I asked God to take away my pain.
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away,
but for you to let go of.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. 
God said, No. 
Her spirit was whole, 
her body was only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No. 
Patience is a by-product of tribulations;
it isn't granted, it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No.
I give you blessings.
Happiness is up to you.
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No. 
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares 
and brings you closer to me.  

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own, 
but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No. 
I will give you life so that you may enjoy
all things.
I ask God to help me LOVE others,
as much as he loves me. 
God said...
Ahhhh, finally you have the idea...

sent to us by crippeled_eagle@webtv.net



After awhile you learn 
the subtle difference between 
holding a hand and chaining a soul,
and you learn that love doesn't mean leaning 
and company doesn't mean security,
and you begin to learn 
that kisses aren't contracts 
and presents aren't promises, 
and you begin to accept your defeats 
with your head up and your eyes open,
with the grace of a woman, 
not the grief of a child,
and learn to build all your roads 
on today because tomorrow's ground 
is too uncertain for plans,
and futures have a way of 
falling down in mid-flight.

After awhile you learn that 
even sunshine burns 
if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden 
and decorate your own soul,instead 
of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure... 
That you really do have worth. 
And you learn and learn...
With every goodbye you learn.

~author unknown~



Watch your thoughts, they become your words
Watch your words, they become your actions
Watch your actions, they become your habits
Watch your habits, they become your character
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.


It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
-Confucius (B.C. 551-479)-

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