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NEVER give up trying!
A good wife is a gift from God

Wives: submit to your husbands

The joys of parenthood



Inner beauty & modesty
What would God have me do?

NEVER give up trying!

Run with endurance the race that is set before you,
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith...

Do not grow weary while doing good.
In due season you shall reap if you do not lose heart.

The LORD said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks."
But Jacob said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!"

Heb 12.1c, 12.2a; Gal 6.9; Gen 32.26 (see also Hos 12.2-5)

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
This thing we call *failure* is not the falling down, but the staying down. Mary Pickford

I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game's winning shot... and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And THAT is why... I succeed!
Michael Jordan


  • Women blink nearly twice as often as men.
  • A duck's quack doesn't echo anywhere.
  • 35% of the people who post ads on dating services are already married.
  • More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
  • Barbie's full name is Barbara Milicent Roberts.
  • Pinocchio is Italian for pine eye.
  • A jiffy is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  • The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth Two moves only 6 inches for each gallon of diesel it burns.

A good wife is a gift from God

The LORD God said,"It is not good that man should be alone;
I will make him a helper comparable to him."

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband

He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the LORD.

Genesis 2.18; Proverbs 12.4, 18.22

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
A wife is a gift from God, bestowed upon a man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise.

Chortle & Guffaw

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels. Faith Whittlesey

Why are women wearing perfumes that smell like flowers? Men don't like flowers. I've been wearing a great new scent. It's called New Car Interior. Rita Rudner

Wives: submit to your husbands

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of the wife,
As also Christ is head of the church;
And He is the Savior of the body.

Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ,
So let wives be subject to their own husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives,
Just as Christ also loved the church
And gave Himself for her.
Ephesians 5.22-25a

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
An automobile, to have a safe journey, can have only one driver and one steering wheel. Nevertheless, the passenger in the automobile is not of a lower status than the driver. The same applies for the leadership of a family. There can be only ONE steering wheel. Other family members may advise, but if more than one person tries to grab the wheel, a crash is sure to occur.

When two ride the same horse, one must sit behind.

Wedding vows based on Ephesians 5.22-25
To the BRIDE: Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband? Will you submit your life to him, as unto the Lord?

To the GROOM: Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife? Will you die to protect her, if need be, as Christ died for His church?

Entry Fee

Larry died and went to heaven. Saint Peter met him at the Pearly Gates.

Saint Peter told Larry: "Here's how it works. You need 100 million points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you've done, and I'll give you a certain number of points for each deed, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 million points, you get in."

"Piece of cake," Larry said confidently. "I lived a very righteous life. To start with, I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her once."

"Excellent!" said Peter. "That's worth three points!"

"Only three points?" Larry exclaimed. "Well, get this -- I attended church all my life. Never missed a service. If the church doors were open, I was there."

"Terrific!" Peter said. "For that you get one more point."

"One point?" Larry cried in dismay. "At this rate the only way I'll get into heaven is by the grace of God!"

"Come on in!" said Peter.

The joys of parenthood

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one's youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me,
And do not forbid them.
For of such is the kingdom of God.
Amen amen, I say to you,
Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child
Will by no means enter into it."

Psalm 127.3-5a; Luke 18.16-17

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. Carl Sandburg

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. R. Tagore

Children are God's apostles, day by day
Sent forth to preach of love, and hope, and peace.
James Russell Lowell

From the mouths of kids...

After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him what was wrong.

Jason replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you and Mom."
A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what the tenth commandment was.

Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off thy neighbor's wife."
Mrs. Kozinski was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.

Seeing the opportunity for a moral lesson, Mrs. Kozinski said, "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait."

Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you get to be Jesus!"


Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me, though he may die, yet shall he live.
And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die."

So also is the resurrection of the dead.
The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory.
It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

John 11.25-26; 1 Corinthians 15.42-43

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
Our Lord has written the Promise of Resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf of springtime. Martin Luther

Flowers and grasses bud and blow,
Rise above the frost and snow;
Song-birds fill the air with joy,
All your swelling notes employ;
Rivers, cast your chains aside;
Brooklets, o'er your mosses glide;
Father, then with joy we say,
We our resurrection day
Too shall know, and perfect stand
Kings and priests at Thy right hand.
Annie E. Trimingham

Kids write to God

Dear God, Please put another holiday between Christmas and
Easter.There is nothing good in there now. Amanda

Dear Mr. God, I wish you would not make it so easy for people to come apart. I had to have 3 stitches and a shot. Janet

Dear God, Is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his golf words in the house? Anita

Dear God, In Bible times, did they really talk that fancy?

Dear God, What does it mean you are a jealous God? I thought you had everything you wanted. Jane

Dear God, I am doing the best I can. Really. Frank


Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
evidence of things not seen.

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

Though now you do not see Jesus, yet believing,
You rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Receiving the goal of your faith --
The salvation of your souls.

Hebrews 11.1; John 20.29b; 1 Peter 1.8b-9

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
Faith is much better than belief. Belief is where someone else does the thinking. R. Buckminster Fuller

“There is no God!” the foolish saith,
But none, “There is no sorrow!”
And nature oft, the cry of faith,
In bitter need will borrow.

Eyes which the preacher could not school,
By wayside graves are raised,
And lips say, “God be merciful,”
Who ne’er said, “ God be praised.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Four year old Kiana was at the pediatrician for a check up.

As the doctor listened to her heart with a stethoscope, he asked, "Is that Big Bird I hear bumping around in there?"

"Oh, no!" replied Kiana. "It must be Jesus you hear. He's in my heart. Big Bird is on my panties."

Inner beauty & modesty

Let the women adorn themselves in modest apparel,
With propriety and moderation...

Do not let your adornment be merely outward...
Rather let it be the hidden person of your heart,
With the incorruptible beauty of your gentle and quiet spirit, Which is very precious in the sight of God.
1 Timothy 2.9a; 1 Peter 3.3a; 1 Peter 3.4

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your beauty and charm by not flaunting them.

Modesty is highly regarded because it is not a matter of your nature, but of your character.

When you remain modest, not after praise but after criticism, then your modesty is real.
Jean Paul Richter

Chortle & Guffaw
The panther is like a leopard,
Except it hasn't been peppered.
Should you behold a panther crouch,
Prepare to say Ouch!
Better yet, if called by a panther,
Don't anther.
Ogden Nash

I'd Rather have Fingers than Toes,
I'd Rather have Eyes than a Nose,
And As for my hair,
I'm Glad it's all there;
I'll be Awfully Sad, when it Goes!
Gelett Burgess

What would God have me do?

By grace you have been saved through faith,
And that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Not of works, lest anyone should boast.
For you are His workmanship,
Created in Christ Jesus for good works,
Which God prepared beforehand
That you should walk in them.

Thus faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Ephesians 2.8-10; James 2.17

Grandma Lily's Treasury of Wit & Wisdom
Here is a test to find out whether God's purpose for you on earth is finished -- if you're alive, it isn't.

If Dr. Seuss wrote a computer manual
If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
And the bus is interrupted as a very last resort,
And the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
Then the socket packet pocket has an error to report!

If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
And the double-clicking icons put your window in the trash,
And your data is corrupted 'cause the index doesn't hash,
Then your situation's hopeless, and your system's gonna crash!

If your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
So your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse,
Then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,
'Cause as sure as I'm a poet, that sucker's gonna hang!

When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy on the disk,
And the microcode instructions cause unnecessary RISC,
Then you have to flush your memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM,
Quickly turn off your computer and be sure to tell your mom!


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