I love this quote!

"Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where to find Bread".
  • marie
    I heard this on a religious radio station today. I don't know who said it but I think it captures the simplicity of what our goal as diciples of Christ should be.......so simple.
    by marie at 04/18/11 10:09PM

The Devil, Jumper Cables, Wheat and such

The devil, according to legend, once advertised his tools for sale at public auction. When the prospective buyers assembled, there was one oddly shaped tool, which was labeled “Not for sale.” Asked to explain why this was, the devil answered, “I can spare my other tools, but I cannot spare this one. It is the most useful implement that I have. It is called Discouragement, and with it I can work my way into hearts otherwise inaccessible. When I get this tool into a man’s heart, the way is open to plant anything there I may desire.”


Have you ever had the experience of being out some place and the car won’t start; the battery is flat? Everything else in the car works fine but the "get-up-and-go" in the battery has "got-up-and-gone". Leaving aside the more serious reasons as to why batteries run down, the short term solution is usually for another car to come alongside and hook up a set of jumper leads from their strong battery to your weak one. Drawing from the alongside energy and power your car is able to start up again and function normally.

That act of drawing alongside or lending energy to get another going is the basic idea behind a key word in the New Testament. The word is "encourage". In terms of the root meaning of the word encourage simply means "to put courage in". It means the imputing or infusion of power or advice or inspiration that makes another person perform better.

There are many things in life that cause us to experience discouragement - the draining of courage. Sometimes it’s a crisis, sometimes it’s simply tiredness or sickness, or sometimes it’s the cutting words or actions of another person. To encourage is to do the direct opposite. Where courage has dissipated encouragement is the replacing or replenishment of courage. It represents the putting back what has been taken or that which has leaked out of us.

While Romans 12:8 indicates that some people have a special gift or Holy Sprint-given ability to encourage the act of being encouraging is a responsibility we all have as followers of Jesus.

There are times for each of us when our battery runs flat. Encouragement means the coming alongside and the inputting of courage or perspective or attitudes that makes us get up and get going again.


Once upon a time, two brothers lived upon little adjoining farms. One was single, the other was married. It chanced that a certain year the wheat crop was cut short by drought so that each man had barely enough for his needs.

One night the married man lay awake thinking of his brother. "The poor fellow is single and does not have the comfort and happiness of home as I do. He is worried about his harvest. I will get up and carry some sheaves into his field and when he sees them he will be happier. "

On the same night, the bachelor was sleepless and thinking of his brother. "The poor fellow is married, and has a host of burdens and cares that I do not have to bear. He is doubtless worried about his small wheat yield. I will get up and carry some of my wheat into his field, and when he sees it, he will be happier."

Out into the darkness of the night those two went, each lugging wheat into the other’s field. The moon came suddenly from behind a cloud, and they stood facing each other with wheat sheaves under their arms.

THIS IS THE POWER OF BROTHERLY LOVE! Each of us should strive to have and Show our brotherly love and respect for one another. Let us begin this day to give of our love as the Lord has given to each of us.


I take absolutely no credit for the words above. They are excerpts from various on line articles/sermons. These thoughts however do encourage me to more mindful of my brethren that might need to borrow some of my power and energy to get them up and running again. We are commanded to encourage one another and we are told to love and prefer one another. I pray that I will make it my goal to do my best to never be a discouragement to anyone. I hope these words benefit you also.
  • pooky
    Good thoughts. Love you Mom!
    by pooky at 11/18/10 10:34PM
  • split_rock
    Thanks, Marie. You are such an encouragement to so many of us.
    by split_rock at 11/19/10 4:00AM
  • friedaj
    by friedaj at 11/19/10 9:31PM
  • mimi71
    Marie, I am so blessed to have you as my sister. There are so many times that our interactions come to mind when we are not face to face, and it is just the "jump" I need. Thank you for caring for me enough to take the time you do for all others :) You are a good example to me.
    by mimi71 at 11/20/10 8:12AM
  • lilah
    Thank you for the encouraging words, they may not be your words but I know that you and your family are an encouragement to so many!
    by lilah at 11/20/10 8:13PM
  • split_rock
    by split_rock at 12/25/10 5:55AM
  • split_rock
    Happy New Year!
    by split_rock at 01/01/11 5:48AM
  • friedaj
    My fear for that is 2 fold. 1 is that he is taking flexeril, percocet, Ibuprofen and Tylenol and if he gets into a tub of hot water I may never be able to get him out alone. 2 is they want him to put ice packs to keep swelling and inflamation down. He probably would feel better temporarily but maybe make the bottom line worse. He has craweled around on his knees, had me message legs back and hip. Asking for more meds than prescribed. He is sleeping a lot until the pain wakes him up. Thank you though for suggestions for relief. I might grab that hot bath myself.
    by friedaj at 03/24/11 6:49PM
  • split_rock
    Good quote!
    by split_rock at 04/18/11 9:20PM



I have become a little older since I saw you last, and a few changes have come into my life since then.
Frankly, I have become a frivolous old gal.

