Wow! I am impressed by the number of donors and the fact that we have exceeded our goal with 4 1/2 hours left! Bravo to all of you who did this. With all the ugly stuff that happens in the world, this is what our focus should be. The children are the future. How … Continue reading Every Day, Keep Paying It Forward
9 hours left…. let’s go beyond the goal!!!!
If not me and you, then who? If not now, then when? —Matthew West
If you have been following my blogs for the past few years you know that I work for a non profit organization called Methodist Home for Children. I teach at one of the 5 residential group homes for adjudicated youth. Some may ask, why? Here is my answer:
God told me to. That’s it. It’s that simple. When God tells you to do something he will give you the tools, the strength, the insight and the patience to do what ever it is he wants you to do. I have been teaching for 8 years at MHC and I would not trade it for the world.
I have had some interesting youth come through. One was a mother, she was 15 and the child was about to turn 3. You can do that math. Another young…
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If not me and you, then who? If not now, then when? ---Matthew West If you have been following my blogs for the past few years you know that I work for a non profit organization called Methodist Home for Children. I teach at one of the 5 residential group homes for adjudicated youth. Some … Continue reading Pay It Forward!!!!
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Madeline, or Maddie as she was better known, was sent to this Earth, by God to teach people what not to do and what to do for healthier companion. She lived on this earth for 14 years and went to her creator February 23rd. We can learn from her life so she can live … Continue reading Madeline: Teacher to Humans
"You're a country girl!" Nellie Oleson famously mocked Laura Ingalls, on the famous show, Little House on the Prairie. I watched every episode of that show. My brothers mocked me when I could tell them what the episode was about when just the title came up. I just never thought I would grow up to … Continue reading ” A Country Girl”
Way back in the late 1990's, I had obtained a Jack Russell terrier. I learned alot from her. First, respect her space. Second, listen when she makes noises because it could be stranger danger. Third she taught me trust. She had to trust me as much as I had to trust her. But the … Continue reading Training Dogs is Like God Training Us
We have talked about our gifts and talents. Now, what do we do when we realize what they are? Well don't just sit there! Use them!!!! If you are a good singer, join a choir or a chorus. If you like working with animals, shelters will love you! Like working with children? So many possibilities … Continue reading What is Your Purpose on this Earth?
How do you see me? Do you see my gift? Can I see yours?
Evidently one of my gifts is publishing a blog with only the 3 questions above, which I am editing right now.
None the less, I can tell you that each of us has gifts. Some have the medical gift such as EMT’s , nurses, doctors, and first responders. They are the people who are calm when seeing blood or any emergency situation. They are the ones that will keep you calm when you want to go hysterical. Then there are the Teachers, preachers, missionaries, writers. These people just want to help others learn what they have learned in life. There are the people who are gifted in figuring out problems and seeing solutions to the problems. These are the “Get ‘er Done!” people. These people are not typically born in the south or in tiny towns or they went away and learned how to get things done faster….
Then there are the people gifted in art and music. These people astound me when they can just sketch something beautiful and say it’s a doodle or pick up an instrument and learn it that day.
There are the ones gifted in photography. They can take pictures that make you want to become a photographer.
There are the number gifted people, like my father was, when he was alive. I am told he could add up columns of numbers in his head. even after a stroke, when half his brain was damaged, he could still do it…that is a gift.
A gift is something that is natural and knows no boundaries. I teach everyday, even when I am not in a classroom. I pray my writing teaches someone something. My husband’s gift of helping people as a basic EMT did not know the boundary of our anniversary weekend a few years ago. I found myself running to get his bag. My father’s brain was damaged but his gift of numbers knew no such walls and still showed itself. See, a gift is so natural that you find yourself doing it no matter what the day, time, or season. The great thing is, we have more than one or we have one main one and then some off shoots of that one.
What are your gifts? Can I see your gifts in how you react or respond to others or a situation? Can you see my gifts? Can you see God through my gifts?
It’s always good to know from others if what you are doing is being seen as you want it to be seen. So please, let me know by commenting and sharing my blogs. Of course if you don’t see any gifts, let me know so I can work harder to show my gifts…maybe that is your gift, to help others multiply their talents.
I look forward to hearing from you.
A dear friend of mine wrote a philosophical book, (which is interesting because he majored in Archeology) and had it published a couple of years ago entitled, “What is Life and Who am I?” . It is a very intellectually deep answer to the basic questions we ask ourselves: Why was I born? What are we on this Earth for? I think I can simplify things, at least a little.
Some say we are born to share or use our gifts or talents. You may say, “yea, what gifts? I work in a chicken factory or Burger King or I don’t have a job at all.” I can’t tell you why some people earn minimum wage jobs or why others are let go from jobs they had for years. I can tell you that there is a very human/earthly part of life and a faithful part of life. Humans…
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I don't know where to put this so I will just put this here. © Melissa Pasek and magmapoflife.wordpress.com, writingmap.wordpress.com 2010 to present. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is … Continue reading My Rights…..
Sometimes venting can be healthy because the alternative is not very healthy. I think certain venting should not be done without thinking it through first. There is something that frustrates me. The growing gap between people who earn $50,000 - $500,000 yr and the rest of us. People who earn $45,000 or less make … Continue reading Venting Can be Healthy
I don’t get attached to too many people. Down here I have learned that there are “friends”, friends that are good people and there are people God will bless you with who connect to your heart, if only for a short while. We have been blessed by God a few times. The Duttons were in … Continue reading All You Need To Do Is Love Part 2
If you have faith, whether it be Judiaism, Muslim, or Christianity, You can only serve one God. The God of Abraham. The God of love. You cannot serve the god of gossip, the god of lies, the god of jealousy, the god of hate, the god of money, or any other “god” … Continue reading All You Need To Do Is Love Part 1
I have observed much apathy in our corner of NC and much impulsiveness. It makes for a regressive dance of one step forward and 5 steps back...... which gives me the image of stagnant pond water. People who don't allow new growth and diversity, only want stagnant pond water to live in...... Apathy is when … Continue reading I Can’t Stand Apathy
Promises, make sure you follow through!
Humans promise things all the time. We promise to take the garbage out, we promise to be good, we promise to call or write, we promise to love and honor, we promise our selves we will be better at following through with our promises. God promises to be there for us all the time for us, loving us, and he carries out this promise. He is more dependable than humans.
I tell my students that the most difficult part of growing up is when you discover that humans are not perfect and that your parents are human. They were not made to automatically follow through on things. It’s something we all have to work at. Love means working at implementing promises and expectations we make to people we care about. Love is also Not making promises we are not sure that we can keep. Promises depend on the…
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Fire can be a warm thought or a frightening thought. Fire can be a symbol for spiritual passion, sexual passion, or Satan's home. Fire can be good or not. Fire can be used to help people feel safe to worship without judgement of who they are or what they do or how they live. … Continue reading It Only Takes One: To Spark a Fire
Remember when I said to communicate? Well, here is another way you can let me know what you think. Just click on your choices, yes, on more that one choice and vote. You can also comment and tell me how I can improve. I also added to the menu bar on my site so please … Continue reading Readers, Give Your Thoughts
The one thing I can't figure out is why, with all this technology, people don't communicate more. What I mean is, in the comment sections. Writers spend time writing in hopes that people will read and enjoy what they write. People are so scared that if they say the truth someone will be hurt. … Continue reading Readers, Please Communicate to Bloggers
Whether you are a child or an adult, you never stop learning and you should never stop growing and changing. The moment you stop growing, changing or learning, might be your last moment on Earth. The same goes for Churches and denominations. They should also grow and change and learn. People need to step … Continue reading People Need to Grow Too