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Before the month of Love comes to an end…I would like to share a little bit of my heart with you…
I am mostly non confrontational…and a peace keeper…
I am soft hearted and sometimes get my feelings hurt over a passing comment.
It doesn’t take much to tug on my heart-strings and all of the evil, hatred and fighting in the world weighs heavy on my spirit.
I typically do not watch the news because it fills me with sadness…
I wonder how different the World would be if the news media focused more on the positive things that people do instead of all of the murder and mayhem. Just today the first 10 minutes of the evening news was dedicated to the following stories;
- Man shoots wife, two daughters, then himself
- Fight over singing ends in fatal shooting
- Off-duty HPD officers shoot teen in SE Houston
- Man shot to death in his apartment
- Pawn shops targeted in smash and grab thefts
- One killed, 4 wounded in school shooting in Ohio
The list continues with more murders and then as if to lighten the mood the News Anchor switches over to the recap of the Oscars…It’s not enough to highlight the winners,great effort is made to point out who failed to meet the expectations of the fashion gurus…Then they move on to the political in fighting and wrap up with the daunting news of the ever-increasing gasoline prices.
Not a single minute of a single “feel good” story. I know that every day good people all over the world are doing good things for people in need. I think there should be more time devoted to covering the “feel good” stuff….
what the world needs now is love sweet love,
it’s the only thing that there’s just to little of,
What the world needs now is love sweet love,
no, not just for some but for everyone…
Try this on for size…Love your neighbor as yourself…
The people in this video gave up their Saturday to go out and help a complete stranger. Not only did they donate their time, they paid a minimal fee to cover the cost of a T-Shirt, transportation and snacks. They didn’t do it for the recognition…they didn’t do it for money… they didn’t do it for any other reason than the fact that there was a need.
New Hope Church, where I worship and work, organizes community outreach projects throughout the year. The outreach projects fill up in a couple of weeks time and usually have a waiting list. More times than not the teams come back physically exhausted but mentally exhilarated. They come back with dirty clothes but with a renewed spirit. They leave out thinking they are going to change someones life but come back changed themselves. They have experienced what it is to…Love your Neighbor!
For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Babe, I love you more today than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow!
I met my husband in 1986. His best friend introduced us. Our first date was to see the new movie Top Gun with Tom Cruise. We were married on February 14, 1989, Valentines Day!
To my husband of 23 years…
I love you with all my heart.
You are my Best Friend…
my soul mate…
You are the peanut butter to my jelly…
the cream to my coffee!!!
You complete me!!
To my husband of 23 years…
You make me laugh with your silly jokes…
And cry with your thoughtful gifts.
A touch of your hand makes my heart skip a beat…
Your kisses take my breath away!
Your generous nature leaves me speechless…
Your love of family warms my heart!
You fill my life with love…
God created you for me and me for you!
I wanna grow old with you!
I’ve got my love to keep me warm (The Incredible Lightness of Seeing)
Pure Love (Agrigirl’s Blog)
The Valentine (The Paradigm)
A Valentine to the Foods of Love (foodimentary.com)
A Quick Primer on Floppy Tulip Syndrome (Huffygirl’s Blog)
Dedicated to the One I Love (Angelinem’s Blog)
Inspiration: Happy Valentine’s Day(Mirth and motivation)
What I Would Tell Her (emjayandthem’s Blog)
Happy Valentine’s Day (Paris at my Doorstep)
A group called the Worldwide Marriage Encounter certified the marriage as the nation’s longest ongoing union. On a recent trip to Nevada, President Obama was even scheduled to deliver brief remarks acknowledging the couple. However Wilbur and his bride were running late to the event…you think…he’s 100 yrs old. So the announcement was scratched from the speech.
As for the secret to their wedded bliss as they approach their 80th anniversary, Wilbur says, “It’s very simple. It’s give and take and compromise.”
Gosh! Is that all it takes to achieve happiness in a life long commitment between two human beings? At first glance Wilbur’s advice seems simple, even attainable. Simple advice within reach of every married couple looking for the answer to wedded bliss. However, marriage is anything but simple. Marriage takes everything you have and then you need to be ready to give and take.
Are you ready for a little Give and Take? Well it’s time to roll up your sleeves and join in the lively exchange of ideas or conversation ….mutual concessions, shared benefits…light teasing, frivolous banter, interaction, reciprocity, agreement and flexibility! Now that wasn’t so bad? Right?!
If you are still committed to achieving wedded bliss after you experienced give and take and reciprocating and bending then it’s time to compromise.
Oh yes Compromise…here we go…it’s time for a settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions…agreements, accommodations, adjustments, trade offs…where a couple meets on middle ground…meets halfway, concedes…supports, boosts, assures and enhances.
And once you have mastered the simplicity of give and take and compromise you will be well on your way to understanding the secret to wedded bliss…
- ational Winners of Longest Married Couple Project Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (faithinspires.wordpress.com)
- MY Sun’s tips for wedded bliss (thesun.co.uk)
My Hopes and Wishes for 2012 are simple. To live the life that God has planned for me…a life filled with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control. Galatians 5:22-23
I hope to love without fear of heartache.
