Saturday, April 25, 2009

Animated Stubby

For those of you who have fallen in love with the characters you have created, I think you will know the excitement when you see your "baby" come to life on the big screen. :-)

My new friend - Leferna from The Character Studio Dot Com has created the cutest little clip with an animated Stubby for Give Your Author a Kiss Month.
It's guaranteed to transplant a smile on your face.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Soul Business

Those of us who were raised in church can probably remember this little song.

I will make you fishers of men, fishers of men, fishers of men.
I will make you fishers of men if you follow me.

I can remember performing the motions while singing it - casting the line with my imaginary fishing pole. It was my beloved grandmother who taught me that song, and it was my grandmother who gave me a sample, a living example of loving souls for Jesus. One of her favorite verses is found in Proverbs 11:30.

He that winneth souls is wise!

Grandma only had a fifth grade formal education, but Grandma's wealth of experience made her the wise matriarch of our family. She loved broken people and had a desire to help struggling souls. In the eyes of the world, her education was inferior, but through the eyes of eternity - Grandma was one of the wisest women I've ever known.

The "soul business" is a tough business to be in - lots of ups and downs, defeats and triumphs! My friend sent me a piece from Oswald Chambers today. It ministered to me. I thought it might give some weary traveler a refreshing drink for their parched soul. Here it is:

If you are going to live for the service of your fellowmen, you will certainly be pierced through with many sorrows. If your motive is love for your fellowmen, you will be exhausted in the battle of life. But if the mainspring of your service is LOVE FOR GOD, no ingratitude, no sin, no devil, no angel, can hinder you from serving your fellowmen, no matter the consequences. You can love your neighbor as yourself, not from pity, but from the true centering of yourself in GOD. -- Oswald Chambers

It reminds me of a beautiful promise in the Bible.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Now let's go fishing,

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Empty Tomb

The resurrection story never grows old. Today I woke with a sense of gratitude of all our Lord has done for us. I thought of the night He was born in Bethlehem and how there was no room at the inn. How different Jesus' response is. He always makes room. "Whosoever will may come."

My grandmother and mother used to sing an old hymn of the Church that sums the thought up best.

There's room at the Cross for you.
There's room at the Cross for you.
Though millions have come.
There's still room for one.
Yes, there's room at the Cross for you.

My godly grandmother believed when love reigned in a home... the walls of that home were made of elastic. Everyone was welcome. Many times she added more water to her kettle full of soup so it would stretch to feed a few more.

We rejoice today because the tomb is empty... our hearts are full!

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