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Missed opportunity

Missed opportunities

Missed opportunities
Seize the Day
Living in the moment
Being sensitive
Gracious in speech
Bring out the best In others
See good
Listen before you speak
Forgive now
Willing servant

What makes my
Life sincere
All of the above
But remember
Let the
Missed opportunities
Become opportunities
Don’t shed bitter tears
Over unsaid words
Words undone
Live now
Stop stalling

Don’t miss an opportunity
To make a positive difference
To be a blessing
To be prepared
To be a good neighbor
To be honest
To be fruitful

We are human
And humans make
It’s how we
Fix it

Don’t miss another opportunity….©

Beverley Hoyles

February 2014



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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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A Great Love Song entitled So Close:
One of my favorite love songs:
Night and day, you are the one
Only you ‘neath the moon or under the sun
Whether near to me or far, It’s no matter, darling, where you are
I think of you day and night

♫ ♥ ♫ ☺ ♫

May this year 2013

BE your year to learn to love, to love, be loved and renew your love!
Love isn’t perfect and the one you love isn’t perfect and you/I aren’t perfect

BUT we keep moving forward to make it work.

The poem below is the poem I wrote for my husband on our 40th Anniversary Sept 2012.

No holds barred imperfection and all.

Happy 40th Anniversary

Some would say
that loving is just a
piece of heaven
or maybe
somewhere between
here and there
the entrance
to the musical ladder of rainbow colors
or maybe
 between earth and that far off gal-axy
 in the midst of a whisper or a breathe
can this be true?
 i must believe the unbelievable truth
forever we could be, in love, eternally
inspired by a miracle

Your grin
your confident athletic stride
across that classroom
caught my heart by surprise
bending down
to spin the bottle
pick me! yes me! just once!
eye to eye
a glimpse of your glassy sea of love
hair locks of black ,brush mine
hush! time suspended
 i close my eyes
As your lips touch my cheek

All my prayers answered
in that moment
 when into my life he came
 for he was heaven sent,
 i believe in our love
too young to know your
olympian prowess
wanting, needing
compassion in your embrace
tender moments
your mouth invite kisses
forever changed
love flowed amidst
the vigor of a gazelle
and the courageous lioness
 n’er a gentler man
than this
caress of my brow
Your whispers

Let’s go for a ride
it’s such a warm evening
climbing into car
top down
your left hand on the wheel
my head on your shoulder
your arm on mine
my right hand catching the wind
to locking my fingers in yours
our hair tangled
many joyous tears flowed free
stopping the car jumping out
let’s dance in the rain
doesn’t matter
hold me tight
don’t let me go
noble steed was he
as his arm slowly stroke my back
pulled me close
precious moments were these
it’s gonna be
A beautiful night tonight

At lover’s lane
captivated by his charm
as he sang to me
 it is your strength i see, as you sing
you’ve opened a window to heaven’s light
my love for you will burn so bright
the night is young let’s swim
under this blanket of stars
gathering driftwood to build a fire
your face shimmering in its blaze
 as i sit here on the beach
my normal life seems so out of reach
the waves hitting the sand
flankers fly while you hold my hand
passion has seized my soul
all is quiet now
Only the ebb and flow of your breath

This is more
than picture perfect
it’s real
where naive love’s caress
and angels’ wings
 meet hallelujah
young love,
better than wine
unaware of ancient bliss
where once a vacant lot
now a captivated heart
horizon clear,
hands turned fast
one, two, three, four,
fashioned by love
times are hard
but get back up
 your strength i make my own
for our future’s

We forgot how to play
no, we’ve lost our way
bitter words
let’s practise once more
into the depth
it shone again
savor love, love is beautiful
even at the end of your shift
at 4 am
tender touch
soft kiss on my cheek
snuggle in, warm my feet
tired, troubled
and how sweet magic returns
tender touch, lips sweet, fulfillment
 luminous door to the devine
our past came to kiss us here
wonderment, his voice, complete

But what about when I get old
will you still love me
on the ‘morrow?
 yea or née ’tis yea said i
oh love that wilt not let me go
love ’till evening fades
and dawn breaks
in another land
where happiness and love
fill an ocean eternal
who said?
there was ne’er a fountain of youth
ah we are sitting
at its feet
close to apple blossom flowers
With continuous ‘I Love You’!

