Weekend Inspiration

Winter JasminE in bloom – Pixabay

Sometimes, no matter how much we try to muster the courage to move forward, the vicissitudes of life challenge us to the core.

At those times, even the calming droplets of inspiration and encouragement we may find along the way, seem to do little to water the temporary parched land in our soul. For those times, remember that, “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”- Proverbs 18:10

Calling on the name of the Lord, is powerful and effective. When I was very ill and in a great deal of pain, years ago, I had no energy to make long prayers. Sometimes, all I could utter was “Lord!” Looking back on that time, I am confident that the Lord filled in the blanks to my small attempt at prayer, and carried me.

May you know this day that the name of the Lord has power: to heal, to save, to encourage, to accompany, to comfort, to build and to protect you in all kinds of ways. The name of the Lord, is the living water that truly quenches the soul.

“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”― Marianne Williamson,

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher

Rest As A Celebration

Thus far, it has been a week for you in which a lot has happened. May I offer a short respite, a mental rest, a short breather, before you press forward to the weekend. Use a moment of rest to celebrate the journey thus far this week.

I am not sure what Mr. Mark Twain had in mind on this one. I leave it to you to decide. He says, “I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting,

“It does good also to take walks out of doors, that our spirits may be raised and refreshed by the open air and fresh breeze…” ― Seneca

“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” ― Alan Cohen

 “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8

Enjoy a bit of rest. Be refreshed for the journey ahead.

“Everyone has inside of them a piece of good news”

Photo Credit: Pixabay – Live Art

“Everyone has inside of them a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” – Anne Frank

Transitions

Photo: Pixabay

Being as fond of the change in the seasons, I like photos like this where the same place is captured with elements of the different seasons appearing at the same time.

Nature’s transitions are often quite, subtle, and yet eventful. The change in the temperature does not go unnoticed nor the thousands of leaves to rake before the cool wind blows them even further in your backyard.

Transitions in nature, I think echo, the ebb and flow of life. The life in which God is doing a new thing, fighting for you, as defender, protector and Lord. And from his victory springs new life in your heart.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”- Isaiah 43: 19

“Moments of surprise”

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May you be pleasantly surprised by something or someone today. It may not be as astonishing as your kitty finding the coins you stored in your sofa but, “In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.‘ –David Steindl-Rast

“Surprise yourself every day with your own courage.” –Denholm Elliott

Sometimes people surprise us. People we believe we know.” –Joyce Carol Oates

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”- Ashley Montagu

Have a wonder-filled day, full of lovely little surprises 🙂

Exit doors rarely come in the packages one expects

Sometimes we are looking for a way out. The way out may have been presented to us, but we do not recognize it. Because, we hold a certain vision of the future. And, the presented opportunity does not appear to meet with our expectations.

Today, the opportunity for a way out, that you have been seeking, may be right in front of you. Perhaps, you are looking for a way out of a job or career. You apply and apply and an opportunity is presented to you. However it is not quite the “perfect” solution you were expecting.

But, exit “doors” rarely come in the packages that one expects. And, routes to any destination are rarely in a straight line.

“The best things in life happen unexpectedly. The best stories begin with an all of a sudden. The best adventures were never planned as they turned out to be. Free yourself from expectations. The best will come when, and from places, you least expect.” – themindsjournal.com

“I’ve learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you.”- Sandra Bullock

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” – Richard Branson

“Expect change. Analyze the landscape. Take the opportunities. Stop being the chess piece; become the player. It’s your move.” -Tony Robbins

“Things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.”

Credit: theculturetrip.com

Here in the, sort of, North West, winter has come. It is just a few flakes for now which began yesterday but, you know what is coming. I enjoy the fall and there is still the beauty of the fallen leaves to look at.

In the fallen carpet of shades of brown, I do not see dead leaves. For some reason, I see a successful life lived thus far, and the hope of things to come. Winter being one of those things to come. Winter is rest for the soil and rest for the soul. The darker days mean more rest, more sleep, bigger holiday feasting and yet another excuse for coffee treats.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.”
–Candace Bushnell

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”–Edith Sitwell

In the promise of the coming of winter there is a shift from browns to a special light. In that special light of winter – the sparkling snow on the ground, lies the hope to come; new life in a new spring. “I pray this winter be gentle and kind–a season of rest from the wheel of the mind. “–John Geddes

Twittering Tales #158 – 15 October, 2019

Photo by Mikechie Esparagoza from Pexels

Everyday is a fresh start
I wake up say a prayer and hustle

Only minutes to savor freshly brewed classic Italian coffee.
Then, as we each rush to our car,
I think to myself, “we rarely enjoy the little things lately
How great life would be if we lived a little bit of it everyday?”

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Photo credit: Mikechie Esparagoza from Pexels

Weekly Photo prompt by Kat Myrman

#keepitalive

#TwitteringTales



“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

“We are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually. “- Beaumont Newhall

Men’s shoes made completely of real chocolate!

Source: thisiswhyimbroke.com

Wedding dress made entirely out of toilet paper.

Photo Credit: India.com

Hand bag made from duct tape.

Photo credit: realcountryladies.com

Coffee mug made out of coffee beans.

Photo credit: Pinterest

A former bathtub

Photo credit; homecrux.com

Barbecue anyone?

Photo credit: ADT Plumbing on Facebook

A house made out of soup cans.

Photo credit: greendiary.com

Chandelier made with clothes pins (clothes pegs)

Photo credit: diyspins.com

A bed frame of books…many books.

Credit: bookbub.com

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust

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