Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, 'Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.'
Then the second tree said, 'Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.'
Finally the third tree said, 'I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the Hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.'
After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, 'This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter, 'and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree the woodsman said, 'This looks like a strong tree. I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.' The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the Woodsmen said, 'I don't need anything special from my tree, I'll take this one,' and he cut it down.
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.
The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end.
The third tree was cut into large pieces, and left alone in the dark.
The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.
Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.
Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and He stood and said 'Peace' and the Storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.
Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.
The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, God will give you great gifts.
Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined. We don't always know what God's plans are for us. We just know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.
Posted by Maureen at Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
"Peace I leave with you.My peace I give to you.I do not give to you as the world gives.Your heart must not be troubled or fearful." John 14:27
Easter always gives me mixed emotions.Sad knowing what Jesus went through for us and Joyful that He loved us soo much that He was willing.
Reading tonight I came across this passage and thought of the movie Pay it Forward.
God gave us the gift of His son
Jesus gave us the gift of Peace and Eternal Life.
We can give the world the gift of His "UNDYING" Love
Praise be to God in the Highest
Posted by Maureen at Thursday, April 09, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sharing a dream
With being off I promised I would write in my journal but I have been delaying for whatever reason. Talking to my cousin today I was telling her about the wonderful visions/dreams I have been having. I say vision as it starts as I rest and continues in my sleep. I 've decided to share this particular one with you as it has now become a daily thought, sometime brief and other days consuming and very visual.
Some of us have pictured our dresses since we were little girls. My dress wasn't that, it was a pink 3/4 length skirt with a white blouse because we were married at the Justice of the Peace in Century place almost 26 years ago. I chose that because I was afraid of looking silly in a mall in a wedding gown.No regrets just laughter now at the ensemble and how young we both were. I was 20 Steve was 22
In My dream I saw myself sewing my wedding dress. I had to laugh as I failed home-ec so this had to be a nightmare waiting to happen. It wasn't it was really rather beautiful. As I lie partially awake I thought what the heck is this all about and tried to think of something else,but to no avail. Apparently I was going to be sewing this dress all night long and surprisingly the rest of my life.
It was the feeling I had as I sat on this old wooden stool sewing. It was peaceful and serene.The surroundings reminded me of Sleeping Beauty but without the spinningwheel. The thread I was using was silver and I was sewing from the inside out. Some stitches were perfect and others needed to be pulled out and done over. This was a constant happening and yet there was no frustration within in me. There was only determination smothered in patience. Me patient! It had to be someone else sewing. The dress was very plain just white crisp cotton nothing special at all,no frills no beading just white.
When I awoke I had this overwhelming feeling this was about the Fruit of the Spirit.Every stitch was a lesson a new way of Life.
There were Threads of Truth and Honesty,Threads of Love,Threads of Forgiveness,Threads of Repentance but most importantly Threads of Forgiveness.
Was I alone sewing my dress? I don't think so...
This was my dress as a bride of Christ. This dress had to be perfect and ready for the day I meet my Groom.
I know now I will be sewing daily till my wedding day and I strive to have all stitching just perfect.
My question: What does your Wedding Dress look like? Remember One does not have to be married to prepare for her wedding day.
Now for the ending. This plain white dress turned into beauty beyond description.
A hand reached down and covered it in the most beautiful beading,diamonds rubies,saphires,emeralds all stitched with the most beautifull silver threading.
I was at total peace.
Note: As I was sharing this with my cousin today she got very quiet and said she felt the Lord was speaking to her she told me that her brother had a chemical burn on his foot and has to go to the hospital for treatment weekly.
Do you know what they put on his burn for healing.
Posted by Maureen at Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Praise God in the Highest!
I just received an email on my 2nd cousin Angelina. My last post in February stated that her little vocal cords had been damaged and she was only making little squeaks. Angelina will be 1year old this month.
Well she went for a visit to Grandma and Grandpa (My Aunt and Uncles home)
This was their first visit as it is a distance away.
Well the family was so excited they were coming 14 of them gathered to see her.
With 14 people in the house you know there is going to be lots of noise.
In Angelinas home it is quiet very rarely is the televison or radio on.
As the noise around her was going on she took in a breath and a noise came out of her mouth. All were amazed and then Praise God she started jibbering away like crazy. The stimulation of her surroundings enabled her to gab away.
She wanted to join in the family conversation How Obvious :-) Nobody likes to be left out of good family fun.
After the weekend my Aunt Daphne called later in the week and she could hear Angelina cooing up a storm in the background.
It struck me as I was reading her email that Gods timing is always perfect. It is we that are in such a hurry for an answere a miracle or to hear a word from Him.
We are His children and part of the best family ever why wouldn't He want this miracle to happen in the midst of the most precious place ever.
A loving home surrounded by family.
What a great Father we have giving gifts to His children.
Thank you Lord for your perfect timing.
And thank you all for keeping my little cousin in your prayers.
Posted by Maureen at Saturday, April 04, 2009
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