Six reasons why we shouldn’t worry

1. It’s fruitless.
2. It’s disobedience.
3. It’s taking what is not yet given.
4. It’s refusing the given.
5. It is the antithesis of trust. If you trust, you can’t worry.
If you worry, you can’t trust.
6. It is a wicked squandering of time and energy.

~ Elizabeth Elliott Quotes

DON’T STROLL THROUGH THE SWAMP

“You’re gonna regret it!” I waved away the warning without turning around. What was to regret? I took the shortcut.

I was on my way to a picnic. The tables sat on the other side of a marsh. The parks department had kindly constructed a bridge over the marsh. But who needed a bridge? I ventured in. The mud swallowed my feet. Squiggly things swam past me. I think I saw a set of eyeballs peering in my direction. I backpedaled—flip-flops sucked into the abyss. I exited, mud covered, mosquito bitten, and red faced.

I walked over and took my seat at the picnic table. It made for a miserable picnic, but it makes for an apt proverb. Life comes with voices. Voices lead to choices, and choices have consequences!

~ Max Lucado

From God’s With You Every Day

Are you ready to march?

Think about the Christian you want to be. What qualities do you want to have: more compassion…more conviction…more courage? What attitudes do you want to discontinue: greed…guilt…endless negativity? With God’s help you can! You can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Indeed, the person God made you to be. You can live “from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

To inherit your inheritance is God’s vision for your life! Imagine the thought. You as you were intended. It’s a life that is yours for the taking. You can expect to be challenged. The enemy won’t go down without a fight. But God’s promises outweigh personal problems. Victory becomes, dare we imagine, a way of life. Isn’t it time for you to change your mailing address from the wilderness to the promised land? Are you ready to march?

~ Max Lucado

We are the World! Happy New Year!

Praying for blessings to all of you around the world. May we all come together to find what is best in each of us. Love surely is better than hate. Working together, standing together, loving together will make the difference. If you are upset about something, find your voice. Go on Twitter, Facebook, start a Website, care and share positive ideas and progressive thinking instead of crying in a corner. We can all light the place where we stand and that light will shine enough to change things.

Be blessed with much love, joy, and happiness!

Sharon & Erick

We are the world!

There comes a time when we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And its time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can’t go on pretending day by day
That someone, somehow will soon make a change
We are all a part of Gods great big family
And the truth, you know,
Love is all we need

We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So lets start giving

Sunshine Award

Thank you, Canadian Mommy Time (http://canadianmommytime.wordpress.com) for nominating sharin’ His love for the Sunshine Award.  “Sunshine” was a nickname that was given to me when I was a young lady working at St. Regis Paper Company near Pensacola, Florida.  Japanese visitors to our company gave me this nickname, so this nomination stirred up a fond memory.

Being nominated by Canadian Mommy Time is such an honor, I enjoy her blog and all of the wisdom she shares.  She also encourages me every time she presses the “like” button on my posts.

Please go and see her blog for plenty of thought-provoking articles, life tools and guidance for everyone.  She’ll leave you feeling inspired and encouraged.

The Sunshine Award has some rules:

 Include the award’s logo on your blog.
 Answer some questions about yourself.
 Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers for this award.
 Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they have been nominated.
 Share the love and link to the person who nominated you.

Questions:

1. What is your favorite color? Red; that color makes me feel passionate, which is so typical of my personality.
2. What is your favorite animal? Lions; they seem so majestic and powerful. No, I don’t own a lion!
3. What is your favorite number? 7
4. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Diet Pepsi, but I have given it up so that I don’t have caffeine or artificial sweeteners. So, I’d have to say water, apple juice, and milk.
5. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? Facebook.
6. What is your passion? My awesome husband, who, by the way is 32 years younger than me.
7. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Giving.
8. What is your favorite pattern?  Circles and arcs.
9. What is your favorite day of the week? Every day, for each day I am just humbled to be living a wonderful, peaceful life.
10. What is your favorite flower? Roses, pansies.

My nominees (in no particular order) –

You’ve each inspired me enough to nominate you for the Sunshine Award. If you’ve already received this reward, just know that I wanted to share with other readers your importance to me so they have a chance to know you like I do. There are so many more blogs that are important to me, so if you’re not on this list, I’m sorry. I’ve already gone way past the normal number of nominees. I’ll include my other favorites in other blogs.

Please take some time to read these blogs, they all have a little sunshine to offer to their readers – PLEASE ENJOY!

1)   Canadian Mommy Time (http://canadianmommytime.wordpress.com)

2)  Women’s Window  (http://womenswindow.com)

3)  Breathe Deeply (http://breathedeeply.org)

4)  Two Minutes of Grace (http://twominutesofgrace.wordpress.com)

5)  Faith is the Reason (http://faithisthereason.com)

6)  Wordsmith’s Desk (http://butchdean.wordpress.com)

7)  Story of the Day (http://kaarre.wordpress.com)

8)  So Beloved (http://sobeloved.wordpress.com)

9) Loving Ministry (http://trusting.wordpress.com)

10) Mental Health Food (http://living4bliss.wordpress.com)

11)  In Love with the Lord (http://inlovewiththelord.wordpress.com)

12) Memory Bears by Bonnie (http://memorybearsbybonnie.wordpress.com)

13) Found it on a posted Note (http://founditonapostednote.wordpress.com)

14) Lilies, sparrows, and Grass (http://liliessparrowsandgrass.com)

15) Jesus is my Joy (http://jesusmyjoy.wordpress.com)

16)  Aspire Motivate Succeed (http://amsdaily.net)

17) Samuel at Gilgal (http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)

18) Broken Believers (http://brokenbelievers.com)

19) Actions, not just words (http://catholicjournaling.wordpress.com)

20) Dicky To’s Inspirational Writings (dickyto.com)

21) Hodgepodge 4 the Soul (http://hodgepodge4thesoul.wordpress.com)

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Thanks to all our followers and readers for your encouragement to “keep on keeping on”.

We are humbled by this report and pray that by our reaching out to the world on the Lord’s behalf, many will find courage, strength, love, and support in our daily walk.

Blessings to all of you as we walk through 2012 together.

Much love,

Sharon & Erick