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

Author Unknown

Monday, April 24, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 24, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Smiling Anyway 

I’m not ok but I smile anyway.  I need to remember that one bad moment shouldn’t ruin this day.  When we think of it as a bad minute, not a bad day, we know we’ll get through it and be ok.  There is still a lot in life to smile about and to be thankful for.  The picture above is of one of my sweet little granddaughters giving me a smile just when I needed one.

Strength Is When You Have So Much To Cry For But You Smile Anyway 
Stress begins when your worry list is longer than your gratitude list.  Happiness begins when your gratitude list is longer than your worry list.  So find something to be thankful for today.  Be sure to appreciate what you’ve got.  Be thankful for the little things in life that mean a lot.

Whatever happens, you can always choose to cry or to smile. So why not smile.  If you are happy, smile. If you aren't happy, smile anyway. It will help you get there. 

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 23, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

We fill our calendars and our days with various forms of distraction and busyness, often times just to avoid doing the little things that must be done. We avoid being slightly uncomfortable with the workload in front of us.  

When it’s all said and done, there are times we have said more than we’ve done.  That is when it’s time to set priorities. What you focus on grows stronger in your life.  

Whatever you love without condition will push you ahead through any condition.  Love is always willing.

Ralph Marston

Remember:  From this moment forward…

May your actions speak louder than your words.

May your life preach louder than your lips.

Rethink how you’re spending your time, and replace the meaningless with the meaningful.

To live in the light of a new day and an unimaginable and unpredictable future, you must become fully present to a deeper truth - not a truth from your head, but a truth from your heart; not a truth from your ego, but a truth from the highest source. 

Debbie Ford

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 22, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Thank you dear friends for your prayers and thoughts at this time of deep sorrow for me and for my family.

Finding words to express myself has been very difficult.  But It’s a new day and I’ve found new strength and many new thoughts to share with you all.

 from Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado

It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice.

Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.

I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose peace. I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience. I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite Him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness. I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness. I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness. Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. . .

I choose gentleness. Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I choose self control. I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 15, Book 17

Due to the death of my oldest son on April 13th,2017 I am at a loss for words right now. Please join me in prayers of comfort and consolation for my entire family.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 12, Book 17

It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work,
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.

Wendell Berry

April 12th - The journey to Easter

As the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  It’s a great lesson for today, during Holy Week.  Setting out on a journey is usually a positive action. Journeys do not start with a with a feeling of hopelessness that life is bad and getting worse and there’s no fixing it. A journey starts by saying yes to the idea that there is something out there worth journeying to; that the road we are invited to take will be worth the trip.

 No one knows exactly what is going to happen on a journey.  It requires trust that the journey into the unknown will be worth it.  One thing I’ve learned is that journeys of faith do not lead us along the path of least resistance. If that were the case, there would be no reason to ever take them, since the path of least resistance is simply to sit at home in the recliner and never journey. Faith is not only necessary for the first step on a faith journey; it has to be there throughout the journey.

 Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.

William Newton Clarke

Only faith can keep us from stubbornly walking into a dead end, clinging to a nonexistent expectation. Only by faith can we recognize the opportunities, and embrace the unexpected joys of fields and the forests through which the new road takes us, that we never would have found on our own.

 The journey of faith begins with a spark of faith. It starts by saying yes to the idea that there is something out there worth journeying to; that the road we are invited to take will be worth the trip.

I don’t know all the answers, but for me it is a blessing to know that we have somewhere to go and we are fuelled by hope.

Faith is better understood as a verb than a noun, as a process than a possession. It is an on again, off again rather than once and for all. Faith is not sure where you're going, but going anyway.

Frederick Buechner

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 11, Book 17

We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet on the way. Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don't overlook it. 

April 11th - The journey to Easter

Along our journey we will be confronted with many situations, some will be filled with joy, and some will be filled with heartache. How we react to what we are faced will determine what kind of outcome the rest of our journey through life will be like.

 Susan Samaroo

There are many times we forget to appreciate every moment of our journey   We long for the house to be clean, but hate the steps to get there. We look forward to reaching a desired weight but suffer through the diet or the exercise. We desire the college degree, but despise the homework assignments along the way. We live for the weekend when our work will be done, but complain about the idea of Monday morning coming again so soon.

