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

Author Unknown

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 23, Book 14

But some emotions don’t make a lot of noise.
It's hard to hear pride.
Caring is real faint - like a heartbeat.
And our love, why some days it's so quiet
you don't even know it's there.

Erma Bombeck

Emotions are usually evident.  When I was a young woman someone told me that I wore my heart on my sleeve.  Whatever emotion I was feeling was obvious just by looking at me.  There are many times we identify others emotions by the sounds they make.  The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle.  

There are times though that silence is the best messenger to convey what we are feeling.  If you’ve ever had someone give you the silent treatment, you know what I mean.

There are times when silence has the loudest voice. 

Leroy Brownlow

I think that love is the most powerful emotions we have.  We talk about love being blind or unconditional.  It can also be noisy or quiet.  There is an old saying that actions speak louder than words and love is shown through the things we do.  

A hug doesn’t make any noise but it sure feels great.

A Simple Hug

There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.

A hug's a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you 'cause you're you.

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbor,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing -
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say.

It's funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language,
It's always understood.

And hugs don't need new equipment,
Special batteries or parts
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts.

Keep this hug going
Pass it on 

 Author unknown

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 22, Book 14

I've heard it said it all depends upon your point of view.  The happiness you get from life.  And how things look to you.  And the longer that I'm living, I've really come to see that this is just as true a fact as anything could be.

If you always look for sorrow, then you'll have it seven fold.  If you go in search of rainbows, You will find a pot of gold.  If you have no time for dreaming, the days are dark and grey, but with a little bit of hope, your troubles slip away.

Don’t waste your time in sighing, When the world is full of song, Don’t live among the shadows, That is not where you belong. Lift your face and feel the sunlight, Smell the flowers in the wood, And be grateful you are living, …And know that God is good.

Author Unknown

 Life is so much more pleasant and peaceful from an optimistic point of view.  

My point of view is going to be different from others point of view because we live different lives and live in different places.  For instance, wintertime is not going to mean the same to others that it does for me.  That is unless you happen to live in the same area I do and unless you have to shovel your own driveway.

I love it when I happen to find someone that shares my point of view on life and living.  To me its like a feeling of companionship when we know someone else has had those same experiences too.

It’s also hard to believe what others say and do because of their point of view.  I have a very hard time understanding some things they do.  And since understanding is so important, I took the time to look for some ways that can lead us to a better understanding of others.

Things to remember:

We need to remember that people who appear to be mean or hurtful don’t usually do it intentionally. There are exceptions to this, but generally the hurt you feel is a side effect, not the principle cause.

People are forgetful by nature, so don’t assume malice or disinterest if something is forgotten. 

Put yourself in their shoes.  Have compassion for what the other person is going through.  

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

Harper Lee

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 21, Book 14

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton Wilder

Storing up treasures in heaven.  Thoughts to ponder...

 I know some people who, at the end of each day, put all of the change from their pockets into a piggy bank. It may not be a lot of money, but when you add to it every day, it is amazing how quickly it builds up.

Whether we use a piggy bank or a savings account at the bank, it is a good idea to have a plan to save money for unexpected emergencies or when we want to do something special.  Many of us are simply trying to save for a rainy day!  I try to do it.  I put away a little something in case the car breaks down or the plumbing needs fixed.  There is an old maxim that states:  those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

 I’ve learned that we really have no ultimate security in this world.  None of us gets out of here alive, no matter how hard we try.  Our lives are much more than possessions. It is not what we have, but who we are, that truly matters.  One thing we have to be careful of is that the treasure that we are building doesn't become the most important thing in our life. 

Treasures are simply things we value and therefore want to have. We want to find, work for, keep, use and share treasures.  It is not lack of material possessions that makes us poor. Rather, preoccupation with what and how much we have  and how to get more of it that impoverishes us. 

He who lies down upon his bed at night, knowing he has added a nice sum to his heavenly riches that day is far happier than the man who added a nice sum to his bank account.  Do not turn to your bank account or your broad acres to see what you are worth. Look into your character.

Every dime or dollar we give out of love is a treasure laid up in heaven. Every word of praise and thanksgiving to God, every loving thought is laying up treasure in heaven. Every act of sacrifice out of love is adding to our treasure store.  The giving of a helping hand will gain for us a far greater reward.  Being cheerful and thoughtful to someone who is sad and praying for one another will add to our treasure chest. 

 I may never have much in the way of earthly treasure, but try to be faithful each day in building up treasures in heaven.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

Matthew 6:19-21

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 20, Book 14

Before you quit, try. 
Befor you talk, listen
Before you react, think.
Before you criticize, wait
Before you move on, forgive.

