Thursday, November 10, 2011
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
Friday, October 28, 2011
that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
that no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you every once in a while and we must forgive them for that.
that it's not WHAT you have, but WHO you have in your life that counts the most..
that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.
that your life can be changed in a matter of seconds by people who you don't even know.
that no matter the consequences,
those who are honest with themselves, get farther in life.
that two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different.
that heroes are the people who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
that you cannot make someone love you; all you can do is be someone who can be loved.
that sometimes the people you think might kick you when you're down,
will be the very ones to help you get back up.
that you CAN keep going long after you think you can't.
that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others ...
sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.
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.
that it's a process, not an event, for me to become the person I want to be.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
HAPPINESS 'ON HOLD'
We convince ourselves that life will be better after
we get married, have a baby, then another.
Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough
...and we'll be more content when they are.
After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with.
We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.
We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our
spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car,
are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.
The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now.
If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges.
It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.
Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have
and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special,
special enough to spend your time with...
and remember that time
waits for no one.
So, stop waiting
--until your car or home is paid off
--until you get a new car or home
--until your kids leave the house
--until you go back to school
--until you lose ten pounds
--until you gain ten pounds
--until you finish school
--until you get a divorce
--until you get married
--until you have kids
--until you retire
There is no better time than right now to be happy.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
So ... work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching!
~ Author Unknown ~
Sunday, October 09, 2011
I Live in the Land of Thankfulness
I love the Land of Thankfulness where blessings overflow.
I claim it as my native home, most charming land I know;
And if I've need of anything, no matter what it be,
I just give thanks with confidence and see it come to me.
I like to live in Thankfulness! Would live there all my days;
Would let its spirit stir my soul and fill my heart with praise.
I questioned once how I had found a place of such a kind;
Knew I'd discovered it, because I'd thankful thoughts in mind
Oh, come with me to Thankfulness! We ask this of you:
That you be always thankful, friend, but this is all you do.
And if there's anything you need, no longer doubt or fear;
The thing you seek's awaiting you, it surely will appear.
Copyright © 2004 - Frank B. Whitney
Founder of Unity Publication "Daily Word"
The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the
thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
~Henry Ward Beecher
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by
a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with
deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
~ Albert Schweitzer
Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be
for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.
~Konrad von Gesner
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it ...
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~ William Arthur Ward
If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is,
"thank you," that would suffice.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial
into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it ...
would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way.
In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer,
you must truly appreciate what you already have.
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
~Gladys Berthe Stern
Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.
Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception.
Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.
Every virtue divorced from thankfulness
is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.
~John Henry Jowett
When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.
~ Anthony Robbins
The hardest arithmetic to master
is that which enables us to count our blessings.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
Let's be grateful for those who give us happiness;
they are the charming gardeners who make our soul bloom.
Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go our way,
but the recurring acknowledgment of what IS working in our lives
can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.
~Sara Ban Breathnach
Make it a habit to tell people thank you.
To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the
expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those
around you, and you'll soon find many others around you.
Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.
~ Ralph Marston
No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier
~ Gathered from all over the Internet
wishing Canadians the best to you and yours this Thanksgiving weekend
blessings and hugs.................lita
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