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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Chapter 3, Page 31, Book 09

The young man had lost his job and didn't know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher.
Pacing about the preacher's study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally he clenched his fist and shouted, "I've begged God to say something to help me. Tell me, Preacher, why doesn't God answer?"
The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply -- something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room. "What did you say?" he asked.
The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher's chair. "Sorry," he said. "I still didn't hear you."
With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. "God sometimes whispers," he said, "so we will move closer to hear Him." This time the young man heard and he understood.
We all want God's voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But God's is the still, small voice. . . the gentle whisper.
Perhaps there's a reason. Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God's whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to Him, until my head is bent together with His. And then, as I listen, I will find my answer. Better still, I find myself closer to God. In times of trouble and pain, we need to come to our Heavenly Father in prayer both for the answer and also to show the Lord our trust in Him. There is nothing impossible with the Lord. He is the answer and through Him shall all of our troubles cease. I encourage you to call upon the Lord today and speak to God not as a superficial being but speak to the Lord as a friend. He knows you better than you know yourself.
Author Unknown

If you falter in times of trouble,
how small is your strength!
Proverbs 24:10

We are too little to be always able to rise above difficulties. Well, then, let us pass beneath them quite simply.
St. Therese de Lisieux


Difficulties hit us all. They can be small or great but yet they affect how we live. I heard a report on the news about how the flooding out in Minnesota will have a great effect later on people because of the stress that has been put on their hearts.

Many will have heart problems later in life because they feared loosing everything they had in the flood. Not only their property but fear of loosing their lives too, has but undue strain on them
It is so easy to let things overwhelm us.

I have one of those little coins that I carry around in my purse that says ‘this too shall pass’. It’s true. No matter what we are going through it will pass. We just have to have faith and trust that we will get through it all.

The stress of working to help out with our family expenses wasn’t half as bad as it was for me after I had to become the main supporter and provider for my family. I was put under some very stressful times trying to make sure we had what was needed. I found out though that we could survive and my family all grew up and all turned out well. All the pressure I felt was for nothing as I should have been able to trust that it would be ok.

Now for several years I’ve worked just to support myself and I even feel a little pressure there as I’ve often been so tired of it all, but knew I had to keep on so I would never have to depend on my children to help me.

If you’ve persevered with me this month through the Proverbs, maybe you’ve already guessed what my decision will be. I’ve taken all those wise words to heart and have made a decision. I will retire when my birthday comes around next year. I will trust that what I’ll have coming my way in retirement income will be sufficient for me to live on and I’ll be trying to remain wise as I know that even though I won’t be at a place of employment any longer I’ll still have lots of work to do. Life will go on, and I’ll still have each day to celebrate.

I do hope I’ll be able to see and enjoy those more restful days, but should I not be able to do so, I’ll have the satisfaction of knowing I’ve done the best I could in all circumstances. There is only One who knows the length of our days and he’ll have the final say for sure.

‘On Ya’-ma

Today’s Blessing

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you

Monday, March 30, 2009

Chapter 3, Page 30, Book 09

At the day-care center where Joan worked,
some of the children were telling her about their siblings.
My brother takes horseback-riding lessons, bragged one.
My sister takes gymnastics, said another.
Not to be outdone, the youngest piped up,
My sister takes antibiotics!


Pride leads only to shame
It is wise to be humble

Provers 11:2


Eating humble pie is something I know a lot about. I’ve never had a moment of pride with out it coming back at me and hitting me square in the face. I remember as a young mom saying how good my children were and that they would never do that…only to have them turn around and do it .

I once worked really hard at making myself a pants and shirt outfit. I was so proud of having sewn that outfit with my own two hands. A friend of mine later pointed out how crooked the seam down the back was. I was so embarrassed

being humble, is the defining characteristic of an unpretentious and modest person, someone who does not think that he or she is better or more important than others

Here are some actions anyone can learn to be more humble:

Make sure you take every opportunity you have to thank others for what they do and what they help you with. People don’t accomplish anything on their own and it always takes help from others. Thank them for this help

Redirecting praise is useful to be more humble and modest. If you don’t accept praise outright and instead, redirect it to others who helped you, trained you or even allowed you to do something, you pass on that praise to others without taking the credit directly

A humble person never tries to out do someone else and make themselves look better or smarter. This includes having to be right

People are constantly striving for success and they often feel very proud of themselves for getting to where they are at. Humble people are not proud and know that they didn’t get themselves here. They know that others helped them, encouraged them and assisted them to get to where they are now

First is not necessarily a bad thing, however being first can come across as competitive, self promoting or demoting of others. None of those things are common for a humble person

So many things around us are not our doing; we often forget to see our own insignificance since we get so focused on our own lives and accomplishments. Well to be humble, its importance to recognize and appreciate all the wonderful things around us

Last but not least, a very important aspect of being humble is to not judge others. Judgment is a dangerous thing and you can’t stay open minded, receptive to ideas, empathetic or appreciative of others if you are judging them or their ideas

I do hope your week is off to good start and that this Monday will be a day of only wonderful things.


