Archive | January 2013

It’s up to you

Treasures n The Garden

The Power Of One

One song can spark a moment, 

One flower can wake the dream,

 One tree can start a forest,

One bird can herald a spring.

One smile begins a friendship,

One handclasp lifts a soul.

One star can guide a ship at sea,

One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation,

One sunbeam lights a room.

One candle wipes out darkness,

One laugh will conquer gloom.

 One step must start each journey,

 One word must start each prayer.

One hope will raise our spirits,

One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,

One heart can know what is true,

One life can make the difference,  

You see, it’s up to you.

                                     “A world of stories for Teachers and Preachers”

The challenge is up to you!


Watching the waves

Treasures In The Garden


Dropping that kind word…..

Drop a pebble in the water- just a splash and it is gone.

But there’s half a hundred ripples circling on and on and on.

They are spreading, spreading and the ripples rise and fall.

While the music of the swelling brings a thought for one and all.

As you watch the waves of water as they widen round and round.

Think how simple was their starting, just a pebble from the ground.

Drop an unkind word , or careless, in a second it is gone.

 And there’s half a hundred ripples circling on and on and on. 

They are spreading, ever spreading from the centre as they go,

And there’s not a way to stop them once you’ve started them to flow.

And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you’ve stirred

And disturbed a life once happy when you’ve dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness– in a moment it is gone,

But there’s half a hundred ripples circling on and on and on.

Bearing songs and hope and gladness on each buoyant, joyous wave,

Till you’d not believe the volume from the little thought you gave;

And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music may be heard,

 Circling miles and miles around you- just dropping that kind word.

                          From Father Pat’s Minister’s Fraternal Column “A Christian Comment”

How much value there is in giving so little.

Being ever present

Treasures In The Garden

The power of the present…..


I will try not to look back in anger…..

That was yesterday!

 I will try not to look to the future in fear……

That is tomorrow (and tomorrow never comes)!

I will look around me and be aware……

For this is todaythe here and the now!

Today is the present and is always the place where we are RIGHT NOW!

                                                                                                                                     Soul Writings

Causing a Difference

Treasures In The Garden


When we are” sailing “through the journey of life….

We have no control over the “wind”.

 However, we do have the power to adjust the “sails”.

We can think about situations (that make us sad) that arise in our life,

where we can make adjustments

 and so cause a difference to the outcome.

We never know when God will call us home

Morning Story and Dilbert

After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.”

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally. That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie. “What’s wrong, are you well?” she asked.

My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. “I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,” I responded. “Just the two of us.” She thought about…

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