1.31.2012

Heaven's Hug


The Expulsion of Adam and Eve From Paradise
The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise (1813) by John Martin  

Running, looking back over shoulders. Sweat beads, fear.
Fleeing the garden, 
peace and safety.
Purity exchanged for lies,
delusions of freedom and power.

The knowledge of all brings chains.
Shame awaits in open fields,
hopelessness in hidden corners.
Death lurks everywhere, 
seeking to fulfill the curse's promise.
Untruth reigns.

Yet,
Love stakes a claim.
One Name.
A Promise remains...
in Him.

I followed Eve's folly into a world of madness and discontent
for I thought too little
of a love that dies 
to bring peace and joy...that won't.

Endless corridors offer enlightenment,
leading away from 
the Light that lifts souls from darkness
and 
fools from apathy and death.

A garden.
A plan.
A claim.
He came.

An unwilling disciple.
An unwilling candidate.
Odd one to choose I suppose.

Why would love stoop down to the lowest of lows?

Passionate, yes.
Zeal, indeed.
Unwilling to accept such a lofty creed.

I'll never get it, no.
A Righteousness, not my own.
Freely given.

Rejected.
Not embraced.
Traded for a taste of lack
and 
dissatisfaction, 
offered by a world which rejects truth.
Love. 
Grace.

But, that one face looking down from that  one place,
with eyes that did embrace-
all humanity...


in one earth splitting, death defying, 
life eternal 
hug.


Love tore the curtain, reversed the serpent's plan, set apart forever
The One and Only God that became Man.


Jesus.
Name above all Names.

Painting by C. Michal Dudash



Special thanks to my daughter Katherine who helped me choose the name for this poem.
She said Heaven's Hug sounded "cozier" and more inviting than Eternity's Embrace.
Jesus is about inviting, each one of us to His place of coziness.
He loved us enough to appeal by laying down His own life 
to offer us an eternal hug in the everlasting place
called Heaven. He waits for us to accept this truth.
To be embraced with His everlasting love, immersed in His peace and joy forever.
Starting where we are now.
Now that's a hug I want to embrace!
How about you?




“True peace comes from embracing what is, 
not from ceaseless striving to change everything around me 
to make my life more safe, secure, comfortable.”
~Dan Meadows in The Mosaic Bible




Linking Up with Writing Canvas and
Tami at The Next Step
for the first time!



1.30.2012

I'm Just A Monday Girl


You Talkin' To Me?




 I'm Just a Snow Girl: I was ecstatic with last weekend's snow. Although it melted fast, I made good use of my time with that wonderful, white stuff. I decided to make my girl a snowman to welcome her home when she got off the bus. Sadly the number 2 picture is what welcomed her! Oh well. 








I'm Just a Rock Girl: As some of you already know I have been a Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor for many years. Too many to admit although it is on enough of my professional profiles...sigh. I spent many hours in gyms. Many. The fact is I now try to catch creative workouts outside of that atmosphere. My latest workouts have been traversing, leaping and scaling the wonderful rocks along the coast of our beautiful state! Please don't worry, I am careful. This is truly functional training at it's best incorporating natural body movements in a way that is real. Balance, strength, coordination, dynamic flexibility and best of all ALL of your senses are wildly alive. Every God given sense is challenged, refreshed, bettered through this type of endeavor! Personally, you can't make me go to the gym. I have found something better! Fresh air, and God's Creation make for a wonderful workout, invigorating the senses, inviting the soul, spirit, body and mind to come alive. That's my kind of workout!









I'm a Just Lucky Girl: I have been having a bit of luck lately. I have recently won a book, a magazine and now this. Either it's luck or God just thought I needed a night out with the family. I won a 4 pack ticket package to the live production of Mary Poppins at The Providence Performance Arts Center! Check out The Mommyhood Chronicles as she is working some amazing Blog magic over there and really has a lot of great giveaways. I entered to win a night of Monster Trucks and Mary Poppins. I am rather relieved I won the Mary Poppins tickets, I am not so into Monster Trucks. I just felt compelled to enter, anyway. Phew. God does know what He is doing, after all.
Thank you, Melissa! On a side note Melissa is from Rhode Island as well and although we have never met she is trying to coordinate a few Rhode Island Bloggers to get together for a Bloggy Girls Night Out! How cool is that?






I'm Just a Reading Girl:
I really can't seem to put down Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games", which is a rarity for me with Fiction!
I am onto Catching Fire. A good friend has also decided to read the Trilogy along with me- both our daughters have read the series already. She will surely pass me by as she is a much faster reader than I!


