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Where’s God

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 He was just a little boy, on a week’s first day. He was wandering home from Sunday School, and dawdling on the way.

He scuffed his shoes into the grass; he found a caterpillar. He found a fluffy milkweed pod, and blew out all the “filler.”

A bird’s nest in a tree overhead, so wisely placed on high Was just another wonder that caught his eager eye.

A neighbor watched his zig zag course, and hailed him from the lawn. Asked him where he’d been that day and what was going on.

“I’ve been to Bible School,” he said and turned a piece of sod. He picked up a wiggly worm replying, “I’ve learned a lot about God.”

“M’m very fine way,” the neighbor said, “for a boy to spend his time.” “If you’ll tell me where God is, I’ll give you a brand new dime.”

Quick as a flash the answer came! Nor were his accents faint. “I’ll give you a dollar, Mister, if you can tell me where God ain’t

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Interview With God

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I dreamed I had an interview with God.

“Come in,” God said. “So, you would like to interview Me?””If you have the time,” I said.God smiled and said:
“My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; What uestions do you have in mind to ask me?”

“What surprises you most about mankind?”

God answered:

“That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again…

That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health…

That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future…

That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived.”

God’s hands took mine and we were silent for awhile and then I asked… “As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”
God replied with a smile:

“To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved…

To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives…

To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis…

To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least…

To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them…

To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness…

To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings…

To learn that money can buy everything but happiness…

To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different…

To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them, and likes them anyway…

To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves.”

I sat there for awhile enjoying the moment. I thanked Him for his time and for all that He has done for me and my family, and He replied, “Anytime. I’m here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I’ll answer.”

 

 

The Rose

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And upon a day, while walking among the flowers of his teacher’s garden, did the child speak unto the Mystic:

“Some men claim that this life
is the darkness of a curse,
and a punishment to be endured
for all our wicked ways.
Oh Mystic, what say you of life ?”

And the Mystic answered:

“I say that life is neither a curse nor a punishment,
But a rose filled with the beauty of desire.

The stem of the rose is your life upon this earth,
The thorns, painful lessons you bring unto
yourself, that you might learn.
The leaves are those joys that enter
your life with the tenderness of an unseen Love.

Curse not the sorrow of your thorns,
for the deeper they cut unto the heart of
your being, the greener the leaves of joy shall be.

The tiny bud is your soul, waiting to
bloom with the truth of God among its petals.
Slowly will your flower unfold,
that you might not become lost
within the fragrance of its secret.

And when the rose is at the height of its beauty,
Shall you not see the pureness of God
smiling from the very center of your Being ?”

Is Your Hut Burning?

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. “God, how could you do this to me!” he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

“How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers.

“We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going badly. But we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground — it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

God has a positive answer

For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves,
God has a positive answer for it:

You say: “It’s impossible”
God says: “All things are possible” (Luke 18:27)

You say: “I’m too tired”
God says: “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: “Nobody really loves me”
God says: “I love you” (John 3:16 & 13:34)

You say: “I can’t go on”
God says: “My grace is sufficient” (II Corinthians 12:9, Psalms 91:15)

You say: “I can’t figure things out”
God says: “I will direct your steps” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: “I can’t do it”
God says: “You can do all things” (Philippians 4:13)

You say: “I’m not able”
God says: “I am able” (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: “It’s not worth it”
God says: “It will be worth it” (Romans 8:28)

You say: “I can’t forgive myself”
God says: “I FORGIVE YOU” (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: “I can’t manage”
God says: “I will supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19)

You say: “I’m afraid”
God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear” (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God says: “Cast all your cares on ME” (I Peter 5:7)

You say: “I don’t have enough faith”
God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3)

You say: “I’m not smart enough”
God says: “I give you wisdom” (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: “I feel all alone”
God says: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5)