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We know that we ought to be thankful for the good things and use the not so great things to teach us to count our blessings.

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One of the greatest blessing in our lives is to love and know love.

It is far too easy to camouflage the very people we love that make life worthwhile, with the business and busyness of life.

Tis the Season-
It’s Christmas, it’s a miracle, it’s love, it’s a gift –
To fall in love is a precious gift, a miracle.

Would you like to fall in love all over again?

To fall in love all over again brings tears to my heart and rain to my eyes.

Would you like to fall in love again this Christmas season?

To look into the eyes of creator God afresh and see the miracles of his love for you. To once again have hope because of the Man whose birth we celebrate on Christmas Day. To fall in love with the creator not just his creation.

To look into the eyes of your spouse as once you did and caused that head over heels butterfly feeling. The commitment in your heart of your youth to never take him/her for granted.

As a youth or young adult in love it is so natural to want to explore, to touch, to feel that warm body of another human being. To immerse in that sensual electrifying experience. The desire to be in love came so naturally; could that happen again?

I believe that one of the biggest reasons that people are miserable especially at Christmas is because they refuse to let go of the hurts, disappointment, and offenses of others. They justify their pain and keep themselves and others locked in a prison of unforgiveness. Believe me It isn’t easy making the choice to forgive But living with unforgiveness can be deadly! There is a great need to forgive.

A need to rekindle, refresh, fan the flame of love.

To make a date every day. Re-establish connection with your life-companion the forever friendship. There’s a good man in there- there’s a good woman in there.
In sickness and in health. To be captivated once again.

To look into the eyes of your now grown child/ren and remember the naivety of that new mom feeling. To remember your heart swell with love for the little one. The smell, the touch of his/her silky newborn skin of this little human who needs you every second of every day. The promise you made to nurture and keep them safe all wrapped in the warmth of your love. To disrespect or allow harm near your child would be unthinkable. Remember – you would never let anyone or anything interfere with that sweet baby smile. Honor your children.

As we fall in love with God, spouse and child remember those who suffer. For those who are ill, forgotten, lonely; for those who are homeless and are huddled on dark winter nights in the unseen corners of cities all over the world.

Don’t let this season be the greatest regret of your life.
Let it be the greatest love’s rebirth of your Existence. Let it bring you back to life.
To feel, to touch, to hug, to forgive, to kiss, to recommit, bringing joy thought lost.

No it doesn’t have to be a fairy tale but true life.

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Merry Christmas

 

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Just before Christmas I ordered the Plum Tree Books New Poem Card Collection.

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Card Collection!

card poem collection

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To back up a little I joined a very intellectual, intelligent, artistic group of musicians, poets, artist, writers, authors, editors, publishers, producers the whole gamut. Now Imagine my surprise, I; yes me; was accepted into this elite group of people from all parts of the world called The Plum Tree.

It is amazing, humbling, stretching, out of the box, out of the comfort zone group – Plum Tree.
Check out The  Plum Tree  website to get a picture of the the talent that is offered.

To order the Poem Card Collection here.
Niamh Clune is the founder of The Plum Tree/Books, an award-winning social entrepreneur, an environmental campaigner and a singer/songwriter.

Niamh Clune  of Plum Tree Books started a New Poem Card Collection for purchasing. On each card an artist within the group has their work displayed.

These cards come with attachable poems [written by Niamh Clune] and are unique! Some wonderful artists, including Marta Pelrine Bacon, Maria Antonietta Terrana, Cher Duncombe and Susie Bertie whose images captured and displayed talent. All of these ladies donated works to auction for the Song Of Sahel earlier in the year.

Imagine a copy of such fantastic artwork within my hands. I was so excited I did not want to let them go.

What does a person do when you cannot purchase original works of art?
I thought I would do a collage and order more cards to give to friends, family, neighbors and people for birthdays, thank you’s and celebrations.

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I did not do my traditional retro style of collage. I was a little more reserved because I wanted the artwork to remain mostly intact so my collage was a little conservative.

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Here is the artists’ work. To check their website please click their name.


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Art by Maria Antonietta Terrana Poem by Niamh Clune if stars were thanks for all you do a universe I’de give to you.

Garden Window

Art by Maria Antonietta Terrana Poem by Niamh Clune I’ll be your hope, when light is gone, a gentle friend to call upon

Spell Tree

Art by Marta Pelrine Bacon
Poem by Niamh Clune I’ll grow a tree just for you with diamonds on and chocolates too and tell the silver moon to cast a light upon you, unsurpassed, on all you see on all you be beneath my sparkle shiny tree

Bunny Wisdom

Art by Marta Pelrine-Bacon
Poem by Niamh Clune One day when you’re as big as me, you’ll eat the apple from the tree and knowledge will be yours to taste in life, and love, and work, or waste But one thing you should not ignore, my heart is always at the core.


Jym

Art by Susie Bertie Poem by Niamh Clune My love is the diamond that shines for you.


Autumn Reflections

Art by Cher Duncombe
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Today could you take the time to watch this video?

If you give a little love, you can get a little love of your own.  It tells the truth of kindness simply. 

Not complicated.

Thanks for watching!

K is for Kiwi and Kindness!

The kiwifruit or kiwi is the edible berry of a woody vine in the genus Actinidia. Thanks Wikipedia.

The most common kiwifruit is oval, about the size of a large hen’s egg. It has a fibrous greenish-brown skin and bright green with rows of tiny, black, edible seeds.

Kiwifruit is a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin K, and a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin E.

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Kiwi is Kind to your body. A study performed at the University of Oslo in Norway reported that consuming two to three kiwifruit daily for 28 days significantly potentially reducing the risk of blood clots.

Kind.  I like that word.  Simply,  Kindness is the act or the state of being kind, being marked by good and charitable behavior, pleasant disposition, and concern for others.

We are encouraged always to be kind and compassionate to one another.

Many of us on occasion show kindness to our friends and family– But one of the reasons we are kind to them is because we want them to be kind to us. It’s kinda like the theory of Christmas gift giving. Sometimes we give Christmas gifts to others because they give Christmas gifts to us. Wikipedia calls it reciprocal giving. There’s nothing wrong with showing kindness to others because they are kind to you, but God’s kind of love and kindness goes further than that. God encourages us to love your neighbor as yourself.  Well you could ask as so many have in the past;  “Who is my neighbor?” The answer as always is in the parable of  the Good SamaritanTo show kindness to those who can’t repay us.  I believe each of you on occasion have had cause to show kindness to someone who could not repay you and you followed through. Kudos to you for that and God Bless!

Kindness, Love & Sacrifice!

The longer I live the more I learn. One of the things I have learned is these Three Words ‘kindness, love and sacrifice’ go together.

Kindness is truest when you don’t expect anything in return. It is precisely the most wonderful time of the year, perfect time of day when you are kind to someone who can do absolutely nothing in return nor will ever be able to repay you.

Sometimes People will be kind, IF, it doesn’t cost them anything. Kindness has a parallel with Love.

Real Love is a willingness to sacrifice. Sacrifice is giving the bigger piece, better half, bestest of anything to another when you really want it yourself.

John Garmo said, A sacrifice is a gift of the essence or the product of our lives. It may be a gift of our time, a gift of our talent, or a gift of our treasure. Whatever shape it takes, it is a sacrifice given with no regard for a return on the investment.

I am not sure who said it but the quote says; Don’t be yourself – be someone a little nicer – God won’t ask how much overtime you worked, but will ask if you worked overtime for your family and loved ones.

Tuesdays is my day for babysitting grandbaby #3- Baby Emma.  I wanted to make it an extra special day for everyone.  My daughter Donna was feeling a little down and needed to have a change of scenery. I said, if you come visit while I am babysitting Baby Emma then I will cook you a turkey. Dinner with some of the trimmings.  I also said to my daughter Joanne who was at work, the mom of Baby Emma, that I was cooking a Turkey Dinner.  She didn’t realize I was at her house already she thought I was cooking the turkey at my house before I came to her home.   She said that sounds so good; I wish I could have some.  I said you will I am cooking it at your house now.  She was so excited.  I don’t have money, I don’t have things, I don’t have worldly values but I did have a turkey.

Kindness, Love & Sacrifice; These things I aspire to every day; many days I fall flat on my face but I pick myself up and start again. God Bless You!


Quotes I am Pondering Today!

 

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” 

– Mother Teresa
 

Kindness
is more important than wisdom
and the recognition
of this
is the beginning of wisdom.

Theodore Isaac Rubin

 

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate

– Albert Schweitzer

 

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.

John Ruskin

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain

Here is a video ‘Kindness’ written and performed by my daughter Deana Hoyles.

Here is a video to remind us of those who aren’t receiving Kindness. Let’s take action first by prayer.  I would like to see Child Abuse obliterated in our generation.

‘Concrete Angel’ by Martina McBride!

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I’M HOPING TO HAVE FUN UNWRAPPING THE MYSTERY OF 2013!

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I will endeavor NOT to hurt the ones I love. Sometimes decisions do not have a blanket approval But I will do my best to honor the creator and honor you while maintaining an honorable self.

We have a memory together. They are not all perfect but a cherished memory nonetheless.

I am so blessed and happy in spite of the bumps in the road.

My Road is paved with roses and love.
I WILL TRY TO LIVE WITHOUT REGRETS.

Here is one of my poems from 2012

pearls
string of pearls

dark
it all came crashing down
under my feet the ground
gave way,
did i hear spurgeon’s voice
look! see
it’s a silvery strand of faith
akin to the strand by silver strand
woven by the spider
its spin of splenderous sheen,

faith feels for certain
what cannot be seen
such a splendid thing,

it’s the thread
upon which the pearls
of the grace are hung
it has always
held the graces not the voices
of vice and depravity,

graces of such pristine value
as dancers through the day
with graceful artistic expression
with elegant hand position
pirouette return to
finish in arabesque
strength and poise
of tip toe in ballet pointe
adagio the slow enfolding
artistic movements
spotting and spinning with
balance
such grace
how the magic flows,

far beyond such majesty
is the pearls upon the silver
strand of faith
graces of gemstone value
love, joy and peace
and the impact so rare of
patience, kindness
nacreous of goodness
refections of
gentleness and self control
and of course your
irridencence display
of faithfulness
when you
stand by me in spite
of time and trouble,

i know i’m truly blessed
because
you
graced me with your graces
in truest
rhapsody…©

beverley hoyles
July 25, 2012

Thank you for your giving into my life. Thank you for those who poured into my life.

I am grateful and I too think to myself what a wonderful world.

Louis Armstrong  Video…

I am grateful for the smiles of love.
I am so grateful I feel love, know love and I want to give it away.
Will you help me do this one thing?

Positive or Negative

why it’s the frown
a mighty negative down
multiple muscle use
spread it’s
negative even now
can you feel
it’s nasty supression

mirror neurons
spread its joy
with every smile
can’t you feel
such positive affect
every time
with great compassion
such love

set in stone
memories cannot change
but our future
not made known
so let’s make
it happen in every zone ©
beverley hoyles Dec 2012

WHAT IF THERE ARE DISAPPOINTMENTS?

Let’s not kid ourselves
We live in a non perfect world and we will have disappointments.

As much as it pleases God to bless you, there will be moments when everything you try goes up in smoke. There will be moments when the one you counted on most walks away and leaves you groping through blinding tears and wailing questions of why. Plans and goals can be circumvented by the most disappointing of times, leaving you learning the art of patience and the acceptance of a denied request. TD Jakes

May I express my gratitude that you are here right now.

Love, Love, Love…

Thanks for reading my bLoG!
Beverley

I cannot go without mentioning one of the reasons why I am on this earth!

Stop Abuse! I want to see an end to Abuse!

Martina McBride – Concrete Angel Video

I hope that I can learn the art of marketing while promoting my book in grace because I genuinely believe it is worthwhile and helpful to those who suffer abuse, those who never suffered abuse, those who would like to educate themselves, and of course for those who may or may not have friends who suffer.

