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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Chapter 3, Page 28, Book 17

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The Hope of Lent

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. 

Alexander Graham Bell

March 28th - Not everyone who has the gift of sight can truly see

What we see depends mainly on what we look for. 

John Lubbock

Playing games with a blindfold helps us appreciate the gift of sight. Sight is a double blessing in a time when media manipulates visual contents, its patterns, and its timing. A quickly edited, fast moving commercial on television proves the point; your eyes quickly read the message.

Throw away catalogs and advertisements that inevitably promise you more fulfillment and joy in life. Those things are not sold in stores. Never have been, never will be.

Sometimes a person can look, but not see.  Sometimes it is difficult to see the sun over the clouds. But the sun is always there.

We don’t always see things in the same way.  We don’t always agree.  Many things look differently to different people.  

Lent is a time to open our eyes and our hearts. It’s a time to see things as they are and not to blind ourselves to the truth.  To see each person as he or she is, a life worthy of respect, reverence and, and love.  To open our eyes to the truth that we are desperately dependent upon God for our very existence.

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

 Henry David Thoreau

Monday, March 27, 2017

Chapter 3, Page 27, Book 17

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The Hope of Lent

Give up gloom——enjoy the beauty that is all around you.

March 27th - Tomorrow is not yet; yesterday is gone; now is all you have

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting -- a wayside sacrament.  Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.

 Ralph Waldo Emerson

This world is full of beauty, but the most beautiful things are those simple things that teach us profound lessons.  

Beauty is not always realized through a life changing moment or a great epiphany. It’s not always hidden in a rainbow. Beauty is often found through looking into a newborn’s eyes, in the blooming of a flower, or in paint peeling off an old fence. It’s often where you least expect it.

Shadows always seem to get a bad rap, but they are a beautiful thing on a hot summer day. They shield us from the heat. They remind us that there truly is opposition in all things.  Even darkness has a place and a potential to do good. No one is ever completely lost.

To some, rain may seem gloomy, but if we look at rain through different eyes, it becomes a cool drink for the earth that brings growth to every living thing it touches. It is rain that makes the earth so vibrant and full of color. It is the rain that we rely upon for our own well being.

Looks like a day to make my own sunshine here.  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Chapter 3, Page 26, Book 17

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The Hope of Lent

Give up complaining——focus on gratitude.

March 26th - Sunday gratitude

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given.

When we are thankful, grateful and appreciative of what we have, we tend to be more generous, loving, patient and kind toward others. Gratitude helps you focus on what is important instead of getting caught up in the little annoyances of everyday life.

This Sunday I’m especially grateful for a day of rest.  After weeks of packing and preparing to move, I’m finally in my new home.  The move was completed last weekend with the help of family and friends.

There is still a lot to unpack, but today is a day just to relax rest and enjoy.  Gone are the days of constant busyness and work.  Life in the slow lane has resumed.  That’s where I work a little and rest a lot. 

Thank the good Lord for His many blessings!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Chapter 3, Page 25, Book 17

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The Hope of Lent 

Give up negativism——be positive.

March 25th

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Lou Holtz

Most of us tend to let our circumstances choose our attitude for us.  But choosing our attitude no matter what the circumstances is the only way to a happier life.  Why wait for the perfect circumstance to be happy, when we can choose it now, every day, no matter what happens.

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.

Earl Nightingale

Attitude is a decision that we make every day.  It’s ours to choose just how we want to feel.  Even if, at any given time, your choices of action are limited, your choices regarding your attitude are not. Always choose a positive attitude.

 A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

Hugh Downs

How we choose to start a new day can be our single most effective way to impact having a good day. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. A positive attitude is always an option and it's up to each and everyone of us to choose it.

Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life.

Joel Osteen

Positivity is choosing to see the bright side of life. It is recognizing that struggle and pain are not all that’s there, even if they’re all we can see in a certain moment. It is seeing the good in people, even when we have to search really, really hard for it. 

We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it's a continuing choice.

John Maxwell 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Chapter 3, Page 24, Book 17

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The Hope of Lent - March 24th

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Allan K. Chalmers

Whatever would we do without those grand essentials?  Without something to do, we’d have no cause to get up in the morning, Without something to love, we’d have no cause to get up in the morning.  Without something to hope for, we’d have no cause to get up in the morning.

Thankfully I do have every reason to wake up, get up and enjoy each day! It’s a very powerful thing to know that you have a purpose in life with something to do every day, to do the things you love and to be  hopeful even when things aren’t going so well.

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each

Thích Nhất Hạnh

Let me tell you a secret, it is impossible on our own. Every good thing comes to us from heaven above.  When you know who you are and you know who walks with you, you have everything! 

I’ve learned that no matter how good or bad things are, you must wake up each day and be thankful for  your life, because someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.

I’ve had my share of struggles, as we’ve all had. But I choose to push forward. I choose to restart. I choose to smile, even on the days that I don’t want to. Every day we have a choice to begin again or let our yesterdays define us. Every day we have an option to carry our past weight or let it go. And every day we have the potential to stay as what we were, or become something new.  And we are all capable of fresh, of different, of more.

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.

Monica Baldwin

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chapter 3, Page 23, Book 17

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The Hope of Lent - March 23rd

There is no medicine like hope, no incentives so great, and no tonics so powerful as the expectation of something better tomorrow.

Orison Swett Marden

Life is a journey. Everything in it is a process. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. All aspects of life are always developing. Life is motion. Without movement, advancement, and progression, there is no life. In other words, as long as you and I are alive, we are always going to be going somewhere.

They say that if you have not been enjoying the journey of your life, it is time to start. If you have been enjoying your life, then thank God and look for ways to enjoy it even more.

Thankfully, our enjoyment in life is not based on always having enjoyable circumstances. It is an attitude of the heart.  Lent is an invitation toward whole heartedness.  The heart is an ancient metaphor for the seat of our whole being. To be whole hearted means to bring our entire selves before 
God, our intellect, our emotional life, our dreams and intuitions, our deepest longings.  

Lent a time of renewal, conversion of heart.

Keep your head and your heart going in the right direction and you will not have to worry about your feet.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chapter 3, Page 22, Book 17

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The Hope of Lent

There are no hopeless situations, only people who think hopelessly.

Windred Newman

March 22th -  Lent offers new growth and life we hope for

I saw the check list below the other day and I thought what a great way to base my new beginnings on

start spending time with the right people
start making happiness a daily priority
let go of self limiting behaviors
 make life simple again

We need to remember that no one is perfect. This might seem like the most obvious statement in the world, but it's important to remember. We live in a time when people's thoughts and actions are more widely recorded and open to scrutiny than ever before. A small mistake can cost someone their reputation or livelihood. An opinion expressed, particularly online, can invite a world of insults. It appears to be easier than ever to take the moral high ground, and to dismiss a person entirely based on one thing we know about them.

However, the Lenten lesson for today is that it’s best to see beyond the labels placed on people and treat each other the way we would want to be treated.  Everyone deserves another chance and a new beginning. Remember none of us is perfect.