Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD TREE

          WHEN CHRIST WAS ON EARTH, THE DOGWOOD GREW
               TO A TOWERING SIZE WITH A LOVELY HUE.
          ITS BRANCHES WERE STRONG AND INTERWOVEN
       AND FOR CHRIST'S CROSS ITS TIMBERS WERE CHOSEN.
          BEING DISTRESSED AT THE USE OF THIS WOOD,
       CHRIST MADE A PROMISE WHICH STILL HOLDS GOOD:
        "NOT EVER AGAIN SHALL THE DOGWOOD GROW
         TO BE LARGE ENOUGH FOR SUCH A TREE AND SO
         SLENDER AND TWISTED IT SHALL ALWAYS BE
         WITH CROSS-SHAPED BLOSSOMS FOR ALL TO SEE.
         THE PETALS SHALL HAVE BLOODSTAINS MARKED IN
               BROWN
          AND IN THE BLOSSOM'S CENTER A THORNY CROWN.
          ALL WHO SEE IT WILL THINK OF ME,
          NAILED TO A CROSS FROM A DOGWOOD TREE.
          PROTECTED AND CHERISHED THIS TREE SHALL BE
          A REFLECTION TO ALL OF MY AGONY."

Sunday, October 29, 2017

FELLOWSHIP of the UNASHAMED ( Author Unknown)

     I am part of the " Fellowship of the Unashamed."  I have Holy Spirit Power.  The dye has been
cast.  I've stepped over the line.  The decision has been made.  I am a disciple of His.  I won't
look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.  My past is redeemed, my present makes
sense and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small
planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chincy giving and
dwarfed goals!
     I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity.
I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded.  I now live
by presence, lean by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer and labor by power.
     My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough,
my companions few, my guide reliable, my mission clear.  I cannot be bought, compromised,
detoured, lured away, turned back, diluted or delayed.  I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,
hesitate in the presence of  adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool
of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
     I won't give up, shut up, let up or burn up till I've preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored
up and stayed up for the cause of Christ.
     I am a disciple of Jesus.  I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know and
work till He stops.
     And when He comes to get His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me.  My colors
will be clear.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

XXXXXXXXXXX ( E.D. )

                    A LOT OF PEOPLE BLAME GOD FOR EVERYTHING BAD
                    THAT HAPPENS.  OF COURSE THAT IS THE ONLY TIME
                    THEY REMEMBER HIM.
                    MAYBE GOD PERMITS THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN SO
                    WE CAN WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT WE NEED HIM
                    AND THAT WITHOUT HIM WE ARE NOTHING.
                    WHEN WE ARE IN TROUBLE WE ALWAYS TURN TO
                    HIM BECAUSE IN OUR HEARTS WE KNOW THAT HE
                    IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN HELP US, BUT UN-
                    GRATEFUL THAT WE ARE, AS SOON AS HE ANSWERS
                    OUR PRAYERS WE TURN OUR BACK AND FORGET
                    HIM AGAIN.
                    HE LOVES US ALL,  EACH AND EVERYONE AND WE
                    BREAK HIS HEART OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN,
                    WE WANT EVERYTHING FROM HIM, BUT WE GIVE HIM
                    NOTHING IN RETURN.
                    THERE IS SO MUCH SIN IN THIS WORLD AND SO MUCH
                    HATE.
                    WAKE UP, PEOPLE!  NEXT TIME WE MIGHT NOT BE SO
                    LUCKY.
                                         
                                                ___________________________


                   
                   

                   

                  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

MY MEMORY ( Anonymous )

                              I'D  LIKE  THE  MEMORY  OF  ME
                                     TO BE A HAPPY ONE.

                              I'D  LIKE  TO  LEAVE  AN  AFTERGLOW
                                      OF  SMILES  WHEN  LIFE  IS  DONE.

                              I'D  LIKE  TO  LEAVE  AN  ECHO
                    WHISPERING  SOFTLY  DOWN  THE  WAYS,
                           OF  HAPPY  TIMES  AND  LAUGHING
                        TIMES  OF  BRIGHT  AND  SUNNY  DAYS.

