"INSPIRATION"
JULY 2001 - SEPTEMBER 2001


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September 28, 2001
" Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God."
--- Mother Theresa --- Submitted by Roderick Gaerlan --- California


September 28, 2001
" Today is the best day of your life
Because it is the day that you have not seen."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by K. Liby --- Arizona


September 26, 2001
" I must forgive the past and strive toward tomorrow, never forgetting the past, but living for tomorrow. Pressing on to better myself to glorify God."
--- Copyright © 2000 Tim Barber


September 26, 2001
" Angels fly...because they take themselves lightly."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Charie Naval --- Manitoba, Canada


September 24, 2001
Oh, Lord, You Are My Oasis In The Desert

Oh, Lord, You are my oasis in the desert.
Oh, Lord, You are my rock of support.
Oh, Lord, You are my light in darkness.
Oh, Lord, You are my joy when I am sad.
Oh, Lord, You are my blanket in the blistering sandstorms.
Oh, Lord, You are my cooling breeze on the warmest days.
Oh, Lord, thank You for being my oasis in the desert of life.
--- Copyright © 2001 Mary Ann Herman


September 24, 2001
" Whenever you feel sad, God won't be able to solve your problems. It's up to you, as an individual, to confront your fears and deal with the issues. God is not tangible, but determination is."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Touchez Mespantalons --- France


September 21, 2001
" Cherubin are angels of wisdom
Cupids are angels of love
I don't know who is the angel of friendship
But you must be one of them!
My sweet Angel for me."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Renazen Baquiran --- Manila, Philippines


September 21, 2001
" The most fascinating people to meet are those who have conquered their own ego enough to understand the only real truth to life is love."
--- Copyright © 2001 Kristin Gaudette


September 19, 2001
" Prayer is a steadfast beacon of light, not a distress flare."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tanya Huynh --- Tennessee


September 19, 2001
" Be merciful, just as your Heavenly Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. For in the same measure that you use to love others, it will be measured unto you."
--- Jesus --- Submitted by Scott Johnson --- Florida


September 17, 2001
" When you have lost everything,
There is only one thing to do;
Have Faith In God."
--- W.F.Kumuyi, Gen.Overseer, Deeper Life
--- Submitted by Lewis T.O --- Accra, Ghana



September 17, 2001
" Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are."
--- John B. Sheerin --- Submitted by Sharon Ogden --- Kentucky


September 10, 2001
" Most of the time I feel like a pimple on the end of God's nose.
I may be an irritant but I know I'm in the right place."
--- Copyright © 1985 MaryAnn Rice


September 10, 2001
" Everyday there's tomorrow; every tomorrow there's yesterday.
Don't let the day passed without saying "Lord, I love you"
Because it's always a day made by the Lord."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Seth Noah --- Cebu, Philippines


September 7, 2001
" Don't rush life, today! If rivers were in a hurry to get to the sea, the world would be a much drier place in which to live. Don't rush life, today, and you'll be able to leave more of yourself behind, to help others grow."
--- Copyright © 2001 Scott Johnson


September 7, 2001
" If you have faith, nothing shall be impossible unto you."
--- The Bible --- Submitted by Alex Kurk --- Quebec, Canada


September 5, 2001
" What did you do to your attitude this morning?
Did you tune it in, did you tune it out?
Did you turn it up, or did you turn it down?
Do you take control of it
Or do you allow others to control it for you?
Do you allow God to rule over you or do you rule?
Do you allow God to be in control of your life
Or do you stay in control?
Do you submit to God or do you retract from God?
What is your attitude and how often do you do a checkup
From the neck-up?"
--- Copyright © 2001 Chris Putter


September 5, 2001
" The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention."
--- Richard Moss, M. D. --- Submitted by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia


August 31, 2001
" I salute you! There is nothing I can give you, which you do not already have; but there is much that while I cannot give, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in the present instant. Take Peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow, yet within our reach is joy. Take Joy. And so at this time I greet you with the prayer that for you now and forever the day breaks and the shadows flee away!"
--- Fra Giovanni --- Submitted by David Gray --- Surrey, United Kingdom


August 31, 2001
" Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request and everything your heart desires must come to you."
--- Shakti Gawain --- Submitted by Murali Duggineni --- Andhra Pradesh, India


