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

Author Unknown

Friday, May 29, 2015

Chapter 5, Page 29, Book 15

A little more patience,
a little more charity for all,
a little more devotion,
a little more love;
with less bowing down to the past,
and a silent ignoring of pretended authority;
brave looking forward to the future
with more faith in our fellows,
and the race will be ripe
for a great burst of light and life.

Elbert Hubbard

May 29th - a little more love never hurts

With a A little help, a little love, a little time, we each can all make a difference!   It's always possible to love a little more.

Love a little more than what is necessary, work a little harder than what is required, be a little kinder than what is usual, give a little bit more than what you feel you can afford, stand in prayer a little longer than what you intended and be a little more patient than what you feel you can handle….it is that little extra effort sparked by sincerity in the heart that makes your ordinary self extraordinary

Since you can't run out of love by loving,  and you can only get better at it, here are few reasons to love a little more each day. 

It gives our life a meaning.  Through loving others your life becomes more meaningful, so in the end of the day it's win win for everyone

Love because it feels just so good and clearly there are so many people who need the feeling of being loved

It attracts more good things because loving helps you to notice all the things you can be grateful for in your life and gratitude is the basis of growth. Once you appreciate the gifts in your life, you keep finding more.

Everyone can do it. You can be broke, ugly, sleepy,  or single, but you can still chose to love 

There are thousands of ways to do it. Expressing our love is such a creative thing. We can choose simply sending positive thoughts towards someone or to cook a dinner for your friend.

 The most common ways that people express love are through words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, quality time and physical touch. We can all make the effort to expand upon these endlessly and have fun doing it.

 Think of your fellow man 
 Lend him a helping hand 
 Put a little love in your heart…

by Jackie DeShannon, Randy Myers, and Jimmy Holiday. 

Love, Live and Laugh a little more

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Chapter 5, Page 28, Book 15

The look of love. Is in your eyes. 
A look your smile can't disguise. 
The look of love . Is saying so much more than. 
Just words could every say.

by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

May 28th - the look of love

What does love look like?

It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

Saint Augustine

If you were to put a face on love, what would you see? I know what love looks like, It's in everything I see.

When a man is in love with a woman, what does that look like? Those two are in love. How about when a couple has a little baby, and the love that they feel for that little one? How about the love that a child has for a pet? How about the love that some people have for food? These are all the many different faces of love.

Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear. 

When you see love, you know love

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chapter 5, Page 27, Book 15

Any love is natural and beautiful that lies within a person’s nature.
Truman Capote

May 27th - friend or foe?

When you have a loving nature it means that you are, by nature, loving. Naturally coming across as warm and caring toward other people, loving easily. It's a good thing.

I’ve know several people that act like they love you and come across as being very friendly but then gossip about you behind your back.  It really hurts when you find out that they aren’t the person you thought they were.  Suddenly what you thought was a caring relationship fades into the past.  

 We are naturally hopeful, loving, playful, energetic, funny, giving, cooperative and flexible.  I do not think it is natural to be hateful, spiteful or greedy.  These things go right against our grain, against our nature.   I think a lot of that has to do with influences outside our nature.

Anytime we do something that naturally makes us feel good, we thrive. We have as great a need to be loving towards others, as we do to receive love. It’s simply how we’re made.

But you know as well as I that humans are not perfect.  We’ve all made mistakes and need forgiveness.  Perfection is not a part of who we are.  Still and all I do believe that love is a natural and beautiful thing.

Love is the most beautiful thing to have, hardest thing to earn and most painful thing to lose.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Chapter 5, Page 26, Book 15

The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good

Luke 6:45

May 26th - love is good

If you wish to be loved, appreciated and respected, then offer your love, appreciation and respect.

 Ralph Marston

Love is the answer when we’re floundering in the midst of our questions, worries, and concerns.  Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to do most anything when you do it with a friend? A friend sticks by your side and brings motivation, accountability and cheers of enthusiasm.

When you do things with a friend, you have someone who shares your victories. You can both celebrate and be proud of your accomplishments.

Friends are the people we love and we take the time to be with one another.  It’s wonderful to have one that will stick together with us through thick and thin.

I feel like I can do most anything with a little help from a friend.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Chapter 5, Page 25, Book 15

A Prayer for Our Nation
Helen Steiner Rice

God bless America
and keep us safe and free -
Safe from all our enemies,
wherever they may be...
Teach us to walk humbly
and closer in Thy ways,
Give us faith and courage
and put purpose in our days,
Make each one of us aware
that each must do his part,
For in the individual
is where peace must have its start -
For a better world to live in
where all are safe and free
Must start with faith and hope and love
deep in the heart of me. 

May 25th - love remembers

Memorial Day

Our freedom has never been free
it is sometimes won by men and women who sometimes pay the ultimate price

Today we recognize one of the most sacred American holidays, Memorial Day, a day dedicated to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy to this day. You and I are able to live our lives freely because of these brave men and women, and for that we will remain forever grateful.

 Americans are asked to stop whatever they are doing at 3 p.m. local time to share a minute on Memorial Day and honor those who have died in the cause of freedom. We pause to reflect upon our blessings as a nation and the high cost of those blessings for many.

On this Memorial Day, let us pray for peace.  

 And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I'll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, 'cuz there ain't no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA. 

Lee Greenwood

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Chapter 5, Page 24, Book 15

For you and I have a guardian angel 
On high, with nothing to do 
 But to give to you and to give to me 
 Love forever true…

Cole Porter

May 24th - guard love

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

George Sand

 If you focus on what you love, you can't help but be consumed by love. Guarding your heart requires guarding what you see and how you hear.  Focus refers to how you invest your attention.

 If you let down your guard, you can lose your temper, character, confidence, peace, focus and faith. So it is very important to guard your heart.   Keep your eyes focused on what is right, and look straight ahead to what is good.

Instead of focusing on how much you are loved, focus on making sure that you love others. Smile at others, include others, talk to people even when you don’t think you have something to say. It’s so easy to be quiet and look good; it’s so much harder to try to bring out the best in others.

I found this list of ways to be kinder than you have to be

Saying kind things to others when you’d rather just say, Hi.
Biting your tongue when you want to ridicule, criticize, or even tease.
Telling people to have a wonderful day… and meaning it.
Asking how their day was, then listening and actually caring.
Allowing others to think differently than you do.
Complimenting people for the sake of seeing them smile.
Doing little things that you know will make someone else happy.

Remember: The ultimate guardian of your heart is LOVE

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Chapter 5, Page 23, Book 15

Live, Laugh and Love !

May 23rd - There is loving magic in a smile

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. 

Smiling, saying something funny, witty,  and humorous is a real plus for all sorts of love relationships. Loving with laughter sometimes is especially good for helping people under stress to lighten their load

A good loving laughter break often helps people approach a difficulty from a new and better angle seeing solutions they were blinded to previously.   Humor helps us cope.

We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.

Agnes Repplier

Our laughter spans age, gender, language and culture. As humans we make each other laugh and we emotionally respond to laughter in others. It goes without saying that our laughing is contagious.  

Laughter is a mutually shared moment in time.

 A spark of kindness starts a fire of love. 

Author Unknown

Keep Laughing – It’s Powerful Stuff

May today be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter and love