Life Rejuvenated

As the seasons change and I see the world coming back to life, I’m inspired to share some quotes to help you  join the world in rejuvenation.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.” Alex Tan

“The healthiest response to life is joy.” Deepak Chopra

“Someone may have stolen your dream when it was young and fresh and you were innocent. Anger is natural. Grief is appropriate. Healing is mandatory. Restoration is possible.” Jane Rubietta

“Like the elephant, we are unconscious of our own strength. When it comes to understanding the power we have to make a difference in our own lives, we might as well be asleep. If you want to make your dreams come true, wake up. Wake up to your own strength. Wake up to the role you play in your own destiny. Wake up to the power you have to choose what you think, do, and say.” Keith Ellis

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  Albert Einstein

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” Crowfoot

I hope these bits of inspiration have encouraged you.  What will you do with your life today?  Share your thoughts below.

Do You Remember When…

Each month is a journey and March was no different.  We’re drawing to the end of March and our focus on change.  Although I’m excited for what April will bring, I have one more thought on change for us.  I was listening to a local Christian radio station recently and heard the song “Because of Your Love” sung by Paul Baloche.  One phrase stuck out to me: “As we come into Your Presence, we remember every blessing, That You’ve poured out so freely from above, Lifting gratitude and praises for compassion so amazing, Lord, we’ve come to give You thanks for all You’ve done…”

The past couple of weeks on my blogs I’ve shared about taking time to appreciate what’s going on around us.  There are people who are so focused on the past, and there are some who are completely focused on the future.  You probably know or have known people who fit those profiles.  It is good to remember what has happened to you in the past, but not good to focus on it.  It’s also good to think about and plan for the future, so you don’t get caught unprepared.

But we all know how hard it is to live in the present. To appreciate the people you’re with, to notice the beautiful flowers or spring-like happenings around you, to actually be paying attention to your children or grandchildren when they are talking to you or want your attention are things that you may miss if you’re not living in the present.

Can you remember the last blessing you received?  Where were you?  Who blessed you?  What was the blessing?

Life changes so rapidly that we have not made proper adjustments to appreciate the blessings of life.  Whether you just dive into worship songs at church, read your daily Bible or religious literature quickly and put it away, or move from person to person and relationship to relationship, we don’t take time to stop and remember the blessings.

This week I want to encourage you to stop for 5 minutes a day, or 1 minute 5 times a day, to just take a deep breath in and appreciate the moment, accept the blessing and enjoy the life you’ve been blessed with.  Maybe you’ll even take a moment to enjoy the changes that are taking place in your life.

I’d love to hear your hopes for this week, share them below.

Celebrating New Life

Today I’m celebrating spring by sharing 11 ways to have a new life!

~make new habits. (Don’t just try to break the old ones, start fresh!)

~spend at least 5 minutes each day in nature

~look for a little treasure each day.  It may be pushing your child on a swing, a baby bunny or waking up feeling great one morning.

~think of possibilities, don’t just see things as black and white.

~be quiet.  It’s amazing how refreshing just taking a moment to be quiet can be.

~laugh.  Whether it’s with a partner, TV show or something in nature, find time each day to laugh.

~re-schedule your life.  Include time for that bubble path, to reply to those emails or to start that business each day in your schedule.

~pursue that which satisfies you.  If you feel most fulfilled by painting, spend time doing it each week.  If you’re most excited by cooking, do that.

~spend more time with Spirit. Whether you’re seeking answers, know God or just enjoy knowing that there is more out there than you, spend time with it.

~do one thing each day that will bring you to your dreams.

~be an inspiration.  The quickest way to having a new life is to be an inspiration to others.  You’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll start seeing a change in your life!

These are just a few thoughts on living a fresh life.  What are your thoughts?  What have you done in your life that has totally transformed your life?  Share your thoughts and insights below.

Inspiration for Change

This month on Twitter I’ve been sharing some really inspiration quotes about our topic for March, change.  Today I thought I would share some of my favorites with you!

