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

Author Unknown

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 31, Book 14

Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven. 

Sir John Lubbock

Day 42 of 50: Feast your eyes on the sunset

The most beautiful sunsets I’ve been blessed to see were where we camped for several years.  I could sit in my chair around the campfire and watch the sun go down over the hills.

A sunset is like watching magic in the sky. It's color growing more vivid just before it falls behind the horizon  reminds me of the cycle of life: How the older folks like me grow more salty and brazen with their opinions and praises. There’s beauty in every stage of life as there is in the way the sun passes over the earth.

I know that at my age over the half the sunsets in my life are over.  The  Spring season is fast fading into Summer.  

Remember:   sunsets turn into sunrises

Each sunset is special...  Each sunrise is new.  Each breeze in the trees is a promise come true.  Each evening's a wonder where beauty abounds. 

I can watch the sun come up. I have a front row seat to watch God’s world go from dark to golden. Guess what? The same happens to my attitude.

The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.

Michael Josephson

Friday, May 30, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 30, Book 14

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace. 

Aldo Leopold

Day 41 of 50: Visit a farm or take a hike in the country

When I was a child I had grandparents that lived on a farm.  The barn and some of the out buildings are still there.  The house they lived in though, is no longer there.  One of my uncles built a new house on the sight where the chicken house and the garden used to be.  The picture today is of that farm.

Those days on the farm are some of my favorite childhood memories.  There is so much in life that I wouldn’t know about if I’d not ever had the times spent there.

I still love to hear a rooster crow in the mornings greeting the day with their cheerful message.  Since I live in the city that doesn’t happen here, but when visiting with one of my sons I got to hear one every morning during my stay.  

Here are just a few lessons I learned from my time on the farm.  Beyond a love for animals and an appreciation for where our food comes from, I learned many life lessons.

Many times on the farm, even when you give your best effort, things don’t go in your favor. Mother Nature can be unpredictable and crops can be ruined and animals can be lost to unexpected storms or other events. I was taught that life is not easy and when disappointment comes, you pick yourself up and try again.

In farming, you get out of it what you put into it. When you plant with high quality seed, you receive a higher quality harvest. When you dedicate your time to doing a job correctly, without cutting corners, you are more likely to get your desired results. I’ve learned in life that the results I get out of anything are based directly on the efforts I put into it.  You reap what you sow.

When you’re raising animals, you will have to deal with loss.  I saw how important it was to make decisions that are in the best interest of the animal, even if it means losing something you love.  The animals are completely dependent on us. If we forgot to feed them, they would go hungry. If we forgot to give them water, they would be thirsty.

Nothing in life is ever certain.  Farmers know that things don’t always go as you expect.

The best food is made from scratch.  I loved my grandma’s cooking!  She taught me how to make the best biscuits I’ve ever eaten.  Even though I still make them, they are not the same.  I don’t have the fresh ingredients that she used.  Buttermilk does make for some good biscuits! 

I spent countless days of my childhood on the farm mooing at the cows and watching grandpa plow the fields while grandma tended to her garden.  Life on the farm is not an easy and glamorous life, but it is one can teach us a lot about living in accordance with nature, the importance of forethought and simple living. It teaches us to value our time and resources,and remind us about who we are and where we came from.

Difficult situations are like the trips and falls of childhood and even through occasional tears, I learned and improved. As I look back now, I realize that these challenges were my greatest teachers.

Today I’m thankful for:

1715. for flowers that don’t need watering when it rains
1716.  for herbs that add flavor and zest to our food
1717. for a refreshing cup of Lemon Zinger tea

A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse below and dreams of home. 

Robert Brault

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 29, Book 14

The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually. 

Greg Anderson

Day 40 of 50: Pick up a spiritual book

I am blessed to have a good many of Max Lucado’s books and also quite a few with the poems of Helen Steiner Rice.  Both are very spiritual and inspirational writers.

I have many others on my book shelf too.  My collection is wide and varied.  I have a few books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and one called God’s Little Devotional Book.  I also have books by A.W. Tozer and C.S. Lewis.  There are really too many to give credit to them all.

I like to start and end my day by reading a little in them and over the years that means I’ve read a lot.  Some were gifts, some I found in used book stores and some I bought brand new.  

If at first you don’t succeed try reading the instructions.  

Most of us have a limited understanding of what spiritual life is, of the many activities and attitudes it includes.  I can highly recommend some spiritual reading.  These books act both as a guide and a reference.  And don’t we all need a little help and encouragement now and then?