May your day be filled with blessings

Like the sun that lights the sky,

And may you always have the courage

To spread your wings and fly

‘On Ya’-ma

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Prayer for Today
Even though I clutch my blanket
and growl when the alarm rings each morning,
Thank You, Lord, that I can hear.

Even though I keep my eyes tightly closed
against the morning light as long as possible,
Thank You, Lord, that I can see.
There are many who are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off
the physical effort of rising,
Thank You, Lord, that I have the strength to rise.
There are many who are bedfast.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic,
when socks are lost,
toast is burned,
tempers are short.
Thank You, Lord, for my family.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the
pictures in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced.
Thank You, Lord, for the food we have.
There are so many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous,
Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to work.
There are many who have no Job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day,
and wish my circumstances were not quite so modest,
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of life


Wisdom is the principal thing;
therefore get wisdom
Proverbs 4:7


We all need to work at having wisdom. We have to learn how to listen to others, learn to trust God and seek Him, learn to broaden our minds, learn to educate ourselves in all areas of our lives

All men want to be happy. They do not all agree on what brings the greatest happiness, but they do all long to have it. We should bend all our efforts to become wiser tomorrow than we are today. The reason that getting wisdom is important is that it is the practical knowledge by which we gain this true and lasting happiness. By means of wisdom you can make your way into a hope-filled future

I hope as I grow older I can be wise. Here lately I see the need to really get out there and seek wisdom. I seem to need it more and more.

Blessing for Today

May the blessing of light be upon you,
Light on the outside,
Light on the inside.
With God's sunlight shining on you,
May your heart glow with warmth,
Like a turf fire that welcomes
friends and strangers alike.
May the light of the Lord
shine from your eyes,
Like a candle in the window,
Welcoming the weary traveler

‘On Ya’-ma

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Chapter 3, Page 28, Book 09

Characteristics of a good person

is one measure of goodness. A good person will always be trusted in your home, with your children, and with your life

Kindness can be seen almost immediately in a good person. There is something in the eyes that just tells you right away, this person is kind

Generosity is another indicator. Not just generosity with material goods, but generosity of spirit. There is a vast difference in the kinds of generosity a person can display

Honesty tells us if a person is good. Someone with nothing to hide and who lives within the laws of the land has no reason to be dishonest

Warmth in the way a person interacts with others tells a lot about the good in them.

Moral integrity, that which is sincere and not faked for appearances' sake, is evident in a good person

Ability to forgive is of utmost importance to a good person. Only a person who can forgive the faults and weaknesses of others and not pass judgment can be called a truly good person

Caring for the rights of others, for the privileges, and for the well-being of others is a sure way to know if a person is good

Proverb for Today

The way of a good person is like the light of dawn
Growing brighter and brighter until full daylight

Proverbs 4:18


We all know people that we think are truly good people. Maybe it’s a neighbor or a relative that is always there to help out. Some people just always seem to know the right words to say and the right thing to do.

I on the other hand often get my foot stuck in my mouth for saying the wrong thing. Same with what I do. Even though I may think the thing I’m doing will help someone else, it seems that very often I’ve only gotten in their way and would have been better not doing a thing.

After many flops at trying to be a good person, I now wait to be asked before stepping in to help. It seems the wisest thing to do most days

Today is my day to catch up on things I don’t get done during the week. It’ll be busy as there is much to do. Hope your Saturday is a great one!


