A Miracle Story about Adversity Fate and Joy

A Miracle Story about Adversity Fate and Joy

by Colleen Kettenhofen

Miracles happen! Discover how this must-read miracle story can help you with overcoming adversity, following your fate and finding joy. The grief of loss and the healing power of a puppy. The secret: sometimes we get what we need not necessarily what we “think” we want.

Miracles happen. This is a miracle story about what happens when we look for the lesson in every situation. After all, business and personal success is about attitude, overcoming adversity, and successfully managing change as well.

A Miracle Story about Adversity, Fate and Joy
A Miracle Story about Adversity, Fate and Joy

It was Easter, March 31, 2002 and I was on a hiking vacation with my husband in a California desert near where we lived. Our baby daughter, Caroline, was supposed to have been born on this date, but there were complications with the pregnancy and we lost her five months earlier on October 30. Three weeks later in November, we had put my 18 ½-year-old cat, “Baby,” to sleep. Needless to say, with all this adversity we needed a vacation.

It was now late October, 2002, and we were living in Atlanta, Georgia. We’d been contemplating adopting a dog, yet it didn’t seem right with our travel schedules. My husband was an airline pilot, and I was an international speaker. Still, I walked into an animal shelter having convinced myself I would “just look.” In the shelter was a calm, sweet-faced puppy, eight or nine weeks old, who caught my attention. Sensing our chemistry and trust, I did what you’re never supposed to do. I put my hand into her cage. While looking up at me with her big brown eyes, she licked my hand over and over. This innocent puppy was also highly intelligent and obviously knew how to sell herself. After many minutes, I pulled away and forced myself to walk towards the door. Already in love with her, I turned around, and there she was…still looking at me with those eyes.

A new puppy sounded wonderful, except that it didn’t seem to fit into the lifestyle of an airline pilot and international speaker who traveled. And my husband kept telling me how much attention puppies require. Still, my gut feeling was that it was fate. We were supposed to have her. I couldn’t stop thinking about her. I was going back to the Peachtree City animal shelter later the next morning to visit.

The next day at a garage sale, two smiling women walked up to me holding a puppy. As I looked more closely, I realized this was the puppy. The same one I’d been thinking of adopting. They placed her in my arms and said, “Would you like to adopt her? She’s from the Peachtree City animal shelter. We can’t have anymore pets, but she had only two hours to live. And we’ve named her Joy because she’s already brought such joy to our lives.”

Joy fit perfectly in my arms as she gazed up at me with those puppy-dog eyes. There was an inexplicable connection and incredible bond. I wanted to talk to my husband first, even though I had a feeling he’d say yes about her this time. They even offered to pet sit her for free.

Later that day, lunching with a friend, she said, “My gosh, Colleen, it’s fate. You’re supposed to have that puppy! Let’s go see Joy tonight.” We drove to their home and as we pulled in the driveway, my friend shrieked, “Oh Colleen, it’s fate, it’s fate!” I had no idea what she was talking about. She pointed to the car in front of us in the driveway, and in huge letters was a bumper sticker that simply read, “FATE.” How many more “signs” did I need?! The family explained to us that night that their son had died unexpectedly a year earlier, that this was his car, his bumper sticker, and that he’d always believed in fate. They believed it was fate that I was supposed to have Joy. This was a miracle story about overcoming adversity, following fate and literally finding joy.

After playing with this happy puppy named Joy, I went home empty-handed that night. I needed to read some inspirational literature, and really think this over. After all, I wanted to make certain this puppy would be with us forever. As I pulled out this little book with its daily word message, I gasped. In big letters, the word of the day was JOY. It was fate! The next day my husband and I brought our bundle of “Joy” home. On Caroline’s anniversary, October 30, 2002, there I was with Joy sitting in my lap riding in the car. And it was the only place she would sit. She refused to be anywhere but my lap.

My ex-husband and I are no longer together. Joy is a healthy 47 lbs, happily living in Portland, Oregon with me and her big cat brother. Pacific Northwest scenery is gorgeous. There’s lots of family history here and many large fenced dog parks. My mother’s cousins love to pet sit Joy since I still travel as a motivational speaker and author. They have a spacious backyard and a wonderful dog of their own.

Miracles happen. The lesson of this miracle story is that eventually, even through adversity, everything has a way of working out. Especially if we will roll with the punches, trust our gut, and follow our fate. Often, we get what we need, not necessarily what we think we want. Joy has literally given me pure joy. She is a miracle of love. A miracle story.

 

 

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I Love my CEO

I Love my CEO

21st Century Business Women

 

When the first generation of women entered the workforce in earnest in the 1970s, they succeeded in the only way they could – by imitating men.  Authoritarian leadership and tight control was the hallmark of that day’s businessman, and women were not exactly welcomed into the ranks of management.  Well ladies, that was yesterday, and today is today!

