Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant of metals.
Laugh to forget, but don't forget to laugh.
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper
you're misinformed. Mark Twain
The sea ,that giant library of books one cannot read.
All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind
is part of ourselves. Amelia E. Baar
Teach me to live that I might dread
The grave as little as my bed.
It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can
make it wise. Sara Teasdale
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot
to the town gossip. Will Rogers
No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
Sir Francis Bacon
Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and
blunder through life blindfolded.
Towering genius distains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
The soul is indestructible and it's activity will continue through eternity. It's like the sun to our
eyes seemed to set but has in reality only gone on to diffuse it's light elsewhere.
Johaan Von Goethe
Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God.
Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep our balance, you need to keep moving.
If God lights the candle, none can blow it out.
There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick or treater looking
for a brightly lit front porch. Robert Brault
Whenever I see someone with an abundance of empathy, I want to ask what heartbreak they
have suffered , for compassion is often birthed in the valley of despair.
Zoe Clark- Coates
I love that this morning's sunrise does not define itself by last night's sunset.
There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from
a whole other world begin to whisper. James Carroll
If you get off the beaten path, you can expect thorns and briars.
T. D. Jakes
Our greatest weakness is not giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always
to try just one more time. Thomas Edison
Rivers know this: There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
A. A. Milne
If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.
Roy T. Bennett
Do your little bit of good where you are: it's those little bits of good put together
its those little bits of good that overwhelms the world.
People are like stained glass windows.They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.
A man who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery is an optimist.
It is comforting to know that not only the steps but also the stops of a good man
are orderd by the Lord. George Mueller
Not everybody repeats gossip. Some improve it.
Franklin P. Jones
It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.
Stand firm for what you know is right.
It's wise , as I have found.
The mighty oak was once a nut.
That simply held it's ground.
Agnes W. Thomas
Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase , just take
the first step. Martin Luther King, Jr.
You know you are getting old when you've got money to burn,but the fire's gone out.
Butterflies count not months but moments , and yet have time enough.
Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.
Mary H. Waltrip
By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
No one has ever drowned in sweat.
Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee , and just as hard to sleep after.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
There are two levers for moving men - interest and fear.
Those that are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed
by those who are dumber. Plato
God often does not show up until we throw our hands up .
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
Joseph Fort Newton
Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.
There is one good throw upon the dice, which is to throw them away.
He will hew in the line of right , let the chips fall where they may.
A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.
There is a subtle magic in the falling of old leaves.
Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.
Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
Life is like a puzzle we are are trying to solve.
It is like no other in that as we work through it' the pieces change and evolve.
Some of the pieces we had with us at the start, are taken from us and
this makes us feel lost and breaks our heart.
As we stare out in space and the places they used to be , We do not know what to think or do.
We are not aware but God is changing us too.
Other pieces show up and have been added that were not there before. This does does make
any sense and confuses us all the more.
We cannot see the big picture and get frustrated and bent out of shape.
It is often hard to tell and seems like hell but God is using every twist, turn, bruise ,and scrape
I found Jesus and in knowing him have a peace my heart has never known
I do not fear or need to see what is ahead for me because the eyes of my heart
can clearly see my Lord, Savior, and King loooking out for me sitting calmly on his throne.
Every poem is a momentary stay against the confusion of this world.
A kite only flies if it's tethered.
Victor Robert Lee
The devil may send the package but I'm the one responsible for signing for it.
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Life is not a" brief candle. "It is a splendid torch that I want to make burn as brightly as possible before
handing it on to future generations.
People often belittle the place where they were born but heaven can be found in the
most unlikely places. Mitch Albom
Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Anxiety's is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn't get you very far.
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One child,one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.
Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.
These mountains that you are carrying , you were only supposed to climb.
There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature . A scar means the hurt is over
, the wound is closed and healed, done with.
