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NATIONAL CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL DAY


National Chicken Soup - November 12

 

Today is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day. Every year it is observed on November 12. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a publisher and consumer goods company founded in 1993 with its headquarters in Cos Cob, Connecticut. The first book and other titles in the series, were true stories written by ordinary people about their own lives. Their first book and many others soon became best-sellers. If you are a writer and have never submitted to this anthology, get writing. It took me many years to finally be accepted for their anthology. I have had two stories published. One in Devotionals for Wives and Thank You Mom. I submitted recently, but apparently wasn’t accepted. I will be working on a new submission next week.

National  Chicken Soup for the Soul Day is a celebration about us! It’s about our life stories and how to celebrate ourselves. As they say everyone has a story. Some are funny, some are sad, and some exciting. Whatever yours is, write it down and send it in. You never know. You may be pleasantly surprised, I was. Today, use #ChickenSoupForTheSoulDay to post on twitter, Facebook, and any  other social media that you nay use.

NATIONAL PLUS SIZE APPRECIATION DAY


 

Extraordinary beauty comes in all sizes. I don’t know about the extraordinary beauty part on my part :), but I didn’t want to use someone else’s picture, so I used mine. Today recognizes National Plus Size for the gorgeous men and women who may be larger but are also larger than life in so many ways! National Plus Size Appreciation Day recognizes the talent and elegance of our plus size population. When it comes to being bigger, taller or curvier, we need to put out best self forward.  Show your style, flair and gorgeous self!

We are put into many stereotypes that I could fill this page to describe plus size men and women. However, more than half the U.S. population is plus sized. Not a good thing health-wise, but we are who we are until we change it. We have big and tall, full-bodied and robust persons, who still fill roles that require them to be well-rounded and amply skilled people.  Along with their talent pool comes buying power some retailers just don’t appreciate.

Women Rock, Inc. founded National Plus Size Appreciation Day in 2016. It’s am is to boost the confidence for the many women and men around the world who are plus size. Women Rock INC is on a mission of self-love despite the stigma society has placed on how we are supposed to look. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Plus Size Appreciation Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

No matter our age, we should observe how our appearance affects our daily lives. Whether you are plus size or not, take account of the value you place on your outward appearance, contributions to others lives and relationships. Build your confidence into someone you would like to know.  Celebrate your accomplishments and appreciate yourself and one another. Use #PlusSizeAppreciationDay to share on social media.

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The Spirit Dwells Within



 

If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit dwelling in you. Romans 8:11 NIV

I lingered over this scripture, when I read it. As I reread it I realized that in this a scripture is a great promise. In the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you. To think the same spirit who raised Jesus from the dead also dwells in me. The one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit dwelling in you. Now I have Jesus through the Spirit dwelling in me, who is giving life to my body. We all know this, but it’s one of those moments, when God reminds me he is dwelling with me each moment. 

He is working in each one of us in a different way. Does this verse speak to you in a different way? I’m sure it may.  Mine may seem silly, but that’s the great thing about scripture it’s supposed to speak to us in a personal way. I may not be explaining it the way it touched me, so don’t be confused. Let the scripture sink into your heart, soul and spirit. I have to admit, I haven’t in a while. I guess that’s why this one spoke to me. For personal reasons I been lax in my faith walk. God and I were keeping in touch, but my heart was sad. He knew and accepted and helped me through. I know most who may follow this blog read scripture, t but for those who don’t, we aren’t walking alone, He gives life to us. Now that’s strength.

Lord, when we are sad and feel alone, remind us you are there. Speak to our hearts through scripture, as only you can. Thank you for being there, even when we forget you are there.

Fourth Sunday of Lent


He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.” So some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the Sabbath.” 

This struck a cord with me because no matter how much good I try to do, or how much I try, there’s always someone ready to find fault. It can be an innocent opinion I give, which I never allowed myself to do before. Someone always jumps in and criticizes me. Once a criticism is thrown out to the world, it’s hard to take it back. When I try to explain, they make it a cover up. A lot of things are on  the internet right now angering everyone. People’s reputations are being torn apart. Jesus performed miracles and because he did, he was feared. All that was seen was that he broke a rule.

With all the rhetoric that is being thrown around on the internet, do you find yourself being drawn into the divisiveness. I sometimes do, but try to be respectful, or just share the post I’ve received without a comment. I try to comment sparingly. If like me you have fallen into this trap periodically make sure you have all the facts before you pass it along. We can’t even say we saw it on the news. We’re finding out the news can be bias too. Don’t be like the Pharisees and wash out the goodness by repeating the bad.We need to wash the clay from our eyes, so we can see the goodness in life once again. Use the rest of the Lent season to help wash away your biases.

Lord we pray for you to help us be aware of the goodness in the things around us. Remind us to live in each moment with  goodness. Give us strength to not be like the Pharisees by putting down the goodness of others. 

But Lord, Forgiving is Hard



 

 

 

 

“Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive?” —Matthew 18:21

I try to be a forgiving person because I know I definitely need be forgiven at times. Right now I need forgiveness from a dear friend. I hurt her heart and it doesn’t seem to be mending. I have come the conclusion it may never heal. I will have to accept that and remember the good memories I have of her. I do not want to harbor anger toward her. However, no matter how hurt we may be, we are called to be a forgiving people.

If you have been hurt by someone and are harboring anger and hurt, please reach out to them. If distance is a problem like mine because I live in NYS and she in Washington State, try hard, but distance makes it harder. She will always be part of my family and long distance separation has caused a break in our communication. Speaking on the phone doesn’t give us the opportunity to read into another person’s feelings. Opening our hearts and hands to others automatically leaves us susceptible to misunderstandings, but shouldn’t lead to breaks in a life long relationship. God understands that forgiving is hard, but is important for people, that’s probably why he asks it of us. He forgives our sins, can we do any less?

