Someday Isle

Motivation for better health (23 1/2 hours: single best thing you can do for your health)

I liked this and plan to do something about it and hope you do too. 🙂

Humor: Cookie the ticklish penguin:

Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts

756. I flew into Tucson yesterday and am having a marvelous time with my Mom and my sisters and their families. I can see that the week is going to FLY by!   Thank You, Lord and thank you dear, precious family at home that made it possible for me to come. 🙂

757. My Father in Law gave me John Hagee’s book, “The Seven Secrets: Unlocking Genuine Greatness (Thanks, Dad!).  It was one of the 2 books I read on the plane and am enjoying it.  Here is quote from the book that is meaningful to me:

“Have you surrendered to despair because of your past or the inevitable situations in your life?  Stop it!  The greatest days of your life are before you.  The past is over.  Stop living life looking in the rear view mirror.  Look forward.  Press on!  The best is yet to be,  God never consults your past to determine your future.”–Hagee

758. Thank You Lord for dirty dishes: a symbol of both Your provision of food for my family  and the appetite and health to want it.  Money can’t purchase that last part.

759. Someday Isle by Dennis Waitley

There is an island fantasy
A “Someday I’ll” well never see

When recession stops, inflation ceases
Our Mortgage is paid, our pay increases

That Someday Isle where problems end
Where every piece of mail is from a friend

Where the children are sweet, already grown
Where all the nations can go it alone

Where we all retire at forty-one
Playing Football in the island sun

Most unhappy people look to tomorrow
To erase this day’s hardship and sorrow

They put happiness on lay-away
And struggle through a blue today

But happiness cannot be sought
It can’t be earned, it can’t be bought

Life’s most important revelation
It’s the journey that means as much as the

Happiness is where you are right now,
Pushing a pencil or pushing a plow

It’s knocking on doors and making your calls
It’s getting back up after your falls

It’s going to school or standing in line
Tasting defeat, tasting the wine

If you live in the past you become senile
If you live in the future your on Someday I’ll

The fear of results is procrastination
The joy of today is a celebration

You can save, you can slave, trudging mile after mile
But you’ll never set foot on your “Someday I’ll”

When you’ve paid all your dues and put in your time
Out of nowhere comes another Mt. Everest to climb

I have decided Today to make it my Vow
To take Someday I’ll and make it NOW


 My gift in this poem is the exhortation to stop procrastinating, period.  I will make every day count that God gives me.

760.  2 Corinthians 3:18

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.



Acts 16:16-34

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 “Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn’t need my help to leave the hospital.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator.

On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.

“I don’t know,” he said. “She’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.””


This is the passage that I read this morning:

Acts 16:16-34

New Living Translation (NLT)

Paul and Silas in Prison

 16 One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a demon-possessed slave girl. She was a fortune-teller who earned a lot of money for her masters. 17She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.” 18This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her.

 19 Her masters’ hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace. 20 “The whole city is in an uproar because of these Jews!” they shouted to the city officials. 21“They are teaching customs that are illegal for us Romans to practice.”

 22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23 They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. 24So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks.

 25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”

 29 The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” 32 And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. 33 Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. 34 He brought them into his house and set a meal before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.


Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts

753. What struck me most in Acts 16:16-34  is Paul and Silas’ response after they were stripped , severely beaten, and thrown into an inner dungeon in prison with their feet clamped in the stocks.  Those guys were up at midnight praying and singing hymns to God! What a response! You betcha the other prisoners were listening with ears wide open.  Can you imagine what it must have been like to be there when the massive earthquake hit, the prison was shaken to it’s foundation, doors flew open, and chains fell off every prisoner?!  I wonder what lasting impact that experience must have had on all those in prison.  We know the  jailer and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in the Lord Jesus and were saved.  Wow.

 Thank You, Lord for this example of men responding to an awful situation with the grace that YOU gave them and the fruit that resulted from that. YOU did that work in Paul and Silas’ hearts when they were unjustly punished for doing what You called them to do and you supernaturally worked and intervened and brought forth the fruit. Paul and Silas were the open vessels for You to use and You had full reign to do what You wanted to do on that day in the lives of all involved. Still today the account of that event  impacts hearts like mine.  Teach me to walk closely with You , Father through the rough things and watch You work.


