Inspirational Stories and Thoughts

Wisdom, inspiration, and encouragement come from many places. Someone may share a kind word with you, they may notice your smile and be encouraged by you. Every time we share a glance, a word, a touch, or any other communication, the opportunity is there to make a difference in their life.

A Sack of Potatoes

One of my teachers had each one of us bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes.  For every person we'd refuse to forgive in our life, we were told to choose a potato, write on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag.

All About Grandmas

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. ~Author Unknown.  What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure. ~ Gene Perret.

grandma having fun

God Makes the Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired.  During their visit the conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in their work and lives.

Being of Friend

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday?

Peanuts Wisdom

Name the five wealthiest people in the world.  Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

Personalized Hymns

The Dentist's Hymn:  Crown Him With Many Crowns .  The Weatherman's Hymn:  There Shall Be Showers of Blessing.

Plant a Daily Living Garden

Plant Three Rows of Peas:  Peace of Mind.  Peace of Heart.  Peace of Soul. Plant Four Rows:

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Pebble and Sand

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large, empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top.

A Reason, a Season, and a Lifetime

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance and support.

The Fern and the Bamboo

One day, I decided to quit. I wanted to quit my job, to quit my relationships, to quit my spirituality; I even wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. "God," I said, "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"  His answer surprised me. "Look around," He said, "do you see the fern and the bamboo?

The Price of a Child

The government recently calculated the cost of raising child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock. That doesn't even touch college tuition.

red haired child and red flowers

Mom's Last Laugh

Consumed by my loss, I didn’t notice the hardness of the pew where I sat. I was at the funeral of my dearest friend - my mother. She finally had lost her long battle with cancer. The hurt was so intense, I found it hard to breathe at times.

A Prayer of Thanks

I want to thank you, Lord for being with me so far this day.  With your help I haven't been impatient, lost my temper, been grumpy, . . .

Ponderings and Wisdom

"My Uncle told me with age comes wisdom . . . . . which may explain the lack of elder bungee jumpers."

A You a Godly Employee?

Before you beg for more vacation time, ask yourself a few questions, "Do you honor the Sabbath?" God has already given you 52 days of time off that equates to seven weeks.

math formulas

The Beauty of Math

    1 x 8 + 1 = 9
    12 x 8 + 2 = 98
    123 x 8 + 3 = 987
    1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
    12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765

A Lesson in Life

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway. It just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

Too Changing:  Karen Rice

I’ve look over my life and have accessed all that I’ve done,  And the way it was done, The many mistakes that I’ve made, With a focus on rectifying many of them, Trying to understand why they were made in the first place, But through it all,I’m too changing.

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