Grandma Lily's Wit & Wisdom
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March 26, 2006    
A1- Cheerfulness is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier! Anonymous

A2-All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast. Prov 15.15
B1-He was a bold man who first swallowed an oyster. James I   B2-Boldness is walking naked through a cannibal village. Leonard Levinson
C1-Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. Franklin D. Roosevelt   C2-But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Psalm 37.11
D1-A little more kindness & a little less creed,
A little more giving & a little less greed;
A little more smile & a little less frown,
A little less kicking a man when he's down.

A little more "we" & a little less "I,"
A little more laugh & a little less cry;
A few more flowers on the pathway of life,
And fewer on graves at the end of the strife.
  D2-Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Prov 16.24
  D3-The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.
Prov 11.25
  D4-If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
Isa 58.10
E1-Scrubbing floors and emptying bedpans has as much dignity as the Presidency.
Richard M. Nixon
  E2-And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men Col 3.23
F1-Always remember there are two types of people in this world. Those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are!"
Frederick L. Collins
  F2-It is not good to eat much honey;
So to seek one's own glory is not glory.
Prov 25.27
  F3-All of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."
1 Pet 5.5b
G1-When I am wearied with wandering all day,
To thee, my delight, in the evening I come:
No matter what beauties I saw in my way;
They were but my visits, but thou art my home.
Matthew Prior
  G2-Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
And always be enraptured with her love.
Prov 5.18-19
H1-Neutral men are the devil's allies.
E.H. Chapin
  H2- (Jesus said ... ) "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." Rev 3.15-16
I1-A bar of iron, continually ground, becomes a needle.
Chinese proverb
  I2-And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Rom 5.3-4
J1-You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.
J. Askenberg

J2-If you are facing in the right direction, all you have to do is keep on keepin' on.
  J3-Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12.1-2
K1-As we say in the sewer, if you're not prepared to go all the way, don't put your boots on in the first place.
Ed Norton, as portrayed by Art Carney, "The Honeymooners" TV show
  K2-But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Luke 9.62
L1-When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.
Arab proverb
  L2-Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Eph 4.29
M1-I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect, has intended us to forgo their use. Galileo   M2- (Jesus said...) You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. Mt 22.37-38
March 10, 2005    
A1- A concert violinist had a brother who was a bricklayer. One day a woman gushed to the bricklayer, "It must be wonderful to be in a family with such a famous violinist." Then, not wanting to insult the bricklayer, she said, "Of course we don't all have the same talents, and even in a family, some just seem to have more talent than others."

The bricklayer said, "You're telling me! That violinist brother of mine doesn't know a thing about laying bricks. And if he couldn't make money playing that fiddle of his, he couldn't hire a guy with know-how like mine to build a house. If he had to build a house himself he'd be ruined."

If you want to build a house, you don't want a violinist. If you're going to play music, you don't want a bricklayer. God decides WHICH gifts to bestow upon you, based upon the overall needs of His church.
  A2- There are different kinds of Spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person
for the profit of all. To one person is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 1 Cor 12.4-11
B1- If you are praising a woman, it pays to be subtle. You don't have to bother being subtle with men. They believe any compliment automatically. Alan Ayckbourn

Never lose a chance to say a kind word.
William Makepeace Thackery

One kind word can warm three Winter months.
Japanese proverb

A word of kindness is better than a fat pie.
Russian proverb

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.
Sir Arthur Helps
  B2- A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is! Prov 15.23

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Prov 25.11

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Prov 15.4

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb -- sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Prov 16.24

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Col 4.6

B3- The Gossipy Pastor

Carl and Sam were at odds with each other. They could not even remember the initial cause of friction...but their hostility had festered through the years.

Pastor Fred was deeply concerned, so he prayed that God would use him as a peacemaker.

Pastor Fred called on Carl. "What do you think of Sam?" he asked.

"He's the sorriest guy in town!" Carl growled

"But," Pastor Fred replied, "you have to admit that he's a hard-working man."

"No one can deny that," said Carl. "I've never known a person who worked harder."

The next day Pastor Fred visited Sam. "Do you know what Carl said about you?"

"No, but I can imagine his lies," Sam responded angrily.

"This may surprise you," said Pastor Fred, "but he said he's never known a harder worker."

"He said that?" Sam was stunned.

"By the way, what do you think of Carl?" Pastor Fred asked Sam.

"It is no secret that I have absolutely no use for him." Sam replied slowly.

"But you must admit he's honest in business," said Pastor Fred.

"There's no getting around that," said Sam grudgingly. "In business he's a man you can trust."

The next day Pastor Fred met Carl again. "Do you know what Sam said about you? He claims you're absolutely trustworthy in business, that you are scrupulously honest."

"Well, how 'bout that," reacted Carl with a smile.

Soon the gossipy Pastor noticed Sam and Carl would cautiously nod to each other in a friendly sort of way. Before long they were shaking hands, talking, even visiting in each other's homes. Today they are best of friends.

Many people, even church folk, seem to delight in promoting a fight by carrying news of ill-will. Learn a lesson from Pastor Fred's tactic of positive-gossip. Let your *gossip* be to spread words of praise and healing. THAT's the only gossip that's worthy of a Christian.

C1- I was court-martialed in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
Brendan Behan
  C2- The absent are always wrong. English proverb

His absence is good company.
Scottish saying

Absence makes the heart go yonder.
D1- Advertising can be very expensive -- especially if your spouse can read.   D1- Give them quality. That's the best kind of advertising. Milton S. Hershey
E1- When you were born, you cried and your family rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, your family cries and you rejoice.   E2- They tell you that you'll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don't tell you is that you won't miss it very much.
Malcolm Cowley
F1- Death is simply a shedding of the physical body, like the butterfly coming out of a cocoon... It's like putting away your winter coat when spring comes. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

When a Christian dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
John Donne

We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go. We become something new by ceasing to be something old. This seems to be close to the heart of that mystery. I know no more now than I ever did about the far side of death as the last letting-go of all, but now I know that I do not need to know, and that I do not need to be afraid of not knowing. God knows. That is all that matters.
Frederick Buechner
  F2- Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed -- in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."

O Death, where is your sting? O Grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 15.51-57
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