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“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”- Proverbs 16:24
“Step with great care and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act – Dr. Seuss
“There is a power in gentleness we must discover. It is a power that touches hearts, a power that changes people from within the depths of their soul.” -itakeoffthemask.com
” Be gentle with people today. You don’t know someone’s inside struggles. Instead of being the last straw, you can be their first sign of hope. “-95.1 ShineFM,com
“Do not underestimate the power of gentleness. Gentleness is strength wrapped in peace, and therein lies the power to change the world.” – L. R. Knost
Have a great day. Be kind and gentle to yourself. Peace to you this day.
“A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.” – Chinese Proverb
From where does your help come?
When you have to dig deep to achieve a task, to endure, to survive another day, to heal or, to lift your spirit when the odds are against you and no one wants to take your calls. Where do you find help.?
David in the book of 1 Samuel tells us that he found his help, strength and encouragement in the Lord. When David was in deep trouble, the scriptures tells us:
“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God”
You may be in some difficulty today – trouble on all sides perhaps. Be encouraged that that your help comes from the Lord. When trouble comes we cannot see all the possible solutions. Pray and trust that God is on your side. David left us some inspiring words of courage where, he sought the “shelter” of the Lord on many occasions. For example:
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121: 1-2)
We don’t know how things will turn out. But God does. He is outside of time (and indeed, is the author and architect of time) so he knows what’s up. He has got your back and has you protected on every side.
“The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in, from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121: 1-8).
God will not forsake or forget you.
Cherish every moment.
Learn wisdom from others when you can.
Be uniquely you. No one can replace you.
Do what is right.
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”- Proverbs 4:23
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
“He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.” – Psalm 121: 3
Shine like the stars. Have a great weekend. Blessings and Peace to you.
Sending you positive vibes, Friday
Some majestic photos of the world around us. The earth is the mirror of nature, a reflection of the source of life, a reminder that we have help— to survive and to thrive
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Frustration as a gem
I have this strong thought to say a few words on frustration today, for some reason. Frustration can be defined (according to the dictionary) as the feeling that one is unable to change a set of circumstances or, affect a person’s behavior. It can also refer to the feeling associated with one’s inability to, halt and or propel the progress of some action or event.
Identify the emotion of frustration: It is not pleasant or welcomed to feel frustrated. But it is part of being human. I remember a time in my life in my late thirties when I did not know that I was frustrated with myself – at where I was in life. Back then, I interpreted all and any unpleasant emotions as anger.
It was a blessing then, after a deep period of soul searching and by the grace of God that I started to recognize that there was more to my emotions than anger. I was able to identify the nuances of my emotions and to distinguish one emotion from another. It was like an emotional light bulb came on in my life! It was only then that I felt free enough to own my emotions and deal with them. It was a welcomed relief to be able to identify what I was feeling.
Moreover, and oddly enough, it was liberating to recognize, frustration from anger, fear from anxiety, despair from grief. Sometimes we feel frustrated with ourselves. But it is a gift just to be able to acknowledge and to identify what we are feeling — so that we can address our concerns, own it and move forward.
“Hope fills the holes of my frustration in my heart.” Emanuel Cleaver
Frustration as a result of dashed expectations. Frustrations may come from expecting the best in people and being disappointed by the results of their actions. “Expectation is the mother of all frustration.” Antonio Banderas
Frustration as a motivator. Frustration can be a motivator to propel us to good works for ourselves, or for others. “You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” -Ralph Marston
The riches of frustration. Frustration can be a gem that sparkles in the many facets of character. It can give way to the start of something new. It can be the entrance to a new personal path in life.
Frustration can be a way to adapt one’s thinking and to see things through fresh eyes.
Thursday with a smile 😊😎
Count it all joy
How does one go through trials and difficult circumstances? How does one continue in a job that he or she does not enjoy? How does one dig deep to find the strength to persevere in difficult or painful circumstances?
“Count it all joy my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ” (James 1: 1-4)
Joy may hide at nighttime but the morning is coming. “Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) Who knows what strength you may find in yourself to keep on going tomorrow?
Joy is even more precious when it is scarce. “Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you, shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” -Helen Keller
“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” – Helen Keller
Give joy “If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers.” -Ed Sullivan
Above all, be encouraged – “this too shall pass.” “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.” -2 Corinthians 4:17
Keep the faith.
Twittering Tales #156 – 1 October, 2019
The other side
No time for photo opportunity today. I just want to get to the other side–To my special summer place. There, the cool waters bear plenty of salmon at this time of day. I pause, give a respectful glance, get my bearings, then tip toe around, to the other side.
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