A chance to start over or find a way to forgive someone or have their first true relationship with Christ. At these events there are many people involved on different levels. I had attended the previous year as a candidate. This year I had been ...

... publisher. But then it started showing up in other messages, too. I had to really think about this one. In doing so I came to the conclusion that because I knew her to be Christian I assumed it meant Jesus. I call this" faith expectations" That's what a Christian lady would do. I would expect Jesus in her work. Adding a" J" would be a way to express that. That also got me to thinkin" as they say. Do I live up to the expectations of ...

... What will you take?" Time, faith and the love of my family and friends ," he said. How wonderful. Somehow, from the moment we met, I knew we would connect. His response was perfect. His answer was mine. It is that time of year when we reflect back on accomplishments and failures. It is a wrapping up and an unfolding all in one. The sentimental fool that I am keeps me deep in thought filling my days with mood swings easily compared to riding a roller coaster ...

... what can I do ?" I stammered." I've never known a child like this before" I felt so inadequate." Give her love ," she suggested," lots and lots of love. She's lost so much. There's prayer, too-and faith, faith that will make her a normal little girl again if you just don't lose hope" I returned to my room to discover that the children were already shunning this" different" child. Not that Mary noticed. Even kindly little Kristie looked affronted." ...

... importance, we lack a feeling of completeness. We sense there is something missing. The missing ingredients in my flower pot were the things that created life itself-seeds. The things that we may be missing in life are seeds of hope, love, faith, and determination. When we accept the fact that our life gardens will produce exactly what we plant, we become more concerned as to what we plant. I planted a variety of flower seeds that day. I understand that the zinnia seeds will produce zinnias. ...

... Miracles Of Faith, Trust And Hope Set aside your skepticism. Cast away doubt. Miracles do happen. And I'm feeling sort of guilty about it. The miracle in this case is Carley Jo, my great-niece who came into this world with a badly diseased heart. As an infant, her doctors had hoped to delay heart surgery until she was older and much, much bigger about 75 pounds or so. And for the first few years of her life she seemed to be doing well. When you watched her ...

... Fast Food Faith Too many times I had sat that same way-shoulders slouched, head in my hands, wearing despair like an old, familiar blanket. When you don't have enough money, all you can think of is money; how much you have, how far it will go, how many days until your next paycheck. The money litany becomes a leaky faucet of thoughts, a constant dripping of worry and stress. I sighed deeply, and sat up. It wasn't as though I wasn't trying. I ...

... Faith Is Everything Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. He even has scripture memorized! When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply," If I were any better, I would have already been raptured !" He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Michael was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. And give him a ...

... , and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This you have done. I, my friend, will now move the rock" At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God ...

... says," Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil, be infants, but in your thinking be adults" And in Ephesians 4: 13 we're told that the goal of the Church is that we would" all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" Finally, the writer of Hebrews says," Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity" (Heb ...

... far from God. I needed to be rescued from my own sinful self-centered ways. I was doomed to eternal death. Jesus was the one who meet me at the road-side and rescued me from certain eternal death in hell. I prayed a simple prayer of faith that went like this; Dear God, Forgive me, I m a sinner. I place my faith in you to be my Lord and Savior. Amen. I invite you to join this eternally rescued biker and put your faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus sacrifice ...

... Now it is time for him to talk to the one who is everything. With great courage in his mind he said," Master, let me see" He heard for the last time in his life with blindness," You may go; your faith has healed you". His eyes were opened for the first time. As he was coming out from his mother's womb and giving out his first breath in the earth, he now opens his first sight and sees the King of Kings. He now saw; ...

... sorry for jumping the gun here but I made this promise to my child and now I need You to help me keep it". Suddenly I was filled with a deep sense of peace but I still didn't realize that, because I had stepped out in faith (led there by grace alone) I was on my way to a miracle. I jumped up and we all had a ball going from room to room gathering everything to do with cigarettes. There were packs hidden everywhere and five in the freezer alone. We ...

... . The championship game was scheduled for a Sunday, and Christensen's religious beliefs precluded participation in sports on Sunday. It was an agonizing decision for the young man. He felt a strong sense of loyalty to his teammates, who pled with him to set his faith aside for one day to play in what would surely be the most important basketball game of his life. Everywhere he turned his coach, school officials, fellow students people were urging him, BEGGING him to suit up. But his faith was important to ...

... Faithful Friends Brownie and Spotty were neighbor dogs who met every day to play together. Like pairs of dogs you can find in most any neighborhood, these two loved each other and played together so often that they had worn a path through the grass of the field between their respective houses. One evening, Brownie's family noticed that Brownie hadn't returned home. They went looking for him with no success. Brownie didn't show up the next day, and, despite their efforts to find him, by the next week he was ...

... Faith and Evolution (boy prays for teacher) A boy named Bob, age 14, was a Christian. However, he was in a science class with a teacher that stated at the start of the year he was an evolutionist, and by the end of the school year he would have all the Christians believing in evolution. There were 5 other Christians in the class besides Bob. As the year went by in the science class, one by one the Christian students fell away from their belief. The teacher would ...

