Tag Archives: Optimism

Let it shine

Whether you feel drained or energized, you can give. What can you give? You can give your love, faith, belief in others, hope, steadfastness. Ella Baker said, “Give light and people will find the way.”. Jesus tells us not to … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, God, Positive Thinking, Scripture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Follow me

So many times Jesus said “follow me”…”come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”…(Matthew 4:19). “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also my servant will be. The Father will honor whoever serves … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, God, Scripture | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

What is the point of our daily lives?

Here we are in January. We are past the rush and thrill of the holidays. My students are early in their second semester efforts. Those who are”on top of things” have already started working on their tasks. Magazines and newspapers … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

A day is a miniature eternity

Ralph Waldo Emerson [oh I know, don't you just love him?] said “A day is a miniature eternity”. The problem is it is so miniature. Of course when I focus on how short a day is and how much I … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word

I love living in the southwest. You see, having spent most of my life in other places, it came as a surprise to me that I would love the desert the say that I do. I tend to bloom where … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Believe Anyway

I have said oh so many times that I am an optimist. I have spent my life thus far being one. I can find the pony buried under the pile of manure. In lieu of a pony, I can find … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

In an electronic age- build community and teach the world to sing

I started this blog a little over two years ago. I started it because a dear friend (Dana) recommended that I do so. She knows that I have always loved to write. I loved it from the time I was … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Friendship | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

Half-year resolutions: Things we can do

Here we are nearly half-way through the year already. I don’t know about you, but I know I like to assess things at about this point in the year. Martha Stewart and so many others have all kinds of suggestions … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Family Life and Issues, Nature | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Here is a way to gain perspective!

How can I gain perspective? Yes, of course I can de-clutter, organize my time, write, blog, and exercise. I can focus on what is important and let the rest go. We all know that. What are other ways to gain … Continue reading

Posted in Positive Thinking | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

What do you see today – difficulties or opportunities?

” A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” `~ Winston Churchill There are days when life looks bleak. There are days when it looks scary or overwhelming. There are days when life … Continue reading

Posted in Positive Thinking | Tagged , , | 14 Comments

Gosh~Keep Pressing On…Believe Anyway

Believe Anyway….Just Because originally Posted on August 18, 2011 `updated today Are you having a tough week, and it feels like God is busy with something else?…believe anyway. Are your family members being inconsiderate or getting on your nerves?….believe in them anyway. … Continue reading

Posted in Positive Thinking | Tagged , , | 24 Comments

Joy Is My Oasis

I live in a desert city. Yet there are small man made lakes around the area. Seeing the water as I make my way around town refreshes me. I have always loved the water. I think my favorite water-based critter … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

Surprising Ways

Sometimes at a business retreat or a personal retreat, the leader tries various exercises to get attendees to free themselves up and think outside the box. This attempt at creativity is meant to have a few purposes: team building; to … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

The Greatest

It is spring practice time for baseball, and the Cactus League teams have been in Arizona all month. The teams are trying to work out the kinks so that they are ready for the regular season. At the same time, … Continue reading

Posted in Positive Thinking | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

She Had Me At Louie

Ok. Let me preface everything I am going to say with the absolute fact that I am moved beyond measure by every blogger I read. The posts, the poetry, the photographs, the Scriptural teachings, the outlooks on life…. just as … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , , | 18 Comments

Dawn Salutation

I am still playing a bit of catch-up! The post is dated 2/25—but I am writing it in a dash to “catch up” on 2/27. When I think of dawn I think of many things. The first thing I think … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Cat Morning

Dawn—by Paul Laurence Dunbar~~ “An angel, robed in spotless white, Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night. Night woke to blush; the sprite was gone. Men saw the blush and called it Dawn”. I absolutely love that imagery…..the angel, the … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Good Morning! Or as Shakespeare Would Say, Good Morrow..

This gallery contains 3 photos.

Although this article is dated the 23rd, I wrote it on the 27th. I am one of those rare birds that can either be a morning person or a night owl. Actually, these days the hard part is falling asleep … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Sail On Silver Girl (or Guy)

My oldies station played Bridge Over Troubled Water this Morning. I love that song and always sing along at the top of my lungs. Perhaps it is because one of my beloved junior high teachers would frequently provide is index … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , , | 38 Comments

The Miraculous Pool Man

February 17, 2012 | NEWS This article was in the Arizona Republic the day after Valentine’s Day. I cannot improve on it. Nothing I say or write could possible increase the miraculous beauty of this article. Pool-repair guy’s act of … Continue reading

Posted in Heartwarming or humorous stories | Tagged , , , , | 18 Comments

God Loves A Cheerful Giver

God wants us to be cheerful and joyous. Let’s face it, the world NEEDS us to be cheerful. Now I am not talking about those struggling with depression and illness right now. Rather I am talking about the rest of … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Fear or Faith

I am of a divided mind at times. It is important to me to stay abreast of the news and know what is going on in the world. It is rarely possible, though, to find news coverage that doesn’t have … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , | 32 Comments

Kind Words

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”– Mother Teresa. I saw this quote today in a Daily Thought email I get from Simple Magazine. But I have seen this quote before. Mother … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

Why did the butterfly say THAT?

  I love to watch hummingbirds and butterflies. In Arizona, hummingbirds are ever-present.  If you plant your garden right, you will get hummingbirds throughout the year; and butterflies abound (but not year round).  Hans Christian Andersen wrote “Just living is … Continue reading

Posted in Friendship | Tagged , , , , , , | 18 Comments

I Should Be Committed

I have been thinking about commitment this week. I have been keeping a really close eye and ear on discussions this week. I don’t mean discussions in the blogosphere. I mean discussions on television, in the newspapers, on Facebook. I wondered as … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , | 18 Comments

Up the Stairs and Out the Window

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened” — Charles Spurgeon.     Isn’t that a lovely quote? When you actually think about stairs (the photo above is not my … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , , | 18 Comments

Love the Light

I got this quote from one of my beloved cousins; it is beautiful. “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars“. Og Mandino.    Now … Continue reading

Posted in Friendship | Tagged , , | 20 Comments

Linking and Surprised

Patricia at http://todayithink.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/monday-way-to-start-the-week-o/ gave me the 7×7 Link Award. We just recently discovered each other’s blogs so I am incredibly honored that she would choose me/my blog. Thank you so much, Patricia. This is an interesting award to compile the information for, … Continue reading

Posted in Awards | Tagged , | 21 Comments

To Give and Not to Count the Cost

I was thinking about giving. Remember when Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive and asked Him if he had to forgive 7 times? Jesus said no, 70 times 7. Obviously He didn’t mean only 490 times and … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , | 19 Comments

I Fell in the Middle of My Dance Recital and

When I was a very little girl I was ungraceful enough that my parents took me to our pediatrician. He recommended that I take ballet. At the time I was extremely pigeon-toed and it wreaked havoc with my balance. We … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , , , | 24 Comments

Wake up and Be Conscious

Thornton Wilder wrote, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures”. Some days those treasures are harder to see than others. Some days all we can see is the … Continue reading

Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope | Tagged , , , , | 19 Comments