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J is for Jam and Joyful!

Fruit preserves are preparations of fruits, vegetables and sugar, often canned or sealed for long-term storage. The preparation of fruit preserves today often involves adding commercial or natural pectin as a gelling agent, although sugar or honey may be used.

Putting Jam on bread or biscuit is simply delicious. Jam adds a Joyful Delight to an ordinary mundane cracker or croissant.

I like that word Joyful.

Feeling, causing, or indicating joy. Glad!

When was the last time you laughed and was happy and warm fuzzies just for the sheer joyfulness of life and living?

Try laughing out loud even if you don’t feel like it.  Smile even if you don’t feel like it…Something triggers our innermost self.

Joy is untouched by circumstance

We don’t live in a stress-free, trouble-free world; so we should learn to live it with joy.  Joy is an internal constant.  So if it’s not there then you have to rethink your heart.  Our viewpoint, perspective is very important and a direct link to that internal place of joy.

Internal JOY says; you meant it for evil but God meant it for Good.  IN other words this day is the pits but I am thankful and Joyful because I am living this day no matter what. All things will work out for the good in the end.

God is my center, innermost being that stirs a delight in my existence to life.

The psalmist encourages to “Delight yourself in the Lord and God will give you the desires of your heart.”

Once we have allowed ourselves the time and practice of a calmer joyful self there is little room for meltdowns and frazzled feelings. Once we realize that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be joyful and even happy.

I must confess the central source of my joy comes from God.  There are many who do not believe in a greater power and that is certainly their choice. However for me God gives me a center, balance and harmony. The joy of the Lord is my strength. That joyful inner strength cannot be accessed if I always want more and more but is accessed when I am gracious and tolerant and kind.

Please be encouraged. That internal joy helps us see the important things today. See the big picture.

Have you ever had moments when your spirit is frustrated or upset and not sure why?  I have and I have had to take a moment and think why?  Then I remember oOoOh it was that lapse in judgement or that moment I got angry, or that moment I was worried or that negative thought or that was selfish!  The negative overshadowed.  

I realize that there are many who suffer from depression and their day is most excruciating.  They find it hard to find their balance, their central joy.  Be assured of God’s love for you and God is touched and aware of feelings of y/our infirmities. Through my darkest hours I have encouraged myself by saying;  I can do all things through God who strengthens me.  If you are at a place of acute depression my prayer is you will find a caring professional help.

You or I can do things during these depressing times by making large projects or tasks into smaller segments thereby more manageable. Don’t stay in bed too long; change things up. Don’t expect too much from yourself doing the worst moments.
Though you may feel like you are being pulled under the shadow of despair find ways to resist lethargy, procrastination, obsession, negativity and the pull of violence.  Keep working, moving forward. Every step of movement will actually help you.
Fight to maintain positive thoughts. Keep working on making joy your goal.  Appreciate the little things.

If you are interested in understanding, a starting point of depression, here is a great book entitled Undoing Depression here is the site:

There is a Proverb that says Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.

I encourage you and myself to supporting those who suffer from despair, depression and disappointment.  We all need Love; We all need Joy; We all need Hugs; We all need Acceptance; We all need Respect!  In giving love, joy, hugs, acceptance and respect; You guessed it we reap more JOY!

I declare; I’m not lettin anybody/anything steal my joy.

There is something about a child, innocence and an innate virtue of joyfulness.

Photo taken by Twila Auger Austin Photography

Photo taken by Twila Auger Austin Photography

I try to keep an inner humor, childlike joyful even silly humor alive especially for my grandbabies.

Q. How do you make seven an even number?

A. Take the s out!

Joyful springs to mind a movie Sister Act 2.

I love watching the movie starring Whoopi Goldberg] wtih Laurn HIll  singing with the choir an oldie but a goodie written “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” is a poem written by Henry van Dyke in 1907 with the intention of musically setting it to the famous “Ode to Joy” melody of the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s final symphony, Symphony No. 9.

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

Quotes I am Pondering Today!

When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.” Marianne Williamson

“Joy is a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters.” Oprah

“We need Joy as we need air.
We need Love as we need water.
We need each other as we need the earth we share.”  Maya Angelou


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E is for Eggs and Enthusiasm!

Egg yolks and whole eggs store significant amounts of protein and choline and 14 essential nutrients. But like all good things don’t eat too much.

One of my favorite sandwich is an Egg Salad Sandwich instead of using mayonnaise I use Vegenaise a vegan replacement of mayonnaise/miracle whip. An Egg Salad Sandwich made right makes for a very nutritious lunch. Now you don’t have to eat eggs that’s your choice.


I approach an Egg Salad Sandwich with ‘enthusiasm’.

WOW Enthusiasm!


Enthusiasm means passionate and lively interest or eagerness;  an object of keen interest; passion.

Enthusiasm is a quality necessary for delightful human interaction but also to be successful.

Enthusiasm is the energy, the fuel, the blazing fire that brings about a victorious result. I don’t think a whole lot can ever happen without enthusiasm. If you want to accomplish great things; if you want to realize great goals; if you want to live a great life, you absolutely must possess enthusiasm for everything you do. Enthusiasm is like a magnetic pull towards the things you want to achieve. It’s that something extra that drives you to learn until you are knowledgeable with a belief in your project or even life that transcends to passion and action.

Enthusiastically living and loving is a tremendous experience.  It’s like a new day. You get it?

When things go wrong enthusiasm the fuel helps us along. It gives us clarity to know what is important each day.

So what does enthusiasm look like?  It’s shown in the remnants of pride, passion, proactive, grateful, willing to change.

many a day

you drag your feet

wait for the wind-fall

all blues and gray,

but the fragrance

of enthusiasm

poetry in motion

take charge


fire’s spark

dancin’ steps


a new day

of inspiration

has sprung





with verve…..©



Jan 8, 2013

Quotes I Am Pondering Today!

It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.

 -Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. . . It gives warmth and good feeling to all your personal relationships. – Norman Vincent Peale

One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful, we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to God’s goodness it becomes a routine.  – Joel Osteen

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Well it’s tomorrow and it’s 2013!

Don’t be afraid to face life. The only fragrance you need is forgiveness.
May you trust the Creator in Everything.
May you have someone to love, someone who will forgive your faults.
May that someone tell everyone about your wonderful qualities, virtues, and talents.
May your past be a tool to blast past the trash.
May you live the very best life. Each day is a brand new day to make it right.
May you become an amazing triumphant classy dame or gent….
God Bless you All! ♫ ☺♫ 🙂

My dear friend on occasion send and resend the following video; it is so inspiring in a simple way.

It’s already tomorrow…keeping loving OK?

Quotes I am pondering today:

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom

 “When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” -Alexander Graham Bell

Fun Love LIfe

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Day 29 of my 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful for the essence of Family.  😀

Family for me; includes parents, brothers and sisters, caregivers, extended family of my spouse, sons-in law’s and daughter-in law’s family, people I have met that are now a part of my family, people from different churches, even pets, and people from the most unusual places such as Facebook.  For friends that have stayed faithful  to me through many years are all really family. For others there are blended families and many more complexities form families.

The key to any family is to love lavishly. Care cuddles, provide safety and comfort for each member. Kids thirst for parental acceptance — they long for their mother and father to reinforce their worth. Parental priority is to purpose in guiding each child’s emotional life.

If a parent fails here and reinforce a dysfunctional family by any type of abuse or trauma or neglect or suppression that child’s life is changed forever.

Being parents or leaders of a family is God-given with an important duty to meet a child’s need for affirmation. First and foremost is to pour blessing not cursing upon your child.

God has given mother and father but especially mothers the loving, nurturing quality that care for our children – feeding them, dressing them, changing diaper after diaper, it is God who gives them breath so we are not in this alone. God knows the number of hairs on their head and the days of their life.

