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Five Lessons From A Garden. I am learning that when we add to our faith, goodness, we gain encouragement from The Word. WE can add Light to the Darkness. So, today, if you have are asking some difficult questions of LIFE, I hope you will consider these verses as part of the answer He may have for you. I wonder how much brighter our world might be if we possessed the qualities mentioned in these verses? As over 70, spectators looked on, hundreds of participants, from all walks of life, carried bright, creative, and colorful lanterns as they marched down the Beltline.
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These whimsical lights brought smiles, laughter, and community…darkness to light. I want to share one of my favorite ways to read The Word often, if not daily. I read a Proverbs of the day, depending on the day of the month. Today, for example, I read Proverbs 24 for September 24th. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs…one for each day of the month! When I read the chapter, I choose one or two verses to consider all day long. Billy Graham once said: I read a chapter of Proverbs a day because that teaches me how to get along with my fellow-man. The words silent and listen have the same six words in them.
This verse reminds me to observe more than I talk and learn from what I see. After all, God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we would hopefully listen more than we would speak. How do you measure a year in the life.
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How do we measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. I have not been getting any lately on my email. This brief conversation reminded me that I truly had been wanting to get back into writing posts for my Pages. A couple of weeks ago, in Marietta, Georgia, I was sitting outside in the early dawn holding a steaming, black cup of coffee with our lab, Gracie. My mug with an image of a yawning, sleepy-eyed baby in hand.
Right at a time in our journey when a whole new adventure is beginning for us. As of Friday night, August 24, , we became first-time grandparents with the birth of a boy named Michael Scott Andrews, , also known as Tripp. Rolling into our world, three weeks early, Tripp weighed 5 lb. Watching Leah and Scott work as a team to nurture and care for this little guy has been nothing short of remarkable.
Early on, Tripp required an around-the-clock feeding every two hours, even if this meant waking him up from a deep slumber to accomplish this.
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Just over a week has passed since the arrival of our precious little baby granddaughter, Elizabeth Noel Page. Our two children had due dates that were one day apart. Our grands had a different plan and surprised us with birthdays in different months, two weeks to the day apart in age. After all of the fun and surprises during childhood, there are so few events to be curious and surprised over in adulthood.
Not knowing if we were having two girls, two boys, or one of each added fuel to the fire of excitement! My three big sisters have helped share the excitement and enjoyment of our two new grands. However, Mama was right beside me at my time of first-time motherhood in October, , and I have longed for her to be with me as a first-time grandmother. I am also getting the chance to spend time with our son and his bride as she experiences first-time motherhood.
I am in awe with how calm and at ease both of our girls have been with their little ones. Besides that, it has astonished me how the memories of my experience as a first-time Mommy to Leah have come pouring back to me. I did not know how much my husband Pop and I would love these new little people, the children of our children. The Circle of Life has never been so evident and clear to my heart. Tripp and Elizabeth are surely grand to us. My goal to stay fit physically, spiritually, and emotionally has never been stronger than it is today.
Five Ways To Love Well. My Own Little World: Peace Like A River. What Do You Think? Some days, I have to be more intentional than ever about a change of heart. Both the physical, beating heart, and our inner, soulful heart. I shared here in my recent post 10 Things That Organized People Do , that in the past, off and on, I have used the Weight Watchers Program to give me some assistance with my health goals.
Once I was in a meeting and I was forever inspired by a woman about my age who shared that she had been in a wheelchair for the past three years, and just that week had completed her first fitness walk! Not just a number on the scales. The program encourages the participants to look after him or herself. In fact, the tag line on their planning guide is:. If losing weight is your primary goal, it is important to know that the Weight Watchers Program, if followed pretty closely, promises lbs of loss per week.
This is consistent with the results I have seen whenever I have taken the program seriously. I have appreciated the ease of scanning foods, and then deciding if consuming them will be worth it, and also knowing that ALL fruits and veggies are free! As long as you consider quantities and choices, the plan is fairly easy to follow, allowing chocolate, wine, and other luxuries. Life-style change and a healthy state of. Emily and Lyla have a mission to get the family in the kitchen together cooking healthy foods.
But, this post is not just about weight loss. Our hearts, both inner and outer, need daily attention, just like many other things do. Just for that couple of minutes, do some deep breathing, allowing your mind to rest. Your inner heart will reap the benefits. As you practice this daily, be sure to silence that inner critic voice that tries to rear its ugly head.
I am quite sure you have heard the oxygen mask story , but it bears repeating. Click here to read it. According to The American Heart Association , our physical hearts can benefit so much from 30 minutes of cardiovascular fitness a few days a week. Here are a couple of articles to get us moving: With Summer upon us, we are at the perfect time to set some goals for an early morning daily walk before the new day heats up. An integral part of keeping my inner heart in tune is reading and meditating on scripture often.
Click here for some of my go-to verses that reference our hearts. Friends and Fitness Make The Difference. It is the first part of a song by Eric Clapton that was first penned in Perhaps you, like me, were in high school at that time. These lyrics remind me of our friends who have chosen a positive fork in the road, even amidst great adversity, in the past couple of years. You can listen to the song here. On a Side Note Did you know? As we traveled, my mind wandered through the past couple of years, days to be precise. As the miles clicked by in Virginia, and soon Tennessee, a question kept coming to my heart and mind.
While we have not lost a child, Donny and I have faced the passing of all of our birth parents. We have also gone through the home going of some precious friends and other family members. We all experience grief in one way or another as we journey through this thing called life.
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Grief is certain in each one of our lives. Since we have been closely connected to The Reads during this season of grief, I have some reflections I feel compelled to share here. This family has intentionally focused on faith, family, and friends. Marrying just 48 days before us, in , The Reads have maintained a strong marriage partnership. They have made sure to welcome continual fellowship with family and friends. The Reads have stayed connected to their church family which nourishes each other during times of need.
Already, this shelter has brought rest and has been a refuge to many including bikers, kayakers, visitors to The River Cafe in Alvaredo Station. As the miles clicked by and we grew closer to our home state of Georgia, the rain continued to splatter our windshield. They have ended their days by looking for hope in tomorrow. By Jim Croce, this song Hey Tomorrow was first penned in How Do We Describe Grief? Run To The Roar. Five Lessons From A Garden: Bloom Where You Are Planted. Hope Amidst The Fragility of Life.
Ten Habits We May Regret: We all need time away to retreat. So this past weekend, November , , seventeen women from Piedmont Church in Marietta, gathered in the North Georgia Mountains for a retreat. Even though we were all so glad to be together, the date we chose ended up not being the best weekend for all who attended. I am quite sure there were other commitments among the 17 of us that went unmentioned.
There were several quiet one-on-one conversations where hearts connected. At the end, when it was time to say our good-byes, we all agreed that we were re-fueled, encouraged, and lifted up. We felt better equipped to face the days ahead, no matter what they may bring. Girls Need Time Together: Honesty With The Truest of Friends. Are You A People Pleaser? Choose To Not Be Blue: Joy Comes In The Morning. Girls Need Time Together. Have you begun to let some of those dreams slip away? Nearly one year ago, my hiking buddy, Kathy invited me to join her and three friends for a hiking adventure.
I immediately said yes, not knowing that this past week, our eight-hour hike up, viewing the sunset from a 7, foot vista, and trekking back down in six hours would inspire me so. After my recent climb up to the Summit of Mt. Le Conte in the Great Smoky Mountains, my dreams have been rekindled.
Especially in light of the horrific current events in Orlando, Florida , it is easy to feel discouraged, defeated, and hopeless, too. If your dreams are trying to die on you, watch this for inspiration! Life, at any stage, takes great courage. Climbing a huge mountain has helped to decrease my fears and rebuild my courage for the days ahead. I told her about the 3 nights I snuck away to climb Mt. Le Conte with friends, and how doing that I am hoping will make me a stronger and more loving woman, Mother, and Mom-In-Law, as well as a Grandma to our future grandchildren. So what are the dreams you have had in your past that might be trying to slip away because of time and circumstances?
Take a few moments to sit quietly, perhaps with pen and paper at hand, and jot down a few of your dreams. Dreams CAN come true, like the rigorous hike that five women, including a social worker, three nurses, and a teacher, all in our fifties took on June , Though there are no showers or electricity at the top, the Mt. Le Conte staff took great care of us feeding us delicious, family style meals. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I will use mostly pictures to share our experience with you. While I cannot say that Fall is my absolutely favorite season, it is truly one of my favorites!
One thing our family is truly grateful for this fall is the improved health of our Dad and GrandDaddy, Donald A. After a very serious bout of double pneumonia earlier this year. He is feeling much stronger and we rejoiced with him as we celebrated his 85th birthday with him this past Tuesday night. Airman, Spencer Stone overpowered a gunman with the help of three other men: Alex Skarlatos, a member of the U.
National Guard, Anthony Sadler, a U. What led them to react so quickly? What if their complete focus was on themselves—their phones, their earbuds with music, their calendars, their agenda for that day? My personal story here today is not nearly as dramatic as the one above, but in some ways, I believe it is just as important. As I entered the locker room, I noticed three ladies talking quietly and intently as one of them was weeping.
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Trying not to be intrusive, I did overhear them say that the woman who was crying had just lost a daughter. As the other two slipped out, I introduced myself to the one who was grieving and asked her if I could give her a big hug. We chatted a few more minutes before class as she shared with me about her much loved daughter and how much she missed her, with her having only passed so recently on July 30, As she wept some more, I told her that one reason her grief was so big was because she had loved well.