                             I'D  LIKE  THE  TEARS  OF  THOSE  WHO
                                GRIEVE,  TO  DRY  BEFORE  THE  SUN
                            OF  HAPPY  MEMORIES  THAT  I  LEAVE
                                               WHEN  LIFE  IS  DONE,




                      

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

REST IN PEACE (GRACE E. EASLEY)

                                                          BOBBY

                         "REST IN PEACE,"  HOW MUCH THIS SAYS,
                          BE FREE OF PAIN NO MORE TO WEEP
                          FIND JOY THAT NEVER ENDS, POSSESS
                          NEW LIFE THAT HERE YOU COULD NOT KEEP.
                         "REST IN PEACE,"  AND THOUGH WE GRIEVE,
                          REACHING FOR YOUR HAND IN VAIN,
                          OUR FAITH IS SUCH THAT WE BELIEVE
                          THAT ALL OF US SHALL MEET AGAIN.

                         "REST IN PEACE,"  THE DRUMS ARE STILL,
                         THE SMOKE HAS CLEARED, THE BATTLE"S DONE.
                         AND NOW FOREVER YOURS TO KEEP
                         THE GOLDEN PRIZE THAT YOU HAVE WON.
                         AGAINST THE SUNRISE ON THE HILL,
                         YOUR COLORS WAVE UPON THE BREEZE,
                         WITH SHIELD OF HONOR, LANCE OF TRUTH,
                         YOU OVERCAME WITH SUCH AS THESE.

                        NO DIRGE OF SORROW SHALL WE PLAY,
                        FOR ONE WHO GOES TO MEET THE LORD.
                        COULD BUT WE ALL BE HEAVEN"S GUESTS,
                        AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR JUST REWARD.
                        DEAR BLESSED SLEEP THAT MERELY MARKS
                        THE ENDING OF A HOLY QUEST,
                        YOUR GENTLE TOUCH REMAINS UPON
                        THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO LOVED YOU BEST.



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Friday, August 26, 2016

PRAYER FROM THE HEART ( C. DIAZ )

     I  PUT  MY  LIFE  IN  YOUR  HANDS,  MY  LORD.  ALL  MY
     FAITH  AND  TRUST  IS  IN  YOU,  LORD.  MAY  I  BE  LEAD
     TO  THE  PATH  THAT  YOU HAVE  FOR  ME,  MY  LORD.
     THAT  EVEN  IF  I  DON'T  THINK  THAT'S  THE  WAY  I
     SHOULD  GO,  THAT  I  GIVE  YOU  MY  ALL  AND  JUST
     TRUST  IN  YOU.  YOU  KNOW  WHAT'S  GOOD,  BECAUSE 
     ALL  YOU  DO  IS  GOOD.  PLEASE  DON'T  KNOCK,  LORD,
     JUST  COME  ON  IN.  WITHOUT  YOU  IN  MY  LIFE,  LORD,
     I'M  NOTHING.  PLEASE  TAKE  THE  SENSITIVITY  OUT  OF
     MY HEART,  MY  LORD.  MAY  I  HAVE  NO  HURT  AND
     HOLD  NO  GRUDGES  IN  MY  HEART,  MY  LORD.  PLEASE
     TEACH  ME  TO  LOVE  AND  FORGIVE  THE  WAY  YOU
     LOVE  AND  FORGIVE  ME,  MY  LORD.  I  KNOW  I  MAY 
     NOT  BE  WORTHY,  BUT  I  KNOW  YOU  LOVE  ME,  MY
     LORD.  PLEASE  FORGIVE  ME  AND  THANK  YOU  FOR
     FORGIVING  ME.  I  GIVE  YOU  MY  ALL  AND  I  SURRENDER
     ALL  TO  YOU,  MY  LORD.  MY  LIFE  IS  NOT  MINE,  BUT
     ALL  YOURS,  MY  LORD.  PLEASE  TEACH  ME  YOUR  WAYS,
     THAT  I  MAY  ONE  DAY  TEACH  OTHERS.  BUT  FIRST,  I
     NEED  A  LOT  OF  HELP !   ONCE  AGAIN,  I  SURRENDER
     ALL  TO  YOU,  MY  LORD.  PLEASE  LET  ME  HEAR  YOU
     ONE  DAY.  PLEASE  FILL  ME  WITH  YOUR  HOLY  SPIRIT
     AND  OPEN  UP  MY  MIND,  HEART  AND  EYES  THAT  I
     MAY  SEE,  FEEL  AND  BE  WISE  TO  YOUR  GLORY,  MY
     LORD.  I  LOVE  YOU,  MY  LORD.  IN  JESUS  NAME  I  PRAY.
                                                           
