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Sunday, April 02, 2006

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This is just too good not to pass on to all. Something absolutely

positive for a change. I have seen the breakdown of the cost of

raising a child, but this is the first time
I have seen the rewards

listed this way. It's nice.

The
government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from

birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family.

Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.

But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:

* $8,896.66
a year,

* $741.38
a month, or

* $171.08
a week.

* That's
a mere $24.24 a day!

* Just
over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is, "Don't have

children if you want to be rich." Actually, it is just the opposite.

What do
you get for your $160,140?

* Naming
rights. First, middle, and last!
*
Glimpses of God every day.

* Giggles
under the covers every night.

* More
love than your heart can hold.
*
Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless
wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand
to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A
partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites.

* Someone
to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said
or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140,
you never have to grow up. You get to
*
finger-paint,

* carve
pumpkins,

* play
hide-and-seek,

* catch
lightning bugs, and
* never
stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have
an excuse to
* keep
reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
*
watching Saturday morning cartoons,
* going
to Disney movies, and
* wishing
on stars.

* You get
to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator
magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand
prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters
for Father's Day.

For
$160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to be a
hero just for
*
retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking
the training wheels off a bike,
*
removing a splinter,
* filling
a wading pool,
* coaxing
a wad of gum out of bags, and coaching a baseball team that
never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.
You get a front row seat to history to witness the
* first
step,
* first
word,
* first
bra,
* first
date, and
* first
time behind the wheel.
You get
to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family
tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary
called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in
psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human
sexuality that no college can match. In the eyes of a child, you rank
right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo,
scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a
slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so
one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. That is
quite a deal for the price!
Love
and enjoy your children and grandchildren

~~#~~#~~#~~#~~~#~~~#
A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled
with light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man he had work
for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The
Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his
might. This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from
sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold,
massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might. Each
night the man returned to his cabin sore, and worn out, feeling that
his whole day had been spent in vain.

Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, the devil
decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man's weary
mind "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it
hasn't budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to
move it." This gave the man the impression that the task was
impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and
disheartened the man. "Why kill myself over this?" he thought. "I'll
just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort and that will be
good enough." And that is what he planned to do until one day he
decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts
to the Lord.

"Lord" he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting
all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this
time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is
wrong? Why am I failing?"

The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to
serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push
against the rock with all your strength, which you have done. Never
once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task
was to push. And now you come to me, with your strength spent,
thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so?

Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy
and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your
legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown
much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet
you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to
push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This you have
done. I, my friend, will now move the rock."

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own
intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is
just simple obedience and faith in Him... By all means, exercise the
faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves
the mountains. You just P.U.S.H.!

When everything seems to go wrong... P.U.S.H.!

When the job gets you down... P.U.S.H.!

When people don't react the way you think they should... P.U.S.H.!

When your money is short and the bills are due... P.U.S.H.!

When you want to curse them out for whatever the reason... P.U.S.H.!

When people just don't understand you... P.U.S.H.!

P.U.S.H. = Pray Until Something Happens!


~~#~~#~~#~~#~~~#~~~#
The Hut
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of
driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few
possessions.

One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little
hut in flames, and soon there was nothing left. The worst had
happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief,
grief, and anger. "God, how could you do this to me?" he cried.

Early the next day he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers.

"We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we
shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain, and suffering.

Remember this the next time your "hut" seems to be burning to the
ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

You May Want To Consider Passing This On, because "You Never Know Who Feels Like Their Hut Is On Fire Today"

~~#~~#~~#~~#~~~#~~~#

4 Comments:

At April 02, 2006 11:38 AM, Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Well, that was my Sunday sermon since I don't go to church.

 
At April 02, 2006 5:50 PM, Blogger Patty said...

Thought I would be nice today.

 
At April 03, 2006 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At April 05, 2006 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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