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Relationships are like Gardens…..

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Relationships are like gardens. If you tend to them, they tend to give you beautiful gifts in return.” -MFB “Relationships are like gardens. If you tend to them, they tend to give you beautiful gifts in return.” -MFB

My friend Frank wrote:

“Ok, I keep getting opportunities to say this quote I made up myself so I’m going to share it again on FB so you can say it too:“Children are like gardens, if you tend to them they tend to give you beautiful gifts in return.” -MFB
You can reverse children and gardens or use the word “friends” to replace either one and its still true.I guess I need to find a great picture I took of children playing in a garden and put that quote on it and repost it …unless YOUR motivated, feel free…Hey, let’s have a contest! See who can make the coolest version of a quote photo and lets go viral with it!”

GAME ON FRANK…….

 

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What is Enough to be Happy?

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“If one thinks that one is happy,

that is enough to be happy.”

Madame de la Fayette

“If one thinks that one is happy, that is enough to be happy."
- Madame de la Fayette

 

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The Strength of Temptation and a Way Out – C. S. Lewis Quote

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“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good… Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is."
- C.S. Lewis

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good… Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.”
C.S. Lewis

The good news is this, the Bible is very clear that we are all equipped to handle temptation. Though it is strong, we are stronger. God is faithful and will help us find a way out if we’re willing to follow it.

1 Corinthians 10:13-14 (NIV) – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

 

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Make Life Beautiful with Perpetual Kindness

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“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”
Leo Tolstoy

“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness."
- Leo Tolstoy

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Embrace Your Inner-Caterpillar – Both Stages are Stunning

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Riddle me this?

Why is the butterfly getting all the glory?

The caterpillar is cool~!

If the caterpillar were not an essential stage in development, God would have skipped right over it, right? Sooo….. I’m saying, embrace your inner caterpillar, and press on toward the butterfly. Love yourself as a caterpillar, knowing you are on a journey, and will one day grow wings, as it were. Life is a process. If you were to begin at the end, you’d miss the adventure~! Be encouraged at this very stage of your life, and live it intentionally.

Now for the pictures~! I can’t help at marvel at God’s awesome creatures~! So, I am including some wonderful photos of crazy caterpillars and beautiful butterflies. These should inspire us to be proud of both of these phases, caterpillar AND butterfly~!

“God believes in our butterfly, hopes for our butterfly, loves us as butterflies”

~ Peter Kreeft

Top 10 Most Beautiful Caterpillars | SciencerayColorful Blue Morpho butterflyBeautiful Macro Insect PhotoPapilio machaon -- by claudiodelfuocochenilleeuropean peacock butterfly ~wow~

Sycamore Moth (Acronicta aceris) Caterpillar by forbesimages, via Flickr: Hard to believe that it turns into a plain colored moth. #Photography #Sycamore_Moth_Caterpillar #forbesimagesRare butterfly In the AndesStinging Rose CaterpillarButterflyPrettyButterflyMoth Caterpillar | by John Horstman

Peacock Pansy Butterfly (Junionia almana)

Electric caterpillarNature at its best

Peacock Bristle Worm (Chloeia flava), by Mat.Tauriello 毛虫beautifulTussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae) ~ By John Horstman

Yellow Butterfly

Caterpillar

"God believes in our butterfly, hopes for our butterfly, loves us as butterflies"  Peter Kreeft Fortify My Life Blog

Oh…. but maybe you think you’re just a moth?

Moths are quite wonderful, too.

So, none of that comparing butterflies to moths and feeling short changed~!

Look at these guys~!

Luna MothRosy Maple MothShowpieceGarden Tiger MothMadagascan Sunset MothTo link to 300 more amazing caterpillar & butterfly photos on my pinterest page, click this link~!