May the friendships you make,
be those which endure;
and all of your grey clouds,
be small ones for sure

‘On Ya’-ma

Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

Friday, March 27, 2009

Chapter 3, Page 27, Book 09

A Fable for Friday

Once upon a time there was a little grape stem. This stem was so glad to be alive... She drank water and minerals from the soil and grew and grew. She was young and strong and could manage quite well... all by Herself -- or so she thought. But then, the wind was cruel, the rain was harsh, the snow was not one bit understanding, and the little grape stem suffered. She drooped, weak and suffering. It would be so easy to stop trying to grow, to stop trying to live.
The grape stem became weak! The winter was long, and the stem was weary. But then the little grape stem heard a voice. It was another grape stem calling out to her... "Here, reach out... hang on to me." But the stem hesitated. "What would this mean?" she thought, for you see, the little stem had always managed quite well... all by herself. But then, every so cautiously, she reached out towards the other grape stem. "See, I can help you" it said. "Just wind your tendrils about me and I will help you lift your head."
And the little stem trusted... and suddenly she could stand straight again. The wind came, and the rain, and the snow, but when it came, the grape stem was clinging to many other stems. And although the stems were swayed by the wind, frozen by the snow, they stood strongly united to each other.
And in their group supporting strength they could all smile and grow. Then, one day the little stem looked down and saw a tiny stem, swaying, frightened. And 'our' grape stem said, "Here, hang on... I will help you."
And the other little stem reached up to 'our' grape stem, and together all the stems grew... leaves budded... flowers bloomed... and finally, grapes formed... and all the grapes fed many.

Author Unknown


She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:26


In Proverbs 31 the woman keeps company with her God, she seeks His guidance, His wisdom, spends time in His presence, reads His Word and instills it into her heart. The experiences she has in her life are shaped by how much God is in her life and as she goes through life she seeks His support and guidance in dealing with the things of life

Are we as careful with our spiritual health as our physical health?
There's nothing appealing about foul language coming out of anyone’s mouth. It's not just language that can get us into trouble though. Let's not forget the other things that come out of our mouths too. Unkind words, harsh comments, nagging, gossiping, and complaining are some of things to avoided sure.

It’s so easy when we are tired or stressed to say the wrong things. These words can be apologized for, but the hurt they’ve left behind will still linger. Counting to 10 is often a good rule before saying something that will be regretted.

Helpful and kind words like the little stem received in the story today are so valuable. They encourage those that need it and warm their hearts.

I’m really going to think about what I have to say today, and hopefully tomorrow too. I want to make someone feel special and good about their selves, not the other way round.

Today is FRIDAY! My favorite day of the week and I know it’ll be a good one! I hope yours is a good one too!


May you understand the strength and power of God.
In a thunderstorm in Winter,
And the quiet beauty of creation,
In the calm of a Summer sunset,
And may you come to realize,that,
insignificant as you may seem in this great Universe,
You are an important part of God's plan.
May "HE" watch over you and keep you safe from harm

‘On Ya’-ma

If you do your best, don't mind the rest.
Irish Proverb

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Chapter 3, Page 26, Book 09

Always Be
Poet Unknown

Always, Be understanding to your enemies.
Be loyal to your friends.
Be strong enough to face the world each day.
Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.
Always,Be generous to those who need your help.
Be frugal with that you need yourself.
Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.
Be smart enough to continue learning.
Always,Be willing to share your joys.
Be willing to share the sorrows of others.
Be a leader when you see a path others have missed.
Be a follower when you are shrouded
by the mists of uncertainty.
Always,Be first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds
Be last to criticize a colleague who fails.
Be sure where your next step will fall,
so that you will not tumble.
Be sure of your final destination,
by setting your goals along the way.
Above all, always be yourself
Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good
If you act too quickly, you might make a mistake

Proverbs 19: 2


Anyone can be enthusiastic about doing something if they are doing what they enjoy. Often the people that are bored haven’t found something to do that they really want or like to do. In my case I’ve found too many things I like to do and often let a lot of things go in order to do what I like.

It’s true that you do feel more energetic when you are doing what you like.
But sometimes it’s too easy to jump into the negative side of life. It is essential to keep on the positive side and be kind to ourselves, and remember all the good things that we have built our lives on so that the relationship we have with ourselves becomes more important that what others might think of us.

Too often we let the opinions of others slow us down and take away our enthusiasm. I’ve found being true to myself is often the best way.


I-rish you a very nice place to live,
I-rish God's greatest gifts he'll give.
I-rish you health, and wealth, and more--
I-rish your smilin' face were at my door!

