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Touching others
We may not always realize That every thing we do, Affects not only our lives But touches others, too!  

Cowboy
 A cowboy walks into a bar in Texas, orders three mugs of brew and sits in the back room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn.

What's on the other side?
A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am
afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."

A Child's Prayer
My son Gilbert was eight years old and had been in Cub Scouts only a short time. During one of his meetings he was handed a sheet of paper, a block of wood and four tires and told to return home and "give all to dad."

Who's Your Daddy?
A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, TN. One morning, they were eating breakfast at little restaurant,  hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for  their food,

Take Time
Take time to think; it is the source of power. Take time to read; it is the foundation of wisdom. Take time to play; it is the secret of staying young. Take time to be quiet;

It Goes On
In three words I can sum up everything that I learned about life, "It goes on."

Angels, Once in a While
In September 1960, I woke up one morning with six hungry  babies and just 75 cents in my pocket.
Their father was gone.

The Ear
"Can I see my baby?" the happy new mother asked. When the bundle was nestled in her arms and she moved the fold of cloth to look upon his tiny face, .

THE MOST IMPORTANT BODY PART
My mother used to ask me what is the most important part of the body. Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct answer.

Time to climb the Redneck Family Tree
Many many years ago when I was twenty three, I got married to a widow who was pretty as could be. This widow had a grown-up daughter Who had hair of red. My father fell in love with her,

A Thousand Marbles
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. 

To My Friends
1.
To My Friends Who Are..SINGLE
Love is like a butterfly . The more you chase it , the more it eludes you. But if you just let it fly,

Today...I wish you a day of ordinary miracles
A fresh pot of soup you didn't have to make yourself. An unexpected phone call from an old

The Emperor's Seeds
An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose His successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children,

I LUV YOU FRIEND!
If one day you feel like crying...Call me. I don't promise that I will make you laugh, But I can cry with you.

When God Created Fathers
When the good Lord was creating fathers He started with a tall frame. And a female angel nearby said,

How Poor We Are!
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be.

The Old Man And The Sea
After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church's pastor once again slowly stood up, walked over to the pulpit, and gave a

If Everything Was Easy

If everything was easy and nothing made us sad If everything was easy and nothing turned out bad If heartaches never happened
Anyway
People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

From Parent to Child
I gave you life, but I cannot live it for you. I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn. I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.

My Special List
I have a list of folks I know...all written in a book, And every now and then.. I go and take a look.

I am thankful...
For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed. For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.

"The Call of the Barnyard"
A flock of wild ducks were flying in formation, heading south for the Winter. They formed a beautiful "V" in the sky, and were admired by everyone who saw them from below.

GROW UP - NOT- OLD !!!!!
"Have no regrets. The elderly "
The first day of school our professor  introduced himself and challenged us  to get to know someone we didn't  already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my  shoulder. I turned around to find a
wrinkled, 

10 Commandments of the Tongue
1) Thou shalt not gossip. Prov. 18:8 Before any evil story whispered in the ear is passed on, it should be treated as the housewife treats apples for a pie ... first peeled, then quartered, and cored, then what remains liberally sugared.

Just A Mom
A few months ago, when I was picking up the children at school, another mother I knew well rushed up to me. Emily was fuming with indignation. "Do you know what you and I are?" she demanded.

Stolen car
I was sitting at a stop light this morning. The lady in front of me was going through papers on the seat of her car, and when the light changed to green she did not obey its command - a green light is a commandment - NOT a suggestion.

Be careful what you ask for
Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it: Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life. What you speak about, you can bring about. If you keep saying you can't stand your job, you might lose your job.

Legend of the Dogwood
In Jesus time, the dogwood grew To a stately size and a lovely hue. 'Twas strong & firm it's branches interwoven
For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.

The Old Legend of the Dogwood
Two thousand years ago, few trees in the Middle East were not big enough to construct anything. However, one tree was valued above the others for its thick trunk and fine, strong wood. When the Romans came to rule over
Jerusalem, their government used this same timber to build the crosses for executing criminals.

"DID GOD CREATE EVIL?"
Did God create Evil? This will make you think for a while. At a certain college, there was a professor with a ! reputation for being tough on Christians. At the first class every semester, he asked if anyone was a Christian and proceeded to degrade them and to mock their statement of faith.

When God Created Fathers
When the good Lord was creating fathers He started with a tall frame. And a female angel nearby said, "What kind of father is that? If You're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put fathers up so high? He won't be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping."

The Winner
I was watching some little kids play soccer. These kids were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real game - a serious game - two teams, complete with coaches, uniforms, and parents. I didn't know any of them, so I was able to enjoy the game without the distraction of being anxious about winning or losing - I wished the parents and coaches could have done the same.

No One Could Have Said It Better...
"It's not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,

"Some Stuff I Wish I'd Said"
- "To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world."
- "Going to church does not make you a good person anymore than going to McDonald's makes you a hamburger."

The Sculptor's Attitude
I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight.
I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Buzzard, Bat & the Bumblebee
If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit,

Strength
All the water in the world However hard it tried, Could never, never sink a ship Unless it got inside.

