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The One Thousandth Teddy Bear
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By Nan Forehand
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The One Thousandth Teddy Bear

God granted me a vision and I believed
So many blessings I have received
His promise, unbeknownst to me, of one thousand bears began with one teddy
Eager to please - on His mark - get set - I was willing, able and ready
This twelve month journey an absolute joy - never iffy
Each teddy cleaned head to toe - one and all looking mighty spiffy
To the hospital ER my teddies and I would happily go
All glory to God for His love and compassion to show
He prepares our blessings before we have a need
Most assuredly this ministry was blessed with Godspeed
To bring cuddly comfort to the little children is my heart's desire
A life lived in service to the Lord is a life lived on purpose and on fire
No tellin' how many more teddies the Good Lord will provide
"Well done, my good and faithful servant" I think He says, beaming with pride

Author's note: on July 22, 2011, I delivered the first two dozen teddy bears to the Iredell Memorial Hospital Emergency Department to be given to those little ones (and some bigger ones) in need of cuddly comfort. †Today, July 22, 2012, I will deliver another bunch of teddies to the hospital after I get out of church and these teddies being delivered today brings us to the total of 1,000 teddies provided to the hospital in the past twelve months. †This fact continues to amaze me! † Not that I am one bit surprised at how abundantly God has blessed what has become a ministry and has brought so much joy to so many, myself included! This ministry is called Nan's Goodwill Bears. †A poem of the same name is published here in my poetry database. †I encourage you to read it. †The parents of the sick or injured child receive a copy of the poem to take home with them. †The teddy is given to the child to have and to hold in sickness and in health. †I hope you are encouraged and inspired to listen to the still small voice of God whispering in your ear to see His vision for your purpose and to get on His mark - get set - be willing, able and ready. †Trust me, you can't even imagine how wonderful your own life will be. †I also encourage you to read the book of 2 John KJV

"Kindness in words creates confidence"
"Kindness in thinking creates profoundness"
"Kindness in giving creates love"
author unknown

I would like for you to open your Bible and read the book of 2 John NKJ. †It's one of those short books located in the back of the Bible. †You will be glad you did! †I was!

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Submitted: Sunday, July 22, 2012

Last Updated: Monday, July 23, 2012

About the Poet
I grew up in rural North Carolina, married for 38 years to my best friend and soulmate, Allen, who retired almost 17 years ago from the Air Force after 24 years of service to our beloved America. We have a daughter, Ashley ( and son-in-law, Kris) and, a son, John, and, our two beautiful grand daughters, Amelia and Haley, and Isaac, our only grandson, all blessings from God. We have four cats; Mr. Peabody, Missy, aka Middle Kitty and Tabby, aka Little Kitty, and Gracie. I've seen a lot of hard times and God has always been here for me to see me through them. I am a vessel God can use to help others in need. If I could be described in one word, it would be that I am an encourager.

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