My Treasure Box News

Filling Up Life's Treasure Box

Tell Me Why

*Tell me why We live in a world where people care about nothing but themselves and what they want. What has happened to us as the human race. We haven’t always been like this have we? I thought we used to help people in our communities when they needed help raising a barn or a house?

*Didn’t we used to show up to help when crops needed to be planted and/or harvested because the man died or was physically unable to do it himself.

*Tell me why we have become a society with the bad attitude of  “What can you do for me” or “What can the government do for me . . . not what can I do for others?”

*Tell me why it’s about welfare and social programs we get from government instead of depending on family, friends, and churches? Why can’t communities work together with business to take care of their own?

*Tell me why we are no longer interested in being self-reliant by sewing and repairing clothing, preparing for winter by canning and preserving food in times of plenty, by cooking at home instead of going out, by gardening fruits and vegetables from our own yards, and by having a “savings account” to make ends meet instead of sitting around expecting to take from other’s pockets when they have planned and prepared for themselves? Do we not see something wrong with this attitude? We should!

*Tell me why we forget that working hard to make our way through life or that fulfilling dreams can be achieved when we work hard and do it right?

*Tell me Why have we forgotten that we can change our own stars when we believe in ourselves?

We were created to need each other and to give our talents and skills to help people who need what we can give.

The “Parable of the Talents” is all about taking what you have and multiplying it by giving to others instead of keeping it to ourselves. We are blessed beyond measure when we do. Giving is not just for the benefactor, the person who receives, but it is for the giver as well. Remember the warmth we feel inside inside when we see the twinkling eyes and smiling faces of those who benefited from our good deed?  That feeling  is priceless and can only be felt when we give of ourselves.

This music video showed us why we need to change. It is very touching!!!! I believe you will enjoy it as much as I do. It is done by a very gifted young man named Declan Galbraith and titled: Tell me why [ with lyrics].

Enjoy the music and then please, contemplate on what you can do personally to help us change ourselves and then the world around us!!

Advertisements

September 4, 2011 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Tell Me Why

Healthy Attitude About Sex and Relationships

  • Hello Parents and Teens – Part 4MAR 25, 2010 Parents Must Teach Correct Principles Parents: Please, if you have been lax in your parental responsibilities or you feel inadequate to fight this battle, do whatever it takes to arm yourselves and your children with better tools to win this war. Whether you like it or not and whether or not you are prepared for it, you and your children have been drawn into …
  • Hello Parents and Teens – Part 3MAR 25, 2010 Parents Face An Uphill Battle Parents: We may be responsible parents and teach our children correctly but they still fall victim to society.  Children become victims because they were not strong enough to resist the compelling influences that besiege them. Also, they may not fully understand that this is a war for their right to be happy and to be safe from the harmful …
  • Hello Parents and Teens – Part 2MAR 25, 2010 Why Are We Surprised? First let me talk to the parents and then to the teens. I do this so parents and teens can better understand each other and appreciate how I can help you in your discussions about sex. Parents: We will do our youth a great injustice when we neglect to teach them that their outside appearance does not represent …
  • Hello Parents and Teens – Part 1MAR 25, 2010  Why I Have Taken Up The Challenge All of the situations discussed in this series are reasons for why I have taken it upon myself to write about the challenges Parents and Children face today, especially teens and tweens. Parents: I want to help parents and teens see that there are alternatives to doing what they know in their souls are wrong but …
  • Why I Wrote Sex, What About ItMAR 22, 2010  When people kept saying that some sections from my other book were helpful with their relationships, “The Treasure Box Series, Volume I: Peace, Joy, and Happiness”, I decided to put together a small booklet to promote The Treasure Box Series. I made fifteen booklets and handed them out to people. Twelve of these people said that I should turn the booklet into …
  • Time-Tested StandardsMAR 22, 2010 When we remove chastity, morality, and Godliness from society, what’s left?  That’s why society has almost NO chastity or  morality, and little or NO godliness.  That’s also why we have such a high rate of teen pregnancy, the high cost of supporting young mothers and their children, and the high rate of sexual diseases transmitted in society. Obviously, this removal of …
  • Celibacy Is Weird MAR 18, 2010 Suppose a man waits for sex until it’s under the covenants of marriage. Yet, women think he is weird for dating without having sexual encounters. Worse, women won’t date or marry a man who isn’t experienced. Now he is frustrated because women don’t appreciate celibacy and fidelity. Sexual gratification is the driving force behind dating and relationships. God created men and …
  • Smudging The LinesMAR 18, 2010 Some people abuse sex, and they do things their creator never intended for them to do. They play with it as if it’s a cheap toy, showing little or no respect for its powers or valuing the boundaries that God has placed on its use. Sometimes a spouse smudges the lines that keep sex within the bounds of their commitment to each other. …Older Postings:
  • Conditioned From Childhood March 13, 2010
  • Fidelity March 13, 2010
  • What is Sex? March 2, 2010
  • Articles From More Than Frosting . Com

