Thinking about, "No room in the inn," I came across this little story:
"They had driven and driven and driven, with nothing to break the nighttime monotony expect the "No Vacancy" signs on motels. They were very sleepy people. Finally, Mother thought she would encourage Papa, who was driving. So she said, "I know we'll find a place with a vacancy soon, honey. People are starting to get up." Clyde Murdock I like what William Vander Haven said about joy: "Joy is not the absense of trouble, but the presense of Christ."
There are three stages in a person's life. First, he believes in Santa Clause. Second, he doesn't believe in Santa Clause. Third, he is Santa Clause. Donald Guthrie Someone asked a little boy, "Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas?" The boy said, "No, I didn't get everything I wanted. But then it's not my birthday, is it?" Roy Zuck
A helpful thanksgiving tip on food preparation: "The best way to serve spinach is to someone else."
Remember to be thankful. It is not always easy to do, especially if you are wrapped up in life's problems and pains. Being thankful takes thought, deliberation, and intentionality. It means you must remember the past. Which includes where Gods brought you from, and is taking you to.
Henry IV king of France, was visiting a village one day with some members of his court when they approached a very poor man who bowed himself completely to the ground. The monarch responded by doing the same thing. Those with him were astonished. When one of them asked why he condescended to return the salutation in the same manner, Henry IV quickly replied, "Would your king be excelled in politeness by one of the most lowly of his subjects?" A little courtesy goes a long way in diplomacy.
On Parenting "Sound really does travel slower than light. The advice parents give to thier eighteen-year-olds doesn't reach them until they're about forty." Bob Orben "The trouble with being a parent is by the time you're experienced, you're unemployable. Roy Zuck
Concerning Worship Another powerful weapon in the arsenal of the believer is worship. Worship is chiefly spiritual. It is not about style, speed, or volume. True worship demands that we engage heaven. That means focus and attention must turn towards God of heaven.
Shane Warren has said, "The sound of worship is the sound of warfare in the heavenlies... worship is warfare."
C.S. Lewis said, "It is the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men."