Prayer: Life, Family & Love….

September 12, 2012 at 6:55 am (Prayer, Thoughts)

LIFE is BEAUTIFUL….

LIFE is a GIFT…

I pray that we all see and cherish this blessing from our Heavenly Father

today and every morning that we wake up. May we all be good stewards

of all that the Lord has entrusted to our care…

 

FAMILY is a TREASURE…

FAMILY is FUN…

I pray that we all appreciate and value the family and wonderful people

that God has surrounded us with, and may we all be able to express

our love for each other in our own special way as we journey together

sharing laughters and making fun memories in this beautiful

adventure called LIFE…

 

LOVE is BOUNDLESS…

LOVE is ETERNAL…

True love knows no bound and transverse miles and distance and

crosses the oceans…I pray that we all be filled with the love of God that

is pure and selfless, and experience His powerful Presence and the comfort

of His Peace that transcends all understanding to guard our hearts and

minds in Christ Jesus our Lord…

 

“The Lord bless you and keep you

the Lord make His face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn His face toward you

and give you peace.”

~Numbers 6:24-26~

 

To all my readers including your family and loved ones…

I just prayed for all of you….

 

Blessings!

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Three Key Steps If You Want To Be Happy…

July 31, 2010 at 2:11 am (Engagement, Happiness, Inspirational, Thoughts)

1. Let go
I remember feeling physically lighter the first time I succeeded in really letting go of the things that were making me unhappy. Letting go is not easy but for me this is the key secret of being happy most of the time. There are five areas in which I am learning to let go:

Expectations: The single most important step on my journey to happiness was learning to let go of expectations. Expectations – of ourselves and other people – set us up for disappointment, frustration and misery. Freeing yourself and the people you love from the burden of expectations is one of the best things you’ll ever do for yourself.

Outcomes: Besides releasing expectations of people, learning to go with the flow by detaching from desired outcomes is also useful in achieving a happy medium. As a task-oriented person who pays attention to detail, this was challenging but worthwhile because I’m more able to take life as it comes these days.

Possessions: The third thing I learnt to let go of was our need to possess. Thinking that we own things makes us susceptible to the fear of loss, and a life lived in fear is not a happy one. My aim now is to be able to store all my essential worldly possessions in just one suitcase.

Approval: I’m now working on letting go of the need for the approval of others. Many of us care too much what others think. Although I’ve pared down the list of those whose opinions matter to me, I find this list of about ten people still too long. I’m guessing the ideal number for this list is one – me. Or maybe even that is too much because…

Self: Another thing I’m learning to let go of is myself: my self-importance, needs, wants, hurts, even thoughts. While I am nowhere near the level of detachment and stillness that would make me a saint or buddha, I am slowly learning to get over it instead of dwelling on things.

2. Take control
This sounds like a contradiction of the first step, which is letting go. The difference is that we can let go of the things we cannot control, while taking charge of the things we can. Here are four main areas I worked on that added up to an overall feeling of joy, or at least long-term contentment.

Finances: Stabilising my finances removed one of the major sources of worry and unhappiness in most people’s lives. I learnt to manage my money, increase cashflow and wealth using a simple spreadsheet, operate on a weekly cash budget, and studied ways to create multiple sources of income.

Time: Reclaiming my time contributed a great deal to being happy, since work – life balance is key to loving both work and life. Finding time to do the things that are most important to me made a huge difference.

Health: I used to have bad eating habits and had to learn to control bingeing and cut down sugar intake. Over time I managed an acceptable balance between enjoying sinful foods while limiting their impact. I also learnt simple ways to walk a lot more and get natural exercise in my daily routine.

Relationships: The younger me was rather difficult to get along with, which obviously made nobody happy including myself. I had to work on being kind, speaking gently, and even resorted to writing things down before blurting them out. Thanks to good mentors, I even learnt to praise instead of criticise. Today I am grateful for strong and easy relationships with friends and family.

