Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Truly...


There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
- Dr. Denis Waitley

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday...

"And above all things have fervent love for one another, for 'love will cover a multitude of sins.'"
~1st Peter 4:8

Saturday, July 27, 2013

In life...

People remember moments.
Hearing a baby's first cry.
Blowing out birthday candles.
Laughing until you hurt.
Surprising an old friend.
Stealing a first kiss in the rain.
Saying a final goodbye.
Every day we have hundreds of minutes. 
Turn some of your minutes into moments. 
Moments and how we live them are what define us as human beings. 
Make your moments memorable. 
Make your moments matter.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday



The lovely Samantha Barks sings a lesser-known song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, "Another Suitcase in Another Hall." Barks played Eponine in the recent film version of Les Miserables.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Truly...

"Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or friendship, is conversation."
~Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Think about it...

“Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.”
~William Hazlitt

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday humor...

"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age." 
~ Robert Frost

Sunday, July 21, 2013

New week...

Make it a great week.
Smile.
Laugh.
Enjoy time with family or friends.
Overtip.
Read something different than usual.
Pray for someone you don't like.
Sincerely compliment someone.
Ask, "How are things going?" and actually listen to the person's response.
Dare to make eye contact with people in checkout lines.
Do some research on something that interests you.
Enjoy the next seven days.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Saturday's Security

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

We are Thine, Thou dost befriend us, be the guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! We will early turn to Thee.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! We will early turn to Thee.

Early let us seek Thy favor, early let us do Thy will;
Blessèd Lord and only Savior, with Thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.


~ Dorothy Thrupp

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday's Fellowship

Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.

~John Fawcett

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thursday's Mission

There’s a call comes ringing over the restless wave,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
There are souls to rescue there are souls to save,
Send the light! Send the light!


Chorus:
Send the light, the blessèd Gospel light;
Let it shine from shore to shore!
Send the light, the blessèd Gospel light;
Let it shine forevermore!


We have heard the Macedonian call today,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
And a golden offering at the cross we lay,
Send the light! Send the light!


Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
And a Christlike spirit everywhere be found,
Send the light! Send the light!


Let us not grow weary in the work of love,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
Let us gather jewels for a crown above,
Send the light! Send the light!


~ Charles Gabriel

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday's Relationship

Jesus is all the world to me, my life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day, without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go, no other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad, He’s my Friend.


Jesus is all the world to me, my Friend in trials sore;
I go to Him for blessings, and He gives them over and o’er.
He sends the sunshine and the rain, He sends the harvest’s golden grain;
Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain, He’s my Friend.


Jesus is all the world to me, and true to Him I’ll be;
O how could I this Friend deny, when He’s so true to me?
Following Him I know I’m right, He watches o’er me day and night;
Following Him by day and night, He’s my Friend.


Jesus is all the world to me, I want no better Friend;
I trust Him now, I’ll trust Him when life’s fleeting days shall end.
Beautiful life with such a Friend, beautiful life that has no end;
Eternal life, eternal joy, He’s my Friend.

~Will Thompson

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday's Promise

There stands a Rock on shores of time
That rears to Heaven its head sublime.
That Rock is cleft, and they are blest
Who find within this cleft a rest.

Some build their hopes on the ever drifting sand,
Some on their fame, or their treasure, or their land;
Mine’s on a Rock that forever will stand,
Jesus, the “Rock of Ages.”

That Rock’s a cross, its arms outspread,
Celestial glory bathes its head;
To its firm base my all I bring,
And to the Rock of Ages cling.


Some build their hopes on the ever drifting sand,
Some on their fame, or their treasure, or their land;
Mine’s on a Rock that forever will stand,
Jesus, the “Rock of Ages.”

That Rock’s a tower, whose lofty height,
Illumed with Heaven’s unclouded light,
Opes wide its gate beneath the dome
Where saints find rest with Christ at home.


Some build their hopes on the ever drifting sand,
Some on their fame, or their treasure, or their land;
Mine’s on a Rock that forever will stand,
Jesus, the “Rock of Ages.”

~T.C. O'Kane

Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday's Faithfulness...

To Christ be loyal and be true,
His banner be unfurled,
And borne aloft tis is secured,
The conquest of the world.

To Christ be loyal and be true,
He needs brave volunteers,
To stand against the powers of sin,
Moved not by frowns or fears.

To Christ be loyal and be true,
In noble service prove,
Your faith and your fidelity,
The fervor of your love.

To Christ the Lord be true,
For He will go with you,
And help you all your conflicts through,
To Christ the Lord be true.

~Elisha A. Hoffman

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday's Sacrifice...

’Tis midnight, and on Olive’s brow
The star is dimmed that lately shone;
’Tis midnight, in the garden now
The suffering Savior prays alone.

’Tis midnight, and from all removed
Emmanuel wrestles lone with fears
E’en the disciple whom He loved
Heeds not his Master’s grief and tears.

’Tis midnight, and for others’ guilt
The Man of Sorrows weeps in blood;
Yet He Who hath in anguish knelt
Is not forsaken by His God.

’Tis midnight, and from ether plains
Is borne the song that angels know;
Unheard by mortals are the strains
That sweetly soothe the Savior’s woe.

~William Tappan

This week will feature classic hymns that reflect different parts of the Christian story.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Always prepare...

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. 
- Arthur Ashe

Friday, July 12, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday

"Give my regards to Broadway
Remember me to Herald Square
Tell all the gang at 42nd Street
That I will soon be there
Whisper of how I'm yearning
To mingle with the old time throng
Give my regards to old Broadway
And say I'll be there e'er long."
~George M. Cohan

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Absolute...

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it."
~William Penn

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What manner of love...

"See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are..."
~Apostle John in 1st John 3:1

Monday, July 8, 2013

Remember this week...

"Always give without remembering & always receive without forgetting."
~Brian Tracy

Sunday, July 7, 2013

This week...

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” 
~William Shakespeare in All's Well that Ends Well

Friday, July 5, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday



One question haunts and hurts,
Too much, too much to mention,
Was I really seeking good
or just seeking attention?"
~Elphaba

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July

Our country is socially, economically, politically, and ideologically divided. We have been divided before and no doubt shall, as in times past, weather our current crisis with hope for a better future for all Americans. As we celebrate Independence Day, let us be reminded of the words spoken 148 years ago when our nation was in its darkest hour.

Fellow-Countrymen:

  At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.
  
  On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war—seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.
  One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
  With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

~Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Indeed...

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”
~Anna Quindlen

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Life and loss...

“Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.” 
~Hakuri Murakami

Monday, July 1, 2013

Truly...

"I only know that my greatest victories have always been surrenders." 
~Terri Cheney