LATE 1998

"Imagine Jesus, with all power,
Came to earth, and took a fleshly body.
The body has no power.
It's the Spirit that has the power over the flesh.
It's a decision He made to become flesh,
With an all powerful Spirit.
What I need to do
Is allow the same to occur in my flesh."
© 1998 Robert Gary Lee --- Maryland
"I believe in living a life less ordinary...
Yet extraordinary."
Timmy Fernandez --- Malaysia
"There is no need to run outside for better seeing...
Rather abide at the center of your being;
For the more you leave it the less you learn.
Search your heart and see...
The way to do is to be."
Lao-tzu --- Submitted by Lauren Stryker --- Ohio
"It's not the burdens of everyday that drive men mad.
It is the regret of yesterday and the fear of tomorrow.
Regret and fear are twin thieves that rob us of today."
Unknown --- Contributed by B. Cecile --- Ontario, Canada
"Every act of forgiveness has the same nature
And the unique expression.
Our challenge is to create our own particular style of forgiveness
That sends a healing message.
Forgiveness clears a space in the mind
Where hope finds enough room
To devise practical strategies of change......
Here is an affirmation I wrote to use when I need to forgive:

Beloved God,
Freedom lies in forgiveness.
Take these feelings of pain and hurt and transform us both.
I am willing to have my perceptions healed that I might rise above,
That I might hurt no longer, that I be released from this suffering.
I ask that (* name of person* ) be healed
And given new life in our loving.
Guide us both to new life in Love by releasing the past.
By God's Grace, may this Love be made anew,
Sustained and live forever and ever.
Dear God, take our pain and heal our hearts.
Guide us in our journey."
Tamara Robinson
"When your world seems like too much to handle,
Just take a deep breath and laugh.
It clears the mind and frees your spirit."
Michael P. Miller --- California

Believe in yourself
in the power you have
to control your own life
day by day

Believe in the strength
that you have deep inside
will help you show the way

Believe in tomorrow
and what it will bring
let a hopeful heart
carry you through

For things will work out
if you trust and believe
there's no limit to
what you can do!!!
Copyright © Emily Matthews
--- Contributed by Serene Yang --- Malaysia
--- Author's name provided by Courtney Mink --- 9-15-00

My Dream:

"I had a dream the other night, that
world was full of peace

That people of all creeds and
let all hatred cease

That every child in their mother's womb,
would have a chance at life

That people would be healed to walk,
hear and have sight

That the news we read everyday, would
good and never bad

That all people would recognize, the
talents that they have

That every person had a job, and
in a warm bed

That people in all parts of the world
would have food and be fed

That greed, jealousy and envy, would
a thing of the past

That every marriage would be a happy
and would forever last

That every little girl and boy had
gift under the tree

That the world knew Christ and His love
and shared it endlessly

But like all things my dream ended,
and I
felt a sense of loss

So I prayed the dream would become
like Jesus and the Cross"
Copyright © 1997 --- Brian G.Jett

"Freedom in Christ is to be a new creature
Freedom to walk, not as we were
Freedom to live a life of example
Freedom to carry our burdens no more
Freedom to fly, like a kite up to heaven
But held to this earth, by a powerful grace
Tied by the strength, of his love and forgiveness
Gives us freedom to win
At whatever the race."
Carl Boyd --- Canada
"Through the doors of perception
Down the corridors of uncertainty
Into the room of self doubt
Opens the window of opportunity."
David Parker --- Melbourne, Australia
"The only thing that you can carry with you on your travels
Is your heart.
Fill you heart with good things and good things will follow you
For the rest of your life."
Scott Murray --- Zimbabwe, Africa
"A hero is an ordinary person who performs an ordinary task
In an extraordinary situation."
Steve Hedderson --- Ontario, Canada
"One truly cannot be described,
If the one doing the describing
Has a bad attitude."
Joe A. Perez --- Texas
"I look at my myself; and see a stone,
I look at my friends and see gold,
But I look at you, and see a gem."
Matt Sabatino --- Ohio
"We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn
To turn on his or her own light."
Earl Nightingale
--- Contributed by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia

"Never lose sight of the importance of a beautiful sunrise,
Or watching your kids sleep, or the smell of rain.
It's often the little things that really matter in life."
By Chad King --- Texas

"I knelt to pray but not for long
I had too much to do
Must hurry off and get to work
For bills would soon be due.
And as I said a hurried prayer
Jumped up from off my knee
My duty was now done
My soul could be at ease

All through the day I had no time
To speak a word of cheer
No time to speak to friends
They'd laugh at me I fear
No time...No time too much to do
That was my constant cry
No time to give to those in need

At last it was time to die
And when the Lord I came
I stood with downcast eyes
With His hands He held a book
It was The Book of Life

He look in the book and said
Your name I cannot find
I once was going to write it down
But never found the time.."
Jannie Putter --- South Africa
"It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable,
That those who will not risk cannot win."
Paul Jones, the Revolutionary War naval hero
--- Sent in by Steve Richardson --- Missouri

"Every day matters."
Author Unknown --- Sent in by Wes Wright ---Texas
"Though it's important that people know you,
It is more important if they think you are worth knowing."
David Sees --- Florida
"Friends are like melons, Shall I tell you why?
To find one good, you must a hundred try."
Unknown --- Sent in by Samantha Fletcher --- Texas
"Prayer gives us the opportunity to speak to GOD,
Meditation allows GOD to speak back to us."
Author Unknown --- Sent to us by Annice LeGrande --- Maryland
"Easy is right.
Begin right and you are easy.
Continue easy and you are right.
The right way to go easy
Is to forget the right way
And forget that the going is easy."
--- Sent in by Stew Langille --- Nova Scotia, --- Canada

"Mire Hacia Las Estrellas.
Look At The Stars."
Raul E. Sanchez
"Heal the past,
Live the present,
Dream the future."
Unknown --- submitted by Lindsay --- Texas
"All I want to do is to minister to someone,
And if I do that,
Then the Lord's work in me has been done."
Robert Gary Lee --- Maryland
"I see knowledge increasing and human power increasing.
I see ever-increasing possibilities before life,
And I see no limits set to it at all,
Existence impresses me as a perpetual dawn.
Our lives, as I apprehend, are great in expectations."
--- Contributed by Daniel Yovich --- Indiana

"One of life's best coping mechanisms
Is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem.
If you break your neck,
If you have nothing to eat,
If your house is on fire,
Then you've got a problem.
Everything else is an inconvenience.
Life is inconvenient.
Life is lumpy.
A lump in the oatmeal,
A lump in the throat
And a lump in the breast
Are not the same kind of lump.
One needs to learn the difference."
Rev. Robert Fulghum --- Contributed by Bob Webb --- Michigan
"The word impossible is not in my dictionary."
Napolean Bonaparte --- Sent in by Ron Obringer --- Pennsylvania
"Live so that your fields are blue,
Your sun is green,
Your trees are red,
And your fires are purple.
If we could just all imagine!"
Holly M., Age 17 --- Arizona

"See the perfection of a single rose
Then multiply it by each flower that grows.
Wonder upon the texture of its bloom
Beauty of colour, form, and sweet perfume.
On earth, behold its glory!

From lofty height, gaze on a cloudless sky
Upon a scene to take your breath away
The awesome grandeur of the mountain peak
The shining ribbon of the river's creek
On earth, behold their glory!

The colours of the sunset sky, behold
Pale turquoise streaked with roseate hues, or gold;
Clouds, silver lined, star studded skies at night
The smiling radiance of the moon's strange light,
Above behold their glory!

But how much greater will the prospect be
For Christians who behold the heavenly!
The Saviour willed, in His High-Priestly prayer
That such should His eternal Kingdom share
And these, behold His glory!

