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To be in your children's memories tomorrow,
You have to be in their lives today.
literature is teaching how to read. How to notice things in
that a speed-reading culture is trained to disregard,
overcome, edit out,
or explain away; how to read what the language is doing, not
the author was thinking; how to take evidence from a page,
a reality to substitute for it.
enables you to bury your grudge in the icy earth and
put the past behind you.
You flush resentment away by being
the first to forgive.
Forgiveness fashions your future.
It is a brave
and brash thing to do.
The gutsiest decision you can make.
forgive others, winter will soon make way for springtime as fresh joy
pushes up through the soil of your heart.
Forgiveness is a stunning principal, your ticket out of hate and
I know what regret feels like; I’ve earned my credentials.
But I also know what forgiveness feels like, because God has
so graciously forgiven me.
Forgiveness frees you of the past so
you can make good choices today.
a small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your
eye and it puts everything out of focus. Hold it at proper
distance and it can be examined and classified. Throw it at
and see it in its true setting--just one more tiny bump on
a reporter stood in front of a fire as it consumed a house
and then he turned to see the homeowners and their little son
watching it burn. The reporter, fishing for a human interest
said to the boy, "Son, it looks like you don't have a home
The little boy promptly answered, "Oh, yes, we have a home.
We just don't have a house to put it in."
Never let a
problem to be solved become more important than the person to be
God can heal your heart. God can rescue you from
despair and give you
something to rejoice about again. It won't happen overnight, but
it will happen.
All you have to do is be willing to give every piece of your
broken heart to God.
we have hope, we are showing that we trust God to work out the
Trust is the only way we're going to make it through and
be a part of God's marvelous plan for His child.
can choose to gather to our hearts the thorns
of disappointment, failure, loneliness, and dismay
in our present situation.
Or we can gather the flowers
of God's grace, boundless love, abiding presence,
and unmatched joy.
I choose to gather the flowers.
many would expect that Barbara Johnson (1927-2007) would find much to be happy
about after losing one son in Vietnam and a second to a drunk
driver. Her third son disowned her as he embraced a gay
lifestyle. Instead of succumbing to the grief and depression one
would certainly expect, Barbara Johnson founded Spatula
Ministries, a joy-infused ministry to hurting parents. Known
for her signature geranium and clever book titles, Barbara Johnson
is a frequent speaker at the Woman of Faith
Barbara Johnson has guided millions of hurting women through the
of despair with her best-selling books, including Plant a
Your Cranium, Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death, and
Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy. Her books
have sold more than 5 million units to date. Founder of the
nonprofit Spatula Ministries, she delivered her comforting,
humor-filled message of love across the
country as a featured speaker on the Women of Faith tour for six
years. She is now speaker emeritus and continues encouraging from her
Barbara died July 2, 2007, of cancer (Central Nervous System
Lymphoma) after a six-year fight against the disease. During her
illness, she added four more books to her long list of published
works, including one that takes humorous pokes at her life with
cancer. Affectionately called the “Geranium Lady,” a title
taken from her bestselling book, Stick a Geranium in Your Hat
and Be Happy, her homespun humor and hope in God in the midst
of tragedy, ministered to millions.
Because many visitors have asked for more information
about particular people whose words
appear on the site,
we'll try to give you as much information as we can about
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other books if the author has written an essay or
introduction for those books.
people: Alan Watts - Albert
Einstein - Albert Schweitzer
- Andy Rooney - Anne
Frank - Anne Morrow
Anne Wilson Schaef - Annie Dillard
- Anthony Robbins - Ari
Kiev - Artur Rubenstein - Barbara
Johnson - Benjamin Disraeli
Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Hoff
- Bernie Siegel - Bertrand
Russell - Betty Eadie - Booker
Charlotte Davis Kasl - Cheryl
Richardson - Cristina Feldman
- C.S. Lewis - the
Dalai Lama - Dale Carnegie - Deepak
Don Miguel Ruiz - Earl
Nightingale - Elaine St. James
- Eleanor Roosevelt - Elisabeth
Kuebler-Ross - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emmet Fox - Frederick Buechner
- George Bernard Shaw - George
Santayana - George
Washington Carver - Gerald
Harold Kushner - Harry
Emerson Fosdick - Helen Keller -
Henry David Thoreau - Henry
James - Henry Van Dyke
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Henry
Ward Beecher - Hugh Prather - Immanuel
Kant - Iyanla Vanzant - Jack
James Allen - Jennifer
James - Jim Rohn - Joan
Borysenko - Joan Chittister -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- John Izzo -
Joni Eareckson Tada - Joseph M.
Marshall III - Julia Cameron - Kent
Nerburn - Khalil Gibran -
Leonard Jacobson - Leslie Levine
- Lucinda Bassett - Lydia
Maria Child - Lynn Grabhorn - Marcus
Marianne Williamson - Martin
Luther King, Jr. - Maya Angelou
- Melody Beattie - Michael
Goddart - Mitch Albom
Mohandas Gandhi - Morrie Schwartz
- Mother Teresa - M.
Scott Peck - Nathaniel Branden
- Nikos Kazantzakis - Norman
Norman Vincent Peale - Og Mandino
- Oprah Winfrey - Oriah
- Orison Swett Marden - Pau
Casals - Peace Pilgrim - Phillips
Rabindranath Tagore - Rachel Carson
- Rachel Naomi Remen - Rainer
Maria Rilke - Ralph Waldo Trine
- Richard Bach
Richard Carlson - Robert Frost -
Robert Fulghum - Robert
Louis Stevenson - Russell Baker
- Sarah Ban Breathnach
Shakti Gawain - Soren
Kierkegaard - Stephen Covey - Stephen
C. Paul - Sue Patton Thoele
- Susan L. Taylor
Sylvia Boorstein - Thich Nhat Hanh
- Thomas Carlyle - Thomas
Kinkade - Thomas Merton - Tom
Walsh - Victor Cherbuliez
Wayne Dyer - Wilferd A. Peterson
- Willa Cather - William
James - William Wordsworth
- Zig Ziglar