Being The Best
August 25th, 2008
One thing I have learned through the years is that being the best is a good goal to have. Now sometimes we win a prize for being the best. We might get money or fame. That is ok, nothing wrong with money and fame! I would not mind a little of both myself! LOL! That is not what I am talking about though. What I am talking about is ever so much more important than money ever could be, and a million times more important than fame. I am talking about the… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 25, 2008 at 5:12pm —
Loving God Is Not Enough
August 20th, 2008
Are you shocked? Well, that statement is true and I stand by it. A very important person in history felt the same way. He talked about and preached about it. He said we needed to do one other thing. The church leaders of his day were shocked too. So much so they wanted to kill him. He was the target of a huge plot, carried out perfectly. He was betrayed by his own man, someone very close to him. He was eventually capture, tried (with false… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 20, 2008 at 11:28am —
August 19th, 2008
I have to say I am amazed at the beautiful people I have had the pleasure to meet in my life. I don’t mean their faces, though many , many of them have been beautiful too. I am speaking about the lovely hearts we meet as we go through life. Sweet people who make the day a little brighter.
I am also amazed, after getting to know them better, to find that many of those happy, sweet people are bearing heavy burdens. Often people are bearing… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 19, 2008 at 7:30pm —
What is The Worst Thing That Can happen?
August 15th, 2008
I have been thinking about success and failure a lot lately. I have been reading and reading about people who were successful in meeting their goals. The thing that keeps standing out to me is that many of them really felt they did not have any particular talents. They did have a burning desire to succeed. They had a dream and they never lost sight of it. They never wavered. year after year they kept plugging away, eye fixed… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 15, 2008 at 12:58pm —
It Can’t Be Done!
August 14th, 2008
I was watching the Olympics the other night. One of the men on the rings was able to pull himself from his body and legs sticking straight out behind into a handstand position without “bouncing”. By pure arm strength he tipped up slowly to a perfect upside-down T. it was amazing to watch, especially since the reporter said that before this man had done this move it was thought to be impossible. He said even two years ago the experts all said the… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 14, 2008 at 4:50pm —
Falling Flat On Your Face
August 13th, 2008
Do you know what the difference is between those who fall flat on their faces and those who never do? Those who fall flat where actually trying to do something! I have done a lot of reading about successful people. The thing that stands out to me over and over is that they all fell flat many times. The things they wanted seemed out of reach. They did not have what they needed to reach their goals- or so it seemed. They failed a lot.… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 13, 2008 at 10:06am —
August 11th, 2008
Have you ever failed in a relationship that you really wanted, or that you really did not mean to mess up? I don’t just mean your love life here, though it can be that kind of relationship. I am speaking of any relationship- spouses, parents, children, friends, co-workers, etc. I know I have. I have blown several relationships in my life that I really, truly thought I was acting in the best way possible. My heart was right. I was doing the best I knew… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 11, 2008 at 3:59pm —
Dirty Little Secrets…shuuuu
August 8th, 2008
How many of you hold on to some secret part of your past? Something you are ashamed of, have even asked God to forgive you for but, you can not forgive yourself?
I see this a lot. I think it is one of the slickest tricks Satan uses on us. He wants us to stay locked in guilt and shame so we will not be powerful in God’s kingdom. He knows your soul is not his to toy with, but he hopes by playing mind games with you he can keep you… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 8, 2008 at 4:50pm —
I Dare You!
August 7th, 2008
Remember when you were a child, how you would dare each other to do crazy things? Sometimes you were frightened out of your whits, but you did not want to back down from a dare, so off you went! Well, I am going to dare you today. Let’s see if you are a scaredy cat now that you are grown!
I dare you to dream again! I dare you to actually dream of something you really want in this life, and then to go out and make that dream come true. As a… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 7, 2008 at 5:53pm —
August 6th, 2008
I get a lot of mail from people who are ready to give up. They feel they have waited long enough. Their marriage is not what it should be. Sometimes it is not bad even, but it is not what they thought it would be. Like a fruit tree that has no fruit, they feel their marriage is not worth working on any more.
I have fruit trees behind my house. We planted those tree 16 years ago. Now 16 years is a long time. Through the years we have not gotten but… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 6, 2008 at 10:01am —
What Is The Worst Thing You Have Ever Done?
