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Love: A Variation on a Theme

Posted by Cinda On July - 3 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper ~ not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing and decorative achievements but have not love, my children learn of cleanliness not godliness.

beachwalkLove leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.

Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.

Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.

Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through the trials.

Love reprimands, reproves and is responsive.

Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child, then, stands aside (yet ever so near) to let the youth walk into adulthood.

Love is the key that opens Salvation’s message to a child’s heart.

Before I became a mother, I took glory in my house of perfection.

Now I glory in God’s perfection when I hold my children.

As a mother there is much I must teach them, but the greatest of all is LOVE!

Rewritten | original author unknown
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Life is a Choice

Posted by Cinda On March - 17 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

joy2Sarah is the kind of person you love to hate. She is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask her how she was doing, she would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!” She was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Sarah was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked her, “I don’t get it. You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”

She replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or … you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or… I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or… I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.”

“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested.

“Yes, it is,” she said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.” I reflected on what she said. Soon hereafter, I left to pursue another business opportunity. We lost touch, but I often thought about her when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that she was involved in a serious accident. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, she was released from the hospital with still months of therapy and recuperation.

I saw her about six months after the accident. When I asked her how she was, she replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins. Want to see my scars?” I declined to see her wounds, but I did ask her what had gone through her mind as the accident took place.

“The first thing that went through my mind was my children,” she replied. “Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or … I could choose to die. I chose to live.”

“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked. She continued, “The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘she’s a dead woman’. I knew I needed to take action.”

I asked, “What did you do?”

“Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said Sarah. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes, I replied.’ The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘freeways!’”

Over their laughter, I told them, “I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.” She lived, thanks to the skill of her doctors, the healing power of God, but also because of her amazing attitude. I learned from her that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is a choice! Life is a choice! Live it with intentionality and purpose!

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34. After all, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Original Author Unknown / Article Modified for CCF
Originally posted May 17th, 2008 All Rights Reserved.

Timely Thought

Posted by Cinda On February - 25 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

unfinished_storyJesus, help me live in the tension of an unfinished story.
Give me Your perspective in the delayed answer to my prayers.
Help me to rely on You when I’d rather make things happen.
I want to live for the “aha” of heaven instead of trying to
bring heaven to earth in my need for control. I need You, Jesus.
Take the pen and write my story the way You see fit.

Chambers Penned It

Posted by Cinda On August - 12 - 2006ADD COMMENTS

reflection“It is one thing to go through a crisis grandly, but another thing to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, no one paying the remotest attention to us. It takes God’s Spirit in us to make us so absolutely humanly His, that we are utterly unnoticeable.” Oswald Chambers