Shirley Goodnest
Timmy was a five year old boy. His mother loved him very much. A worrier, she was concerned when he started kindergarten about his walking to school. She walked him to school for a couple of days, but one day he told his mother that he did not want her walking him to school every day.
A Mouse, Pig, Cow & a Snake
A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package; what food might it
contain? He was aghast to discover that it was a mouse trap! Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning,

Don't Look Back!
As you travel through life there are always those times When decisions just have to be made, When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce, And the rain seems to soak your parade.

Forever A Friend
Sometimes in life, you find a special friend, Someone who changes your life just by being part of it, Someone who makes you laugh until you can't stop,

Attitude Awareness
Do not waste energy thinking on the negative things in life, rather focus on the good things God has given you.  They will multiply if you do this. Do not fall into that trap of negative thinking and thus give the devil a foothold - what you're doing by this kind of thought pattern, is you're giving it strength and it can also multiply whatever you do in life.

Positive Count
Count your blessings instead of your crosses, Count you gains instead of your losses, Count your joys instead of your woes, Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your courage instead of your fears,

How Poor We Are!
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be
considered a very poor family.

Standing in Deep Waters
with your strength all gone you are standing in deep waters waiting for the waves to come to help you to shore
if it comes the wrong way and sweeps you deeper into trouble will you take your breath and wait for it to take you to your end

Best Friends?
A boy and his dog were walking along a road.  The boy was enjoying the walk, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead! He remembered dying and that his dog had died with him.  After a while, they came to a high, white marble wall along one side of the road.

"Chickens Can't Fly"
Don't spend major time with minor people. If there are people in your life that continually disappoint you, break promises, stomp on your dreams, too judgmental, have different values and don't have your back during difficult times...that is not a friend.

Learn to Listen
Midnight phone calls stir a mother's heart. We all know what it's like to get that phone call in the middle of the night. This night was no different. Jerking up to the ringing summons, I focused on the red, illuminated numbers of my clock.

Our Relationship With Others!
Sometimes it’s our relationships with others that drain our energy. Do you recognize any of the following personality types in your life?

A Mathematical Miracle
Moses and the people of Israel were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them? They had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people requires a lot of food. According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have 1,500 tons of food each day.

Gentlemen,
Please,here is the summary of the decisions reached by the Business Leadership Forum after our meeting today.
Staff Handbook  Additions
SICKDAYS
We will no longer accept a doctor's sicknote as proof of sickness. If you are able to get to the doctor, you are able to come into work.

I Wish For You...
Strength in dealing with times of weakness Ability to cherish your own uniqueness Consolation when going through times of pain Realization to know that its never in vain

The Most Beautiful Flower
The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read Beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree.

"The King's Highway"
Once a king had a great highway built for the members of his kingdom. After it was completed, but before it was opened to the public, the king decided to have a contest.

Cost of Raising kids
The US government  recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle-income family.

Smart Teens ... and Moms
My son came home from school one day, with a silly grin on his face, He thought he was smarter than me, his Mom, and could put me in my place.

The Frogs
A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was,

Dear God,
I'm writing to say I'm sorry For being angry yesterday When you seemed to ignore my prayerAnd things didn't go my way

The Winner
I was watching some little kids play soccer. These kids were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real game - a serious game - two teams, complete with coaches, uniforms, and parents. I didn't know any of them,

Forever A Friend
Sometimes in life, you find a special friend, Someone who changes your life just by being part of it,
Someone who makes you laugh

Get Out Of Your Own Way!
Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it: Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life.

"DID GOD CREATE EVIL?"
Did God create Evil? This will make you think for a while. At a certain college, there was a professor with a ! reputation for being tough on Christians.

Try To Get It Right
God gave me another chance today To try to get it right, Another 24 shinning hours of opportunity.
No matter if it's stormy or bright.

Hymns for the over 50 crowd
1. Precious Lord, Take My Hand, And Help Me Up
2. It Is Well with My Soul, But My Knees Hurt
3. Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seeing

A Nigerian's view of London -
I did not come to England to take pictures of Big Ben or tour London Bridge. I just wanted to get paid and get even with those colonials. With a name like Ogundele Kayode Omobrukutu,

The Paradox of Our Age
We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

An Xmas Story
Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need,

MARBLES
During the waning years of the Depression in a small southeastern Idaho community, I used to stop by Mr. Miller's roadside stand for farm-fresh produce as the season made it available. Food and money were still extremely scarce and bartering was used, extensively.

Big God
This is a story about a little girl who, on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said, "Mommy, the Preacher's sermon this morning confused me."

'Ugly' - The Tomcat
Everyone in the apartment complex I lived in knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat. Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and, shall we say, love.

Personality Test
A psychology student was to help a professor in conducting a personality
test. The room was set up with various props in order to move through

Euro English
The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been  reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European  communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility.

10-inches Deep!
A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God.  "Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!" he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.

The "Main Attraction"
I wander through darkness.   Where am I now? Where am I going?  You have lost me somehow... Did You leave me to handle more important things? I am filled with emptiness.  The pain of it stings.

Church feuds
Church feuds are not uncommon, especially among cliques in the congregation.

