A mix collection of inspirational stories gathered from the internet and personal experiences.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The 3 "F's" to Life's Greatest Riches

by Darcy Keith

In one week's time, which was just two and a half weeks ago, my family experienced two losses. While facing my losses, I was forced to face my riches. The first loss was the tragic and unexpected death of one of my good friends, De, who was thirty-six years old as well as four and a half months pregnant with her third child. The second loss was the death of myeighty-seven year old great-uncle, Jack, the last "grandparent" figure in our small family.

During my Uncle Jack's funeral, the pastor said something which caused me to put down my tear-soaked tissue for a moment and think. Yes, there will be a void in my heart for both De and Uncle Jack. But, we celebrate their lives and how we are richly blessed by knowing them. And, we will get to see them one day in heaven because both had accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Richly blessed, rich? We don't seem to hear that word a lot today. The pastor went on to say that there are three "F's" to the greatest riches in the world. These are faith, family, and friends. When we have faith, we are children of the richest King in the world! That King makes us heirs to mansions in heaven.

I am rich because I have family that cares for and loves me. If I didn't have a family like this, who knows where I would be after receiving life-threatening injuries in my car crash in which two of my friends perished? Would I have received the best medical care and treatment or just been admitted to any medical facility?

I am rich because I have friends that care how my family is doing. They help celebrate successes and are there when I hit milestone birthdays. When times are tough, I remind myself of the blessings in my life. And suddenly, I remember I'm rich, and life is grand again. Though there are times when money may be tight, look around you. You have the keys to life's greatest riches.

Take a look to see what part the three "F's" play in your life. Do you make time for your faith? Your family? Your friends? If not, what's stopping you? As I see it, the three "F's" don't cost any money. But, they do "cost" time.
Here are three thoughts to gain the greatest riches in your life today:

1. Invest in your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
2. Spend more quality time with you family. This could be taking a walk around your neighborhood or going to the park, or maybe even sitting down an eating dinner together at least five times a week.
3. Get together for fellowship and great times with friends.

It's time well invested, and riches well received.

To your wealth!

Darcy Keith is a national award-winning professional speaker and author, and is an expert on overcoming challenges. She has presented before various corporations, associations, service organizations, churches, and universities, as well as being featured on various television and radio venues including ABC, CBS, and FOX. To sign up for Darcy's FREE inspirational newsletter on "Living the Life You Really Want", visit her website, www.DarcyKeith.com, or to contact Darcy, eMail her atDarcy@DarcyKeith.com

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thoughts to Ponder

What looks like a loss may be the very event which is subsequently responsible for helping to produce the major achievement of your life.

~Srully D. Blotnick 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Thought for Today

It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside of the frame.

~Author Unknown

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thoughts to Ponder

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.

~ Louis E. Boone

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wings To My Dreams

Š Jaye Lewis, 2004

That next heartbeat, that's what we pray for. We are the medically challenged. We are the ones who keep our medical appointments because we must. To miss that appointment is just unthinkable. We are the ones who stand, or wheel, or linger between each heartbeat, hoping for new medications or praying for a cure. Most of us pray every day. We cling to a merciful God whom we are certain will give us that next heartbeat.

Please do not feel pity, for we have learned to rejoice in each moment that we are alive. We memorize sunsets and sunrises, and we celebrate the smiles and nuances of the ones we love. We are captivated by life. We revel at each new bird that stops by to visit our feeders, even the starlings, the pigeons, the sparrows and the doves. In the mountains we feel blessed to see the bluebird, the indigo bunting, the woodpecker, and the thrush. In the south near the ocean, we rejoice over the plumage of the flamingoes, with their hot pink wings, and we have committed to memory the piercing cries of the pelican and the gull. Flowers thrill us, no matter their scent, shade or hue. Nothing delights us more than the sight of spring's promise bursting forth from it's long winter's rest, petals lifting their heads and reaching for the rain and sun.

We sometimes need assistance, and some of us are blessed to have family and friends who are willing to haul the potting soil, build raised beds, and make a wonderland of colorful blooms, just so that we can watch from our window and marvel at their beauty. We survivors of life look back occasionally at our healthy days, and often we regret the times that we wasted on worry, depression, anger, and fear. So, many of us have gone beyond fear, to a brave new world of hope.

