THERE’S A SPARK OF HOPE WITHIN YOU

Hope is not somethingyou can purchase.It’s not a gift you can receive.Hope is a spark thatlives within you.And only you can ignite it.Only you can decide howbright you want it to burn.But it’s best to igniteyour spark of hope often.It will burn brightestduring your darkest hours.It will guide you throughyour heaviest moments.It will shine bright whenyou reach for your dreams.It will glow bright whenyour heart needs healing.It will lift your spiritswhen doors seem closed.A bright light of hope isstronger than fear,tougher than despair, andmore powerful than doubt.As long as you keep thespark within you burning,you will always have HOPE.Never let … Continue reading THERE’S A SPARK OF HOPE WITHIN YOU

PARABLE OF THE GIFT AND THE GIVER

The doorbell rang and thesmall, elderly lady went to the door and opened it.There stood three volunteer workerssoliciting money for town charities.The little lady sighed and wentto her cookie jar in the kitchen.She looked in the jar and sawfive wrinkled one dollar bills and seventy five cents in change.She reached in and grasped thefive ones and then hesitated.She looked at the seventy-five cents,sighed, and then took them as well.She went back the door and said,”Here’s $5.75 for the charities.”One of the volunteers said to the lady,”Your neighbor just gave us $20.00.”The little lady was silent for a moment,and then said … Continue reading PARABLE OF THE GIFT AND THE GIVER

A WREN’S SPECIAL GIFT TO YOU

When I was a wren quite young,I would sing a happy song, in the trees, on tiny branches.I would sing all morning long.I often joined the choir of birds,voices blending bright and loud.Side by side we sang our tunes;so happy, so carefree, so proud.As days have passed it seems,my voice is weaker, as am I.There’s melancholy in my songs.There’s instability when I fly.But in the dawn of morning sun,you’ll hear me in a nearby tree.I’ll sing a song you always loved,though weaker it might be.Please take the time to listen.It will mean the world to me.And though the time will … Continue reading A WREN’S SPECIAL GIFT TO YOU

WITHIN YOU IS THE ABILITY TO CREATE

Within you is the ability toCREATE.You have been empoweredwith the gift ofCREATIVENESS.You have the amazing power to cause to become.From your very beginningyou were designed toCREATE.You have been giventhe innate gift to—make, construct, form, produce,bring into being, generate, imagine.This gift cries out from within youto be nurtured, to be expressed,to be given life.To deny that you have this gift,to bury it,or refuse to use it for good,is to live you life unfulfilledand fail to discover your purpose.Accept what you have been given.CREATE. Continue reading WITHIN YOU IS THE ABILITY TO CREATE

SPECIAL DELIVERY – YOU HAVE RECEIVED “TODAY” AS A GIFT

Imagine that you got up this morningand a stranger knocked on your door.You opened the doorand the stranger handed youa large gift box and said,”I’m giving you “TODAY” as a gift.You have 24 hours to enjoy it.It will then disappearand become YESTERDAY.Do not let it go unopened.”You take the gift and ask,”Will you bring another gift TOMORROW?”The stranger says,”TODAY is your gift.TODAY is the only day you can get TODAY.The PRESENT is your gift.I cannot promise that I will be here TOMORROW.Make sure you open TODAYand enjoy the entire PRESENTbefore it becomes YESTERDAY.”The stranger leaves.You open the box.What are you … Continue reading SPECIAL DELIVERY – YOU HAVE RECEIVED “TODAY” AS A GIFT

WHAT ARE YOU WORTH TODAY?

You were born with worth.Right from the first breath that you tookyou had worth.It’s a giftthat all humans are given at birth.You didn’t earn it.You can’t earn it.It’s a birthright.That’s how you started your life.You can NEVER have less worththan what you started with.The only way you can ever have less worththan what you were given at birth is if you choose to view yourself that way.Your self worth is in your hands.If you choose to view yourselfthrough the eyes of thosewho don’t value you,you will view yourself as having less worth.If you choose to compare your worthto others whom … Continue reading WHAT ARE YOU WORTH TODAY?

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF YOUR SMILE

My daughter sent me a beautifulpoem about a smileby an anonymous author.This is my version of it.YOUR SMILE HAS POWERA smile is a free giftyou can give someone.It costs nothing but gives much.It enriches those who receive itwithout making those who give it poor.It is often briefly given,but the memory of itsometimes lasts a lifetime.None are so richthat they can get along without it,and none are so poorthat they cannot be made rich by it.A smile cannot be bought, borrowed or stolen,for it has no valueuntil it is given away.Some people are too tired or thoughtlessto give you a smile,so give … Continue reading NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF YOUR SMILE

LET MY HEART BE FILLED WITH TODAY

Another morning breaks.Another welcome dawn.What a blessing to awaketo the gift of another day.What joy to see the lightstream through the silhouetted trees,to see the dew drops bright and glisteningon silhouetted leaves.How refreshing to feel the gentle touchof the early morning breeze.How beautiful to hear the choral singing from birdsperched proudly in the trees.O let me listen to this new day in silence,as it softly speaks to me.Let not my heart be attachedto yesterday.Let not my heart be burdenedwith a load of care.Rather,let my soul be filled with today,the beauty, the sights, the sounds,the wonders all around.Let my heart be … Continue reading LET MY HEART BE FILLED WITH TODAY

EXPLORING THE MEANING OF LIFE

If life is the pursuit of happiness,may I make the right choices to experience it.If life is the search for truth,may I discover it.If life is a long and winding road,may I not miss the rainbows along the way.If life is a symphony of nature’s music,may the melodies soothe my soul.If life is a journey of spiritual awakenings,may I be inspired.If life is a gracious gift,may I be wise and gracious in how I live it. Continue reading EXPLORING THE MEANING OF LIFE