A Word from The Sponsor~September 30

as the current month turns to another…

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. ~ Romans 12:12

Romans12:12

Encouragement for continual praying is also given in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Seems to be a theme!

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This Weekend~Avoid Herring Gulls

Please read this slowly.

Herring gulls look like common seagulls, but upon close inspection, they are the only fashion-conscious gulls sporting pink legs and black wing-tips with white spots. They also have a slightly hooked bill with bold red tip. It is best to avoid them because of their diffidence.

Herring gulls have two conflicting desires:
1. a drive to remove all red objects from their nest.
and
2. a drive to retrieve any egg that rolls away from their nest.

When confronted with a red egg in her nest, a returning herring gull will push it out, then roll it back in, then push it out again, only to retrieve it once more.

It is probably just herring gulls that struggle with competing gulls um, desires.
ARKive video - Herring gull with stolen egg

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Mid-week Question~Why Not You?

Why Not You?

why not you?

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Previous Questions to Consider

Lensmastery

You do not see things as they are; you see them as you are. ~Michael Michalko

We assign meaning to experiences by the way we choose to interpret them. And this is tricky because our perceptions are often not accurate.

I assigned meaning, calling something great, good, scary or awful, often by where I am attached. But God….But God always has a plan for His servants that we may not know about. I need to ask God to give me His perception of the situation, not my own.

Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves
me. All day long I put my hope in you.
~ Psalm 25:5

Michalko offeres and example from IBM and Thomas Edison. IBM’s research and development department observed that no one in the world used a personal computer. They interpreted this to mean there was no market and shared this viewpoint with upper management. At the same time, college dropouts, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, looked at the same absence of personal computers and saw a massive opportunity. IBM never gained a significant market share in personal computers.

Once Thomas Edison was approached by his assistant while he worked on perfecting the filament portion for the light bulb. Edison’s assistant asked why he didn’t give up on the arduous process. “After all,” the assistant said, “you have failed 5000 times.” Edison looked at him and questioned what the assistant meant by failure. Approaching the filament dilemma, Edison said, “I have discovered 5000 things that don’t work.”

For me, the equation becomes: R=IE2–> Reality equals interpretation from past experiences squared.

Often, I construct our own reality by how I choose to interpret my experiences. If there have been a string of bad, untrustworthy experiences, my lens will reflect that. If there have been a string of trusting, kind experiences, my lens will reflect that.

Michalko advises, “Approach a problem on its own terms. Do not trust your first perspective of a problem as it will be too biased toward your usual way of thinking. Always look at your problem from multiple perspectives.” Gently click here to read more of Michalko’s ideas.

Lately, I ‘ve been a tarbaby stuck in rejection’s grip, the result of too many untrustworthy people who use(d) blame as a weapon.
Until I am grouded in knowing, really knowing God’s love and acceptance of me, I tend to look at challenges as problems with a hidden rejection lens. I see rejection where it may not be. This is where gratitude and a cadre of friends who love God and want His best for me keeps me surrounded by the truth until I am strong enough to see it from Him first. I continue to ask God to show me clearly His perception of events in my life so I don’t lean on my understanding.

It’s so important to
surround yourself with the right kinds of people when you

are striving to live a meaningful life. We can not always choose whom we walk
with on our paths in life, but whenever we can, it makes everything easier, more
joyful, and so much more productive when we choose to spend our days with people
who bring out the best in us, see the best in us, and believe the best about us.

Seek out the kinds of people who make you want to become a better person,
the kinds of people who are focusing on positive and good things in life.
From the Brave Girls’ Club

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To read more about Creativity and Creative attributes, gently click here

by Jennifer Dukes Lee @ gettingdownwithJesus.com

Monday Words for the Soul~Words to Describe Creative You!

Gently click here to see the butterfly up close

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A Word from The Sponsor~September 23

Numbers 6:24

And, perhaps there is time to click to this pictorial representation of Psalm 23 from Know My Worth’s blog

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This Weekend~Nap

Brooks & Lack (2005) compared 5, 10, 20 and 30 minute naps to find the best length. For increased cognitive performance, vigour and wakefulness,  the best naps were 10 minutes long. Benefits were seen immediately after 10 minute naps but after longer naps it took longer to wake up. Five minute  naps only provided half the benefit, but were better than nothing. (information read at this post)

ruby sleeping

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other weekend activities

Great flights and smart pilots and one especially thoughtful flight attendant. Today I am speaking on “Whole-hearted Living” for Judy Osborne’s LIFT group. LIFT stands for “Living Is For Today”. Whenever I think of Whole-hearted Living I think of Army Sergeant Cesar Sanchez. His amazing choices are reblogged here today on Whole-hearted Living Thursday.

Because Of Grace

February 23, 2012~`~Everyday at Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom theme park a ceremony occurs amid the rides, cartoon characters, shops, and cotton candy. In Towne Square, the Flag Retreat ceremony includes saying the Pledge of Alliance, flag salute, marching band performance, parade of active and retired armed forces members, singing the Star-Spangled Banner, and retiring the colors.

Part of the daily ceremony agenda includes honoring veterans, who carry the flag down Main Street USA after it has been taken down from the flag pole. In January, 2012, although still recovering from his injuries in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Cesar Sanchez left his electric wheelchair to walk and carry the flag down Main Street.

Sergeant Sanchez said, “If it’s for the colors, I’ll walk.”

Disney cast members who assisted with the ceremony that day were stunned by his courage and resolve to honor the Stars and Stripes in this way. Many in attendance observed his fortitude…

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Midweek Question of the Week: Compassion

What if compassion is the stance we adopt towards ourselves?

