“I have learnt to be content with whatever I
have. I know what it is to have little, and I
know what it is to have plenty. In any and all
circumstances I have learnt the secret of being
well fed and of going hungry, of having plenty
and of being in need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
— Philippians 4:11-13

A friend remarked, “Life is pretty much like a
patchwork quilt. You get the pieces from your
neighbors, your relatives, your own sewing. What
you do with the pieces makes the quilt yours.”

Alice Johnson took the scraps that were handed to
her and sewed them together into a beautiful
life. Mrs. Johnson went to work as a school
cleaner when her husband became ill. She did not
just clean floors and walls, however. She gave
personal attention to the high school youth,
becoming their friend and confidante. Recently,
the new high school was built. It was named after
Alice Johnson. At the naming ceremony the school
superintendent commented she was a second parent to many of the students.

Most of us are about as happy as we make up our
minds to be. We all have some rough, ugly pieces
dealt to us. We also have some lovely silks and
velvets. When we can join together every piece to
create a life of love and service, we have a beautiful life.
— Gerri Hearn

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