Handful of happy summer 2015

It was just too much.

Too many words.

Too much scrolling.


For two years I’ve posted Happy Day Moment Echoes for each month, a compilation of the 30 (or 31) daily postings on my HDM Facebook page.

So, now let’s make all this easier on our busy lives. I’ll just give you a HANDFUL of what I post each month. Here’s a handful of the encouraging/motivating/hopeful stuff I thought about during these summer months of 2015.

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Don’t spend time tearing yourself apart and worrying if you’re good enough. You are good enough. 

May we look for the best in others. May we always forgive. May we never lose faith.

Don’t be defeated by darkness, but defeat darkness with light. Defeat hatefulness with love.

Let us never be inattentive to showing others graciousness and respect.

Don’t label others as “toxic” as an excuse to withhold compassion.

The real desire of our heart is that we want to be known, heard, and loved.

Don’t dwell more on what you’ve gone through; dwell more on what God has done for you.

Send that note. Take that meal. Hug that child. Serve that neighbor.


It’s not the stuff around us – it’s the stuff within us – that really matters.

A mark of maturity is when someone hurts you, you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.

Trust in God at all times. He is a refuge for us.

Let’s respect each other the way we long to be respected.

Let your list of blessings be longer than your list of complaints.

Every day do something you love. Every day tell someone you love them.

Your days will have greater peace if you are quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to be angry.

Let us have conversations that open up hearts and not shut them down.

For today, laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and keep on loving.

To be in someone’s heart, someone’s thoughts, someone’s prayers, is to be blessed.


Everybody struggles. Everybody has issues. Let’s show a bit more kindness.

What matters more is not how others treat me, but how I respond to how others treat me.

Stop comparing yourselves to others. Be your own best self.

What people need most: words that make them stronger, not words that tear them apart.

It’s not the happy people who are grateful; it’s the grateful people who are happy.

On this journey of life, let’s prop each other up and cheer each other on.

We all make mistakes; we all need grace and mercy. And forgiveness.

If you can’t speak kind words, then just don’t say anything.


There. How was that? Less scrolling. Tweet/comment on the one that pulled on your heart.

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  • Reply Cathyshouse September 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

    So many of these are gems of wisdom. If I have to choose one, at this moment, it would be that “it isn’t the stuff around you–it’s what’s inside you–that really matters.
    The shorter version works well!

    • Reply Jama Bigger September 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Yes. That sentence resonated with lots of folks when I posted it. 🙂

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