Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg, Virgina

The Bruton Parish Episcopal Church was built in 1660 and was established in 1674. It is an active Episcopal church with a vast history. The men of the Revolution who attended were Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Patrick Henry and more. Parishioners sat in boxed pews, their walls provided privacy and protection from drafts. A vestory book from 1716 ordered that men sit on the right side of the church and women on the left.

Historical Church

The church served as a hospital and storehouse during the battle at Yorktown and a hospital during the civil War. The church is named after Bruton, Somersetshire, England. Rev. Goodwin restored the church in 1907 and 1937. Bruton Parish Church still has church services, the 300 old parish.

My friend and I went to a church service on Dec. 16, 2018. There pastor was excellent and she gave an outstanding sermon on the high up pulpit in the church. The acoustics in the church were amazing. When people sang it was as if angels were singing. The parishioners in the Bruton Parish Church were very welcoming and very friendly. I felt as if I were attending a service at my own church. We had communion which was served  by each person drinking out of a silver wine cup and eating  piece of unleavened bread.

Sermon as it was years ago

We also went to an old fashioned church service at Bruton Parish Church in the afternoon. It was called ” The Comet Comes To Williamsburg”. It was the re – enactment of George Whitefield’s dynamic presentation of a stirring sermon. He was very loud without any loud speaker and he gave you a lot to think about with his stirring sermon. He was dressed in the complete attire that a minister would wear at that time period. He had a white wig on, a black robe and buckle shoes. Bruton Parish Church is getting a new Pipe Organ that will have a total cost of 1 million dollars.

I loved the vast history of this beautiful and magnificent church as you can truly feel that God is present in this church.

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We Are Here To Make The World A Better Place

We are here to put a smile on someones face today. We are here to enrich and empower the lives of others. We should always try to replenish the goods that we remove from our planet. If we cut down a tree we should plant another tree in its place.

Be A Good Steward and Share Your Knowledge

Take time for prayer and thank God for all the abundance of goods and beauty to look at each and everyday of our lives. Plant and harvest goods that will be beneficial for the well being of others. Be a good steward of the land always harvest and replenish the goods that you remove from our planet. It is our duty to keep a clean and productive planet that future generations can enjoy for many years to come.

If you see someone in need lend a helping hand as you might be on the receiving end yourself someday. Be kind and helpful and considerate in everything that you pursue. God and other people are always watching and learning from your actions as actions speak louder than words.

Teach people what you know and do not take your knowledge to the grave as no one will ever benefit from that kind of mind set. Be outgoing and creative and motivated to make the World a better place for you and I. A friend in need is a friend indeed as the old saying goes.

Greet people in a friendly and outgoing manner as your attitude is always showing. Welcome people with open arms and always remember there is always more room at the kitchen table for a surprise guest or two.

Be Kind and Enrich The Lives Of Others

Be kind to all of the animals in the World as we are their stewards here on earth. Animals depend on us to keep a clean environment for them that is free from toxic hazards that can kill them. Always replenish and renew the Earth for future generations to come. With all of us being Gods stewards we are making the World a better place for future generations to come. Always empower and enrich peoples lives and protect our resources and animals. Always put your garbage were it belongs and don’t pollute the Earth. We have a planet the can sustain life for many years if we empower and enrich our planet everyday that we are here on Earth. Go forth and be Gods stewards that save the planet.

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Do Not Linger

If you spend a long time on things that happened in the past you are lingering in the past and never will be able to move forward with your life. Remember the past is the past and live for the future. Think of a hobby you could pursue or a good cause that you could support.

If you linger about buying a car or a new home you might miss out on your dream home or car. People that do not linger get a lot done in one day. God does not linger for he is always watching over each and everyone of us everyday of our lives.

Do not over think things as you will stay in place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave. Lingering around robs you of positive time in your life. I tend not to linger long in one place as I always have a lot of things that I want to get done in one day. I purchased a home in one hour from start to finish and I never regretted it. If I would have lingered on purchasing the home someone else would have purchased the house.

Do not wait for the perfect time to do things that are absolutely necessary. Pay your bills quickly as you might misplace the bill and have to pay a penalty also. Travel while you can because life can throw you a curve ball no matter what age you are.

Do not stagnate and get to comfortable in life. See what you can do today to make a positive and lasting difference in your life and the lives of others. Do not linger on your dreams for your life as your life keeps moving forward even though you are not. Do not linger as you will accomplish much that will please God and those you love.

