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“Apache Seasons” – Email with a moral…

APACHE SEASONS (from an email sent by a good friend)
The following pictures are of the same place but taken during different seasons

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There was an Indian Chief who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.


The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit,full of life and fulfilment.

The Chief then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, & that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfilment of your fall.

Moral:


Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

Don’t judge life by one difficult season.

Live Simply.

Love Generously.

Care Deeply.

Speak Kindly.

Leave the Rest to God.

Happiness keeps You Sweet,

Trials keep You Strong,

Sorrows keep You Human,

Failures keep You Humble,

Success keeps You Glowing,

But Only God keeps You Going!

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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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He Ain’t the Leavin’ Kind

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for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Hebrews 13:5b (King James Version)

These are hard times. There are people literally giving their house keys to the banks because they just cannot pay the mortgage. They are walking away. People are struggling with debt and loss of income. They bought a home or car based on the income that they had counted on, and are now “laid off” which is a polite way of saying “Hit the road Jack, we don’t need you anymore.” It is happening in Canada and the United States, businesses are going bankrupt or seeking bankruptcy protection and thousands of people are losing their income.

The circumstances are desperate and the people are too. They have no idea what they will do. 

People who have deep faith are being put to the test. They are looking up to the heavens and asking, “Lord, what do I do?”  they are scared and possibly for the first time in their walk with God, they are learning to fully rely on God. He is there, He does care. He hasn’t walked away and turned His back. 

The verse in Hebrews quoted above also quotes a passage in Deuteronomy 31:6 which says: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God has promised that He will go with you. It is true that we will not always understand why we are going through difficult times nor do we get a “preview” for what the future holds, but we do have His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He has got it covered! 

In 1Peter 5:7 we read: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” He cares for you. He will show you that He cares for you and that He will never leave you. 

Please watch the video and appreciate the words of this song.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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I Get What I Need

What I Need — Collin Raye

I knew all the answers
The way my life should go
And when I used to say my prayers
I would tell God so
It seemed He wasn’t listening 
I thought He didn’t care
But lookin’ back
It’s plain to see
He was always there

‘Cause I prayed for strength 
And I got pain that made me strong
I prayed for courage
And got fear to overcome
When I prayed for faith
My empty heart brought me to my knees
I don’t always get what I want
I get what I need

I’m not sayin’ that it’s easy
Or that it doesn’t hurt
When nothing seems to go my way
Nothing seems to work
These days I’m getting better
At goin’ with the flow
Accepting that sometimes the answer 
To a prayer is no

‘Cause I prayed for strength 
And I got pain that made me strong
I prayed for courage
And got fear to overcome
When I prayed for faith
My empty heart brought me to my knees
I don’t always get what I want
I get what I need

Every time I’ve had a door slammed in my face
In time a better one was opened in its place

I prayed for strength 
And I got pain that made me strong
I prayed for courage
And got fear to overcome
When I prayed for faith
My empty heart brought me to my knees
I don’t always get what I want
I get what I need

Oh I don’t always get what I want
I get what I need

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2008 in Devotions, Inspiration, Uncategorized

 

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