 

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Forget what your mama or your boss told you, because following the rules can be bad for your career.  Today’s CEO/entrepreneur can no longer tap his/her company’s full potential using a “command-and-control” style.  The 21st century business woman needs to be able to build a vision based on the awareness of economic transformation, then help her partners and staff fulfill that vision.  She must draw on a wide range of skills to get to the top and stay there.  Following are 7 Key Characteristics that are essential:

 

  1. Sell the Vision: A leader with a fresh, independent plan for her company’s growth and future has a distinct advantage in luring and keeping great talent and investors. Vision is not some lofty ideal, but an obtainable concept that is easy to understand and will make the company grow to another level.
  2. Reinvent the Rules: While women have traditionally been socialized to please others, the 21st century leader knows that good girls rarely post great returns.  The strong managers/owners today not only anticipate change, they create entirely new organizations that respond to shifts and search for innovation.
  3. Achieve With A Laser Focus: Go where others fear to tread! Being aggressive and ambitious has long been considered male traits, but they are key qualities for new leaders.  Today’s business woman has the ability to home in on opportunities that others may simply not see, and then excel in that uncharted territory.
  4. Use High-Touch in a High-Tech Era: When a number of leaders are conducting business by e-mail, voice mail, passwords, and PINs, the female entrepreneur succeeds because she guides with a strong, personal, bed-side manner. Today’s business woman is just as technologically savvy as her peers, but her skill with staff and customers is “high-touch” which gives her a critical edge and separation from the “pack”.
  5. Challenge or Opportunity? – Women are great at turning a challenge into an opportunity instead of using the “slash-and-burn” approach. They are able to make bold strokes, but they also win the cooperation of others in the organization in making any transformation a success.
  6. A Customer Preference Obsession: In this information age which makes it easier to shop around for the best “whatever”, businesses must work harder to give people what they want before their competitors do.  There is no substitute for spending time with clients to become expert at their businesses and learn their demands.  Female leaders are almost intuitively adept in doing just that, and without the client even suspecting.
  7. Courage Under Fire: Show me any career woman or female entrepreneur today that isn’t able to “stand-the-heat” in any tough-call situation.  Their decision-making skills are rooted in a high level of confidence, because they’ve had to weather and surpass any and all “corporate” storms they’ve encountered over time.

 

It takes a certain mind-set and bravado for anyone to start their own business and succeed, but it’s even more difficult for a female entrepreneur.  Let’s face it, ladies!  We’ve always had to be twice-as-smart and twice-as-confident as any male counterpart in the corporate world.  After all, if we can bear and raise the future generation, how can running a successful business scare us?

 

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Happy Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Happy Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Happy Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
Happy Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Date When Celebrated : Always March 24

National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day is a day to enjoy this tasty combination of chocolate and fruit. Chocolate lovers who like raisins, find the combination simply irresistible. Kids find them irresistible, too.

Are you watching your waistline? National Chocolate Raisin Day will not help you here. You’re on your own.

Follow the Logic?: Chocolate is made from cocoa beans ( a vegetable) and raisins are from grapes (a fruit). And, we all know that vegetable sand fruit are good for you. Therefore, isn’t chocolate covered raisins good for you?

Origin of “National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day”:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. This day was most likely created by the candy makers. We also find it surprising that this day is during the Christian season of Lent, when many people give up chocolates. Sometimes, life just isn’t fair……..

This is referred to as a “National” day. We did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.

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Red Wines vs. White Wines
Most of us know that wine comes from grapes that are aged. But have you ever wondered what helps the grape age properly and why red wines need more time to age than white wines?

The process of aging starts immediately after the grapes are picked, crushed and pressed. The grapes are then put into an oak barrel or steel vat, with some winemakers preferring to add oak chips to the vat. During the aging process acids, sugar and tannin interact. By having more tannin present the winemaker is able to age the wine for a longer period without fear of oxidation. This along with temperature, light conditions, and alcohol complete the aging process. Wines age faster with a warmer temperature. So the winemaker tries to maintain a cool
stable 55-65 degree temperature in a dark area as the ideal aging atmosphere. A big fluctuation in temperature or light conditions on a daily or weekly basis is detrimental to a good wine.

Now why are red wines aged more than white wines? A simple explanation is that all grapes are white inside, which means that red wine needs to allow the exterior skin to mix with the interior when being crushed to give it the red color. This mixture contains tannin, which also aids the aging process significantly. You also get tannin from the oak sides of the barrel. Compounds within these, known as phenolics, allow the wine to age longer while keeping the wine from oxidizing. So the red wine is able to age longer and develop a more full flavored bold taste.
White wines have these same compounds but at much lower levels. This is because the inside of the grape is what wine manufacturers mostly use and by not using as much of the exterior skin less tannin is present. This results in a considerable shorter aging process than a vat with a large amount of tannin present. Attempting to age most white wines over an extended period causes it to flatten and lose some of its aromatic freshness.

So go ahead and save that special red wine for your Grandchild’s marriage, but be sure to serve the white wine within two or three years.

Wines go through the above process to be ready for consumption. Next the wine is bottled and stored in wine cellars to finish the ageing process. Most wines are consumable when the purchased. The main reason is because no one expects to plan the dinner menu for that special party two or three years in advance in order to age the correct wine for the occasion. And how many people have a wine cellar to complete the aging process of their favorite wine?

