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Thought For The Dy 12/06/14

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The Miracle Of Parenthood 

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a Parent's Prayer

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Babies are always more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful.

Charles Osgood

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My heart is bursting with joy! There are two couples that I know quite well who welcomes two little baby boys into their hearts and homes! And both of these miracles of life are growing like the precious flowers they are, under the loving care of their parents. Both od these little ones have just celebrated their 3rd birthdays, and having delivered a child during this blessed season myself, albeit 37 years ago this very day, I truly know the very special feeling that washes over someone as they hold this new life in their arms, especially when remembering another young mother and father who did just the very same thing more than 2000 years ago. But there is something that makes both of these babies miracles in their own right.

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Now the first baby, born November 30th, 2011, was not carried within his mother’s body but most certainly was carried within her heart. You see, this little baby was a miracle for a couple in their 30’s who needed to adopt because his mommy was a Breast Cancer survivor who would not be able to conceive or carry a baby within her own womb. Additionally, this couple considers that the fact that they were approved for the adoption of this child in the first place was most certainly a miracle. But their prayers were heard and answered!

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The second little baby boy, born on December 3rd, 2011, was conceived and carried for 9 months but only because his remarkable mommy came to terms with the fact that she had some issues relating to substance abuse. But she bravely took control of her life, and worked and worked to get and stay clean. She re-built her life, in the process meeting her own Prince Charming, and the rest is history. She and her husband are both also in their 30’s and they are celebrating not just this miracle of life that they created, but also the life of another little one that they were blessed to have just two years later!

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I am so very proud of both of these couples who, in overcoming tremendous adversities, have been blessed with the ultimate gift that God, the Father, can give to mankind. I know that the world and all its possibilities are there just waiting for these two little miracles. I know that these little boys will always have the love and devotion of parents whose love for them is as absolute as is the love that God has for them! These families have been truly blessed, just as I was in 1977! Yes, indeed, parenthood is a miracle!

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Happy 37th Birthday to my own December miracle, my daughter Sabrina Hilliard. Brie, you are my joy and your dad and I are so very proud of the wonderful woman you have become! We love you very much!

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Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.

Psalm 127: 1-4 NLT

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 11/25/14

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With The Heart Of A Child

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A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.

Author Unknown

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There is a very famous Bible verse that comes from Paul. I Corinthians 13:11 NKJV reads, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” And while Paul was making an analogy about the church during the time of it’s very beginnings, there is much wisdom contained that can be applied to the lives we as Christians live today! After all, it is only as we grow and mature with age, and we put the impulsive behaviors of youth behind us, that we are able to more fully understand the lessons that Christ intended for man.

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Even now as 2015 draws near, the same messages that He shared with our ancestors during the time he walked the earth, are well worth remembering! Yes, we should and we must, lose our childish traits such as selfishness, ignorance, stubbornness, and the incapacity to understand the value of things. These are behaviors that, if maintained by the human adult, will limit the level of maturity that is needed for us to be able to become the independent managers of the parts of life that we need…. to control, to prioritize and to manage our households, our communities and our countries in this big world in which we live! However, seeing the world with the awe and wonder and the inherent curiosity that is a part of childhood is something we really should not allow maturity to rob of us too quickly!

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Children are PURE!

Yes, there are those who see all life born as depraved by the stain of original sin. But there is not a single newborn alive that has yet committed sin.  Yes, God reinforces this fact to us in Ezekiel 18:20 NKJV, “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son.” Which is why Jesus taught that the kingdom of Heaven belongs to people who are pure of heart, just like a little child!

Children are HUMBLE!

For children there is no one person in the world who is blessed with more greatness or wealth or strength or beauty than any other. All people are equally endowed with these things in the mind of a child. Being someone special is rarely, if ever, important to children. Instead all that matters is that they ARE! Jesus reminded the disciples of the same thing when they asked Him who was the greatest in Heaven. Mark 10:15 NKJV, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Children want to LEARN!

