Category Archives: 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 deep emotion connection we all need. If you don’t like yourself very much, then how can you be happy or how do you really begin to love another?

With feelings of unworthiness, you must learn to accept yourself for who you are. None of us are perfect.  God loves you with an everlasting love just the way you are. That’s comforting and powerful – He loves you with an everlasting love!

How do you love yourself? Here are 7 Ways!

1. Surround yourself with friends who are morally good.  You’ve heard the saying, “There’s no honor among thieves”. Don’t choose people who are out to hurt you. With friends like this, then who needs enemies, right? Avoid negative people like a plague!

2. Get a job (or a hobby) – idle hands are the devils’ playground. This can be translated literally or more commonly apathy sets in. Depression is the new idle hands of Satan. Don’t be fooled!

3. Do something special just for you every day. Taking care of yourself will make you not only feel good, but to have a greater appreciation for others. Relax, have fun, and enjoy life!

4. You have only one life, one body. Avoid harmful substances – alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.  Treat yourself well with exercise and good nutrition – your body is a glorious temple!

5. Say good-bye to self-criticism and worry and say hello to being kind and positive! We’re often the hardest on ourselves than anyone else, which leads to anxieties. Trust your abilities and forgive yourself when you make goofs with affirmations of “I’m uniquely made by the Master and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

6. Daydream. There is nothing wrong with nurturing your dreams. This enables you to love the life you have been given. Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

7. Walk with God daily. Look to Him for direction in your life. In His presences you can’t help, but to love yourself. For God so loved the world… this definitely includes you, wouldn’t you say?

 

Words to ponder on by Virginia Satir…

“I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it — I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.

Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.

However, I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at any given moment I’m authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and reinvent something new that I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.”

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Christmas Inspiration #2

Church in downtown Knoxville. Image captured with Canon SD880.

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 the gospels in the New Testament. In St. Luke 2:8-20, Christ’s lowly birth depicted in the manger with angels, shepherds, and cattle share in the miraculous wonder and St. Matthew 2:1-23 speaks of the Three Wise men who followed a star bearing gifts to the new-born king.  Both accounts highlight important events necessary in relaying why we, as Christians celebrate this blessed season.

The surreal beauty, a virgin…no room at the inn…a baby is perhaps the most humbling and tender-hearted events the world has ever known.  For God so loved the world, He sent His son as a tiny baby long ago on a starry night. The ultimate Christmas gift to us all!

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Music is incredible. It serves to minister to your soul with happiness or sorrow.Be prepared for your heart to be touched, (scroll to the very bottom to pause playlist song selection), as you listen to Clay Aiken sing “Mary, Did You Know?”

 

 

Did you know…  The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty. See Random Facts & Interesting Trivia For the Curious Mind

CHRISTmas is the reason for the season!

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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

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“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

“Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior! The angels called it “Good News, ” and it was.” — Larry Libby (“The Angels Called it Good News” in Christmas Stories for the Heart)

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“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years… Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.” — George Matthew Adams (The Christmas Heart)

 

Here are more wonderful Christmas Inspirational Quotes!

 

 

 

Let the spirit of Christmas live in your heart not one day a year, but 365 days!

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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 to hurt you, every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe…..

That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I Believe…

That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I Believe….

That it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I Believe…

That you should always leave loved ones with Loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe….

That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.

I Believe….

That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe…

That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe….

Heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done,regardless of the consequences.

I Believe….

 That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I Believe….

That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe…

That sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe…

That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had And what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I Believe…..

That it isn’t always enough, to be forgiven by others. Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe…

That no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

 I Believe….

 hat our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe…

That you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I Believe….

Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I Believe…

That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.

I Believe…

That even when you think you have no more to give, When a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

I Believe…

That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe…

That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I Believe…

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything they have.

~ Unknown Author

Do you believe? I Believe in you! Cease the day and….Be Inspired!

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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 first day of spring, was a perfect example of such a magnificent time here in East Tennessee with balmy temperatures in the 70s, rich blue skies, and punchy March winds caressing the skin. It was a day worthy to be outdoors to savor earth’s awakening.

What fun outdoor activities do you enjoy with your children or grandchildren? When my kiddos were small, they loved to use draw colorful chalk designs in the drive way or to swing so high ’til their tiny feet almost touched the clouds or to blow a multitude of soapy bubbles or to have a quiet picnic on a blanket in our yard.

Riddle of the day….

 

Spring or anytime, I always looked for fun recipes to make with my children. While I cannot give you a personal reference on how tasty the below recipe is, one thing is for certain it sure fits the bill for appearing like a lot of fun.  If I had wee ones in the house, then I’d take a gamble on giving this a try with them.

 

Spring Nest

Ingredients:

1 large can of chow mein noodles
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp. shortening
“Peeps” (marshmallow chicks) some sort of egg-shaped candy
(jellybeans, M&M’s, etc.).

 

Directions:

  1. Melt the chips & shortening in a glass bowl in the microwave (usually about 1 min. to 1 1/2 min.). Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  2. Pour in the noodles & stir till coated.
  3. Drop big spoonfuls on dessert paper plates. Let kids form into ‘nests’.
  4. Add eggs & marshmallow chicks as desired.
  5. Place in fridge for 30 min. to harden.
  6. Eat & enjoy!!
Makes 6-7 nests
NOTE: You can also use butterscotch or white chocolate chips for more variety.

 

Regrettably, when my two oldest kiddos where young I didn’t have the internet to pull creative ideas from.  However, these days there is a sea of ideas floating in cyberspace.  I’m simply in awe of all the wonderful things I can pull easily off the net in a matter of minutes.  Sometimes it’s hard to digest everything, but it is sure nice to have it ready for the taking anytime.

Here are a handful of spring time fun links, I though you may find interesting:

With spring in the air,  what are you looking forward to most?  Do you have a neat spring activity you would like to share with me?  It’s spring time, can you feel it?  Then, get outdoors and enjoy it!

Spring Is Here

 

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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 work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

3) BAND AID – To remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s. (Colossians 3:12-14)

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

4) PENCIL – To remind you to list your blessings everyday. (Ephesians 1:3)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”

5) ERASER – To remind you that everyone makes mistakes and it’s OKAY. (Genesis 50:15-21)

15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.


6) CHEWING GUM – To remind you to stick with it, and you can accomplish anything. (Philippians 4:13)

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

7) MINT – To remind you that you
are worth a mint. (John 3:16-17)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

8) CANDY KISS – To remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday. (John 4:7)

“There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.”

9) TEA BAG – To remind you to relax daily and go over your list of blessings. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

How appropriate is this for a friend to share such a sentimental gift?   This is a beautiful illustration of how one can view everyday objects as a device for survival with the appropriate scripture.  9 little essentials passed from one friend to another now being passed to you, my friend.

 

PS:  I researched the net to find the author of this inspiring concept, but came up empty-handed.  However, I did find some information, which might encourage and help your school kids with these, 8 downloadable survival scripture cards for back-to-school that I originally found at the Tip Junkie site’s that no longer works.

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(I’m using the freebie version of this pdf plugin before purchasing the license to see how it works for now.  You can right-click image and do “Save As” )

You may also like this post, I wrote: I Call You Friend.

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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 came to my rescue in pointing out the wolf in sheep clothing.  Call me ignorant, naïve, or clueless, but never call me unfaithful.  These life experiences have taught me to not trust people, but to exercise caution.
What is a true friend?  You’ll recognize a true friend if you spot these characteristics in her.

  • A true friend is loyal, hanging with you through the thick and thin while others walk away.
  • A true friend is non-judgemental having an understanding heart and unspoken creed which serves to remind her of, “How could my friend help me best if I were in her shoes?”
  • A true friend is your cheerleader, always quick to offer the encouragement and support you need.
  • A true friend is honest, she’ll tell you what you need to hear not what you want to hear.
  • A true friend always watches out for you, she’ll let you know when something isn’t in your best interest and will try to safeguard you from bad choices.
  • A true friend respects who you are, never asking you to change but loves you despite your differences.
  • A true friend listens not only with her ears, but her heart and then offers inspiration and strength.

Not everyone is fortunate to find true friends. In fact, it’s difficult for some to know how to pick a real friend without disappointment when the friendship fails.  I stumbled upon this interesting Bible study on friendship that offers hope and encouragement called  10 Top Characteristics of a True Friend.

“A friend loveth at all times…”
Proverbs 17:17

 

Friendships can be spawn through different encounters: pen palling, social networking, blogging, or a perchance meeting. Some of the dearest women I know are those who I have never met face-to-face, but yet, I call you friend!

 

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