Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wet Oatmeal Kisses

One of these days you'll explode  
And shout to all the kids,  
"Why don't you just grow up and act your age!"  
And they will,  
Or, "You guys get outside and find something to do-  
Without hurting each other  
And don't slam the door!"  
And they don't.   
You'll straighten their bedrooms  
Until it's all neat and tidy,  
Toys displayed on the shelf,  
Hangers in the closet,  
Animals caged.  
You'll yell,  
"Now I want it to stay this way!"  
And it will...   
You will prepare a perfect dinner  
With a salad that hasn't  
Had all the olives picked out  
And a cake with  
No finger traces in the icing  
And you'll say,  
"Now this is a meal for company."   
And you will eat it alone...  
You'll yell,  
"I want complete privacy on the phone.  
No screaming, do you hear me?"   
And no one will answer.  
No more plastic tablecloths stained  
No more dandelion bouquets.  
No more iron-on patches.  
'No more wet, knotted shoelaces,  
'Muddy boots or rubber bands for ponytails.  
'Imagine. ...a lipstick with a point,  
No babysitters for New Years Eve, 'washing clothes only once a week,  
No PTA meetings or silly school plays .where your child is a tree, no car pools,  
Blaring stereos or forgotten lunch money.  

No more Christmas presents made of library paste and toothpicks,  
No wet oatmeal kisses,   
No more tooth fairy,  
No more giggles in the dark, scraped knees to kiss  
Or sticky fingers to clean  
Only a voice asking,  
"Why don't you grow up?" And the silence echoes:  
"I did"  
--Author Unknown

Monday, August 21, 2017

Let Go And Let God

God never tells us that OUR need to forgive is contingent on another's genuine repentance. Christ didn't die ONLY for those who would be REALLY sorry. He didn't forgive ONLY those who could eventually prove their worthiness. And He certainly didn't set up a record-keeping system for tracking our screw-ups! Once forgiven, ALWAYS forgotten. And forgetting is the essence of true forgiveness: the sweat aroma that melts resentment and builds love. 

Remember back to that first time you felt unconditionally accepted by someone who REALLY knew you. That acceptance could not have been possible if resentment had grabbed a foothold. Resentment amounts to hatred, and that resentment would have been against YOU! 

I love that old maxim, "Let go, and let God." It's the things we can't handle that God promises to take on for us! WE don't have to learn to overcome or overlook someone else's shortcomings, that's God's job. WE are called to love. WE are called to forgive. Once we realize this, what a heavy burden is lifted from our shoulders! 

If by chance, the FACT that you're right and someone else is wrong is your justification for harboring resentment, remember the principles of love in  
I Corinthians 13: 4-8: 

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last for ever." 

With this in mind, dare we waste any more time harboring resentments and burying our heads, when we should be enjoying life, embracing love and living more fully? Let's do ourselves a favor - let's let go. and let God! 

Steve Goodier, publisher of Your Life Support System 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I Am What God Says I Am

Have the words and opinions of other people caused you to water down your dreams? One of the most important things you can learn is that other people don’t set the limits for your life. Other people don’t have to believe in you in order for your dreams to come to pass. There will always be critics and naysayers. The negative voices come at everyone. But other people don’t determine your destiny, you do. 

The Apostle Paul says in Romans 3:3, “What if they don’t believe? Will their lack of faith make the faith of God of no effect?” This verse is saying, “It doesn’t matter if other people don’t believe. Their unbelief is not going to keep me from believing in my dreams.” When God puts a promise in your heart, it’s not up to other people to bring it to pass, it’s up to you! You don’t need everyone to validate you. You don’t need to get confirmation from all your friends. You have to follow the voice of God for yourself and allow Him to order your steps. God sees the hidden treasures that you’ve had buried on the inside of you. He wants to bring those treasures out and make your dreams reality!  

As you stir your faith up and water those seeds they will take root, and you will accomplish things that you never even thought possible! It doesn’t matter what negative things have been spoken over you in the past, God’s blessing is greater than any curse! Begin to speak words of life and faith over yourself. As you get rid of those old, defeated thoughts, and replace them with what God says about you, you will rise higher and live the abundant life God has in store for you!  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

That's Dying

By: Henry Van Dyke I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone"

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying...

Death comes in its own time, in its own way.
Death is as unique as the individual experiencing it.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Prayer For Time Management

Dear God,
Sometimes I find it hard to manage my time well. There is so much to do. Please help me to prioritize my daily activities to align with your will, your plan, your purpose, and to do what is most important as well as the little mundane tasks that must be done. Help me to know when to say "no" to projects and requests that come along that would overwhelm me or take away from what you want me to do. Please help me to always love and care for those lives you have entrusted to my care and circle of influence.
In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Being Blessed

When you've cried for so long and your heart is in such anguish...God has counted your tears.

If you feel that your life is on hold and time has just passed you by... God is waiting with you.

When you're lonely and your friends are too busy to call or can't understand...God is by your side.

When you think you've tried everything and don't know where else to turn...God has a solution.

When nothing makes sense and you are hurt, confused or frustrated...God has the answer.

If suddenly your outlook is brighter and you find traces of hope in life.....God has whispered to you.

When things are going well and you have much to be thankful for...God has blessed you.

When something amazing happens and you find that special someone...God has smiled upon you.

When you have a dream to follow and also a reality to live...God has opened your eyes and called your name.

Remember that wherever you are or whatever you are facing now... GOD KNOWS!!

"You can tell the true character of a man by the way he treats someone who can do absolutely nothing for him." –

Author Unknown

Monday, August 14, 2017

Good Day Starter

Dear Lord, I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this
morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You
have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for
everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you.

I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me
to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each
and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You. Please broaden my mind that
I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over.
And It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits.

I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will.
Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the
weak... Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for
those that are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those that will delete this without sharing it with others. I pray for those that don't believe.

But I thank you that I believe. I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than G od. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.
I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees it.

I love you and I need you, come into my heart, please.