It is available on all Amazon sites around the world, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo. Available in paperback or ebooks for kindle or kobo. If you click the book cover below it will direct you to one of the amazon sites.Beverley Hoyles CVR and spine

My book Feet First is also available from our office by emailing from my website http://www.feetfirst-book.com/

Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas Now!

While we are participating in our traditions and celebrations let’s take a moment to pray for those less fortunate.  Also take the time to donate, give, do random acts of kindness and make someone’s Christmas in your community.  I am sure you are doing just that..

It doesn’t appear that I will get what I hoped for [Yet] with regard to relationships/parents/siblings but my children and grandchildren will be around me at different times during this Christmas season AND for that I am eternally grateful. I so love my children and grandchildren.

Merry Christmas

Christmas can be a season of great joy and rejoicing.

It is a time of God showing His great love for us.

It can be a time of healing and renewed strength.

For me, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

One thing I know for sure Christmas is Love, Life, Laughter, Kindness, Compassion, Thanksgiving and Peace and that special cloak/presence of God I cannot explain!

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Linus Monologue – A Charlie Brown Christmas

Christmas Carols – Christmas Time Is Here (Charlie Brown)

Have yourself a very merry Christmas Now! With Kenny G…..Now This is a wonderful Video; Hope you watch this one also!

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/sy-18086069/kenny_g_have_yourself_a_merry_little_christmas_official_music_video/

Schroeder – Jingle Bells

Have a Merry Christmas!

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So this is Christmas, so what have you done?

What a Powerful question.

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun

This time of year I have a Performance Appraisal. It gives me the willies; those old feelings arise, I don’t want to think that I did not measure up somehow.

Ralph Marston said, Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.

The question still stands!

So what have we done for:

  • Family
  • Charity
  • Neighbor
  • Job
  • Character
  • Personal Growth
  • Thankfulness
  • Pay it Forward
  • Having fun
  • Peace

The question at this time of year; should we measure/compare to others, let us off the hook, to see our strengths, weaknesses, are there any unresolved issues.  Whether we want to or not, we leave a trail of who we are. Only you/I , at the end of the day can answer the questions.

so this is christmas and

It is one thing to succumb to undue pressure another than to move out of our comfort zone to challenge ourselves.

In a psychology course the author said that EXPECTATIONS are made up of OUR experiences, OUR beliefs, OUR values, OUR perceptions, OUR knowledge. And yet we place them on OTHERS to perform to OUR standards not THEIR own.

The REALITY – placing our expectations on others often get an unwanted reaction. Other people are giving what they are capable of out of their experiences, their beliefs, their values, their perceptions, their knowledge. Not y/ours.

Remember that this doesn’t mean that you or I won’t have hurt feelings or disappointments. Let’s not let that define who we are or impede y/our self-worth. We need to move forward and be objective.

In reality there is only one that can present an expectation to all of humanity and that is the creator.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare/well being and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

“Feed your fears and your faith will starve. Feed your faith, and your fears wills.” Max Lucado

“Put your expectations on God, not on people.”  ― Joyce Meyer

“Strive for excellence, not perfection, because we don’t live in a perfect world.” ― Joyce Meyer

Brian Tracy – Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations.

So as Chuck Swindoll will say; The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

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

So we are back to the questions without comparison, undue pressure, but move out of our comfort zone to make a difference.

So This is Christmas and What have you/I Done?

So what will we do for:

    • Family
    • Charity
    • Neighbor
    • Job
    • Character
    • Personal Growth
    • Thankfulness
    • Pay it Forward
    • Having Fun
    • Peace

Now What are we gonna do about our unfinished business?

 

Would you like to take a few minutes to listen to these videos; thanks.

So this is Christmas Celine Dion

Sheryl Crow  Happy Christmas  (War is Over)

John Lennon So This is Christmas

Maroon 5

Thanks for reading my Blog today!  Merry Christmas!

Day 22 of my recent 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful for love.  😀

On this day I am thankful for love and those that love me back and when love isn’t reciprocated; for those who don’t love me back.

I don’t think I’m that great that you gotta love me; Although the Bible says you gotta love me.  As well all that is good says you should   😀    It is easy to love those that love you and do good to you; welcomes you with open arms and screams with delight upon your arrival.

