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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY – INSPIRATION TO BRING YOU JOY AND THOUGHT
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January 7, 2013
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Thoughts for the Day
Monday, January 7, 2012

“You can't start the next chapter of your life
if you keep re-reading the last one.”
Author Unknown

You can't reach for anything new
if your hands are still full of yesterday's junk.” 
Louise Smith

“It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau

 

January 6, 2013
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The Feast of the Epiphany, or the Day of the Three Kings

“Your life is something opaque, not transparent,
as long as you look at it in an ordinary human way. 
But if you hold it up against the light of God's goodness,
it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright. 
And then you ask yourself in amazement: 
Is this really my own life I see before me?”
Albert Schweitzer

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth,
beyond the highest, the very highest heavens.
This is the light that shines in your heart.”
Chandogya Upanishad

“If Light is in your heart, you will find your way Home.”
Rumi

What is the Feast of the Epiphany?

Epiphany, also known as “Three Kings Day” and “Twelfth Day,” is a Christian holiday commemorated on January 6. It falls on the twelfth day after Christmas, and for some denominations signals the conclusion of the twelve days of the Christmas season. Though many different cultural and denominational customs are practiced, in general, the feast celebrates the manifestation of God in the form of human flesh through Jesus Christ, his Son.

The word epiphany means “manifestation” or “revelation” and is commonly linked in Western Christianity with the visit of the wise men (Magi) to the Christ child. Through the Magi, Christ revealed himself to the gentiles. In Eastern Christianity, Epiphany puts emphasis on the baptism of Jesus by John, with Christ revealing himself to the world as God's own Son. Likewise, on Epiphany some denominations commemorate Jesus' miracle of turning water into wine, signifying the manifestation of Christ's divinity as well.

January 1, 2013
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January 1, 2013

“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. 
Let it go, for it was imperfect,
and thank God that it can go.”
Brooks Atkinson

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives,
room by room,
drawing up a list of work to be done,
cracks to be patched. 
Maybe this year, to balance the list,
we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…
not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
Ellen Goodman

“Approach the New Year with resolve
to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.”
Michael Josephson

Have a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year!
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December 31, 2012
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Monday, December 31, 2012

“Years end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on,
with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”
Hal Borland
 
“Everybody has difficult years,
but a lot of times the difficult years end up
being the greatest years of your whole entire life,
if you survive them.”
Brittany Murphy

“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. 
Let it go, for it was imperfect,
and thank God that it can go.”
Brooks Atkinson

December 27, 2012
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“What if you gave someone a gift,
and they neglected to thank you for it–
would you be likely to give them another?
Life is the same way.
In order to attract more of the blessings
that life has to offer,
you must truly appreciate what you already have.

Ralph Marston

 

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.

Estonian Proverb

 

“I would thank you from the bottom of my heart,
but for you my heart has no bottom.

Anonymous

 

“Two prisoners whose cells adjoin
communicate with each other by knocking on the wall.
The wall is the thing which separates them
but is also their means of communication.
It is the same with us and God.
Every separation is a link.

Simone Weil 

December 23, 2012
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

 “Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people,
and to remember what other people have done for you …
to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old …
Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world …
stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death…
Then you can keep Christmas!
But you can never keep it alone.”
Henry van Dyke
“Keeping Christmas” in The Spirit of Christmas

“The birth of Jesus made possible
not just a new way of understanding life
but a new way of living it.”
Frederick Buechner

“Christmas is a necessity.
There has to be at least one day of the year
to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.”
Eric Sevareid

 

December 19, 2012
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Giving and Receiving
by Luana Rubin of eQuilter

Giving and receiving are two halves of the same circle. There are times when we are able to give to those in need, and there are times when should open up and receive the help that is offered. That is the spiral of life – the breath going in and out – like each heartbeat – and like the turning of the seasons.

There were times in my life that I was very much in need of help, and fortunately I was able to open up and receive when others recognized my loss and offered to give. There are other times in life when I can respond and give when I see others in need. Some day I will need help again.