Wine is also used in religious ceremonies in many cultures. The Bible mentions wine no less than 191 times. The references in both testaments often admonish the reader to use wine, but to use it properly and not to misuse it.
“Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him. A new friend is as new wine: when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.”
Ecclesiastes 9:10.
“Wine was created from the beginning to make men joyful, and not to make men drunk. Wine used with moderation is the joy of the soul and the heart.” Ecclesiastes 31:35-36.
“Drink no longer water but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake.”
I Timothy 5:23..

The health effects of wine are also the subject of considerable ongoing debate and study. In the USA, a boom in red wine consumption was touched off in the 1990s by ’60 Minutes’, and other news reports on the French paradox. But now research indicates that moderate red wine consumption may help protect against certain cancers and heart disease, and can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It now seems clear that regular consumption of up to 1-2 drinks a day does reduce mortality, due to 10%–40% lower risk of coronary heart disease, for those over the age of 35. This is because of the presence of antioxidants in the wine as well as significant amounts of resveratrol, which is naturally present in the grape’s skin. The original studies showed this more in red wines due to the higher concentrations of resveratrol.

Resveratrol has been shown previously to have a number of potentially beneficial
properties, including antioxidant, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

Here are a few common and uncommon global varieties of wine.

The king of white wines is Chardonnay. It has a vanilla or smoky type aroma and flavor and goes especially well with fish and white meat.

Sauvignon Blanc is another popular white wine which gives off herbal or vegetatal and an ocassional peppery aromas. It has a higher acidity level than the Chardonnay and seafood is a good match for this wine.

Semillon is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc to fill out this more acidic variety of white wines. Semillon alone has more subtle aromas and has a relatively low acidity. Its golden color along with the scent of figs and lemons adds to its attractiveness and it goes well with cheese. This is one of the few white wines that age very well.
Riesling is a excellent wine to have with food, because of its balance of sugar and acid and its relatively low acidity. It can pair with white fish just like a dry wine, or with pork, and it can also stand up to Thai and Chinese cuisine. Riesling’s typical aromas are of flowers, tropical fruits, and mineral stone. This wine is almost never oaked, which then leads itself to suitability with most foods.

Frascati has been called the “Gold Wine” from the ancient Romans, and it was reported to be the favorite wine of Pope Gregorio XVI. Frascati is a vintage wine that is dry, crisp, pale yellow and fresh. It goes very well with soups, seafood, poultry and other light dishes. It is served best cold.

Chenin, the best of these wines have generally come from France, where its versatility is exploited to great effect. The sweet wines are among the longest-lasting of all wines, and the great dry white wines of the region are often listed among France’s finest whites.
The Chenin is also the most widely-grown grape in South Africa, accounting for around 30 percent of the country’s vines. The wine made there is generally bland and acidic, often with overtones of grass or green apples. It is for this reason that in the U.S. it often ends up in the generic jug wines of bulk producers as acidity enhancer for high sugar/alcohol blends.

Pouilly-Fuissé is a dry, medium-full bodied, white wine from France. This wine became popular the 1980’s. Sudden demand and supply drove prices up. It then received the complaint of being over priced. This will still be the case today at some times. Pale buttery gold color with a floral and fruity bouquet with hints of honey and hazelnuts with the taste of apples sets this wine apart. Served at 55 degrees fairenheit this wine goes well with with smoked fish, fish grilled or in a sauce, poultry and white meats, including turkey and pork, creamy cheeses.

Silvaner was the most dominate variety in Germany until approximately the late 1970’s. Originally from Austria, it pairs extremely well with foods that have mild flavors – rice dishes that do not involve a lot of spices, mild chicken dishes, to name a couple. The reason for this is, the wine is a very gentle low keyed fruity tasting wine very light in acid.

Pedro Ximénez a desert wine from Spain. This wine has a very strong taste of raisins and molasses. A syrupy kind of wine goes very well with coffee or over vanilla ice cream in the summer. Some say this desert wine borders a high end desert Sherry.

Among the red wines Cabernet Sauvignon is always a favorite. It ripens late and is best suited for clay soil and moderate temperatures because it requires a longer season for the grapes to ripen. Accompanied by salmon, trout and other sauce-free meats it is the favorite red wine of many.

Merlot is another red wine that has grown in popularity. Its dark color, high alcohol content and full body make this wine very supple and velvety. It has three flavors; the currant and cherry flavor, the more herby style of plumb flavoring and the cherry and chocolate flavor. This simple light flavored wine goes well with pates, game, and many casseroles.
Pinot Noir is one of the more challenging wines for winemakers, but that is what makes it exceptional. It is lighter in color than either of the other two red wines we have discussed. It is relatively high in alcohol and is medium to high in acidity. Its aroma is one of wilted roses with a hint of cola. It goes particularly well with coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon, rabbit, ham, chicken and steak. In some areas you may pay more for this wine, but it is well worth the price.