3. Practise gratitude
It is impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time. So one of the easiest ways to be happy is to be grateful. While letting go and taking control involve work and time, being grateful can happen in the space of a single thought. Here are three ways to practise gratitude:

Journal: Probably the second best thing I did on my path to happiness was to start a gratitude journal. Write down five things you are grateful for each day, either at the end of the day or first thing the next morning. You can repeat points, since you’ll be grateful for your biggest blessings on many days.

Carpe diem: An attitude that helped me to be grateful everyday was living like you’ll die tomorrow. Thinking like this helps you to make the most of each day realising this could be your last chance, and then the happy days start piling up in a virtuous circle – you’re happy to be living, and your way of living makes you happy.

Judge not: As I gained some perspective in life (largely through growing older!) I came to see that ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are illusions. Things will happen in life – accidents, deaths, poor health, separations. You’ll be much happier when you stop judging these things as good or bad, but accept that things just are. Be grateful for the experience and smile because it happened.

Source: JoyfulDays.Com

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For Widows and Widowers Who Are Considering Remarriage…

July 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm (Commitment, Encouragement, Healing, Relationships, Remarriage, Thoughts, Widow)

After your spouse has been deceased for a period of time, you may think about the possibility of once again sharing your life with another. In practically every interview we conducted with widows and widowers of all ages, the question of remarriage was a common topic of conversation.

…This [article] is designed to give helpful information to you who are presently planning a remarriage or will become involved later with a person who may eventually become your new spouse. If you ever think of remarrying, read this material carefully. Even if remarriage is one of your major priorities and you feel it is God’ will to follow this goal, there are numerous practical aspects to keep in mind.

Whatever you do, be sure you’re guided by the Scriptures in your pursuits. Surround yourself with prayer to help you follow God’s will. We believe that God is Master of every facet of life and if you believe in his Word, every major step you take—including remarriage—will be directed by him.

As part of the research for writing this [article], we interviewed survivors who have married so that we could list criteria to consider before remarrying. Examine each item carefully. If you have difficulty resolving any of the questions posed, you need to examine more carefully your reasons for remarriage and your overall goals. The questions below are not listed in any order of importance, since each is vital to the success of your new marriage.

How long should you wait before you remarry? The answer depends on a number of circumstances. Some authorities say that it should be at least a year after the death of your mate before you make any major decision, which certainly includes marriage. If the death of your mate was sudden, the resolution of your grief may be particularly difficult, and you may wait several years before even considering the idea of remarriage. Conversely, if your mate had a lingering illness and you went through a partial process of grief before his or her death, you may be comfortable in remarrying in less than a year. If this is true, the timing of your marriage may be of secondary importance. We are convinced, however, that resolving the answers to the next questions could take several months, or even years, for some individuals.

…If there are children, how do they feel about your remarrying? This issue was a serious one for Rita and me because she had four adult children and I had three. At first my children had only a slight acquaintance with Rita, and her children did not know me at all. After studying this question carefully and consulting counselors and trusted friends, we took a path that has been reasonably successful in establishing a harmonious family relationship. We recommend the following guidelines for your consideration.

1. Introduce your prospective spouse to your children as early as possible. Much of any initial negative reaction is because the individuals really do not know each other. If possible, let all the children in both families get acquainted before any marriage plans are announced. When you meet the children of your intended, be as natural as possible. Do not try to be someone you are not. They might not accept you completely, but if you show yourself to be a “phony,” they will be even more suspicious. Especially if the children are young, respect them for who they are and be sensitive to their grief over the loss of the deceased parent, which may still be very painful to them.

Avoid recommendations about child-rearing to your intended at this stage. If his or her children make you uneasy and uncomfortable for any major reason, you had better have a serious conversation about your feelings. Even though it may be hard to accept, you will not only become involved with is or her children and other family members as well.

2. Although the feelings of adult children regarding your remarrying must be considered, the final decision must be made by both of you according to the best interests of all. Some children may be negative toward any relationship you enter because they may still be economically and emotionally dependent on you as a parent an feel isolated and neglected if you remarry or even consider doing so. A few people find it difficult to make adjustments in their life and always prefer the status quo. On the other hand, if your children are opposed because of some specific loving concerns, consider these aspects carefully. While you should be concerned about the feelings of your children, you need to take charge of your life and do what you believe is best of you.