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Sing Praises To God Everyday

When things are moving along fine in are lives we seem to take it for granted. God is always our guide if we listen to him. We tend to pray more when we are in the hallows and shallows of our life. God wants us to thank him everyday in our lives. God will never leave your side when you are in pain or suffering. God knew us even before we were born and he knows what we will do on earth and what we will be like in heaven.

Let God always be your compass in life and you will never be lost as he will be guiding your every step in life. God knows what you are thinking about every waking moment in your life. Do not let possessions control you or own you. God is the one that has provided all of your possessions while you are on earth. You do not own or have possessions of your own for God has provided them to use while you are on earth. We come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing except knowing that Gods kingdom is open for whoever believes in him.

Sing praises to God on a daily basis. Without God none of us would be on earth. Thank God  for the food , clothes, and much more that he has provided for you. Praise God for your family and friends and the animals, trees and all of natures bounty and beauty.

I find great comfort in knowing God is always by my side through thick and thin. Without God in our lives we would not be the people that we are today. God has always protected me and comforted me in the best of times and the very worst of times. God is my pilot and my ultimate guide in life. Thank you God for I am truly blessed today and always with you by my side guiding me to do the best that I can possibly do while I am on earth and until we meet again.

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What Does United Stand For ?

United means unified, integrated, joined, merged, common purpose, common feelings, joint activity and multiple nations. The United States is a blend of joined and merged people from other countries that settled here for a common purpose. People wanted to leave the country they came from to better themselves and their family. The immigrant  may have been born last in the family and did not inherit the family farm so they settled in the USA as it was known as the land of plenty. America means freedom for all.

Unity means the state of being united or joined as a whole. Unity holds us together for a common cause. The United States of America has a blending of people all over the world that have merged and are united or joined as a whole. Every person wants the opportunity to succeed in life and prosper from their hard work which is impossible to do in some countries.

A united church means that people come together for the common practice of worship and they are joined together in worship. A united church has many people that get together to help others in this country and other countries around the world. Without unity a church could not survive. When you are united you have a large family of like minded people that can accomplish much because they all have the same common purpose to worship God and be his good stewards. The old saying goes  “united we stand and divided we fall ”  and that statement applies today and always. Without a united front not much gets accomplished.

Unity will always tie and bind us together so we can reach our dreams and help others reach their dreams also. Unify yourself with people in your church and community and you will be surprised what you can accomplish and get done for a better and improved tomorrow.

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A little kindness goes along way in making the world a little brighter for other people. It is easy to be kind to people by complimenting them on a job that showed they took pride in  their work. Be considerate of others peoples feelings. Put yourself in the other persons shoes.

Kind gestures such as a smile, holding a door open, caring someones groceries, visiting with them and much more shows people that you care and appreciate them. Paying it forward is a wonderful and very rewarding act of kindness. Give to charities that you support that help uplift people year around. Some charities provide housing, clothes, heat, toys and food and much more that help people that are in need due to situations that are out of their control. A family that lost their job, a sick child in the family, a work accident and more truly need wonderful acts of kindness and help.

Be kind to a person that is made fun of as the next person that is made fun of might be you. God is always kind, caring and forgiving as we are Gods children here on earth and in heaven. Show kindness to all of Gods creatures. If you see an animal in pain try to help it by calling a vet, police, humane society or the sheriffs office that can help the poor animal to be out of misery.

Kindness shows in your actions and how you relate to other people. When you are sick you need to surround yourself with truly kind and outstanding people. There is no excuse whatsoever to not be kind to people that are suffering, sick, in pain, the very young, elderly and all of Gods creatures great and small. Kindness is what life is all about as it makes life bearable and meaningful and shows people that you love them. God loves each and everyone of us equally as we are all his children.

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Being Content In Life

Being content in life is accepting your life as it is. Sometimes it takes a near death experience for you to be content in life. Being close to God, friends and family is wonderful as they can all help you along lives bumps in the road.

I had been in the same business for years. I liked what I did at that time in my life. I now enjoy being a lay minister at my church and reaching out to people and listening to them tell me their lives stories. I write #inspirationswithlaura on my website. I feel that I am finally doing what God has called upon me to do and their is no better contentment then that in your life.

Always be on the lookout for what God wants you to do with your life. You will find subtle signs in what God is calling on you to accomplish with your life. Sometimes if you are lack you will miss the first signs so always keep on the alert for God is calling upon all of us to accomplish certain and helpful missions with our life that will benefit and enrich the lives of many.