An idea can turn into dust or magic ,depending on the talent that rubs up
against it. Raymond Inman
If opening your eyes,or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon, or combing
your hair is your daunting Mt. Everest you climb today, that is ok.
To touch a child's face, a dog's smooth coat , a petaled flower , the rough surface of a rock
is to set up a new order of brain motion. To touch is to communicate.
James W. Angell
Why do things I long for lose their shine when they are mine?
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change,
and the realist adjusts the sails William Arthur Ward
The morning glories and the sun flowers turn naturally towards the light, but we have
to be taught, it seems.
Nothing on earth is so weak and yielding as water, but for breaking down the firm
and strong it has no equal. Lao Tsu
That glimmer of light,surrounded by so many shadows, seemed to say without words: Evil has not yet taken complete dominion. A spark of hope is still left. Isaac Bashevis Singer
Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already
been there. Vine Deloria, Jr
Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.
Teaching may be the greatest of arts. Since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
To try to live life completely independent of God is like trying to drive a beautiful boat down
a superhighway. That boat is a wonderful creation, loaded with amazing design details , but it
was not designed to run on a hard surface. Paul Tripp
We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are. Fred Rogers
I am not afraid of the man who has practiced ten thousand kicks, I am afraid of the man who has
practiced one kick ten thousand times. Bruce Lee
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold or silver.
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind ,and has given up worrying once and for all.
Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you. Ovid
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
It isn't the mountains that wear you down. It's the pebble in your shoe.
Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.
Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers,
intensifies, but never destroys it. Eliza Tabor
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.
I would give you no comfort about absenting yourself from the house of God.
We praise thee Thee for thy radiance
That from hallowed page
A latern to our footsteps
Shines on from age to age
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.
I come against you ole dreary day in Jesus's name that you may not smother or quinch
the Holy Spirit's inner flame. GKG
An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
The beauty of the sunbeam lies partly in the fact that God does not keep it. He gives it away to all of us.
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
Joseph Fort Newton
Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of the canyons.
Elisabeth Kubler Ross
Glasses and Bibles should both be worn.
We cannot hold a torch to light anothers path without brightening our own.
Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile,give them yours.
Human beings will line up for miles to buy a bucket of catastrophes, but don't try selling
sunshine and light-you'll go broke. Chuck Jones
We are just walking each other home.
God's grace is not always pleasant. It often comes in the form of something we would have never chosen
to go through if we were controlling the joystick. Paul Tripp
Most folks are like a barb-wire fence. They have their goods points.
Texas Bix Bender
If opening your eyes, or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon , or combing your hair is the
daunting Mount Everst you climb today, that is OK. Carmen Ambrosio
Bible study is like eating peanuts.The more you eat ,the more you want to eat.
All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy,for what we are leaving behind is
a part of ourselves.
Amelia E. Barr
People are just as wonderful as sunsets if I let them be...When I look at a sunset , I don't find myself saying ,' Soften
the orange a bit on the right-hand corner.' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch it as it unfolds.
I kiss the wave that threw me up against the rock of ages.
Where are you the weakest? Be forewarned , this is the spot that Satan seeketh.
A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't.
Rev. Christian Johnson
Days are like rivers or so it seems, they bring good things and bad things and everything in between.
We are half-hearted creatures...like an ignorant child who wants to go one making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are too easily pleased.
When I was a young boy, I learned in school that in the morning the sun did not actually rise. It just seems that way but in truth the earth bows each morning before the sun and that had never dawned on me so imagine my surprise! Now I am not suggesting sun worship as other have done. It shows the earth knows and remembers there is another who gives it life and honor should be given to that one. What a fine example it sets for us to do the same. We should bow and thank God each and every every morning for giving us life through his Son ,Jesus, and praise his mighty name. GKG
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shawdows to blind those who don't
In relationships,trust isn't a promise never to hurt each other. It's the risk we will hurt each other and the confidence that, if we do, we will come together to heal. Esther Perel
You can't get up in the morning without bumping into God.
