Beautiful thoughts.

These are not my own thoughts. I made them mine. I digested them and grabbed them for my own heart!

“Everything in life has its cost. Starting with the ordinary chewing-gum (which our kids stick under the pews in church), and up to the most expensive villa. Nothing is for free. We pay for our carelessness, for theft, for negligence. We pay for private lessons, for fast-food, for clothes. We pay for our illnesses, for our families, for our desires. And everything has its price. We pay with money, with our time, with our health. Nicolae Iorga was saying that we pay the rent of this life with our sufferings… No matter how, it´s for sure that we are constrained to do so.

Watching from a different angle this short journey called life, we realize we are merchants as well. Nevertheless, we are pretty blundering in the art of exchange. Most of times we are dishonest, and then we end up by being the losers as well.

We sell our peace cheaply, for only one easily spoken word. We sell our love for a cup of juice and a frozen carnation. We sell our real friends for some rich strangers. We offer a lot for almost nothing instead, we change valuables for scratches…

At the beginning of this world, when Adam and Eve were walking through paradise, God didn´t ask for any rent. They weren´t paying for heat, for water, not even for the shadow the huge palms would cast. Nothing. And then they ate the forbidden fruit and realized that slightly sour taste is of high expense. High. Adam wished to reach in his pocket, get his card and wave it victoriously before Eve´s eyes, but he felt as being hit by a stroke. They served dinner in town, but had no money to pay for the consummation. (I guess they were Romanians. We are those who can get in such a situation.)

They rose ashamed from the vegan meal they had improvised on burdock leaves and hid somewhere in the setting. God came then with their paying check and the two bankrupts had to acquit all that for lifetime. But they didn´t.

God always offers a second chance. He gave them clothes to cover up their bodies. Then He kindly took their hand and showed them the exit of the garden. As soon as they did the very first step outside, they felt a shiver form head to toes – a longing for heaven. They looked back with an aching heart, sighed deeply and went away. Since then, they paid for each and every meal they took and Adam never took Eve out to dinner again.

Nevertheless, God followed His plans. He has a solution for everything. He laid out a bounteous feast, a majestic wedding, at which he invited all people, indiscriminately. And as He wanted to be sure there won’t be a recurring at the Eden scene, He sent Someone to pay for all the cost. He not only paid for every invited person at the heavenly feast, but He acquitted the dinner Adam and Eve served once, as well. And this time, the price was observed: death!!!

Preparations for the big feast are ongoing. There is a big turmoil in heaven. Everything needs to be perfect. God is anxiously looking forward to greet His guests and is watching the clock over and over. There’s not much time left!  The wedding feast is about to start. Make sure you’re attending too!

 (author: Sefora Geantă)

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It’s Music to His Ears!

Beautiful thoughts. Nice music. Great lyrics. But since it is so I discovered this never-heard-of band (!), here is one even better song of theirs! Blissfull evening!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suQB-3skeZg

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With her head hanging out the window, the wind was whipping through her hair and the chill of the air was blasting across her face. But she didn’t mind. She was too depressed to care. With the iPod in her hand, and the music plugs in her ears, she drifted off to sleep in the car.

When she woke, the reminder of her loneliness and deep sadness was still there. The music didn’t help and she was right where she left off.

Still driving on the long road with her mom, a challenge came across the Christian radio. Listen to Christian music for 30 days and see how it changes your life.

She sat quietly listening to this challenge without a word. She couldn’t go much deeper than what she already felt, so why not take the challenge. Putting down her iPod, she turned the volume up and started to…

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The Moment When My Son With Autism Noticed a Man With Prosthetic Legs

It just made me smile. Others being understanding, and a special-need-child with a special insight, giving one down-spirited precious soul what he needed – a big cheer up! Yay!

original article – here

 

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, DURING ONE OF OUR HOLIDAY TRIPS, WE WENT SHOPPING AT DOWNTOWN DISNEY. FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T FAMILIAR, DOWNTOWN DISNEY IS AN OPEN MALL, FILLED WITH SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. THE STORES WERE CROWDED WITH VACATIONERS AND LOCALS ENJOYING THE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS.