Catching fire.JPG


I'm a Just a Controversial Girl: When I took the photo below Saturday and shared it on Facebook, leaving my daughter's Girl Scout Troop Meeting, I had no idea of the controversy that would follow   because of it. Actually it was only one person who seemed to be offended. I dealt with it as graciously as I could (in my opinion), and sent her an e-mail expressing my thoughts (which she did not respond to), but was reminded of how often Christians can get so far off in their behaviors, attitudes and words they lose their effectiveness to shine for Christ. I was reminded of the Pharisees, simultaneously passionate about the things of God, YET blind to God WITH them. Rants and tangents in the wrong forums do nothing to further the cause of Christ. May we all remain sensitive to His Spirit. This verse came to mind:

 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Philippians 4:5


and 



This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—it looks for a way of being constructive. 
Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. 
It is not touchy. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6 (Phillips)



Officially the worst Christian ever due to my daughter's
involvement with Girl Scouts.
I just can't do anything right in this Christian life apparently.
Trust me I am sure this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Rest assured, it's much worse. If I haven't offended you yet, I will.
It comes so naturally.

I'm a Just a Funny Girl: Which all caused me to ponder the wisdom of Thumper's Mom and Dad in Bambi!

Wisdom for all Social Media Users from Thumper

If I haven't offended you yet, stay tuned. I am sure I will eventually. I am not made to be on a pedestal.
I am not perfect. But I follow the One who is. In all my imperfection. Imperfectly.
And He accepts me just as I am. 
Isn't that the most offensive thing of all. 
Excuse me while I hide behind His robe. 



This week for those joining in the Psalm 119 Challenge we are on the second Stanza (8 verses):
ב Beth
Here is my "makeover" Calendar's second page. 



Well, now glad you stopped by to visit-
Have a wonderful week!



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1.29.2012

Waiting.On.God.

Photo Credit: Mary Lynch


Still.
Waiting.
Wondering why the sun is hid.
By clouds.
Why the clouds, stand between 
Thee and me.

Yet, You are present in this moment.

As if the sun itself shone bright.
Dispersing,
darkness, fog...
fear and doubt.

Light.
Still present in the darkest hour.
Never.
Forget.
Him.


When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12


*This poem is dedicated to my friend and Sister in Christ, Mary who takes the most amazing pictures ever. Every day! Thank you for sharing the beauty you see through the lens of your camera and life!

1.27.2012

The Lessons of Less: Take Me To The River

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 
streams of living water will flow from within him.
John 7:38

Well here we are approaching the last few days of the first month of the new year. 
The path I have been travelling on has become narrow. Squeezed. Where it leads I'm not sure, but my faithful God has been revealing a few lessons on my journey. It's early on this road trip, but I'm brave and foolish enough to share what He's shown me so far. 


The Voice

Early morning. I feed the pets and prepare myself for my "quiet time". The thought comes and is somewhat startling in it's interruption into the space of my own mind. 
I hear, "Come away with me, alone"
I gather my things. I hear it with more clarity. Directly addressing my immediate plans.
Come away from the busyness of your quiet time. 
Oh, boy. I sense a gentle parental tone in this quietness.
Come away from all of your big ideas for yourself, Me and others.
Come away from your agenda, 
away from your thoughts, perceptions expectations, frustrations.
I confess I am stubborn.
Thickheaded. Coincidentally, Italian. Not that it matters. Just sayin'.

On this morning, I heard Him.
He wanted me alone. 
You'd think the reality of this would bring me to my knees, the impression was so strong.
So not of me.
I confess here the truth. I didn't want to make the trip.
I felt God calling me away with Him and truth be told, I had more important things to do.

Hold your stones!
Hear me out, first.



The Argument

You see, there are obstacles...
after all the dog stared at me through pleading eyes with happy anticipation as I got dressed.
It's not like I don't have a "quiet time". Planned.
How can I go for a walk, or even get out of the door with only the purpose to be with you, Lord?
Lord, look at this dog. Surely it's selfish for me to walk without Him.
No camera?
You know I love to capture the beauty of your Creation.
No camera. Just to walk alone.
I'll miss something, for sure.
(missing it already...still, keep your stones, Pharisees -Wait for it!)
But, I reasoned, at least I should walk briskly to get some exercise.
 That would be OK, right?
No itinerary,
No motive, or agenda...
away with Me.
So I went.