As I ponder the life of children I am amazed once more by the awesome power of God to give life. I cannot begin to imagine that there is another out there that could love my children, grandchildren more than me except God.  I am comforted on many occasions knowing That God hold them and me in the creator’s hands.

A very important part of the family is forgiveness.  We all need forgiveness at different times.  Some have to forgive normal ordinary things others have to forgive abuse or crime or addiction.

Forgiveness is letting it go, to release.  With all one’s heart/wholeheartedly, freely granting freedom and blessing. Mind you it has little to do with feelings or trust.  It is a decision to let it go, let go of disappointments, let go of hurts and pain, let go of regrets or what we view as justice or what is right.

In abusive relationships the dynamics and healing process is critical.

Lily Tomlin said: To forgive is to give up all hope for a better past.

“There comes a critical time in each person’s life when the truth is accessible. Faced with it, you can either run and hide, denying it, or you can face your truth, accept it, and grow stronger,” wrote Gregory Jantz in Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse.

“While the optimum situation is for both parties in an abusive situation to seek help, Dr. Tim Clinton, President of the American Association of Counselors, insists one person can change the relationship. 

“Change a person; change a relationship,” he says.

Dr. Tim Clinton says that “with professional help—and by following some basic principles you can break the cycle of abuse in your life and begin your healing journey”

I know I have oversimplified 6 of his suggestions but you get the drift.

  • Truth and disclosure is the first step
  • Seek professional help and guidance
  • Set appropriate boundaries
  • Find and maintain healthy relationships by surrounding yourself with a group of people that will support you
  • Do what you can and trust God for added strength
  • Forgiveness is not denying but opens door to healing

In Any Family – Love, respect, kindness, warmth, fun, challenge, learning and affection are some important ingredients in the family. If we’re going to grow and mature in spirit, then we’ve got to grow in love.

Stages of Family

The family is like a human body everyone needs each other, and everyone helps another.

I really want a family atmosphere that will be a center of love, created in such a way that any hurts, brokenness, worry or fear is healed and God is seen always. Plenty of hugs, kindness, tears and laughter given freely.

Pertinent Quotes:

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”

Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever, when my act does not involve judgment and decision.”   ― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. – Cherokee

Psalmist said, Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.

Continually forgive others. Forgive AT ONCE, not one second later, not one half second later, because if you hesitate to forgive, jealousy comes in the door, than hatred and envy. Forgive instantly as Christ forgives instantly.  Gerontissa Makrina

“When love, acceptance and forgiveness prevail, the church becomes what Jesus was in the world: a center of love, designed for the healing of broken people, and a force for God… One of the greatest services a church can offer a community is to provide a place for people to be brought to wholeness – to be healed physically, spiritually and emotionally… People are fragmented. They are torn. Life doesn’t work for them because they are without Jesus… They need a place to be healed.” (Jerry Cook).


We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.  Henry Ward Beecher

People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace. Zig Ziglar

Charity begins at home, but should not end there.  Thomas Fuller

Proverb  “The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.”

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Day 24 of my 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful for Laughter .  😀

Laughter is actually a very strong medicine for our mind and body and soul.

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Laughter IS life’s shock-absorber. If you want to have less stress in your life, learn to laugh at your circumstances.

Somehow, you must find  something fun to do in spite of the frustration.  Focus on something else to do.


Isn’t a good laugh just what the doctor ordered;  Nothing works faster or more dependable to bring your mind, body, soul and emotions back into that wonderful balance.

Humor lightens the load. Humor can transform our frame of thought and inspire us.

Humor has a connection that can ignite our focus and has a way of keeping us grounded, focused and alert and cheerful.

Humor like love is a beautiful cloak that surrounds our problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Simply put; Laughter is good for your health

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body.
  • Laughter clears the mind.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Increases blood flow
  • Laughter triggers the release of happy endorphins.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system.
  • Laughter heals relationships
  • Laughter lengthens your life

Pertinent Quotes:

Proverbs says, “A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life.”

“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”  ~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.

Man appears for a little while to laugh and weep, to work and play, and then to go to make room for those who shall follow him in the never-ending cycle. A. W. Tozer

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs

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