One thing I have learned is that it is equally important to know how to give, AND to be able to receive. When someone offers a gift, or a helping hand, we are completing a circle of healing by saying “yes”.

When we are moved to give, and we follow our heart, sometimes we receive the greatest gift by giving selflessly.

As you make your handmade gifts for the holidays, and as you put a little piece of your heart and soul in every stitch, it is like planting seeds of love that will grow into a garden of peace and healing.

Like Johnny Appleseed, we travel through life planting these seeds of love, and we can only dream of the orchards that will bear fruit for future generations …. as we give away our beautiful quilts to loved ones, and strangers, in the holiday season.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

“Above all else: go out with a sense of humor. 
It is needed armor. 
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.

Hugh Sidey

“You can turn painful situations around
through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything,
even poverty, you can survive it.

Bill Cosby

 

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
Mark Twain

 

December 16, 2012
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Thoughts for Sunday, December 16
From the Angels at Angel Whispers


“Find your inner beauty and exude it outwardly.
Find your inner flame and light up the world.”

A Blessing of Solitude

“May you recognize in your life the presence, power and light of your soul.
May you realize that you are never alone,
that your soul in its brightness and belonging
connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
that you have a special destiny here
that behind the façade of your life
there is something beautiful, good and eternal happening.
May you learn to see yourself with the same delight,
pride and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.

We, your Angels, tell you this now and forever more….
Shine your light into the darkness, be true to yourself.
Your love and light are contagious, uplifting all of life around you.
You are truly a beacon of healing for the whole world
when you live from your heart and live your truth!
We Love You Unconditionally and Eternally.”
 
“We Angels celebrate all of that which is unique about You.
Your special abilities are on the forefront and should be celebrated.
We Angels pay homage to all that You are and all You can be.
Your brilliance is blinding and can turn everything You touch into gold.
Believe in yourself as we believe in You!
You are the lights in the world, dear ones. Let your light shine!”

 

December 13, 2012
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

“ Faith and fear cannot be friends –

when one begins, the other one ends.”
Guideposts Magazine Sept. 2012
 

“ You block your dream
when you allow your fear to grow bigger
than your faith.”
Mary Manin Morrissey

 

“As your faith is strengthened you will find
that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control,
that things will flow as they will,
and that you will flow with them,
to your great delight and benefit.”
Emmanuel Teney

December 6, 2012
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Prayer of Gratitude

Dear God,
 
Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings,
thank you, God, that I can hear.
There are many who are deaf.
 
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible,
thank you, God, that I can see.
Many are blind.
 
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising,
thank you, God, that I have the strength to rise.
There are many who are bedridden.
 
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic,
when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short,
thank you, God, for my family.
There are many who are lonely.
 
Even though our breakfast table never looks like the
pictures in magazines, and the menu is at times unbalanced,
thank you, God, for the food we have.
There are many who are hungry.
 
Even though the routine of my job often is hard,
thank you, God, for the opportunity to work.
There are many who have no job.
 
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day
and wish my circumstances were not so modest,
thank you, God, for all I have.
There are many who have nothing.

Thank you, God, for life.

Amen.

November 25, 2012
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The antidote to frustration is a calm faith,
not in your own cleverness, or in hard toil,
but in God's guidance.
Norman Vincent Peale

God's answers to the problems of today
as well as to the problems of the past
have always been so simple, so childlike, so easy
that many could not even believe it!–
That the simple love for God and each other can solve all of our problems.
David Brandt Berg

When we put our cares in His hands,
He puts His peace in our hearts.
Author Unknown

November 19, 2012
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Monday, November 19, 2012

“Anger is never without a reason,
but seldom with a good one.

Benjamin Franklin


“Anger always comes from frustrated expectations.
Elliott Larson

“It is impossible for you to be angry
and laugh at the same time.
Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive
and you have the power to choose either.”
Wayne Dyer

November 14, 2012
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Tuesday, November 14, 2012


“There is so much we fight.
We fight against cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. etc. etc.