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin

“Change your thoughts, change your life.” James Allen

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” Confucius

“Change is in the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” Gail Sheehy

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” Confucius

“One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment.” Robert E. Quinn

“Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” Niccolo Machiavelli

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Frederick Douglass

“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.” Harrison Ford

“Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with.” Peter Marshall

Change is often a touchy subject.  While the world and our lives are in constant change, it still isn’t always easy to deal with the changes that come our way.  Which quote touched a nerve for you?  Which one inspired you to work through the changes you’re struggling with right now?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions below.

Signs of Spring

Today’s verse comes from Psalm 139:14. It reads “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — and how well I know it”

Spring is one of my favorite seasons because everything comes back to life!  I’m always amazed at how the flowers know to break out of their bulbs, trees know to pop buds out and grass knows to turn green again.  I certainly can’t forget the baby bunnies and little ducks that will be around in a month or two as well!  I love seeing all of creation come alive.

Forgive me, but I’m going to let my event planner side come out for a moment.  Purely from a very human perspective, I can’t imagine trying to make all of the little buds pop out on a tree, let alone millions of trees all around the world every spring.  Forget about trying to time the buds with the bulbs and the seeds sprouting, or remind the animals to make babies!  I just have to shake my head and marvel at how God makes it all happen.

It must be the way that God is able to listen to all our prayers at the same time and hear each of them, know each of our hearts and each of our purposes.  Not only are we complex, as the verse suggests, so is God!   God is able to keep it all together and working more beautifully than we ever could.  Even though I’m sometimes tempted to want things happen a certain way, or even go so far as to try to make them happen, I know deep down that I could never do it as well as God can.

So, thank you God for being so complex and for creating such a marvelous world!

Purposeful Change

This month we’re talking a lot about change.  One thing that won’t change is your life purpose.  You may change how you express or fulfill it, but the actual purpose itself should never change. My purpose is best expressed by a passage from the Bible, Isaiah 40:3-5 “Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the desert for our God!  Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills.  Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.  Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.””

Once you’ve figured out your life purpose, the next thing to do is to live it!  Don’t be afraid to make some changes so you can live your purpose.  You can do this in little ways or in big ways.  I started with a little way, writing a weekly spiritual devotional, which I’ve been doing for about 8 years.  Last year I made the decision to live my purpose in a bigger way by starting a business that gives me the opportunity to help people make straight paths in their homes, lives, families, businesses.  Has it been a challenge?  Sometimes, absolutely!  It’s meant that I had to set aside time each week to write initially, and last year it grew into late nights, long days, lots of prioritizing and some stressed relationships.  But ultimately, I know it will absolutely be worth every sacrifice I made, and will make, because I’m helping people clear the way in their lives for happiness, wholeness and success.

You may find or discover your life purpose in any number of ways.  It just so happened that I found mine in the Bible and started expressing it in a spiritual way.  I’ve since worked to include the principles in the passage in my whole life, hence starting a business where I can not only help people with spiritual things, but also with creative, family and business things too.  Your purpose should be taken into consideration when you take a job, start a relationship or make a big decision, because it’s just as important, or more important, as your likes, dislikes and values.

What about you?  What is your life purpose?  What changes are you willing to make in your life to live your purpose?  How important is your purpose to you?  How you answer that last question will determine how successful you are in living your life purpose.  Share your thoughts below.

Inspirational Women

March is woman’s history month.  To celebrate, I’m sharing some inspiring quotes by amazing women.

“Great necessities call out great virtues.” Abigail Adams

“Our school education ignores, in a thousand ways, the rules of healthy development.” Elizabeth Blackwell

“I look back on my life like a good day’s work, it was done and I feel satisfied with it. I was happy and contented, I knew nothing better and made the best out of what life offered. And life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” Grandma Moses

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” Janis Joplin

“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.” Barbara De Angelis

“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” Jane Goodall

“It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.” Maya Angelou

“I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“You must have discipline to have fun.” Julia Child

“It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.” Ursela LeGuin

Share the inspiration you’ve received over the years from women below.

