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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 25, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

I Lack Nothing

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack

Remember there is nothing we lack.  God provides all that we need.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough

Oprah Winfrey

So many of us focus on what we do not have, and overlook or even ignore what we do have.  Even if it’s not the nicest, or best, or most modern or recent. It’s what we have, and it’s better than nothing. We need to remember this, and remind ourselves how lucky we are to have what we have, as there are plenty of others with even less.

One day at a time is how we all live. Today, nothing is lacking. There are things that would be nice, but I’m doing OK. And the world is mine, for I have all I need. 

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!

Steve Maraboli

Monday, April 24, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 24, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Smiling Anyway 

I’m not ok but I smile anyway.  I need to remember that one bad moment shouldn’t ruin this day.  When we think of it as a bad minute, not a bad day, we know we’ll get through it and be ok.  There is still a lot in life to smile about and to be thankful for.  The picture above is of one of my sweet little granddaughters giving me a smile just when I needed one.

Strength Is When You Have So Much To Cry For But You Smile Anyway 
Stress begins when your worry list is longer than your gratitude list.  Happiness begins when your gratitude list is longer than your worry list.  So find something to be thankful for today.  Be sure to appreciate what you’ve got.  Be thankful for the little things in life that mean a lot.

Whatever happens, you can always choose to cry or to smile. So why not smile.  If you are happy, smile. If you aren't happy, smile anyway. It will help you get there. 

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 23, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

We fill our calendars and our days with various forms of distraction and busyness, often times just to avoid doing the little things that must be done. We avoid being slightly uncomfortable with the workload in front of us.  

When it’s all said and done, there are times we have said more than we’ve done.  That is when it’s time to set priorities. What you focus on grows stronger in your life.  

Whatever you love without condition will push you ahead through any condition.  Love is always willing.

Ralph Marston

Remember:  From this moment forward…

May your actions speak louder than your words.

May your life preach louder than your lips.

Rethink how you’re spending your time, and replace the meaningless with the meaningful.

To live in the light of a new day and an unimaginable and unpredictable future, you must become fully present to a deeper truth - not a truth from your head, but a truth from your heart; not a truth from your ego, but a truth from the highest source. 

Debbie Ford

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 22, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Thank you dear friends for your prayers and thoughts at this time of deep sorrow for me and for my family.

Finding words to express myself has been very difficult.  But It’s a new day and I’ve found new strength and many new thoughts to share with you all.

 from Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado

It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice.

Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.

I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose peace. I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience. I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite Him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness. I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness. I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness. Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. . .

I choose gentleness. Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I choose self control. I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 15, Book 17

Due to the death of my oldest son on April 13th,2017 I am at a loss for words right now. Please join me in prayers of comfort and consolation for my entire family.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 12, Book 17

It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work,
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.

Wendell Berry

April 12th - The journey to Easter

As the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  It’s a great lesson for today, during Holy Week.  Setting out on a journey is usually a positive action. Journeys do not start with a with a feeling of hopelessness that life is bad and getting worse and there’s no fixing it. A journey starts by saying yes to the idea that there is something out there worth journeying to; that the road we are invited to take will be worth the trip.

 No one knows exactly what is going to happen on a journey.  It requires trust that the journey into the unknown will be worth it.  One thing I’ve learned is that journeys of faith do not lead us along the path of least resistance. If that were the case, there would be no reason to ever take them, since the path of least resistance is simply to sit at home in the recliner and never journey. Faith is not only necessary for the first step on a faith journey; it has to be there throughout the journey.

 Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.

William Newton Clarke

Only faith can keep us from stubbornly walking into a dead end, clinging to a nonexistent expectation. Only by faith can we recognize the opportunities, and embrace the unexpected joys of fields and the forests through which the new road takes us, that we never would have found on our own.

 The journey of faith begins with a spark of faith. It starts by saying yes to the idea that there is something out there worth journeying to; that the road we are invited to take will be worth the trip.

I don’t know all the answers, but for me it is a blessing to know that we have somewhere to go and we are fuelled by hope.

Faith is better understood as a verb than a noun, as a process than a possession. It is an on again, off again rather than once and for all. Faith is not sure where you're going, but going anyway.

Frederick Buechner

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 11, Book 17

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. 

April 11th - The journey to Easter

Along our journey we will be confronted with many situations, some will be filled with joy, and some will be filled with heartache. How we react to what we are faced will determine what kind of outcome the rest of our journey through life will be like.

 Susan Samaroo

There are many times we forget to appreciate every moment of our journey   We long for the house to be clean, but hate the steps to get there. We look forward to reaching a desired weight but suffer through the diet or the exercise. We desire the college degree, but despise the homework assignments along the way. We live for the weekend when our work will be done, but complain about the idea of Monday morning coming again so soon.

When joy is only found in the final product, the rest of our lives are experienced as something to be avoided, endured, or suffered through.  This approach of only appreciating joy in the outcome robs us of countless moments along the way. We need to lay aside any anxieties about the future or bitter regrets about the past.

 Be mindful in every moment and each step of the journey. There is indeed great joy to be found in the process, not just in the outcome.

Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.