Category: Good Stuff From Other People


I just read an e-mail from Brasil translated into Portuguese from English. Did a search and found it in English!

A lot to think about. Very simple, to the point and clear.

Here it is, just some food for thought:

NATIVE AMERICAN CODE OF ETHICS

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.

7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others. 20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.

This originally appeared in the “Inter-Tribal Times,” October, 1994

Taken from: Native Village http://www.nativevillage.org/Inspiration-/native_american_code_of_ethics__.htm

Yesterday I was a gathering and Robby quoted Chris Brady,

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I immediately went inward and asked myself if I was happy for giving happy. Which is a true principle according to the scriptures “Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself.” (KJV, Mark 12:31). So when we are to have joy, we are to share the joy with everyone.

Well, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t happy enough by giving happy.

Today the plans changed. I am giving happy. Looking for opportunities to give happy. And you know what? 

It feels great inside! 

I am normally a pretty happy person (except on the days that I am not, which are very few and it is not even days, they are moments, there has been much effort put towards this…glad to be changing). Smiling is part what I do when I see someone, I serve when I see the need…you know…the good things are there. However, now I am looking for ways to make a difference in someone’s life. It might be opening the door at the store, helping someone with their groceries into the car, listening to someone who needs to talk….you name it…I am looking for ways to ‘give happy.’

“When was the last time you gave happy? How did it make you feel?”

 

Since my post on the question God posed to me “Am I evidence of God’s work?” I’ve been doing some soul searching, scripture reading and lots of prayer to find an answer that I can live with.

To be God’s evidence, one must have Him in their heart. One must live a life that people will see God through their actions. That is when I determined that I am God’s evidence most of the time. I heard a chuckle and the statement which is true came to mind…”evidence is evidence 24/7, it doesn’t stop being evidence just because.”

Yesterday and today I am seeing God at work and He is majestic in every step of the way. I am seeing hearts be softened, minds be taught deeply, doors being open and things shifting right before my eyes.

I shall write this story when it is done being told.

Then, this morning my 11 year old daughter remembered a song that we both love, she came down to the computer and played it.

I thought I would share it with you.

“God is not dead, He is surely alive, living on the inside, roaring like a lion.”

So, as of today, from now on: I am evidence of God’s work in all my imperfections, short comings and learnings.

“Is your life evidence that God is in it with you?”

This really touched my heart. There are “Happily Ever After(s)” in the world today. The kind that you fix when it is broken, work at it when it is hard and find joy when there is sadness. The kind that makes you stronger because you are one with that someone.
My happily ever after has been 24 years so far and going way longer than that. Love it!

So simple and so very well said! Indeed we don’t have enough power to mess up God’s plans. On the other hand, we share His power when we turn ourselves to Him. Interesting…He will help us either way!
I rather enjoy His power on the side of He will empower me when I let Him in my heart!
How about you?

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I love this! So nice to see happy people! Life can get too fast and we forget to be happy in the moment and keep searching happiness in the some days ahead.
I am grateful for the happiness I found in my day today.
Have you found yours yet?

The Happsters

Best Happiness Quotes

Hi Happsters,

I hope you’re having an awesome day! I decided to pull together my favorite happiness quotes for this post. It was hard to choose just 20! Enjoy 🙂

1. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

2. “Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

3. “Three things in human life are important:  The first is to be kind.  The second is to be kind.  And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James

4. “Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success.”  – Albert Zweiter

5. “Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.” – Christian Dior

6. “If you aren’t happy…

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I’ve always learned in the scriptures that charity is the pure love of Christ. A deep and profound love that heals, carries us in the time of need and helps us to become better people.

Yesterday at church a man spoke to us and quoted someone else, it stuck to my mind. So, I thought I would share it with you…

“Charity is love for Christ, love from Christ and love like Christ.” (C. Max Caldwell)

Think about this; when we love Christ we live His teachings, accept His commandments and give thanks for all the blessings and trials in the same breath, with the same depth of gratitude for both, even the hurtful ones.

When we feel the love from Christ, we fell forgiven, empowered, strengthened, healed, anew and at peace.

And last but not least, when we have this kind of love in us, we can love like Christ would; unconditionally, deeply, freely, fearlessly and completely.

Soooo, I thought I would share…there is more to charity than it meets the eye.

How will you apply/receive charity into your day today?

God will give us many gifts and it is up to us to use them. When we choose to share them and give of ourselves through them, He will bless us richly in our needs, dreams and desires.

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I was talking to a friend today and I shared this story with her ( I don’t know the author of it to give the credit, I thank them for putting a very important truth into beautiful words), I also pointed out that Jesus is the very best ‘remodeler’ (Sarah word of the day – contractor in remodeling the heart). The only catch is, we get to give the whole heart to Him. With all of its broken parts, the favorite ones, the not so favorite ones, everything, everybody that ever lived in that heart, and all that has happened so far. He removes the rust of fear and of judgement, He makes it brand new! He fixes the leaks of many tears because of great pain and the water dries up! He can mend the broken pieces and make the cracks unnoticeable. He performs  miracles out of emptiness and He brings light into the darkest corners that only we and the impeccable contractor know about.