Today I’m thankful for:

1712. for my perennials that continue to bloom year after year
1713.  for peaceful moments
1714. for life in the slow lane

Grace is available for each of us every day -- our spiritual daily bread -- but we've got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow. 

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 28, Book 14

A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.

Mother Teresa

Day 39 of 50: Be joyful. Christ is risen! Approach all things during the coming weeks with a spirit of gratitude and joy.

JOY is contagious!

I love how a picture freezes a moment in time. How wonderful if we could make the moments themselves last, but we can’t.  Most all of the pictures I take are of JOYFILLED times.  From the flowers to the grandchildren, all of the are of happy times. Today's picture is of one of my little granddaughters this past weekend.

As long as we hold bad feelings in our hearts, we are not free to savor Easter joy  When we let go of all of our the negative things, the we truly have Easter Joy in our hearts for all the 50 days of Easter and beyond.

One article I read said that if you feel as if you could use more joy, try this:

Spend time daily doing something you enjoy.

Do those things that bring inner peace. 

Learn to laugh heartily and frequently.

Cultivate an attitude of hope.

 Fill each day with as much love as it can possibly hold.

Approach today with clear eyes and a full heart

Today I’m thankful for:

1709.  for a good juicy burger with a toasted bun
1710.  for the joy found in watching children play
1711.  for extended families that make even more good times to enjoy!

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. 

Jacques Prévert

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 27, Book 14

Every house where love abides 
And friendship is a guest, 
Is surely home, and home, sweet home 
For there the heart can rest. 

Henry van Dyke

Day 38 of 50: Spruce up your outdoor space and make it a little more hospitable. 

Ever since the winter that wouldn’t quit finally did take its leave and the days warmed up a bit outside I have been out there trying to clear the flower beds of leaves leftover from fall and now the weeding season is beginning so there is that to deal with too.  The grass is growing and with all the rain we’ve had it’s very green outside.  There is always some sort of outside work to do it seems.  

One big project for the summer is going to be painting the porch floor and the underpinnings around it.  I’m not looking forward to that one, but I love my porch and you got to keep up the maintenance on it if you want to keep it from falling apart.  

I move slowly these days and work a little and rest a lot but slowly but surely things do get done.  I’ve never minded a little work and believe it’s actuarially good for you.  The feeling of accomplishment for me is a reward for a job well done.  

The picture today shows the porch and you see that I’ve replaced the swing with a table and chairs and a glider.  They are from the days when I was camping and they were on the camper deck, but we quit camping year before last.  Last year I tried to use them on the back patio but that didn’t work.  It’s a small space so this year we’ll see how they work on the porch.  

Guests are always welcome to come sit on the porch.  It’s usually shady with a nice breeze blowing there in the summertime.  

Today I’m thankful for:

1706. for a new granddaughter coming our way in August, my 21st grandchild!
1707.  for rain, that refreshes
1708.  for a chance to do some work inside

The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it. 

Author Unknown

Monday, May 26, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 25, Book 14


Day is done, gone the sun

From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know

God is nigh.

Day 37 of 50:  MEMORIAL DAY 

Just in case you thought it was National BBQ Day…

 Today we Americans give thanks for this holiday weekend and for those who have given their lives in the service of their country.  Memorial Day can also be a reminder to us that there are thousands of servicemen and women presently deployed to troubled parts of the world and they do deserve our prayers, and so do their families

On this Memorial Day, we pray for all those who have died in service of God and country, and for all those who continue to serve in military forces around the world.  May the Lord bless them and keep them safe in the faith.

Please join me in taking time out to pause at 3:00 pm local time for a minute of respectful silence for those who have died in the service of our nation.  Maybe say a prayer, perhaps listen to Taps, and remember the people who gave their lives serving their country.

Today I’m thankful for:

1703. for our Cutie Patootie, she’s a cute one for sure!
1704. for all the great memories made this weekend
1705.  for time to be with loved ones, to share their special days

It’s been a beautiful 3 day holiday weekend here with something going on each day.  A birthday, a baptism and a baby shower.  Everyone is taking advantage of the weather and spending lots of time outdoors too.  I hope you all have a great Memorial Day!

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
Lee Greenwood

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 25, Book 14

Give Thanks to the Lord for his wondrous deeds

His love is forever, 

His love is forever more…

Day  36 of 50: Give thanks for 3 good things in your life.

