Sparks #25

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My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

I love the above quote for the simplicity of its message.  It is one that over many years has become engrained in my way of thinking.  Life happens, sometimes it blindsides us, sometimes it knocks us down, and sometimes it knocks the breath out of us.

Sometimes we think we don’t have the strength or the courage to try again… but we do, that inner resilience is always within us.  It was given to us by our Creator.  If life is hard and knocks you down, cry, and scream if you need to.  Take a little time out to re-center yourself.  Reach out for a hand to help you up if you need one.

Then refocus on what is most important to you in your life, and what your true purpose is for being here… and BOUNCE BACK!  Take one step at a time if necessary, but don’t give up, don’t ever give up!  Refuse to be permanently broken and defeated.  Refuse to become an angry, bitter person, weight down by the past. Let it go.

Bounce back… begin again… become an even stronger version of yourself than you were before.  You can do it! 🙂

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there, and maybe share something too!

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Many of you are familiar with the “Thought for the Day” posts on my Facebook page that carry more messages of hope and encouragement. I post a new one each morning, drop by and check them out.  🙂

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Sparks #24

IMG_5517My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

When I first read the above quote I had to stop and think about it for a moment. Change is something we dread and often fear. We tend to avoid it or at least put it off as long as possible. Our minds are so locked into the idea that change means something bad has happened or is going to happened, or that we are going to be forced to do something we don’t want to do.

So CHANGE can really be a good thing in disguise? The more I thought about it the more I realized how true this quote is. While change can occur as result of difficult things happening, it can also be the beginning of something very good…. a job change… a move… a new relationship… a new beginning!

Ten years ago I made the decision to leave a job I had been at for nineteen years to move to Texas and marry Papa Bear, a man I had known for just a month! Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  And I have to admit it was scary… leaving the job and the town I’d called home for a long time to start a whole new life in a new place, with someone I was just beginning to know well.  But my heart told me he was the one meant for me, and it was the right thing and the right time… so I took a giant leap of faith, and I am ever so happy that I did!

While I wouldn’t advocate that kind of rapid change for most people or relationships, I do advocate looking at your life and deciding if you are truly content or if changes are needed.  I had known for a long time that I was more than ready for a new job and a new place to live.  I wasn’t so sure I was ready to try a new relationship after three very abusive failed ones in my past. I wasn’t so sure I could ever make it work… but it has. God knew I needed big changes in my life and He brought them.

The point is, that when it comes to change we have two choices…. we can fear it or we can embrace it.  We can expect bad things to come of it, or we can trust that we are being given exactly what we need to help us grow and find our way to inner peace. Change isn’t always comfortable or easy, it can be difficult and sometimes painful, but in the end it will be ok… trust God!

Start thinking about the good things that have happened in your life, and I bet you’ll find that this quote is true, they happened because something changed.  🙂

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there, and maybe share something too!

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Sparks #23

IMG_5502My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

The Spark I’m sharing for today is all about attitude. While we can’t always change what’s happening in our lives, and everything isn’t always rosy, what we do have control over is how we respond… our thoughts… our attitude… our reactions.

Just as the well known adage states, “You are about as happy as you make up your mind to be.”  Happiness isn’t determined by our circumstances, it’s determined by our attitude, if your thoughts leave you feeling unhappy, you have the power to change them!

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there, and maybe share something too!

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Sparks #22

IMG_5516My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

I believe that every day is a new beginning, an opportunity to manifest the person God created you to be.  In order to do this we must learn to love ourselves, our uniqueness is the gift we’ve been given.  How we use it is up to us.

Just as the quote above says, we need to take stock of our lives and decide which things and people are good for us, and which hold us back or weigh us down. This is an ever evolving process, and what fit perfectly yesterday, may have served out its purpose and needs to be discarded today.

In some cases we are attached to things, people, and behaviors which were never part of what God intended for our lives, and it’s time to let go of those too.

Letting go isn’t always easy, but I can testify that for every unhealthy attachment you free yourself from, God will give you so much more that will lift you up and enhance your life journey.

Being willing to let go is one of the most misunderstood concepts of spiritual growth. It doesn’t mean you end up with less, it means you will end up with a life that is so much better, one you will love more than you can imagine.

Today… resolve to free yourself from that which is weighing you down. Fly free! ❤

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there, and maybe share something too!

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Sparks #21

IMG_5385 (1)My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

I chose this quote by Mandy Hale for my Spark this week because perspective has played such a major role in my life.

When we are young we have all these wonderful dreams and ideas of what our life is going to be like when we are finally grown up. Then we reach that longed for stage and discover that it isn’t all it was cracked up to be. It can be hard to come to terms with the realities of life.

What I’ve learned over the years is that we have choices about how we respond to what life brings us. We can be angry, bitter and resentful, and drag our feet through life grumbling and feeling sorry for ourselves.  Or, we can acknowledge that often our own choices have brought us to where we are,  and we can accept what transpires as lessons to be learned.

We can choose to open our eyes to the gifts we’ve been given and find the positives in our present situation, even if sometimes we have to look a little harder.  There is always good, always something to be thankful for!

When we learn to take life as it comes, and to be at peace with it, good things begin to happen.  I can assure you from my experience living here that flowers do indeed bloom in the desert!

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there, and maybe share something too!

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Sparks #20

IMG_5238 (1)My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

The Spark I chose to share today makes me smile, because it seems to be our human nature to want to improve upon others in the way we see fit, often expending more energy on those efforts than we do on improving the person we see in the mirror. It is easy to think we have clear and simple answers for everyone’s life, yet we struggle just to implement a few basic changes in our own lives, which is where our focus really should be.

It’s not only that it is difficult to get other people to change, it’s that it really isn’t our right or our job to try to change them. If someone asks for input or help, awesome… go for it; but other than that, become a good listener and encourage them as they work to effect the changes they want to make in their lives and to become the person they want to be.

None of us really has the answers for anyone else, we all have our own journey. The very best way to help others is to be the best version of ourselves that we can be, that way we will be an awesome friend and everyone will be a lot happier than if we try to push our agenda for improving them.  Accept people as they are, love them as they are, and that will encourage them to grow and become more!

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there, and maybe share something too!

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Sparks #19

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My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

The Dalai Lama said “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” I think that sums up my Spark for today perfectly.

Unkind people can be so difficult to deal with, especially if they hurt us.  We want to fight back, to retaliate.  But that never improves the situation, and it never resolves anything; it only creates more conflict and more hurt. So often the person who is being unkind is doing this from a place of being hurt or damaged inside that we can’t see and aren’t aware of.  We never know what someone else has gone through or is going through that is causing them to be unkind.

I think it is very possible to respond to all situations with kindness.  That doesn’t mean we have to accept being treated badly, or approve of someone’s behavior if they are being unkind, but we can show them through our response that there is a better way, a higher way, the way of love.

You never know, our kindness might just make a difference in their lives or at least give them something to think about,  and it will most definitely help us keep in line with the kind of person we want to be… unruffled by people and events in the world around us.

When you find yourself in conflict with someone, stop for a moment and ask yourself, “Am I being kind?”

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there,  and maybe share something too!

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