January 31, 2013

Smile!

Today my colleague called me from one of my schools and we were chatting...

"How is everything going over there....?" I answered "Oh boy..." As I was about to launch into a story,  I glanced over at my Starbucks cup and saw this....



The Barista had drawn a smiley face on my cup just for me! I had gone through the whole morning without even noticing it until just the moment when I needed it!

Isn't it funny how that happens sometimes? The smile comes when you need it most...the shoulder is there when you need to lean and you're about to fall... after seeing that smiley face simply drawn by the goodness of someone's heart just to make a stranger's day, I couldn't help but smile back and then, whatever I was thinking about stressing about - was gone.  Maybe this person was paying it forward. Maybe this person was just in a great mood and wanted to spread some smiles around to some customers.  Whatever it was, just a small gesture can really turn someone's entire day around. This reminds me of one of my friends and a song she used to sing to me if I was ever a little blue...

"Smile....dontcha know God loves you..come to think of it I love you too....
Take the time to smile at somoene and before you're through...
Someone will be smiling back at you..."

We used to laugh at the end of this song because by the time she finished we really were smiling and whatever we were fretting about was over.

So go on and just for today, for no reason at all, smile...about anything, everything, and pass one of your smiles out to someone else...

January 20, 2013

After a While


Found here.

January 16, 2013

Thousands of Reasons


Thousands of Reasons - Doe Zantamata

If every morning,
You can find a reason to say,
"Yes, it's going to be a beautiful day."

And every day, you find a reason to say,
"Yes, it is a beautiful day."

And every night, you find a reason to say, 
"Yes, it was a beautiful day."

Then one day,
You'll look back and easily say,
"Yes...it was a beautiful life"


Black and White picture, here

The Story of Life

Uplifting words written by Tamara Robinson.  Shared with me from one of the directors of my youth group, this still resonates with me, and I had to share it with all of you. So often we say "everything happens for a reason" and then wonder, does it? In my life, I can only go by what I have seen and witnessed, and therefore for me and my path, it has so often proved me unfailing. Yes some of those things may be painful and we may not understand it....but in time we later do. We can only connect the dots looking back. Read on because this Tamara's words and perception is so reflective, thoughtful, and contemplative.


THE STORY OF LIFE
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, worker, long-lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger), but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to.

Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.

*Most importantly!!!, if you LOVE someone tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store. And learn a lesson in life each day that you live.

That's the story of life...

Thank you all for touching my life and making if fuller.

Copyright © 1999 Tamara Robinson --- Canada


{I had to do a lot of searching online to find the original author, so it is originally discovered here, thank you!}

Keep Life Beautiful, found here

Enya Love

Enya...one of my favorite artists to relax to....

When I need to de-stress...be it in the office, at home, in the car, or before bed....
Let its musical notes work their way into your ears and help you relax today....

Here is just one of my favorite tracks, "Caribbean Blue".

January 14, 2013

Barefoot Dreams & Gregorian Chant

I can barely keep my eyes open....just want to fall into the arms of this barefoot dreams blanket stack, and call it a night.  These are my *favorite* blankets in the whole wide world. Yes, the entire universe...these the best blankets created. I promise. For purchase at Barefoot Dreams, here. I happen be partial to the cream and stone colors.

Stack of blankets pictured, here.

I am imagining myself blissfully wrapped up snug as a bug in a rug, in my Barefoot Dreams blanket, listening to Alberto Turco & Nova Schola Gregorina - Gregorian Chant for Meditation...{some might laugh when I play this but I find it so very calming and relaxing...soothing and different}





Gregorian Chant for Meditation, here


January 13, 2013

Words of Strength

There are some people that can just rattle off scripture by number. I'm not one of these. Sure I do have my favorites, but there are very few that I can recite entirely by memory and by number.

This below picture was given to me by one of my kids in my youth group and it sits perfectly on my windowsill. Each morning it is the first thing I look at and each night it is the last thing I see.  What a thoughtful gift that this beautiful young woman went to to make this out for me, and frame it. She has no idea how much it means to me. She is actually clothed in strength and dignity...and she actually laughs without fear of the future...she is inspirational, motivational, and "though she be but small, she is fierce" - Shakespeare.

Thank you Michelle! xoxo

January 10, 2013

A quote for the New Year

Photo, here.

January 9, 2013

Pathway

Just was cleaning out some old files, and I found this old favorite. I wish I could give the person credit for it, but this was one of those forwards from long ago that I had saved, and it meant a lot to me at the time.   My own little "path to peace" as it covers nearly every area of life.


An Angel says, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice." 
  1. Pray
  2. Go to bed on time.
  3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
  4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health. 
  5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
  6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
  7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
  8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places
  9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together. 
  10. Take one day at a time. 
  11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it. 
  12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc. 
  14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.            
  15. Do something for the kid in you everyday.
  16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
  17. Get enough rest.
  18. Eat right.
  19. Get organized so everything has its place.
  20. Listen to a cd, or podcast, while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
  21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
  22. Every day, find time to be alone.
  23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
  24. Make friends with Godly people
  25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
  26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus.'
  27. Laugh.
  28. Laugh some more!
  29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
  30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
  31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
  32. Sit on your ego.
  33. Talk less; listen more.
  34. Slow down.
  35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
  36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. God has a way of turning things around for you  :)
Winter path, here.

January 6, 2013

Caldrea, take me away

My new favorite candle....by Caldrea....Lemon Vanilla. And I was shocked that I found it at Target. It's been burning all day in my room. Flickering a soft light. The scent is subtle, just a hint of vanilla and a dash of lemon...natural beeswax. Not that sugary overpowering vanilla....and not the overwhelming scent of lemon. It's the perfect blend of just enough of each. It's hard to find the right mixture of each and even harder for me to find the right vanilla scents....and I can be quite particular.  This one is heavenly and oh I wish I could have you readers sniff my screen to show you it's the perfect scent. All my christmas candles are packed away, but I still want a warm cozy candle to cuddle up to, and this is just the trick. (Sigh...) Caldrea, take me away.

Good night readers, until tomorrow!


God Thinks You're Wonderful



I stumbled upon this Max Lucado book over the weekend while visiting with a friend whose mother passed away Friday. My thoughts and prayers have been consistently with her family and each night I find myself thinking about her and what she is going through. The song above is dedicated to her and her family as my heart breaks for her while her heart breaks during this time. 


One of the books that was given to her mother shortly before she passed was this Max Lucado book above "God Thinks You're Wonderful". I could not stop flipping through the pages (I am a big Max fan, but the story behind the book was what melted my heart)

The text below courtesy of Mommy McCoy

God Thinks You're Wonderful! by Max Lucado

God is fond of you.If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.If He had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.


He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.Face it, friend. He's crazy about you.
By the way, it may be difficult for you to believe that God knows your name...but He does.Written on His hand.Spoken by His mouth.Whispered by His lips.Your name.


I have written your name on my hand. Isaiah 49:16
Our hearts are not large enough to contain the blessings that God wants to give.So try this.The next time a sunrise steals your breath...or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless...remain that way.Say nothing and listen as heaven whispers, "Do you like it? I did it just for you."


So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accidentor an incident...you are a gift to the world,A divine work of art, signed by God.


You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13
You weren't mass-produced. You aren't an assembly-line product.You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth by the Master Crafts-Man.He thinks you are the best thing to come down the pike in quite a while.Turn to the sidelines; that's God cheering your run.Look past the finish line; that's God applauding your steps.


God is for you.Had He a calendar, your birthday would be circled.If He drove a car, your name would be on his bumper.If there's a tree in heaven, He's carved your name in the bark.


Maybe you don't want to trouble God with your hurts.But..."He cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7He is waiting for you, to embrace you whether you succeed or fail.Vagabonds and ragamuffins all, He saw us before we were born.And He loves what He sees.


You have captured the heart of God.He cannot bear to live without you.God's dream is to make you right with Him.And the path to the cross tells us exactly how far God will go to call us back.
"You wonder how long my love will last?Watch me speak your language, sleep on your earth, and feel your hurts.

Find your answer on a splintered cross on a craggy hill.That's how much I love you."


Let a tear appear on your cheek, and He is there to wipe it.He has sent angels to care for you, His Holy Spirit to dwell in you,His church to encourage you, and His word to guide you.
As much as you want to see Him, He wants to see you more.If you want to touch God's heart, use the name He loves to hear.Call him "Father."


He thinks you're wonderful!

Book, here.