August 29, 2001
Happiness

" Happiness depends not, on having all that we want;
For we know not what we want,
Or what we want may not be what is best.
Happiness, depends on making the best of what we have,
While striving to achieve that of which we dream.
Happiness then, may be attained by Us All!"
--- Copyright © 2001 Elizabeth Dominguez


August 29, 2001
" Life cannot be perfect but one thing is certain. God will always be our guide to all our dreams. Patience, faith and trust in Him does it all."
--- Pauline Co --- Submitted by Psogc Psogc --- Manila, Philippines


August 27, 2001
" It's those small daily blessings from God that make life worthwhile."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by H.G. -- Louisiana


August 27, 2001
Do Not Dwell

Do not dwell
For the days must go on
And the birds must continue
To sing their song
For what has happened
Is now long gone
And yet, there is nothing to do
But stay strong
And keep changing and learning
For however long
--- Copyright © 2001 Meghan Fogarty


August 24, 2001
" Everything doesn`t have to be perfect before you think it will work, miracles require very little to happen. Just believe it will."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lewis T. --- Gt. Accra Region, Ghana


August 24, 2001
" Some of those who stop in inns are given beds, while others having no beds stretch themselves on the floor and sleep as soundly as those in beds. In the morning, when night is over, all alike get up and leave the inn, carrying away with them only their own belongings. It is the same with those who tread the path of this life: both those who have lived in modest circumstances, and those who had wealth and fame, leave this life like an inn, taking with them no worldly comforts or riches, but only what they have done in this life, whether it be good or bad."
--- St. Anthony --- Submitted by L.H. --- California


August 22, 2001
" God helps those who help themselves."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Zoreed Mukhtar --- New Jersey


August 22, 2001
" The great thing about being a Christian
Is knowing that when I go to sleep tonight and don't wake up
I'm with God, and if I do he's with me."
--- Copyright © 1999 Mike Boan


August 20, 2001
" It is easier to walk on water, with faith,
Than to walk on thin ice, with fear."
--- Copyright © 2001 Scott Johnson


August 20, 2001
Life's Meaning

It's not the length of the stem
Nor the beauty of the rose.
It is the scent that is given
To comfort and console.

It's not the contour of the body
Nor the beauty of the face.
It is the love in the heart
That changes the world's pace.

It's not the width of the trunk
Nor the shape of the leaves.
It is the oxygen that it provides
To keep us to breathe.

It's not the intelligence of the mind
Nor the color of the skin.
It is the strength of the beauty
Within.

It's not the color of the sun
Nor the heat of the rays.
It is the light that it provides
To each and every day.

It's not the sound of the ocean
Nor the touch of the sand.
It is the feeling of God
Lending us a helping hand.
--- Copyright © 1995 Amanda Martin


August 17, 2001
" We plant seeds, nurture and care for them and trust that flowers will grow. What we've worked and hoped for doesn't grow, until one morning we wake to find a field of miracles. Never stop believing, for wonderful surprises await you."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.L. --- Singapore


August 17, 2001
" Without pain, we would not experience love.
Without silence, we could not appreciate our words.
Without weakness,our strength would be obsolete.
Without tears, our laughter would never be heard.
Although we may all face hardships in our life,
We must remember that serenity is born through strife."
--- Copyright © 2001 Rachel Lowery


August 15, 2001
Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life
And the chance you have given me.
To work, to play, to love and be loved
And especially to honor Thee.

All I ask is that you use me, Lord,
However you think I can be
Of help to my neighbor, so that I may live,
Each day with a purpose and something to give.
--- Copyright © 2000 Linda Mannke


August 15, 2001
" Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love."
--- William Shakespeare --- Submitted by Laurel D. --- Ohio


August 13, 2001
" Whenever YOUR way has come to an impasse, look up.
For God's way, the way of faith, is rarely visible from ground level."
--- Copyright © 2001 Scott Johnson


August 13, 2001
" If you do the possible, God will do the impossible."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by P.I. --- Illinois


August 10, 2001
" There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control a firm resolve of a determined soul."
--- Ella Wheeler Wilcox --- Submitted by Murali Duggineni --- Andhra Pradesh, India


August 10, 2001
" Muscular strength protects the wall of the body's temple.
Inner strength protects the soul; the keeper of the temple."
--- Copyright © 1995 Roland Cummins


