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A Letter to God – Answered

The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. She dictated and I wrote:

"Dear God,

Will you please take special care of our dog, Abbey? She died yesterday and is in heaven. We miss her very much. We are happy that you let us have her as our dog even though she got sick. I hope that you will play with her. (more…)

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If Needed, Stay

A nurse took the tired, anxious Marine to the bedside.

“Your son is here,” she said to the old man.

StayShe had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine… (more…)

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Warren Buffett’s 25-5 Rule

On a flight Warren Buffett was talking with his pilot and jokingly said “The fact that you’re still working for me, tells me I’m not doing my job. You should be out going after more of your goals and dreams.”

buffett255-1x3Buffett then asked Steve to list the top 25 things he wanted to do in the next few years or even during his lifetime. Buffett then asked him to review each item and circle the top five that were most important to him. Steve was hesitant because to him they were all massively important.

But Buffett insisted that he could only pick five. So Steve spent some time with his list and after some deliberation, made five circles. He then asked Steve… (more…)

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Our Angel Within

Almost 9 months exactly after my Mom died my youngest child was born. I felt truly blessed by God having this new baby come after such a difficult year. angel150

I did feel regret, though, that my new son would never get to know my wonderful Mom.

As my baby got older, however, I started to notice something. When I would be playing with my son he would often look past me, over my shoulder and smile. At other times it seemed like he was laughing and playing with someone I couldn’t see or hear.

This mystery suddenly became clear one day when I… (more…)

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Know Where You’re Going

In January 2000 church leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, invited their favorite son, Billy Graham who had just turned 80 to a luncheon in his honor. Billy150Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson’s disease. But the Charlotte leaders said,

“We don’t expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you.” So he agreed. After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said,

“I’m reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when… (more…)

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