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Deserted by friends & family
Gossip - The deadly tongue

Issha! - about being female

Risks & Opportunities



Courage to do the right thing


Forgive one another

Deserted by friends & family

My friends scorn me. My eyes pour out tears to God.
Oh, that one might plead for a man with God,
As a man pleads for his neighbor!

Lord, all my desire is before You.
My sighing is not hidden from You.
My heart pants, my strength fails me.
As for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.
My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague,
And my relatives stand afar off.
Job 16.20-21; Psalm 38.9-11

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
Trouble is a sieve through which you sift your acquaintances. Those too big to pass through are your friends.
Arlene Francis

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you need is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
Oprah Winfrey

Of what help is anyone who can only be approached with the right words?
Elizabeth Bibesco

If you lend a friend money & never see him again..... it was worth it.

Soul Friend
There was a Knight of Bethlehem,
Whose wealth was tears and sorrows;
His men-at-arms were little lambs,
His trumpeters were sparrows;
His castle was a wooden cross,
Whereon He hung so high;
His helmet was a crown of thorns
Whose crest did touch the sky.
From "The Husband of Poverty" by Henry Neville Maughan

Greater love has no one than this,
Than to lay down His life for His friends.
John 15.13


When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.

Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 11.2 & 16.18

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
Beware of pride. God created fleas BEFORE He created people.

Beware the preacher who relishes titles such as "Reverend" and "Doctor." The only titles Paul applied to himself were "Apostle" and "Doulos."

  • Apostle- a messenger
  • Doulos- a servant

Chortle & Guffaw
A French teacher was explaining to her College class that in French, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. House is feminine "la maison." Pencil is masculine "le crayon."

A student asked, "What gender is 'computer'?" Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether a "computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender (la computer) because:

  • No one but a computer's creator understands its internal logic.
  • The language computers use to communicate with each other is incomprehensible to everyone else.
  • Even the smallest mistakes are stored in the computer's long-term memory for possible later review.
  • As soon as you make a commitment to a computer, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine (le computer) because:

  • In order to do anything with a computer, you have to turn it on.
  • Computers have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves.
  • Computers are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem.
  • As soon as you commit to a computer, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

Gossip - The deadly tongue

Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
And whoever spreads slander is a fool.
Proverbs 10.18

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
It takes your enemy and your friend, working together to hurt you to the heart -- the enemy to slander you and your friend to bring you the news.
Mark Twain

A *Croc* of trivia

  • A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue
  • A crocodile will never outgrow the pool in which it lives. If you put a baby croc in an aquarium, it will be little for all of its life.
  • Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
  • Leonardo DiVinci invented the scissors.
  • Your eyes are always the same size from birth, but your nose and ears never stop growing.
  • "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only your left hand; "lollipop" with your right.
  • The names of all the continents begin & end with the same letter.
  • The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts.
  • It's impossible to lick your elbow.
  • Rats and horses can't vomit.
  • Cat's urine glows under a black light.
  • For each hour you use a cellphone, you increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  • During your lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders. Ohhh Yum!

Issha! - about being female

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

(Esther said...)
"I will go to the king, which is against the law.
If I perish, I perish!"

Proverbs 31.30; Esther 4.16c

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
A woman is like a tea bag. You don't know her strength until she is in hot water.
Nancy Reagan

My Little Sister
To begin with she wouldn't have fallen in
If she hadn't been acting so silly.
First thing I saw was her hair ribbon there
On top like a water lily.

In less than a minute I'd gotten her out
And set her down quickly to drain,
Do you know what she said through her dripping hair?
"I want to go swimming again!"

"Swimming?" I cried. "Do you think you can swim?"
She sat there all scowly and black.
"Much better than you can, besides I don't care!"
I couldn't think what to say back.

