HOPE for the Hopeless

FAMOUS QUOTATION:
"Stand in a stream with waters around your ankles.
The waters that pass by you at that moment, you will never see again.
So it is with the misery that has challenged your life:
Let it go, let it pass away." - T.D. Jakes

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THE HEAVY CROSS


The young man was at the end of his rope.
Seeing no way out,he dropped to his knees in prayer.
"Lord, I can't go on," he said.
"I have too heavy a cross to bear."
The Lord replied, "My son, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room.
Then, open that other door and pick out any cross you wish."

The man was filled with relief.
"Thank you, Lord," he sighed,
and he did as he was told.
Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses,
some so large the tops were not visible.
Then, he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall.
"I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered.
The Lord replied," My son, that is the cross you just brought in."

When life's problems seem overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what other people are coping with.
You may consider yourself far more fortunate than you imagined.
--Author Unknown

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.." Hebrews 6:19

"AND GOD SAID"

I said, "God, I hurt."
And God said, I know."
I said, "God, I cry a lot."
And God said, "That is why I gave you tears."

I said, "God, I am so depressed."
And God said, "That is why I gave you Sunshine."

I said, "God, life is so hard."
And God said, "That is why I gave you loved ones."

I said, "God, my loved one died."
And God said, "So did mine"
I said, "God, it is such a loss."
And God said, I saw mine nailed to a cross."
I said, "God, but your loved one lives."
And God said, "So does yours."

I said, "God, where are they now?"
And God said, "Mine is on My right and yours is in the Light."

I said, "God, it hurts."
And God said, I know."

Posted on the wall at the Oklahoma City bombing site
by K. C. and Myke Kuzmic, Stockton, CA

THE TROUBLE TREE

The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job.
A flat tire made him lose an hour of work,his electric saw quit and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start.
While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.

On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family.
As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.
When opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation.
His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss
Afterward he walked me to the car.
We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me.
I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.

"Oh, that's my trouble tree," he replied
"I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure--troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children.
So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home.
Then in the morning I pick them up again."

He paused. "Funny thing is," he smiled,
"When I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there ain't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."

--From Mikey's Funnies/Youth Specialties: http://www.YouthSpecialties.com

TWENTY "CANs" OF SUCCESS

1. Why should I say I can't when the Bible says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength? (Phil 4:13)

2. Why should I lack when I know that God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus? (Phil 4:19)

3. Why should I fear when the Bible says God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind? (2 Tim 1:7)

4. Why should I lack faith to fulfill my calling knowing that God has allotted to me a measure of faith? (Rom 12:3)

5. Why should I be weak when the Bible says that the Lord is strength of my life and that I will display strength and take action because I know God? (Psalm 27:1; Dan 11:32)

6. Why should I allow Satan supremacy over my life when He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world? (1 John4:4)

7. Why should I lack wisdom when Christ gave wisdom to me from God and God gives wisdom to me generously when I ask for it ? (1Cor1:30;James 1:5)

8. Why should I accept defeat when the Bible says that God always leads me in triumph? (2 Cor 2:14)

9. Why should I be depressed when I can recall to mind God's loving kindness, compassion, and faithfulness and have hope? (Lam 3:21-23)

10. Why should I worry and fret when I can cast all my anxiety on Christ who cares for me? (1 Pet 5:7)

11. Why should I ever be in bondage knowing that there is liberty where the Spirit of the Lord is ? (Gal 5:1)

12. Why should I feel condemned when the Bible says I am not condemned because I am in Christ? (Rom 8:1)

13. Why should I feel alone when Jesus said He is with me always, and He will never leave me nor forsake me? (Matt 28:20; Heb 13:5)

14. Why should I feel accused or that I am a victim of bad luck when the Bible says that Christ redeemed me from the curse of the law that I might receive His Spirit? (Gal 3:13-14)

15. Why should I be discontented when I, like Paul, can learn to be content in all my circumstances? (Phil 4:11)

16. Why should I feel worthless when Christ became sin on my behalf that I might become the righteousness of God in Him? (2 Cor 5:21)

17. Why should I have a persecution complex knowing that nobody can be against me when God is for me? (Rom 8:31)

18. Why should I be confused when God is the author of peace and He gives me knowledge through His indwelling Spirit? (1 Cor 14:33, 2:12)

19. Why should I feel like a failure when I am a conqueror in all things through Christ? ( Rom 8:37)

20. Why should I let the pressures of life bother me when I can take courage knowing that Jesus has overcome the world and his tribulations? (John 16:33)

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, & 3) and have recently completed my college degree.
The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.
Her last project of the term was called "Smile."

The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reaction.
I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say, hello anyway.....so, I thought, this would be a piece of cake,literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, my youngest son,and I went out to McDonalds, one crisp March morning.
It was just our way of sharing special play time with our son. We were standing in line,waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.

I did not move an inch...an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside me as I turned to see why they had moved.
As I turned around, I smelled a horrible "dirty body" smell...and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.
As I looked down at the short gentleman,close to me, he was "smiling."
His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's light as he searched for acceptance.
He said, "Good day" as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.
The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend.
I realized the second man was mentally deficient and the blue eyed gentle man was his salvation.
I held my tears...as I stood there with them.
The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, "Coffee is all Miss" because that was all they could afford (to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy someting...they just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it---the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes.
That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me...judging my every action.
I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot.
I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue eyed gentleman's cold hand.
He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Thank you."
I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, "I did not do this for you...God is here winking through me to give you hope."

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son.
When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, "That is why God gave you to me honey....to give me hope."

We held hands for a moment and at that time we knew that only because of the Grace were we able to give.
We are not church goers, but we are believers.
That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.
I turned in "my project" and the instructor read it...then she looked up at me and said, "Can I share this?" I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.
She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings (part of God) share this need to heal.
In my own way I had touched the people at McDonalds, my husband, son, instructor,and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.
I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn...unconditional acceptance...after all...we are here to learn!

Much love and compassion sent to each and every person who may read this.
Learn how to love people and use things,
NOT love things and use people."
--Author Unknown

FAMOUS QUOTATION:

You know what Luther said the little bird said to him.
He sat upon the spray of the tree, and he sang-
“Mortal, cease from toil and sorrow;
God provideth for the morrow.”
And it chirped and picked up its little grain, and sang again.
And yet it had no granary; it had not a handful of wheat
stored up anywhere; but it still kept on with its chirping-

“Mortal, cease from toil and sorrow;
God provideth for the morrow.”

- Charles Spurgeon

The Road to Success is not straight.
There is a curve called Failure,
A loop called Confusion
Speed bumps called Friends,
Red lights called Enemies,
Caution lights called Family
and Flats called Jobs.

But, if you have a spare called Determination,
An engine called Perseverance,
fuel called Hope,
insurance called Faith,
and a driver called Jesus,
you will make it to a place called Success.
--Author Unknown

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."Philippians 4:13

"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible."
--Anonymous
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