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Heart – Give your heart lovingly

Would you like to know that you are visible to the world around you, that you matter? 

On Oprah’s Farewell show she left us with a loving message filled with inspiration and encouragement.  She said one of the things she learned through all these years is that everyone wants to be SEEN, HEARD, and VALIDATED.  She wanted to do that for others…to really see them, hear them, and help them feel validated.

There have been times in my life when I felt invisible.  Occasionally still do.

I hate to think that I have made someone else feel that way, but I probably have, without meaning to.  I would hope that none of us mean to make someone feel invisible.

I try to open my heart and my spirit to be truly aware of others and their feelings.  Not great at it yet, but working on it 🙂

Have you ever been in a small group, even just two or three others where you were completely ignored, left out?

 

 

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Pleiades Star Cluster

Stars

Oh most beautiful star
In the sky tonight
You are most bright
I watch and wait
With hand raised up
Open and waiting
Slowly, oh so slowly
You move through
The night sky
You come closer
As I watch and wait
Hand outstretched
Then ever so softly
You come to rest
In the palm of my hand
You shine like a diamond
Your brilliance
Holds me in awe
I could almost wish
To hold you tight
To keep you safe just for me
In time, your light
Would fade from sight
You would die
To me and to all
So I let you stay
As long as you wish
With palm open
So you may leave at will
You will travel back
To the night sky
To shine brightly
For all to see
I will cherish
The moments you gifted me
With your light
Specially for me
For a little while…
Star So Bright

Copyright 2005

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Smith's later theology described Jesus and God...

Smith’s later theology described Jesus and God the Father as two distinct physical beings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 You loved me
Before I was conceived
You spoke to my mother
As I was about to be killed
While still in her womb
You loved me
And wanted me to live
Until time to go Home to you
You love me
Unconditionally
Even when I sin
And you forgive me
You love me
So much
You help me through tough times
You love me
So joyfully
You bless me
Even though I don’t deserve it
The Boy
Who planted the seed
In the teenage girl’s womb
Never became my father
The Man
Who eventually married her
And adopted me as his
Did his best to be a good father
Neither, the Boy or the Man
Would love me
As only you have
As only you do
As only you can
Thank you
My True Father
My Heavenly Father
For your unconditional love
Your sacrifice for me
Your forgiveness
Your blessings
Dear God
Thank YOU for being my FATHER
And
Happy Father’s Day

Copyright June 4, 2008

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It has been a pretty good year.  Nothing out of this world exciting, but making progress on the path I am walking.

I am looking forward to a New Year, a new beginning and filled with many blessings.  I especially look forward to the surprise blessings God has planned for me 🙂

I wish you all a very peaceful, healthy, joyful, loving, and blessed New Year of 2012.

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English: Nativity scene

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The joy of spending time with friends over the holidays is extra special. 

Yesterday, Christmas Eve, I had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time.  We went to a restaurant she had never been to before, the Red Robin, and then went walking after. 

 Last night was the traditional Christmas Eve celebration with the extended family of friends.  There are 9 adults, 4 teens, and 8 children.  The younger children get to open their stockings before we eat, then given their food first before the rest of us sit back and enjoy the easy dining of a fondue meal.  Once dinner is over, the children dress up for the Nativity scene as one of the men read the story.  This year Grandma and Grandpa got each other a video camera and were able to tape it, in addition to my taking the still photos.  Then there is the gift opening before we sit back down for the dessert of chocolate fondue with strawberries, pineapple chunks, apple slices, bananas, and marshmallows.  After dessert our entertainment was each of the children either singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, or combination.  A great night had by all.

 It has rained here all day today, Christmas Day.  A friend of mine who lives in my neighborhood had invited me to join her and her son for an early afternoon dinner today.  She is a good cook and the food was delicious.  It was lovely to share a meal and a couple of hours with them.

Tonight I watched the movie The Polar Express.  I love the story and the music, especially the song “Believe” sung by Josh Groban.  Another reminder for us to…
BELIEVE…and keep BELIEVING.

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Let us remember the purpose of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Gerard van Honthorst Adoration of the Shepherd...

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It is nice to give and get gifts as part of the celebration, but in this time of a very tough economy, let’s not spend money we don’t have.  Unless you did already. (smile)  Explain to others, and the children that you just don’t have the money to spend.  I’ve been in that boat for a couple years now.  However, I have found that most people love just getting a meaningful card, with a personal note written inside…even the children.

Even my card giving/mailing has had to be reduced big time…mostly just to those who don’t have email.  A few I deliver by hand.

We can also find ways to give the gift of ourselves to others by helping them in some specific way, meaningful to them.  Help someone in need, someone you don’t even know.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate the birth of Jesus more like Thanksgiving, sharing a special meal with friends and family.   Let’s dream of a better way to celebrate this special occasion.

Don’t get me wrong, I love giving gifts…at least when I was able to.  It makes me sad at this time of year that I don’t have the money to buy gifts.  For parents it is even worse when they cannot afford to give gifts to the children.  I remember a time when me and my brother were young and our parents explained that we would only get one gift that Christmas because money was tight.  I don’t recall us being upset at all, we understood.

This is my early Christmas message to each and every one of you~

I wish for all of you throughout this special time…wisdom, peace, joy, caring, kindness, love for all, and safety.  I wish you many blessings this Christmas, and Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, and throughout the New Year.

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Icon of a television.

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I watched this program Sunday morning…WONDERFUL!

In each 30 minute show there are 3 different real life stories for and about young people.
These are young people who have been through really tough times in their lives, yet came out on the other side to a better life, with the Winning Edge. Each young person is paired with a star from the entertainment industry or sports who introduces their story.

I highly recommend you check the list included for the station and airing time where you live. Watch with the young people in your family, especially the teens. Maybe you don’t have young people in your home, but you know other families who might enjoy and benefit from these programs.

The Mission of Challenger Films  http://challengerfilms.org/

Recognizing the immense impact of television on today’s youth, Challenger Films seeks to inspire youth to seek a life of integrity and character.
Challenger Films seeks to fulfill its mission through projects such as The Real Winning Edge, a 26 week, 30 minute television series which profiles young achievers who are peer role models.  These role models are introduced by well-known celebrities.  http://www.realwinningedge.com/

Check out the section “About Us” and learn about Dr. Diane Preston-Reilly, Founder and President of Challenger Films. She does this work from her heart. This is a non-profit organization and she can only keep doing this through the donations she receives. This is a very worthy and important cause to help the young people, who are our future.

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