My Crowded Mind

As I 'm walking on the beach feeling unsure, He speaks to me.
He tells me my head is crowded.
Then He reminds me of how I used to walk alone with Him along the shore.
Many years ago. Early in my Christian walk.
Early in my journey of seeking Him.
With only the purpose being to be with Him.
I forgot...
no dogs, camera, agenda.
No mission oriented search for stones.
Empty hands.
Open heart.
Expectant.

Soul Distraction

He told me my mind is busy and too crowded. 
He told me my soul is distracted.
Really?
I walked the full length of the beach.
The hissing, roaring waves chasing the shoreline and my head 
crowded with resistance to this very moment.
Finally, as I approach the place where the ocean and the river 
meet in a glorious union of strength and gentle perseverance, 
I am ready...
 to listen.

Peace Like A River

When you stand in this place, one ear hears the roar of the waves in the distance. As you get closer to the river, the trickling of the current, teases the other ear, like a sweet invitation to peace, tranquility, calm. Gentleness.

Finally, 
I realize my mistake.
As I walk alongside the river, my mind begins 
to quiet.

You can drop your stones now, if you haven't already.

The ocean reminds me of the demands, distractions and presence of my earthly life.
Roaring, hissing, commanding my attention.

Yet the river ushers me into a peaceful, stillness, quietness. 
The promise of His Presence. 
Now.
Forever.


The Lord desires this intimacy with each of us.
 So often we complicate the beauty, simplicity and magnificence of this truth.

We let the roar of the ocean drown out the trickle of the river.

Lord, I thank you for the lessons of less that you want to teach me. That you being God, would want to walk with me, talk with me, spend time with me.That you desire to touch each of us in the deepest places of our mind, heart and soul. You long to free us from the hold of earthly distractions that we may enjoy the precious promise of your presence. Let us never take this for granted. But when we do, return to you again, comforted by your Faithfulness and Everlasting Love.
In Jesus name, Amen.




This is how the LORD responds:
   If you return to me, I will restore you 
      so you can continue to serve me. 
   If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, 
      you will be my spokesman. 
   You must influence them; 
      do not let them influence you!

Jeremiah 15:19














1.25.2012

Getting Creative With Psalm 119

I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.
Psalm 119:7

Hello Friends,

Well you are in for a big treat as you meet the crafty side of me today!
Aren't you amazed with the many facets of my being?
I love to find ways to write out God's Word. I also love to scrapbook and be creative.
I think I also have a hard time throwing things away.
Apparently.
Welcome to my creative corner for today!

You could make this with a variety of themes: favorite quotes, fun pictures, or writing prompts (for my blogger/writing friends!) even fave recipes!
I think it would make a nice handmade gift, don't you?
You can keep it simple. Or for my creative friends, deck it out!


I enjoy being creative with what is on hand.
So last years desk calendar becomes
today's makeover project for my Psalm 119 Challenge!


Side View


First I chose and cut a piece of paper
to cover the calendar page.

So the plan is to write out each of the 22 stanzas of Psalm 119 each week. 
I will need to use both sides of the paper since this is a 12 month calendar.


I wrote the stanza out in pencil first, then went over it with marker.
This time I used Vellum paper so I could see through it.
I had a lined sheet beneath.
I had to erase and adjust a few times to make it all fit.

After I finished writing in pen. I had to let the ink dry
before I could erase the pencil lines. Of course I discovered this the
hard way. Oopsie, smudges! I never sweat the small stuff.

All finished and here are all the products I used.
Aren't you proud of me?
Pretty simple and now look, you are impressed.
Your turn.

Go create something!







1.24.2012

What's On My Nightstand For January

Can you see the kitty? Sweet Aurora, our very precocious calico,
longingly eyes my precious reading stack.
Hello, fellow Bookaholics- You know who you are. No hiding or shame here. I am linking up with 5 Minutes For Books, and "What's On Your Nightstand", which takes place the fourth Tuesday of every month. This is my current stack. I will give the details and you can judge for yourself if there is anything worth reading in your eyes!
First, please understand, I am a slow reader. I love to read but I flit like a butterfly from book to book. 
I own a lot of books and still view life as one extended opportunity to peruse books as well as Bookstores, libraries, online, at home. I love to be surrounded with them. I am trying to read more Fiction. Usually I like to read biographies, memoirs and practical stuff. But, really if it's bound, with a title that draws me, nothing is out of the realm of possibility. Red means Finished- Yay, Me! Asterisk means I'm in the midst of it. 

