Jul 31

Quotable Quote

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Jul 31

Fell Off the Face

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I’ve made commitments that I let slide. Now is the time for me to refocus and double my effects. To some, it may seem like I’ve fallin’ off the face of the earth, but if I don’t follow thru with things I’ve said, to me, they would be as good as promises broken and that is something that I can not except of myself. This may cause some concern and worry, but trust in me, I’m fine.

Jul 31

Peaches and Cream

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A little thing about me that most don’t know, but some may be aware of on some level is that I’ll keep little silly things that will remind me of the person that gave me that thing. These things can be the oddest little things too which I keep close.

While unpacking I took a moment to look over my tiny collection and a birthday card jumped out at me. I was given this card several years ago now and I kept it because of the story written on it. It’s a little story about how I impacted a life.

I think I may have to back up for a moment and give a little history behind the card and the message it contains. It’s hard to imagine that this was only a few short years ago, any way…

I was new, again, to the body of Christ and I was seeking to find friends with whom I could share. I was at the time attending LCBC and they had small groups called “Life Groups”. After much agonizing, I decided to join a Life Group, so I filled out my little slip and waited. A few weeks had gone by without nary a whisper and I gave up thinking it just might not suppose to be. Well one day, I did indeed receive a phone call. A new group was being formed and this person calling me, she was the new group leader. So now I was officially part of a Life Group, great! Unfortunately, it didn’t take all too long for the group to fall apart, I believe, mostly due to the lack of commitment. But in that short time I quickly saw a real need in our group leader and so I befriended her, setting aside my needs and helped her. My reward was a birthday card with this little short story that I will forever hold close and though we’re not in each other’s life anymore she will forever be a friend. If I’ve ever done anything right and good in this life, this must be it.

A Little Story About You

Who in their life
Hasn’t planted a peach pit
Just hoping that somehow
A seedling would grow?

And then they move on
To some other adventure,
And if it comes up –
well, they don’t even know.

That’s one way
of picturing your style of living.
You’ve planted ideas
and dreams unaware.

You’ve noticed somebody
Whose heart needs attention
and planted a positive feeling in there.

It’s part of your nature.
You may not remember
the kind and encouraging
things that you’ve done…

But everywhere,
“peach pits”
are growing like crazy,
and people are blooming.
I know it – I’m one.

Jul 30

God Answers

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While moving this past weekend I came across a folder filled with pieces of scrap paper with bits that I scribbled down in years past; many of which I never had any intention of ever sharing, will now be. Before I go on and must pause and add a disclaimer to the first. Even though what is to follow was written by my own hand I make no promise that this of my own creation. I merely may just have heard this else where and scribbled it down because I liked it.

God answers prayers in three ways…
He says “Yes” and gives you what your heart desires.
He says “No” and gives you something better.
Or he says “Wait” and gives you His best.

It certainly does have that warm feeling when you think about it, but at the same time it seems to be unfinished. Wouldn’t sometimes a “no” be just that, a “no”?

Jul 29

Becoming Once Was and Never To Be

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Through the happenings of circumstance, an answer I was seeking came to light. I had to make a choice. Until last night, none of my options seemed quite right, because no matter what I would choose to do, someone would get hurt. When faced with these type of choices in the past, I always made sure I was the one to sacrifice, as I know I would survive. And now, I must make the greatest sacrifice I’ve ever had to make and walk away from a friendship that I’ve prayed so long and hard to God. Though there was no wrong done between us, I need to make sure that they are never confronted with having to make the choice between family and myself. And so I finish with this…

Reason , Season, And A Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.

Then people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons: things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.