Crossroad Thoughts

One of the verses I am inspired by every time I read it is Jeremiah 6:16.  It reads “This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.””

I feel like we’re at a crossroads in our lives.  We’ve seen the tragedy in Japan and also recently in New Zealand, as well as Haiti last year.   We’re seeing dramatic actions around the world in Sudan, Egypt, Lyibia, and even some in Wisconsin, USA.  But even more than that, we’re still struggling as a world to rebuild the economy and our lives from the past few years of challenges.  It’s scary to think about these things getting worse or impacting more people, but they will if we don’t choose the right way.

Jeremiah shares in this verse that we should ask the ancient paths for advice.  This is key for us today.  It reminds us that we have to be talking with others about what is going on, not by complaining, but talking about real action steps that can be taken to make progress and improvements.  Don’t just assume you have to get a new job when you’re laid off, or that nothing can be done to make changes around the world.  How we have lived our lives in the past century has led us to believe these things. But the truth is, there are more options available to you and me today than there ever were.  Start a business and contribute to groups doing the right things around the planet both in nature and with people.

So today I want to encourage you to do three things.  One, stop.  Don’t just keep going down a road, stop and check out the crossroads that are around you before you continue on.  Second, ask.  Talk to people!  Find out what the options are in and around your life.   Ask for encouragement and support your friends and family in their respective journeys.  Finally, walk in it.  Don’t just stop, don’t just talk, take action.  Check out a couple path options with people, see how it feels and then decide what you should be relentlessly pursuing.

These are just a couple of thoughts for you on Jeremiah 6:16 (you can read others here).  I would love to hear what crossroads you are at in life and what options you are considering pursuing (I’ll help you with the action steps if you wish 🙂 ).  Share your thoughts below.

Doing It Anyway

Today we’re talking about self-esteem.  So many people struggle with their self-esteem and it’s a topic that is the subject of many articles and blog posts around the internet.  As I was considering what to write, a question popped into my head:

What if we did it anyway?

So what if you have low self-esteem or are struggling with who you are?  What if you disregarded that feeling that stops you in your tracks?  It’s not an easy thing to think about.  It feels kind of scary actually.  So what if you are overweight and don’t enjoy clothes shopping.  What if you said to yourself “I can find something that looks great” and went shopping?  So what if you don’t have many friends?  Call someone up (neighbor, relative, coworker, friend) and ask if they’re free anyway.  So what if you’re not great at public speaking?  I hear that the mirror is the best non-judgmental audience in the world.  So what if you’ve failed with 6 business endeavors already?  That 7th could be the right one.

What are you waiting for your self-esteem to improve to do?  Who are you waiting to be?  What if you ignored that nagging feeling and did it anyway?  My sneaking suspicion is that your self-esteem would improve and you’ll have amazing results to show for your actions.

What are you going to be brave enough to do today?  Share your thoughts below.

Irish Blessings

In honor of St. Patrick’s day next week, I’m sharing some traditional Irish blessings!

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.” ~Old Irish Blessing

“May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.” ~An Irish Prayer

“May the blessing of light be on you—
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.” ~Celtic Blessing

“Bless this house, o Lord, we pray.
Make it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out.
Bless the roof and chimney tall,
Let thy peace lie over all.
Bless the doors that they may prove
Ever open to joy and love.
Bless the windows shining bright,
Letting in God’s heavenly light.
Bless the hearth a-blazing there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer.
Bless the people here within…
Keep them pure and free from sin.
Bless us all, that one day, we
May be fit, O lord, to dwell with Thee.” ~Bless This House

“May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!” ~Old Irish Blessing

I hope you have a blessed St. Patrick’s!  How are you celebrating?  Share your thoughts and celebrations below.