Archives for category: Kindness and Love

Manners
It’s a simple thing really.

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Manners
Why does it matter so much?

Personally
 I give it a social thingamajigy.
It shows that you are more in the moment and care enough about the person you are with or conversing with to use ageless manners.

You could say- why take the time to talk manners when there are so many serious issues in the world.
Well I would have to say; all good things, encouragement, kindness, war prevention; start with manners. At least I would think so.

Manners are for socializing and relationships is what foreplay is to sex and intimacy.

Manners are a form of payment for time and service. Payment of appreciation.

Manners are a sign of respect.

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One deterrent to manners is fast past society. No excuse though.

Another is movies. Don’t get me wrong I love movies. However you see a scene where individuals are on the phone not quite ending a conversation let alone using manners and then hanging up. Cut, Cut start that scene again.

I am aware, cause it has happened to me, when we put our foot in our mouth without thinking and insulted or hurt someone. Hopefully a sincere I’m sorry will help.

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The use of manners can sometimes cross over into another realm. You have every right to disagree but here goes.

Our family went to a restaurant a bit late for supper but we were at an important family event and didn’t take time to eat.
We were tended on by a lady who emigrated to Canada. We showered her in genuine thank you’s.
She was so pleasant in helping us with our orders and educating us on the foods. We mentioned how helpful and kind she was.
I looked up at her and told her how beautiful she was. I turned to my daughter and said Joanne don’t you think she is beautiful. Her response was, she absolutely is beautiful.
The server said thank you. Throughout the night we drew her into our family meal and in genuine conversation and she became like family.
Before the night was over she told my daughter how much she appreciated our kindness and interaction with her and then proceeded to say she struggled with bulimia.
Suffice it to say she will remain in our prayers.

At this point I will say that manners can be just words without meaning and your heart could be living in mediocrity. So I would encourage you to shake it off. You have it within you to be mannerly and kind.

Manners
Thank you.
Say Goodbye.
Excuse me.
Pardon could you repeat that?
For goodness sake open a door for someone.
 Walk someone across a walkway or crosswalk.

Of course there are others.

Go out on a limb and see how you can make someones day.

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Have you ever come against a brick wall or felt that every good deed or action came to naught. Or maybe you felt discouraged by society and the destruction seems to be on the rise.

Is it just me or do you often think that there is a kinda madness sweeping o’er the world? If we just look at society in general we would only see the violent, selfish, injustice, flawed social policies, overall irrational behaviour.

The day to day news is filled with negative while the rich get richer and the poor seem to get poorer. Mankind appears to have digressed instead of maturing. Murders, debt, pollution, madness, greed, robbery, bitterness, fear on every corner.

Periodically I get overwhelmed with it all and I admit a little fed-up.

 

World is going mad
Secrets
Leaks
Coverup
Dissemination
Of truth
Investigation
Inquiry
Tensions
Less truth
Protection
Self preservation
Oh
When
Will
This
End?

Beverleyhoyles
May 13. 2013

 

I guess ultimately we each are responsible to make sure we are grounded and not get caught up in the madness cyclonic effect. To tend to the inner spiritual self and nurture ourselves to strength.

For God’s sake, yourself, your kids, your friends and the world; Be kind, treat all living things with compassion, remember that honesty is still the best policy in spite off and the very least will make you a teeny tiny wee bit happy for not lying.

I try to maintain a positive thought pattern, a positive outlook, a positive word.  So to that end I will say after the pity party let’s pick up y/our positive cloak and put it back on. Stand out from the crowd and if we have to, start a minority of good thoughts, good living, good graces. :D

 

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Abraham Lincoln

Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life. : Joel Osteen

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So today I shall remind myself   – Attitudes are more important than facts.

Now I’m gonna go look for something to make me laugh!

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Meditation is a Must!

With the weight of society and intensity of life we can get bogged down.

Need a breather? Need clarity?

