Today I prayed for my worries to be resolved. I sent a prayer to Silent Unity, not knowing if I could handle the kindness they show to every caller. When they answer the phone "How can I pray with you?" the sense of immediate relief just washes your cares away. If YOU are in need of prayer, they answer the phone 24/7. You may also submit prayers by email and they will email you a response or mail you a letter. It is one of the most amazing things you can do for yourself or others. Please take advantage of the loving and grace they freely share. After I submitted my prayer request, I checked out the Daily Word. As I saw the Word - GRATITUDE, I also clearly heard "It IS DONE" I felt the relief and release of a load being lifted off my shoulders. God is in the load lifting business. Give him yours, TODAY! Gratitude Friday, August 21, 2015 GRATITUDE RELEASES A POWERFUL FLOW OF GOOD IN MY LIFE. My optimism and grateful heart are sources of strength for me. If I have a medical test, I expect the results to show I am in good health. I know a change in plans is a change for the better. And I patiently await answers to prayers—trusting in divine order. I confidently seek new opportunities and try new things. I give thanks for what I desire before I receive it. My attitude of gratitude releases a powerful flow of God’s good in every area of my life. My grateful heart is an open vessel into which God’s blessings flow. Good flows to me and through me. I may receive unexpected income, discover a new hobby, or run into a long-lost friend. Wonderful things occur in my state of gratitude and grace. You shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. —Joshua 1:8 Thanks for reading.Have a blessed and amazing weekend! Namaste
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. Mae West My joy for this week began on Sunday morning with my girlfriend Donna, calling to see what plans I had for the day. Since I had yet to get out of bed, obviously, the answer was nada, nothing, not a damn thing. It was so bad that I had not even decided if I would watch the Ravens game! We chatted a bit, then she sweetly asked if I would like to hangout in DC with her for the day. Sure, why not? I answered. She advised she needed to work a couple of hours, then we would be going to dinner and THEN to see STEVIE WONDER! I almost fell out of the bed. Tickets, free to see Stevie Wonder? Oh hells yeah, count me in. What time do I need to be ready? Are you dressing or jeans and boots (that was the answer). I cared not a whit about the fact that I did not even have enough $$ for dinner. I would have stood on the street and waited outside that is how excited I was. Sunday was everything I could hope for in a perfect day. We spend a few hours at the Latino family fest sponsored by Telemundo. Even after 2 hours of not understanding anything except Chica and Olla, I was amazed by how happy everyone was. Joy is contagious. I was uplifted by that experience. Dinner was a gift as well. Dinner, wine and wonderful companionship are what my spirit needed and received. When I asked Donna to remind me to use the bathroom, she said, no bother, we are in a suite. What? A suite? Tickets to see Stevie aka Steveland Morris? AND dinner? My joy from Sunday has amazingly lasted the entire week. I am still singing and humming "Ngiculela- Es Una Historia - I Am Singing”. While living day to day can be challenging, depressing or exhilarating, the ability to hold tight to the things that bring you absolute joy is essential. Do whatever you can to retain every iota of joy in your soul. You deserve it! "Ngiculela- Es Una Historia - I Am Singing” ATTRIBUTE: Thanks Viewminder and Flickr for the photo!
Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. ~Kak Sri -courtesy of Quote Garden The Gratitude Jar Before this year started, I saw a post on Facebook regarding maintaining a Gratitude Jar. What in interesting concept, I thought. Training one’s self to be aware, open and focused on being grateful is a challenge and a blessing. I am reading Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly. In her research she said many people found it difficult to feel JOY – to feel Gratitude. Who are these people? I have always been a really happy person. Maybe happy go lucky would be the old school term. Not because I don’t or didn’t have issues, problems, financial difficulties, men (argghh) and on and on. I have always had THESE issues. Yet, there is something in me that refuses to bend, to bow down and stay down. Oh, have no doubt, I get in my funks. I just don’t STAY THERE. I use music and included one of my ALL time Favorites at the bottom of this post. I read, write (or have a written bitching session),watching movies or eatcomfort food (not good for my waistline). I also cook because the creativity involved in cooking always makes me feel better. Especially when what I create comes out amazing! To date, I have added joys to my gratitude jar so consistently this year that going to bed without writing down at least ONE joy usually keeps me awake. So, what is this gratitude jar and how did I make one? The post stated to find a large, clean jar with a lid. I cut colored paper into squares about 3”x3” and save them in a baggie. Every day, I take a sheet for EVERY joy I had today for which I am grateful. Write it down and place in the jar. That is all. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I will empty my jar and READ all the things I was grateful for this year. I love searching for the smallest reason to show gratitude, to be grateful daily. Seek and you will find! It is not too late to start your own Gratitude Jar. Try it for a week or so. You will be amazed at how much easier it becomes to Notice all you have to be grateful for. My son heard this song playing and said "Ma, that is your FAVORITE SONG! Check out the beat, those STRINGS and Horns! Ah, YEAH! This song is my definition of Gratitude!
