LITTLE SAYINGS AND POEMS
When you make a determined decision to dedicate yourself to
marriage, home, and family,
the list of things to do at home is endless.
(Submitted by Sis. Lindsay Billington, Ewen Road
Ecclesia, Ontario, Canada)
I am not a homemaker because I had too little ambition or
education to make anything else of myself.
No - I am a homemaker because God has given me the infinite honour
of being a wife,
and I delight in employing every ability that He has equipped me
with in this glad career.
There are three ways to get something done:
do it yourself
or forbid your children to do it.
Act the way you'd like to be
and soon you'll be the way you act.
I've learned from experience
that the greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
You are the person who has to decide
Whether you'll do it or toss it aside.
You are the person who makes up your mind
Whether you'll lead or will linger behind,
Whether you'll try for the goal that's afar
Or just be contented to stay where you are.
Choosing the lesser of two evils
is still choosing evil.
It is so hard when I have to,
and so easy when I want to.
Children need love,
especially when they don't deserve it.
Chop your own wood
and it will warm you twice.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life,
that no man can sincerely try to help another
without being helped himself.
It is better to have an occasional limp
than to have a perpetual strut
Beautiful faces are they that wear
The light of a pleasant spirit there;
Beautiful hands are they that do
Deeds that are noble, good and true;
Beautiful feet are they that go
Swiftly to lighten another's woe.
The problem is not that God hasn't spoken
but that we haven't listened.
If we believe that our God is mighty enough to ignite the sun,
then we can be sure that He is mighty enough to light our
In the lightning flash across the sky God's mighty power I
And I know if He can reign on high,
His light can shine on me.
When the thunder shakes the mighty hills and trembles every
Then I know a God so great and strong can surely harbor
Oh, what unhappy twist of fate
Has brought you, homeless to my gate?
The gate where once another stood
to beg for shelter, warmth and food.
For from that day I ceased to be
The master of my destiny.
While he, with purr and velvet paw
Became within my house, the law.
He scratched the furniture and shed
and claimed the middle of my bed.
He ruled in arrogance and pride
and broke my heart the day he died.
So if you really think, Oh cat,
I'd willingly relive all that
Because you come, forlorn and thin
Don't just stand there.....Come on in!
Before putting off until tomorrow
something you can do today,
study it closely.
Maybe you can postpone it indefinitely.
Blessed are those who give
And blessed are those who take
If you would do a kindness,
it is not wise to wait.
You never know how quickly
it's going to be too late.
The man who offers an insult writes it in sand,
but for the man who receives it,
it is chiseled in stone.
If you think you are too small to be effective,
you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
Everyone can be great
because everyone can serve.
Don't test the depth of the water
with both feet.
How helpless we are,
like netted birds,
when we are caught by desire!
Thinking and acting on common sense
are better than mocking the prudent.
May our thanksgiving be tempered
by compassion for those in want.
It is far more impressive when others
discover your good qualities
without your help.
If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
Pain is the price you pay for resisting life's flow.
A closed mouth gathers no foot.
If you lend someone $20,
and never see that person again,
it was probably worth it.
Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport,
the frogs do not die in sport,
but in earnest.
One of the great discoveries a man
one of his great surprises,
is to find he can do
what he was afraid he couldn't
Most of the bars we beat against are in
we put them there,
and we can take them down.
Too much is never enough.
We always do the best we can by the light we have to see by.
We're much more afraid that there might be a God
than we are that there might not be.
There is no monetary equivalent
What we acquire too cheaply,
we esteem too lightly.
Love is the passionate and abiding desire
on the part of two or more people
to produce together conditions under which each can be,
and spontaneously express,
his real self;
to produce together an intellectual soil
and an emotional climate in which each can flourish,
far superior to what either could achieve alone.
Getting things accomplished
isn't nearly as important
as taking time for love.
The one who
through a countryside
sees more than the one who
One cannot collect all
the beautiful shells on the beach.
One can collect only a few,
and they are more beautiful
if they are few.
The heart which has no agenda but God's
is the heart at leisure from itself.
Where will the kind, thoughtful, caring people
come from for the next generation
if our children are not taught the value
of putting someone else's needs
above their own?