... Faith and Deeds I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3 ), and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called" Smile." The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reaction. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say, hello, ...

... hang in there. He was determined to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he'd get to play when he became a senior. All through high school he never missed a practice nor a game, but remained a bench-warmer all four years. His faithful father was always in the stands, always with words of encouragement for him. When the young man went to college, he decided to try out for the football team as a" walk-on" Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he did ...

... Late Who knows what the path of life will hold for us. Not even a crystal ball, fortune teller, or any other psychic being would have the answer. To get through this sometimes rough road called life I have personally found that you must have faith in your own personal strength. Pursue your dreams hoping they will become your reality, and never give up. Dreams are what reality is made of. At the age of 17 like many young women I had been mesmerized on a flight to Europe by a Stewardess ...

... " I stunned myself. I hurried to get a pen and tablet I keep near my chair in the living room so that I could write it down. In God's Garden, He decides what will grow and what will not. He plants the seeds of faith, hope, love, joy, and happiness in our lives. Who are we to say that this seed will grow and that will not? In God's Garden, He plants the seed in your mind that in the early stages appears as a foolish dream, ...

... , who very rarely shared the depth of his emotions, said in that letter," I have watched you and I see that you have something that is of great worth, a treasure. I know that it is real and I admire you for your faith and your love for God" We have never spoken of that letter, but it came at a time when I prayed for a sign." God, show me that you hear my prayers. Heal my family. Let me know that you are listening" ...

... , right then, right where I am. If I think you need it, I can pray for you without asking for permission. If you want to pray with me, you can without rules, regulations or guidelines, in any language, in any faith, to the God we share or the God we each believe in. So what about the man who believes his life is like standing on the shore? He's right. Never again will I see myself" on the edge" I will stand firm and let ...

... folly. And the king wept with him. We have been invited into a royal family-the family of God. To feast at God's dinner table, all we have to do is shed our old rags and put on the" new clothes" of faith which is provided by God's Son, Jesus Christ. We cannot hold onto our old rags. When we put our faith in Jesus, we must let go of the sin in our life, and our old ways of living. Addendum-2 Corinthians 5: ...

... Memory Lane By Kristi Powers (From the book: Heart Touchers" Life-Changing Stories of Faith, Love, and Laughter ") One morning, when I was twenty-two years old, I jumped out of bed and ran to the window to gaze out over" The Lane ," as I called it. I loved everything about my walks down this special path, for my journeys were full of beauty, solitude, and communion with my Maker. This particular morning, as the sun peeked her head over the horizon, I was ...

... bother him. Whenever any one of them had a problem, it was to him they turned. His nick-name was" Preacher Splane" My father taught me to trust in the Lord at all times. He taught me that money is not important, that faith is. He taught me to hide God s Word in my heart. My father passed on to me, generosity, faith and perseverance. He taught me that where duty lies, or danger, be never wanting there One time when I was ...

... have heard the old man tell the story for what seems like the" hundredth" time, be happy if he lives to tell it to you a hundred more times. One day you will wish he were there to tell it again. Once you have faith, you can never give into the power of doubt. Faith builds, doubt destroys. Once you have love, you always will. Love always and all ways, Bob and Marianne Perks." I wish you enough !" J~Bob Perks~Good news ...

... it in a deep, dark red. As I browsed over a menu, I saw many delightful items listed. There were things like," peace ,"" joy ,"" blessings ,"" confidence ,"" assurance ,"" hope ,"" love ,"" faith ," and" mercy" I realized that this was no ordinary restaurant! I flipped the menu back to the front in order to see where I was at." God's Grace ," was the name of this place! The man returned and said," I ...

... missing keys I realized there was something bigger there. I am guessing in his despair and anger removing those particular keys would prevent him and others from ever writing about" love" and" life" It also stopped the writer from finding" God ,"" Faith" and" Hope" in his work. Maybe that was the real loss" If you don't have faith in God, you'll never find hope or love in your life. One more thing. A year later I found another typewriter. This one still had ...

... major. He too was afraid of the professor. So, for 3 months that semester he prayed every morning that he would have the courage to standup no matter what the professor said or what the class thought. Nothing the professor said could ever shatter his faith, he hoped. Finally the day came. The professor said ," If there's anyone here who still believes in God, stand up !" The professor and the class of 300 students looked surprised, as the young Christian student stood-up. The professor shouted," You ...

... There was once a man who didn't believe in the incarnation of Christ or the spiritual meaning of Christmas, and was skeptical about God. He and his family lived in a farm community. His wife was a devout believer and diligently raised her children in her faith. He sometimes gave her a hard time about her faith and mocked her religious observance of Christmas." It's all nonsense-why would God lower himself and become a human like us ?! It's such a ridiculous story !" he said. One snowy Christmas day, ...

... three weeks after you left !" No, I didn't buy those cows, but someone did! How God provided those three cows I'll never know, but I don't need to know! The point of this story is not about the cows, but about the faith and trust of a Thai Christian named Paw Phim who lives on the other side of the world, yet still teaches us that faith and trust will always win the day! Thank you Paw Phim! I'll see you soon.~By: Joe Bagby~Now ...