When joy is only found in the final product, the rest of our lives are experienced as something to be avoided, endured, or suffered through.  This approach of only appreciating joy in the outcome robs us of countless moments along the way. We need to lay aside any anxieties about the future or bitter regrets about the past.

 Be mindful in every moment and each step of the journey. There is indeed great joy to be found in the process, not just in the outcome.

Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived. 


Monday, April 10, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 10, Book 17

To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 April 10th - The journey to Easter

It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.  Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is T-I-M-E.

 Rick Warren

Not all hours are created equal.  The good hours in each day are what I call quality time.  Unfortunately quality time can be a rare commodity in many people’s lives. They don't mean for it to be this way, often, it just happens. They get so busy that there is either little time left, or what time they do have left is when they are exhausted.

Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can't make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.

A lack of quality time actually contributes to us feeling disconnected, from ourselves, and from those who are most important to us.  Our lives are so full and quality time is minimal. The awareness of others is a valuable holy week lesson for all of us.

Too often we become so consumed with how we spend our days that we lose track of how we are spending our lives. 

 Sally Warner

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 9, Book 17

The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off.

William Golding

April 9th - Palm Sunday

The life of man is a journey; a journey that must be traveled, however bad the roads or the accommodation. 

Oliver Goldsmith

Today is Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, which begins Holy Week, a week we focus on Jesus lifted on the cross. It is a solemn time to reflect on our suffering and failings, to empathize with others who hurt and to walk a few steps in the sandals of the Master.

Palm Sunday recalls the fleeting triumph before rejection in the life of Jesus Christ, but it also is a metaphor for the triumphs and rejections in our own lives and the ultimate resurrection.

The people were waving palms and singing hosannas one moment and ready to crucify him the next.  Lesson learned: Don’t let praise remove your focus off what you are called you to do. Not everyone who sings your praise during the good times will be with you when the times get tough.

We too must walk the road of life and there are many lessons to be learned along the way.

It is a road we must all travel .

It helps, I think, to consider ourselves on a very long journey: the main thing is to keep to the faith, to endure, to help each other when we stumble or tire, to weep and press on. 

Mary Caroline Richards

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 8, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We've got high hopes! We've got high apple pie in the sky hopes! ♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Hope is the magic carpet that transports us from the present moment into the realm of infinite possibilities. 

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

April 8th - THE HOPE OF LENT

If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance. 

Ralph Marston

They say that each new experience opens doors to new possibilities. But just the thought of stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary. If you face setbacks, as we all do occasionally, we need to avoid thinking of them as failures. Instead, embrace the opportunity for growth and learning and keep forging ahead.  

I’ve definitely stepped out of my comfort zone here at my house and there are have been lots of set backs as I try to start over again here.  Trying to embrace the opportunities and forging ahead is a huge challenge for me.

It’s true what they say, Life is filled with either problems or possibilities.  I’m trying to remember that while on the surface life can seem tumultuous and perplexing, that deep inside, where it truly matters, life is what you make of it.  Peace can happen within you at any place and at any time.  It’s always there, patiently waiting for you to turn your attention toward it.

Peace of mind arrives the moment we come to peace with what’s on your mind.  It happens when we let go of the need to be anywhere but where you are, physically and emotionally.  

One thing I know maybe two… is that enthusiasm can rise from the doldrums by being thankful for what you have.  We need to seize every opportunity to be appreciative. and make genuine gratitude a constant companion to who we are, in all that we do. 

The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.

 Les Brown

Friday, April 07, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 7, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We've got high hopes! We've got high apple pie in the sky hopes! ♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

The effects of kindness are not always seen immediately. Sometimes it takes years until your kindness will pay off, and is returned to you. And sometimes you never see the fruits of your labors, but they are there, deep inside of the soul of the one you touched.

Dan Kelly 

April 7th - THE HOPE OF LENT

In the morning let me hear of your gracious love, for in you I trust. Cause me to know the way I should take, because I have set my hope on you.

Psalm 143:8

Nowhere have I found words more powerful than those in the Psalms. Their fervid poetry cleanses one, gives one strength, brings hope in moments of darkness.

Like the verse in Psalms there are many ways kindness restores hope to a weary world.  Every smile, word of kindness, and action of assistance brings hope to hurting hearts. 

Kindness is the power to give hope. 

Three things in human life are important.
The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.
The third is to be kind.

Henry James

There is no mystery in describing kindness. We all recognize it. We all know when we have expressed it. And we know when we have been showered with kindness. It feels good, whichever side of kindness we live on in the moment.

