June 21- “Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.” – unknown

MakeOthersHappy.jpgEven if you have to leave them alone? Yes, this quote made me stop for a moment to think how I’ve experienced it in my life. Then lots of scenarios flooded my memory.

You know when your toddler is in the mud puddle, or eating spaghetti, in a blink of an eye, yikes! Picture it. Not only has the mess spread to their clothes, but their hair is clotted with the goo as well! Yes, that’s more work in an already overfilled work day, but they are smiling from ear to ear. Well it makes for a great pic and a quick dunk in the tub should temporarily return the little tike to his squeaky clean self.

How about that teenager? Sometimes demanding, invincible, self-centered, argumentative,  to name a few traits that make you want to pull your hair out! You know when the only one smiling is them. Well to come through those years with most of your sanity intact, you really have to prioritize and pick your fights. Sometimes they need to learn it themselves, provided no one’s health or welfare is in jeopardy.

How about that spouse? When they say they’ll help out, tidy the office or make the bed, or fold the clothes. You can see the pride in their eyes and you can see with your eyes what you may have to redo. But, hey, they were all too happy to help out, so keep it buttoned and let them be happy! Not an easy task for me some days.

Don’t miss an opportunity.

” Above all else guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.” – Proverbs 4:23

Grace to you.

B

 

 

 

 

 

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June 14 – Just for today remember to laugh.

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Just for today remember to laugh. Do it for yourself. It will benefit those around you.

Laughter is contagious. Have you seen the video on Facebook where a man on a bus or subway starts to laugh and within minutes everyone is laughing with him. It proves a good point.

Laughter is good for you, it burns calories and makes you happier.

Grace to you.

B

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June 7- “I always prefer to believe the best in everybody, it saves so much trouble.” -author Rudyard Kipling

KiplingHope is believing the best in people.

It doesn’t allow our minds to fill with nasty unknowns or negative assumptions of another person. Imagine all the energy an individual can use up finding fault with another, it can be just plain draining.

It not only is less trouble to believe the best in others but will keep our energy intact for more positive pleasant possible people encounters.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”                                                                                                                                             1 Corinthians 13:7

Grace to you.

B

 

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May 31: “There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, your creativity you bring to you life and the lives of people you love.” – actress Sophia Loren

14115547_1204752962922262_5907024808398720515_oAge is nothing but a number! While you may be growing older in years, there’s no reason to forget to laugh, love and enjoy the simple things a little more at every moment in your life.

You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.

Grace to you.

B

 

 

 

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May 24- “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

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It is said that Winston Churchill gave voice and Hope to the common people. He was Britain’s Prime Minister during the second World War, and is remembered for his speeches and refusal to give in when things were going badly.

I’ve read that some of our personal traits are inherited and our tendancies can be further influenced by our surroundings,  the people around us, and the the tapes of life we saw growing up. But negativity or being positive just seems to be in one’s nature.

Where do you find your Hope?

“And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:4 (NAS)

Grace to you,

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 17- Just for today be present and share the positive.

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May 10- “When God made Mothers….” – author Erma Bombeck

WhenGodMadeMothers“When God Created Mothers”

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands…. no way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

“That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

“God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Get some rest tomorrow….”

“I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick. She can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

“But tough!” said God excitedly. “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

“Can it think?”

“Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

“There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.”

“It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s it for?”

“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

“You are a genius, ” said the angel.

Somberly, God said, “I didn’t put it there.”
Erma Bombeck, When God Created Mothers

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