Thursday, January 31, 2008

Inspirational Stories

Enjoy these stories!!!

He who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Taken from here

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.

The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me!" he cried. Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going badly. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground--it just may be a smoke signal that summons The Grace of God.

By: Catherine Pulsifer

During the month of September, a dear friend of mine lost her husband suddenly in an accident. The tragedy was a shock to everyone.

This accident was sudden and certainly unexpected. It drove home the realization that you just don't know when a loved one is no longer going to be with you. We sometimes take our love ones for granted, and we expect that they will be with us forever. However, as we all know, life does not work that way and sometimes we get a wake up call that shocks us and makes us stand back and realize how short life is.

In consoling her, I tried to imagine if I was in her shoes how would I feel. It was impossible to imagine what she was going through. What words do I say to help her?

Sometimes words just can not express our feelings. Sometimes our actions are much more meaningful than words. A hug can sometimes express more than our words will ever express. Sometimes, just being there to listen is more meaningful and helpful to people.


As I was leaving the funeral parlor, I ran into a Marilyn. Marilyn has been a true friend to me over the years. She is one of those friends who is with you in the good times and is always by your side in the bad times. She has a sense of humor that makes everyone laugh and she makes everyone feel at ease. We chit chatted for a few moments, and then she asked me how my job was. So I started talking and talking and talking (am sure she wished she had never asked, ha) I was having a stressful week with my job and I was telling her all the issues and how I was feeling. She listened to me as I was raving about my frustrations, then without saying a word, she took her hands and placed them on my face, and said to me, "But at least you had a day."

The touch of her hands on my cheeks, the calmness in her voice, and the words she spoke, "BUT AT LEAST YOU HAD A DAY", hit me like a ton of bricks. All the frustrations, all the stress that was building up inside of me - came to a complete stop.

Since that day, when I start feeling stressed, I remind myself of Marilyn's words - but at least I had a day! Things could be a lot worse, the stress of the situation always could be worse, but I am alive and I have a lot to be thankful for - so I shall not waste my days with stress and frustrations - Life is too short!


  1. I love these stories, they've really got me thinking.

    It's not how many years are in your life, it's how much life is in those years. Here, here!

  2. Great stories. They really do make you think.

  3. loves!!!!!!!!!!1 more day hearts!!!!!!!!!
    and hugs.!!!!!!!
    and my life is ok doing ok

  4. those stories always cheer me up!
    thanks for posting them..

    but i have one question:

    what if your house suddenly burns and you aren't on a deserted island?

    : )

  5. Thanks for these lessons. They're really very valuable.

  6. I love reading inspirational stories like this. It's indeed a 'wake up call'. Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. The World According to Me: Cheerrssss!!! I also love stories that make me think. ;-D

    Kasper: Glad you enjoyed it, Dawn! ;-D

    Kelcey: HUGE HUGSSSSS!!!!! Glad to hear you're doing OK, girl!!! ;-D

    Jay: Well, you better pray to God that your house is insured then HA HA HA HA HA...

    Blur: Glad you enjoyed them. ;-D

    Choc Mint Girl: Yep, that's true. I love reminders of the most important things in life. ;-D

  8. survivor of the shipwreck!! wah you save me! I need those words for my latest post. I just wrote victims from the sink boat who drift on the sea... hahahaha... memalukan sekaleeee

    These stories are encouraging and inspirational indeed... sometimes I am too lazy to read forward inspirational stories in my email box.. but I love reading it in your blog!

  9. Michelle: Glad you enjoyed them. ;-D

    Trinity: Oh, I didn't read the stories from forwarded emails. I searched for them in the internet he he he...

    Glad you found what you needed and glad you enjoyed the stories. ;-D