Zinfandel, also known as Zin, is a red-skinned wine grape popular in California because of its intense fruitiness and lush texture. The red grape was extremely popular with home wine makers in the United States during the prohibition. This was due to the very thick skin of the grape. This then made transportation very easy. Typically, Zinfandel tastes of bramble and fresh or fermented red berries. This wine goes well with typical American food- pizza, burgers. It will accent most red sauce meals. It is best served at about 65 degrees.

Chianti is Italy’s most famous red wine. Unlike a Cabernet Sauvignon Chianti doesn’t drink well by itself. But when drank with food, it is a very bold wine and goes with just about any food. Chianti’s acidity matches extremely well with acidic foods like tomatoes, rich dishes like braised rabbit and mature cheeses. The aroma is a hint of violet, with a bright ruby red color.

Rioja red wines are classified into four categories. The first, “Rioja”, is the youngest, spending less than a year in oak ageing. A “crianza” is wine aged for at least two years, at least one of which was in oak. “Rioja Reserva” is aged for at least three years, of which at least one year is in oak. Finally, “Rioja Gran Reserva” wines have been aged at least two years in oak and three years in bottle. Because of the ageing times the Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are not necessary produced each year. This wine ages well and has a delicate fruity flavor to go well with steak and other heavy foods.

Lets explore some of the not so common wines. They may be uncommon but they are all excellent wines in their own right.

One of the more uncommon but interesting wines is the Norton wine. In 1835, Dr. Daniel Norton of Virginia developed this variety of grapes that was originally known as the Virginia Seedling. It is widely planted in the Midwest where it is sometimes called Cynthiana and produces a dark, inky wine with plum and cherry flavoring. Horton Vineyards in Virginia is particularly interested in reviving the grape’s reputation.

Another rare but interesting wine is the Muscadine wine. It was first discovered by European explorers, who found native American vines growing along the low-lyingsouthern coastal regions. Most Muscadine wines (red and white) are blends, usually given proprietary names by the winery (e.g., “Vintners’ Blend”), and vinified in a sweet or semisweet style. Muscadine and its blends have a unique wild and musky aroma and flavor.
Centurion a uncommon wine that hasn’t yet seen widespread acceptance. This wine was developed at the U.C. Davis campus by crossing Cabernet Sauvignon, with Grenache and Carignane. The intention was to produce a Cabernet-like wine which could be grown in the relatively hot Central Valley. Even with it’s limited exposure ot wine lovers, is a definite improvement over traditional Central Valley varieties.

Roussanne probably gets its name from the light-brownish russet cast of its ripe berries. The aroma is not as overtly fruity as some types and can suggest wild flowers or herbal tea. Unlike most white wines, Roussanne ages very well due to its unusual combination of richness and crisp acids.

Marsanne, this wine sometimes uses Roussane as a blending partner. It makes wines that are medium dry, full bodied and very rich in flavor with notes of spice and pear. It is a very deep-colored wine that is fairly full bodied to the point of being described sometimes as waxy.

 

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Psalm 16 Keep me safe, my God

Psalm 16

Psalm 16 Keep me safe, my God
Psalm 16 Keep me safe, my God

A miktam[a] of David.

1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Footnotes:

Psalm 16:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
Psalm 16:10 Or holy
New International Version (NIV)
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day
Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day

Date When Celebrated : Always February 17th

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. And, you know what to do…perform a few random acts of kindness. Almost any kind deed will do. And, we highly recommend you perform kind acts on as many people as you can.

This is a favorite day of many people and groups. People like the idea of showing a little kindness to others. Its a fun and good thing to do. And, they like being on the receiving end of this day as well. It makes both the giver and the receiver feel good.

Schools have used this day as an educational event, and to promote the value of kindness. Organizations have used this day to promote their cause, and for fundraisers.

Caution: What comes around, goes around. Random Acts of Kindness is highly contagious.

 

Origin of Random Acts of Kindness Day:

Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We wish we could thank the originators of this great day. The originators have truely helped to make the world a better place.

Many organizations and groups have declared other days to be “Random Acts of Kindness Day”. These declarations are usually local, one-time events, often for fundraisers.


Flower of the Day: Phlox

Recipe of the Day: Baked Tomatoes

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Acts of Kindness Benefit Everyone
by Paul M. Jerard Jr.

Do you really want to be happy? Everyone says yes, but the gateway to happiness makes some of us frown. The gateway to happiness, is giving to others. Think about this: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – The Dalai Lama
Some of us may feel that, if we give too much, our generosity, will be taken advantage of by others. This is true, and a few very selfish individuals can possibly perceive your good intentions as weakness.
However, people who seek to take advantage are in the minority. To quote Gandhi, “We must be the change, we wish to see in the world.” Think about it, change has to start somewhere, so why not start with you and me, right now?
You can donate anything randomly, without seeking reward, and anonymously, without telling anyone. This is good for you, the universe, and those who receive your acts of kindness. Every time you give, you will receive – even, if you are not looking for a reward.
Try it, and you will see, what some call, “karma,” the law of cause and effect. It works like this: For every action there is a reaction. Let’s make sure the reactions to our actions are good ones.
Danny Thomas said, “All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”
Share everything and you will achieve a legacy of kindness. Share nothing and people will, do their best, to forget you. When my life is over I will only leave memories, in the minds of others, and I want them all to be good ones.
So, how much should you give? It can start with, “heart felt”, kind words, a note, a card, or a flower. You will find that your gifts or donations won’t make you poor. As a result of this, you will see most people, naturally, return kindness to you.
You should also take the time to be polite to all of the people who perform services for you, every day. Many people do not bother to say hello to the maid, janitor, parking attendant, or service clerk.
Once you do, you may even learn their name, and you would be surprised how many of them will go out of their way to give you good service, just by addressing them by their first name.
If you establish sincerity and trust where ever you go, you will be loved by your fellow man. It is really that simple. As Mohammed said, “A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.”