Risks & Opportunities

Be strong and of good courage.
Do not fear nor be afraid;
for the LORD your God,
He is the One who goes with you.
He will not leave you nor forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31.6

Grandma Lily's Wit & Wisdom

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach for another is to risk involvement.
To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To trust is to risk betrayal.
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in your life is to risk nothing.
If you risk nothing, then you shall do nothing, have nothing, BE nothing.

You might avoid suffering and sorrow for a time,
But you cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
Chained by a fearful attitude, you become a slave.
You forfeit your freedom.

Only a person who risks is truly free.
by Anon

Chortle & Guffaw
Patsy -- Whenever I'm down in the dumps, I get myself another hat.
Sue -- I wondered where you found them.

A flea and a fly got caught in a flue.
MMSaid the fly, "Let us flee."
MMSaid the flea, "Let us fly."
So together they flew through a flaw in the flue.


Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4.6-7

Grandma Lily's Wit & Wisdom
The passage of years wrinkles your face. Failure to pray wrinkles your soul.

A poem to teach to a child
Boats sail on the rivers,
And ships sail on the seas;
But clouds that sail across God's sky
Are prettier far than these.

There are bridges on the rivers,
As pretty as you please;
But the bow that bridges heaven,
And overtops the trees,
And builds a road from earth to sky,
Is prettier far than these.
"The Rainbow" by Christina Rosetti


A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for the time of trouble.
Proverbs 17.17

Grandma Lily's Wit & Wisdom
You can always tell a real friend. When you make a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
Laurence J. Peter

Chortle & guffaw

  • Sign in front of a Funeral home: "Drive carefully. We can wait."
  • Sign on a Handyman's truck: "We repair what your husband fixed."
  • Sign on a Plumber's truck: "Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."
  • Sign on an Electrician's truck: "Let us remove your shorts."

Courage to do the right thing

Whoever wants to love life and to see good days,
Let him restrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.

Let him turn aside from evil and do good.
Let him seek peace and pursue it.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears open to their prayers.
But the Lord's face is against those who do evil.
1 Peter 3.10-12

Even if the heavens were to fall on me,
I want to do what is right.
There is one God looking down on us all.
God is listening to me.

The song that I sing is an old song,
So old that no one knows who made it.
It has been handed down through generations
And was taught to me when I was but a little lad.
It is now my own song.
It belongs to me.
This is a holy song (medicine-song),
And great is its power.
The song tells how, as I sing,
I go through the air to a holy place
Where Yusun (God)
Will give me power to do wonderful things.

Goyathlay (Geronimo)

Kids LOVE Tongue Twisters
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.
by Anon


Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
And who may stand in His holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood
And has not sworn deceitfully.
Psalm 24.3-4

Grandma Lily's Wit & Wisdom
I liked the store detective who said he'd seen a lot of people who were so confused that they had stolen things, but never so confused that they had paid twice.
Baroness Phillips
Signs of the times

Sign on a septic tank truck: We're #1 in the #2 business."

Sign on the wall in a Veterinarian's waiting room: "Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"

Forgive one another

As the elect of God, holy and beloved,
put on tender mercies,
Bear with one another.
Forgive one another.

If anyone has a complaint against another;
even as Christ forgave you,
so you also must do.
Colossians 3.12-13

Grandma Lily's Wit & Wisdom
To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover that the prisoner was you.
Joke of the Day
Mrs. Oksama lost her handbag in the bustle of shopping at the mall. It was found and returned to her by an honest little boy named Billy.

Looking in her purse, Mrs. Oksama said, "Hmmm.... That's funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills."

Billy blushed, and sheepishly replied, "That's right, lady. The last time I found a lady's purse, she didn't have any change for a reward."


Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
Lest the LORD see, and it displease Him,
And He turn away His wrath from him.
Proverbs 24.17-18

GrandMa Lily's Wit & Wisdom
The only people you should ever get even with are those who have helped you.
Joke of the Day
Two 7-year-old boys, Fred and Louie, were walking home from Church after hearing a strong sermon about the devil.

Fred said, "What do you think about all this Satan stuff?"

"Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out," replied Louie. "It's probably just your dad."


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