The most logical step is to discuss your children’s reactions with your pastor or another counselor and some trusted friends who will keep the children’s misgivings confidential. You need the opinions of persons who are somewhat detached from your situation and can give you objective advice about your relationship.

Once you’re comfortable with the decision you have made, announce your intentions to your children privately and ask for their love, prayers, and goodwill. After you decide to remarry, most loving children will want your marriage to succeed and will be supportive. If not, the passage of time usually helps people adjust to new situation.

3. Absorbing young children into a new marriage may be a major source of conflict for both of you. When there are young children involved, assuming the stepfather’s or stepmother’s role may be demanding and traumatic. We have observed that a husband and wife may agree on nearly everything except how to raise children, their own or someone else’s! It’s nearly impossible to remain detached from such problems once a couple is united in a remarriage.

Often the family situation is still more challenging when you marry a divorced person and bring a child who has been living with the ex-spouse into your new home. Some children of divorced parents are very troubled and have a great capacity to spread discord wherever they go. Consider these possibilities seriously before remarrying.

Before you enter into a marriage where young children are involved, it would be advisable to air your concerns with your pastor and /or trusted friends. Don’t let the present grief of your mate’s death cause you to enter into a new marriage arrangement that is a profound risk for all involved.

What is the financial status of each of you? Of all the issues that may imperil a marriage, the subject of money can be the most deadly. The issues below must be studied and resolved before the marriage takes place.

Agreement must be reached if one of you has much more money than the other. There must be a clear understanding of how finances will be divided. There probably would not be a 50-50 split of assets in this circumstance. If this is a potential trouble spot, identify it early in a relationship.

A definite plan must be established with regard to spending money—whether it be for yourselves, children’s needs, recreation, vacations, or eating away from home. If you are planning to establish a joint checking account (with or without equal contributions to the account), there should be a clear understanding about which expenditures will be made from that source. Unless such a decision is reached, there is considerable potential for disagreement and stress.

A program must be agreed on with regard to checking, savings, and various investment accounts. The exact ownership and plans for these accounts should be described in detail in a prenuptial agreement (especially if either of you has children). Normally it is recommended that each of you keep your own name on any savings or investments that were yours before the remarriage. Decide whether the beneficiaries of the accounts will be your new mate or the children of one of you. Sometimes joint checking accounts are established with the understanding that both parties will contribute agreed-on amounts each month. For your mutual protection, property bought jointly after marriage should be stated on the title as “joint tenants with right of survivorship.”

Should you have a prenuptial agreement and new wills? The establishment of a prenuptial agreement before a second marriage is advisable, especially if there are children involved and either of you have various financial holdings. In the event of a divorce or death of one of you, each mate needs to have a clear understanding of his or her legal rights at that point.

New wills are an absolute must so that each of you will know which possessions will be yours on the death of the other and to formalize your wishes regarding any other separate or joint heirs. Be sure that your will mentions that a prenuptial agreement has been made. If it does not, there can be considerable heartache for all concerned. Your county’s legal society can recommend local lawyers who specialize in premarital agreements and wills.

Are you sexually compatible? One of the most important aspects of any marriage is the degree of sexual satisfaction attained by each member in the relationship. Your need for sexual gratification probably did not terminate at the death of your mate. Despite myths to the contrary, there is a substantial body of research data to show that the great majority of physically and mentally healthy persons remain sexually active up to age eighty and even beyond.

If you intend to remarry, discuss your degree of sexual interest and your preferences in this area with your prospective mate. There is potential for a great amount of stress and difficulty if a person who has previously had a very active sex life marries someone who has little interest in sexual intimacy or has different ideas of how to express that intimacy. One of the most authoritative books regarding this matter is Sex over 40 by Saul H. Rosenthal, M.D. Another interesting publication is Common Sense Christianity by Gerald Mann, who devotes an entire chapter to “great Sex for Christians.”

