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God’s love and presence

Copyright 2014 R.A. Robbins


“God has given us all different abilities and gifts,

so that through them we can bring God’s love and His presence

into the land where we are called.”

― Sunday Adelaja

As a Service to our Readers…

… we maintain an online bookstore called Espirational Books to help you find appropriate reading material for guidance on your spiritual journey.  We have some great positive thinking and spirituality classics as well as newer titles, all hand selected by Bob and I.  We also have a selection of music and gift items designed to encourage positive thinking.

Proceeds from sales go to help cover the costs of this online ministry, so please think of us when you are looking for music, books or gifts.

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Thought for Today

Snow Couple Wreath
Copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins

“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.” — Benjamin Franklin

Easy Handmade Gift Idea

As an artist sometimes I look at the lightweight cardboard divider from a box of tea bags and a handful of brightly colored foil candy wrappers and see a bookmark.

Candy wrapper bookmark materials
Copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins

Any fancy foil, paper or ribbon scraps would work just as well.  I simply arranged the candy wrappers till I came up with a pleasing pattern, then taped them to the cardboard base.  All I had at the time was tape, glue would work just as well if you have it on hand.  Simple as that.  No rules, no right or wrong, no complicated instructions.  This is what I came up with.

Candy wrapper bookmark
Copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins

Have fun making your own bookmark!

Precious Gifts

Edith and O.J. were dear members of my church family.  They had no children, but were adopted by many as spiritual parents or grandparents.

One year for Christmas after O.J. died Edith gave me a small Bible.  Inside it was inscribed “To my beloved O.J. from Jerusalem.”  It was also inscribed reminding me how special I was to both of them.

Years later I took Bob to meet Edith.  As we left she said “I want you

Edith’s Dolly
Photo copyright 2005 by R.O. Robbins

to have my dolly,” and handed me a dainty porcelain doll.  There wasn’t a dry eye in that house.

Edith has been gone some time now, but I still have her gifts, both tangible and intangible, reminders of the couple who showed me so much love and care.

The most valuable gifts we can give to others aren’t things at all.  We give the most when we give of ourselves.