Author Unknown

I chose the word BEFORE for my theme today.  It’s a good one to think about so I’ve lots to share

Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Things we did before the internet:

We went outside more

We talked more 

We used the phone book

We had to wait for an order to be placed over the phone or through the mail 

We bought newspapers and magazines

We went to the library to look up information in reference books or if we had one, we used the encyclopedia

Things to do before making a big decision

Explore the options

Consider who will be affected

Invite others to give their opinions

Don’t let fear make your choices for you

Move forward and used your God given wisdom

When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you've got plenty to watch. 

Author unknown

Things to do before you get to heaven

Give away something valuable

Reconnect with a long lost friend

Spend an entire day totally focused on the One who gave you the gift of life

Dance with abandon

Banish anything that's preventing you from opening your hands and your heart to others. 

Refuse to retire from life.  

 Share what you've learned. Listen as much as you talk. Ask questions. Encourage. Stay open to God's surprises, and you may learn as much as you teach.

You have to be before you can do, and do before you can have. 

Zig Ziglar

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 19, Book 14

Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.

Harry Hepner

In our busy lives, it's easy to let the small moments of joy pass us by and to always be looking ahead, looking back, looking over our shoulders. In fact, those small moments of joy are the basis for wholeness, fulfillment, and growth.  Happiness awaits us in every moment of each day.  It’s often the little things that mean the most.

Life isn’t perfect, but it sure is good.  When I get up every morning and take a good look around in a way that takes nothing for granted, everything is extraordinary.  Every day is a gift.  Never treat life casually. 

We need to appreciate where we are  each moment of our lives as it’s where we need to be in order to get to where we want to go tomorrow.  Don’t let the past and the future steal your present.

Life is always better when you’re smiling.  Think of all the beauty that remains around you, see it and smile.  Be thankful for all the small things in your life, because when you put them all together you will see just how significant they are.  At the end of the day, it’s not happiness that makes us thankful, but thankfulness that makes us happy.

The three things I’m thankful for today:

2141. for little things that make a big difference
2142.  for Sunday dinner with some of my family
2143. for the sales on meat I found at the grocery store this week

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. 

Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 18, Book 14

From quiet homes and first beginning,

Out to the undiscovered ends,
There's nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends. 

Hilaire Belloc

Color your day with laughter !

Some days it’s easy to smile, other days we have to work at it.

Not to worry, I have some great ideas to help you smile!

Grab your camera and go outside with a mission to capture things that make you happy.

Bake something that has a silly face on it. Really, this is a valid suggestion!

Dress up in clothes you love, just to run a simple errand. When you like how you look, you generally feel good.

Make time to see the sunrise or sunset, and make it an occasion.

Gratitude helps you to grow and expands; gratitude brings you and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.

Eileen Caddy

Create a gratitude list including the smallest details like a fluffy pillow,  and the biggest things like your health and your family.

Laugh out loud. Choose to laugh and keep going

And last but not least, laugh at yourself.  Don’t take yourself so seriously.

There comes a time when suddenly you realize that laughter is something you remember and that you were the one laughing. 

Marlene Dietrich

If that list didn’t give you something to smile about then maybe some of these things to ponder will make you smile…

What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me .....they're cramming for their final exam.

If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

One way or another I hope you enjoy a good laugh today.

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

Victor Hugo

HUGS AND SMILES from me to you !

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 17, Book 14

God Knows Best

by Helen Steiner Rice

Our Father knows what's best for us,
So why should we complain
We always want the sunshine,
But He knows there must be rain

We love the sound of laughter
And the merriment of cheer,
But our hearts would lose their tenderness
If we never shed a tear...

Our Father tests us often
With suffering and with sorrow,
He tests us, not to punish us,
But to help us meet tomorrow...

For growing trees are strengthened
When they withstand the storm,
And the sharp cut of a chisel
Gives the marble grace and form...

God never hurts us needlessly,
And He never wastes our pain
For every loss He send to us
Is followed by rich gain...

And when we count the blessings
That God has so freely sent,
We will find no cause for murmuring
And no time to lament...

For our Father loves His children,
And to Him all things are plain,
So He never sends us pleasure
When the soul's deep need is pain...

So whenever we are troubled,
And when everything goes wrong,
It is just God working in us
To make our spirit strong.

Catch fire today!
Make today the day 
you stop complaining 
and do something!
Steve Harvey

Complaining really never accomplishes anything.  It’s another one of those useless things like worry.  We can complain all we want, but complaints don’t make for good results. Complaining affects our brains and our physical health negatively

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of a quiet moan from time to time but when complaining becomes part of our natural way of life it can steal our joy. I think we have to watch out for those JOY stealers like criticism, fault finding and complaining.  Keeping a positive attitude is often very hard when these things steal away our joy.

To me having a joyful attitude means being conscious of our blessings and not complaining about problems.  I don’t gloss over and pretend the bad stuff doesn’t happen, but try remember just how blessed I am.

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.  

Anthony J. D'Angelo