1.  For the wonderful world we’ve been given to discover.  Every day is such a gift and I believe that we need to look around.  Take moments just to discover what may be easily overlooked.

2.  For good memories and the chance to make new ones.  All I hold dear is deep in my heart and for me the memories of those I’ve loved and are now gone as well as those far away that I don’t get to see very often are always just as close as my heart.  Every day we get a chance to make some new memories and I hope I always make good ones.  

3.  For love.  Love is the most important part of life.  Without love we are nothing.  We all need it and we all need to share it with others.  For me there is no time for anger or hatred in this short time we get on earth.  Always, always take the time to tell those you love just how much they mean to you.

Gratitude has helped me to realize how many blessings God gives us every day that we seldom take the time to notice. In turn, my gratitude has made my burdens easier to bear.

I’ve always tried to be a thankful person but it wasn’t until after reading Ann Voskamp’s book 1000 gifts, that I really started writing them down.  I used to do a thankful Thursday post on my blog but that wasn’t quite the same as what I do now with listing 3 things every day.   I’m so grateful that I did because my memory sometimes fails me on dark and dreary days but now I can actually look at what I’ve been thankful for.  

I’ve been giving you just a sample of my 3 things for the Easter Season this year.  I can recommend making a list and keeping it to reread when you need a lift.

Today I’m thankful for:

1700. for our little Xfactor, two years old today (he's in the picture for today)
1701. for the 2nd beautiful day weather wise in our triple star weekend
1702.  for a day that promotes awareness and education to guard against missing and abducted children.  (Today is 
National Missing Children Day )

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 24, Book 14

Forgive me if, in friendship’s way,
I offer thee a wreath of May....
Nourished by the dews of heaven....
So I have Ivy placed between,
To prove that worth is ever green.
The little blue Forget-me-not...
Spring’s messenger in every spot,
Smiling on all—Remember me!

John Clare

Day 35 of 50:  Hang a Spring Wreath on Your Door

Complete your front porch’s look with a spring wreath. Look for one that has twigs, flower buds, greenery, ribbon and other touches of spring. There are all kinds of artificial wreaths you can invest in and use for several years or you can create your own.  I found some interesting information on the history of wreaths to share with you today.

The wreath has a long history and many religious associations dating back to the ancient cultures of the Persian Empire. The making of wreaths is an ancient and honored art that began about a thousand years before the birth of Christ.  In ancient Rome, people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory and celebration.  the custom of hanging a wreath on the front door of your home probably came from this practice.

The word wreath comes from Anglo Saxon terms meaning to twist or to writhe. Worn as crowns by the ancients as a symbol of honor and eternal life, this has no beginning or end and symbolizes everlasting life.

In the early days in Europe, people would put wreaths on their doors to identify their home in the same manner that house numbers are used today. Each house would have a different wreath made of quite exotic flowers, most likely grown by the home owner right on their own land. Today, wreaths are a common custom, with a different wreath for each season

One of the early uses of wreaths by Christians was seen among the German Lutherans in the 16th century. They braided stems of spruces and firs to form wreaths. Christians interpreted wreaths as meaning the never ending love of God and a sign of salvation. The wreaths symbolized the victory of Jesus over death and the forces of darkness.

 A wreath is known as the symbolic meaning for the Circle of Life and how perfect is this coincidence since Spring is the season of Rebirth.  After all, it has been a long cold winter, so let’s warm up our homes with this special symbol.

Today I’m thankful for :

1697.  for a party to go to and to enjoy time outdoors
1698.  for a little herb garden outside the door
1699.  for lights, we’d be in the dark without them

No matter how grouchy you’re feeling,
You’ll find the smile more or less healing.
It grows in a wreath
All around the front teeth—
Thus preserving the face from congealing.

Anthony Euwer

Friday, May 23, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 23, Book 14

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious. 

Bill Meyer

Day 34 of 50: Plant some seeds... seeds of creativity that have been waiting for spring to emerge

Planting a seed is the simple act of setting something into motion that will help you create the life you want to lead. It even be taking a moment of sorrow and realizing that you can use it to fuel you.  A garden isn’t created over night, and neither is a dream.  When a seed cared for with nourishing soil, rays of sunlight, and water, they change shape and start to become whatever it is they were meant to be.  It’s the same with our goals and dreams.  We have to nourish our mind, body, and spirit.

