18 January 2015

posted 15 Jan 2015, 21:01 by C S Paul

18 January 2015

Quotes to Inspire

  • "Everyone wants to be appreciated. So if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret." – Mary Kay Ash
  • "Better to be prepared and not called than to be called and not prepared." – Jim Wallace
  • "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names may break my heart" – Linda McCartney
  • "The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it's on ... a football field, in an army, or in an office." – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • "That best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love." – William Wordsworth
  • "I didn't get to where I am by thinking about it or dreaming about it. I got there by doing it." – Estee Lauder
  • "And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." – Anais Nin
  • "By perseverance the snail reached the ark." – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • "Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough." – Garrison Keillor
  • "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" – William Morrow
  • "Opportunity never knocks; it is within you." – Denis Waitley
  • "There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who wonder what happened!" – An old American military saying
  • "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse." – Florence Nightingale
  • "Those who travel the high road of humility are not troubled by heavy traffic." – Alan Simpson
The Brick
-- Author unknown

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.

He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!

He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, "What was that all about and who are you?

Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?"

The young boy was apologetic.

"Please, mister... please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do," He pleaded. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop... " With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car.

"It's my brother," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts.

A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

"Thank you and may God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger.

Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar.

The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message.

"Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!"

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts.
Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us.

It's our choice to listen or not.

Life In a Manure Pile
By Marsha Jordan

There was a time when my husband aspired to be a self-sufficient, back-to-the-land pioneer. He bought a windmill, some oil lamps, beehives, and a couple of pigs, which our son named Lois Lane and Clark Kent.

This dirty duo caused me many headaches, from the day we took them home. Although tied in gunny sacks and secured in the back of our pickup truck, the Houdini hoglets managed to free themselves , leap from the truck, and head for the hills. We eventually got the slippery little buggers safely home, but only after a rough and tumble scramble through the woods.

Lois and Clark were adventurous piglets who soon learned to scale their little pig house and jump off the roof to freedom outside the fence. Motorists on the busy highway near our home frequently reported seeing "two wild pigs" darting between cars. And more than once, I received angry phone calls from neighbors who found the pair digging up their flower beds.

I was usually the only one home when the pigs went exploring, so the job of luring them home fell to yours truly. How does one convince two full grown hogs to follow you? It requires a slop bucket full of cottage cheese, apple peels, and other goodies.

Once I had to trudge through waist-high snow, leaving a trail behind me of table scraps. By this time, L and C had become man eaters, so they followed close behind chomping at my heels.

Yes, pigs BITE - at least Lois and Clark did. And once they tasted blood, they preferred it to their usual diet.

That diet consisted of truckloads of stale bakery bread , sour milk from the dairy, and scraps from local restaurants. Keeping the pair of porkers fed was a big job. Lois and Clark ate a lot - and you can imagine what else they did - a LOT. The manure pile grew into a mountain which remained in the field long after Lois and Clark were transformed to bacon and pork chops and laid to rest in our freezer.

The following summer, I planted a huge garden. I lovingly weeded it, fertilized it, and tended it daily only to discover at the end of the season that my prized vegetables were dwarfed in comparison to the huge tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash that had sprung up from the manure pile.

Why am I telling you more than you cared to know about pigs and manure? Because there is something to be learned here (God has lessons for us everywhere, if we are willing to see them).

Most folks have felt the pain of seeing their hopes shattered and dreams destroyed. We all have felt at times like life is one big dung heap and we're living smack dab in the middle of a mountain of manure!

The Bible says that God can produce beauty from ashes. He can take the smelly, disgusting pile of manure that our lives can sometimes be - and He can grow some prize-winning, life-giving fruit (and veggies) from what looks to us like garbage.

So there is hope - even atop the manure pile. Just as the garbage in a compost heap makes a garden grow, the garbage in our lives can bring forth good things too that help us to grow.

We may wonder why God allows the manure to pile up in our lives, but I'm sure it's no accident or surprise to Him. The good news is that we don't have to climb that manure mountain alone. Trouble comes into every life, but we have a source of strength to uphold and guide us; and we have hope, the essential ingredient for making it through the dung heap.

So grab a shovel and start digging. There's a harvest on the other side.

Lesson of the snake
 
This very short and enlightening story is like a parable from the Bible. It teaches that it's never to late to learn a lesson in life... especially if it can save a life ---- Author unknown

A man was in his cabin in the middle of a terrible snow storm when he heard a feeble scratching at his door.

He opened it to see a half frozen rattle snake on his doorstep begging to be let in from the bitter cold.

The man said to the snake, “I’m not going to let you in! You’re a rattle snake and you’re going to bite me!”

“No I won’t,” hissed the snake. “Just bring me in and get me warm and I’ll be your friend for life.”

Well, the man let the snake come in and even allowed it to rest upon his chest by the fire to get warm.

When the snake was completely comfortable it bit the man on the neck.

As he was dying, the man said, “but you promised you wouldn’t bite me and would be my friend for life.”

The snake calmly replied... “but you knew I was a snake when you let me in.”

Safe in the Storm
- Author unknown

A young man named Paul related a childhood memory of growing up in West Texas, which is tornado country. Springtime brings tornadoes there. One day when Paul was three or four years old, the skies turned black and the wind began to roar. 

Paul's father hustled the five boys into the house and covered them with a mattress for protection from potential debris uprooted by the whirling winds. Paul peeked from under the mattress and watched his father standing by the window carefully watching the movement of the funnel cloud as it roared across the prairie.

Tensions rose. Fear gripped their hearts and Paul's heart pounded. Paul could not resist the urge to struggle out of the arms of his mother, race to the window, and wrap his arms around his father. 

He remembers the distinct impression that the safest place to be in a storm was standing next to his father. Storms do come. Stand next to your [Heavenly] Father. It's safe there!

Did you Know?

  • Elephants have been known to remain standing after they die.
  • Dolphins can swim and sleep at the same time.
  • Armadillos have four babies at the same time, and they are always the same sex.
  • The bullfrog is the only animal that never sleeps.
  • Snakes can see through their eyelids.
  • Buttermilk does not contain any butter.
  • The human brain is 80% water.
  • Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right while women’s shirts have the buttons on the left.
  • Human fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
  • The Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt holds a constant temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
  • Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age.
  • It takes approximately 2 million flowers for a bee to make 1 pound of honey.
Just for Laughs

THEOLOGY AS EXPLAINED BY CHILDREN

The first book of the Bible is Guinessis, in which Adam & Eve were created from an apple tree.

Noah's wife was called Joan of Ark.

Lot's wife was a pillar of salt by day and a ball of fire by night.

Samson slayed the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles.

Unleavened bread is bread made without ingredients.

Moses went to the top of Mt. Cyanide to get the 10 commandments.

The 7th commandment is 'Thou shalt not admit adultery.'

Joshua let the Hebrew in the battle of Geritol. 

David fought the Finkelsteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.

Solomon has 300 wives and 700 porcupines.

Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.

The people who followed Jesus were called the 13 decibels.

The Epistles were the wives of the Apostles.

One of the opossums was St. Matthew.

Paul preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.

A Godly person should have only one wife. This is called monotony. 


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