It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, February 12, 2016

Chapter 2, Page 12, Book 16

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. 

Charles Dudley Warner

February 12th - travel light

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.

Glenn Clark

When we go on a journey we are tempted to bring all kinds of stuff. But after a while we realize that most of it is unnecessary baggage. Someone once said, We all come from somewhere, and we brought a little baggage with us when we came. What does baggage mean here? Things from your past? Maybe a few skeletons in your closet? Maybe you have a huge chip on your shoulder? Usually they are things you want to get rid of or forget.

When we unburden ourselves and think of others , we can be refreshed. It is best to travel light.

We have a long journey ahead. But because the Lord is on the journey with us, it doesn’t seem that long. He is right there with us giving us strength, courage and perseverance to keep walking.

Were not our hearts burning within us as he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us? 

Luke 24:32

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chapter 2, Page 11, Book 16

We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet on the way. Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don't overlook it.

Author Unknown

February 11th - Lent is a journey

O God of second chances Lent is made for me
Fill me, direct me, bless me, empower me
that I might walk in the way of Your Cross 

Morning Prayer

I’m on a 40 day journey through Lent and I’m hoping you’ll join me.  The destination that we will reach at the end of our journey is Easter.  There is a lot to prepare for before we reach that happy joyful day, mean while we are on a journey.  To me preparation is half the fun.

Lent looms before us like a desert we must cross to get to Easter. Our travels are marked by a trail of muddy footprints as we make our way through a wilderness littered by the beastly issues of home and school and office, stress and sickness and sadness, confusion and chaos and violence.

It is a path that we step onto that leads to the cross and leads to the empty tomb. Along the way, there are hills and valleys, stones to stumble upon, and smooth paths to tread over with confidence; and hopefully along the way, there are moments of clarity where our faith seems a little bit clearer, even though there will also be moments where it seems foggy and uncertain.

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:14

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Chapter 2, Page 10, Book 16

As Lent begins with trees still bare, 
There's hardly a new leaf anywhere;
But on the branch, if you look well,
Beneath the bark there's a gentle swell,
Where rising life begins to flood
And promises that new leaves will bud.
Then, warmed by sun and fed by rain,
All that seemed dead will bloom again.

Mala Powers 

February 10th - Ash Wednesday

A positive attitude is yours for the making. Grab it now and turn those bad situations into mere bumps in the road of life.

Today, Ash Wednesday,  marks the beginning of our journey through Lent. The start of Lent is always set by whatever date Easter Sunday is. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st. Easter Sunday this year is March 27th and this explains our early start to Lent this year. Interestingly the earliest Easter can be is on March 22nd and the last time this happened was back in 1818 and won't happen again until 2285. The latest date Easter can be is April 25th. It happened back in 1943 and this won't happen again until 2038.

Lent is about to begin. That word in English comes from an Old English word that means to lengthen, and it's a reminder of the days getting longer as we move toward summer out of the dark of winter.

Lent is  is a 40 day period of repentance and renewal in preparation for Easter. It's exceedingly important when done with the right heart and attitude. Hopefully your Lent this year will be good for you and a time for quiet reflection and a time for one manageable positive change in your life. The following little reflection is a good starting point for our journey through Lent.

Remember that your presence is a present to the world.
Remember that you are a unique and unrepeatable creation.
Remember that your life can be what you want it to be.
Remember to take the days just one at a time.
Remember to count your blessings, not your troubles.
Remember that you will make it through whatever comes along.
Remember that most of the answers you need are within you.
Remember those dreams waiting to be realized.
Remember that decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Remember to always reach for the best that is within you.
Remember that nothing wastes more energy than worry.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.
Remember not to take things too seriously.
Remember to laugh.
Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot of it goes forever!
Remember that happiness is more often found in giving than getting.
Remember that life's treasures are people, not things.
Remember that miracles can still happen.
Remember you are you and always celebrate you!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Chapter 2, Page 9, Book 16

Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything. 

Peter Marshall

February 9th - It all starts with a vision.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

Helen Keller

A vision is an inspired idea. It is a concept that motivates you and pushes you into action. It’s a good habit to develop a vision for yourself and then  live your life consistent with your highest ideals.  You never compromise your integrity or peace of mind for anyone or anything.

You know when a vision hits you, by the energy and excitement you feel. A clear vision gets you charged and keeps you going. The very thought fills you with energy and positive feelings.

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
Albert Einstein

You will never rise any higher than the image you have of yourself. You will never accomplish anything that you first do not see yourself accomplishing. Vision is the bridge between the past and the future. Vision is the eye of faith to see the invisible and the decisiveness to make it visible.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

How Sweet it is! 