... have Battle Fatigue. I would never ask You for a discharge. I love being in Your service. But I humbly request a demotion and transfer. I'll file papers or clean latrines. Just get me out of the battle-please, Sir. Your Faithful, but tired, Warrior. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TO: Faithful, but tired, Soldier, Spiritual Armed Forces LOCATION: The Battlefield SUBJECT: Transfer Dear Soldier: Your request for transfer has been denied. I herewith present My reasons: You are needed in this battle ...

... people flocked about him." Nicholas! Confessor !" they shouted." Saint Nicholas has come home" The bishop was beaten but not broken. He served Christ's people in Myra for another 30 years. Through the prayers of this tried and tested soldier of faith, many found forgiveness of their sins through faith in Christ. Nicholas participated in the famous Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. He died about 343, a living legend, beloved by his whole city. St. Nick of yuletide fame still carries faint reminders of ...

... took the lead, He knew the exciting paths to take, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds-it was all I could do to just hang on! At times it seemed like madness. He said:" Pedal !" And by faith I did, although I worried and was anxious." Where are you taking me ?" He laughed, but no answer, and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. When I'd say," I'm scared ...

... ago, I was sitting in my living room scared out of my mind. Marianne had just found out she had breast cancer and 2005 was frightening. Now look how far we've come. The year I feared turned out to be a year of hope, faith and love. Hope for the future, strengthened by faith and encouraged by the love of thousands of friends I've never met. You. I can also remember all too many new years when I saw nothing but emptiness ahead. I was hopeless and lost. I ...

... . My son, Keith, had the winning design for the official race t-shirt. He's a graphic artist and photographer. She ran for Uncle Terry who died from brain cancer and her grandmother who recently passed. Sarah represents a strong family with roots deep in faith, family values and love. She is my son's best friend and a brilliant light in my life. Sarah had never run a race before. She had participated in fund raising efforts and walked the good walk like many of us do. But this was both ...

... is a true story. No editing was done, so you could experience the overall tone of the story about a Father and the unconditional love of his young son. Enjoy... Today was a special day, the type of day which restores a faith of sorts. And in that faith I found a lesson, taught to me by my 6-year-old son, Brandon. I watched him at the kitchen table carefully packing his lunch-bag. I was going to take him along with me to work. As he put it ...

... wonder how someone can live and raise a family without the comfort and peace of religious belief, and I m sure he wonders probably a lot about how reasonable, rational people can invest so much time and energy into something so seemingly intangible as faith. I ve tried to explain to him that my faith ISN T intangible that it is more solid and real to me than most of what passes for solid and real in contemporary society. Similarly, he has made it clear ...

... yet the bible says His love endures forever. I just don't know what to believe. How can his love endure forever, how? Thank you, (name withheld) This was my reply: (name withheld) God NEVER makes mistakes. Imagine what faith would be like if we believed in something bigger than us who screwed up once in awhile? I don't think we'd believe for long. I was a second child in my family of two. I wasn't expected. When it came to light that my mom was ...

... that if I sing during my storm, the rumble of fear all around me will add depth to my voice and carry it further. Perhaps even to inspire others and calm those who care about me. When it is the darkest, the light of my faith, though it may flicker, will show me the way. Instead of shaking in the corner somewhere, I need to sing in a thunder storm." I wish you enough !" J~Bob Perks~Good news-Bob Perks ' first book," ...

... be proud of the life that she lives today. Yet she finds herself at another crossroad in her life and I don't have any question that if she keeps doing what she's been taught that she'll get through this one just fine too. I have all the faith in the world!~Trish~Trish is from California, and says," I am a grateful woman in recovery, living a life beyond my wildest dreams. I'm happily married with two grown daughters, a fabulous grandson with a second grandchild on the way ...

... " Jenny came rushing over and Dad and I said our goodbyes. I thought a lot about this today. I asked myself a hundred times. So I'll ask you. Based on who you are. Knowing more about you than anyone else. Having whatever faith you may have in yourself, your God. Can you see" Heaven in tomorrow ?" If you believe just reach up right now and touch it. Jenny did." I wish you enough !" J~Bob Perks~Good news-Bob Perks ' first ...

... discussion we realize I am saying one thing but he has heard another. There are times I think we are going to have to get an interpreter in the near future to save our sanity. I am without a shadow of a doubt a trial to his faith, especially when I decide I want to take care of something around the house and then need him to help finish it up. Like when the bathroom sink was draining really slow and I knew the trap needed to be cleaned. But I didn't get the ring ...

... who was smiling now! The big gate in front of the castle was swung wide open. The little boy was amazed!" Who are You ?" asked the little boy in astonishment." Why, I'm the King's Son. By placing your trust and faith in Me, you can enter the Castle and be with the King ," said the Man. The little boy had a huge smile on his face." Can I go home and tell my parents about You ?" asked the little boy." So they can ...