 This song is rockier than I personally like:if you prefer to skip it, the words are below. My “gift”  is gleaned from the challenge in the lyrics “This is your life, are you who you want to be?”.  My response is,  “No, I am not.  I have so much growing I need to do.   I praise the Lord  though that by God’s grace and enabling power I have his fresh starts 24/7/365 and by His grace I can change, I am changing, and I will continue to change–all becausemy Father is so patient and loving even though I sure do struggle and mess up a lot.” He never, ever gives up on me.  He picks me up, brsuhes me off, forgives me, and gives me fresh mercies every day.  I pray that He will continually conform me to the image of His Son.
This is Your Life
By Switchfoot
“Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you’ve broken

Don’t close your eyes,
don’t close your eyes

This is your life and today is all you’ve got now
Yeah, and today is all you’ll ever have

Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes

This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Yesterday is a kid in the corner
Yesterday is dead and over
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes

This is your life are you who you want to be
This is your life are you who you want to be

This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

And you had everything to lose”

755.  I’m almost all packed for my trip to see family and friends in Tucson.  I leave tomorrow–yipeee!  I’m very excited and happy about going!  Thank You Lord for this gift and all the details revolving around it!






Fresh Meat

Lotsa Word Play/Turning North Go-To Scripts

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The list below is especially for the lexiphiles, lexophiles, and logophiles in our midst and is more comprehensive than the last one I shared awhile back.  I enjoy the cleverness of word play. I didn’t make up any of these: I found them in various places on the internet (authors unknown).   Wanna make one up or add in another that you’ve heard ;)?


When the smog lifts in Los Angeles , U. C. L. A.

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.

Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet.

A dentist and a manicurist fought tooth and nail.

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

A will is a dead giveaway.

I  wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

Police were called to a daycare, where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.

The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

A thief who stole a calendar… got twelve months.

A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement. He became a hardened criminal.

Thieves who steal corn from a garden could be charged with stalking.

The math professor went crazy with the blackboard. He did a number on it.

The professor discovered that his theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.

The dead batteries were given out free of charge.

If you take a laptop computer for a run you could jog your memory.

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

A backward poet writes inverse.

In a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your Count that votes.

A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.

With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.

Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I’ll show you A-flat miner.

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.

A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France , and resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.

You are stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.

Local Area Network in Australia : The LAN down under.

He broke into song because he couldn’t find the key.

A calendar’s days are numbered.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

A plateau is a high form of flattery.

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

When you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.

If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.

Acupuncture: a jab well done.

A lot of money is tainted: ‘Taint yours, and ‘taint mine.

A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for

Not only did the pearl divers come up empty, but they barely escaped an earthquake. These were pearl-less times.

Three lefts equal a right, yet no number of wrongs equals a right.

Local Area Network in Australia: The LAN down under.

He broke into song because he couldn’t find the key.

I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned
out to be an optical Aleutian.

She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it
was a weapon of math disruption.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization

A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the

A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When
his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, ‘No change

The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a
seasoned veteran.

Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway.  One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’

When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

When cannibals ate a clown they said it tasted funny.

A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons.  The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft.  Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

Two hydrogen atoms meet.  One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’  The other says ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’

Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root  canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten did.

Dyslexics have more nuf.

Clones are people, two.

Entropy isn’t what it used to be.

Microbiology Lab Staph Only !

Santa’s elves are just a bunch of subordinate Clauses.

Eschew obfuscation.

186,000 miles per second. Not just a good idea, it’s the law!

Air pollution is a mist-demeanor.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Editing is a rewording activity.

My reality check just bounced.

Rap is to music what Etch-a-Sketch is to art.

No sense being pessimistic, it probably wouldn’t work anyway.

What if there were no hypothetical questions.

Energizer bunny arrested, charged with battery.

I used to think I was indecisive, now I’m not sure.

Help stamp out and eradicate superfluous redundancy.

You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish.

When you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.

Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.

Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts

746. Turning North Go-To Scripts

“If you fnd yourself stuck in a defeating

mess, try replacing your old thoughts

with these empowering thoughts. I call these “Go-to scripts.” In other words,

these statements can become our new patterns of thought as the Messiah

touches our mess and turns it into a great message of hope to this world.


1. I was made for more than to be stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat.


Deuteronomy 2:3, “You have circled this mountain long enough. Now

turn north.”


2. When I am considering a compromise, I will think past this moment


and ask myself, how will I feel about this choice tomorrow morning?


1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,

whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price.

Therefore honor God with your body.”


3. When tempted, I either remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation.


1 Corinthians 10:13-14, “…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can

bear. But when you are tempted, he will provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Therefore, my dear friends, fee…”


4. I don’t have to worry about letting God down because I was never holding Him up –


God’s grace is sufficient.


2 Corinthians 12:9-11, “But he said to me, ’My grace is sufcient for you, for my power is made

perfect in weakness… for when I am weak, then I am strong.’”


5. I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but rather to defne the parameters of


my freedom.