Before He had the world's foundation laid
God's love was in His only Son displayed
And that same love extends to all mankind,
Oh! what amazing grace, when eyes, once blind
Behold His perfect Glory!!!"
Dorothy Bull (England)
--- This work is copywritten and we have permission to reprint
--- Sent to us by Rose Perry --- Australia

"All, everything that I understand,
I understand only because I love."
Leo Tolstoy --- Contributed by Meghan
"Sometimes on the way to our dreams,
We get lost and find an even better one!"
Author Unknown --- Contributed by Martha Gil --- Virginia
A Note to Our Lord

"I see the homeless with no place to go,
I see the hungry so sick and frail,
I see the beaten with hate in their eyes,
I see the lost children with no hope,
I see those who lost so much in our wars,
If I had three wishes - they would be,
Homes and food for the homeless and hungry,
Tenderness for the beaten and lost,
And love for all so there will be no more wars,
I thank you God for I am blessed,
I only have the illness known as MS."
Linda Lehmann, Multiple Sclerosis --- Support Group Leader
--- Sent in by Janita Wutzke (Jan) --- Washington

"Love is friendship caught on fire."
Pamela McDuffy

"When in the pursuit of happiness
Obstacles cross our way,
When all seems lost
And there is a darkening of the day.
Remember God in His heaven
And it does not cost to call.
We'll find despite our troubles
We've been blessed after all."
Janet Louise Holman --- Survivor of a head injury
--- Sent in by Janita Wutzke (Jan) --- Washington

"Miracles happen to those who believe in them."
Bernard Berenson
--- Contributed by Ron Obringer --- Pennsylvania

"Try and fail, but don't fail to try."
Stephen Kaggwa --- Uganda, Kampala
"I would rather reach for the stars,
Then at least I know
That I could never end up with dirt on my hands."
Author Unknown
--- Submitted by Deepak Bhootra --- Johannesburg, South Africa

"Run straight ahead,
And if anything gets in your way...turn!"
Brock Hetherington 1990 -- B.C., Canada
If Today

"If you planted hope today
In any hopeless heart
If someone's burden was lighter
Because you did your part,
If you caused a laugh
That chased some tears away
If tonight your name is named
When someone kneels to pray
Then your day has been well spent."
Contributed by Neill MacRae --- Australia
"Adventure isn't hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain.
Adventure is an attitude that we must apply
To the day to day obstacles of life -
Facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities,
Testing our resources against the Unknown and in the process,
Discovering our own unique potential. "
Written by John Amatt,
--- Organizer and participant in Canada's first successful expedition
    To the summit of Mt Everest.
--- Sent by Lucy --- from Sydney, Australia

"Where you end up isn't the most important thing.
It's the road you take to get you there.
The road you take is what you'll look back on
And call your life.
Not reaching success isn't the end of the world.
Not trying to reach it is."
Tim Wiley --- Sent in by Astra --- Melbourne, Australia
"Believe in yourself and in your dream
Though impossible things may seem,
Someday, somehow, you'll get through
To the goal you have in view.

Mountains fall and seas divide
Before the one who in his stride
Takes a hard road day by day,
Sweeping obstacles away.

Believe in yourself and in your plan,
Say not - I cannot - but, I can.

The prizes of life we fail to win
Because we doubt the power within."
Anonymous --- Sent in by Sue --- Australia
"Is God Real? Is God There?

God is like
The wind and air
You can not see it
But you know it's there;
God is-love,peace and life
Through your darkest hours
He is the light;
Though fear and shame
May haunt you too
Gods love will
Be forever with you;
As sure as the wind blows
And you breathe air
You may not see him,but
God is there..."
By Joe Stevens Jr. --- Louisiana
"The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes,
But in having new eyes."
Marcel Proust --- Sent in by Sue --- Australia
"It isn't always necessary to achieve great things.
Sometimes, just surviving is a great achievement."
Lori Hard --- California
"Faith is believing in something
That sometimes doesn't always seem logical."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kathy Ross --- Washington
"No matter how long it takes,
If you keep moving,
One step at a time,
You will reach the finish line..."
Author Unknown --- Sent in by Eyasmin Hameed --- Malaysia
"Bank on a life, saving towards the certainty of change
Ledger all the happiness, pencil in to rearrange
Withdraw all the worry
Deposit all the faith
Compound all the experience and
Recognize when the payment is late."
Ty Higgins --- Georgia
"Be happy
Be supportive
Be Naughty
Be just like the way you are
But don't get bored."
Prakash --- Ghana, Africa
"If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain.
If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees.
If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people."
Old Chinese Proverb
"Courage is not the towering oak
That sees storms come and go;
It is the fragile blossom
That opens in the snow."
Alice Mackenzie Swaim
--- Sent in by Amy Yates --- Texas

