Count Your Many Blessings™

I don’t know how it works, but to ‘count your many blessings’ and ‘name them one by one’ not only promotes a spirit of gratitude, but it also fosters a spirit of humility.

Or The Ten Lepers

 

I don’t know how it works, but to ‘count your many blessings’ and ‘name them one by one’ not only promotes a spirit of gratitude, but it also fosters a spirit of humility. Fortunately, we have at least one season of the year where we tend to emphasize ‘thank you’ more than ‘gimme gimme,’ Thanksgiving. So in the spirit of this season, Thanksgiving, may I share a story with you from the life of the Master?

One day while He was passing through a village, He was met by ten men afflicted by leprosy. From afar off they pleaded for His healing mercy. Interestingly enough, He did not approach them or they Him. He simply said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”

Now let me mention about leprosy. Leprosy was a dread disease. Is was literally a living death. The afflicted not only rotted and died one painful degree at a time, but the torment was added to by banishment from family, friends, and civilized society. The only companion that a leper could have was other lepers. There could hardly be a more miserable way to live or die.

Well, from the Savior’s command, the ten journeyed towards the priest to be judged. As they went, they were miraculously healed! Now, nine of them, Jews, continued on where Jesus had sent them, but one of them turned around, and ran all the way back to the Savior, and fell on his face before the Lord giving Him much thanks. The man was a Samaritan, not even of Jesus’ race or religion.

Now, in a way, you and I are like those lepers – spiritually. We come into a wicked fallen world and contract spiritual diseases that leave us, if we’re untreated, sick, suffering, lonely, and destined to die. But there is One to whom our pitiful appeals from afar do not go unheeded. Mercifully the Savior speaks, and sends us on our way. And as we journey toward our judgment, we too are healed from a living death. We live again; we are given a new life.

Many of you know exactly of what I speak. You have been healed. And during this week your families were gather around you in love, while the love of God fills your soul. I promise you that your Thanksgiving will be a sweeter holiday if you will, like that Samaritan, take the time to turn back, fall before Him, and with a heart full of thanks remember what this season is for.

Thanks to Glenn Rawson – from his writings in November of 1997.

Two words which will change your life! – Rhonda Byrne

Most people are sporadically grateful, however, to change your life with gratitude, a new way of learning how to be truly grateful is what will bring unlimited happiness into your life.

Two words which will change your life!

There are two words that, when spoken, have the most unfathomable power to completely change your life. Two words which, when they pass your lips, will be the cause of bringing absolute joy and happiness to you. Two words that will create miracles in your life. Two words that will wipe out negativity. Two words that will bring you abundance in all things. Two words which, when uttered and sincerely felt, will summon all the forces and vibrations in the Universe to move all things for you.

The only thing standing between you, happiness, and the life of your dreams, are two words…

THANK YOU

Gratitude is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to transform your life. If you become truly grateful, you will magnetize absolute joy to you everywhere you go, and in everything you do. In fact, without gratitude, nothing can ever change. Your life will change to the degree that you use gratitude and begin to feel grateful. If you are just a little bit grateful, your life will change a little bit. If you are very grateful, your whole life will change. If you live gratitude every single day, you will become one of the greatest human beings on the planet, and the light of your life will uplift our world.

The greatest human beings who have ever lived showed us the way with gratitude, and by their example became shining lights in our history. Einstein said “thank you” hundreds of times every single day! Ancient wisdom dating back thousands of years gave us the truth about gratitude. Every single religion speaks of giving thanks. All the sages and saviors of the world demonstrated the use of gratitude in all their teachings.

Of the thousands of letters we receive from people whose lives have become miracles after experiencing The Secret, every single one of them has made gratitude their way of life. It is impossible to be negative when you are giving thanks. It is impossible to criticize or blame when you are feeling grateful. It is impossible to feel sad when you are in gratitude. Most people are sporadically grateful, however, to change your life with gratitude, a new way of learning how to be truly grateful is what will bring unlimited happiness into your life.