AS ALWAYS, MY SON, MIKE, WAS WALKING IN FRONT OF ME. I TYPICALLY WALK BEHIND HIM. I GUIDE HIM THROUGH CROWDS VERBALLY AND REDIRECT HIM AS NEEDED. HE TENDS TO WALKS AT AN EXTREMELY FAST PACE; WHENEVER I GET AHEAD OF HIM, HE SPEEDS UP TO PASS ME.

 

As we were walking through one of the stores, Mike spotted a young man standing in line to check out of the store. The man was in his twenties and had two prosthetic legs. His father was standing behind him and noticed Mike’s course correction in their direction.

Mike was on a mission and, in his excitement, picked up his pace. I immediately knew where he was heading and started chasing after him, calling his name – anything to slow him down. In my mind, I was hoping I could explain his autism before he invaded their space.

As I was rushing over, I locked eyes with the young man’s father, he smiled and mouthed, “It’s OK.” I immediately felt some relief – at least he understands.

As we approached, I began apologizing. I started explaining that Mike has autism and is attracted to uniqueness in individuals. Before I could get the words out, Mike hit the floor to examine this young man’s prosthetic legs. Did I mention we were standing in a crowded store? I was horrified. The young man and his father were extremely kind and understanding – assuring me that it was all right.

As quickly as he hit the floor, Mike stood up. He looked the young man in the eyes and said this:

“HIGH FIVE, ROBOT LEGS – AWESOME!”

The young man gave Mike the high-five, looked at me, and said:

“THANK YOU – I NEEDED THAT.”

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Bionic LegSeveral years ago, during one of our holiday trips, we went shopping at Downtown Disney. For those who aren’t familiar, Downtown Disney is an open mall, filled with shops and restaurants. The stores were crowded with vacationers and locals enjoying the holiday decorations.

As always, my son, Mike, was walking in front of me. I typically walk behind him. I guide him through crowds verbally and redirect him as needed. He tends to walks at an extremely fast pace; whenever I get ahead of him, he speeds up to pass me.

As we were walking through one of the stores, Mike spotted a young man standing in line to check out of the store. The man was in his twenties and had two prosthetic legs. His father was standing behind him and noticed Mike’s course correction in their direction.

Mike was on a mission and, in his excitement, picked up…

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Thought of the day – the 18th of november. A costly sacrifice

Some things are only for the heart. My heart.

Some other things, are for everyone to see. I am a permanent “spectacle”, both to angels and men.

But my offerings… my sacrifice… it should be something that should be definitely costing me. Something.

David saw it as mandatory – 2Sam.24.24. He was not willing to accept something cheap, something inexpensive…

What’s expensive to me today? What does it mean to leave all…?

To give…

Grace is for free. But doesn’t such free, exuberant gift – the sacrifice of God’s Son on the cross – prompt me to be no less exuberant myself?

Walking with Him, following in His steps, day by day – loving the lovable, enjoying the beautiful, savouring the pleasure… is this sacrifice? It’s rather ego-centrical serving, as long as all is so good, so plentyful, as long as I don’t lack health, money, children, all my wishes fullfilled…

When is it becoming obvious that, to me, it’s all about me, and not Him?

When my sacrifice is of no cost anymore. I have plenty, and can afford to be generous. Will I be generous with my love, my declarations, my praises and worshipful prayers,  when things stop to be that pleasant? When the sky turns grey, and my heart aches, when pain is not another one’s story, but mine? When persecution is a reality, when unlovable (unloving) persons surround one, when children are disobedient, or rebellious, when illness creeps in my life, when depression and exhaustion touches my otherwise joyful me… am I than willing to bring my offering – costly as it is (forgiveness, joy amidst affliction and pain, prayers – even if there’s still no answer…) ?

It’s my choice today, not being willing to bring an offering that won’t cost me a thing. And when all things are going well, and my life seems to be way too pleasant down here, I’ll turn my head to the sky, and my ears toward those moaning persecuted brothers and sisters of mine around the world, and keep praying for their victory. And mine too.

Beautiful post by Matt Anslow – http://liferemixed.net/2011/09/26/adventures-misquoting-widows-offering/

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though this story of the widow means much more to me. It’s a declaration of her dependence on God, not looking at things as they might have seemed to be, but faithfully bringing her personal offering, as small as it might seem. A thankful, grateful heart. Content with giving all she had.

Am I, today, willing to be thankful? To give more than some trifles I won’t miss the very next second?

So help me God. And you!

