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

On the Lighter Side of Life

A fellow bought a new Mercedes and was out on the interstate for a nice evening drive.

The top was down, the breeze was blowing through what was left of his hair and he decided to open her up.

As the needle jumped up to 80 mph, he suddenly saw flashing red and blue lights behind him. “There’s no way they can catch a Mercedes,” he thought to himself and opened her up further. The needle hit 90, 100…. Then the reality of the situation hit him. “What am I doing?” he thought and pulled over.

The cop came up to him, took his license without a word and examined it and the car.

“It’s been a long day, this is the end of my shift and it’s Friday the 13th. I don’t feel like more paperwork, so if you can give me an excuse for your driving that I haven’t heard before, you can go.”

The guy thinks for a second and says, “Last week my wife ran off with a cop. I was afraid you were trying to give her back!”

“Have a nice weekend,” said the officer.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

A Sunday Reflection

One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods.

As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right.

He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job.

His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him.

He remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness he had that no one could cure. His very soul was filled with anger, resentment and frustration.

Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there. And with tears in his eyes, he prayed:-

“Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed.

Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot. I don’t know how.

It is not fair Lord. I didn’t deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn’t have to forgive.

As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don’t know how to forgive.

My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray that you teach me to do this one thing I cannot do –

Teach me To Forgive.”

As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder.

He opened his eyes.

Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt. He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground.

He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them.

He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head.

Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face. As their eyes met, the man’s tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.

Have you ever told a lie, he asked? The man answered – yes, Lord.

Have you ever been given to much change and kept it? The man answered yes, Lord. And the man sobbed more and more.

Have you ever taken something from work that wasn’t yours, Jesus asked?

And the man answered yes, Lord.

Have you ever sworn, using my Father’s name in vain? The man, crying now, answered yes, Lord.

As Jesus asked many more times, “Have you ever?” The man’s crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer yes, Lord.

Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder. He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.

Jesus said, I didn’t deserve this either, but I forgive you It may be hard to see how you’re going to get through something, but when you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is.

If God brings you to it – He will bring you through it.

Lord I love You and I need You, come into my heart, today.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

For without You  I can do nothing.

The Seven Wonders of the World

A group of students were asked to list the Seven Wonders of the World.

Though there was some disagreement, the following got the most votes:-

  1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
  1. Taj Mahal
  1. Grand Canyon
  1. Panama Canal
  1. Empire State Building
  1. Peter’s Basilica
  1. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student hadn’t turned in her paper. So she asked the girl
if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, ‘Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.’ The teacher said, ‘Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.’

The girl hesitated, then read,

‘I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:-

  1. to touch
  1. to taste
  1. to see
  1. to hear

She hesitated a little, and then added

  1. to feel
  1. to laugh
  1. and to love

The room was so full of silence you could have heard a pin drop. Those things we overlook as simple and ‘ordinary’ are truly wondrous. A gentle reminder that the most precious things are in front of you.

Your family, your faith, your love, your good health

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey