Sayings, Stories

Enjoy words of wisdom from others in Saying, Stories

Here are a few sayings and stories that I have received and wanted to pass them along.

** Here is the link to hear Charlotte Church singing The Lord’s Prayer – what a beautiful voice and song!  After you watch and listen to the video, click on the back arrow in the upper left hand corner of your screen.

http://youtu.be/dU_MceRvh2U

** Open your eyes to all the love around you.

** Indulge your sense of enjoyment.

** Keep believing in yourself and your dreams.

** – “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”  Winston Churchill.  For more Helpful Inspirational Material on Attitudes: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/attitude-attitudes/ 

** – Here is a very inspirational story: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/who-i-am-makes-a-difference/

GOD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU,
It shall be well with you this coming year…  No matter how much your enemies try this year, they will not succeed.  You have been destined to make it and you shall surely achieve all your goals this year… all your agonies will be diverted and victory and prosperity will be incoming in abundance.  Today, God has confirmed the end of your sufferings, sorrows and pain because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. He has taken away the hardships and given you JOY. He will never let you down.

I knocked at heaven’s door this morning, God asked me.. My child! What can I do for you? And I said, ‘Father, please protect and bless the person reading this message..’

FREE NOURISHMENT

* How to get it  – Food costs money, lasts only a short time, and meets only physical needs.  But God offers us free nourishment that feeds our soul.  How do we get it?  We are to come, listen, seek, and call on God.  God’s salvation is freely offered, but to nourish our souls we must eagerly receive it.  We will starve spiritually without this food as surely as we will starve physically without our daily bread. 

Isaiah 55:1-5 – “Is anyone thirsty?  Come and drink–even if you have no money!  Come, take your choice of wine or milk–it’s all free!  Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?  Why pay for food that does you no good?  Listen, and I will tell you where to get food that is good for the soul! 

“Come to me with your ears wide open.  Listen, for the life of your soul is at stake.  I am ready to make an everlasting covenant with you.  I will give you all the mercies and unfailing love that I promised to David.  He displayed my power by being my witness and a leader among the nations.  You also will command the nations, and they will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.” 

“Unanswered Prayers”

Please listen and enjoy the video and song “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks by clicking on the link  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOXim5ZmSKc

* – The Sandpiper: http://ahelpfulinspirationalblog.com/the-sandpiper/

* – God Parting the Sky: http://ahelpfulinspirationalblog.com/god-parting-the-sky/

 * – My nephew, Mike, has a remarkable blog.  Please click this link for his inspiring story.
http://blackbird-story-of-hope.blogspot.com/2010/08/geneology-geography.html

* – The Power of Belief – “Believe in yourself.  You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face…  You must do that which you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

* – The Essence of Destiny – “Watch your thoughts, for they become words.  Choose your words, for they become actions.  Understand your actions, for they become habits.  Study your habits, for they will become your character.  Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.”  Author unknown

* – If you can’t watch at work—send home to watch it. Beautiful video with a great message…ENJOY!  Creation Calling …. Are you listening?  This amazing video was made by the Branch Church.  They have allowed Andie Isle to share it with you on the website.  The song is “Creation Calls” by Brian Doerksen available on Brian’s CD “Today”.  After you watch and listen to the video, click on the back arrow in the upper left hand corner of your screen.  www.andiesisle.com/creation/magnificent.html

* – Something to Think About: http://ahelpfulinspirationalblog.com/something-to-think-about/

* – This is a beautiful and touching story of love and perseverance.  Well worth the read.  http://ahelpfulinspirationalblog.com/love-perseverance/

JESUS SPEAKS TO THE RICH YOUNG MAN

Jesus’ question to the leader who came and called him “Good teacher” was, in essence, “Do you know who I am?”  Undoubtedly the man did not catch the implications of Jesus’ reply–that the man was right in calling him good because Jesus truly is God.