We can plant seeds of love, seeds of kindness and seeds of hope too. And the good news you never do get too old to plant some seeds that will grow and blossom.   Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.  This life which He came to give will blossom with the goodness of living, in unselfishness, kindness, loyalty, gentleness, patience.

The way to activate the seeds of your creation is by making choices about the results you want to create. When you make a choice, you activate vast human energies and resources, which otherwise go untapped. All too often people fail to focus their choices upon results and therefore their choices are ineffective. If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise. 

Robert Fritz

New ideas, like seedlings, grow and flourish with attention. New ideas are precious.

 Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower. 

Author Unknown

Think about things today that make you happy, not things that make you sad.

Today I’m thankful for:

1694. for pennies, like blessings, they do add up
1695.  for my old coffee pot, my newer one cup system seems to have given up
1696.  for a nap on the porch, I’m enjoying the warmer weather

Every idea is a seedling waiting to blossom into genius.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 22, Book 14

Expect to have hope rekindled.
Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.
The dry seasons in life do not last.
The spring rains will come again.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Day 33 of 50:  Cast out Fear

The emotions of worry, doubt and fear take away all the joy from your life.  I’m one that doesn’t like to waste a moment of JOY so I did a little research on how to over come your fears.  I already had a thought in mind as an answer, but I wanted to see what others thought too.

One article said we must confront our fears and not avoid them.  We should meet them head on.  Another said to live in the present moment.  Focus on what is happening right now and take it one day at a time, one moment at a time if necessary.

I always try to remember the words in the Lords Prayer, especially the line that says, give us this day our daily bread.  I think that means we should live one day at a time and trust in the Lord for supplying whatever it is that we need for each day.  And that means getting through any fear filled moments too.

I let go of my fears and trust in the Lord.  Letting go and trusting are two very important ways to get rid of fear.

Not all fears are bad things.  We need to be fearful at times.  It makes us cautious and keeps us away from dangerous things.  But to live a life of fear robs us from what we’re meant to enjoy.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie

I John 4:18 says that perfect love casts out fear. If you're afraid of facing a person or a situation in your life, God's love can help you put your fears to rest. Remember you are never alone and He is more powerful than anything you could possibly encounter.  

The story of Easter is the Ultimate Love story…about Perfect Love.

Today I’m thankful for:

1691.  for DS#4, it’s his birthday today
1692. for good food to share and to eat
1693. for good times with family and friends

Though things may not always go your way, life can always be good and fulfilling. Because you can always choose, with your thoughts, your attitude and your actions, to make it that way.

 Ralph Marston

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 21, Book 14

Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. 

Rick Warren

Day 32 of 50:  Stay Humble

Eating Humble Pie:

Sometimes it is when we get rid of things that we put a little perspective into our lives.  When we’re humble we are not living in shame, we are not perfect, we are not powerless. 

Get rid of Shame.  Shame is not humility.  Shame will constantly hijack us.  It takes us off track.  If you feel like you failed, welcome to the family.  The important thing is that when you fail, you pick yourself up and start all over again.  We say we’re sorry and get on with it. Going forward with the help of the good Lord, anything is possible.

Get rid of perfectionism.  It’s a waste of time.  No one is perfect.  It’s an illusion.  Pride heads us to a fall.  We all have flaws.  Mistakes humble us into knowing we really don't know that much at all.  A mistake can be a gift, a gift of development, growth and change.

Get rid of powerlessness.  If we are not careful, we create a victim’s mentality.  We are not what others make us.  Every day life can exhaust us to the point of feeling like a victim of our circumstances.  Humility is not feeling powerless.  We have the means to fight the good fight of faith:  prayer and reading the scriptures.  We are not powerless.  In humility there is no fear.

Today I’m thankful for:

1685. for my faith, my family and my friends
1686.  for my health and that of those in my family too
1687. for just enough money to pay the bills

The proud man counts his newspaper clippings, the humble man his blessings. 

Fulton John Sheen

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 20, Book 14

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. 

Bob Hope

To keep spiritually fit, consult the Great Physician.

Day 31 of 50: Do a Bible study for 7 weeks.

Note:  At this point Ive found myself having to readjust the day numbers to come out even on this countdown of 50 days.  I’m not sure exactly what happened but I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually...

I read somewhere that our hearts pump at a rate of 70-75 beats per minute. A healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day.  A healthy heart can do amazing things. Conversely, if our heart malfunctions, our whole body shuts down.

