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Good morning HeartTouchers.com readers!
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From my family to yours,
Author, Michael T. Powers
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by Linda Ellis
I read of a reverend who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard,
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile?
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's actions to rehash,
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?
You can contact Linda through her web site at: http://www.LindaEllisOnline.com
Linda Ellis was born in Miami, Florida where she spent her childhood. She started writing poems as a child -- a talent inherited from her Irish mother and grandmother. In 1994, popular radio personality, Moby in the Morning read her first poem on the air. Linda believes this event is what launched a whole new career for her.
Linda's poems are shared in many places, including the boardrooms of Corporate America, radio and television programs and domestic and international newspaper and magazine publications. Her poem, "The Dash" has been an inspiration to thousands and has been published numerous times, most recently in the books Healing Grief, a New York Times Bestseller by James Van Praagh and The New Success Rules for Women by Susan Abrams.
She has combined many of her favorites in "The Dash and Other Poems by Linda Ellis" (© 1999). This poetry booklet is available, signed by the author, from her web site at: http://www.lindaslyrics.com
Linda is currently writing new poems to share her life's experiences and inspire others.
Creation Q & A
Q: What are "biblical glasses"?
A: Christians need to understand that because the Bible is the revealed Word of God, and a true record of history--we need to look at the world through the Bible. In other words, we should always put on our biblical glasses in order to understand the world.
For example, if you took your children to the Grand Canyon and they asked you how the layers of rock and the canyon formed, what would you say? If you put on your biblical glasses, you could answer this way:
Well, children, those layers contain fossils. The Bible teaches that there was no death before sin; therefore, these layers couldn't have been laid down millions of years ago--before Adam sinned. But the Bible tells us about a global Flood--this would have created layers burying lots of dead things. And the catastrophic runoff would have carved the canyon.
Here is another example regarding dinosaurs. When we put on our biblical glasses, we can say much about dinosaurs: they were created on the sixth day, so they coexisted with man; they ate plants before sin; they were on a huge boat that landed in the Middle East; and so on.
By building our thinking on the Bible--beginning with Genesis--we can put on biblical glasses so that we're always ready to give answers to a world that needs them.
For more information, see What's Your Worldview at: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v1/n1/whats-your-worldview
Click on the Bible above or visit the web site listed below!
This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the Creation/Evolution controversy each day.
This section also includes a rotating Question and Answer feature and a weekly Creation Comic strip from the people at AnswersInGenesis.org.
Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances."
Verse for the Day
"Whatever is true...noble...right...pure...lovely...admirable...excellent or praiseworthy--think about
such things." -- Philippians 4:8
Kid's Thought For The Day
"Even Popeye didn't eat his spinach until he absolutely had to."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it." -- Harold Hulbert
Coach's Thought For The Day
"I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win." -- Arnold Palmer
Writer's Thought For The Day
"When you sit down to write something new, the thing you want to do before you pick up your pen is shut your internal editor off. Give it a break, tell it to take a breather or lock the door to its room. Ignore any voices of criticism lurking in your mind as you write and just get everything down onto paper. This is your first draft. It's not the copy you're sending to an editor or client. This is where you experiment with different writing styles, get all of your thoughts onto paper and draw out a rough sketch of any characters. You can go back to it later for editing. For now, just let your creativity take over and write." --Dawn Colclasure
Deep Thought For The Day
If ever you're about to be mugged by a pair of clowns, don't hesitate to go for the juggler.
Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!
Inspired Audio is a brand new offshoot of HeartTouchers.com. Every week we will offer a different audio message that you can listen to right on your comput as you are surfing the net or just getting things done around the house. Be sure to come back and visit each week!
This Week: "The Days of Our Lives" by Jeff Williams
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