Kindness comes in many forms but always from the heart.  The impact we can have on the world we share, if we choose to be kind in every circumstance or even in an occasional situation, simply can’t be overestimated.

Kindness is always a choice.  Remember that if others are not kind, they are hurting. 

Choosing to remain on the high road is a good choice for all of us. And it’s a great goal to strive for every day. 

Nothing is black or white, nothing's 'us or them.' But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There's incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope. 

Dave Matthews

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 6, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We've got high hopes! We've got high apple pie in the sky hopes! ♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

I Threw Out...

Last week I threw out Worrying,
It was getting old and in the way.
It kept me from being me;
I couldn't do things my way.

I threw out those Inhibitions;
They were just crowding me out.
Made room for my New Growth,
Got rid of my old dreams and doubts.

I threw out a book on My Past
didn't have time to read it anyway
Replaced it with New Goals,
Started reading it today.

I threw out childhood toys
Remember how I treasured them so?
Got me a new Philosophy too,
Threw out the one from long ago

Brought in some new books too,
Called I Can, I Will, and I Must.
Threw out I might, I think and I ought.
Wow! You should've seen the dust.

I picked up this special thing
And placed it at the front door.
I Found It -- its called Peace
Nothing gets me down anymore.

Yes, I've got my house looking nice.
Looks good around the place
For things like Worry and Trouble
There just isn't any place.

Its good to do a little house cleaning,
Get rid of the old things on the shelf.
It sure makes things brighter
Thank you God for cleaning up myself.

Author Unknown

The hope of Lent - April 6th 

Clutter is found in so many shapes and sizes. We can find it on our kitchen tables, under our beds, in our cars, and in our heads. 

Katrina Mayer

As I have just moved, there is really no need for Spring cleaning here at my house, but I have to admit there is a lot of clutter in my mind.  I thought it would be truly refreshing to try to clear out the cobwebs in my mind so that I can start the spring rejuvenated. Spring is a time of rebirth and new growth and I wanted to create a clean slate by cleansing my mind and soul.

Clear clutter. Make space for you. 

Magdalena Vandenberg,

When our mothers told us to clean our rooms, they were unwittingly giving us a gift that would have lasting repercussions. Although we grumbled when asked for the umpteenth time to clear the mess, we were actually doing more than physically cleaning our rooms. We were cleaning our spirits as well.There is a spiritual side to everything, even household chores. 

Cluttered rooms are often indicative of a cluttered mind. Messy houses may point to messy lives. If you are feeling overwhelmed by life, go clean a closet. It’s the quickest and cheapest therapy for regaining a sense of control and a feeling of accomplishment.

As with the advent of spring cleaning we clear out of our houses the things no longer useful to us, why not at the same time relieve our minds of worthless rubbish? 

Emily Tolman

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 5, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We've got high hopes! We've got high apple pie in the sky hopes! ♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

The Hope of Lent - April 5th

Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.

William Arthur Ward

One action on its own is never in isolation and is always connected to something very close by. An obvious example is a smile and we know the difference it always makes. Any action done out of love and in love has immediate effect and is such a powerful force in our world. No wonder we hear so many times in scripture how God is love. When we build our lives on this foundation we are always in a good place. So before we jump headlong into whatever needs to be done next, the message is simple: slow down, think carefully about what really matters, avoid the stuff that does not energize you, be gentle with yourself and to know that everything you do matters a lot.

This was a message I read in my daily devotions this for this week.  We really do need to remember that what we do matters a lot.  And what we do effects not only us but others as well.

With hope comes action.  Rather than a sentimental feeling, hope is love in action, and in taking a stand for hope, we actually create it.  

Hope requires waking up, warming up, and jumping over one hurdle after another. 

Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. 

 Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 4, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We've got high hopes! We've got high apple pie in the sky hopes! ♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Hope is patience with the lamp lit. 


The hope of Lent - April 4th

Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are.

Henri Nouwen

Patience is more than just surviving. It is more than waiting. Patience is about the courage to continue, the strength to smile through pain, and the hope that no matter how rough the weather - the storm will pass.

Patience is Power.  Patience is restraint when you are provoked and hope when you are low. It is about striving to get up no matter how far you have fallen. And to do it without hurting others.

There is no snow on the ground here at the moment but the forecast says we may see some on Friday.  For the most part we have had a lot of rain.

Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith.
Adel Bestavros 

Monday, April 03, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 3, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We've got high hopes! We've got high apple pie in the sky hopes! ♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Seek to be whole, not perfect

Oprah Winfrey

The hope of Lent - April 3rd

No one is perfect — that's why pencils have erasers. 

Author Unknown

 Nobody is perfect and everyone ends up making mistakes at one point of time or another.  That is why perfection should never be a goal to pursue.  Our exasperating chase for perfection frays our peace of mind and spirit. We hold fast to our notion of how things should be and forget to flourish in the present.  

Incredible occurrences are recognized as miracles. Life itself, in all forms, is a miracle. We are each a miracle, created and sustained by God but we are a work in progress…none of us is perfect.

You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn. 
You’re human, not perfect. You’ve been hurt, but you’re alive. 
Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive t
breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to be with people you love. 
Sometimes there is sadness in our journey, but there is also lots of beauty. 
We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt,
 for we will never know what is waiting for us just around the bend.

Ritu Ghalourey

We are all just trying to live our lives as best we can, facing what life throws at us with as much grace as we can muster.  

Remember those three little words that can release you from your past mistakes and regrets, and get you back on track.  These words are: From now on…

Maybe they could be a daily reminder for each of us that we should not overreach our goals by trying for perfection. Our goal should be progress, not perfection.  

The pursuit of perfection
often impedes improvement.

George Will

 I have learned that it is okay if something does not go exactly how I want it too, because I am not meant to be perfect. God is so good and he has a beautiful plan for every single person on this planet. Our goal in life should never be perfection, but to realize that God has a perfect plan for our life.

Hoping means seeing that the outcome you want is possible and then working for it. 

Bernie S. Siegel

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 2, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We've got high hopes! We've got high apple pie in the sky hopes! ♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. 

Henry David Thoreau 

The hope of Lent - April 2nd

Change is expensive.  No matter what you want in life, you must give up something to get it. It’s a universal law and it works like this. The greater the value of what you want the greater sacrifice you will have to make.

Love is extravagant in the price it is willing to pay, the time it is willing to give...and the strength it is willing to spend. 

Joni Eareckson Tada

To take responsibility for yourself, you have to give up the need to blame others.

To spread your wings and fly, you have to give up limiting beliefs about what you can or cannot do.

To think positively, you have to give up complaining

To keep an open mind, you need to give up labels.  

To improve ourselves and our lives, we need to give up our excuses.

Sometimes HOPE has a price,
 sometimes God says-PAID IN FULL!
G Batiste

Lent is all about giving up in order to gain and grown. There are no short cuts, easy streets or detours.

Expect to pay a price if you want to make your life better. But, more importantly, also expect to pay a price for just leaving things as they are.

 Lent is really the perfect time to let go of bad habits and redirect our lives towards the good,  be it for our spiritual life or our physical state. 

Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There's a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything. 

Harry Browne

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 1, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We've got high hopes! We've got high apple pie in the sky hopes! ♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

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

The Hope of Lent - April 1st

April is hope.

Gladys Taber

I’m not sad that March is done and over.  I’m quite happy to bid it goodbye!

Now we welcome a new month and hope for better days ahead.  We hope for nicer weather and we hope for good things to happen.  

April is definitely a month full of hope for me.  

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.

Christopher Morley

As our part of the world drenched in spring rain, once again turns green and trees begin to blossom, we are reminded of new life to come.  Everything is brighter than before.  New hope is born again.

In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.

Bernie S. Siegel

Friday, March 31, 2017

Chapter 3, Page 31, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We've got high hopes! We've got high apple pie in the sky hopes! ♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Man says…Show me and I’ll trust you.

God says…Trust me and I’ll show you.

Psalm 126:6

The Hope of Lent - March 31st

Where man sees but withered leaves,
God sees sweet flowers growing.

Albert Laighton

Springtime burst open on us this week  as the ‘hope giver’ of renewal, rebirth, second chances and growth. ‘The Joyful Season’ of new life emerges in the midst of humility and brokenness.

New life emerges from seeds surrendering to change in fertile soul, interwoven with laments of lost attachments.

 It's a time for miracles, of wonder and especially of great hope.  We who once had no hope now have reason to be filled with gladness 

Lent signals the true meaning of the season – renewal.   It is a time for renewal of all life.

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. 

Virgil A. Kraft