From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

These three words—I love you—indeed, they build a lasting and cherished relationship with each daily ribbon wrapped in God’s blessings.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated April 23)

Charles Stanley Quote

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The life we create is useful to God only if it is consistent with Jesus Christ’s foundation.

From 1 Corinthians 3:10-11:  “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it.  Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.”

Gary Smalley Quote

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People, places, and things were never meant to give us life.  God alone is the author of a fulfilling life.

From Psalm 23:5-6:  “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Quiet Love

From 1 Corinthians 13:12-13:  “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.  Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.  And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

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Cherishing quiet love

Humble and enduring

Admiring devotion

Always reassuring

 

Abiding sacred vows

Uniting and growing

Living as single one

True love overflowing

 

Sharing unbridled truth

Caring for love’s duet

Overcoming troubles

Joy shines at each sunset

 

Hearing love’s small whispers

Blessing each day and night

Confessing true feelings

Boundless and holding tight

 

Listening to God’s love

Nurturing lifetime’s stage

Embracing each moment

Unhurried as we age

 

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Expressing her unique songwriting and blessed voice about love’s feelings, Dolly Parton sings “I Will Always Love You.”

Curious Trivial Facts

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This is a new type of post, which will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

Mockingbirds traditionally mimic the sounds and songs of other birds, but mockingbirds found in New York City have been known to imitate police sirens, car alarms, buses, and the beeping of garbage trucks being driven in reverse.

When Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick, was first published in America, it bombed, selling only 3,797 copies in its first thirty-six years in print.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Swing Away

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Life’s game passing by

Parked on lonely bench

Watching each inning

From this dugout’s trench

 

Endless time marching

Week following week

Absent from big plays

Life looking more bleak

 

Dreaming great moments

Where are they hiding?

Just needing one chance

Few hopes backsliding

 

Opportunity!

Finally knocking

Time to really shine

Eagerness rocking

 

Now just swing away

Life’s batter’s box calls

Confidence beaming

Stepping in, “Play ball!” 

  

In the film, “The Natural,” starring Robert Redford, Roy Hobbs finally gets his big chance to step into the batter’s box.  Here is the scene from the film.  Indeed, life and baseball find ways to complement each other.

Charles Stanley Quote

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The sufferings that the Lord allows in our life are given to us for His good purpose.  Whenever God allows suffering to remain, He gives grace to endure it.

From 2 Corinthians 12:7-9:  “Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.  Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.'”