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Year 2015 - January thru March

 
 
 
 

+++ The Christian Banner -  March 2015 +++
 
 
 
“I’ve Got Time”
Author Unknown
Submitted By: Becky Freeman
 

My name is Tammy. This is my life. I will get saved when "I've Got Time". I was born Jan. 1, 1970. As I grew up, the LORD kept his hands on me. He healed my polio. Now I walk like you. "Thank you Jesus." He showed me right from wrong. I think I'll get saved when I turn 30. "I’ve Got Time!”

I got on drugs, He brought me through. Thank you, Jesus! I got pregnant, and cried to the Lord. He gave me a husband. I said to myself, "When I turn 30, I'll get saved, I've Got Time!" 

I've been shot in the back. The doctor said I would not walk again. I cried again to Jesus for two years. Now I run and jump. I should get saved now! No, I'll wait until I'm 30. "I've Got Time." 

I have no food in my house and my children are hungry, so I asked the Lord to make a way. Right then my doorbell rings, the UPS man is ringing my bell. He has a letter for me. I sing as I return into my house. I open the letter and it’s a check for $50. "Thank you Jesus." Again I promise "When I turn 30, I'll get saved, "I've Got Time."

I read my Bible. I know the LORD. He and I go a long way back. When I turn 30, I’ll get saved. "I've Got Time." 

It's Saturday night and I am going out. I am going to have myself some fun. When I step out, I see my sister running towards me. She told me one of my children was playing with matches, and was burnt. Again, I cried to the LORD. "LORD, LORD, Hear my prayer. Help me LORD." And, He did. He did not take my child. I did not lose my children to the state. I'm really going to get saved when I turn 30. "I've Got Time." 

My cancer went into remission. My body is healed. Praise the LORD! When I turn 30, I’ll get saved. "I've Got Time." 

I turn 30 tomorrow, tonight is my last night to live my unsaved life. Guess What? My birthday falls on Saturday. Therefore, Sunday morning, I will be at church singing praises to You LORD. However, for now it is still Friday. I am having so much fun at my party in my back yard. They threw me in the pool. I felt a timer go off in my head.  

SOMETHING IS HAPPENING TO ME. WHAT'S WRONG! I DON'T KNOW. I SEE LIGHT. THERE ARE PEOPLE ALL AROUND ME, BUT I CANNOT TALK. I CRY TO THE LORD. I SAID, LORD WHAT TIME IS IT? IT'S 11:55. BUT I DON'T RECOGNIZE YOUR VOICE, “WHO ARE YOU?” MY NAME IS LUCIFER. "I DON'T LOVE YOU, I DON'T LIKE YOU, AND ALL I WANT IS YOUR SOUL. EVERY TIME I CAME FOR YOU THE LORD SAID NO, SOMEONE WAS PRAYING FOR YOU. SO I PLANTED A SEED TO MAKE YOU THINK YOU HAD TIME. YOU SEE, I'M SMART, I'M DIRTY, AND I'M THE BEST LIAR. 

Tammy died December 31, 1999. Five minutes before she turned 30 years old. Now tell me,DO YOU HAVE TIME? 
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Does This Worry You?

Written & Submitted by: Pat Lewallen

Have you heard about the new TV made by Samsung? I was watching the news recently and the news anchor began talking about Samsung’s Smart TV. It looked like a really neat TV with all the bells and whistles you could ask for. It even supports Smart Remote Control that has voice-recognition software. It allows you to communicate with your TV by talking to it. You don’t like the channel you’re watching, just ask the Samsung TV to change the channel by saying a few words. 

It all sounded good until the news anchor went on to explain what has so many people worried. The Smart TV remote control has a built in microphone that records all your conversations when a microphone symbol appears. Hidden deep in Samsung’s “privacy policy” is this warning: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” 

The news anchor went on to say, “If peoples' living room conversations are being recorded and passed on, our privacy is being undermined. Homes are supposed to be places in which families and friends can talk about anything and everything.” 

Do you ever think about the fact that God knows everything you do and everything you say? He doesn’t need the latest Samsung Smart TV technology to do this either. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13 NIV). This verse tells me that God is all-knowing and nothing we do or say ever escapes Him. Does this worry you? It doesn’t have to. All you need to do is ask the Lord to forgive your sins and ask Him to save you. You then need to include Him in your everyday living. “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25 NIV).  