What are your religious beliefs? Of all the questions cited so far, this one may have the greatest potential for trouble between a couple. Resolve this issue before you pursue a relationship to any great depth. Our studies of this question have led us to some rather firm beliefs about related concerns.

Basic spiritual values. If persons of any age (especially older) have never been interested in such matters as church attendance, tithing, prayer, witnessing, and the need to be saved, there is a good prospect that they will not embrace all or even some of these aspects just because they get married. We hope that they will change their lives. However, they probably will not.

Evangelism in a marriage. The Bible tells us not to be “unequally yoked” with a nonbeliever (2 Corinthians 10:14). To disobey this admonition may be an invitation to a stress-filled and unsuccessful marriage. Never enter a marriage with the expectation that your fervent witnessing will eventually lead your souse to accept the gospel truths.

What will be your living arrangements? There are many questions that need to be answered in this arena.

1. Will you live in the other’s home or your own?
2. Will you both sell your houses (or move from your apartments) and buy or rent a new dwelling place that is jointly “yours”?
3. Will you have his or her children (and/or your own) living with you?
4. Will you use some of the furniture of each mate or buy everything new?
5. How will you dispose of items not needed in the new home?

Our experience and survey data show that there are no clear-cut, desirable answers for each of the previous questions. …Each situation has to be judged individually to arrive at a plan that will be satisfactory for both of you. If either of you is unhappy about living in the other person’s house, you had best make other living arrangements.

Do either of you have family or financial obligations? Discuss these details completely before the marriage takes place. Jo and Linda were married some time after the deaths of their mates. About one month after the marriage ceremony, during a casual dinner conversation between them, Linda discovered the following information about Joe’s commitments:

  • He had told his mother she could live with them sometime during the next two years instead of going to a nursing home.
  • He was giving about $200 a month to his unmarried (and usually unemployed) son, who lived in the next town.
  • He had taken limited bankruptcy three years ago and still owed creditors over $20,000.

Obviously this information was most upsetting to Linda. These facts, along with Joe’s refusal to compromise on certain religious issues, caused their later divorce. There should be no secrets of this type between two persons contemplating marriage!

Will you avoid comparison of your deceased mate with your new one? You will never find a mate exactly like your first. Your new husband or wife will no doubt have some good (and bad) qualities your first mate did not have, and vice versa. Do not place your former mate on a pedestal and challenge your new partner to be the same. Leaving the deceased’s picture on the wall and constantly remarking that he or she “was so good” about doing such-and-so is not conducive to a harmonious second marriage. Conversely, there is no profit in amplifying all the faults of your former spouse. Be fair and objective about your first mate, without making direct or indirect comparisons to your new or intended partner. What happened in your first marriage is history — let it go at that.

If you have grown children, what will be your contact with them after you marry? Your marriage will be a major adjustment for your adult children. If you follow some rather simple guidelines, your new marriage can be very successful.

First of all, let your children know that you still love them and that they should feel welcome to call you and see you within the bounds of common courtesy and good sense. Having a new husband or wife should not cause you to be isolated from your children, even if they have misgivings about the marriage.

Second, do not go to your children with every problem or conflict that you have with your new spouse, at least until all other avenues for resolution have been explored. Even then it may be counterproductive to do so. In every disagreement have a private talk with your mate and try to resolve conflict at that level. Playing “mind games” with each other’s children is a sure way of breeding major problems for a marriage.

How will you manage family traditions and holidays? The first Thanksgiving and Christmas following a second marriage calls for much planning and discussion. There are many relatives to consider, and a calm, well-developed plan can avoid much unneeded stress. Keep as many of your own family traditions as you can, but at the same time be ready to compromise to include your new mate’s relatives. You may need to have two Thanksgiving meals—or one big one for all. … Can your traditions and celebrations be exactly the same as with your first mate? Of course not. If both you and your new mate flexible and willing to try new plans, family gatherings can be harmonious, fun-loving, and wholesome for all.