Children are always willing to see all the new possibilities that are available in life even as they absorb, like sponges, all of the information that the world has to offer. This is exactly why a child will ask the adults in their world a million questions…..things that may make no sense to us, such as “Why is are you tall and I’m not?” or “Why is grass green?”! However, as adults, we are often guilty of closing our minds to new possibilities. But God asks of us to listen and learn the lessons His Son shared with the world with every one of our senses, and He also asks us particularly, to open our minds and to see with our hearts! Romans 12:2 reminds us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Children TRUST

Our little ones instinctively know that they are unable to do for themselves and so they trust that their parents will care for them and provide for their needs. So should we remember to trust that God has promised to care for us, as well. Yes, that may well be by allowing us the knowledge we need to care for ourselves, but it is also in understanding that He is always right by our sides as we do! Hebrews 13:5 NKJV reminds us,  “For he himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”

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Yes, some very mature and responsible life and faith decisions ask us to remember some very childlike behaviors and actions. So the next time you encounter a little one in your life, look at them…..REALLY LOOK….. and then ask yourself what things about them are worth remembering and applying to the life we live as an adult of faith!

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At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
 
Matthew 18:1-4 ESV

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 11/22/14

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Enormously Gorgeous 

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Self-respect cannot be hunted.  It cannot be purchased.  It is never for sale.  It cannot be fabricated out of public relations.  It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth we have spoken it. 

Whitney Griswold

http://quotegarden.com/self-respect.html

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I can remember with absolute clarity what motivated so many of the “Thoughts” I’ve written throughout the years. However, there was one I can not. And when you really think about it, that is a very sad commentary on the degree of moral decay that is to be found in our world these days. It had to do with a story I had read a number of years ago that I remember fondly calling “Daddy’s Princess”.

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Now I don’t know that this was the title but I do know that the sentiments were identical to another message that crossed my desk more recently. Both stories were about self-esteem and inner beauty and equipping children (especially little girls) with the tools they need to see themselves as important and worthy and deserving of respect and love. And with the incidence of bullying in our communities seemingly on the rise, making sure no child (or adult, for that matter) thinks themselves undeserving or unworthy must be a huge priority for us as a society!  You see, electing to turn our back on those who are struggling with learning to like themselves, is pervasive in our society. And while this should be unacceptable to those whose faith should teach the importance of understanding the value of each and every child of God, all too often, it is our upstanding, church-going, Bible toting family members, friends and acquaintances, who are often guilty of failing to take appropriate measures to protect those most vulnerable!

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Parents, schools, community groups and religious organizations must all join together in sharing a message that EVERYONE is deserving of experiencing all the happiness that is possible to feel. And if we can make just one person see themselves in a more positive light, we have taken one step forward in keeping that person from becoming a victim at the hands of another!

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To Be Enormously Gorgeous

written by Carla O’Brien
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My dad says I am enormously gorgeous. I wonder if I really am.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Sarah says you need to have beautiful long, curly hair like she has.
I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Justin says you must have perfectly straight white teeth like he has.
I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Jessica says you can’t have any of those little brown dots on your face called freckles.
I do.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Mark says you have to be the smartest kid in the seventh-grade class.
I’m not.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Stephen says you have to be able to tell the funniest jokes in the school.
I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Lauren says you need to live in the nicest neighborhood in town and in the prettiest house.
I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Matthew says you can only wear the coolest clothes and the most popular shoes.
I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous…
Samantha says you need to come from a perfect family.
I don’t.

But every night at bedtime my dad gives me a big hug and says,
“You are enormously gorgeous, and I love you.”

My dad must know something my friends don’t.

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This is a wonderful story with an important message both for children and their parents. In a world that can lack love and acceptance, it is so vitally important that we give our children not only what they need but what they deserve, as well. If you ever wondered for a single moment the importance of positive parenting, then look no farther than the words you have just read. After all, we as families control so much of the direction our young people will travel.

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As parents, if you reinforce the importance of education, you will likely be blessed with children who thirst for knowledge. As parents, if you reinforce the importance of including God in your life, you will likely to be blessed with children that have faith and choose a pathway for living that includes a moral compass that points to Him and His laws for making right choices. As parents, if you reinforce the importance of taking care of our world, you will likely be blessed by witnessing a generation of children equipped with the understanding that we each have the capability of making a difference in not just the lives of people but all of the gifts of nature God has given to man. As parents, if you have taught your children the definition of worth by both what you say as well as how you live,  you will likely be blessed by bearing witness to future generations that know they are worthy!