                                                                      AMEN

     JESUS,  I  OPEN  THE  DOOR  OF  MY  HEART  AND  I  ASK 
     THAT  YOU  COME  IN.  I  ASK  THAT  YOU  SET  ME  FREE.
     THAT  YOU  FORGIVE  ME  AND  THAT  YOU  CLEANSE  ME.
     AND  JESUS,  I  ESPECIALLY  ASK  THAT  YOU  GIVE  ME
     YOUR  RIGHTEOUSNESS  AND  YOUR  PEACE  AND  YOUR
     JOY  AND  THAT  YOU  WILL SPEAK  TO  ME.  SO  OPEN  MY
     EARS,  OPEN  THE  EYES  OF  MY  UNDERSTANDING,  THAT
     I  MIGHT KNOW  THE  GREATNESS  OF  YOUR  POWER.  BE
     WITH  ME  NOW,  FOR  I  ASK  IT.   IN  JESUS  NAME  I  PRAY,

                                                                          AMEN

                                                                 
    

Saturday, August 20, 2016

DELIVER US FROM OURSELVES ( ENILDA DIAZ)


GOD  CREATED US IN DIFFERENT COLORS.  HOW INTERESTING
AND  HOW  BEAUTIFUL.  ONLY THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN IS
DIFFERENT,  BUT  OUR  HEARTS  AND  OUR  BLOOD ARE THE
SAME. 

LET US LOVE  EACH  OTHER  AND LET  THE  IGNORANT  REAP
HIS  REWARD.

GOD  DID  NOT  CREATE  US  DIFFERENT.  HE  CREATED  US
EQUAL.  WE  ARE  ALL  HIS  CHILDREN,  BUT  WE  ALWAYS
LET  THE  DEVIL  INTERFERE  IN  HIS  QUEST  TO  DESTROY  US.
WE ARE NOT  STRONG.  WE  ARE  WEAK  AND  THE  WEAK  WILL
PERISH. 

GOD  MADE  US  LIKE  A  RAINBOW,  IN  DIFFERENT  COLORS.
HE  CREATED  US  TO  BE  HIS  CHILDREN  AND  LIVE  HAPPILY
AMONG  OURSELVES  AND  WITH  HIM.  THIS  WORLD  WOULD
BE  SO  WONDERFUL  IF  WE  ALL  LOVED  EACH  OTHER  AND
CARED  FOR  EACH  OTHER.

A  LOT  OF  PEOPLE  MENTION  GOD  OFTEN,  BUT  RIGHT  AFTER
GOD  THEY  SAY  A  CURSE  WORD.  GO  FIGURE!   THE  ONLY
THING THAT CAN SAVE  THIS  WORLD  IS  PRAYER,  BUT  MOST
PEOPLE  ARE  SO  BUSY  HATING  AND  DISLIKING  EACH  OTHER
THAT  THEY  DON'T  HAVE  TIME  TO  PRAY.  HOW  SAD!!
WITHOUT  LOVE  IN  YOUR  HEART  YOU  CAN  NEVER  BE  HAPPY.
WHEN  WE  GET  ANGRY  WE  LASH  OUT  WITH  ALL WE'VE  GOT.
INSTEAD  WE  SHOULD  LOOK  UP  TO HEAVEN  AND  PRAY.  "GOD,
PLEASE  ENLIGHTEN  ME  AND  GIVE  ME  PATIENCE  AND STRENGTH
TO  DO  THE  RIGHT  THING.

TALKING  ABOUT  GOD  IS  NOT  ENOUGH.  YOU ALSO  HAVE  TO
IMITATE  HIM.  THIS  WORLD  IS  BEING  DESTROYED  BY  HATE
AND THE  LACK  OF  LOVE.  I  KNOW  IN  THIS  TIMES  IT'S  HARD
TO  TRUST  ANYONE,  BUT  NO  ONE  IS  ALL  BAD  AND  NO  ONE 
IS  ALL GOOD.  WE  HAVE  TO  TRY  TO  GET  ALONG  WITH  EACH 
OTHER  AND  LIKE  THE  SECOND  COMMANDMENT  SAYS,  "LOVE
THY  NEIGHBOR  AS  THYSELF."  IF  WE  ALL  GIVE  A  LITTLE  OF
OURSELVES  WE  WOULD  GET  AS  MUCH  BACK.  CAN'T  FORCE
ANYONE  TO  LOVE  YOU,  AS  SAD  AS  IT  MAY  BE,  BUT  THERE
IS  ONE  WHO  WILL  ALWAYS  BE  AT  YOUR  SIDE  NO  MATTER
WHAT.

