UpLifts For Life – Miracles Happen!

In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass
jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it
carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be
exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting
on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her
way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red
Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some
attention, but he was too busy at this moment. Tess
twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She
cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she
could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from
her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

“And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an
annoyed tone of voice. “Can’t you see I’m talking to my brother
who’s from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,” he said without
waiting for a reply to his question.

“Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,” Tess
answered back in the same annoyed tone. “He’s really,
really sick… and I want to buy a miracle.”

“I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist.

“His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing
inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can
save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?”

“We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but
I can’t help you,” the pharmacist said, softening a
little

“Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t
enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it
costs.”

The pharmacist’s brother was a well dressed man. He
stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a
miracle does your brother need?”

” I don’t know,” Tess replied with her eyes welling up.
I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an
operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to
use my money.”

“How much do you have?” asked the man from Chicago

“One dollar and eleven cents,” Tess answered barely
audibly.

“And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more
if I need to.”

“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man. “A dollar
and eleven cents—the exact price of a miracle for
little brothers. ”

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he
grasped her mitten and said “Take me to where you live.
I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s
see if I have the miracle you need.”

That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a
surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation
was completed free of charge and it wasn’t long until
Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of
events that had led them to this place.

“That surgery,” her Mom whispered. “was a real miracle.
I wonder how much it would have cost?”

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle
cost…one dollar and eleven cents….plus the faith of
a little child.

In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will
need.

UpLifts For Life – Somethings To Think About

What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.

All things proclaim the existence of God. — Napoleon Bonaparte

God enters by a private door into every individual. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Patience

The hardest skill that man can develop is patience.

However, if one looks at nature’s wonders, they are all examples of this golden virtue.

The diamond is formed over many years, just as the elephant rules the jungle for countless decades.

In a world where everything is expected yesterday, we easily lose site of this value.

To be kept waiting is a sign of inferiority, of poor service.

Be patient, take life slower as it leads to a greater appreciation to all that surrounds you.

Why go through life bound to the clock when you can treasure every minute?

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The end of learning is, to know God and out of that knowledge, to love Him and to imitate Him… by possessing our souls of true virtue. –– Milton

What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.

Great men never make bad use of their superiority. They see it and feel it and are not less modest. The more they have, the more they know their own deficiencies. –Jean Jacques Rousseau

Whatever you are, be a good one. –Abraham Lincoln / Floyd Weston
Remember you can make a difference – UpLift someone today.

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UpLifts For Life – & More Things To Think About

“I have made mistakes but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one.” –James Gordon Bennett

Something To Think About!

“You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can’t sit back and wait.” –Ellen Metcalf

“Practice being excited.” –Bill Foster

“Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.” –James Russell Lowell

A Little Philosophy

WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY, THE MICE WILL PLAY

Meaning: The followers of a leader will take advantage of his absence for their own needs.

Different languages have variances on this proverb, but the meanings are all the same. The French say, “When the cat runs on the roofs, the mice dance on the floors.” The Spanish and Italians say, “When the cat is not in the house, the mice dance.” The Germans say, “Cat outside the house, repose for the mouse.”

Most of us are familiar with this saying in terms of the workplace, often said when the boss is out. Rules tend to be more lax, spirits more jovial.

Acknowledge your mistakes:

“I have made mistakes but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one.” –James Gordon Bennett

“Admitting Error clears the Score / And proves you Wiser than before.” –Arthur Guiterman

“They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.” –Edmund Burke

Not every thing that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

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UpLIfts For Life – Open Your Eyes!

When America decided to invade Iraq 30,000,000 people in 650 cities in 25 countries marched. Why?

Today’s Trivia: (scroll down for answers)

1. Who published “The Forgotten Prisoners”?

2. What was “The Forgotten Prisoners”?

A SMOOTH SEA NEVER MADE A SKILLFUL MARINER

Meaning: You are a poor specimen if you can’t stand the pressure of adversity.

The meaning of today’s proverb is taken directly from the Bible, from Proverbs, 24:10. Other, similar sentiments are echoed in, “Adversity tries great men, prosperity the small ones.” It has also been said that “adversity introduces a man to himself,” which indicates that we do not know our true selves and what we are capable of until we are put to the test.

Then again, as Harry Truman said, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.”

THOUGHTS:

To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.” –Francis Marion Crawford

“To dream too much of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.”
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An Eye Opener:

1) Protesters for peace did not gather to move Stalin to withdraw his forces from Iranian Azerbaijan and Kurdistan. Why not?

2)When Stalin annexed 15 percent of Finland’s territory, there were no large demonstrations. Why not?

3) When the Soviets annexed the Baltic states, there were no large demonstrations. Why not?

4) When Soviet tanks rolled into Warsaw and Budapest, and a decade later also in Prague, there were no large demonstrations. Why not?

