The Tattered Bible

I once found myself wondering why anyone would keep a tattered bible.

Don’t get me wrong, as one who tries to maintain a bible reading habit, I have my own beloved bible that is more than a decade old. It’s just that I like well maintained things. If my bible was to significantly tear, I would most likely get it repaired or store it for use on special occasions only.

One of my great aunts has such a bible. There is nothing special about the workmanship of that particular bible. It is basically a bible you would find in any bookstore. I have been tempted on several occasions to replace it but something in me always said no.

So I dug a little deeper.

It took me a few days to figure out why that bible means so much to her. On its pages, there are notes next to passages that guide her. There are tear stains on psalms she read when she was going through difficult times in her life. There are creases and tears on pages she has read over and over, wisdom she shared with us over the years. There are names next to verses she prays over her loved ones. In short, those are the pages of her life. The words on those pages have been her solace, her protection, her hope and her joy.

Wouldn’t it be great if our bibles were the pages of our lives?

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Storms Afloat

Things don’t always go as expected,
Too many issues unattended,
That have us at a dead end,
With nowhere to turn to

Sometimes it feels the struggle is too much,
Never seen trials as such,
It seems the price is too much,
For a simple soul to pay

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Often mistakes are made,
And heavenly joy starts to fade,
But I’m reminded under your grace’s shade,
I’m not perfect, just forgiven

When the world laughs at me,
Deriding and pitying what they see,
I know that your love has set me free,
And in you I will become all I’m meant to be!

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
a hope and a future.”

Move Forward

Sometimes the world is against you,
Its hard to keep to what is true,
You end up feeling sad and blue,
Without a clue to what to do.

Behind every dark veil,
Making it seem like you will fail,
Lies a truth strong but frail,
That reminds you that you will prevail.

Face the hurt, move from the past,
Cherish sweet memories that will last,
Wipe the tears, mount your mast,
Your fears inside, away from you cast.

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Lift up your face,
Experience God’s healing grace,
Feel forgiveness’ warm embrace,
Let him show you how to be a true ace.

Talk to Jesus,
He is right here with us,
Letting him in is a definite plus,
He will make you strong and courageous.

Amazing is what you are,
Release the pain and care,
Look forth and see what lies in your future,
You are destined to excel and go far.

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For those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his son, that he might be the first born among many brothers.
And those he predestined, he also called. Those he called, he also justified. Those he justified, he also glorified.
What then shall we say in response to this?
If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:29-31

If emotions had a color

If emotions had a color
Sometimes they would be yellow
Bright and radiant
Sunny and cheerful

If emotions had a color
Sometimes they would be grey
Hopeless and lethargic
Sluggish and lazy

If emotions had a color
Sometimes they would be white
Pure and innocent
Lovely and serene

What color are my emotions today?
Perhaps black or even grey
Either way I choose to be happy!

Be happy

Some Days

Some days I feel small
Too weak to walk
Then I stop and wait
And you lift my cares and fears.

Some days I feel alone
Without a friend to hold
Then you pull me in from the cold
And remind me I belong in your fold.

Some days I feel tired
Without a thing to keep me inspired
Then you embrace my dreams and desire
And you keep me constantly on fire.

Some days I feel afraid
Without someone to come to my aid
Then you sift through my anger, confusion and strife
And pick up the broken pieces of my life.

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Psalms 61:2
From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

It Takes More Than That

It takes more than a dream,
To fulfil a destiny
It takes more than a desire,
To bring results
It takes more than a promise,
To open doors of opportunity
It takes more than a look,
To express the secrets within
It takes more than passion,
To build a lifetime of achievement
It takes more than hope,
To make a dream a reality
It takes more than words,
To express true love
It takes more than wealth,
To bring a lifetime of content

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Vision without God

It takes more than a mentor,
More than a guide,
More than a helper.

It takes the loving hand of a creator,
The helpful insight of a savior,
And the caring wisdom if the Holy Spirit,
To find the true meaning of life.

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Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a mans heart,
But it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Saying goodbye

I hate goodbyes.

It’s always extremely difficult to let go of people, places and things that we know and love. Life unfortunately does not always give us the luxury of holding on to what is near and dear to us. This is when goodbyes become inevitable.

Growing up, I had a childhood best friend who moved to a different city. I never got to say goodbye. I never got to share that final moment. I still feel like that is unfinished business. Good friendships are rare and hard to come by.

Sometimes life goes by so fast, our life plans and careers sometimes take us very far from the ones we love. Yet I am unable to say goodbye. I will not say goodbye. I choose instead to take stock of the time I have had with my loved ones, so that we can both carry these memories wherever life takes us.

This is my way of taking stock – starting today I will appreciate all the people who have built me up over the years. I will take the time to let them know that the nuggets of wisdom they have imparted in me have made me a better person. I will remind them how their tears comforted me when I was down, and how their laughter healed my soul. I will tell them that even when physical distance separates us, I will make every effort to keep our relationship alive. I will let them know that if they leave this world before me, I will honor their legacy by enriching another life as much as they have enriched mine.

From this day forth, as I leave my loved ones, I will share a hug and a smile, letting them know that they make my life brighter and fuller.

Life is full of many small miracles, having friends and loved ones is one of these.

My beloved

When the sun sets on one dream
It rises on a brand new one
Endless possibilities lie ahead
So don’t be discouraged, my beloved.

I know right now you may not see that far
Emotions are blinding, you feel all alone
Rest assured you are a bright shining star
So don’t be discouraged, my beloved.

The clouds look heavy, the fog is thick
In a vast open field no shelter in sight
Yet deep inside there’s a hope you will find
So don’t be discouraged, my beloved

Beyond the clouds, there’s a bright new future
Waiting out there o downcast one
It will sprout again I know
So don’t be discouraged, my beloved.

God has a plan, he has a vision
You are meant for so much more than this
You will scale great heights and achieve success
So don’t be discouraged, my beloved.

What makes you beautiful?

A lot of things have been said about what makes one beautiful
Some say beauty is physical
Others say it is what is in your heart
Many agree that intellect is the most beautiful thing
While others say it’s all about charm and wit

My thoughts?
Beauty is all that, and none of that

We are beautiful because we are
Our flaws and our weaknesses make us beautiful
Our strengths and our virtues make us beautiful

You are beautiful because you are unique
You are beautiful because
no one else on earth can laugh like you do
or dream like you do
or play like you do
or hope like you do
or love like you do
You are beautiful because you are you
Simply beautiful

The Most Important Question You Will Ever Answer…

Excellent post on innovation and focus…..

James Radcliffe

Human beings are creatures of synthesis, whose primary aim in life is: to create higher patterns of energy and information.  Our relentlessly unceasing innovation is hardwired into our very being and fully indiscriminate.  The most important choice we can possibly make in our lives is: the choice of where to direct our focus.

At first glance, these assertions may seem: crazy, incendiary, or completely outlandish.

How can I possibly justify them?  Why is it absolutely vital to know and understand this?  And what is the most important question in the entire world?

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