Saturday, December 29, 2012

LIFE IS SHORT

You know. . . Time has a way of moving quickly
And catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young, 
Just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. 
And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago,
And I wonder where all the years went. 
I know that I lived them all...

And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams... 
But, here it is... The winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...
 


How did I get here so fast? 
Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well... 
Seeing older people through the years and thinking that those
Older people were years away from me and that my winter was so far off 
That I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like... 

But, here it is... 
My friends are retired and getting grey... 
They move slower and I see an older person now. 
Some are in better and some worse shape than me... 
But, I see the great change... 

Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant... 
But, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those
Older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. 

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  
And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory!  
'Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared 
for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability 
To go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come,
And I'm not sure how long it will last... 
This I do know, that when it's over... Its over...

Yes, I have regrets.
There are things I wish I hadn't done... 
Things I should have done, but 
didn't,Yet, here are many things I'm happy I did do.  
It's all in a lifetime...

So, if you're not in your winter yet... 
Let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. 
Whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it!  
Don't put things off too long!!
 

Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can today, 
As you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!
                      
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...
 

So, live for today and say all the things you want your loved ones to remember... 
And hope they appreciate and love you for all the things 
You have done for them in all the years past!!
 

Life is a gift to you.
 The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. 
Make it a fantastic one.
 

~ And, Remember ~
 "It is health that is real wealth 
And not pieces of gold or silver."
 

Friday, December 21, 2012

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW

I had a dream one wintry night
as the moon was full and bright.
The snow fell softly on a tree,
that stood alone just like me.
Then a man came walking by
whose caring look caught my eye.
It was Jesus walking there,
calmly in the cold night air.
In my heart at once I knew,
all I had learned of Him was true.
He is the light in children's eyes
and shining stars in clear night skies.
Life's answer to each hurt and wrong,
the peace we've needed for so long.
It was the holy Christmas season,
and He had come by for a reason.
He put a bow upon the tree.
a symbol of his gift for me.
I woke up thinking of my dream,
amazed at just how real it seemed.
From my window I saw the bow,
crimson red on the pure white snow.
Ribbons were flowing down the tree,
like the blood He shed for me.
I was in awe of the bright red bow,
then I saw His footprints in the snow.

Monday, December 17, 2012

JUST A LITTLE DONKEY

Just a little donkey
but on my back I bore
The one and only Savior
the world was waiting for.
 
Just a little donkey,
but I was strong and proud.
I gladly carried Mary
through the chaos of the crowd.
 
I brought her to a stable
where she made a tiny bed
A place for Baby Jesus
to lay His little head.
 
I pray the world remembers
that special Christmas night
when just a little donkey
carried Heaven's Precious Light.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

GLASS OF MILK


 

 


One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! . She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?"

You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness."

He said ... "Then I thank you from my heart."

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Many year's later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.

He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words ...

"Paid in full with one glass of milk"

(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: "Thank You,
God, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands."

There's a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the water comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time.  If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place - And, after all, isn't that what life is all about?