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Linda Schuster


For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.(Jeremiah 29:11)

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The Arbor

Behind an apartment at the edge of town stands an arbor. Six feet high, it
was designed and built to support climbing plants, and it has been put to
good use. The residents have planted climbing roses at the base of the arbor
posts, and then added trellises to help the roses climb to the top. Beneath
the arbor are shrubs, flowering bushes, and statuary.

Hanging from the rungs at the top are bird feeders. The arbor is beautiful
to see, and undoubtedly a source of great pleasure to its owners. Nearby
sits a second arbor. Almost identical to the first, it stands stark, bare,
and unused. Its sole adornment is a fading, yellow thermometer, nailed to
one of the posts. With nothing to cover it, the wood appears much older and
more weathered. A monument to futility and unrealized purpose, the second
arbor stands stark, bare, and wasted.

Your life stands like an arbor, a gift from God, waiting to be used. You can
choose to complain that your arbor is too short, or too weathered, or not as
nice as somebody else's, or you can start planting. God is not going to
judge you on whether your life flowered as beautifully as someone else's.
But God will judge you on whether you used what he gave you or not.

Beethoven could surely have complained that his hearing was worse than
others, and excused himself from even trying. He chose to plant instead, and
in the process, revolutionized music. The famous physicist Steven Hawking
could have complained that few other people have to cope with a debilitating
illness like his. Instead, he chose to plant, and revolutionized the science
of physics.

For every arbor larger than yours, I can show you one that is smaller or
more dilapidated or more limited. The choice is yours: complain, or start

Your life is God's gift to you. What you make of it is your gift to God.


A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new
sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member. Ten days
before the new church was to open, the local building inspector informed the
pastor that the parking lot was inadequate for the size of the building.
Until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they would not be able
to use the new sanctuary. Unfortunately, the church with its undersized lot
had used every inch of their land except for the mountain against which it
had been built. In order to build more parking spaces, they would have to
move the mountain out of the back yard. Undaunted, the pastor announced the
next Sunday morning that he would meet that evening with all members who had
"mountain moving faith." They would hold a prayer session asking God to
remove the mountain from the back yard and to somehow provide enough money
to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening dedication service
the following week. At the appointed time, 24 of the congregation's 300
members assembled for prayer. They prayed for nearly three hours. At ten
o'clock the pastor said the final "Amen". "We'll open next Sunday as
scheduled," he assured everyone. "God has never let us down before, and
I believe He will be faithful this time too." The next morning as he was
working in his study there came a loud knock at his door. When he called
"come in", a rough looking construction foreman appeared, removing his hard
hat as he entered. "Excuse me, Reverend. I'm from Acme Construction
Company over in the next county. We're building a huge shopping mall.
We need some fill dirt. Would you be willing to sell us a chunk of that
mountain behind the church? We'll pay you for the dirt we remove and pave
all the exposed area free of charge, if we can have it right away. We can't
do anything else until we get the dirt in and allow it to settle properly."
The little church was dedicated the next Sunday as originally planned and
there were far more members with "mountain moving faith" on opening Sunday
than there had been the previous week!

Would you have shown up for that prayer meeting? Some people say faith
comes from miracles. But others know: MIRACLES COME FROM FAITH!

Work from your Heart

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer contractor of
his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely
life with his wife enjoying his extended family.

He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The
contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build
just one more house as a personal favor.

The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was
not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior
materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work the employer came to inspect the house.
He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. 'This is your house,' he
said, 'my gift to you.' The carpenter was shocked! What a shame!

If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it
all so differently. So it is with us.

We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into
the building. Then with a shock we realize we have to live in the house we
have built.

If we could do it over, we'd do it much differently. But we cannot go back.
You are the carpenter.

Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. 'Life is a
do-it-yourself project,' someone has said. Your attitudes and the choices
you make today, build the 'house' you live in tomorrow.

Build wisely!

Brownies with a Difference

Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their youth why some music,
movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them to bring
into the home or to listen to or see.

One parent came up with an original idea that is hard to refute. The father
listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a
particular PG-13 movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone else was
seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only rated PG-13
because of the suggestion of sex--they never really showed it. The language
was pretty good--the Lord's name was only used in vain three times in the
whole movie. The teens did admit there was a scene where a building and a
bunch of people were blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff.
It wasn't too bad. And, even if there were a few minor things, the special
effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed. However, even with
all the justifications the teens made for the 13' rating, the father still
wouldn't give in. He didn't even give his children a satisfactory
explanation for saying, "No." He just said, "No!"

A little later on that evening the father asked his teens if they would like
some brownies he had baked. He explained that he'd taken the family's
favorite recipe and added a little something new. The children asked what it
was. The father calmly replied that he had added dog poop. However, he
quickly assured them, it was only a little bit. All other ingredients were
gourmet quality and he had taken great care to bake the brownies at the
precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies would be
superb. Even with their father's promise that the brownies were of almost
perfect quality, the teens would not take any. The father acted surprised.
After all, it was only one small part that was causing them to be so
stubborn. He was certain they would hardly notice it. Still the teens held
firm and would not try the brownies.

The father then told his children how the movie they wanted to see was just
like the brownies. Our minds are tricking us into believing that just a
little bit of evil won't matter. But, the truth is even a little bit of poop
makes the difference between a great treat and something disgusting and
totally unacceptable. The father went on to explain that even though the
movie industry would have us believe that most of today's movies are
acceptable fare for adults and youth, they are not.

Now, when this father's children want to see something that is of
questionable material, the father merely asks them if they would like some
of his special dog brownies. That always closes the subject.

The Lonely Ember

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services
regularly, stopped going.

After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly
evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a
blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man
welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The
pastor made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence,
he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs.

After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up
a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all
alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched
all this in quiet fascination.

As the one lone ember's flame diminished, there was a momentary glow
and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and "dead as a
Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.

Just before the pastor was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead
ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began
to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around

As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, "Thank you so
much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back
in church next Sunday."

Author Unknown


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Many Many returns of the Day !! May God Richly Bless you !!


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Hi. Thanks for accepting me. I wish you and your family a VERY JOYFUL CHRISTMAS. GOD BLESS ! He is here in our every being !


Hi. Thanks for accepting me. I wish you and your family a VERY JOYFUL CHRISTMAS. GOD BLESS ! He is here in our every being !

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