Be The Message of Thanksgiving!

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A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.”

There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.

The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling. And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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A Thanksgiving Thought

Well worth the read!

The Theologizer

[ Colossians 1:19-20 ]

“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.”

Every Thanksgiving we usually make lists of things that we are thankful for. We find all the bits of grace and mercy God had shown us through the years. We remind ourselves of major events, replaying them as if they were yesterday, and we recall memories of minor events and smile thinking, “How did I forget that?”. Or we do as the hymn says and count our many blessings and name them one by one. But I’d like to pose a question: What if God’s only gift to you was His saving grace? Would you still be thankful then?

After World War II, U.S. General Ike Eisenhower was on an airplane going home. Waiting…

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Thanksgiving Quotes

This is too good not to share.

Trails of Life

I hope everyone is doing well this time of the year. God bless all of you and thanks for reading these posts. Here is a short collection of what I simply call Thanksgiving Quotes. A good mixture of inspirational and humorous thoughts related to the turkey-eating, family-gathering, football-watching, and counting-your-blessings season. Oh, and I just about forgot to mention deer hunting–hey, I’m right there with the Pilgrims.

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Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

Henry Ward Beecher

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, – a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.

George Herbert

I do not think of…

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How Much Does A Prayer Weigh?

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Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.

John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store.

Visualizing the family needs, she said: “Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.”

John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.

Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family.

The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, “Do you have a grocery list?”

Louise replied, “Yes sir”

“O.K.” he said, “put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.”

Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.

The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down.

The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, “I can’t believe it.”

The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in utter disgust.

Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer which said:

“Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.”

The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence. Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said, “It was worth every penny of it.”

It was some time later that the grocer discovered the scales were broken; therefore, only God knows how much a prayer weighs.

Have a blessed day!

Make a Paracord Cross Necklace

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I made this Paracord Cross Necklace for my grandson Lincoln. Thanks goes to Scott at Trails of Life who posted how to make this. If you haven’t checked out his blog yet you should, he consistently has great posts.

Trails of Life

I learned how to create a new paracord project at fushionknots.com.  The Paracord Cross consists of Square Crowned Sinnets with Diamond Knots finishing off the top and bottom.  I used four 6 ft lengths of 550 paracord (tan and red colors).  My attempt didn’t exactly turn out as expected, but I’m still pleased with the results.   I think the finished product is probably too large to actually serve as a necklace, but I might strap it to my backpack or hiking stick.  It would make a great conversation piece and could certainly open up witnessing opportunities.

The Paracord Cross Necklace took me about 2 hours to make, and it was my first one.  To view the video for making this project click here.

If you’re interested in making paracord crafts, you might also want to check out my from free resource on How to Make a Survival…

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Marriage Isn’t For You

If your married, about to marry, or thinking about marriage, you need to read this.

Seth Adam Smith

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

Perhaps each…

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