Thursday, March 29, 2012

Seek and you will find

The important thing after setting a goal is taking action. Napoleon Hill

Perseverance is a great element of success.  If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8

Just imagine that I had only thought of giving my 12 teddy bears to the hospital ER last year and had not taken action; so many lives would not have been touched;  so many people would not have been comforted; so many times over God would not have been given the glory He so richly deserves.
I did take action and the result today is that with the remaining teddies in the hospital right this moment, when they have been given to children in need, the total given since July 22, 2011 will be 485 teddies.  It boggles my mind at how greatly God multiplied those 12 teddies for His purpose!!
The teddies have not taken over my life.  Yes, it has taken perseverance to continue to seek them out, to clean them, to copy the poems and stuff envelopes, to deliver them to the hospital and I have loved every moment of it all!!!!
These two Bible verses speak volumes to me.  It's just that easy!  Simply believe that someone willing is on the other side of the door upon which you knock to aid you in your endeavor.
Have a wonderful day in the Lord! Love, Nan

Friday, March 23, 2012

Actively Doing Nothing

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

Wait..... wait...... wait..... actively wait...... in a state of readiness..... being still, aware, watching, preparing..... actively doing nothing

The power of thought is the most mysterious and the greatest of all powers available.  It can be the most beneficial, or the most dangerous, depending upon how it is used.  Napoleon Hill

Today you are where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.  James Allen

While we are waiting, we are thinking.  Are we thinking thoughts that render us powerless or are we thinking thoughts that are in alignment with God's will, His calculations or our own?  It takes deliberate action to trust and not worry.  During the time of being still, when we bring ourselves to that place of non thinking, our minds are opening up to a greater awareness within the soul.  Sometimes it is best for us to simply be rather than to do.

I want to share with you a prayer from Ruth Bell Graham:
"Lord, when my soul is weary and my heart is tired and sore, and I have that failing feeling that I can't take it anymore; then let me know the freshening found in simple, childlike prayer, when the kneeling soul knows surely that a listening Lord is there."

Confident in herself and aware of her God-given strength ..... she enjoys an inner contentment that isn't based on accomplishments, status, authority, power, or other people's opinions.  This woman of God has learned the value of being as opposed to doing.
Author Unknown

Take care and know that I love you.  Nan

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Person to Person

Do not wait for leaders.  Do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa

It has been one month since my last message to you.  As I type this note, it is 12:14 am on March 22nd.  I just finished cleaning 44 teddy bears for the hospital emergency room.  I am somehow compelled to sit here and send you this note.  Why? Because I haven't given up on Nan's Calendar; because I haven't lost the fire in my soul to be a vessel God can use; because I still care about encouraging others in my simple way.
I have several quotes I want to share with you that have deep meaning for me.

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Kahlil Gibran

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in the thing makes it happen.
Frank Lloyd Wright

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The life given to us by nature is short, but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.

I really learned to practice mustard seed faith, and positive thinking, and remarkable things happened.
Sir John Walton

It has been one month since my dear, sweet brother, Woody died.  Part of me is still in shock that he has passed on.  Sometimes, I understand completely and sometimes, I just want to scream.  I love him so much.   The quotes I have shared with you speak to me of his life and the remarkable man I will love all of my life.  Warm, wet tears slip down my cheeks as I type these words to you.  
Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.  Please cherish every day.  Cherish every minute.  Cherish every breath, not only your own, but all others, as well.  I will dry my tears and in a little while I will go to bed.
You are in my thoughts and prayers tonight. Never forget that I'm not far away.  I'm as close as your thought of me and you are as close to me as my thought of you. Love always, Nan