If we look closely we can see that all of our attention
is upon the disease and not upon the cure.
All of our energy is spent in aggression and not in love.

For there is a softness to healing.
A sacredness to our pain. A sweetness to our sorrow.

And it is in these moments that we dive low
into the depths of our spirits
and when we emerge from our journey
to the sacred centers of our source we are grounded,
stronger, and full of hope.

There is no fight there
for in truth we would be fighting against ourselves.

There is an acceptance. An embrace of love.
And in that moment we shall find healing.”
Ian Paul Marshall

“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels,
simply by pouring out love.
Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.

Sai Baba

“Humor is healing.
Brad Garrett

 

 

October 28, 2012
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I have been driven many times to my knees
by the overwhelming conviction
that I had absolutely no other place to go.
Abraham Lincoln

 

In prayer it is better
to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
John Bunyan

 

“Let the fires go out in the boiler room of the church
and the place will still look smart and clean,
but it will be cold.

The Prayer Room is the boiler room for its spiritual life.
Leonard Ravenhill

October 27, 2012
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Saturday, October 26, 2012
A Sabbath Prayer

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end war;
For we know that You have made the world in a way
that humans must find their own path to peace
within themselves and with their neighbor.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end starvation;
For You have already given us the resources
with which to feed the entire world
if we would only use them wisely.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to root out prejudice;
For You have already given us eyes
with which to see the good in all people
if we would only use them rightly.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end despair;
For You have already given us the power
to clear away slums and to give hope
if we would only use our power justly.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end disease;
For you have already given us great minds
with which to search out cures and healing,
if we would only use them constructively.

Therefore we pray to You instead, O God,
for strength, determination and willpower,
To do instead of just to pray,
To become instead of merely to wish.’


Jack Reimer
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

“Humor is something that thrives
between man’s aspirations and his limitations.
There is more logic in humor than in anything else.
Because, you see, humor is truth.”
Victor Borge

“A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”
Henry Ward Beecher

 “After God created the world, He made man and woman. 
Then, to keep the whole thing from collapsing,
He invented humor.”

Bill Kelly 

October 20, 2012
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Friday, October 19, 2012

“Sometimes the greatest adversities
turn out to be the greatest blessings.”
Charles Caleb Cotton

“The secret to happiness is to count your blessings
while others are adding up their troubles.”
Joseph Addison

“I absolutely believe in the power of tithing and giving back. 
My own experience about all the blessings I've had in my life
is that the more I give away,
the more that comes back
That is the way life works,
and that is the way energy works.”
Ken Blanchard

October 15, 2012
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Monday, October 15, 2012

“One of the hardest decisions you'll ever face in life
is deciding whether to walk away or try harder.”
Author Unknown

 

“Everything is something you decide to do, 

and there is nothing you have to do.”

Dennis Waitley

 

“I discovered I always have choices
and sometimes it's only a choice of attitudes.”
Judith M. Knowlton

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
Mark Twain 

“Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life,
which fade and are tasteless without it.”
Seneca

“Give a man health and a course to steer,
and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.”
George Bernard Shaw

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…
otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
Buddha

September 20, 2012
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

“The art of healing comes from nature,
not from the physician.
Therefore the physician must start from nature,
with an open mind.”

Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus

 

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient

while nature cures the disease.”

 Voltaire

 

“If a person can turn from predicting illness
to anticipating recovery,
the foundation for cure is laid”.
Bernie Siegel

September 16, 2012
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ASK FOR HELP

You’re never alone, especially in times of great need.
If you feel lonely or sad,
we Angels stand even closer to you,

for we’re always nearby and ready to assist you whenever you ask.
Occasionally, however,
you forget about our presence and attempt to endure life single-handedly.

Today,
remember to ask for spiritual help in all situations,
beginning from the moment you get out of bed.
Request guidance as you dress, drive, walk, and exercise,
and in every encounter with other people.

