Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Love found me

When I'm alone, when I'm down
When I'm in trouble, where there is no sound
It seems all so hopeless, it seems so unfair
Is there an answer? I'm unaware
I fall on my knees, I said a little prayer
Hoping that the Jesus I know
Would show me when and where
I listen and I wait, hearing nothing but the air
I can't keep on running, there's just so much to bear

Where can I find meaning, I have lost my way
Where can I find reason, the strength to live this day?
I search beyond the mountain
I look deep in the sea
I wish that I found something
I wish that I found me
As I open my eyes, tears fell down my cheek
I saw that dusty big old book, once gave light to things I seek
Remembering the good and the bad times
I thought I was alone
The words: "I gave My life for you, child"
on that rugged tree of love

Love gives me the meaning
Love shows me the way
Love gives me the reason, the strength to live this day
Love beyond the mountain
deeper than the sea
Love gives me that something
This love has found me

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Because these things cannot be put off till 'some other time'...

Came across an old article which is worth sharing with all today, do read on and be blessed...

Date with a Woman
After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie... She said, I love you but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.

That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.

'What's wrong, are you well?' she asked. My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news.

'I thought that it would be pleasant to be with you,' I responded.

'Just the two of us.'

She thought about it for a moment, and then said, 'I would like that very much...'

That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous.

When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on... She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary.

She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's.

'I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed, 'she said, as she got into the car. 'They can't wait to hear about our meeting'. We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady.

After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Large print. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips.,

'It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,' she said. 'Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor,' I responded.

During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation - nothing extraordinary, but catching up on recent events of each other's life..

We talked so much that we missed the movie...

As we arrived at her house later, she said, 'I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you.' I agreed.

'How was your dinner date?' asked my wife when I got home.

'Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined,' I answered.

A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't have time to do anything for her.

Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place mother and I had dined.

An attached note said: 'I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me.

I love you, son.'

At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: 'I LOVE YOU!' and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than God and your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till 'some other time.'

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Inspirational Quotes...

"You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing."- Michael Pritchard

"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity."- Benjamin Franklin
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving."- Dale Carnegie

"People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be."- Abraham Lincoln

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Better keep yourself bright and clean. You are the window through which you must see the world."- George Bernard Shaw

"Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do."- Gerry Sikorski

"Be the change you wish to see in the world"- Ghandi

"Better to live one year as a tiger than one hundred as a sheep." - Madonna

"The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others."- Wilfred Peterson

"Love all, trust few. Do wrong to no one." - William Shakespeare

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."- Aesop

"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood."- Ralph Nichols

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."- Mark Twain

"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."- Aldous Huxley

"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much."- Blaise Pascal

"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."- Thomas Edison

"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."- Vince Lombardi

"The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves."- Ray Kroc

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step."- Confucius

"You can't hold a man down without staying down with him."- Booker T. Washington

"Was she so loved because her eyes were so beautiful, or were her eyes so beautiful because she was loved?" - Anzia Yezierska

"Nothing is black or white."- Nelson Mandela

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” —Indian (Cherokee) Proverb

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ae ú-esteliach nad...estelio Iesus. Estelio Eru. Ná Eru veria le, vanimelda...

Edinor veren, B. vanimelda… Ná Eru veria le, ná meleth dín síla erin rád o chuil lín. Caro naid dithin na meleth veleg…

誕生日おめでとうございます、親しい最愛の人。 大きい愛で小さいことをし続けて、そしてあなたがこの世界で見ることを望む変更であってください...... 神は常に極めてあなたを祝福します...... これはあなたのために私の祈とうです。 愛と許可で今までに......

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lonely Hearts...

~Adapted from RBC Ministries, Strength for the Journey: 24th August, 2009~

Three men were stranded on a desert island. A genie appeared and promised to grant each of them just one wish. So the first guy says, “I want to go back to my job with the brokerage firm.” Shazam, he’s back in the office behind his desk. The second guy says, “I’d like to be back in Chicago with my family.” Instantly, he’s zapped back to the Midwest. So the genie turns to the last guy and says, “What’ll it be for you?” He looks around and says, “It’s so lonely here. I wish my friends were back.”

Actually, the pain of loneliness is no laughing matter. And, sad to say, there is no magic-genie cure for the loneliness so many of us struggle with. After God created Adam, He said that it is not good for man to be alone and created Eve for companionship and mutual encouragement. So, it’s no wonder that we hurt when we are disconnected from others who could be a source of satisfaction and joy.

