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Weekend Wisdom: Abundance!

Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.

Marianne Williamson
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
Khalil Gibran
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2

 

Dazzling Because Of Imperfections

I received this quote via email from Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project Blog, Moment of Happiness.”   

“Some beautiful things are more dazzling when they are still imperfect than when they have been too perfectly crafted.”

 La Rochefoucauld, Collected Maxims and Other Reflections

I immediately related to it as I am imperfect.

Some people see me as imperfect because I am a widow, an introvert, or a Botticelli woman. They do not see those characteristics as part of what makes me dazzling, instead they just see them as flaws.

To those of you who see me as dazzling because of my flaws – Thank You. It is a joy to spend time with you and call you friend.

If you don’t see me as dazzling? Just remember chiseling away those flaws will make me nothing more than a Stepford Wife.   

Do you love your imperfections because they make you dazzling?

 

 

 

Weekend Wisdom: Offer Hospitality To One Another

We are at chapter 13 today in Don McMinn’s book “Love one another, 20 Practical lessons.”  Today’s Bible verse is 1 Peter 4:9

Offer hospitality to one another

So hear are some quotes about hospitality, including one from someone you would least expect and ending with the ultimate act of spiritual hospitality.

Any celebration meal to which guests are invited, be they family or friends, should be an occasion for generous hospitality.

Julian Baggini

The word ‘hospitality’ in the New Testament comes from two Greek words. The first word means ‘love’ and the second word means ‘strangers.’ It’s a word that means love of strangers.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

When I sell liquor, it’s called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it’s called hospitality.

Al Capone
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Hebrews 13:2

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Matthew 26:26-30 (NIV)

 

Are Tears Acceptable On Christmas Day?

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving 

It is now 2 weeks until Christmas Day.  A day you may be dreading because while you are with family or friends crying is not acceptable – or so you think.

Christmas Day 2008

I got most of my crying out of the way in the morning because I was not with Joe’s family till mid-afternoon. I believe there were a few tears shed that afternoon but my memory of Christmas day is hazy. A hazy memory is good because most of 2008 is a blur. I just remember bits and pieces here and there.

If I remember correctly, most of my tears and theirs came when I gave each family member gift bags containing several of Joe’s favorite movies. The movies I gave them where some of his favorites and a way for them to the type of person their brother and uncle was.

Overall Christmas 2008 was a wonderful day because family was together and the shedding of tears was acceptable.

One Of God’s Many Gifts

Beside Jesus, God gave us the gift of tears.  He knows crying is healthy because it washes away your grief and makes you feel better as you release some of your sadness.

Christmas Day 2013

So if laughter, some happy memory of your loved one or just the fact it is Christmas Day makes you cry, let your tears of unspeakable love flow.

Life

Just a quickie post of quotes today for you to remember when life gets overwhelming.  My brain is going in a million different directions and I am unable to get it settled down enough to write a regular post.

Life

Life does not come easy.  Nothing worth having ever will. So when you feel overwhelmed remember:

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.  

Helen Keller

As gold is purified in the furnace, so the faithful heart is purified by sorrow.

Giovanni Guarini

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

Rachel Carson

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.  Pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Phillip Brooks

Man is fond of counting his troubles but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot as enough happiness provided for it.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

P.S.  John 16:33 is the verse I came across before going to bed on election night, appropriate since I voted for the losing side.

The Main Reason I Voted For Mitt Romney

Here are some of the reason’s I voted for Mitt Romney:

  • Obama’s mishandling of Bengazhi (Don’t get me started on this subject)
  • Obama’s mishandling of Jobs/Economy (They are one in the same and don’t get me started on this subject either)
  • Obama’s bowing before the Saudi King (In case you have  not figured it out – this is yet another subject you do not want me to start talking about.)

Article

Then I read this article from Fox News about people voting who experienced hurricane Sandy.  In the article there is the following quote:

I truly believe Romney is an honest, caring man,” she said. “He will lift us out of our spiritual and mental depression and help us believe again.”

Annette DeBona, 73, of Point Pleasant Beach.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/06/sandy-victims-struggle-to-polls-vote-is-all-have-left/

That my dear reader’s is the main reason I voted for Mitt Romney – so he could lead us in restoring our faith, hope, and love of  God, ourselves and our country.  

Thank You

Thank you Annette for shifting my focus back to what is right with Mitt Romney instead of what is wrong with Barack Obama.

Prayer

God bless Annette, her family, friends and all the other people touched by Sandy to never lose faith in you while they rebuild their lives.  Let the rebuilding effort be as quick and painless as possible.  Let them not only receive support and encouragement but also be a source of support and encouragement to others.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

12:27 Update

At least we have gridlock for another 2 years.  I will take that as opposed to sliding head-on into Socialism.  Before I went to bed I came across this verse I had written down:

But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

Yes, Jesus you have overcome the world by dying on the cross for our sins.  I accept that fact.  It is just a shame the majority of the America will not accept what you did and why you did it.

It is comforting knowing you have overcome the world and that even Barack Obama has to answer to God, our Father – the one who is ultimately in charge.

Happy Easter-He Is Risen

He is risen indeed!

Here is a video of the hymn we sing at church every Easter.  Mom and I went to Easter service in 2010, it was the first Easter after my step-father’s passing and it was a couple days before  their anniversary.  I thought it might be hard on her, well no it was not – she took it in stride.

I was the one in tears.  My tears started when we sang this song.  It just touched my heart to know because of Jesus Christ being risen that Joe was also risen.

So enjoy the video of King’s College Choir Cambridge 2011

May you have a blessed Easter filled with lots of sunshine.

Scripture:

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”

1st Peter 3:18

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