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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chapter 2, Page 22, Book 11

Everything is okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end.

Terrific 2's Tuesday/ Encouragement for today

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out.

When he got out, the other frogs said, Did you not hear us? The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
This story teaches two lessons:

There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.

A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them. Be careful of what you say.

Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times.
Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another.
Be special to others.

Author Unknown

What we say and how we act are like ripples in the water, we really never do know just how they might affect someone else. Hopefully everything we do is to make someone feel better and what we say puts the icing on the cake so to speak.

I told you about having dinner for my family on Sunday, but what I didn't tell you was that I did the Sunday dishes on Monday.

There was no rush to get them done and I'd rather be spending time with them and letting them relax for the little while they were here. I try to make it a special time for all of us. They would have pitched in without asking and done the dishes, but I've told them all before that this is their time to relax. My working days are done now but they still have many ahead and if for just a little while I can make it easier for them, I do. After they all left I just ran some hot soapy water on everything and left it till Monday morning!

I try to make life easy on myself too!

There you have it my 2 for this Tuesday: Encouragement and life in the slow lane!

The snow is on the ground here again and everything is frozen once more and quite white outside. Underneath it all though, Spring is just waiting to burst forth! Take time to dream a little today and THINK SPRING!

Have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!

'On Ya' - ma


betty said...

I like that story about the frogs, Ma. Very good advice in there to choose our words carefully and to encourage rather than discourage. I think it is neat too that you were able to go to bed Sunday night with a sink full of dishes and relax and enjoy your family. Too many of us would have jumped to clean it up and miss the memories that could have been made.

I hope it is a great Tuesday for you!


jack69 said...

I have been missing the blogs, catching up. Just wanted to thank you for the prayers. Sherry's brother is holding his own for now. So thanks again.

It is too cold for a motor home. We are running the generator around the clock. Stopping it just long enough to check the oil. haha.

It is 10 degrees now the floor furnace and three elec heaters and it is 66 inside. hahahaha

Just a taste of what you guys have all winter.

Love from Ann Arbor.