Yet, in one sense, even the loneliest among us is not truly alone. In fact, Jesus not only assures us of His presence but can empathize with the agony of our loneliness. He was brutally cast off by His own people, the object of criticism and scorn, abandoned by His best friends in His hour of need, and betrayed by a trusted colleague. Still, in the midst of this loneliness He was not truly alone. John 8:29 records Christ’s strong confidence in the midst of His standing alone when He says, “The one who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone.” And even though He realized His teaching was rejected by men, He said, “If I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent Me” (v.16).

The only true loneliness is the aloneness of being disconnected from God. When we live disconnected from Him, we scramble to fill the void with food, sex, alcohol, shopping, drugs, or meaningless activity. Many of us will do anything to medicate the emptiness we feel without God. In its advanced stages, this aloneness from God fogs our outlook with a cloud of cynicism until our only response to life is “Who cares?” or “Whatever.”

The only real way out is to cling to Jesus, the one who will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and the one who promises to give us life, in fact life more abundantly (John 10:10).
Maybe we know this, but we’ve been afraid to put all our eggs in the basket of all Jesus has to offer. Maybe our fear is reflected in the words of the poet who wrote, “lest having Him I would have nothing else beside.”

But Christ will never let us down. Jesus is certainly no magic genie. He does not exist in a foggy vision only to vanish in a puff of smoke. In fact, it’s just the opposite—we have the assurance that He is constantly with us. Jesus said, in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Because of this promise, we can trust that God will never leave us stranded alone on the desert island of life without Him, but will satisfy us with His presence and peace.

Psalm 139:7-10 (New International Version)

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, [a] you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

Isaiah 49:13-16 (New International Version)

13 Shout for joy, O heavens;
rejoice, O earth;
burst into song, O mountains!

For the LORD comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

14 But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me,

the Lord has forgotten me."

15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!

16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;

your walls are ever before me.

Romans 8:35-39 (New International Version)

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."[a] 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hebrews 13:5 (New International Version)

5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

"Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you."[a]

Scriptures imprint:

• He alone is worthy of our worship (Habakkuk 2:18-20).
• We do not define Him; He defines us
Romans 1:21-23).
• He is completely sovereign; any lesser view is manmade
Isaiah 45:9).

+God bless...+

Pray and Ask...for...Everyone who Asks Receives...

~Adapted from RBC Ministries, Today's My Utmost for His Highest: 24th August, 2009~

What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? —Matthew 7:9

The illustration of prayer that our Lord used here is one of a good child who is asking for something good. We talk about prayer as if God hears us regardless of what our relationship is to Him (seeMatthew 5:45 ). Never say that it is not God’s will to give you what you ask. Don’t faint and give up, but find out the reason you have not received; increase the intensity of your search and examine the evidence. Is your relationship right with your spouse, your children, and your fellow students? Are you a "good child" in those relationships? Do you have to say to the Lord, "I have been irritable and cross, but I still want spiritual blessings"? You cannot receive and will have to do without them until you have the attitude of a "good child."

We mistake defiance for devotion, arguing with God instead of surrendering. We refuse to look at the evidence that clearly indicates where we are wrong. Have I been asking God to give me money for something I want, while refusing to pay someone what I owe him? Have I been asking God for liberty while I am withholding it from someone who belongs to me? Have I refused to forgive someone, and have I been unkind to that person? Have I been living as God’s child among my relatives and friends? (see Matthew 7:12 ).

I am a child of God only by being born again, and as His child I am good only as I "walk in the light" ( 1 John 1:7 ). For most of us, prayer simply becomes some trivial religious expression, a matter of mystical and emotional fellowship with God. We are all good at producing spiritual fog that blinds our sight. But if we will search out and examine the evidence, we will see very clearly what is wrong— a friendship, an unpaid debt, or an improper attitude. There is no use praying unless we are living as children of God. Then Jesus says, regarding His children, "Everyone who asks receives . . ." ( Matthew 7:8 ).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

*The Smallest Ray of Light...Always in My Heart...*

"May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out..."

"Hope is always something that is not easily found or seen. But, Hope is one thing that will never fade, as long as you have faith. Even the smallest ray of light can fill the sky in time..."

"True love isn't a feeling... It's choosing to sacrifice yourself and love someone even when they reject and rebel against you."