WE  ARE  ALL  HUMAN.  WE  ALL HAVE  FEELINGS,  GOOD  AND 
BAD.  WE  SHOULD  NOT  JUDGE  ANYONE,  BECAUSE  WE  DO
NOT  KNOW  THE  SUFFERING  THEY  MIGHT  HAVE  LOCKED
IN  THEIR  HEARTS.  SOMETIMES  SUFFERING  MAKES  US  HARD
AND  GRUMPY,  BUT  YOU  KNOW  WHAT?...SOMETIMES A
SMILE  WILL LESSEN  THAT  PAIN  MORE  THAN  YOU  KNOW.

TEACH  YOUR  CHILDREN  TO  LOVE  FROM  THE  DAY  THEY
ARE  BORN.  THAT  IS  THE  BEST  GIFT  YOU CAN  GIVE  THEM
AND  GOD  WILL  REWARD  YOU.  TEACH  THEM  THE  LOVE  OF
GOD  AND  THEY  WILL  BE  THE  HAPPIEST  PEOPLE  IN  THE
WORLD. 

KIDS  PLAY  TOGETHER  HAPPILY  UNAWARE  OF  ANY 
DIFFERENCES  UNTIL  THE  ADULTS,  THE  ONES  WHO  SHOULD
KNOW  BETTER  FILL THEIR  MINDS  WITH  UGLY  THOUGHTS
AND THEIR  HEARTS  WITH  UGLY  FEELINGS.

GOD  FILLED  YOUR  CHILDREN'S  HEARTS  WITH  LOVE.  HOW
DARE  YOU  FILL  IT  WITH  HATE!  HOW  DARE  YOU  INTERFERE
IN  GOD'S  PLAN!  WHO  DO  YOU  THINK  YOU  ARE?  YOUR
CHILDREN'S  HEARTS  ARE  PURE,  LET  THEM  STAY  THAT  WAY.
DON'T  DESTROY  THEIR  INNOCENCE.  LET  GOD'S  LOVE
ALWAYS  STAY  IN  THEIR  HEARTS  TO  SHARE  IT  WITH
EVERYONE.  WHEN  WE  INSTILL  HATE  IN  OUR  CHILDREN'S
HEARTS,  WE  DESTROY  THEIR  SOULS.  WE  SHOW  THAT  WE
DO  NOT  LOVE  THEM  BECAUSE  GOD  IS  LOVE  AND ANY-
THING  ELSE  IS  NOT  OF  GOD.

DON'T  REPAY  HATE  WITH  HATE.  LOVE  THOSE  WHO
PERSECUTE  YOU  AND  YOUR  REWARD  WILL  BE  GREAT
IN  HEAVEN.  OUR  LIFE  IN  THIS  WORLD  IS  SHORT,  BUT
IN  HEAVEN  IT  WILL  BE  FOREVER.

GOD  BLESS OUR  BROTHERS  AND  SISTERS.  EACH  COLOR
IS  PRECIOUS  TO  HIM  AND  SHOULD  BE  TO  US  ALSO.

IT  IS  A  BEAUTIFUL  FEELING  TO  LOVE  AND  FEEL  LOVED.
I  CANNOT  UNDERSTAND  HOW  ANYONE  CAN  LIVE
WITHOUT  LOVE  IN  HIS  HEART.  THEY  MUST  BE  THE
MOST  MISERABLE  PEOPLE.  THEY  MUST  FEEL  EMPTY
INSIDE.  IT  MUST  BE  A  HORRIBLE  FEELING.  TO  LIVE
WITHOUT  LOVE  IS  NOT  TO  LIVE AT  ALL.

LOVE  IS  THE  MOST  BEAUTIFUL  EMOTION  IN  THE  WORLD.!!!