• Inspiration

    7 Ways to Love Yourself

    Why is it some people need more inspiration than others? I find myself constantly having to motivate someone else. It’s not that I mind doing this, but rather it perplexes and concerns me.  I think about my grandparents. They grew up during one of the toughest times in this country – the depression era. It wasn’t easy and they didn’t quit on life. They accepted the things they couldn’t change and made the best of the situation, doing whatever it took to survive.  How is it today people fail to be self-reliant with their own emotions? What’s the best thing you can do for yourself? The Bible tells us to love thy neighbor as thy self. Love is a…

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    Christmas Inspiration #2

    Isn’t this nativity scene breath-taking? We came upon this while driving around town, as we made our annual Christmas light sight-seeing. Imagine, the fate of mankind forever changed in Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago with one single birth. Isn’t that glorious? What led to the nativity scene inspiration? Saint Francis of Assisi in 1223 created the first known living nativity display. His inspiration came after a trip to the Holy Land where he saw Jesus’ birthplace. He intended his re-enactment of the manger scene would cultivate the worship of Christ. For centuries the nativity scene correlated with the Divine account of Jesus’ birth as recorded in the two of…

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    Christmas Inspiration

    “Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.” — Joan Winmill Brown Photo Credit “Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.” — Grace Noll Crowell…

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    I Believe…

    This morning’s inspirational poem delivered to my inbox and I knew I needed to share it with you.    I Believe…….  A Birth Certificate shows that we were born, a Death Certificate shows that we died, pictures show that we live! Have a seat. Relax . . . and read this slowly. I Believe… That just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, It doesn’t mean they do love each other.   I Believe… That we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change. I Believe…. That no matter how good a friend is, they’re going…

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    It’s Spring Time, Can You Feel It?

    Daffodowndilly by A.A. Milne   She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, She wore her greenest gown; She turned to the south wind And curtsied up and down. She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbour: “Winter is dead.”     Long last, the end of winter has come and the birth of a new season has emerged – spring.  The grey of winter erases as the our world literally springs to life as the glory of a new wardrobe revile sun-bright daffodils, rosy red tulips, smiling purple pansies, magnolia, cherry tree, and red bud blossoms swaying in rhyme with the breeze. Yesterday, the official…

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    9 Essentials for Surviving Everyday

    Years ago, a dear friend sent me a care package of the most unusual items in an interestingly unique care package.  Inside, every item was properly tagged with a scripture card explaining the value of each article each.  The survival kit served to remind me what is needed to make it through life with these 9 Essentials for Surviving Everyday.   1) TOOTHPICK – To remind you to pick out the good qualities in others. (Matthew 7:1) “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” 2) RUBBER BAND – To remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out. (Romans 8:28) “And we know that all things…

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    I Call You Friend and 7 Characteristics of a true friend

    Friends are an important part of our lives.  We naturally migrate to others seeking love, acceptance, support, comfort, and kinship. From grade school through high school, a parade of faces passed through my life.  Surprisingly, many of those friends I have reconnected with after many lost years through the world-famous social networking of Facebook.  Sometimes, friends fade completely out of my life.  I don’t count them any less of a friend, just ones that have gone MIA.  Maybe one day our paths will meet and we can reconnect broken ties. Unfortunately, I have had friends who really weren’t my friends at all.  These people were two-faced liars who back stabbed me.  It was my ‘true’ friends who…