Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Most Awesome Pictures on Flickr

There is no doubt that the slide show above has some of the best photographers in the world. I challenge you to click the picture and sit back and relax, for one of the most awesome shows on the internet.

If you see a picture you really like, and want to see more of that artist, just click the picture and you will be taken to their photo stream


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Power of Compassion

Just a thought I wanted to share. . .

There is power and freedom in considering the needs of others above our own wants. There is a peace that cannot be described in living outside the security of stuff and things, fully relying upon God and His provision. There is so much more life to be had investing our time, energy, and resources with purpose and aim that benefit the lives of others within our communities rather than pursuing a life of wastefulness and selfish ambition. When pride is discarded and we begin to assist and co-labor with others on this quest to fulfill the Creator's plan for humanity, we find that we come full circle in the expression of and the recieving of God's love. Through reaching beyond ourselves to extend a helping hand, we in actuality experience the hand of God at work in our very lives. In giving we recieve. . . "Give and it shall be given unto you". . . We're created to be community-minded, relationship-oriented beings. For "no man is an island" and every life is connected to and in some way affects another. We are all connected. And in order for us to excel in this life we must remember that. Everything we do has a lasting affect on the life of another, somewhere. And to get ahead in life we must be willing to travel with others, showing them the way as well. We cannot reach our destinations in life solitarily. The way God designed our lives, we need others and they need us. We are creatures of companionship. Togetherness is our means of travel through this life, along the path which leads to our destiny.

Monday, March 27, 2006

You are Life

I look,
Seeing what I'm not , You see what I am
Knowing what is not there I lose hope
Calling those things that be not as though they were I learn to believe
Having a heart with so many desires to rest upon
The best place is with You
I was once without courage, then I found You and became brave
When I am without strength, You surround me and I am strong
With many fears, I became frightened, but You covered me and I discovered faith Burdens were weighing me down, but You came and carried the load
Tears have been shed many times and yet You are always there to wipe them away
Peace seemed afar off, but as I drew nearer to You I found it's source
Joy was once a long lost friend that I had no hope of seeing again and yet You arrived at my door and joy was found
Life was stagnant, missing vigor and vitality until You flooded me with your spirit, reviving what was the deadness and resurrecting hope
I didn't know who I was until you revealed your love to me
You give my life meaning
You are life now and forever

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Found on the Wall

These sayings were said to be found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta. While there maybe dispute if they were or not, the message is universal.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Father's Love Letter

Below you will find a link to an intimate message from your Father to you. It arrived in my email box today and it is beautiful! Take a few moments and read it, bask in it's message and share it with others!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


adapted from "Face to Face" by Mimi Thompson

Peering up into the night sky,
We capture a glimpse of Divine radiance as the Son's return draws nigh
His voice resonates from the stars as they twinkle and glisten,
Inner prompts urging us to listen

Vitality so precisely determined doesn't just occur by chance
Creator is the life-giving force
Motivating the existence of all living creatures
Predetermining their purposes in advance

In the etheral quiet of each night
One can hear the celestial trumpeting of melodious temperament
Serenity reigns while joy fills the soul
Calming with complete contentment

From the heavens outpour a reflection of Divine workings
Mirroring to humanity our allotted grace and power

Esteeming all to keep the faith
For this is the Body of Christ's appointed hour

Fortunately likened to the stars above
As great creations predestined to shine
In the works of our God filled with His love

Fearfully and wonderfully made
That is what we all are
Clothed in His adornment of glory and grandeur

Just as He has perfectly aligned the stars according to His will
Trust that He will do the same with your life
As the Master Craftsman refined in skill

Brightly burning, the stars exclaim to mankind
"We are jewels of the Creator, seek His face and your life's purpose you will find"

Such power surrounds us in all that we see
And yet the same God that created the heavens and the earth
Created both you and me

Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made
In the image of our Heavenly Father above
Peacefully assured through the textures and depths
Of His handiwork of love ~

My Wealth

My Wealth

by Kathleen Melton Sihlanick

Lord, teach me to be grateful
For the gift of life itself.
Help me reach out to others
And share with them my wealth.

My wealth today may be a smile
For someone who's distressed
Tomorrow it may be a handshake
Or a word or two in jest.

Next week I may be so fortunate
As to give some inspiration
To one who needs encouragement
And has received only condemnation.

You see I have a wealth of goods
Which I should like to share.
The supply is never-ending,
It's obtained through love and prayer.

Thus, it is my earnest pleas
That my Christian spirit show
And I impart a radiance
That may cause some heart to glow.

And may it be in such a way
It is never known nor guessed.
God, if I guide only one soul to you
My life shall be truly blessed.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations

I received this in my email box today and wanted to share it with all the stay at home moms out there! Have a great day!

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk's office was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself. "What I mean is," explained the recorder, "do you have a job or are you just a...?"

"Of course I have a job," snapped the woman. "I'm a Mom."

"We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation, "housewife covers it," said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient and possessed of a high sounding title like, "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar." "What is your occupation?"
she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know. The words simply popped out. "I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your field?"

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't) in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out).

I'm working for my Masters, (the whole darned family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money."

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up and personally ushered me to the door. As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!

And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another Mom."

Motherhood! What a glorious career! Especially when there's a title on the door.

Does this make grandmothers "Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations" and great grandmothers Executive Senior Research Associates"? I think so!!! I also think it makes Aunts "Associate Research Assistants.