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Friday, September 30, 2011

Good Morning my friends, this inspirational story was sent to me in an email by a friend of mine, I hope you enjoy reading it, God Bless, Kerry :-)







THE OLD DENTED BUCKET
 
 
Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in  Baltimore.  We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out-patients at the clinic. One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door.  I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. 
 
"Why, he's hardly taller than my 8-year-old," I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body.  But the appalling thing was his face; lopsided from swelling, red and raw. Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening.  I've come to see if you've a room for just one night.  I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'til morning." He told me he'd been hunting for a room since noon but with no success, no one seemed to have a room.  "I guess it's my face - I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments ..."
 
For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: "I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch.  My bus leaves early in the morning." I told him we would find him a bed, but to rest on the porch.  I went inside and finished getting supper.  When we were ready, I asked the old man if he would join us.  "No, thank you.  I have plenty."  And he held up a brown paper bag.
 
When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk with him a few minutes.  It didn't take a long time to see that this old man had an oversized heart crowded into that tiny body.  He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her 5 children, and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury. He didn't tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other sentence was prefaced with a thanks to God for a blessing.  He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer.  He thanked God for giving him the strength to keep going.
 
At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children's room for him.  When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded and the little man was out on the porch. He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, "Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a treatment?  I won't put you out a bit.  I can sleep fine in a chair."  He paused a moment and then added, "Your children made me feel at home.  Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind."
 
I told him he was welcome to come again. And, on his next trip, he arrived a little after 7:00 in the morning.  As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the largest oysters I had ever seen!  He said he had shucked them that morning before he left so that they'd be nice and fresh.  I knew his bus left at 4:00 a.m. And I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us. In the years he came to stay overnight with us, there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from his garden. Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed.  Knowing that he must walk 3 miles to mail these, and knowing how little money he had made the gifts doubly precious.
 
When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning. "Did you keep that awful looking man last night?  I turned him away!  You can lose roomers by putting up such people!" Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice.  But, oh!, if only they could have known him, perhaps their illnesses would have been easier to bear.
 
I know our family always will be grateful to have known him; from him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to God.
 
Recently I was visiting a friend, who has a greenhouse, as she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms.  But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket.  I thought to myself, "If this were my plant, I'd put it in the loveliest container I had!" My friend changed my mind.  "I ran short of pots," she explained, "and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old pail.  It's just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden."
 
She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven. "Here's an especially beautiful one," God might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman.  "He won't mind starting in this small body."
 
All this happened long ago - and now, in God's garden, how tall this lovely soul must stand. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7b)
 
Friends are very special.  They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.  They lend an ear and they share a word of praise.  Show your friends how much you care.  Pass this on, and brighten someones day. Nothing will happen if you do not decide to pass it along.  The only thing that will happen if you DO pass it on is that someone might smile (because of you).

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Philippians 2:1-4

Wednesday, September 28, 2011



The Little Wave

The story is abut a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He’s enjoying the wind and the fresh air – until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore. “My God, this terrible”,the wave says. “Look what’s going to happen to me!”
Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to him: “Why do you look so sad?” The first wave says: “You don’t understand! We’re all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn’t it terrible?”
The second wave says: “No, you don’t understand. You’re not a wave, you’re part of the ocean.”

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Whenever I miss my friends.I look at the sky, and although I might not see the person there I feel happy that "WE" are under the same sky :-) 



The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
(Proverbs 27:9)

Monday, September 26, 2011

James 4:11-12

James 4:11-12

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Recipe For Happiness

Recipe For Happiness

2 Heaping cups of patience
1 Heart full of love
2 Hands full of generosity

Dash of laughter

1 Head full of understanding

Sprinkle generously with kindness

Add plenty of faith and mix well.

Spread over a period of a lifetime

And serve everyone you meet.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Luke 17:20-21

Luke 17:20-21


"The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."

Friday, September 23, 2011



"Knowledge is knowing the tomato is a fruit,

wisdom is not putting in your fruit salad."



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Inspirational Poster

Psalms 34:8

Psalms 34:8

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who trusts in Him.”

Mother Theresa


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered
 Forgive them anyway
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

 Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight;

Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Echo of Life

Echo of Life

A boy who did not know what an echo was cried across a valley, “Who is there?”
The echo answered, “Who is there?”
The child could not see who spoke those words and he asked, “Who are you?”
Back came the words, “Who are you?”
The boy thought someone was trying to tease him. So he shouted, “Please stop it!”
The echo repeated, “Please stop it!”
Just as the child was becoming bewildered by the echo, his mother explained to him that no one was trying to tease him, that it was only an echo of his own voice that came back to him. The child thought about this for a moment, then cried out, “I love you!”
Back came the words, “I love you!”
The child enthusiastically shouted, “You are so good!”
The compliment was returned to him and the child became happier and more enthusiastic about life.
The moral of the story is that what we give to this world comes back to us.