I wish to laugh until it hurts.
I hope I will never stop trusting that I am on the path that will lead me to a life everlasting.
I hope to offer up grace and mercy to those who cross my path.
I wish for everyday of the new year to include random acts of kindness, so much so that they become a part of who I am and not something I do.
I hope to live my life above reproach so that my actions do not cause others to stumble.
I hope to have the faith of a child..to believe in the wonders of the world without question to why or how. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
I hope to continue to grow a spirit of gentleness that has only come to me through stopping to consider the other persons situation before reacting.
And lastly but certainly not least of all…I hope to continue to grow in my understanding that self-control does not come from my self-centered mind-set but a mind centered on the Spirit that dwells within me and the small quiet voice leading me, guiding me through all that is my life.
I hope to continue to live a life filled to overflowing.
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
This past year has been filled with many blessings. My husband blessed me with his unconditional love and support without fail or hesitation, he is my biggest fan. I have watched my son treat his girlfriend with love and respect that can only come from the example set by the way his Dad treats his Mom. Although a few friends have passed away from this life my life is richer for having known them and called them friend. I have enjoyed a renewed love and passion for writing. I have realized a long time desire to have a little junk resale business of my very own. I have entertained my friends and family in my home. I have seen my prayers answered when the Doctor finally found a treatment for my Dads Parkinson’s that has given him back his quality of life.
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” unknown
This past year has been filled with many new friendships. I have met their families; rejoiced at the arrival of precious little ones and experienced heartache over their losses. I have enjoyed a cup of tea as well as delicious desserts at their kitchen table. I have watched the sun rise and set from their decks and patios. I have heard them sing in church and I have celebrated their anniversaries and birthdays. I have even traveled with a few of them on their wonderous and amazing vacations. I have come to appreciate the differences that make each of us unique. But it is our uniqueness that draws us together and links us together. Our camaraderie comes from our willingness to “just write”. My friends have shared their lives with me yet we have never met in person.
Here are some their reflections of the past year as well as some of their hopes and wishes for 2012.
Making Room (emjayandthem’s blog)
“Your closet should contain 3 categories of clothing: clothes you love, clothes that fit you now, and clothes that garner you compliments whenever you wear them.” Peter Walsh, organizational expert.
View Outside My Window for 2012 (This Man’s Journey)
“I wish for 2012, more love, inner peace, loads of smile and laughter, of happiness that comes from a contented heart for me, for my family, for my friends but more importantly for those whose 2011 had been covered with anguish and struggles.”
Zen Living for Idiots (Spirit Lights the Way)
“As we cultivate mindful awareness, we begin to view the world with alert curiosity, rather than through the distorted lens of stale judgments, attitudes, and opinions. We start to see things as THEY are rather than as WE are.”
Failure Succeeding In the Opposite Direction (Janna T Write’s Blog)
“My relationship with God is the glue that bonds me as a wife, mother, friend, writer, employee, leader, and compassionate human being. Sometimes I feel like parts of me threaten to peel away, but I want my life to be held tighter than crazy glue between fingertips.”
Reflecting on… this past year, today and the coming year (Pocket Perspectives)
May those of us who might be reflecting during the next few days…
review with clarity
ponder with insight
consider with love,
gentleness and forgiveness
appreciate with heartfulness
prioritize with wisdom
wonder with depth and imagination
Are you already thinking about packing up your Christmas decorations? I am not quite ready to tackle that project just yet. However, I have been thinking about a few things…Keeping the Spirit of Christmas with me through the year…Long live Christmas!
I have been thinking about how much I love this time of year and what it would be like to keep Christmas close at hand every day of the year.
What might that look like?
Christmas lights up on the house for the 4th of July…Christmas decorations sitting dusty in every room of the house…and jingle bells playing on the radio at Halloween. I guess there are people who love the Christmas Holiday so much they would consider embracing these ideas. But I think NOT!
However, what I am thinking about is the Spirit of Christmas…the Spirit of love and laughter, the Spirit of giving…the Spirit of Peace on Earth and goodwill toward mankind.
Here is someone who I think keeps the Christmas Spirit in his heart day after day, year after year and now even decade after decade. Meet the Bicycle Man of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
For 20 straight years, 72-year-old Moses Mathis has been playing Santa Clause to Fayetteville area children. In the past 2 years he has given away 2300 bicycles! Mr Mathis accepts donated bicycles and restores them to give away at Christmas to families that can not afford to purchase them. He says that as long as he has a building to work in he will continue to do this.
Why does he do it? He carries the true Spirit of Christmas in his heart. He doesn’t unpack it from a box in late December. He keeps it with him always! Working diligently throughout the year like one of Santa’s elves…getting the bicycles ready for the big day in December when he gets as much joy from giving the gifts as do the children who receive them.
“To see the smiles, the kids’ laughter, the hugs, the kisses. That’s why I do it.,” he said.
