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{SFTH}   *Thanks, I Needed That*  7/20/01


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We end this week with another wonderful story by Judy Kiser.
Be sure to e-mail her and let her know what you thought!

We will be starting a series of interviews with the authors of Straight
From the Heart this next week.  Have you ever wondered where they
get the wonderful ideas for their stories, or wanted to ask them for advice
if you are just starting out as a writer?  Well, then you will just have to wait until
next week when we run our first of many interviews to come.  SFTH favorite,
Roger Dean Kiser, Sr. will start us off! 
Have a great weekend everyone, and thank you for being special part
of SFTH!
P.S.  For those of you who ordered books from us in the past week and a half...
we ran out of books and will have to wait for another week or so for the
next shipment to come in...


By Judy Kiser

This was the day that I had dreaded for four months, I had known that I would be so sad, that I would want to cry and wail at the heavens.

I awoke slowly, and just could not get with things, I followed my daily routine and tried to shut my mind off of the event that was supposed to be, I took little notice that the heat index was supposed to 108 today, just like yesterday, and just like tomorrow. Who cares, I thought.

I folded the clothes, I let the cats play in the empty basket, but I just couldn't laugh at their antics, like I usually did.

I got on my computer and all I could do was just check my e-mail, I deleted most of it without reading the first line, nothing could hold my interest. How was I going to make it though this day, I wondered?

Thank goodness that the time to get ready for work had finally arrived. Lord I needed a diversion. I really needed something to hold my attention.

I got busy and put myself together, and the chore was calming, it almost got my mind off of the thoughts. I picked up my name-tag, and while I was pinning it on, my mind flew to the little guardian angle pin that I would next put on to my uniform. We share this, I thought to myself, Morgan and I would forever be connected by this little pin.

I slowly walked over to my husband's desk and gave him a kiss. Being his always loving self, he cautioned me to take things slow, and to not overwork myself. Bless his heart, he has no clue that hard work is sometimes a balm to a woman's soul!

As I got to my front porch, I stopped and looked at the little tree we had planted to remember our grand daughter, Morgan. Today was supposed to be her birthday. I teared up and whispered, "It's OK, Granny loves you baby."

Just as I said these words, I heard a rustling down in the little hedges at my feet. I looked down and there sat a little brown bird. I clucked at the little thing and said. "Are you hurt little one?"

I swear to all that is Holy, that little bird jumped up on my porch and sat between my feet, cocked it's little head and looked me in the eye.

I was so worried that it was wounded that I moved to call my husband, (we do have two cats and five dogs) and the bird hopped down to the ground. By the time I got Roger outside the little thing had flown off.

I have always believed in angels and if I had known that God was going to send me one, I would have been a little more receptive to his message! How blind we sometimes make ourselves. We could see so much more if we just let our hearts and mind open up!

No matter what anyone will say, I know that God and Morgan knew my pain and I was sent a message.

"Thanks, God, I needed that!!"

Judy Kiser 7/12/01

Send Judy an email and let her know what you thought of her story!

I live in Brunswick, Ga. with my husband Roger and our five dogs. I work full time as a server, and enjoy writing bedtime stories for my grandchildren. 
Check out her websites!

If you missed Judy and Roger's stories on the death of their little grandchild, Morgan, you can read them in our archives at:

From the Guestbook!

I receive this every morning at work and it's a great way to start the day. There are too many good stories to just pick out one. I'm from Madisonville, Kentucky.
Pam Brown

Hi, I am from Hongkong, China.
I have never seen such wonderful stories! Thank you so much.
God bless!
Anthony S.F. Leung

Thank you for the tears and the laughter. I'm from Greer
South Carolina.
Deborah Phillips


Hi Guys,
I enjoyed the pics and account of your camping experiences...and the loon sounds were incredible.

I hope you are having a wonderful time this week and come home with more stories and happy memories.

Love you,

Thought For The Day:

You see things and you say, "Why?"  But I dream things that never
were and I say, "Why not?" --George Bernard Shaw

Verse for the Day:

"Without faith it is impossible to please God."
Hebrews 11:6

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"How do you know you can't make a rocket out of tinfoil boxes and
cardboard unless you try?"

Parent's Thought For The Day

"There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're
born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then."
--Hazel Scott

Coach's Thought For The Day

"It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares
who gets the credit!"

Deep Thought For The Day:

"I locked my coat-hanger in the car. Good thing I had a key."

\_\  /  
/_/  \    "For I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but
\_\/\ \   Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body I live for the Son
   \_\/   of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20 


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without the author's permission and contact info listed after the story.
We also refuse to publish stories listed as "author unknown."
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and paste the stories to be used elsewhere unless you have
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Thank you so much for honoring the rights of those writers who
graciously share their stories with us!

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we gave them. They loved it, to say the least!  Within thirty seconds
my mom was crying and my dad did too.  They said it was the best
Christmas gift we could have given them!!  You did such a beautiful
job!  They were so surprised and so touched---they really, really,
really loved it.  Thanks for helping to make it so special to us all.
My mom mentioned how the songs were perfect for the video too!
Thanks again!"
Kelli-- College Station, TX

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