Are you willing to remember who are you when you forget that you don’t know? ~Jo Anna Rothman
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~The longer we spend dwelling in doubts, the more powerful that story becomes, and we lose our power to change. ~Belle Pirri in this interview at Purposeful Women. This article also includes Belle’s How to Set Yourself Up to Make Choices You Love
~In all things there is the possibility of learning to trust…love the artwork and the message in this post
~Some who wander on the Internet are not lost, they are nourished! Wandered happily at this website
~Today and Always, please remember…You are a masterpiece. In the God Gallery, you are the only one of you.
~Is anyone else as jazzed as I am every time David Arms writes, creates, or expresses his ideas out loud? In this post he wrote, “I think it’s important to live this life looking from many perspectives. It’s important to observe from many angles. It’s important to see what others see. It’s how we learn, how we expand – even if we end up liking our own view better. And sometimes there is no ‘better’. It’s simply two different views.”
~I want them but…Sometimes there are no “You Are Here” indicators in life, but sometimes we knock on a door of opportunity but remain outside. We do not move through the door and enter
Video of the Week:
Somethings Gotta Change by Josh Wilson
“‘The more of us we swallow, the more we become hollow until we don’t know how to feel’. That line is so true. The more that we try to please ourselves and our sinful desires, the farther away from God we’ll be, and the more empty we will feel. Only God can fill that empty space inside of each of us. Oh God, forgive me for my pride.” ~Josh Wilson
~When you are ready to match your situation to your soul, you will find that you feel a new sense of harmony and increasingly connected to the ebb and flow of the universe. Subtle changes in your values, goals, or emotional needs can motivate you to distance yourself from one group of people in order to reassociate yourself with individuals that are better able to support you. Read more by The Daily Om and be Affirmed
~Remember Arnold Horshack, from Welcome Back Kotter, who raised his hand and begged for attention when he knew, absolutely knew, the right answer. Well, like Horshack, I was raising my hand and waving it wildly when I read Tracy Knowlton’s post and this thought: “I was a tired, passive girl pleading for an act of magic to bring me relief…”
~I learned a new, sinister phrase: proxy-killer in How Stress Affects the Body. Did you know a typical stress reaction involves 1400 biochemical responses…learned a new phrase “proxy-killer”
~As the angels have shown me again and again: Every encounter is an opportunity for Grace. Open your mind; open your eyes, your ears and your heart to what comes. From (((hugs))) at Kind Over Matter
~And filed under “Practical”–> I’m trying to organize holiday recipes and found this great recipe card maker online
The holiday season is just around the corner and it’s time again to start thinking about being part of the 2011 American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes. For a fifth year, American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are partnering to ensure all Americans have an opportunity to send a touch of home this holiday season to members of our U.S. military, veterans and their families, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season.
Sending a “touch of home” to American men and women who serve our country is the perfect way to express your appreciation and support during the holiday season.
Starting this fall and throughout the holiday season, the Red Cross is working with Pitney Bowes, a mail stream technology company, to collect and distribute holiday cards to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world.
The process is very simple and takes no time at all – All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the U.S. Armed Forces make to protect our freedoms The Holiday Mail for Heroes mail box is open and ready to receive for your cards. Please send all mail to:
Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Video of the Week
~~A batch of bitterness left my heart that I had forgotten was there. It feels so good not to have bad feelings toward anybody. How did this happen? Gently click to this insightful post by Steve Simms called When Somebody’s Done You Wrong
~~Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is this
~~Grace obligates us to obey Jesus, regardless of the circumstances or consequences. ~Jon Walker, Serving Even When It Is Inconvenient
~~It seems that resting more and more in God’s love, brings longings to create. I really love this Decorative Clipboard Tutorial
~~Been reading and re-reading this poem by Abilgail Wurdeman called Whole. What caught my eye at first were the words about stomping and whining (me). What sustains my attention is the miracle that He has “infused” my life with His Spirit. Would you consider playing the video by Shaun Groves while you read and reread the poem?
Though I stomp and whine and moan
for my own idea of completion,
I see that You have already made me whole.
And so I praise you
for the body that sustains me
and the spirit that fills me,
for the friends that support me
and the family that guides me,
for the work that challenges me
and the play that thrills me,
for the knowledge that grounds me
and the faith that centers me.
You infuse my life with Your spirit.
Thank You for the kind of completion
only Your hands can design.