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Healthy Attitude About Sex and Relationships

Ways We Experience Peace

Poppies.jpg

We experience peace by contact with nature, in tender moments with each other, and through the senses. This means that we experience peace in relationships with each other, with God, and with the universe. We can also feel, smell, hear, and see peace.

All experiences leave lasting impressions on the heart, mind, spirit, and soul. The following scenarios describe how I experience peace. Perhaps you will relate to some of these experiences as well.

Imagine with me that you are floating on a calm and tranquil sea. You feel totally relaxed. All the tension disappears from your body as a cool, gentle breeze blows against you. There are no distractions. All that is on your mind is the sheer pleasure of peace and the soothing motion of the water. That is how peace feels to me. Perhaps that is how it feels to you?

Imagine with me that you are lying on a quiet sandy beach near the ocean, and the gentle rays from the sun warm your body. You hear waves breaking on the shoreline of your private lagoon, and the sound of seagulls fills the air. That is how peace sounds to me. Perhaps that is how it is with you?

Imagine with me your feelings when you watch a brilliant sunset or you are captivated by a child’s precious sleeping face. These feelings are exactly how peace looks to me. Perhaps that is how it is for you?

Close your eyes and imagine with me that your grandmother is in the kitchen cooking sweet cinnamon rolls. You smell the aroma as it fills the air and works its way upstairs to your bedroom. You smile because you know she has one reserved just for you. As you imagine yourself stuffing a warm homemade roll into your mouth, you relive the memories of all the other times your grandmother made rolls for you as a child. That’s how peace smells to me. Perhaps you have these same types of memories when you think of peace?

Another example of what peace smells like to me is the scent of warmed pine needles resting on the forest floor on a hot summer day, or the smell of Christmas in the crisp winter air of the mountains. I love these smells. They are stimulating to me because they conjure up pleasant memories of peaceful days spent in my mountain home.

Imagine with me a young girl who is lost in the woods. Feeling scared, she kneels down and prays fervently to God for comfort and safety. Now imagine her prayer being answered. The child, while sitting peacefully on a stump, sings songs as she awaits rescue. That’s how peace from God feels to me. Perhaps that is how you feel peace from God as well?

Perhaps you picture a young boy who no longer feels scared after jumping into bed with his parents, as he feels the security of their arms being wrapped around him?

Maybe you picture yourself lying on a blanket in the park and basking in the coolness of the shade. You smell the sweet fragrance of flowers blooming, and feel a gentle breeze blowing through your hair. As you hear the sounds of birds and squirrels in the air, a sigh of peace passes over your lips. You feel the sheer pleasure of it all within your senses, and you catch yourself speaking out loud, yet ever so softly:

“God created this wonderful body so that I can hear the songs of birds and see a brilliant sunset, so that I can smell the sweetness of the blooms, sense the coolness of the shade, and feel the warmth of the sun, and so that I can feel the gentle breeze as it blows past me. Truly this is what peace is, and God meant that I should partake of it, appreciate it, and enjoy!

Thank you, God, for my precious body that you provided me; so that I may enjoy these wondrous pleasures.” Perhaps you feel this same way?

Peace is a condition within the mind and soul that gives us pleasure. It is a condition of our environment when those around us get along with each other. Peace is also a condition when our nation is not at war with another or with its citizens. All of these conditions affect the way we view life and our ability to have the things we want that are important to us.

Whatever we can do to affect the aspects of life that cause us to feel peace is beneficial to us. For this reason, it is wise for us to learn ways for peace to exist in our lives on a more regular basis than we have now. I hope to help you do that by posting blogs relating to the lessons I have learned on this subject. If you have something to add, please share it with us.

January 10, 2010 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ways We Experience Peace

Life Gives Us Smooth Stones to Protect Peace

/files/Pictures/stones for men's ministry page.jpg

We need to become more aware of the Smooth Stones that show up in life and help us overcome difficulties.

