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EncourageWordleIn my lifetime, I have been at the nadir of despair –on occasion was not quite sure what to do next – someone called, wrote, or spoke a word of absolute encouragement. It was magical, miraculous and meaningful.

I would imagine you have felt that moment of encouragement.

I think it’s time that I take this opportunity to encourage you. 

Of course I encourage you to continue to encourage others – you just never know who needs it today.

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A story is told about a banker who always tossed a coin in the cup of a legless beggar who sat on the street outside the bank. But, unlike most people, the banker would always insist on getting one of the pencils the man had beside him. “You are a merchant,” the banker would say, “and I always expect to receive good value from merchants I do business with.” One day the legless man was not on the sidewalk. Time passed and the banker forgot about him, until he walked into a public building and there in the concessions stand sat the former beggar. He was obviously the owner of his own small business now. “I have always hoped you might come by someday,” the man said. “You are largely responsible for me being here. You kept telling me that I was a ’merchant’. I started thinking of myself that way, instead of a beggar receiving gifts. I started selling pencils — lots of them. You gave me self-respect, caused me to look at myself differently.”

Now isn’t that just the greatest story.

Many People often think of encouragement as ordinary, but I am more inclined to think it can be one amazing gift – so valuable.

1. Like a Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary Gift:  It’s free. Encouragement cost the recipient $0 but may at times cost the giver creativity and thoughtfulness; But isn’t that the fun if it all.

2. Unlike many of our gift giving It requires no, nil, zilch shopping. You can email, call or write a card/note of support.

3. Again, unlike other gifts It doesn’t have to be gift bagged/wrapped. It stands alone in its beauty. A Personal custom design -With a little thought you can give the best words of comfort, motivation, or support.

4. And guess what- no ever-ready batteries necessary – Aren’t you just sick of having to remember to get batteries.

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Just by example -you encourage a child – I will guarantee -It will last a lifetime. What other gift  could you give a child that will have value for years to come! Encouragement can lead a child, stop a suicide, cause growth, boost self esteem; comfort, console, strengthen.

 

May you continue to encourage and let it be a way of life.

While I was compiling my thoughts on encouragement, my daughter, Donna was having a very special moment in her life. I had to include it in my blog post. Hopefully it will encourage you as well.

Here is her brief Facebook excerpt of her day:

Helping others breathes life into your soul.

Was at St. Josephs [Hospital]for a bone density test. Was on my way to the elevators when an extremely old man who was partly blind and could barely walk was speaking out loud saying, “help me, I can’t see and I need to find where my appointment is”. I was waiting for the elevator doors to open. (I’m not the best person to ask for directions, not ashamed to vocalize that.. Hehe!) I said I can help guide you. (I’m in a lot of pain today and can barely walk myself) and the man said, “you’re in just as bad as shape as me.” I said, that’s ok, we’ll hold each other up and make sure we get to where we need to be.”

He said, “you’re such a beautiful girl”. I said thank you, I get that every now and then. He said, “no your outer beauty is very obvious, I nearly melted when I saw that smile. It’s what you have so strongly inside of you. I can tell. Do you love Jesus?”. Then of course I cried.. I said, “yes, yes I do, more and more each day He amazes me and I can’t live without Him.”

He said, “don’t worry sweet angel, before you know it you’re pain will be a distant memory. Don’t give up. See how God provided for me today? Your beautiful arms guiding me to safety. “

Ok… Break time.. Wiping the waterfall of tears…. K.. Back

It amazes me daily how God knows everything, and when we need a massive pick me up. Imagine if I allowed my weakness “of not doing well with directions” hold me back, I would have missed this blessing today. I really wanted to get out of there. (The pain in my body was awful).. But I did it anyway. It’s always best to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

The man promised to pray for me and I promised to pray for him. GOD ROCKS!!!!

May you have a beautiful and encouraging day!

Thanks for coming back to read my blog!

I am truly honored.

R is for Rhubarb and Respect

Rhubarb are perennials growing from short, thick root. They have large leaves that are somewhat triangular, with long fleshy stem. They have small flowers grouped in large compound leafy greenish-white to rose-red inflorescences [group or cluster of flowers].

Rhubarb is usually considered to be a vegetable; however some people consider it a fruit.

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Rhubarb is a source of calcium, Vitamin C, and potassium.

One cup (250 mL) raw, diced has 27 calories.

Rhubarb also contains glycosides especially rhein, glucorhein and emodin which impart cathartic and laxative activities to it. It is hence useful as a cathartic in case of constipation.

Rhubarb is ready to be consumed as soon as it is harvested, and freshly cut stalks will be firm and glossy.

Rhubarb will grow year-round in warm climates, but in temperate climates, the above ground portion of the plant completely withers away at the onset of freezing temperature; the plant grows from the root at the return of warm weather.

The colour of rhubarb stalks can vary from the commonly associated crimson red, through speckled light pink, to simply light green. Rhubarb stalks are poetically described as “crimson stalks”.!

Rhubarb made a delightful jam and dessert dish.

As a kid it was common that many neighbors had rhubarb growing in their garden. As well it was out of respect and kindness that one would share their rhubarb with their neighbors.

Respect that’s a good attribute to have.

Respect gives a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected. Wikipedia

In practical terms what is respect?

  • A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem
  • The state of being regarded with honor or esteem
  • Willingness to show consideration or appreciation
  • Respects, Polite expressions of consideration or admiration

How we treat one another with RESPECT is so important.

  • No matter how difficult an older person is, we need to treat them with respect- There’s so much we can learn from the older generation
  • Young people should also RESPECT the older generation – you can learn much as well
  • We need to treat women with respect
  • Men if you can’t respect a woman or women in general then I would guess you have a lot of growing up to do
  • Women if you see single parents or woman in need help look after women -women know women
  • Women I think it isn’t necessary to brow beat men the pendulum swings both ways.
  • Men don’t allow the many men who have failed their woman, children and society to go unnoticed and leave only a negative impact – continue a respectful and honorable example
  • Lack of respect is an epidemic in our society
  • Respect goes beyond admiration you need to put it into practice

Practical Advice for Teaching and Requiring Our Children to Respect Other People

  • Talk the talk
  • Walk the walk
  • Speak respect
  • Train children intentionally about respect
  • Respect others as you would have others respect you – be the example
  • Don’t give up
  • Respect is an attitude first
  • Respect helps children succeed in life

If children don’t have respect for themselves, peers, or authority, it’s almost impossible for them to succeed.

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Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Quotes I am pondering today!

“Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them” – Albert Schweitzer

“The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own.” – Eric Hoffer

“They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.” – Mohandas K. Gand

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