Visit with your elders often as you will learn many of lives valuable lessons from them. We all learn a lot of useful and valuable lessons throughout the years. Treat your elders with the upmost respect and remember you will be old much quicker than you think. Do not hurt, harm or injure the old or the young or anyone. We all have feelings and we all suffer from pain. Never add to someones suffering or pain and try to help to relieve them from suffering or pain. Make sure they get their necessary medicine on time and re position them gently in bed if they can no longer turn over on their own anymore. The young and the old should not lay around in wet diapers or clothing. Remember the Golden Rule and keep it close to your heart and you will treat people with the upmost respect.

I am happy and content in my life and I hope and pray that you are too.

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What does it mean to care for someone ? It means displaying kindness and concern for another persons well being. You show the person compassion and concern and take care of their needs in a kind and professional manner. You never hurt or harm a person that is unable to care for themselves any longer due to age or an injury or illness that it beyond their control. No one wants to depend on others but it happens as we age. We are all getting older each and everyday and we will all need someone to care for us eventually. Care for people as you would like them to care for you and you will be one of Gods good stewards.

Be kindhearted and warmhearted. A little kindness and concern will help someone in need and put a smile on their face. Visit with people, bake a treat for them, give them a plant, feed those who cannot feed themselves any longer and help them stay clean and make them feel loved and needed everyday.

In caring professions you practice looking after those who are unable to care for themselves especially sick and elderly people. As a caring professional you need to put yourself in the other persons shoes everyday. If the party you are helping cries out in pain do whatever is possible to take away their pain. Never walk away from someone who is in pain and just ignore them as that is cruel and unusual  punishment for a crime not committed. Feed those who cannot feed themselves and make sure they have plenty of water to drink. Treat everyone like they might be taking care of you someday.

Caring for someone should be natural. We are all children of God and we are all entitled to compassionate and caring professionals. Be caring and concerned for peoples well being forever. You will be on the receiving end someday. If you can’t take what you dish out to others that rely on you for their care you will be in big trouble much sooner then you think.

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What Do You Want Out Of Life ?

I think most of us want the same things out of life. We want to be loved, liked and respected . We want to be healthy and have a family that is healthy and have a genuine love for each other. We came to earth to help one another as one of Gods good stewards.

We need to have a job that enriches us and helps other people also. We want a job in life that we enjoy doing day after day. A job should not  make you feel horrible as it should help fill your days with great joy as you know you have helped out many people today. The world should be a better place with the knowledge that you willingly share with other people that will pass their knowledge on down the line.

Traveling is a good way to learn about other countries and the people that live their. I enjoy looking at the wonderful architecture in foreign countries around the world. I enjoy seeing  mountains and looking at and hearing the sounds of the ocean . I like tranquil  settings that let you relax and unwind from lives stresses and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Staying in an inn or a small cottage is very relaxing indeed.

I like nature in all of its glory. The peacock with all of his tail feathers spread out and our majestic bald eagle soaring up above. Beautiful flowers and flowering tress add much to the flavor of life. I like to look at cute baby animals as they are so very adorable in every way possible.

When we die we want to be remembered in a positive light. We want to be remembered for the good things that we did in life that helped out others and knowing that we left a positive and helpful impression with the time that we had on earth. We want God to think of us as one of his good stewards.

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The True Meaning Of Christmas

The true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ. He was born to save us from our sins. He is our great redeemer. He was born in a lowly manger as his parents were told there was no room in the inn. The animals in the manger gathered near to him. The three wise men  came bearing gifts to celebrate his birth. The stars in the sky were brightly shining which helped lead the wise men to his place of birth in Bethlehem.

Christmas stands for the birth of Christ as the first part of the word Christmas is Christ. We should always say Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays. When we take Christ out of the equation we have lost the true meaning of Christmas. We are so afraid of offending people anymore that a lot of us say Happy Holidays. We are much better off to just say Merry Christmas because that is what we want to say to celebrate the birth of our savior Christ the Lord.

Christmas is not about exchanging gifts and cyber Monday or sales. Surround yourself with family and friends that  celebrate Christmas the way you know it should be celebrated. Go to a Christmas eve service at church and surround yourself with your church family in celebrating the birth of Christ.

Help people in need at Christmas. Give to worthy charities in your community. Give to ministries that help people all over the World. Give to the food bank, volunteer, visit people often and pray for others without ceasing. Always try to be a person that people can look up to and respect. Your actions toward others speak volumes about you and what is truly important to you. Celebrate the birth of Christ in the manner that treats him as our Lord and great redeemer.

Micah 5 : 2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah , yet out of thee shall be come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting.

Luke 2 : 9 – 17

And lo, the angel of the Lord, came unto them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them : and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known to us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

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