6 July 2014

posted 4 Jul 2014, 07:03 by C S Paul   [ updated 4 Jul 2014, 07:13 ]

6 July 2014

Quotes to Inspire

  • Problems may only be avoided by exercising good judgment. Good judgment may only be gained by experiencing life's problems. - Jim Stovall
  • We should therefore learn that the only good we have is what the Lord has given us gratuitously; that the only good we do is what He does in us; that it is not that we do nothing ourselves, but that we act only when we have been acted upon, in other words under the direction and influence of the Holy Spirit. John Calvin 
  • God promises spectacular blessings to those of you who remain single in Christ, and He gives you and extraordinary calling for your life. To be single in Christ is, therefore, not a falling short of God's best, but a path of Christ-exalting, covenant-keeping obedience that many are called to walk. - John Piper    
  • "Life...it tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations." – Richard M. DeVos
  • Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life-purpose; he has found it, and will follow it! Labor is life.Thomas Carlyle
  • Nobody gets a blessing if they have cold feet and nobody ever got saved while they had toothache! William Booth
  • I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God's help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can't expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living.Ronald Reagan
  • God bless the good-natured, for they bless everybody else. - Henry Ward Beecher
  • "Amplius" means broader, fuller, wider. That is God's perpetual word to us in relation to filling of the Holy Spirit. We can never have enough to satisfy His yearning desire. When we have apprehended most, there are always unexpected supplies in store ready to be drawn upon.  F.B. Meyer
  • A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent.Augustine
  • To love God is the greatest of virtues; to be loved by God is the greatest of blessings. -- Unknown  
  • A blessed spirit is a mould ever more and more patient of the bright metal poured into it, a body ever more completely uncovered to the meridian blaze of the spiritual sun. C.S. Lewis

Handwriting On The Wall


A weary mother returned from the store,
Lugging groceries through the kitchen door.
Awaiting her arrival was her 8 year old son,
Anxious to relate what his younger brother had done.

While I was out playing and Dad was on a call,
T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall
It’s on the new paper you just hung in the den.
I told him you’d be mad at having to do it again.

She let out a moan and furrowed her brow,
Where is your little brother right now?
She emptied her arms and with a purposeful stride,
She marched to his closet where he had gone to hide.

She called his full name as she entered his room.
He trembled with fear–he knew that meant doom
For the next ten minutes, she ranted and raved
About the expensive wallpaper and how she had saved.

Lamenting all the work it would take to repair,
She condemned his actions and total lack of care.
The more she scolded, the madder she got,
Then stomped from his room, totally distraught.

She headed for the den to confirm her fears.
When she saw the wall, her eyes flooded with tears.
The message she read pierced her soul with a dart.
It said, I love Mommy, surrounded by a heart.

Well, the wallpaper remained, just as she found it,
With an empty picture frame hung to surround it.
A reminder to her, and indeed to all,
Take time to read the handwriting on the wall

The Most Beautiful Flower


The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read 
Beneath the long,straggly branches of an old willow tree.

Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown, 
For the world was intent on dragging me down. 
And if that weren’t enough to ruin my day, 
A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play.

He stood right before me with his head tilted down 
And said with great excitement, “Look what I found!” 
In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight,

With its petals all worn – not enough rain, or too little light.

Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play,

I faked a small smile and then shifted away. 
But instead of retreating he sat next to my side 
And placed the flower to his nose and declared with overacted surprise, 
“It sure smells pretty and it’s beautiful, too.

That’s why I picked it; here, it’s for you.” 
The weed before me was dying or dead. 
Not vibrant of colors: orange, yellow or red. 
But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.

So I reached for the flower, and replied, “Just what I need.” 
But instead of him placing the flower in my hand, 
He held it mid-air without reason or plan. 
It was then that I noticed for the very first time 
That weed-toting boy could not see: he was blind.

I heard my voice quiver; tears shone in the sun 
As I thanked him for picking the very best one. 
“You’re welcome,” he smiled, and then ran off to play.

Unaware of the impact he’d had on my day. 
I sat there and wondered how he managed to see 
A self-pitying woman beneath an old willow tree.

How did he know of my self-indulged plight? 
Perhaps from his heart, he’d been blessed with true sight.

Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see.

The problem was not with the world; the problem was me.

And for all of those times I myself had been blind, 
I vowed to see the beauty in life, 
And appreciate every second that’s mine. 
And then I held that wilted flower up to my nose 
And breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose 
And smiled as I watched that young boy,

Another weed in his hand, 
About to change the life of an unsuspecting old man.

God's Rosebud
- Author unknown

A new minister was walking with an older, more seasoned minister in the garden one day.

Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was asking the older preacher for some advice.?

The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to  open it without tearing off any of the petals.?

The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and ministry.?

But, because of his great respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact. It wasn't long before he realized how impossible this was to do.?

Noticing the younger preacher's inability to unfold the rosebud, without tearing it, the older preacher  began to recite the following poem...?

It is only a tiny rosebud,?
A flower of God's design;?
But I cannot unfold the petals
?With these clumsy hands of mine.?

The secret of unfolding flowers?
Is not known to such as I.?
GOD opens this flower so easily,?
But in my hands they die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,?
This flower of God's design,?
Then how can I have the wisdom?
To unfold this life of mine???

So, I'll trust in God for leading?
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step along the way.

The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord and Savior knows.
'll trust God to unfold the moments,?
Just as He unfolds the rose.

Where is the Baby Jesus?
The decorating committee had just finished their beautification of the Sanctuary for the Christmas Season. All the greenery and bells and lovely bows were in place and on the altar was placed the creche with Mary and Joseph, all the animals, and in the manger lay the Baby Jesus. Satisfied with their work, the members of the Committee closed the Sanctuary door and left for home. The Church remained beautiful and inspirational for the season and for Christmas Day.

The day after Christmas, the Pastor arrived at the Church rather late, having visited those in the hospital before going to his church. He walked into the Sanctuary, and again looked at all the beautiful work the people had done, but noticed that the Baby Jesus was not lying in the manger. He couldn't imagine what the trouble was; he knew Jesus had been placed in the manger and had been there Christmas Day. He looked everywhere, wondering what could have
happened, but could not find Him. He raised his head and gazed out the window, and there, in the church courtyard, was little Bobby. Bobby was pulling a shiny, new, red wagon - and inside the wagon, there He was - the Baby Jesus!

Pastor went out and spoke to Bobby. "I noticed Baby Jesus was missing from the manger, Bobby," commented the Pastor, "and now I see that you have him in your wagon. Would you like to explain to me why you removed him from the Church?" "Well, Pastor," Bobby said, "before Christmas I prayed to the Lord for a shiny, new, red wagon, and I promised Him that he saw fit to get me one, I would give Him a ride. I had to keep my promise because He keeps His
promises to me. I will put Him back in His manger now; he has had a long ride."

Luke 18:17 Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein."

Did you Know ?

  • Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. Unless you’re already bald, chances are good that you’re shedding pretty heavily on a daily basis. Your hair loss will vary in accordance with the season, pregnancy, illness, diet and age.
  • Women’s hair is about half the diameter of men’s hair. While it might sound strange, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that men’s hair should be coarser than that of women. 
  • Hair diameter also varies on average between races, making hair plugs on some men look especially obvious.
  • One human hair can support 3.5 ounces. That’s about the weight of two full size candy bars, and with hundreds of thousands of hairs on the human head, makes the tale of Rapunzel much more plausible.
  • The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger. And the nail on the middle finger of your dominant hand will grow the fastest of all. Why is not entirely known, but nail growth is related to the length of the finger, with the longest fingers growing nails the fastest and shortest the slowest.
  • The largest internal organ is the small intestine. Despite being called the smaller of the two intestines, your small intestine is actually four times as long as the average adult is tall. If it weren’t looped back and forth upon itself it wouldn’t fit inside the abdominal cavity.
  • The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet. No wonder you can feel your heartbeat so easily. Pumping blood through your body quickly and efficiently takes quite a bit of pressure resulting in the strong contractions of the heart and the thick walls of the ventricles which push blood to the body.
  • Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph. There’s a good reason why you can’t keep your eyes open when you sneeze–that sneeze is rocketing out of your body at close to 100 mph. This is, of course, a good reason to cover your mouth when you sneeze.
  • Coughs clock in at about 60 mph. Viruses and colds get spread around the office and the classroom quickly during cold and flu season. With 60 mph coughs spraying germs far and wide, it’s no wonder.
  • Women blink twice as many times as men do. That’s a lot of blinking every day. The average person, man or woman, blinks about 13 times a minute.

Just for Laughs

A middle-aged woman has a heart attack and is taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. 

During that experience she sees God and asks if this is it. God says no and explains that she has another 30 years to live. Upon her recovery she decides to just stay in the hospital and have a face lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, etc. 

She even has someone come in and change her hair color. She figures since she's got another 30 years she might as well make the most of it. She walks out of the hospital after the last operation and is killed by an ambulance speeding by. 

She arrives in front of God and complains, "I thought you said I had another 30 years." God replies, "I didn't recognize you."