Saturday, March 20, 2010
Quilt of Holes
As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt
before the Lord along with all the other souls.
Before each of us laid our lives like the squares
of a quilt in many
piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our
quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the
pile, I noticed how ragged
and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each
square was labeled with a part of my life that had
been difficult, the
challenges and temptations I was faced with in
every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such
squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled
with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own
life and was disheartened.
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be
displayed, held up to the the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each
in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been.
My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't
had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But
there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false
accusations that took from me my
world, as I knew it. I had to start over many
times. I often struggled with
the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and
begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in
prayer, asking for help and
guidance in my life. I had often been held up to
ridicule, which I endured
painfully, each time offering it up to the Father
in hopes that I would not
melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of
those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth. My life was
what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of
my life to the light.
An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around
at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light
flooded the many holes,
creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our
Lord stood before me, with
warmth and love in His eyes. He said, "Every time
you gave over your life
to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My
Each point of light in your life is when you
stepped aside and let Me shine
through, until there was more of Me than there was
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing
Christ to shine through!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
LIFE STILL HAS MEANING
If there is a future
there is time for mending —
Time to see your troubles
coming to an ending.
Life is never hopeless
however great your sorrow —
If you're looking forward
to a new tomorrow.
If there is time for wishing,
then there is time for hoping —
When through doubt and darkness
you are blindly groping.
Though the heart be heavy
and hurt you may be feeling —
If there's time for contemplation,
there is time for healing.
So if through your window
there is a new day breaking —
Thank Heaven for the promise,
though mind and soul be aching.
If with harvest over, there
is grain enough for gleaning —
There is a new tomorrow
and life still has meaning.
~ Author Unknown
Friday, March 05, 2010
A BEAUTIFUL DAY
I woke up early today, excited over all the things
I get to do before the day ends...
My job is to choose what
kind of day I am going to have.
Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or ...
I can be thankful that the grass
is getting watered for free.
Today I can grumble about my health or...
I can rejoice that I am alive.
Today I can mourn my lack of friends or...
I can excitedly embark upon a
quest to discover new relationships.
Today I can whine because I have to go to work or...
I can shout for joy
because I have a job to do.
Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or...
I can feel honored because life has provided
shelter for my mind, body and soul.
Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped ...
And here I am, the sculptor
who gets to do the shaping.
Today I am going to have a BEAUTIFUL DAY...
Because I am blessed with
so many gifts in my life.
~ Author Unknown ~
Friday, February 26, 2010
YOU'RE ONLINE TOO MUCH IF...
1. Tech Support calls "YOU" for help.
2. Someone at work tells you a joke and you say "LOL" — right out loud.
3. You find yourself trying to cock your head 90 degrees when you smile.
4. You don't even notice anymore when someone has a typo.
5. You bring a bag lunch and a cooler to the computer.
6. You stop speaking in full sentences.
7. When looking at signs, you wonder why they are always "yelling" at you.
8. When at work, your boss constantly reminds you that the word "i" should be capitalized.
9. Your spouse now complains of you moving your fingers in your sleep instead of talking.
10. You stop typing whole words and use things like prolly, dunno,wanna, lemme, brb, ttyl and 'k'.
11. You watch TV with the closed captioning turned on.
12. You no longer type with proper capitalization, punctuation, or complete sentences.
13. You dream in "text".
14. You change your screen names so much that you have to look at your own profile to see who you are.
15. You double click your TV remote.
16. You type messages to people — while you are on the phone with them at the same time.
17. When someone asks, "What did you say?" you reply, "Scroll up — scroll up!"
18. You have an identity crisis if someone is using a screen name close to your own.
19. You can type faster than you can think.
20. Three words: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
~Contributed by Jane at www.online-TheCatsMeow.com
Friday, February 19, 2010
A Creed to Live By
Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others,
It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Don't set your goals by what other people deem important,
Only you know what is best for you.
Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart
Cling to that as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless.
Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or the future.
By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.
Don't give up when you still have something to give
Nothing is really over … until the moment you stop trying.
Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect,
It is the fragile thread that binds us to each other.
Don't be afraid to encounter risks,
It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love.
The fastest way to lose love is to hold on too tightly,
And the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
Don't dismiss your Dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope.
To be without hope is to be without purpose.
Don't run through life so fast that you forget where you've been,
But also know where you're going.
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored every step of the way.
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