Romans 6:19-20, “I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as

you used to ofer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness,

so now ofer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.”

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Psalm 138: 1-3


Two patients limp into two different hospitals with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement. The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.  The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for a month from then.  Why the different treatment for the two patients?  The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.  The SECOND is a Senior Citizen. Next time take me to a vet!  WOOF*

Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts


741. Psalm 138: 1-3 (KJV)

 1I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

 2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

 3In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

Personalizing Psalm 138:1-3 for myself a la Paula, combining a variety of translations:
I will praise You and give thanks to You with my whole heart, O Lord–ALL of it-nothing held back.  Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!” 
Before the gods, in the presence of angels, and before people I will sing praises to You and of You. I will worship and bow down toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name.  I will thank You for Your unfailing lovingkindness, Your faithfulness, and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Most holy is Your name, most holy is Your Word.  All your promises are backed by the honor of Your name. You are true to Your Word.   In the day when I cried out and asked for Your help, You answered me.  As soon as I pray, you answer me.  Before I even think of what I’m going to pray about or speak it in my heart or out loud, You know all about it and have the answer. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.  Yes, You made me bold with strength in my soul, you encourage me by giving me all the strength I need. You give me courage.
742. Quotes that are meaningful to me:
 from Elizabeth Elliot :
“Faith is not an instinct. It certainly is not a feeling – feelings don’t help much when you’re in the lions’ den or hanging on a wooden Cross. Faith is not inferred from the happy way things work. It is an act of will, a choice, based on the unbreakable Word of a God who cannot lie, and who showed us what love and obedience and sacrifice mean, in the person of Jesus Christ.
When ours are interrupted, his are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or years which seem most useless or wasted or unendurable) “toward the goal of true maturity” (Rom 12:2 JBP).
“God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful- “severe mercies” at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”
We have ample evidence that the Lord is able to guide. The promises cover every imaginable situation. All we need to do is to take the hand he stretches out.
743. Quotes from Joni:
God is more concerned with conforming me to the likeness of His Son than leaving me in my comfort zones. God is more interested in inward qualities than outward circumstances – things like refining my faith, humbling my heart, cleaning up my thought life and strengthening my character.
Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves
We will stand amazed to see the topside of the tapestry and how God beautifully embroidered each circumstance into a pattern for our good and His glory.
Whatever troubles are weighing you down are not chains. They are featherweight when compared to the glory yet to come. With a sweep of a prayer and the praise of a child’s heart, God can strip away any cobweb.
It is a glorious thing to know that your Father God makes no mistakes in directing or permitting that which crosses the path of your life. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. It is our glory to trust Him, no matter what.
Real satisfaction comes not in understanding God’s motives, but in understanding His character, in trusting in His promises, and in leaning on Him and resting in Him as the Sovereign who knows what He is doing and does all things well.
745. Excitement and anticipation about flying to AZ next Wednesday to visit my family and friendsfor a week–yeah!

Bubba and the Psychiatrist

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Bubba & The Psychiatrist

Bubba went to see a psychiatrist.

‘I’ve got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there’s somebody under it. I’m scared. I think I’m going crazy’ he told the psychiatrist.

‘Just put yourself in my hands for one year,’ said the shrink. ‘Come talk to me three times a week, and we should be able to get rid of those fears.’

‘How much do you charge?’

‘Eighty dollars per visit, replied the psychiatrist.’

‘I’ll sleep on it,’ said Bubba.

Six months later the psychiatrist met Bubba on the street. ‘Why didn’t you ever come to see me about those fears you were having?’ asked the psychiatrist.

‘Well Eighty bucks a visit three times a week for a year is an awful lot of money! A barber cured me for $10. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought me a new pickup!’

‘Is that so! And how, may I ask, did a barber cure you?’

‘He told me to cut the legs off the bed! – Ain’t nobody under there now !!!’


Git ‘er dun!!!!!!!!!


Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts
737. “No matter how far away from God you’ve gone, when you surrender your life to the Lord, a path is carved from where you are to where you are supposed to be, and He puts you on it.  If the path you’ve been on is crooked, He will make it straight.  If you are headed in the wrong direction, He will turn you around.  If you have come to a standstill, He will get you moving.  If you are going around in circles, He will correct your course and cause you to arrive at your destination.  The simple act of giving your life to Him will immediately put you on the correct path and aim you in the right direction.  As you take one step at a time, holding God’s Hand and letting Him lead, He will get you where you need to go.”  (From “Just enough light for the step I’m on: trusting God in the tough times” by Stormie Omartian)
738. The $5 entrance fee special at Lego Land which allowed the kids an extra- fun day yesterday
739. Answered prayer that my radiation burns are healing up nicely.  Thank You God for the new skin you are giving me!
740. Psalm 17:8   “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings”.  THAT’S where I want to be and stay, Lord.
More cancer fightin’ words that help me line up a positive body/mind connection for my optimal healing:
“Self limiting beliefs create their own realities.  Our minds filter out any evidence contrary to our beliefs.”
The Herceptin is doing it’s job marvelously, specifically targeting Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 cells: blocking and  binding them up completely, rendering them totally inactive just as it was intended.  My body will continue to tolerate and respond to the medication with no resistence whatsoever.  The medication  zooms directly and exclusively  to the Her2 positive cells, leaving all healthy cells alone and intact to function at their peak performance.  My heart and lungs are strong and will stay strong and so will the rest of me.  The Her2 componnent will go from overexpressing itself to underexpressing itself, becoming “Her2: a powerless wimpy wimp”.  I am a warrior against cancer  and my body melts away cells that harm  and multiplies healthy cells that thrive and flourish.  I am healing.  My body is designed to render harmful substances as harmless, flushing them far, far away from me, getting them out of my system completely.
The chemotherapy and radiation were tools that God used for my good.  Those therapeutic agents hunted down cancer cells which were hiding,  exposed them, and knocked them off so they could be thouroughly eliminated.  My body is in full blast repair and restore mode. My strong immune system and every cell in my body is on a mission to bring me to optimal health, even better than before.
I am fortunate that I can use hormone therapy.  It is to my advantage that I can use Tamoxifen to target my estrogen and progesterone recepter positive status so that I can block hormones that would feed the cancer and  instead I can mercilessly make cancer die of starvation.  Although I might wish that I did not have to resort to  hormone altering medication or the other measures that I took, it is Ok.  I can get beyond that.  God can protect me from side effects and give me grace should He allow me to experience any of them.  Serious side effects apparently are rare with Tamoxifen and I will be in the majority of women who take this drug without a problem.
I choose to reject fear and doubt and embrace hope, gratefulness,  and full enjoyment of every day that God blesses me with.  God is in charge and I have every reason to be overflowing with joy because of His kindness towards me personally.
I dwell in God’s goodness and love and ALL the things I am going through are working together for my good.
Cancer was with me for a reason and a season. It’s a great time for that season to be all wrapped up and finished, never to return again. I have learned many valuable lessons that will stay with me and serve me well as I let go of  every negative aspect of cancer including unpleasant memories.  I put them all behind me with a renewed appreciation for my many blessings, moving  forward stronger and in  health that is improving every day.
I can take all the time I need to rest,rejuevenate, and renew.
When my body is uncomfortable, I can relax, breathe deeply, release any tensions and modify my reactions as needed.  It is within my control to make myself much more comfortable. 
I will accept the things that I can’t change with the grace God supplies me with and I will change the things that I can with His help and strength.  I will have the wisdom to know the difference.
Any and all positive lifestyle choices and changes I make all add up to significantly contribute to my healing.
Worry has no place in my life: confident expectation in my great big God does.
I have every reason to believe all the treatments I went through in 2011 were totally worth it and extremely effective.  I am alive and still have a lot of happy living ahead of me. 🙂 
Paula the cancer-fightin’ warrior


The Mechanic & The Cardiologist

  A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop.

The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted across the garage: “Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?”

The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle.

The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, “So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them back in, and when I finish, it works just like new.

So how come I make $40,000 a year and you get the really big bucks when you and I are doing basically the same work?”

The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic … “Try doing it with the engine running.”

Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts
733. A New Beginning: A New Year’s Inspiration:
734  Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Delight: to have great pleasure and enjoyment, enrapture
Can it be that He wants me to delight in Him so that the deepest desires of my heart are no longer the things/circumstances that I think I want but rather that HE HIMSELF becomes the desire of my heart?  Therefore, the more I would delight in Him, the more He would give me of HIMSELF.  Father, please teach me to truly be delighting myself in You. that I would have more of You.
735. “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” (Abraham Lincoln) I am thankful for the life in my years and the years in my life.
736.  These are some thoughts from Chuck Swindoll that were a blessing to me today:
“He (God) only promises to reveal Himself to us, when we seek Him. That’s because He doesn’t want us to know the future – He wants us to know Him. He is our future. When we know Him, He guides us into the future He has for us.”
“In place of our exhaustion and spiritual fatigue, God will give us rest. All He asks is that we come to Him…that we spend a while thinking about Him, meditating on Him, talking to Him, listening in silence, occupying ourselves with Him – totally and thoroughly lost in the hiding place of His presence.”