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Happy Day Moment Echoes: 3.15

These words I post, these words I put out there, these words fill me up. Lift me. Inflate me. And I seemed to need some major boosting this winter. {Hallelujah for Spring}

May these words lift you up, too. Help you rise above.

Our lives can change in an instant. Love and forgive often and always. You may not have that chance again.

Let every promise broken, every painful word, every hurtful word be covered with God’s love.

Don’t give up when you’re surrounded by brokenness and selfishness. Forgive those you hurt you. 

Peace comes from looking at what you have, not what you’ve lost.

When you’re hurt by others, neglected or overlooked or taken for granted, choose to give them the benefit of the doubt. Offer grace.

Remember the blessings and forgiveness we’ve received and reflect those in the way we treat each other.

Even amid the trials and struggles we all face, there are beautiful things that should remind us that God is good.

Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. ‪

Happy people express gratitude, cultivate optimism, and practice kindness.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.

Finding ways to help others will push away our self-centeredness.

Today, share hope with those who are weighed with heavy and fearful hearts.

Today is a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now.

It’s the first day of Spring. Let your heart thaw; let the river of love flow.

Let’s not use our words as a weapon or to get our way, but let’s weigh the consequences before we speak.

When we view our situation through the lens of gratefulness, instead of a self-centered mind-set, we have the potential to be happy in spite of circumstances.

Let’s acknowledge that others are bigger than the wrong things they sometimes say and do and that we’re more than the sum of a single mistake.

Always believe that each day carries a hope for happy.

It’s a discipline, this gratitude thing, and it’s essence is an understanding that every moment is precious.

Practicing gratitude trains us to look for the positive in all situations.

Differences of opinion don’t destroy relationships. It’s how we deal with them that counts. Choose compromise, forgiveness, compassion.

Kindness and compassion not only require forgiveness, but also help us to do it.

Seek a perspective that allows you to see hope in the midst of pain.

Forfeit your interest in judging others and adopt a passion for kindness.

If you don’t step forward, you’ll always be in the same place.

You can be strong by keeping quiet and trusting God.

Be strong trust God

Your Turn

Thanks for reading, and as always, I would love to hear from you. Post your comments below!

What I’m reading:

Praying Upside Down by Kelly O’Dell Stanley

Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger

What I’m watching:

Call the Midwife on PBS

 

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Back to basics

Back to basics … living with gratitude

There is no better time than now get back to basics, to start paying more attention to what’s important, returning to the values of gratitude and appreciation. Let them swell and expand our hearts. Let’s be less concerned with the complicated details of living. Let’s simplify our lives, concentrate on a perspective of thankfulness, and from the Echoes my February 2015 Happy Day Moments Facebook Page, let’s think on these things …

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ALWAYS LOVE

Love always trusts, always hopes, always gives, even when the other person doesn’t give back. 

Let’s respect others the way we fiercely long to be respected. Love is one thing, respect is another. 

A significant synonym for “love” is “forgiveness.” 

Surround yourself with positive friendships and you will feed your soul.

Stay grounded with an underlying love for all people, without exception.

Let’s have real warm affection to one another and be willing to let the other person have the credit.

 

BE FORGIVING

Releasing grudges and bitterness will allow you to receive more beauty and joy in life. 

Be forgiving and look at your failings with mercy, patience, and as teachable moments.

Look forward. For forgiveness. For hope, for joy, for consolation. 

 

CHOOSE KINDNESS

Never qualify your kindness. Be kind to grumpy people as well as happy people.

Even being intentionally kind and gracious with smiles and cups of coffee shared can transform lives. 

Look around. And find someone to encourage. Remind them they’re not alone. 

 

DEVELOP GRATITUDE

Don’t lose heart or grow weary in doing what’s right, for in due time we’ll see blessings if we don’t get discouraged and give up.

Whatever you’re in the middle of — heartbreak or joy — know that you always have value and beauty and strength.

Seek that sacred space where gratitude dwells. 

