Lamps and Light

When a new day starts we start out our day by pulling up are shades and letting the light of a brand new day enter our home. The light of day wakes us up and we feel renewed after a good nights rest. Gods light shines through in each and everyone of us.

Lights make the darkness disappear in the evening and we can read our favorite book. The old lighthouses helped the ships lost at sea in a storm or in foggy weather find their way back to shore safely. We can drive at night because of the headlights on our vehicles.

God said let there be light and then there was light in the world. We can spread our light in the world by following the gospel and living the life that God intended for us to live. God is light. Light shines through the darkness. In our darkest hour God is always by our side.

Always have your lamps lit as we do not know the hour when Christ shall return. Live a life that uplifts and helps many. Speak up when you see someone being treated unfairly and remember the next time it might be you. Be an advocate for those that need help and cannot help themselves. Be kind, caring, compassionate, loving, faithful, hopeful, joyful and generous to a fault. Remember to pray everyday.

 

 

In a storm when the electricity is off the first thing I do is look for a flashlight to help illuminate the darkness. Light helps you find your way in the storms of life. Without light in our life we would feel depressed. On a dark and dreary day one does not get much accomplished as we do on a day that is sunny and bright. God knows we need light in our lives as it motivates us to get more done and it illuminates our soul. Remember to always have your lamps lit and your flashlight by your side. God Bless you and yours.

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What The Cross Represents To Me

The cross represents Christ and my  faith in Christ. When I wear a cross necklace  it represents my faith in Christ and that he died on the cross for my sins. Christ is always by your side.

The shape of the cross represents to me that Christ loves me from my head down to my toes. The four corners of the cross show me that Christ will protect me wherever I may roam. God created nature which is unpredictable and accidents do happen to all of us eventually. All of us will get sick and die eventually as it is part of nature.

God protects us the best that he possibly can while we are in our earthly body. I believe that God has answered many of my prayers over the years which is a great comfort to me. I want to help spread Gods  good works as often as I possibly can. I have been very blessed in my lifetime. I was truly blessed with kind, wonderful, loving, caring and amazing parents.

Going to church helps you grow and mature as a Christian. Visit with your church family and support each other and so much can get accomplished with support from like minded people. Listening to sermons helps your connection with God and in serving others.

When I attend church I feel that God is truly in my house of worship. I have gone to the same church all of my life and the connection to my church is very strong. There is a large Gold cross on the altar in front of my church and I look at it every Sunday, The cross represents Christ and my everlasting faith in Christ and that he is our great redeemer.

Study the cross and think to yourself what the cross represents to you in your life.

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A New Vision For A New Year

We all have visions of what we want to complete or accomplish in a new year. Make your vision one that will uplift you and others in the new year. We envision our life as we want it to look down the road. What is your particular vision or visions for the new year at hand ? Mine is to put forth by best effort into everything that I do.

Sometimes we have a vision of how we want another person to behave. We have to look at our own behavior first. Perfect vision does not come to all of us. Sometimes we need God to show us the path he want us to take with our life. If you do not like how you see yourself in life make positive changes to your life.

I love history and I love to read history books and then I like to travel the places that I read about. I love to visit with people and I try to put a smile on their face. Everyone has a story to tell and you will be surprised by what you can learn from their story.

I want to accomplish as much as I can in the new year. To do that one needs the support of others. Friends and family  can help ramp up your abilities to achieve much more then you could on your own. I want to visit more people in the new year and be a good steward.

Do not be afraid to relax and reconnect with yourself now and then. When you are not stressed and worn out your creative juices can work overtime. I tend to write by blog post in the early morning hours, afternoon or in the evening. See what times of the day you feel the most productive and then put your heart and soul into your work and other people will notice.

In the new year I want to travel more, spend more time with friends and family and my feline friends. I want to visit with people and share stories and life experiences with them. I want God by my side everyday of my life cheering me on to the finish line for all of my visions.

Accomplish all that you can in the new year that God has given to you. Always be a person that other can look up to. Glory be to God in the highest. Thank you God for all that you have given me and continue to give me throughout the years of my life.

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Diversity

We are a diverse nation and we all bring something different to the table. We have different backgrounds and abilities which blend well together. We have different jobs so we can help one another effectively. We all like different things which ads to the spice of life. Variety is important in your life so you don’t stagnate and keep on learning and discovering new things.

Diverse Skills

By being a diverse nation are skills are very different and we can blend the skills together to discover cures for diseases and keep the electronic age moving full steam ahead. Thank goodness we do not all like the same things. If  all of us thought alike we would all be doing the same thing and driving the same brand and color of car. Life would be very boring indeed and we would not advance or move forward with time.

Vast Variety Is Good

We have a vast variety of items for sale in the World that can benefit many people. We plant a huge variety of vegetables, flowers, trees and much more that supply food and shade and protect animals. The different styles of architecture add beauty to the land. We have bred different colors and sizes of dogs and other animals that add to the of beauty nature. Animals are bred to produce more milk, eggs, leaner meat and more. The different breeds of dogs help with many various task.

