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Thursday at 12:26 AM
Tuesday at 9:37 AM
The story begins when a young man taking a lone hiking trip loses his way and finds himself stranded without water in a desolate treeless valley. He is saved, though, when a widowed shepherd finds him and leads him to a spring. The man learns that the shepherd after losing his wife had decided to restore the ruined landscape by single-handedly planting a forest, tree by tree, with only a curling pole and acorns that he had collected from many miles away.
Many years later the man returns and finds a growing forest in the valley and the shepherd, now a bee keeper still at work cultivating and nurturing the woodland. The man continues to visit the valley each year and watches as over four decades the tree planter turns the valley into a Garden of Eden. In the end the man helps his friend to get the government to protect the forest and many people move there. He also visits him one last time as the now very old tree planter peacefully passes away.
Thinking of that story made me realize that each of us is a tree planter too. We plant trees of goodness with every loving thought we think, every kind word we share, and every caring act we do. We plant these trees each and everyday of our lives. We should waste no time judging ourselves then while there are more trees to plant. And at the end of our lives when we face our Heavenly Father, we can smile and see where a forest has grown.
-Author: Joseph Mazzella
Monday at 8:04 AM
2 Peter 1:5-7 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Patience is one of those attributes that you cannot learn by reading about it. It's a quality that can only be acquired by persistent, enduring, practice– and for me it's a drill that I go over, and over, and over again!
The original Webster's dictionary offers this definition of patience: "the suffering of afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm, unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness, from a kind of heroic pride, or from a Christian submission to the divine will."
Reading this definition two things really struck me – first, "endurance without murmuring". I, for instance, get so frustrated sitting in a traffic jam... counting the wasted minutes when I could have been doing something useful! Yet, what an opportunity for me to choose to quench the inner fumes – and use the delay to work on my patience!
The second thing that really hit me was, "a Christian submission to the divine will." How many times are we placed in a difficult position, or forced to deal with an "impossible" situation? Or perhaps, an "impossible" person? These circumstances are always opportunities to grow in patience – or to learn to submit to God's providential will, and often, to minister in some special or unique way.
Is your patience being tested today? Great! Remember, love is (first of all) patient. [1 Cor. 13:4] The Lord is training you toward godliness –- and godliness is moving toward perfect love. With so much work to be done, He is really wanting to work this quality into your character now -– to perfect your love, and with it to transform the world around you for His glory!
Have a magnificent Monday.
Monday at 4:39 AM
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
Sunday at 7:37 AM
I awaken to the precious light of a new day and to the expectancy of amazing gifts awaiting me. I pray:
For the gift of this day, Lord, I give thanks.
Whatever is mine to give, let me give generously, mindful of the abundant Spirit of service and love within me. Whatever is mine to receive, let me claim it gratefully, knowing I am worthy of all the good the Universe showers upon me. Whatever is mine to learn, let me receive gently the understanding of Spirit with an open mind and heart. Whatever is mine to forgive, let me allow the flow of healing Love to free me and to release any pain I hold.
At the end of this day, may my heart be filled, my hands emptied and my mind at rest. Amen.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord ... to declare your steadfast love in the morning.—Psalm 92:1-2
Saturday, April 11 at 8:37 AM
farmers was in a quandary as to what to do. Rain was important to keep their
crops healthy and sustain the townspeople's way of life.
As the problem became more acute, a local pastor called a prayer meeting to
ask for rain.
Many people arrived. The pastor greeted most of them as they filed in. As he
walked to the front of the church to officially begin the meeting he noticed
most people were chatting across the aisles and socializing with friends.
When he reached the front his thoughts were on quieting the attendees and
starting the meeting.
His eyes scanned the crowd as he asked for quiet. He noticed an eleven year-old girl sitting quietly in the front row. Her face was beaming with excitement. Next to her, poised and ready for use, was a bright red umbrella. The little girl's beauty and innocence made the pastor smile as he realized how much faith she possessed. No one else in the congregation had brought an umbrella.
All came to pray for rain, but the little girl had come expecting God to answer.
-- Author Unknown
Friday, April 10 at 8:59 AM
In the past I may have received messages that I was weak, powerless, unlovable, or not good enough. I may have carried those beliefs like a heavy backpack. My shoulders drooped and my head hung low. The people who sent those messages must have been unaware of God’s boundless grace. I enfold them in love now and rejoice in the gifts of God’s kingdom, always available to me.
I am God’s perfect expression. I no longer carry beliefs that do not serve me. As I release these burdens, I feel their weight slip off my back. My whole being sighs with relief as I straighten my back and stand tall. I declare: I am strong. I am powerful beyond measure. I am loved.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits.—James 3:17
Friday, April 10 at 2:23 AM