I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.
There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.
The Lord gives us friends to push us to our potential and enemies to push us beyond it.
From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.
A blank page is God's way of showing you how hard it is too be God.
Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water.... be still and allow the mud to settle.
The Bible teaches us that life does not end at the cemetery.
The world does not read the Bible-it reads you and me. The Godly man is the ungodly man's Bible.
Corrie Ten Boom
Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.
How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose , if there was no winter in our year.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Being a great father is like shaving , you have to do it again tomorrow.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads
nothing but newspapers. Thomas Jefferson
It is our nature to worship something ,and sometimes we worship things God has
made instead of Him and often it is nature.
Many people plan financially for retirement but not spiritually or emotionally.
Two things are infinite :the universe and human stupidity; and I am not sure about the universe.
The ordinary think inside the box,the extraordinary think outside the box, but genius
thinks inside,outside, below, and above the box. Matshona Dhliwayo
As sunlight is to the earth, so is Jesus to the human heart.
Christmas is a very special time of year. Our hearts and thoughts always head to those we hold most dear.
The small manger where Jesus laid his head
Was the world's first King sized bed
Hope was born into this world in a most unusual way
The wise men found Him asleep in the hay.
Whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Proverbs 14:31
All the statistics in the world can't measure the warmth of a smile.
Let me be a little kinder, let me me a little blinder to the faults of those around me.
Edgar A. Guest
I've learned the bee fertilizes the flower it robs. Charles Beard
People who inspire others are those who see invisible bridges at the end of dead-end streets. Charles Swindoll
I'm just maverick to say that I think fewer Christians ought to be going into the ministry and more should be going into business and into occupations that have nothing to do with the vocational service. I don't see life divided into public and private, secular and sacred. It's all an open place of service before our God. My hope is to see ...a group of Christians who will infiltrate our society- in fact, our entire world-with a pure ,beautiful message of grace an honesty in the marketplace. Charles Swindoll
Collapse in the Christian life is seldom a blowout ; it is usually a slow leak. Paul Little
Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that has the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. Dale Carnegie
If one has a cataract , he cannot see others clearly because he sees a part of himself first. Viktor Frankl
You cannot train a horse with shouts and expect it to obey a whisper. Dagobert D. Runes
In this universe, there are things that are known , and things that are unknown, and in between them , there are doors. William Blake
Even though we will never measure up, we will someday live with our Ruler. Gregory Gordon
THAT PRECIOUS RED BLOOD OF JESUS
Read a wonderful devional this morning. Sent it to a few friends. short version is a white flower showed her how dirty her place and even her face was and made her clean up her act.
The Bible does the same for us. It reminds us that we are all unclean and think I read somewhere the only thing that can do that for us is also red!
All of us have become like someone who is unclean, and our righteous are like filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6
I feel like a little child playing by the seashore while the great ocean of truth lies undiscovered before me. Sir Isaac Newton
People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elisabeth Kubler- Ross
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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus
What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things. Abrecht Durer
A boy is the only thing God can use to make a man. Cal Farley
Hans F. Hanson
People inspire you or they drain you-pick them wisely.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding evil and the good. Proverbs15:3
By the time I was fourteen, the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing. Stephen King
No one is on the sidelines: by our actions or inactions , by our caring or our indifference, we are either part of the problem or part of the solution. A. Breeze Harper
Being mortal is like living in a hotel. We know we must check out someday and thus should not get too attached to the facilities . Of course the difference is that in life we are never sure when we will check out. Donald Burt
The poorest man is not the one without a nickel, it's the one without a dream. Virginia Madsen
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, it's trust is not on the branch , but on it's own wings. Always believe in yourself. Charlie Wardle
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and there are as few as there are any great artist. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. John Steinbeck
Almost anything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. Anne Lamott
Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children. William Penn
Getting older is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath but the view is much better. Ingrid Bergman
We all have a thorn. We all have something that God has allowed in our lives that Satan meant for our destruction but that God has turned around to help us grow and change. James Macdonald
Books had instant replay long before televised sports. Bern Williams
As you come up our drive and after you cross the small creek,you pass between two field stone
pillars that match the stones on our home. There is a light atop both of them . Right now, one is green and the the side is white. The green light is to show support for all the people who serve our military as well
as those who have done so in the past.
