Sing your Song…

Procrastination… This is something we all do! We procrastinate grocery shopping, cleaning, running errands, finishing projects, doing laundry (laundry.. my all-time personal favorite procrastination amongst many). Disposable clothes would be awesome! Sadly we also procrastinate loving and making time for people. The dirty dishes will wait, the unwashed laundry will not be sad. The errands never end. People on the other hand, don’t always wait. They feel sadness. And… their lives here on earth do end. We get so comfortable in our procrastinating lives. We put off dreams and relationships even though we know we are not promised tomorrow.

“Tomorrow, you promise yourself, things will be different, yet, tomorrow is too often a repetition of today. And you disappoint yourself again and again.”
― James T. McCay

I like this little clip from Phil Stuts

THE PRICE OF COMFORT

“Whatever a person’s comfort zone, they pay a huge price for staying inside it. It’s a shrunken world where ideas, opportunities, and new relationships can easily pass us by. Worst of all, procrastinators squander the most precious asset a human can have: time.

Our time on earth is limited. Every moment is an opportunity we’ll never have again. Procrastinators act as if they had all the time in the world. But deep down, they know they’re wasting parts of their life. The trouble is, most of us don’t know how to free ourselves. That’s why, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, most people “live lives of quiet desperation and die with their song unsung.”

We want you to sing your song before you die.

-Phil Stuts


I pray that I will sing ( even if I can’t carry a tune in a bucket)!

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“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” -Psalm 90:12

“You just need more wrinkles”

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See yourself as God, your friends and loved ones see
you…

Song of Solomon 4:7   You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is
no flaw in you.

Ok, a little confession. I do not like pictures of myself at all, somehow I
turn into a gremlin in front of the camera. I am so not photogenic. I
always ask my husband, do I look that bad in real life?! When my friends
compliment me, I feel my nose crinkle up and I immediately get the urge to
“excompliment” myself. That’s not even a word is it?! Well, It’s a new one
created by me I guess!

Why are we so hard on ourselves? Beauty goes so far beneath the surface. Have
you ever met someone who is so physically beautiful, then you get to know them
and their attitude makes them look ordinary after a while. Or, you meet someone
who looks ordinary and their inner beauty just makes them look beautiful to
you? The latter of the two happens to me all the time! All of my friends are
beautiful to me, and the things they dislike most about their features are
sometimes my favorite part of them.

I once read a story about a little girl who loved her white haired wrinkly grandma so much,
she would sit on her lap and stroke her face. One day she was sitting on her mom’s lap and she said
“mommy you are pretty but you need more wrinkles”. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
All that “silver and crinkle” was beautiful to that little girl!

Being truly beautiful has to do with your heart and your soul.
It has to do with having a beautiful spirit and that is
what makes you beautiful. When you feel good about yourself as a person,
your inner beauty will shine through.

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beauty sketches, click below to watch!

http://realbeautysketches.dove.us/

Happy Valentines Day!!!

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity -Colossians 3:14

Valentine’s Day Is for Christian Love
Valentine’s Day is for honoring love;
To show those we love we care.
Red hearts with tender sentiments
We send, our love to share.
So on Valentine’s Day we’re reminded
Of our very first Christian goal:
To love the Lord with all our heart
And all our mind and soul.
To love our neighbor as ourselves
We are also told to do,
So let’s live our love by the Bible;
It’s God’s word, flawless and true.
If we give this Christian Valentine first,
We’ll never run out of love,
For infinite love will come to us
From God in heaven above.
-unknown

With Love to all,
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Love and Compassion…

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“Go and do likewise.” Seems so simple, yet we struggle to do so…

What does compassion mean… “to show pity, ” “to love, ” and “to show mercy,” “to be loved by, ” “to show concern for, ” “to be tenderhearted, ” and “to act kindly”, to name a few. We all need compassion at times. If you have ever have been on the receiving end of compassion, you know how much of a blessing it is! Christ wants us to “pay it forward”. He wants us to show the same compassion he has shown to us…

“I want to strive to have a Christ-like heart, full of compassion and of great mercy.”- my prayer

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. -James 1:22-25
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With all your Heart…

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“With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment.” Proverbs 3:5

I know that sometimes I get wrapped up in the things that I think make me happy and I think I know what is best for me. Then I realize what I want isn’t always what God wants for me. More than I care to admit sometimes, I struggle with “handing it over”…all of it.

