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

Author Unknown

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 27, Book 16

The only things that are really permanent are love, family, friendship, and that is a lesson. At the end of the day, that's really what it boils down to. The rest of it is just stuff. 

Jared Kushner

October 27th -What we all want

At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division. 

Jesse Jackson

Sometimes we just have to take a moment and think about what is truly important in life. Your life is yours alone  This is your life, and it is made up entirely of your choices.  

Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away. So while we have it, we should love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage, children with bad report cards, aging parents and grandparents, coworkers and anyone close to us. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.

One of my favorite ‘Peanuts' cartoons featured Charlie Brown saying: I learned something at school today. I signed up for folk guitar, computer programming, stained glass, art, shoemaking and a natural foods workshop. Instead, I got spelling, history, arithmetic and two study periods.

Charlie's friend asks, So what did you learn? Charlie Brown answered, I learned that what you sign up for in life and what you get are two different things.

May your actions speak louder than your words. 
 May your life preach louder than your lips.  
May your success be your noise in the end.

 What is real is you and your friends and your family, your loves, your highs, your hopes, your plans, and your fears.  What you have today may become what you had by tomorrow.  You never know.  Things change, often spontaneously.  People and circumstances come and go.  Life doesn’t stop for anybody.  

However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.  That’s the one thing you can count on.  So when life is good, enjoy it.  Don’t go looking for something better every second.  Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have while they have it.

At the end of the day, you're responsible for yourself and your actions and that's all you can control. So rather than be frustrated with what you can't control, try to fix the things you can.

 Kevin Garnett

Memorable Moment - Weekly Bible study on line, it never fails to encourage me.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 26, Book 16

October 26th - coming up short

It seems I’m always coming up short these days but mostly short on time and short on energy and sometimes I’m even short with my words too. You know when you’re completely depleted in body and mind, and you can’t really imagine not feeling that way? 

They say that no matter what happens in your life, there are ways to make the best out of any bad situation.  Time and time again people make it through life’s disasters with a renewed and refreshed spirit to grow and flourish.  So there is hope!

There is a saying,  if life gives us lemons, we should make lemonade. Trying to find the positive in a bad situation isn’t easy and I’m coming up short, but I’m going to get better.   My body and mind may be weary, but my spirit is sound.

Life has been a constant learning process for me and right now I’m learning another life lesson here and I need to remember that:  No matter what bad stuff life throws your way, as long as you cope with it constructively, nothing can get you down.

We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.

Author Unknown


MEMORABLE MOMENT:  before and after shots of the sweet pea vines.  Getting ready for winter

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 25, Book 16

It’s one door swinging open and one door swinging closed

Some prayers find an answer

Some prayers never know

We’re holding on and letting go

Author Unknown

October 25th - to hold on or to let go

Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.

Hermann Hesse

So many of the hard decisions and challenging moments in life boil down to holding on and letting go.There are many things in life that it is good to hold on to.  It’s good to hold on to your faith.  It’s good to hold on to those you love, but there are many things in life that it’s best to let go of.

When you let go, you allow yourself to make the best of what you’ve got.  We appreciate life in the present for everything that it is, and then make the very best of it.

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. 

Havelock Ellis

Holding on is like wanting to control the uncontrollable.  Letting go and allowing uncontrollable things to happen, on the other hand, means these things will take care of themselves naturally, and your needs can also be better met in the process.  

When you let go, you free your mind from needless worries.  Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in the possibilities.

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.

Oprah Winfrey

When you let go, you live more gratefully. We learn to be grateful for the experiences that made us laugh, made us cry, and helped us to learn and grow.  It’s the acceptance of everything we have, everything we once had, and the possibilities that are appearing over the horizon.

Change isn’t bad.  It just makes life different than you expected, and it could be a good thing in the long run if you embrace it and see the opportunities it provides.

Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.

Daphne Rose Kingma

Memorable moment:  green tea, soothingly good on a tough day

Monday, October 24, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 24, Book 16

October 24th - a new day, a new week, another page in the book

Will you pray with me this morning?

Dear God,

As we wake to a brand new week we thank You for a fresh start. Your mercies are new every morning. Each day is a gift and its Your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise

We are excited about what this week might hold. You alone know the end from the  beginning have good plans for us. We wait in eager anticipation.

As we begin again this week, we will intentionally forget what lies behind, those moments last week where we deliberately chose to ignore the promptings of Your Spirit and stubbornly walked our own way. We intentionally commit to press forward into what lies ahead, forging boldly into the future You have planned for us.

Help us to turn the mundane into holy moments with You.  May we seize every opportunity You give for Your glory and our growth,  making the most of our time for the days are so evil.