Psalms 4:8

I will lie down in peace and sleep, for though I am alone, Oh Lord, you will keep me safe.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

In the great sailboat of life

we set the sail
and God makes the wind!

Psalm 119:89-90

Psalm 119:89-90

Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Faith, is like electricity.

You can't see it,

but you can see the light.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Elephant Rope

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

Numbers 6:24-26

Numbers 6:24-26
 
"THE LORD Bless You And Keep You; THE LORD Make His Face Shine Upon You
And Be Gracious To You; THE LORD Turn HIS Face Towards You And Give You Peace."

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Humour for Today :-)



Ephesians 4:2-3


Ephesians 4:2-3

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hello friends, 
What a great inspiring day today!!   When Neil Diamond sang 'some day's are diamonds, and some day's are stone',   wasn't that the truth!!   It's a great day when we feel we have achieved something, or to see friends we haven't had a chance to catch up with lately!   To see the smile of a stranger,  or  to see a couple of  happy kids juggling apples in the supermarket ( I saw today)!
Remember:
Happiness is a journey ... not a destination!!

"Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching."


God Bless,  Kerry :-)



(from my kitchen tonight)

Thought for Today


God opens millions of flowers, without forcing the buds. It reminds us not to force anything, for things happen in the right time.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

THOUGHT FOR TODAY......

Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success."



Psalm 94:18-19

Psalm 94:18-19

 
“When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
 
 

R U OK? Day is Thursday, September 15th,2011


Good Morning friends, today is R U OK? day in Australia, so I would like to share this with everyone, and say to YOU.............. R U OK?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Verse for Today

2 Timothy 3:16-17


“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
                                   

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Quote for Today


Hear with your heart, See with your soul, Be guided by a hand that you cannot hold, Trust even if you cannot see. That's how faith must be.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Start Praying!

'...Noah...warned by God...[saved] his household...' Hebrews 11:7 RSV

Are you close enough to God to hear His warnings when danger approaches? Noah was, and he saved his family. Are you close enough to your family for them to have confidence in what God has spoken to you? You can change the direction of your family without argument or discussion. How? Through prayer. Your loved ones need to be sheltered under the covering of your prayer life. If you don't have one, get down on your knees and say, '...Lord, teach me to pray...' (Luke 11:1) We are emotionally overwhelmed and spiritually depleted because we haven't learned the power of prayer. The lack of it has left us weak and anxious. We blindly make decisions for our businesses, our relationships and our ministries without taking time to talk it over with the Lord. The story of Noah teaches that you can't prepare for trouble without a warning from God. That means staying close to Him and hearing what He has to say. You can do great things after you've prayed, but you can do nothing of eternal value untilyou've prayed. 'If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.' (2 Chronicles 7:14 RSV) God promises to intervene on behalf of the person who prays in His will. '...if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him.' (1 John 5:14-15 NIV)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Born to win_0002.wmv



Born to Win -- Music & Lyrics by Simone Waddell
The journey's hard. The journey's dark,
and every now and then I felt like giving up.
But I've come so far, I've travelled long.
There's nothing that could ever come and steal my song.
I'm looking up, I'm moving on,
and everything that held me back is totally gone.
Now it's clear, why I'm here.
And I know the purpose of my life, and there's nothing to fear.
Now my future is bright,
now I've seen the light,
it will carry me wherever I go. (Wherever I go...)
[Chorus]
I was born to win,
I was born to know what victory feels like,
comfortable in my skin,
releasing everything that hinders me.
I'm feeling light, (I'm feeling light)
I'm feeling free, (I'm feeling free)
I said to all the darkness you can get your grip off me (get it off from me).
The seasons changed, (the seasons changed)
the season's new. (the season's new)
I'm ready for whatever comes my way,
there's so much work to do.
Now my future is bright,
now I've seen the light,
it will carry me wherever I go (wherever I go)
[Repeat Chorus]
It was an uphill climb,
defeat was threatening to take over,
but something rose up inside.
I must be stronger than I know,
who would believe that I could grow,
to where freedom is the place where I live.
Now I live in freedom, (now I live, live in freedom)
Now I live in freedom, (now I live, live in freedom)
Now I live in freedom. (now I live, live in freedom, now I live)
[Repeat 3 times]
You were born to win,
You were born to know what victory feels like,
Comfortable in your skin,
Releasing everything that hinders you.
(now I live, live in freedom)
(now I live, live in freedom)
now I live

9/11 Anniversary



Hello friends, I cannot let today go past, without remembering the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  The world changed after that day,  it's a day we all remember what we were doing, where we  were, when we heard the terrible news.