When we do that, wow! He never makes cheap fixes, uses ugly materials; He does the impossible projects in the right timing and with absolute beauty, He has ways to make things work out for the best and He has many suggestions that are always better than the ones we can come up with.

So, as you read this story, think about what pieces of your heart you are holding back. Are you ready for extraordinary things to happen in your life?

Then let go, let it be and let God be in charge of it.

I hope so!

JESUS IS IN THE HOUSE

Once there was this very wealthy young man. He lived in a great, elaborate house with dozens of rooms. Each room was more comfortable and more beautiful than the one before it. There were paintings and sculptures. Crystal chandeliers, golden, ornate railings on the stairs. More beauty than most have ever seen.

One day he decided to invite the Lord to come home and stay with him. When the Lord arrived, this young man offered him the very best room in the house. The room was upstairs and at the end of the hall. “This room is yours, Jesus! Stay as long as you like and you can do whatever you want to in this room, remember Jesus, it’s all yours.”

That evening after he had retired for the night there came a loud knocking at the front door. The young man pulled on his robe and made his way downstairs. When he opened the door he found that the devil had sent three of his demons to attack the man. He quickly tried to close the door but one of the demons kept sticking his foot in. Sometime later, after a great struggle, he managed to slam the door shut and returned to his room totally exhausted. Can you believe that,” the man thought. Jesus is upstairs in my very best room sleeping while I am down here battling demons. Oh, well, maybe he just didn’t hear.

He slept fitfully that night. The next day thing went along as normal and, being tired, as he w

as, the young man retired early that evening. Along about midnight, there came such a terrible ruckus at the front door that the young man was sure that whatever it was would tear the door down. He stumbled down the stairs once again and opened the door to find that were dozens of demons now trying to get into his beautiful home. For more than three hours he fought and struggled against the demons from hell, and finally overtook them enough to shut the door against their attack. All energy seemed to fail him.

He really didn’t understand this at all. Why won’t the Lord come to my rescue? Why does he allow me to fight all by myself? I feel so alone. Troubled, he found his way to the sofa and fell into a restless sleep.

The next morning he decided to inquire of the Lord about the happenings of the last two evenings. Quietly he made his way to the elegant bedroom where he had left Jesus. “Jesus,” he called as he tapped at the door. “Lord, I don’t understand what is happening. For the last two nights I have had to fight the demons away from my door while you laid up here sleeping. Don’t you care about me? Did I not give you the very best room in the house?” He could see the tears building in Jesus’ eyes but continued on, “I just don’t understand, I really thought that once I invited you in to live with me that you would take care of me and I gave you the best room in my house and everything. What more can I do?”

“My precious child,” Jesus spoke so softly. “I do love and care for you. I protect all that you have released into my care. But, when you invited me to come here and stay, you brought me to this lovely room and you shut the door to the rest of your house. I am Lord of this room but I am not Master of this house. I have protected this room and no demon may enter here.” Oh, Lord, please forgive me. Take all of my house — it is yours. I am so sorry that I never offered you all to begin with. I want you to have control of everything.” With this he flung open the bedroom door and knelt at Jesus’ feet. “Please forgive me Lord for being so selfish.” Jesus smiled and told him that He had already forgiven him and that He would take care of things from now on.

That night as the young man prepared for bed he thought, I wonder if those demons will return, I am so tired of fighting them each and every night. But, he knew that Jesus said that he would take care of things from now on.

Along about midnight the banging on the door was frightening. The young man slipped out of his room in time to see Jesus going down the stairs. He watched in awe as Jesus swung open the door, no need to be afraid. Satan stood at the door, this time demanding to be let in.

“What do you want, satan ?” the Lord asked. The devil bowed low in the presence of the Lord, “So sorry, I seem to have gotten the wrong address.” And with that, he and the demons all ran away.

There is a moral to this tale. Jesus wants all of you, not just a part. He will take all that you give Him, but nothing more. How much of your heart have you given to the Lord? Are you keeping a portion of it away from Him? Perhaps the attacks are coming more and more each day. Why not let the Lord fight the battles for you? He is always victorious. I have found that God made man simple, all of man’s complexities are of his own devising.

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When I was a kid, I read this book. I thought it was cute and left it at that. When I was a teenager, I picked it up again…it had some things in it that I didn’t see at first…I read it and put it on the shelf. Then I became a young mother…I read it to my kids and found some treasures in it…

Last year I read it again to my youngest child and found all sorts of goods in it.

Now I am re-reading it again…with a pen at hand and taking notes, marking it and enjoying it even more.

If you never read it, do it!

Here are the two most known lines from this book.

“Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

“You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.”

There are MANY other thought-provoking frases…it helps you to look at things differently, openly and with kindness, through a child’s eyes.

Sooooo, if you are looking for a short read, that will touch your heart and open your mind…visit The Little Prince…

You will be glad you did. 😀

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