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

Author Unknown

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 19, Book 17

Love changes everything.  It changes all we do and say.  Love spills over to others and the circle of love keeps growing

One of my children once asked me how I had enough love to go round. With the big family I had it was impossible for him to imagine that I could love all of them equally. To his way of thinking, at the time, maybe it was better to have just one child and not many.  But he came to see later on that his love could grow too when he married and had his own family.

My answer was and still is that love has no bounds, it grows and grows and I always had enough love in my heart for all of them.  It’s the same for all people, not just family.  When we love, there is enough to share with every one.  

Our family is a circle of strength and love… Our family with every birth and union the circle grows, our family is a circle of strength, every crisis faced together makes the circle grow stronger. 

Harriet Morgan

There is always time for love. You can always make time for the what you want to do.  You have to give love if you want to be loved and the more you love the more you learn what love is.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

Mother Teresa

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 18, Book 17

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive.  There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.  

George Elliot

never stop wishing

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. 

Jonas Salk

A longing is a strong feeling of need or desire for someone or something.  Longing. It is the place in our hearts between the now and not yet. We can let our longing be fuel for growth.

Longings come from a lot of different desires and dreams and most of them are good.  It is what we do with our longings that makes the difference.

Longing for something can motivate us to do things differently to get what is desired.  Longing has been described as a battlefield between the now and the not yet. It’s where we fight our dragons of fear, insecurity and pride.

Longing enriches my life by giving me hope. Longing can help me to realize what I most value and want in life.  Its a catalyst which keeps me on track.  

Why worry about what might or might not happen when the heart is longing only to drink in the breath of this moment?

Cathy Ginter 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 17, Book 17

Two essential words deserve special attention– Thank you!

Gratitude is a mindful awareness of the benefits of life. It is the greatest of virtues. Studies link it with a variety of positive effects. Grateful people tend to be more empathetic and forgiving of others; less envious, less materialistic and less self-centered.

Gratitude improves self esteem and enhances relationships, quality of sleep, and longevity. If it came in pill form, gratitude would be deemed the miracle cure. It’s no wonder that God’s anxiety therapy includes a large, delightful dollop of gratitude.

The anxious heart says, Lord, if only I had this, that, or the other, I’d be okay. The grateful heart says, Oh look! You’ve already given me this, that, and the other. Thank you, God.

Worry refuses to share the heart with gratitude. One heartfelt thank you will suck oxygen out of worry’s world. So say it often!

Max Lucado

a thankful heart

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! 

Henry Ward Beecher

We owe a debt of gratitude to God, but this attitude should also spill over into our relationships with others, as well. Our lives and our conversations should be marked by expressions of thankfulness toward our fellow man.

And that goes double for the members of our own household.

Don’t take your families for granted. Express genuine appreciation for everything they do for you, whether great or small.

Always say thank you. But don’t stop there. Real gratitude runs much deeper than words. It extends far beyond anything we can verbalize.

Our thankfulness should affect not only how we think, but also how we live and how we treat the people around us.

Begin each day, end each day, and live each day with a sincerely thankful heart. And as each day passes, you’ll have more and more for which to be thankful.

 Ralph Marston

Monday, October 16, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 16, Book 17

The time is always right to do what is right.

Martin Luther King

Doing what is right

What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient. 

Bodie Thoene

Doing what is right isn’t always convenient or easy.  It is always right to do right.  It’s always wrong to do wrong.  It is never right to do wrong.

When you do the right things in the right way, you have nothing to lose.  It's not just about being in the right place at the right time but knowing what to do when you find yourself there.  

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong. 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 15, Book 17

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. 

Janet Lane

fashion advice

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you will never walk alone…

Sam Levenson

While it is nice to wear fashionable clothes, I do think the best thing you can wear is your expression.  Sad but true many spend a lot of money on clothes, jewelry, make up and hair products, just to make themselves look better. Truth of the matter is that there is little can be done to alter your face but a lot can be done about the expression that is on it!

I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. 

Author Unknown

It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.  We are more than just a pretty face. We are taught not to judge a book by its cover. But while it is wise not to set too much by appearances our features can reveal details about our personality, our health, and our intelligence.