This man’s wealth made his life comfortable and gave him power and prestige.  When Jesus told him to sell everything he owned, Jesus was touching the very basis of his security and identity.
The man did not understand that he would be even more secure if he followed Jesus than he was with all his wealth.  Jesus does not ask believers to sell everything they have, although this may be his will for some.  He does ask us all, however, to get rid of anything that has become more important in our life than God.  If your possessions take first place in your life, it would be better for you to get rid of them.

Because money represents power, authority, and success, often it is difficult for wealthy people to realize their need and their powerlessness to save themselves.  The rich in talent or intelligence suffer the same difficulty.  Unless God reaches down into their lives, they will not come to him.  Jesus surprised some of his hearers by offering salvation to the poor; he may surprise some people today by offering it to the rich. It is difficult for a self-sufficient person to realize his or her need and come to Jesus, but “what is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God.”

Peter and the other disciples had paid a high price–leaving their homes and jobs–to follow Jesus.  But Jesus reminded Peter that following him has its benefits as well as its sacrifices.  Any believer who has had to give up something to follow Christ will be paid back in this life as well as in the next.  For example, if you must give up a secure job, you will find that God offers a secure relationship with himself now and forever.  If you must give up your family’s approval, you will gain the love of the family of God.  The disciples had begun to pay the price of following Jesus, and he said they would be rewarded.  Don’t dwell on what you have given up; think about what you have gained and give thanks for it.  You can never out-give God. (NLT)

Luke 18:18-30 – Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good teacher, what should I do to get eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him.  “Only God is truly good.  But as for your question, you know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery.  Do not murder.  Do not steal.  Do not testify falsely.  Honor your father and mother.'”

The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was a child.”

“There is still one thing you lack,” Jesus said.  “Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”  But when the man heard this, he became sad because he was very rich.

Jesus watched him go and then said to his disciples, “How hard it is for rich people to get into the Kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?”

He replied, “What is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God.”

Peter said, “We have left our homes and followed you.”

“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you, everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid may times over in this life, as well as receiving eternal life in the world to come.”

This is the article written by Father David in Grace Notes:   

AHA!   

Epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning “appearance” or “manifestation” and is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ.  Epiphany also refers to the experience of having something dawn on us out of the blue, a moment of understanding where little or none had existed previously. I call it The Aha Moment.   

The Aha Moments in our life are technically known as epiphanies.  How wonderful it is when something significant dawns on us that changes the course of our lives.   

For me however, those Aha Moments often show me how dumb I’ve been about something.  But even that is a life-changing event for to live your life with erroneous information is to not live to the fullest.  Jesus addressed that when he said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”  Therefore, the untruths in our life tend to enslave us.  The bigger and more serious the untruth the more “messed up” our lives become.   

On occasion I’ve asked people about their epiphanies, their moment when somebody said something, or they read something that altered the course of their lives.  I’m amazed to discover that few people seem to have those moments or they don’t recognize them, or they’ve forgotten them.  I can’t imagine what my life would have been without those experiences.   

Each moment of significant inner growth in my life was the result of one of these moments and therefore unforgettable.  I can’t help but wonder if the frequency and magnitude of those growth moments aren’t in direct proportion to ones level of seriousness in seeking God.  Perhaps He is the true author of The Aha Moments.   

The greatest Aha Moment for me was the personal revelation that Jesus was alive and well, that He cared about me, that He gave me a new, abundant and eternal life.  At the time it was quite surprising, shocking in face, and opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me which I proceeded to pursue no matter the odds.   

But why should I have been so surprised.  After all, He revealed His son to the Magii, the Wise Men from India, and He has been revealing Him to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see ever since.  In fact, we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses that it would seem to be the common experience of man but it is not,.  There are many who have eyes but do not see, ears but do not hear.  Or perhaps, they are simply frightened at the thought of yielding their sovereign will to the unseen and known, i.e., to God Almighty.  “Do not fear, little flock.  It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom!”  If that’s not an epiphany I don’t know what is.   

Many happy epiphanies to you.  

 HEART WARMING STORY

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.  She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even the total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.   

 She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.  Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing; she cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!   