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John Knox had a love for Jesus and a love for his home country of Scotland. Because of these two loves he prayed nightly, “Lord, give me Scotland or I die!” It is said that Mary, Queen of Scots – even as she attempted to hunt down and arrest Knox for his religious beliefs – declared that she was more afraid of Knox’s prayers than of an army of ten thousand. In the end, Christ won, and Knox became one of the leaders of the Scottish Reformation. God indeed had given him Scotland.


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Here’s How You Can Receive Christ:
 
1. Admit your need. (I am a sinner.)
 
2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent.)
 
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.

4. Pray a prayer like this: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask You to forgive me. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

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Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:22-23 KJV)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9 KJV)

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Just Call on His Name
Written & Submitted by: Irene Wright
 

Another year has come and gone
And now we must carry on

Let us start our day with prayer
And let our love ones know we really care
Give the LORD the praise for another year
For it is HE the reason we are all still here
Troubles and sorrows are sometimes hard to face
But somehow we climb those mountains by HIS marvelous grace
And when we reach the top
We need to take time to stop
To look at the path we have took
And marvel how far we have come even though the ground beneath shook
The path might have been full of rocks
And debris became a stumbling block
But instead of wanting someone to blame
Just call on HIS PRECIOUS NAME

And hear HIM say
My child I have walked beside you and at times carried you along the way!

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The Story Behind the Hymn “Jesus Paid it All”
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It was during a Sunday morning service in the spring of 1865 that a hymn was born that pictures so well the finished work of Calvary.

Elvina Hall was seated in her usual spot in the choir of the Monument Street Methodist Church in Baltimore. Her pastor, Reverend George Schnick, led in prayer, thanking God for such a perfect and complete salvation as found in Jesus Christ. Elvina became so overwhelmed with this great truth that she felt compelled to express her feelings. Unable to find suitable paper, she took a copy of the church hymnal, The New Lute of Zion, and started to compose a poem on the flyleaf of the book. Later that day, she recopied the new poem and gave it to her pastor.
 

Sometime later, Pastor Schnick was visiting the church organist, Mr. John T. Grape. A successful coal merchant and a skilled amateur musician, Grape enjoyed composing new melodies of his own from time to time. Knowing this, the pastor inquired if any new tunes had been written recently. Brother Grape replied by playing a new melody he had just finished. Upon hearing it, the pastor exclaimed, "Why you know, Elvina Hall gave me a beautiful set of words some time ago; and if I'm not mistaken, the melody sounded as if it had been written just for her words." With that, he opened his Bible and produced the poem. As the two men started to sing and play the new song, they witnessed a union of words and music as if God had planned the writing of the hymn in the first place. 

God does have a plan for the redemption of mankind that began in the Garden of Eden and was completed on the cross of Calvary. This is what Elvina Hall recorded for us when she wrote:

I hear the Savior say, Thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness, watch and pray, find in me thine all in all.

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.

Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)

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Darrell Waltrip Shares his Testimony at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Christian Post, Written by: Anugrah Kumr
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Darrell Waltrip, a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, shared how he became a follower of Jesus, telling the audience at the National Prayer Breakfast, which included President Obama and the Dalai Lama, "If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior … you are going to hell ... good guys go to hell."

"Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast is the biggest thing I've ever done, the most influential audience I've ever addressed and the most important speech I've ever given," the keynote speaker and hall-of-famer Waltrip said.

"I know I talk to millions of fans on TV every week. However, I'm not entirely comfortable speaking to this many people in person, but the Lord told me to do so," he added. "This was an honor beyond description and a moment I'll never forget. I love to share my testimony about what the Lord has done in my life, and doing it on my birthday made it that much more special."

The NASCAR legend told the audience, including Obama sitting a few feet away and the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama a little farther, that racing was both a blessing and a curse for him, as he was as aggressive on the racing track as he was in his life.

People, who liked him, thought he was "brash, ruthless, pushy, cocky, conceited, aloof, boastful arrogance and … annoying," he said. "You can imagine what people who didn't like me had to say about me."

Waltrip said he did "everything to satisfy me." And when his wife, Stevie, tried to take him to church, he said he just didn't have the time "for this church stuff." But things changed after a car wreck.