At Christmas i hang white lights along the 4 rail horse fence. We change the white one to red and
The entryway is good to go. The placement of the red and green has a reason behind it as well.
It may seem to be be random but Iassure you is not the case.
On a plane the red light is always on the left side and the green is on the right side. green and right both
have 5 letters and this was how I was taught to remember as a boy. This applies to boats as well.
Our oldest son, Josh, is a navel aviator. He and his wonderful wife , Christina, are a week or two from going
to Japan. They have lived in several places over the last few years. They lived in Fallon Nevada
most recently and we were blessed to have all of our boys and their girls under our roof and together
Since they aproached our farm from the west the right light was green and the left one was on the left
came home. When they were out east in Va it was the reversed. Japan is on the other side of the world
so I am not sure what I will do. I have not stepped it off but am told it is about as far east to west as it is
west to east.
God is a concerned loving Father who loves you so much! He has made a way for you to come
home through his son Jesus. The porch light of heaven is on . You have a green light my friend.
Because of the red blood of Jesus ,your sins are forgiven . Your approach is cleared as well as all your sins.
As far as the east is from the west,so far has removed our transgressions from us.
I am not afraid of the man who has practiced ten thousand kicks. I am afraid of the man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times. Bruce Lee
Yesterday I went out to check on the horses. It has again been vey hot here of late and a daily chore
to top off the water troughs will cool clear water.As I make my rounds the horses ususlly get excited when they hear the sound of our old red ATV. Because this vehicle usally has horse feeds as well as carrots, we c call it "Chuck" short for chuck wagon .
There is a mare and two young ones in the south pasture. I whistled and they did not come. I banged on the
red tubes on the gate with the scooper. It makes a sound that sounds like a hillbilly dinner bell. I had seen them the evening before and knew they were ok. I surmised they had found a place with a breeze and had it made in the shade.
I set the bright orange bucket filled with feed and carrots in front of the gate. This bucket was a physical reminder for me to "lets do this later". I had some mowing to do and that filled several hours of the afternoon. I kept looking down at the water tank seeing they had not yet drank from it and for the first time became a little concerned.
I went down to the gate and did the two tone whistle my dad taught me. I do this in honor of him and have taught my sons to do the same. They all would turn and prick up their earsand know it was me if I did this even in a crowd.
I banged again on the gate and in no time flat heard the three of them flat out running as hard as they could
go. They seemed happy to see me and even more to see Chuck .They were breathing heavy as they devoured their snacks.
My friend I believe God is calling all of us. As we read Scripture, we learn he calls us all differently . Many people tell me after I speak that I missed my calling. I would quite my practice and enroll in seminary school tomorrow if I felt in my heart that is what God wanted for me. I answered my "call to the see" many years ago. I love the interaction I have with patients for the most part. I never would have believed God would and could could use me to write these stories for his glory.
He has blended and used the very things I love and hold dear such as horses, hunting , and rivers . I am often very surprised at how stories and lessons come together in such a way that I know it is not me but him working through me. Here is the exciting part, he wants to do the same with you. You may not be called to write or do eyes but you are being called . What do you do that gives you joy and satisfaction? There is your best clue in regard to what God is calling you to do.
I pray that at times this website feeds you. I write for all God's people and not just those who gather under the steeple. All I know is when I do this with the hope of pleasing my Savior, it just feels so "write"!
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things
you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
When you empty yourself, God rushes in.
For the man who prays in his heart ,the whole world is a church.