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This morning, I was passing through MacDonald’s (not my normal route), to get to my bus stop. I can’t help but notice an old lady sitting at a corner, drinking from her mug. Catching a quick glimpse of her, I was about to hurry through the exit, when something made me stop and turn around. I walked back to the old lady in the corner. She was scruffy, with an umbrella, a walking stick and 2 large bags of what looked like garbage (or perhaps scrap paper and cardboard for recycling?). I just felt prompted to do something for her. So I asked if she needed anything. Initially she declined, I asked again ‘Can I get you a burger?’ She replied ‘fish burger’.

As I trodded back into the front of the counter and started queuing, I had no idea why I was doing this, it was a work day morning and I was hurrying to work. So there I was standing in line and I thought, ok, I’ll just buy a burger, pass it to her and get on my journey. However, I heard a voice telling me ‘get yourself a breakfast, sit and eat with her’ I replied ‘God, I already have breakfast in my bag, I’m in a hurry’ Yet, I felt I had to go sit with the old lady, so I bought breakfast.

Returning to the old lady, I sat down, passed her the burger and a hot tea. She started speaking ‘You know girl, I can take hardships.’ I was lost for words. She continued to pour out to me, how she was working a cleaner and used to have 4 to 5 jobs a week but now she’s only left with 1 job due to weakness in her leg. To add on to her troubles, an unknown man had been taking money from her and she felt compelled to give to him, a few dollars at a time. She told me she didn’t understand why but she could not resist giving him a few dollars, not that he threatened or solicited from her, just that he would always say something nice to her.

As she talked, I asked God to help me, give me the words to say to her. When she paused, I looked her in the eye and asked ‘Do you feel lonely?’ She looked surprised and said, ‘How do you know?’ She teared as she said ‘Every night, I feel I’m getting mad from feeling so alone.’ This had me fighting hard to control my tears, I am familiar with the sting of loneliness too. At this point, I asked her did she believe in Jesus, she said yes. I told her that Jesus loves her and asked if she wanted to receive Jesus Christ into her heart, to which she was hesitant. Then, I asked if I can pray for her leg, she replied ‘Yes, and not only for my leg, can you pray that God will take my loneliness away?’ I said ‘Sure’. Holding her pair of hands which were slightly deformed by arthritis ( I wondered when was the last time someone touched this pair of hands), I prayed for her physical healing, and that she can come to experience God’s love, joy and peace. As I prayed, I felt God sees her as His precious daughter and I spoke that out to her. She revealed that she had been hoping to meet someone who can help her with the loneliness problem. Showing deep appreciation, she said she felt a load had been lifted up from her. I assured her God is always with her and He cares for her, she just has to call out to Him.

 

Before I left, I tried to ask her for a contact number but she said she had no phone and was reluctant to reveal much about where she stays. When I left her, I only knew she stays around the neighbourhood, I’m not sure if I’ll meet her again, but I trust God will heal her physical body and her heart.

While I continued on my way to work, I marveled at this ‘divine appointment’. It wasn’t in my plan to be there at that time, at that place this morning, but I happened to be. I’m thankful that I can be a messenger of God’s love. If a fish burger and 40 minutes of my time can make a difference in someone’s live, I’d gladly do this any day.  This is what makes life worthwhile, not wealth, not getting hitched, not having kids, not career achievement or wining the lottery. The satisfaction of doing something that counts for eternity surpasses any sense of achievement this world can give.

The Father’s Love

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Dear Beloved Child,

 

My love for You is unconditional, it does not depend on what you do or who you are, it’s all about who I am. I am God, I am Your Father and I am Love. To Me your’re worth more than a million stars, you’re totally worth it.

If you only knew how much I love you, you would not be living in sadness, worries, regrets. I’ve loved you since the beginning. I am the same yesterday, today and forever. Nothing can separate you from My love as I have loved you with an everlasting love.

My heart’s desire is to heal broken hearts.  I am the creation of Heaven and earth – nothing is too difficult for Me. I am the author of time – nothing is ever too late for me, My timing is always perfect.

I know you have burning questions, shattered dreams and broken promises. Give them to me and in exchange live for me. When you live your life totally for me, you shall have the answers. I delight in you and desire that you delight in Me too. When you delight yourself in Me, I will give you the desires of your heart. Trust Me, I cause all things to work for good and I am making all things beautiful in My time.

 

Love

Your Heavenly Father

Psalm 37:4  – Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

HOPE

HOPE – Honest Optimism based on Personal Endeavors

I love the above acronym for hope. This simply says that yes, there is something we can do to have hope.

Hope - Inspirational Quotes

Hope – Inspirational Quotes

Is hope really that important? Martin Luther said that everything that is done in the world is done by hope. John Lubbock said that hope should be classed as virtue, along with faith and character. Alexander said that hope is the true inheritance of all that resolve upon great enterprises. We could also think of it in this light: A person without hope will take no action. The student who has no hope of passing will not study; the salesperson with no hope of making the sale won’t make the call. Hope is the starting point for accomplishment.

Over the years, with the help of hundreds of audiences and thousands of people all over the world, I have come to the conclusion that there are eight things that all of us want, regardless of our age, education, ethnic background or gender. Everybody wants to be happy, healthy, at least reasonably prosperous, secure, to have friends, peace of mind, good family relationships and hope. Actually, it all starts with hope.

Carefully examine these eight things and ask yourself the questions: Can I honestly expect to be happy if I have no hope? What impact would it have on my health if I were without hope? How prosperous could I become if I had no hope that I could become prosperous? How secure would I be in my personal, family and career if I had no hope? What kind of person would I be and, consequently, how many friends would I be able to attract if I were living without hope? Can you imagine peace of mind without hope? What do you think your relationship with your family would be if you were a person without hope?

Interestingly enough, the best way to have hope is to give hope. The more you give, the more you’ll have. Give it to those you encounter and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

By Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator. He is the author of 29 books and numerous audio and video recordings. See him in action!

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Season’s Greetings

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It’s the season of giving and receiving.
They say the best things in life are free
But to me the best gifts in life are priceless:
Love, Forgiveness and Hope!
This season, let’s give the most precious gifts of all

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My 2010 Wish List

Gosh, how time flies, we’ve arrived on the LAST day of 2009 and I have not even made any New Year resolutions yet!

Well, short of lamenting over ‘unaccomplished’ resolutions 1 year from now, I’ve decided to come up with a 2010 Wish List instead, here it goes…

1) Fewer Absentminded bosses
The boss who insists that he/she has not received that all important report from you although you’ve forwarded it to his/her email UMPTEEN times!

2) Fewer Simpleminded bosses
The boss who thinks that everything is done within a minute simply at the PUSH of a button…

3) Fewer Flickerminded bosses
The boss who decides to give you a raise one minute and not the next minute… Now was that a figment of my imagination or what?

4) Fewer Ghost-Twitts (by Ghost-Twitterers, who else?!)

5) Fewer Ghost-Facebooking (similar to point 4 above)

6) Fewer Slimy scheming and down right dirty Investment Bankers!

7) That people should take the Environment more seriously
Perhaps world leaders should next convene at the North Pole (instead of Copenhagen), so they can see the snow melting right before their eyes.

8) More Hope in the World
(CNN) A new National poll reports that Americans will usher in the new decade less hopeful than they were at the dawn of the millennium in 2000!

9) World Peace
I mean it, really.

10) Better Economic conditions in the world
Definitely. If not, how am I going to get that pay raise!

There you have it, my 2010 wish list.
What’s your wishlist?
Drop a line or comment or two right now!

Cheers and see you in 2010!

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Jacque K