"I realized that wreck knocked me conscience," he recalled. "It scared the hell out of me. I mean that literally. I realized, what if I had lost my life that day at Daytona? Would I have gone to heaven or would I have gone to hell? I thought I was a good guy, but folks, let me tell you something: good guys go to hell."

Waltrip continued, "If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, if you don't have a relationship, if He's not the Master of your life, if you've never gotten on your knees and asked Him to forgive you of your sins, or if you are just a pretty good guy or a pretty good gal, you're going to go to hell."

The former NASCAR driver said the day he knelt down to invite Jesus into his life was the greatest day of his life, which "changed everything."

He said he still has wrecks and troubles, but he never feels he's alone.

He also talked about miscarriages his wife had. He said they got to a point where they were about to give up and decide to adopt a child. But they prayed, God gave them peace in their hearts, and they had their first child in 1987.

"You don't have to walk alone. … Get on your knees and ask for forgiveness. He's waiting for you. He was there all the time. I just didn't know or acknowledge it," he said.

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But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13 KJV) 


 
 
+++ The Christian Banner -  February 2015 +++
 
 
My Answer
By: Rev. Billy Graham
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I went to my 20th high school class reunion the other day, and it was really depressing to discover how many of my classmates are on their second or third marriages. Why aren't marriages lasting today? My marriage is happy, but I worry about what might happen to our children.
 
Surely one of our most important responsibilities as parents is to show our children what it means to have a committed and loving marriage. It won’t necessarily keep them from having problems in their own marriages — but it still could do much to help them overcome any difficulties.
 
Why are so many marriages failing today? I can only answer from my own perspective as a Christian and a minister. I’m convinced one reason is because we no longer see marriage as a commitment — a commitment made to God, as well as to each other. Jesus said, “So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Matthew 19:6).
 
Another reason marriages are failing today is because we’ve lost sight of what it truly means to love someone. “Love,” for many people, is only an emotion — and when the emotion fades, so too does their relationship. But true love is also an act of the will — a commitment to put the other person first instead of self. The Bible says, “Love is patient, love is kind…. It is not self-seeking” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).
 
God gave marriage to us for our happiness and security. But when we leave Him out of the picture, our happiness and security easily fade. Don’t let this happen to you, but commit your life — and your marriage — to Jesus Christ, and build your relationship on Him.
 
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The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes. -- Amy Grant
 
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If Danny Simpson had known more about guns, he might not have needed to rob the bank. But in 1990, in Ottawa, Canada, this 24-year-old went to jail, and his gun went to a museum. He was arrested for robbing a bank of $6,000 and then sent to jail for six years. He had used a .45 caliber Colt semi-automatic, which turned out to be an antique made by the Ross Rifle Company, Quebec City, in 1918. The pistol is worth up to $100,000—much more than Danny Simpson had stolen.
 
If Danny had just known what he carried in his hand, he wouldn’t have robbed the bank and ended up in jail. In other words, Danny already had what he needed.
 
 
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How Did GRIEF Get an Expiration Date?
Written by: Lynne B. Hughes
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The “grief expiration date” myth must come from people who have never experienced a close death – otherwise they would know the truth. Everyone fears facing such a loss. They are hopeful that should death touch their world, it will only take 6-12 months to recover. No one wants someone they love to die. So, until faced with the reality, it’s easier to think ‘this won’t happen to me, AND if it does it will only be bad for a finite, short amount of time and then…there’s an expiration date and it is magically all gone.’ What a wonderful world that would be.
 
The reality is they won’t be over it, nor should they be. If someone spent years loving another person, the pain of that person’s death simply will not be removed due to a date on the calendar. The opposite actually might happen – people who are grieving may feel even more pain in the second year because of the initial numbness, which often serves as a protective barrier at the onset of loss, has worn off and they begin experiencing the full intensity of their feelings and grief. This is accompanied by the realization that life with loss is their “new normal.”
 
I lost my mother at 9 and father at 12. I remember feeling the expectation of a grief expiration date myself. I remember being 15, five years after my mother died and three years after my father died. If I had a tough day missing my parents, people looked shocked, or avoided the subject, or avoided me. Sometimes I would hear insensitive comments, like “aren’t you over that?” Or when someone experienced a more recent loss, I would get “Oh, poor [so and so]. What a tragic loss. Aren’t you glad you are over that now?”
 
