Today’s thought – To Do Good

delectable mountains“Delectable Mountains”
a quilt I made that did win a ribbon for “Viewer’s Choice.”

Good Morning

Hebrews 13:16
But to do good and to communicate forget not:
for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

One day while driving down a country road,
a woman maned Ruth passed a small, wooden house
with a sign outside that read
“Quilts for Sale.”
She stopped,
knocked on the door,
and was greeted by [Martha],
a little old woman in a faded gingham dress.

Martha led Ruth to a large cupboard
and showed her beautiful quilts
of every color and pattern imaginable.
Pinned on each one was a blue ribbon.

“I make quilts, too,” Ruth said,
“but I’ve never been able to win a blue ribbon.”

Martha replied, “My child,
maybe your quilts don’t have heart.
Do you only want the blue ribbon?
Every one of mine was made
with someone special in mind.”

We live in a day of shallow superlatives.
Entertainers and athletes perform feats
hailed “the greatest” by the world.
But truly great endeavors are those done
for Jesus with some needy person in mind.
And they bear the mark of eternal excellence.
~~~Dennis J. Dehaan

Matthew 25:40
And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one
of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me.

Forget not – Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – ‘In As Much . . .’

P1030633“His eye is on . . .”

Good Morning

Is not this the fast that I have chosen?
Isaiah 58:6

1Thessalonians 5:14
And we earnestly beseech you, brethren, . . .
encourage the timid and fainthearted,
help and give your support to the weak souls,
[and] be very patient with everybody
[always keeping your temper].AMP

Forgive us
if this day
we have done or said anything
to increase the pain of the world.
Pardon the unkind word,
the impatient gesture,
the hard and selfish deed,
the failure to show sympathy and kindly help
where we had the opportunity,
but missed it;
and enable us so to live
that we may daily
do something
to lessen the tide of human sorrow,
and add to the sum of human happiness.
F. B. Meyer

Matthew 25:40
And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it
unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me.

Enable me . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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December 30 – Today’s thought – Scatter Blessings

dec 27 005Frosty lace edges

Good Morning

Matthew 25:40
And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto
one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me.

One cold morning Maurice awoke from his dreams and sat up in bed and listened. He thought he heard a knock at his window; but though the moon was shining brightly, Jack Frost had been so busily at work that Maurice could not see through the thickly painted panes. So he crept sleepily out of bed, and opened the window, and whispered: “Who is there?”

“I am,” replied a tinkling voice. “I am the little New Year, ho! ho! And I’ve promised to bring a blessing to everyone. But I am such a little fellow I need somebody to help me distribute them. Won’t you please come out and help?”

“Oh, it’s so cold!” said Maurice; “I’d rather go back to my warm bed; “ and he shivered as Jack Frost, who was passing, tickled him under the chin with one of the frosty paint brushes.

“Never mind the cold,” urged the New Year; “please help me.”

So Maurice hurried into his clothes, and was soon out in the yard. There he found a rosy-cheeked boy a little smaller than himself, pulling a large cart which seemed to be loaded with good things. On one side of this cart was painted the word “Love,” and on the other “Kindness.” As soon as the New Year saw Maurice he said, “Now please take hold and help me pull;” and down the driveway and up the hill they traveled until they came to an old shanty.

“Here is where I make my first call,” said the New Year. Maurice looked wonderingly at him. “Why, nobody lives here but an old colored man who works for us; and he hasn’t any children!” “He needs my help,” said the New Year; “for grown people like to be thought of just as much as children do. You shovel out a path to his door, while I unload some of my blessings; and the little hands went busily at work, piling up warm clothing, wood, and a new year’s dinner, the New Year singing as he worked:—

“Oh, I am the little New Year; ho! ho!
Here I come tripping it over the snow,
Shaking my bells with a merry din;
So open your door and let me in.”

Old Joe, hearing some noise outside, came to the door, and when he saw all the nice gifts the tears ran down his cheeks for gladness; and as he carried them into the house, he whispered: “The dear Lord has been here to-night.”

“Where am we going now?” asked Maurice, as they ran down the hill. “To take some flowers to a poor sick girl,” answered the New Year.

Soon they came to a small white house, where the New Year stopped. “Why, Bessie, our sewing girl lives, here,” said Maurice. “I didn’t know she was sick.” “See,” said the New Year, “this window is open a little; let us throw this bunch of pinks into the room. They will please her when she wakes, and will make her happy for several days.”

Then they hurried to other places, leaving some blessing behind them.

“What a wonderful cart you have,” said Maurice; “though you have taken so much out, it never seems to get empty.” “You are right, Maurice, there is never any end to love and kindness. As long as I find people to love and be kind to, my cart is full of blessings for them; and it will never grow empty until I can no longer find people to help. If you will go with me every day and help me scatter my blessings, you will see how happy you will be all the long year.”

“A happy New Year!” called someone; and Maurice found himself in bed, and his sister standing in the doorway smiling at him. “Have you had a pleasant dream, dear?” she asked.

“Why, where is the little New Year?” said Maurice; “he was just here with me.”

“Come into Mamma’s room and see what he has brought you,” answered his sister. There in a snowy white cradle he found a tiny baby brother, the gift of the New Year. How happy Maurice was then! But he did not forget his dream. Old Joe and Bessie had their gifts, too, and Maurice tried so hard to be helpful that he made all his friends glad because the happy New Year had come.
~~~Ellen Robena Field

Resolutions ? for the New Year
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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August 1, Today’s Thought – Rendering Still

July 31 001Please let me interrupt this bath time to take a picture, thank you.

Good Morning,

Matthew 22:21
They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them,
Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s;
and unto God the things that are God’s.

Thoughts lingering from yesterday:
How am I supposed to render the things that are God’s to God?
What manifestation of God’s fruit of the spirit pleases God?

And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it
unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me.
Mathew 25:40

Romans 13:7-8,10

Render to all men their dues.[Pay] taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due.
Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].
Love does no wrong to one’s neighbor [it never hurts anybody]. Therefore love meets all the requirements and is the fulfilling of the Law. Amplified Bible

Galatians 6:9-10

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage].
Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers]. Amplified Bible

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.
Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful(joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. Amplified Bible

Pondering . . .Rendering. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie