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    Quote Originally Posted by squirt View Post
    When I feel:

    Unlovable
    Unworthy
    Unclean
    When I feel no one is concerned.
    I must remember --- GOD CARES.

    When I think:
    Unforgivable
    Guilt
    Shame
    When I think no one can remove my thoughts.
    I must remember --- GOD WILL.

    When I sense:
    Loneliness
    Isolation
    Seclusion
    When I sense no one is there for me.
    I must remember --- GOD IS.

    And when I consider:
    Undesirable
    Unwelcome
    Unwanted
    When I consider that no one cares
    I must remember --- GOD DOES.


    If my thoughts are negative I must remember THEY DIDN’T COME FROM GOD!




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    The story is told of a young girl who left work early so she could have some uninterrupted study time right before a final exam in religion class. She studied all night. When she arrived at class in the morning everybody was cramming as much last minute info as their minds could handle. The teacher walked in and said, “Let’s do a quick review before the test.”

    They followed him through the review that was laid out on the study guide. As he covered item by item he finally jumped to issues the young girl had never heard covered in class. Several hands went up, “We never had that information before.” The teacher picked up the text book and held it in his left hand and said, “Everything is in the book and you are clearly responsible for everything in the book.” Who could argue with that!

    Finally it was time to take the test. The assistants passed out the test and the professor said, "Leave your test face down on the desk until everyone has one --- I'll tell you when to turn your paper over and start." Two minutes later the class heard, “OK, you may start.”

    When the young girl turned her test over, every answer was filled in! A note at the bottom of the last page said: "Your Final Exam is now over. All your answers are correct. You are blessed with an 'A' on the final exam.”

    Every student read the same thing and looked up at the professor in utter astonishment!

    When the professor was sure all eyes were on him he said, “You passed the test for one reason only --- because the creator of the test took the test for you. All your study time, class time and hard work in preparation for this exam did not help you get the “A”. You have just experienced --- GRACE."










    Love many things, for therein lies the true strength
    and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much
    and what is done in love is done well ♥

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    love it...........


    absolutely love it
    tx Essex 4 da tuts

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    Quote Originally Posted by lady_of_darkness View Post
    love it...........


    absolutely love it
    thank you! *big hugs*











    Love many things, for therein lies the true strength
    and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much
    and what is done in love is done well ♥

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    We do not remember days, but moments.
    Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.

    If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

    If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

    He sends you flowers every spring.

    He sends you a sunrise every morning

    Face it, friend - He is crazy about you!

    God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

    If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it



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    DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS? I SURE DIDN'T TILL NOW

    Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death!

    It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7): "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    Here are some men and women who mocked God:

    John Lennon (Singer): Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said: "Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, Today we are more famous than Him" (1966). Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.

    Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ): During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency. Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.

    Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet): During A show in Canecio (Rio de Janeiro), while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: "God, that's for you." He died at the age of 32 of AIDS in a horrible manner.

    The man who built the Titanic: After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: "Not even God can sink it" The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic ...

    Marilyn Monroe (Actress): She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: "I don't need your Jesus". A week later, she was found dead in her apartment.

    Bon Scott (Singer): The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: "Don't stop me, I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell". On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.

    Campinas (IN 2005): In Campinas, Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend ... The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: "My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You." She responded: "Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here ... It's Already Full" Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died. The car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact. The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken.

    Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer): said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written. In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.

    Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus. Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive.

    Jesus said "If you are embarrassed about me, I will also be embarrassed about you before my father."

    bless you

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    Whatever your cross
    whatever your pain
    there will always be sunshine
    after the rain ...

    Perhaps you may stumble
    perhaps even fall
    But God's always ready
    To answer your call ...

    He knows every heartache
    sees every tear
    A word from His lips
    can calm every fear ...

    Your sorrows may linger
    throughout the night
    But suddenly vanish
    in dawn's early light ...

    The Savior is waiting
    somewhere above
    To give you His grace
    and send you His love ...

    Whatever your cross
    whatever your pain
    "God always sends rainbows ...
    after the rain ... "


    To get out of difficulty, one must usually go through it!!
    God never gives you more than you can bear
    so bear it willingly and you will rejoice in your rewards!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadkill View Post
    squirt i am adding one of my own poems that i wrote a few ywears back...i think it fits well here

    I AM ALIVE! by Ken Courneyea

    I HAVE FELT THE FIRE OF PASSION
    I HAVE FELT THE COLD ASHES OF A LOVE GONE BAD

    I'VE FELT THE PAIN OF LOOSING A CLOSE FRIEND
    I'VE FELT THE LOSS, MADE ME SAD

    I'VE SEEN DAYS I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER GET THROUGH
    I'VE SEEN NIGHTS THAT NEVER SEEMED TO END

    I'VE FELT THE SUN'S WARMING RAYS ON MY FACE
    I'VE FELT THE RAIN'S CHILLING EFFECT THROUGH MY SKIN

    I'VE SEEN THE NORTHERN LIGHTS DANCE ACROSS THE SKY
    I'VE SEEN SUNSETS THAT MADE ME CRY

    I'VE FELT THE AGONY OF LOOSING CONTROL OF MY LIFE
    I'VE FELT DEPRESSION I COULD CUT WITH A KNIFE

    I'VE FELT THE JOY OF LAUGHING WITH MY FRIENDS
    SURE HOPE IT NEVER ENDS

    I AM ALIVE!