What if compassion became the Antitoxin of our soul?

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The Surprising Motivational Power of Self-Compassion

Words for the Soul~September 17~What God Won’t Do

What God Won’t Do…

God won't give up

 

 

A Word from The Sponsor~September 16

Isaiah 41:10

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Ripple On

“Ripple effects come from a single action. Impact only needs one person to start touching dozens and dozens of lives.” ~Hannah Brencher

Ripple effects come from a single action...impact only needs one person to start touching dozens and dozens of lives

Maybe some time will allow a read of this post.

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picture taken on the Essex River, MA

Results-oriented Thinking

Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.
Be still, they say. Watch and listen.
You are the result of the love of thousands.

~ Linda Hogan

 

Midweek Question~Numbers

What is your favorite number?

Is it 13? seventy times seven? 686?

The speaker at church said that Love is mentioned over 686 times in the Bible, beginning in the Old Testament and covering over all until the end of the New Testament. Jesus’ love covers our sins. Love covers us like a roof with plenty of overhang.

That’s what love is — a roof.

“Love bears all things — stego in the Greek of 1 Corinthians 13 — literally a thatch roof, a roof taking the rain and the wind and all that comes beating. Love’s a roof that absorbs all that would damage.” ~Ann Voskamp

Love is a roof that absorbs the storms.

Love bears all things – like a roof bears the wind and the rain. Love willingly carries one another’s burdenslike a roof bears the burden of the snow and the beating sun. Love bends and enfolds itself around another like a roof. This is love.  ~Ann Voskamp

It took 284 roofing shingles to cover my house and protect it from the outside. The contractor bought extra. “For goofs,” he said. They are in the garage now, waiting for goofs, I suppose.

It takes 365 days to cover a year.

And love’s roof has 686 reminders…

Would we be that reminder for someone today?

Remembering 9-11

candle and ribbon commemorative symbol

What are your memories of that day?

I was in the classroom, teaching computer applications.
We always started the day with a  free -form time I called “yuck-it-up” …
a colleague from down the hall came running into my room and announced what had happened.
Since we live in a town with an air force base, many, many of my students wanted
to get their parents on the phone right away…
they knew they would be deployed as a result of the attacks.So many of our students lived on or near the air force base.
Many knew their dads and moms would be deployed immediately.

Every student in my class sat at a computer…they immediately began to view the event online.
Several people were unsure of my decision to “allow” them access to the horrible truth,
but…
considering their age
and the immediate impact on their lives
I did not/still do not see how I could keep them from it.

Our high school scheduled Open House for that night.
It was cancelled
as was so much that was “open” before 9-11

Today, 3 1/2 hours are needed to read the names of those who were victims and heroes on that day.

John Ashcroft’s words on that day still resound:

Freedom Is A Survivor

Would love for you to leave a comment with  your memories of that day

For Classroom  and Family activities for remembering 9-11, gently click here

Candle and Ribbon Image source

If there is time for reading…

When the monsters reached out by Billy Coffey

We Will Never Forget…A Letter to My Sons by Melanie Moore

911

A Word from The Sponsor~September 9

So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith (complete confidence) in God that it will be exactly as it was told me…~Acts 27:25 amp

faith and courage

God is forever faithful; we can depend on His word to strengthen us.

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Find a Coincidence

Set out on a scavenger hunt for coincidences…

“One thing is sure though…that all of those funny little “coincidences” and
crazy bouts of perfect timing, and wild collisions….those were not
accidents.” ~Brave Girls Club

sometimes coincidence is a plan in disguise
Source


Source

Coincidence or Not
Source

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Mid-Week Question of the Week~Not Turn Away

When was the last time you did not Turn Away?
not turn away from fear.
not turn away from boredom.
not turn away from grief.
not turn away from joy, or pain, or pride, or jealousy, or inspiration, or from any of life’s most perplexing questions.
To not turn away from anything.
Which is really what most of us do, right? Turn away? We’re hard-wired to avoid the uncomfortable, and all the more so when we’ve collected layer upon layer, year upon year, of rough experiences around so many things: around relationships, around intimacy itself, around parenting or being parented, around work, around money, around spiritual pursuits and the communities that gather around them.
So many of these things are so charged with pain or awkwardness that most of us live daily with blinders up. We shade our eyes and hearts from looking directly at them. We establish elaborate disengagement rituals, which usually involve some form of screen time, some form of food or drink, some form of people-distraction, and the creation of urgency around anything BUT the things – those potent teachers – we wish to avoid. ~Kristin Noelle

Because of Grace there are obstacles

the obstacle is the path

the obstacle is the path

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. ~Romans 8:18 esv

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Happy Labor Day

The first Monday of September we celebrate Labor Day.  A day to recognize our American workers’, who keep the nation’s economic train on it’s tracks.  Although, we are all aware this Labor Day our nation has record unemployment and economic uncertainty.
As we gather with family and friends to enjoy this holiday – which may include baseball, picnics, beach or a pool party – lets remember those family members, friends and Americans struggling.

Lastly, of course, many Americans’, who are in the armed forces serving overseas, will be without their families this holiday.  Take a moment and give thanks to the men and women in uniform.  The Americans in uniform and our civilians overseas do ensure our freedom to enjoy this holiday in this great nation of ours.
 Happy Labor Day.
~written by Jim McShane
And I would gently add, take a moment to remember so many folks who are not currently part of the labor force, but would like to be and are looking for jobs.  :)
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