Untiring Love
In order to renovate the house, a man had to tear open the wall. The house had a hollow space between the wooden walls.

A Child's Prayer
My son Gilbert was eight years old and had been in Cub Scouts only a short time. During one of his meetings he was handed a sheet of paper, a block of wood and four tires and told to return home and "give all to dad."

No moving parts, no batteries. No monthly payments and no fees;
Inflation proof, nontaxable, In fact, it's quite relaxable;
It can't be stolen, won't pollute, One size fits all, do not dilute.

A Thousand Marbles
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work.  Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

Barbershop Philosophy
A man went to a barber shop to have his hair and his beard cut as always. He started to have a good conversation with the barber who attended him. They talked about so many things and various subjects. Suddenly, they touched the subject of God.

Be careful what you ask for
Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it: Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life. What you speak about, you can bring about. If you keep saying you can't stand your job, you might lose your job.

Beyond The Storm
It was evening as I climbed aboard the jumbo jet. I was tired. It had been a hectic, emotionally stormy week. I had endured more than the usual schedule changes, telephone calls, interruptions, children's activities, and arguments.

Don't Look Back!
As you travel through life there are always those times When decisions just have to be made, When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce, And the rain seems to soak your parade.

Forever A Friend
Sometimes in life, you find a special friend, Someone who changes your life just by being part of it, Someone who makes you laugh until you can't stop, Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world,
Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it,

God Still Answers
A young man had been to Wed. night Bible study. The pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying The Lord's voice. The young man couldn't help but wonder, "Does God still speak to people?" After service, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed the message.

Hogs And Hypocrites
A Christian once visited a farmer to talk to him about Christ. "I wouldn't come to church up there." the farmer said. "I know old John, church goer, who claims to be a Christian and James, church goer, who also claims to be a Christian and they don't live any differently from me. I'm as good as they are."

I asked for Strength / And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong
I asked for Wisdom / And God gave me Problems to solve
I asked for Prosperity / And God gave me Brain and Brawn to work
I asked for Courage / And God gave me Danger to overcome

IF I KNEW
If I knew it would be the last time That I'd see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

IRONIC LETTER
Dear Ms. Eze:
Thank you for your letter of July 17. After careful consideration I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me employment with your firm. This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of corporate candidates it is impossible for me to accept all refusals for employment.

A long time ago in China, a girl named Li-Li got married and went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn't get along with her mother-in-law at all. Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li was angered by many of her mother-in-law's habits. In addition, she criticized Li-Li constantly. Days passed days, and weeks passed weeks. Li-Li and her mother-in-law never stopped arguing and fighting.
My husband is an Engineer by profession, I love him for his steady nature, and I love the warm feeling when I lean against his broad shoulders.
Three years of courtship and now, two years into marriage, I would have to admit, that I am getting tired of it. The reasons of me loving him before, has now transformed into the cause of all my restlessness.

Be All You Want To Be
Never quit. Go after what you want with a totally committed attitude. Remember life is so short that you must enjoy each and every moment. Look at your fears, laugh, and then move forward. Accept responsibility for your actions and the type of person you want to be.

Our Relationship With Others!
Sometimes it’s our relationships with others that drain our energy. Do you recognize any of the following personality types in your life?
The Blamer: This is a person who consistently blames you and/or everyone else for her problems. The world and people in it always seem to create havoc for this person, and instead of taking responsibility for her life, she’d rather blame others.

REMEMBER WHEN!
by James "PoppyK" Kisner
Remember when a dad would work and mom would stay at home, And kids did not run wild because they never were alone. Remember when the parents cared and they were always there, And never dropped them off and paid somebody else to care.

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Mother Teresa, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein."
"Some Stuff I Wish I'd Said"
- "To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world."
- "Going to church does not make you a good person anymore than going to McDonald's makes you a hamburger."

Standing in Deep Waters
with your strength all gone you are standing in deep waters waiting for the waves to come to help you to shore
if it comes the wrong way and sweeps you deeper into trouble will you take your breath and wait for it to take you to your end

The Blue Ribbon
A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her Seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with old letters, which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference."
You whispered, "God, speak to me" And a bird sang. But you did not hear. So you yelled, "God, speak to me!"
And the thunder rolled across the sky But you did not listen.

The Fate Of Sand Castles

You've watched it, too. I know I'm not the first or only person who has seen it. But there is a lesson in it that we both may have overlooked. There are some children on a beach. They're playing and giggling - building sand castles all the while.
On the 6th day, God created men and women. On the 7th day, He rested. Not so much to recuperate, but rather to prepare Himself for the work He was going to do on the next day.  For it was on that day - the 8th day - that God created the FIRST TEACHER.
Visiting Day
He was looking forward to this moment all day long, after 6 days of labor and it finally arrived - Visiting Day!
The man with the keys arrived to swing open the large, heavy doors. The cold gray hall springs to life in the warm glow of light. He could hardly control His emotions.

We Are All Different For A Reason
A 91-year-old woman died after living a very long dignified life. When she met God, she asked Him something that had really bothered her for a very long time. "If Man was created in God's image, and if all men are created equal, why do people treat each other so badly?"