People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 14, Book 17

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic somewhere behind the morning. 

J. B. Priestly

no night is so long, as to make us forget the joy that comes with dawn

Tis always morning somewhere in the world.

Richard Henry Horne

Dawn brings an end to the darkness of the night and what made us sad or mad ends when each new day appears.  We have a chance to begin again and leave the past behind us.  Morning brings a fresh new beginning.

A day dawns, quite like other days; in it, a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us. 

Maltbie Babcock

If we don’t like what is happening in our life we can choose to start over any time we want.  Just like a new day beings, we can begin again.  We can be like the sun that rises each day and radiates warmth and shines.

You can start your day over at any time. 

Patty Sheenan
Every day is a new chance to shine. Perhaps I was grouchy or spoke too harshly yesterday. Maybe I set goals for myself that I didn’t reach or said something I regret. We all have moments we wish we could take back. But, every day is a new day, a time to begin again.

We need to be like the sun
Even the darkest night night will end and the sun will rise

Victor Hugo

Friday, October 13, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 13, Book 17

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

John Quincy Adams

Patience is a gift. Patience is the main ingredient necessary to get through difficult times. Yes, it’s hard to be patient! But, without patience, you would have no hope. 

The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human. 

Elizabeth Edwards

 This year has been one that has tested my patience over an over again, I’ve played they waiting game and just maybe in some small way, I may have won.

Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means. 

Robert Louis Stevenson

Being patient when you want answers now, is the hardest thing ever.  Being patient while you watch a loved one sick and in pain just breaks you heart over and over.  Being patient when nothing seems to be going right at all often brings some discouragement and tears.  But the good news is that we have the God given power to be patient, to trust that all things work together for the good according to His purpose.

He that can have patience can have what he will. 

Benjamin Franklin

When we come to the end of our patience, it’s good to remember that nothing lasts forever and this too shall pass.  I have been patient and learned the lesson well:  nothing good ever comes easily.

It’s easy to forget and very hard to remember but we will get through this, moving forward one step at a time.

Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. 

Victor Hugo

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 12, Book 17

The four seasons of nature are a helpful way to recognize that there are profound changes that can come with the seasons of our lives. Recognizing the seasons, honors the changes in our lives. Honoring the seasons, honors the truth that some changes are welcome, and some are not. But to live, is to know change.

Lynn Holt

Give; forgive; be full and fulfilled; love life.

Look on this beautiful world, and read the truth in her fair page.

William Cullen Bryant

The following is an excerpt, and slightly adapted by me, from one of my morning devotionals that really touched my heart this week, so I thought these words worth sharing today.

Trees are just so beautiful at this time of year. They are slowly turning into a beautiful cascade of yellow, orange and red colours. In sunlight they sparkle like diamonds. Their beauty pulls you in and it is all part of the cycle of nature, letting go, regenerating and then new beginnings again in the spring.

We sometimes forget about the roots of a tree, mainly because they are not visible. For a tree to flourish its root system must go down and out to collect nutrients for survival. Trees remind us to stand tall and to be proud of who we are. They remind us to stay grounded. They remind us to connect with our own roots and to connect with what nourishes our souls. Trees remind us to turn over a new leaf when the time is right. Trees remind us to bend and yield and to be flexible, when to stay rigid could cause us to break.

A tree lets go of its leaves in autumn because it has to adapt to less light and possible harsh cold weather ahead. To survive its leaves must go, but it's root system remains and will be active all year round.

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. 

Hal Borland

We too need to let go of those things that disturb our root system.  Things like anger, hostility, grudges and hatred in order to live a life that is full and fulfilled.

 Nature always takes her time. Great oaks don't become great overnight. They also lose a lot of leaves, branches and bark in the process of becoming great.

Andrew Matthews

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 11, Book 17

You learn something every day if you pay attention. 

Ray LeBlond.

Paying attention

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

Henry Miller

What captures our attention, controls our lives.  To keep your attention in the right place it is essential to remind yourself every day of what is truly most important.  

