It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A Prayer by Helen Steiner Rice

God, give us eyes to see
the beauty of the Spring,
And to behold Your majesty
in every living thing -
And may we see in lacy leaves
and every budding flower
The Hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power -
And may this Easter grandeur
that Spring lavishly imparts
Awaken faded flowers of faith
lying dormant in our hearts,
And give us ears to hear, dear God,
the Springtime song of birds
With messages more meaningful
than man's often empty words
Telling harried human beings
who are lost in dark despair -
'Be like us and do not worry
for God has you in His care'.

Happy Spring !

'On Ya' - ma

Saturday, March 17, 2007


Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet and in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me'

Prayer of St.Patrick

God is close and near to us, not just occasionally but every moment of every single day. St.Patrick proudly shared this good news with so many Irish people. Like St.Patrick we need to concentrate more on the good news around us and much less on all the negative stuff.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

‘On Ya’ - ma

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

My Study Notes - Chapter 22 TO LIVE IS CHRIST

My Study Notes: To Live is Christ Chapter 22

I come to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling

1 Corinthians 2:3

We might be surprised to know that Paul had insecurities just like ours. He had the same feelings and fears we do. Paul departs from Athens and goes to Corinth.

In Acts 18:9-10 Christ spoke to Paul and said: Do not be afraid, keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you , and no one is going to attack and harm you ,because I have many people in this city.

On the way to Corinth, Paul had many hours to think and he may have become focused on the negative instead of the positive. Aloneness can exaggerate emotions and sensitivities. In 1 Corinthians 2:1 we see that Paul felt intimated by the Athenians and those feelings accompanied him to Corinth.

First Corinthians 2:2 says by the time he reached Corinth he ‘resolved to know nothing…except Jesus Christ and him crucified. ‘ He determined to base his life and ministry on Christ – his one certainty.

By the time Paul had reached Corinth he had lost his confidence. God used Paul’s experience to demonstrate the power of the ‘spirit’ . God often proves himself when we feel we have the least to offer.

Sometimes God opens doors for us, but we have no confidence.

Insecurity can hold us back from the plan God has for us.

Proverbs 3:26 says The Lord will be your confidence and keep your foot from being snared.

God is faithful.

We should not rest on man’s wisdom, but on the Power of God.

‘On Ya’ - ma