Ask others to lend a hand as well.
Your family members, friends, co-workers, and even strangers
feel needed and appreciated when you allow them to assist you,
and your inner self is nurtured when you let people aid you in carrying the load.
The loving energy that’s emitted from each team of helpers
and the people they bless bathes the entire planet in peace.

It’s just as important to receive as it is to give.
Make it a point to ask for assistance,
and permit yourself to accept it with appreciation and joy.

God bless you! We love you so very much. 
The Angels
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Monday, September 3, 2012

“Choose a job you love,
and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Confucius

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer
is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Theodore Roosevelt

“It is the quality of our work which will please God
and not the quantity.

Mahatma Gandhi

August 27, 2012
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TODAY'S ANGEL MESSAGE

You have dreams, activities, and relationships that are meaningful to you. They matter a lot, and you feel happy thinking about them….they are your priorities. When you nurture them, you’re not only more cheerful, but you feel more positive about yourself. It’s an act of self-care to devote time to what you value.

Despite appearances to the contrary, you really are in charge of your schedule. You can give attention to whatever you choose, and we Angels will keep interruptions away and help ensure that your responsibilities are met.

Acknowledge any fears and insecurities that trigger procrastination, and know that they’re perfectly natural and normal emotions that merely represent a resistance to happiness and nothing more. Lovingly laugh at your concerns, and then move ahead with your beloved dreams.

Even spending a few moments on what’s important to you can elevate your mood, self esteem, and energy levels. Devoting time to your priorities then becomes a healthy new habit that you develop gradually, so have patience with yourself if you occasionally backslide on your way to giving them your full attention.  

While you are at it, why not spend some time with your Father, in Heaven. Give him thanks for all those he has brought to you. Give him praise for all that he created for your pleasure. Give him glory for each fresh, new day he
gives you to know Him.

God bless you! We love you so very much.

The Angels

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When you die, 14 things GOD won't ask you:

1…God won't ask what kind of car you drove. He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.

2…God won't ask the square footage of your house. He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

3…God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet. He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.

4…God won't ask what your highest salary was. He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

5…God won't ask what your job title was. He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

6…God won't ask how many friends you had. He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

7…God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived. He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.

8…God won't ask about the color of your skin. He'll ask about the content of your character.

9…God won't ask how many times you prayed. He'll ask how many times you prayed for others.

10…God won't ask all the things you did to help yourself. He will ask what you did to help others.

11…God won't ask  how talented you were. He’ll ask  if you used your talents for good.

12…God won’t ask how many degrees you had. He’ll ask what you did with your knowledge.

13…God won’t ask how popular you were. He’ll ask how many people you served.

14…God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Him. He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

“I haven't failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
Thomas Edison

“You may have a fresh start at any moment you choose,
for this thing that we call “failure”
is not the falling down,
but the staying down.”
Mary Pickford

“Failures do what is tension relieving,
while winners do what is goal achieving.”
Dennis Waitley

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

 

“Volunteers are not paid —
not because they are worthless,
but because they are priceless.”
 Unknown

 

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;
they just have the heart.”
 
Elizabeth Andrew

 

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size,
but by the depth of the commitment
to make a difference in the lives of others.”
DeAnn Hollis

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Thoughts for Sunday, August 5, 2012

It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean. Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now.

Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts…and his bucket of shrimp. Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.
Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds.  As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, “Thank you. Thank you.”

In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place.

When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like 'a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say. Or, 'a guy who's a sandwich shy of a picnic,' as my kids might say. To onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant …. maybe even a lot of nonsense. Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and
Busters.  Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida. 

That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.

His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero back in World War II. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water.
They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were. They needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft.
Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!

Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and his
starving crew made a meal – a very slight meal for eight men – of it. Then they used the intestines for bait.. With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait…….and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued (after 24 days at sea…).

Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull… And he never stopped saying, “Thank you.” That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

Max Lucado, “In The Eye of the Storm”  pp..221, 225-226

PS: Eddie started Eastern Airlines.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

 

“Blessed are the single-hearted,
for they shall enjoy much peace.
If you refuse to be hurried and pressed,
if you stay your soul on God,
nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit
which is life and peace.
In that stillness you will know what His will is.”
Amy Carmichael

 

My father used to say to me,

‘Whenever you get into a jam,
whenever you get into a crisis or an emergency,
become the calmest person in the room
and you’ll be able to figure your way out of it.’
Rudolph Giuliani 

 

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude,

a quiet joy.

Ralph H. Blum

July 19, 2012
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

 

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Buddha

 

“Find happiness within yourself.
Learn to love yourself unconditionally and be positive with your life.
Don`t always be in a rush, instead learn the value of quiet times.
The learning that comes from going deep within
to discover who you truly are will be inspirational.
This is your life!
Make it the best you can and enjoy the journey.”
The Angels
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“Happiness is when what you think,
what you say,
and what you do are in harmony.”
Mahatma Gandhi

July 15, 2012
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THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAY
July 15, 2012

 

Angels are the light that illuminates our souls divinity,
Angels help us visualize our dreams
and then find ways to help make them come true.
Angel Whispers


“If instead of a jewel, or even a flower,
we could cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of another,
that would be giving as the angels must give.”
Anonymous


” We can all be angels to one another.
We can choose to obey the still small stirring within,
 the little whisper that says, Go. Ask. Reach out.
Be an answer to some one’s plea.
You have a part to play.
Have faith.
We can decide to risk that He is indeed there,
watching, caring,
cherishing us as we love and accept love.
The world will be a better place for it.
And wherever they are, the angels will dance.”
Joan Wester Anderson

 

July 15, 2012
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Thoughts for the Day
Saturday, July 14, 2012

 

“Abundance is not something we acquire.
It is something we tune into.
There’s no scarcity of opportunity
to make a living at what you love.
There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.”
Wayne W. Dyer

July 7, 2012
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

“The legacy of heroes
is the memory of a great name
and the inheritance of a great example.”
Benjamin Disraeli

“The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world,
who sets up blazing torches
in the dark streets of life
for men to see by.”
Felix Adler

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others
at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others,
at whatever cost.”
Arthur Ashe

July 6, 2012
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Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you,

no matter what.

If your don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little,

they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big.

BECAUSE, to them, all of it has always been big stuff.

Catherine M. Wallace

July 6, 2012
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Thoughts for the Day
Friday, July 6, 2012

 

‘Without silence, there cannot be any real appreciation in life,
which is as delicate in its inner fabric as a closed rosebud.”

 

“Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person
is the silence in us,
not the sort of silence that is filled
with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal.
The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest,
of acceptance of someone as they are.
We are all hungry for this other silence.
It is hard to find.
In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment,
a strength on which to build a life.
Silence is a place of great power and healing.”
Rachel Naomi Remen

 

“But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence
than in the answer to a question.”
Thomas Merton

July 4, 2012
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Thoughts for the Fourth of July, 2012

  

“We take the stars and blue union from heaven,
The red from our mother country,
separating it by white stripes,
thus showing we have separated from her,
and the white stripes shall go down to posterity
representing liberty.”
George Washington

“America is much more than a geographical fact. 
It is a political and moral fact –
the first community in which men set out in principle
to institutionalize freedom,
responsible government,
and human equality.”
Adlai Stevenson

“Of all the supervised conditions for life offered man,
those under USA's constitution have proved the best. 
Wherefore,
be sure when you start modifying,
corrupting or abrogating it.”
Martin H. Fischer

July 3, 2012
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Thoughts for the Day
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

 

A human being has so many skins inside,
covering the depths of the heart.
We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves!
Why, thirty or forty skins or hides,
as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's,
cover the soul.
Go into your own ground
and learn to know yourself there.

Meister Eckhart

 

“With each passage of human growth
we must shed a protective structure [like a hardy crustacean].
We are left exposed and vulnerable –
but also yeasty and embryonic again,
capable of stretching in ways we hadn't known before.