I remember beating myself up and doubting how well I was coping. If you allow yourself to believe there is an expiration date for grief, you will start to think you aren’t doing well if you still miss your loved one 5, 10, 20, 40 years after the loss. In reality – it’s normal. And it’s okay.
 
Grieving in a healthy manner, taking steps to move forward, and rebuild your life with a new normal, doesn’t mean you won’t have those tough days or tough moments. There is no expiration date. Grief never fully goes away. That doesn’t have to mean you can’t and won’t live a happy and productive life. What it does mean is the love you shared with loved ones lost doesn’t have an expiration date either.
 
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Getting Older
Copied & submitted by: Lela Farlow
(Virgil sent this card to his brother for his birthday)
 
You know you’re getting older when
Everything hurts, and what doesn't hurt doesn't work.
You feel like the morning after and you didn’t go anywhere the night before.
Your knees buckle and your belt won't.
You can only burn the midnight oil until 9 o’clock.
The twinkle in your eyes is the sun hitting your bifocals.
Your back goes out more than you do.
And another sure fire way to know you’re getting older is when
cards like this start showing up on your birthday.
Try to have a good one anyway!
 
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"Only one life...'twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last."
 
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From Bondage to Joy
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Article originally published in the Upper Room
Used by permission from the Editorial Director
 
Read Romans 8:28-31
 
Those who go out weeping, carrying
seed to sow, will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.
- Psalm 126:6 (NIV)
 
Michael grew up in a close, loving family; yet, in high school he began using drugs. After struggling for some time with addiction, he had recently completed rehabilitation and seemed to be on the right track. Then Michael showed signs of a relapse. One afternoon, he went downstairs and turned on his music. Michael was later found dead; he was 23. Those who knew him were heartbroken by this senseless loss.
 
The service celebrating Michael’s life was packed. Many of those attending were youth who were with him during his last rehab; they had believed his would be a success story. At the graveside service, I spoke with a mother whose son was still struggling with addiction; her son was devastated by Michael’s death. He expressed it this way: “Only with God’s help can I ever be free from this!”
 
With this in mind, we turn to scripture for comfort. Psalm 126:6 reminds us that in times of grief, God will provide us with strength, joy, and healing — allowing us to bear fruit for God’s kingdom.
 
Thought for the Day
Only God can give us an abundant life.
 
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to pray believing that even through tears and broken hearts, all things come together for good for those who love you. Amen.
 
Dan Nelson (North Carolina)
 
Prayer focus:Those seeking freedom from substance abuse
 
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How Do Kids Define Love?
 
Donna, Age 6
My mommy loves me more than anyone else. You don't see anybody else kissing me good night when I go to bed.
 
Georgia, Age 7
Love is when you tell a boy you like his shirt and then he wears it every day.
 
Bruce, Age 8
Love is when you go out to dinner with someone and you give them most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.
 
Andrea, Age 7
You know you love someone because your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.
 
Chloe, Age 4
Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.
 
Jackie, Age 4
Love is when your puppy licks your face even when you left him alone all day.
 
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The Story Behind the Song “He Abides”
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“He Abides” was written in 1922 by Herbert Buffum. He was born in 1879, in Lafayette, a farming community in Illinois USA. He was a rebellious teen who aspired to be an actor. Because of poor health he moved to southern California where in 1897 he agreed to attend a Holiness camp meeting. There he was converted and healed. Buffum felt a call to the ministry. He held ministerial credentials with the Church of the Nazarene, and was a Holiness/Pentecostal evangelist. He was also a prolific song writer, with many songs inspired by personal experience. He had 10,000 songs to his credit, 1,000 actually published. Ripley’s Believe It or Not claimed he once wrote 12 songs in an hour. Though a talented musician, Buffum received no musical training. He sold most of his songs for five dollars or less. When he died, the Los Angeles Times called him “The King of Gospel Song Writers.” Years on the road as an evangelist took their toll on Herbert Buffum. He died in 1939, worn out at only 59 years of age. However, for 22 years Buffum had been sustained by his own testimony.
 
He Abides
I’m rejoicing night and day
As I walk the narrow way,
For the hand of God in all my life I see;
And the reason of my bliss,
Yes, the secret all is this:
That the Comforter abides with me.
 
Refrain:
He abides, He abides;
Hallelujah, He abides with me!
I’m rejoicing night and day
As I walk the narrow way,
For the Comforter abides with me.
 