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Valentines Card Art Project or Purchase

Valentines Card Art Project or Purchase
by Nicola Kennedy

Valentines Card Art Project or Purchase
Valentines Card Art Project or Purchase

Giving Valentines to your classmates used to include endless hours of making them out of construction paper, cute dollies and with painstaking attention to all the details. It was a project that was done at home, for each individual child in the class. And, it was one that great pride was taken in doing. Today, there are much fewer families making Valentines and many more just buying a box of them to give out to their classmates with a simple signature on the back of them.
This has happened mainly because of how commercialized the holiday has become. As manufacturing techniques have gotten better and more cost effective that is the way that American school children have gone. Before this, in the 1960’s, a book of valentines could be purchased. Children could actually cut out the cards from the book, personalize them with lace trim or even with candy and then send them on. But, it wasn’t long before children were ready to skip the cutting out part altogether.
The Puns
Who hasn’t smirked at the cute sayings that are placed on the Valentines cards? Such sayings as “I’m Sweet On You” have been used for years and years. It came from a time of collecting these types of catchy, cute sayings and riddles. These can still be found today on the Valentines that are purchased out of the box.
The Cards
The cards used to fill a box with a variety of different styles and designs. Common ones were those of fruits and vegetables with these puns on them or they could include a few pictures of cute animals. Today, children’s Valentines are more often in their favorite cartoon character.
Homemade Valentines
While children may not feel comfortable with providing homemade Valentines to their classmates today, they can and should still make them for their friends outside the classroom, for their adult friends and other loved ones. Not only is it a fun task to do, but it helps with motor skills and creativity as well. All that is needed is a simple piece of paper. The paper can be folded, cut, shaped in any way that they would like it to be. Here’s one project to try:
* Fold the paper in half, and then fold it in half again in the other direction.
* Trim the outer edge as desired and cut a straight line diagonally across the folded corner. This will make a diamond shape in the middle.
* Fold it diagonally. Cut hearts along the diagonal line. When the paper is unfolded, there is a line of pin pricks, which make it look much like a piece of lace.
* Add this lacey paper to the top of a piece of pink or red paper.
* Add decorations such as a picture of cupid, a coloring of a rose or anything that is enjoyable.
This is a simple, affordable way to make homemade Valentines that parents and other friends will love to hang on to for many years to come. If your child seems to want to use only Valentines that are store bought, this should be okay as well. Allow them to pick those that they find enjoyable and help them to make those for others as well.

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Psalm 15 who speaks the truth

Psalm 15 who speaks the truth

Psalm 15 who speaks the truth
Psalm 15 who speaks the truth

A psalm of David.

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

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Truth, Freedom of Choice And Consequences
by Ada Porat

