Archive for April, 2016

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsDress
  2. Lamp
  3. Charity
  4. Hair
  5. Lipstick
  6. Elephant
  7. Fence
  8. Scarf
  9. Emu
  10. Storm

 

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Infrequent
  2. Fall
  3. Fundraising
  4. Cut
  5. Red
  6. Safari
  7. Wood
  8. Warm
  9. Australia
  10. Windy

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

Are you a good cook?

How are you at cooking up happiness?

Well, here’s a great recipe for happiness

Let go of what’s  gone, be grateful for what remains & look forward to what’s coming

happy people

How many times do you try something before you admit you can’t do it, and give up?

Do you give up when others tell you you should, so do you keep going until you know you have nothing more to try or to give?

Well, I just want to remind you today, not to listen to what others tell you, because it’s up to you when to give up. So if you feel you have other things to try or you could do better, keep going, keep trying, and you will achieve your goals.

When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time”.

Hold on

Posted: April 27, 2016 in life, music, prayer, words
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I came across the following Pueblo Indian prayer last week, and despite its simplicity, it really struck a chord with me:

Hold on to what is good,

even if it’s a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,

Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,

Even it it’s a long way from here.

Hold on to your life,

Even if it’s easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,

Even if I’ve gone away from you.

In other words, never give up, keep going, even when it seems easier to give up.

What do you think prayer is? Well there’s a great description of what we should do when we pray in Philippians 4:6-7.

To pray is to let go and let God take over

Doesn’t that just sum up prayer in one short statement? God will take all our problems, all our worries, all our fears, and will help us work through them, we simply have to give them all to Him, just as it tells us to do in Give Him All The Pieces by Celebr8.

 

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Go to bed early                                                                                                                                                  

This week’s suggestion is even better than last week’s suggestion to leave your blinds/curtains half-open when you go to bed – Go to bed early enough so that waking up when the sun shines through your window still allows you to have the recommended seven hours of sleep.

If you then maintain this routine of going to bed early and waking up when the sun shines through the window, it’s likely that you can start relying on your biological clock to wake you up rather than relying on an alarm clock.

wakeup-easy

 

 

Proverbs 11:22 (Living Bible)

If you search for good, you will find God’s favour; if you search for evil you will find his curse.

It’s true isn’t it, it you are intent on find fault with something, you will find fault if you look hard enough. Why do we seem to look for faults in people instead of the good?

finding dirt

Maybe we all just need to change ourselves, to be more positive, that way we should be more eager to see the good in others instead of looking for the dirt on them.

April showers, we’ve had a few.

A chill in the air has been there too.

A month that starts with fools and then fools us into thinking it’s spring, only to be winter the next day.

Always changing temperatures with one day warm, the next cold.

AprilAlways changing weather with rain one day, dry the next and then sleet or snow.

A month of all weathers.

A month that’s no longer winter but not quite spring.

A month of bright nights and light mornings making daytime seem longer and making it easier to get out of bed in the morning.

A month where flowers start to show themselves and gardeners start to tend their gardens following the winter chill.

April, a month of changes, where we look forward to warmer weather (hopefully!) and more hours of daylight.

A time to look forward not just in the weather, but in our lives.

April a time for change.

Have you noticed how sometimes it’s the small gestures that mean the most?

Reaching out to someone and gently squeezing their arm just to let them know you care…

Putting your arm around someone to give them support when they are struggling to carry on…

I the last few months I’ve been struggling with a few things, and I shared some of these things with a friend – Things I’ve not shared with anyone else. Then a few days later, the next time I was in their company, we were in a public place, surrounded by a number of others, but this didn’t stop my friend showing me they were supporting me. We were walking across a room (full of people) towards one another and just before we passed one another, my friend simply smiled warmly at me as gently squeezed my arm as we passed one another.

In that simply gesture of squeezing my arm, I knew my friend was letting me know they were thinking about me and were supporting me. Wow!

It’s an amazing feeling to know that someone is there for you isn’t?

small act of kindness

I was reminded recently about how easy it is for a “story” to be changed out of recognition simply by the story being passed on from one individual to another, then another and another.

It got me thinking about why that happens, and there are a few simply reasons why this happens:

  • We don’t listen properly to the person relaying the story
  • We put our own interpretation on the story, filling in bits that we can’t remember or were unsure about

I’m sure we can all think of examples where something like this has happened, some we can probably laugh about but others may have had more serious consequences because of the “changes” that were made to the story.

Reminder to self: Make sure I listen carefully when someone is talking to me, so I leave no room for me to accidentally amend the information they have given me.

Whisper