Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Ice Cream Prayer by: Author Unknown,

Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said, "God is great and God is Good. Let us thank Him for the food, and I would even thank you more if mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!"

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice-cream! Why, I never!"

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? is God mad at me?" As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer." "Really?" my son asked. "Cross my heart."

Then in theatrical whisper he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and without a word walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes and my soul is good already."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Race - An Inspirational Story of Struggling Against Failure

Patrick Henry Hughes - Inspirational Story

Patrick Hughes is a young man at Univ. of Louisville who was born blind and crippled and yet now plays the piano beautifully as well as "marches" in the Louisville marching band. This was a piece done during ESPN College Gameday on 12/2/2006.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

E:60 Power of One(Adam Bender)

Be Inspired!!!!

Nick Vujicic - Life Without Limbs

This is a video highlighting Nick Vujicic. He has an incredible story of triumph and perserverance. Nick was born without arms or legs, but despite that has chosen to become the hand and feet of Jesus.

The Eagle Parable

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness that most frightens us." We are all eagles. Once we have flown, we can never go back to live like a chicken. It is not a delusion to think we can fly; it is a delusion to think we can't. Manage your fear of greatness and then ... stretch forth your wings and fly toward the dreams that are awaiting you.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Interview With God

I dreamed I had an interview with God...
"So you would like to interview me?" God asked...
"If you have the time" - I said.
God smiled.
"My time is eternity... ...what questions do you have
in mind for me?"
What surprises you most about human kind?
God answered
That they get bored with childhood,
they rush to grow up,
and then long to be children again.
That they lose their health to make money
and then lose their money
to restore their health.
That by thinking anxiously about the future,
they forget the present, such that they live in
neither the present nor the future.
That they live as if they will never die,
and die as trough they had never lived.
Gods hand took mine and we were silent for awhile
And than I asked:
As a parent, what are some of life's lessons
You want your children to learn?
To learn they cannot make anyone love them.
All they can do is let themselves be loved.
To learn that it is not good to compare
themselves to others.
To learn to forgive by
practicing forgiveness.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to
open profound wounds in those they love,
and it can take many years to heal them.
To learn that a rich person is not one who has
the most, but is one who needs the least.
To learn that there are people who love them dearly,
but simply do not yet know how to express
or show their feelings.
To learn that two people can look at the same thing
and see it differently.
To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another,
but they must also forgive themselves.
Thank you for your time! - I said humbly.
Is there anything else you'd like your chidren to know?
God smiled and said
Just know that I am here..always.

The "W" in Christmas (Author unknown)

Last December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations - extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six year old. For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant." I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited, students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song. Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment - songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer.

So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title. Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads. Those in the front row- center stage - held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love."

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside down - totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W". The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her "W". Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen. In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities. For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:

"C H R I S T W A S L O V E"

And, I believe, He still is.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Rules For Being Human by Cherie Carter Scott

Rule One - You will receive a body. Whether you love it or hate it, it's yours for life, so accept it. What counts is what's inside.

Rule Two - You will be presented with lessons. Life is a constant learning experience, which every day provides opportunities for you to learn more. These lessons specific to you, and learning them 'is the key to discovering and fulfilling the meaning and relevance of your own life'.

Rule Three - There are no mistakes, only lessons. Your development towards wisdom is a process of experimentation, trial and error, so it's inevitable things will not always go to plan or turn out how you'd want. Compassion is the remedy for harsh judgement - of ourselves and others. Forgiveness is not only divine - it's also 'the act of erasing an emotional debt'. Behaving ethically, with integrity, and with humour - especially the ability to laugh at yourself and your own mishaps - are central to the perspective that 'mistakes' are simply lessons we must learn.

Rule Four - The lesson is repeated until learned. Lessons repeat until learned. What manifest as problems and challenges, irritations and frustrations are more lessons - they will repeat until you see them as such and learn from them. Your own awareness and your ability to change are requisites of executing this rule. Also fundamental is the acceptance that you are not a victim of fate or circumstance - 'causality' must be acknowledged; that is to say: things happen to you because of how you are and what you do. To blame anyone or anything else for your misfortunes is an escape and a denial; you yourself are responsible for you, and what happens to you. Patience is required - change doesn't happen overnight, so give change time to happen.