To summarize, we want to emphasize that remarriage is not necessary or desirable for everyone whose mate has died. If you ask God’s blessings and are led to the proper person, however, a new marriage can be highly rewarding.

Source : Marriage Missions

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Why The Woman Should Let The Man Be The Pursuer

June 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm (Dating, Relationships, Thoughts)

As much as western thinking would like to believe that in this twenty first century the playing field between the sexes is leveling, the fact is men and women do have fundamental differences that are meant to compliment each other in an interdependent way, and there is no clearer demonstration of this than in the rules of courtship.

When it comes to true love between a man and a woman, the process of discovering, and realising that love happens somewhat differently for both. Deep down, every woman wants to be romanced, she wants to be properly wooed, sought after, admired, desired, cherished, her heart won over by the man she desires.

For men it is the opposite. Men being highly competitive with each other, it is important for them to win and this is no more important for a man than when it comes to the woman he really wants to be with.

A man has to feel like the woman he desires is special, that she values herself, that her affection is not loosely given, that it is selective and must be won. A woman who demonstrates these qualities gains respect from all men, but she is a major turn on to a man seeking a mate. It activates his need to win her over and he will do whatever he is capable of in aim of beating out all other possible suitors and winning her heart. It is a reaction in him. He becomes the hunter and pursues. The harder she is to catch, the more he will value her when he does, and the greater his thrill will be in being with her.

If a woman does not allow a man to win her in this way, if she makes herself too easy, too available, if she is the pursuer, she might be successful in establishing a relationship with him (a woman signalling that she is available to a man is generally not rebuffed) but the man she pursues won’t view her as a prize, or long term relationship material. He doesn’t value her in that way, because he didn’t have to win her, and a relationship founded on this beginning, is flawed because neither will have the confidence that they got the best deal with each other.

By chasing him, she will never have the romance and courtship she needs to develop strong emotional security with him, she will never be really sure how much he desires her, or how much he values her because he never had to prove it, he didn’t have to work for her. In his case, his sense of desiring and wanting her never got to intensify as it would have if he’d pursued her. By making herself freely available to him, by pursuing him, she has in essence cheated him of winning his prize and so it is easy for him to value her less.

For anyone man or woman who is seeking the best possible outcome in romance, the odds will be stacked in their favour where he pursues and she encourages him with signals indicating that he can win.

Source: Why The Woman Should Let The Man Be The Pursuer


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The Serenity Prayer

June 7, 2010 at 5:21 am (Faith, Prayer, Success, Surrender, Thoughts)

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3, 5-6

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Five Reasons to Consider Why to Go for a Long Distance Relationship

April 5, 2010 at 7:35 am (LDR, Love, Relationships, Thoughts)

1. Better sorry than safe

There is nothing sadder than a missed opportunity.

A very wise man once said to me: “I never regret things I’ve done, but I regret many things I have not done”.

You never know how things are before you try them. Every single experience, good or bad, enriches your life in some way. It builds the basement for decisions in the future. They make you wiser and build up your self-esteem. Let alone that in every missed opportunity you may have missed the love of your life.

All the good things in life involve a certain risk, but the biggest risk in life is missing out.

Think about that.

2. You gain time for other things

“Finally I can take the Spanish course”.

A long distance relationship isn’t as time consuming as a regular relationship. You can use the free time to reach your personal or job related goals. You have more time for your career, friends, hobbies and family.

3. It’s the ultimate test of seriousness

“I really mean it baby”. Now you can prove your commitment.

There is no point enduring a long distance relationship if you don’t mean it, if you are not fully committed. It just doesn’t work. After a few weeks/months first girl/boy that comes around you like you will break out.

So, this is a test whether you are committed and suitable for each other for a long term relationship.

Of course, this only applies to couples who were together before they were separated in a long distance relationship. If you’ve met in a chat room it’s the other way around.

4. You learn to treasure these rare moments together

Fact is, you’ll probably see each other only 1-2 times a month, if at all. These rare meetings will be an explosion of passion and love. All the longing will focus into this short meeting.