When you finally get the point where your head and heart are in the right place, you may still not completely be there . It’s hard and scary. Trusting God can require that you to let go of all your “idols” that you think bring you happiness.

You have to accept the truth that God knows what’s best for you. You have to go from knowing to doing. Trusting him over ourselves and what the world is saying is best for us.

You have to understand that God knows you better than you will ever know yourself, he will give you what you need. It may not always be what you want. He is patient, he will let you take little steps. He will keep you from falling. He will rejoice with you when you surrender.

When you trust in God, The weight will be lifted off your shoulders and put on his…. and he can handle everything just perfect! God’s got this, but he needs you to trust in him.
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Love Displayed…

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For the month of February, I have decided to write about love. It is the month of Valentines Day after all…

One of my favorite verses about love is:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1Corinthians 13:4-8

I am going to challenge myself and friends to Love more like this…This clearly means:

”show love in patience, kindness, forgiveness, humility, integrity, grace and continual perseverance.”

Yikes, “Patience”…let the challenge begin…
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New Years Resolutions tweaked… “Write the vision and make it plain” -Habakkuk 2:2

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So here are the typical New Years resolutions…loose weight, recycle, volunteer, save money, manage stress, try new things, quit some habit…they keep going. We all have things we want to accomplish but can we do it just because it is January 2014 and we are supposed to start now?

I have decided to “tweak” My God given gifts and work on my already “life long struggles” Sounds generic… I know …but we are all blessed with spiritual gifts and talents already that we don’t use to the fullest.
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Say YES more to the things I should and NO more to the things I shouldn’t. I have worked on patience for years, I can work MUCH harder. I have worked on not sweating the small stuff, I can use some more tweaking in that area too. There is always room to love more, forgive more, have more compassion, listen more, lend a shoulder, accept a shoulder, give more when you have little, love others and let them love you. Pray more, judge less. Make someones day even if your day is just crappy. Complain less and praise more. Say sorry, admit wrong doing. Smile more, hug more and laugh more. And always remember, you are not in control!
You worry too much

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Joy in finding Christmas Cheer…reach out to help others this year

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Everything is merry and bright…It’s the most wonderful time of the year right? Ummm…not always the case. Christmas for some can be the hardest time of the year. As I sit here this morning with my coffee, fire going, and my lights twinkling, I am feeling blessed that I can be cheerful and at moments..”merry and bright”. I’m not saying my life is perfect and easy right now but I feel so blessed that for the first time in several years, our family and extended family is not dealing with major illness, treatments, cancer, death or painful grieving. I can remember the days when I would rush through the store in a daze trying to find those last minute gifts,half smiling at “joyful people” just trying to get out and back to my car where I would take a deep breath and just want to cry. I want to share the things that did help me during those times. Small tokens of love from others. Friends that helped with meals when my husband was on his crazy iodine free diet. Help with my kids. invites to have a cup of coffee and just chat. little notes or cards. I can go on and on because I am very blessed with a great support system. I remember when my husband had surgery two years ago, every one of my close friends showed up at the hospital in the waiting room along with my mother and mother-in-law. They brought food and magazines and most importantly they took almost a whole day from their own busy schedule to be with me while I waited and they prayed for my husband and my family. I never forget an act of kindness and I always feel that tug at my heart to pay it forward. Sometimes people think they can’t help enough so they don’t help at all. You don’t have to build someone a house or dig a water well, not everybody can do those things, but just reach out to one person. When you see someone is in need, take a few minutes to listen to them. Offer to help with a meal or run an errand for them.  Even help those who have a hard time accepting your help, I promise, they need it most! Not to mention, helping others, helps you take your mind off of your own issues. No matter what you are going through, somebody always has it worse. I have friends and acquaintances going through some of these things I mentioned above and other things I have not mentioned. My heart goes out to them and I hope and pray they can find joy this Christmas season even with the difficulties, financial burdens and sadness. I challenge all of you to find at least one person to reach out to this month. Deliver a tree, make a meal, send a card, give a hug. “Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded”. Merry Christmas and God Bless!

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“let no one ever come to you without leaving better or happier” – Mother Teresa