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心灵鸡汤(英).PDF

心灵鸡汤(英).PDF

上传者: dbzjj 2010-03-25 评分 0 0 0 0 0 0 暂无简介 简介 举报

简介:本文档为《心灵鸡汤(英)pdf》,可适用于考试题库领域,主题内容包含心灵鸡汤evelynBeStillWithGodByNancyBGibbsAlldaylongIhadbeenverybusypickinguptr符等。

心灵鸡汤evelynBeStillWithGodByNancyBGibbsAlldaylongIhadbeenverybusypickinguptrash,cleaningbathroomsandscrubbingfloorsMygrownchildrenwerecominghomefortheweekendIwentgroceryshoppingandpreparedforabarbecuesupper,completewithribsandchickenIwantedeverythingtobeperfectSuddenly,itdawnedonmethatIwasdogtiredIsimplycouldn'tworkaslongasIcouldwhenIwasyounger"I'vegottorestforaminute,"Itoldmyhusband,Roy,asIcollapsedintomyfavoriterockingchairMusicwasplaying,mydogandcatwerechasingeachotherandthetelephonerangAscripturefromPsalmpoppedintomymind"Bestill,andknowthatIamGod"IrealizedthatIhadn'tspentmuchtimeinprayerthatdayWasItoobusytoevenutterasimplewordofthankstoGodSuddenly,thethoughtofmybeautifulpatiocametomindIcanbequietoutthere,IthoughtIlongedforafewminutesalonewithGodRoyandIhadinvestedagreatdealoftimeandworkinthepatiothatspringTheflowersandhangingbasketswerebreathtakingItwasdefinitelyaheavenlyplaceofrestandtranquilityIfIcan'tbestillwithGodinthatenvironment,Ican'tbestillwithHimanywhere,IthoughtWhileRoywastalkingonthetelephone,IslippedoutthebackdoorandsatdownonmyfavoritepatiochairIclosedmyeyesandbegantopray,countingmymanyblessingsAbirdflewbyme,chirpingandsingingItinterruptedmythoughtsItlandedonthebirdfeederandbeganeatingdinnerasIwatchedAfterafewminutesitflewaway,singinganothersongIclosedmyeyesagainAgustofwindblew,whichcausedmywindchimestodanceTheymadeajoyfulsound,butagainIlostmyconcentrationonGodIsquirmedandwiggledinmychairIlookeduptowardtheblueskyandsawthecloudsmovingslowlytowardthehorizonThewinddieddownMywindchimesfinallybecamequietAgain,Ibowedinprayer"Honk,honk,"IheardIalmostjumpedoutofmyskinAneighborwasdrivingdownthestreetHewavedatmeandsmiledIwavedback,happythathecaredIquicklytriedonceagaintosettledown,repeatingthefamiliarverseinmymindBestillandknowthatIamGod"I'mtryingGodIreallyam,"Iwhispered"Butyou'vegottohelpmehere"ThebackdooropenedMyhusbandwalkedoutside"Iloveyou,"hesaid"Iwaswonderingwhereyouwere"Ichuckled,ashecameoverandkissedme,thenturnedaroundandwentbackinside"Where'sthequiettime"IaskedGodMyheartflutteredTherewasnopain,onlyabeatthatinterruptedmeyetagainThisisimpossible,IthoughtThere'snotimetobestillandtoknowthatGodiswithmeThere'stoomuchgoingonintheworldandentirelytoomuchactivityallaroundmeThenitsuddenlydawnedonmeGodwasspeakingtometheentiretimeIwasattemptingtobestillIrememberedthemusicplayingasI'dbegunmyquiettimeHesentasparrowtolightenmylifewithsongHesentagentlebreezeHesentaneighbortoletmeknowthatIhadafriendHesentmysweethearttooffersinceresentimentsofloveHecausedmyhearttofluttertoremindmeoflifeWhileIwastryingtocountmyblessings,GodwasbusymultiplyingthemIlaughedtorealizethatthe"interruptions"ofmyquiettimewithGodwerespecialblessingsHe'dsenttoshowmeHewaswithmetheentiretimePlantaRowfortheHungryByJeffLowenfelsItwasacoldnightinWashington,DC,andIwasheadingbacktothehotelwhenamanapproachedmeHeaskedifIwouldgivehimsomemoneysohecouldgetsomethingtoeatI'dreadthesigns:"Don'tgivemoneytopanhandlers"SoIshookmyheadandkeptwalkingIwasn'tpreparedforareply,butwithresignation,hesaid,"IreallyamhomelessandIreallyamhungry!Youcancomewithmeandwatchmeeat!"ButIkeptonwalkingTheincidentbotheredmefortherestoftheweekIhadmoneyinmypocketanditwouldn'thavekilledmetohandoverabuckortwoevenifhehadbeenlyingOnafrigid,coldnight,noless,IassumedtheworstofafellowhumanbeingFlyingbacktoAnchorage,Icouldn'thelpthinkingofhimItriedtorationalizemyfailuretohelpbyassuminggovernmentagencies,churchesandcharitiesweretheretofeedhimBesides,you'renotsupposedtogivemoneytopanhandlersSomewhereoverSeattle,IstartedtowritemyweeklygardencolumnforTheAnchorageDailyNewsOutoftheblue,IcameupwithanideaBean'sCafe,thesoupkitcheninAnchorage,feedshundredsofhungryAlaskanseverydayWhynottrytogetallmyreaderstoplantonerowintheirgardensdedicatedtoBean'sDedicatearowandtakeitdowntoBean'sCleanandsimpleWedidn'tkeeprecordsbackthen,buttheideabegantotakeoffFolkswouldfaxmeorcallwhentheytooksomethinginThosewhoonlygrewflowersdonatedthemFoodforthespiritAndsalveformyconscienceIn,theGardenWritersAssociationofAmericaheldtheirannualconventioninAnchorageandafterlearningofAnchorage'sprogram,PlantaRowforBean'sbecamePlantaRowForTheHungryTheoriginalideawastohaveeverymemberoftheGardenWritersAssociationofAmericawriteortalkaboutplantingarowforthehungrysometimeduringthemonthofAprilAsmoreandmorepeoplestartedworkingwiththePlantaRowconcept,newvariationscroppedup,ifyouwillpardonthepunManycompaniesgavefreeseedtocustomersanddisplayedthelogo,whichalsoappearedinnationalgardeningpublicationsRowmarkerswiththePlantaRowlogoweredistributedtogardenerstosetaparttheir"RowfortheHungry"GardeneditorJoanJackson,backedbyTheSanJoseMercuryNewsandCalifornia'snearlyyearroundgrowingseason,raisedmorethan,poundsoffruitsandvegetablesherfirstyear,andshowedGWAAhowtheprogramcouldreallyworkTexasfruitfarmsdonatedfoodtotheirlocalfoodbankafterbeinginspiredbyPlantaRowTodaytheprogramcontinuestothriveandgrowIamstunnedthatmillionsofAmericansarethreatenedbyhungerIfeverygardenerinAmericaandwe'reseventymillionstrongplantsonerowforthehungry,wecanmakequiteadentinthenumberofneighborswhodon'thaveenoughtoeatMaybethenIwillstopfeelingguiltyaboutabandoningahungrymanIcouldhavehelpedBeyondExpectationsByMiltGarrettItseemsacardealershipinmyhometownofAlbuquerquewasselling,onaverage,sixtoeightnewcarsaday,sixdaysaweekIwasalsotoldthatpercentofthisdealership'sfirsttimevisitorsreturnedforasecondvisit(Atthattime,theaverageforalldealershipsinAlbuquerqueforsecondtimevisitorswaspercent)IwascuriousandintriguedHowdoesacardealershipgetpercentofitsfirsttimevisitorstoreturnAndhowcantheysellsixtoeightcarsadayinaslumpingcarmarketWhenIwalkedintoSaturnofAlbuquerquethatFridayfouryearsago,thestafftheredidn'tknowmefromAdamyettheysharedwithmetheirpricingpolicy,theprofitmarginoneverymodel,andstaffincomeTheyevenopenedtheirtrainingmanualsformyreviewandinvitedmebackonSaturdayifIwantedmoreinformation(aninvitationIheartilyaccepted)Ilearnedthatthisdealership(likeallSaturndealerships)hasa"nodickersticker"policythatis,thepriceonthewindowisthepriceyoupayforthecarPeriodYoucan'tevennegotiateforafreesetoffloormatsSaturnabidesbyitspremiseofsellinghighqualityautomobilesforareasonablepriceFurthermore,Saturnsalesconsultants(theirtermforcustomercontactpeople)aren'tpaidacommissionthey'resalariedThismeanswhenyouwalkontotheshowroomflooryou'renotbombardedwithwhatIrefertoas"beyondeager"salespeopleIexpandedmyresearchtootherdealershipsinAlbuquerqueItturnedoutthatFordEscorts,LTDsandThunderbirds,aswellastheMercuryMarquis,werealsosoldas"nodickersticker"carsAsBruceSutherlandatRichardsonFordsaid,"WewerelosingourmarkettoSaturnbecauseoftheirpricingandsalarypolicies"Healsosaid,"IfwealldidwhatSaturnwasdoing,we'dnotonlymakeadecentliving,butwe'dalsoenjoyabetterreputation"OnSunday,thedayaftermysecondvisittotheSaturnstore(theirterm,notmine),mywife,Jane,andIwerewalkingaswefrequentlydoOnthisparticularJunemorning,Janegentlyslippedherhandinmineandsaidtenderly,"Idon'tknowifyouremember,buttoday'smyfifthanniversaryofbeingcancerfree"ShewasdiagnosedwithbreastcancerfiveyearsagoandhadundergonesurgeryIwasstunned,partiallybecauseIwasembarrassedthatIhadforgotten,and,partially,becausewell,itseemswespendallofourtimeearningalivingandneverstoptoliveourearningsImean,isn'tthiswhatit'sreallyallaboutIdidn'tknowwhattodowithJane'sinformationIspoketohertenderlyAlldayItookhertolunchIboughtthelunchItwasanice,intimatedayThenextday,Monday,JanewentofftoworkteachingschoolStillbesidemyselfnotknowingwhattodotomarkthisspecialoccasion,IdidthemostimpetuousthingI'veeverdoneinmylife:IboughtanewSaturnIboughteveryaccessorytheyproduceinSpringhill,Tennessee,tohangonthatcarTherewasn'tanaccessorymadethatIdidn'tbuyIdidn'tpickthecolorandIdidn'tpickthemodel,butIpaidcashandtoldthemI'dbringJaneinonWednesdayat:tomakethosetwodecisionsItoldthemwhyIwasbuyingthecar,andthatitwasmysecretandtheywerenottorevealanythingtoherTuesdaymorning,itdawnedonmethatJanealwayswantedawhitecarIcalledoursalesconsultantatSaturn,andIaskedhimifhehadanythingwhiteinthestoreHesaidhehadoneleftbuthecouldn'tguaranteeit'dstillbeavailableWednesdayat:becausetheyweresellingsofastIsaidI'dtakemychancesandaskedhimtoputitintheshowroomWednesdaycameandwentUnexpectedly,someoneinourfamilywasadmittedtothehospitalSo,itwasn'tuntil:Saturdaymorningwhen,aftertellingJanethebiggestlietogetheroutofthehouse,wefinallymadeourwaytotheSaturnstoreIquicklyturnedintotheparkinglotandJaneangrilyasked,"WhatareyoudoingYoupromisedmewe'dgethomerightaway"Isaid,"I'msorry,IforgotIhavetopickupsomethinghereformyKiwanisspeechnextweek"JanehadneverbeeninaSaturnstoreWhenwewentthroughthefrontdoor,theLordtookcontrolofherfeetandhermouthShesawthatlittlewhiteSaturncoupeallthewayacrosstheshowroomfloorShequicklypassedamulticoloredseaofautomobiles,satinthelittlewhiteSaturnandsaid,"Oh,whataprettylittlecarCanIhaveanewcar"Isaid,"NoNotuntilCharliegraduatesfromcollege"Ourson,Charlie,wasattendingtheUniversityofNewSouthWalesinSydney,Australia(wecallthat"outofstate"tuition)Shesaid,"I'msickandtiredofdrivingthatoldDodge,Iwantanewcar"Isaid,"Ipromise,justthreemoresemestersandhe'llbeout"Next,JanewalkedaroundtothefrontofthecarAsshelookeditover,sheletoutthemostbloodcurdling,shrillscreamI'deverheardinyearsofmarriageNow,beforeItellyouwhyJanescreamed,letmetellyouwhatoursalesconsultanthaddoneHehadorderedalarge,professionallyengravedsign(whitelettersonblue)andaffixedtheSaturncompanylogoonitThesignstoodaloneonthehoodofthelittlewhiteSaturncoupeItsaid"Congratulations,JaneThiscarisyoursFiveyearscancerfreeLet'scelebratelifeFromMilt,BillyandTeamSaturn"EveryemployeeatSaturnofAlbuquerquehadendorsedthebackofthatsignJanesawit,screamed,collapsedinmyarmsandbawledhereyesoutIdidn'tknowwhattodoIwasintearsItookoutmyinvoicefromthepreviousMonday,unfoldeditand,pointingtothewhitecoupe,said,"No,honey,thiscarisn'tyoursIboughtyouthisone"ItappedtheinvoicewithmyindexfingerJanesaid,"No,Iwantthisonerighthere"Charlie,whowashomefromcollegeandwithus,said,"No,MomDadboughtyouanythingyouwantinSpringhill,Tennesseeoranythingonthelothere"Janesaid,"Youdon'tunderstand,Iwantthisone"Whilethisconversationwasgoingon,IlookedaroundanddiscoveredthattherewasnooneinthestoreOursalesconsultanthadarrangeditsothatwecouldsharethemomentaloneThemechanics,theclericalstaff,thefrontdeskreceptionist,managementandallsalesconsultantshadleftthestoreforthesanctityofoureventEvenso,it'simpossibletohavealotofprivacywhensomanypeoplearestandingoutsidetheshowroomwindowslookinginWhenJanescreamedandcollapsedinmyarms,IsaweverybodyoutsideapplaudandbegintocryEverynewcustomerthatcametothestoreinthoseminuteswasnotallowedtoenterinstead,thestafftookthemasideandexplainedwhatwashappeningJaneneverdrovethecaruntilshetookitthroughtheshowroomdoorthatdaytodriveithomeOvertheyears,I'vetoldthisstoryintheUnitedStates,AustraliaandIndonesiaasanexampleoflegendaryserviceAwomaninmyaudienceinSanFranciscofromAnchorage,Alaska,heardthestoryshecalledSaturnofAlbuquerquelongdistanceandboughtanewcarIt'slikeKenBlanchardsays,"It'sonlythestoriestoldaboutusthatdifferentiateusinthemarketplace"JustOneWishByMargaretEMackFoxRivergavelifetothecountrytownofColbyPoint,fortheroadandtheriverranalongsideoneanotherColbyPointwasreallythenameofaroadthatcreptbetweenthehillsandvalleysofMcHenry,IllinoisHomeswerescatteredhereandtheremostlysummerhomesandretirementhomesAttheveryendoftheroadthreehousesallfacedoneanotherThreesistersallsingle,allseniorslivedinoneofthehomesAcrossthewaytheirwidowedfirstcousinlivedinayellowhouseNexttoherlivedtheirbrother,Bill,andhiswifeCleoCleohadmultiplesclerosis,sothepairhadmovedtoColbyPointseekingaquiet,relaxedlifeLittledidtheyknowwhentheyrelocatedtothissereneareathattheywouldenduprearingtheirgranddaughter,MargieBeforelong,theoncequietneighborhoodbecameactivewiththesoundsofachildMargiealwayslookedforwardtothearrivalofChristmas,andthisyearwasnodifferentaswinterbegantosettlelikeawarmblanketaroundColbyPointEveryonewasinaflurry,foratthechurchMargieandherfamilyattended,thecongregationwaspreparingtosharetheirChristmaswisheswitheachotherSinceCleocouldn'tmakeittochurch,andBilldidn'tliketoleaveheralonefortoolong,hewasinthehabitofdroppingMargieoffatchurchearlyonSundaymorningstheauntswouldbringherhomeAsMargiesatinchurchthatmorning,sherehearsedinhermindoverandoverwhatshewouldsayShewasn'tafraid,forsheknewwhatanimportantwishthiswasTheserviceseemedtodragonandonFinallythepastorutteredthewordsMargiehadbeenanticipatingallmorning,"ThisisaspecialtimeofyearwheneveryonearoundtheworldcelebratespeaceandgoodwilltowardourfellowmanThisyear,hereatStJohn's,wewanttohearyourChristmaswishesWecannotfilleveryone'swish,butwewouldliketotryandfillafewAsIcallyourname,pleasecomeforwardandtellusaboutyourChristmaswish"Oneafteranother,thechurchmemberssharedtheirwishes,largeandsmallMargiewasthelastandtheyoungesttospeakAsshelookedoutatthecongregation,shespokeconfidently,"IwouldlikeformygrandmatohavechurchShecannotwalk,andsheandmygrandpahavetostayathomeTheymisscomingsomuchSothatiswhatIwishforAndpleasedon'ttellthem,foritneedstobeasurprise"Ridinghomewithheraunts,MargiecouldtelltheywerespeakinginlowtonesaboutherwishShehopedthattheywouldkeephersecretAsthenextSundaycamearound,MargiewasgettingreadyforchurchwhenGrandmaasked,"WhyareyousofidgetyYouhaven'tsatstillallmorning""Ijustknowthatsomethingwonderfulisgoingtohappentoday!""Ofcourseitwill,"saidhergrandmawithachuckle"It'salmostChristmas,youknow"GrandpawasgettingonhiscoatwhenhehappenedtolookoutthefrontwindowHesawsomecarscomingdownthedirtroadoneafteranotherNowatthistimeofyeartherewasn'ttoomuchtraffic,sothiswasreallyamazingMargiepushedhergrandmatothewindowsothatshecouldseeallthecarsPrettysoonthecarswereparkedallupanddowntheroadasfarasapersoncouldseeGrandpalookedatGrandma,andtheybothlookedatMargieGrandpaasked,"Justwhatdidyouwishfor,Margie""IwishedthatyouandGrandmacouldhavechurchAndIjustknewthatitwouldcometrueLook!There'sthepastor,andeveryonefromchurchiscomingupthewalk"ThecongregationarrivedwithcoffeeandcookiesandcupsandgiftsTheysangChristmascarolsandlistenedtothepastorspeakongivingtoothersthegiftsthatGodgivesLaterthatnight,Margieslippedoutthebackdoorandwalkedoutsidetolookupatthestars"Thankyou,"shewhispered,"thankyouforgivingmemywish"ThatwasjustoneofthemanywishesgrantedforMargieasshegrewupHerchildhoodoverflowedwiththeloveofhergrandparents,fourgreataunts,andmanywise,caringneighborsMargiewastrulyablessedlittlegirlIshouldknowIwasthatlittlegirlWorkingChristmasDayByVictoriaSchlintzItwasanunusuallyquietdayintheemergencyroomonDecembertwentyfifthQuiet,thatis,exceptforthenurseswhowerestandingaroundthenurses'stationgrumblingabouthavingtoworkChristmasDayIwastriagenursethatdayandhadjustbeenouttothewaitingroomtocleanupSincetherewerenopatientswaitingtobeseenatthetime,Icamebacktothenurses'stationforacupofhotciderfromthecrockpotsomeonehadbroughtinforChristmasJustthenanadmittingclerkcamebackandtoldmeIhadfivepatientswaitingtobeevaluatedIwhined,"Five,howdidIgetfiveIwasjustoutthereandnoonewasinthewaitingroom""Well,therearefivesignedin"SoIwentstraightoutandcalledthefirstnameFivebodiesshowedupatmytriagedesk,apalepetitewomanandfoursmallchildreninsomewhatrumpledclothing"Areyouallsick"Iaskedsuspiciously"Yes,"shesaidweakly,andloweredherhead"Okay,"Ireplied,unconvinced,"who'sfirst"Onebyonetheysatdown,andIaskedtheusualpreliminaryquestionsWhenitcametodescriptionsoftheirpresentingproblems,thingsgotalittlevagueTwoofthechildrenhadheadaches,buttheheadachesweren'taccompaniedbythenormalbodylanguageofholdingtheheadortryingtokeepitstillorsquintingorgrimacingTwochildrenhadearaches,butonlyonecouldtellmewhichearwasaffectedThemothercomplainedofacough,butseemedtoworktoproduceitSomethingwaswrongwiththepictureOurhospitalpolicy,however,wasnottoturnawayanypatient,sowewouldseethemWhenI

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