Archive for August, 2013

August 31, 2013

Prayer of Saint Francis of Asssisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen

August 24, 2013

A Thankful Heart

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the
alarm rings. "Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There
are many who are deaf."

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning
light as long as possible. "Thank you, Lord, that I can
see. Many are blind."

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising.
"Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise.
There are many who are bedridden."

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when
socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and
my children are so loud. "Thank you, Lord, for my
family. There are many who are lonely."

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the
picture in magazines and the menu is at times
unbalanced. "Thank you, Lord, for the food we have.
There are many who are hungry."

Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous.
"Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There
are many who have no job."

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to
day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.
"Thank you, Lord, for life."

  — Author Unknown

August 23, 2013

Love in the Home

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything
in its place, but have not love, I am a
housekeeper–not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love, my children learn cleanliness—not godliness.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.

Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly
cleaned window.

Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the
spilled milk.

Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through the trials.

Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.

Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler,
runs with the child, then stands aside to let the
youth walk into adulthood.

Love is the key that opens salvation’s message to a
child’s heart. Before I became a mother, I took glory
in my house of perfection.

Now I glory in God’s perfection of my child. As a mother, there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is love.

  — Author: Unknown. Cited on Sherry’s Inspirational
    list. www.inspirational.injesus.com

August 13, 2013

Are You Bedeviled?

What an insightful word to think about.

Please take a moment and look at this. 

I am sure you will be amazed too.

Main Entry:
Bedevil

Definition:
confuse

Synonyms:
baffle, bewilder, fluster, muddle, rattle, unhinge,unsettle

Antonyms:
clarify, clear up, explain

I read Psalm 116  this morning and seen the word bedeviled and thought what is that?

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bedeviled?s=t

bedeviled-

1. to torment or harass maliciously or diabolically, as with doubts,distractions, or worries.

2. to possess, as with a devil; bewitch.

3. to cause confusion or doubt in; muddle; confound: an issue bedeviled by prejudices.

4. to beset or hamper continuously:

NOW LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE VERSE:

Psalm 116:9-11

I’m striding in the presence of God,
alive in the land of the living!
I STAYED FAITHFUL, though BEDEVILED ,
and despite a ton of bad luck,
Despite giving up on the human race,
saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.”

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ps.116&version=MSG

As I am looking at this word even more closely I see two words in the one word.  Do you see it?

Be Devil

Evil

Something to think about for sure.  As long as we are human and around humans we will be dealing with this type of nature.  Thank God we can tap into our Spirit within us and display Godly emotions.  Which are the fruits of the Spirit.  With that power within we can conqueror any situation with God’s help.  Never alone, always with, to, and through Him that saves us!  Amen!

To stride is to walk purposefully.

Our purpose is to walk in the Truth of what God says.  Amen!

August 12, 2013

I have learned…

I’ve learned-
that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I’ve learned-
that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.

I’ve learned-
that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

I’ve learned-
that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I’ve learned-
that it’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.

I’ve learned-
that you should never ruin an apology with an excuse.

I’ve learned-
that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something.

I’ve learned-
that you shouldn’t compare yourself to the best others can do.

I’ve learned-
that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I’ve learned-
that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I’ve learned-
that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I’ve learned-
that you can keep going long after you can’t.

I’ve learned-
that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I’ve learned-
that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I’ve learned-
that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

I’ve learned-
that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I’ve learned-
that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I’ve learned-
that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I’ve learned-
that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I’ve learned-
that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I’ve learned-
that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I’ve learned-
that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

I’ve learned-
that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I’ve learned-
that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

I’ve learned-
that your family won’t always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren’t related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren’t biological.

I’ve learned-
that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you are to learn to forgive yourself.

I’ve learned-
that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I’ve learned-
that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I’ve learned-
that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.

I’ve learned-
that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.

I’ve learned-
that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I’ve learned-
that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I’ve learned-
that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I’ve learned-
that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.

I’ve learned-
that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

I’ve learned-
that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I’ve learned-
that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I’ve learned-
that it’s hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people’s feelings, and standing up for what you believe.

I’ve learned-
that people will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

August 11, 2013

God makes everything come out right

Psalm 103:8-18

The Message (MSG)

6-18 God makes everything come out right;
he puts victims back on their feet.
He showed Moses how he went about his work,
opened up his plans to all Israel.
God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold,
nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out,
keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Men and women don’t live very long;
like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
leaving nothing to show they were here.
God’s love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.

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