August 1st, 2008
Ok, I want you to think about it. Be honest with yourself. What is the worst thing you have ever done in your life? Don’t tell me, just think about it. Got it in your mind?
Now, What is the best thing you have ever done for someone ? Be honest, what is the very best thing you have ever done in your life? Got it in your mind?
Now, answer me this, which was harder for you to come up with? Most people can… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on August 1, 2008 at 2:10pm —
My Sin Is Better Than Your Sin
July 31st, 2008
“My sin is better than your sin, my sin is better than yours, you should be punished but me forgiven, ‘cuz my sin is better than yours.”
Can you hear that in a sing song, you know, like ” My dad is bigger than your dad…”, or “My dog is better than your dog…”.
I think we have a lot of people who walk around singing that song in their head. They seem to think that the things they fail and stumble at are small, really… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on July 31, 2008 at 6:08pm —
I have decided share with you the first chapter of my book. I hope it will be a blessing to you. Please forgive the odd spacing. It is not transferring well. Hugs, Barbara
Polka-Dot Star Flowers: Real Help for Real People
B a r b a r a S m i t h
Copyright © 2008 Barbara Smith
All rights reserved.
To my… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on July 30, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Daily thoughts of joy
Might As Well Be Hung For A Sheep As A Lamb
July 28th, 2008
Have you ever heard that old saying? The saying is that you might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. It is saying that if you are going to be hung for stealing, steal something big. Hanging is hanging after all. You are not any more dead if you are hung for a lamb- a small thing to steal,… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on July 28, 2008 at 2:00pm —
What Do You See?
July 24th, 2008
I have learned an interesting thing in my life. Many things are good or bad depending on who is doing the looking. I am not talking about sin. I realize there are some who want to debate what is sin and what is not, but really that is just words. Even a person who has had no contact with the Bible has deep in them the ability to know right from wrong at its most basic level. This post is not about sin.
I am speaking of something different… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on July 24, 2008 at 1:07pm —
Are You Happy?
July 22nd, 2008
Did you say yes or no? Your answer will tell you what you need to do next!
I have learned a few things about happiness. It really has very little to do with the things we have, or what we are doing. It really is not based on anything outside of ourselves. It is an internal state. No one can make you happy, and no one can take away your happiness. Oh, they might sway things one way or another for a time, but the real, deep down joy can not be… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on July 22, 2008 at 11:16am —
July 21st, 2008
I am in the business of helping people find joy in their lives. One thing I see a lot, is people who know they are on the wrong road, but they refuse to take an exit ramp. They just travel on and on, getting more and more lost, or they back-up and go up and down the same road over and over. You can not get to a new place traveling on the same road.
If you are on the road to nowhere, get off! Take an exit and get on a new road. The fact you are traveling down a… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on July 21, 2008 at 11:22am —
Stopped By Fear.
July 17th, 2008
I went to the dentist today. I HATE DENTAL WORK. Now don’t get me wrong. I have a wonderful dentist, who I like very much. He is really good, we are friends. I trust him, yet I HATE DENTAL WORK!! I had an old badly done crown that needed replaced (done by a different dentist). He has been trying to get me to replace it for a couple of years. I keep saying I will. I knew I should. The old one was ugly to begin with. It hurt frequently. It kept my gum… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on July 17, 2008 at 2:05pm —
Your Future’s So Bright, Ya Gotta Wear Shades!
July 16th, 2008
Do you doubt it? I don’t! You have a wonderful life story to write! Good things are waiting right around the corner! Want proof??
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
There you have it! You have a bright future waiting for you! Know when the future begins? Now!! So le’t get… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on July 16, 2008 at 8:46am —
Making Your Life Count!
July 15th, 2008
I see it daily. People who just plod along. They are bored, sad, angry, depressed, falling out of love, failing at their job, and down right miserable. They ask my advice. So here it is, for free:
That’s right, stop that! Stop plodding along. Stop being bored, sad, angry, depressed, falling out of love, failing at your job. and being miserable! If you are in one of those groups stop reading, go wash your face,… Continue
Added by Barbara Smith on July 15, 2008 at 3:23pm —