So how do you live in gratitude? Begin your day by feeling grateful. Be grateful for the bed you just slept in, the roof over your head, the carpet or floor under your feet, the running water, the soap, your shower, your toothbrush, your clothes, your shoes, the car that you drive, your job, your friends, your refrigerator that keeps your food cold. Be grateful for the weather, the sun, the sky, the birds, the trees, the grass, the rain, and the flowers. Be grateful for the stores that make it so easy to buy the things you need, the restaurants, the utilities and services and electrical appliances that make your life effortless. Be grateful for magazines and the books that you read. Be grateful for the chair that you sit on, and the pavement that you walk on. Be grateful for your favorite music that sweeps you away, and for movies that make you feel good. Be grateful for your phone that connects you with people, for your computer, for the electricity that lights up your life. Be grateful for air travel that flies you everywhere. Be grateful for the roads and traffic lights that keep the traffic in order. Be grateful to those who built our bridges. Be grateful for your pet, for your child, for your loved ones, for your eyes that enable you to read this. Be grateful for your imagination. Be grateful that you can think! Be grateful that you can speak. Be grateful that you can laugh and smile. Be grateful that you can breathe! Be grateful that you are alive! Be grateful that you are You! Be grateful that there are two words that can change your life!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The more that you practice gratitude the more deeply you will feel it in your heart, and the depth of the feeling is the key. The more deeply and sincerely you feel it, the more you will bring absolute bliss and happiness on every single subject. Watch what happens in your life when you practice gratitude every single day and in every single moment and in every opportunity that you can. Remember, if you are criticizing, you are not being grateful. If you are blaming, you are not being grateful. If you are complaining, you are not being grateful. If you are feeling tension, you are not being grateful. If you are rushing, you are not being grateful. If you are in a bad mood, you are not being grateful.

To understand the power and the magic of gratitude, you have to experience it for yourself. So why not begin by deciding to find 100 things a day to be grateful for? As you practice gratitude every day, it won’t take long before gratitude is your natural state of being, and when it happens you will have unlocked one of the greatest Secrets to Life.

There is just one other thing that I want you to know about Gratitude…..

When you are giving thanks, you FEEL GOOD!

Rhonda Byrne
The Secret… bringing joy to billions.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Through Time

Oh to grace, how great a debtor; daily I’m constrained to be. Let thy goodness as a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee; prone to wander Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, oh take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.

Thanksgiving

Centuries ago the nation of Israel turned and watched as Moses stretched forth his hand and the walls of the Red Sea collapsed and returned to their strength. In awe Israel saw the mighty hosts of Pharaoh’s army overthrown in the sea, never again to oppress them. Now, with the subsequent restoration of God’s holy law through Moses, and their miraculous deliverance by Joshua into the Promised Land, Israel was once more a nation of free people, free in body, free in conscience, and free in nationality. Is it any wonder that Israel was so filled with joy and gratitude that they lifted their voices in song, thanking and praising God with all the power of their delivered souls?

Ever after that and for the centuries that followed, feasts and celebrations were established among the Hebrews, times of remembrance where they would be grateful and remember how that by the power of God He had made them a peculiar people and nation.

However, in time Israel did come to forget. Not only did they forget the God who had delivered them, but they forgot and mocked the covenants and responsibilities they had assumed as His chosen people. Eventually they were scattered, destroyed, and oppressed once more.

It has been said that history repeats itself. Our season of feasting and celebration is upon us this week; it’s Thanksgiving. What a blessed people we are! By the power of God we are a prosperous and a free people. Praise be to God for the kindness of His Fatherhood, for the prayers He has answered, and for the privileges He has given us. May we rejoice now in our time. We are the greatest, wealthiest people ever in the history of this earth. Ought we not to thank the God who gave it? Oh, I hope our riches never come to canker our soul.

