In today's world everything is involved with technology.  There are so many prayers and spiritual meditations shared through cyber-space.  This page is a place for such thoughts.  A place to share prayers, to meditate and have a quiet moment away from the busyness of your day.  Some are designed to just lift your spirits and bring a smile.  These prayers and inspirational thoughts were sent to me via e-mail.  Now I forward them to you.  Enjoy!  The authors are unknown.   Our Guestbook

Merry Christmas

posted Aug 17, 2014, 8:55 AM by St. Martin de Porres

In September 1960, I woke up one morning with six hungry babies and just 75 cents in my pocket. 

Their father was gone..

The boys ranged from three months to seven years ; their sister was two. 
Their Dad had never been much more than a presence they feared. 

Whenever they heard his tires crunch on the gravel driveway they would scramble to hide under their beds.

He did manage to leave $15 a week to buy groceries. 

Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more beatings, but no food either.

If there was a welfare system in effect in southern Indiana at that time, I certainly knew nothing about it. 

I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then put on my best homemade dress, loaded them into the rusty old 51 Chevy and drove off to find a job.. 

The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant in our small town. 

No luck.

The kids stayed crammed into the car and tried to be quiet while I tried to convince who ever would listen that I was willing to learn or do anything. I had to have a job.

Still no luck. The last place we went to, just a few miles out of town, was an old Root Beer Barrel drive-in that had been converted to a truck stop. 
It was called the Big Wheel. 

An old lady named Granny owned the place and she peeked out of the window from time to time at all those kids. 

She needed someone on the graveyard shift, 11 at night until seven in the morning. 
She paid 65 cents an hour, and I could start that night. 

I raced home and called the teenager down the street that baby-sat for people. 

I bargained with her to come and sleep on my sofa for a dollar a night. 

She could arrive with her pajamas on and the kids would already be asleep

This seemed like a good arrangement to her, so we made a deal. 

That night when the little ones and I knelt to say our prayers, we all thanked God for finding Mommy a job.. And so I started at the Big Wheel.. 

When I got home in the mornings I woke the baby-sitter up and sent her home with one dollar of my tip money-- fully half of what I averaged every night. 

As the weeks went by, heating bills added a strain to my meager wage. 

The tires on the old Chevy had the consistency of penny balloons and began to leak. I had to fill them with air on the way to work and again every morning before I could go home.. 

One bleak fall morning, I dragged myself to the car to go home and found four tires in the back seat. New tires!

There was no note, no nothing, just those beautiful brand new tires. 

Had angels taken up residence in Indiana ? I wondered.

I made a deal with the local service station. 

In exchange for his mounting the new tires, I would clean up his office. 

I remember it took me a lot longer to scrub his floor than it did for him to do the tires.

I was now working six nights instead of five and it still wasn 't enough. 

Christmas was coming and I knew there would be no money for toys for the kids . 

I found a can of red paint and started repairing and painting some old toys. Then I hid them in the basement so there would be something for Santa to deliver on Christmas morning. 

Clothes were a worry too. I was sewing patches on top of patches on the boys pants and soon they would be too far gone to repair.

On Christmas Eve the usual customers were drinking coffee in the Big Wheel. There were the truckers, Les, Frank, and Jim, and a state trooper named Joe.

A few musicians were hanging around after a gig at the Legion and were dropping nickels in the pinball machine. 

The regulars all just sat around and talked through the wee hours of the morning and then left to get home before the sun came up. 

When it was time for me to go home at seven o 'clock on Christmas morning, to my amazement, my old battered Chevy was filled full to the top with boxes of all shapes and sizes. 

I quickly opened the driver 's side door, crawled inside and kneeled in the front facing the back seat..

Reaching back, I pulled off the lid of the top box.

Inside was a whole case of little blue jeans, sizes 2-10! 

I looked inside another box: It was full of shirts to go with the jeans. 

Then I peeked inside some of the other boxes. There was candy and nuts and bananas and bags of groceries. There was an enormous ham for baking, and canned vegetables and potatoes. 

There was pudding and Jell-O and cookies, pie filling and flour. There was whole bag of laundry supplies and cleaning items. 

And there were five toy trucks and one beautiful little doll.

As I drove back through empty streets as the sun slowly rose on the most amazing Christmas Day of my life, I was sobbing with gratitude. 

And I will never forget the joy on the faces of my little ones that precious morning.

Yes, there were angels in Indiana that long-ago December. And they all hung out at the Big Wheel truck stop.

THE POWER OF PRAYER. I believe that God only gives three answers to prayer:

1. 'Yes! '

2. 'Not yet. ' 

3! 'I have something better in mind. ' 

God still sits on the throne, and the devil is a liar. 

You may be going through a tough time right now but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that you cannot imagine. 

My instructions were to pick four people that I wanted God to bless, and I picked you. 

Pass this to at least four people you want to be blessed and a copy back to me.

This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards 

Let 's continue to pray for one another. Here is the prayer:

Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and email buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power. 