I find I need to take time to meditate.  Meditate on things that are good and encouraging.  Also words that would spur me on to live a better life.

What do you do?

Our family has been riddled with sickness and it can cause us to tire. Sometimes this journey causes me to desire a spiritual cleansing, a recharge.

Where are the answers, clarity for me? It is the place and time with the creator for me.

This time causes faith to rise once again in my heart.

Personally time with the creator builds up my courage and stimulates my living.

It in turn gives me everything I need to take on life.

Again personally I’m more free to face the day.  I feel a celebration in meditation. Whatever I have to face that day or week I am reminded that it’s not what will happen but my response to circumstances is critical.

My quiet time with the creator God elevates my mood my thoughts my whole person.

This quiet time is liberating because I sense the creator has given me potential, creativity and abilities yet to be discovered..

Remember the movie “The Lion King” – well who doesn’t.

I love the following scene.
Mufasa: Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.
Young Simba: Wow.
Mufasa: A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.
Young Simba: And this’ll all be mine?
Mufasa: Everything.
Young Simba: Everything the light touches…

Wow I thought everything the light touches is for me to enjoy and explore.  Life isn’t too bad at all. One day when the sun sets on my time here; my earthly life over, I am sure there will be another life waiting.

My sincere desire and prayer that my children and my children’s children will rise to the occasion now and at my passing to make this earth a better place.  Reign well.

 

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.  C.S. Lewis

“Only in a world where faith is difficult can faith exist.”
Lee Strobel

“Faith is only as good as the one in whom it’s invested.”
Lee Strobel

“In the inner stillness where meditation leads, the Spirit secretly anoints the soul and heals our deepest wounds.” – St. John of the Cross

“I will meditate on your precepts, and consider your ways.”

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must but Don’t You Quit!

Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up through the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup
And he learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem the worst
That You Mustn’t Quit!

By Edgar A. Guest

 

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Inconvenient time

It’s an inconvenient time.

Here are some of my Ramblings.

More specifically Not convenient, not accessible; hard to reach, not suited to one’s comfort, purpose, or needs, inopportune time.
It’s 2 am and finally you fell asleep after a horrific day, the baby awakes oops throwing up and is sick. You don’t say this is not a good time but mommy/daddy mode – kicks in as a nurse/doctor/loving parent. You do what you have to do to make your child comfortable and complete steps to his/her complete wellness including lots of love and tenderness.
Be there even if it messes up your day!

Be kind whenever possible and the trick is it is always possible.

If you want contentment and happiness; try kindness and a helping hand.
I agree it is an inconvenient day in which we live, especially with so much evil, wrong, sickness, violence in the wake. Compassion often fails us and maybe just maybe we want to shut the door on it all and pretend it’s just us and no one needs us.

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Sadly for some the time that someone needs you is at an inconvenient time. 

However the more we allow our hearts to be generous and giving there is never an inconvenient time.

Life and death could be in someone’s path today; family issues, traumas or just plain bad days. So let’s make someone’s day better.

My new motto: leave a room better than when you entered.  LEAVE a person’s life better than when you entered it.

The Mystery of the Mop

Everyone at the State University knew that Donner Hall had the best parties. All-night dancing and beer guzzling attracted the largest weekend crowds by far – especially on the notorious second floor.

By midnight every Friday and Saturday, the entire second floor was three inches deep in smashed beer cans, empty wine bottles, and stale potato chips.

But by about 7:00 a.m. the next morning, all of the garbage was removed.
The second floor residents assumed the conscientious school janitors came bright and early, before anyone woke up, to sweep up the mess.

Early one Saturday morning, Chris, still hung over from Friday night’s party, stumbled out of his bed to head for the bathroom.

Noticing a freshly vacuumed second floor, he mumbled to himself, “I guess the janitors came early again to get rid of the mess.”

On reaching the bathroom, however, his nose warned him the mess wasn’t completely eliminated.

A trail of vomit soiled the bathroom floor, ending at the point where someone was just then mopping it up.

