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

Author Unknown

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Chapter 7, Page 4, Book 15

O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountains majesty
Above thy fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea

July 4th - Land That We Love

  Today we Americans celebrate the Birth of Our Nation, July 4, 1776.  It's Independence Day! Today, all across the United States, people are wishing each other a happy Fourth of July. On this 4th of July, there are many reasons to celebrate such as thanking the troops, enjoying our freedoms, and  spending time with family and friends

 Our love was made, made in the U.S.A.

I was born and raised right here in the United States of America and I’m proud to be an American.  I’ve never lived anywhere else and don’t want to either.  I love my country and the ideals that it stands for. 

I’m sending the best of wishes to all for a safe and happy holiday!  

Happy Fourth of July!
Let us celebrate freedom
in loud, joyful ways!

America we love you, Our Red, White and Blue!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Chapter 7, Page 3, Book 15

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.  

Aaron Rose

July 3 - Let your love light shine!

Light is good from whatever lamp it shines.  

Author Unknown

Just in time for the 4th of July weekend I'm seeing my own personal fireworks show right here in my own back yard. Those lightening bugs, fireflies, are a delight to watch in the evening. 

 Did you know that the main idea of a firefly’s light show is to attract a mate. The males fly around while turning their lights on and off, hoping to get the attention of a flightless female waiting in low vegetation.   If a female is impressed by a male’s flickering, she will flash back a response to the twilight glow. Each species of firefly has its own unique flash that is characteristic of its sex and species.

I think many of us are attracted by the light others show.  Many times I’ve seen someone with a healthy glow that just radiates warmth and joy.

Shine, little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer
Shine, little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer!
Lead us lest too far we wander.
Love's sweet voice is calling yonder!
Shine, little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer
Shine, little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer
Light the path below, above,
And lead us on to love.

from Paul Lincke's 1902 operetta Lysistrata, 
translated into English by Lilla Cayley Robinson, in the early 20th century

You light up my life !

If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, It is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily... but for something that tugs at your heart, something that's your inspiration, something that's your dream.

Author Unknown

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Chapter 7, Page 2, Book 15

Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom. Radiate love. 

Wilferd Peterson 

July 2nd — Love warms

Love, like sunshine, warms every moment . . . brightens every day.

They say you see the sunny side of things when you stand on the sunny side of them.  

There are  many things and people that warm my heart.  I can feel the glow they radiate.  

children’s laughter
 doggy snuggles & kisses
 a good book
getting compliments about my kids
making dinner for my family and watching them enjoy it
the beauty of the evening sunset
 people who make me laugh and who support me, are those who warm my heart

The hearts that love will know never winter's frost and chill.  Summer's warmth is in them still.

Eben Eugene Rexford

Every day, I remind myself my heart’s desire is to know and live in Love.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Chapter 7, Page 1, Book 15

On a day like today. We passed the time away. Writing love letters in the sand...

July 1 - Love letters in the sand

Someone has said that the Bible is God’s love letter to us. But perhaps on some days, like me, you just don’t feel like opening it.  It is said of some people that the more you know them the less you admire them; but the reverse is true of God. Familiarity with the Word of God, or rather the God of the Word, breeds affection, and affection seeks yet greater familiarity.

Letters are something we look forward to receiving. When it is from a loved one far away, we just can't wait for it to arrive.  They are  sprinkled with terms of endearment, fond memories, and anticipated joy.They send encouragement to keep safe, to enjoy friends and activities.

Letters connect us. Now we have social networking to connect us but way back when letters are what bound people together. They still bind people together for those who choose to write them. 

Remember: the One who loves you the most has a message for you.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chapter 6, Page 30, Book 15

Sow seeds of gentleness
and  mercy.
Water daily with kindness
and love.
Cultivate a heart of goodness,
and bloom sweet
fragrance of love.

June 30th - love has a fragrance

I remember a story of a girl who was told by her mother to take flowers to a shut in who lived down the street. She did so and it was a marvelous visit. When she came back her mother said, Smell your hands. She did and she was surprised to discover that the fragrance of the flowers still lingered on her hands. Her wise mother said to her, Kindness always leaves a sweet fragrance.

What a great illustration of how the smallest things can have impactful results. The fact that the flower is small and seemingly insignificant, does not keep it from spreading the fragrance it was created to share. In fact, often the smallest flower can have the most potent fragrance.

If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal — that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. 

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Sometimes we may feel like a tiny flower. We wonder if we are really capable of doing anything big or important. Insecurities, feelings of unworthiness or life challenges prevent us from seeing how we can impact others. It is not the size of the actions that matter, but the aroma that is created by those actions. Our lingering fragrance should be one of love and kindness, not anger and harshness. Patience and faithfulness, not intolerance and selfishness.

When God created flowers, He intentionally created them to give off a sweet aroma. And He created us just the same.

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Chapter 6, Page 29, Book 15

But why should love stop at the border? 

Pablo Casals

June 29 - Cross the border into a zone of greater love.

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

Brian Tracy
In many aspects of our lives, we have various zones. For example, we all have comfort zones in work, relationships, prayer, study, and service. In our comfort zones, we are relaxed and probably enjoying ourselves.

If we, because of love or some other reason, cross the boundary of our comfort zone, we enter into a discomfort zone. In this zone, we are struggling and suffering. In this zone, we find both the danger of burnout and the opportunity for significant growth as as we meet new challenges. 

Many times the advice given to someone who is feeling down or who is experiencing difficult times is to do something for another person.  By focusing on the other we put our own problems in perspective.  

Life is a never ending journey of reaching out of our comfort zone. We can always reach new levels.

Matthew Donnelly

It’s easy to know what to do when you’re not the person who has to do it. When you actually have to implement the advice, things get complicated and uncomfortable.

If we proceed further in love and cross the boundary of the discomfort zone, we enter a new zone which is difficult to name. It is a zone of both mystery and indescribable joy. In this zone, we are living, giving, praying, 
on the 'edge’. We extend ourselves more than ever before.

 For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.
For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.
For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.

Ivan Panin

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chapter 6, Page 28, Book 15

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. 

 Carl Bard

June 28 - now is the time for love

What can anyone give you that is greater than this precious little instant known as 'now'?

Author Unknown

We all have at least one thing in our life that never seems to get done. By bringing that task to the top of the list and promising ourselves that we will do it as soon as possible is an act that could free a tremendous amount of energy in our lives. Doing things we don't want to do, or that scare us, creates flow in our lives and allows us to grow.  

We see the world as we are.
Remember the last bad day you had? Chances are you ended up in a grumpy mood and feeling fed up. Even though the sun may have been shining or people all around you were happy and laughing - you were miserable, which meant the day was bad no matter how you looked at it.

If you're depressed, think of the excitement that life offers. If you feel stressed look for opportunities with optimism in your heart. If you're lonely, realize the world is full of friendly people and go out and meet them.

By choosing to see the joy in the way things are, you'll soon feel the joy yourself!

Cancel the pity party. Love the people God brings to you. 

Max Lucado