"As I sit I see a dove
And think of our deep, dear true love
Think not about our future lives
Except perhaps our growing size
Keep all your thoughts alive, aglow,
All will be well, no fear, I know!!"
Sue --- Australia
Doubt vs. Faith
"Doubt sees the obstacles
Faith sees the way.
Doubt sees the darkest night.
Faith sees the day.
Doubt dreads to take a step.
Faith soars on high.
Doubt questions,'Who believes'?
Faith answers,'I'."
Author Unknown --- Contributed by Karen VanDyke --- Illinois
"The right time was at the crossroads
With a future in his plans
The wrong time reapproaches
With right time's suitcase in hand
The right time asks, how 's the journey?
The wrong time said the "whether" turned me around.
The right time, shakes his head,
Shakes his hand and leaves
Before the sun goes down."
Ty Higgins --- Georgia
"I can't is a coward,
I'll try is a soldier,
I will is a King."
My Mom --- Contributed by Bill Strong --- Florida
"Did is a word of achievement
Won't is a word of defeat
Might is a word of bereavement
Can't is a word of defeat
Ought is a word of duty
Try is a word each hour
Will is a word of beauty
Can is a word of power."
Gerard Hargraves
"For every ailment under the sun,
There is a remedy, or there is none...
If there be one try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it!"
By the late Dean Hawkins of Columbia University
--- Contributed by Ann Marie Marignoni-Counts

"These two truths are the same in weight and importance.
Accept and love WHO and WHERE you are now,
and all good things shall find you there."
Lori Hard --- California
Unknown --- Contributed by Emma Guevara --- Texas
"Be positive in addressing the envelope to your future,
For enclosed are your efforts from the past.
Be certain of the postage and double check what class."
Ty Higgins --- Georgia
"I have a dream that my 4 children will one day live in a nation
Where they will not be judged by the color of their skin
But by the content of their character."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. --- Contributed by Katie Durbin
"Real solutions are discovered only where they actually exist
Within the individual's own essence."
Vernon Howard --- Contributed by Jodi Brunschwig
"Hope...is not the same as joy
That things are going well,
Or willingness to invest in enterprises
That are obviously heading for...success,
But rather the ability to work for something
Because it is good. "
Vaclav Havel --- Contributed by Laura K. --- California
"I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good that I can do
Or any kindness that I can show
Any human being, let me do it now,and not defer it.
For I shall not pass this way again."
Stephen Grellet, 1855
--- Submitted by Sue --- Australia

"Many people chase after success.
Other pursue money.
But I think the happiest people on earth
Are the one's who have found significance.
The real question of life must be
What has significance for you?"
Derek Lantzsch
" If you listen you will hear
If you look you will see
If you touch you will feel
If you try you will be."
Becky Stanford --- Texas
"If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams,
And endeavors to lead a life which they have imagined,
They will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Henry David Thoreau --- Sent in by Sue --- Australia
"Opportunity knocks at the strangest times,
It's not the time that matters
But how you answer the door."
Steve Gray --- Geelong, Australia
"The difficulties we experience
Always illuminate the lessons we need most."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Toby Dingle --- Virginia
"Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."
Unknown --- Contributed by Jordan
"Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing
When it is absolutely necessary."
Ray Knight --- Submitted by Samantha Dorr
"I've learned that true friendship continues to grow,
Even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love."
Author Unknown --- Contributed by Greta --- Pennsylvania
"Lord grant that I might always desire more than I can accomplish."
--- Sent in by Joslin --- Colorado

"Something unpredictable but in the end it's right,
I hope you have the time of your life."
Greenday --- Contributed by Katie Durbin