You Make Me Smile!

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Dear Lincoln,

Simply put little man YOU MAKE ME SMILE!!

“Don’t know how I lived without you.
Cause everytime that I get around you
I see the best of me inside your eyes.
You make me smile”

Lyrics from You Make Me Smile by Uncle Kracker

I couldn’t of said it better.

I love you Lincoln, Puppa

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The Power Of Words

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Dear Lincoln,

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.

The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out.

When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was practically deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

The moral of this story: Be careful of what you say.
1. Encouraging words to people who are down can motivate them to achieve their goals.
2. Destructive words to people who are down can have a devastating effect.

Consider this statement as it relates to Words…
“The Snow may look smooth and soft, but the rocks underneath are sharp!”
— Mark Russell

Phrase your words so they inspire and encourage, not hurt or destroy.

I love you little man, Puppa

The Little Acorn

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Dear Lincoln,

An acorn is a tiny little thing, its a nut to be more precise.  Now the little acorn goes and gets planted under the ground.  Its hard to believe that the little acorn will one day be an oak tree.  That’s right Lincoln, inside that little acorn is a mighty oak tree just waiting to come out.  Again it’s a hard thing to believe, but residing in that little nut is growth potential that’s phenomenal.

“A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it.    Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture.    Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants.    Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!”  When he had said this, he called out,  “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”  Luke 8:8

My point today Lincoln is that as you grow up surround yourself with good people and follow the Lord, for inside you is growth potential that’s phenomenal.

I love you little man, Puppa

The Barber

IMG_0978Dear Lincoln,

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: “I don’t believe that God exists.”

“Why do you say that?” asked the customer.

“Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine loving a God who would allow all of these things.”

The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and un-kept. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”

“How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!”

“No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.”

“Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is, people do not come to me.”

“Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens is, people don’t go to Him.”

Little man I pray that you go to God, for you will be safe in the Lord.

1 Those who go to God Most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection.
You are my God and I trust you.”  Psalm 91:1-2

I love you Lincoln, Puppa

The Pencil Maker

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Dear Lincoln,

A pencil maker told the pencil 5 important lessons just before putting it in the box:

1.  EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK .

2.  YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE.

3.  WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU.

4.  IN LIFE, YOU WILL UNDERGO PAINFUL SHARPENING, WHICH WILL ONLY MAKE YOU BETTER.

5.  TO BE THE BEST PENCIL, YOU MUST ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HELD AND GUIDED BY THE HAND THAT HOLDS YOU. 

Lincoln, we all need to be constantly sharpened.  This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities.  Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what’s inside of you.

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Today You Found The Bible

Dear Lincoln,

Today started pretty much like every other Sunday, me in the kitchen making Sunday morning breakfast eggs, juice, coffee and then while Momma and Nana puttered around you played and I read my bible.  But then something happened, something I think was pretty amazing, you came over to me and wanted in my lap and started looking at my bible and started a conversation I did not understand whatsoever.  You became very persistent in trying to tell me something and when I asked you if you wanted me to read to you, you laid back against me and settled in for some storytelling.

I had been reading 2 Samuel but decided to read you some psalms and proverbs.  Your interest and attention to what I read you took me by surprise.  We read for quite awhile and I have to admit, I have never enjoyed reading the bible more than I did today.  I hope this continues, today made my heart smile.

One of the proverbs I read you was proverbs 22:6

“Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.”

Lincoln, a parents goal, your Momma’s goal, is to train their child to lead a godly life.  If you learn to respect authority, love others, and obey God now while your young, the chances are very good that you will stay on that path when you are older.

I hope today was the start of many more bible storytelling moments for us.  I”ll close this letter today with another  proverb that I think is appropriate for you.

“So give your parents joy! May she who gave you birth be happy.”  proverbs 23:25

I love you little man, Puppa

Dare To Be Young Man, Dare To Be

Your smile makes my heart sing!

Your smile makes my heart sing!

Dear Lincoln,

“Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

 

I love you Lincoln, Puppa