I won’t be packing up the Spirit of Christmas with my forever tree and all the decorations…instead I will pack it deep in my heart and carry it with me through 2012. Loving, giving, sharing and rejoicing every chance I get. I imagine it will make an amazing difference in my Spirit!!!
Long Live the Spirit of Christmas!
- CHRISTmas is not Politically Correct (tobytruckwriterbogard.wordpress.com)
Here’s wishing you a very Happy Friday and a Memorable Weekend!
Because I thought of you today!
Do you know that everyone has a love language specific to them?
I was reminded of my love language earlier this week when Emily over at My Pajama Days, penned an open letter of support and encouragement, a love letter, on her blog. She wrote to her writer friends and fellow bloggers and readers. She did not mention anyone by name but when I read it I felt as though she were writing directly to me. She is a gifted writer. She writes from her heart and seems to rarely hold back. I wish I
could write would write were brave enough to write like Emily.
Since reading Emily’s post I have thought about the feeling I got from the words in her letter. I was touched and encouraged. Why? Because she was speaking my language.
My love language is … words of affirmation. If you pat me on the back, give me a thumbs up or even just click the like button on my blog you are speaking my language.
Then I had one of those lightbulb moments! Now I understand why I check my blog stats several times a day. In my mind, the numbers equate to likeability which is as close to words of affirmation as you may get on a blog. I mostly have blog stalkers, you know individuals who pop in and out without so much as a peep. I don’t know if the individuals who click on my blog posts actually read them or not. But they were here and in my world it means they “liked”
me my post on some level. I know that seems silly, really it does, but I can’t help how it makes me feel. I will never forget the first time someone clicked the like button on one of my posts…lets just say it was a stellar moment. Also when I had my first comment from a total stranger that was like winning the lottery for me.
Recently I joined the postaweek2011 challenge and began meeting up with other like-minded bloggers. Little by little my community of friendly bloggers has grown. I am getting an almost daily dose of affirmation from the likes of Piglet in Portugal, Papa Joe, Mirth and Motivation, Spirit Lights the Way and Running Garlic! I know this has had a positive impact on me because I can see it in the mirror. My glow is back!
My blogging buddies are my support system. I hope that my clicking the like button on their blogs and dropping a comment here and there is meeting their love language need. It’s why we blog on WordPress. We are all looking for community support. Otherwise we would be writing in our diaries and keeping our thoughts and feelings under lock and key.
If you do not know someones love language or you use the wrong love language you may as well be speaking a foreign language to them. You owe it to yourself and to those whom you love to take a few minutes and learn their love language. Your relationships will be better for it…it will be the best pre-marital advice you get, it could save a relationship that is on the brink of disaster. For heavens sake you could figure out how to talk to your teenager and have them
talk back respond to you. You might even be able to win over that over bearing person in your life by learning a new language, their language of love.
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It was the summer of 1958. East Jefferson HighSchool. 10th grade Summer School. He was a popular football player. She was a girl from Texas. He thought she was cute.
He called 13 times before she finally said yes. He jokingly says he should have stopped at 12. But seriously, he says he would have called 13 more times if that’s what it would have taken.
Their first date was on the New Orleans Delta Queen River Boat and Fats Domino was the evening’s entertainment. After that she attended his football games and they began to date. However, arranging dates required creativity. She was in school and did not have a home phone, he worked. So they devised a plan; when he asked her out he would give her one of his trained homing pigeons. When her parents had agreed to the day and time of the date, she would write a note attach it to the pigeon and release it. Voila, instant messaging!
They were engaged by 1959.
They were married September 2, 1960.
Their life together is filled with moments and minutes, days and weeks, years and decades, Children, 4 daughters to be exact, a couple of son-in-laws and 3 grand children.
They have always been there with advice when asked, a helping hand when needed, a moving truck at the ready, an extra room or two, cooking lessons in person or long-distance, catered meals for dozens of parties, lessons in life and amazing unconditional love. And so so much more!!!
They are my inspiration!
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
I have a sweet friend at church who thanks me almost daily for my smile and my hugs and my prayers. She always tells me she loves me and then she says “you don’t know how much I love you”, I love you! I always thank her for her kindness and tell her that I love her too. But today, I had to admit that I don’t know how much she loves me. I know that she says she loves me and I believe her. But I do not know the depth of her love.
I say “I love you” to my family and friends on a regular basis. I say it at the end of phone calls, before we go to sleep at night and sometimes for no apparent reason. But does my husband or my son know the depth of my love. How do I express how much I love them or the depth of my love? Do they have any idea to what lengths I would go for them? Does anyone really know how deeply someone loves them?
The bible tells us in John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends”. That is what we do when we truly love someone, we lay down our life. We practice sacrificial love by listening, helping, encouraging and giving to the ones we love. We give all the love we can and then we try to give a little more. I am thankful for God’s love. I am thankful that God has given me family and friends that lay their life down for me daily and I am especially thankful that I get to do the same for them. I am truly Blessed!