5) The wars that China’s Communist regime waged against the peoples of Manchuria, Tibet, East Turkestan and Inner Mongolia, lands that were eventually annexed and subjected to “ethnic cleansing,” provoked no significant protest marches. Why not?

6) When China attacked India and grabbed Indian territories the size of England, the peace movement did not budge. Why not?

7) Few protesters for peace, not even Joschka Fischer, now Germany’s foreign minister, marched in support of tearing down the Berlin Wall and allowing the German nation to regain its unity. Why not?

8.) When the Tanzanian army invaded Uganda and removed Idi Amin from power, there were no significant demonstrations. Why not?

9) When the Vietnamese army invaded Cambodia and changed the Khmer Rouge regime there, there were no significant demonstrations. Why not?

10) When French troops invaded the Central African Republic and changed its regime, no one in Great Britain or America marched. Why not?

11) When Saddam Hussein invaded Iran, there no significant demonstrations. Why not?

12) When Saddam invaded Kuwait there were no demonstrations in New York City or elsewhere. Why not?

13) When Saddam was gassing the Kurds to death, killing millions of his own (Muslims) no one marched. Why not?

14) When America-led a coalition under a U.N. mandate to prevent North Korean Communists from conquering the south, peace protesters were on the march everywhere. Why?

15) When America decided to invade Iraq 30,000,000 people in 650 cities in 25 countries marched. Why?

ANSWERS:

1- 15) The “peace movement” is not opposed to all aggression, but only to that in which America is involved.

TRIVIA ANSWERS:

1. English lawyer Peter Benenson.

2. An article about the thousands of men and women imprisoned
worldwide because of their political or religious beliefs.

Stop Politically-Correct Generalities

A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, the Central Christian Church had logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of the prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

When minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual politically-correct generalities, but what they heard instead was a stirring prayer, passionately calling our country to repentance and righteousness.

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, the Central Christian Church had logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of the prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired the prayer on The Rest of the Story on the ABC Radio Network and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired!

THE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to
seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe on those who
call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess that: We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn children and called it a choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

What awesome insight! Maybe our nation again can be called a Christian nation that fears the Lord!
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You can gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do…
—-Eleanor Roosevelt

This was given in 1999 and I thought it was worth repeating.

Dawni’s Disappointment

And together – now note it – ‘together’ they went. Even moments later when kids began to make fun of Dawni, her sister jumped in, defended her, and stayed by her until she returned to class.

For two and one-half months Dawni had prepared for this day. It was the school assembly, and it was her first solo performance on the drums. Now, it had been a struggle for her to get to this point. Initially her father had been against her playing the drums, but he had finally relented and said, “Okay” in the face of her tears and determination. But, before she was allowed to study and play the drums, she had been required to study another instrument.

Patiently, therefore, she learned the flute, waiting until the opportunity came to play the instrument that was her heart’s first desire – the drums. And now that day was here. This assembly was even more significant since it was the first one that her mother had been able to attend. It was Dawni’s big moment. The night before, she had spent so much time on her clothes, and so much time on her hair; she was so prepared and so eager. The band director gave the cue and started the piece. But when Dawni struck the snare drum, no sound came out. Someone or something had misadjusted the drum making it completely useless. Well, there was no way the director could stop the piece now, so it went on without her. While the other percussionists performed and shined, Dawni dropped out of her chair down on the floor, and desperately tried to repair the damaged drum. Frantically she worked, but the piece ended before she could get it fixed.

Now from the stands, Mother watched it all, knowing that her dear daughter was in trouble, but unable to go to her or help her in any way. At the conclusion of the assembly, Dawni walked out of the crowd and directly to her mother, her eyes swimming with hot tears before she even reached her. So long and so hard had she worked, and the moment was irretrievably gone. It hurt – it hurt a lot!

Her mother reached out and took her in her arms, and spoke soothingly and comfortingly. Her older sister, who was also there, left her friends behind and came to Dawni’s side, put her arms around her, hugged her, and offered love and encouragement. The two sisters only had a moment to talk with Mom before going back to class. And as they turned to go, Dawni’s sister put her arm around her again and said, “C’mon Dawni, let’s go. There’s nothing you could’ve done about it. You did the best you could.”

And together – now note it – ‘together’ they went. Even moments later when kids began to make fun of Dawni, her sister jumped in, defended her, and stayed by her until she returned to class.

You know, the pain and Dawni’s bitter disappointment was not, and is not gone. Even as she told me this story she cried. The pain will probably always be there. But one thing’s for certain: The pain was made more bearable because of those who shared it with her.

Be there! Just be there! And I promise you love will be so much stronger if you are.

From the teachings of Glenn Rawson – December 1999

UpLIfts For Life – Make It A Great Weekend!

YOGI BERRA SAID: “I really didn’t say everything I said.”

