A Child’s Angel

The child asked God, “They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow,
but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?”
God assured the child,”Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.”

The child further inquired, “But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have to
do anything but sing and smile to be happy.”
God said, “Your angel will sing for you and will also
smile for you.  And you will feel your angel’s love and be very  happy.”

Again the child asked, “And how am I going to be able to  understand when
people talk to me if I don’t know the language?”
God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful
and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much
patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”

“And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?”
God said, “Your angel will place your hands together
and will teach you how to pray.”

“Who will protect me?”
God said, “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it’s life.”

“But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.”
God said, “Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.”

At that moment there was much peace in heaven, but voices from Earth
could be heard and the child hurriedly asked,  “God,
if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.”

You will simply call her “Mom.”

Lift a mother’s spirit, send this to every mother you know.

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They are amazing

By the time the Lord made women, he was into
his sixth day of working overtime. An Angel
appeared and said, “Why are you spending so
much time on this one?”.

And the Lord answered and said, “Have you seen
the spec sheet on her?   She has to be completely
washable, but not plastic, have 200 movable
parts, all replaceable, run on black coffee and
leftovers, have a lap that can hold three children
at one time , have a kiss that can cure anything
from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have
six pairs of hands.”

The Angel was astounded at the requirements
for this one. “Six pairs of hands! No Way!”, “And
that’s just on the standard model?” the Angel
asked.

The Angel tried to stop the Lord. “This is too
much work for one day.  Wait until tomorrow
to finish.”

But I can’t!”, the Lord protested, “I am so close
to finishing this creation that is so close to my
own heart. She already heals herself when
she is sick AND can work 18 hr days.

The Angel moved closer and touched the woman,
“but you have made her so soft, Lord.”

“She is soft”, the Lord greed, “but I have also made
Her tough.  You have no idea what she can endure
or accomplish.”

“Will she be able to think?”, asked the Angel.

The Lord replied, “Not only will she be able to think,
she will be able to reason, and negotiate.”

The Angel then noticed something and reached out
and touched the woman’s cheek.

“Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model.
I told you that you were trying to put too much into
this one.”

“That’s not a leak,” the Lord objected, “that’s a
tear!”

“What’s the tear for?” the Angel asked.

The Lord said, “The tear is her way of expressing
her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment,
her loneliness, her grief, and her pride.”

The Angel was impressed. “You are a genius, Lord.
You thought of everything, for women are truly
amazing.”

Women have strengths that amaze men.
They carry hardships, they carry burdens
but they hold happiness,love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are  nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up for injustice.
They don’t take  “no” for an answer when
they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel and cheer when their
friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a new marriage.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They have sorrow at the loss of a family member, yet
They are strong when they think there is no strength   left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show
how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin!
They bring joy and  hope. They give compassion and
ideals.

They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have allot to say and a lot to give.

Pass this along to your women friends to remind
them how amazing they are…

A Cup of Coffee

You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things
were so hard for her.  She did not know how she was going to make it and
wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling.  It seemed as
one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen.  She filled three pots with water.

In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the
last she placed ground coffee beans.  She let them sit and boil without
saying a word.  In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.

She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the
eggs out and placed them in a bowl.  Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a mug.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” the daughter replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.  She did and
noted that they were soft.  She then asked her to take an egg and break
it.  After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled
egg.  Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee.  The daughter smiled as she
tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What’s the point, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same
adversity-boiling water-but each reacted differently. The carrot went in
strong, hard and unrelenting.  However after being subjected to the boiling
water, it softened and became weak.  The egg had been fragile.  Its thin
outer shell had protected its liquid interior.  But, after sitting through
the boiling water, its inside became hardened.  The ground coffee beans
were unique, however.  After they were in the boiling water they had
changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter.  “When adversity knocks on your
door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt
and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the
heat?  Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial
hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my
shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff
spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean?  The bean actually changes the hot water, the
very circumstance that brings the pain.  When the water gets hot, it
releases the fragrance and flavor.  If you are like the bean, when things
are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate
to another level?

How do you handle Adversity?

ARE YOU A CARROT, AN EGG, OR A COFFEE BEAN?