Further, thank God for the gift of His son; we have a free conscience. Thank God for the miracle of forgiveness and the power of redemption and resurrection. We are free. No tyrant can oppress our soul or destroy our peace unless we let them [him]. Praise be to God for the assurance and presence of a Savior Who is always there, Who will not rest in His atoning endeavors until all of us have become celestial beings.

Thank God for truth, pure unadulterated ‘diamond truth’ that allows us to see and understand, and be anchored in place in a world that has become like a roaring blender of opinions and ideas. We are so blessed!

And thank God for America and her liberty. By the power of God and His guardian angels we are a free nation. There is so much more that is worth rejoicing of in America than is worth complaining of. Look around. I see this world we live in and I wonder: My children have never known starvation, many do; my children have never understood slavery and oppression, it’s [they are] foreign to them. They have never known the fear of tyrants, nor the despair of hopelessness and bondage. And yet there are people all over the earth who suffer so much. Why – why are we such a blessed people when so many suffer so much? I cannot help but think that America has the same responsibility as ancient Israel, to lift up the hands that hang down and strengthen the feeble knees. Oh, Heavenly Father, thank Thee for all of Thy bounty.

Dear friends, this Thanksgiving it is my prayer that our gratitude will overflow unto tears of humility and songs of rejoicing for the goodness of God. Oh to grace, how great a debtor; daily I’m constrained to be. Let thy goodness as a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee; prone to wander Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, oh take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.

Glenn Rawson

The First Thanksgiving

And so filled with the spirit of gratitude, Governor Bradford proclaimed a feast, and then added, “We will extend an invitation to our Indian friends to join us in the feasting.”

The First Thanksgiving

November the 21st, 1621, Plymouth, New England: The pilgrims sat down to feast with 90 of their Indian brethren. Governor William Bradford offered the following prayer:

“Lord God, Thy hand has watchfully brought us to this land and given us friendship with the natives that live herein. We do give solemn thanks and praises to thy name.”

You know, that these stalwart souls were of a mind to offer such thanks is the story I want to tell you this Thanksgiving.

The pilgrims began as separatists from the Church of England. They wanted freedom to worship as they chose. And because of that, they were branded as traitors by the crown and persecuted, sometimes even unto death. And then, moved by the Spirit of God, they set their eyes on the newly discovered land of America. On September 6, 1620 the Mayflower set out with 102 passengers crammed in every inch of space. Consider it: Those pilgrims left all, and they would never return.

Well, the voyage was difficult, fraught with much suffering, sickness, and even death. As the season advanced, the North Atlantic weather grew colder. Food and water became scarce, and it seemed as though that journey would never end. Finally, after 66 days land was sighted at dawn on November the 19th. They dropped to their knees and thanked God.

One of them wrote though, “We now had no friends to welcome us, nor inns to entertain or refresh our weather-beaten bodies – no houses, or much less, towns to seek help.” And then she added, “And it was freezing cold weather.” But they were grateful. Why?

On Christmas day, 1620, they began construction on a common storehouse. But without homes and adequate food, they could never get warm. They weakened and became ill. When they finished the storehouse, it became a hospital.

Disease took its toll on them, and as many as two or three settlers died every day. At one time, there were only 6 healthy people out of more than a hundred who could care for the sick. This was called by them ever after “The Starving Time.” Only 51 pilgrims survived that first winter out of 102. Scarcely a family was not hit. Still, after all that, they gathered every day twice daily and offered prayers of thanks.

And you know, when the Mayflower returned to England in the spring, it is a testimony of the value of freedom to note that not one pilgrim went with her in spite of it all.

And then the Indians – they had feared them. But when the Indians finally came, they came friendly and with a desire to help, which if you consider how the Indians had already been treated by the whites, it was a miracle that they were friendly. The kindness of those early Native Americans saved those pilgrims.
Through the summer the pilgrims worked, and hard with little comfort. And when fall came, their harvest was plentiful; they wanted for nothing.

