Sisters For Sunshine

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Weekly Song: This Kind Of Love

I love Sister Hazel’s song, This Kind Of Love, because it’s just so passionate and beautiful both musically and lyrically. Love is beautiful – it can make you “feel ten feet tall”, it “fills” you up, and you can never get of enough of love!

Today, give thanks to God for the love that you have in your life, and then share some love with those around you. May love guide you in your thoughts and actions.

This Kind Of Love by Sister Hazel

And this kind of love makes me feel ten feet tall
It makes all my problems fall
And this kind of trust helps me to hold the line
I’ll be there every time

Chorus:
This kind of love it’s what I dreamed about
Yeah it fills me up
Baby it leaves no doubt
This kind of love it’s why I’m standing here
It’s something that we can share
I can’t enough of this kind of love

This kind of hope is what I try to find
And now I can’t deny, I believe
And this kind of faith is so unshakeable
It’s unmistakable
It’s bigger than me

Chorus

Your love can move a mountain
It makes my world go round
It’s always there to guide me
I’m so lucky that I found

This kind of love is what I dreamed about
Yeah it fills me up
Well baby it leaves no doubt
This kind of love it’s why I’m standing here
It’s something that we can share
I can’t get enough of this kind of love
This kind of love

 

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Recycled Post: Acrostics

I haven’t done acrostics in some time, but I came across this post from Jan 2013. I might go do an acrostic right now, for a little fun and reflection!

Something fun and whimsical to do is to make your own acrostics. Acrostics are a form of writing for which the first letter of each line spells out another word. So realize your inner creativity and energy and go acrostic crazy! Let them be happy acrostics, that reflect who you are, your values, and your life.

Loving your experiences

Imagining new possibilities

Filled with joy and hope

Empowered to achieve

 

Giving strength and love

Open your heart

Desire peace and holiness

 

Being yourself

Excited for life

Appreciate your family

Utilize your talents

Tackling what comes your way

Yodel and sing with confidence

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Tribute to our pets

I didn’t realize how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet until my sweet cat, Noah, passed away yesterday. It’s been so hard since. I keep remembering him when he was here with us, and it feels so much more empty without him.

Noah was so much part of my family – he was like my own baby boy. To me, pets are like that – they are loved and cherished and part of the family. There are many people in the world who don’t see animals that way, and it makes me sad to hear when people abuse or neglect their pets.

So today, I’m giving tribute to all pets, that they may be safe and loved, that they may be happy and well cared for.

We will always love you Noah.
XOXOXO
Sept 7, 2005 to April 15, 2015DSCN8102

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Weekly Prayer: Respect Differences

To be a Christian means to respect and love all people, to accept all of their differences.

God each created us in His image, to be unique yet equal. He teaches us to love, and that means respecting each of our differences and uniqueness.

As a member of the United Methodist Church, we believe in having “open hearts, open minds, and open doors”.

“As a Christian community, called by Christ to be inclusive, caring and peace minded, we affirm that people of any race, ethnic identity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, economic status, or life situation, are welcome in our congregation.” – Madras UMC

Today, think about how you can be more respectful of the people you interact with.

Dear God, I am thankful that You created us all uniquely. Help me to value the differences of others, and help me to love them just like You do. Amen. (Joyce Meyer)

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Weekly Song: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

A beautiful song, Somewhere Over The Rainbow makes me think of times when I’m smiling and happy, feeling carefree, having such joy, and loving my life and the people I care about.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dream of
Once in a lullabySomewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dream of
Dreams really do come true

Someday, I wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dare to
Oh why, oh why can’t I?

Well, I see trees of green and red roses too
I’ll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Well, I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the brightness of day
I like the dark
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
And also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands saying
How do you do?
They’re really saying I, I love you

I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more then we’ll know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
World

Someday I wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dare to
Why oh, why can’t I?

Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh

 

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Recycled Post: The Best Things In Life

Lists are great for organizing and prioritizing your life, but they are also helpful for making you feel good! At the end of each day, my husband and I write one thing we are thankful for that day in our gratitude journal. Another way to think positive is to make a list of the things that make you feel happy.

This post comes from Dec 2012:

Make a list of the best things in your life. What do you love most? What do you enjoy doing? What makes you smile and laugh? What makes you feel good all over? What memories do you cherish?

Add to the list!

1. Hugging someone you love.

2. Saying and receiving “I love you”.

3. Being able to skype my sister and my parents from across country.

4. Cuddling with my cats.

5. Listening to talented musicians.

6. Drinking warm tea in the evenings.

7. Hiking to the top of a mountain and seeing the scenic view around me.

8. Feeling warm sunshine on my face.

9. Holding hands.

10. Baking delicious homemade bread.

11. Getting out of bed every morning and thanking God for another beautiful day.

12. Reading and hearing scripture.

13. Being creative by doing fun projects like crochet, painting, crafts.

14. Playing cards.

15. Being goofy for no reason.

16. Traveling to see new sights.

17. A hot shower at the end of a day.

18. Laughing so hard your face and stomach hurt.

19. Falling in love.

20. Receiving a nice massage to relax my sore muscles.

21. Seeing smiles and hearing laughter from your friends.

22. Finishing a good book.

23. Quiet nights at home, watching an old classic movie.

24. Picking fresh blueberries.

25. Worshiping through song of praise.

26. The success felt after completing a hard work-out.

27. Blue skies.

28. Having someone tell you that you’re beautiful.

29. Seeing your friends and family open your gifts.

30. Celebrating birthdays.

31. (new one!) Gardening and seeing your plants thrive.