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Our Destinies are Rooted in God’s Desires for Us

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“Our destinies are tricky things, because they are rooted in God’s desires for us based on what HE knows about us – and that just so happens to be knowledge that we typically aren’t privy to yet.” ~Darren Wilson, Finding God in the Bible“Our destinies are tricky things, because they are rooted in God’s desires for us based on what He knows about us -  and that just so happens to be knowledge that we typically aren’t privy to yet.”   Darren WilsonI’m reading a book right now that has a pretty fun title: Finding God in the Bible: What Crazy Prophets, Fickle Followers and Dangerous Outlaws Reveal about Friendship with God. I got a chuckle out of the quote I have embedded into the pretty picture/ inspirational image above. 

In the chapter I was reading, God and Moses are hanging out, and God tells Moses about the mission he is about the send him on to free Israel from slavery in Egypt. Moses is like Nuh-uh, and God is Like Yuh-huh. And back and forth for a while until God ends up getting mad, and Moses never Nuh-uh’s Him again. God assures Moses that he is up to the task… and that’s that. The way Darren writes is very approachable, but not as informal as I am being here. In any case, his point is well made. Moses is afraid to go on a mission that he is clearly unqualified for. Moses is not wrong, either. But, that said, God was more right. Moses DID pull it off in the end.

See, when God calls us to certain tasks that seem particularly big and scary, He has more information than we do. He actually knows what we are capable of, especially when He is with us. 

All this to say, if you have a distinct impression that you are supposed to do something that feels too big for you, and you are scared, move toward it anyway. If you are being invited to try something that you don’t feel qualified for, maybe you are more qualified than you realize~! Maybe walk like you would on a tightrope. One step at a time… Use a balance bar and a safety net.

My husband and I were asked to play very prominent acting roles in a play recently. We have never acted, and it was outside of our comfort zone. But, we decided to say yes because we felt like we were supposed to, for reasons that had nothing to do with acting. The audience was large, and we may have made fools of ourselves overacting the roles. But, it was exhilarating, and we got tons of laughs and encouraging comments. I never thought I would do something like that~! Moving to Africa for 2 years was a much bigger and scarier risk.  One small risk, one large. Both were amazing and rewarding.

Pray and listen, and take the next step toward your destiny~!

Finding God in the Bible

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The True Secret of Happiness in our Daily Life

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“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” 

~ William Morris

"The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life."  ~ William MorrisI LOVE this quote. I have to say that William Morris is a person who has influenced the way I live, creatively. He supported the arts, and liked to have beautiful things around him. It was his believe that things didn’t have to be merely functional, but interesting to look at and interact with as well.  A serving spoon can be a work of art~! 

Beyond that, we can look up, look around, and find beauty all around us. Compare the color of a tree trunk to the sky behind it. Take a closer look at the inside of a flower. There are often sparkly stones inside of concrete. A drop of water can contain a whole miniature world~! When light shines through leaves, they look like stained glass. What an amazing world we live in~! It is important to our health to observe the world around us using as many of our senses as we can.

BE INSPIRED~!

Look up, Look around…

Be Happier in your Daily Life~!

What do you see that is amazing in what many think of as the ordinary world? Teach us to see something new in our surroundings. Please leave comments~!

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Hope is on Clearance Sale? Isn’t HOPE Supposed to be FREE?

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OH LOOK…  Hope is on Clearance Sale at Walgreen’s~? A friend of mine captured this classic American snap shot. I cracked up. Look at it~! How funny is this photo?~! (Thanks Kristen~!)

Although it is a really funny observation, it also got me thinking about HOPE. There are SO many directions that this post could take. But to keep it simple and obtainable, I wanted to remind people that hope really isn’t expensive at all. 

Hope is a free gift from God,

and we get to give it away.

Hope is on clearance sale at the drugstore! Thank God!

I am supposed to be a beacon of light, and a bringer of hope. You are too~! It is possible that people overcomplicate this. Catch this….. keep it simple:

Look up… Make eye contact…

Smile, and Say Hello~!

Not too hard really. Also, a few kind words will work wonders. The Bible says,  “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4) 

A short story: Last Thursday my husband and I went to the supermarket. The woman behind me in the checkout line looked a bit stern, maybe even mean. Meanwhile, Brook and I chattered away to the cashier. We know most of the supermarket cashiers by now. We try to give them a moment of fun, a joke, or a story to entertain and engage them as they shuffle our things into bags.

