25 ways to Give

Light the World

25 days of Christmas

25 days of ideas how to give and help other people

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Simply said, simply done…

When I was a little girl I created my very own life philosophy with six simple words. I spent time drawing them vertically on a small piece of poster board, decorating each individual word differently. I taped the board above my bedroom door and would repeat the words every single day, over and over for years.

Later additions to my little six word philosophy came with age and passing experiences such as these.

“Blessed”

“Kindness Matters”

“Trust God”

“Listen”

“Simplify”

“Marvel and be Amazed”

But those original six little words continue to pop into my head often, as they did today. I chose not to post them because they feel sacred to me; written in my innocence.

Recently, I read a statement that won’t leave my head and I believe sums up my little six word philosophy in only two.

The statement is just as sweet and holy.

“MORE GOOD…”

The month of December collectively represents, to me this beautiful simple philosophy. Humankind seems to be seeking to bring more good during this time of year more than any other time. It is felt.

Every day I wish to add more good to the world. 

More good is contagious. If I spread a little to someone or something, then that has the possibility to give more good to someone else. And on and on…

More Good; simply said, simply done.

A two word philosophy that is worth holding on to.

“He that doeth good is of God…”

(3rd John 1:11)

 

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“I want it NOW…”

Varuca Salt

Varuca Salt’s, a character in Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, finds a golden ticket and will be one of the chosen six to enter into the secret walls of the infamous candy maker, Willy Wonka. She makes it quite clear to her father that she is going to get one of those tickets by declaring, “Daddy I want a golden ticket, I want a golden ticket, NOW!” And her father proceeds to buy cases upon cases of chocolates and has his factory workers work night and day so he can honor the wish of his precious child. And she got what she wanted by demanding what she feels she deserves.

Is not this the advice of the world today? To make demands?

Do we also demand blessings from God with a list, expecting him to have his factory angels work night and day to honor the wishes of His precious child and get us our golden ticket?

This is the month when we dedicate time to reflect on our blessings. But I wonder if we are spending more time demanding blessings because we feel entitled to them rather than seeking them humbly or even taking a moment to notice the ones we already have in abundance?

Look in the mirror?

Do you see Varuca staring back at you?

If you do, at least notice you have a mirror…

Thank you God.

I am grateful…

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Thank you dear Veterans

 
 
A Boy Creates A Flag For A Class Assignment, But No One Expected THIS!!
 
The men and women who serve America in the Military deserve our full respect and support.  They risk their lives around the world to keep us safe.
Soldiers are why America is free. And when we have the chance to take care of veterans, we MUST always do so.
 
Jacob, a young man from Indiana, designed an American flag for a school art project.  What he did is going viral in a BIG WAY!
 

There are 4,466 army soldiers on the flag, painted red, white, and blue.  It took more than 52 hours.
 
What a great way to honor the troops! Jacob deserves an A+ for his art project.

He shall be great who serves his country well.
He shall be loved who ever guards her fame.
His worth the starry banner long shall tell,
Who loves his land too much to stoop to shame.

Who shares the splendor of these sunny skies
Has freedom as his birthright, and may know
Rich fellowship with comrades brave and wise;
Into the realms of manhood he may go.

Who writes, ‘United States’ beside his name
Offers a pledge that he himself is true;
Gives guarantee that selfishness or shame
Shall never mar the work he finds to do.

He is received world-wide as one who lives
Above the sordid dreams of petty gain,
And is reputed as a man who gives
His best to others in their hours of pain.

This is the heritage of Freedom’s soil:
High purposes and lofty goals to claim.
And he shall be rewarded for his toil
Who loves his land too much to stoop to shame. 

Edgar A. Guest

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To notice…

“Women who are concerned with being pretty think about what they look like,

but women who are concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at.

They are taking it all in.

They are taking in the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give away to others.”

Glennon Doyle MeltonLove Warrior: A Memoir 

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Little tastes of happy

Boy oh boy did my kitchen smell yummy today…

Why do little cookie cutter cookies make me smile from mixing bowl to tummy?

Not sure but they always do.

So loved making sweet messes with my little girls!

Help yourself-

yum! yum!

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Scars

Have you ever accidentally slipped and cut your finger with a knife?

In that instant you know as the pain socks a punch, the blood begins to leak, and the shivers begin as you rush to cover and pinch.

But at Halloween, adding a jagged scar left over from a gruesome cut, perhaps with stitch marks achieves a great chilling affect to our costumes, decorations or pumpkin carvings that perhaps directly connect us to our own senses. We remember our own fear and pain. Scars are ugly and creepy…

But when Halloween is over some of us cannot remove those creepy imperfections by using soap and water; they are permanently a part of us and the true horror could be a mirror or the nightmarish memories. 

But not for a brave teenage Nigerian girl

who looks at scars with a powerful perspective…

“…I ask you right here to please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty, okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.

(Little Bee by Chris Cleave, page 9)

God bless my sisters and brothers in cancer who are beautiful with scars.

Never forget, no one can cut your spirit!

Celebrating Cancer Awareness Month

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