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Self Evaluation

20 Jan

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

River of Life by DiVoran Lites

River of Life by DiVoran Lites

 

 

At the end of my days, how will God evaluate
the time spent with my fellow man?
Will I have satisfied the commission
of our Lord’s ultimate plan?

 

Will I have loved my neighbor
as well as myself?
Will my “Must do” list be completed
or still found on the shelf?

 

Did I abandon the longings,
the dreams, the vision?
Did I give in to circumstance
the need for decision?

 

The still small voice of the Spirit
breaks through,
“My child, stop fretting,
I’m not through with you.”

Slaying the Giants In Your Life~ Destroying Discouragement

13 Jan

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

Can you recognize the enemy?
There’s a battle to be won.
Know what you are fighting-
Your armor is the Son!

 

There are three ways to live:
You can live out-
You can wear out,
or
You can burn out!

 

It’s erroneous to say
working too hard is burnout.
Working hard “at the right thing”
is what it’s all about.

 

Bring everything out of that “anxiety closet”
and expose it to the light.
When looked at as they truly are,
you can put them all to flight!

 

Emotions are treacherous advisors.
We need to be disciplined and stay on track.
Work can be wonderful therapy.
It will get your confidence back.

 

The biblical story of David
can turn your life around.
Get your slingshot ready-
“Discouragement”, you are going DOWN!”

 

Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength.
A very present help in trouble,
Therefore, we will not fear.
Though the earth be removed
and though the mountains be carried
into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Tho the mountains shake with its swelling.

 

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People Need People

6 Jan

From the Heart 

Louise Gibson

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Life does present challenges
that tax us to no end.
When bad things happen, and they often do-
That is when we need a friend.

 

Do you remember when someone encouraged you?
Perhaps when you were feeling low?
It helps to share your burden.
There is strength in numbers, you know.

 

Relate to people.
Call, text, or write a letter.
Just knowing someone cares
will make them feel much better.

 

Caring needn’t be costly,
amazing what a smile can do.
It’s the best face lift in town,
And warms the heart of another, too.

 

“There is little difference in people,
but that little difference makes a big
difference.
That little difference is attitude.
The big difference is whether it
is positive or negative.”

Robert Collier

 

I must end with a bit of humor.
“Don’t tell me that worry doesn’t do any good.
I know better.
The things I worry about don’t happen.”

Author unknown (but it could be any of us-
right?) : – )

 

 

It Is Always Too Soon to Quit

30 Dec

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

cat-dog-stare-down

 

 

(Is this message for you?)

 

Let your dream be bigger than your fear.
Hold on to your vision and persevere.
The fuel for your journey is a spark.
By perseverance the snail reached the ark.

 

Love always perseveres;
a force strong and true.
It motivates your best interests
and brings out the best in you.

 

Don’t despise the day of small things.
It is the small thing that forms the framework of our day.
Keep an attitude of gratitude
as the Lord leads you to do all things His way.

 

Father Jean Nicholas Grou wrote:
“Little things come daily, hourly, within our reach,
and they are no less calculated to set forward
our growth in holiness than are the greater occasions
which occur but rarely. Moreover, fidelity in trifles,
and an earnest seeking to please God in little matters
is a test of real devotion and love. Let your aim be to
please our dear Lord perfectly in little things.”

 

Love this poem by Edgar A. Guest

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
and you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns.

And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems so far.

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!”

“Help! There’s A Kidnapper in my Apartment!”

16 Dec

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

Well, not really.
But my cat is acting like one.
I set up a miniature village under my tree,
the source of a lot of fun!

There are houses, a church, commercial buildings,
and a ski slope brings a smile.
Skiers actually go up and down,
so watching them is worth your while.

Corky, my little feline friend, watched patiently-
His eyes moving from north to south.
But curiosity got the best of him.
A little man walking down the street
wound up in Corky’s mouth!

Corky didn’t know what to do.
His captive put up no fight.
He dropped him when he looked at me.
Ha! He had to make it right!

Christmas brings out the kid in me.
My heart is filled with play
as I look to our Savior,
a God of wisdom, with us everyday.

I wish you a “Merry Christmas”
Keep looking up, dear friend.
And don’t forget to look around you,
The need for love has no end!

 

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Love is Eternal

9 Dec

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

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How do you describe it?
It is being comfortable with someone.
You don’t have to impress them.
Their heart you have already won.

 

Allow them to see your weaknesses-
they love too much to condemn.
“Oh, Lord, I am me, no other can I be.
Thank you for loving me as I am.”

 

“Just as I am, without one plea,
but that Thy blood was shed for me.
And that Thou bidest me come to Thee,
Oh, Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Amen!

So, Why Should I Be Thankful?

25 Nov

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

A thankful heart causes us to look upward.
It causes us to look around,
and causes us to look within
where the peace of God is found.

 

The number one secret to happiness
is a grateful heart.
Beginning our day with a prayer of gratitude
brings tranquility from the start.

 

Fear is the father of failure-
a negative emotion, to be sure.
Replace it with a positive thought-
Failure you will no longer endure.

 

Quote:

“When we choose not to focus on what is missing
from our lives, but are grateful for the abundance
that is present, we experience heaven on earth.”

Author unknown,
but is wise advice

 

 

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The Epitome of Love

18 Nov

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

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“One word frees us of the weight and pain of life, that word is “love”

The irony of that quote is it was written before Christ by a

Greek Tragedian.

 

We are so blessed to know that God came in the flesh to redeem
us back unto himself.
That was true love.

 

I thrive on love.
There is promise in the air.
I stand on the word of God.
I see Him everywhere.

 

He is in the air I breathe-
His promises fill my soul.
Without Him I can do nothing,
With Him, I am whole.

 

We are all so different-
still all of God’s own plan.
I marvel how He leads us
to support our fellow man.

 

I thirst to hear the words you speak-
I long to know your soul.
Tho diverse in our interests-
Our similarities make us whole.

 

 

God’s Plan About Love

11 Nov

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

We are here to love, to serve God and our fellow man.
What greater purpose can there be than to meet
with God’s ultimate plan?

 

His purpose is to conform us to the image of His Son.
It is God who works in us His will to be done.

 

It is human to question God’s purpose and will.
Have faith to believe, dear friend.
Soul be still!

 

It is at the end of the day when my work is done
that I have time to reflect on what God has done.

 

It was in my struggle to understand
God’s purpose in allowing death and sorrow
that led to the answer, by way of the spirit,
to face my tomorrow.

 

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The Key to Happiness is Not in Someone Else’s Pocket

28 Oct

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

We can’t control all the circumstances in life,
but we can control how we react.
An attitude of optimism lightens the load.
That truly is a fact.

Negativity is heavy,
like a backpack we should remove.
When we work on our attitude,
our whole demeanor will improve.

There is something more to life
than what we can see.
Who we really are
is our true identity.

If you want to be happy,
begin where you are.
Don’t wait for some Rapture
that’s future and far.
Begin to be joyous, determined to be glad,
and soon you’ll forget
that you ever were sad.

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