... never heal because we keep picking at them. I swore I would never do that, yet, today I didn't even hesitate to show Doc my scar. It's okay. I see it as reverting back to my childhood. If you are of the Christian faith, I suggest that you turn to the One who bore the scars of death for you. Then you will have no excuse. What scars do you have?" I believe in You !" J~Bob Perks~[ by: Bob Perks Copyright 2009 ( ...

... than a hundred books or a thousand lectures. That simple salute-that single act of honoring his fallen brother and his flag-encapsulated all the Army values in one gesture for me. It said," I will never forget. I will keep the faith. I will finish the mission. I am an American soldier" I thank God for examples like that. And on this Memorial Day, I will remember all those who paid the ultimate price for my freedom, and one private, soaked to the skin, ...

... own strength. If God were real He sure wouldn't do some of the dumb things people said He did. His wife, however, did believe in God and was always quick to say that she was born again. She raised their children to also have faith in God despite his disparaging comments. One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him, as always to come, but he refused." What a lot of ...

... . Guidelines. Rules. For some reason we often times just toss them all away when we make everyday decisions. That's why we need something bigger than ourselves. Something to compare ourselves to every time we are faced with a choice. The obvious is our faith." God is bigger than everything ," you might say. If we accept God as the ultimate guide and nothing or no one is bigger than God, why do we still do wrong? Why do we make bad choices? Even knowing that God is present ...

... preparation of Santa s Christmas Eve cookies, even slipping out of bed one year to check the temperature of his cup of milk, startling my husband and I as we were placing presents under the tree. She held on to that childlike wonder, that faith in the unseen and unseeable, for a long time. Long after her classmates had given in to the skepticism of a skeptical age, she clung tenaciously to her belief in Santa Claus. But when she was in fifth grade and still believed, I began to ...

... Boat And Walked On The Water Toward Jesus. But, When He Saw The Strong Wind And The Waves, He Was Terrified And Began To Sink. Save Me, Lord! He Shouted. Jesus Immediately Reached Out And Grabbed Him. You Have So Little Faith, Jesus Said. Why Did You Doubt Me?~Matthew 14: 27: 31 NLT~Tom Rogers~Copyright 2010 All Rights Resrved Swimming In The Deep End And Everything Is Different Now! [by: Tom Rogers, Copyright 2010 (tomrogers @rocketmail.com ...

... a 'fisher of men" I replied." Well, I believe my Daddy sent you here. Good catch !" she said as she smiled." What bait do you use ?"" A little caring, a bit of trust, and a lot of faith, I guess" I replied." Well, I'm a believer" she said." So am I. 'I believe in YOU!"" I wish you enough !" J~Bob Perks~Good news-Bob Perks ' first book," I ...

... mission was done. I laid my hand across her shimmering mane, and we walked as one back to the warmth of the barn, to hold vigil together with our ailing friend. Their beauty speaks to me in silence, their eyes are shining diamonds of faith. Their aura of life will beam brightly come morn, their hearts will beat with the coming joy of a new dawn, as the sun slowly rises on their horizon of hope. For they are the creatures of our mother earth, to be protected and cherished ...

... them to this place." That surgery," her Mom whispered." was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost ?" Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost. one dollar and eleven cents. plus the faith of a little child. A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law. [Thanks to Lady Alberta-from Aiken Drum] Inspirational Stories SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... . He waits patiently until I tell him what I want him to do. His faithfulness has never failed him. He now has his reward-his freedom. And I will place him as overseer, and you will be his servants. Because of his faithful service to me-though he was once a lowly slave-he is truly the greater" Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly ...

... had six children. He had spent $20 for those glasses that very morning. He was really upset by the thought of having to buy another pair." It's not fair ," he told God as he drove home in frustration." I've been very faithful in giving of my time and money to your work, and now this" Months later, the director of the orphanage was on furlough in the United States. He wanted to visit all the churches that supported him in China, so he came to speak one ...

... , you will reap greatness. If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective. If you plant hard work, you will reap success. If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation. If you plant faith in Christ, you will reap a harvest. So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later. Two thousand years ago Paul wrote to the church at Galatia the same story but with fewer words," What you sow ...

... them, but the promise of God is clear. If we love Him and live our lives according to His precepts, even that which seems to be bleak and hopeless will be turned by God for His glory and our benefit. Hold on, God is faithful! May God bless you this week as you seek His will in every situation. Addendum-Genius 50: 20 (NIV)" You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many ...

... , then it is simply not worth worrying about. Let go. Post this list somewhere that you will see it daily and as you go along add to, take away things as you see fit. The only real thing you should hold onto is your faith and the love you give and the love you get." And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make" The Beatles 1 Thessalonians 5: 21" Test everything. Hold on to the good"" Don't cry because it's ...

... where I lived. There was a mother and a father and six children sitting around the kitchen table, laughing and rejoicing. They enjoyed the same meal that our family had shared together that day. Then I realized that miracles happen when we step out in faith and in steps God. For with us, some things are impossible. But with God, all things are possible.~Nancy B. Gibbs~Daiseydood @aol.com Nancy is an author, a religion columnist, and an inspirational speaker. She speaks at many ...

... it was. I didn't help him, he helped me. He helped me to believe in people again. He helped me to once again WANT to do something for those who are in need. I wish I could thank him for restoring some of my faith in the basic goodness of others and for giving me back a little of the optimism I had lost somewhere along the way. Because of him I once again felt part of a golden chain of kindness that binds us to one another. I may have fed his ...

... . God will feed that bird, but he won't throw the food into the nest. That's why it was given wings." When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly"? Edward Teller Close your eyes when you finish reading this. Picture a bird on a branch. Now ...

... cannot read a word in that Bible, but I know what it says. On every page, the Bible says 'love ' And 'love ' means we must share" I would have driven all the way across town just to hear that story of his mother's faith. I have no idea whether he told it because the following Sunday was Mother's Day. On Saturday, Margaret and I drove to Eutaw, Alabama, to bury her Aunt Winona Franklin in a plot beside her husband of 40 years who died some 15 years ago ...

... run any storm. If we stand strong enough in place we can let the storm pass over us. So, what does it take to get through the storm? It all comes down to the choosing. Enough. Enough time, enough belief, enough faith, enough love, enough hope. Both men are fully equipped with all those values. Still, the enemy will step into the middle of every storm and use weapons of fear and doubt. Fear of the unknown isn't the worst. Doubt is. Doubt undermines ...

... .This is about guys. When my dad was alive I always remember how much I hated buying a father's day card. They spoke of fishing, hunting, sports, father always knowing the right thing to say to comfort a child. They mention dedication to faith and family and the strength it took to stand tall in face of adversity. I would choose a" Hope you have a great day" card and sign it with love. He wasn't a bad father. I loved him deeply. If you've been with me ...

... feel small. But God didn't give frogs the ability to leap without reason. God didn't give you all the gifts and talents you have without reason, too. Next time you think you hear the call of a distant pond why not take a leap of faith. If it doesn't work out you can always come back .just like our frog did. Come on over to our" pad ," any time." I wish you enough !" J~Bob Perks~Good news-Bob Perks ' first book," I ...

... shiny, red marbles. Moral: We will not be remembered by our words-but by our deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath, as we help others."... faith without works is dead" (James 2: 20 NKJ) [by W. E. Petersen (Ensign magazine October, 1975)-from (Marilyn Graham, Wit and Wisdom, Thelly, John Traver)] Inspirational Stories SkyWriting.Net All Rights Reserved. ...

... the One who trades a throne room for a stable, and the praise of angels for human mockery. This is the Creator who gives Himself on a cross! The Bible gives us the only appropriate response:" The life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Gal. 2: 20) You look at what Jesus did to pay for your sin on that cross, and you say those life-changing words-" For me" Jesus is at ...

... Where 'Ya Been? The story is told of a man named John who had once been faithful to attend his church regularly, but had grown lackadaisical recently. The Pastor knew that he hadn't seen the gentleman in a while, so he went for a visit. John greeted the Pastor and welcomed him in, directing him to the chair beside the fireplace. He asked the Pastor what brought him to visit, but the Pastor didn't say a word. .he simply grabbed the fireplace tongs, picked up a hot coal from ...

... God is so good to me. I already know how. Why do bad things happen to good people? A man made a small fortune asking that question. I do know why such a small word has such an big impact on our lives. Our faith. God holds all the answers. We ask" why ?" of God and He doesn't just say" Because I said so" Although on His authority, His Word, He could easily say that. Instead He shows you. He leads you. He takes ...

... . A gentle breeze interrupts. You close your eyes knowing that this time, and from now on, there will not be the darkness that once consumed you. You have given your life over to Him and with Him comes the Light. This is what faith is. This is what prayer does." I wish you enough !" J~Bob Perks~Good news-Bob Perks ' first book," I Wish You Enough ," Embracing Life's Most Valuable Moments. is now available for ordering. Here's the" Link ...

... ? Is he really real ?" I must reply," He is my dear, so let your heart be still. You see I know he did exist, a man of flesh and bone, he loved the Lord and felt the call to protect the faith and the ones the Lord calls His own. He lived in small town in what is now Turkey. He was a Bishop of a small town, called Myra. It was so many years ago many say his story can t be found. But it ...

... , felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.~By John McCrae, 1915~Waregem, Belgium WW1-368 Americans buried there. Memorial Day was first observed after the Civil War but at that time it was known as ...

... right away. It was a tortuous night, filled with horrible tests that made my son's tiny little voice echo though the halls as he screamed over and over. I felt as if I were shattering from the inside out. My husband never wavered in his faith. He comforted me and Noah, and everyone who called to check on Noah. He was a rock. When the first batch of tests were done, the nurse informed us that a spinal tap would be performed soon. Meningitis was suspected. Marty and I ...

... in remission. She wanted more than anything to play softball with the league that year, and so the doctor gave her permission. Karen was afraid it was too much, but she had to believe that Tracy would beat this catastrophic disease, and placing her faith in God, wanting as normal of a life for Tracy as possible, she allowed her to play. They went to her games at the school field, which were held at an earlier time than her brothers. One evening after a winning game our families went ...

