“It’s the Power of the Almighty, the Splendor of Nature, and then you.” Al Franken
“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” William Wordsworth
“It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.” Elisabeth Elliot
“I can do this… I can start over. I can save my own life and I’m never going to be alone as long as I have stars to wish on and people to still love.” Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl
“It is necessary … for a man to go away by himself … to sit on a rock … and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?” Carl Sandburg
I love Michael Buble’s music. I invite you to see this beautiful video and enjoy this classic song that he sings with Idina Menzel. This will cheer you up.
“I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn’t matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together.” Julia Roberts
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
Talent is God-given, be humble.
Fame is man-given, be thankful.
Conceit is self-given, be careful. Harvey Mackay
“I had a dream about you. Our relationship faded from red to white, and somewhere in the middle, in the pink zone, I told you I loved you and you returned it. However, at white, our relationship went black and I sought red in the arms of another woman.” Jarod Kintz, Dreaming is for lovers
“Even if something if left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” Elizabeth Lawrence
The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. Built in 1926 and declared National Historic Landmark in 1996.
“For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home.” Simon Van Booy, Everything Beautiful Began After
“A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination.” Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust, A History of Walking
Dear friends, this is an excerpt from my friend, Author Cheryl Zelenka’s new book called Facing Storms: Devotions for thoughts and meditation.
In his song STAND, Rich Mullins wrote, “There is more that rises in the morning than the sun.” He knew that with each new day there is the gift of a new beginning, one brimming with promise.
Anticipated desires, which we expect to occur, are called hopes. God hears all of our prayers and petitions. Therefore, our hopes are certainly obtainable so long as they are aligned with His perfect will. Through the refining process, God transforms our selfish desires into His perfect ones. The desires, dreams, and hopes planted in our hearts will mature and grow with time, eventually bearing the fruit that serves His glorious purpose. There is great joy to be had while holding hope in your heart. Sometimes this hope is a secret matter between you and the Lord, shared with no other.
How precious these special thoughts and intimate conversational moments! To meditate on a desire not yet fulfilled, with glorious anticipation, is a blessing. Waiting on the fulfillment of this hope is an experience few learn to savor. Don’t let doubt or impatience rob you of this opportunity to draw near God in a new and intimate way.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)
God’s gifts are always more wonderful than we can imagine. His blessings are beyond our imagination or comprehension. Why not ask for those things that would please your heavenly Father? Wait for His will and desires to be revealed. Patiently hold on to your hope but trust Him to transform and purify every one of your desires. Thus, as you delight yourself in the Lord the desires of your heart will be granted… for His hopes will have become your own.
This beautiful plant is called Miracle Fruit Plant. It bears a red fruit that makes sour or bitter flavors taste sweet. “Miracle” sits outside my apartment door, and is a daily reminder that good things are already in my life and new ones are coming with the help and grace of God. I hope you also believe in miracles too.
“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” Jon Bon Jovi
Church of The Little Flower
On October 1st the church celebrated St. Therese with an Annual Feast Day Prayer service. Many things were going on in my mind, but God assured me He was in control. It was a very special day for me. The sky was incredible and I felt God’s love and grace.