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Heart Strings

Isn’t it wonderful to hear a song that uplifts you?
Music can move us in so many ways and in so many directions of emotions.

I recently listened to a song that was posted on a blog written by Olive Tree, and it immediately brought tears to my eyes. It had so much deep feeling in it, and I felt a rush of my emotions as I listened to what the singer was trying to express.

I can’t help but listen to “Be Patient (Still)” by Smidi, without feeling emotions of happiness and sentimentality, and it’s completely instrumental.

I have many times cried while singing a hymn in church, because it brought out the pain I was feeling at the time.

Sometimes it is the words that bring great feelings, and sometimes it is the instruments, or it can be both, in how they are put together.

I’m sure you can think of songs that brings great emotion to you and stirs your soul, to either help with the pain you are feeling, or promote the energy in you, to do something great!

Listen to a song today that meets a need in you, and strums your heart strings.

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
Aldous Huxley

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Egg Head!

Life has found all manner of complications to conveniently cook up for me lately.
This has in turn scrambled my brains, to say the least.

I have been trying to focus on that which is positive and good, but many hard boiled situations seem to keep rising to the surface.

I love those sunny side up days, and I find myself longing for them, when I’m being basted.
But so much value can actually be gained from the poaching of life.

Here are some lessons that I have sautéed in over the past few days…

Don’t take anything or anyone for granted.

If love hurts you, then love harder.

People are more important than any thing.

May you have many more over-easy days than you have over-hard!

“When something is missing in your life, it usually turns out to be someone.”
Robert Brault

Morning till Night

In morning light
Studying beauty,
Appreciating style,
Admiring structure.

In afternoon gaze
Pondering depth,
Unravelling mysteries,
Finding guidance.

In darkened night
Seeking solstice,
Experiencing peace,
Revolving perspective.

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”
Abraham Lincoln

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Licking Wounds

In the quiet recesses of my mind
There are streams of comfort,
Cool refreshment
To a parched soul.

Water rippling around rocks,
Never stopping,
Charting paths,
Maintaining flow.

Within those moments,
I lick my wounds,
Scars of the day,
Scratches of pain.

Ointment from my tongue of thought,
Soothes and heals,
Repairs the damage,
Even if only temporary.

“Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.”
William Powell

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Missing the Mark

Run, run, run.
My feet are moving like rockets.
Looking at my pedometer,
I haven’t moved.

Exhausted.
My muscles are aching.
How much have I lifted?
The bar is empty.

Stretching to the ceiling,
Ouch, I didn’t know that was there.
Am I touching the top line?
The mark is gone.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill

“What Color are You?”

Did you know that your personality can be determined by your color
preference? It sounds rather bizarre to me, but yet, I don’t disagree
either.
Some times I make my own evaluations from colors people choose, not
that they are scientifically based, or are accurate, but come on, don’t
you make those assumptions as well?

A red sports car drives past you, did you notice it so vividly because
it was a sporty car, or because it was red?
Someone is wearing a bright yellow shirt at a funeral service, do you
start to wonder if they are being respectful of the deceased?
Why do anesthesiologist wear green?
Why do people in prison have to wear orange?
There was a time when fashion said, don’t wear a brown suit to an
interview or you will appear unsuccessful.
Why is it unfashionable to wear a white dress in the winter?

Why do you chose the colors you do for your clothes? I love to wear
black, gray, red and orange. Usually I end up wearing black in some
form everyday. It’s just a great color to me.
We make choices all the time based on color, but have you wondered why
you pick the colors you do?

Below are 3 color tests I found online, and took today. The first two
I showed my results for you.  The 3rd was very in-depth and a lot of it
was true, but some parts I did not think were accurate for me.

I have provided the links for you if you wish to take the tests for yourself.

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius

BLUE

You
give your love and friendship unconditionally. You enjoy long,
thoughtful conversations rich in philosophy and spirituality. You are
very loyal and intuitive.

Find out your color at
QuizMeme.com!

What color are
you?
orange


you are loyal and kind.. you
rarely lie.. and are sincere to your peers… you also love animals
and times when you are somewhere beautiful

Facebook quizzes, quiz apps & blog quizzes by Quibblo

http://www.colorquiz.com/index.php

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Latitude of Gratitude

As Jesus was walking by a certain city on his way to Jerusalem, ten lepers sitting outside the city gate cried and begged Jesus to heal them. Jesus immediately healed them and sent them to see the priest of the city. Only one of ten men came back to thank Jesus for healing him of leprosy. Would you have thanked Jesus for healing you of a terrible disease? I would have thought that each and every one of those ten men would have been so excited that they would have thanked Jesus profusely! How thankful are we to what God has given us, or others have done for us?

Thank God today for something you appreciate.
Thank someone you know for something they have done for you.
Thank a stranger for a kind deed.
Be thankful!

I want to thank each of you that follow my blog, I am so blessed to have met you, and I appreciate each and every one of you awesome people!

“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude
means to take nothing for granted,
but to always seek out and value
the kind that will stand behind the action.
Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course.
Everything originates in a will for the good,
which is directed at you.
Train yourself never to put off
the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”
Albert Schweitzer

Luke 17: 11-19

Oh Lemon goodness, where art thou?

One of the tastes that I desire most in desserts is lemon flavored goodness! I love homemade lemon cake and lemon cookies!

Today I have made a batch of gluten-free lemon cookies! They are so indescribably yummy!
My precious mother ordered these for me as a gift from the Vincent Bay Gourmet Baked Goods web site!

Here is how I made them..

1 stick of unsalted butter
1 egg
Gluten-Free Lemon Cookie Mix

After baking apply provided pack of lemon drizzle!

Then sit and enjoy the wonderful flavors your mouth will absorb!

“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.”
Adelle Davis
(1904 – 1974)

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste, 1825
French gourmet & lawyer (1755 – 1826)

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Do Not Pass?

This morning, I was on a four-lane highway, driving to Best Buy. For about a half-mile there were warning signs… “Road Blocked Off”, “Do Not Pass”.
As I waited in the correct line, along with other drivers, vehicles were flying past us in the forbidden lane.
Way up ahead in the distance, I could see these vehicles pulling in-front of the line.
I thought to myself, what is the school of thought going on in those driver’s minds?
Did they feel an accomplishment to move ahead of others by cheating and cutting in line?
Did they feel their time was more important than those people whom they did not know?
Could they possibly have not seen the many road signs of warning?
These are questions I will never know the answer to, but I wonder if that is how they operate in their every day affairs.
Can you feel good about stepping on others to get to where you want to be?
Do you live your life with the attitude, you are more important than anyone else?

“Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
Mark Twain

“I shall pass this way but once; any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
Étienne de Girêllet

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself,
taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Philippians 2:3-8 (NASB)

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Blind Horse, Guide Horse

The following is a beautiful story, but it is not my story.  It touched me deeply when I read it and wanted to share it with you.

“Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it.
From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.
But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice
something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His
owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home
for him.

This alone is amazing. If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear
the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you
will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell. It lets the blind
friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends, you’ll see that the horse
with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the
blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the
other horse is,trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each
evening, it stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just
because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our life
To help us when we are in need..

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing
bell of those who God places in our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.”

“Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly.”

Author Unknown/ Image source Unknown

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