Chris thought to himself, I’m glad the janitor is doing the dirty work so we don’t have to.

At the sound of Chris’s shuffling, the supposed janitor looked up.
Shocked, Chris realized the person mopping up the vomit was Marco, his next-door neighbor.

“Marco, man, what are you doing?” Chris asked.
Marco answered simply, “I’m cleaning up.”
“Why?” You weren’t even at the party last night.”
“Because I’m a Christian.”

No janitor had ever cared enough to clean up every Monday morning.
It had been Marco the whole time.
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Marco’s model of servant leadership is required of all who follow the creator’s path.

 
In what ways have you shown yourself to be willing to serve others—Even when it’s inconvenient?

Serving isn’t about what you get out of it, whether you’re looking to be entertained, or have a fun time. It’s simply putting yourself in the place of other’s thoughts and situations even if it’s inconvenient.

THIS week my daughter’s dad passed away so she is going with her Husband [my son] to Newfoundland to attend the funeral and help with the necessities that follow such an event.  There will be times of joy and sorrow.  A most wonderful man whom we adore.  The only thing that we can do [ my husband and I ] is to look after their two children [ our precious grand children ] while they are away.  For us it is a privilege to care for them.  For some that would be an inconvenience but for us it is a convenient privilege.  Many times it is a matter of attitude and how you approach a situation.

At times, it’s an inconvenience for us to go out of our way to help someone that has either hurt us or that we don’t especially like when we know of something that can benefit them instead of us.

We get ticked off at the circumstance we’re in at the moment, and our attitude prevents us from seeing God’s magnitude.

I think each of you have such amazing qualities keep sharing them.

Your day, your life is faced with trauma or just a bundle of getting nowhere fast.  Someone calls or meets you.  Maybe they need you in some way. The time is now!  You are faced with a situation, a dilemma, a choice, if you answer the call.  Is it possible you could change the fate of an individual; their life, their choices, their attitude,  their commitment, their love. Maybe this inconvenient time isn’t so inconvenient after all.  The creator ordained it.

Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time … We are all God’s children so it is important to share His gifts. Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs … We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.“- Mother Teresa

A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or danerous to do so.  Walter Lippmann

Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better. – Richard Hooker

You Raise Me Up!

From a Distance

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May you have hope today in your heart!

Feet First

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Are you Positive or Negative?
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Check your spirit’s temperature.

  • Negative thoughts are caused by the inner debate about self-esteem, security, money, people, life in general
  • Negative feelings can go from anger, frustration, irritability, to even anxiety and depression
  • Negativity breeds more negativity and goes on a witch hunt for more to collect to the end of your imprisonment
  • Constant hammering thoughts about others and yourself day by day WILL take its toll and you could lose yourself
  • It’s a waste of time- not one single benefit of thinking negatively – SO THINK POSITIVE
  • Be aware of your thoughts and think why
  • Make a list of things about yourself to make changes; go on you can do it
  • Find a path to forgiveness of the past or it will kill your present
  • Negativity produces toxic waste in our emotions, body, psyche and spirit
  • Stop and consider your thoughts and stop the negativity. Practice making that change.
  •  Surround yourself with positive people and positive situations.
  • You don’t have to be negative because someone else is living a negative vibe.
  • Watch your perspective/attitude
  • Be kind
  • Look for the Positive
  • Go for a walk or run to release the brain chemicals to enhance an overall good feeling
  • Meditate
  • Relax
  • Have a gratitude Spirit
  • Banish Self Pity
  • You deserve the best life; see what great qualities you have and nurture them

I will go so far as to say that negativity and negative thoughts can be  dangerous to your health!

Toxic Waste

Prisoner
of unwanted thoughts,
identified
trauma and perspiration
perpetuation
questions and visions
what ifs?
why not?
how come?
why?
ralley to threaten
disturbing
intrusive
trance rapid
movement
repettitive
irritating
uncomfortable
intense head pain,
negativity
eminating
enemy within
tentataclous spectrum
tantalizing
trouble
trouble,
tell tale
i will let you down
again
and make you cry,
alone
desperate
surrender,
activate,
initiating
auto-self-destruct
and counting
10, 9, 8 ….

