Pictures That Speak Volumes #49

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Sometimes…a picture truly is worth a thousand words.

A Heartwarming Tribute to 9/11

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A few years ago, the U.S. Naval Academy Anchormen choir sung this song in tribute to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It’s a beautiful song, dedicated to those that risked their lives to help others, and the wonderful men and women that we lost on that day. We must work together as a nation to heal from this tragedy, and stand strong.
Read more at http://blog.theveteranssite.com/naval-academy-anchormen-tribute-to-911/#7xEKwe78eXZa6l44.99

Have You Ever Had One of THOSE Days?

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Have you ever had one of those days that you feel like you are doing the same thing over and over and over? Seems like we humans aren’t the only things that this kind of stuff happens to!

Have an awesome day…and hang in there!!

One Hundred Dollars An Hour!!

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Photo Credit: Steven Depolo via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Steven Depolo via CC Flickr

There are some times in our everyday lives that we become so busy with things like work or our careers, that we can quite often spend less time with the things that are really important. Today’s story gives us a great illustration of this life principle.
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SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?”
SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
SON: “Oh! (With his head down).
SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $50?”

The father was furious.

DAD: “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard every day for such this childish behavior.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

DAD: “Are you asleep, son?”

SON: “No daddy, I’m awake”.

DAD: “I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $50 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, smiling.

SON: “Oh, thank you daddy!”

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

DAD: “Why do you want more money if you already have some?”

SON: “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do.

“Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $100 worth of your time with someone you love? If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

Some things in life are more important….

When I Needed Help…

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Photo Credit: Brian Snelson via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Brian Snelson via CC Flickr

As I was walking home this week worrying about all the garbage going on in Washington, Iraq, Syria, London, Moscow, Ukraine etc. and at how my life was falling apart, I saw a yard sign that said:

NEED HELP?
CALL JESUS
1-800-005-3787

Out of curiosity and desperation, I did.

 

 

 

A Mexican showed up with a lawnmower.

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Hope this silly joke brought a smile to your face. Have a great day!

Pictures That Speak Volumes #48

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Photo Credit: Claude P. Dettloff

Photo Credit: Claude P. Dettloff

This picture called, “Wait For Me Daddy” was taken by photographer, Claude P. Dettloff during World War 2. The kid was seen running away from his mother to his father, Private Jack Bernard. This photo was made to help raise money for war bonding.

The Amazing and True Story of Survival: The Violet Jessop Story

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Photo Credit: Survivor-Stories.com

Photo Credit: Survivor-Stories.com

I enjoy finding stories that are not only heartwarming or motivational, but I also like to find accounts of people who do extraordinary things. Such is the case of today’s tale which I found on survivor-story. Did you ever feel fortunate enough to survive an unfortunate event? Now, imagine surviving three catastrophic events…simply amazing!

The survivor, a lady named Violet Jessop, lived around the turn of the 20th century and had a fascinating story of surviving not one, not two, but THREE naval disasters during her lifetime. Violet Jessop, who was a stewardess and nurse, is most famous for surviving the sinking of the Titanic. But what’s not widely known is that she survived two other serious naval incidents as well.

The following, were the names of the ships that Jessop was on: and what happened to them:

The Olympic

Violet served on the White Star Liner, the Olympic, which was the Titanic’s sister ship, which suffered a serious collision with the HMS Hawke in 1911.

Miraculously, considering the damage each ship sustained, neither vessel sank and they were both able to limp back into port unaided and under their own steam.

The Titanic

No longer able to work on the Olympic, Violet joined the Titanic’s crew.

She was asleep when Titanic hit the iceberg.

“I was ordered up on deck. Calmly, passengers strolled about. I stood at the bulkhead with the other stewardesses, watching the women cling to their husbands before being put into the boats with their children. Sometime after, a ship’s officer ordered us into the boat (boat 16) first to show some women it was safe. As the boat was being lowered the officer called, ‘Here, Miss Jessop, look after this baby’, and a bundle was dropped onto my lap”. she recalled.

She went on to describe her ordeal when the rescue ship Carpathia arrived on the scene:

“I was still clutching the baby against my hard cork life-belt I was wearing when a woman leaped at me, grabbed the baby, and rushed off with it. It appeared that she put it down on the deck of the Titanic while she went off to fetch something, and when she came back, the baby was gone. I was too frozen and numb to think it strange that this woman had not stopped to say thank you”.

The Britannic

Violet later served as a nurse with the British Red Cross during the First World War, and was aboard the British hospital ship, the Britannic, when it sank in the Aegean in 1916, after it struck a mine laid by a German U-Boat.

This time, Violet wasn’t put into a life boat as she was in the Titanic disaster, but was forced to jump into the water because the Britannic was quickly going down.

She attributed her rescue from the sinking of Britannic to her thick auburn hair:

“I leaped into the water but was sucked under the ship’s keel which struck my head. I escaped, but years later when I went to my doctor because of a lot of headaches, he discovered I had once sustained a fracture of the skull!”.