A Diverse Nation Can Benefit The Masses

Diversity is what makes a country strong. We have had many different and exciting experiences by learning from people in other nations. All of us want the same basic necessitates out of life. We can bring different methods of learning valuable things if we we collaborate together and work together toward a common goal. We have different jobs, abilities, skills, values, personality traits and attitudes which when blended together accomplishes so much to make the World much better.  Be glad that we are a diverse nation that can benefit the masses.

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If You Think You Won’t Succeed In Life You Probably Won’t

Success begins with your attitude toward life in general. If you don’t like yourself  others will not like you. If you think it is easy to advance in life you are very wrong. It takes a lot of blood sweat and tears to make it to the top of your A game. Life is full of ups and downs and sometimes there seems to be more downs then ups. Remember there will be blue skies ahead.

Listen To Sound Advice

Success comes easier when you have people cheering you on in life. Friends can motivate each other to achieve beyond their wildest dreams. Ask people for advice in life and remember to take their advice. When you are bull headed and won’t listen to any positive advice you will sink and not swim. A great achiever listens to sound advice and runs to the finish line with it.

Move On Quickly

Successful people move on quickly when something does not pan out and they do not cry over spilled milk. When plan A fails move onto plan B and never look back. A successful hobby can turn into a full time business. Put your heart and soul into all that you set out to do in life.

Consistency

If you have a business that is not doing well ask your friends for advice and help in turning things around in a positive direction. Think of things you might be doing that would turn people away. Keep consistent hours and have an inviting store that is well lite and not overcrowded with merchandise for sell. Keep your store clean and play relaxing music that sets people at ease.

Keep Learning

If you have not finished college you should before you get over burdened with other time consuming things in your life. People with a college education make more money than those without a college education today. The computer age moves on very quickly and without that knowledge you will soon be left behind. Electronics become obsolete in two years now days.

Keep A Positive Attitude And Stay Motivated

Keep a positive attitude, listen to sound advice, keep up on the times, stay motivated and remember you are on the road to success. Never ever give up on yourself and remember if you think you are beaten you are.

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Singing Praises To God And More

We sing praises to God to show him how much we love and adore him. God loves it when his flock sings joyful songs that praise his Holy name. Christmas is the time of year that many songs are sung that tell about the birth of Jesus. Songs tell a story in a way that people can easily remember the story that is being told.  Christ the Savior is born at Christmas. Think of what your life would be like if Jesus had not been born in a manger years ago. The World would not be like it is now and our soul would be lost forever. Sing praises to God everyday.

Songs can tell about true life experiences. Loves songs tell of great love that endures forever. Love songs also tell about heartache and pain when their marriage ends in divorce. Songs tell a story about bad experiences that people have had to endure.

We can take comfort in songs that remind us of days of old. I can remember the lyrics to most of the songs that I heard on the radio or the record player,  and cassette tapes in the late 70;s and 80’s. Music awakens us and brings our memories back again.

Music can be very uplifting and stimulating. I listen to music while I am on my treadmill. I like to listen to fast paced music while I am on the treadmill as I tend to want to keep up with the rhythm of the song I am listening to . Music can relax a person and put them at ease and some music can set your nerves on edge.

Next time you listen to a piece of music try to listen to the story they want to tell you about themselves or someone or something in their life. Music unlocks some stories that may never have been told unless they were written in the form of music. Keep singing and telling stories that need to be told. Sing praises to God with Joy, Love, Hope, Peace and be grateful that God is always by your side.

Psalms

47:6    Sing Praises To God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

51:14-15 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud with thy righteousness.

O Lord open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

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Be Considerate To Other People

What I witnessed at the post office the other day was very inconsiderate to all concerned. A woman came in to mail a package and said she wanted to mail it first class. The postmaster had it stamped and ready for her. She told him she decided on second class instead. He took of the old postage off and placed the new stamps on the package for her. She than had the nerve to say that now she had decided on third class. The postmaster removed the old postage once more for her. She turned around to see if people were waiting in line. She had held up ten people with her one package to mail. Kudos to the postmaster he never once got mad at her. Her actions spoke volumes about her personality. She was very demanding and inconsiderate to the needs of others and the poor postmaster that went way beyond the call of duty.

Put yourself in the other persons predicament. Think to yourself is that how I would want to be treated before you talk or react to a situation the wrong way. If you see someone struggling with a heavy package help them carry it if you are able to do so. Once a word pops out of you mouth it is said and remembered for many years perhaps. If someone is driving slowly on the road do not be rude and inconsiderate as they may have car trouble or maybe they are hauling something that may break if they would go faster.

If someone comes into an event late ask them why they were late before you over react. You do not have any idea how another person is feeling or what they have been through in their life. Never tell someone I know how it is because you have no idea whatsoever how it truly is. Be considerate to man and beast and always be kind.