Beverleyhoyles
March 22, 2013

My prayer for you is for a new spirit of vitality and more positivity.  May you feel liberated unto Joy!

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Y is for Yogurt and Yield!

Yogurt or yoghurt or yoghourt; is a dairy product (nut milks, such as almond milk, and coconut milk can also be used) produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria used to make yogurt are known as “yogurt cultures”. Fermentation of lactose by these bacteria produces lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and its characteristic tang.[Wikpedia.]

Yogurt is nutritionally rich in protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. It has nutritional benefits beyond those of milk. Lactose-intolerant individuals can sometimes tolerate yogurt better than other dairy products.

To offset its natural sourness, yogurt is also sold sweetened, flavoured or in containers with fruit or fruit jam on the bottom.

Nondairy yogurts -Since at least 1977 yogurt has been made from soymilk.

Yogurt is pretty much enjoyed all over the world.

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I love yogurt with fruit/granola or wheat germ. More and more my family enjoys Greek yogurt or yogurt made from goat’s milk.

In today’s society of nutritional awareness Yogurt does not yield to sugar.

Yield – one amazing often troublesome word.

Yield  may refer to [so says Wikipedia]:

Physics/chemistry

Earth science

Finance

Other uses

BUT what does Yield really mean:

  • to give or render as fitting, rightfully owed, or required
  • to give up possession of on claim or demand
  • to surrender or relinquish
  • to surrender or submit (oneself) to another
  • to give (oneself) up to a temptation or habit
  • to relinquish one’s possession of (as a position of advantage or point of superiority)
  • to be fruitful or productive
  • to give up and cease resistance or contention -submit
  • give way to pressure, persuasion
  • to give way under physical force (as bending, stretching, or breaking)
  • to give place or precedence or acknowledge the superiority of someone else
  • to give way to or become succeeded by someone or something else

In this self-usurping/self-sufficient/don’t tell-me-what-to-do society; Yield is a very difficult word!  Don’t go off the cuff let’s slow down just for a few moments. Yield is not necessarily a bad thing.  Yes I agree in some rare cases it is.

In its place there is nothing wrong with a surrender or submit (oneself) to another:

In New Brunswick I came to a covered, one lane bridge with a yield sign on both end. Yes yield signs had been placed at both ends of the bridge. Drivers from both directions were requested to give right of way. It was a reasonable and gracious way of preventing a head-on collision.


I personally try my best to follow the commands of the Bible one of which is to “be subject to one another”- it is simply a reasonable and gracious command to let the other have the right of way and avoid interpersonal head-on collisions.

In the summer of 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea off the coast of Russia. Hundreds of passengers died as they were hurled into the icy waters below. News of the disaster was further darkened when an investigation revealed the cause of the accident. It wasn’t a technology problem like radar malfunction–or even thick fog. The cause was human stubbornness. Each captain was aware of the other ship’s presence nearby. Both could have steered clear, but according to news reports, neither captain wanted to give way to the other. Each was too proud to yield first. By the time they came to their senses, it was too late.

The word ‘Yield’ is also obedience to what is right. Here is a funny; hilarious story.

Neil Marten, a member of the British Parliament, was once giving a group of his constituents a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. During the course of the visit, the group happened to meet Lord Hailsham, then lord chancellor, wearing all the regalia of his office. Hailsham recognized Marten among the group and cried, “Neil!” Not daring to question or disobey the “command,” the entire band of visitors promptly fell to their knees!  You get it NEIL not KNEEL.


Back to the thought of submitting/surrender or acknowledge someone of superiority.