Very little of what I need has materialized this month, and yet I choose gratitude. VERY LITTLE! To say I am a bit irritated would be an understatement. Until yesterday, I was both pissed and depressed. But to what ends? It does not help the situation. The situation is WHAT IS. I can choose to stay pissed or just do what I have always done, the best I can. So, today, I pray for grace and strength. Grace to mitigate the circumstances, strength to not slit my wrists while I am waiting. Okay, not really going to slit my wrists, but there are and have been times when life seems more challenging than it needs to be. In fact, I wonder if the challenges are just TESTS that I fail miserably time and time again because I do STILL get pissed, I do STILL feel anger, frustration and disappointment. I DO! In spite of the nothingness, today I am happy and grateful. There is still one more week left in this month. One week for me to turn my world around. Gonna concentrate on the possibilities, not the limitations. Going to work with what I KNOW is true and not worry about situations that MAY occur. Gonna work with WHAT is as opposed to worrying about what is NOT. Gonna focus on Gratitude and let God work out the rest. We all get to choose how we view our lives, challenges and delights. This is my choice for today – what is yours? By:Michelle D. Smith ATTRIBUTE: This picture is from FLICKER listed under Gratitude!
How fast has this year flown by? 2014 was brutal and I am happy to see it leave. In fact, if I had my druthers, I would kick it out on it's ass. Since that is not my call or calling, I will ask that you say a prayer at midnight tonight. Pray not just for yourself, your friends and family. Please, for the Love of God pray for our beleaguered planet, for our cities, states and country. Pray for all inhabitants of Mother Earth because until we understand that we are all ONE and all the Same, nothing will change. Change must start within before it will show on the "outside" Your help and assistance are required! How will you step up to the plate in 2015! Why not leave a comment and let us know! Peace and Blessings to you and yours. Michelle
Hello,Thanks for your time. Short and to the point. Our lives are made worthwhile by the things we GIVE! So give freely, graciously and often. And, when someone is giving to YOU, accept with love and gratitude! Thanks for reading! Michelle
Today's Daily Word (okay this is Yesterday's Daily Word, but a Word just the same)!
GIVING Sunday July 24, 2011 I give with joy and delight. Opportunities to give are plentiful. I am filled with joy each time I act on one of those opportunities. Giving my time, talent or treasure is not a burden. I do not give out of obligation. I give with love and without hesitation. I give with joy and delight, simply because I want to contribute. How and what will I give today? I may call to encourage a friend, take treats to my co-workers, change a flat tire for a stranger, volunteer or donate to a charity, or give back to an organization that feeds me spiritually. At the close of the day as I count my blessings, I smile as I recall how I gave of myself today. My reward is the joy in my heart that comes from giving.
Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.--2 Corinthians 9:7
Hello, Happy 4th of July weekend! This is my definition of SUMMER. So, my definition of joy includes in-joying the summer, and all that brings including bugs. Much rather have heat than cold, rain than snow. Other things that are joyful include, freedom of time, being healthy, and being happy, right here and right NOW!
Wishing you all the JOY you can stand. You can stand it, can't you?
Today's Daily Word is about JOY!
Thanks for reading,
Today's Daily Word
Regardless of my circumstances at the moment, on this blessed summer day, I look for evidence of God's goodness and take it in with all my senses. I hear the joyful sounds of life--music playing, children laughing, and neighbors chatting outside their homes.
I savor the fragrance from a nearby rose garden or the aroma of dinner cooking on an outdoor grill. The taste of a refreshing glass of iced tea or an ice cream treat brings a smile to my lips. I revel in the warm summer sun or the coolness of an air-conditioned room.
Each sensory experience reminds me of the joy of being alive, as the light of God shines in me and in the world.