... no textbooks, no laboratories, no scientifically calculated models that can turn you into a good father. It's something you can only learn by doing-which means that what you do will occasionally be. well. wrong. But guided by love and fortified by faith, you can overcome your mistakes. And so, thank God, can your children. Even if you're a rookie.~Joseph Walker~< ValueSpeak @msn.com >Copyright 2010 Joseph Walker began his professional writing career as a staff writer for the Deseret News in ...

... Rich and poor alike had worshipped there and built it beautifully. Now the good days had passed from the section of town where it stood. But the pastor and his young wife believed in their run-down church. They felt that with paint, hammer, and faith they could get it in shape. Together they went to work. But late in December a severe storm whipped through the river valley, and the worst blow fell on the little church-a huge chunk of rain-soaked plaster fell out of the inside wall just behind ...

... -to really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an" educated" person to grasp. God seems like his closest companion. In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity, I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith. It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions. It is then I realize that perhaps he is not the one with the handicap-I am. My obligations, my fear, my ...

... upon the cross so that I could hang that flag with my head held high this year. Some people may not have yet forgiven me. But the One who matters did." I believe in YOU !" Bob My Challenge to You. No matter what faith you have or don't, I believe that there is an element of forgiving and being forgiven in every human spirit. They say that forgiving frees the forgiver. Take a sheet of paper and write the word" Forgiven" on it. Sit for a time and ...

... darkest life. Eternal instants have dotted history. It was an eternal instant when the Creator smiled and said," It is good" It was a timeless moment when Abraham pleaded for mercy from the God of mercy," But if there are just ten faithful" I was a moment without time when Noah pushed open the rain-soaked hatch and breathed in the clean air. And it was a moment in the" fullness of time" when a carpenter, some smelly shepherds, and an exhausted, young mother stood in silent ...

... do what needs to be done. For some people, such courage comes quite naturally, while others have it thrust upon them by time and circumstance. Some, like Kathie, are motivated to courageous action by friends and family. Others take courage from their faith and from cherished values. Different people are inspired by different things in different situations. The important thing is finding the right foundation upon which to build a courageous response and then responding. Courageously. With or without the screaming. No matter how nervous, terrified ...

... had a lapel pins. As they came closer, I could see one pin read" Trust God" and the other was a cross within a fish. Were they Christians? In the Philippines, many people are outwardly religious, without any depth of personal faith. Often religious symbols are used for good luck. However, these pins seemed genuinely Christian. Finding seats directly in front of us, the two men turned around to greet us. They knew English well." Are the two of you with SIL ?" asked ...

... and became the pride and joy of Mother's orchard. It was her 'Early June ' apple tree, which produced beautiful light yellow-greenish apples that were much too tart to eat right off the tree, but were perfect for cooking and baking. Each season this little faithful apple tree would produce hundreds and hundreds of apples for Mom to use for baking to spoil her family. My mom's apple pie and applesauce are undeniably the best. And Mom gives all the credit to her 'Early June ' apple tree. My mother modestly says, ...

... that if I open my heart to acceptance, the world is filled with support teams. I've also resolved to open my obstinate mind and really listen to others, experts or not. This not only fosters my own sometimes-frail belief in my abilities; it fosters faith in miracles. One morning my husband, Bob, said there was a huge present for me in our driveway. He had researched" bicycles for disabled people" It was a 300 pound cycle for two. The seats were side by side. He could pedal ...

... Amanda and her Amen Crackers . I learned that prayer should be a priority. I learned that whatever is on my plate I should be thankful for it. I learned I should keep it simple and be specific. I learned to have faith and trust God even when all I have is three crackers. I learned it is best to tend to my own crackers that have been provided for me and allow God to fill my plate. I learned to be patient. Even if I m sitting in ...

... for all of us, I think. No matter how strong we are individually, we are infinitely stronger in the face of adversity if we work together. Like the young man's uncle said:" A lot of times things happen these days that shake our faith in humanity. But here we have not one person, not two people, but nearly a dozen people rushing together to a burning scene to lift a thousand-pound car. That is absolutely incredible"~Joseph Walker~< ValueSpeak at msn.com >Copyright 2010 Joseph Walker ...

... use it, and I had to learn the commands. Since Jessie s trial by fire began with a dog fight and shouting, my husband began to train Jessie with soft commands and hand signals. Day after day. Week after week, my husband faithfully trained a dog that others would have put down. As his arm healed over the next months, something rare and beautiful began to take place. Jessie, under my husband s gentle persuasion, began to understand and obey. And Jessie adored him. I ...

... one for courage" Then the Lord added an amethyst stone." I'll place a stone of garnet ," He said," For all the times you spent on your knees, When you asked me to take care of your children, And them for having faith in me"" I have a pearl for every little sacrifice, That you made without them knowing, For all the times you went without, To keep them happy, healthy, and growing"" And last of all I have a diamond, The greatest ...

