Posts Tagged ‘warmth’

Story of the day:  Whatever your niche, embrace it!

In a cartoon some years ago a little guy was taking heat from his sister and friends for a newly found “calling”–patting little birds on the head.  The distressed birds would approach, lower their little feathered pates to be patted, sigh deeply, and walk away satisfied.  It brought him no end of fulfillment–in spite of the teasing he took from others.  “What’s wrong with patting birds on the head?”  he wanted to know.  “What’s wrong with it?” his embarrassed friends replied.  “No one else does it!”

If your niche is encouraging, please don’t stop.  If it is embracing, demonstrating warmth, compassion, and mercy to feathers that have been ruffled by offense and bruised by adversity, for goodness’ sake, keep stroking.  Don’t quit, whatever you do.  If God made you a “patter,” then keep on patting to the glory of God. [Swindoll, Charles.  1998.  Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations and Quotes, pg.178.]

Quote of the day:  Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 1:12 (NKJV)

“that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so very much for those people known as “patters”.  They are such a joy to be around and offer such great encouragement.  You have gifted them each to have warmth, compassion, and loving kindness for those that they are surrounded by.  I pray that You continue to use them mightily for Your kingdom, that they may know what a great joy they are to be around.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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j0423103.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                             Quote of the day:  What does LOVE look like?

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I hope all is well with you and yours.  There is so much to say about the four letter word LOVE.  There are so many meanings in this one little word, yet it is the epiphany of what God looks like and is like.  It is a word that represents one of God’s commandments. So I began reading many excerpts of love and I found a poem written by Roy Croft that I thought represents a great picture of what LOVE should look like.

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But what I am When I am with you.  
I love you,
Not only for what You have made of yourself,
But for what You are making of me.  
I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;  
I love you
For putting your hand Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help   Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light all the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.  
I love you because you
Are helping me to make 
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.
I love you God! 

Quote of the day:  Chrysostom

“Heat makes all things expand.  And the warmth of love will always expand a person’s heart.”

Bible verse of the day:    1 John 4:7

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Love is so amazing.  To be able to share it with others and have it reciprocated back is indescribable.  It is a word that represents who You are and what my whole being is about.  You love us so much and that much love is so much more than I can ever imagine.  God, I choose to represent a kind of love that only can be given by a loving Father.  I pray to walk in love daily and pass out as much of it as I can to others who may not know the kind of love that You are.  Thank You for this day and for showing us just how much you love us through Your Son Jesus.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen