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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 24, 2002
You can't help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself. - General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) October 1999, http://www.readersdigest.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Liz Cobos had separated from her husband. She was emotionally devastated, and the reality of keeping her two preschool daughters fed and cared for had all but shattered her spirit. She believed in God, but where was He? She felt so alone… Reluctantly, she decided to file for financial aid, until she could find a job.
However, the paperwork would take some time, and a few days later, Liz realized that she had no money, and no food in the cupboards. She checked her purse and pockets just in case, but there was no money anywhere, no way to buy even a small bag of groceries. "I sent the girls next door because I knew my nice neighbor would feed them," she recalls. "Then I sat on the couch and cried." God, please, just a little help...just enough to buy some groceries for the next week… As Liz wept, five-year-old Crystal came back into the apartment. "Mommy, what's the matter?" she asked.
Liz didn't want Crystal to see her crying. "Nothing, honey. Why don't you go outside and do something?"
"Like what?" Crystal persisted.
"Oh…" Liz wiped her eyes. "Why don't you take out the garbage? That would be a big help."
"Okay!" Crystal took the garbage bag and headed out the door and down to the apartment complex dumpsters. A moment later, she was back. "Mommy, can I keep this plastic egg that I found in the dump? I can put my Barbie doll clothes in it."
"No, honey," Liz murmured absently. "You're not supposed to bring things in from the garbage. It might be dirty…"
"It's not, Mommy. Please? I'll keep the egg and you can keep the money in it."
Liz's heart seemed to stop. "What money?"
"Here," Crystal said, and she pulled four twenty dollar bills out of the egg. Liz stared at the bills. The dumpsters were huge—there was no possibly way she could find the owner of those bills. Did God mean them for her? Hadn't she asked? "I will never leave you nor forsake you…" The comforting words from the Bible washed over her, and she understood.
"The money bought us groceries until my aid came through," Liz says. "I found a job, and things are much better today, but I've never forgotten that moment, and the reassurance it brought me." It wasn't so much the money itself, she says, but the certainty that God was near and caring for her, answering her prayer in His own way, in His own time. "Nothing is impossible with Him."
Copyrighted 2002 by Joan Wester Anderson. For more stories of God's love, check the website at: http://joanwanderson.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Near Woodlawn Cemetery:
"Second-hand tombstone for sale. Extraordinary bargain for family named Schwarzendorfer."
At a shop specializing in fireplace accessories:
"Anything your little hearth desires."
On the window of T. Ginsberg's Delicatessen:
"Mr. Ginsberg himself eats here."
Near the busy terminal of a trucking firm in Paterson, New Jersey, a large billboard proclaimed:
"This is a trucking company that never sleeps."
Crayoned neatly beneath:
"And neither do it's neighbors."
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Would you like to be flattered? Visit:
Source: The Pocket Newsletter, http://www.thepocket.com
I recently watched a program on the Discovery channel which showed how to make diamonds out of peanut butter. I know you think I'm kidding. I'm not. All it takes is the right equipment. The scientists put the peanut butter into a small container and put the container in the middle of a large machine which applied incredible pressure. This pressure in turn generated a great deal of heat, and when it was all over they took out a dark mass, and in the middle of it was a diamond. It wasn't gem quality, of course. But it was indeed a diamond. They used peanut butter just to show that anything that contains a large amount of carbon can be turned into a diamond with the proper amount of pressure and heat. Even the ashes in your fireplace.
Source: Things God Can Do With Ashes, by Tim Crosby, Copyright (c) 2002, http://thequiethour.org