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

Author Unknown

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 30, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

A smile to start your day. A prayer to bless your way. A song to lighten your burden. A message to wish you good day.

May the Lord bless you and protect you. 
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. 
May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.

Each morning is enormously important.  It’s the foundation from which the day is built.  How you choose to start your day can be used to predict the kind of day you’re going to have.

If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine.

Author Unknown
We do not know exactly what the future will bring.  So our best bet for living is to make the best and most positive use of the present.  Our attitude and our actions have a strong effect on the whole day. It’s best to begin with a smile, a calmness of mind and a heart filled with gratitude.

Wake Up

Wake up, sleepy head
Come on, get out of that bed
It’s time to start you day.
O, but don’t forget to pray.

God has give you a night to rest
Thank him because you are blessed
Let His light shine through you
in everything you say and do.

Author Unknown

Don’t let not knowing how it will end keep you from beginning today.  Uncertainty chases us out into the open where life’s true magic is waiting.  We may not control all the things that will happen during the day but at least we can control how we start our day. 

Just today – just right here, right now.

Trust the timing of your life.

Focus on the present.

And just do the best you can.

When you are no longer able to change a situation, you are challenged to change yourself.  And that changes everything.

Sometimes you have to accept the fact that things will never go back to how they used to be, and that this ending is really another beginning.

To  get up each morning with the resolve to be happy…is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 29, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt


Life can have up and down moments. I’ve had my fair share of those lately.  Despite what or when they may happen, joy can at any moment. I need JOY in my life.  It provides me with appreciation for the up moments, faith to face the down moments, and peace during the times in between.

Be open to the possibility of a joy from heaven. Joy may be elusive, but it is never gone. Sometimes it just takes some work.

Max Lucado

When I think about it, gladness is always present within me. Like love, it is a natural part of who I am.  Joy is there no matter what is happening in my life or in the lives of those I love. True joy that fills and lifts.  

Happiness and joy can be present at the same time. Happiness is based on material things or events, such as when a person is given a gift, graduates from college or celebrates a birthday.

Joy, on the other hand, is from Lord and runs deeper. It can be present even during unhappy times.  Happiness is dependent on our circumstances. Joy is an inner contentedness despite our circumstances.

It is said, A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  How true.  Don't just endure your days, enjoy your days. Smile. It will give your face and your spirit a lift.

Laughter is one way to see happiness and hear it; it’s happiness made visible and audible. It’s the sound of joy. It’s not joy’s only sound; there is joy in sorrow, in tears, underneath sobs, and in silence. And there is laughter, a happy treasure, to cherish as a gift from God.

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

Earl Nightingale

Friday, April 28, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 28, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

The simple life

Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world. 

Oscar Wilde

There is a lot of beauty and practicality in living a simpler life.  A life uncluttered by most of the meaningless busyness people fill their lives with. It leaves space for what’s truly meaningful. 

Circumstances in my life have led me to lead me a simple life.  But I’ve come to appreciate it more and more.  The simple life isn’t for everyone, but even though it isn’t what I choose, it’s what I’ve come to love.

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder

They say everything happens for a reason and I truly believe it.  When you don’t have and do everything,  you come to be content with what you have and be thankful for it.  

This bright, new day... complete with 24 hours of opportunities, choices, and attitudes… a perfectly matched set of 1440 minutes.This unique gift, this one day, cannot be exchanged, replaced or refunded. Handle with care. Make the most of it. There is only one to a customer.

Author Unknown

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 27, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Love, Laugh and Live

To laugh often and love genuinely.  To respect others and judge less.  To win the affection and sincere smiles of children.  To earn the regard of honest peers and endure the betrayal of fake friends.  To appreciate the beauty surrounding you wherever you are, whenever you are.  To find the good in people and situations.  To give what you can and leave the world a little better than you found it.  To have explored ideas and passions and sung at the top of your lungs in delight.  To know that at least one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is what living is all about.

Live, because life is too short and humanity takes it for granted, Laugh, because it is the best medicine and everyone loves a good laugh, Love, because no one loves enough and if we loved one another like we loved ourselves, the world would be a better place. 

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. 

When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind... let it be something good.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 26, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Opening your heart to love. 

The journey may be long, and the going may get tough, but it is always easier when you walk the road with a friend.

Our greatest task isn’t to find love, but to discover and eliminate all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.  Even when you’re afraid, keep trusting and keep your heart and mind wide open.  

Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of love.  As you find the good that exists in others and situations, you discover the love that exists within you.

Love and peace are eternal.

This new day has greeted us with no rules; unconditional opportunity. Do not dilute the power of this new day with the hardship of yesterday. Greet this day the way it has greeted you; with open arms and endless possibility.

Steve Maraboli

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 25, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

I Lack Nothing

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack

Remember there is nothing we lack.  God provides all that we need.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough

Oprah Winfrey

So many of us focus on what we do not have, and overlook or even ignore what we do have.  Even if it’s not the nicest, or best, or most modern or recent. It’s what we have, and it’s better than nothing. We need to remember this, and remind ourselves how lucky we are to have what we have, as there are plenty of others with even less.

One day at a time is how we all live. Today, nothing is lacking. There are things that would be nice, but I’m doing OK. And the world is mine, for I have all I need. 

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!

Steve Maraboli

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