I am all grateful for all the kind and considerate people that have blessed me throughout the years. Count your many blessings in life and remember to always thank God every single day. Be thankful for what you have been blessed with such as good friends, health, family, a house to live in and so much more.

As we approach the holidays I reflect back on how I was blessed to have wonderful and caring parents, friends, and family.  I have been blessed with many wonderful pets in my lifetime. Pets are very loving and are a wonderful blessing indeed. Be considerate to your pets and always give them the best care possible. I am very thankful for all that I have been blessed to receive. With God, family, and friends by your side you are very blessed everyday. Thank your family, friends and God in your prayers as you sit down and eat together this Holiday season. Blessings to you and yours and your pet family. Be considerate to the needs of others everyday.

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Life Is A Continuous Adventure

Life keeps moving along and waits for no one. Make life an adventure that you can grow from and learn and experience something new everyday that you are here on earth. Life can be challenging so take on the challenge and keep moving forward in your life. Life is what you make of it to some degree. If you always look at the glass half full it will remain half full no matter what. You can make the glass full and overflowing if you allow it.

Your Time on Earth is a Valuable Gift

View your time on Earth as a valuable gift. Help others to see how their life has impacted others to achieve things that they never thought they could. Be a cheerleader for people and thank them for everything they do day after day that helps the lives of so many.

Be Adventurous

Adventures don’t just come to you. You have to set goals in your life and try your very best to get the goal accomplished in a time frame that works for you. If you want to further your education find a college that works for you. You may want to take online classes as that will work better with your current job.

Embrace Your Illness and Still be Adventuresome

Health problems will slow you down on your goals and adventures. Seek adventures that will work with your current health problems. It may take longer to get to where you really want to be but you will get there. Remember to embrace your illness so it does not empower you. Do task and adventures that are not taxing on your health.

Traveling is Relaxing

Travel can be very relaxing if you stay in the same location for several days. I like to shop at the different stores and eat the various foods that the countries have to offer. I enjoy looking at the scenery and the architecture of the different buildings. I love to listen to the tour guide tell about the history of the country and the area that we are traveling in.

Never Miss Out on a New Adventure

Never miss out on a new adventures in life. Life is too short so live life to its fullest potential. Discover and learn something new everyday that you our blessed to be here on Earth. Be kind,caring and compassionate to your fellow man. Get out there and enjoy the great outdoors and all it has to offer you. Don’t wait for the perfect moment for that time may never come. Go while you can for time waits for no man.

 

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Carrying The Basket

Some of us carry a heavy basket. If you see someone that is burdened with a heavy load help them carry the load. We have no idea what kind of a load a person has to carry on their shoulders day after day. Some people seem to get by by having the other person always carrying their basket for them or are they ? God notices if you try to sneak by by not carrying your own basket. People often see minor flaws in others but do not see their own major flaws.

If one person in a group does all of the work all of the time it is not fair to them. Everyone must put an effort into getting the job done and than so much more can be accomplished. Harry Truman said : it is amazing how much can get done if no cares who gets the credit.

When working with others make sure everyone has a job that they can work on for the betterment of the task at hand. We all have different talents so let people put forth their best effort with their particular talent. Remember to always praise people for a job well done. Never criticize the work of anyone that has done the best that they can possibly do.

Do not keep passing the basket down the line. An empty basket benefits no one. How do we carry the basket and pass it along to others. We have a common purpose or cause that others want to support. We want to help the less fortunate, the homeless, missions, our church and anyone that is in need of support and understanding, Carry the basket with as many people as possible and many people will benefit from the love and support that has gone into that one basket filled with love and support from God and his good stewards.

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Pardon Me

We say I beg your pardon if we have not heard a speaker and we wish for him to repeat what he has just said so we clearly understand what he said initially. To say  pardon me is a common courtesy when we have inconvenienced someone.

If we step in front of someone by mistake we say pardon me. When someone pardon’s us they forgive us for our offense. If we have been discourteous we should say pardon me. We should be more courteous to the needs of others.

If a Judge pardons you he has released you from your punishment or infraction of the law. Many prisoners have been granted a last minute pardon over the years that has saved their lives. Some prisoners have been granted a full  pardon that gives them back their rights they had initially.

We ask God to Pardon us when we ask him for forgiveness for a terrible transgression. All of us have sinned and fall short of Gods glory. Gods forgives us for our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us. We should learn from our sins of the past and never repeat them.

We should pardon people for their mistakes. All of us have made plenty of mistakes in our lifetime. We should admit our mistakes and learn from them. Do not make a mistake and try to place the blame on someone else. Own up to your flaws and mistakes and try each day to be a better person.

If you inconvenience someone make it up to them. Be courteous, kind, loving, caring, joyful and show great compassion toward your fellow man. Hold doors open for people. Spread Gods good works everyday and bring sunshine into the lives of others. Put a smile on someones face today. Remember to say pardon me for your discourtesy or if you have inconvenienced someone. Try each day to be a better you.

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