Gifts to Valerie Page #2

from Melissa

Motherhood ~ If it was going
to be easy, it never
would have started
with something called labor!


The world is all aglow
With temporary pleasures,
Which it would have you think
Are really priceless treasures.

But all too soon the gloss
Has disappeared or faded;
For hopes once high have sunk,
And left you feeling jaded.

The world will tell you how
To gain the joy you're after
Through mind control escapes,
Or ego boosts and laughter.

But if you seek true joy,
You'll find in Sacred Pages,
It springs from Christ alone,
And lasts through endless ages.

Betty Jo Mings

an added note from Valerie's mother, Faith: Betty Jo is a very talented
poet in my book and although there are 3 of her original works
posted here you can read more of her works at the flowing sites, when
you get to the site simply click on her name. Believe me, they are
worth reading.
Christian Poets Corner
Quo Vadis

from Barbara

Shouting to make your children obey is like using
the horn to steer your car, and the results are the same.

People who bear infants, bore teenagers,
and board newlyweds.

from Karen

The best way to keep kids home is to make the home a
pleasant atmosphere and to let the air out of the tires.

The right temperature in a home is maintained
by warm hearts, not by hot heads.

Raising a teenager is like trying to
nail Jello to a tree.

from Melissa

Any child can tell you, that the sole purpose
of a middle name is so he can tell when he's
really in trouble.

God's Embroidery

When I was a little girl, my mother used to embroider a great deal.  I would
sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing.  She
informed me that she was embroidering.  As from the underside I watched her
work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her
hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat.  She
would smile at me, look down and gently say, "My child, you go about your
playing for a while, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put
you on my knee and let you see it from my side."

I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright
ones, and why they seemed so jumbled from my view.  A few minutes would pass
and then I would hear Mother's voice say, "My child, come and sit on my knee."
This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a
sunset.  I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy. 
Then Mother would say to me, "My child, from underneath it did look messy and
jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. 
It was a design.  I was only following it.  Now look at it from my side, and
you will see what I was doing."

Many times through the years I have looked up to my Heavenly Father and said,
"Father, what are You doing?"  He has answered, "I am embroidering your
life."  I say, "But it looks like a mess to me.  It seems so jumbled.  The
threads seem so dark.  Why can't they all be bright?"  The Father seems to
tell me, "'My child, you go about your business of doing My business, and one
day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on My knee and you will see the
plan from My side."

I Think I Can

If you think you are beaten you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't;
If you want to win but think you can't;
It's almost a cinch you won't.

If you think you'll lose you're lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will;
It's all in a state of mind.

 Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger and faster man,
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

-- Author Unknown

You may not know me, but I know everything about you ...
Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up ...
Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways...
Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered...
Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image...
Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being...
Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring...
Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived...
Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation...
Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book...
Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live...
Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made...
Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb...
Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born...
Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me...
John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love...
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you simply because you are my child
and I am your father...
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could...
Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father...
Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand...
James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs...
Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope...
Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love...
Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore...
Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing...
Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you...
Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession...
Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul...
Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things...
Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me...
Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart...
Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires...
Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine...
Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager...
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles...
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you...
Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart...
Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes and will take away all the
pain you have suffered on this earth...
Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus...
John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed....
John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being...
Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you...
Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins...
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled...
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you...
1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love...
Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me...
1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again...
Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen...
Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father...
Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is...Will you be my child? ...
John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you...
Luke 15:11-32

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