Why is it so difficult to stand up for our truth? And how do we deal with the consequences?
A look at our place in the bigger scheme of life can help clarify these thoughts.
Our purpose on this planet can be expressed as being energetic probes for the Divine; millions of tiny probes through whom the Divine experiences Self in all aspects of life. The fulfillment of our purpose requires mastering conscious awareness as being extensions of the Divine, and not getting lost in the dream of life.
Each human being consists of a combination of harmonic energy that is individual to each of us. As individual expressions of the Divine, we remain unduplicated in all of creation. Each of us is unique as we hold and express All That Is across time and space.
Throughout the process of life, we continually contribute information to our very Source as we experience and make choices in every given moment. And Source communicates back to us, providing guidance and clarity when we listen.
Progress on this planet is propelled by choice: the choice between truth or illusion.
By choice, we can move into new experiences or stay rooted in place. It is always up to us. Through the choices we make, every experience is communicated universally as a wave form of energy, and all of creation adjusts accordingly. Talk about power! We have the capability to influence all of creation through the choices we make!
Each of us makes choices that we believe to be optimal, given our level of awareness and insight at the time. Our choices create a resonant frequency field which attracts resonant energies and repels dissonant frequencies. Over time, this quantum attractor field draws particles of probability into becoming possibilities, and, eventually, into becoming our reality. Our thoughts eventually manifest as things.
Very often, the process of choice happens on a subconscious level through our emotions. We hook certain thoughts or beliefs out of the primordial soup of human consciousness through our emotional attachment to them. By emotionally fearing or desiring a certain outcome, we attach to that outcome. The desired or feared choice is then drawn to us through the attractor field of desire or aversion that we have created.
When observing from outside the emotions, it becomes clear that the reality we have created is in resonance with the emotions and beliefs we hold. Therefore, our choices are an accurate reflection of where we are in this moment, and as such they are perfect. When we no longer desire, fear or need the outcomes we have been creating, we can release our emotional attachment to them and choose again – dipping into the abundant Universe to create new and different experiences.
There are choices available in every moment of life: Choices that will take us down one road or another. Choices that mean the difference between comfort and discomfort, between abundance and scarcity, between peace and turmoil. Even the decision not to choose, is a choice!
Choices that are based on inner truth lead to inner empowerment. Choices that compromise one’s truth, lead to confusion.
When we make choices based on our perception of what others will think, we do not honor our truth. Likewise, when we base our choices on how other people will respond, we disregard our inner truth, give our power away and invite confusion.
Perhaps you are facing a situation that requires you to choose an action or a response. When choosing from the place of ego and emotion, you will be tempted to make a choice that is centered in the desire to be liked, accepted, safe or comfortable. And when you do succumb to these egoic demands, the end result will be disempowerment and chaos.
You cannot live an authentic life by dishonoring your inner truth. There comes a time for each of us when we must choose to honor our truth and let the chips fall where they may. As Marianne Williamson has said, our playing small does not serve the world!
By choosing from the truth within, that energy field of Truths draw to it resonant frequencies, while repelling dissonant frequencies. If others in your life are at a place where there is dissonance between your inner truth and their expectations, you do not honor yourself or them by diminishing your truth. Far better it is to honor and align with your truth while releasing others to choose their own path, even when it is different from yours.
When you honor your inner truth, its growing presence in your life will reveal many illusions that have clouded your clarity of perception. Anything that is not real will be revealed, and along with this illumination may come a need to release people, places and circumstances in your life that no longer serve your soul’s truth.
As you release these redundant energies, you will find more clarity and integration in your life. If you can choose your truth despite the temporary squeals of the ego for love, popularity, acceptance and safety, you will find that you move beyond vulnerability to its demands.
The Course in Miracles teaches that Truth is not frail. Truth can withstand the demands of the ego. It can surmount the envy, misperceptions and judgments of others, because it needs no defense.
True power lies in choosing from within, from the strength of having owned your fears, from the gentleness that you carry with grace. Each time you choose to honor your truth, you are creating more resonance to empower you on your journey.

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Figuring out how to Love Your Curves

Figuring out how to Love Your Curves

by Rebecca Jennings

Figuring out how to Love Your Curves
Figuring out how to Love Your Curves

In today’s reality, the weight to be thin and smooth is still extraordinary. Despite the fact that the normal lady in America is a size 14, the media and amusement industry are still fixated on slenderness. In spite of the expansion in hefty size models and attire alternatives, ladies are still urged to adore themselves when they hit their most minor size as opposed to cherishing their bends.

So how would you figure out how to adore your larger size self? It isn’t simply a question of awakening one day and concluding that you are lovely and justified, despite all the trouble. You might need to begin little. We’re here to give you some strong tips on the most proficient method to enhance your mental self portrait as a larger size lady and begin seeing the magnificence in the mirror.

In any case, spoil yourself and get settled with your body. One of the most ideal approaches to begin adoring you is to make your body feel great. Getting a nail trim and a pedicure frequently or notwithstanding doing your own particular nails will dependably make you feel very much prepped and set up together. In the event that you can, a back rub now and again wouldn’t hurt either. You ought to additionally consider a consistent, low effect exercise program. You’ll be astounded how great you feel after a decent stroll at night or a session of water heart stimulating exercise at your neighborhood rec center. Moreover, you can keep your full figure and tone up in the meantime. Not all activity projects are intended for weight reduction – some can be for enhancing quality, adaptability or just to become acquainted with your body better. Absolutely always remember that you can be breathtaking, perfect and fit.

Next, ensure you have garments that fit. Excessively regularly larger size ladies simply get apparel that conceals them or that isn’t constrictive and uncomfortable. You might likewise not know how to shop, or what looks best on your figure. You might have put on some weight rapidly, or it might have been a slow climb. You might have dependably been breathtaking and curvy, yet maybe you’ve generally been urged to conceal and wear loose garments. There is no motivation to stow away! Because you have bends or you aren’t the size that every one of the magazines say is lovely – what difference does it make?

Figuring out how to Love Your Curves
Figuring out how to Love Your Curves

Have you ever seen Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot? She was larger size at a size 14 and she was thrilling and totally stunning. Her sheer and attractive dresses and all around fitted outfits flaunted all aspects of her figure. Is it accurate to say that you are wearing larger size pants that fit and hotshot your tasty behind? Is it accurate to say that you are wearing great cut hefty size finish that hotshot your cleavage or your impressive shoulders? If not, you are doing yourself a damage. Each lady has regions they can improve and with all the colossal styles out there, you can flaunt your merchandise and occupy from the things you don’t care for.