I pray for us all...............


Almighty God, we pray for peace in the world. Help the leaders of all the countries to make good decisions. Help us all to learn to live together and to try to understand each other even though we may seem very different from each other. Remind us when we forget, that we are all your children who share this earthly home. Help us to live in peace and harmony. Amen.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A little humour for Today

A Verse for Today

Psalm 143:10

 
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Saving Valentina



A friend emailed me this video clip, please watch it, amazing footage of people who helped a whale entangled in a fishing net. Amazing!!

An Insirpational Story

An Afternoon in the Park
By: Julie Manhan

There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of root beer, and he started on his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park, staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase.
He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her a Twinkie. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.
Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Once again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted. They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, yet they never said a word.
As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave. Before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.
When the boy opened the door to his own home a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? She's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"
Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her neighbour was stunned by the look of peace on her face, and she asked, "What did you do today that made you so happy?" She replied, "I ate Twinkies in the park with God." But before her neighbour responded,she added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected."
Will someone see God in your smile or kind deeds? Maybe they're not even looking for God, but may see Him in the kindness you show. Isn't that what we're here for? It might be a stranger, someone you work with, a family member or friend. Let them see God in you. Show His love in all you do today."

Verse for Today

Matthew 28:18-20

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Awwww  for today.............

 my friend's dog,  Annie, so happy now in her new adopted home!


A Quote for Today


God is gracious. He brought you to it, He will bring you through it. Be patient, have faith and believe...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Australian Red Cross

Yesterday for work, I had to go into Sydney City to do a 'refresher' for my First Aid certificate, busy day, so only took a couple of photo's!!
God Bless the Red Cross, they do fantastic work!!








A Verse for Today

Acts 4:12

Monday, September 5, 2011

Colossians 1:10-12

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Verse for Today

Proverbs 1:33

But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.

Father's Day in Australia

Many Australians observe Father’s Day on the first Sunday of September. It is a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers and father figures. Father figures may include stepfathers, fathers-in-law, guardians (eg. foster parents), and family friends. 
For those of us who father is no longer with us, let us remember them, and the happy times they gave us!
Have a happy, blessed day my friends,
Kerry :-)

RIP  (1988) dear Dad,
always with me  

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Inspirational Story


Bringing Heaven To Earth
~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~
I believe in Heaven. I have for a long time now. With me it is not just a matter of faith either. I also believe in Heaven because of all the evidence I see here on Earth. I see this evidence not only in the glorious natural world all around us but also in the endless acts of love that come from the hearts of people as well. These are the people who bring a bit of Heaven to Earth everyday and they are the ones I wish to thank now.

To all the people then who pick up the trash off the ground and plant trees and flowers in its place, thank you. To every parent who spends the day hard at work and then goes home and makes the time to play with and read to their kids, thank you. To every kind heart who has ever taken in and loved a stray dog or cat, thank you. To every person who has ever opened their purse or wallet and given to a charity not out of duty but out of love, thank you. To everyone who has ever offered a ride, opened a door, or shared a smile with a stranger, thank you. To every good Samaritan who has stopped along the way to help a person in need, thank you. To every gentle spirit who has shared their laughter, encouraged a friend, or inspired another soul, thank you. To every single person who has tried to make this world a little better through what they do, thank you. And to every soul who not only knows the words "Love your neighbor as yourself" but tries to live them as well, thank you.

God doesn’t just want each of us to one day reach Heaven, He also wants each of us to bring a little Heaven down here to Earth as well. Do your best then to love and be loved, to care for others and the world around you, to create joy rather than sadness, and to help everyone you can every chance you can. Do your best to let God’s love live through you. Then you will be ready for Heaven, because you will carry a bit of Heaven with you wherever you go.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Spring is in the air!

The fragrant Jasmin climbing the back fence, photo taken on my way out to work this morning!

Hello Friends!!
So happy to feel spring in the air!!  It seems to make everyone a little more enthusiastic about  getting outdoors, having a bar-b-que with friends, and enjoying the great outdoors, or even a bit of spring cleaning around the house.
I am looking forward to getting out and about to do some photography.
Enjoy the weekend!
God Bless,


Kerry :-)

Quote for Today

The road to success is not straight. There is a curb called Failure, a loop called Confusion; speed bumps called Friends; red lights called Enemies;caution lights called Family. You will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination; an engine called Perseverance; insurance called Faith, and a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Verse For Today