Wednesday, October 26, 2005


A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 note. In the room of 200, he asked, "who would like this $20 note?". Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this to one of you, but let me do this first". He proceeded to crumple the note. He then asked, "who still wants it?". Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "what if I do this?". He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?". Still hands went up in the air.
"My friends, you all have learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth 20 dollars."
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt by the circumstances that come our way. We feel that we are worthless, but, no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never loose your value, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives come not in what we do, or who we know, but who we are. You are special, don't ever forget that.
Always count your blessings, not your problems.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Just the Way It Is

There is a lot that is bad with the world and too many people are ready to give up on it. I was one of them. Now, I'm not. Why? Because I honestly believe in the goodness of a person.
People will never stop whispering behind my back. I think that if I lived life like a saint and walked with two feet in one shoe... If I wore the clothes of St Francis of Assisi and suffered like a martyr... If I lived life by the 'rules' and never committed a sin, people would still talk. Because they are just like that. They'll always find someone to talk about. Which brings me to my next belief. Telstra would go broke if it weren't for the Lebanese :)

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I'll run one day. Run for my life. I'll run to be emancipated.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


I feel totally at peace and most blessed when:

  • I wake up to the sound of happily chirping birds.
  • Outside it is pouring and pouring with rain and I am comfortably cuddled up in bed.
  • I am sitting in bed, after a long day, listening to soothing music, writing in my diary.
  • Smiling and laughing with children. Nothing is comparable to the happiness I feel whilst with children.
  • I am sitting outside on a beautiful spring day, just soaking in the atmosphere around me.
  • I fall asleep and rise thinking of the most sweet soul each day.
  • someone says "I understand".

I love the most simple things in life and it is these most simple things that let me love life.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Picture of My Life

My life reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle.
As one piece fits into another,
so my days join together to form the picture of my life.

I have mixed feelings as I examine the picture
already partly assembled.
Some pieces I would like to remove or rearrange,
but I cannot, for they are fixed in place.

My life, like a jigsaw puzzle, has been made up
of many shades of colour.
There have been the bright, happy times when things
have gone smoothly.
There have been the dark, shadowy times of suffering,
despair and uncertainty.

The bright periods have been pleasant,
but I know it has been the difficult and dark times
that have given my life perspective and depth.

As I look to the future, I feel some trepidation -
the boundaries of the picture are not fixed.

How much of my life is still to be completed?
I have no way of knowing, because you only give the pieces
to me daily, one at a time.
How many dark periods await me?
Will I have the strength and endurance to keep going
no matter what comes my way?

I know I must step into the future with faith,
believing that as you have been with me in the first part of my life,
guiding, comforting and teaching,
you will continue to walk beside me in the future.

I do not know how or when my life will end,
but it is my prayer, that when the last piece of the puzzle is put into place,
what will appear is not a picture of me,
but a picture of you, Lord.

Monday, October 03, 2005

God Be a Part of Me

God be my rock.
Let me lean on you.
Help me feel secure with myself.
God be my rock.
God be my strength.
Help me draw confidence from you.
Help me be strong.
God be my strength.
God be my wisdom.
Help me make decisions
and let them be the right ones.
God be my wisdom.
God be my eyes.
Let me see things in a different way
and appreciate everything that is unique.
God be my eyes.
God be my ears.
Let me hear all that is beautiful.
Let me hear your word.
God be my ears.
God be my mouth.
May I preach your word.
May nothing insulting to others
ever pass through my lips.
God be my mouth.
God be my mind.
Let me be filled with knowledge.
Let me truly understand who you really are.
God be my mind.
God be my faith.
May I believe in you fully.
May I believe in you for eternity.
God be my faith.
God be my heart.
Let me be filled with your love.
May I love all people for who they are on the inside.
God be my heart.
God be a part of me.
Be my rock, my strength, my wisdom, my faith.
Be my ears, my eyes, my mouth, my mind and my heart.
God be a part of me, forever.

Sunday, October 02, 2005


God, give us eyes to see
the beauty of the spring
And to behold your majesty
in every living thing,
And may we see in lacy leaves
and every budding flower
The hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power.

Helen Steiner Rice