Thursday, October 25, 2012

Live for the moment....

Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment 
until it becomes a memory.
One day, you’ll be just a memory for some people. 
Do your best to be a good one!

When you look at a field of dandelions
you can either see
a hundred weeds or
a hundred wishes!

No matter how badly people treat you, 
never drop down to their level, 
just know you’re better and walk away!

Life is like a roller coaster
it has its ups & downs.
But it's your choice to scream
or enjoy the ride!

You got enemies?
Good that means you've
stood up for something!

If a person wants to be a part of your life
they will make an obvious effort to do so.
Think twice before reserving a space in your heart
for people who do not make an effort to stay!

You are stronger than you seem,
Braver than you believe,
Smarter than you think!

Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself!

No eye has seen,
No ear has heard,
No mind has conceived,
What God has prepared
For those who LOVE HIM!

I have not failed!
I have just found 10,000 ways
that won't work!
Don't ever give up!

The only things you can take with you 
when you leave this world
are the things you've packed
inside your heart!

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another:
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."

Feelings change,
Memories don't!

We must take adventures
in order to know 
Where we truly belong!

People will always have their opinions of you
despite who you are and 
what you are capable of!

In three words 
I can sum up everything 
I've learned about life:
 It Goes On.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Ant and the Contact Lens...

This is a story that originates from a book written by Elisabeth Elliot written in 1995 titled Keep a Quiet Heart. Ms. Elliot attributes the story to a first-person account sent to her by Brenda Foltz of Princeton, Minnesota, who maintained she wrote it based upon an event that occurred during her first rock-climbing experience. I love this story because it serves as a reminder to have faith in God each and every day! He's there for you no matter how big or small your problems are! 

The Ant and The Contact.

Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens.

“Great,” she thought. “Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry.” She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn't there!

She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens.

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains.

She thought of the Bible verse, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” She thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”

Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, “Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?”
Well, that would be startling enough. But you know why the climber saw it?

An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it!

The story doesn't end there.

Brenda’s father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption:

“Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.”

God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

There are a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications and just go for it.

Do not look at the world through your head; look at it through your heart.

See, we are all imperfect and unworthy of His love. Just because we do things that we don’t like to look back on, doesn't make anyone a bad person. After all, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossip, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Zaccheus was short, Abraham was old, and Lazarus was dead. Our mistakes and the lessons we learn make us WHO WE ARE. We are given these lessons to mold us into the people we are supposed to be. His grace IS sufficient for us and his power is made perfect in weakness.

Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them- if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It’s history. It’s poetry.

To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.

In desperate love, we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place.

Everyone makes mistakes, and then you learn from them. If you ever happen to make the same mistake twice, the second time isn't a mistake. It’s a choice.

Not everyone or everything is worth fighting for. Sometimes what seems promising is nothing but a scenario and an ending that we've created in our heads. Throwing in the towel doesn't always mean that you’re weak. It just means that you are strong enough to let go and allow God to take over. Whatever is meant to be…will be.

Look at us, running around. Always rushed, always late. I guess that’s why they call it the human race. What we crave most in this world is connection. For some people, that happens at first sight. It’s when you know, you know. It’s fate working its magic. And that’s great for them. They get to live in a pop song. Ride the express train. But that’s not the way it really works. For the rest of us, it’s a bit less romantic. It’s complicated, it’s messy. It’s about horrible timing and fumbled opportunities. And not being able to say what you need to say when you need to say it. At least, that’s the way it was for me. But sometimes, it slows down just enough for all the pieces to fall into place. Fate works its magic. And you’re connected.