Gratitude can push you through life’s slumps, thrust you over the humps, and pull you out of the dumps. ‪

 

EMBRACE ACCEPTANCE

  

Believe in yourself. Believe in your ability to succeed. 

Don’t let the voices of guilt or inadequacy whisper negativity into your moments.

Accept others for who they are; we’re all just trying to do our best.

It’s okay that sometimes you need a quiet place alone to help you figure stuff out. 

Learn the wisdom of being happy where you are and with what you have

Give your life to something bigger than yourself and your story becomes greater.

Believe that who you are and what you do makes a difference. Because it does. 

 

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My 2015 sentence

So now January is over. And we’re halfway through February. And maybe that means all those expectations you wrote down are feeling less motivating and more paralyzing. Or maybe you chose a “word” to be your focus throughout the year and the letters are blurring.

I did not make resolutions. And since I’m a yakkety-yak, no single “word” for me. But I do have a sentence that has swirled in all the corners of my heart for months and months, a sentence which I know will carry me through 2015, which I pray will keep me motivated and moving forward and in focus. The sentence, the words: “Love like Jesus.”

The sentence that becomes a motto. A tattoo. A prayer.

All of us should want to love like Jesus, no matter our doctrine, theology, ideology or denomination. I want to learn to love like Jesus. I want my husband to love like Jesus. I want my sons and grandchildren to love like Jesus.

I want to be generous, forgiving, and compassionate enough to love people unconditionally. To understand sacrifice and selflessness. To get over being the center of my world, and to focus on looking for those who need my help every day.

I want love that is patient, that is kind, that doesn’t envy, that doesn’t boast, that isn’t proud. I want love that doesn’t dishonor others, that isn’t self-seeking, not easily angered, that keeps no record of wrongs. I want love that doesn’t delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

I want to understand that every day love makes a difference. That life is a gift. That love is a gift. That each day I awake and breathe is a gift.

It’s the only gift that I have right now. And my only appropriate response is gratefulness.

May my heart and eyes be open to loving like Jesus.

Open to love; closed to resentment. Open to forgiveness; closed to bitterness. Open to grace; closed to mercilessness.

Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around me. And all around you.

Love each other as I have loved you. ~ Jesus [John 15:12]

For the next eleven months, I’ll be writing and meditating on what it means to Love Like Jesus.

Want to join me?

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Happy Day Moment Echoes: 9.14

For today, lean toward Pooh and away from Eeyore.

Eeyore

As Winnie the Pooh has taught us, there is power in encouragement. There is power in a positive word, a kind gesture, a quiet gift that can change someone’s day. It’s in the small moments when we choose to listen to our hearts, to tell someone we’re thinking of them, that we believe in them, and that we’re praying for them, for their hearts and spirits to be lifted.

Here are some more encouraging words from the Happy Day Moments Facebook Page, Echoes from September 2014:

  • Letting go quickly of negative stuff is the healthiest way to live.
  • Focus on what you can do, not on what you could have done.
  • Choose love as your lifestyle. Love fearlessly and without limits.
  • Respect others for who they are. Not for who we want them to be.
  • Those people you appreciate, those you love – tell them. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
  • winnie-the-pooh-quoteSift all your decisions through love.
  • Understand and embrace the idea that God has a plan for your life.
  • Refocus your vision to see grace in your present situation.
  • What would life be like if we considered others more important than ourselves? If we truly placed others’ needs before our own?
  • Love and forgive more. Regret less.
  • When you put your best foot forward, you’re on your way to starting the hokey-pokey.
  • Treat others with love, dignity, and respect and you’ll build stronger relationships.
  • Remind yourself of the gifts God has given. Bear them in mind as you go through your day.
  • Difficulties are part of every success story.
  • When you are weary and can’t find strength to stand, let God carry you.
  • Fill your day with love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self-control.
  • Nurture and guard your friendships, because they matter.
  • Always go beyond what is required.
  • If you feel abandoned by those who were once close, shift your focus to those who remain faithful.
  • A beautiful day begins with a beautiful attitude.
  • Let your words bring out the best in others, not put them down.
  • Smile as often as possible.
  • In moments of great darkness, God continues to love us with an everlasting love. Again and again.
  • You are brave enough, smart enough, kind enough, and loved enough to move forward.