I am seeing five gentlemen every day. As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed.

Then I go to see John.

Then Charlie Horse comes along, and when he is here he takes a lot of my time and attention.

When he leaves, Art Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn't like to stay in one place very long,
so he take me from joint to joinr.

After such a busy day, I'm really tired and glad to go to bed with Ben Gay.

What a life!

Oh yes, I'm also flirting with Al Zymer.

The preacher came to call the other day. He said at my age I should be thinking of the hereafter.
I told him, "Oh, I do it all the time. No matter where I am in the parlour, upstairs, in the kitchen,
or down in the basement, I ask myself, now, what am I here after?"

  • marie
    I know my girls will read this and say, "How corney!" It's just because they can't relate yet.
    Actually, I'm not in that bad of shape, I just thought this was funny when a friend sent it to me. Hope it at least made someone chuckle a bit.
    by marie at 09/29/10 9:24PM
  • lilah
    I love it! Heard something similar before, but "ditto" with me! Thanks for the laugh!
    by lilah at 09/29/10 9:37PM
  • alp1926
    by alp1926 at 09/30/10 6:55AM
  • friedaj
    I heard that Quinton just got over strep also. The boys have sore throats but doc said it isn't strep but something viral. David exiled himself to his room and away from what ever it is. Glad Zion is better
    by friedaj at 09/30/10 9:57AM
  • hoose
    Yep. "How corny" is exactly what I though. :-)
    by hoose at 09/30/10 11:03AM
  • mimi71
    Unfortunately, I can really relate :)
    by mimi71 at 09/30/10 11:10AM
  • pauline
    Marie, you are so funny.
    by pauline at 09/30/10 7:21PM
  • splitmesoup
    ha. i thought "oh geez, here we go"
    by splitmesoup at 10/01/10 9:08AM
  • pooky
    I almost didn't read it. I wish I hadn't. ;-)
    by pooky at 10/01/10 4:27PM
  • hoose
    LOL. Your daughters are so supportive of you, aren't we. You held off against Dad's cheesy sense of humor for so long. I think it's clear that you've lost that battle. :-)
    by hoose at 10/01/10 6:20PM
  • marie
    ^^^So true :(
    by marie at 10/01/10 9:16PM
  • dewanna
    My mom has that saying, I think it is cute and funny too.
    by dewanna at 10/12/10 11:19PM

Fresh air!

All of my windows are opened on this beautiful summer morning with the temperatue at a lovely 77 degrees and an even nicer breeze wafting through the house. I'm lovin' it!
  • splitmesoup
    by splitmesoup at 08/16/10 10:47AM
  • friedaj
    Changed a lot since this morning
    by friedaj at 08/16/10 5:43PM
  • rockymtnslover
    I opened mine today, too. Smells great in here now. Loving this weather!
    by rockymtnslover at 08/16/10 11:37PM
  • rockymtnslover
    It works great! Completely different disposition.
    by rockymtnslover at 08/19/10 11:58AM
  • thethreat
    by thethreat at 08/22/10 4:24PM
  • hoose
    Hi, Mommy. I miss you. Weird how being farther away can do that... I'd frequently go this long without seeing you in Chillicothe, but now because I don't have the option to see you it seems like it's been longer. :-/
    by hoose at 08/22/10 10:53PM
  • rockymtnslover
    Glad the Gentle Leader worked for you. We love it, too! Now, it's fun to walk Aashka. ;)
    by rockymtnslover at 09/02/10 10:21PM

He was so brave!

Quinton's surgery went very smoothly. He was so brave for his Mom and Dad. He is recovering nicely so far.
BTW...Rhonda did much better than expected. I'm proud of them both.
  • friedaj
    Yeah Rhonda!!!!!
    by friedaj at 08/04/10 9:41PM
  • split_rock
    Good news!
    by split_rock at 08/05/10 5:04AM
  • alp1926
    YAY! Zion mentioned him in class last night, and we had a special prayer just for Quinton. So glad it's over.
    by alp1926 at 08/05/10 3:19PM
  • mimi
    Great news!
    by mimi at 08/05/10 8:09PM
  • hoose
    I do! It got turned on last night. :-)
    by hoose at 08/08/10 9:52PM