... you? Well, you're almost a nurse. Now is your chance to find out what Christmas spirit really means" Determined to make the best of it, I turned in early." I'll be home for Christmas. You can count on me" My faithful clock-radio announced reveille as I slowly dragged myself out of a toasty-warm bed. I trudged across the snow-filled street and grabbed a quick breakfast in the cafeteria before reporting for duty on the medical-surgical unit. As I prepared to take vital signs on my first patient, I ...

... apocalyptic trauma could follow our failure to turn off that valve. Well, OK their warnings actually had more to do with the possibility of creeks flowing through our yards and geysers erupting through holes in broken water pipes. But I don't know having Old Faithful explode in my front yard sounds pretty apocalyptic to me. My wife, Anita, also reminded me several times, as I recall. Each of those conversations went something like this:" Joe, have you turned off the valve to the sprinkler system ?" ...

... . I did the same as I stepped into the unfamiliarity of a sightless world. Holding onto God's hand, I gained confidence and learned the language of gratitude. With profound appreciation for my father's example, I learned how he had applied a powerful blend of faith and tenacity-the same blend I used to fulfill my own role as a wife, mom, Sunday school teacher, Spanish court interpreter, inspirational speaker and writer. What I inherited from my father helped me to see my life with a more radiant and meaningful ...

... me with my laundry ?" My tears quickly turned to laughter at her ready response of," Bring it on over, Honey, bring it on over !" Our clothes were never cleaner, brighter, or less wrinkled than during the almost two years that Betty faithfully and lovingly did our laundry. Then when our little foster daughters were placed in their" forever home" through adoption, we both knew it was time for me to resume the task, and although she no longer does our laundry, our friendship remains strong. ...

... joy of playing with an old rag doll or stick of wood for hours because their parents could not afford better. They have witnessed love in the eyes of the elderly because they stopped to say hello and share their time. They have fallen down but their faith has never let them down. Although at times, happiness may be short lived, the door they exit always leads them to another and another, for when God opens one door .oh, you know the rest. You find happiness there, too, right? ...

... , for many it is just beginning. Perhaps the reason Kevin Everett healed so miraculously was because of the care he received in the ambulance, or in the hospital, or in the rehab hospital, or because of his excellent conditioning, or because of his faith, or because of so many other reasons, or a combination of the above. Today, he is doing great and helping others. Many people, who have sustained a spinal cord injury, as well as those who have not, possess the desire to get ...

... . Sure does feel good to fit in. They were not really my style of shoe at first, but the more that people accepted them, I began to adjust and my thoughts that they were really not my style receded over time. I wore them faithfully and they carried me many miles. Did I mention that they were comfortable? Couldn't imagine a reason to get another pair. Well, except for a few drawbacks. They were getting very worn. Holes began to develop in the sides of both shoes. And ...

... simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm into its world. When the storms of life come upon us-and all of us will experience them-we can rise above them by setting our minds and faith toward God !!! The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that brings sickness, pain, tragedy, failure and disappointments in our lives, and make something ...

... alone on the weekends in our local National forest. He continued to rise before dawn to start his day, as he had done while actively serving. He would hunt and fish during the day, followed by reading and relaxation under the starry sky, his faithful dog at his side. During one of his many excursions, an unknown thief entered his tent late one moonless night. Without waking him, the prowler quietly removed his most valued possession. My stepfather was left behind undisturbed, wrapped in his sleeping blanket, oblivious ...

... that day. By describing the sin in our own lives, we began to bring them to the surface. We shovel moles in confession to one another. Then God can help us eradicate them. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1: 9 NLT~Tom Rogers~Copyright 2011 All Rights Resrved [by: Tom Rogers, Copyright 2011 (tomrogers @rocketmail.com)-submitted by: Tom Rogers] ...

... the worship service as well as for Sunday school. I am thankful for Willie, a Sunday school Superintendent, who believed in a little girl who he had never heard play a note. It probably wasn t so unusual for Willie who had lived by faith for many years. Although it was written in 1895, by William R. Newell, it s melody and message is timeless and as needed today as much as ever. The refrain still plays in my mind as I often go back to number 111, ...

... foolish idea. This isn't some ethical question in a college course. It is indeed reality. YOU are that miracle created, born with great expectations and given unto the world as the miracle of life. You are capable of all those things and obligated by faith to use this miracle. Wake up to this reality. Step up to the challenge. Live up to expectations. Be the miracle!" I believe in You !" J~Bob Perks~[ by: Bob Perks Copyright 2009 (2believe @comcast.net)- ...

... . Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith." Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If God let's us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing ," Mom said. Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the ...

Christ's Last Days On Earth | Scripture passages: John 21:1-19 | Bible Story
... feeling of desire, of the need to see Christ again. Seven of the disciples, Simon Peter to whom the Lord had given a special revelation after His resurrection; Thomas, who once doubted, but doubted no more; Nathaniel, who had been a faithful follower of Christ since he had been called; James, and his brother John, whom the Lord loved in a special way; along with a couple of other disciples are gathered at the lake Tiberius (Galilee). They aimlessly watch the fishing boats coming and ...