Well, something we had said brought a glance from that woman behind me. Eye contact~! I turned and asked her, “SO…. how are YOU today?”

Surprise.. she smiled.

That stern lady had a magnificent smile. And I made it my business to tell her so, and suggested that she should smile ALL THE TIME~! I turned back to the other conversation. About a minute later, she put her hand on my arm. She told me that many, many years ago she used to laugh and smile all the time. Since that time, she had married a very serious man, and she found she didn’t smile very much anymore. I think that is a bit sad. But, she was smiling as she told me her story.

Then, as we left the supermarket, she was actively laughing in our wake. She and the cashier were extending the moment of sunshine that we had introduced. It took so little effort on our part. We were just being ourselves in public.

Another short story: A customer of ours had bought a pair of cuff links. We shipped them and sent her the tracking information. The next day she wrote to tell us that her boyfriend had broken up with her…. with mere days left before Christmas.

She didn’t want to be any trouble, she said. But asked if she could send those cufflinks back. Well…. of course she could~! I told her my real concern was going to be how it would make her feel to receive that package, her boyfriend’s gift. We wrote a few notes back and forth. I told her how glad I was not to have married a few of the people I had dated and loved. Once my amazing husband came into my life, it was very clear why the other relationships had not worked out.

She thanked me…. literally for bringing her HOPE. Now we are friends on facebook~!

Look at this Joyce Meyer quote~! “The world is desperate for hope. We need to be light in a dark place.”  It is so very true. Give HOPE away! Do it today… make it a habit. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Let’s not make people go out and dig around for the dusty discounted version of it that they might find in a discount bin at the drugstore.

HOPE IS FREE~!

The world is desperate for hope. We need to be light in a dark place.  - Joyce Meyer

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Disguising Our True Nature From Others and Ourselves

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	 “We are so accustomed to disguising our true nature from others, that we end up disguising it from ourselves." - La Rochefoucauld

“We are so accustomed to disguising our true nature from others, that we end up disguising it from ourselves.”
 La Rochefoucauld

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Art Journals and Creative Inspiration (or Admiration)

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Art Journals & Some Creative Inspiration (or Admiration….)

By random chance I have found myself looking at people’s journals this weekend. It turns out that there are some very creative people who have turned keeping a journal into an art form. I was dazzled by people using colorful paints or pencils, using collage of photos, ticket stubs, magazine cut-outs, & the like.

I thought I would share these images because they each have something to offer. Many of these are eye-candy, but I have also thrown in some nuggets that might inspire YOU and ME to either keep a journal. It can be a simple calendar with colored writing, a sketch book, or creative writing/ idea journal. Or maybe we’ll just enjoy these and say “WOW”.

I have never kept a journal like these, though I once made a nice photo album scrapbook from my honeymoon photos & collected papers from the European vacation. When I was in the Peace Corps, I did keep a calendar journal. It was not aesthetically pleasing, but kept track of my adventure. Mostly these make be say “wow”. Since I get to work creatively for a living, I’m usually tapped out by the end of the day. I love that there are people out there who are this passionate.

If you would like to see a stunning (larger) collection of journal photos and ideas, you can follow this live link to my “pin page”. If you follow the link, each of the images, when clicked twice, will take you back to their original source. (I had better mention that I have NOT read most of these texts all the way through. I hope there is nothing R rated in any of these photos~!)

St Francis Quote in Art Journal – I like when people put text on their pages. There are so many inspirational quotes to choose from~! Loving the sideways drips and use of simple shapes here.St Francis Quote in Art Journal

Artistic Scripture Journaling: Koi Watercolors – I love how this notebook uses boxes with text and simple images. To me, this has an “I could do that, I should do that~!” feel to it.

Artistic Scripture Journaling: Koi Watercolors

A Bad Attack of Wounded Vanity – This one it very pretty to me. Love the use of color. But, this isn’t just art. This is actually the person’s journal. She’s telling a story about something that happened to her. The collage pieces make it more interesting.A Bad Attack of Wounded Vanity

Mendocino – Neat Mixture of Collage & Text – I didn’t finish reading this one. I do like it as art. I should let this inspire me to do something creative.