It’s a good lesson to realize what really matters in a relationship.

5. You really get to know each other

It is much easier and much more natural to get to know somebody through e-mail. All the outside-stuff is left out. It is easier to open up, you learn the inner world of you partner.

No pretending, no beautifying.

This also makes the meetings more intense.

There you have it, some thoughts why to take a chance and go for it.

Source: LovesaGame.Com

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The Power Of Words Over Water

March 22, 2010 at 7:49 am (Encouragement, Healing, Love, Power of Words, Prayer, Thoughts)

Can water be affected by our words?

Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist, believes so.

And he has proof.

Dr. Emoto took water droplets, exposed them to various words, music, and environments, and froze them for three hours. He then examined the crystal formations under a dark field microscope. And he took photographs.

The results were totally mind-blowing.

Here’s a photo of ordinary water without any prayer spoken over it. The molecular structure is in disarray.

                                                                        

The photo below is water after the prayer was said. It’s simply breathtaking.  (I now have a great respect for praying before meals! More on this later.)

 

Dr. Emoto also exposed water to Heavy Metal music. Here’s how it looks like. Looks sad if you ask me.

Here’s water exposed to classical music and folk dance music. Looks much better, right?

      

Next, Dr. Emoto stuck a piece of paper with these words: “You make me sick. I will kill you.” Here’s how the frozen water droplets looks like under the microscope…

Below is how water looked like with the words “Love” over it. The difference is amazing.

This is Polluted water…

       This is water from Lourdes, France. Utterly beautiful, right?

 

Wait A Minute—

Aren’t You Made Up Of Water?

       Yes! 72% of your body is made up of water.

       Imagine how your words affect your own body.

       When you say, “I’m a failure,” or “I’m hopeless,” or “I won’t get well,” imagine how these words weaken your health.

       Make a choice to say the best words out there. Say often, “I’m wonderful,” and “I’m beautiful,” and “I’m God’s child,” and “God has a great plan for my life!”

       It’s not only water.

       Dr. Emoto also experimented with cooked rice.

       He placed one cup of cooked rice in two airtight jars. On one jar, he wrote, “I love you,” and on the other, “You fool.” Everyday for 30 days, Dr. Emoto would say these words to each jar of rice.

       After 30 days, the “I love you” rice was still white. But the “You fool” rice was so rotten, it was black. How can you explain this?

      

Just as a side note: When I was a child, my mother taught me to pray before meals. Now I realize it wasn’t just a nice thing to do. When I pray over my meal, I know a material transformation takes place in the molecular level of the food that I pray for. I say, “Be blessed,” to the water and food on the table—and I expect it to be blessed.

Can Water Read Or Listen To Words?

Yes and No. 

Let me explain this in the simplest way I can.

I’m taking a deep breath now, because I can’t believe I’m going to do this: I’m going to give a mini-lecture on Physics. Me, the guy who got a D in all my science subjects!

       Do you remember Albert Einstein?

My friend Albert said that everything is energy. 

Remember his formula E=mc2

Well, he believed that energy and matter are interchangeable. Because in a subatomic level, the most solid matter you can think of, like a table or a rock (or my biceps) isn’t really solid at all. Everything is a sea of vibrating energy. Ever changing, ever moving, at the speed of light. Thus, in a mind-boggling way, there’s really no difference between a thing and a thought. All is energy.

Because of this, everything is interconnected. We’re all inside this ocean of fluid energy. That means my thoughts and words can really affect the entire material universe.

Amazing? You bet.

When you start speaking like this, people automatically think this is New Age and reject it. Not necessarily. What I gave you are reflections based on the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics. (Note: From a scientific perspective, I probably will get an F with my explanation above. I apologize to all the scientists out there.)

Friend, use your words to create your desired destiny.

Speak Words of Faith. Believe that your words affect your universe.

I encourage you to speak words of truth.

Dethrone the lies in your mind.

Say, I’m beautiful. Say, I’m a wonderful person. Say, I have a great future. Say, I’m anointed. I’m strong. I’m blessed.
Use your words to create your desired reality.

