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May 14, 2009 7:02 AM
Doris von Krappelhoff dreamed of becoming a dancer, but an automobile crash left her dreams in shambles. So she turned instead to singing. Along the way Doris changed her last name, borrowing from the song 'Day by Day'. So Doris von Kappelhoff became Doris Day...and Doris Day became one of the biggest movie stars of the 1950's and 1960's.
Doris once said, 'Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.' And her words apply to all of us. Chronic complaining--a rather common malady that infects all of us from time to time--solves nothing. So let's give thanks for blessings past, present, and future. As Doris von Kappelhoff proved, it takes great thoughts to make a great day.
You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.
More about Doris Day:
Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1922)is an American singer, actress and animal welfare advocate known as Doris Day. Able to sing, dance and play comedy and dramatic roles, she became one of the biggest box-office stars. Day has 39 films to her credit, over 75 hours of television and as one of the most prolific recording artists in history, has recorded over 650 songs. She is an Academy Award nominee, as well as a Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner.
Every human life is a tapestry of events: some grand, some not so grand. When we reach the mountaintops of life, praising God is easy. In our moments of triumph, we trust God's plan. But when the storm clouds form over head and we find ourselves in the dark valley of despair, our faith is stretched--sometimes to the breaking point. Yet we can take comfort: wherever we find ourselves, whether at the top of the mountain or the depths of the valley, God is there. And because He cares for us, we can live courageously.
You can call upon your Creator in our hour of need and find comfort. Whatever your challenge, whatever your trouble, God can handle it.
Our future may look fearfully intimidating, yet we can look up to the Engineer of the Universe, confident that nothing escapes His attention or slips out of the control of those strong hands.
'In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.' John 16:13
Although she lost her sight in infancy, she went on to become one of North America's most beloved writers of poetry and hymns. She wrote more than nine thousand hymns; she spent her life teaching and serving the needy; and she became one of the most admired writers of the nineteenth century. Her name was Frances Crosby, better known to her legion of admires as Fanny Crosby, the woman who penned the classic hymn, 'Blessed Assurance.'
Fanny Crosby was never embittered by her blindness. to the contrary, she considered her handicap a steppingstone, not a stumblingblock.
'... but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.' Isaiah 40:31
For busy people living a fast-paced, twenty-first-century world, life may seem like a merry-go-round that never stops spinning. If that description seems to fit your life you may find yourself running short of patience or strength-or both.
When you feel tired or discourage, there is a source from which you can draw the power needed to recharge your spiritual batteries. That source is God.
Are you exhausted or troubled? Weak or worried? Worn down or burned out? If so, have a heart-to-heart talk with God. When you do, you'll discover that the Creator of the universe can help you gain a renewed sense of hope and a fresh perspective. Your job is to let Him do it.
One day I was lying on the bed, reading, when my mother came into the room. She held out a vase--a rather ugly vase. She asked, 'Would you like to have this vase?'
"I replied quickly, 'No, I don't want it.'
"As she turned to walk away, I picked up something that said to me, 'Wait a minute, don't shut this off yet.' So I asked, 'Where did you get it?'
"She said, 'Oh, I got it when I filled an order.' Filled an order? I thought--no communication here. So I asked, 'What do you mean, filled an order?'
'Well,' she said, 'when I was a little girl, the Smith Company mailed catalogs to people. I would take the catalog around the neighborhood, and I'd get people to order from it. When I filled an order and sent it in, they gave me a prize. One time, I got a porch swing for my family.'
"Now you have to understand," said Hensley, "that my mother is 81 years old. She is one of six children in a family that her father deserted when she was quite young. Money was real hard to come by. My grandmother managed to keep the family together through the years, although I don't know how. For my mother to win a luxury like a porch swing was a significant accomplishment. Although she no longer had the swing, she had the vase--a vase full of meaning--which she offered to me.
Instantly I said, 'Mom, I want the vase.' Now it sits in a prominent place in my living room. It symbolizes a precious meaning which my mother and I share: Unless you and I are sensitive to the other person and hear meaning, we may well have a communication problem.