4e63d83c46f1d741f467981fb4d3da73Thanks for reading, and as usual I love hearing from you. Take a moment to comment on my post with your thoughts.

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7 Ways to Find a Happy Moment


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My oldest grandchild turns seven this month. In his honor I’m sharing with him – and with you — seven ways to discover a Happy Day Moment every day.

1. Love.

Lego flowersEvery good thing in life starts with love. Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Say “I love you” to others and take time to be around those you love. The more you say “yes” to love, the more loving you will become.

The important thing is to love. Keep loving those who have hurt your feelings or disappointed you. Keep loving when times are hard and confusing. Keep loving in the kindest ways. The right time to love is always right now.

You will be remembered for your love. Choosing to lend a hand in love is always good. It always leads to a better story. Love. Everybody. Always.

Grandson: I love you. I will always love you. I love you more today than yesterday. I will never stop loving you.

2. Be kind.

Lego umbrellaTreat others as you would like to be treated. Help others whenever you can. Be nice and thoughtful and think about the feelings of others. Don’t be afraid to help someone. Say kind words. Be mittens against the cold. Shade against the heat. Umbrella against the rain.  Being kind and friendly to others helps our world.

Treat everyone, even yourself, with kindness and respect. It’s as simple as that. Whatever you do is always better when you add kindness. Choose to be kind every day, and you’re truly choosing to make the world a better place. Kindness is a terrific happiness habit.

Grandson: Your kindness sends light into the dark places.

3. Be thankful.

LegosEvery day you can choose to be thankful for something. For family and friends you love and who love you. For the world around you and the blessings you have. Being happy doesn’t mean you have everything; it means you are thankful and appreciate what you have.

You can find a good thing, a moment, even when things aren’t going your way or you’re having a bad day. You just have to open your heart to see them.

Be joyful. Be grateful. Thankful people are happy.

Grandson:  I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

4. Have faith.

Lego Peter on waterHaving faith means trusting and believing. Even when you can’t see what is ahead, you can know that God is in control. Think about Peter in the Bible. He had faith and stepped out of the boat and did the impossible. He walked on the water! He took a risk, he believed. He trusted God. Sometimes you may think, “I can’t do that!” Peter probably did. But he stepped out anyway and trusted. And he kept his eyes on Jesus. If you want to do great things, you have to get out of the boat. Take a risk. Have faith. And you can have faith because you know in your heart that God is faithful.

Grandson: With God nothing is impossible.

5. Forgive.

Lego drawEverybody makes mistakes. That’s why pencils have erasers. People mess up all the time. It’s important to remember that God has forgiven us so we must also forgive others. No matter the mistakes, God forgives. We should too. When someone says, “I’m sorry,” forgive quickly and give grace as much as possible.

Grandson: Forgive others. Forgive yourself. Move on and try to do better next time. 

6. Give.

Lego kindnessWhen you are generous with the gifts you have of love and compassion, you make others happy, and you will be happy, too. Give, and don’t think about what you might get in return, but give because giving is the right thing to do.

Don’t just give money to those who need it, but give your time and energy, serve others around you. Say “Yes” to helping others. Give light to those in the dark. Give a blessing to those who are sad. Remember what Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Grandson: When you give to others, you show God’s love.

7. Be yourself. 

Lego ThorGod made you special. There is no one like you! You are perfectly valuable, perfectly you. Always remember that you are amazing and you can do whatever you set your mind to. And always laugh and smile as much as possible.

Being your best self is to love and obey God and to follow Jesus.

Grandson: I believe in you. I will be there for you.

When you focus on being loving, being kind, being thankful, having faith, forgiving others, giving to others, and being yourself – you will find Happy Moments each and every day. I’m sure of it.

Grandson: Whenever I’m with you, whenever I see you, whenever I hear your voice, whenever I look at photos of you – that is a HAPPY DAY MOMENT FOR ME!

[And remember: Legos always bring Happy Day Moments!]

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