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Daily Positive Thread for Friday

Hello my friends!!! Linus is home!! and with Darla!! Praise the Lord!!! He did most of the driving, Darla had told him that her back was so sore that she would have turned around and stayed home if he didn't come and drive for her. She seems well rested, and in better shape now. Linus did have to drive through some heavy rain storm on the way back today - two of them!! One in Mpls, so they went to Applebees there until it got better then got home around 8:30!! So nice to see Darla again!!! She is now in bed talking to her husband on the phone. He has a new job offer - for a good wage, but it will require travels, so he's wondering about that - and if his currant boss will give him a raise, he'll stay. But he's so underpaid as it is.. He's an electrical engineer. He's got to make up his mind quick- please pray he makes the right decision!!

No gift is so precious as love. Gratefully trust God and give Him your love.

Lord, I give You my heart.

Scripture for the day:

"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has

to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in

love." 1 John 4:18

Meditation for the day:

Love and fear cannot dwell together. By their very natures, they cannot

exist side by side. Fear is a very strong force. And therefore a weak

and vacillating love can soon be routed by fear. But a strong love, a

love that trusts in God, is sure eventually to conquer fear. The only

sure way to dispel fear is to have the love of God more and more in our

hearts and souls.

Prayer for the day:

I pray that love will drive out the fear in my life. I pray that my

fear will flee before the power of the love of God.

You Ask Me..

"You ask me how I gave my heart to Christ? I do not know.

There came a yearning for Him in my soul so long ago.

I found earth's flowers would fade and die

I wept for something that could satisfy;

And then--and then--somehow I seemed to dare

To life my broken heart to Him in prayer.

"You ask me when I gave my heart to Christ? I cannot tell.

The day, or just the hour, I do not now remember well.

It must have been when I was all alone;

The light of His forgiving Spirit shone

Into my heart, so clouded o'er with sin;

I think 'twas then I trembling let Him in.

"You ask me where I gave my heart to Christ? I cannot say.

That sacred place has faded from my sight as yesterday.

Perhaps He thought it better I should not

Remember where. How I should love the spot!

I think I could not tear myself away,

For I should wish forever there to stay.

"You ask me why I gave my heart to Christ? I can reply;

It is a wondrous story; listen while I tell you why.

My heart was drawn, at length, to seek His face;

I was alone, I had no resting place;

I heard of Him, how He had loved me with a love

Of depth so great, of height so far above

All human ken; I longed such love to share,

And sought it, then, upon my knees in prayer.

"He heard my prayer! I cannot tell you how,

Nor when, nor where; only--I love Him now."

Author Unknown

from Light For My Life by Desmond Hills

Push Back

When life pushes you down, push back! That's what you're here for. You're

capable, you're creative, you're full of life and energy. You have what it

takes to move yourself forward around any obstacle. Don't let anything stop

you.

Take strength from meeting the challenges, and move ahead.The struggles you

face are just what you need to fulfill your potential for greatness.

Think back over the past year. Consider the ways in which you've grown, the

things you've learned, your accomplishments. Most of these probably came

from overcoming some challenge or adversity which initially stood in your

way.

A year from now, when you look back at today, you'll see that the problem

you're so concerned with right now, was another valuable lesson waiting to

be learned.

~ Ralph Marston ~

Dreams Are ...

Dreams are a big part of our Lives

and You must do whatever it takes

to make them a Reality;

by the plans you make,

the course you take,

and the things you do.

Don't dwell on past mistakes.

Leave yesterday behind,

along with all it's problems,

worries and doubts.

Realize you can't change the past,

but you can start a new tomorrow.

Don't try to do everything at once;

take one step at a time,

Don't ever be afraid to try the Impossible

no matter what others may think.

Remember you are Unique

in your own special way.

Don't ever stop Dreaming!

Don't ever stop wanting what's right for you!

THE WOODPECKER STORY

By Marie B. Coon

As my husband and I were working inside, we heard something hit the

window. Looking out and seeing nothing, we stepped outside and there

on the front porch was the still body of a woodpecker -- a beautiful

yellow-bellied sapsucker. He had flown into the window, and, we

presumed, broken his neck. My husband picked him up for a moment and

stroked the red cap

on his head and laid him back down.

Just then, I saw an eye blink. I was holding a utility cloth in my

hand, and I picked him up and covered him, all but his head. His heart

was racing wildly, and I felt just a twitch of his foot. I realized

that this now helpless creature, if only knocked out, could revive at

any moment and

give me quite a pecking.