What is really wanted is to light up the spirit that is within a child. In some sense and in some effectual degree there is in every child the material of good work in the world; and in every child, not only in those who are brilliant, not only in those who are quick, but in those who are solid, and even in those who are dull. William Gladstone
If you make children happy now, you will make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it. Kate Douglas Wiggin
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6. 6, 7
And in every work that be began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
2 Chronicles 31:21
What, shall we do, that we might work the works of God ?John 7:28
Give me within the work which calls to-day, To see Thy finger gently beckoning on; So struggle grows to freedom, work to play, And toils begun from Thee to Thee are done. ~J.F. Clarke
God is a kind Father. He sets us all in the places where He wishes us to be employed; and that employment is truly "our Father's business." He chooses work for every creature which will be delightful to them, if they do it simply and humbly. He gives us always strength enough, and sense enough, for what He wants us to do; if we either tire ourselves or puzzle ourselves, it is our own fault.
"To Joy" (German:An die Freude, in English often called Ode to Joy)is an ode written in 1785 by the German poet, playwright and historian Friedrich Schiller.The poem celebrates the ideal of unity and brotherhood of all mankind. It is best known for its musical setting by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony (completed in 1824), achoral symphony for four solo voices, chorus, and orchestra.
An ode is a poem that is written for an occasion or on a particular subject.
Ode To Joy(Joyful, Joyful)
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away. Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays, stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine; teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.
Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began; love divine is reigning o'er us, binding all within its span. Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife; joyful music leads us sunward, in the triumph song of life.
Though father and son, these two men had completely different outlooks on life.
David declared: 'Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done" (Psalm 40:5).
Solomon grumbled: 'But then I looked at what I had done and I thought about all the hard work. Suddenly I realized it was useless, like chasing the wind. There is nothing to gain from anything we do here on earth.' (Ecclesiastes 2:11)
We often think of Solomon as the wisest man who ever lived because of his covenant with God: 'God gave Solomon great wisdom so he could understand many things' (I Kings 4:29). With much wisdom comes much disappointment' the person who gains more knowledge also gains more sorrow' (Ecclesiastes 1: 17 - 18).
We live in an overstimulated society, filled with nonstop entertainment, from music to videos to sports to video games. No wonder so many young people are bored--'There's nothing to do!'
One of the great challenges of parenting today is passing on a spirit of wonder and appreciation to children. There is no list of secrets and no shortcut. The only way to share it is to spend time with your kids and model awe, reverence, and joy of just how special life is.
One substitute that many parents try is to lavish more of everything on to their children--more toys, trips, clothes, parties, and entertainment opportunities.
To recognize truly special moments, God moments, grace-filled moments, what we really need is less.
The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display His marvelous craftsmanship. Psalm 19:1
English astronomer Edmond Halley, born October 29, 1656, saw a huge comet in 1682 and proved that it was the same comet seen over England in 1531 and 1607. He predicted it would return in seventy-six years--and it did.
The strange brilliance of comets has always touched us with awe. They travel at speed up to 140,000 mph. The same force that moves this star provides a tiny seed with ability to develop into a beautiful flower. From the tiniest molecule to the largest galaxy, God's awesome creation is filled with beauty, order and design. Truly, the wonders of the heavens are marvelous--and though we, may not understand why things, like comets, are the way they are, we know they serve a plan in ways known to Him.
'You are a small but important part of God's magnificient plan.'
Ireland's Keith & Kristyn Getty bring their ministry as modern-day hymnists.
With songs that are timeless in theology and melody, much akin to the prolific works of Wesley, Crosby and Newton, it's not hard to imagine the esteemed roll call of the Church's greatest writers will one day include the name Getty, as they carry forward the great standard of the hymn for generations to come.
"Who is among you that feareth Jehovah, that obeyeth the voice of his servant? He that walketh in darkness and hath no light, let him trust in the name of Jehovah and rely upon his God" (Isaiah 50:10).
What shall the believer do in times of darkness--the darkness of perplexity and confusion, not of heart but of mind? Times of darkness come to the faithful and believing disciple who is walking obediently in the will of God; seasons when he does not know what to do, nor which way to turn. The sky is overcast with clouds. The clear light of Heaven does not shine upon his pathway. One feels as if he were groping his way in darkness.
Beloved, is this you? What shall the believer do in times of darkness? Listen! "Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and rely upon his God."
The first thing to do is do nothing. This is hard for poor human nature to do. In the West there is a saying that runs thus, "When you're rattled, don't rush"; in other words, "When you don't know what to do, don't do it."
