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“Do not be wise in your own eyes;
            Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

      It will be healing to your body
            And refreshment to your bones…

My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord
            Or loathe His reproof,

      For whom the Lord loves He reproves,
            Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

      How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
            And the man who gains understanding.

Prov 3:7-8 , 11-13  (NASB)

By Renee

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The Rugged Hands

It is human nature to like beautiful things. On the WordPress Reader-page, we are often attracted to nice pictures of people, sceneries and animals. Hence, I was hesitant when posting this photo of my 91 year-old mother’s hands. However, as I was holding and touching them last evening, I realised how indebted I am to this pair of hands. Although I received much chastisement from them but there were fond memories of their tender touch, leading and guiding me. These hands that are full of prominent dark veins and deformed knuckles were the result of long, hard labour, especially since my mum became a widow when I was eight. No amount of words can describe the pains and hardships she had to endure to bring up five children alone.mother of mine

Dear Jesus, I thank You for these hands.
I ask for Your grace and blessings on the one who used them to labour for love.
As these fingers run through each bead of the Rosary, may Your peace and joy descend upon my mother whom You have created for me. Amen.      By B

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Prov 31:31(NIV)

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – PATIENCE

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. Prov 14:29 (NIV)

[Painted by R, July 2013. Photo by B]
[Painted by R]
The coconut is a hard nut to crack. No pun intended. To eat the fruit, the coconut requires skill to dehusk. In young coconuts, a hole is specifically cut in the shell and the soft sweet flesh eaten with a spoon, while the coconut water makes a refreshing cooling drink. In mature coconuts, the flesh is grated and coconut milk is extracted to make delicious curries etc while coconut oil is used for cosmetic and other uses.  The husk can be used to plant those beautiful orchids too. The coconut literally has 101 uses.

I remembered seeing this on a plaque “Lord, please teach me patience but hurry…”

Once a priest told us, “There’s one quality that the evil one has that many of us lack…PATIENCE.  He will take his time and wait days, months or even years to draw us into sin.”

It is in times of trials and sufferings that our patience is tried and tested. Our quick temper. A harsh word.  In an instant world at the click of a button, we also want an instant click “Yes” to our every prayer.  But only patience, and more patience, will help us grow and become useful in 101 ways for the Lord.

While writing this post and transferring it from a thumb-drive to another computer, everything got wiped out! I had to rewrite the whole post again.

Thank you LORD JESUS for the instant lesson teaching me PATIENCE.   By R