May 10 2012

Letter from a Mother to a Daughter

It happens everyday, you get one of those emails or you see a Facebook post of a nice little inspirational quote or a picture that you share on your page.  You write something like…"this is the best thing ever" really better then yesterday when I said that inspirational thing was the best thing ever."  But, really this, was the best thing I've seen in a whileI wanted to share it with you.  I posted it on my mom's Facebook page...  

Letter from a Mother to her child:

"My Dear, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”... Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl? When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way... remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day... the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionaly lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you. And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad... just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you.

Happy Mother's Day!

By Spring in the Air

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May 09 2012

Good News

There’s this social experiment called The Listserve.  I told you about it a couple of days ago.   They call it an e-mail lottery.  You’re not going win millions of dollars, but you could win a chance to speak to a million people. 

One person a day wins a chance to write to this growing list of subscribers. Right now it’s at about 10,000.  You sign up give them your email, and, you’ll also get the email of the person that wins that day. 

Kind of cool.  Hoping that people use this for good and not to rant.  

Turns out they are.

I got signed up for this and got this email yesterday: 

There's good news, and then there's GOOD NEWS. It's good news when an unexpected check comes in the mail, or when your kid comes home with improved grades. But GOOD NEWS is life-changing. Today I'd like to talk about the best news I ever received. Here it is:

There is forgiveness for my failings.

There is grace for my faults.

There is love I can't understand.

This was life-changing news for me, because at heart, I'm rotten. I'm selfish. I'm a liar. Even when I do good things, too often I do them to try to impress other people, or to try to prove to myself that I'm not that bad, even when I know deep down that I really am.

People talk about karma; karma scares me. I'll never be a good enough person to deserve what I want. This is why this really good news changed my life.

The GOOD NEWS is that God knows me, knows all about me - and that he loves me anyway. That he offers me forgiveness if I'll just accept it. And that he offers me grace every day, and the chance to really be a changed person.

God sent his son, Jesus, to earth for all of us. He lived a perfect life. He was the only person who karma really should've fully rewarded, and instead he died in my place, in your place. And then he didn't stay dead, but instead demonstrated the power to conquer death. One day he's going to come back to earth to set things right.

That's the best news I've ever received. It changed my life. It can change yours, too, if you'll believe it.

Chris Hubbs

www.chrishubbs.com

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

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