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

Author Unknown

Monday, October 31, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 31, Book 16


Jealousy is the worst self expression; it is confirming your belief someone else is more valuable than you. The less you judge others, the less you will compare yourself. There is no greater or more remarkable Life than your own.

 Marrett Green 
October 31st - Beware the green eyed monster

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
Scottish Saying

Happy Halloween!  It’s All Hallows Eve and so I got to thinking about the monsters in our life and Jealousy, the Green Eyed Monster, is definitely one of those.  Jealousy is an emotion we can do with out. When you are jealous of someone else, your positive attitude suffers.

When tempted to compare yourself to anyone who is more beautiful or successful than most, you have a choice. You can choose to admire their fine attributes or let the green eyed monster have its way. If you choose jealousy, you will become negative, learn to doubt yourself and cultivate both fear and anger. But, when you choose admiration, you nurture an inner awe and wonder, which is too often lost as children grow into adults.

Envy is one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. It is a universal and most unfortunate aspect of human nature because not only is the envious person rendered unhappy by his envy, but also wishes to inflict misfortune on others.

Bertrand Russell

The antidote or way to get rid of this monster is to turn jealousy into admiration. Stop comparing yourself to those with wonderful qualities. Replace negative feelings with appreciation and admiration, and appreciation of your own great qualities will grow!

My experience has taught me that the only way you will be happy is if you are happy with who you are and with what you have.



Memorable Moment:  Maxine jokes, they always make me smile.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 30, Book 16



Worry a little every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.

Mary Hemingway

October 30th -  worry is a waste of time

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
 Matthew 6:34

We shouldn't act as if our problems don't exist. However, worrying about what might happen tomorrow will only add to the emotional load of today.

Listen to the wind blow.  It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow and now,,,and NOW counts

Living one day at a time is one lesson I’ve learned well.  If I’m to have any peace of mind at all, I’ve found it’s the only way to live.  Worrying about what happened in the past will get you no where fast.  It’s the same about worrying about the future. By focusing on the present and its problems, we removed all kinds of stress.  It’s OK to plan for tomorrow, but you have to live for today. 

One cannot change the past, but one can ruin the present by worrying over the future.

Anonymous

I’ve had plenty of reasons to worry about what happened in the past and what might happen in the future , but worrying over it never has gotten any results, so one day at a time is how I choose to live.  A good question to ask yourself is, Have my needs for today been cared for? If so, can I take one day at a time, confident that my needs will be taken care of tomorrow as well.  Today is a good one so far.  I’m alive and moving and everything seems to be working so I’ll take that as my cue to let the day begin.  

Don’t let worry hold you down, we’ve got a whole lot more important things to do.

If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.

Author Unknown



Memorable Moment:  celebrating an anniversary of one of my cousins with family

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 29, Book 16



I began to realize that life is a growth stage I'm going through.

 Ellen Goodman

October 29th - stage by stage

Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

Betty Friedan

Remember…God’s got this! He will carry us through!

The stages in life are fast fleeting…but it’s good to look back sometimes and reflect on where we’ve been on our way to where we are now.  

Sometimes I think to myself how on earth did I get here?  How did I land myself in such a predicament ?  The truth of the matter it was all a matter of the choices I made a long the way.  At the time I felt they were good choices, but time has shown that maybe there were not all the right choices.  

You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. 

Arthur Ashe

The thing is that at this stage of my life, I’m not where I planned to be.  Things happen and change in an instant and very often there are no explanations.  The present stage is going to be one of contradictions and it’s going to interesting indeed to see if the choices I make this time will be for the best.  The good Lord got me through all the other stages of my life.  Looking back I find more good than bad.  More smiles than tears.  And I believe for every season there is a reason and for every stage of life too.

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances and one man in his time will play many parts.

William Shakespeare 

The game is not over until it’s over!

Anyone going through a difficult time needs to remember that the end has not yet come, and that our Heavenly Father may have all manner of wonderful things in store just around the bend in the road.  The game - nor life - is over until it's over. Be encouraged! Don't give up!

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Omar Khayyám


Memorable Moment:  my first pumpkin pie of the season.  It was on sale and I couldn’t resist


Friday, October 28, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 28, Book 16


Laughter lifts us over high ridges and lights up dark valleys in a way that makes life so much easier.  It is a priceless gem, a gift of release and healing direct from Heaven.

Alan Cohen

October 28th - Laughter lifts

 Laughter lifts your spirit and soothes your soul.  Laughter makes it easier to cope with life and its challenges

Laughter puts us intensely in the moment. The ability to fully live and experience the present is of utmost importance because it is the only moment where we can experience joy.

People who laugh don't worry as much as people who don't laugh, and as such enjoy life more. Laughter makes their circumstances seem less serious and therefore tolerable. A humorous approach to everyday things is a key factor in keeping healthy. Daily chores are less burdensome when we laugh while doing them. We aren't always having fun, but we do have a lot more fun with laughter than without.