Smooth Stones are sometimes hard to recognize because they come in different ways. They can be found in a commercial, in a movie, in a story, or even in a joke. They are seen in a highway bill board or in a scenic view.  Smooth Stones are all around us but we may not recognize them at first.

Smooth Stones are found in things that we see or in thoughts we have had but did not understand until someone put them into words that we can comprehend. At times, Smooth Stones come from people the Spirit uses to guide us. Smooth Stones also help us understand what promotes peace in our particular situations.

One of the greatest lessons we will ever learn is that enduring hardships, disappointments, adversities, and afflictions is necessary to learn and advance in our understanding.

Regardless of circumstances, it is within our ability to find peace during trials if we know how to go about it, and if we are ready to make that commitment.

In order to protect peace and our peace of mind, we need to understand what principles need to be complied with before this blessing can exist in our lives on a regular basis.  The goal of the blog is to help satisfy this objective.

We have to accept that we cannot always control the way life comes at us but we can control how we respond to it. We can throw up our arms and say, “Oh well, I can’t do anything about it anyway so I will just react like I always do.”  Or we can choose to look for an alternative to the way we usually react that will protect peace and peace of mind. This is called learning to respond appropriately to situations. Responding appropriately to situations is something we learn through education, training, and experience.

We have to decide to change the way we currently respond to a stressful or difficult situation so we no longer react in default. Reacting in default means we react the same way every time something happens without thinking about it.

We need to think about an appropriate response before a situation happens so that we know an alternative way to respond. We may screw up and react anyway, but thinking about it first gives us an opportunity to recognize what we’ve done and perhaps change the response next time a situation occurs.

Smooth Stones are useful tools in helping us change the way we respond and in seeing a different way to handle a situation.  They become an essential part in changing our habits and responses so we can become a happier person. That means we have to start paying attention to what is happening around us so we can recognize the Smooth Stones in front of us to use in current trials.

Do we want to be in control of our own happiness or allow life to push us around?  This ability is in how we view adversity and challenges and how we deal with them.  Perhaps just thinking about this will open the windows of the mind and help us start seeing alternatives.

Whatever the case may be for you, I will be happy to answer your questions.  Please don’t hesitate to ask for my help with this.  I am always happy to assist you in taking more control of your responses instead of reacting in default.

January 10, 2010 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Life Gives Us Smooth Stones to Protect Peace

7 Secrets of Success

Image

Could it be said any more simple and plain?
I doubt it!

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 7 Secrets of Success

What Goes Into Your Life’s Treasure Box

What gems have you put into your Life’s Treasure Box? We need to collect the type of gems that cannot be washed away in a life storm or stolen by a thief. Family, virtue, love, worthiness, trust, integrity, hope, and loyalty to correct principles are the type of gems that cannot be taken from us. Those are the type of gems that I have collected, and I hope you are presently collecting as well. Otherwise, anything else can be lost and leave you feeling empty and without value.

I ask this question because many of us in these times spend a lot of time collecting the wrong type of gems and when things go bad and we lose our job, our home, our cars, and all the stuff we’ve collected in our lives that we believe gives us worth and value, then we feel destroyed and want to run away from our life or some commit suicide…all because they lost material things that don’t really matter.

Do you know people like this? Are you a person like this? Are you happy now but are afraid of what your life would be like if you lost all that you have now and your standing in society? Do you believe that you will lose your friends and family if you lose your income and prestige that you have now? If you feel any of these feelings then you need to start collecting other treasure right now that will be there no matter what happens to your job and your income.

I learned this hard lesson when I lost my own job several years back. I was getting bill collector calls right and left and I was unable to get another job. I was out of work for a year and my husband was nagging me about getting a job. He did not appreciate that I had been going out on 25 job interviews in that week alone, and he didn’t care because he wanted me working and bringing in income. I was anxious to get a job too because I had bill collectors calling me day and night.

One day something clicked in my mind and I realized all that I had didn’t matter. The phone calls didn’t matter. I realized that nothing mattered but my family and the life that I had right then. I was happy for the first time in a long time and I didn’t care if I got a job or not. When that change in mindset occurred, I found a change in myself, my daughter, and my husband. And then I got an job. Within a month of working, I noticed my relationships changed with my family and I was no longer happy.

You can do what you want, and you can derive what you want from this report, but whatever you decide is relevant, I hope you will at least try to collect the gems in this life that really bring you happiness and joy. Peace of mind comes when you are satisfied with your life, and that my friend is worth more than any treasure you can find on earth.

December 16, 2009 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on What Goes Into Your Life’s Treasure Box