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Happy December 1st – and Lessons in Gratitude Following the Historic Super Storm in Maine

Happy December 1st – and Lessons in Gratitude Following the Historic Super Storm in Maine

HAPPY DECEMBER 1st! LESSONS IN GRATITUDE!!     Happy December 1st! Can you believe it’s already here? The first day of December – the last month of 2017! If you have followed my blog for long or receive my posts by email, you know I usually try to post daily…yet over a month has passed since my last post here! Here’s what happened since I last posted… Ironically, my last post was about tackling priorities (check it out if you…

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Messes and Motivation

Messes and Motivation

What to Do… About Messes and Motivation!     [Sorry for the lapse in daily posts! I have been away for a few days, visiting family out of state, attending a double birthday party for two of my granddaughters whose birthdays are only about 2 weeks apart, AND taking it easy to get over a sinus infection!]   We’re nearly halfway through the 9th month of 2017–about 3 1/2 months to go! Are you motivated to take action and to…

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It’s Your Choice: Remain Stuck in the Past or Move Forward into a Brighter Future

It’s Your Choice: Remain Stuck in the Past or Move Forward into a Brighter Future

Your Choice!   Hmmm, I think I’d rather move FORWARD! Remaining stuck in the past doesn’t sound very appealing to me. We can take what we have learned from the past, however, and apply it to our present to help us prepare for the a brighter future. ~~*~~ ~~*~~ Here is your inspiration for this Friday!  🙂 Have a nice weekend! “One of the great things about a relationship with God is that He always provides new beginnings. His Word…

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God Cares About the Big AND Little Details in Our Lives

God Cares About the Big AND Little Details in Our Lives

Don’t bother God with little things… Oh wait, yes, DO! 🙂 I’m glad prayer is not a complicated ritual. At least in my upbringing as a Christian in a Baptist church — I was taught praying was simply having a conversation with Father God. Giving Him all due respect, but also recognizing Him as a compassionate Father Who eagerly waits to hear from us. Since my beloved Dad (the inspiration for this blog) fulfilled this role so well, it was…

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Gratitude Challenge – November 30 – Thankful for Oldest Daughter’s Birthday

Gratitude Challenge – November 30 – Thankful for Oldest Daughter’s Birthday

Here at Words of Encouragement… **NOVEMBER MEANS: GRATITUDE CHALLENGE!!** Wow, it’s the last day of November!! Did it seem to go by much too quickly? Did you participate in the Gratitude Challenge in some way? I would challenge you to continue expressing gratitude, even beyond this month — in fact, try it for the next year, and see if it becomes a lifestyle change for you! Tomorrow, December 1st, I’m going to reflect on November, with a list of my…

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Instant Gratification or Lasting Satisfaction? September 20 Inspiration

Instant Gratification or Lasting Satisfaction? September 20 Inspiration

Which do you prefer: instant gratification or lasting satisfaction?  As our world continues to advance in technology, it seems we are more interested in instant gratification. Food is just one example. So many changes in food preparation and service alone appear to accommodate the “I want it, and I want it NOW” mentality. Trouble is, so many “instant” and “fast service” foods tend to not be the healthiest for us, whereas the foods that require time to prepare often result…

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