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4: 8-9 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 11/13/14

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Heaven’s Very Special Child

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gods special child

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“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”

Helen Keller

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Heaven’s very special children are found under the umbrella of the huge grouping of special needs diagnoses. Whether a child has Dyslexia, or Down Syndrome, raising a special needs child can be a daunting and heartbreaking and yes, even an exhilarating experience for families. And how do I know this? Well, I did not have a child with birth defects nor any of the thousands of genetic or chromosomal abnormalities that so many families struggle to manage. But I did have a child who was bright, articulate, and could always spell words without benefit of a dictionary. But my child also had difficulties concentrating, was inattentive often leading me to swear that deafness was lurking somewhere, and seemed to be a perpetual motion  android unit masquerading as a human child.

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Yes, we managed to make it through graduation only by the grace of God and some school administrators that knew that to retain this brilliant mind another year would not serve anyone’s best interest. And so my own very special child graduated, grew up, and became an adult that is just as brilliant and articulate as anyone I have ever met (except for my other child, come to think of it)! In fact, my heaven’s special child has done exceedingly well in life, choosing a career which actually makes use of some the genetics (and the better parts of those, I might add), which my husband and I gifted through the miracle that is life.

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Our offspring was a challenge, albeit a wonderful and blessed challenge, but in hindsight, my child was a challenge that, were I have to face again, I would gladly grab a hold of with both hands. You see, I know that both of my children were lent to me by God for perhaps the first 20 years or so of their lives, to nurture and to raise and to teach and to love……and to let go into the world, where they both would make the world a far better place than it was before their entry. And it is my fervent hope that the very special children that God lends to other equally blessed families to nurture and love, do the very same thing. You see, in every blessed gift of life, is the promise that one day, there might be a cure for cancer, or even peace throughout the land. But even when that gift of life is a very special child…..a child who will never accomplish great things, still the great thing they give us is discovering the wonders of God’s love and mercy in the discovery that we can love absolutely that which is less than perfect. And isn’t that what God’s does for us all….we less than perfect people who are His children….anyway?

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In James 1:16-18 NIV, the words and the promises are shared with us all. “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.” And the promise in these words is that with all that He gives, he gives us, His very special children, He give us the hope that as we live lives that both honor His faith in us, we will also fulfill His plan for the world. And I am a firm believer that as imperfect as each of us is at heart, whether we are a special child or not, that He never makes mistakes and that we are as perfect, in our own, very human way, as He wants and needs us to be!

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Edna Massimilla is a woman whose poetry and gospel music have been widely published. She was also a mother of one of His very special children, who has chosen to repay her thankfulness for this gift, in a unique way. “I feel like I have gifts of writing, and I am going to use it for our Lord,” she says. This is what lead her to gift to the world with one of her most beautiful, and well known poems. “Heaven’s Very Special Child”, honors her daughter, born with Down Syndrome, who now is in Heaven.

Edna Massimilla is the widow of Rev. John A. Massimilla, and together, they served as the chaplains at Delaware’s Institution for Retarded Children.

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Enjoy a video of this beautiful poem, “Heaven’s Very Special Child”, by Edna Massimilla, brought to you by HOPELights. 

 

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God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Genesis 1:28 NIV

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Photo taken June 7th, 2014 as Dan and I celebrated our 39th anniversary!

Happy Birthday to the man who captured my heart the day we met… exactly 42 years ago today. After all, you are the one that God put on this earth just for me!

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 10/11/14

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Courtesy…. It’s Not So Common!

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During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz.  I breezed through the questions until I read the last one:  “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” 

Surely this was a joke.  I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. 

Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. 

“Absolutely,” the professor said.  “In your careers, you will meet many people.  All are significant.  They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.” 

I’ve never forgotten that lesson.  I also learned her name was Dorothy. 

Joann C. Jones

http://www.quotegarden.com/kindness.html

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The other day I was bending over to pick up something I had knocked down at what is, perhaps, my favorite shopping destination…… Wally World, also known as Wal-Mart. Now any of you who know me, know that I am very hard to miss. I am not a twig by any stretch of the imagination. So picture (or perhaps you really don’t want to picture… LOL) me bending over to pick up something that fell off a hanger. Well let me think…. does the phrase “the broad side of a barn” resonate with you? Well anyway, suddenly, and without any warning, a young boy who was racing through, between and under the racks of clothes, suddenly encountered me, almost taking me down with the efficiency of am NFL defensive tackle! He stopped a second, looked at me accusingly as if I had deliberately planted myself in his way, and continued  racing “pell-mell” through the racks. I never saw him again nor did I see his mother or father anywhere near. But my very first thought was…. OK, my first thought was “if only you were my child”! But my second thought was, what has happened to good, old-fashioned, common courtesy? Have we as a civilization become so self-absorbed with our own lives and problems that we have forgotten everything about not just exhibiting good manners by our actions, but also teaching those very same lessons to our children? R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Aretha Franklin had it right. We all need to take a long hard look and find our just exactly what those letters mean to us!

