Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Not mere coincidences

I ran across a book in a dollar store the other day. Since then I have bought and passed out 8.

This book is called: When GOD Winks at You by SQuire Rushnell (and no that is not a typo!)

Coincidences according to this book are "similiar to when you are a kid sittin at the dining room table. You look up and saw someone you loved looking back. Mom or Dad or Granddad. They give you a wink."

"What did that mean? Probably--Hey kid, I'm thinking about you at this moment. I'm proud of you. Everything is going to be all right"

"That's what a Godwink is"

It's a great little book. Not long and it has short stories about Godwinks that people have had. If you come across it, grab it. You will be blessed.

And just remember, there are no coincidences, those are Godwinks.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Why would God become a man?

                  There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas.

His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments. One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come, but he refused. "That story is nonsense!", he said. "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That's ridiculous!" So she and the children left, and he stayed home..

A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening. Then he heard a loud thump. Something had hit the window.

Then another thump. He looked out, but couldn't see more than a few feet. When the snow let up a little, he ventured outside to see what could have been beating on his window. In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese. Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and could not go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low circles, blindly and aimlessly. A couple of them had flown into his window, it seemed.

The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. The barn would be a great place for them to stay, he thought. It is warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm. So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly and did not seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them and they moved further away. He went into the house and came back out with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread crumb trail leading to the barn. They still didn't catch on. Now he was getting frustrated. He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be warm and safe. "Why don't they follow me?!", he exclaimed. "Can't they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?" He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn't follow a human. "If only I were a goose, then I could save them", he said out loud.

Then he had an idea. He went into barn, got one of his own geese, and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese. He then released it. His goose flew through the flock and straight into the barn-and one by one the other geese followed it to safety. He stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind: "If only I were a goose, then I could save them! Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. "Why would God want to be like us? That's ridiculous!" Suddenly it all made sense. That is what God had done. We were like the geese - blind, lost, perishing. God had His Son become like us so He could show us the way and save us. That was the meaning of Christmas, he realized. As the winds and blinding snow died down, his soul became quiet and pondered this wonderful thought. Suddenly he understood what Christmas was all about, why Christ had come. Years of doubt and disbelief vanished like the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer: "Thank You, God, for coming in human form to get me out of the storm!"

Author unknown

I snagged this from an email. Hope you enjoyed!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Life is Like a cup of Coffee

I found this over at Matty's Thoughts.

Always remember it's what's on the inside that counts, not what the covering or holder is.

Bless you all today!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thoughts for the day

I receive an email every day called Motivation in a Minute. I thought I would share a few of the thoughts from there. I hope you enjoy!

"People will forget what you say, but they will never forget how you make them feel."

~Tom Asacker

"By the choices we make, by the attitudes we exhibit, we are influencing lives every day in positive or negative ways."
~Mac Anderson

"The very beating of your heart has meaning and purpose. Your actions have value far greater than silver or gold."
~Andy Andrews

"By confronting our failures, we come closer to reaching perfection."
~Scott Beare

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." ~Mother Teresa

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."

Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Blessings in Disguise

Those times in our lives that are so very hard to live through, are the times when we grow the most.

Though it may not seem like it at the time, a look back can reveal the blessing.

May God give you strength every day. May He be your staff in the hard times.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Giving Season

Giving makes someone's day better.

During this holiday season, remember to brighten someone's day!