God Lives Under the Bed

I got it in an email but I just had to share it.  I think we could all use a lesson from Kevin.

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God Lives Under the Bed

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I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives under his bed. At least that's what I heard him say one night.  He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen, 'Are you there, God?' he said.  'Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed....'  I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room.  Kevin's unique perspectives are often a source of amusement.  But that night something else lingered long after the humor.  I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in.

 He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor.  Apart from his size (he's 6-foot-2), there are few ways in which he is an adult.  He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-old, and he always will.  He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them.

I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life?  Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed.  The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with her newborn child.  He does not seem dissatisfied.  He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a day of simple work.  He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day's laundry chores.

And Saturdays - oh, the bliss of Saturdays!  That's the day my Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside.  'That one's goin' to Chi-car-go! '  Kevin shouts as he claps his hands.  His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights.  And so goes his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips.

He doesn't know what it means to be discontent.  His life is simple.  He will never know the entanglements of wealth or power, and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats.  His needs have always been met, and he never worries that one day they may not be.  His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he is working.  When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it.  He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does not leave a job until it is finished. But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax.

He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others. His heart is pure.  He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept, and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of argue.  Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry.  He is always transparent, always sincere.  And he trusts God.  Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ, he comes as a child.  Kevin seems to know God - to really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an 'educated' person to grasp. God seems like his closest companion.

In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity, I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith.  It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions.  It is then I realize that perhaps he is not the one with the handicap.  I am.  My obligations, my fear, my pride, my circumstances - they all become disabilities when I do not trust them to God's care.  Who knows if Kevin comprehends things I can never learn?  After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence, praying after dark and soaking up the goodness and love of God.  And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened, and we are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts, I'll realize that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who believed that God lived under his bed.  Kevin won't be surprised at all!

Because of You

by Carley Cooper

Dear Jesus:

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I just wanted to say Thank You.  Because of You:
  1. I am saved!  I will spend eternity in Heaven with You.
  2. I survived abuse. (Physical, Mental, Emotional, Sexual, and Financial)
  3. I have a safe place to live.  (It's a really awesome apartment, in a fantastic location close to downtown!  Yippee!)
  4. I have hope for a good future. (There is a new career on the horizon as a writer and, possibly, a speaker.)
  5. my health has improved so much that I can have an independent life.  (Yay!  Go me!)
  6. I am able to help, encourage and inspire people through my blogs. (Worship Melodies and Tin Roof Sundae)
  7. I was lead to a healthy lifestyle, not a dieting program in order to lose weight and improve my mental health.  (Spark People – they’re FREE too!)
  8. I had found strength, determination, and courage that I needed to pursue it and not quit.  (Who would’ve guessed that I’d learn to love a challenge!)
  9. I have friends.  (Suzanne, Carol, Paul, Paul, Sue, Garry, Gina, Francine,Bill,... and a bunch of others.  OK, OK... if I must... Henry too.)
  10. I have a great family.  (Even when they’re making me nuts!)
  11. I have a great medical support.  (CMHA, Dr. P., and Dr. K., and the RVH mental health team)
  12. I have a great home church and a great church family.  (Even when they’re making me nuts!  Even the cranky, insensitive, old guy who don’t see things clearly (see #9)!)
  13. I’ve learned to love some physical activities!  (Who would have ever guessed?  Certainly not me!  Ha... Power Walking is AWESOME!)
  14. I have an awesome pet in Chicklet.  (Little lovebird.  BIG attitude!)
  15. both my babies found AWESOME homes when I couldn’t keep them anymore.  (That’s doggies, peeps!  Casey at Charlotte’s; Taco at Bill & Francine’s)
  16. I discovered foods that were causing some of my mental health issues.  (Artificial Sweeteners, Processed ‘Cheese’ slices, Fat-free yogurt, Pop, Processed Foods....... all BAD!!!!!!!!)  Not only that but I discovered foods that help improve my mental health (Raspberries, Green Tea, Apple Cider Vinegar, Spinach, Blueberries, Salmon....... all GOOD!!!!!!!!)
  17. I live in a free country with many social benefits, and the freedom to be Christian.  (Woo Hoo!  Go Canada!)
  18. the veil is being lifted around me.  (The Word is slowly becoming clearer;  and I am slowly becoming the person You want me to be.)
  19. one day SOON I will no longer be Bipolar and I will no longer be on medication.  (Adios drugs!)
  20. I can turn off Facebook when it’s making me crazy.  (Some things should be rationed on an ongoing basis.  This would be one of those things.  ‘Nuff said!)
Thank You, AMEN! 

What If...

by Carley Cooper

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Things that make you go Hmmmm?!
  1. ...we could drive at the speed of light, would the headlights work?
  2. ...people were always honest about everything?
  3. ...men could understand women?
  4. ...we could go back in time to meet just one person?  Who would you want to meet?
  5. ...big business and governments truly operated according to what’s best for the people before profit?
  6. ...marbles were never invented? 
  7. ...there was no color; just shades of black and white?
  8. ...no one was lonely?
  9. ...every person did at least one kind thing for another person every single day?
  10. ...we didn’t have chocolate?
  11. ...everyone could hear “I love you” at least once per day?  How often do you hear it? 
  12. ...we grew up without Saturday morning cartoons?
  13. ...the good ol’ days never ended?
  14. ...the line between right and wrong wasn’t fuzzy?
  15. ...people fell in love and stayed in love?
  16. ...every day was a good hair day?
  17. ...junk food was healthy?  Would it still be junk food?
  18. ...we lived like the Jetson's?
  19. ...we never had sad country music songs?
  20. ...everyone prayed every day?

The Greatest Man in History

I got this in an email.  I just had to share it. 

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The Greatest Man in History, Jesus, had no servants, yet they called Him Master;
Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher;
Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer;             
He had no army, yet kings feared Him;
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world;
He committed no  crime, yet they crucified Him;
He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.
I feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us! 
In chemistry, He turned water to wine;
In biology, He was born without the normal conception;  
In physics, He disproved the law of gravity when He ascended into Heaven;
In economics, He disproved the law of diminishing return by feeding 5000 men with 2 fishes & 5 loaves of bread;
In medicine, He cured the sick and the blind without administering a single dose of drugs;
In history, He is the beginning and the end;
In government, He said that He shall be called Wonderful counselor, Prince of Peace;
In religion, He said no one comes to the Father except through Him;
So, who is He?  He is Jesus!
Celebrate Him; He is worthy.           

20 More Things that Make Me Happy

by Carley Cooper

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Check out my first list of 20Things that Make Me Happy

Here are more things that make me happy.
  1. Memories of our tree house.
  2. My snow globe collection.
  3. Being forgiven.
  4. Jokes in my email from Ruthie.
  5. The feeling of sand and water between my toes when I’m walking on the beach.
  6. Bunny rabbits.
  7. Chicklet (my lovebird).
  8. Having a friend love you enough to drop everything when you need them, just to come over to sit and watch a movie and not talk about anything.
  9. The color Red.
  10. Finding money in my pocket that I didn’t know I had.
  11. Lots of comments on my blog posts (hint, hint peeps!)
  12. Chocolate ├ęclairs.
  13. My weigh scale when it shows me the number I want to see.
  14. Memories of Brandy (the dog, not the bottle!).
  15. Non-bloated-belly days!
  16. A good comfy support bra.  OK, I know that was on list one but it deserves repeating!
  17. Hugs and kisses (I know that’s two in one, but they kinda go together).
  18. Inspiration for great blog post ideas!
  19. Strawberries.
  20. When God reminds me how much He loves me.