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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday - My gift to you! A story.


THIS IS A GREAT STORY.

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson.

Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, 'Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?'

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, 'Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.'

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, 'You will have to move a little faster next time,' and
sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was 'impossible to carry water in a basket,' and he went to get a bucket instead.

The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough,' and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, 'See Papa, it's useless!'

So you think it is useless?' the old man said. 'Look at the basket.'

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it was clean.

'Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.'

Moral of the wicker basket story:
Take time to read a portion of God's word each day; it will affect you for good even if you don't retain a word.

Thought for Today:
God's Love is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its end.

Thank you Stella.

And one more thing - you guys are my GRACE - thanks for all your support praying for the grandson to get into a private Christian School for next year - middle school. We will know by mid-February. You all know I'm crazy about this little guy - well maybe crazy in general - but THANK YOU anyway!


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44 comments:

Jill said...

I love, love, love this story. Thank you so much for sharing it.

I will continue to pray for your dear grandson!

Eva Ason said...

I really love this story ^_^ thank you very much for sharing it! Wishing you a lovely and relaxing Sunday!

Will keep praying for your GS!

Love
Eva

That corgi :) said...

Great story, Sandie; so important to be in God's word daily indeed! I like your new blog look; your new header is very nice! Will pray for your GS and school; I know God will lead him to where he wants him to be!

betty

Marydon said...

Beautiful share, Sandie. We hope that your grandson is accepted, Sandie. I know you adore him.

Have a beautiful day, my friend ~
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Michaele said...

Neat story Sandie, and I love how much you love the little guy. He is so lucky!

Jeanie said...

Very thoughtful story Sandie....a good lesson.
With all your support your grandson will do well.

Stacy said...

That's a great story. I hadn't heard it before. Thanks for sharing it and reminding us. :)

TexWisGirl said...

i liked that 'sieve' story. :)

Dar said...

kinda like half full and half empty...love it.
BlessYourHeart and Prayers for your GrandLove

Jane said...

Great story Chatty, thanks for sharing! Your grandson is very blessed to have you in his life,will be praying. Blessings Jane

Janie Fox said...

What a great story! I am still praying for your grandson and his school situation. Have a great Sunday!!

Aarthi said...

nice post

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

Thisisme. said...

What a beautiful story for us this Sunday my friend. Marvellous! Will certainly keep praying for that grandson of yours with the lovely smile!!

My Journey With Candida said...

What a beautiful story Sandie!! Wishing you a Happy Sunday!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Excellent story. Thank you for sharing it with me. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Beautiful story and even better is a reminder that our little ones, or bigger ones, are watching US read our Bibles and spending time with the Lord. Hope you're having a nice Sunday!

Mevely317 said...

LOVED this, Sandie!
Love YOU :)

Retired English Teacher said...

Thanks for sharing. Thanks for building us up. I loved the saying you had on the post today.

Sally said...

A great story with rythmns of truth.

Have a blessed Sunday, Sandie.

Melanie said...

Great story, Sandie. I read it somewhere recently, but I can't remember where.
Hope you have a great week. :-)

Ginny said...

A wonderful story! I can't wait to hear how things work out with GS!!!! I hope you are having a good weekend, Sandie!!

Lynn said...

That's a wonderful story, Sandie.

Catherine said...

Wishing you a terrific weekend!
xo Catherine

Grandma Bonnie said...

I love the lesson in this story. I will save it to read to my grandchildren when they are a bit older.
I would like to give you the Versatile Bloggers Award. I hope you stop here to pick it up. http://grandmabonniescloset.blogspot.com/2012/01/i-am-totally-tickled-pink.html

Andrew Fulton said...

A wonderful tale...

Sandra said...

praying for you to find the right school for him.

Belle said...

Wonderful story. God's word does clean us and also the words we have read will come to mind just when we need them.

Ann said...

what a wonderful story and a comfort to know that even if I can't remember a word I've still done good :)

Susan said...

Hi Sandie....Hope your Sunday was splendid.

I never heard that story before and it was a good one. I like that-----cleaned from the inside out.

Take care and have a nice Monday. Susan

Love Of Quilts said...

THAT WAS A GREAT STORY.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

What a great illustration....

Grammy Goodwill said...

This is a great story. Thanks for sharing it.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Cute story and a good way to prove the point. He was a wise grandfather. I hope you have a great week!--- Shannon

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Thank you, Sandie, for sharing that wonderful story. I'm praying that your sweet grandson will be accepted into the school you've chosen. Have a great week!

SweetMarie said...

I really love this story. It's so true and it's a wonderful reminder!
Have a wonderful week!

Farmer's Wyfe said...

What a great story. I'm not sure how I have never been here to your blog, but glad I finally found it! :)

Crystal Mary said...

That was a wonderful story and well worth reading. Yes, we do get cleaned from the inside out.
On Saturday morning I sat reading and was suddenly impressed to begin praying aloud in the spirit. Later that day disaster stuck. It was terrible and I was so distressed. By the next night I was still going through it. I began to pray out loud once more in the spirit as prompted. I felt such peace. Then I looked on FB...and had a message from God.. I have NEVER seem such a thing on there before.
I read it and it said not to be dismayed, all would work out. On Monday morning all turned around and God kept His promise of the night before. I believe I was told to pray the way I did and thats why all got better. xxxx

Maple Lane said...

Good Morning! Thank you for this post and I continue to pray for your grandson. Wishing you a good Monday.

Debbie said...

First, thanks for the update on your grandson. This will remain on my prayer list until I get to join in praise for what God does.

And I LOVED this basket story.

Signed,
Debbie the Basket Case

Rhonda said...

Always encouraged by this story, and always find good reading on your blog...Happy Monday ...

AudreyO said...

What a really cute story. Glad you shared it.

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

Thank you for this! I needed it!

Hugs!

Sharon said...

I LOVED this story! How precious. And so very true. Oh Lord, I want to be cleaner...

Prayers about GS - I know God is leading.

ocmist said...

That is a WONDERFUL story!!! So much wisdom! Thanks so much for sharing it! Linda