Subject: 1930-1979

posted Jul 19, 2013, 10:12 AM by St. Martin de Porres


You definitely need to read the statement by Jay. Oh so true.   

Those of You Born 
1930 - 1979 
At the end of this Email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.. If you don't read anything else, Please Read what he Said. 
Very well stated, Mr. Leno. 
1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!  

First, we survived being born to mothers 
Who smoked and/or drank while they were 

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, 
Tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.   

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.   

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, 
Locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode 
Our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.   

As infants & children, 
We would ride in cars with no car seats, 
No booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.   

Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day 
Was always a special treat.   

We drank water 
From the garden hose and not from a bottle. 
We shared one soft drink with four friends, 
From one bottle and no one actually died from this.  
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon.. 
We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. 
And, we weren't overweight. 
Because we were 
Always outside playing...that's            why!     

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, 
As long as we were back when the 
Streetlights came on.   
No one was able 
To reach us all day. And, we were O.K.     

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps 
And then ride them down the hill, only to find out 
We forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes 
a few times, we learned to solve the problem. 
  We did not have PlayStation, Nintendo's and X-boxes. 
There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, 
No video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, 
No cell phones, No personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms. 
And we went outside and found them!  

  We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth 
And there were no lawsuits from these accidents. 
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, 
And the worms did not live in us 
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 
Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, 
Although we were told it would happen, 
We did not put out very many eyes.  
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and 
Knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just 
Walked in and talked to them.            

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. 
Those who didn't had to learn to deal 
With disappointment. 
Imagine that!!   

The idea of a parent bailing us            out if we broke the law 
Was unheard of. 
They actually sided with the law!  
These generations have produced some of the best 
Risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.  
The past 50 years 
Have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. 
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, 
and we learned how to deal with it all.  

If YOU are one of them? 
You might want to share this with others 
who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the 
lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives 
for our own good . 

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know 
how brave and lucky their parents were. 

Kind of makes you want to run            through the house 
with scissors, doesn't it ? 

The quote of the 
month is by Jay Leno: 
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, 
mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms 
tearing up the country from one end to another, 
and with the threat of swine flu 
and terrorist attacks. 
Are we sure this is a good time 
to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?' 

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us.. ..go ahead and delete this. 

For the rest of us...pass this on. 
A Small Prayer!   

God determines who walks into your's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go. 

I need this back. If you'll do this for me, I'll do it for you. 

When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need. Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer for the person who sent you this. 

Bless my friend in whatever it is that You know they may need this day! 
And may their life be full of your peace, prosperity, and power as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with you. 

Noah's Ark: Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark.

posted May 6, 2013, 10:48 AM by St. Martin de Porres

ONE: Don't miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat!
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark .
FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you're stressed, float awhile.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting

Please pass this on to people you want to be blessed.
Give it! Don't just get it!

Most people walk in and out of your life,
but FRIENDS leave footprints in your heart.


posted Feb 20, 2013, 2:06 PM by St. Martin de Porres   [ updated Mar 1, 2013, 4:55 PM ]

Dear God:

this is my friend, whom I love and this is my prayer for her:

Help her live her life

to the fullest.

Please promote her

and cause her to excel

above her expectations.

Help her to shine

              in the darkest places
to love.

Protect her at all times,

lift her up when she needs

you the most,


let her know when

she walks with you,

She will always

be safe.

Love you Girl!

Now you're on the
clock . . .

In 9 minutes something
will make you happy.. ;-)

But you have to tell

nine sisters you love them,
including me.

Get going girl!!

Do not ask the Lord to

guide your footsteps.

if you are not willing

to move your feet.

Good Morning

posted Feb 20, 2013, 1:39 PM by St. Martin de Porres   [ updated Mar 1, 2013, 5:03 PM ]


Good Morning,

Sorry to disturb you! My name is Jesus Christ; you hardly have enough time for me. I love you and always bless you. I am always with you.

Today I want this message to go across the world before midnight. Will you help? Please do not cut it and I will help you with something that you are in need of. Just dare me (1 thing). God says it is over. A blessing is coming your way.

If you believe in God send this message on, please don't ignore it, you are being tested. God is going to fix two things (BIG) tonight in your favor. If you believe in God, DROP EVERYTHING AND PASS IT ON.


Pay It Forward

posted Feb 13, 2013, 6:33 PM by St. Martin de Porres


A Poem

posted Feb 12, 2013, 3:10 PM by St. Martin de Porres   [ updated Feb 12, 2013, 3:25 PM ]