Mendocino - Neat Mixture of Collage & Text

Inge Kolstee: Art Journal – Great colors,  simple shapes go a long way.Inge Kolstee: Art Journal

Four Letter Words Journal Page – Words cut out of magazines. A collage.

Four Letter Words Journal Page

Creative Colored Writing – I’m guessing that the border was already printed on the page, and the person wrote their thoughts in varied colors, and different angles. This is within reach for all of us, even if we feel creatively challenged.Creative Colored Writing

A Sketchbook with writing, sketches, and some watercolor. Charming and not overstated.

Sketchbook with some journaling

Doodles and photos in a sketchbook – this is also within reach for most of us, a little creativity goes a long way here.

doodles and photos in a sketchbook

A Picture Illustration of James Chapter 1A Picture Illustration of James Chapter 1

Creativity in small sections – Another one that could inspire us all. You don’t have to worry about messing it up. Cute sketch? Glue it in, Bad sketch? Recycle the paper~!Creativity in small sections.

Katie’s smash book pages 7 and 8. Inspirational Quotes. – I might have just learned what a “smash book” is. Katie's smash book pages 7 and 8. Inspirational Quotes.

Beautiful journal page (by Pam Garrison) – Love the colors~! Love the numbers~! Love the use of different fonts. Nice piece of artwork.pam garrison ~ beautiful journal page ~ love the numbers

“To thine own self be true”. A page from an art journal. – I like the use of color, and the shape of the writing layout on this one. (PS – “To thine own self be true” is not from the Bible.)"To thine own self be true". A page from an art journal.

Blog Fodder, Quoting the artist: “Everything i put in my journal..plus bible verses and recipes” – You have to follow this link for more inspiration. There is more to be found. Notice how the back ground color is not pure orange~! Love it~! The collage is a pleasing bonus.

Everything i put in my journal..plus bible verses and recipes

10 ways to improve your sketchbook – Just for more inspiration….

10 ways to improve your sketchbook

A site with various journal articles (art, watercolor, 365 words, etc.)….. one-word-art-journal-prompt – Follow the link to get the words~! Remember to CLICK TWICE.

one-word-art-journal-prompt

Journalling Prompts – more ideas. I also like the way they are presented.

art journal prompts

Art Journal Progression – Love this as a work of art~! I can’t belive people keep journals like this. Look, this one is from Friday, Nov. 11.  Jeepers~! This one makes me jealous~!Art Journal Progression

This is just so pleasing to look at…lovely writing, graceful lines. Beautiful! –  <<- This is the comment that came with the photo. I agree~! Plus, note the simple use of color, and what it brings to the black and white page. Oh, I also admire that the writing is “sideways”.This is just so pleasing to look at...lovely writing, graceful lines. Beautiful!

Holiday Journal Page – This is charming in every way. Jealous again~!Christmas journal Page

Bliss Journal Page by Roben-Marie Smith – While there seems to be a lot going on here, I’d like you to notice how simple the shapes are. I think a person who thinks they have limited talent could learn a lot from copying this page. The color is lovely, and could be duplicated to some degree. Don’t expect to nail it exactly, but use it for inspiration if you are running low on your own.

Bliss Journal Page by Roben-Marie Smith

JEALOUS AGAIN…….  This is an impressive journal page:

Neat web site with interesting ideas for journals – (Follow the link, I didn’t). This is a lot of collage with writing on it. Makes it look very rich and complex. It makes me want to page through the whole book.Neat web site with interesting ideas for journals

Moleskine, #041 – This is where my inspiration began, a moleskine sketch. I have never written on, or even felt moleskine, but google it…. look for images. There is a whole movement out there dedicated to these notebooks.Moleskine, #041

Be Who You Are: Karenika inspiring collage {art} journal   – The text says it all, right~! But, look at the edges of the pages. I like how this person colors outside of the lines~! I’d like to see more of these pages, too~!

Be Who You Are: Karenika inspiring collage {art} journal

The Journey Begins --- again by Pinay New Yorker on Flickr
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