The same could be said of our spiritual heart. In Scripture, the word heart represents the center of our emotions, thinking, and reasoning. It is the command center of our life.

To keep my spiritual heart healthy I do try to do keep up with my Bible studies.  Sad to say that I’m presently falling behind and need to catch up.  I started a study about Gideon and haven’t finished it yet.  It brought out several good points that I hadn’t considered before.  That’s what a good study does for you it gets your mind into the heart of things.

All that is worth cherishing begins in the heart. 

Suzanne Chapin

Monday, May 19, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 19, Book 14

May You Always Feel Loved

May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand. 

May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with optimism and courage.

Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.

May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace

May a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending. 

Teach love to those who know hate, and let that love embrace you as you go into the world.

May the teaching of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you have touched and who have touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.

Find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.

 Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way. 

What you may feel you lack in one regard may be more than compensated for in another.
What you feel you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future.

May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.
 Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience. 

May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on an other's judgments of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.

Author Unknown 

Day 27 of 50:  Utilizing all five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell, throughout the fifty days, helps emphasize the joy of the Easter season.

Sight:  Visual reminders of Easter can be displayed around the house The tablecloths, placemats, napkins, even kitchen towels and potholders can incorporate the Easter colors.

Touch: Doing various Easter crafts and games is a great way to get our hands involved. There's so much preparation before Easter Sunday that it is more relaxing to do art projects during the fifty days. We can be calmer and more productive, and give more time to the projects to have them done well!  Planting a garden and watching the new life grow illustrates rebirth and new life 

Sounds: This would include prayers and music. There are so many beautiful Easter hymns to sing.

Taste: Food and drink are inseparable from celebration of feasts. There are so many different recipes, especially Easter breads and desserts from a variety of countries that one could test and taste all through fifty days and still not have tried them all.

Smell: Foods and flowers fall under this sense, also. The scents from Easter lilies, hyacinths and tulips just enforce the idea that springtime brings new life

Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy.  Sometimes my sense of gratitude overwhelms my physical senses and I just enjoy the time outside.  Each moment we have is a gift.

The world is indeed precious and beautiful, full of sights and sounds and smells and tastes that remind us to be fully alive and fully present. They reward our souls, thrilling us with pleasure and comfort. We only need to stop and notice!

The Easter Season  reminds us all the gifts that we have received. Most of all, it reminds us of the greatest gift of all: Love. It is what makes our life worthwhile, what makes Easter truly meaningful.

Today I’m thankful for:

1682. for sunny days, their warmth is a delight!
1683.  for our sweet Princess, a young woman now and just beautiful
1684.  for lots and lots of pictures of sunny days

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 

1 Corinthians 13:13

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 18, Book 14

Gratitude is the heart's memory.


Day 26 of 50.  Let every one of your prayers today begin and end with 'Thank you’

Better by far that you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.

Christina Rossetti

I believe that anything good that we have has come from God. We didn’t get it by luck, ingenuity, hard work, wit, or wisdom on our own so it is proper to thank God for it.

 Every day God has brand new blessings for us , and every day ought to find us thanking God. Every prayer that we pray ought to be salted with thanks. In everything give thanks. Not in some things, but in all things. Every thing, every area of life is to be a the subject of thanksgiving. There’s so much to be thankful for.  We should be thankful the simple things in life, for our families, health, food, and even a glass of water.

We should also be thankful for the sorrowful things, for the heartaches, the pains, and the sufferings. Remembering that All things work together for good… That is, the thing itself is not good, but it is God Who is working all things together for good.

When we cultivate the attitude of gratitude always and in all things. no matter how bad, difficult, dark, or mysterious things get, we take the ultimate step of faith and say, God, You’re greater than this, and I thank You.  We don’t thank Him by feeling, we thank Him by our faith. We're not told to feel thankful but to be thankful. Nothing shows our faith in the absolute sovereignty of God more than just simply thanking God in every situation.

We all do have something to be thankful for. Every day may not be a good one, but there is something good in every day.  We have life and the attitude of gratitude will change our life for the better. There is no doubt about it living with gratitude has made me a happier person.  

Today I’m thankful for:

1679. for marriage, a wedding of two souls
1680. for anniversaries celebrating another year of bliss  (two of my sons and their wives celebrated anniversaries this week)
1681. for sweet memories of happy times together and another day to make new ones

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. 