August 8, 2001
" Dear Lord, teach me to walk in your Son light."
--- Copyright © 2000 Linda Mannke


August 8, 2001
" Stop sweating the small stuff. Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us. Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with, what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically emotionally, as well as spiritually. Life is too short to let it pass you by. We only have one shot at this and then it is gone. I hope you all have a blessed day."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Warren King --- Queensland, Australia


August 6, 2001
" From the edge, the vision is always clearest."
--- Copyright © 2001 Eric Hueneke


August 6, 2001
Thank-You God

Thank-You God for being my Comforter,
When my soul was weak
and the tears wouldn't stop,
When my heart was aching with pain
and I was searching for refuge,
When my spirit was broken beyond repair
and I felt lost and hopeless,
Thank-You for Joy.

Thank-You God for being my Teacher,
When I was ignorant to the Lessons of Life
and rebuked wisdom,
When I was rebellious against your principles
and rejected morality,
When I was hindered by obstacles
and blinded by self-doubt,
Thank-You for Knowledge.

Thank-You God for being my Spiritual Guide,
When I chose the wrong path to tread
and lost sight of my purpose,
When I didn't know the power of faith, prayer,
and forgiveness,
When I didn't know how to surrender all my
anger, fears, and temptations,
Thank-You for your Guidance.

Thank-You God for being my Counselor,
When I didn't know how to acknowledge nor
express my feelings,
When I chose Sin over Self-Love,
Thank-You for Revelations, Awakenings, & Resolutions.

Thank-You God for being Love,
and showering your blessings upon my growing
heart.
Thank-You for showing me how to love, give love,
and be loved.
You are truly my inspiration ~
the core of my heart and spirit.
Thank-You for Inner Peace.

Now, I thank-you God for being Divine,
for accompanying me through my Journey of Life,
Through the rumbling tides and strong waves,
Thank-You for bringing me to shore.
You are truly my Captain
So in the name of Love
Thank-You God ~ Thank-You God ~ Thank -You ~
--- Copyright © 2000 Candice R. Chester


August 3, 2001
" When we speak we pray.
Positive words are prayers to G-d.
Negative words are prayers to a god which helps not."
--- Copyright © 2001 Brian Roscher


August 3, 2001
" If you keep your heart pure and you never lose heart,
You will obtain your heart's desire."
--- Copyright © 2001 Brian Dale


August 1, 2001
" Waste this day loitering, it'll be the same tomorrow, and the next more waste. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute what you can do. Or believe you can. Courage has genius, power, magic in it. Begin it, and the work will be completed."
--- Goethe --- Submitted by M. Willems --- W.A., Australia


August 1, 2001
" The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong."
--- Mahatma Gandhi --- Submitted by Ed P. --- United Kingdom


July 30, 2001
" As ye have faith, so shall your powers and blessings be."
--- Abdu'l-Baha --- Submitted by Mike Wallace --- Massachusetts


July 30, 2001
" Those who dare live.
Those who don't exist.
Dare to live!"
--- Copyright © 1998 Arti Sanichara


July 25, 2001
The Lord's Test

I woke up this morning
and knew that today,
The sun would not be shining
and the clouds would be gray.

As I stepped outside,
rain fell upon my head.
My car wouldn't start
so I walked to school instead.

I forgot all of my assignments
I failed all of my tests.
I dropped my head in disgust
and asked the Lord
for one request.

"Lord, why is it that
things won't go my way?"
He gently replied,
"Dear child it is because
you didn't thank me yesterday.

I woke you up and enabled
you to see the sun again.
I gave you shelter,
protected your family, and even let
you make a new friend.

I blessed you far
greater than I ever had before.
But you were too busy
to thank me once more.

You didn't feel sick
because I maintained your health.
You had money in your pocket
because I maintained your wealth.

You had shoes on your feet
and clothes to wear, too.
You had plenty of food to eat,
and what did you do?

You ignored me and went
about your tasks.
But when you wanted something
you never hesitated to ask.

I was there when you needed me
and that wasn't too long ago.
But when things started going your way,
it was me you did not know.

As if that weren't enough,
I provided your favorite luxuries.
This was something I didn't have
to do-they weren't even necessities.

And when it was time to get on your
knees and show your gratitude,
You decided that after such a
fulfilling day, you weren't in the mood.

