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H is for Honeydew and Humility!

honeydew_melon


I love honeydew. Are you surprised?

A honeydew slightly oval shape about 8″ long. The flesh is usually pale green in color while the peel is greenish to yellow. Honeydew has seeds. Here in Canada you can pretty much get a Honeydew anytime. Many people use honeydew for deserts or eaten as is. Quality [I was told] is determined by the honeydew having a nearly spherical shape with a surface free of scars or defects. A honeydew should feel heavy for its size and have a waxy (not fuzzy) surface. 

Honeydew melon is low in Sodium and Calories, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It’s also a good source of Vitamin B6, Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C.

Napoleon and Pope John Paul II both considered Honeydew melons their favorite fruit.

Honeydew is just a humble fruit; it’s not spectacular in appearance but on the inside it is scrumptious.

Humble is another great word; The quality or condition of being humble. A modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance.

Humility or Humbleness is a quality of being courteously respectful of others. It is the opposite of aggressiveness, arrogance, boastfulness, and vanity. Rather than, “Me first” humility says, “No, you first.” – Humility is the quality that lets us to be generous to help others.

The demeanor of humility is exactly what is needed to live in peace and harmony with others. Humility dissipates anger and heals old wounds. Humility allows us to see the dignity and worth of all God’s people despite color, creed etc.  Humility has that special something that can distinguish the wise leader from the arrogant power-hungry.

Acting with humility does not in any way deny our own self worth.

The humble person keeps his/her accomplishments, gifts, and talents in a proper perspective. It is self-knowledge with an awareness of one’s limitations. Humble individuals value the life, well being and welfare of other people.

Our modern culture downplays humility with prerequisite to the forcefulness and aggression in many areas.

Humility is not inferiority or poor self-esteem; it is seeing our strengths and weaknesses honestly, and not letting either keep us from accomplishing what we need to do.

Humility produces thankfulness as a normal aspect of our daily living.

Turtle on the Fence:

A humble recognition of the need in the Creator God’s help and wisdom is key to his success of life and living [my personal view].  Sometimes however with great success one can ride the ego cart and think all things are self oriented. It is far superior to be humbled in the blessings and successes. 

Alex Haley, the author of Roots, has a picture in his office, showing a turtle sitting atop a fence. The picture is there to remind him of a lesson he learned long ago: “If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know he had some help.”
Haley said, “Every time I write something significant, and begin to feel proud of myself, I’ll look at the turtle on top of the fence post and remember that he didn’t get there on his own. He had some help.”

Turtle on a Fencepost

Quotes I am Pondering Today!

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. Augustine

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. C.S. Lewis

Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself. Charles H. Spurgeon

 A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor. Proverbs

Josh Groban and Celine Dion – The Prayer!

Here is a very classic video on Humility the music is superb!

Thanks for reading my bLoG!

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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 11  of my 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful for Friends. 😀

Real friends stay after seeing your weakness, mistakes, successes, achievements.  They stay near when your world crumbles beneath your feet.  Giving you breathing room to grieve then steps in at the right time to give more comforting hugs. They share in your joys and is the loudest clapper.

A friend loves at all times.  They aren’t afraid to say; No that’s not right now smarten up or that was fabulous.  Friends by their support and commitment like the title of the song ” you raise me up to more than I can be”.

I had 3 really close friends when I was a teen though the provinces and time has kept us from being within visiting opportunities I still value their friendship.  I love them dearly.

Even in these past few years I have gained friends in the oddest of ways including Facebook.  Yes I realize we can’t get to know each other in the perfect sense but we have a camaraderie at its best via internet, Skype and chat.  They have stepped in at a very poignant moment to encourage me. 

Since 2002 I have been on a clear path of going forward but circumstance foundered somewhat just recently but some would dare to hold out their hand to comfort, encourage and uplift.

When you have friends you have the ultimate.

Friends often come via creation. Animals and birds have a tendency to stay close.  For that I am grateful.

OF course my husband is my best friend and he is the most committed of friends.  I thank God for him.

My children have been a blessing as friends as well and for that I am eternally grateful.

When you have friends it feels like home.

Pertinent Quotes:

Proverbs 27:9 “The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.”

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” ~ C.S Lewis

“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” ~ C.S Lewis

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” ~ C.S Lewis

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Good friends are like Stars, you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.

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