When I say I follow God and the principles of Jesus Christ it does not absolve me of my responsibilities in life nor the consequences of my decisions or lack thereof. There are so many variables and uncertainties in life we need the power of heaven to guide us.  To follow an example of perfection always helps and guides and produces growth.


Open to learn and change.

Be open to learning and change no matter where the advice comes from. Simply this; when we are criticized we ought to ask ourselves is there any truth to the criticism. If it does, we should learn from it, even when it’s not in the right motivation or right spirit. IF you acted wrongly; admit and go on with a new vigor to change.

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Surrender your walk, journey, lessons, reputation to please the creator and bring honor to yourself and your community and family.


There are some things we should never allow to dictate how we should live our lives and succeed.

CRADLES OF EMINENCE

In a famous study by Victor and Mildred Goertzel, entitled Cradles of Eminence, the home backgrounds of 300 highly successful people were investigated. These 300 subjects had made it to the top. They were men and women whose names everyone would recognize as brilliant in their fields, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, Albert Schweitzer, Clara Barton, Gandhi, Einstein, and Freud. The intensive investigation into their early home lives yielded some surprising findings:

* Three fourths of the children were troubled either by poverty, by a broken home, or by rejecting, over possessive, or dominating parents.

* Seventy-four of 85 writers of fiction or drama and 16 of the 20 poets came from homes where, as children, they saw tense psychological drama played out by their parents.

* Physical handicaps such as blindness, deafness, or crippled limbs characterized over one-fourth of the sample.

And yet from such poor circumstances, God was able to bring success.

SOURCE: Cradles of Eminence by Victor and Mildred Goertzel. Little Brown & Company, June 1962

There are some things we never yield to. There are some pressures we never bow to. To give way to dysfunctional pressure, abuse, violence, demeaning behaviour where we find ourselves lost and undone.  WE can learn to be fearless in the face of fear, abuse and dysfunction.

The flip side to this is when a family is free of abuse and oppression, it can be the place of joyful learning where we share our deepest secrets. Where we are willing to sacrifice to give without losing who we are as individuals but making the family unit beautiful and loved.

I love what J. Dobson says. “By learning to yield to the loving authority…of his/her parents, a child learns to submit to other forms of authority which will confront him later in his life, his teachers, school principal, police, neighbors and employers.”

Gandhi said that all compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.

“Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”  Winston Churchill

Tozer speaks of faith. A surrender that does not demean or loss but enhances.  Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.

True Godly surrender and worship is more than singing and praising God. Worship involves us doing, not just singing. It involves us caring for others, and meeting the needs of others. If we truly worship God, we will be involved in the activities of kindness, compassion and love selflessly. What God can do with a life who loves and lives in humility. Nothing but amazing.

Rick Warren said that The heart (core) of worship is an attitude of complete surrender to God, which is an unnatural concept in light of today’s competitive culture. But it is the natural response of the Christian into God’s love and mercy.

“God is a Lover and a Liberator, and surrendering to Him brings freedom, not bondage. When we completely surrender ourselves to Jesus, we discover that He is not a tyrant, but a Savior; not a boss, but a Brother; not a dictator, but a Friend.” (pg. 79) Purpose Driven LIfe.

I know there is a certain amount of faith and trust required to trust God to be a major source of living life on this beautiful planet.

For me God is amazing and God’s love is amazing and God helps me be a better me.

The ‘yield’ is more than progeny but the yield of our life. If our yield is great we leave some wonderful memories behind.

May you be blessed this week with wonderful experiences.

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W is for Watermelon and Wisdom!

Watermelon; hmm; one of my favorite fruits of all time.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant; Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center. Watermelon is thought to have originated in southern Africa, where it is found growing wild.

A good source of Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Watermelons

A cold slice of watermelon has long been a July holiday staple. But according to recent studies, the juicy fruit may be better suited for Valentine’s Day. That’s because scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido.

Here is the website that discusses the above sentiment.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080630165707.htm

Watermelon is refreshing, and it’s vitamins and nutrition and its benefits within have a mysterious wisdom.