Instinctive caution urged me to leave the bird there and hope he would

come around, and that was my plan, that is, until I saw the neighbor's

big black cat approaching in his most stealthy stalking mode.

I took the bird inside and found a box with a lid -- if he revived and

got loose in the house he probably would kill himself trying to get

out.

I placed the bird-in-the- box in a quiet place and went about my work.

About half an hour later, I walked close enough to the box to detect

any activity, but there was none. Then my husband came in and spoke to

me. Suddenly, there was scratching and a flurry inside the box that

made me fear the lid would not remain closed.

We took the box outside, and carefully began to open the lid. As it

opened an inch or so, the bird burst out and flew vigorously away to

resume his place in God's grand scheme of things.

As I saw that cat approaching earlier, I remembered 1 Peter 5:8: "Be

sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring

lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour"

That little bird, in his natural healthy state, would never fall prey

to the cat, but he was knocked out.

My thoughts went back 34 years to a time in my life when I was

spiritually "knocked out," I was dead in my sin and as helpless to

ward off the attacks of the enemy of my soul as that little bird lying

on my porch.

Then a wonderful, loving Savior reached down and picked me up. He

sheltered me and let me know I was loved and protected -- I only

needed to trust Him. He didn't put me in a box, but he gave me

strength and the desire to "vigorously fly away" spiritually to take

my place in His

wonderful design for my life in His kingdom.

Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow

Yesterday I met a stranger...

Today this stranger is my friend. Had I not taken the time to say

hello, or return a smile, or shake a hand, or listen, I would not

have known this person.

Yesterday would have turned into today,

and our chance meeting would be gone.

Yesterday I hugged someone very dear to me. Today they are

gone... and tomorrow will not bring them back.

Wouldn't it be nice if we all knew tomorrow they would be here?

But this is not to be, so take the time TODAY to give a hug, a smile,

an "I love you."

JUST FOR TODAY,

....smile at a stranger

....listen to someone's heart

....drop a coin where a child can find it

....learn something new, then teach it to someone

....tell someone you're thinking of them

....hug a loved one

....don't hold a grudge

....don't be afraid to say "I'm sorry"

....look a child in the eye and tell them how great they are

....look beyond the face of a person into their heart

....make a promise, and keep it

....call someone, for no other reason than to just say "hi"

....show kindness to an animal

....stand up for what you believe in

....smell the rain, feel the breeze, listen to the wind

....use all your senses to their fullest

....cherish all your TODAYS

All You'll Ever Need.........

How can you forget that you're blessed?

I've given you a heart to love with.

I've given you two lips to smile with.

I've given you two hands and everything you need to make your dreams come

true.

I've given you happy memories to warm your heart.

I've given you red roses to inspire love and romance.

I've given you white daisies so that you could escape to pleasant dreams.

I've given you the song of hummingbirds so that you can remember the beauty

of life all around you.

I've given you beaches, brooks, golden sand and blue skies to ease your

worries.

I've given you a sky full of stars and moonlight, so that you would strive

to reach far come the dawn.

I've given you long and lazy summer days to revive your spirit and an inner

peace that only come with the first snowfall. I've given you all you'll ever

need in life because I've given you my love.

Love God

Mother Teresa Said...

And the only way you can get through is knowing through prayer and

reflection that God is with you through it all. "Jesus I trust in you."

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Re: Daily Positive Thread for Friday

Happy to hear Linus and Darla made it home safely. Praying for her husband to make the right decision about the job.

Counting my blessings.

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Re: Daily Positive Thread for Friday

Good morning!

Gloria, I was watching the weather this morning and thought about Linus and Darla, wondering if they'd made it home, so I am glad to hear they did.

Hey, Harlene!

It is already hot and humid this morning. I'm not going to complain though after the winter we had. Looking out the front door this morning I saw our little Oriole pecking around. It is so cute! We have an abundance of chipmunks this year and they are fun to look at. They'll come right onto the porch and peek in the door. I do enjoy our birds and little critters.

Have a great day, everyone. May the Lord bless you with all good things.



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Re: Daily Positive Thread for Friday

Harlene - thanks for your prayers!! That 50th Jubilee Card for Father Jerry is so exquisite!! Thanks for creating it for him!!! He will come and pick it up, he said!!! I was just finishing up a prayer to Padre Pio and was asking him to bring them (Linus and Darla) home any minute and just then the car came in the driveway!!! Wow!!! Thanks for praying for Greg's decision too.

Lucy - So you still have Oriels there? We only did for 2 weeks, and then they all left!! I wonder why they don't stay here the rest of the summer? I like those little chipmonks too, we had some last summer, but I don't see any this summer.