Don’t Quit

Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski  concert.

After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her.

Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.”

When the houselights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.

Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her son sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”

Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass  part.

Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obligatio.

Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.

And the audience was mesmerized.

Whatever our situation in life and history–however outrageous, however desperate, whatever dry spell of the spirit, whatever dark night of the soul-

GOD is whispering deep within our beings,

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

“Don’t quit. Keep playing. You are not alone, together we will transform the broken patterns into a masterwork of my creative art.

Together, we will mesmerize the world with our song of peace.”

Five Minutes

While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. “That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.

“He’s a fine looking boy” the man said.

“That’s my daughter on the bike in the white dress.”

Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?”

Melissa pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.”

The man nodded and Melissa continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content.

Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?”

Again Melissa pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.” The man smiled and said, “O.K.”

“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.

The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him.

I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Melissa. She thinks she has five more minutes to ride her bike.

The truth is, I get Five more minutes to watch her play.”

Life is all about making priorities; what are your priorities?

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Inner Strength

If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills, If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time, If you can overlook when people take things out  on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, If you can face the world without lies and deceit, if you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor, If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can do all these things,

Then you are probably the family dog.

With many joy-filled blessings

Geoffrey

Adam and Eve – New Biblical Word Search

Today’s Biblical Word Search is all about Adam and Eve (Genesis Chapter 2) and has been lovingly designed by my wife,Marlene.

To freely download this challenging Word Search please go to:-

http://christianwordsearches.net/AdamandEve.html

Enjoy

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Laughter is the Best Medicine

A little child in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed the offering plates. When they neared the pew where he sat, the youngster piped up so that everyone could hear: “Don’t pay for me Daddy, I’m under five.”

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A little boy was attending his first wedding. After the Service, his cousin asked him, “How many women can a man marry?” “Sixteen,”  the  boy responded.

His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly. “How do you know that?”

“Easy,” the little boy said. “All you have to do is add it up, like the Bishop said: 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer.”

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After a church service on Sunday morning, a young   boy suddenly announced to his mother, “Mom, I’ve decide to become a minister when I grow up.”

“That’s fine with us, son, but what made you decide that?” “Well,” said the little boy, “I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen.”

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A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a sermon. “How do you know what to say?” he asked. “Why, God tells me”, the father replied. The boy thought for a while then quietly said, “Then why do you keep crossing things out?”

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A little girl became restless as the preacher’s sermon dragged   on and on. Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered, “Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?”

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After the christening of his baby brother in church, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong.

Finally, the boy replied, “That priest said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you guys!”

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Terri asked her Sunday School class to draw pictures of their favourite Bible stories. She was puzzled by Kyle’s picture, which showed four people on an airplane, so she asked him which story it was meant to represent.

“The flight to Egypt,” said Kyle.

“I see … And that must be Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus,” Ms. Terri said. “But who’s the fourth person?”

“Oh, that’s Pontius -the Pilot.

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The Sunday School Teacher asks, “Now, Johnny, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?” “No sir, “little Johnny replies, “I don’t have to. My Mom is a good cook.”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Box

I received this from a friend who had a choice to make. It said that I had a choice to make too. I’ve chosen. Now it’s your turn to choose..

The story goes that some time ago a mother punished her 5 year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

Money was tight and she became even more upset when the child used the gold paper to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her mother the next morning and said, “This is for you, Momma.”

The mother was embarrassed by her earlier over reaction, but her anger flared again when she opened the box and found it was    empty.

She spoke to her daughter in a harsh manner. “Don’t you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there’s supposed to be something inside the package?”

She had tears in her eyes and said, “Oh, Momma, it’s not empty! I blew kisses into it until it was full.”

The mother was crushed. She fell on her knees and put her arms around her little girl, and she begged her forgiveness for her thoughtless anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later, and it is told that the mother kept that gold box by her bed for all the years of her life.

Whenever she was discouraged or faced difficult problems she would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it  there.

In a very real sense, each of us, as human beings, have   been given a Golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God.

There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

You now have two choices:-

  1. Pass this on to your friends, or
  2. Delete it and act like it didn’t touch your.

As you can see, I took choice No. 1.

Friends are like angels who lift  us to our feet, when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

On Baking A Cake

A little boy is telling his Grandma how “everything” is going wrong: school, family problems, severe health problems, etc.

Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake.

She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which, of course, he does.

“Here, have some cooking oil.” “Yuck” says the boy.

“How about a couple of raw eggs? ” “Gross, Grandma!”

“Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?” “Grandma, those are all yucky!”

To which Grandma replies: “Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.  But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

God works the same way.

Many times we wonder why he would let us go through such bad and difficult times.

But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good!

We just have to trust Him and eventually, they will all make something wonderful!”

God is Crazy about You.

He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen.

He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart!

Have a wonderful God-filled day

With many wondrous blessings

Geoffrey