And so filled with the spirit of gratitude, Governor Bradford proclaimed a feast, and then added, “We will extend an invitation to our Indian friends to join us in the feasting.”

And on the day of the feast, Massasoit arrived with 90 Indians. For three days they prayed, sang, feasted, played, and bonded as brethren in the family of God.

Why was there a feast of Thanksgiving? What did they have to grateful for? Well, they had a greater faith in God, they had freedom, and now they had food, shelter, and friends. And when you think about it, what else matters?

Their gratitude for simple things changed the lives of millions all the way to your table. Happy Thanksgiving.

Glenn Rawson

Figure It Out

People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they begin to blame someone else. – Curtis Howe

Motivational Quotes

If at first you don’t succeed, before you try again, stop to figure out what you did wrong.
– Leo Rosten

People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they begin to blame someone else. – Curtis Howe

Chuckle of the Month

Dedicated to those in Southern California that need a laugh

His request approved, the photographer used a cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger. He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, “Let’s go”.

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off. Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, “Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.”

“Why?” asked the pilot.

“Because I’m a photographer for Fox Cable News,” he responded. “And I need to get some close up shots.”

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, “So, what you’re telling me, is . You’re NOT my flight instructor!

Weird Things You Would Never Know!!

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

Weird Things You Would Never Know!!
(But do now!)

A shrimp’s heart is in its head.

The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest
tongue twister in the English language.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a
million descendants.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear
by 700 times.

If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14,Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

23% of all photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on
them and photocopying their butts.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a
sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a
telephone call.

Horses can’t vomit.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s
nuclear weapons combined.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with “MONTH.”

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

All polar bears are left handed.

In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including
their eyebrows and eyelashes.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

“Go,”is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would
stand seven feet, two inches tall.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

It is impossible to lick your own elbow.

Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow.

What Kids Say – Sometimes Are The Darnest Things

When I was six months pregnant with my third child, my three year old came
into the room when I was just getting ready to get into the shower.
She said,”Mommy, you are getting fat!”

A small boy is sent to bed by his father.
Five minutes later…. “Da-ad….” “What?” “I’m thirsty. Can you bring me a drink of water?”
“No. You had your chance. Lights out.” Five minutes later:
“Da-aaaad…..” “WHAT?” “I’m THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water?”
“I told you NO!” If you ask again, I’ll have to spank you”.
Five minutes later…… “Daaaa-aaaad…..” “WHAT!”
“When you come in to spank me, can you bring a drink of water?”
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An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally
asked him, “How do you expect to get into Heaven?”
The boy thought it over and said, “Well, I’ll run in and out and in and out and keep
slamming the door until St. Peter says, ‘For Heaven’s sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!'”
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One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her
son into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a
tremor in his voice, “Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?”
The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. “I can’t dear,” she said. “I have to
sleep in Daddy’s room.”
A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: “The big sissy.”
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It was that time, during the Sunday morning service, for the children’s
sermon. All the children were invited to come forward. One little girl was
wearing a particularly pretty dress and, as she sat down, the pastor
leaned over and said, “That is a very pretty dress. Is it your Easter Dress?”
The little girl replied, directly into the pastor’s clip-on
microphone, “Yes, and my Mom says it’s a bitch to iron.”
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When I was six months pregnant with my third child, my three year old came
into the room when I was just getting ready to get into the shower.
She said,”Mommy, you are getting fat!”
I replied, “Yes, honey, remember Mommy has a baby growing in her tummy.”
“I know,” she replied, but what’s growing in your butt?”
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One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of Chicken Little
to her class. She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried
to warn the farmer. She read, “…. and so Chicken Little went up to the
farmer and said, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!”
The teacher paused then asked the class, “And what do you think that farmer said?”
One little girl raised her hand and said, “I think he said: ‘Holy Cow! A
talking chicken!'” The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes

Have a great week.