We are thankful for every new medication that has not only extended our lives, but has improved its quality. We would not be here, celebrating, without the miraculous drugs available today. We would not want to miss a single moment of our lives.

We have discovered that we can still grow and change. We have learned to love more and laugh more, and, frankly, life is worth it. How could it not be?!

Just this year, in spite of record breaking winter lows that left me shivering, and now, into a cold and windy spring all the tiny twigs that I planted six years ago have thrived, and they are bursting into bloom. Through sunshine and shadow, they have triumphed over the clay and rock strewn ground that I, laughingly, call soil.

I have many reasons to be thankful, and each day I like to number a few. Sometimes the list becomes so long that I just have to sit and marvel at a God who provides so many reasons for me to celebrate life. I have dreamed of writing stories, all my life, and reaching the hearts and minds of others throughout the world. This dream would not have been possible until a few years ago, when the internet exploded into a place of instant communication and friendship.

I am thankful for the stories of my life that have been guided by a loving God who holds the outcome of every possibility in His hand. These connections through his grace have given feet to my thoughts and wings tomy dreams.
Jaye Lewis is an award winning inspirational writer and contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, and many other anthologies. Jaye lives and writes from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the inspiration for many of her stories. Her website can be found atwww.entertainingangels.org or visit her blog at www.entertainingangelsencouragingwords.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Thought for Today

It is easy to sit up and take notice.What is difficult is getting up and taking action.

~Al Batt

Friday, March 16, 2012


©2007 Kathleene S. Baker

I looked at the scrawled handwriting on the envelope. I blinked and read it once again before tears began to tumble. My birthday card had been addressed, sent, and signed by Dad.

I'd not thought about, or expected, a card that year. The prior months had been dreadful as we watched Mother's health spiral downward. At Dad's age, the ordeal eventually took a terrible toll on him as well. Especially when he realized Mom's only option was to live out her final days in a nursing home. She would never come home again and soon Dad would be alone for the first time in his life.

Yet, there it was.a birthday card, and the only one I had ever received without Mom's familiar handwriting. I didn't even feel the need to open it, for Dad's efforts told me all I needed to know, and more. I cradled it like a priceless breakable and wept buckets of tears. Some for a card I would always hold dear, others for the sorrowful changes taking place in the lives of those I love.
When I did open the card.the sentiment was lovely and it was obvious much thought had been given to the selection. Although it was signed "Mom and Dad," never had I seen my parent's names written by Dad.another gloomy reminder of what was to come. Mom would not be with us much longer.

Six years later, with Dad rapidly approaching 90 years of age, I smiled whenmy birthday card came today! It's always several days early and the birthday check inside holds a brainteaser Dad concocted when greeting cards became one of his duties. The "memo" line at the bottom of the check is where his now-infamous secret code is found. Using capital letters he leaves a birthday message. An example: H. O. A. Y. T. Y. When I call to thank him for my card, you can bet your boots I will be quizzed on the answer.

A year after Mom's death I was on an extended summer visit at Dad's. I yawned as I plodded to the coffee pot one morning, poured a cup, and sat down next to Dad at the kitchen island. He was addressing a card to an old family friend.

"Dad, how do you keep track of all the birthdays and anniversaries? And, your cards are never late. You do a really good job!"

The look he gave me with those big, blue eyes suggested I might be dumb. "It's simple! On the first of the month I get my calendar and write down all the cards I'll need to send that month. The next time I go shopping, I buy them.then place them in order in the file cabinet drawer."

I grabbed Dad's calendar and yanked open the file drawer. Sure enough, the cards were in perfect order, from the first of the month to the last.

"Wow, you've got quite a system here!" I exclaimed. "Maybe I should set up one just like yours." I teased.

"After Mom died I had to figure out something! I didn't realize how many cards we sent out in a year's time."