When you run into a spiritual fog bank, don't tear ahead; slow down the machinery of your life. If necessary, anchor your bark or let it swing at its moorings. We are to simply trust God. While we trust, God can work. Worry prevents Him from doing anything for us. If our minds are distracted and our hearts distressed; if the darkness that overshadows us strikes terror to us; if we run hither and yon in a vain effort to find some way of escape out of a dark place of trial, where Divine Providence has put us, the Lord can do nothing for us.
The peace of God must quiet our minds and rest our hearts. We must put our hand in the hand of God like a little child, and let Him lead us out into the bright sunshine of His love.
He knows the way out of the woods. Let us climb up into His arms, and trust Him to take us out by the shortest and surest road.--Dr. Pardington
Remember we are never without a pilot when we know not how to steer.
"Hold on, my heart, in thy believing-- The steadfast only wins the crown; He who, when stormy winds are heaving, Parts with its anchor, shall go down; But he who Jesus holds through all, Shall stand, though Heaven and earth should fall.
"Hold out! There comes an end to sorrow; Hope from the dust shall conquering rise; The storm foretells a summer's morrow; The Cross points on to Paradise; The Father reigneth! cease all doubt; Hold on, my heart, hold on, hold out."
I am new to this, so please excuse me if my style of writing does not make total sense. First Nancy I would like to thank you for the most wonderful inspirational picture and writing that you posted on Aug. 30th. it really hit home, just what I needed to see and read. It also, was special......cause this date is my birthday! I am looking for anyone who can offer some support and/or advice for myself and my family here. My Mother is a senior, who has Schizophrenia............to made a long story short.........I am having a very hard time finding good quality and safe care for her as a senior in her home area of Northwest Indiana! Unforunitly, our state does not put a big effort on programs for indiv. with Mental Illness........especially the elderly..........it seems that the only retirement comm.(assisted living, nursing homes) that will consider giving her a chance are the high priced priviate pay ones! I have been told by our county council on aging senior advocate that the state of IN. does not have special provisions in its' law to require an assistant living or nursing home to have to give a person with Mental Illness a chance/care; that the comm./nursing homes can basisly just pick and choice who they want to serve.......even if they are Medicare/Medicaid approved! I am wondering if anyone else out there has had a problem with getting quality and safe care for their loved one? What happened to the concept of freedom of choice and our moral values in the US?? Am I one of the only people left, who stills believes that each of us deserves to be treated with dignity of respect and love by the simple fact that we each are a child of God?? Anyway, if anyone has any input and/or advice, I would greatly appreciate it.............I apoligze if I seem negative here, have just had a hard, stressful and discouraging last few months.
Daily life practice is never abstract. As soon as uncomfortable emotions come up, we train ourselves in breathing them in and dropping the story line. At the same time, we extend our thoughts and concern to other people who feel the same discomfort, and we breathe in with the wish that all of us could be free of this particular brand of confusion.
Then, as we breathe out, we send ourselves and others whatever kind of relief we think would help. We also practice like this when we encounter animals and people who are in pain. We can try to do this whenever difficult situations and feelings arise, and over time it will become more automatic.
It's important not to be overly ambitious. We aspire to keep our hearts open in the present moment, but we know it won't always be possible. It is also helpful to notice anything in our daily life that brings us happiness. As soon as we become aware of it, we can think of sharing it with others
[ send green star]
Some people drift through their entire life. They do it one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time. It happens so gradually they are unaware of how their lives are slipping away until it's too late.
The Hubble Space Telescope sends back infrared images of faint galaxies that are perhaps twelve billion light-years away (twelve billion times six trillion miles).
Astronomers venture a feeble estimate that the number of stars in the universe equals the number of grains of sand on all the beaches of the world.
The star Betelgeuse has a diameter of 100 millions miles, which is larger than the earth's orbit around the sun.
Why the immensity? Why such vast, unmeasured, unexplored, 'unused' space? So that you and I freshly stunned, could be stirred by this resolve: 'I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.' Philippians 4:13
God is fully trustworthy. We learn this. We learn that His sovereign plan is the best plan. That whatever we entrust to Him, He can take care of better. That nothing under His control can ever be out of control. That everthing we need, He know about in every detail. That He is able to supply, to guide, to start, to stop, to sustain, to change, and to correct in His time, and for His purposes. When we keep our hands out of things, His will is accomplished, His Name is exalted, and His glory is magnified.