Some Fascinating Facts About Ms. Jessop

Born on October 2, 1887, Violet Jessop spent forty two years of her life at sea as a stewardess and nurse.

She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and her father was a sheep farmer.

She was the eldest of five brothers and sisters and her family later moved to England.

Violet began her sea career at the age of twenty one on the Royal Mail Line steamer Orinoco in 1908.

She originally had trouble finding work on ships due to her young age, and her strikingly good looks. Simply put, she was just too pretty to get hired.

She was about five feet three inches tall, had blue-grey eyes, auburn colored hair, and spoke with a trace of an Irish accent.

She mentioned that on one voyage alone, she had no less than three marriage proposals from passengers, one of whom was a wealthy first class passenger.

After being repeatedly turned down at interviews, she finally decided to wear no makeup and to dress in the drabbest clothes she could find.

She said she made herself appear ten years older, and was hired at the next shipping line that she applied to.

Working her way up the career ladder she ascended from working with third class passengers to working with first class passengers.

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An amazing story of an amazing woman!

Unconditional Love of Man’s Best friend

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There aren’t many words to describe this video other than the fact that tissues will be needed as you watch this heartwrming video. It will touch your soul.

Monkey See. Monkey Do. The Great Monkey Experiment

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Photo Credit: Marie Hale via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Marie Hale via CC Flickr

The following short story is supposedly a true tale of an experiment that was done in the UK a few years ago. I read of the account on rishikajain.com. It serves as a great illustration and reminder as to why we should not judge other people or get involved in a cause without knowing the true account behind it….why it started…how it began….etc. We all need to be very careful and think twice before following a tradition, religion or a system blindly. 

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The experiment went something like this:

The clinicians put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room was a ladder which lead to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.

Each time a monkey tried to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys were sprayed with ice water, which makes them miserable. Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up.

Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempted to climb the ladder.

One of the original monkeys was then removed, and a new monkey was put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wondered why none of the other monkeys were doing the obvious and going for the delicious fruit. Undaunted, he immediately began to climb the ladder.

Suddenly, all the other monkeys fell upon him and beat him silly. He had no idea why.

However, he no longer attempted to climb the ladder.

A second original monkey was removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempted to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys again, pounded the crap out of him.

This beating included the previous new monkey, who was grateful that he wasn’t not on the receiving end this time. He participated in the beating because all the other monkeys were doing it. However, he had no idea why he was attacking the new monkey.

One by one, all the original monkeys were replaced. Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them were ever sprayed by ice water. None of them attempted to climb the ladder. All of them enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tried to get to the bananas, without having any idea why.

That is how traditions, religions and systems get established and followed. That is why, like I previously stated, that we should all be cautious when we become interested in joining a tradition, religion or cause. We don’t want to fall into the trap of doing things “just because” everyone else does it or, “it was always done this way.” While the old motto, “Monkey see…monkey do” can be somewhat true, we need to be careful of what kind of  ”monkeys” we become.

A Father’s Last Will

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Photo Credit: Ken Mayer via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Ken Mayer via CC Flickr

Doug Smithberger is on his deathbed at Allegheny General Hospital and knows the end is near.  

His nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons are with him.

He asks for 2 witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready he begins to speak:

My son, “Bernie, I want you to take all the West End houses.””

My daughter “Sybil, you take the apartments over in the Bottoms and up toward Neville Island.”

My son, “Jamie, I want you to take the offices and apartments over in Neville Island and Coraopilis.”

“Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river between McKees Rocks and Coraopolis and up the valley toward the airport.”

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says,

“Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property”.

Sarah replies, “Property ? …. the moron had a paper route!”

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I hope this brought a smile to your face!! Have a fantastic, uplifting day!

Bible Verses for The Difficulties of Life

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Photo Credit: Les Chatfield via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Les Chatfield via CC Flickr

I recently read a short article written by Catherine Marshall of Guideposts Magazine in which she listed 10 Bible verses that we can all use when we really need God’s comfort, peace and assurance. There are many, many other promises and assurances that we can find in Scripture but here is the list that Ms. Marshall created. It is my hope and prayer that some of these passages from the Bible will comfort and help you in some way.

  1. When I need guidance:
    “Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight” (Proverbs 3:6,The Daily Life Bible).
  2. When the answer to prayer seems slow in coming:
    “Steady patience is what you need, so that after doing the will of God you may receive what you were promised” (Hebrews 10:36).
  3. When I have sinned and need forgiveness:
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
  4. When I’m lonely and long to feel Christ’s presence:
    “Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking. If any hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to be with them, and will have dinner with them, and they will have dinner with me” (Revelation 3:20).
  5. When I do not feel good enough to be acceptable to God:
    “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—not because of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
  6. When I am tempted:
    “…God is faithful. He won’t allow you to be tempted beyond your abilities. Instead, with the temptation, God will also supply a way out so that you will be able to endure it” (I Corinthians 10:13).
  7. When I need physical strength and good health:
    “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you… he will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).
  8. When I wonder if God understands what I’m up against:
    “But Jesus the Son of God is our great High Priest who has gone to heaven itself to help us; therefore let us never stop trusting Him. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since he had the same temptations we do, though he never once gave way to them and sinned” (Hebrews 4:14, 15).
  9. When troubles multiply:
    “… we triumph even in our troubles, knowing that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope—a hope which never disappoints us, since God’s love floods our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us” (Romans 5:3, 5).
  10. How I know there is life after death:
    “… I am the one who raises the dead and gives them life again. Anyone who believes in me, even though he dies like anyone else, shall live again. He is given eternal life for believing in me and shall never perish” (John 11:25, 26).