The shortest distance between two points is usually under construction.

There are three truths in religion:

1. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah….
2. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith…..
3. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store.

Today’s Trivia: (scroll down for answers)

1. What was the main objective of the space shuttle, Atlantis?
2. What was Magellan’s mission?
3. Did Julius Caesar ever eat Caesar’s Salad?

Toddler Property Laws

1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my hands, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a week ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it’s mine.
8. If I think it’s mine, it’s mine.
9. If it it’s near me, it’s mine
10.If it’s broccoli, it’s yours.
(Sounds like some governments and politicians)
Some Friday Humor

Q. Why did the polygamist cross the aisle?
A. To get to the other bride.

More hay, Trigger? No thanks: Roy, I’m stuffed!

You’re just jealous because the voices are talking to me and not you!

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done already.

Today’s Motivation:

“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.” — John Foster Dulles

Leaders step up to a challenge. In fact the more problems they address, they better they get at fixing them.

Here’s how to do it: figure what is at the root of the trouble; find out how other people have dealt with a similar situation; have your team study the problem from every conceivable angle; come up with a wide ranges of possible solutions; adopt the best one.

Finally, if you know you’re not much of a good problem- solver, hire people who are. Delegating tasks is another way great achievers solve problems!

THE LORD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES

Meaning: Self-help stimulates divine assistance.

One of Aesop’s fables, “Hercules and the Waggoner,” from 570 B.C. carries the message found in today’s proverb. This is, perhaps, the first written reference to this proverb. As the story goes, a waggoner was driving along a muddy track when his cart skidded into a ditch. Rather than doing something about it, the waggoner called upon the mighty Hercules for help. Hercules appeared and told the waggoner to put his shoulder behind the wheel and goad his oxen on. He then scolded the man, forbidding him to ever call upon him again unless he had first made an effort himself.

Languages other than English have similar versions of this proverb. The French, for example, say, “God never builds us bridges, but he gives us hands.” The Spanish say, “While waiting for water from heaven, don’t stop irrigating.” Wise words!
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LAWYER’S OBSERVATION: “I don’t know anyone here that’s been killed by a handgun.”

LITERATE PROCLAMATION: “We don’t want to open a box of Pandoras!”

YOGI BERRA SAID: “I really didn’t say everything I said.”

SUGGESTION: Keep your suggestions to two words, or less.

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids. – Aristotle(384-322 BC)

Your Personal Quotes for today:

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Fear to let fall a drop and you spill a lot.” – Malay proverb
“Being scared can keep a man from getting killed, and often makes a better fighter of him.” -Louis L’Amour

Don’t let your self-image get too big:

“My specialty is being right when other people are wrong.” -George Bernard Shaw
“One of my chief regrets during my years in the theater is that I couldn’t sit in the audience and watch me.” – John Barrymore
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Widle

“Jesus Christ says, ‘my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you’ (John 14:27). Wherever this peace exists, it leaves an influence that is comforting and refreshing to the souls of those who partake of it. It is like the morning dew to the thirsty plant. This peace is the gift of God alone, and it can be received only from him through obedience to his laws. If any man wishes to introduce peace into his family or among his friends, let him cultivate it in his own bosom; for sterling peace can only be had according to the legitimate rule and authority of heaven, and obedience to its laws.” – John Taylor

ANSWERS:

1. To deploy the spacecraft Magellan, making this the first time that a craft was launched from a space shuttle.
2. To map the surface of Venus.
3. Not even at a toga party. We might as well ask if he ever ate Waldorf salad, Baked Alaska or Southern Fried Chicken. In the days of the Romaine, uh, Roman Empire, this dish was unknown.

Contrary to what many people think, Caesar’s Salad was not invented in Prince Mike Romanoff’s Hollywood restaurant, either. But Romanoff, who by the way was also not a prince, is credited with popularizing it and adding the anchovies.

Caesar’s Salad was first tossed in Tijuana, where tourists wearing Roman sandals have passed through in legions, but never in Roman chariots, other than Alfa Romeos. Its creator was Caesar Gardini, the other Caesar, who put it together at his restaurant, Caesar’s Place, from romaine lettuce, egg and dressing.
Source: DICTIONARY OF WORD AND PHRASE ORIGINS by William and Mary Morris

Thanks for reading our UpLifts

gphowe

Chopsticks and Jello

Sometimes in life, we are tempted to throw out the old conventional ways of doing things and try something new.

Not too long ago, I came home from work, and immediately sensed that something funny going on at the house. As the preparations were being made for the evening meal, I noticed that some of our finer plates and glasses were on the table, and my wife and daughters were looking at me and pointing at me, and speaking in hushed and whispered tones. I’m a little dense, but that looked suspicious.

When we were called to the table, I noticed a fine looking meal of Chow Mien, so far, nothing too out of the ordinary. That is until my wife announced we were going to eat this meal with chopsticks – no spoons, forks allowed – chopsticks.