... gemstone that has more value when it is found than when men finish with it is the PEARL. Like the pearl, men can add nothing to the value of out salvation, through Jesus Christ. Eph 2: 8 For by grace are we saved through faith; and that not of yourselves-it is the gift of God-'Eph 2: 9 ' Not of works, lest anyone should boast. The pearl is formed when a foreign object somehow enters the inside of the oyster, and instead of ejecting the object ...

... to your choices and preparedness you have no excuses, no one to blame, but yourself. If you see stormy waters, you either get a bigger boat or stay on the shore until it passes. If your life is stormy, your sail should be faith, hope your life boat and God the Captain of your vessel. You can stand on the shores of life and never get your feet wet or jump in. It's not what happens to you, it's how you choose to react to what happens. Me? ...

... understand that I didn't want to leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death. The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable. Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on ...

... every day. That is the Devil's plan. God's plan is for us to get up, show up, knock 'em down, and knock 'em down again. You have a goal and that is to be the best in all that you do. In faith, family and work, be the best that you can be. There are opponents in your way. Find out who or what is in your way and knock them down one at a time. But first, knock down the opponent in your mirror named Fear ...

... a prayer for your brothers and sisters when you send it, and God will pour out his blessings on their family and your family too. Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray and confess your word over my family and surround them with my faith. I believe and confess that you give your angels charge over my family to accompany and defend and preserve them in all their ways. You, Lord, are their refuge and fortress. You are their glory and the lifter of their heads. O Lord, ...

... will read her the first words of my novel. I will rest my head on her shoulder, say a soft prayer, and so deeply wish that she was still with me. But I will also feel so grateful for the life we shared and the faith we had, and I will always remember how she helped my find Lumby and my life of blessed meaning.~Gail Fraser~Author of the Lumby series ABOUT THE AUTHOR Prior to changing her life and becoming a novelist, Gail Fraser had a successful career in ...

... ? Would you take in the dogs? Would you look for a lost friend or even a stranger? Would you offer a kind word? Would you search long enough to find someone you love who was stolen away by fear and doubt? What good is faith without action?" I wish you enough !" J~Bob Perks~Good news-Bob Perks ' first book," I Wish You Enough ," Embracing Life's Most Valuable Moments. is now available for ordering. Here's the" Link" to get your copy ...

... Now for you, my" friend I've never met"." You take time each day to search out and read positive, uplifting messages on the internet. Your love for people shows when you pass along special messages for your friends facing challenges. Your faith is strong and evident when you lift up others, offer spiritual support and encouragement and pray for people you don't even know. You are a part of the world's largest support group giving hope to those whose only connection to others may be the internet." I'm ...

... body with the best and purest food. I will nourish my mind with nothing but the most positive thoughts. I will feed my soul the Word of God and know that when my time on this earth is over I will have lived purely, fully and faithfully" So what life have you created? Are you living fully or dying slowly? Begin to live again. Take control of your life" The only thing that wasn't broken was my will to live !" he said." Learn to Live !"~Bob Perks ...

... just be a guess, as we had no idea when the dead hen had begun sitting on the eggs. The boys set the water bottles into the box on top of the heating pad, covered them with a cloth, and nestled the eggs in. Faithfully for days, they checked the water bottle temperature, and turned the eggs, often getting up in the night to make sure the eggs were all right. At about the fifteenth day they became impatient. They saw the other children go off to the slough for ...

... village along the eastern slopes of the Alps. The old gentleman had been hired many years ago by a young town council to clear away the debris from the pools of water up in the mountain crevices that fed the lovely spring flowing through their town. With faithful, silent regularity, he patrolled the hills, removed the leaves and branches, and wiped away the silt that would otherwise choke and contaminate the fresh flow of water. By and by, the village became a popular attraction for vacationers. Graceful swans floated along the ...

... , but were they changes? The mountains are never changing. Like people, they only changed coats to fit the weather. They didn't allow outside influences to alter what lie beneath their coats of changing colors. They were always the same. You can have faith in them. I'm in my third season of life. A little snow has gathered at my peak. Some of the sage brush is gone all together. My clothing changed to fit my seasons. Next year and all my years to follow, I want to ...

... a head in the parking lot of a store I was about to enter. I called my wife and told her how overwhelmed I was but just couldn't explain why. I've been here before, but I have developed thinking skills, mixed them with a strong faith and have always learned to rise above it all. I have to. I have a job to do, a life I love and since I believe I chose to be overwhelmed with life, I can also choose to put it all in perspective. I headed ...

... third point. If the disciples had stolen the body, you wouldn't expect them to risk their lives. People don't die for what they know is not true. But the disciples put their lives on the line, and nearly all were eventually martyred for their faith. They certainly believed it. Followers of Jesus in the city of Jerusalem grew from a few dozen to thousands upon thousands soon after Jesus ' resurrection. They believed it was true. Even contemporary documents refer to the event. Thallus the Samaritan, Suetonius, Tacitus ...

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