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I ran across the following writing in my devotional the other day and thought I would share it with everyone.  How easy it can be to become critical of others.  But God is no respecter of persons and is not that way.  Neither should we be.

A little seed lay in the ground

And soon began to sprout.

“Now which of all the flowers around,

It mused, “shall I come out?” 

“Then the little seed said to itself:  ‘I don’t want to be a lily, for lilies are so cold and lofty.  I don’t want to be a rose, for the rose is rather loud in color, it dies quickly, its edges wilt and it isn’t very practical.  I don’t want to be a violet, for the violet is too small, too dark and grows too close to the ground.’ “The little seed was like some people we all know.  It was critical.  It was critical of everything around it.  It found fault with all its neighbors.  It didn’t like the colors of some, the perfume of others, the size and shape of others.  It had nothing constructive to offer, even in its own behalf.  The whole theme of its life was criticism.

 And so it criticized each flower,

This supercilious seed,

Until it woke one summer hour

And found itself a Weed!

 “There has been only one faultless Person in this world, and He has promised to present all believers ‘faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy’ (Jude 24).  Until then, let each believer be a ‘flower’ rather than a weed in this scene of His rejection.”  – CMA Church bulletin 

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Of if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall  he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.  (Gal. 6:1-4) Taken from Streams in the Desert, Volume Two by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

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wounded-spirit.jpgIn light of the recent tragedy at VA Tech, my thoughts have turned back to a book I read sometime after the Columbine tragedy by author Frank Peretti, aptly named, “The Wounded Spirit.  I feel deeply for all the students who lost their lives, but I also feel for the one who took their lives as well as his own.  In Peretti’s book, it says, “It’s the feeling of being undersized or oversized…or klutzy or less than beautiful.  Of being a nerd…or a geek…or just, somehow, different.  It’s knowing you are vulnerable–and someone is ready and willing to take full advantage of your weakness by making your life miserable.  It’s the fraternity you never wanted to join–the fellowship of the wounded spirit.

In Peretti’s first non fiction work, he examines the pain from his past and helps us uncover the scars in our own lives. Drawing from tragic news stories like Columbine, he illustrates how ridicule and rejection can push people beyond the brink.  Then with poignant insight, he shows us the way to heal the wounded spririt that lies within us all.”

I recommend this book to all who have been wounded or have loved ones or friends that have been wounded.  Peretti tells firsthand of his own experiences growing up with a medical condition that left him disfigured and subject to the ridicule of his classmates and the neighborhood kids.  His approach is both tender and tough as he issues a ringing call for a change in attitude.  It’s a call for all of us to stop thinking of abuse as “normal”, even among kids.  It’s a call for the strong to stand up and protect the weak, not prey upon them.  Most of all, it’s a call for bullies and victims alike to seek the healing and forgiveness offered in Jesus Christ.  Only in Christ is there hope for the wounded spirits–but that hope is powerful enough to change everything.

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I would like to dedicate the following poem to all the wonderful people God has sent my way in life who have blessed me, not with money or gifts, but by simply being who they are.   I have grown because of you and am a better person for it.   As the song goes, “There’s no precious oil or wealth that’s like the gift of just yourself”.  Thank you for the gift of you.

 

DON’T GIVE ME DIAMONDS ALTHOUGH I LOVE

THEIR SPARKLE AND THEIR HUE.

FRIEND, IF YOU WISH TO BESTOW A GIFT,

GIVE ME THE GIFT OF YOU.

DON’T GIVE ME SAPPHIRES ALTHOUGH I ESTEEM

THEIR DAZZLING SHADE OF BLUE.

LISTEN AND HEAR AND GIVE IF YOU PLEASE

THE WONDERFUL GIFT OF YOU!

DON’T BRING ME RUBIES ALTHOUGH I ADMIRE

THEIR DEEP UNDERTONES OF RED.

KEEP ALL YOUR JEWELS AND BRING TO ME

THE GIFT OF YOU INSTEAD.

THE ONLY TRUE GIFT IS THE GIFT OF YOU.

DIAMONDS AND RUBIES WILL NEVER DO.

THEY’RE JUST A WEAK APOLOGY,

FOR THE REAL GIFT THAT WAS MEANT TO BE.

HE GIVES NOTHING WHO GIVES NOT OF HIS HEART.

THOUGH HIS GIFT MAY APPEASE, IT CAN NEVER IMPART,

THE WARMTH THAT COMES FROM A HUMAN SOUL.

TIS FAR GREATER THAN ANY GEM I KNOW.

  

©1999 by Karen Mester

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This week, our brother Tommy had a birthday.  He is now 40-none-of-your-business-something years old!   We had a little birthday bash for him at our house Tuesday night.  I’ve known Tommy since I was 14 months old, and I taught him everything he knows.  That is why he skipped a grade when he was about 9, and he and I were in the same class together all the way through high-school graduation.  Tommy is the only brother living with us in Cally.  We’re so glad he’s here.  We’re still working on getting the other two out here, but I don’t know if that will happen.  Happy Birthday Tommy.  May you feel Jesus near every day of the year.  A happy birthday to you, a happy birthday to you, and the best year you’ve ever had!

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 Although I do not own a TV, and never have, I thought this was a good article from Kaiser Permanente.

On average, American kids spend about five hours per day using various screen media for entertainment, including television, video games, and the Internet. This means that over the course of a year they spend more time in front of a screen than in school. In fact, 43 percent of children under the age of two are daily TV watchers. 

These figures stand in stark contrast to the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Kaiser Permanente that no child should have more than one or two hours of screen time per day, and children under two should have none at all. This recommendation of no electronic media for children 0-2 even applies to TV shows, DVDs, and computer games that have supposedly been designed for very young children.

For the rest of this article, click here.

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Over the hillside, the sunrise is coming.

Gentle and warm, it wakes up the day.

Reflecting His light for Jesus has risen.

Heaven and earth now join in the praise.

Those who have seen Him now are believers.

And we who now by believing have seen.

Lifting our voices in one mighty chorus.

Jesus is Lord and Savior and King!

 

Glorious morning Jesus is risen.

No tomb could hold Him, no stone could seal.

Glorious morning the world has a Saviour.

He is alive and His truth is revealed.

 

Eternity’s war fought through the ages,

Comes to an end at Calvary’s cross.

And the tomb is now empty,

Light shatters the darkness.

Night that seemed endless gives way to the dawn!

 

Gary McSpadden, Lari Goss, and Linda Dooley

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Who would’ve believed we would ever see the day Bobby turned 40!  Well, yesterday it happened, and now Mom has 4 children in their older and wiser 40’s.  The two youngest, Annie and Johnny are so jealous.  They are still in their 30’s!   Bobby was given the royal treatment at work with a visit from a widow in black who gave him black balloons, sang a funeral dirge, wailed and shrieked and made him do the hokey pokey.  If I get any pictures, I will post them.  Until then, here are some photos of our dear brother.  Bobby is probably the smartest of the six siblings.  He also is the most traveled of us, visiting such places as Italy, Germany, Norway, Africa and various states.   We love you, Bobby!  Enjoy 40 because 50 will be here before you know it!

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