This world and life iS really a bouquet of roses. Beautiful it sure is with a delightful aroma.

You can also get pricked by the thorns.
Pricked on the stem of it’s beauty. On a deeper level there could be a festered heart wound. It’s indicative of relationships and can be a dichotomy of love and hate.

I will miss you more then I usually do.

Christmas magic dictates love, hugs, family atmosphere.
This Christmas there will be more loneliness for so many this year. I wonder if asking and giving forgiveness would have made the difference.

Love is such an enormous wonderful cloak of protection. What is it about Love that it Eradicates such pain and woe when mixed with forgiveness.

Love also means we are compassionate and truly have the ability to weep with those that weep, laugh with those that laugh. Love gives hope, strength and life.

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Here is one of my poems on 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

Pertinent Quotes:

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

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

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder. ~Charles Morgan

We loved with a love that was more than love. ~Edgar Allan Poe

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. – Amy Carmichael

Here is a video on Love

 

Video of Things to be Thankful for!

http://www.bible-knowledge.com/christianvideos/giving-thanks/

Linus giving Thanks!

http://www.bible-knowledge.com/christianvideos/linusgivingthanks/

Thanks for reading my blog – Beverley

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Day 15  of my recent 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful for a fire in a fireplace.      😀

I love sitting in front of a fireplace. I had the privilege to sit in front of a roaring fire every night for two years; No Tv, sometimes a book and a fire. I miss it.  It wasn’t too long when I began to daydream or get sleepy when sitting around a flickering fire.

Maybe in the scientific sense; it’s the slow flicker rate of the firelight so that when you gaze into a flickering fire, your brain activity tends to slow. Probably that’s why you find yourself relaxing or even yawning around a kindling camp fire or a cozy fireplace.

Fire warms us giving us the heat we need but the flames dance away the evening that provide a time to relax.

Day 15 fire_in_fireplace

Many a evening entranced by the flames I would watch the flame and humorously enjoy  the many changing colors and dancing movements. Crackle and sizzle and the flicker not just entertainment but it’s an invitation to draw close and stay close like a warm hug.

Time in front of a fire is never wasted.  How can time pondering, meditating, thinking, dreaming, planning and appreciating life be a waste of time.  Possibly it is sitting in front of the flame I realized that it is a waste of energy to focus on what I am missing, something I don’t have.  A better attitude, a knowledge that one key to happiness is to take pleasure in what I actually have.  I truly appreciate life!

What is it about a fire at Christmas congers Christmas magic, youltide, reminiscing about Christmas past, evokes conversation of  Dickens’s day and ‘The Christmas Carol’ and centuries long gone. A time to remember what Christmas really means for me.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this. – Isaiah 9:6-7

Pertinent Quotes:

Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of friends by a fire?  C.S. Lewis

Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.  Charles Wesley

So This is Christmas by Celine Dion; click link to listen?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnNrXoCxbUk

Thanks for reading my blog – Beverley

Day 6 of my previous 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful to my #1 daughter-in-law…Well what can I say a fantastic wife and mother.

Nothing pleases a mother [me] more than to know her son [#1 Son] has God’s best for him. Nothing  pleases a mother [me] more than to know she is gonna  be a grandmother well “Nanny” is what I am called a “Newfie” endearing term for grandmother. They have blessed us with two grandbabies.

#1 daughter-in-law has such beautiful exceptional qualities again too many to list but she is the epitome of love, generosity and helpfulness. Creative, musical, intellectual in her own right and certainly fits into our family.

She usually has an answer for every question I ask of her. 

While we do not have her won over for sci-fi and Disney cartoons she enjoys Christmas to the fullest and that makes everyone smile. WE all love Christmas.

Thus far I don’t think I am #1 daughter-in-laws worst nightmare. lol 😀

Pertinent quotes:

Psalm 8: 1
O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin. Henry Ward Beecher

Love is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person. (Selwyn Hughes)

To end this little segment I say to #1 daughter-in-law “LIVE LONG AND PROSPER”

Thanks to all those who read my blog…Beverley

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