Stories

Some of these stories may be true, some are obviously great parables that help teach us ways we know we should live, or encourage us to strive to be all that God wants us to be. I am especially partial to "The Pianist" because it so accurately portrays how I feel about my own life and the use of the gifts God has given me. I bring my tiny little offering forward and give it to God for His use, and with His accompaniment, my gift is transformed. I can do things. I can even do good things. But, I can do nothing GREAT apart from Him.

THE OTHER SIDE

A man turned to his doctor, as he was leaving the room after paying a visit, and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side." 

Very quietly the doctor said, "I don't…

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THE GIRL, THE APPLE & THE FENCE

 August 1942. Piotrkow, Poland. The sky was gloomy that morning as we waited anxiously. All the men, women and children of Piotrkow's Jewish ghetto had been herded into a square. Word had gotten around that we were being moved. My…

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44 LESSONS

The 44 Lessons Life Taught Me 
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio 

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written…

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THE CRACKED POT

A Water Bearer in India had two large pots; each hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and…

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THE CHOSEN ONE

The Chosen One by Erma Bombeck  
Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures, and a couple by habit. This year, nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder…

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THE ANT & THE CONTACT LENSE


Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a…

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STAY

 A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. "Your son is here," she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened. Heavily sedated because of the pain of…

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SHAKE IT OFF

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered…

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SANDCASTLES

You've watched it, too. I know I'm not the first or only person who has seen it. But there is a lesson in it that we both may have overlooked. 

There are some children on a beach. They're playing…

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SAND & STONE

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without…

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POWER OF A CHILD'S PRAYER

Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The…

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PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up alarge empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" in diameter. He…

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PANCAKES

Six year old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor…

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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE

Never Underestimate the Power of Your Actions - 
One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all…

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MIGHT AS WELL DANCE

A letter from one friend to another:  

Dear Bertha, 
I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time with my family…

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LOVE BUILDS A BRIDGE

Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch…

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FORGIVENESS & POTATOES

One of my teachers had each one of us bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes. For every person we'd refuse to forgive in our life experience, we were told to choose a potato, write on it…

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JESUS AT THE WINDOW


A little boy visited his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with in the woods. He practiced, but couldn't hit the target. Getting discouraged, he headed back to dinner. As he walked back, he saw…

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CREATION OF WOMAN

God Speaking: 

When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. 

When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils. 

But you, woman, I fashioned after I breathed the…

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THE FERN & THE BAMBOO

One day, I decided to quit. I wanted to quit my job, to quit my relationships, to quit my spirituality; I even wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. "God"…

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