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.
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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'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
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 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
WE BETTER HOLD ON
Last Sunday I spoke in a large church on a snowy Sunday morning. I had been awhile since I had done this.
They had sent me a copy of the worship format in advance. They did not say who was to the children's moment
prior to the sermon. A few days before we touched base and the lady asked me if i would like to do that as well. She warned me there was not a lot of youth that attend there these days. We decided then and there we would do it anyway and if only the big kids were there. I jumped at the chance and it seemed I knew exactly what I was to do.
My wife was able to get a red baloon filled with helium and has a small white weight to keep it from drifting away.
Sure enough, there was not a single child in the crowd of 80 or souls gathered that morning. I sat on the steps in the front of the church as I would have if kids were in the house. Since there were no little kids present, I could hit upon a few points their presence would have not allowed.
I shared the quote at the end of this blog. It says that baloons teach kids not to let go. I shared that I feel that is indeed the case with our faith especially these dark days and applies to us adults as well. I told them I had read and studied for many years and l have learned that I really do not know much. I have also learned many things I was taught and thought to be true were wrong! How can we have a renewal of our minds without questioning the traditions sometimes handed down to us.
I have reached a stage in my life where my goal is to simply trust in the Lord with all my heart with the simple childlike faith I had years ago. I do not know but I do know someone who does know. His name is Jesus and he said much about the children and reminded us their angels are always in the presence of God himself.
I reminded the adults as we aspire to tweak our faith there are plenty of things we indeed should let go of. Things such as bad habits , bad thoughts, etc. Weight , there 's more! Nope, that is not an error. The weight that held the ballon and from flying away represents all of us who need to help keep them grounded in faith through Bible upbringing. We all are to play a part. Our very presence to come out and worship on a cold winter day sets an example to others and for them regardless if they are here or not. Our beloved country is in trouble and I feel is is because we have let go of what is expected and required of all of us who profess to know Christ. it is not too late. We can still turn this horse around. We better hold on and get a grip because the rodeo is well under way.
There are times in life when people must know when to let go. Baloons are desined to teach
small children this. Terry Pratchett
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