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

Author Unknown

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chapter 3, Page 28, Book 15

March 27th -  Love blossoms

The most precious gift we can offer anyone
is our attention.
When mindfulness embraces those we love,
they will bloom like flowers

 Thich Nhat Hanh

Our words, thoughts, attitudes, and actions are all seeds that we sow, and seeds produce harvest. Sow mercy; reap mercy. Sow judgment; reap judgment. Sow kindness; reap kindness. 

Where the mind goes, the man follows. In other words, positive thoughts are precursors to a positive life. On the other hand, anxious thoughts and negative expectations set us up for miserable lives.   You can choose your own thoughts and should do so carefully, since thoughts have a lot of power in your life. 

Don't let negative thoughts lead you into an unhappy life; choose positive thoughts that will strengthen and encourage you and others to have a life of joy, and peace.


In God’s garden of love, you are His forget me not.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Chapter 3, Page 27, Book 15

Your heart knows

Listen to your heart when it asks you to act with kindness. Your heart knows what truly fulfills you.

Listen to your heart when it suggests that you be patient. Your heart knows how real and lasting value is created.

Listen to your heart when it calls you to live this moment with joy. Your heart knows what makes you the most effective.

Listen to your heart when it urges you to see profound beauty in the most ordinary things. Your heart knows where your real strength comes from.

Listen to your heart when it reminds you to feel hopeful. Your heart knows about possibilities that your mind has not yet considered.

Whether you’re up or you’re down, whether you’re confident or unsure, listen to your heart. For your heart knows why you’re here.
Ralph Marston

March 27th - My heart knows what I need to do. 

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.

 Blaise Pascal

I have always chased my heart’s desires and followed the calling of my soul, first and foremost. Your heart knows the answers because your heart holds on to the truth of who you are. 

Without following your heart, you may do things the right way only to find later that you’ve chosen the wrong things to do in the first place. Many people trust their mind more than their heart. But somehow your heart knows what is right, while your mind often just rationalizes things to meet your or other people’s expectations. 

Only the heart knows how to find what is precious 

The Heart can see further than the eyes. It can see the truth behind appearances. It knows what you should do in each and every situation you find yourself in.  There is no reason not to follow your heart! Only fear keeps us from doing that.  

Your heart is more than your body's most important organ, it's also the essence of your spiritual and emotional being.  While the mind is the content of who you are, your heart is your essence, your very being.

When the Heart Speaks…Listen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Chapter 3, Page 26, Book 15

Our sense of wonder is a blessing from God, given so that we would be continually amazed at His beauty and creation.

Ravi Zacharias

March 26th - the wonder of love

Ultimately the love can become so big
that we can love the whole of creation
instead of
‘I love this but I don’t like that.’

 George Harrison

Never lose your sense of wonder

Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Some junior high school students were studying the Seven Wonders of the World. At the end of the lesson, the students were asked to list what they considered to be the Seven Wonders of the World. Though there was some disagreement, the following received the most votes:
1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. The Taj Mahal in India
3. The Grand Canyon in Arizona
4. The Panama Canal
5. The Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student, a quiet girl, hadn’t turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The quiet girl replied, Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.

 The teacher said, Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.

The girl hesitated, then read, I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:
1. to touch…
2. to taste…
3. to see…
4. to hear
She hesitated a little, and then added…
5. to feel…
6. to laugh…
7. and to love.
The room was so quiet, you could have heard a pin drop.
May this story serve as a gentle reminder to all of us that the things we overlook as simple and ordinary are often the most wonderful – and we don’t have to travel anywhere special to experience them.

The pictures today are just a few I've collected over the years of some of the wonderful sights I've seen.  Right now the weather is still chilly and there are no leaves on the trees as of yet, but Spring is definitely here.

Enjoy your gifts!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chapter 3, Page 25, Book 15

A hug delights and warms and charms,
that must be why God gave us arms.

