Friday, February 14, 2014

Be a Sweetheart today....

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

This is the day of LOVE for everyone - a day to celebrate all the glorious ways love is displayed in our lives to and from those we love and to those we don't even know yet.....

Years ago, I had a dear friend once named Herb Owens who used to put this Dear Abby message on my desk every year on Valentine's Day!!!  I hope you read through it and soak in it's message because it is a timeless message that we can all use every day - not just Valentine's Day!!!

"Today is St. Valentine's day, so be a sweetheart and call someone ;you love and say, "I love you." (Make two or three calls!  Who says you can't love more than one person -- in different ways, of course?)

Go through your closets and give all those clothes you've been saving until you lose 10 pounds to your favorite charity.  Call someone who's lonely and say "I'm thinking of you."  Or better yet, say, "I'll come over tomorrow and take you to lunch...or run errands...or give you a ride."

Visit a sick friend.  Say a prayer (or two!)  Donate some blood.  Adopt a pet. Will your eyes, your kidneys and all your usable organs to someone who can use them after you're gone.  Forgive an enemy.  Hug your teenager.  Write a fan letter.  Listen to a bore.  Pay your doctor.  Tell your parents you think they're wonderful.  Spay your dog.  Nueter your cat. Quit smoking.  Drive carefully.  If you're walking, watch where you are going.

And, don't wait until next year to be a sweetheart again.  Love, Abby"
and, Love from Herb.....and Pam  xooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Isn't that wonderful?  Spread the love around!!!  Go and do things today and each day forward to offer love to someone who may never have had a Valentine.....and remember to hug yourself - You are important and loved very much, too!!!

2 Timothy 1:7 says:  "For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love and power and a sound mind."

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Snow angels....

Snow angels and igloos are in the making today...........snow coming down at one inch per hour, blowing winds, cold temperatures and beauty surrounding us as we watch this incredible gift from God!
When was the last time YOU made a snow angel???  Or, have you ever tried making an igloo??? 
No, we don't live in Alaska, nor do we live in one, but they sure are fun to remember!!!

Components of snow angels?  Simple!  Go outside dressed in warm layers of snow gear and lay down in the freshly falling snow.  Then, wave your arms from your sides to the top of your head and your legs from a straight leg position to each side and voila!  A snow angel appears in your yard or the nearest park!  As kids, my two sisters and brother lived in Akron, Ohio and we loved making snow angels in the snow! 

Igloos?  My oldest sister could make the most wonderful igloos, too!  She would pile up the snow to make a mound, then tunnel through the middle and core out the inside of the mound so that we could sit inside!  It was one of the coolest things since sliced bread!  It was an amazing experience as a little, fun, fun!!!

Snow - ahhh - it is so beautiful to watch!!!  Translucent/white ice crystals everywhere!  Take a peek out your window today in Kansas and you will be amazed at how much snow is falling!!!  I am grateful that I work from my home and can sit by my window and look out upon such beauty, such softness, such quietness and feel blessed by our Heavenly Father....I pray that you may be able to safely enjoy this beauty as well today.

Let's contemplate one step further:  Angels.......immortal beings attendant upon God....think about that - how many angels do you think surround us each day?  I wish I knew the answer to that question, but I am certain we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses!  Look up Hebrews 12:1 - there are many jewels there to ponder!

Also, think about this:  some people in our lives represent angels to us........those special human beings who are kind and loving........who show up just at the right moment when your steam runs out or your level of exasperation runs high.  A friend who knows to bring you a cup of hot tea or soup when you are not feeling well, or just comes over to share an hour with you and enjoy each other's company.  Angels really do surround us - both human and divine!  Watch for them.....wait for them......listen for them.......they are near! 

Or, perhaps, you can be an angel for someone else today - where do you see someone in need of tender, loving care???  Wherever that is, I hope you will put on your angel wings and/or snow gear and go outside and have some fun!!!