‘On Ya’-ma

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chapter 3, Page 25, Book 09

A band performing at an outdoor concert kept playing
although the crowd had dwindled down to one man.
Finally, the tired musicians told the man that if he left, they could all go home.
It's up to you, he answered.
I'm just waiting to put away all those folding chairs

Proverb for Today

Smart people are patient
They will be honored if they ignore insults

Proverbs 19:11


In our fast paced world patience is almost a virtue of the past. No one wants to wait for anything. We have become so accustomed to having things quickly that to wait is a terrible inconvenience. But we have lost a lot in the ‘quick delivery’ of things too. Customer service is someplace we all hope we never have to go to. Even when we get ill a lot of people expect the doc to give them a shot of antibiotics and they’ll get well sooner. I know there are times when they are needed, but I’ve also heard that because of their over use, they are not as effective as they once were.

I’ve been impatient for winter to end, for warmth and sunshine to come and stay and I’ve been rewarded by having some below freezing nights and chilly March winds. I’m being told to wait a little longer…be patient…it will come in God’s own time.

There is very little one can do about the weather except wait it out for sure.


When the first light of sun-Bless you.

When the long day is done-Bless you.

In your smiles and your tears-Bless you.

Through each day of your years-Bless you

‘On Ya’-ma

Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is life that; one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right, like embroidery

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chapter 3, Page 24, Book 09

Older and wiser voices can always help you find the right path,
if you are only willing to listen

Jimmy Buffet


Always remember what you have been taught
And don’t let go of it.
Keep all that you have learned
It is the most important thing in life

Proverbs 4:13

Advice is something we all treasure. Sometimes it’s not what we want to hear, but it is often what is needed. I miss having my folks around as they could always be depended upon to hand out some advice.

Advice is given in lots of forms. Good advice is always found in the Bible. Our Church has some strong basic teachings giving advice on just about any situation.

Many of us have read advice columns in the daily newspapers like those from Ann Landers who was a very famous advice columnist for years.

Here are just a few that I found to share with you.

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat
Ann Landers

At every party there are two kinds of people - those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other
Ann Landers

Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another checkout line
Ann Landers

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other
Ann Landers

Then there is advice from Dr. Seuss. Oh the places you’ll go….he says.

Here are some I enjoy:

You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.You're on your own.And you know what you know.You are the guy who'll decide where to go
Dr. Seuss

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not
Dr. Seuss

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind
Dr. Seuss

We’ve all be given advice and given others advice. We just need to choose which to follow and which to forget.


May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you,
Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul
With the sweetness of litte flowers newly blooming.
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you,
Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean
Sparkling after in the sunlight.
May the blessing of God's earth be on you,
And as you walk the roads,
May you always have a kind word for those you meet

‘On Ya’- ma

That is what learning is.
You suddenly understand something
you've understood all your life, but in a new way

Doris Lessing

Monday, March 23, 2009

Chapter 3, Page 23, Book 09

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing--sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death--can take that love away

Henri Nouwen


She does not worry about her family when it snows,
Because they all have fine clothes to keep them warm

Proverbs 31: 21


I do hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to start a new week. We are blessed every morning with a new day and what we do with that day can either make it a good one or a bad one.

The proverb for today suits me to a T. I don’t worry about my children. I care about them very much and sometimes become concerned about them, but do not worry. They do have fine clothing to keep them warm. They are all blessed with good jobs and are sometime more self sufficient than what I’d like them to be.

Growing up wasn’t easy for them. Money was always at a premium at our house with a large family to provide for. But there was always lots of love to share. They had what they needed and any luxuries they provided by working as soon as they were able. I would have loved to have given them more, but sometimes I think it is what made them into the responsible, caring individuals that they are.

The other thing and most important is that they were taught about how to trust in God for their wants and needs. From an early age on we always taught them about our faith and I like to think that is something that is continuing to be a source of strength in their lives too.

So much has happened in our family over the years that without the faith we have we wouldn’t have the strong ties that have bound us together. The old saying that a family that prays together stays together is so true.

I’m only a prayer away, I always say. Now that being a mom is no longer something that involves taking care of my children, I do pray for them and let the good Lord take over. He always does a much better job than I could have anyway.


As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point in the wrong direction!

‘On Ya’-ma

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Chapter 3, Page 22, Book 09

Some folks ride the train of life looking out the rear, watching miles of life roll by and marking every year.

They sit in sad remembrances of wasted days gone by, and curse their life for what it was, and hang their head and cry.

But I don’t concern myself with that, I took a different vent, I look foreword to what life holds, and not what has been spent.

So strap me to the engine, as securely as I can be, I want to be out on the front, to see what I can see. I want to feel the winds of change, blowing in my face, I want to see what life unfolds, as I move place to place.

