I’ve shared this story several times in article format over the past 9 years, but never put it all together in a book that was available on a world-wide market. But now it’s available through Amazon in paperback and digital.
The little-known, but true story of one of the most amazing soul-winners in the history of the Kingdom of God. St. Patrick of Ireland’s life of ministry is replete with astounding miracles and spiritual experiences that match those reported in the chapters of God’s Word.
And Patrick is credited with bringing at least 70,000 people to a saving faith in Jesus Christ — without the use of any transportation except his feet and his horse, and without the help of electricity or modern technology on any level. The story related in this booklet is taken from Patrick’s own writings and sidesteps vague legends to give the reader powerful truth that will encourage and inspire the faith of everyone who wants to serve God.
Short and easy to read. Get a copy today and an extra for someone whose faith you want to inspire.
“Hello, little flower,” said the frog. “My, you look so forlorn. Where are all the other flowers?”
“None of the others have come up from the ground yet,” said the flower. “But I’m not forlorn at all.”
“You’re not? But you’re just standing there all alone. And it’s raining on you.”
“Ah, but that’s a blessing really. I’ve just come up to my full height, and I need the moisture to grow strong and beautiful. And, besides, it doesn’t matter if I’m the only flower in the garden right now. In fact, it makes me pretty important.”
“How do you figure that?” asked her visitor.
“Well, you see, when a person comes along who needs a happy thought or a little cheering up, I’m here to do that. Just seeing me helps a lot of people throughout the day. And if I’m the only flower here, then I’m the one who gets to make them happy. It’s a very satisfying thing to do.”
“You know, I actually do feel better after seeing you and talking with you,” said the frog. “I’m glad you’re the only flower in the garden right now. If there were a lot of you, I probably wouldn’t have had the courage to stop and talk. So thank you for being happy to be what you are.”
I’m sooooo enjoying Christmas this year — celebrating the birth of Jesus — and the reason He was born. His birth was the most extravagant gift ever given because He was not born for Himself — to just live His own life on this earth in any way He pleased. He came for a specific purpose: to live a perfect life for me — which I could not live for myself, to die on my behalf (for my sin and rebellion), to be resurrected on my behalf, and to ascend back to His throne in Heaven, from where He gives me victory for my life here and the guarantee of continued life with Him for eternity.
And since I celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas, I will continue to enjoy it all the way through to Epiphany, which is January 6. Epiphany means a revelation or showing forth of something that has not been seen or understood previously. And I celebrate the revelation to my heart of the truth that Jesus has done everything He’s done for me. His life, death, and resurrection have made me right with God, and I now reign with Him.
I hope you know Jesus personally. So that you can enjoy that revelation as well — and His extravagant gift. And if you don’t, this season is a perfect time to get to know Him. He loves every one of us — no matter who we are, what we are, or what we’ve done. And His love is big enough to overcome every sad, painful, evil thing in us and in our lives. So if you don’t know Him yet, just call out to Him today. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you fully and to come in and take over your life. It will be the beginning of the best year of your life — and what’s more — that new life will continue throughout eternity.
I originally created this list a few years ago, but it’s still reliable today. So I thought I’d share it on this site. If any readers out there have ideas of things we should add to the list, you’re welcome to leave a comment and clue us in.
Peanut butter & crackers
Small package of Kleenex
Individually-wrapped anti-bacterial wipes (Hand sanitizer kills germs, but it does not clean off dirt or grime.)
Bottle of water
A delightful book
A nail file
Two safety pins
Two paper clips
Compact with mirror
Cell phone – for emergencies only (A woman constantly holding a phone to her ear or punching in text looks distracted and unattractive.)
$20.00 in immediately spendable currency
A big smile
When you’ve checked off all these items, you’re ready to go out there and rule your world. 🙂
Under cloudy skies.
Rain in the city.
Easy traffic offers background music as tires whisper across wet pavement.
City rain is different from rain in the fields or the mountains.
City rain seeks out crevices in the sidewalks and concrete walls of buildings, drawing from them a unique scent of dampness, not at all unpleasant.
City rain brings with it a silvery light that permeates the atmosphere.
City rain polishes the pavement until it glistens, and then takes on a quiet luster as the streetlight stars pop on in response to the gathering dusk.
Storefront windows glow with inviting displays, their light enhanced by the sparkle reflected in the raindrops.
Sunday pedestrians take it in stride. Some pull out brightly colored umbrellas; some duck in and out of doorways to avoid getting too wet; others stroll along, heads uncovered, soaking up the ambiance.
The city itself breathes a contented sigh — stretches — relaxes — leans back to rest and listen to the rain.
I love Sunday rain in the city.
I love the rains of Autumn. They are so completely different from Spring and Summer rains. In Autumn, the rain is gentle — moving in slowly and settling down for a day or two at a time. The gray that cloaks September rain is never dreary or oppressive, but has a silver luster that glimmers and reflects the vibrant colors that creation’s Artist has lavishly brushed across the landscape.
Autumn’s rain brings with it the cool caress of clean air, relieved of summer’s sweltering heat. And on the breeze that drifts along with the steady drizzle, float the crisp, sweet scents of ripened fruit and the savory, redolence of October bonfires.
But all the sense-inspiring delights proffered by the rains of Fall are not the only factors of happiness for me in this, my favorite season. For in and with the beauty they possess, they carry also the promise of the holidays which, just around the corner, bring their own experiences of beauty, joy, and love.
Ahhh, yes, the Autumn rains are one of my favorite gifts from the Creator. And all I have to offer in return are these humble words of thanks for the blessings they have been to me.