So let's take it from the bottom of the stack and see what's on my nightstand this month.
I am not writing book descriptions here for the most part- all that is available through many other websites (publishers, booksellers, atc.) These are just my ramblings and musings on the how's and why's they made it to the stack. 

A Place To Belong by Lisa Troyer: Lisa Troyer is part of a ministry called Circle of Friends.
Sometime last year there was a promotion through Facebook to pre-order the book which is about fostering authentic friendships, encouragement and community for women.
 The clincher for me was the one pound of coffee and two beautiful mugs that were thrown in, all for about ten bucks! I actually let my women's ministry leader borrow it and just got it back. Hence it is on currently in the stack!

*One Thousand Gifts by Anne Voskamp: A fellow blogger convinced me to read this book, but I have been stalking it for the past year and finally broke down with the intention to read it. I have read the first chapter and know I will enjoy this book through and through. I am attempting to keep up with the Joy Dare, through Anne's Blog. See my efforts here

Be Joyful by Warren Wiersbe: I finished this book earlier in the month. It is a great encouragement and read with excellent application and input on the book of Philippians. Wiersbe rarely, if ever, wastes a word.
He wraps around this short Book of the New Testament and squeezes out sweet delectable truths that will leave you refreshed in your faith and yes, understanding the role of joy in the believer's life. 

*Praying The Scriptures For Your Children by Jody Brendt: I am about halfway through this book which is wonderfully written with lots of powerful scripture references. Specific direction an encouragement for moms on the topic of prayer make this a great reference. I like to pick it up for a bit and digest it before picking it up again. 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: My daughter really wanted me to read this book. She reads circles around me, seriously. She will pick up a book like this and finish it in an afternoon. I am very fussy with fiction. Although this is young adult reading, I could not put it down. This is the first of a trilogy, and I was skeptical at first and surprised to admit how much I enjoyed this book. Well I finished it so that says something. In three days. Record time for me. I am adding Catching Fire to this list that is the next up in the trilogy and I am dying to know what happens next. 

Grace of Giving by Marja Meijers: I am so excited about this book which I won through Diane Estrella's blog this month! I am looking forward to reading this book as Marja has three blogs and has authored a number of books. You can catch her here for starters: Fresh Insights On Ancient Truths. Marja has a gift for sharing scriptural truths (as I have seen on her blog) but this will be the first time I am reading one of her published books. 

The Christian Writer's Handbook by Margaret Anderson:  My daughter's English teacher offered this guide for me to borrow. Perfect timing. I think I really need a basic grammar primer. Suggestions?

*My Reading Life by Pat Conroy:  I am enjoying Pat's personal history divulging his love affair with story, stories and life in general. Pat shares so many interesting details of his literary influences and loves. It's like curling up with a box of delicious treats. Each chapter shares a different experience and the books and people that touched and shaped him, molded his perspectives and eventually found expression in His own writing. I think I will have to renew this one as I am taking a bit of time. But enjoying every bite!

*Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: I can't get enough of the way she weaves scripture into her writing in the unique way she does- powerful and positive. I reviewed Sarah's Devotional Here. I really love it. It will be on my stack for the whole year.

This Thing Of Ours- How Faith Saved My Mafia Marriage by Carrie Franceze: I finished this earlier this month and did review it. I found it to have some excellent, positive points for women, but thought at times it was a little slow going. The Review can be found here if you are so inclined to check it out.

 So, what's on your nightstand?


What's On Your Nightstand

*Also linking up last minute with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday!
Check them out for book inspiration and Jamie's Top Ten Historical Fiction!



1.23.2012

Soup, Balls, Shrimp, and Snow!


Snow Bird! A weekend of snow in New England!

Interestingly this has been a busy week. Apparently if you start Monday off at the Ladies Annual Soup Night at church and watching comedienne Chonda Pierce  it sets the tone for the entire week! My hubby was sweet enough to make his delicious Corn Chowder for me to take to the affair. Soup, pie, women and comedy. But really hold that thought because this was a truly comedic week. That could be my life's epitaph: Here she lies after living a life full of food, friends and funny moments. 

So how pray tell do "Balls" fit into this whole scenario, you are wondering? Well, glad you asked. I had another one of those things we call "interviews". When you work in the field I do, this can vary greatly. See my face? No, so I will just let you know I have a huge smirk. When I say vary greatly, picture what it would be like auditioning for a side show in the circus. I am rarely surprised and have had some, shall we say bizarre and interesting interviews. Since I expect this, it is no surprise that my latest interview was done in the middle of an upscale studio in the Financial District of beautiful Downtown, Providence. On balls. I have no qualms with this. One of the best interviews I had included juggling. Without warning. My interviewer threw two balls at me, watching my response. Then one more. I am of the philosophy that if someone throws balls your way, you juggle them. 
Needless to say, I got that job. You might want to write that down. Never duck when balls come your way. 
You just roll with it. So 40 minute interview on the ball. Two interviewers. Honestly. 

