Shopping for Love

colorful-heart-shopping-cart-love-colorful-foam-heart-shape-background-valentines-day-65009053If I could shop for the ingredients for love
I’d buy a few kisses from the Father above.
I would add lots of hugs to go with the kisses.
Then put in a vat of passion and forgiveness.

I’d shop the isles for a dash of intelligence
And mix it together with love and tenderness.
And just to see if it would spill over on thee
I’d add a cup of peace and righteous charity.

Then to spice it up I’d add a pinch of humor
And put it on the shelves for all the consumers.
Each would be served with their own generous portion
Seasoned to taste with sweet comfort and emotion.

Mix them all together and you shall surely find
That you’ve mingled them with some unusual kinds,
Peace, contentment, intelligence complete
As each is united with love’s luscious, sweet treat!

~Patricia  Joan Polhans

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13

First-Day Thoughts

In calm and cool and silence, once again
I find my old accustomed place among der.png
My brethren, here, perchance, no human tongue
Shall utter words; where never hymn is sung,
Nor deep-toned organ blown, nor censer swung

Nor dim light falling through the pictured pane!
There, syllabled by silence, let me hear
The still small voice which reached the prophets ear;
Read in my heart a still diviner law
Than Israel’s leader on his tables saw!
here let me strive with each besetting sin,
Recall my wandering fancies, and restrain
the sore disquiet of a restless brain;
And, as the path of duty is made plain,
May grace be given that I may walk therein,
Not like the hireling, for his selfish gain,
With backward glanced and reluctant tread,
Making a merit of his coward dread,
But, Cheerful, in the light around me thrown,
Walking as one to pleasant service led;
Doing God’s will as if it were my own,
Yet trusting not in mine, but in His strength alone!

– John Greenleaf Whittier

 

How Did We Survive?

Looking back, it’s hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have.images12QRLOOS.jpg

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. Our houses and baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!) We slept without flame retardant pajamas, without air conditioning, with doors and windows open. Our dogs did not have rabies shots, distemper shots, parvo shots, and we didn’t pour chemicals on them or on us to repel fleas and ticks and mosquitoes. We followed along in the big white clouds sprayed out by the city trucks to kill mosquitoes breathing in the wonderful smell of DDT. We raced around town without adults on Halloween collecting treats and eating them as we went along without having them x-rayed first.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day.

We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, fried fat back for breakfast along with biscuits made with pure lard, and drank sugar sodas, but we were never overweight… we were always outside playing. We played with cap pistols and toy rifles and rubber knives. We took snakes or frogs or lizards to school, but never guns.

We waded barefoot through muddy water in ditches catching tadpoles and crawdads. We cut the grass with push mowers, climbed trees, and walked along the top of fences like they were tight ropes. We petted stray dogs and cats and took them home to see if we could keep them. We shot off fireworks without supervision or safety precautions and without getting arrested. We made match guns out of clothes pins and shot flaming matches at each other and at passing cars.

We walked or rode our bicycles to and from school in the flaming heat, in the freezing cold, and in the pouring rain. We were not afraid to accept a ride home from a total stranger when it was raining. We knocked on strangers’ doors without fear when we were searching for our missing puppy or kitten. We left our bicycle lying in the middle of the front yard at night, and it would still be there in the morning.

There were tryouts for cheerleader and Little League, and not everyone made the teams. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Some students weren’t as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade as many times as necessary. We didn’t wear designer clothes to school or drive shinny new cars to high school. If we had a car to drive, we were happy with anything that would run no matter what it looked like. We had never even heard of seatbelts or airbags, which probably not done any good anyway with ten people packed into a Volkswagen.

That generation produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you’re one of them. Congratulations!

~Richard

The Day I Fell in Love

The day my eyes opened I realized the sun shone everyday
The beauty of the sunrise in the morning filled my heart with joy
The magnificent sunset moments in the evening, lifted my spirit
The fresh breath of falling waters, made me smile inwardly6359525320671471051216021347_love
Birds humming sweetly took my heart afar to Sweetland and I rejoiced

I looked then I saw, the beauty I never realized as each day passed
Moments with the nature bonded me with the Creator
I comprehended the one who created for He is greater than I
I laughed joyfully as I walked on the grass and mingled with the nature
Fresh drops of water touched my feet, the feeling made me cry of joy
How could I have not seen and known all this beauty before?

Days became sweet to me, nothing else mattered so much except You
The times we shared together in our secret place built me
I took heed of Your Word and kept your statutes in my heart so I may not depart from You

I keep the Word   from you so I may do things your way and be successful
When I opened up to You, You gave me the reason to live
Life with you is good, so good, I just have to share it with others around

Waking up and listening to sweet hymns from the birds makes my day
Waking up and smelling the fresh breath of the day, makes me spread my arms and fly

Waking up and knowing that You have granted me yet another day, blesses my soul

Take my hand and let me not depart from You oh Lord
When I gave my heart to You , all things opened up for me
That’s the day I fell in love with You

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Hope Tshuma

 

 

Pointing To Jesus

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:351-3_tipstohelp2

 You’re sitting in your car, stuck in traffic on a freeway or busy thoroughfare.  Looking around, you notice an exceptionally bright billboard standing high above the traffic on the side of the road.  You look away for a moment and then look back–and the sign is showing a different advertisement!

Increasingly common these days, you’ve just seen one of the new digital billboards.  Its like a computer or television screen in your home, or a Jumbotron screen at a sports stadium–changing images instantly using bright, electronic displays.

“Capturing eyeballs”….its the new standard in advertising, especially on the Internet.  Capture a person’s attention and your chances of educating them and making a sale increase.  Signs are important in more than just advertising.

Jesus said there was one primary “sign” by which the world will know that people are His followers: the way we love one another.  Sometimes a simple act of love will be a sign to others that there is something different about a person.  And a conversation about Christ may follow.

Look for an opportunity today to be a sign that points to Jesus….by demonstrating His love to others.

 

David Jeremiah

God’s Greatness

God is beauty and splendour,
Awesome and magnificent
He’s fill of awesome wonder
And is wholly omnipotentimagesHRV5T01F

But despite God’s greatness,
He always has time for us,
Nothing is too great or small
That He won’t want to touch

 

So praise Him for His greatness
And everything He is,
But also for the little things
That we so often miss.

M.S. Lowndes

The Glory of God

The glory of God is everywhere,
It twinkles and shines all about.
It sparkles in the lives of those,
Who whole-heartedly seek Him out.images64G41LM8.jpg

You can find it in all His goodness,
In the way He cares for you and me.
You can find it in His incredible blessing,
In the way He came to set us free.

You can find it in His tender mercy,
In the way He forgives and pardons all.
You can find it in His amazing love,
In the way He won’t let His sparrow fall.

You can find it in His warm compassion,
In the way He knows each and every soul.
You can find it in His passionate kindness,
In the way He makes us complete and whole.

So, seek Him with all your heart and mind,
Let His presence shine on your face.
Experience daily His incredible glory,
And you will find His loving amazing grace.

Debra Ann Belka

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7 NASB

 

Give God The Broken Pieces

You long to heal the inner man
Where we are bruised and scarred
The memories of the hurts we have
Still linger from the pastimagesmvt0543z

 

We need to give the past to you
So you can begin to mend
The brokenness within our souls,
To bring wholeness once again

 

Lord, you see the deepest part
Where others cannot see
And only you can feel the pain
That’s there inside of me

 

Lord, you saw what I went through,
You held each tear I cried
You wanted then to show yourself,
To pour your love inside

 

I couldn’t see you reaching out;
I didn’t know you were there
I felt so very much alone;
I didn’t know you cared

 

But now, as I look back, I see
You cared about my life
When I was in my darkest times,
You were there by my side

 

So help me now to reach to you,
To know you so much more,
To really know the depth of your love,
To know you as my Lord.

M.S. Lowndes

 

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A Watered Garden

“…And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not…” Isaiah 58: 11 (AMP)

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I’m ever aware of how God sustains us despite our circumstances. Even in dry places and in drought, He will satisfy us and make us strong. We shall be like a watered garden and a spring whose waters never fail. I believe this can be in the physical, emotional and spiritual realms. Even in times of financial lack and hardship, God provides us with our daily bread. And those times when we feel a spiritual barrenness or emotional barrenness, God can sustain us and water our souls to refresh us and to restore us.

We can sometimes feel as though we are in a desert – lips dry and dying of thirst. God comes and waters us with His word to quench our thirst and bring the needed relief. If you are feeling this way right now, come to Jesus so He can pour over you the living water of His word.

 

Wash over me with your living word
And quench me, O Lord, from my dying thirst.

M.S. Lowndes

Wait With Faith

Lord, you have faithfully shown me
So many times before
And this time is no exception, Lord,
And simply can’t be ignoredgods_perfect_timing.jpg

 

That you know all that concerns my life,
Everything your eyes do see
You always come through at just the right time
To meet my every need

 

For nothing escapes your watchful eye,
No problem that we may cross
But so often, Lord, it seems as though
There’s a delay in your response

 

I know it’s a testing of our faith
To wait so patiently
You stretch us so our faith may grow,
Though we want it instantly

 

But it’s for our good that you respond
In your time, not in ours,
For if you didn’t – we’d stay as infants,
Getting everything right now

 

For us to grow more Christ-like,
We need to learn to wait,
For often that’s the answer to prayer
And builds us up in faith

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So I thank you for the answer to come
As I hand it over in prayer
Thank you that you’re still working on me
And my breakthrough’s drawing near.

M.S. Lowndes

 

 

 

 

 

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