Do we ever listen?

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Being still is so hard, at least for me it is. I am not talking about physically still. I am talking about mentally still. We talk and talk and talk. Not just with our mouth but in our head.
We talk when we pray… we try to be still but out head is talking about worry. It is talking about worldly things. It is talking about selfish things. Do we ever listen? We need to be still in our heart and in our mind to hear God. We find him in our stillness. We need to drop our hands, relax and reflect on what God can do for us that we cannot do for ourselves, give him thanks and listen…

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More than just a cup of joe

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How wonderful to have friends that love at all times!

Studies show that women who spend quality time with friends are happier, healthier and live longer. No matter if you are married, single, divorced, work full time or you are a home maker. Spending time  ( real time not cyber time) with friends makes you a better wife, a better mother and makes your job less stressful. They say women speak about 13,000 more words a day than men! So I have to say, after spending time with a friend, my husband is happy that by the time he gets home from work… we are at an equal level with our chatter.. :)! The problem is with such crazy busy lives we have a hard time “making the time”.  No matter how busy you are, make some of your coffee breaks more than just a ” cup of Joe”… sip it with a friend!

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I found this quote below somewhere and love the truth in it….I couldn’t say it better myself…

“Just spending a little time with someone shows that you care, shows that they are important enough that you’ve chosen — out of all the things to do on your busy schedule — to find the time for them. And if you go beyond that, and truly connect with them, through good conversation, that says even more. Many times its our actions, not just our words, that really speak what our hearts feel.”

Loving the unlovable

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We all have people in our lives who “make it hard to love them”. Some people are easy to love and embrace your love and willingly love back. Some people are guarded and make it more difficult. There are times when I think…Maybe I should just stop trying or “walk away”. There are times that I have done this in my life. There times when it is very clear that God wants me to keep trying and reaching out and loving those who make make it so hard.

Remember this:

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8

If we wait to Love others until they get their act all together, if we wait until they deserve to be loved – we will have a loooong wait. If God can love me and and if God can love you in spite of our imperfections – then we can love others, even the challenging ones.

So the first step I take to” loving the unlovable” is remembering Gods love and the love from my friends and family for me when I am unlovable. (true story)

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