What we see is a choice.

How we see is a choice.

I’ve learned to pay attention to the little things in life because they are often the biggest things.  They are what we will remember and appreciate when we reflect on days gone by. A little thing may be a fun evening with friends. It may be the joy of learning something new. It may be listening to the giggles of your kids. It may be the warm feeling you get when you’ve done a simple kindness for a friend or a stranger. It may be noticing nature bloom and blossom.

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention

Greg Anderson

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 10, Book 17

Busy people are never busybodies.

 Ethel Watts Mumford

Busy hands

In times of stress and adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something quite positive

Lee Iacocca

It’s true, I usually am too busy keeping myself on track that I’ve no time left to be a busy body.  But there are times when it is good to keep you body busy.

Staying busy teaches things like how to manage our time, how to stay organized and how to work efficiently.  When you're busy there's actually no time to be bored. That's because you're always doing different things. Boredom just isn't one of them.

Staying busy is a great way to keep the mind active. No matter what you're doing, the brain is constantly working, either because of the task at hand or because it's already planning ahead. 

When you're busy there's no time to dwell on problems or stress. There's also no room for negativity, therefore, it can make getting through the day a lot easier.

Busy hands make for a happy heart

Author Unknown

Monday, October 09, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 9, Book 17

Life changes every minute of everyday.
You lose friends.
You gain friends.
You realize your friend wasn’t ever really your friend and the person you used to hate can make a really good friend.
You look for love.
You find love.
You lose love.
You realize all along that you’ve been loved.
You laugh.
You cry.
You laugh so hard that you cry.
You do this, you do that.
You really wish you hadn’t done that.
You then learn from that and you’re glad that you did.
You have your ups.
You have your downs.
You see good movies.
You see bad movies.
You wonder if your life is just a big movie.
You look at others and wish you were them.
You then realize who they are and glad that you’re you.
You love life.
You hate life.

In the end you just find yourself happy to be living life, no matter what’s being thrown at you.

Author Unknown

These days my life is changing so fast I can barely keep up.  I try to stay focused on what truly matters, but the ever spiraling ups and downs make it very difficult.  I’m definitely longing for quieter days and a return to normal, but I’m thinking a new normal is presenting itself whether I like it or not. 

Life goes on no matter what and I can only try to find the bright side in each day and do the best I can with what I’m given.  

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

 Reinhold Niebuhr

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 8, Book 17

Our necessities never equal our wants. 

Benjamin Franklin

Living in a consumer culture makes it hard sometimes for us to distinguish between our wants and our needs

Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless. 

George Bernard Shaw

Need: Something you have to have
Want: Something you would like to have

When we keep our priorities straight we’ll find that when you are content with what you have, You’ll have every thing you need.

Sometimes we so focused on that we want, we miss the things we need

We only need four things to survive:

A roof over your head
 Enough food and water to maintain your health
Basic health care and hygiene products
Clothing — just what you need to remain comfortable and appropriately dressed

Everything else is icing on the cake!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 7, Book 17

Just for today I will remember that everyone has challenges of their own

Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. 

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

We all face challenges of one kind or another.  Sometimes it’s a challenge for me to get out of bed in the mornings, especially when it’s still dark out.

Difficulties will occur in everyone's life. We are typically much more aware of our own difficulties than those of others. This can easily breed unwarranted envy. But knowing that everyone has challenges in life can make your own easier to cope with.

Treat each person as if their heart was breaking. More often than not, you will be right. 

David Weedmark

Everyone has their own demons and is fighting their own fight. You don’t always know why they have been mean to you or why they have said or done certain things. Assumptions made about others can be false and most of the time they are. Be aware  of the fact that each person you meet could be struggling in his or her own way and being kind might remind them that they, too, should be kind.

When you can be the sunshine in someone's life, or the warm rain, why would you be the cold north wind? 

Robert Brault

Friday, October 06, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 6, Book 17

When we lose one blessing, another is often, most unexpectedly, given in its place.

 C.S. Lewis 

Life’s Unexpected blessings

Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me. 