    I WROTE THIS POEM ONE DAY WHILE GOING THROUGH A CHEMO TREATMENT.
    I SURE HOPE YOU ENJOY IT. IT'S FUNNY WHAT RUNS THROUGH A PERSON'S MIND WHEN LIFE MIGHT END SOONER THAN ONE EVEN THINKS
    I dunno what brought me back here love, but as I've read through this thread, so many beautiful memories came flooding back, I miss you so much ... *smooches*


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    What Is Grace?
    In the Old Testament, it means graciousness, kindness, and favor. It is derived from a word that means to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior, with the purpose of bestowing favor.
    In the New Testament, this kindness is stressed with having only one motivation—love. It is clearly unearned and unmerited favor, and it causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, benefit, thanks, and gratitude.

    Eph 2:4,5, 8-10 (NIV) But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    F.B. Meyer illustrated the free gift of of God's grace to a woman he visited who wanted to know the Lord, but didn't know how. He asked for a cup of tea, and when it was brought, he ignored it and asked again. Four or five times he asked for the tea he already had. Finally, she saw it—the Lord's favor, eternal life, and the power to live that life right now is already ours—it has already been given. That was God's part; our part is to repent, surrender, and reach out and take it unto ourselves.

    If you belong to Him by faith in His Son and His shed blood, His everlasting arms are beneath you. Soar in His grace, allowing it to be the wind that fills your wings. The grace is there, it is up to you, if you are not saved, to repent, turn from sin, and let His resurrected life live in you.

    Some think that grace implies that God will just wink at sin and ignore it. That cannot be farther from the truth. Grace is unfair. It is staggeringly unfair. Jesus takes my sin and pays for it on the cross and I, a sinner, in return receive his righteousness and life. Extremely unfair! However unfair it may be, it is absolutely just.

    Matthew describes Jesus as the fulfillment and the fulfiller of the law. God did and does not ignore sin. He paid for sin. The crucifixion was the fulfillment of the requirements of the law against sin. There are many theological words to describe what took place: expiation, propitiation, reconciliation, and redemption. God’s wrath is appeased. There is nothing more any of us can do to pay for sin. Jesus did it all. What could you or I possibly add to the cross? Nothing! The price was paid in full on Calvary.

    GRACE is Justice PLUS Mercy
    God chooses to pay for sin at great cost to himself and then turn around and give unmerited and unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness to the very people who were the basis for the need for payment.

    The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled , upright, and Godly lives in this present evil age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirt View Post
    Oscar dies and goes to heaven --- St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates and lays out the rules for entry in the form of “The Grace Game.”

    Grace Game Rule 1: It takes 1,000 points to get into heaven

    Grace Game Rule 2: You tell me why I should let in heaven and I’ll apply points

    Grace Game Rule 3: When you reach 1,000 points you are in

    Oscar loved games and was more than up for the challenge.

    "Okay, let’s do it," Oscar says, "I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart." "Absolutely wonderful," says St. Peter, "that's worth 50 points --- one for each year!"

    "Only fifty points?" Oscar says in disbelief. "Well, I attended church all my life and supported it with my tithes, offerings, alms and service." "That’s terrific!" says St. Peter. "Let’s see --- you are 72 years old --- that's also worth a point a year."

    "Only one point a year --- I can’t believe it! Those are my best Christian attributes and it is only 122 points --- I have 878 points to go!

    Oscar anxiously searches his past and blurts out, “I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for the homeless --- those lasted 15 years each."

    "Wow - fantastic, that's good for 30 more points," said Saint Peter.

    "Thirty points!" Oscar cries, "At this rate the only way I will get into heaven is by the grace of God.

    St. Peter grabs his hand and gives him a huge hug! "That’s it --- the Grace of God is worth 848 points, you win! --- Come on in."

    Oscar is escorted into heaven by St. Peter to a Huge Mansion with his name on it. “Is this for me?” asks Oscar. “Yes, you’ve earned it with your faithfulness to your wife, church and neighbors,” says St. Peter.
    One of the reasons I am so taken with you is that you always post what I need to read.
    Thank you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marky_D_Sahdd View Post
    One of the reasons I am so taken with you is that you always post what I need to read.
    Thank you.
    Glory be to the Father, forever and ever Amen! I love you too!
    *big and blessed hugs*

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