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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 8, 2003
You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him. - Teresa of Avila
Submitted by Carolyn Rudometkin
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Our eight year-old granddaughter, Mary Kathryn, was excited as she bounded through the door with her report card for the past nine weeks in her hand.
She could hardly wait to show her granddaddy all the A's that report card contained. To her, that meant $1.00 for each A he had promised to give her.
Sure enough with a grateful heart for the excellent grades he saw before him, granddaddy reached in his billfold and counted out $6.00 for six A's. With a bounce in her step and joy on her face, Mary Kathryn hurried to her room with the money.
This was hers to spend as she chose!
I prayed she would spend it wisely but delighted in watching her little mind spin trying to decide how to use it.
A couple of days later Mary Kathryn asked me to take her to the Dollar Store. She said, "Grandma, I want to spend four of my six dollars to replace the items in our treat box at school. That will leave $2.00 for me."
Well, that pleased this grandma very much so I made arrangements to take her as soon as possible.
Picking out just four things at the Dollar Store wasn't all that easy. She loved everything. She would put some items in our basket and then change her mind. She rearranged everything in that basket several times. Finally she had it narrowed down to six items. Exactly the amount of money her granddaddy had given her.
"Help me choose four things grandma," Mary Kathryn pleaded.
I wanted the decision to be hers. I decided to not rush her and to give her all the time she needed. It was a perplexing place for an eight-year-old to be. There were six treats she really wanted to share with the other children at school. But, she only had $4.00 to spend if she wanted to keep $2.00 to spend on herself. She already had those two items picked out and put on the other side of the basket.
Silently, I said a short prayer for her. Suddenly, her eyes lit up! I knew she had decided what she was going to do. My sweet Mary Kathryn who has a heart of gold and is such a giver said, "I know, Grandma, I will just use all of my $6.00 to give to the treat box at school." My heart melted right there in that Dollar Store.
While I thought she was struggling in her mind trying to come up with the right amount of toys for her dollars, Mary Kathryn was using her heart to solve the problem. She would give it all. Immediately, God reminded me that He says in his Word "Give and it shall be given unto you." That was the answer.
This Grandma makes that Biblical principal so complicated sometimes. And, yet, it seemed so simple to this young child who has been taught that God will take care of her needs.
Lord, may her heart always be so generous and may she always believe that you do as you promise in your Word.
Give unto Mary Kathryn as she so graciously shared with her friends!
"Give and it shall be given unto you…" Luke 6:38
© Melva Cooper mailto:Jmelva@cox-internet.com
Melva Cooper is a wife, mother, and grandmother of four from Jonesboro, Arkansas. She is also a free-lance writer who writes a "Grandparenting" column in Northeast Arkansas Parent and a story about "A NASCAR Driver and His Faith" in Christian Motorsports Illustrated. Her stories have appeared in Obadiah Magazine and she is a staff writer for the motorsports website: http://www.catchfence.com
Source: Weaving Small Wisdoms, mailto:email@example.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
You Might Be from Kansas If...
You know the meaning of Rock Chalk Jayhawk.
Your closest neighbor is more than a mile away and you can still see him from your front porch.
You can properly pronounce Salina, Basehor, Schoenchen, Kechi and Osawatomie.
Going on vacation means going to Hutch to the fair, Abilene to Ike's museum or Boot Hill to see Miss Kitty.
A traffic jam involves two cars staring each other down at a four-way stop, each determined to be the most polite and let the other go first.
A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A Ford F350 4x4 is. (Except in Johnson County)
It takes you 3 hours to go to the store for one item even when you're in a rush because you have to stop and talk to everyone in town.
You think people who complain about the wind in their states are SISSIES!
You know the 4 seasons as: summer, road construction, still summer, winter.
You have been asked, "Where is Toto" more than once.
Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
You call that smell coming from the feed yards... "money".
Your school classes have been canceled because of the heat.
You know that Mt. Oread is really only just a hill.
You have seen people wear bib overalls to funerals and weddings.
A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.
You know the real way to pronounce the name of Clinton's state and the river... arKANSAS.
You use a down comforter in the summer (because you run the A/C at 55 degrees).
Source: Colorado Comments, http://coloradocomments.com/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"The sewer expansion project is nearing completion but city officials are holding their breath until it is officially finished."
"The ladies of the county medical society auxiliary plan to publish a cookbook. Part of the money will go to the Samaritan Hospital to purchase a stomach pump."
Source: Sunday Funnies, http://www.net153.com/best.htm
Are a jackass and a donkey the same thing?
Yes, if you're talking about animals. An ass, a donkey, and a burro are all names for the same creature - an equine mammal smaller than a horse and having long ears. "Jackass" or "jack" is used when you are referring to a male ass. The female ass is called a "jennet" or "jenny" (yes, not "jillass"). Burro is a name Spanish in origin and more commonly refers, at least in the US, to the smaller sized asses common to Mexico.
What, then, is a mule?
A mule is the domesticated, hybrid offspring of a mare (female horse) and a jackass (male donkey). The offspring of a male horse (stallion) and a female ass (jenny) is called a "hinny." Mules will often grow to a size larger than either parent, and they live longer than the horse. However, because it is a hybrid, the mule is sterile and cannot reproduce. The first mules in North America are thought to have been bred by George Washington.
Source: DailyInBox: Trivia, http://your.dailyinbox.com/trivia/