Monday, February 08, 2016

Chapter 2, Page 8, Book 16

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90

February 8th -  Making your life count

The time will come when winter will ask you what you were doing all summer.

Henry Clay

The relentless ticking of the clock reminds us that our time on earth is limited. Despite the joys and pains of life, time always marches on.  We don’t like to think about the fact that our days here on this earth are numbered.  Oh, we all know the number behind us, how many days we’ve lived already.  But thinking about how many are left, well, that’s not something we think about too often.

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.

Henri Frederic Amiel

In terms of time,  God has given every human being exactly 86,400 seconds every day of their life, no more and no less, and we cannot borrow against tomorrow, nor can we go back and retrieve wasted moments from yesterday. It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are.  It doesn’t matter how young or old you are. It doesn’t matter what continent you live on or whether you live in the city or the country. Each person on planet earth gets the exact same amount of time each day.

It’s what we do with our time that differs. And isn’t it amazing that two different people can make such different use of the same amount of time.

How you number your days has everything to do with how you live your life! 

Time marches on and sometimes when you look in the mirror, you begin to feel that it's marching right across your face!  To realize what we have on this earth is temporal will give us a heart of wisdom to appreciate what we have.  It is an attitude that has to be learned and imposed into our lives, but when we learn this lesson, we gain a heart of wisdom. 

Managing your time well is not just about productivity. It’s about balance. There is a time to work hard, and there is a time to rest; there is a time to focus on projects, and there is a time to focus on people. be sure to spend time with family and friends. 

 Our everyday lives are greatly affected for the good when we truly can number our days correctly. When you truly know your days are numbered you savor them a little more. We learn to let the unimportant things in life go and get on with doing the things that matter rather than wasting time and energy on something inconsequential.

Remember:  count every day and make every day count. 

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Chapter 2, Page 7, Book 16

Why compare yourself with others? 
No one in the entire world can do 
a better job of being you than you.

Author Unknown

February 7th - Don't compare me to someone else because there is no one else like me. 

Comparing yourself to others will always cause you to regret what you aren’t.  It calls us to envy someone else's life and seek theirs rather than ours. The thing about comparison is that there is never a win. 

Sometimes we are like the dog in the children's story who found a bone. He was so proud of it. He picked it up and started home. On his way home he crossed a bridge over a river. As he crossed the bridge he stopped, as usual, to bark at the other dog that he always saw down in the water. This time as he looked down, he not only saw the same dog, but that dog had a bone in his mouth, too. What made him mad was that the dog in the water had a bone that appeared to be bigger than the one he had in his mouth. Therefore, he opened his mouth to bark at the other dog and lost his bone.

You cannot be happy and envious at the same time. In fact, one of the greatest secrets of having happiness in your life is learning how to eliminate envy.  

 It is ok to better ourselves if we are not satisfied with where we are at in life. In fact, we should always be growing in our journey along the Way.  But, we shouldn’t be measuring ourselves against others. God made you special and you cannot be compared to anyone else.

Life is tough enough, stop comparing yourself to others.

Do not compare yourself with others, for you are a unique and wonderful creation. 

Barbara Kimbal

How sweet it is!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Chapter 2, Page 6, Book 16

Life Is A Miracle

Life is a miracle
Don't let it slip away,
Open your heart to others
Give of yourself each day.

See the beauty in everyone
Regardless of where they've been,
Some have a difficult journey
And really need a friend.

Share your gifts and talents
Listen with your heart.
Do the things you dream about
But don't have time to start.

Pick a bouquet of flowers
Show someone that you care,
Be gracious and forgiving
Life is never fair.

Hold on to your courage
You may need it down the road,
We all have a cross to bear
It could be a heavy load.

If you practice all these things
No matter where you roam,
You may find both sun and rain
But you'll never feel alone!

 Author Unknown

February 6th - miracles in the making

Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.

Walt Whitman

Have you ever planted seeds from a packet and sat back to see what would happen? With very little attention and just a little water and some sunshine, you soon see little sprouts popping up through the soil. It’s like watching a miracle!

Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.

Wayne Dryer

When you you find little ways to help a coworker who always seems overworked. Or you might love spending time with people, or you like to bring people little gifts that make them happy: a cup of coffee on a cold morning or a plate of cookies for an afternoon snack.

These are all seeds you can sow. They are much more than kind gestures; they are signs that you are actively going out of your way to bless the people around you.  Miracles happen when you scatter as many of them as you can.

 Miracles happen every day. We just have to be one of them

We all have the opportunity every day to be a miracle in the making, to make a difference in someone’s life.

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.

Samuel Smiles