Try not to be hesitant to attempt diverse garments producers and hefty size garments sites and stores to discover garments that fit you the right way. You might look astounding in low ascent pants and laborer tops, or your figure may fit customized slacks and catch down shirts. Try not to fear materials that you cherish and that look and feel extravagant. The most critical piece of shopping is to know your size. Take your estimations and know your sizes – and realize that distinctive producers will fit your body in various ways. Don’t hesitate to request garments online to attempt in the event that you aren’t open to shopping at the shopping center. Do whatever you have to do to populate your closet with garments that make you feel stunning.

Another awesome approach to feel provocative is to have an attractive mystery. Hefty size unmentionables can be an awesome liberality that lets you feel super hot underneath your consistently garments. Case in point, have you gone for the more up to date kid short underwear style or have you taken an ideal opportunity to welcome the straightforward joy of coordinating your hefty size undies and full figure bra? Have you explored different avenues regarding hefty size bodices or a larger size bustier? Have you grasped your internal goddess with a hefty size fastener belt and leggings or a hot larger size body stocking? These hefty size undergarments alternatives can carry out the employment of making you feel wonderful, brave and provocative.

At last, you have to relinquish societal desires and presumptions about magnificence. This is likely the hardest lesson to learn. You might have been yo-yo eating less for quite a long time, or you might have an unsupportive family, life partner or friend network. You might have the sentiment shakiness instilled in your cerebrum, however you can overcome it! The more you adore yourself, the less the feelings of others will matter. The more you cherish yourself, the more satisfied you will be and the more you will comprehend that your surprising and lovely body is something to be praised, not covered up.

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Psalms 14 The fool has said There is no God.

Psalms 14 The fool has said There is no God.

Psalms 14 The fool has said There is no God.
Psalms 14 The fool has said There is no God.

The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
To the Overcomer,
A Psalm of David.

1The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is no one that does good. 2The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any that did understand and seek God. 3They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is no one that does good, no, not one.
4The workers of iniquity certainly know this; those who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD. 5There they were in great fear: for God is with the nation of the righteous. 6Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor because the LORD is his hope. 7Oh that the saving health of Israel were come out of Zion! When the LORD turns back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

 

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God Abiding Love

by Neale Donald Walsch

Individuals frequently ask me what are the most vital things that I have gotten from the Conversations with God material.

I think the most critical thing I have become out of the books was a profound feeling of God’s tolerating love. I have learned in an uncommon method for God’s unremitting, genuine love and aggregate acknowledgment of us… indeed, even the most exceedingly awful of us. This came through to me even as I might have been “composing” the books by the exposed certainty that I was composing them. That is to say, by the natural guidelines of numerous individuals (counting my own), I am the last individual who should have been put this data into a progression of books. Yet I was picked, and I have placed it into book structure. So by that measure alone, I am clear that God adores without condition; that God rejects not even the slightest or the most noticeably bad of us, and that everything we need do to comprehend and encounter that salvation is to acknowledge it, claim it, honor it, and hold it as genuine.

Presently there are the individuals who can’t help contradicting me. Numerous, truth be told, who do. They say that God’s pledge and God’s law and God’s affection is useless and pointless if there was no such thing as the likelihood of God’s dismissal. They say that the best way to God is through submission to God’s orders, adherence to God’s laws, and – in some philosophical developments – acknowledgment of God’s Son. Inability to do any or these things implies certain punishment, they say, and we would be advised to know about that, and prepared for it, since we’ll get what’s “coming to us” in the event that we don’t look out. Truth be told, we not just would do well to look out, we would do well to not cry. We would be wise to not sulk… I’m tellin’ you why…

Gracious… too bad… that is an alternate myth. You see? Each myth we make, we make around an arrangement of Judgment; around a development of Reward and Punishment. It is incomprehensible to us that there is a being in the Universe – in Reality or in Mythology – who could acknowledge us simply the way we are, and simply the way we be.

That is on the grounds that we can’t put stock in a definitive reason forever. We trust that the reason forever is to take after God’s law, do as God needs, and, basically, please God. Yet satisfying God is not the motivation behind life. Just an egomaniacal god would make creatures whose vital reason for existing was to satisfy Him. What’s more, just a crazy egomaniac would then add such bad form and hopelessness to the blend as life contains keeping in mind the end goal to make it for all intents and purposes ensured that his made creatures would falter and fall. Also, just an unfathomably remorseless crazy egomaniac would go further, saying it doesn’t make a difference whether they fall or not, on the grounds that they have officially fallen! Before conception!

As implausible as this plan may appear, that is the philosophical development which tons of individuals have laid upon their purported “adoring” God. So I think the most critical thing the books have accomplished for me and accomplish for me every day, is free me from the shackles of a confidence in a furious, malignant, judgmental God. I am currently more open to making my life as I need it, not as I envisioned it must be.

The second most essential thing I’ve gained from the books is that there is stand out motivation to do a thing – anything – and that is to be and to choose, to make and satisfy, Who I Really Am, and Who I now Choose to Be. I thought there were a wide range of reasons that I should do either. My dad let me know. The world expects it of me, God requests it of me. Whatever. Presently I’m clear that God requests nothing, the world’s desires are contorted and lost, and my dad’s requests no more should be taken after.

