Puppy Size

Puppy Size

 “Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We’ve been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since we started all of this,” the mother told the volunteer. “What is it she keeps asking for?” the volunteer asked. “Puppy size!” replied the mother. “Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that’s what she’s looking for.” “I know…we have seen most of them,” the Mom said in frustration… Just then Danielle came walking into the office. “Well, did you find one?” asked her Mom. “No, not this time,” Danielle said with sadness in her voice. “Can we come back on the weekend?” “You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there’s always a supply,” the volunteer said. Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door. “Don’t worry, I’ll find one this weekend,” she said. Over the next few days, both Mom and Dad had long conversations with her. They both felt she was being too particular. “It’s this weekend or we’re not looking anymore,” Dad finally said in frustration. “We don’t want to hear anything more about puppy size either,” Mom added. Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning. By now Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the

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Prayer For Guidance And Protection To Those I Love

Prayer For Guidance And Protection To Those I Love

O heavenly Father, our protector and guide, You are the greatest Friend and joy we have! To be able to come to You in prayer like this is the most beautiful part of our lives! It is not for myself that I want to pray today, dear Father, but for those who are near and dear to me and about whom I worrying. You know what they are facing, dear Father. And You know most of all the deepest reasons why these things have come upon them! And You know how I want to help. Truly I think it would be easier if I could only face what they are facing. But You know how helpless we are to help another even though we know what is just and right. Only You are left, dear Father. Do be with them in all things at all times. Protect them from enemies and evil, my Father. Forgive them their sins and put love of others in their hearts. O do make them happy in their lives at home, dear Father, and help them live as You wouldst have them live. Above all, put love in their hearts for You. And thank You, my Father, for Your goodness to them and to me. Thank You for Your love and guidance and protection! May

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A Glass of Milk

A Glass of Milk

One day, a poor boy, who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left; and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?” “You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was also strengthened, as he had been ready to give up and quit before then. Years later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of

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No More With Me

No More With Me

“I’m sorry. Please forgive me! I don’t mean to hold you up,” he said as he struggled to get off the escalator. I’ll admit to it. There have been times when walking or driving behind an older person I’ve gotten impatient and upset. I’ve huffed and zoomed around them because I was in a hurry to get nowhere. Perhaps I’m more aware of it now because I see myself there one day soon. Today I saw myself in this old man’s shoes and it caused me to slow down, stop and ask for his forgiveness. He was about five or six people ahead of me. I was in a hurry and saw him as an obstacle. I’ve seen people get off the end of an escalator and stop dead in their tracks, gather their things and suddenly there’s a pile up of angry people behind them. You can’t stop an escalator full of people behind you. Like the Energizer bunny, they keep on goin’. This man was well aware of the challenge. He tried desperately to step aside. Fumbling with his small packages, struggling to gain his footing, you could see how troubling this was for him. “I’m sorry. Please forgive me! I don’t mean to hold you up,” he said as he struggled to get off the escalator. I

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Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

This is a true life story about acts of human kindness. As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then putting a big “F” at the top of his papers. At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child’s past records and she put Teddy’s off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise. Teddy’s first grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners… he is a joy to be around.” His second grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an excellent

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Special Beatitudes for Those Who Work with Special People

Special Beatitudes for Those Who Work with Special People

Blessed are you who take time to listen to difficult speech For you help us know that if we persevere, we can be understood. Blessed are you who walk with us in public places and ignore the stares of Strangers, For in your companionship, we find havens of relaxation. Blessed are you who never bid us “hurry up” and more blessed, you who do not Snatch our tasks from our hands to do them for us For often we need time rather than help. Blessed are you who stand beside us as we enter new and untried ventures, For our failures will be outweighed by the times when we surprise ourselves and You. Blessed are you who ask for our help For our greatest need is to be needed. Blessed are you who help us with the graciousness of Christ. For oftentimes we need the help we cannot ask for. Blessed are you when, by all these things you assure us that the thing that Makes us individuals is not in our peculiar muscles, not in our wounded Nervous systems, nor in our difficulties in learning But in the God-given self which no infirmity can confine. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, and know that you give us reassurances that Could never be spoken in words, For you deal with us

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