Laughter helps us cope with challenge and conflict better because it gives us a better perspective. It shrinks the hurts of everyday life to a smaller, if not inconsequential size. They appear less overwhelming. It allows us to stand above an issue, acknowledge it, and treat it lightly in the awareness that we are touched by the issue but not contained by it.

Laughter makes us feel good because it defuses three of the most painful emotions, fear, anger and boredom, by releasing them. That release, in turn, prevents or stops conflicts, eases tension, and helps people to see one another's point of view better.

Laughter helps us cope with problems better. When we trust we drop our defenses. As laughter opens us up and allows us to be vulnerable, we become willing to make changes. We no longer need to keep score of the good things we do for others. We lose track, and we don't even care. Laughter makes us generous to a fault and we feel better giving than receiving.

 Laughter lifts us up. It makes us stress less and enjoy the company of other people more.

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness -- or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.

Author Unknown


Memorable moment:  a phone call from my daughter and a few laughs too !

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.

Amen



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.

Ghandi

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 20, Book 16


Press on.
Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow
as they are today.

Robert Schuller

October 20th - time changes everything

Time brings an end to everything. We should not mistake for a tragedy what is no more than the passage of time.

Robert Brault

This too shall pass is a famous line often said by people when going through tough situations. If you’ve lived long enough, you begin to realize that there are cycles in life and whether it’s rosy or grim, change is going to  happen.  If you are coasting right now, with life feeling sweet and rich with meaningful work and good connections with family and friends, savor it. 

Remember always to stay focused on the positives instead of the negatives. No matter what obstacles have come my way, staying positive has allowed me to overcome them.  I’ve learned to be happy no matter what happens, because change is a big part of life. 

Nothing remains forever, everything is passing, rising and decaying, appearing and vanishing in this whirlwind of time. 


Memorable Moment:  Beautiful October day in the 70’s


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 19, Book 16


 Albert Einstein's Three Rules of Work

Number one: out of clutter, find simplicity. 
Number two: From discord, find harmony. 
And number three: In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

October 19th - applying the rules

The door to opportunity is always labeled 'push’.

Anonymous

They say that out of every difficulty we’ll find opportunity.  The reason for all the downsizing I’ve been doing is very difficult indeed, but on the bright side I’m able to 1. find some simplicity.  2. find harmony in the discord and 3. have the opportunity to clear out a lot of clutter.  Something I’ve procrastinated over for years.

Intentions often melt in the face of unexpected opportunity.

Shirley Temple Black 

At this point I think I may be halfway there.  The opportunities will keep on coming for quite a while.  Simplicity is my goal.  Instead of 5 or 6 bins of seasonal decorations for each holiday I’m hoping to reduce it down to one or two.  Instead of 6 shelves and 3 cupboards full of crafting goods, I’m hoping to get down to two.

They say that challenges are good for you and believe me when I say that right now I am definitely a challenged person.

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.

Ann Landers 



Memorable Moment:  a beautiful sunrise to greet the day


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 18, Book 16


THE TRASH TO TREASURE RULE: One man's trash is another man's treasure.

October 18th -  sharing the wealth

The home should be the treasure chest of the living.

Le Corbusier

Thanks to some of my children and grandchildren we managed to clear out lots of what I called trash from the my house this past weekend. When I first moved into this house I still had 5 children at home.  I had  3 rooms of furniture, dressers, lamps and beds and a couple of TV sets too that haven’t been used in years and years. These were all things that were needed then, but no longer.  I couldn’t clear these out on my own, so help came and lots went out onto the curb for garbage pick up.  

The pile out front of the houses was huge but most of the furniture was taken before the garbage men arrived.  Old mattresses, lamps,  dressers, a desk and chair were all treasures for someone as now they are gone. The great thing for them was that it was all free.  I still have much to sort out and downsize here, but the big stuff is gone.  My trash was another’s treasure.  

Remember: Something that you don't want might be exactly what someone else needs.



Memorable Moment:  We found my long lost Wedding Album.  Albeit it was a little bruised and battered.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 17, Book 16




Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow.

  Author Unknown

October 17th - Indian Summer

Bittersweet October.  The mellow, messy, leaf kicking, perfect pause
between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.

Carol Bishop Hipps

The season of autumn ushers in a feast for the senses, with beautiful scenery, rich scents and changing weather patterns. This time of year is also ripe with wisdom.

There are lessons we can learn from the falling leaves.  Like the leaves when we let go, we create room to move on. When we let go, what comes back to us is twice as beautiful.  Nothing lasts forever, so we should cherish the days as they go by, always with a sense of gratitude.