The Love Monster

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Photo Credit: Ingrid Taylar via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Ingrid Taylar via CC Flickr

There are many times throughout of lives that we can lose focus on the most important things in our lives and direct our attention on things that may seem more important. It was once said that the most important things in life aren’t seen…the following story is a heartwarming illustration of this idea.

A few summers’s ago, a man decided to take his wife and his precious little 5 year old daughter, along with him on a business trip to an exotic land. He had been searching for a job for many months and plans were made to meet an executive of a very well-known company for a job interview. The future looked promising, for the possibility of receiving an offer from the company would give the man and his family financial security for a long time.

The little family arrived at their destination and to their surprise, the hotel in which they were going to stay was on a very beautiful beach…even more delightful and exquisite than they ever imagined.

They quickly changed into their bathing suits, gathered their beach chairs, towels, blankets and umbrella and made their way to the turquoise sea as fast as they could. For the rest of the day, they all laughed and enjoyed themselves splashing in the water, swimming, body surfing and making sandcastles…what a glorious day it was!!!

The next morning, while his family was still sleeping, the man went down to the outdoor café to meet the business executive for the big meeting. Excited and anxious, the father met the company rep and they soon began their discussion….

A short time later, in the hotel, after eating their breakfast, the mother and little girl got ready for another visit to the white sandy beach.

After playing in the water and sand for a while, the little girl told her mom that she needed to use the bathroom.  She told her mom that she knew where it was and that she would come right back.

On the way to the restroom, the little girl noticed a big chain-linked fence that had a big sign on it with a picture. It was a picture of a black skull and cross bones with a red circle with a line through it covering the images. On the other side of the fence was a beautiful green pond. She had never seen water so green and it was covered with green stuff which looked like clovers.

“Aren’t four leave clovers lucky?” she thought to herself. “I am going to climb that fence, swim around in that stuff and cover myself from head to toe with that green goop.”

Once over the fence and immersing herself in the slimy liquid, she covered herself from head to toe with the green stuff. She grabbed handfuls of the matter and stuffed it into her bathing suit. “Wow! This is fun!” she thought. “I am now the luckiest girl in the whole world!”

Then suddenly, with a smile growing on her little face…she had an awesome plan!

Meanwhile, at the beach, the little girl’s mother noticed that her daughter had been gone for much too long, got worried, left the beach and started frantically looking for her. Her fear mounted and grew each minute as everywhere she looked, her daughter just couldn’t be found. No one had seen her anywhere.

Suddenly, she heard a scream as she saw her little girl land on the ground in front of the fence of the contaminated pond. The girl got up screaming and made an unusual, creepy sound that touched the deepest part of the mother’s heart. As the mother yelled the girl’s name, the little child seemingly ignored her mom’s calls and started running as fast as she could to the hotel’s eating area.

At the café, things were really starting to look very promising for the father. The discussions with the business executive had gone very well and with excitement and expectations growing, his anticipation of finally landing the big job was beyond belief.

All of a sudden, from behind him, he heard his wife calling his little girl’s name in a frightened voice and his daughter’s terrifying screams and growls approaching him. The look on the executive’s face was that of horror and unbelief as he watched the rapidly approaching creature come up to the father from behind.

 

Stunned and turning around in his chair the green creature instantly attacked the father, gave him a bone-crushing hug, instantly splattering the green slime all over the executive’s Taylor-made suit. The little gremlin started covering him with kisses, and said over and over again, “I love you! I love you! I love you!” “I AM THE LOVE MONSTER!”

The infuriated business executive snarled at the little girl “Alright! That’s enough! Your time is over!” Then he barked at the dad, “tell your daughter that her time is over and to leave us alone!!!”

With all of the love and compassion that a father could ever have in his heart, he smiled down at his dear little Love Monster, scooped her up in his arms, then said to the executive…I am sorry sir, but YOUR TIME IS OVER.

And with that, while carrying his beautiful little daughter, took his wife’s hand, and walked away…the happiest man in the world.

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What are your priorities? What are the important things to you? What are the “things” that make you REALLY happy? The choice is yours!

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Author: Rich Muller

Pictures That Speak Volumes #47

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Photo Credit: Unknown

Photo Credit: Unknown

There is always something beautiful when people work together to help give an unfortunate individual an experience of a lifetime!

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