Keeping Dreams Alive

This following poem was written by a father that helps facilitate our Fatherhood program in the prison that I serve at. He wrote this poem begging fathers to become the daddy’s to their children that God has created them to be. My only intention is to expose the flaws in our system, And the life…

via Teach Them to Dream — thehopeforlife

People are a Loan Not a Gift

img_5240The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,                                                                                        The world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

This week of my cousin Tom passed away. (He is the one peeking over my God’s mother’s shoulder) Tom was a gentle man who we thought would somehow always be there. He and I were born the same year, had been on summer vacations, horse back riding and even briefly played in the same band.together. It seemed my quiet cousin would always be there and yet he is suddenly gone.

How often we say things such as, “She is one of God’s greatest gifts to me! or What a gift God gave us with this son or daughter!” But in reality none of those we love so dearly belong to us. The time we spend here on earth together is just a short term loan.God holds the appointed time the loan will be called in, in His hands. They are not ours but how we treat those God has trusted into our care changes us for eternity.

Sometimes people are like little birds singing outside our windows. We may throw them a few crumbs but we don’t realize the value of their songs until the day they are silent. People are a loan. We do not possess someone else’s life, they belong first to God. How I miss Tommy today. I cannot go back to say or do something more for Tom but his sudden absence stirs something in my heart to treat with more earnest and sincere love those who remain behind.

Caligiuri Family Cookbook

My wife’s six year labor of love is finally in a finished form and available on Amazon today. Our kids, in-laws and grandkids have been anxiously awaiting this life time collection of special recipes. The aromas wafting from her kitchen from the last 40 plus years are now available and saved for a new generation of future family cooks!

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Caligiuri Family Cookbook from amazon.com

The First Adventures of Tad

Who is Tad? That is the wrong question to start our adventure. We need to ask. .. What is a Tad? A Tad is something small…. very small; a little bigger than a smidgen, but not as big as an itty-bitty, Tad is our friend and sometime hero in the flock of Bill; who is a sheep rancher in the mountains of Pennsylvania rancher in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Tad

 

Now as a three part series for children (and some of us who read to them) is available on Amazon.com

The Adventures of Tad

Adventures of Tad Book 2

The Adventures of Tad Book 2

Just out today, Tad and Rad – The Adventures of Tad Book 2. Tad meets a new friend who is different – Meet Rad the black sheep and Tad’s best friend!. Follow Tad and Rad to see what they learn in this exciting new adventure filled with action and danger and hope. 

Show Me Your Ways

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Not long ago we had the fun of taking two of our grandsons horseback riding. It is a memory that we will treasure for a long time to come. That hour-long trail ride also reminded me of one of my favorite passages of scripture:

Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.  Psalm 25:4-5 ESV

When we got to the farm we first registered and paid for our ride. But, they didn’t just get the horses out of the stable and say, “Okay let’s go!” Instead, because we were all beginner riders, they took time to make sure we were properly fitted into the saddle, understood how to guide our horse and knew who to follow. It was just like the first line of David’s prayer “Show us you ways O Lord” Before we could begin we needed someone to show us our way.

Before you go out  today check with the Lord who is not only our trail guide, He is also the Way the Truth and the Life! Listen carefully to his instructions as He cinches up your stirrups, shows you the way and prepares you for the path ahead.