Category Archives: 40 Days of Joy

Quotes To Help You “Achieve Anything”

When I decided to do “40 Days of Joy” for this year, I emailed my friends Katherine, Jennifer and Jeff for quotes either said by them or other that I could use in blog posts.  Hopefully the posts would speak to my readers, especially those grieving or going through another of life’s nasty events.

Here are the responses I received.  Hopefully you will be able to use one of these quotes as inspiration to “Achieve Anything“* in 2014.

Katherine’s Quote

“You will survive if you set a vision of what you want and do not want in your life.”

Katherine Miracle

Miracle Resources

Not only is it necessary to define what you want, but define what you do not want out of life.

Do you want to survive your grief journey, unemployment or other nasty life event? What does your  life look like once you survive that  journey? How will you know when you’ve reached the end of your journey?

A Dreamy Quote

Jennifer sent me this quote:

“What would you dare to dream if you knew you wouldn’t fail?”

Brian Tracy

The sky is the limit with this quote. Anything you dream for 2014 will be a success. What is it? What actions will you take to bring your idea to life?

Jeff’s Quote

Jeff emailed me this quote as one currently speaking to him. It is a powerful quote with a lot of truth behind it.

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

Ferdinand Foch

This quote is my favorite of the three. Why –

A soul on fire is necessary to bring the other two quotes to life.

Your Favorite

So which quote will you use to as a mantra as you achieve greatness in 2014?

Or have you found another great quote, if so email me via the private contact form below or leave your comments in the public section.

* Former slogan of the bank where I used to work.

Rommie’s Favorite Christmas Present

Hopefully everyone had a joy filled Christmas yesterday

I enjoyed lots of fun, food and laughter with Joe’s family.  I am so blessed they still want to spend time with me even though Joe is not around. So many widows find their in-laws turning their back once the husband has passed.

Since it was late last night when I got home, Rommie opened her presents this morning.  I managed to get a picture of her with  her favorite present.  It remains her favorite year after year – tissue paper!

She even finds it more fun than tennis balls and carrying around my stinky tennis shoe!

 

It's Tissue Paper!

It’s Tissue Paper!

 

"Take That You Dirty Rotten Tissue Paper!"

“Take That You Dirty Rotten Tissue Paper!”

 

Coming tomorrow – quotes for 2014

Night Of Song

Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl.  But it warmed more than your body.  It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with melody that would last forever. 

Bess Streeter Aldrich

May you feel that shawl around you and may it warm your heart today and always.

Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon virgin , mother and child
Holy infant so, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glory streams from heaven afar
Heavenly, hosts sings Hallelujah.
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

tall candle in glass with Jesus on the front.

Message In A Grocery Cart

Yesterday I was at the grocery store getting the ingredients for the cherry cheesecake tarts and the pumpkin chiffon pie.

As I put the groceries in my car, I noticed a 4 x 6 index card in the bottom of the shopping cart.  This was the message:

“Merry Christmas! May love, peace and abundance be yours this Christmas and in the New Year.”

What a lovely way to be like Ralph Waldo Emerson and “Scatter Joy” through out the holiday season. Most people would assume it was a grocery list left by the previous shopper. When they pick up the card to throw it away, they find the message.

The cards could be tied to balloons, left on windshields, or left behind on a table in the mall’s food court. There are so many ways this message could be scattered around town.  One never knows the impact a little gesture could have on a person.

Who knows how many people saw that card yesterday.  Hopefully it brought some comfort and joy to them. I know other people saw the card, because I left it in the grocery cart.

I was not about to hog that message all for myself.

“40 Days Of Joy” Black Friday Book Shopping List

Here is your Black Friday Book Shopping List. There is something on it for everyone.

All links (blue) are non-affiliate links, which means I do not receive any compensation. They will take you directly to the author’s website.  The others can be found on Amazon.com

Widows

“Postcards from the Widows’ Path”  (Ferree Hardy) (widowschrisitanplace.com) –  I bought this book earlier this year and found myself having a hard time putting it down.  Each chapter begins with a postcard written by Naomi, Ruth, or Orpah. Then Ferree tells the tale of the three women, while weaving in her own experiences as a widow.  For example, in Chapter 5 she explains the 2 needs of widows – “kindness and rest.”  This chapter resonated with me the most. As a widow, these quickly became short in supply – especially “kindness.”

The book of Ruth affirms that God is with widows and cares for us even though at times it does not feel like it.

Thank you Ferree for this wonderful book.

“Healing After Loss, Daily Meditations on Working Through Grief”   (Martha Whitmore Hickman)

This is the book Joe’s Aunt, who is a nun, gave me at the funeral home.  April 17th, is the day I started reading it and the devotion for that day really spoke to me.  I began to have hope of surviving my grief journey.

“Through A Season of Grief, devotions for your journey from mourning to joy”   (Bill Dunn and Kathy Leonard)

A devotional based on GriefShare, a Biblically based world-wide grief support group.  I was a participant for a year and then co-facilitated the group for 4 years.  I have lots of sticky and handwritten notes in the margins.

“Finding Hope In Times of Grief”   (Preston and Glenda Parrish)

A moving story of how hope in Christ got Preston and Glenda through their son’s unexpected passing, and how they discovered Jesus is enough.  It is not just for parents whose child has moved to heaven as there are lessons for everyone in this book.

Thank you Preston and Glenda for sharing your story.

Job Seekers

“The Character of Leadership, An Ancient Model for a Quantum Age”  (Philip H. Eastman II) LeadershipAdvisors.com

The only book on leadership you will ever need.  Mr. Eastman’s model for leadership is based on 7 character elements. Read and put into practice this model and you will distinguish yourself from other employees once you land a job.  Use this model while volunteering during your career transition and you will stand out from other job seekers.  Don’t let the title fool you, it is a brief and easy read.  One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Mr. Eastman and can be found at the bottom of the link to his website.

“The challenges we face today are not economic, environmental, social, or legal; they are challenges of character and leadership.”

 “Careerealism, the smart approach to a satisfying career”  (J. T. O’Donnell )

Want a satisfying career? Start here.  J.T.’s methodology will help you figure out if you are on the right path or if you need to switch careers.  The book is great alone but better if used with Careerealism.com and/or CareerHMO.com

Everyone

“Positive Living Day by Day” (Norman Vincent Peale) – Short one page devotions designed to lift your spirits. There is no year to the dates, so you can use this book every year.

“Positive Thinking Every Day” (Norman Vincent Peale)  – Inspirational one or two liners for every day.

November 17th – “Be bold, and mighty powers will come to your aid.”

How will you be bold today?  (Standing in line at Walmart for Black Friday deals does not count.)

“Choose Joy Because Happiness Isn’t Enough”  (Kay Warren)

This is a book I have marked up a lot with hi-liter, pen and sticky-notes.  It is very uplifting and heart-warming.  It affirms the thought I had of joy being a deeper emotion than happiness.

“Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in all things.” 

(pg 31)

Here is scripture from the beginning of Chapter 6 “Believing Even In Darkness.” May it speak to you today and every day.  

“Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace. 

Luke 1:78-79 (“The Message” version)

There you have it, my list of books to buy for those on your shopping list. And remember to add one or more for yourself as well.

Happy Thanksgiving: Richly Blessed

 

I asked for strength that I might achieve;

I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things;

I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for,

But everything that I hoped for.

Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;

I am, among all people, most richly blessed.

Unknown Confederate Soldier

We are all indeed richly blessed.

Let us give thanks this day for all our blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone reading this and your families.

God Bless You.

Michele & Rommie

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