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The Fruitful Life


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The Fruitful Life

A fruitful life is a colorful life –
Divided into seven parts each week.
Each part spreads its own seeds
In the places we go to the people we meet.

As the parable told in the Sower of the Seeds,
Some fall on the soil of fertile ground;
But others land in rocky places
Where shallow dirt lets wind blow them around.

We seldom know when we scatter the seeds
What the end result of the planting will be.
All we can do is continue to sow,
Knowing the growth may not be something we see.

A fruitful life is a colorful life –
Spreading seeds in the rain and the snow;
A willy-nilly, free-wheeling fling –
Throwing smiles and good will wherever you go.

Some smiles are returned immediately;
Others take time to sink in.
Some good will is received gratefully;
But some deeds need repetition to link in.

Like a dormant spring bulb
Lying deep in cold soil,
The seeds of your fruit may be waiting
For warmth and water, lest they spoil.

This poem lay dormant for almost a month while Bob & I went on a trip to CA for Christmas and the new year. While traveling, we attended our “old” home church. The sermon was providential. My “sermon notes” in poetic format complete the ideas of my original unfinished entry:

From Pastor Jim Stochl, based on Mark 12:28-31

To each of us is given
A special, unique gift.
Some are teachers, others preachers,
Others encouragers who give us a lift.

A gift in the arts blesses us all,
While service is other folks’ passion.
If music is your special gift,
You need to share it in joyful fashion.

Whether your gift is administration
Or you’re blest with the gift of prayer,
Whatever God has given you in abundance,
Use it to God’s Glory everywhere!

To find and recognize your special gift,
To work for God with all your strength and love,
Is a joy with no expiration date;
So give from your heart for His Glory above.

Amen!

 

Blog of the Year Award


 

 For 

Blog of the year 

I nominate 

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpegThoughtsfromanAmericanWoman blog was started nearly two years ago by a breast cancer survivor who at “nearly 50 years” of age has “found [her] purpose,” or … “God has been gently directing [her] and … stilled [her] soul to not only hear His voice but to listen to His Word.” As a result, hers is one of the most inspirational blogs on WordPress (in my humble opinion).  Misifusa {The Presents of Presence} originally nominated her. This is my “second” to the nomination. Each person who “seconds” it allows an additional star to be added to the award on anamericanwoman’s blogsite. Check it out! Also check out the sites she nominated. They are, according to the original nomination acceptance message,  blogs that “touched [her] life in a wonderful way.” May they also touch yours.

1. Through The Healing Lens

2. Poetry Patio

3. Sheri de Grom

4. Terry1954

5. Women’s Window

6. Deep and Wonderful Thoughts

If you want to nominate a blogsite for this award, check out the details and the rules at this link: 

 http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/and

To make a nomination, you need to include the ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!) and you need to let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

You can now also join the Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

Congratulations to http://www.thoughtsfroanamericanwoman.wordpress.com for being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

Joyful Comments


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When you take the time to comment
On a post a friend has shared,
You leave behind a footprint
On the heart;  your soul is bared.

When you leave an affirmation
And you take the time to care,
You tiptoe on the heartstrings,
Leaving love behind you there.

It creates a warm assurance
When a reader clicks the “Like,”
But nothing leaves an imprint
As deep as what you type.

So, when you “like” the posting
And you leave your picture there,
Please go just one step farther.
Write the “why” in comments fair.

Your thoughts, your honest feelings
Leave an indelible footprint on
The soil of shared ideas.
They’re the seeds that grow the lawn!

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Happy New Year


Happy New Year

“The new year lies before you like a spotless tract of snow; Be careful how you tread on it, for every mark will show.” This quote is part of the inspiration of the Auld Lang Syne YouTube video at this link:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxSqMbsHeJ8.    I am grateful to my friend who sent this to me. I am thankful to each of you on WordPress who shared your inspirational stories, quotes, poems, pictures, and links with us in 2012. I hope you will be encouraged to continue to share your wisdom in 2013. God Bless You with a happy, healthy, meaningful, blessed new year. Tread carefully. Leave your footprints on my heart. Let me tiptoe occasionally on yours, too, OK?

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