Mid-week Question of the Week~October 31~Nevermore

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Are you at your place of nevermore?

Is there something that needs to end for you? As the month ends, is there something or someone or someplace you that is your Nevermore?

If there is, might you also remember the people, places, and things that Remain?

…The Remaining Place of Grace…

Your sun will never set again,  and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light,  and your days of sorrow will end.
Isaiah 60:20


Hurricane Sandy Relief

How to Help with Hurricane Sandy Relief Right Now

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To donate, please visit RedCross.org , call 1-800-RED-CROSS or see additional ways in this Original Post from the Kind Over Matter website: http://www.kindovermatter.com/2012/10/how-to-donate-hurricane-sandy-relief.html


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Monday Words for the Soul~October 29

sending prayers for East Coast Safety

As always, your comments are a gift…and today, your prayers, especially for the safety of those in the path and the aftermath of the storm…


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A Word from The Sponsor~October 28

We went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance. ~Psalm 66:12b

We went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance. Psalm 66:12b

The verse today~Psalm 66:12b~has a little “b” at the end. It is the “b” that provides the happy ending that makes great movies and great stories.

To get the full story, it is important to read the entire Psalm.

Psalm 66:10-12a: “For you, O God, tested us; You refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but You brought us to a place of abundance.”

Os Hillman explained, “God’s economy of abundance often has little to do with material blessing. In God’s economy, abundance is often measured in wisdom and knowledge of Himself. It is then that we are truly blessed. Wisdom cannot be gained through intellectual pursuits. Wisdom comes only through experience. Real wisdom comes from the kinds of experiences that come only through the deepest tests. Lessons of refinement, including prison accompanied by burdens, lead us through the fire and water. This is the territory that must be traveled to reach that place of abundance.”

Stay strong and thankful if you, like me, find yourself in the Remaining Place. The darkest hour is just before daybreak.


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This Weekend~Tap Your Toe

Just tap your toes with this wonderful song from KebMo…then get up and twirl!


And, after tapping, read this insight on staying

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Midweek Question~October 24~Legacy Past or Future?

How do you leave a legacy different than the one you’ve been left?
How can grace get a hold of you when the past won’t let go of you?
looking for the good in the bad

Both questions from Ann Voskamp in this post


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Monday Words for the Soul~October 22

God is always greater

The secret of the mystery is: God is always greater. No matter how great we think Him to be, His love is always greater. ~Brennan Manning*

Trying to make things happen my way and on my timetable limits me to my own understanding. Submission to God to make things happen in His way removes all limits. May an abiding sense of His presence within me always take precedence over all of the things that attempt to crowd my mind.

*thanks to Jean Wise for originally posting this quote

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A Word from The Sponsor~October 21

Haggair 2:4-5

Photo courtesy of Janet Zepeda

I am with you, declares the Lord Almighty…My Spirit remains among you.
~Haggai 2:4-5


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This Weekend~Do The Dishes

This Weekend, an easy weekend activity:
Do The Dishes as an act of Grace and suds!

Woman washing up plate at sink, close-up

As difficult as dirty dishes can be, they’re even worse when you let them sit for a while. And the longer they sit, the harder they are to clean. This is  true in life too. Something that is potentially easy to clean up right after it happens (an unkind word to your spouse, a lie to your best friend, an insensitivity to another) can become a difficult mess if you don’t deal with it now. Do the dishes today. ~Source unknown


I choose the things I say and do carefully as to not cause harm to other
people while still trying to be true to myself. I am at this place now…learning
to speak my heart truthfully knowing that those around me appreciate honesty
more than they want their ego to remain intact. ~Aleathia Drehmer

patience and fortitude sponge

Just love to read your comments!

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Whole-hearted Living Thursdays~October 17~Felix Baumgardner

On some Thursdays, there are Because of Grace Wholehearted Living Stories:

Felix Baumgardner entered the edge of space on October 14, 2012, and then jumped! He made history as the first free-fall skydiver to break the speed of sound.  Just moments before Felix jumped from space, he spoke to the One who made this dream come true.

See also at this link: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0JM9MCNU
Music: Switchfoot, Dare You To Move

Sometimes stress is a blockade against Whole-hearted living. This post by Denise offers Ten Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life
Life In Bloom


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Mid-Week Question of the Week: Obstacles

How do you weave through life’s obstacles?

How do you weave through life’s obstacles?

I become one with the curves and the turns and the hills and the valleys. I release my grip, my fears…. I bend. I’m surrendered to the adventure of now. No fear. ~Ann Voskamp in this post to read


Other Questions

Joy and Pain


Please click here to read a helpful post on life in obstacles called “The Sweet Aroma of Crushing” by Lynn Mosher on Jean Wise’s blog.

Monday Words for the Soul~October 15~Never alone

picture by Danette Serr

by Danette Serr

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A Word from The Sponsor~October 14

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act. ~ Psalm 37:7

Psalm 37:7

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This Weekend~Love a Lemon

Sometimes this is just the best course of action…


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Apologies and Acceptance

life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.


Dare to Be

Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!

By: Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Seen first at Paul Taubman’s Gratitude Burst

Words for the Soul~October 8~Lost

Nothing is lost, it’s just where it doesn’t belong

Sometimes success can come when you miss your mark …by 10,000 miles!
On this day in the U.S. when the life of Christopher Columbus is celebrated, it is important for me to remember:

1.) his first proposal was rejected

2.) he sailed a long time before he saw anything

3.) he missed his target by 10,000 miles but still made an impact

On this day in 1492, one of the sailors on the Pinta sighted land, an island in the Bahamas, after 10 weeks of sailing from Palos, Spain, with the Santa María, the Pinta, and the Niña. Columbus thought he had reached East Asia. When he sighted Cuba, he thought it was China, and when the expedition landed on Hispaniola, he thought it might be Japan. Legend has it that only Columbus believed the earth was round, but that’s not true; most educated Europeans at the time knew the earth wasn’t flat. However, the Ottoman Empire had cut off land and sea routes to the islands of Asia. Columbus became obsessed with finding a western sea route, but he miscalculated the world’s size, and he didn’t know the Pacific Ocean existed. He called his plan the “Enterprise of the Indies.”
He pitched it first to King John II of
Portugal, who rejected it, and then to the Spanish King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. They also turned him down, twice, before they conquered the Moorish kingdom of Granada in January 1492 and had some treasure to spare. ~Garrison Keillor

nothing is lost

Have you ever thought you were lost…but you really weren’t?
Would love to hear from you on this promising Columbus Day!


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A Word from The Sponsor~October 7

Matthew 22"37-41

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
~Matthew 22:37-40


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This Weekend~Turn Your Face to the Sun

This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Turn Your Face to The Sun

turn your face to the sun

Keep Looking Forward


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