This weekend~creating enjoyment~June 28

This weekend…make the best enjoy the best of it…even advice to “make the best of it” or “grit your teeth and get through it” focuses on the negative and unpleasant.

Perhaps another way…Choose joy over frustration…it can be done! The Philadelphia Orchestra made the best of things while delayed on the Tarmac in Beijing. What can be more stressful than a cramped airplane cabin? Just watch…


There is an importance of honoring every ordinary moment.

When that anticipated moment arrives, I will be there with it. I will allow myself to feel it fully and move through it as I need to. It’s all part of this experience of being human I suppose. ~Alia Indrawan


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Monday words for the Soul~June 24

A word from The Sponsor~when life is hard to take

“When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The ‘worst’ is never the worst” ~Lamentations 3:28 msg.


How to do we “enter the silence”? How do we accept His invitation to solitude and silence?

“Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace” ~Matthew 6:6 msg.

Enter the silence and practice waiting in silence. It will take practice and you are worth it.


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This weekend~Enjoy the Longest Day~June 21st

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Picture first seen at Positivity Toolbox

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Mid-week question~June 19~Beloved

What if we all believed in our belovedness?

What if we lived from this truth?

The truth is that we are unconditionally loved by a Creator who loves and accepts us completely.
We do not have to win His favor or risked being rejected
We are His beloved

How does knowing this change things for you?



Beloved from becauseofgrace on Vimeo.


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Monday words for the Soul~June 17~Look for ways to laugh

I read some ideas from Ralph Marston over the weekend and it just seemed to fit. Perhaps it is the heat (where we are), or the rain (where most are), or the fires (where, sadly, some are), or the general uncertainty (where we all are) but it just seems like the solution is laughter and a scavenger hunt for joy. And Marston’s words reminded me of my friend Sissy’s granddaughter Bree and, quickly, I had boarded the train to Smileville. The first flight to Giggleville…you get the drift.

Here are Marston’s words:

Instead of looking for reasons to complain, look for ways to laugh.
If you run out of things to do, try smiling.

Have fun, laugh out loud, figure out what you enjoy the most and get yourself involved in doing it.
Challenge yourself to put more fun into whatever you’re doing.

Do you want to be encouraged, motivated, inspired, enthusiastic and full of energy?
Then spend your time doing what you enjoy and enjoying what you do.

It’s not really that difficult to transform a dismal, frustrating, disappointing day into a delightful one.
Just stop focusing so much on the bad stuff and make the choice to make life fun.

No, it’s not irresponsible or disrespectful to have fun.
What’s truly irresponsible is to go through life with your joy buried so deep that nobody ever benefits from it.

So go ahead, let the joy flow out from you as you give your energy and awareness to what really matters.
Make life great by making life fun.

By Ralph Marston – The Daily Motivator

May your Monday be lined with laughter and jolted with joy!


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a word from The Sponsor~for Father’s Day

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God is a father to the fatherless…Psalm 68:4-6
This is the heart of God’s nature, the gospel, and the mission of His covenant of love.

God’s heart is the heart of a Father and in his mercy he is moved by the pain of the fatherless and plight of the widow. God’s heart is moved by broken relationships. God is not indifferent nor unaware of our condition. He sees and he cares. God is both compassionate and passionate. He won’t allow the weak to be exploited forever. He will fight for them and make things right. ~T. C. Moore, Theological Graffiti

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” ~Jim Valvano

Garrison Keillor writes that although Mother’s Day is the busiest day for flower delivery, Father’s Day is the busiest day for collect calls.

Our Father in heaven believes in us and will always take our collect calls.


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This Weekend~Take a moment to know~June 14

This weekend, take a moment to remember and then cement this fact into knowing…
Because of Grace, you are capable of far more than you know by Someone who died for you to know this:

You are capable of more than you know

So it is definitely time to paint your canvas

Source of this printable


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Mid-Week Question~June 12~your canvas

What is your canvas?

Summer has begun and many are applying the paint of moves, new jobs, new marriages, new adventures, and new hopes to the canvas of possibility and grace.

