Forgiveness…Allows Us Freedom to Live and Love

Forgiveness restores our hearts  to the innocence that we knew -  an innocence that allowed us  the freedom to love

I have been reading a wonderful book by Greg Anderson called The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness. From my work with those who have lost their health, I can do nothing but applaud Greg Anderson’s work! I see almost every day the connection between harboring bitterness and grudges and the deterioration of health.

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer and then deciding that he was going to find out what survivors had done to cure themselves of cancer, Greg Anderson found an overwhelming number of survivors who had made the deliberate choice to forgive. Greg then chose to analyze his life and begin the process of forgiving those who he felt had wronged him.  He believes that his survival is a result of that choice.

Forgiveness is not about the forgiving the sin or the trespass, it is about the freeing our soul of the bitterness and cankers that come from carrying the resentment.

I hope if you are carrying those heavy burdens of resentment that you will consider unloading them! I hope you enjoy today’s story!:

Leave Your Hurts in the Sand

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

Do not value the things you have in your life. But value who you have in your life!

Author Unknown

Story shared from the following website: http://www.inspirationalarchive.com/1148/leave-your-hurts-in-the-sand/

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Do Small Things with Great Love…Giving Love and Service

Do Small things with Great love - Mother Teresa

Giving Love and Service – it is rarely easy and virtually never convenient. Yet, it can make all the difference to those we love and to the strangers around us.

I believe we all have a story to tell of someone who has done something small for us – an act of service that did not require great sacrifice. Yet, those acts born of thoughtfulness and concern are some of our most meaningful and cherished moments.

I remember a time in my life shortly after I had graduated from high school. I was working in a pizza store. I wasn’t happy with where my life was and was feeling like nobody cared. One night a couple that I knew casually from church came in. I was working the counter that night and did not wait on the couple but I said hi as I saw them walk in. After their meal, the man deliberately walked up to the counter and gave me a silver dollar. I don’t remember his exact words but he conveyed to me that he believed in me and that I was important. This man did not know me well but he had taken the time to notice me, think about me and then give me words of encouragement. He gave me a priceless gift that night. He gave me hope in myself and he helped me to believe in my worth. The silver dollar was a sweet gesture on his part but it was his words of encouragement that made all the difference. His kind act still impacts my life today.

Remembering moments like these in my life helps me to understand the profound difference small acts of service and kindness can make in the lives of those we come in contact with. I think today’s story shares perfectly the concept that we all need help from time to time. It is through the kindness of strangers that God most often answers our prayers. Are you meant to answer a prayer for God today?

I hope you enjoy today’s story!:

Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African-American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her – generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry! She wrote down his address, thanked him and drove away.

Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read:

“Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”
Sincerely,
Mrs. Nat King Cole

Story shared from the following website: http://www.motivateus.com/stories/five.htm

 

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Happy Thanksgiving! May God’s Greatest Blessing Be Yours!

thanksgiving-2016-autumn-1649440Happy Thanksgiving everyone! May God’s greatest blessings be yours and may we all recognize the incredible blessings that are a part of our lives!

Here’s an inspirational story for Thanksgiving!:

A Thanksgiving Remembrance

My paternal grandmother lived with us. She would sit in the porch swing and I would stand behind her and brush her beautiful long gray hair. As I brushed her hair she would tell me her two favorite stories from the Bible. The only thing better was when she would have me snuggle up close to her in the swing as she read to me. As I child, I surmised that they were just good stories but now as a mother and grandmother I realize she had an ulterior motive – she was teaching me a most valuable lesson – a lesson about kindness and thankfulness.

She often added to the story of the Good Samaritan, “You never pass someone in need even if their skin is not the color of yours.” And, “You should never pick and choose who you will be kind to, you just be kind,” she would enumerate over and over.

This same instruction came with Manners and Etiquette. “Know what to do and do it. If you do the same right thing often enough it will become second nature to you.” “That way,” she would instruct, “You will always know what to do and feel confident doing it.”

Sounded complicated as a child but as I grew older I realized what I did automatically, others my age struggled with.

This tutoring soon gave me the understanding that the Kindness lessons and the Manners lessons were synonymous. They both really were practicing the Golden Rule. Which is simply put, “Treat others, as you want to be treated and never forget any kindness extended to you.”

I also learned as a child growing up that my mother always had a slip of paper fastened to the inside of a cabinet door in the kitchen. It was near the sink where mother was more apt to see it. At the top of the page were written the words, “Lest I forget.” There was never a kindness extended to her or our family that was not found listed on her paper. In November of each year she would in some way once again let the person or persons involved know how grateful she was for their kindness. Mother often quoted the reminder to us, “Don’t remember the kindness you do for another, but never forget kindness done for you.”

I am reminded even more of the lessons learned as a child and even some days I find myself missing that spot on grandma’s lap and the peace that came with her loving arms around me.

May we each give thanks and remember all kindness given to us.

Story shared from the following website: http://www.values.com/your-inspirational-stories/39-a-thanksgiving-remembrance

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Seven Dangers to Human Virtue…Our Stewardship

7 Dangers to Human Virtue

Human Virtues – I think they go hand in hand with stewardship. I returned from my near death experience with the concept of stewardship deeply embedded in my heart. I realize now in ways that I did not realize prior to my near death experience how vitally important our stewardship called life truly is. I came across the seven dangers to human virtue today and my eyes lit up! Somebody out there gets it! I love this list. For me, it is like including a subheading with the Golden Rule. Work, conscience, character, ethics, humanity, sacrifice, and principles are vital to the well being of our lives and our world!

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We Were Not Placed on this Earth to Walk Alone…Nurture Your Relationships

Walking on the street“I can do it myself!” Have you ever heard that statement from a little child? Have you ever thought it to yourself? I am guilty of wanting to “Do it all myself” a lot. When others don’t seem inclined to want to help me, it makes it all the easier for my thought patterns to go back to that rut of “I Can Do it Myself”. In heaven, we were amazingly adept at being cohesive and sharing our love, care and support. On earth, many of us are too well versed in the art of isolating ourselves and withholding love and support. I have read that the opposite of love is not hate – it is apathy. I agree with that statement. How many wonderful things go undone and important causes blow away because no one is willing to care? When we our transition back to heaven, we will not care about what our bank accounts looked like or how famous we were. We will care about our relationships and those we love. This life is short, precious and is meant to be shared. I hope that this week will be full of caring and sharing moments for you!

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