Author Unknown

March 25th - loving arms

I read a story that was about the very bashful young man who was hesitant about demonstrating his affection for his sweetheart. 

Oh, but that I were an octopus, he said one night, that I might wrap all eight arms around you. His impatient sweetheart replied, 

Don't worry about having eight arms. Just make better use of the two arms you already have.

 That is what we must do in doing in our daily life,  making the best use of what we have.

If you don’t do all you can with this day, the time will come when you’ll desperately wish you had. So go ahead and grab the opportunity while it’s here. Your best possibilities are well within reach. Touch them, work for them, live them, and transform them into reality.

Ralph Marston

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chapter 3, Page 24, Book 15

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, and all of the others including Love.

One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all repaired their boats and left. Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to persevere until the last possible moment. When the island was almost sinking, Love decided to ask for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, Richness, can you take me with you?  Richness answered, No, I can't. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you.

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel, Vanity, please help me! I can't help you Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat, Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, Sadness, let me go with you.  Oh, Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!

Happiness passed by Love too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her!

Suddenly, there was a voice, Come Love, I will take you. It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder her name.

When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own way. Love, realizing how much he owed the elder asked Knowledge, another elder, Who helped me?

It was Time, Knowledge answered.

Time? asked Love. But why did Time help me?

Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered,

Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is.

Author Unknown

March 24th - Time to love

The important message is that when we are prosperous, we overlook love. When we feel important, we forget love. Even in happiness and sorrow we forget love. Only with time do we realize the importance of love. Why wait that long? Why not make love a part of our lives always.



Life is not a matter of of counting the years...It is a matter of making the years count

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory.

Susan B. Anthony

Monday, March 23, 2015

Chapter 3, Page 23, Book 15

Good Advice

Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. 

 Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other. 

Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. 

 When you say, I love you, mean it. 

 When you say, I'm sorry, look the person in the eye. 

Believe in love at first sight. 

Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much. 

Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely. 

 In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling. 

 Don't judge people by their relatives. 

Talk slowly but think quickly. 

 When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, Why do you want to know?

Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 

Say ’bless you' when you hear someone sneeze. 

When you lose, don't lose the lesson. 

 Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions. 

 Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship. 

When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. 

Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice. 

Spend some time alone.

Author Unknown 

March 23rd - Love advice

Love isn't a state of perfect caring.  It is an active noun
like struggle.  To love someone is to strive to accept that person
exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.

Fred Rogers

There is so much advice about love out there that it is sometimes confusing to know just what part of it you should believe or what is best to ignore.

When it comes to love, I don’t think you can go wrong.  Love tends to lead you to make the best decisions no matter what it is that you are doing.

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

Helen Keller

I think that the greatest gift I can offer every person in my life as well as myself is living from my heart each day.  Taking the moments as they come.

The heart is our center and reflects how we feel, who we are and our ultimate health. If we take care of our hearts, we take care of our whole being -- physically and emotionally. 

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

To live from the heart means to live listening to what makes us feel good, vitalized, energized, balanced, rejuvenated and healthy, both physically and emotionally. It means surrounding ourselves with people who nourish our souls, build us up, and make us want to be the best we can be.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.


Life is meant to be lived with an open and warm heart. 

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.

Max Muller

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Chapter 3, Page 22, Book 15

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.

 Ruth Stout

March 22nd-loving kindness

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. 

St. Basil

At this time of year Spring buds are preparing to blossom and fill the landscape with beautiful colors. After being in hibernation for most of the winter, my mind, body, and soul are so ready for some new vitality and energy. The longer hours of day light warm me, and I’m slowly but surely feeling renewed.

Just as each blossom opens to the light of day and warmth of the sun, I find that I too am renewed with strength, and a new sense of purpose. Spring is a definitely a time to celebrate the presence of God’s light in the world.

After this long cold winter, I'm looking forward to this spring with joy and enthusiasm and I live and love in gratitude for the loving kindness of God for us all this time of year.

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.