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Always steer forward

Don't look back, you're not going that way #inspirational #quote

Don’t stay focused back to where you were,but keep going forward. I think of driving a car – you’re situated in the car seat, steering the wheel forward, but every-so-often you have to look at the rear view mirror to look back. In life, we need to steer ourselves forward, but still acknowledge our past and where we were back then. What we experienced and felt in the past can help us grow to experience new things in the future.

Never think you’re going to stay stuck in the past or that you’re going the opposite way back to where you were… Keep your eyes on the road ahead! There’s always new possibilities in the road before you.

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Welcome each season

” ‘But so the seasons turn, and so they must, by nature’s own design. The fields must fall to fallow and the birds must stop their song awhile; the growing things must die and lie in silence under snow, just as the winter sea must wear its face of storms and death and sunken hopes, the face ye so dislike. Tis but the way of things, and when ye have grown older, lass, as I have, ye may even come to welcome it.’

‘To welcome winter?’ 

‘Aye.’ He had not moved, and yet she felt his voice like an embrace, an arm of comfort round her shoulders. ‘For if there was no winter, we could never hope for spring.’ His eyes were warm on hers, and wise. “ - Susanne Kearsley, The Winter Sea

Summer is upon us now, and we relish in the sunshine and warmth, but in due time, winter will be upon us again. Whenever I think of winter, I think dark, cold, and dreary, and a time more somber and blue. But, “by nature’s own design”, or rather, by God’s own works, each season comes.

God created the seasons to allow new cycles and life. For winter, He wants us to welcome it. “Winter is a natural ‘slow down and rest time.’ ” No matter the season,  “It’s all in God’s divine plan.” – Rev. Shannah M. McAleer

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Weekly Hymn: Breathe on Me, Breath of God

Written by Edwin Hatch, a professor at Trinity College in Quebec, the words in this song are simple yet meaningful. Taken from Genesis 2:7 and John 20:22, this song asks God for His Spirit to come live in us and give us renewed life.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Blend all my soul with Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7
“And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” – John 20:22

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Weekly Prayer: Energy

Usually during my day I struggle with having the motivation and energy to go about my day. So here’s a prayer for energy and strength for your day.

“He (God) gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…. But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength” – Isaiah 40:28-31

“To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” – Colossians 1:29

God,

Thank you for another day! Thank you for our lives and the purpose you have given each one of us. 

We come before you tired and ask for a refreshed spirit.  We are exhausted and we need your strength to carry us.  Fill us with joy, so that no matter how tired we are, we rejoice because you are good and your love endures forever. Help us not to complain amidst our weakness.  Restore our minds so that we can still function properly.  Give our bodies the energy needed to get through each day.  We claim healing in Jesus Name! 

Please also help us to manage our time so that we will get the rest we need.  Help us to prune things that are hard to let go of that suck the energy from us.  Lord, we lay our lives down at your throne and praise you! AMEN!

http://unveiledwife.com/prayer-of-the-day-energy-strength-for-the-exhausted/

 

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Favorite sounds and smells

What are your favorite smells? What are your favorite sounds? Just thinking about my favorites makes me happy!

My favorite smells:

  • a forest of pine trees
  • oatmeal cookies from the oven
  • clean laundry
  • a field of lavender
  • chocolate
  • the outdoors fresh scent

My favorite sounds:

  • birds chirping
  • meows
  • laughter
  • piano playing or any music
  • the wind blowing through the trees
  • my love calling my name
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Weekly Hymn: Morning Has Broken

I’ve only heard this song recently sung at my church, but after researching the background behind the hymn, it appears to be a classic hymn that became more well known when Cat Stevens in the 1970’s recorded it.

This Gaelic melody originally came from Scotland in the 1800’s, but not until the 1920’s did it have words sung with the tune. Eleanor Farjeon wrote the lyrics, based on Genesis 1:5, Job 38:7, and Psalm 118:24.