WhooHoo Wisdom.  What a wonderful word but difficult to master.

One of the most important ingredients to wisdom is the willingness to learn and willingness to share your wisdom.

How wonderful wisdom is! It sparks life into other virtues. If a person has wisdom he/she will also have prudence (sensibleness, good sense), knowledge, and discretion. Wisdom inhabits caution/discretion. Prudence is the ability to discriminate between truth and error.

Be Wise:

  • Decide what is valuable
  • What are the goals
  • Know what is right and important
  • Don’t make a decision that will harm anyone else
  • Take special attention to hard decisions
  • Remember your family and your responsibilities
  • Explore choices
  • What are the consequences
  • Evaluate
  • Know yourself; weakness and strengths
  • Take time to contemplate
  • Be humble and be there for others
  • Surround yourself with wise people
  • Will this decision bring honor to the creator, to humanity, to the community
  • Never Give Up
  • Be Wise Parents and teach children to accept responsibility and consequences to behaviour

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children

Let’s face it, none of were perfect angels growing up. We all made mistakes, some big, some not so big. One thing I think we all need to guard against is letting our own shortcomings keep us from doing the right thing when it comes to raising our own children and caring for family; use wisdom.

“Learning how to be an approachable parent is one of the most important gifts we can give our children. Being approachable means being willing to talk about and deal with subjects that make us uncomfortable. . .without judging or lecturing. When our kids see that we don’t dodge difficult issues and that we are good listeners, they will come to us for help and guidance.”
 Paula Statman, M.S.S.W., Founder and Author, KidWISE Institute, Inc.

Abraham Lincoln, the movie has been much talked about in these past weeks.  It is amazing to read of  the candor and wisdom and words of Lincoln.

In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

 

If you are a leader in any way shape or form; you are likened to the driver of the school bus.  You need love to lead and the knowledge to know the direction and under extreme circumstances wisdom to direct the path.

WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE

Wisdom is still ahead of knowledge even though knowledge is important. You can have knowledge much knowledge in fact but if you don’t have wisdom how can you use it or disperse it for the good of all.

WISDOM CALLS OUT

Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors: “To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart. Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.  -Proverbs

 

TRUE WISDOM COMES FROM THE CREATOR; OUR GREATEST HELP!

A. W. Tozer and J. I. Packer have defined wisdom as follows:

“In the Holy Scripture’s wisdom, when used of God and good men, always carries a strong moral connotation. It is conceived as being pure, loving, and good.… Wisdom, among other things, is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means. It sees the end from the beginning, so there can be no need to guess or conjecture. Wisdom sees everything in focus, each in proper relation to all, and is thus able to work toward predestined goals with flawless precision.”1

“Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. Wisdom is, in fact, the practical side of moral goodness. As such, it is found in its fulness only in God. He alone is naturally and entirely and invariably wise.”2

               1A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (San Francisco: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1961), p. 66.

                        2J. I. Packer, Knowing God, p. 80

 

To have the truest wisdom/true wisdom you need knowledge.  But where do you get knowledge.  For me the first place I gain knowledge is from the creator. True wisdom affects our entire pattern of life: our attitudes, priorities and interests, and all our relationships, from family to business to authority. It is not a matter of knowing a lot of rules or how-to’s. Rather, wisdom is built on a foundation of understanding human nature, including its weaknesses (such as the tendency to conform), and it works with basic principles, such as trust, respect, and responsibility. We can learn these principles from for example the Proverbs. The wisdom of God is the highest education in the world. I understand there is a great debate whether there is a God or should we believe the Bible on and on; I am not interested in this debate here. What I want to say is that a loving God is available to lend a hand in our growth, wisdom and love.

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Thoughts to Ponder!

“God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward.  He measures our lives by how we love.”
―    Francis Chan,    Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God


Eyes that look are common, eyes that see are rare.

J. Oswald Sanders

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others,
a fool by his own.
Latin Proverb

The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
Catherine the Great

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U is for Upside Down Cake and Understanding!

