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Thank you, again!

The kids were sick, hence the lack of posting. Will be up to my normal ramblings shortly, hopefully.
I did want to take a moment to thank you for being there for me! Enjoy.

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Enjoy the Gift!

“Grab life by the horns”, “dance in the rain”, “enjoy life; it’s later than you think”. I’ve been hearing these and more most of my life. I have a selection that hang on my bathroom mirror, like this one: “If I had my life to live over, I would relax more. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would pick more daisies, I would have more actual troubles and less imaginary ones.” Or, “Life is all abut the small moments you live daily. The more you enjoy life, the more life gives you reasons to live.”
Living life to the full is something I’ve been trying to get in the habit of more recently. Those who follow my FB can see the quotes I post on this subject pretty frequently. When it comes down to it, I have to ask myself if I’m actually living it, or just thinking about it. Am I living life to the full? Or is it just in my head?
God gave me a marvelous gift (He gave it to all of us, of course!), He gave me life. So much time is spent pondering the reason for life, why I’m here, what is my purpose, what am I here to do? Then I go a step further and ask, what do I want my children to do with their gift? What is their purpose, their plan? Those are good questions to ask and enact the answers as best I can.
However, I find I can get so wrapped up in the destination that I forget all about the journey. God gave me life, He gave me all of it, not just the tough questions or the difficulties. He also gave good food, kids and friends who make me smile, the rain I love to dance in, and so many little pleasures throughout the day that are meant to be enjoyed.
So I’m taking a step back; I’m not forgetting my purpose, the goal is there, the destination is clear. But I’m determined to enjoy the journey. It only takes a few minutes extra to look up at the sky and enjoy the shade of blue it is today. Giving one of the kids a hug is a minute well spent. Enjoying a treat from time to time a worthwhile investment. Spending time with good friends, talking or going out is all time well spent. So why not dance in the rain–for real? Or sing out loud? Why not enjoy the gift to the full?
I’ll end with another quote, one I’ve seen on a friend’s blog for years, but still love: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”

Enjoy a great scene from one of my favorite movies:

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Alice

I have 4 or 5 different posts in various stages of being written, but since I had wanted to write one about the recent Alice in Wonderland movie, I’ll just go ahead and link to CC’s blog, as she put it so nicely. I liked the movie because it allows for crazy in life. Why sit back and be like everyone else? Why not go for my dreams? Why not find 6 impossible things before breakfast? Why not embrace life as it comes, trusting that if I act in love and care for others, that in itself is following the right path?

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Elements of Peace

Some of my favorite quotes from Elements of Peace:

If you could see the beauties that await you, the perfection of My plan for your life, the magnificence of your destiny, and the intricate order of your life, you would never worry so much about the trials of this life, or spend so much time burdened with many fears and cares. Your life is in My hands. Your life belongs to Me. I will not let anything touch you that is not going to someday seem beautiful and pure when you see it from My perspective. There is no reason to fear the future; it is safely in My hands. (Jesus)

Patience is accepting a difficult situation from God without giving Him a deadline to remove it (Author unknown).

Circumstances that rip out the walls of our own self-sufficiency are God’s blessings in disguise. We can truly thank God for them and praise Him for every blow that removes some of the illusion that we have the ability to handle our own situation. We will also discover that the more trying the circumstance, the more we will realize the real strength and power of Christ dwelling and growing in us. Each challenge, each trial or opportunity for growth makes us better equipped to be channels for His love and power. (Author unknown).

The breakthrough moment in finding the will of God is realizing that you need Him even more than His answer. (Author unknown).

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Faith in the God Factor

If one of your first reactions to times of change is to worry, then it’s time to retreat into your prayer closet. Commit each worry to Me, tell Me about all your concerns, and let My Spirit carry the weights.

I am able to give you the comfort and peace of mind that you need in order to face any change that will come your way—today or tomorrow. The way to keep your faith at its optimum level so that you can handle life’s challenges is to spend time at the source of faith—Me and My Word.

If you know that I love you, you know that everything is going to be okay. I don’t ever stop loving you. So, there isn’t much left to worry about, right? Whenever you’re going through a deep, dark, faith-testing experience, hold on to the fact that I love you, and that everything is going to be all right. Just wait and see.

When something is My will, I am capable of moving Heaven and Earth to bring it about. I am always capable of supplying all that you need. I own the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10), and the wealth in every mine.

If you are moving along the path of My will, you can claim your right as My bride, and I am bound by My Word to supply, provide, and open the doors that are needed. No matter what path My will is leading you down, these basic spiritual principles apply—now and forever!

There’s no guarantee that everything will be smooth sailing for the rest of your life, but I’ve promised to take care of you and to meet your needs, and I will not disregard that promise.

The love that you’ve given to Me and to others over the years is going to return to you. The effort that you’ve expended on My business is going to profit you personally. I am not unrighteous to forget your labors of love. What you have given will be returned to you many times over, some in this world and much more fully in the next.

Faith has healing energy. It can lift the burdens and worries right off your shoulders. When you’re in a difficult situation and your emotions are being affected, and you tell Me that you trust Me anyway, the healing energy of faith begins to flow over your spirit and calm your nerves. It makes a significant difference to your spirit.