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

Sweet the rains new fall, sunlit from Heaven
Like the first dewfall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

“God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” – Genesis 1:5
“The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.” – Psalm 118:24
“…while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” – Job 38:7 ”

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Weekly Prayer: Peaceful Rest

I thought it’d be good to start a weekly prayer post, particularly a prayer with a focus of getting through the week! This week, I’d like to share a prayer for good sleep. Sleep is essential to refresh yourself for the next day ahead, for energy and positive mood. I know when I get less-than-ideal sleep, I’m tired, lazy, and moody. So here’s praying for good health and sleep.

Come to me, all you who labor, and are burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28-30)

“I praise you, O God, when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night.” (Psalm 63:6)

Lord, God, help me to rest in your peace and keep me safe till morning. Calm my restlessness and relax any tension in my body. Grant me a quiet sleep tonight, so that I may be refreshed and renewed for the coming day.  

Forgive me for the wrong I may have done today, and keep me focused on you for tomorrow. Thank you for your presence tonight and tomorrow. I pray for love, joy, and peace, through Christ Jesus, Amen.

 

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Be silly

Be fun. Be silly. Let yourself go and just have be you without a care in the world. Smile and giggle, tell a joke, play games, dance, be goofy! Let others see you fun and relaxed.

What do you like to do that is fun and silly? When do you let your guard down? How do you relax and have fun?

For me, I like to watch Disney movies and sing to the music. Disney can never be too childish! I also like to hear jokes from my husband and laugh at how goofy my dogs can be. I just love to hang out with my family and find joy in their uniqueness. Sometimes my husband and I will have fun dancing crazily or sticking out our tongues.

Focusing on the simple things in life and taking time to be silly and just relax can be the most rewarding. Reflect today on all the joy and goofiness of your life, and smile through it all. You’ll find the most joy and happiness when you just have fun!

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Be hospitable to those around you

The Bible shows us how to be hospitable and helpful to our neighbors. Why not practice that in your own community? When someone asks for a favor, when someone is looking for a place to stay the night, or when someone is in need of some food, why not reach out your hand and heart to them?

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” - Philippians 2:4

“Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” - Proverbs 22:9

“Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” - Matthew 5:42 

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13

“And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’” – Luke 10:27

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35

As followers of Christ, let us provide hospitality, care, and love to those around us.

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Weekly Hymn: Old Rugged Cross

For the summer, I thought to share a hymn each week. I love hymns – beautiful music and inspirational lyrics. Here’s this week’s hymn, Old Rugged Cross, which describes the beauty of the cross and what it means for us as followers of Christ. It was originally written in 1912 by George Bennard, and has become a popular Christian song.

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown. 

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

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Stop measuring, just enjoy the journey

“Each of us will one day be judged by our standard of life-not by our standard of living; by our measure of giving-not by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness-not by our seeming greatness.” – William Arthur Ward

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” -Winston Churchill

It’s easy to compare, to measure, to overthink, and to find faults. But, “it takes time to measure and track — that’s valuable time you could have spent doing or living. Measuring “creates a mindset that we must always improve, always measure, always manage things, always strive for better, better, better. What about learning to be happy with yourself?”

Praise yourself for YOU and for whatever you achieve today. Don’t think about wanting to get farther and don’t think about being more like someone else. You have to let go of basing your worth on measurements and comparisons.

Let life be. Enjoy the journey. Find joy in each day. Love yourself and where you are at this moment. “Do for the love of doing, for the love of others.”

If you created something, you’d want to finish your work, right? You’d get satisfaction out of completing your project, and you’d devote yourself to your work. God’s the same way. He loves all of you and is completely devoted to you, His special creation.  He will always be with you, constantly making improvements, shaping you to be more like Him. We should look forward to the growth and the positive changes happening within us, trust that God is transforming us, and let go of measuring or setting timelines.

Love yourself and all that you are and enjoy life today. God has plans for you, but you, yourself, don’t need to worry about that!

 

(Quotes taken from http://www.dailygood.org/story/348/untrack-letting-go-of-the-stress-of-measuring-leo-babauta/)

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Start where you stand today

Start Where You Stand
By Berton Braley

Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won’t help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won’t care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success;
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand-new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
To-day’s the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history,
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned;
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

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