Carl Sandburg

Some of life's greatest blessings come unexpectedly, and sometimes from incidental and brief encounters with people we never see again.  Sometimes a blessing is not recognized until much later, and sometimes we end up being blessed by an experience which at the time seemed to be anything but a blessing. 

Life’s big moments happen unexpectedly. They come out of nowhere and catch you by surprise.  They aren’t something that you can create. They can happen when we look at our spouse, child or friend, and realize how empty our lives would be without that person.  You can only count them as a blessing and be thankful for them.

This post was inspired by not only the trees that are changing color here, but by a text message I received from one of my nephews who sent a picture of his son with a smile to brighten my day.  While the we expect trees to change in the fall.  This was an unexpected moment because it happened over night.  All the sudden the whole tree changed.  The text message was an unexpected blessing and not one I'd expected at all, but it surely did brighten my day.

Be grateful for the tiny details of your life and make room for unexpected and beautiful blessings

Henry Van Dyke

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 5, Book 17

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

James Lane Allen

Your thoughts are yours to choose.

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.

Lorraine Hansberry

The Autumn season brings us thoughts of colorful leaves, pumpkins, and squash! They say we are what we think about so it’s important to think good thoughts.  Positive thinking brings positive results.  So I’m going to focus my thinking about all the wonderful things that Fall brings.

However, there is no getting around the fact that negativity is all around us, and this has a significant impact on our minds.  The good news is that we can control what our minds think about.

Our attitude determines our mindset, which in turn determines our behaviors and the outcomes in our life.  We can deliberately eliminate worries about difficulties and obstacles by taking a positive attitude.

Positive thinkers achieve more, live longer, and are happier than negative thinkers.  It’s our choice.

I am happy and content because I think I am. 

Alain Rene Lesage

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 4, Book 17

You will never be told
when the next bit of education is coming
or where it’s coming from or who the teacher will be.
That information will only reveal itself after the fact.
All that you can do is leave a little room there
for the next lesson to come through.
Someone will be carrying it.
You just leave the door open a crack.

Tom Petty

Life has many lessons to learn.  

I've Learned

I've learned that you cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be
loved. The rest is up to them.

I've learned that no matter how much I care,
some people just don't care back.

I've learned that it takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.

I've learned that it's not what you have in your life,
but who you have in your life that counts.

I've learned that you shouldn't compare
yourself to the best others can do.

I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with
loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned that you can keep going
long after you think you can't.

I've learned that we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

I've learned that either you control your attitude
or it controls you.

I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry
I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me
the right to be cruel.

I've learned that true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I've learned that just because someone doesn't love
you the way you want them to doesn't
mean they don't love you with all they have.

I've learned that you should never tell a child
their dreams are unlikely or outlandish.
Few things are more humiliating, and
what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

I've learned that no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you every once in a
while and you must forgive them for that.

I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by
others. Sometimes you have to forgive yourself.

I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I've learned that two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.

Author Unknown

No matter how old you get or how much education you’ve had there is always something new to learn every day.  The lesson I’ve learned is that there is always more to learn.

Life is about learning, growing, and changing. 

Every experience, however bitter, has its lesson, and to focus one’s attention on the lesson helps one overcome the bitterness. 

Edward Howard Griggs

Life teaches us many lessons.

Everything that happens is either a blessing, which is also a lesson, or a lesson which is also a blessing.

Polly Berrien Bern’s

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Chapter 10, Page 3, Book 17

While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.

Matt Bevin

The Ripple Effect

Ripple effect:  a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event.

It never ceases to amaze me how much everything matters. To say that all things are interconnected is an understatement. Really, everything you do, say, and think is part of the whole and, in some way, affects not only yourself, but everyone and everything else.

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. 

Scott Adams

Consider your life as a series of ripples. One simple choice can change the course of your life. This is why becoming conscious and aware of our thoughts, words and actions is so important. Everything we do has a ripple affect on other people.

Every single action we make has a consequence, like a ripple in a pond that may directly or indirectly hurt or heal someone.

Every great decision creates ripples--like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge, rebound off the banks in unforseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.

 Ben Aaronovitch