Gail Sheehy

 

“I understand now that the vulnerability I've always felt
is the greatest strength a person can have.
You can't experience life without feeling life.
What I've learned is
that being vulnerable to somebody you love
is not a weakness, it's a strength.”

Elisabeth Shue

July 2, 2012
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Thoughts for the Day
Monday, July 2, 2012

 

“It is better to be motivated by the soul`s hunger
rather than the ego`s greed.”
Author Unknown

 

“Choose beliefs that serve your soul –
choose beliefs that serve the grander dream of who you choose to be.”
Joy Page

 

“The world is hungry for goodness
and recognizes it when it sees it
and has an incredible response to the good.
There’s something in all of us
that hungers after the good and true,
and when we glimpse it in people,
we applaud them for it.
We long to be a little like them.”
Archbishop Tutu

July 1, 2012
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Thoughts for Sunday, July 1, 2012

When the Chips Are Down

Not too long ago I had “one of those days”. I was feeling pressure from a writing deadline. I had company arriving in a couple days and the toilet was clogged. I went to the bank, and the trainee teller processing my deposit had to start over three times. I swung by the supermarket to pick up a few things and the lines were serpentine. By the time I got home, I was frazzled and sweaty and in a hurry to get something on the table for dinner.

Deciding on Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup, I grabbed a can opener, cranked open the can, then remembered I had forgotten to buy milk at the store. Nix the soup idea. Setting the can aside, I went to plan B, which was leftover baked beans.I grabbed a Tupperware from the fridge, popped the seal, took a look and groaned.

My husband isn't a picky eater, but even HE won't eat baked beans that look like caterpillars. Really frustrated, now, I decided on a menu that promised to be as foolproof as it is nutrition-free: hot dogs and potato chips.

Retrieving a brand new bag of chips from the cupboard, I grabbed the cellophane and gave a hearty pull. The bag didn't open. I tried again.

Nothing happened. I took a breath, doubled my muscle, and gave the bag a hearty wrestle. With a loud pop, the cellophane suddenly gave way, ripping wide from top to bottom. Chips flew sky high. I was left holding the bag, and it was empty.

It was the final straw. I let out a blood curdling scream. “I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!”

My husband heard my unorthodox cry for help. Within minutes he was standing at the doorway to the kitchen, where he surveyed the damage:

An opened can of soup, melting groceries, moldy baked beans, and one quivering wife standing ankle deep in potato chips. My husband did the most helpful thing he could think of at the moment. He took a flying leap, landing flat-footed in the pile of chips. And then he began to stomp and dance and twirl, grinding those chips into my linoleum in the process! I stared. I fumed. Pretty soon I was working to stifle a smile.

Eventually I had to laugh. And finally I decided to join him. I, too, took a leap onto the chips. And then I danced.

Now I'll be the first to admit that my husband's response wasn't the one I was looking for. But the truth is, it was exactly what I needed. I didn't need a cleanup crew as much as I needed an attitude adjustment, and the laughter from that rather funky moment provided just that.

So now I have a question for you, and it's simply this: Has God ever stomped on your chips? I know that, in my life, there have been plenty of times when I've gotten myself into frustrating situations and I've cried out for help, all the while hoping God would show up with a celestial broom and clean up the mess I've made of things.

What often happens instead is that God dances on my chips, answering my prayer in a completely different manner than I had expected, but in the manner that is best for me after all. Sometimes I can see right away that God's response was the best one after all. Sometimes I have to wait weeks or months before I begin to understand how and why God answered a particular prayer the way he did. There are even some situations that, years later, I'm still trying to understand. I figure God will fill me in sooner or later, either this side of Heaven or beyond.

Do I trust Him? Even when He's answering my prayers in a way that is completely different from my expectations? Even when He's dancing and stomping instead of sweeping and mopping? Can I embrace what He's offering?

Can I let His joy adjust my attitude? Am I going to stand on the sidelines and sulk, or am I willing to learn the steps of the dance He's dancin' with my needs in mind?

