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

Author Unknown

Monday, October 05, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 5, Book 15

People need people and friends need friends
And we all need love for a full life depends
Not on vast riches or great acclaim,
Not on success or on worldy fame,
But just in knowing that someone cares
And holds us close in their thoughts and prayers-
For only the knowledge that we’re understood
Makes everyday living feel wonderfully good,
And we rob ourselves of life’s greatest need
When we lock up our hearts and fail to heed
The outstretched hand reaching to find
A kindred spirit whose heart and mind
Are lonely and longing to somehow share
Our joys and sorrows and to make us aware
That life’s completeness and richness depends
On the things we share with our loved ones and friends.

Helen Steiner Rice

October 4th - loving friends care

Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows?

Joel Osteen

There are times when it seems it might be easier to say nothing, but it is much better to say something. To get our focus off ourselves and on others. To look for ways to lift up others rather than tear them down. It is good to encourage others.

Encouragement goes straight to the heart. There are times when just being there can be encouraging! When you're with others, you're telling them that they're important.  And remember: when you're feeling discouraged, the best way to lift yourself up is to encourage others.

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
Anne Frank 

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 4, Book 15

Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves.
Humbert Wolfe

This is the time of year that Halloween decorations begin to appear in the stores.  Some of them are cute and funny and others are downright scary.

And speaking of scary things, I’m reminded that the things we don't understand sometimes are the scariest. It's hard to deal with those things because we don't know how to process it or see it in a tangible form. 

It's like the howling sounds of the wind on a dark and stormy night shrieking at us. 

Important Reminders:

Happiness keeps you sweet.

Trials keep you strong.

Sorrow keeps you human.

Failure keeps you humble.

And courage keeps you going!

There are some things we've just got to let go of and give over to the Lord and our fears are one of those things. 


When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.
 Anthony Robbins

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 3, Book 15

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,—
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band....
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky….
George Cooper

October 3rd - abundance of Love

Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.

Steve Maraboli

We are beginning to see an abundance of falling leaves on the ground here.  When the wind blows it reminds me of someone having a party.  Happily going to and fro, first one way and then another. And who doesn’t feel like having a party when they have an abundance of love in their lives.

To have an abundance of something is to have more than you need. It's often used to describe positive qualities, such as an abundance of love.  The abundant life is about abundant love and abundant giving.

Life in abundance comes only through great love.

Love begins with our thoughts. We become what we think about. Loving thoughts create loving experiences and loving relationships. If you want to receive love, all you have to do is give it! The more love you give, the more you will receive. Love is infinite; it is the force that flows through everything, everywhere.

If you want to have love in abundance, you must be committed to it, and that commitment will be reflected in your thoughts and actions.

Love is the one treasure that multiplies by division. It is the one gift that grows bigger the more you take from it. It is the one business in which it pays to be an absolute spendthrift. You can give it away, throw it away, empty your pockets, shake the basket, turn the glass upside down, and tomorrow you will have more than ever.

Author Unknown

Friday, October 02, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 2, Book 15

Life is like a garden
And friendship like a flower,
That blooms and grows in beauty
With the sunshine and the shower.

And lovely are the blossoms
That are tended with great care,
By those who work unselfishly
To make the place more fair.

And, like the garden blossoms,
Friendship’s flower grows more sweet
When watched and tended carefully
By those we know and meet.

And, if the seed of friendship
Is planted deep and true
And watched with understanding,
Friendship’s flower will bloom for you.

Helen Steiner Rice

October 2nd - harvest of love

Surer than autumn's harvests
  Are harvests of thought and deed;
  Like those that our hands have planted,
  The yield will be like the seed. 


When we’re in a good mood, we shine like the sun. But if we find ourselves in the presence of a person, or people, in a grumpy mood, it can feel like a dark cloud approaching to dim our light. 

It’s at times like this that it’s good to remember that clouds pass and we can make the choice to offer support that comes from the heart.  To ask if they would like some help or to offer suggestions that have helped us in the past. By uplifting another in any way, we improve our own lives while making the world a better place for all of us. 

It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song. But the man worth while is the one who can smile, when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is troubled, And it always comes with the years. And the smiles that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears. 

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 1, Book 15

The heart of Autumn must have broken here
And pour a treasure out upon the leaves

Charlotte Fiske Bates

October 1st - broken hearted

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.

  Ernest Hemingway 

My heart has been broken more than once in my life and I do agree that broken hearts do mend stronger.  Stronger and wiser for sure.   Every relationship happens for a reason, to help us grow. 

There is an old saying that says, That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger.  I’ve learned that it’s  the letting go and moving on is what makes us stronger and happier. When we are feeling hopeless, we need to know that better days are ahead of us.  

It’s always better to be alone than to be in bad company.  True friendship is a promise made in the heart.  It’s often silent, unwritten, unbreakable by distance, and unchangeable by time.  

Love means giving someone the chance to hurt you, but trusting them not to.  When you completely trust a person, without any doubt, you’ll automatically get one of two results – a FRIEND for life or a LESSON for life. 

The one thing we should never let go of is hope.  Someday all the pieces will come together better and  stronger than the way they were before. 


God can mend all broken hearts. You just have to give him all the pieces. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chapter 9, Page 30, Book 15

Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love.

Leo Buscaglia

September 30th - Love is a gift that is free.

There are bad times, but thats okay, just look for the love in it, don't burn the day away.

Dave Matthews Band

What is the greatest gift of love? It’s not diamonds, flowers, or chocolate. The greatest gift of love you can give is focused attention.  The essence of relationships is how much of ourselves we give to each other.  People want your attention. They want your focus. They want to know that you think they matter. Nothing can replace time

Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.

Marian Anderson

We need to look for opportunities to show attention to the people in our life. That is the greatest gift of love we can give! But don’t just wait for it to happen; make opportunities to show attention.

Love is the only gift that’s acceptable to give away as soon as you get it.

Jarod Kintz

Take time to thank God for His love and all the people who love you! It is His gift to you and, I believe, one of the most valuable gifts that you will ever receive.

Remember:  Love is a gift, not a reward for performance.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Chapter 9, Page 29, Book 15

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.

William Arthur Ward

September 29 - forgiveness, the better way

Love is an electric blanket with somebody else in control of the switch. 

Cathy Carlyle

Because I love, there are times that others do have some control over what I do.  I do things, I wouldn’t otherwise do because of my love for them.  I make meals and bake cakes for them.  I send out cards and gifts because I love them.  

What power has love but forgiveness?
In other words
by its intervention
what has been done
can be undone.
What good is it otherwise? 

William Carlos Williams

I say lots of prayers for them, but no one can force me to forgive. Forgiveness is a choice I make when I am ready to release the burden of anger, pain, and shame. I forgive when I believe there is a better way. 

Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule. 

Lewis B. Smedes

Lots of bad things can be forgiven when we decide it is a better way to live and Love is the excellent way. 

Forgiveness is love in its most noble form.