Christmas is a season to celebrate true joy, the kind of joy that endures despite all odds, the kind of joy that is not founded on circumstances, but on the faithfulness of God. We can be joyful always by keeping our eyes focused on Jesus who is the source of our faith, by looking beyond our circumstances to the faithfulness of the One who called us to rejoice and whose Holy Spirit bears the fruit of joy in our lives. The presence of Jesus is the joy of Christmas. May His presence bring you ceaseless joy at Christmas and in the New Year! From a Christmas card from Charlie & Nita Boudreaux
“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good.
In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”
Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers; past, present and future. “Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My mother”. Ann Taylor
I ASKED GOD…
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might be wise,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for –
but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself,
my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men, most richly blessed.
The Knots Prayer
Please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots,
The can nots and the do nots
That I have in my mind.
Erase the will nots,
Might nots that may find
a home in my heart.
Release me from the could nots,
Would nots and
Should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all,
I ask that you remove from my mind,
My heart and my life all of the ‘am nots’
That I have allowed to hold me back,
Especially the thought
that I am not good enough.
Author Known but to God
So you’re having a bad day – it will be over soon.
Everybody has bad days – even single parents.
Your children may be having a bad day, too.
A good life is made up of both good days and bad days – usually more good than bad.
Having a bad day – it too shall pass!
“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years’.”
“I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street,
I met a man who had no feet.”
“This too, shall pass.”