Moving along. 

The shrimp was shared when I had an unplanned lunch date after my Moms In Prayer meeting, Thursday. 
That made for Thursday's post: Misadventures Of A Praying Mom
I confess, we ate a LOT. It was rather enjoyable.
Shrimp, cocktail sauce, honeydew and conversation.

The beach was amazing this week.
We had a hint of snow on Friday.


I was disappointed except that who can be anything but grateful when you are looking at this:








And then we had this wonderful stuff for the weekend.



Which led to this wonderful time with my girl...


Followed by Cocoa. As well as an afternoon of reading...


which is to say that I have devoured this book at her request:

File:Hunger games.jpg

I must confess I loved it. I could hardly put it down. 
I am not a big Fiction reader. I also am the slowest reader. 
This young adult read really pulled me in and refused to let me go! 
I am looking forward to seeing the movie.




Last but not least I am starting back up on our Psalm 119 challenge and my dear sister in Christ Angela will be helping to keep me from derailing this time! I will be posting on the Facebook page again but not sure how I will do it, exactly. It may be once a week, or I may share different versions. I so enjoy reading a variety of translations. 
Get those index cards ready. Or at least get your Bible open to this amazing gift in the Psalms and enjoy it's delicious richness! Won't you join in? 


 א Aleph
 1 Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, 
   who walk according to the law of the LORD.


Have a wonderful week. 



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1.19.2012

Misadventures Of A Praying Mom




My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, 
   and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 
when I remember you upon my bed, 
   and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 
for you have been my help, 
   and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
Psalm 63:5-7


Seriously, I am going to have to start a "Chronicles of..." series. It seems whenever I attempt to do something after my Moms In Prayer weekly group get together, God pulls out all the stops and has fun with us innocent moms. I mean it. It's as if He wants to say, "I am going to have some fun with you ladies, now. Especially the bossy one". If you read the post on my last adventure when my sweet praying friend, who shall remain nameless (but she knows who she is), left me at the coffee shop, you will surely be amused with my latest adventure. Or as I am calling it a misadventure. However, once again, no-one was seriously injured during these shaninigans AND the kids didn't starve either! Phew. 

This week we were preparing to start the Fern Nichol's "Igniting A Passion To Pray" study so I followed another praying mom to her home to meet, discuss details and pray with the intention (once again) on returning to help deliver hot lunches to students back at school once we finished. 

Man Plans, God Laughs

Funny, how time flies when you are praying, planning and enjoying sweet Sisterhood in Christ.
I looked at my watch and realized it was time for me to head back to the school. 

You are getting a Deja -Vu feeling...in 5, 4,  

I chat as I put my books in my bag, grab my purse, jacket, keys thrown in...
still chatting as we are walking out saying goodbyes. 
Hugs, goodbyes,
smiles.

3, throwing the book bag in the back seat, closing the door.
Bending to pick the purse up (why did I put it down anyway?)
2, opening the front door. 
Not.
1.
Guess where my keys are?
The rich part is that the books in the bag actually hit the auto lock on the key fob!
I hardly ever lock my doors on purpose!

Sweet Tracie (since she did not abandon and forget me I can share her name) offers to drive me back to the school and help me deliver the lunches. 
We arrive back at the school, deliver those hot lunches with amazing efficiency.
We head back to her house together and call Road Service.

Do You Like Shrimp?

Tracie decides we should have lunch while we wait. 
Shrimp Cocktail.
Oh, who is laughing now!
God allowed us a lovely unplanned lunch date.

All in a Days Work 

Road Service guy arrives. He has an amazing sense of humor and loves his job.
13 years working happily doing road service. 
He is a blessing.
We have a few laughs as he tries to get the door open.
He succeeds. 

One more time with goodbyes.

Wow.

Here is the take home:
You never know the adventures
 that will come your way 
when women get together and pray.
and
Our God is an Unpredictably Gracious God.
He loves to surprise us with unexpected joy,
in uncommon ways, in common places!



You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
1 Peter 1:18


Joining in with Bonnie @ Faith Barista today!