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Common courtesy and respect are about as close to being kissing cousins as any two words could possibly be. And they are also two words that have seemed to vanish with the passing years, just as mysteriously and suddenly, as have the bees. Now I live in the south, and while we teach our children down here to answer everyone, friend and stranger alike, with “yes ma’am” and “no sir”, we seem to forget with the follow through where we reinforce the words with the actions! Give this a thought for a moment. No matter where you travel throughout the world, even when you do not know the language, you still know (or should know) how to demonstrate respect and courtesy through your very actions! I once read the following phrase and it has stuck with me ever since….”Courtesy is the one passport that will be accepted without question in every land, in every office, in every home, in every heart in the world.”

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Perhaps the greatest commandment of Jesus is found in the New Testament. Mark 12:30-31 NIV says: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” But it is one thing to read it and quite another to live it. But no matter how often and how loudly I say the words, I can not teach them and what they mean to your children. It is your responsibility as parents, to start these lessons in the place where all learning should begin……your home. If you wait until your children reach the age where they have entered school or begun Sunday School, it is already too late. Love and respect God. Love and respect ourselves. Love and respect others. It is in how you teach these that will forever define the person your child will be as he follows his pathway through life! So take a moment, and make sure you are starting him or her in the right direction!

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She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Proverbs 31:26 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 06/27/14

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To Soften Rocks, Or Bend A Knotted Oak

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Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak. I’ve read, that things inanimate have mov’d, And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d, By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound. What then am I? Am I more senseless grown Than Trees, or Flint? O force of constant Woe! ‘Tis not in Harmony to calm my Griefs. Anselmo sleeps, and is at Peace; last Night The silent Tomb receiv’d the good Old King; He and his Sorrows now are safely lodg’d Within its cold, but hospitable Bosom. Why am not I at Peace?

 William Congreve

 “The Mourning Bride”, 1697

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I don’t know about you, but I just love to sing. Now when I was younger, I could carry a passably pleasing tune. Today, not so much, which is just fine because most of my singing is limited to times when I am around my family whose capacity to carry a tune rivals my own! And besides, probably 50% of my musical repertoire comes from the children’s television programming and movies geared to the under 5 age group, and since Landon is generally singing (or giving singing a good try) right along with me, in his eyes, I am a Memaw Diva! Music hath such charms, and to reinforce this point, EVERY single time some of his favorite shows come on, even if he is in another room, Landon comes bounding into the living room and starts rocking and grooving to the beat of these amazingly stimulating theme songs. And when I see the joy and happiness in his eyes, I am returned to the time when I could comfortably hold him for hours at a time in my arms and stop his tiny tears and lull him to sleep by softly singing songs to him…..which I did…..often and unashamedly!

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Think about something for a moment. Have you ever been able to feel anger or hatred or remorse or any of the dozen negative emotions that sometimes can hang around our necks like millstones, when you raise your voice up in song? Not even a negative word can be uttered when we are joyfully and whole heartedly raising our voices up as we listen to our favorite recording.

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Did you know that music’s charms are indeed healing? A pilot study is currently being undertaken based on an unusual phenomenon relating to Parkinson’s Disease. The study began when reports emerged that a man with severe Parkinson’s disease suddenly stopped having tremors when listening to the  Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts! Music Therapy is being used more and more in treating Psychiatric disorders and music is incorporated into Holistic Therapies, as well!

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The learned authors who penned the Books of the Bible certainly recognized the importance that music plays both in the lives of man as well as in the worship and praising of our Lord and Savior. Did you know that there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 1150 verses in the Bible that reference music in some way? Not all talk about singing per se.

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Some refer to the instruments used to make music such as the lyre, harp, trumpet and horn while others do, in fact, refer to hymns, songs, music, melodies and psalms that is the essence of music itself. And of course, as I am wont to do, I wonder that if those seeking to share to good news about God made so many references to just this fact, why is it that we, as a collective group, don’t spend much more of our time singing our hearts out? Perhaps if we did, don’t you think we would find a little less time to hate one another and a little more time to love our neighbor?