Traditionally An upside-down cake is a cake that is baked in a single pan, then turned over and eaten upside-down. Usually chopped fruits—such as apples, pineapples or cherries—and a butter and sugar topping are placed on the bottom of the pan before the batter is poured in, so that they form a decorative topping once the cake is inverted.

rhubarb upside down cake

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

The caramelized corners are the best part of this moist and tangy cake, which showcases spring-fresh rhubarb.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 9

Ingredients:

Base:

  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups (750 mL) coarsley sliced Ontario Rhubarb

Cake:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) nutmeg
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sour cream or plain yogurt
Preparation:

Base: In 8 inch (2 L) square non-aluminium baking dish, heat butter in 350°F (180°C) oven for about 5 minutes or until melted. Sprinkle brown sugar and then rhubarb evenly in dish; set aside.

Cake: In bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Stir into creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, making three additions of each.

Spread batter over rhubarb. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until top springs back when lightly pressed. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan; invert cake onto serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

YUM YUM

The Alphabet is coming to a close and I had to talk about a well liked desert.  I hope you understand.

That’s it ‘Understand’.  Yeah

Understand the word is actually difficult to explain and easier to understand. You know what I mean.

Understand means to perceive and comprehend the nature and significance of; grasp.

  • To know thoroughly by close contact or long experience with
  • To perceive the significance of
  • To grasp or comprehend the meaning intended or expressed by (another)
  • To comprehend the language, sounds, form, or symbols of
  • To know and be tolerant or sympathetic toward
  • To learn indirectly, as by hearsay
  • To infer
  • To accept (something) as an agreed fact
  • To supply or add (words or a meaning, for example) mentally
  • To have understanding, knowledge, or comprehension
  • To have sympathy or tolerance
  • To learn something indirectly or secondhand; gather

During experiments aboard the space shuttle “Columbia,” scientists discovered that there are twenty-six lakes underneath the Sahara desert. It’s heartrending to think of the people who are starving and dying of thirst because these hidden resources have not yet been tapped.

Maybe there are untapped gifts in each of us.

So How can WE be more Understanding?’

  • Like in a lot of things; Listen
  • Put yourself in the other’s shoes
  • Draw on your own experience and deep waters of grief, hurt, pain and change and impart that tenderness like a gentle lullaby of peace
  • Keep to your values and let them be building blocks
  • Use wisdom
  • Remember the downside of humanity selfishness, forgetfulness, loneliness, negativity
  • Promote positivity
  • Be compassionate
  • The more you understand the less fearful you will become

How wonderful it is to have to try to understand or actually understand especially during your times of diffuclty and trial.  Never underestimate your value when understanding another person.

UNDERSTAND

Some people never understand, no matter how many times you explain it.

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

There are deterrents to Understanding in Relationships:

  • Neglect in a Relationship
  • Not Dealing with Conflicts
  • Loss of Compassion
  • Withdrawing

Of course the opposite would be:

  • Taking Time Together
  • Nurture the positive experiences
  • Work on any damage or problems
  • Work on a sense of humor
  • Have high standards in a relationship
  • Be in the moment
  • Be supportive in times of difficulty

understanding

Article by Stuart Duncan about Autism

http://www.stuartduncan.name/general/understanding-and-acceptance-means-listening-even-if-you-disagree/

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M stands for Mushroom and Meekness!

Hmm mushrooms. Grown in most unusual way; usually mushrooms are grown in compost including straw and hay.

mushrooms

Mushroom
A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. Wikipedia

It is known that edible mushrooms are consumed by humans as comestibles for their nutritional value; Mushrooms have Niacin, riboflavin, vitamin D, potassium, selenium to name a few.
They are occasionally consumed for their supposed medicinal value.

The Humble Mushroom is waiting in the shadows to be picked. The meek and mild mushroom waiting for our table but don’t be fooled there are poisonous mushrooms out there so be careful.

