Daily Archives April 26, 2015

Today\’s Stock Market……

Helium is up.

Feathers were down.

Paper was stationary.

Fluorescent tubing was dimmed in light trading.

Knives were up sharply.

Cows steered into a bull market.

Pencils lost a few points.

Hiking equipment was trailing.

Elevators rose, while escalators continued their slow decline.

Weights were up in heavy trading.

Light switches were off.

Mining equipment hit rock bottom.

Diapers remained unchanged.

Shipping lines stayed at an even keel.

The market for raisins dried up.

Coca-Cola fizzled.

Caterpillar stock inched up a bit.

Sun peaked at midday.

Balloon prices were inflated.

Scott Tissue touched a new bottom.

And batteries exploded in an attempt to recharge the market.

Pearls

Jenny was a bright-eyed, pretty five-year-old girl. One day when she and her mother were checking out at the grocery store, Jenny saw a plastic pearl necklace priced at $2.50. How she wanted that necklace, and when she asked her mother if she would buy it for her, her mother said, \”Well, it is a pretty necklace, but it costs an awful lot of money. I\’ll tell you what. I\’ll buy you the necklace, and when we get home we can make up a list of chores that you can do to pay for the necklace. And don\’t forget that for your birthday Grandma just might give you a whole dollar bill, too. Okay?\”

Jenny agreed, and her mother bought the pearl necklace for her. Jenny worked on her chores very hard every day, and sure enough, her grandma gave her a brand new dollar bill for her birthday...

Three Marbles

During the waning years of the depression in a small southeastern Idaho community, I used to stop by Mr. Miller\’s roadside stand for farm-fresh produce as the season made it available. Food and money were still extremely scarce and bartering was used, extensively. One particular day Mr. Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn\’t help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller and the ragged boy next to me.

\”Hello Barry, how are you today?\”

\”H\’lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank \’ya...

JUST FOR TODAY

Trust God one day at a time!

Just for today! I will begin the day by praying: \”This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.\” (Psalm 118:24)

Just for today! I will say, \”I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.\” (Philippians 4:13)

Just for today! I will not worry about my needs, for \”…my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.\” (Philippians 4:19)

Just for today! I will not fear, \”For God did not give us a spirit of timidity; but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.\” (II Timothy 1:7)

Just for today! I will not harbor doubt and lack faith, for \”…without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earne...

Barriers to God

The Master would insist that the final barrier to our attaining God was the word and concept \”God.\”

This so infuriated the local priest that he came in a huff to argue the matter out with the Master.

\”But surely the word \’God\’ can lead us to God?\” said the priest.

\”It can,\” said the Master calmly.

\”How can something help and be a barrier?\”

Said the Master, \”The donkey that brings you to the door is not the means by which you enter the house.\”