Dedication and Determination

…life is but a weaving and what we weave we have to wear. I would like to share this one last thought by Swami Chinmayananda: Be a noble person in life. The tide of circumstances and the tussle of happenings may toss us hither and thither, may buffet us up and down, but stay noble in your thoughts and actions.

Dedication and Determination
By Gilbert Howe

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. — Henry David Thoreau

For one to understand and live a life of dedication and determination, one must be able to show goodness to their fellowmen. We all need to choose wisely and make the choices in our lives of the what we want to commit ourselves to and then become determined to make it happen. We have heard the phrase “do it now” and many more of the same type of thoughts; however, none of these great phrases can change lives unless we change our inner-self.

I find that nature is often our greatest teacher; we have learned industry from the ant and grace from the swan. However, the greatest lesson that nature has to offer is that of the bamboo tree.

For the first four years, the bamboo tree develops an effective root system underground, without growing more than a few inches above the ground. Then, in the fifth year, the bamboo tree grows 80 feet! Our personal life is very similar. We see people who achieve so much in what we might view as a very short time, without realizing the efforts that they have put in the past, to build firm foundations.

If we spend time investing in ourselves, learning patiently, we would be surprised at just how much we can grow. This is the action of taking real steps in our lives to learn the basics and get our roots solid. No great quotes or thoughts will make this happen, only action. This is your start to determination.

There is a legend in Ancient Greece; that a tourist, upon arriving in Athens, asked directions to Mount Olympus from Socrates. Socrates looked at him and told him to turn right and just take step after step until he reached his destination.

In life, there are very few things we can control. The only things that we can control, in fact, are our dreams, our goals and our ambitions.

It is essential to be rigid in our determination as well as flexible in approach. In order to succeed we must follow Socrates’ advice and stick to the path, not knowing how long or hard it is. But thus we have created a step in establishing our dedication to accomplishing the task

Just by consciously accepting that the destination is controllable but the journey is not, most of our problems will dissolve.

The Five Steps To Dedication: When Sir John Hunt stood at the foot of Mount Everest, he did not expect to reach its summit by some magic trick or in one giant leap. Hunt had mapped his climb by stages, one day at a time. Each day he ascended as high as he had planned for that day. The day Hillary and Tensing, of his climbing team, finally stepped up to the summit was the climax of many days, and the last step was the top one of many climbing steps.

What you are setting out to do may not be as spectacular or arduous as climbing Mount Everest, but you apply the same principles. There is no magic or sudden high-speed leap in time; no, it is you taking one step at a time.

Here are the five steps you must use to take your first steps.

1. Make Sure You Want It _ Really Want It
• Pinpoint your reasons for wanting it.
• Sell yourself on the importance each point.

2. Believe You Can Do It
• Put past failures behind you
• Build up your self esteem,

3. Take Just One Step At A Time
• Plan for just the next five minutes,
• Then the next hour, day, week etc.

4. Put Yourself On The Spot
• Make the decisions to overcome weakness and temptations,
• Tell another what you are doing.
• Write it down.
• Set deadlines.

5. Achieve Through Creating A Great Habit
• Make the change become a good habit by repetition.
• Watch the habit grow and you will become more determine to succeed.

This is the start to taking the steps in becoming dedicated to making your life a value to you and to others. You can now prove to yourself that you can develop the will power to do what you set your heart on doing. Remember when your life has determination others around you will see the difference and they, themselves, will become desirous to improve. One expression I have applied in my life is very simple but has been very meaningful for me. It is merely that life is but a weaving and what we weave we have to wear. I would like to share this one last thought by Swami Chinmayananda: Be a noble person in life. The tide of circumstances and the tussle of happenings may toss us hither and thither, may buffet us up and down, but stay noble in your thoughts and actions.

This will be a great week if you make it so.
gphowe