WHAT IS THE MESSAGE IN THE MANGER?

It’s the middle of the night and I’m standing in a breezy, cold makeshift manger with droopy-eyed sheep and cattle, staring at a young couple that I never saw before huddled in one corner of the manger.   The man has his arm and cloak around her and she’s leaning against him holding a baby that looks brand new.   What a humble way to start a life, I thought.   It didn’t make sense to me and neither did the words that the other older shepherds were murmuring….. ”Messiah.”   “God with us.”   “Son of God.”   I … Continue reading WHAT IS THE MESSAGE IN THE MANGER?

MORE ROCKING CHAIR QUOTES AND BITS OF WISDOM

There are five common barriers to achieving a goal; (1) a poorly defined goal; (2) laziness; (3) procrastination; (4) distractions; (5) impatience.  The good news is that all of these can be overcome. A good leader is one who seeks to serve rather than be served. The greatest hunger problem in the world is the hunger for love. Wise is the person who knows the difference between wants and needs and lives accordingly. It’s ironic, but it’s in the face of death that we hav our greatest appreciation of life. If you have a good friendship, pray that it will … Continue reading MORE ROCKING CHAIR QUOTES AND BITS OF WISDOM

O’ THE PLANS PEOPLE MAKE FOR SOMEDAY

There are so many things I want to do Someday. There are so many things I want to say Someday. There are so many people I want to hug and say, “I love you.” And perhaps I will. Someday. All the trials and hurts and disappointments I’ve endured in my life will have meaning for me Someday. When I have the time I’ll sit and reminisce about all the people…..events….and special moments that have meant so much to me over the years and I’ll smile…..and cry……and long to relive each special moment one more time. Someday. And I hope the … Continue reading O’ THE PLANS PEOPLE MAKE FOR SOMEDAY

GROWING A HEART THAT LOVES UNCONDITIONALLY

May I grow in my ability to love others unconditionally, without restrictions, without expectations, without demands. May I learn to accept others for who they are, as they are, and all the baggage they carry, and not try to change them. May I grow a heart that loves others at their worst, and always be ready with open arms to hold and support them at their weakest. Continue reading GROWING A HEART THAT LOVES UNCONDITIONALLY

O’ THE THINGS THAT WE CARRY

O’ the things that we carry. When we’re young we often carry childhood fears. As we mature, we carry hopes and dreams. As we get older we often carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. Too often we carry guilt and regret. When we face trials and struggles, we know we must carry on. When we see beauty we carry the images in our mind. And the people we love dearly we carry in our hearts… forever. O’ the things that we carry. Continue reading O’ THE THINGS THAT WE CARRY

THREE WORDS ARE THE SECRET TO A FULFILLED LIFE

There’s an old world legend that says, ”THREE WORDS are the SECRET to a FUILFILLED LIFE.” If you can MASTER these THREE WORDS, you will achieve HAPPINESS and ABUNDANT LIVING. You will open the door to a SELF-ACTUALIZED LIFE. The KEY is MASTERY. Nothing less than applying well-developed skills to these THREE WORDS will do. The THREE WORDS in the order they are to be mastered are: VISION BELIEF EFFORT All great accomplishements, all hopes, aspirations, and dreams, all fulfilled, contented lives start with a VISION of what is possible, what can be, a clear picture of what you want … Continue reading THREE WORDS ARE THE SECRET TO A FULFILLED LIFE

FREEDOM IS ONE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

We have so many FREEDOMS. It’s staggering. ONE of the secrets to HAPPINESS is the FREEDOM to CHOOSE. We can CHOOSE what we say, how we say it,, when we say it, and to whom we say it. We have the FREEDOM to set HEALTHY BOUNDARIES and CHOOSE to say YES or CHOOSE to say NO and CHOOSE to STAND UP for our RIGHTS. We can CHOOSE what we will ACCEPT and what we will NOT ACCEPT. The only thing that LIMITS our FREEDOM and, thus, our HAPPINESS is our failure to EXERCISE our CHOICES.     Continue reading FREEDOM IS ONE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

SEIZE THE DAY AND LIVE LIFE ABUNDANTLY

May I never be satisfied to simply exist, to drift through Life and MISS all the OPPORTUNITIES that Life offers. The older I get the more I want to make EVERY MINUTE COUNT. I want to get up EVERY morning and SEIZE THE DAY. CARPE DIEM. May I NEVER miss the OPPORTUNITY to live Life ABUNDANTLY, to BREATHE IN every BLESSING that Life offers, to fill my HEART with GRATITUDE for the CHANCE I have to EXPERIENCE Life FULLY EVERY SINGLE DAY. May my Life not end with regrets for having failed to EMBRACE LIFE…. for having failed to OPEN … Continue reading SEIZE THE DAY AND LIVE LIFE ABUNDANTLY