A drunk man in an Oldsmobile
       They said had run the light
       That caused the six-car pileup
       On 109 that night.
       When broken bodies lay about
       And blood was everywhere,
       The sirens screamed out eulogies,
       For death was in the air.
       A mother, trapped inside her car,
       Was heard above the noise;
       Her plaintive plea near split the air:
       Oh, God, please spare my boys!
       She fought to loose her pinned hands;
       She struggled to get free,
       But mangled metal held her fast
       In grim captivity.
       Her frightened eyes then focused
       On where the back seat once had been,
       But all she saw was broken glass and
       Two children's seats crushed in.
       Her twins were nowhere to be seen;
       She did not hear them cry,
       And then she prayed they'd been thrown free,
       Oh, God, don't let them die!
       Then firemen came and cut her loose,
       But when they searched the back,
       They found therein no little boys,
       But the seat belts were intact.
       They thought the woman had gone mad
       And was travelling alone,
       But when they turned to question her,
       They discovered she was gone.
       Policemen saw her running wild
       And screaming above the noise
       In beseeching supplication,
       Please help me find my boys!
       They're four years old and wear blue shirts;
       Their jeans are blue to match.
       One cop spoke up, They're in my car,
       And they don't have a scratch.
       They said their daddy put them there
       And gave them each a cone,
       Then told them both to wait for Mom
       To come and take them home..
       I've searched the area high and low,
       But I can't find their dad..
       He must have fled the scene,
       I guess, and that is very bad.
       The mother hugged the twins and said,
       While wiping at a tear,
       He could not flee the scene, you see,
       For he's been dead a year.
       The cop just looked confused and asked,
       Now, how can that be true?
       The boys said, Mommy, Daddy came
       And left a kiss for you.
       He told us not to worry
       And that you would be all right,
       And then he put us in this car with
       The pretty, flashing light.
       We wanted him to stay with us,
       Because we miss him so,
       But Mommy, he just hugged us tight
       And said he had to go.
       He said someday we'd understand
       And told us not to fuss,
       And he said to tell you, Mommy,
       He's watching over us.
       The mother knew without a doubt
       That what they spoke was true,
       For she recalled their dad's last words,
       I will watch over you.
       The firemen's notes could not explain
       The twisted, mangled car,
       And how the three of them escaped
       Without a single scar.
       But on the cop's report was scribed,
       In print so very fine,
       An angel walked the beat tonight on Highway 109.
       He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare.
       This morning when the Lord opened a window to Heaven,
       He saw me, and he asked: 'My child, what is your greatest wish for today?'
       I responded: 'Lord please, take care of the person who is reading this
       message, their family and their special friends.
       They deserve it and I love them very much. '
       This message works on the day you receive it.
       Let us see if it is true 20 ANGELS EXIST
       but some times, since they don't all have wings, we call them FRIENDS.
       Pass this on to your true friends. 

Seven Wonders of the World

posted Feb 12, 2013, 2:01 PM by St. Martin de Porres   [ updated Feb 13, 2013, 5:34 PM ]



Burned Biscuits !

posted Feb 12, 2013, 1:46 PM by St. Martin de Porres   [ updated Jun 2, 2013, 6:23 PM ]

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!
Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing... never made a face nor uttered a word about it!
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"
As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults, and choosing to celebrate each other’s
differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
And that's my prayer for you today... that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God.
Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!
We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!
"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."
So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.
And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life. Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."

The Secret

posted Jan 30, 2013, 4:39 PM by St. Martin de Porres   [ updated Jan 30, 2013, 5:16 PM ]



One day, one friend asked another,' How is it that you are always so happy?
You have so much energy,
And you never seem to get down.. ' 

With her eyes smiling, she said,
' I know the Secret! '
' What secret is that? '
To which she replied,
I'll tell you all about it,
But you have to promise to
Share the Secret with others. ' 

' The Secret is this:
I have learned there is little I can do
In my life that will make me truly happy

I must depend on God to make
Me happy and to meet my needs.

When a need arises in my life,

I have to trust God
 to supply
According to HIS riches.
I have learned most of the time
I don
t need half of what I think I do.
He has never let me down.

Since I learned that ' Secret ' , I am happy.

The questioner's first thought was,

' That
s too simple! '
But upon reflecting over her own life
She recalled how she thought a bigger house
Would make her happy, but it didn't!
She thought a better paying job
Would make her happy, but it hadn't.
When did she realize her greatest happiness?
Being with family and friends, a beautiful sunny day,
taking a walk, eating pizza or reading a book,
Simple gifts from God. 

Now you know it too!
We can't depend on people to make us happy.
Only GOD in His infinite wisdom can do that.
Trust HIM!
And now I pass the Secret on to you!
So once you get it, what will you do? 

YOU have to tell someone the Secret, too!

That GOD in His wisdom will take care of YOU!
But i
t’s not really a secret...
We just have to believe it and do it..
Really trust God! 

I just did and hope you will too. 



Father in the 
name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, I pray you open doors for the person who sent me this as well as those I am sending it to. Only you can open doors no man can close and for that we honor you today. Thank you for the open doors of life, health, strength, prosperity, wealth, and love. Also, thank you for closing the doors of death, sickness, weakness, despair, poverty, and bitterness. We love you, Lord, and give you all the glory and all the praise. I seal this prayer in Jesus name. Amen!!! 

God closes doors no person can open & God opens doors no person can close. Even if you do not need God to open some doors for you, pass it on anyway

Life is an echo;
What you send out..comes back!

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