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Weekly Prayer: Finding Employment

A Prayer to Find Employment

God be with me today in finding employment. Lead me to work that I love, and that has value. Guide me to a place with an atmosphere of respect and cooperation, in a safe and happy environment. Help me to find fulfillment mentally and financially. Thank you God, for bringing this to me today!

Amen.

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Weekly Song: Were You There

Were You There is a beautiful song about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection! It was originally published in 1899, and thought to have been written by African-American slaves in the 19th century.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord
Were you there when they crucified my Lord
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble
Were you there when they crucified my Lord

And were you there when they laid Him in the tomb
Were you there when they laid His precious body in the tomb
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, I cry and I tremble
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb

Were you there when He rose from the grave
Were you there when my Jesus rose from the grave
Sometimes it makes me want to shout
And I cry and I begin to tremble, I tremble
Were you there when He rose from the grave

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Easter – Hope for Everyday

HAPPY EASTER!

Easter isn’t just a once a year celebration. The world celebrates Easter day in and day out…

How? Easter represents hope, new life, new beginnings, and forgiveness. Easter reminds us that Jesus died and then rose to dwell among us ALWAYS.

We see the meaning of Easter in the little things throughout the world everyday:

*That dad that still takes care of his son, even when his son is struggling with drugs —that dad believes in his son, has hope, and still loves him.

*That businessman who is too busy to attend church, but strolls everyday downtown and sees a beggar and gives him his breakfast —that man has goodness, love, and Jesus in his heart, even if he doesn’t know it.

*That criminal in the Bible who asks Jesus to be remembered in His kingdom, even when he knows he deserves to be hung for his sins (Luke 23:40-43) —that criminal has hope and longs for forgiveness and new life.

*The birds and flowers that appear after the dead winter passes —the earth and all of God’s creation are transitioning to a new beginning of beauty, warm, and life. 

Remember that God wants us to experience the joys of Easter everyday. He is here for us and loves us.

Mary Magdalene experiences firsthand Jesus’ message of hope and God dwelling among us. She at first didn’t recognize Jesus when he approaches her in the garden.

Jesus is teaching her a truth that we must remember today – that God is always present, even when He is invisible to us. Our Lord is close to us always.

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’ ‘They have taken my Lord away,’ she said, ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’ At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’ Thinking he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).” -John 20:11-16

Note that Jesus asks “Who are you looking for”, not “What“. Mary was looking for a dead body, a something. Jesus tells her she needs to look deeper, for a someone.

The Lord is the answer to our deepest needs, never anything else.

Celebrate! Jesus lives today and always!

May you all recognize the Easter hope around you and feel God’s presence with you every day.

Happy Easter!

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Weekly Prayer: Prayer Before A Crucifix

I stumbled upon this prayer, perfect for this week leading up to Easter Sunday. This website gives a nice background to the prayer. “The Prayer Before A Crucifix can help us better reflect on our Lord’s Passion and on our own spiritual well being.”

 

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The Seed That Dies

“Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.'” -John 12:23-26

“In the days when Christ Jesus was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.” -Hebrews 5:7

A prior Sunday’s readings talked about new life. Dying to self and becoming anew, because of faith.

Our priest had emphasized this meaning with the grain or seed of a wheat plant. One seed out of the whole world is so small. If the seed stays a seed, it will never grow and become a beautiful crop. It will fade into existence and have no meaning.

A seed of any plant must die or let go of itself in order to thrive into an important and nourishing plant. The transformation of seeds becoming beautiful flowers and plants is magnificent to watch over time!

Like a seed, we must let go of who we are and strive to be someone new and better. We must embrace change and let it transform us! Jesus reminds us that life is more than just being ourselves, and when we follow HIM, we truly bear good fruit. Only when we die to ourselves and pour out our whole beings to God, can we fully live.

Are you afraid of change? Are you stuck in your ways or stuck in only thinking about yourself? You’ll fade into existence if you do. Start thinking about ways you can die to yourself and your sinful ways, and about ways you can strive to be better.

In Hebrews, though Jesus was divine, he struggled still with his inner self. He prays and devotes himself to God, and yet he does it with tears and heartache. Following God and dying to oneself is not easy. But the other side will be glorious, more than we can ever imagine.

“Let go and let God.”

May your life be meaningful; may you embrace death of self so that you may truly live and be saved. Be the good seed–leave your life and follow Christ!

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Weekly Song: I’m Not Who I Was

Brandon Heath’s song, I’m Not Who I Was, is a song about forgiveness and reconnecting with someone that was special to us in the past.

Do you need to ask for forgiveness? Do you need to reconnect with someone and say Hello? God forgives us and gives us love, no matter what mistakes we’ve done, and we should follow his actions and do the same with others we care about.

I wish you could see me now
I wish I could show you how
I’m not who I was
I used to be mad at you
A little on the hurt side too
But I’m not who I was

I found my way around
To forgiving you some time ago
But I never got to tell you so…

I found us in a photograph
I saw me and I had to laugh
You know I’m not who I was
You were there, you were right above me
And I wondered if you ever loved me
Just for who I was

When the pain came back again
Like a bitter friend
It was all that I could do
To keep myself from blaming you

Thinkin’ its a funny thing
Figured out I could sing
Now I’m not who I was
Write about love and such
Maybe cause I want it so much
I’m not who I was

I was thinkin’ maybe I
Should let you know
That I am not the same
That I never did forget your name
Hello...

Oooo Nah nah nah nah nah

And the thing I find most amazing
In amazing grace
Is the chance to give it out
Maybe that’s what love is all about

I wish you could see me now
I wish I could show you how
I’m not who I was…

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