Archive for the 'Inspirational' Category


Dr. Harold Olds – “Faith Break” – Conspicuous Consumption Competition

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, when I’m on the way to work, I make sure my radio is on 97.9 so I can hear “Faith Break” by Dr. Harold Olds around 7:45 a.m. Dr. Olds is the pastor of Brentwood United Methodist Church, and “Faith Break” is a short, positive message for the day.

This morning’s topic was a particularly good one. Dr. Olds talked about “conspicuous consumption competition” and how people feel the need for more and more “stuff.”

Then he ended with a really good quote. I was driving and couldn’t write it down immediately. So my quote may not be exact. However, it’s close:

“Identity isn’t determined by what you have. Identity is an inside job.”

Amen.

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A Mother’s Love

Monday, July 31st, 2006

I wrote the other day about the tragedy of losing a child and how different people handle that loss.  John Walsh became an advocate for missing and abused children.  Cindy Sheehan became a pitiful, glory-seeking psycho.  I read a post in Chez Diva (via BlackFive) about a mom whose daughter was severely injured in Iraq.  It’s an inspiring story. 

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Father’s Day – Seven Qualities to Look For

Friday, June 16th, 2006

My sister, Janice, wrote an article recently for Father’s Day about her husband, Gil.  In it she describes seven qualities that make Gil a good father.  Although the article is about Gil and their specific relationship, it is applicable to all fathers.  Here is an abbreviated version. Gil (or any good father):

(1)  is a Godly man of character and integrity. He leads a life of transparency that continues to be a steadfast example for our children. . . . He doesn’t “provoke them to wrath” and he leads them “in the paths of righteousness” through his insightful advice and concern for their spiritual well-being.

(2) loves . . . his wife, unconditionally. One of the most important things a father can do for his children is to love and respect his wife, their mother, and to model husbandly dedication and responsibility.  [He gives his wife, their mother] the respect of enjoying talking with [her].

(3) gives [his children] unconditional love, too. He enjoys being with them and has made them a priority throughout their whole lives. [The] kids know that God “delights” in them because their earthly father delights in them.  When our children faced difficulty or unfairness, he gave sympathy freely, but he taught them not to wallow in self-pity, instead to govern their emotions and move on to whatever open door God had for them next. Most importantly, he taught them that God was in control and that He loved them and wanted the best for them, too. 

(4) is totally reliable and absolutely trustworthy. When he says he will do something, he does it. His promises are true. . . . My children are incredibly blessed by having a dad who is a “rock” for them.

(5) corrects them firmly, with consistency. The Bible constantly refers to God as “Father.” [Gil] made it easy for our children to believe in God, their Heavenly Father, because their earthly father was consistent and approachable, firm and reasonable. Like the Heavenly Father, their earthly father instructs them with an “easy yoke” and “light burden.”

(6)  has abundant wisdom, discernment and good judgment. The Scriptures warn parents against “provoking their children to wrath” (Ephesians 6:4). Fathers who make foolish statements, decisions and actions are not good examples for their children.  

(7) [is] intentional in teaching our children about God. The Biblical Book of Deuteronomy stresses the importance of teaching “when you sit at home,” “when you walk along the road,” as well as “when you lie down and when you get up.” . . . [Gil] was exceptional at finding opportunities to teach our children from real-life experiences; he was constantly communicating with them about his own struggles and his own experiences in walking with Christ. He invested himself wholeheartedly in their spiritual development. 

They say that the most important decision anyone makes, next to choosing Christ, is their choice of a mate. . . .[and] the qualities that make him such a good father are the same ones that make me love him and make him such a great husband, too.

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Life With Wings

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Here’s a beautiful poem from Ruthlace. It is wonderful:

Life With Wings

God made the butterfly
And I…
Stand on earth
And watch it fly
And see that God
Has fashioned wings
For even earthbound
Creeping things!
I know that God
Intended wings
For you and me
Oh! My heart sings!
I’ve found my wings.
And even I…
Can over circumstances
Fly!

by RBS Copyright by RBS in 1973

Follow this link to read the story behind the poem.

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Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen of my Favorite Hymns

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Thirteen of my Favorite Hymns

I grew up as a PK (Preacher’s Kid), and so I grew up hearing and singing hymns.  My mother still sings them as she goes about her daily chores.  Here are thirteen of my favorites. Follow the links to the Cyber Hymnal website – you can hear the music and read about the history, writer and composer of each hymn. 

1.  Amazing Grace

2. Rock of Ages

3. God Will Take Care of You

4.  Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling

5.  Be Thou My Vision

6. To God Be The Glory

7. I Come to the Garden Alone

8. Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah

9. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

10. I Love To Tell The Story

11.  It Is Well With My Soul

12.  My Faith Looks Up To Thee

13.  Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?

I could name dozens more.  Each fifth Sunday our church has an old-fashioned community hymn singing, and I look forward to it so much.

UPDATE:  I forgot one of my all-time favorites:  Great Is They Faithfulness which is at this URL: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/g/i/gisthyf.htm  (I’m on my mother’s computer which won’t let me link the title to the URL.)

 

 

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Wednesday Wisdom – Finding a Way or Finding an Excuse

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

“I you want to do something, you will find a way.

If you don’t want to do something, you will find an excuse.”

~unknown~

Bird Feeder Birds

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

This morning I was watching PawPaw’s bird feeder.  Within a few minutes there was a black-capped chickadee, a goldfinch, a red-winged blackbird, a purple finch, a tufted titmouse, a bluejay, and a small blue bird (I can NEVER think of it’s name – not a blue bird, but something else).  I love looking at bird feeders.  I didn’t take any photos, but I did take some of the waterfall behind his house and some flowers.  I’ll post some later this afternoon.  Now I’m headed off for errands — got to get my car inspected and get a new tag, and then create a brochure for my townhouse.

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We cannot . . .

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

I can’t find who said this, but it is worth sharing:

“We cannot bring prosperity by discouraging thrift.

We cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

We cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

We cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

We – governments or people – cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than we have.

We cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

We cannot build character and courage by taking away initiative and independence.

We cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

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An Appeaser – Sir Winston Churchill and Charles Schwab

Monday, May 29th, 2006

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last!”

~Sir Winston Churchill~

 

“A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.”

~Charles Schwab~

(Hat tip to JTH)

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Photo from the War in Iraq – Inappropriate for TV?

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Here’s a photo you sure won’t see on the news.  I got this from Flopping Aces where you will find more photos that are too shocking for TV.

Hat Tip to Blue Star Chronicles.

U.S. Army Maj. Jeff Pugh helps Iraqi children put gravel on the new playground at the Al Shrooq Primary and Secondary School in Taji, Iraq, April 19, 2006. Pugh serves as a civil affairs officer with Company A, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, attached to 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt.

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