I'll be honest with you: Sometimes I sulk. Sometimes I dance. I'm working on doing more of the latter than the former.

I guess the older I get the more I realize that He really does know what He's doing. He loves me and I can trust Him. Even when the chips are down.

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June 30, 2012
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Saturday, June 30, 2012

“The realm of the imagination is spiritual,
therefore what takes place in it isn’t just make believe
but it is also very real.”

Enoch Tan

“Everything that is new or uncommon
raises a pleasure in the imagination,
because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise,
gratifies its curiosity,
and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.”

Joseph Addison

“Worry is a misuse of the
imagination.”

Dan Zadra

June 29, 2012
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~GRANDMA'S  HANDS~

Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on thepatio bench. She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands.

When I sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK.

Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and looked at me and smiled. 'Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking,' she said in a clear strong voice.

“I didn't mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,” I explained to her.

“Have you ever looked at your hands,” she asked. “I mean really looked at your hands?”

I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point she was making.

Grandma smiled and related this story:

“Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years.  These hands, though wrinkled, shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life.”

“They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor.”

“They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child, my mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots. They held my husband and wiped my tears when he went off to war.”

“They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent. They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son.”

“Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.”

“They wrote my letters to him and trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse.”

“They have held my children and grandchildren, consoled neighbors, and shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.”

“They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.”

“These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of life.”

“But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of God.”

I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God reached out and took my grandma's hands and led her home. When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children and husband I think of grandma. I know she has been stroked and caressed and held by the hands of God.

I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.

June 27, 2012
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Thoughts for the Day
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

(It's a red-letter day on account of it's my birthday!)

NOTE: THE THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY ARE PROVIDED BY MARYNANCE,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARYNANCE

 

Most of us lead far more meaningful lives than we know.
Often finding meaning is not about doing things differently; it is about seeing familiar things in
new ways.”

Rachel Naomi Remen

 

Wisdom means to choose now
what will make sense later.
I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am
and where I want to be, to inspire me and not terrify me.”

Tracee Ellis Ross

 

“Don’t take my advice. Or anyone’s advice.
Trust yourself. For good or for bad, happy or unhappy,
it’s your life, and what you do with it has always been entirely up to you.”

Nicholas Sparks

June 24, 2012
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Thoughts for Sunday, June 24, 2012

“Pray all the time.  If necessary, usewords.”

“God forgets the past.  Imitate him.”

“No one is useless to God.  No one.”

“You will never forgive anyone
more than God has already forgiven you.”

Max Lucado: When God Whispers My Name

June 23, 2012
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Thoughts for the Day
Saturday, June 23, 2012

“To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.”
Benjamin Disraeli

''Knowledge is power.” Rather, knowledge is happiness,  because to have knowledge — broad, deep knowledge –  is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low.  To know the thoughts and deeds  that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heartthrobs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.”

Helen Keller

“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”

Khalil Gibran

 

June 22, 2012
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Thoughts for the Day
Friday June 22, 2012

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.

This is a precious moment.

It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

Paulo Coelho

“When you realize that eternity is right here now, that it is within your possibility to experience the eternity of your own truth and being, then you grasp the following:

That which you are was never born and will never die. . . . ”

Joseph Campbell

I existed from all eternity and, behold, I am here; and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end.”

Khalil Gibran

June 20, 2012
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Thoughts for the Summer Solstice
Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

“Whatever is dreamed on this night, will come to pass.”

William  Shakespeare

“As the sun spirals its longest dance, Cleanse us. As nature shows bounty and fertility. Bless us.

Let all things live with loving intent. And to fulfill their truest destiny.” 

 

“In  summer, the song sings itself.”

William Carlos Williams

June 19, 2012
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Thoughts for the Day
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

“If  one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”

Author Unknown

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Monday, June 18, 2012

“Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice.

It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice.”

Reinhold Neibuhr

 

“A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.”

Charles R. Swindoll

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.”

Richard Bach

 

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