Be Nice to People Celebration!

This says it ALL! This week hubby and I are relaxing and goofing……but I wanted to pop on today and throw out a request.  A challenge.  A Be Nice to People ~ Pay it Forward kinda celebration.

This is my birthday week and I am feeling quite blessed at an opportunity for another number.  Even if it is larger  :)  My suggestion is pretty simple.  Please consider joining me in my celebration by doing something extra special for someone else.  Drop off groceries with a local food bank or a family/neighbor in need, if you are able.  Help someone with lawn work, share flowers, pick up trash, volunteer at a pet shelter….  Spend time with someone who is home bound.  Speak an encouraging word.  Write a letter of gratitude.  Life is a gift.  Give.

Soooooo ~ please Celebrate with me AND, if you like, share your experience here in the comments.  Individuals can join together and make a huge difference….all across the world.  Happy Birthday to me soon…..Happy Birthday to you, everyday.

Much Love ~  Paula ♥diamond point swing 1

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April 19, 1995 ~ May We Never Forget

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Remembering 4-19-1995 ~like it was yesterday ♥

Originally posted on stuff i tell my sister:

April 19, 1995 . The day that forever changed Oklahoma. We became a ball of fear, caution and grief. But at the same time we turned to each other for comfort. We leaned more on our faith. Hugged our children tighter. Loved our neighbors more. Oklahoma was on display for the world. That same world embraced us and became a smaller place.  We became stronger.

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memorial18memorial15The Survivor Tree~ a 90-year-old American Elm that was witness to the violence of April 19. “The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us.”

May we never forget ♥

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A Mama’s Hope

John 3:16 For God So Loved the World ~ Found in the Moore tornado debris.

John 3:16 For God So Loved the World ~
Found in the Moore tornado debris.

Good Friday.  I never really understood why it was called good.  I’ve read the account repeatedly.  I could understand Easter being called “Good Sunday”.  But Friday was a horrific day for Jesus.  For those that loved Him.  For His mama.

When I ponder on the heartache I have held for my own children, I cannot begin to  imagine Mary’s.  Illness.  Struggles. Disappointment.  Mistakes.  A mama wants to fix these things for her children, no matter their age.  The hardest place is when you come to the realization that you have no power to change a circumstance.  Were the many prayers sent up for this child all in vain?

And then I reflect upon Mary.  She had no power.  No prayer left.  Her heart exposed.  I cannot help but wonder, when her eyes met His eyes that day ~did she know?  Did she know through the tears, the blood, and His broken body, that He was to save the world?  Did that tiny speck of hope still lie somewhere deep within her aching soul?

She was a mama.  Mama’s always have hope for their babies.   And somehow, I think she knew….

Sunday was on its way. ♥

 

(In reflecting on Good Friday, I was taken back to this post of a couple of years ago. When I relate my feelings for my own children to even a smidge of what Mary might have gone through…..it brings it home….it makes it real.  I needed to make it real.  ♥)

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Clouds of Restoration

april clouds 2Springtime is making a real attempt to be sPrUnG around here.  The birds are once again trying to build a nest in our outdoor grill, while green is slowing creeping through the smushed grass. Blossoms are popping open in every direction, and the clouds have had some amazing formations lately, as cold fronts battle warm.  Spring brings hope.   New life.  Changes~
Spring seems to be prompting restitution, as well.  Last week a retail manager that I happen to know, received a check in the mail for an item someone took from his store a few years ago.  Another person paid for an item, but knowingly paid an incorrect lower price and righted that wrong.  And there were more.  All in one week.  Righting wrongs. Could it be the season of the year, or perhaps simply a season of the heart?  To be able to know ~ It is well with my soul.

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:  an act of restoring or a condition of being restored: as a :  a restoration of something to its rightful owner b :  a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury april clouds
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Be nice to others.  You just never know what they may be dealing with today. ♥
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I Have Looked into Your Eyes …

I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart ~ Pope John XXIIIenid hourse1

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About Giving

Leave the light on for me.

Open up the door.

I may not have much.

But what I have is yoursdoors2

Today I was presented with a couple of different scenarios.

I had heard through the grapevine that a local food pantry had empty shelves, so while I tried to help spread the word on this immediate need, I also called to set up a time to meet with our donation.  (They are not open every day)  The sweet lady who founded Neighbors in Need called me back promptly.  She is always so grateful for donations.  She shared that she is getting about five new families per week that need help, and how more seniors are in need of assistance with food in order to continue to afford their prescriptions. To be put in a place to decided between meds or food….  to stand in a line for needed groceries….. to swallow your pride in order to survive.  I have never been in this situation, and that is why we gladly give.  It is why I appreciate Tiffany’s heart and ministry.  No judging.  Not on the part of those in need….and not on the part of those who have and need a little reminder to help. ♥

I also had clothing and some household goods to share today.  Good stuff. I had heard promising reviews about another local place and tried to call a few times to see if items were needed.  I finally gave up and just showed up, asking if they were accepting donations.  No electronics or TV’s, she said.  Oh…and I don’t take furniture.  As much as I wanted to just drive away after her unfriendly reception….. I still left my items there.  She never said a kind word, didn’t make eye contact, and would not engage in conversation.  Frankly, I think she could have cared less that I even showed up at all.  But I still gave in good faith….reminding myself of what I often share with you…. Be kind to others, you never know what they may be going through.

Now.  That said?  I probably won’t go back to the second place with my future donations!  My point today is…. how are you received by others?  A smile or a kind word could make all the difference, not only in a simple conversation, but in your day, their day….and in what your future might hold.

Leave the light on for me.

Open up the door.

I may not have much.

But what I have is yours.doorstulsa man

Be Nice to People……

 

 

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Spring ♥ Hope

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Be nice to people.  You never know what they may be going through today. ♥

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Quote Of The Day

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A new favorite quote! Have a great week! paula

Originally posted on Sticky Notes And Quotes:

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Don’t put the key of your happiness in someone else’s pocket.

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Irish Blessings

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An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there… I do not sleep. I am the thousand winds that blow… I am the diamond glints on snow… I am the sunlight on ripened grain… I am the gentle autumn rain. When you waken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of gentle birds in circling flight… I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry— I am not there… I did not die…

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And those minding sheep,
And those fishing the sea
While the rest of us sleep.

Photos taken by my sister, Renae, on a visit to Ireland.  Thanks, Renae!

Wear Your Green!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day ♥

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Gender Education

No.  This is mom's glove.

No. This is mom’s glove.

Blessed with warmer weather this week, I took each of our dogs for a walk, one at a time.  My little neighbor friend joined me for a portion of dog walk number one.  And here is how the conversation flowed with this four-year old sweetie as we walked the cul-de-sac.

What’s the dog’s name?

Sugar.

Leaning down as we are walking….she pops up and says, “She’s a girl!”

 Yes she is.

Know how I can tell she’s a girl?

Hesitating now…. no???

I looked under her and saw.

Oh.  (no way was I going to prompt this)

I looked under her neck and she has a pink heart.  So that means she is a girl.

Yes ma’am!  You are so right!  nervous giggle  WHEW

Happy Weekend Friends!

And Be nice to people.  You never know what they may be dealing with in their lives. ♥

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