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Take Some Time

Take some time to smell the flowers as you walk the paths of life.
Take some time to ease the tensions from the challenges and strife.
Take some time to haer the birds sing as they usher in the dawn.
Though the day be just emerging, too soon it will be gone.

Take some time to watch a sunrise, now and then a sunset too.
Just be sure that seeking pleasure isn’t all you ever do.
Take some time to count your blessings, though you feel they’re not that great.
You will find they’re more abundant than you thought, at any rate.

Take some time to banish hatred when and where you can.
Just detest man’s evil ways and not your fellow man.
Take some time to love your children every moment you are free.
The benefits far exceed a university degree.

Take some time to love your neighbour and even more important still,
Take some time to love yourself or not many others will.
And if you don’t like that image of yourself that others see,
Take some time to make some changes, be the best that you can be.

Take some time to help another who you think might need a hand.
You will find the satisfaction leaves you feeling sort of grand.
Take some time to live by virtue in the best way that is known,
And respect the rights of others as equal to your own.

Take some time to just appreciate the fact that you are here,
And to know that Higher Power and to trust It without fear.
If you do these things with diligence you will eventually be glad.
If you don’t attempt to do them, you may one day wish you had.

Although this no doubt could impose upon your time for seeking wealth,
There should be little question that it could improve your health.
And though you might not be as wealthy nor drive so fine a car,
You’ll find you will be richer in other ways by far.

By Leon Hansen Copyright 1999 by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen


One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking
along the beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes
from his life,
for each scene,
he noticed two sets of footprints
in the sand, one belonging to him
the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life
flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times
along the path of his life
there were only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened
at the very lowest
and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him
and he questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided
to follow you,
you would walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed
that during the most troublesome times
in my life there is only one set of footprints.
I do not understand why when I needed you most
you would leave me?”

The Lord replied
“My precious child, I love you and
I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering
when you see only one set of footprints
it was then that I carried you.


23rd Psalm – King James Version

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul;
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’ sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23

God is the station owner,
and I am just one of the sheep.
He musters me down to the lucerne flats,
And feeds me there all week.

When I’m feeling poorly,
And at something less than my peak,
He leads me to the restfulness,
Of a coolabah shaded creek.

He teaches me not to break away,
Not to be a loner;
He teaches me to stick with His mob,
And acknowledge Him as my Owner.

Even when the droughts are bad,
And I cross the Desert of Death,
God is close beside me,
So close I can feel His breath.

God is the one who holds the map,
That gives me my direction,
And God is the one who guarantees,
Provision for my Protection.

Although there are dingos in the hills,
And the paddocks are full of snakes,
God serves up a barbeque,
Of beautiful T-bone steaks!

His patience and compassion,
And forgiveness fail me never;
And I’ll live with Him in the Homestead,
Beyond the end of forever.

by Kel Richards from The Aussie Bible


I said, ‘God, I hurt.’
And God said,
‘I know’.

I said, ‘God, I cry a lot.’
And God said,
‘That is why I gave you tears.’

I said, ‘God, I am so depressed.’
And God said,
‘That is why I gave you sunshine.’

I said, ‘God, life is so hard.’
And God said,
‘That is why I gave you loved ones.’

I said, ‘God, my loved one died.’
And God said,
‘So did mine.’

I said, ‘God, it is such a loss.’
And God said,
‘I saw mine nailed to a cross.’

I said, ‘God, but your loved one lives.’
And God said,
‘So does yours.’

I said, ‘God, where are they now?’
And God said,
‘Mine is on my right and yours is in the Light.’

I said, ‘God it hurts.’
And God said,
‘I know.’

May You Always Feel Loved

May you find serenity and tranquility
in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known
and the conflict you have experienced
give you the strength to walk through life
facing each new situation
with optimism and courage.
Always know that there are those
whose love and understanding
will always be there
even when you feel most alone.

May you discover enough goodness in others
to believe in a world of peace.

May a kind word, a reassuring touch,
a warm smile, be yours every day of your life,
and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.
Teach love to those who know hate,
and let that love embrace you as you go into the world.

May the teaching of those you admire
become part of you,
so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you have touched
and who have touched yours are always a part of you,
even if the encounters were less
than you would have wished.

May you not become too concerned
with material matters, but instead place
immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.

Find time in each day to see the beauty
and love in the world around you.

Realize that each person has limitless abilities,
but each of us is different in our own way.
What you may feel you lack in one regard
may be more than compensated for in another.
What you feel you lack in the present
may become one of your strengths in the future.

May you see your future
as one filled with promise and possibility.
Learn to view everything
as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength
to determine your own worth by yourself,
and not be dependent on another’s judgements
of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.

by Sandra Sturtz Hauss

Life Is

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

Mother Theresa

What Is Dying?

A ship sales and I stand watching
till she fades on the horizon,
and someone at my side says,
‘She is gone.’

‘Gone Where?’

Gone from my sight, that is all.
She is just as large as when I saw her
The diminished size and total loss of sight
is in me, not in her.

And just at that moment when someone
at my side says,
‘She is gone,’
there are others who are watching her coming,
and other voices take up a glad shout,

‘Here she comes!’

and that is dying

By Bishop Brent

Oh Father, let me listen when someone’s close to tears,
Help me to console them and drive away their fears.
And when you send directions from Heaven up above
Then let me listen Father with my heart and not my ears
Yes let me listen Father, when someone’s close to tears.

Poem kindly donated by Shirley Stokes, Thank You Shirley


(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of
pretending the Earth would stop
if I weren’t there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose
before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the
carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room
and worried much less about the dirt
when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather
ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility
carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a
summer day because my hair had just been styled.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television
and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was
practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy,
I’d have cherished every moment and realized
that the wonderment growing inside me
was my chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said,
“Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more “I love you’s, more “I’m sorry’s.”
But mostly, given another shot at life,
I would seize every minute…look at it and really see it,
live it and never give it back.
Stop sweating about the small stuff.
Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you,
who has more, or who’s doing what.
Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have
with those who do love us.
Let’s think about what we’ve been blessed with.
and what we are doing each day to promote ourselves
mentally, physically, emotionally.
I hope you all have a blessed day.

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