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

Author Unknown

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chapter 4, Page 18, Book 15

The Road of Life

At first, I saw God as my observer,
my judge,
keeping track of the things I did wrong,
so as to know whether I merited heaven
or hell when I die.
He was out there sort of like a president.
I recognized His picture when I saw it,
but I really didn't know Him.

But later on
when I met Christ,
it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride,
but it was a tandem bike,
and I noticed that Christ
was in the back helping me pedal.

I don't know just when it was
that He suggested we change places,
but life has not been the same since.

When I had control,
I knew the way.
It was rather boring,
but predictable . . .
It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead,
He knew delightful long cuts,
up mountains,
and through rocky places
at breakneck speeds,
it was all I could do to hang on!
Even though it looked like madness,
He said, Pedal !

I worried and was anxious
and asked,
Where are you taking me?
He laughed and didn't answer,
and I started to learn to trust.

I forgot my boring life
and entered into the adventure.
And when I'd say, I'm scared,
He'd lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed,
gifts of healing,
and joy.
They gave me gifts to take on my journey,
my Lord's and mine.

And we were off again.
He said, Give the gifts away;
they're extra baggage, too much weight.
So I did,
to the people we met,
and I found that in giving I received,
and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him,
at first,
in control of my life.
I thought He'd wreck it;
but He knows bike secrets,
knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

And I am learning to shut up
and pedal
in the strangest places,
and I'm beginning to enjoy the view
and the cool breeze on my face
with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore,
He just smiles and says . . . Pedal.

Author unknown

April 18th- love is adventure

Is there not glory enough in living the days given to us? You should know there is adventure in simply being among those we love and the things we love, and beauty, too.

Lloyd Alexander

I’ve lived a life full of love and there have been many adventures.  Traveling the road of life is much more fulfilling when when it’s filled with things and people you love.  

To see God’s hand in everything makes life a great adventure.

The picture  showing me with some of my grandchildren was taken this past Easter.  The grandchildren shown are just a few of the many that I have.  Believe me when I say that my life has been an adventurous journey and it’s not over yet.

Love is an adventure of the soul

Friday, April 17, 2015

Chapter 4, Page 17, Book 15

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.

John Lennon

April 17th - Love nurtures

The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass where ever you may be.

Robert Fulghum

In today’s society, we're encouraged to move fast, and to covet what we don’t have, instead of nourishing what we do have. We can damage beautiful relationships if we don’t give them the attention they deserve. Much like a plant needs water, love and attention, so do human beings!  

Different plants thrive together in a well nurtured garden. Just as they thrive, they pass on a message to mankind - God created us all to thrive with one another and planted love in our hearts for this reason. Let's learn to embrace each other, knowing Love is all we have to keep us growing and going.

Kemi Sogunle

If you love something you have to protect it.  Every day we have to make choices that ensure the things we love continue to thrive. So if you find a way of life that is good for you, do whatever it takes to keep it. 

To love is to nurture.

Love is like a new born baby it needs to be nurtured. Love is like a flower it needs to be tended. Love is like a garden it needs to be nourished. Loves don't grow on its own, you need to plant it, weed fertilizes, water it and protect it.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chapter 4, Page 16, Book 15

Right now is your sole opportunity to live this day. Live it true to who you are, true to what you believe, and true to all you love.

 Ralph Marston

April 16th - Be true to what you love

We are all very different when we are at our best than when we are at our worst. We can even seem like two different people sometimes. 

Relationships bring out the best and the worst in all of us and most everyone needs someone, at some time, to give them something, in order to become the someone they long to become. 

In life you’ll realize there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you, and some will teach you.  But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.

Remember: It is okay to be angry.  It is never okay to be cruel.

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

 William Arthur Ward

I read somewhere once that we tend to judge ourselves by our intentions and other people by their actions. I feel strongly that it is so very important to bring out the best in ourselves and others and I’ve found that the best way to bring out the best in someone is to praise generously and be sincere

 Don't just be yourself, be your best self.

 I’ve been told that you’re part of the problem, or you’re part of the solution.  It’s always motivating to know you are part of the solution.

Because sometimes
you have to step outside of the person you’ve been,
and remember the person you were meant to be,
the person you wanted to be,
the person you are.

H.G. Wells

I hope to live my life in such a way that I am part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chapter 4, Page 15, Book 15

True love doesn't happen right away; it's an ever growing process. It develops after you've gone through many ups and downs, when you've suffered together, cried together, laughed together.