May your dreams come true!

(Source: I received this interesting article on my email from Pastor Mar, a friend from Australia and I thought I’d post and share it here on my blog…..)

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One Day at a Time…

March 8, 2010 at 4:31 am (Thoughts, Wisdom)

The most useless thing to do….Worry
The greatest joy….Giving
The greatest lost….Loss of self-restpect
The most satisfying work…..Helping others
The ugliest personality trait…..Selfishness
The most endangered species…..Dedicated leaders
The greatest “shot in the arm”…..Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome…..Fear
The most effective sleeping pill…..Peace of mind
The most crippling faliure disease…..Excuses
The most powerful force in life….Love
The most dangerous pariah…..a Gossiper
The world’s most incredible computer…..The brain
The worst thing to be without…..Hope
The deadliest weapon…..The tongue
The two most power-filled words…..”I Can”
The greatest asset…..Faith
The most worthless emotion…..Self-pity
The most prized possession…..Integrity
The most beautiful attire…..a Smile
The most powerful channel of communication…..Prayer
The most contagious spirit…..Enthusiasm
The most important thing in life…..GOD

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The Station

January 14, 2010 at 9:22 am (Encouragement, Inspirational, Thoughts, Vision)

by Robert J. Hastings

 TUCKED AWAY in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision in which we see ourselves on a long journey that spans an entire continent. We’re traveling by train and, from the windows, we drink in the passing scenes of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at crossings, of cattle grazing in distant pastures, of smoke pouring from power plants, of row upon row upon row of cotton and corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of city skylines and village halls.

But uppermost in our conscious minds is our final destination–for at a certain hour and on a given day, our train will finally pull into the Station with bells ringing, flags waving, and bands playing. And once that day comes, so many wonderful dreams will come true. So restlessly, we pace the aisles and count the miles, peering ahead, waiting, waiting, waiting for the Station.

“Yes, when we reach the Station, that will be it!” we promise ourselves. “When we’re eighteen. . . win that promotion. . . put the last kid through college. . . buy that 450SL Mercedes-Benz. . . have a nest egg for retirement!”
From that day on we will all live happily ever after.

Sooner or later, however, we must realize there is no Station in this life, no one earthly place to arrive at once and for all. The JOURNY is the JOY. The Station is an illusion–it constantly outdistances us. Yesterday’s a memory, tomorrow’s a dream. Yesterday belongs to a history, tomorrow belongs to God. Yesterday’s a fading sunset, tomorrow’s a faint sunrise. Only TODAY is there LIGHT enough to LOVE and LIVE.

So, gently close the door on yesterday and throw the key away. It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad, but rather the regret over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.
“Relish the moment” is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, swim more rivers, climb more mountains, kiss more babies, count more stars. Laugh more and cry less. Go barefoot oftener. Eat more ice cream. Ride more merry-go-rounds. Watch more sunsets. Life must be lived as we go along. The Station will come soon enough.

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I Dont Want To Miss A Thing

December 29, 2009 at 3:08 am (Dating, Love, Relationships, Songs, Thoughts)

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
While you’re far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Well, every moment spent with you
Is a moment I treasure

(Chorus)
I don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
‘Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing

Lying close to you
Feeling your heart beating
And I’m wondering what you’re dreaming
Wondering if it’s me you’re seeing
Then I kiss your eyes and thank God we’re together
And I just wanna stay with you
In this moment forever, forever and ever

(chorus)
I don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
‘Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
I don’t wanna miss one smile
I don’t wanna miss one kiss

Well, I just wanna be with you
Right here with you, just like this
I just wanna hold you close
Feel your heart so close to mine
And just stay here in this moment
For all the rest of time

(Chorus)
Don’t wanna close my eyes
Don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
‘Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
‘Cause I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing

I don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
‘Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
Don’t wanna close my eyes
Don’t wanna fall asleep, yeah
I don’t wanna miss a thing
I don’t wanna miss a thing

 

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