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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Words of Wisdom

People accuse me of being able to see the sunshine amidst the clouds. I suppose I have always been that way. But staying that way requires, especially now that I'm in pain and often have a (fibro) foggy brain, that I work at it. No, working at it does not explain what is required. Rather, it is that I must replenish my supply of joy throughout the day and the week. I must fill up my bucket of joy, so that it's full to the brim and splashing out, so that I can share it with the world.

Filling up my joy bucket requires that I talk with the Lord a lot lately. Thank goodness I had a neighbor when I was a mere child who taught me that I could speak to Him as I cleaned toilets, as I folded towels, and as I stirred soup.

It also requires that I read God's word, His instruction manual to us, each and every day and sometimes more than once a day.

I also read quotations and thoughts from wise people. I have always collected quotes, and now more than ever, they mean so much to me.

Here is where I've been recently, in my pursuit of wise words:

Mary Crowley was the founder of a home party plan called Home Interiors. I never worked for Home Interiors, but I did work in the home party business for many years. I purchased many of Mary Crowley's books because she was a wise woman, in both life matters and business matters. And she was a devout Christian.

In my files, I have quite a few of Mary Crowley's quotations.

Here's one of my favorites:

"Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway."

She also said,

"Life is an echo. What you sent out comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others exists in you. You treat people exactly like you see them.

And, "I love God's mathematics. Joy adds and multiples as you divide it with others."

Andrew Carnegie: A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.

John Greenleaf Whittier: The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

H. W. Arnold: The worst bankrupt in the world is the person who has lost his enthusiasm.

Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

J. Carl Humphrey: The potential for greatness lies within each of us. It is simply our best. A man who can peacefully lay his head upon his pillow of rest each night, thankful to God for the blessings of the day, secure in the knowledge that he has given his best to all he has done, is great.

Ziz Ziglar: You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough people get what they want.

Charles Dickens: No one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of another.

Goethe: Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the world will be clean.

Psalm 118:34: This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

That last one, Psalm 118:34 is something I repeat every morning. No matter what the world has in store for me, no matter what pains with which I awaken, or how foggy is my brain, I try to remember to rejoice.

Marilyn Mackenzie has been writing about home, family, faith and nature for over 40 years. She is an author on http://www.Writing.Com which is a site for Creative Writers. Her portfolio can be found at


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