We can be valuable and sought for like edible mushrooms or we can be toxic like poisonous mushrooms.

We choose who we want to be. Yes there are circumstance in our lives that would drive faith away, drive away love or un-nurtured love, bitterness, anger, fear, confusion; the list is endless. In acute situations it could involve counselling. However there comes a time we Must face the demons and seek after that which is good. Like Meekness.

Meekness is not exactly a sought after attribute nonetheless an important one.

How would you describe Meekness?

• Humble, patient, kind, gentle even under provocation from others
• Don’t repay evil for evil
• Person of good conversation, live a good life, good deeds done in humility without fanfare.
• Calm temper not easily provoked
 • Bridles anger -Anyone can get angry
• Linked to humility not prone to jealousy or envy
 • Goes against human pride and the ills of humanity of grabbing, greed, climb the ladder and knock the-other-person-off-the-rung-  if-you-can kinda a mindset
• So I’m told that meekness “literally means “strength under control
• Meekness is not weakness, but strength harnessed for service
 • Not wimpiness or spineless as some would suggest
• Doesn’t create collateral damage
• Not survival of the fittest by force
• Exercised in Compassion
• Concerned with the interests of others
• Gracious

What practical example can we give for meekness.  The kid who sits alone at the lunch table; join him.  I am sure you can think of others.

Quotes I am Pondering Today!

With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.
 -Abraham Lincoln

*

 “I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own power, or hesitation in speaking his opinion. But really great men have a … feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them; that they could not do or be anything else than God made them.”
-John Riskin

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Poem by Abraham Lincoln

Meekness is not weakness

Meekness is not weakness its strength under control,
Don’t think of me as weak, shy, reserved, or timid.
I’m a child of the king the half has not yet been told.
No! You can’t walk all over me and treat me like a door mat,
I’m not trying to straighten out the world and that settles that.

I refuse to respond to every critic and I won’t let it bother me,
I may have the power to do something about it, but my time
Is too valuable you see: I’ll keep my focus and stand tall doing
What I’m called to do. My strength and power is in God’s control
Meekness is not weakness, blessed are the chosen few.

yellow flowers forest

Hope you have a terrific Week!

Thanks for reading my bLoG!

L is for Lettuce and Love!

Lettuce is an annual plant of the aster or sunflower family.  It is most often grown as a leaf vegetable.

lettuce

As you know Lettuce is most often used for salads, sandwiches and wraps. Lettuce is a good source of vitamin A and potassium, as well as a minor source for several other vitamins and nutrients. Some people will use Lettuce to help curb munchies by eating extra lettuce while on a diet plan.  Not quite sure if that’s a good idea but I’m sure it won’t hurt to eat extra lettuce.

As a child we often used lettuce to feed the rabbits.

As an adult I more than appreciate Lettuce; I Love Lettuce. My favorites are Iceberg and Romaine.

‘Love’ a many splendored word!!!!!!!

To live a life in Love Should not be rare.

Here is a poem with my take on love actually it’s my perspective from abuse to seeing onself through the eyes of God and self acceptance with a stronger ability to love.

love
is who i am
born to love
to give
born to live
in glory, honor
esteem and vitality,
fearfully
and wonderfully
made am i
this is the
portabellow of love
 
but then the giver
of earthly life
started with you
in love,
slowly
tainted the vision
of love i knew
became
sum of all tears
 
realization
true love and fragrance
of acceptance
nutured by god above
giver of purest love,
identity
not based on
your neglect
but on the giver
of life in me
select not
entrust my identity
with you
but creator
has made me perfect
to sit in heavenly places, 
 
essence
with a grateful heart
I am secure
love who i am
now I can
love
you…

beverley oct 18, 2012

Love

Keep Loving!

Quotes I am pondering Today!

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

- Mother Teresa

Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.

- C. S. Lewis

My heart is, and always will be, yours. – Sense and Sensibility

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Laura~LME

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