From around the table there came mixed reactions. Some said “All right!” and others were saying, “Oh no!” I won’t tell you which one I was. The first few minutes of supper were spent giving chopstick lessons. And since – since none of us were overly chopstick literate, it was a little like the blind leading the blind. However, it didn’t take too long before we began catching on. A growling stomach is a powerful motivator. And I’m happy to report it only took me about twice the normal length of time to eat my portion.

One daughter though – she finally gave up and she just began to cry, “I just can’t do it!”

The ultimate test of skill came though when my wife produced a Jell-O from the fridge that had not completely set up.

Now you have to – you have to picture this: There we were, seven hungry people trying every conceivable way to pick up runny Jell-O with chopsticks.

My son finally gave up on the chopstick transfer system and just stuck his face on his plate. Me? – I waited until everyone was distracted. Then I grabbed my spoon, and using my chopsticks as a plow, I filled my spoon with Jell-O, and in three quick bites it was gone.

I can’t remember now whether I got full or just so disgusted I gave up. I do remember though that when I was done eating, my thumb and index finger were stiff and sore from working with the chopsticks. But hey, it was worth it! It was a great family memory.

Now the point: Sometimes in life, we are tempted to throw out the old conventional ways of doing things and try something new. And in many instances that’s good – that’s a good thing to do – because it pulls us out of our ruts and brings zest and adventure back to life. But – when it comes to moral standards and the commandments of God, none of us have [has] lived long enough or grown smart enough to throw out the combined wisdom of the centuries and the omniscience of God. In other words, finding lasting happiness while breaking the commandments of God is as difficult as eating runny watermelon Jell-O with chopsticks.

“Folks,” to quote a friend of mine, “it just ain’t gonna happen!”

Glenn Rawson – February 1998

Skiing Faith

My friends, life is a lot like a ski trip. It begins as the grandest of adventures, sure enough. But there inevitably comes those times, I think for all of us, when we feel like we’re lost in the woods after dark skiing blind.

On a recent cross-country skiing vacation, I learned a meaningful lesson about, of all things, ‘faith.’ If you don’t mind, I’d like to share it with you.

We got to our rustic cabin late in the day. After unpacking, several of us decided we wanted to go out for a skiing run, even if it was late. According to the map, there was a trail not too far from our cabin that was a 2½-mile loop. We strapped on our skis, and off we went. Well, it got dark a lot faster than we had anticipated. By the time we were a mile or so into that trail, it was so dark, we couldn’t see the snow in front of us, we couldn’t see the trail directly under our feet. It became very difficult to ski. The more I tried to pick out the trail, the more difficulty I had. And by now, we were deep into the pine forests of Island Park. Every tree looked the same. That trail had twisted and turned, and gone up and down and around in every way imaginable. None of us were [was] totally sure of which way was home. The temperature was dropping close to zero. In short, this was not a good place, nor a good night to get lost.

Then all of a sudden, it dawned on me. We were on a groomed trail. All we had to do was relax, keep our skis in the tracks of those who had gone before us, and simply follow them home. Well, with that newfound knowledge, it became much easier to ski. I stopped worrying about where to steer my skis, and I just let the trail guide me. Well, more calm now, I began to look around. The snow was beautiful. The stars overhead were bright and beautiful; it was a gorgeous clear crisp mountain night.

We skied on in the dark, more or less blind. Then suddenly, we broke out of the trees on to the banks of the Buffalo River. I knew exactly where we were. The lights of our little cabin were just a short distance down stream. We skied on, and in due time arrived back to the warmth and security of our cabin and the rest of the family. What could have been a disaster became instead an exhilarating and a joyful experience.

My friends, life is a lot like a ski trip. It begins as the grandest of adventures, sure enough. But there inevitably comes those times, I think for all of us, when we feel like we’re lost in the woods after dark skiing blind. There are some even now, especially among the young, that don’t know where they are, or even who they are. They are lost skiing in spiritual darkness, if you will. I remember that feeling; I remember it well! And so what I have to say now is for them.

My dear friends, life is a short loop. We came from the warmth of God’s presence into a cold darkened world. And a trail has been laid out clearly before us that will lead us back to Him, and to His love. The real test of this life is ‘Will we trust the trail at all times?’ Are we willing to humbly place our faith in the ones who have gone before us?

Just because you can’t see the trail clearly, or the end from the beginning, does not mean that the trail’s not there. Don’t abandon the Lord’s trail! There is none of us that have [has] learned enough to make it home on our own. Stay in the tracks, even when all hell is trying to pull you off and get you as lost as they are.

And I promise you, if you do, the day will come when the light will appear before you, and you will know the unspeakable joy reserved for those who endure to the end.

Thanks to Glenn Rawson thoughts.– January 2001