What is your canvas? What is your medium?
I am memorized by Artist Flora Bowley, as she creates…from blank canvas to vibrant work of art. I see confidence, joy, freedom, creativity, abundance, immersion and…and…and…!!!

Flora Bowley * Brave Intuitive Painting from Zipporah on Vimeo.



‘let go. be bold. unfold…’ *
‘Brave Intuitive Painting’ by Flora Bowley *
camera & edit:
* Zipporah *
‘Crusade’ by Kyrstyn Pixton *
this video originally seen on Kind Over Matter

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Monday Words for the Soul~June 10~uneventfully vital

Take comfort in the uneventful; it prepares you for what’s to come.

watersplashingruby sleeping

Just for today: shine and savor
Because of Grace, you were created by a King!


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A Word from The Sponsor~June 9~Look to You

2 Chronicles 20:12

King Jehoshaphat put praise first then asked for help.


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This Weekend~Jettison

This weekend I am going to be on the lookout for opportunities to “jettison” limiting beliefs  that I carry around or the limiting beliefs that others hoist on to me.


“Jettison” means “to abandon as worthless, to discard, to eliminate, to get rid of.” Paul says if you want to enjoy life, there are some things you’ve got to get rid of because they are wearing you down and overburdening your life. ~Rick Warren

It is a vintage word with immense meaning. My friend G. helped me to jettison some defeating thoughts that crept in over the last two weeks/months/years. It is insidious how a single thought can start a thought cavalcade that becomes a thought-cancer.

“One thing I do is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead” Philippians 3:13 (Good News).

A Prayer from Os Hillman

Oh Lord, Help me be strong and courageous. Empower, lift up, and encourage me that I will not be terrified of any thing, person nor circumstance, neither let me be discouraged, for You, the Lord my God will be with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9). No matter what I face today, I know that You are with me and Your Holy Spirit lives within me and has sealed me unto the day of redemption. I know that the blood of Jesus has covered my sin and washed me white as snow, that I may be righteous in Him and live unto Him. I praise You and thank You Lord Almighty for Your strength, power, grace, mercy, and love. May You be glorified in all the earth, and through my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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Mid-week Question~June 5~Dualities

Is it Positive or is it Negative?
Consider Dualities

Blue Sapphires

It started with a simple ring, many years ago,
And now you have a treasure chest that’s begun to overflow.
For 25 years of married bliss, much silver did you store,
And then you reached your 40th, with ruby stones galore!
You traveled through life to 50 years of happy wedded bliss
Your treasure grew with golden gifts, to toast your happiness
And now you’ve reached that special day,
that’s only seen by few 65 years together,
now Blue Sapphires for both of you!
But the treasure that you value most isn’t jewels, silver or gold
But the love you have for each other,
that has never grown old! ~Unknown*

Happy 65th Anniversary, Dad and Mom!

65 stones

*sentiment shared by Joyce Takeda

Monday Words for the Soul~June 3~any moment

Any moment can bring an awakening to what really matters

sun rays on the pathsun rays on the pathsun rays on the path


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Monday words for the soul~June 3~

Thank you, Jacqui H., for this abundantly beautiful quote!

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A word from The Sponsor~June 2~Ephesians 4:30-5:2

Ephesians 4:30

Ephesians 4:30-5:2

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 5 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 4:30-5:2–The Voice (VOICE)

30 It’s time to stop bringing grief to God’s Holy Spirit; you have been sealed with the Spirit, marked as His own for the day of rescue. 31 Banish bitterness, rage and anger, shouting and slander, and any and all malicious thoughts—these are poison. 32 Instead, be kind and compassionate. Graciously forgive one another just as God has forgiven you through the Anointed, our Liberating King.

We come to God as sinners; but He wants to transform our habits, attitudes, and practices into the ways of Jesus: to live, forgive, and love as He did.

5 So imitate God. Follow Him like adored children, and live in love as the Anointed One loved you—so much that He gave Himself as a fragrant sacrifice, pleasing God.


picture originally seen on DaySpring’s Facebook page

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