Lord help us to give the compassion that we expect from others. Help us to be a forgiving people and to forgive others without reservation. Help us to show the love for others that you showed on the cross, as you forgave the thief on the cross and those that crucified you. Amen

First Sunday of Lent


At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry Matthew 4:1-2 NIV

Well it’s the first Sunday in Lent. Have you been successful in choosing a tasty delectable to give up for Lent or chosen to do some good for others? I’ve decided to do both. I’m not bragging. At my age I figure I better double up on my penance. I was going to give up only Doritos. They are my all time favorite snack, but I was afraid I would substitute one of the many other crunchy, chip type snacks, so I’m giving up all salty crunch snacks. I’ll have to give the bag I opened last night to my nephews. Hmm, I wonder if the chips will get stale over the forty days. It’s not going to be easy; no matter what cart I pick in the grocery store, it seems pull me toward the snack isle. I’m older and weaker, but during Lent I’ll rely on prayer. Lots of short prayers in the grocery store. This will help me feel God’s nudge and he will help me to succeed.

Do you have time for every activity under the sun, but think it’s silly or old-time to fast during Lent? If so, please take the time to time to pray and act on that prayer. This Lent season reflect on who you are as a Christian. God is always calling you or me to go out and do something. We don’t because we feel we don’t have the time. Other times we may feel a nudge to pray and spend time alone with God and don’t. If God calls us, who are we not to answer. It doesn’t have to be hours of prayer, just spend some time with Him. He has a lot more to do than we do, especially now days. If He’s willing to spend time with us, who are we to ignore His nudges. He will supply the time and strength to answer His calls on us. During our Lent fasting, its a great time speak to God and ask him where he’s calling. Watch each day as he leads you to help another or spend time with him. Remember our fasting and praying is nothing compared to what he gave for us.

Lord help us to use this Lenten season wisely. Help us to grow and change. May our prayers be the catalyst to help others and our country. May our prayers ensure us of a future for our children and grandchildren.

Ash Wednesday


 

and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” Ezekiel 9:4

I didn’t think I would find a scripture for Ash Wednesday, but I did. In biblical times ashes were a symbol of mourning and penance. By having their foreheads marked with the sign of a cross it symbolized that they belonged to Jesus Christ, who died on the Cross. Today is the first day of Lent.  As a Christian, I will go to mass and receive ashes on my forehead. However, I never knew the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service were saved and burned to produce ashes for this service. As an adult, I’d never seen this done or knew about it. When my girls were altar servers (which was a long time ago) was the first time I experienced this event. It really made receiving ashes more personal. Rituals bring the meaning of things together for me.

You know receiving ashes is a sign of penance or admitting we are sinners. It also means we are sorry for our sins. You learned that as a child. However through all our sadness over our sins today, remember today also symbolizes we belong to Jesus, who died on the cross. Belonging to Jesus should lighten it up a little. Let our prayer services, fasting and good deeds during Lent help us draw closer together. We should use our fasting and praying during Lent as a way to bring our families, friends, and country together. The small things you give up for Lent or the good deeds we do can never repay what Jesus did for us. During mass, we will receive ashes with the sign of the cross. As I learned years ago, the mark on our forehead is an outward sign of our sinfulness. Remember, if  along with God’s forgiveness, we forgive ourselves, we will become different people, as we go through the Lenten Season. We could possibly turn things around in our country.

Father God, as we start out our Lenten season hear our prayers and accept our fasting for our families and our country. Help us to keep our Lenten promises to you. Give us the grace and strength to get through these trying times. We ask you this in Jesus’s name. Amen

Random Acts of Kindness Day



To give you a little history of Random Acts of Kindness Day. It was first created in Denver, Colorado in 1995 and nine years later it spread to New Zealand in 2004. This day can include just about anything, including something as simple as taking a tray waving at a lonely neighbor. The idea is to make the world a better place by spreading a little light around. Lift someone up with your words bt compliment them on their appearance, all these things can help to really turn around someone who’s having a bad day.

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

I love Random Acts of Kindness Day. We all know what to do. Perform a few random acts of kindness. Almost any kind act will do. What’s great is you can perform kind acts on as many people as possible. When you go to bed, you will  remember the wonderful things you did and they can go to bed feeling loved.

 The kindnesses don’t have to be huge. I’ll give you a few ideas and you go from there.

At work:

  1. Hold the door open for those behind you.
  2. Say good morning to your boss, co-workers, and maintenance, and others you come in contact wit during your day.
  3. Offer to let someone else go first.
  4. Going to a new job can be frightening, but be friendly.
  5. Give someone a compliment at least once every day.

HOME

  1. Color a picture with your kids and make crafts to send a treat to a senior center or nursing home.
  2. Clean out your rooms and donate unwanted Knick-knacks and books to the people in need.
  3. Call special family members who you do not see often.
  4. Write a note to your parent(s) or grandparent(s) or a friend and  tell them why they are special to you.
  5. Smile.  Smiling is easy and happiness is contagious!

See how easy it is to celebrate this favorite day of many people. We all like the idea of showing a little kindness to others. Its fun and a good thing to do. It makes both the giver and the receiver feel good.

We thank the originators of this great day. They’ve truly helped to make the world a better place. We should never downplay the power a touch, smile, kind word, listening, a compliment or any act of caring can do. We can even turn a life around. Random Acts of Kindness Day encourages you to get out there and be the light you want to see in the world.

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