Archive for August 24th, 2007

faith lift fridays ~ One day I decided to quit!

Friday, August 24th, 2007


One day I decided to QUIT…

I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…
I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
“God,” I asked, “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer surprised me…

“Look around,” He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes,” I replied.
“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.
I gave them light. I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo, He said.
“In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.

In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.
I would not quit.” He said.

“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.
Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant…
But just 6 months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall
It had spent the five years growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.
I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”

He asked me. “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling,
you have actually been growing roots.”
“I would not quit on the bamboo.
I will never quit on you.”
“Don’t compare yourself to others.”
He said,
“The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern.
Yet they both make the forest beautiful.”
“Your time will come.” God said to me.
“You will rise high”
“How high should I rise?” I asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?”
He asked in return.
“As high as it can?” I questioned.
“Yes.” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”
I left the forest and brought back this story.
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
Never, Never, Never give up.

For the Christian, Prayer is not an Option, but an Opportunity.
Don’t tell the Lord how big the problem is —
Tell the problem how Great the Lord is!

Visit Sheryl for more faith lift Fridays, encourage others by sharing something that has blessed you or strengthened your faith!

Thanks Betty for emailing great inspirational stories.

friday stuff…

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Appetizer
Say there’s a book written about your life. Who would you want to narrate the audio version?

Me. Hopefully I will be the author, so I would be the obvious choice to narrate.

Soup
Take the letters from your favorite kind of nut and write a sentence. (Example: Perhaps every avenue needs understanding today.)

Can Annie share happy exciting words?

Salad
If you could go back in time and spend one week in another decade, which decade would you choose?

Probably the 80’s. My new big hair would fit in great!

Main Course
Name a song that brings back memories for you.

“Slip slide and away” used to play when the news rolled the school closings. I loved that song! Especially when my school rolled by!

Dessert
Do you prefer to wash your hands in cold water or warm water?

Warm. Any added germ killer is welcome!!!

Emelia started playing softball last night. The coach called and asked if she could play on their team (the sooners) and I took her to practice to see if she liked it, she has never played softball… only basketball. Anyway, she was a natural. She batted really well from the beginning and could throw the ball very far. They are talking about using her at first base when she gets the feel for the game. I have to spend the weekend finding specific shoes, glove, bat, balls, helmet with face mask etc.

Haley is having a contest over at her blog and I keep forgetting to link to it! So, visit haley and sign up to win some really cool avon products! Well, I just popped over to check my link and Haley has had her baby early! Five weeks early! That’s exciting huh?

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments about my hair. I hate it now by the way, but it’s okay… it’s only hair and it will work out. I think when Matt compared my hair to Harpo Marx, whoever that is, I knew it wasn’t good…