Everything changes.  Autumn symbolizes transitions, beginnings and endings, is both a sad and happy time. Everyone goes through their seasons of change in different ways.  For example, some trees turn brown, yellow, orange.  It’s not the shape that we take when we are in the process of change, but it is the outcome, the lessons learned and the room we make for growth.

Autumn is a time to observe the wonders of nature and truly embrace the beauty that surrounds us.  The variety of colors that surround us is a reminder that life is just as dynamic. 

The time that we have here is short.  Fall reminds of the fleeting nature of our lives and the things that surround us. As the leaves flutter to the ground, we should think about how our days are numbered and how we can live every day to the fullest.


Memorable Moment:  The energy of grandchildren

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 16, Book 16


One must put oneself in every one's position. To understand everything is to forgive everything.

 Leo Tolstoy

October 16th - forgive, forget and move on

FORGIVENESS IS MY BLESSING.

To be able to forgive takes great strength of mind and heart. When I am able to do so, I find that I am the one who reaps the benefit because forgiveness is something I do for myself. To have a heart full of resentment occupies my mind and keeps me in a state of misery. By not forgiving, I am giving the other person control over my life, allowing him or her to steal my peace of mind

Forgiveness is the oil of relationships.

Josh McDowell

When someone upsets you, it's often because they aren’t behaving according to your fantasy of how they should behave.  Take a deep breath.  It’s OK to disagree with the opinions of others, but that doesn’t give you the right to deny any sense they might make.  Nor does it give you a right to accuse them of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don’t agree with them.  Learn to appreciate different perspectives, lifestyles, and opinions, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what’s initially comfortable.

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.

Peter Ustinov

 Don’t give in to the unnecessary negativity, drama and gossip around you.  Be positive.  Give people a piece of your heart rather than a piece of your mind.   The way others treat you is their issue, how you respond is yours.  

 Forgive.  Let go of the resentment, learn from the incident, and move forward with your life.  When people are rude, be your best.  Be kinder than necessary.  What goes around comes around. 

Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet it costs nothing.

 Betty Smith



Memorable Moment:  The last of the sweet peas blooming…The frost will soon take them away.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 15, Book 16


We are really ready for this presidential election to be over. We’re ready for an end to the rancor and tackiness. Voters on both sides feel frustrated, even embarrassed by it all. There is a visceral fear, an angst about the result. What if so and so wins? When we wake up to November 9, post election, when the confetti is swept away and the election is finally over, what will we see?

I have a prediction. I know exactly what November 9 will bring. Another day of God’s perfect sovereignty. He will still be in charge. His throne will still be occupied. He will still manage the affairs of the world. Never before has His providence depended on a king, president, or ruler. And it won’t on November 9, 2016.

Circle November 9 on your calendar and write upon it the words:  Our good God rules the world.

Excerpt from devotional by Max Lucado

October 15th - who’s in charge?

Relax, God is in control

Every day, we have to decide who’s going to be in control of your life,  you or God. That choice isn’t always easy and sometimes even battle. There are things in your life that you want to control. You want to make your own rules. However stress relief always starts with letting God be God.

Millions of people pray the Serenity Prayer, which is based on the Lord’s Prayer, but most have never read the last eight lines to the prayer: Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking as Jesus did this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.

That’s where the power is! 

When the world seems most out of control, God steps in to let us know that he keeps watch over us. Often it is only as we look back that we see the hand of God working through the affairs of life.

So relax! God is in charge. When the time is right the darkness will vanish, and all that is vague will be made perfectly clear.


Memorable Moment:  Found this tasty treat at Sam’s Club! 


Friday, October 14, 2016

Chapter 10, Page 14, Book 16



The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

 William Blake


October 14th -  Sow positive thoughts and let abundant blessings take over. 

To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.

Author Unknown

It’s Harvest time and time to be thankful. Sometimes I need a reminder to set aside my personal will and struggle in order to let blessings in.

But I’ve found that when you have a grateful heart, you begin to notice the little things that bring joy.  Seeing the good in everyday experiences and realizing just how truly good life is .  Our mindsets change from focusing on what we may want to gratitude for what we have.

I have so many things to be grateful for. I have my faith, my family, friends, and the world as a whole for its beauty, warmth, and provision for all life.   

If we say it long enough eventually we're going to reap a harvest. We're going to get exactly what we're saying. 

Joel Osteen

Many people often want to cling to the past, even if it’s lonely and makes us cry, because it feels more comfortable than doing the thing that scares us so much: letting go and embracing the change that enters our lives.

Big changes are in the future here but I keep sowing thoughts of thankfulness.  And by being thankful I will remember that I’ve always had everything I need and a little more too!

The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. 
Sow an act, and you reap a habit. 
Sow a habit and you reap a character. 
Sow a character and you reap a destiny. 

James Allen




Memorable moment:  Still getting tomatoes here as the frost hasn’t yet hit us.  Nothing better than a fresh homegrown tomato!