25 Ways to Say “I Love You” Without Saying a Word

So beautiful. Great ideas for one who use to take his/her partner for granted. He/she is not!

original article – here

„Recently, on a cross-country flight, my husband and I were seated on opposite sides of the aisle. Several times, he leaned toward me to ask, “Would you like a bite of my sandwich?” “Can I get you some water?” Once he offered to share the last bite of his cookie. A while later, he reached over and put his hand my arm, just to say, “Hi.”

At the end of the flight the woman next to me said, “Your husband really loves you. I can tell.”

And she’s right. He does.

As couples, we express love through our everyday actions — our gestures of kindness, our generosity, our attention, our touch.

We say, “Drive safely.” “Take an umbrella.” We kiss each other goodnight.

And our spouse hears,”I love you,” in a way that touches more deeply than words.

We all have our favorite ways to show love. Here are some of mine:

1. Do the stuff neither of you wants to do. Someone has to call the plumber, resolve the mystery charge on the credit card, figure out what in the refrigerator is making that smell. Go ahead. Be the one.

2. Cut your partner some slack. We all forget things, lose things, or screw things up. Why rub it in?

3. Flirt. You’re never too old or married too long to make it clear that the two of you have still got it going on.

4. Be patient. Like it or not, sometimes you just have to wait. Skip the eye roll or foot tapping that says, what took you so long? Take a few deep breaths. Relax.

5. Pay attention. As in full-on and undivided. Not every minute of every day, but show up when it counts.

6. Clean up, above and beyond the call of duty. Not your dirty cup? Who cares?

7.
 Keep two feet in, especially when things are difficult. Commitment is about staying with your challenges long enough to make things better.

8. Let down your guard. Vulnerability and intimacy are one and the same.

9. Receive and acknowledge your partner’s acts of love. The happiest couples are those who notice and respond when their partner reaches out. A thanks or a smile is all that it takes.

10. Stop a fight in its tracks. One of the most loving things you can do is stay calm when your spouse is getting worked-up.

11. Look for the humor in those less-than-endearing behaviors. What’s not to love about someone who second guesses the GPS?

12. Leave enough gas in the car, enough hot water for a shower, enough milk for coffee.

13. Make dinner. You don’t have to be Julia Child. Simple is fine. Just give it your best shot.

14. Hug back. Kiss back. Smile.

15. Give your partner some space. Space to watch the ballgame in peace. Space to go for a run, call a friend, or curl up with a book.

16. Be willing to sleep with the window open a little more than you like.

17. Be willing to sleep with the window closed a little more than you like.

18. Stay in touch. You’re busy. I’m busy. No one is too busy to text xoxo.

19. Your spouse wants to go back to graduate school, eat more fruits and vegetables, train for a marathon. Your response: that’s great!

20. Be the first one to reach out after a fight. Don’t think for a minute that the first person to give ground is admitting fault. Marriage isn’t a game of chicken. It takes courage and kindness to yield.

21. Choose — at least once in a while — not to elbow your snoring spouse. Chances are you’ll eventually snore, too.

22. Make your relationship a priority. Marriage doesn’t stay sweet all on its own, year after year. Have a date night, a weekend getaway, keep work hours within bounds. And for goodness sake, when you’re together, turn off your phone.

23. Think your spouse deserves a standing ovation? Tell someone how talented, smart, loving, gracious she is. How patient he is with the kids. How he makes the world’s best pie crust. Make sure he overhears you.

24. Do what it takes to stay healthy and sane.

25. Keep in mind that life is short. Don’t waste time holding grudges or focusing on petty upsets that, in the big picture, mean nothing. Focus, instead, on the ways that your marriage is loving and good.”

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25 Ways to Say “I Love You” Without Saying a Word

by  Winifred M. Reilly

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Recently, on a cross-country flight, my husband and I were seated on opposite sides of the aisle. Several times, he leaned toward me to ask, “Would you like a bite of my sandwich?” “Can I get you some water?” Once he offered to share the last bite of his cookie. A while later, he reached over and put his hand my arm, just to say, “Hi.”

At the end of the flight the woman next to me said, “Your husband really loves you. I can tell.”

And she’s right. He does.

As couples, we express love through our everyday actions — our gestures of kindness, our generosity, our attention, our touch.

We say, “Drive safely.” “Take an umbrella.” We kiss each other goodnight.

And our spouse hears,”I love you,” in a way that touches more…

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