Lord, on the cusp of a new week, we are so aware that we will fail You. There will be moments that frustration erupts into anger, times of unbelief and ungratefulness, missed opportunities and flat out rebellion. We confess all this up front. But we are also so aware that You will never fail us. You remain faithful. Faithful to forgive when we turn to You in repentance.  Thank you, Lord.

We want to walk with You this week, and amazingly You want to walk with us.

The future is unknown and so uncertain. Life can change in an instant. God, this week could contain something that significantly alters the course of our lives. But we trust You You know what this week holds. Calm our fears. Lift our eyes. Banish our doubts. Give us that steady assurance that You are never more close than when Your children are suffering, and help us to trust Your purpose in trials.

Our plans for the next seven days are written in the lightest of pencil and we submit them to You. Change them. Make them better. Because You can do far more than all we can ask or imagine.

We give this week to You.

And we pray all of this in the mighty, matchless name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Memorable Moment - fantastic find 96 k cups of flavorful Fall coffee

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 23, Book 16

There is more to life than increasing its speed.


October 23rd - Some things take time

 Panic at the thought of doing a thing is a challenge to do it. 

Henry S. Haskins 

Recent events in my life have made me feel as if there is too much to do and not enough time. I’ve been living life in the slow lane now every since I retired, but things have changed.  At this point I need to remember there is more to life than increasing its speed.  It’s not quite time to panic.

After all it took more than 20 years to fill up this house so it’s going to take more than a couple of weeks to get the point of moving.  Downsizing really isn’t much different than a good cleaning out and I really should have done this years ago.  Moving from a large home full of your stuff to a smaller space can be tricky, and while it's easy to say, just get rid of your extra stuff, doing it is much harder.

Sometimes you just have to downsize your home to rightsize your life.  Right now downsizing is the way forward!  

MEMORABLE MOMENT:  Flower boxes on the porch, brightening up the morning

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 22, Book 16

What's Hope?

Hope is knowing that a positive outcome awaits.
 Hope is not only expecting a dream to come true, but having a deep assurance that it's within your reach.
Hope is saying you can.
 Hope is knowing that you can improve and that you always get better with practice.
Hope is knowing that you can achieve your goals through hard work and persistence.
 Hope is looking to the future with joy and having an expectation of better things to come.
 Hope is the knowledge that life is everlasting, and that miracles happen every day.
Hope is something that never abandons you. Even when your life is filled with sadness and disappointment, a spark remains inside to help you get through the rough times.
Hope is one of God's greatest gifts to you, because it's the magic that inspires you to keep trying, learning, loving, and living.

Author unknown 

October 22 - the gift of hope

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hope is described  as the happy anticipation of good things. When hoping for something good to happen to you, you  wake up in the morning excited and expectant about life

With all the changes going on in my life it’s not always easy to keep that happy anticipation flowing.  The good news is that by keep hope alive, I’ve found that my days are getting better.  As long as we live, you and I are always going to be heading somewhere, and we should be enjoying ourselves on the way.

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

There's definitely something about hope that makes people lighthearted and happy. You're not going to be happy if you don't have hope.   Hope believes everything is going to turn out all right. Hope is positive! To enjoy life you must maintain a good, positive attitude. 

When you live every day in anticipation, you let go of the past and move into the future with hope, faith and trust in God. 

Our attitude towards what has happened to us in life is the important thing to recognize. Once hopeless, my life is now hopefull, but it did not happen overnight. The last of human freedoms, to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, is to choose one's own way.

Victor Frankl

If there is anything in this world that you can be sure of, it is change. Something is always changing.  If we have no hope of seeing change in our situation, change probably isn't going to come.  We need to believe, to have hope, that everything in our lives  that is not right is subject to change!   I know that whatever happens, we can trust in the Lord and trust in the power of hope! 

If your world is filled with darkness, doubt, and fear, just hold on… the light will come.

Memorable moment:  Bright shiny new pavement on a rainy morning which makes it even more evident that we got some much needed road work done on our street. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 21, Book 16

Faith makes everything possible.

Hope makes everything work.

Love makes everything beautiful…

May you have all three as you begin each day!

October 21st - Love a little more

Love makes everything beautiful, even tears become pearls if they they flow in someone's love.
 Senora Roy
According to an old Norwegian proverb, That which is loved is always beautiful.  If you give the proper care to a flower, it becomes what it’s supposed to be...beautiful. If you show love to a person who hasn’t known much love, that person can become more like they were meant to be...more generous, more patient, more kind.

Love is a great beautifier.

Louisa May Alcott

When you see the world through eyes of love, your whole perspective changes. For the ideal of beauty isn’t so much on the outside of us as on the inside. It’s not about what we have or what we know but who we are.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

Helen Keller

Memorable Moment:  a warm cozy throw to cuddle up in