So I decided to
give you just a little test.
To show you how it would feel
to stop being blessed."

I began to realize what
the Lord was saying.
And when I got home,
I fell to my knees and started praying.

He said, "My child, you have
learned and you know I do forgive.
But remember to remember this day
as long as you shall live.

I love filling your life with joy,
and your pain I'll alleviate it.
But just a simple thank you would show
how much you appreciate it.
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Andrew Ho --- Malaysia


July 25, 2001
" Your soul doesn't care what you do for a living - and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only about what you're being while you're doing what you're doing."
--- Neale Donald Walsch --- Submitted by Nathan G. --- Washington


July 23, 2001
" True love is a connection of two souls,and unity of two minds."
--- Copyright © 1999 Mbavhalelo Manenzhe


July 23, 2001
" When the door of happiness close, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us. It's not enough to have dreams unless you're willing to pursue it. It's not enough to know what's right unless you're strong enough to do it. It's not enough to learn the truth unless you're also learn to live it. It's not enough to reach for love unless you care enough to live it."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Michelle St. Louis --- Ontario, Canada


July 20, 2001
some voices come
some voices go
some things dwindle
others remain whole
futures are untold
waiting to be shed from depths

the mind sleeps
while resting the head
tomorrow is another day
to read from the chapter
written on the journey we take
--- Copyright © 2001 Peter Barrett


July 20, 2001
When life gets rough
Stand up,
Get tough.
'Cause bad times come
And bad times go,
But good times seem to keep the flow.

So when you're sad,
Don't go get mad,
Go take your turn,
Without a burn,
And see that things
May be that way,
But soon they won't be there to stay.

Keep up your strength
And go the length,
You'll see the light
And win the fight.
Before you know,
You'll let them blow
And realize
There is more to know.

For sadness may be there a day,
But goodness will get in the way
And make you see that there will be,
A better day for you and me.
--- Copyright © 2001 Julie Kruger


July 18, 2001
" In one minute I can change my attitude
And in that minute I can change my entire day."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by R.T. --- Wisconsin


July 16, 2001
" In this world, most people march to the beat of the most popular drummer. Some people march to the beat of a different drummer.
In my life, I will play the drums."
--- Copyright © 2001 Greg Olson


July 16, 2001
" Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
--- John Quincy Adams --- Submitted by Murali Duggineni --- Andhra Pradesh, India


July 13, 2001
" When life seems tough, GO ON! When things go wrong, MOVE ON!
God grants us the strength to persevere and not to surrender."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jey-aiy Reyes --- Manila, Philippines


July 13, 2001
" Tomorrow is a fresh day, with no mistakes in it."
--- From Anne of Green Gables
--- Submitted by J. Shaw --- Tasmania, Australia
--- Source of quote supplied by Stephanie B. --- 8/13/01



July 11, 2001
" The thought God holds of you is like a star, unchangeable in the night sky."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sharon Ogden --- Kentucky


July 11, 2001
" To place faith in something other than one's self requires an element of courage; yet those who have put it in God can testify that even greater courage - along with peace of mind - is to be found in doing so."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by A. D. --- Manila, Philippines


July 9, 2001
" There are no monuments dedicated to me, and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart, and for me, this has always been enough."
--- Nicholas Sparks --- Submitted by Lynne E. --- Virginia


July 9, 2001
" No prayer goes unanswered.
It's just that sometimes the answer is no."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sandra Klein --- Illinois


July 6, 2001
" I am a strong, positive and creative and loving being. I am inspired by the energy that surrounds me. My life is a masterpiece in progress, and I will take the world by CALM."
--- Copyright © 2001 Alison Cross


July 6, 2001
" It is not important what you believe, just that you believe."
--- Copyright © 2001 Chris Wiegert


July 2, 2001
" When you wake up in the morning, don't think about the bad things or troublesome tasks at hand. Just be happy to wake up alive, for with God's help it will all come a whole lot easier!"
--- Copyright © 2001 Tyler Bargas


July 2, 2001
" When God closes a door, He opens bigger doors. Always expect bigger and greater things when God works. He doesn't do windows."
--- Renwick Mollineau Sr.
--- Submitted by Renwick Mollineau Jr. --- Arima, Trinidad and Tobago



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