Mr. Smith

This morning a man came into the office where I work to transact some business with us. He was a slight fellow and had a little trouble pushing in our heavy front door; but other than that, he seemed pretty chipper.

Mr. Smith (his actual name) was cheerful and businesslike and extremely likeable. We

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What do you hear?

A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening.

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The Stranger and The Message

A few years ago on a late Spring day a soft wind, like the softness of a baby’s sigh, was blowing through the trees in the park. I went there that day not expecting anything more than just a few moments of solitude. Oh, there were a few people there doing various things and

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Listen

When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice, you have not done what I asked.

When I ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me that I shouldn’t feel that way, you are trampling on my feelings.

When I ask you to listen to

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Listening For Callings

God has blessed me yet again this week. For the third time this spring I have been turned down for a job. That may not sound much like a blessing to many of you, but I can see God’s hand in it when I think of Psalm 118:22. While I was on one interview

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Respect your Children

Respect:

Each child deserves it

Surely children are people too.

People, even little people, should have their ideas and words evaluated before we condemn them.

Endless “putting down” makes it increasingly hard for children to “rise up”.

Children have feelings; their feelings are valid.

Today, start treating your children with the courtesy you would

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Listen to the Mustn’ts

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child Listen to the DON’TS Listen to the SHOULDN’TS The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS Listen to the NEVER HAVES Then listen close to me– Anything can happen, child, ANYTHING can be.

-Shel Silverstein

Hearing

Two old acquaintances, who hadn’t seen each other for years, were walking down the street together, renewing old times.

“Just a minute,” said one, “I think I hear something,” and turning a loose paving stone over he liberated a cricket which was chirping merrily away.

“Why, that’s astounding. Of all the people on the

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God is the Friend of Silence

We Need to Find God, He Cannot Be Found in Noise and Restlessness.

God Is the Friend of Silence.

See How Nature . . . Trees, Flowers, Grass Grow in Silence.

See the Stars, the Moon and Sun . . . How They Move in Silence. The More We Receive in Silent

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A Gentle Thunder

Once there was a man who dared God to speak.

“Burn the bush like you did for Moses, God and I will follow. Collapse the walls like you did for Joshua, God and I will fight. Still the waves like you did on Galilee, God and I will listen.”

And so the man went

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