The Turtle Picnic

The Turtle Picnic

A turtle family went on a picnic. They had prepared seven years for their outing. The family left home, searching for a suitable place. During the second year of their journey, they found it. For about six months, they cleared the area, unpacked the picnic basket, and completed the arrangements. They discovered, however, that they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed. After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt at home. Although he was the fastest of the slow-moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in the shell. He agreed to go on only on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left. Three years passed, and the little turtle had not returned. Five years. Six years. Then in the seventh year of his absence, the eldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and began to unwrap a sandwich. At that point, the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, “SEE! I knew you wouldn’t wait! Now, I’m not going to get the salt!” Some of us, like that little turtle, don’t trust anyone or give anyone the benefit of the doubt.

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Threads of Life

Threads of Life

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered – he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.” The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.” The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.” So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — like the sound of

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Shoes in Church

Shoes in Church

Shoes in church I showered and shaved…………. I adjusted my tie. I got there and sat…………. In a pew just in time. Bowing my head in prayer……… As I closed my eyes. I saw the shoe of the man next to me….. Touching my own. I sighed. With plenty of room on either side…… I thought, ‘Why must our soles touch?’ It bothered me, his shoe touching mine… But it didn’t bother him much. A prayer began: ‘Our Father’…………. I thought, ‘This man with the shoes has no pride. They’re dusty, worn, and scratched. Even worse, there are holes on the side!’ ‘Thank You for blessings,’ the prayer went on. The shoe man said…………… A quiet ‘Amen.’ I tried to focus on the prayer……. But my thoughts were on his shoes again. Aren’t we supposed to look our best. When walking through that door? ‘Well, this certainly isn’t it,’ I thought, Glancing toward the floor. Then the prayer was ended……….. And the songs of praise began. The shoe man was certainly loud…… Sounding proud as he sang. His voice lifted the rafters……… His hands were raised high. The Lord could surely hear. The shoe man’s voice from the sky. It was time for the offering……. And what I threw in was steep. I watched as the shoe man reached… Into

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Why Do We Crucify Him Again?

Why Do We Crucify Him Again?

I say something rude to someone who’s lost, And I’ve ruined my witness, But they will pay the cost. –So I nail in the nails.   Can anyone see the Lord through me, Or do they simply see my sins? Am I living the life Christ wants me to, Am I living the life of man? –So I plunge in the spear.   And when I fail to pray, and my conversations with Him fade, Does He patiently wait for my call, Though it causes Him pain? –And I place the thorns upon His brow.   I lead a life of double standards, One day good, the next one bad. Can He quietly stand by When He sees all I could have had? –And I ridicule my Lord once again.   For you see, Each time we turn our backs, and return to the world of sin, It is then that you and I, We crucify Him again. — Brandy Cambell (12th grade) Meditation: For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. – Hebrews 10:26-27 You will succeed in Jesus Name! Also read: Who Started Christmas? Watch What You Say Thanks for Your

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Think About These

Think About These

Think about these thought-provokers: Just because two people argue doesn’t mean they don’t love each other, and just because they don’t argue doesn’t mean they love each other. We don’t have to change friends if we understand friends change. True friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance; same goes for true love. No matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while; and you must forgive them for that. You can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life. It’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be. You should always leave loved ones with loving words; It may be the last time you see them. You can keep going long after you think you can’t. We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. Either you control your attitude or it controls you. Sometimes when I’m angry, I have the right the right to be angry; but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel. Your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you. Two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different. Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we

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Roses and Thorns

Roses and Thorns

A certain man sowed a plant of roses and watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom and also the thorns. And he thought, “How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?” Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died. So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The God-like qualities planted in us at birth grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually, it dies. We never realize our potential. Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the characteristic of love, to look at a person, and knowing his faults, recognize the nobility in his soul, and help him realize that he can overcome his faults. If we show him the rose, he will conquer the thorns. Our

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