I want to see what’s coming up, not looking in the past, life’s too short for yesterdays, It moves along too fast. So if the ride gets bumpy, while you are looking back, go up front, and you may find your life has jumped the track. It’s all right to remember, that’s part of history, but up front’s where it’s happening, there’s so much mystery. The enjoyment of living, is not where we have been, It’s looking ever forward to another year and ten. It’s searching all the byways, never should you refrain, for if you want to live your life, you gotta drive the train.


Someone who is laughing may be sad inside
And joy may end in sadness.

Proverbs 14:13


Today’s proverb is full of wisdom.
Life is complex and we must often live with mixed feelings. There is often a thin line between joy and sadness.

People often compare life to a roller coaster of hills and valleys, but actually life is more like two rails on a railroad track. One rail represents the good and positive in your life; the other represents the bad and painful in your life.
You’ll always have both at the same time! There will always be something good and something bad happening in your life. We can’t expect everything to be good for one month and then everything to be bad the next month. There’s always a mixture of both, a blending of both bitter and sweet
Every adult who has lived a normal life, lives with hurts most of the time. We may cover them up, but we still have them. Sometimes we have learned to live with them, and other times we ignore or bury them.
Both sadness and joy provide opportunities for growth and we can often overcome our sadness with joy.
We can pray about our difficulties, and share them with someone who is kind; but I’ve found my worry and anxiety is often dispelled best by my faith and trust in God.

We can choose the focus of our hearts. The more Joy you choose, the less of your past you carry along with you. Even through difficulties we can smile if we have confidence in the one handling them.

As always I’ll be off to church today and will be praying for all of you.
Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

‘On Ya’-ma


May God protect you…From scary nights,from hasty flights;
From too much food,from a somber mood;
From ringing bells,from self-made hells;
From sickish pains,from dishonest gains;
From excessive needs,from tricky deeds;
From foolish quarrels,from resting on laurels;
From silly fears,from idle tears;
From forgotten lines,And from all bad times
By Fr. Andrew Greeley

The constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness.
You have to catch it yourself

Ben Franklin

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Chapter 3, Page 21, Book 09

Remember that today is all we have
Remember today that you are alive.
Sometimes we tend to forget.
You have a purpose that is all your own.
No one else is you.
You have dreams and hopes and desires.
Listen to your heart for a while.
Remember today all the blessings you have.
There's beauty in every direction you look.
Enjoy the abundance that is already yours.
The world is a wonderful place and you're here.
Remember today that you get what you give.
Your world is a mirror of your inner self.
Love will be yours when you give it away.
Remember today that life is creation.
As long as you live you can always contribute
your own special voice.
Remember today is a special time.
Make the best of it while you can.

Proverb for Today

Those who do right only wish for good
But the wicked can expect to be defeated by God’s anger
Some people give much but get back even more.
Others don’t give what they should and end up poor.
Proverbs 11: 23-25

Ancient proverbs are usually short statements that give advice or express some truth about human behavior. Wisdom and common sense were important in all ancient cultures. One who has true wisdom also will have understanding. This especially applies to spiritual things

As I’m on a quest here seeking wisdom for today and tomorrow I’ve found out so much more than I anticipated. To be wise we often need to listen to the advice of others and to understand what is being said it helps to put things in context with everyday living.
Common sense is one thing that is often lacking in our world. Here are some helpful steps I found

Think about what you are doing or what you plan on doing. If something feels not right about it, well, then there is something wrong about it
Wonder what it is that you are doing and why, is it important enough for you to have to maybe end up feeling guilty
Think. why am I doing this and what for? That's when common sense comes in to save you (And by the way you can feel it). If you still have doubts, go somewhere to be by yourself to think and to ask yourself, is this what I really want to do
If you decide that it is wrong, don't do it, just say, NO! To yourself or to who ever it is. It is ALWAY'S OK to say NO
If you decide it's right after considering EVERYTHING, then it must be right. You can have a clear conscious and go for it

Today’s Blessing

May brooks and trees and singing hills

Join in the chorus too,

And every gentle wind that blows

Send happiness to you.

Irish Blessing

‘On Ya’ - ma

Kind hearts are the gardens,

Kind thoughts are the roots,

Kind words are the flowers, and

Kind deeds are the fruits.

Take care of your garden

And keep out the weeds,

Fill it with sunshine

Kind words and kind deeds.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow