Wherever you go, no matter what the weather,
always bring your own sunshine.
~ Anthony J. D'Angelo
Sending you love and good wishes
for a great week ahead.
|"All the sweet, beautiful and nice things in life."|
"Daphne's Diary is for the woman who loves antiques, vintage, romance and nostalgia. She is creative and loves home decorating and gardening. For this reason she likes to experiment with paper and textiles. She cooks and bakes simple dishes and enjoys them in the company of her family and friends.With family or friends, she takes weekend trips to London, Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam, where they search for “brocante” items. She’s taking a moment for herself to enjoy all the sweet, beautiful and nice things in life." ~ excerpt from InPublishing
"The Earth. . . is a sparkling blue and white jewel. . . laced with slowly swirling veils of white. . . like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery." ~ Edgar Mitchell, US Astronaut
1. Her goal is small enough not to feel pressured but big enough to stretch just a little.2. Because it's small, she can do this every single day ... no matter what else is going on.3. She is focusing on being a writer in this freefall first draft. The self-editor voice who felt it was her place to look over her shoulder as she typed to help 'fix' things... well, God bless her, the writer finally locked the door on her and kindly told her that her turn will come later and to just go relax with a coffee or something. Eat some cake, for pete's sake.4. She remembers something she read on one blogger's site... to write your first draft as quickly as possible. The whole thing. He also shared an inside secret on how one can separate the newbies from the veterans."The latter race through the first draft while the first timers belabor every word, parse thrice every phrase, and start again and again and again." ~ Gordon Burgett5. She found a copy of Steven Pressfield's book The War of Art in which the author talks about pushing through the resistance we all face and to start acting like a professional about her writing -- which means showing up every day and getting her goal done, no matter what.
"I'd like to add some beauty to life," said Anne dreamily. "I don't exactly want to make people KNOW more... though I know that IS the noblest ambition... but I'd love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me... to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams
|Inside the heart of a tulip, Brenda Leyland 2014|
Cherish your human connections--your relationships with friends and family. ~ Barbara Bush
Please don't feed the dust bunnies. ~Author Unknown
Oh, the delight of lovely surprises coming from out of the blue. Not to mention the unexpected pleasure of a letter -- real mail -- arriving in one's mailbox. Yesterday such a treat arrived with my name on it.
Tucked inside a hand addressed envelope from Lorrie was this exquisite tiny watercolor 'wafting with spring cheer'. Artistic in so many ways, Lorrie tells me that she's been enjoying her attempts at watercolor -- it's fun and something she does with pleasure and with no pressure. That's the key isn't it? To find the pleasure with no pressure.
I'm just tickled to be the recipient of one of this little treasures. It will have a special place in my study. And yes, Lorrie, its waft of spring turned our Alberta day into something that really was spring!
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~ John Muir
Well... it's been fun sitting and having a wee chat with you. I see by the clock I best be off. I've got dust bunnies to attend to.I'm wishing you a beautiful day and sending you Divine Love...
PS. I love notebooks of all sizes and colours, but I'm especially drawn to little ones (about 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches), like the one in the above photo I took. These treasures are put out by Peter Pauper Press and I'm happy to report that they have a great website that showcases lots of their beautiful product. Be sure and check it out.
Because He Cares For Us!
God pays attention to what matters to us. He notices the details of our lives. That's what Love does. It looks for ways to delight the heart of the Beloved. Sometimes it's for no special reason...it's one of those 'just because' moments.
Because He Wants Us To Hear His Voice!
If we are in relationship with someone, we need to be able to communicate. To hear and listen to one another. It's the same with our relationship with God.
The Lord and I have this little 'game' we play. We're not playing games, if you know what I mean. But in my desire to have a heart that is tuned to hear His Voice always, I've asked Him to give me practice runs on things that don't really matter, that is to say, they are not life or death. But so that I learn to recognize when it's Him speaking. Sometimes we hear clearly, other times we're not sure.
Because, you see, there will probably come a time in my life...in each of our lives...when something will come up that will be more urgent, more life defining. And I'd like to be prepared so that I can KNOW it's Him speaking and not just my own thoughts. I believe it will be imperative that each of us learns to recognize His voice in these perilous times.
To learn to be in the right place at the right time. To jump when He says jump, or don't go down that little alley right now. That sort of thing.
And of course, for simple joys such as buying a new lipstick and finding it on sale.
So that's the lesson of the lipstick.
By the way, if you are interested in know more about how to hear his voice clearly, I can recommend teaching by Mark Virkler, a speaker, author, teacher, a man who, once he learned to hear God's voice, began teaching it around the world. Here's an article he wrote for Charisma magazine on how to recognize God's still, small voice.
|L'Oreal Intense No. 285|