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|THE LONELY CHAIR
In the corner of the room stands a lonely chair,
That once was filled with a Mother who cared.
Her children miss her so very much,
Especially her sweet and tender touch.
It brings them so many heartaches and tears
Her lovely voice no longer to hear.
Staring at that lonely chair, they wonder
Why such a beautiful human being had to say good-bye.
All the sweet memories of her will be remembered each
From January to December.
In her children's hearts they know no matter what,
Her love for them will never part.
No one can ever break their special bond of love,
You see it was truly sent from up above.
So when you stare in the corner, at that lonely chair,
Just remember a loving Mother, who truly cared.
A touching life story.....
A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's
showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited igns that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the
morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine
son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.
Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily,
he raised his voice at his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving the
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business.
He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old,
and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.
Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father
had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home
immediately and take care things.When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and
regret filled his heart.
He began to search his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years
ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those words,
a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible.
It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his
graduation, and the words...PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?
THE OBSTACLE IN OUR PATH
In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid
himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.
Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and
simply walked around it.
Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none
did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant
came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder,
the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side
of the road.
After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant
picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road
where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and
a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who
removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many
others never understand.
|Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve
Building Your House
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a
more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They
could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor.
The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work.
He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials.
It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter
and said, "This is your house... my gift to you."
The carpenter was shocked!
What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.
So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building.
Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built.
If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.
But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail,
place a board, or erect a wall.
|Someone once said, "Life is a do-it-yourself project. " Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build the
"house" you will live in tomorrow. Therefore, Build wisely!
Parable Of The Pencil
The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.
"There are 5 things you need to know," he told the pencil, "Before I send you out into the world. Always remember
them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be."
"One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone's hand."
"Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil."
"Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make."
"Four: The most important part of you will always be what's inside."
"And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write."
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget, and you will
become the best person you can be.
One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And
allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life,
but you'll need it to become a stronger person.
Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
Four: The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.
And Five: On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you
must continue to do your duties.
Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can
fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.
Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.
The Price of Children
Here is something absolutely positive for a change. We've repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the
first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. It's nice!
The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income
family. Talk about price shock!&nb sp; And that doesn't even touch college tuition.
But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down.
It translates into:
* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month,
* $171.08 a week.
* A mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.
Still, you might think the best financial advice is :
don't have children if you want to be "rich" or you can't afford it.
Actually, it is just the opposite.
What do you get for your $160,140.00?
* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks , ants, clouds, and warm cookies. * A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or bad your day was.
For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up.
You get to:
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs,
* color Easter eggs,
* never stop believing in Santa Claus.
You have an excuse to:
* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
* watch Saturday morning cartoons,
* go to Disney movies,
* go outside and play and
* wish on stars..
You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for
Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.
For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck.
You get to be a hero just for:
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking the training wheels off a bike,
* removing a splinter,
* filling a wading pool,
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and
* coaching a baseball team that never wins=but always gets treated to
ice cream regardless.
You get a front row seat in history to witness the:
* First step,
* First word,
* First day of Kindergarten,
* First bra,
* First date,
* First prom,
* First time behind the wheel.
You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and, if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your
obituary called grandchildren and great - grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, law enforcement,
communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God.
You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber
party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.
That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!
Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren & great-grandchildren!!!!!!!
It's the best investment you'll ever make!!!!!!!!!