I've never asked Dad about his secret codes for I know they began as a witty distraction during a sad and emotional time. They've continued because he's a wise man who knows life goes on regardless of our circumstances.and that a new comical twist along life's path can always lighten our load.
(Code = How Old Are You This Year)

Kathy was born and raised in the small town of AugustaKansas, a few miles outside of Wichita. She married a native Texan, Jerry, in 1977 and was soon transplanted to Dallas. A large city offers many things, but she misses the slower pace of small town America. Kathy has two stepchildren and four grandchildren. Pets have always played a huge part in her life. In fact, they were her inspiration to begin writing. She writes a column for Frank Talk Magazine entitled, "Heart of Texas." Kathy's website can be viewed at: YELLOW ROSE (www.txyellowrose.com) or email your comments on this story to: lnstrlady@aol.com

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Written by a 90 year old.

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer.

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

14. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.. But don't worry; God never blinks.

15. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

16. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

17. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

18. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

19. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

20. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

21. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

22. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

23. The most important sex organ is the brain.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

26. Always choose life.

27. Forgive everyone everything.

28. What other people think of you is none of your business.

29. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

32. Believe in miracles.

33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

36. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

37. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

38. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

40. The best is yet to come...

41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

42. Yield.

43. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thought for Today

If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.

~Louise Hay

Monday, March 12, 2012

Onions,Wish i knew this earler !! Chk it out folks..

A friend of mine told me a story about when he was a kid he was in the hospital & nearly dying. His grandmother came to the hospital & told a family member to go buy her a large onion & a new pair of white cotton socks. She sliced the onion open then put a slice on the bottom of each of his feet & put the white cotton socks on him. In the morning when he awoke they removed the socks. The slices of onion were black & his fever was gone. The following story that someone sent to me might have some truth in it & we are going to try it this winter.

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work.. (And no, she is not in the onion business.)

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

For flu cure:
cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar...placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs...sure enough it happened just like that...the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

One more thing, never store cut onions and consume the next day.

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Friday, March 9, 2012


Author Unknown

It takes strength to be firm,

It takes courage to be gentle.

It takes strength to conquer,

It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to be certain,

It takes courage to have doubt.

It takes strength to fit in,

It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend's pain,

It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to endure abuse,

It takes courage to stop it.

It takes strength to stand alone,

It takes courage to lean on another.

It takes strength to love,

It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive,

It takes courage to live.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Thought for Today

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.

~Mother Teresa 

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Message from one American to Another

By Carl Morris

Out of adversities come greatness; out of necessities come innovations. We must live by these words to overcome the problems facing our country and us. Neither our government nor our employers can change the problems before us only ourselves, only as an America united.
In the image of our forefathers, we must work together, to renew the purpose of our nation and insure the dreams for our future will become a reality. It is imperative to preserve our heritage, understand our roots and defend our freedom. United by a common cause our country became the envy of the world. We must once again unite as Americans.

We as Americans must provide the vision of the American way, the way of freedom, integrity, innovation, leadership, friendship and dreams for every American. We must believe in our country, our creator and ourselves and have the faith that even in the face of adversity our efforts can and will make a difference. FDR stated, "There is nothing to fear but fear itself." We cannot become stifled by fear, stress, uncertainty or divisiveness. But choose freedom over fear.

The vision that we must share is about freedom, innovation, teamwork and opportunities for our future It's about an American way the only way to realize our dreams, share our vision and insure our futures. The dream everyone in, or coming to America shared was not a dream of one religion, race or gender but an American dream. A dream of freedom, spiritually, ideologically and economically. Martin Luther King exclaimed, "I have a dream"; John F. Kennedy said, "it's not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".

As Americans, I repeat as Americans, we must embrace those visions and act upon them, not just for our individual benefit, but for the benefit of all. We were not granted freedom to abuse one another, condemn one another, and ignore one another. We were granted freedom to become more than the sum of all of us combined. Freedom to improve upon, not destroy what has been done.

To do this means a shared vision that works for everyone not just a select few equal opportunity for all the desire to dream for all. Without our dreams, without our visions, without our freedom and without "In God We Trust", we as Americans will indeed fail. The United States of America: "United we stand, United we shall prevail".

With Hope and Conviction,
An American citizen
Carl Morris resides in upstate New York with his wife of 32 years. They have two grown children and a grandchild. Carl works in the corporate world but has written and published a variety of poems on America and Values. Carl believes this is one of the most critical times in our countries history and how every American responds will determine our destiny. Carl can be reached at carl.morris@verizon.net