The humorous part of this is I am currently acting more as per what the old teachings asked of me than I was the point at which I was advised to act that way, or there will be consequences. As such, I am observing that “being great” (whatever “great” means) feels…well…good…when it isn’t being done on the grounds that I’ll be censured in the event that I don’t.

Put another way, I tend to ascend to higher desires of me, and goals for me, when these desires and yearnings are mine, not somebody else’s. This is a Great Secret which God sees, however which Man declines to trust: we are essentially Good…not fundamentally terrible. We needn’t bother with a furious, malevolent, rebuffing God to startle us into doing what is “correct,” act in light of a legitimate concern for others, or “show up” amazingly. Our essential nature – human instinct – is adoring and kind. We are taught avarice. We are taught dread. We are taught offensiveness, partiality, brutality. We are LOVE… what’s more, we are taught to be something else!

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Psalm 13 Look on me and answer

Psalm 13 Look on me and answer

Psalm 13 Look on me and answer
Psalm 13 Look on me and answer

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

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Life Perfect Answers

by Tracy Togliatti

You are the main individual in the entire world that holds the Perfect Answers for you. They’re not to be found in a book, video, or workshop. It’s not in the congregation or school; it’s not even in your mind! Things being what they are, the place do you go to locate these Perfect Answers? This article will get you pointed in the right course.

We have turned into a general public of audience members and adherents. We purchase all the new self improvement guides; invest our energy and cash in each distinctive passionate and mental recuperating methodology possible. Meanwhile, what is going on to our lives? The brisk fixes of another self improvement strategy, or another approach to ponder are brilliant; I’m absolutely not thumping any of it. Be that as it may, would despite everything we be seeking after it so devotedly in the event that we all prepared knew the answers?

There is one and only place you will locate the Perfect Answers for you. These are the responses to having the satisfaction and satisfaction in life you are so bustling looking for. They are, obviously, the last place you would search for them.

Before you begin on your excursion of finding the Perfect Answers, ensure that you truly would like to discover them! A few individuals might want the answers, yet fear them, or don’t trust they merit them. All things considered, you do merit the greater part of the responses for you, and they can be frightening now and again. Never apprehension and uncertainty stop you in your quest for being the glad satisfied individual you are qualified for be.

Have you chosen you need to take the excursion? There is something inside you that you will be voyaging towards. It’s a voice, an inclination, a “knowing”. We used to have the capacity to hear that a portion of us plainly before society, in method for our guardians and overseers, ventured in. We were clear about our needs, we required adoration, nourishment, and safe house. Our Life’s Passion was clear from conception, let us learn, investigate, and find this world we wound up possessing.

When we were not able have our necessities met, or our interests satisfied, we uproariously voiced our assessments over it. The same number of folks know, it doesn’t make a difference where we were, or what was going on, we were enthusiastic about carrying on with our life the way we felt from within that we needed to live it. Anybody remaining in our direction was certain to get an earful of shouting from us until we either surrendered or got our direction.

Times change and shockingly the majority of us surrendered. We have gotten to be similar to sheep sitting tight for others to let us know what our Life’s Passion ought to be, what our own one of a kind solutions for our very own life is. In the event that we can return to listening to ourselves, from that other part, not our mind, that is the place Our Perfect Answers are.

Ruminating is restricted of clearing your brain and endeavoring to open up to your internal knowingness once more. That is a great thing, yet once in a while we get excessively made up for lost time in the contemplation and disregard the end purposes for it. So while contemplation is a wonderful craftsmanship, I’m not going to propose it just yet.

Rather, I’m going to instruct you to overlook all that you have ever found out about existence. Obviously you ought to recollect security guidelines and laws that you have to take after. Disregard who you should be, what you ought to be. Truth is stranger than fiction – overlook it! Begin checking out now, with your internal identity this time and not your brain.

Try not to ask anyone what it is that you ought to be or do. Simply figure out how to be alive once more, with the greater part of your faculties. Utilize your whole body to encounter your reality. Advise your mind to take a climb as well. This is about different parts of you now.

When you are great and mindful of what’s happening around you and outside of yourself at this moment, begin to solicit your internal part from you a few inquiries. How is your life contrasted with what you might want it to be similar to? What makes you grin, where is your obsession? What are the minimal consistently favors that you haven’t saw of late? Let your inside a portion of you that is not your head, let you know the answers starting now and into the foreseeable future.

The closer relationship you create with that inward piece of you, the more you will at the end of the day begin knowing the Perfect Answers for your own particular satisfaction and satisfaction. You may need to roll out some life improvements to fulfill those Perfect Answers for you, yet you will recognize what you have to do when you can hear yourself obviously once more.

Your trip will lead you to find that the Perfect Answers are precisely where you cleared out them in any case! In the event that you require more help recollecting how to listen to your internal identity, or might want some different tips for reconnecting to your more profound self, please email us.

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