 ‘And what do you want?’ the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,’ he said without waiting for a reply to his question. ‘Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,’ Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. ‘He’s really, really sick…and I want to buy a miracle.’ ‘I beg your pardon?’  said the pharmacist.   

 ‘His Name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now.  So how much does a miracle cost?’  ‘We don’t sell miracles here, little girl.  I’m sorry but I can’t help you,’ the pharmacist said, softening a little. ‘Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.’   

 The pharmacist’s brother was a well-dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, ‘What kind of a miracle does your brother need?’  ‘I don’t know,’ Tess replied with her eyes welling up. I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money.’ ‘How much do you have?’ asked the man from Chicago ‘One dollar and eleven cents,’ Tess answered barely audibly. ‘And it’s all the money  I have, but I can get some more if I need to.’   

‘Well, what a coincidence,’ smiled the man. ‘A dollar and eleven cents—the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.’ He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said ‘Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the miracle you need.’ That well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery.   

 The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place. ‘That surgery,’ her Mom whispered, ‘was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?’ Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost..one dollar and eleven cents….plus the faith of a little child.   

 In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.  A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law.                                                                                                    

GOD’S OATH TO YOU…   

 When you are sad…..I will dry your tears.  When you are scared…..I will comfort your fears.  When you are worried…..I will give you hope.  When you are confused…….I will help you cope.  And when you are lost…And can’t see the light, I shall be your beacon …. Shining ever so bright.  This is my oath……I pledge till the end.  Why you may ask?…….Because you’re my friend. 

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person..   

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.  They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a God send and they are.  They are there for the reason you need them to be.  Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.  Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.  The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on..   

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.  They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real.. But only for a season.   

LIFETIME relationships teach your lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.   

Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.                                                                                    

‘FRIENDS ARE GOD’S WAY OF TAKING CARE OF US.’ – This was written by a Metro Denver Hospice Physician:   

I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die – I barely managed to coast , cursing, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck It wouldn’t even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the quickie mart building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay. When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.   

At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.  I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying ‘I don’t want my kids to see me crying! ,’ so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, ‘And you were praying?’ That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, ‘He heard you, and He sent me.’   

I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to the next door McDonald’s and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.   

She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City . Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn’t have money to pay rent Jan. 1, and finally, in desperation, had called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there.   

So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to  live there.  I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I was walking over to my car, she said, ‘So, are you like an angel or something?’  This definitely made me cry. I said, ‘Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people.’   

It was so incredible to be a part of someone else’s miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I’ll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won’t find anything wrong.   

Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings…   

Psalms 55:22 – Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.   

 I want God to bless you.  Here is the prayer: ‘Father, I ask You to bless my children, grandchildren, friends, relatives and anyone reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit this very moment.  Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.  Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace, In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.’   

                               A Beautiful Parable   

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard.  She did not recognize them.  She said “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry.  Please come in and have something to eat.”  “Is the man of the house home?” they asked.  “No,” she replied.  “He’s out.”  “Then we cannot come in”, they replied.    

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.  “Go tell them I am home and invite them in!”  The woman went out and invited the men in.  “We do not go into a House together,” they replied.  “Why is that?” she asked.  One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.”  Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”   

The woman went in and told her husband what was said.  Her husband was overjoyed.  “How nice!!” he said.  “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth.  Let him come and fill our home with wealth!”  His wife disagreed, “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?”  Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house.  She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love?  Our home will then be filled with love!”   

Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife.  “Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”  The woman went out and asked the three old men, “Which one of you is Love?  Please come in and be our guest.”  Love got up and started walking toward the house.  The other two also got up and followed him.  Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success, “I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?”   

The old men replied together, “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him.  Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!!!!!”   

My wish for you… * Where there is pain, I wish you peace and mercy.  * Where there is self-doubting, I wish you a renewed confidence in your ability to work through it.  * Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I wish you understanding, patience, and renewed strength.  *Where there is fear, I wish you love, and courage.     

Please choose to invite love into your life by sharing this story with all the people you care about.  Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…  It’s learning how to dance in the rain!

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