Ricardo Montalban

April 15th - True love

True love is when you put someone on a pedestal, and they fall--but you are there to catch them.

Love is not turning a blind eye it is having both eyes wide open. Infatuation is putting someone on a pedestal and seeing who you want to see.  Everyone has problems, flaws, and blind spots, just as we do. When we entertain the illusion that someone is perfect, we don't allow them room to be human, so when they make an error in judgment or act in contradiction to our idea of perfection, we can become disillusioned.

Don't put me on a pedestal, for I am sure to fall. Just love me as I am, flaws and all .

When you are on a pedestal, the only place to go is down.

Having your soul knitted to another isn’t for the faint of heart. It means you bear your own hurts along with those of your friend. You cry when they cry and laugh when they laugh and feel like your heart will break wide open when you face not having them by your side.

But it’s worth it because they cause you to love harder, laugh louder, live richer and become more than you could ever be without them. It’s putting your heart and your name in the hands of another person and saying, I trust you with all of this, as they do the same.

True love is unconditional and accepts you just as you are.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chapter 4, Page 14, Book 15

Advice from a Tree
Stand tall and proud 

Be confident in who you are. There is beauty in each and every one of us and we must proudly show that to the world. Because a tree is rooted firmly in the ground it can reach out with its branches to get light, feel the rain, or let a bird land on a branch. Once we, too are grounded and able to stand firmly in who we are, we can reach out to accept the gifts this world has to offer. It is often easier to focus on the negativity in life, but think about all that has gone right and all that you've accomplished! Be proud and lift your heart up to the sky.

Author Unknown

April 14th - Love makes you twice as tall.

When you're in love, you stand a little taller and carry yourself with an air of confidence. Make no mistake about it; people in love feel good about themselves. 

 In life, we are all constantly at crossroads. Some of these crossroads are life changing, and others don’t seem to make a difference either way. These moments come to us sometimes many times a day. Which way to choose, what choice to make.  We need to stand for something.

If you don't make a stand for something you'll never make a stand for nothing

Just as a tree has the strength to weather decades, if not centuries and millennia, of storms, so must we find our strength to weather through everything that life presents us.  We can learn a great deal from nature’s wisdom at work if we are open to the lesson. Watch how a tree bends and sways gracefully when the wind blows against it. It does not stand rigid, resisting the flow of energy. It does not push back. The tree accepts the strong wind as a blessing that helps it grow.

Stand Tall. Be proud of who you are; be proud of what you’ve accomplished. And remember, there’s always room to grow.

Stand tall.  Stand together

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chapter 4, Page 13, Book 15

We can do no great things, only small things with great love. 

Mother Teresa 

April 13th - love is no small thing

Is it so small a thing
To have enjoyed the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done.

Matthew Arnold 

Love is no small thing, it’s the whole thing. All we can control in this imperfect life of ours is the love that we choose to give out without any regard to ever getting it back in return.

 Our love and empathy have the power to alleviate the suffering of others, and that is no small thing. Our whole life revolves around love. Love is what gives our life meaning.

What is truly valuable is the life we live, the love we give, and the love we receive.

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is. 

Maxim Gorky

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Chapter 4, Page 12, Book 15

When you see someone in need,
  Love demands a loving deed;
  Don't just say you love him true,
  Prove it by the deeds you do. 

April 12 - Love is compassionate

If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.

Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

Compassion is an essential part of everyday life. Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer.

Being compassionate is a way we show our love to one another.  Every day we have a chance to be considerate to friends, family and strangers.  Simple gestures of affection, even a pat on the hand, can help ease strain and show our genuine compassion, to be understanding and above all, love unconditionally.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama

Compassion is a combination of love and understanding. Compassion is where you know everything about someone, and you still like that person.  Not all people need the same thing from us. One of our children, for example, may need more of our personal time than the others. One of our friends may need more encouragement on a regular basis than another. 

A compassionate person understands when someone needs a hug. A compassionate person can see when someone is having a difficult time and can relieve the upset with small moments of celebration and joy.

Remember that being compassionate involves caring for others and ourselves. I don’t think we can be good for others if we are not first good to ourselves.    If you take time for yourself, you’ll find you have plenty of time to give to others.  

Tip for today :  Get involved. You don’t want to miss a chance to do a good deed or to share love with another living thing

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. 

Maya Angelou