All’s Grace by Shaun Groves
Maybe it was because my dad turned 84 years-old this week, but there seemed to be a theme this week:
What a great gift this writer has: Activating Hope
Willpower vs. Soulpower with willpower, you might succeed at doing something new for a few weeks, but your own efforts only go so far. Knowing the right thing to do doesn’t mean you have the power to do it. Lasting change will only come when your inner nature changes, when you live by soulpower. Read the rest at Remembering What Jesus Did For You…
Emailed from my friend Garrett is this wonderful post about what Mark Twain Can Teach Us About Living. My favorite quote from this blog post: “Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”
By being watchful, we can let the right thoughts in and the right ones go~~Gently click here to linger a moment
My favorite poet, Pablo Neruda, had a birthday this week. Give yourself a gift and read one of his poems.
Pablo Neruda wrote all of his poems in green ink because he thought it was the color of esperanza, hope.
Hope …there it is again…maybe if I can’t go a day without thinking with hope, then I need to continue to embrace it.
Once upon a time there was a woman with stones in her eyes who spent her days thinking, “what is wrong with me?”
One day she went for a walk. She came to a stream and saw herself reflected in the water as whole and complete.
She was so surprised by this that she blinked and the stones fell out of her eyes.
“All this time I have been asking myself the wrong question”, she thought.
“Rather than asking, what is wrong with me? I should have been asking, ‘what is wrong with the way I have been seeing myself?’”
Learning to Like Yourself by Joyce Meyer Did you know that you and I have to learn to deal with our do separately from our who? The fact is, I don’t do everything right all the time, but that doesn’t affect who I am. I know I’m loved and that I’m still a good person. I’ve made mistakes in my life—and I’m sure I’ll make mistakes in the future—but I still like myself
The True Way to Be Humble, by Ann Voskamp
And, a great family project~~~the Summer Photo Checklist
Silent thoughts are the roots: Love this post. (that is why it is so essential to take captive every thought)
Just a really concise and true post on Choosing People Who Are Available to Love. Wish I had read this years ago (of course it was not written years ago, so maybe I read it now at just-the-right-time.)
Going away on vacation? How to Be a Faithful Traveler~~~four ways on how to pack my faith for the road, too by Karen Barber
And this poem by Russian poet Anna Akhmatova; I was stunned by the concept erasing painful memories.
Today I have so much to do
I must kill memory once and for all
I must turn soul to stone
I must learn to live again
Unless … Summer’s ardent rustling
Is like a festival outside my window.
For a long time I’ve foreseen this
Brilliant day, deserted house.
“Yes, you are good enough. You matter more than you have ever allowed yourself to know. There is someone out there right now thinking of you and loving you. You are worthy of so much love, because you are love. You are a gift. A precious gift. Your existence is a miracle. You are a miracle!”
I love the loving permission in this post: Embrace Your Vulnerabilities
Remember you don’t have to figure it all out but you can create with intention
*I really like this thought: “Break away from results oriented thinking and simply enjoy love oriented living”–Bonnie Gray Faith Barista, a new blog on my linkroll
*New Angle on Optimism…”optimism can be just as guilty of wanting things simple and in our power as the downside view. Neither is real. maybe the deal about unwavering optimism and pessimism, both those sides of ourselves, is exactly the reluctance to transform, to deeply trust and live in continuing transformation.” To read the entire post, gently click here
*Just in time for the end of school: Michelle Traudt writes about getting rid of anxiety. Gentle Click Here
*It’s time to “be still and know” God’s love. “Vacuum in the joy and the glory and the beauty of this world. Look beyond all circumstance. Put your mind in neutral and rest in Him. Talk to Him. Tell Him how lonely you feel. Tell Him how much you long for the love that He alone provides, that He alone can restore and renew in your heart, soul and mind. Cry out and ask Him to rain down His love upon you so that yours may “abound more in knowledge and in all judgment”. Open the Word and read till you hear His Spirit speak to your heart. From Him you will gain insight into those things which are excellent–the way He’d have you go. He would not have you to be insincere with anyone, nor give any offense for which to account on the day of Christ’s return. He wants to fill your life with the fruits of righteousness…a natural production from a heart nourished by Christ Jesus, Himself.” To read the entire post by Hariette Petersen, gently click here
A Challenge: Is it possible to choose healing and to choose to heal with love? You will know after you gently click here
Free Printable I-Like-You card from Amanda at Kind Over Matter. Does anyone else think it is just awe-inspiring that during a season marked by Lent and what we are giving up, Amanda creates and gives away
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul….a security. Have you ever tried to define your hope? Marsha has and she writes clearly about her experience here
Quote for Day 2: “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom” – Look with wonder at elegant beauty in black and white, please gently click here
Right here – in this moment – we don’t have the whole view. We can only guess that this Thing – that Very Terrible Thing – is the worst thing for us. We don’t have all the information, the knowledge and the goodness of being able to look back on it… to see it was right for us, and the best thing. Please read more
SSSHHHHH Stop and Be Still. Then watch this stillness video, please gently click here
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