The Secret to a Happy Life

Written by Marsha Jordan

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My great grandma and her family rarely droverepparttar 13 miles into town because gas was too expensive and they couldn't all fit intorepparttar 124042 car anyway. When they did go to town, they had to change flat tires every few miles and inrepparttar 124043 winter they froze with no heat inrepparttar 124044 car and frequently got stuck inrepparttar 124045 snow even though they had put chains onrepparttar 124046 tires. As a newlywed, when my grandmother moved to her new home with her new husband, she packed all her belongings into a horse-drawn wagon. As they drove away from her parents' home, she said "I forgot to bring a broom." Her husband replied, "The house we'll be living in has a dirt floor, so you won't need a broom."

This was my grandmother's life. How many of us could live like that and still be happy? Maybe part ofrepparttar 124047 reason she could be happy was that she did not haverepparttar 124048 high expectations that we have these days. She expected to lose children to death. She expected to have to work hard and not have much to show for it. She accepted whatever happened and kept going, taking each day as it came. Maybe our problem is that we cannot accept hardship when it comes because we expect our lives to be better and easier than they sometimes are.

When I compare my life to my great grandmothers, I realize that we are very fortunate to have allrepparttar 124049 good things we enjoy in our lives. Let's count our blessings and be thankful!

During this joyous season, when we celebraterepparttar 124050 fact that God loved us each so much that He was willing to give up his only son to die in our place, we can be very thankful for THAT and for many many other blessings.

Question ofrepparttar 124051 Day: How many blessings can you count in your life that you are grateful for?

Marsha Jordan, Director HUGS AND HOPE FOUNDATION A ministry designed to share God's Word and His love with families of critically ill children

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Marsha is a disabled grandma who lives in northern Wisconsin with her husband and toy poodle, Louie. She founded a nonprofit organization to help sick children called The Hugs and Hope Club. She enjoys collecting antiques and having fun with her grandson

Persevere And Fly!

Written by Mary Holzrichter

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After several more tries, on December 17, 1903, with a much improved bi-plane, they risked their lives and threw caution torepparttar wind. They ended up flyingrepparttar 124041 world's first powered airplane.

(Beginning at 10:35 a.m. that day, Orville flew it about 120 feet in about 12 seconds. About 12:00 p.m., Wilbur flew it 852 feet in 59 seconds)!

Johnny Moore, one of five men who helped them that morning dragrepparttar 124042 contraption acrossrepparttar 124043 frozen sand for positioning, ran torepparttar 124044 village of Kitty Hawk crying, "They done it! They done it! Damned if they ain't flew."

The birth of aviation!

At this time, Wilbur was 36 and Orville 32. Roughly 24 years had passed since their father gave them that toy!

I got to thinking as we walked aroundrepparttar 124045 monument (with 40 mph steady winds and pelting sand adding torepparttar 124046 mood!) of how they never gave up. The exhilaration they must have felt when they realized they'd done it! Their perseverance had paid off.

If you have a dream, work at it. If it doesn't turn out as expectedrepparttar 124047 first time, don't give up! Try again! Who wants to live and say somewhere downrepparttar 124048 road, "if only" or "what if?" Stick to what you want to accomplish. Don't ever give up!

"Nothing inrepparttar 124049 world can take repparttar 124050 place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not;repparttar 124051 world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

~~~ Calvin Coolidge

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