Prayer for Today

When I was very young – I remember my mother wanting to purchase a soft felt wall hanging with this prayer on it.  We were very poor back in those days and so every purchase was well thought out and not too often was there indulgent spending.  I remember she so very much wanted this banner  – and my father encouraged her to buy it.  And so it was placed in a prominent place in our home in Eugene Oregon – and she taught us to live this way – to pray this way.

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

“Lord, make me a channel of thy peace

 that where there is hatred, I may bring love

 that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness

that where there is discord, I may bring harmony

that where there is error, I may bring truth

that where there is doubt, I may bring faith

that where there is despair, I may bring hope

that where there are shadows, I may bring light

that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted

to understand, than to be understood

to love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

Amen.”

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Secure

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Psalm 91:4

Is this not a beautiful picture?  The imagery is stunning.  The colours – the angle of the photograph – oh so beautiful.

What I find most beautiful is the story it paints.  Sheltered – safe – protected.  These two wee birds are tucked under the parental wing and held close.  What a picture of strength – care – love – and security.

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Psalm 91:4

A different perspective….

A penny will hide the biggest star in the Universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.

~ Samuel Grafton

It is all about perspective.  Everything can look very different – depending on your perspective.  What if we could change our perspective by changing how we think.

When going through tough times I find myself trying to figure it all out – and I ask myself many questions – such as why is this happening, what should I have done different, how can I understand this, and the questions can easily go on.

What if I looked at it from a different point of view – what if I asked different questions – maybe a different perspective just might change things.

Here are a few good questions:

Instead of  “why did this door close?” – ask “what door is about to open?”

Instead of “What will I do now?” – ask “What can I do now?”

Instead of “How could they disrespect me” – ask “why would they not want my respect?”

Instead of “How will I cope?” – ask “How will this help me grow?”

All of these questions slightly change the perspective – but it opens a whole new world of thinking.

Here are some more good thoughts that change the perspective when going through a tough time:

Every exit is an entrance somewhere else.

The answer to my prayer is just over the next hill.

I need this experience to help me prepare for something very important in my life.

The many lessons learned through this will be real life examples to share with others.

Timing is so important – the right time is just ahead.

It is amazing how changing the way we view any situation can change the way we emotionally react.  We can see the glass half empty or half full.  We can choose to take a victim stance or we can be empowered to move forward.

Choose to change your perspective – it could make the difference in your day – and your life!

At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish. ~Thai Proverb

Pumpkin Season

It is pumpkin season – the time of year that just begs for pumpkins to be displayed around the house and especially outside in the garden or on the front porch.  In addition to displaying natural orange pumpkins with beautiful cabbage plants and mums, there are endless ways to spruce up the look – some I would never have thought about!

Here is a little inspiration for your October creative fun!

Have Fun!!!!

The Feel of Fall

October is here – it seems like the fall season comes so quickly!  I tend to hold on to summer as long as I can – I love the warm/hot weather that seems so short here in Toronto – and so to let it go is just almost painful.  I hold out until the very end to embrace Fall!

But I do love the colour and smells of the autumn season.  I love the fall scented candles and hot apple cider, and the changing colour of the leaves, and pumpkins on the porch, homemade pumpkin pies, and a fire in the fireplace.  Fall is a wonderful beautiful time of year!

And so today with the sun shining brightly outside – and the wind blowing in the cool air it was very clear that Fall is here !  And so I decided it was time to get some inspiration to bring the season on with gusto!

There is something about the front entry way – it needs that welcome feel!

Are you inspired?  I am!  I am going to work on my front entryway now – pictures to come on that next week!

The beauty of seasons – so much to celebrate!  The beauty of creation – there is so much to be thankful for!

You Are My Sunshine

I love flowers – no surprise to many of you I know.  I like to have fresh flowers in the house – have not had too many this summer as I have spent so much time in the garden – but as fall comes and winter follows I will get back to this weekend habit. These pictures are just a few from the past winter and spring in my home.

When my niece Sarah was just a wee little girl she told her mom “milk makes me healthy but juice makes me happy” – her feelings about her beverage of choice back when she was a toddler.  And that is the way I feel about flowers – they just make me happy.

Tulips in the spring, roses in the winter – they all bring me great joy.

It is a very coolish Saturday morning here in Toronto – almost time to put the fireplace on if you can imagine!  Happy October 1 to all – light the spicy pumpkin candle and cozy in with a good book  –  enjoy the joys of Fall!