1.17.2012

Love In The Mail: DaySpring Product Review And Giveaway

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others
will themselves be refreshed.
~Proverbs 11:25


Dayspring and (in) courage = Love in the mail!

What a wonderful way to encourage another by simply sending a lovely card with a personal, handwritten note included inside. Consider the times you have been the recipient of such a gift and the blessing it has been to you. I know I have received my share, and I do so enjoy sending a bit of love and encouragement in the mail. When I heard about the card offer through (in) courage, I was very happy to be able to participate as I already love DaySpring products! I love the journals, gifts and especially the line of encouraging cards this fine company distributes.

DaySpring sent me a free Peanuts Encouragement & Friendship Card Pack and I also received received  6 premium Peanuts thank you cards and an accordion card organizer. I was very impressed (but not surprised) at the quality of this collection. The texture, color and detail were all top notch. I was excited to consider all of the love and encouragement I could send in the mail. Who doesn't need a bit of love in the mail? 


Personally, I am a Peanuts fan so these sweet sentiments had just the right amount of kindhearted humor I love to share! Of course the artwork is memorable, especially if you appreciate that crazy, Beagle and his friends!




The accordion file had monthly tabs and a removable file sized card to write dates to remember for each month!


I chose to write a few notes to special friends who needed a bit of encouragement and I am still working on sending some love to the list of 10 I made out (A card-stock list with prompts was also included in the package). The very first card I wrote out was to my dear friend Sharon, thanking her for a lovely lunch last Friday and for just being the fabulous, faithful friend she continues to be. Do you know anyone who needs love in the mail? Check out the DaySpring offer and site! All are linked below. I would love for you to enter the giveaway because hey, it 's nice to get cool stuff for less AND Free!

Here is the post that started me off, but check out inspired deals below for current opportunities!




Giveaway:
DaySpring is supplying me with one (1) coupon code for $20 off your DaySpring purchase.
(Please know that shipping charges will apply to the winner’s order. For the coupon code to work properly, there must be a $20 minimum purchase. The coupon code will expire December 31, 2012.)


To Enter:
Must be 18 or older.
Choose one of the three ways from below to enter Giveaway:  
*Leave a comment sharing a memory of a special card/note you received.
or
* "Like" my Facebook Page and let me know you did with a comment. 
or 
*Share a DaySpring product that you love in the comments (I love the journals!)

One entry only please. 

I will announce winner via random drawing on Facebook page and on my "Miscellany Monday"' Post.
Please make sure your e-mail is available, so I can contact you with the coupon code! 
Contest will close Friday January 20th @ 10PM Eastern Standard time. 
Tell your friends! 


Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned products through Dayspring at (in)courage for the (in)spired deals review, The opinions contained in this review are my own.





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1.16.2012

Martin's Monday

Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have to say that I love Martin Luther King Day. First of all, he is one of the few men in whose presence I wish I could have been. That I would have loved to hear with my own ears, seen with my two eyes and stood seeing, in his vision. That I would run to see and stand in the masses yelling, "YES!" One who inspires, challenges. Dignifies. One who saw light and truth and transformed humanity with his own understanding. So today is a special Monday and I will not ignore this great man in my Miscellany Monday post today! My daughter actually won an award in her 5th grade Speech Meet as she recited His famous words. Every single one from that famous speech. It saddens me I was not there to see it. Yeah, that job I no longer even have cost me that opportunity. Won't happen again. Trust me. Here are some of my favorite quotes by him.
I pulled these from The Quotations Page.


I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.


Well I do have an interview scheduled tomorrow. Prayers welcome. However, it seems, my Inner Writer and Inner "Lazy" Child are having an affair to remember. They have kicked my Inner Personal Trainer to the curb and she appears to be down for the count. Hopefully they will all pull themselves together and cooperate for the interview tomorrow. Perhaps I should consider employment as a Librarian, as my friend Susie has considered, and retire from torturing the hopelessly, unmotivated masses. I am slowly moving into that terrain, myself, Egad!


A wonderfully contemplative week. Rain and puddles helped.
I will be sharing some of my reflections this week.
Some of you have already read about one rainy day with my daughter
this week!
My girl has re-discovered the joys of Play-Doh. Hooray!
I am thoroughly enjoying this little Library find!
Wonderful. I may have to read The Prince of Tides. Maybe. 

A place I used to frequent,back in the day.
Revisited, with a dear friend made my week sweet!
Literally.
rue de l'espoir =  How you say? Delicious. 
Friends make life sweeter, indeed.

 Life is Short!
 Enjoy your friends as you enjoy dessert!


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