Awaken My Senses

Dear God,
Open my eyes to the beauty of this day.
The yellow of an egg yolk in a blue bowl.
The scent of bacon frying in the pan.
The soft caress of the morning breeze.
The sound of children at play.
Awaken my senses.
Let me see, hear, and feel the beauty around me.
And be aware of the presence of the Great Artist in my everyday world.

The Rose

A certain man planted a rose 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 growing 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. Then will he blossom, blooming forth thirty, sixty, a hundred- fold as it is given to him.

Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their roses and not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for each other; only then can we bloom in our own garden

-Author Unknown

“I think you’re wonderful.”

People love to hear “I think you’re wonderful.” Why? Because it gives them a lift, and EVERYONE needs encouragement, EVEN the Apostle Paul. He wrote, “There was no rest for us…Battles on the outside and fear on the inside. But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. His presence was a joy…so was the news he brought” (See 2Co 7:5-8 NLT). Even the Apostle Paul needed encouragement! So God sends in Titus. “His presence was a joy…so was the news he brought.” God needs more encouragers like Titus. Today YOU can be one of them! Tell somebody, “I THINK YOU”RE WONDERFUL” I just did!.


Appreciate What You Have

Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely maid with
golden hair. I envied her – she seemed so
gay – and wished I were as fair. When
suddenly she arose to leave, I saw the
cruel braces as she hobbled down the aisle;
a victim of polio was she. But as she passed
— a smile!
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two straight feet. The world is mine!

And then I stopped to buy some sweets.
The lad who sold them had such charm.
I talked with him. He said to me, “It’s nice
to talk with folks like you. You see,” he said,
“I’m blind.” Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two eyes. The world is mine!

Then walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play.
It seemed he knew not what to do.
I stopped a moment, then I said,
“Why don’t you join the others, dear?”
He looked ahead without a word
and then I knew…. He could not hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two ears. The world is mine!

With feet to take me where I’d go,
with eyes to see the sunset’s glow;
with ears to hear what I would know —
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I’m blessed indeed. The world is mine!