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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
~Charles Swindoll

As we prepare for the weekend, let us each pay close attention to our attitudes towards others.
We cannot change others, but we can control ourselves.
We are in charge of our attitudes!
Blessings on your weekend!

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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday

Good Friday – what is the gift in the crucifixation of Jesus?
What would you have done if you were at the foot of the cross?
What would you do watching Him suffer and take his last breathe?
But there is GIFT in His death ~ Jesus rose!! He saved us ~ we get to receive his GIFT of LOVE!
Take some time this Good Friday to reflect on the GIFTS that you have received in your life this past year.

The true meaning of Easter:
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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday


     Give yourself a chance,
     Give yourself the moment,
     Give yourself the freedom,
     Give yourself the power,
     Give yourself the confidence,
Live for today not for tomorrow, Live the EXTREME !!!!!!!
Because you got yourself only one life… LIVE IT !!!!
– Unknown

As we move into the weekend, I thought this quote was appropriate. We should give ourselves freedom and power. We control the choices we make each day. We can chose to live for today and not worry about tomorrow. When we lay our heads down tonight, we should rest and relax knowing the the Almighty has all our worries and concerns in the palm of his hand. He wants us to live to the extreme – to glorify the good news and to LIVE the one life he blessed us with.

So, what are you doing this weekend to Live Your Life to the EXTREME?

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Inner beauty on the outside

Beauty – what do you see when you look in the mirror?

Our loved ones tell us “It’s what’s inside that counts.” Then in the next breath someone in the room says, “Wow did you see (fill in the blank movie star) they look so great! Wish I had their (eyes or shape or hair).

We each have so many incredible qualities, physical – emotionally – and – spiritually, how do we honestly see ourselves and others?

Ellen DeGeneres had on about a month ago an incredible teenager who sang like an angel – she was discovered on youtube – but with all the many viral hits, she is also receiving death threats. Yes, I said death threats. Because, she explained, she is heavy – people are actually saying she should not be singing in public because of her size and worse – unbelievable!  Let’s look at the heart of a person?

A girlfriend’s young son in school took a picture of himself to distort on the school’s new Mac computers for a project. The program takes the pic and makes it look like those wavy mirrors they had at carnivals or the Museum of Science and Industry. Remember them? Well he looked fat in one of the images and someone said “Yikes! That’s what you would look like if you were fat – disgusting!” – right in front of him at school. It hurt this child deeply, crying to his mother he felt as if they said “I’ll only like you if you are thin.”

Our bodies are a gift from God and we need to care for them. I’m not saying let yourself go and don’t care about what happens. I’m saying love yourself enough to embrace the inner beauty of YOU! Embrace your father’s nose or your curvy waist – it’s YOU!

There are so many ways we “pamper” ourselves – and I love that ability! Coloring your hair, dressing to the nines or joining a gym should be done because you want to, not because you feel like you have to. You can decide what to alter or beautify on the outer-self – but not at the expense of the inner-self.

Build a solid inner-self foundation, don’t speak or judge others on body image and you will be happy with your appearance. God did not create only one type of flower – but hundreds of shapes and colors and fragrances to look enjoy. Stop, admire and smell the flowers, then embrace and love the image in the mirror – you are a wonderfully made!

Love yourself from the inside-out and you will radiate so brightly others will see only LIGHT!! Enjoy your day!!

Guard your inner spirit more than any treasure, for it is the source of life. An ancient sage

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Star Light

“We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”
-Matthew 2:2

This past week Christians heard about a bright LIGHT.
A star, a star, dancing in the night, with a tail as big as a kite.  The three kings followed that star, with complete trust that they would be brought to a great king. They traveled far to find the Messiah. They stayed focused on the star, they did not take their eyes off it as they traveled, they came bearing gifts for the King and they were rewarded, they found what they were seeking.  The Christ Child! 

 *Have you ever followed a star?
 *Have you ever took a journey that ended
   with a surprise treasure at the end?
 *Do you seek truth in others and in yourself?
 *Have you ever been light for someone else?

Light is a remarkable energy! It is often taken for granted everyday. We awake not thinking that the sun may not rise…we expect light each morning. As our family was driving home from Colorado, it can be easy to focus on the long lonely stretch of I-80, that seems to never end. But not this trip. Nebraska brought a stunning sunrise. Watching the sun slowly and intentionally break in a new day was a gift. The hope of a new day was given to me that morning. 

Light is amazing as it sets too. So many Florida sunsets closed the days on the Gulf of Mexico as we relaxed in loved ones arms, sand in our toes and a bottle of wine between us. The dreams that we lived that day and hopes that we shared set with the promise of a new day rising.

Light is a gift – the Star is a gift. Christ brings light into our lives much more that the sun brings light into our days. What gifts do we receive from the Light, what gifts do we share because of the beautiful we receive from these gifts. Keep your eye on the star!

Bring your GIFTS!!
Share your GIFTS!!
Seek the LIGHT!!
Be LIGHT for others!!

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