Rule Five - Learning does not end. While you are alive there are always lessons to be learned. Surrender to the 'rhythm of life', don't struggle against it. Commit to the process of constant learning and change - be humble enough to always acknowledge your own weaknesses, and be flexible enough to adapt from what you may be accustomed to, because rigidity will deny you the freedom of new possibilities.

Rule Six - "There" is no better than "here". The other side of the hill may be greener than your own, but being there is not the key to endless happiness. Be grateful for and enjoy what you have, and where you are on your journey. Appreciate the abundance of what's good in your life, rather than measure and amass things that do not actually lead to happiness. Living in the present helps you attain peace.

Rule Seven - Others are only mirrors of you. You love or hate something about another person according to what love or hate about yourself. Be tolerant; accept others as they are, and strive for clarity of self-awareness; strive to truly understand and have an objective perception of your own self, your thoughts and feelings. Negative experiences are opportunities to heal the wounds that you carry. Support others, and by doing so you support yourself. Where you are unable to support others it is a sign that you are not adequately attending to your own needs.

Rule Eight - What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. Take responsibility for yourself. Learn to let go when you cannot change things. Don't get angry about things - bitter memories clutter your mind. Courage resides in all of us - use it when you need to do what's right for you. We all possess a strong natural power and adventurous spirit, which you should draw on to embrace what lies ahead.

Rule Nine - Your answers lie inside of you. Trust your instincts and your innermost feelings, whether you hear them as a little voice or a flash of inspiration. Listen to feelings as well as sounds. Look, listen, and trust. Draw on your natural inspiration.

Rule Ten - You will forget all this at birth. We are all born with all of these capabilities - our early experiences lead us into a physical world, away from our spiritual selves, so that we become doubtful, cynical and lacking belief and confidence. The ten Rules are not commandments, they are universal truths that apply to us all. When you lose your way, call upon them. Have faith in the strength of your spirit. Aspire to be wise - wisdom the ultimate path of your life, and it knows no limits other than those you impose on yourself.

Friday, November 13, 2009

SomeOne Cares

Remember that no matter the situation, we are called to be someone who cares because, SomeOne cares.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

♪ Smile - Charlie Chaplin

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile with your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

that's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

"A day without a laugh is a wasted day." - Charles Chaplin

Friday, November 6, 2009

Get to know the effects of Positive and Negative Thoughts and Feelings...Think about it and made a decision.

Today we have two rather profound inspirational video clips.

Both reflect Dr Emoto’s work with water crystals.

The Japanese scientist has spent many years conducting experiments on the effects of positive and negative thoughts on water crystals .The results have been truly astonishing, as you will see in the photos of the water crystals. The positive thoughts and intentions led to the water crystals forming beautiful shapes, whereas the negative thoughts and intentions led to disfigured and ugly shapes.

The first video clip is a short exerpt from the hit film ‘What The Bleep’.

Relaxing Music - Soothing Pictures

Relax as you go along your journey.....

Match Scratch Fever

This quaint little animation film is about a little match stick who embarks on a quest to fulfill his life purpose.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Offering is my Suffering by Fatima Soriano

My life is very simple
my dreams are few and little
I don't have much to offer
except the pains I bare

My suffering is my offering
I'm offering all my sufferings
and if ever I will face,
more trials and more pains
then I offer them gladly again

I know that there's a reason
I know I have a mission
someday I'll see the vision
for now I must be strong

My suffering is my offering
I'm offering all my sufferings
and if ever I will face,
more trials and more pains
then I offer them gladly again

Sometimes I doubt and question
I need some consolation
but if this is my mission
I must be brave and strong

My suffering is my offering
I'm offering all my sufferings
and if ever I will face,more trials and more pains
then I offer them gladly again
then I offer them gladly again

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

CHOOSING THOMAS- ( Cronology of Life and Love)

Friends, I would like to share to you this video and encourage all of you to watch it.May all of those who watch it draw more strength,defend and value life..His parents, T.K. and Deidrea Laux decided to carry him to term and show an incredible amount of love as they painfully trust God’s sovereignty unfold.What does it mean to love? To embrace? And to let go?

ABORTION: The Silent Scream Part 1 2 3 4 5 COMPLETE VERSION Pro-life Anti-Abortion Video

Let us Defend LIFE.A great tool to help people see why abortion is murder. The most important video on abortion ever made. This video changed opinion on abortion to many people.