The School of Life

The school of life teaches many things and what we may learn is the tests are ongoing. Just when we think we have learned a lesson well and passed a trying test…along comes another one.

What I have learned mostly is that the tests are repeated until we finally get it. If we don’t get it, we don’t move on and sometimes may even be put back.

The tests are so varied and valuable that it is only when we have finally learned a lesson being drummed into us that we make the grade to a higher degree of life’s education.

Where are you on life’s report card? Is that A+ or 100% showing up in your life or do you have a few more tests to take…or repeat?

As for me…the tests have been trying indeed and much has been learned. Am I close to graduation?  All I can say is after eighty years in the school of life I’m getting ready to cram for the finals.


More Quips and Quotes

The more we read, listen and learn, the more we are able to share with others. Here are some more quips and quotes from various sources:

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Zen Proverb

We are never presented with lessons until we are ready to learn them.

From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. From the hymn, “In Christ Alone”.

There will be an answer, let it be. The Beatles

A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

Live your life with peace, poise and power. From Practical Spirituality

Grudges are a burden too heavy to carry. Our Daily Bread Magazine

I gave in and admitted that God was God. C.S.Lewis

The higher the hurdle the higher we jump. pab

Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. Mark Twain

Look at situations from all angles and you will become more open. Dalai Lama

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Oh That You Would Bless Me Indeed!

These words are from the book, “The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson, taken from 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV).

“Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

Let me tell you what happened to me within a nine year period of repeating that prayer:

Two grandsons were added to my twelve grandchildren, seven girls and five boys, evening up the genders. Five of these granddaughters blessed me with nine great-grandchildren with a tenth due in November.

I became an Elder in my church and have fifteen families in my territory, and am available for prayer, information, or help in some way. As a member of our Pastoral Care team there are many opportunities to be of service to those who experience some of life’s difficulties as shut-ins, hospital patients and long-term care residents.

In between times I survived lung cancer, a heart attack, and the death of a spouse. Several other health issues have assailed me over the years and I’m still here.

As you can see, my territory has been enlarged, His hand has been with me, and I have been blessed indeed.








Quips and Quotes

It makes me happy to find quips and quotes that pertain to life, common sense, and spirituality. Here are a few I came across recently:

Belief…its essence is invisible but it’s power is extraordinary.

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. – W. C. Fields

Humility is the willingness to become teachable.

Faith is like WiFi, it’s invisible but it has the power to connect you to what you need. Internet

Worry wears a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. A proverb

I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens – Woody Allen.

“I don’t know what day I will die but I am not worried about it. I enjoy celestial tranquility.” Fidel Castro

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Thumper

God wants full custody of his children, not just weekend visits. Internet

The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in Heaven. Billy Graham

Take a moment to be in the moment. Unknown

Everything you can imagine is real – Picasso.

Live in harmony with the still, small voice within you. Stephen Covey

They who apologize are the bravest; they who forgive are the strongest; they who forget are the happiest. November 26/16 sermon

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou.

We are all serving a life sentence and our only hope for pardon is good behavior. Douglas Horton

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