The success of our living is measured
not by what we can accumulate for ourselves,
but what we can bestow
upon our fellow travelers
on life's tough trail.
If you are too busy to read,
you are too busy.
Don't worry about having things.
Worry about having each other
Pride desires to do great things publicly:
Love is happy to do little things privately.
The smallest deed always exceeds
the grandest of intentions.
God does not pay at the end of every day -
But in the end - God pays.
Preach the Gospel always -
if necessary use words
A rich man
spends less than he makes.
When you know better-
You never get a second chance
to make a first impression.
We probably wouldn't worry about what people think about us
if we could know how seldom they do.
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of
They just make the best of everything.
I am only one;
but still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
but still I can do something;
I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
A baby is born with the need to be loved
and never out grows it.
What you do speaks so loud
that I cannot hear what you say.
There are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle
or the mirror that reflects it.
Time wounds all heels.
We can talk frankly about our defects
only to those who recognize our qualities.
It is not only necessary to love.
It is necessary to say so.
The love in your heart isn't put there to stay.
Love isn't love until you give it away.
A girl without freckles
is like a night without stars.
Here are three little sayings I received
from my "Construction Men"
Which way is which on screws, light bulbs, etc.?
Tight is tight
but too tight is loose again
There is only one pretty child in the world,
and every mother has it
That which does not kill me
makes me stronger.
The most fortunate of men,
Be he a king or a commoner, is he
Whose welfare is assured in
his own home.
A friend is someone who reaches for your hand
and touches your heart.
Everyone has a photographic memory.
Some just don't have any film!
You can only be young once,
but you can be immature all your life.
An unbreakable toy is useful
for breaking other toys.
Think only of yourself
and others will soon forget you.
When your brow gets wrinkled from worry and care,
you need a "faith lift."
Faults are thick where love is thin.
It is not he who has little
but he who wants more who is poor.
God doesn't call us to be successful.
He calls us to be faithful.
Every mother knows which side the bread is buttered on -
the side the kids drop on the floor.
Always put off until tomorrow
what you shouldn't do at all.
Oh spare me please the dinner guest
who when I'm simply dead for rest
compels me against my wishes
to get right up and do the dishes!
Middle age is that time of life when
you could do just as much as you ever could
but would rather not.
When love and skill work together,
expect a masterpiece.
Many people quit looking for work
when they find a job.
If you find yourself in a hole -
the first thing to do is stop digging,
Many hands make light work
You get what you settle for
It is better to be disillusioned than deceived
The best way for evil to win is for good men to do nothing
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
. . . You'll be a Man, my son!
Never just cut a knot
that can be untied with patience
[From a note on a gift]
This is not for any reason
It's not for any season
It is for love.
You never really grow up it seems
You keep in your heart your plans and dreams
And in a corner tucked away
Is the child we all were yesterday
It lightens the blow to draw nearer to him
who wields the rod.
Bad habits are hard to break,
Especially if you like them.
Thank God for dirty dishes.
They have a tale to tell.
While others may go hungry
We're eating very well.
With home, and health, and happiness
We wouldn't want to fuss.
For by this stack of evidence
God's very good to us!
Some people come into our lives and quickly go -
Some people stay awhile and leave footprints on our hearts . .
and we are never the same.
Said the Robin to the Sparrow,
"I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so!"
Said the Sparrow to the Robin,
"Friend, I think that it must be
That they have no Heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me."
Peace is not the absence of suffering
But the presence of God within one's heart.
Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
or do without.
Mental floss regularly with the Word of God
to prevent Truth decay.
In thine own cheerful spirit live
Nor seek the calm that others give.
For thy, thyself, alone must stand,
Not held upright by other's hand.
Good, better, best -
Till good be better
and better best.
"Others", Lord, yes "others"
Let this my motto be,
For while I'm serving others,
I will be serving thee.
A young soldier needs an old horse.
You can't believe a liar
even when he tells the truth.
Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed:
God's love to us,
Our love to others
And others' love to us.
Faith looks ahead
Hope looks up
Love looks around
to see who it can help.
Love is not an inclination
It's a demonstration
A man convinced against his will
is of the same opinion still.
True education will bring an awareness
of just how ignorant you really are.
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