Brian Tracy

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 17, Book 14

The Footprints Prayer

One night I had a dream...

I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.

I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.

The Lord replied, My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.

Day 25 of 50: Recognize God in All Things

Sometimes things happen in such a way or we see something so amazing that we know that it had to have been a gift from God.  But He is in the every day ordinary things of our life.  Truly He is in every thing.  All things.   God works through the ordinary in extraordinary ways.  Whether it pleases us or not, each moment of life is a gift.  

Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands- a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.

God is there...

Very often we close our eyes to the wonders bestowed upon us every day - the beauty of the day, the touch of our children's hands, the very air we breath and the water we drink.

We can see His footprints every where if we take the time to look.  

Today’s picture is of two of my grandsons and their Dad at the beach.  Their footprints are everywhere.  A God given moment for sure.

 God is good and He’s in control.

Today I’m thankful for:

1676. for our military men and women who give there best for us everyday.
1677.  for family fun days to look forward to
1678. for answered prayers, our God is always good!

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 

Romans 8:28

Friday, May 16, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 16, Book 14

Colors are the smiles of nature. 

Leigh Hunt

Day 24 of 50: Wear more white, or even gold! They’re the season’s special colors.  Dress for the occassion

White is color at its most complete and pure, the color of perfection. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion.  White is the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean, so to speak. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon. While white isn't stimulating to the senses, it opens the way for the creation of anything the mind can conceive.

The color white is cleanliness personified, the ultimate in purity!! This is why it is traditionally worn by brides, and the reason why doctors wear white jackets

According to the legends, white was the color of the robe, by which our Lord  was wore before he was scourged. The color white symbolizes the hope of the resurrection, as well as the purity and newness that comes from victory over sin and death. White lily, one of the traditional flowers of Easter, is widely used for decorations of home and premises.

The color gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige and sophistication, value and elegance.  Optimistic and positive, gold adds richness and warmth to everything with which it is associated - it illuminates and enhances other things around it.  Gold is the color of the winner just as first place medals are always in gold, silver is second place.

The color gold is a warm color that can be either bright and cheerful or somber and traditional. The color gold is cousin to the color yellow , and is also associated with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, magic, and wisdom.

Yellow symbolizes the light of the world brought by the risen Christ that enlightens the world. 

Isn’t nice that we can make use of the beautiful colors in what we wear.  Spring clothing is always light, bright and colorful.

Today I’m thankful for:

1673.  for the peace that comes when God whispers in the storm.
1674. for all the lovely purple flowers this Spring
1675.  for smiles, they do bring peace

Hope is the golden thread that should be woven into every experience of life

Author Unknown

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 15, Book 14

The blue iris symbolizes faith and hope and wisdom

You are witnesses of these things

Luke 24:48

Day 23 of 50: Think about what it means to be a witnesses

Francis of Assisi once said to do this we should preach the Gospel and whenever necessary use words.  Living a life style where others see what it means to be an Easter Person is much more valuable than we know.  To be a witness is to keep walking when you don’t feel like it, even when others criticize you for it.  Very often it’s taking just one more step.

A witness is one who declares what he knows to be the truth. And what that witness sees is considered evidence.  I can tell you about the power of prayer and about how miracles happen every day, because I have seen them.  I’m a witness.    Maybe we could all be called witnesses at one time or another.

Little miracles happen all the time. Those magical words 'It's a miracle' can be exclaimed at anything from a friend showing up on time, to a loved one getting the all clear from an illness; from an out of the ordinary happy event, to something which cannot be explained by logic or science.

We often pray for miracles. Sometimes we pray for a specific thing such as  for a sick person to get better,  Other times we try to surrender our needs and worries to the will of God.  Remember every time we pray the Our Father we say 'Thy will be done'.

One thing I know maybe two is that I could never deny my beliefs and I will always try to be a good witness.  My thankful list includes many simple every day things that are a witness to my simple life.  Today I’m making chocolate chip banana bread…mmm good.

Today I’m thankful for:

1670. for chocolate chips and the many things you can do with them
1671. for bananas, I have one every day and right now there are 3 very ripe ones sitting on the counter
1672. for a cooler day to turn the oven on.  I don’t use it much at all when the hot weather sets in

Only happy people can learn. Only happy people can teach. Our religion should put a sparkle in our eyes and a tone in our voice, and a spring in our step that bears witness of our faith and confidence in the goodness of God. 

Author Unknown