Once my heart was full of sin,
Once I had no peace within,
Till I heard how Jesus died upon the tree;
Then I fell down at His feet,
And there came a peace so sweet;
Now the Comforter abides with me.
(Refrain)
 
He is with me everywhere,
And He knows my every care;
I’m as happy as a bird and just as free;
For the Spirit has control;
Jesus satisfies my soul,
Since the Comforter abides with me.
(Refrain)
 
There’s no thirsting for the things
Of the world—they’ve taken wings;
Long ago I gave them up, and instantly
All my night was turned to day,
All my burdens rolled away;
Now the Comforter abides with me.
(Refrain)
 
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“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter,
that He may abide with you forever.” John 14:16 (KJV)
 
 
 
  
+++ The Christian Banner - January 2015 +++
 
 
 
Get the Facts
Copied from www.rotw.com
 
50% of churchgoers are unsure if people who know them are aware that they are Christians.
Only 2% of churchgoers invited an unchurched person to church in the last year.
Only 7% of churchgoers consistently spend time building relationships with non-Christians for the purpose of sharing Christ with them.
76% of people attending a worship service for the first time are there because someone they know invited them.
80% percent of unchurched people are open to the gospel.
71% of the unchurched say they are likely to accept a personal invitation from a family member, friend or neighbor to attend church.
87% of people not in church have at least one close friend who is a Christian.
56% of churchgoers hardly ever read their Bible.
59% of all Christians say they seldom or never share their faith with others.
Matt 5:13 (NKJV)
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor . . . it’s then good for nothing, but
to be . . . trampled under the foot of man.
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Early Impressions on Children
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I stood in a house in one of the Long Island villages, not long ago, and I saw a beautiful tree and I said to the owner: “That is a very fine tree; but what a curious crook there is in it.”
“Yes,” said he; “I planted that tree, and when it was a year old, I went to New York, and worked as a mechanic for a year or two, and when I came back I found they had allowed something to stand against the tree and so it has always had that crook.” And so I thought it was with the influence upon children. If you allow anything to stand in the way of moral influence against a child on this side or that side, to the latest day of its life on earth and through all eternity it will show the pressure.
 
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A Special Gift for Me
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen, Tuesday 12/16/14
 
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and laughter. The year 2014 hasn’t been as joyous as I had hoped. It’s been very painful dealing with Momma’s declining health. I‘ve felt the sadness to face the holidays without my departed loved ones. It’s also been discouraging to see the terrible turmoil, wars, hatred and pain in this world today.
I walked out the door at 7:15 this morning burdened with a load of care. I got into my car. The forecast was calling for rain but I only saw a few little sprinkles on the windshield. I was heading to work when I thought I saw a rainbow. I made a left turn and traveled a little ways down Mt. Gilead Church Road. All of a sudden I did see a rainbow. It had to be one of the most beautiful rainbows I’ve ever seen in my life. The colors were brilliant and stunning. It was a perfect arc that went from one side of the road to the other.
I never saw any rain. Why did I see this magical and breath-taking rainbow? Nothing’s impossible with God and I knew He was responsible for it. I began thanking God for sending a special gift for me. It reminded me that He’s in complete control. Tears of joy flowed as I felt His great love for me. He quickly lightened my heavy load of care!

I know that after the great flood of Noah’s time, God gave us the rainbow as a sign of His promise that the earth would never again be destroyed by flood. I also remembered God’s promise to never leave me nor forsake me. What a faithful and forever friend my Savior is to me! My wish is that you’ll accept God’s special gift of Jesus into your heart.  You can know and experience for yourself the great love God has for you too!   
 
Romans 8:38-39 (KJV): 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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He Is
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When I fall, He lifts me up!
When I fail, He forgives!
When I am weak, He is strong!
When I am lost, He is the way!
When I am afraid, He is my courage!
When I stumble, He steadies me!
When I am hurt, He heals me!
When I am broken, He mends me!

When I am blind, He leads me!
When I am hungry, He feeds me!
When I face trials, He is with me!
When I face persecution, He shields me!
When I face problems, He comforts me!
When I face loss, He provides for me!
When I face death, HE WILL CARRY ME HOME!

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If you meet me and forget me
You have lost nothing.
If you meet Jesus and forget Him
You have lost everything.
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Top 5 Regrets of the Dying
Written by: Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
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I've always been interested in the wisdom of our elders and often do a practice with students and clients when they've seemed to veer off the path of what truly matters in their lives. I ask them to project themselves forward many years from now looking back onto this very moment right now, what do they wish they would've done? Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent many years working in palliative care caring for those who were dying. She eventually published a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”
 
Regrets can be seen as something that's good if they give us insight into what we can change today for the better. Here are the top five. Use them as a north star to help guide your actions in the days that follow toward an even more fulfilling life. Although we can veer off the path, when we notice the star, we can always come back to it.
 
Top 5 Regrets of the Dying:
                                        I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself,
                                                    not the life others expected of me.
From the time we're born we're looking to our parents to teach us the rules of this world and to guide our expectations about how we should or shouldn't act. Looking to our culture or other people to guide how we should dress, speak, act, and even what kind of profession we should be in is common. What would it look like to get in touch with what seems right to you and live an authentic life?
I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
As the saying goes, no one ever kicked themselves on their deathbeds for missing a day of work. Sometimes we work too much out of routine, other times from other people's expectations and sometimes as an addictive behavior to avoid discomfort. Are there things that may be more valuable to pay attention to where we can loosen up on working so hard and pay attention to things that nourish us more?
 
I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
Whether it's at work, in a friendship or a partnership we make the snap judgment to bite our tongue rather than being assertive. Standing in an authentic life means becoming aware of and expressing our feelings. This may be a missed opportunity to let others know we love them that can create deeper connections or maybe it's a time when someone hurts us and we stay silent out of fear. Learning how to become more aware of our emotions and express them in a skillful way can help us feel more connected, self-reliant and happy.
 
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
There's no question. At the crux of feeling happy and fulfilled in life is having nurturing relationships. There are so many ways to stay connected nowadays through text, chat, email, social media, the phone and of course face to face. How might you make it a priority to make relationships an integral part of your day to day life?
 
I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Bronnie Ware said that many people didn't notice until the end of life that happiness is a choice. With awareness we can make conscious choices about what nourishes us and what depletes us. What beliefs we want to invest in and which ones we don't. We may get hooked into states of high stress, anxiety, depression and even trauma reactions, but at some point we get to choose how we want to relate to them and this may help us ride them with more grace. Maybe it's time to play a little more, what makes you happy?
Take a moment to look back once again at these five regrets people have had and see where you can begin integrating these more into your life starting today.
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The Story Behind the Song “I’d Rather Have Jesus”
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George Beverly Shea yielded his talents and his life to the service of Christ at a very early age. Because he realized that in this life only what is done for Christ is of any lasting value, his singing has been a blessing around the world.
I wrote ‘I’d Rather Have Jesus’ in 1933, said George Beverly Shea. As I sat one evening playing the piano, my mother brought to me a piece of paper on which was written a poem by Rhea Miller. She thought it to be a very wonderful poem and wanted me to read it. She then asked me to try my hand at writing a melody for it. I began to play as a melody came to me. I then sang and played for the first time ‘I’d Rather Have Jesus.’
 
When the rich voice of George Beverly Shea is but a memory, many happy Christians will still be singing his song. He died at 104 years of age on April 16, 2013 in Montreat, North Carolina. He was buried on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
 
I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold,
I'd rather be His than have riches untold;
I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands,
I'd rather be led by His nail-pierced hand.
CHORUS:
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin's dread sway;
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.
 
I'd rather have Jesus than men's applause,
I'd rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I'd rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,
I'd rather be true to His holy name.
 
He's fairer than lilies of rarest bloom,
He's sweeter than honey from out the comb;
He's all that my hungering spirit needs,
I'd rather have Jesus and let Him lead.
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A New Leaf
Written by: Kathleen Wheeler
Submitted by: Lela Trotter - “Happy New Year to everyone!”

He came to my desk with quivering lip--
The lesson was done.
"Dear Teacher I want a new leaf," he said,
"I have spoiled this one."
 
I took the old leaf, stained and blotted,
And gave him a new one all unspotted,
And into his sad eyes smiled,
"Do better now, my child."
 
I went to the throne with a quivering soul--
The old year was done.
"Dear Father, hast Thou a new leaf for me?
I have spoiled this one."
 
He took the old leaf, stained and blotted,
And gave me a new one all unspotted,
And into my sad heart smiled,
"Do better now, My child."