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SICKNESS HAS A LIMIT! On February 5, 2019 as I enter into Open Heart Bypass Surgery, I choose; hope over despair; faith over chance; life over death; and my physical, mental and emotional being shall overcome one of life’s obstacles.

Posted in Sickness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2019 by sheriffali

In all sickness, the Lord said to the waves of pain, “Hitherto shall ye go, but no further.” His fixed purpose is not the destruction, but the instruction of His people. Wisdom hangs up the thermometer at the furnace mouth and regulates the heart.


The limit is encouragingly comprehensive. The God of providence has limited the time, manner, intensity, repletion, and effects of all our sicknesses; each throb decreed, each sleepless hour predestined, and each relapse ordained, each depression of spirit foreknown, and each sanctifying result eternally purposed. Nothing great or small escapes the ordaining hand of Him who numbers the hairs on our head.


The limit is wisely adjusted to our strength, to the end designed, and to the grace appointed. Affliction comes not at haphazard – the weight of every stroke of the rod is accurately measured. He who made no mistakes in balancing the clouds and meting out the heavens, commits no errors in measuring out the ingredients which compose the medicine of souls. We cannot suffer much more nor be relived too late.


The limit is tenderly appointed. The knife of the Heavenly Surgeon never cuts deeper than is absolutely necessary. “He doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve His Children.” A mother’s heart cries, “Spare my child:” but no mother is more compassionate than our gracious God. When considered how hard-mouthed we are, it is a wonder than we are not driven with a sharper bit. The thought is full of consolation, that he who has fixed the bounds of our habitation, has also fixed the bounds of our tribulation.


Sheriff Gerry Ali – February 3, 2013A 1-0-60

My Greatest Affliction!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2015 by sheriffali


[Repost From My Facebook November 27, 2011]


We can become able masters of the human heart, but only if we allow ourselves to be tutored in the school of “heart-felt” personal experience.


Kings have their troubles; the peasant has his cares; the wayfarer has many hardships; the Captain has his difficulties, and there were times when the dark valleys were too much for me, but thank God, “The Lord was my Shepherd!”


I was also tried in my friends and my counselors; they forsook me! They that ate my bread lifted up their heels against me, but my worst foes were that of my own household; my blood family; but especially my children, they were my greatest affliction.


The temptations of poverty and wealth, of honor and reproach, of health and sickness, all took a toll on me. The trials from without disturbed my peace, and from within, marred my joy. No sooner I escaped from one trial I fell into another; emerging from one season of despondency and alarm, I was again brought into the lowest depths, whilst simultaneously the waves of billows were rolling over me.


At the time, whatever my frame of mind, whatever ecstasy of depression, was the result of emotions propelled by incomprehensible deep hurt. Having been instructed in life’s personal experience, I have matured with God’s grace through the years, and with my Lord’s inexhaustible mercy, He placed me in “Green Pastures.” My soul, let my Lord’s grace continue to cheer and counsel thee,” this day!


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© Sheriff G Ali 2010-2011





In Memory Of My Brother Jamal Ali Died Of Brain Tumor At Age 26, November 19. RIP

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2014 by sheriffali

Beyond This World Of Wrath And Tears


In the clutch of pains that follow me

From my head down to my sole,

I wonder what life holds’ for me?

In the darkness of my world



Despite the pangs I would not complain

Even when I pine,

And though at times I feel disdain

I know, I am wholly Thine



Beyond this world of wrath and tears

Looms, but the Heavens’ above,

With freedom from pains or fears

And the bounty of my Father’s love



So, in the midst of my circumstance

In this blessed evening shade,

I’ll live by faith and not by chance

Strong in heart and unafraid!



© Sheriff G Ali 2014



 Pain breaks not the calm of the sweet twilight of age, for strength made perfect in weakness bears up with patience under it all. Ripe fruits of choice experience are gathered as the rare repast of life’s evening, and the soul prepares itself for rest.



The Lord’s people shall also enjoy light in the hour of death. Unbelief laments; the shadows fall, the night is coming, existence is ending. Ah no, crieth faith, the night is far spent, the true day is at hand. Light is come, the light of immortality, the light of a Father’s countenance. Gather up thy feet in thy bed; see the waiting bands of spirits!



Angeles waft thee away. Farewell, beloved one, thou art gone, thou wavest thine hand. Ah, now it is light. The pearly gates are open; the golden streets shine in the jasper light. We cover our eyes, but thou beholdest the unseen, adieu, beloved, thou hast light at even-tide, such as we have not yet! AMEN!



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“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived!”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2013 by sheriffali

“In this world of ours, that which matters most is not what happens to the outside of things, but what happens to the inside. When God wants to make a person into what He desires, He puts them into some storm. No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne, no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown, can be achieved unless and until you walk through the storms of life with and by the Grace of God.


God does not offer us a way out of the storms of life, He offers a way through, and that make all the difference.


There is no circumstance, no trouble, no testing, that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a purpose, which I may not understand at the moment.


But I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart and that of others!”


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The Lesson of the Garbage Truck as it may relate to you!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by sheriffali

How often do you let other people’s nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you are the Terminator, for an instant you are probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly they can get back their focus on what’s important.


Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City Taxi Cab. Here’s what happened!


I hopped in a Taxi and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My Taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded and missed the other car’s back end by just inches.


The Driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started cursing at us.


My Taxi Driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And, I mean he was friendly. So, I said, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!” And this is when my Taxi Driver told me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck.”


Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dumb it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well and move on. You’ll be happy you did.


So, this was it: The Law of the Garbage Truck.”


I started thinking how often do I let Garbage Trucks run over me? And, how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people; at work; at home; on the streets. It was that day I said, “I’m not going to do it anymore.”


I began to see Garbage Trucks like in the movie “The Six Sense.” The little boy said, “I see Dead People.” Well, now “I see Garbage Trucks.”


I see the load they are carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I don’t make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well and I move on.


The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What about you? What would happen in your life starting today if you let more Garbage Trucks pass you by?


Here is my bet. You’ll be happier! Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so, love the people who treat you right; forget about ones who don’t.


If you get a chance take it! If it changes your life, LET IT! Nobody said it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it!  


[Written by Anonymous]


“In the final analysis, it is not what happens to us in life that defines who we are, but how well we rise after we fall.” ©Sheriff Ali 2008-2013