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Worried about whether you can carry a tune? Don’t be! God doesn’t care if the music we share is up to the standards of Placido Domingo. Just like Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton) said in “Steel Magnolias”, “God don’t care which church you go to as long as you show up”, I have to think he thinks the same way about our singing His praises! Which is why I am sharing some of the wonderful bible verses that talk about music and singing!

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1 Chronicles 16:8-9
Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.


1 Chronicles 16:23
Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.


Psalms 9:11
Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.


Psalms 30:4
Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.


Psalms 33:2-3
Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.  Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.


Psalms 47:6-7
Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.


Psalms 66:1
Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: 2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.

Psalms 67:4
O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

Psalms 68:4
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

Psalms 68:32-33
Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:  To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.

Psalms 81:1
Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

Psalms 92:1-3
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

Psalms 95:1 -2
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

Psalms 96:1-2
O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Psalms 98:1
O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

Psalms 98:4-5
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

Psalms 100:2
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Psalms 105:1-2
O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

Psalms 135:3
Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.

Psalms 147:1
Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

 

Psalms 149:1
Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Psalms 149:3
Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

Psalms 149:5
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Isaiah 12:5
Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

Isaiah 42:10-11
Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.

Jeremiah 20:13
Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.

Zephaniah 3:14
Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Zechariah 2:10
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.

Ephesians 5:18-21
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

James 5:13
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 06/23/14

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Thank You God For Everything!

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Thank You for the world so sweet,
Thank You for the food we eat,
Thank You for the birds that sing,
Thank You God for everything!

Thank You for each happy day,
For fun, for friends, for work, for play.
Thank You God for love and care,
At home, at school and everywhere!

Amen

Author Unknown

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The prayer above might just be one of the very first prayers we introduce to the children in our lives as we seek to share the wonders of faith with them. It is clean and pure and good, just as the lives of children are clean and pure and good. They have not yet become tarnished by life’s harsh realities which seems to somehow muddy all things wondrous once we pass the threshold into adulthood. But then some of us are given a miracle. We bear children and suddenly, we are witnessing life’s untarnished freshness through the eyes of those children (and grandchildren).

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I was thusly blessed some 4 1/2 years ago when a little red-headed ball of fire entered my life! God has blessed me with the opportunity of seeing life through Landon’s innocent eyes. However, I have come to realize something quite wonderful! Because I am transported back to a time of innocent wonder as I help Landon to live his life, it seems as if EVERYTHING that colors my world these days is vibrant and fresh. Yes, like the rest of the adults in my world, I am saddled with the grown up responsibilities we all share. I too must run my household. I too must pay my bills, sometimes without enough money to comfortably manage it. I too must deal with others around me who see things in shades of grey because they don’t have their own 4 1/2 year old wonder to paint life with bright, primary hues of color, like I do! But it is because I do that I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. I am thankful to God for EVERYTHING that I have been given, both the wonderful things and those not so wonderful things.

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Do you honestly think that God allows us trials and tribulations without their being a divine purpose for them? After all, it is the trials that teach us to work hard and persevere to reach our goals. And it is the ability to successfully accomplish this that builds our character as not just people but people of faith. Did Jesus not reassure his Disciples that although they would be scattered and separated, they would never be alone, for God would always be with them? And God will be there just as absolutely for us when we need Him to be! Trials and tribulations come with both a purpose and a reward.

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Now that we have secured this promise from him, why not walk your path through life with a quicker step and a keener eye! Don’t just live your life. LIVE YOUR LIFE! Live life as a child lives life. Look at the miracle that is all of His creation. Let your senses revel in the beauty of everything that surrounds you. Today look for a rose-bush in bloom and inhale the delicate fragrance. Walk by the neighborhood pond and try skipping a stone. Wash your car and then make funny faces in the shiny glass of sparkling windows. Or don’t wash your car and draw a smiley face in the dusty surface of the trunk! Tonight take a walk at dusk and make a wish upon the first star (or planet) you spy! Yes, come down to earth at some point and pay the electric bill, but don’t stay grounded and sensible for too long. Life is too short and the time to live it is now!

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith   produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1: 2-4 NIV

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There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV

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Mandy 2014

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