“No News is Good News”, No it’s not!

“No news is good news”. I really hate that saying, don’t you? When people say this, they are trying to keep you from worrying, but I don’t think it works! When people say No news is good news, I just think about one of my loved ones trapped in their car somewhere down a ditch, unseen by any humans  for days and unable to call and tell me any news.  Don’t laugh, I know you’ve heard those stories too. When they say “no news is good news” you’re just  waiting for the shoe to drop, because no one calls to tell you GOOD NEWS.  People only call to tell you to tell you the bad news and ask for prayer about something sad or horrible.

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This week a friend of mine called, just to tell me some GOOD NEWS. I was ecstatic about it. We had shared her concerns about this matter and we both prayed about it separately. But I went on my day and I figured she would let me know if the matter got worst or  if things stayed the same.  But when she called and told me the wonderful answer to our prayers I immediately became joyful for her, strengthen in my belief of answered prayers and thankful for good news.

Why don’t people call when there is good news? Why is it that we are more aware of bad news but seldom call people when there is good news? We have this CRAZY URGE to spread bad news for some reason. Why? Why can’t we share good news with other people on a daily basis? I want to “catholic school ruler slap” whoever began the trend that we should not brag about our good fortune. I understand not tooting your own horn about all of your accomplishments on a daily basis, but come on, can’t we share some good news with our friends once in a while? I was encouraged all day long from my friend sharing with me about her news.  If I had been in a slump that day, would it have gotten me out of it? I think it might have lighted the day.

The downfall to this is that some people look at their own lives in comparison, when they hear  good news about others. But we should instead be of the mindset that “wow, if that happened to them, then my prayers and desires could be answered too”. Could we just stop and take the high road and celebrate with our friends and become hopeful.   Why does it have to be even all of the time. There is only one GOLD MEDAL in the Olympics, but there are several events and not every athlete gets to be on the top slot on that platform every time. (except for M.Phelps). But your good news is just around the corner. Your event will come and you will be on that platform. Don’t you want someone to jump for joy with you?

My challenge is this: Let’s share good news! Let’s not wait for bad news to make its appearance.

If you are under the age of 25, call your parents and tell them that you are doing great and give them some good news.

If you are enjoying your life and things are going well, call someone who will rejoice with you.

What are some other situations when we should share good news?

You know that little comment section(leave a reply), use it to share some good news with me today.

 

 

 

Save Yourselves

My two friends and I are saving money together this year. We decided to save every week following this chart. Every week we stash away a little extra, each of us saving for a special treat. I am saving to have a little extra spending money on our vacation in July. This year I would like to try Paddle boarding. Below is the formula for our weekly savings plan.

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It is called the 52 week money-saving challenge. I am doubling the amount each week because I need to have it by July,  Susan and Erin are doing it as stated above. I keep my money in a mason jar (can’t wait to move it all into a bigger one!) and keep the jar on my bathroom vanity. I keep the weekly plan and pencil to check off the week’s deposit. It is not in the hub of the house, so I am less tempted to dip into it, seeing the form beside it is also a deterrent.

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In my search for the plan I found another plan that is done in reverse, I like that one better but, I’m sticking to the original one with my friends for now.

reverse 52 week challengeSo if you want to save up for something special jump on board and start saving. A wise thing.

I will remember you

Sometimes after a great man or woman has gone on from this life to the next, he/she is remembered by a quote. Sometimes by many quotes but usually one stands out above the rest.  Here are just a few in no particular order.

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“Nothing to fear but fear itself”- FDR

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”- A. Einstein

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”- JFK

“I am the way, the truth and the Life, no one comes to the father except through me.” Jesus

“I never expected to be anybody important.” – Elvis Presley

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day life in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…” – William Shakespeare

“The future starts today, not tomorrow”- Pope John Paul II

“It is better to be unhappy alone, than unhappy with someone – so far”- Marilyn Monroe

How will you be remembered? What will your loved ones remember? Will they remember that one piece of advice you shared with them? I hope my children remember  me speaking words of wisdom about my faith.  And that I want them to be Wise and not experienced. That I chose to live for all things good and wise.  What about you?

Keeping up with the Organized

Some people like to keep up with the Kardashians, but my goal is to keep up with the Organized. Here are just a few tips that helps me stay organized in my home office setting. I am still learning to do this for myself and wanted to share what I have found to be very helpful. Currently I am keeping my office in a bag since my desk area is about to get a makeover.

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Before you begin you will need to keep a few things handy, a trash can/shredder, donate box, file cabinet and/or file folders, markers, notebooks, your favorite music playing and a beverage.  :)

Set aside some time when you will be least likely to be interrupted. For me it is early Saturday morning. Everyone is sleeping in and the phone seldom rings.

1. Papers- If you find yourself with a tall pile of papers stacked on top your desk, then take this approach. Take the huge stacks and put them on the floor, now clear off your desk. It is always good to remove everything and start with a clean surface. We are least likely to add messy piles to a clean surface. Next take a big stack and begin to go through it, placing important papers where they need to be by filing, tossing and a look at later pile.  Decide what needs to be kept, for example, taxes should be kept for at least 7 years if not longer, bank statements for a month, check stubs keep them until you get your W-2. Do not get sidetracked with deep decisions.  If there is a question about a certain document, set it aside.  I always end up setting aside a small pile that needs more attention(notice I said small pile) and I save that for another time.

2. Snail Mail- I have a touch it once rule at my house. I usually shred unwanted mail on the spot, toss, and cut out the coupons and put them in my purse. Birthday cards are set aside along with personal letters and thank you cards. Bills and important mail need to have a place where they are  easily accessible, do not shove in a drawer. Or in my case, in a bag, where they are never to see the light of day until it is too late. :(

3. Emails- Cleaning out my inbox is like being in a torture chamber, well, not really that bad but I hate it just the same. One very important rule is this: don’t just delete those unwanted emails, UNSUBCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE!  If you still are unsure, you can always subscribe again. Don’t get too bogged down with non-paper stuff today. So my suggestion is to set up another time for just deleting emails, files and photos. When you are ready to do that, here are a few links to some helpful apps that can keep you organized. Dropbox is a great storage place and it’s free click here to begin. Evernote, icloud, and groovebook. More on keeping your computer organized in a future post.

4. Names of books, web addresses and the number for that plumber. I know there may be a better way to keep these things organized but I will tell you what I do.  I used to carry around a small notebook to keep those things handy. Now I use my Notes section of my iPhone to keep names of services, web addresses, paint colors, recommended books and other important tidbits. I make sure to label them.  Here are some of my labels: services, books, restaurants, favorite verses, local bands (I live in Music City, USA), new apps, web sites and paint colors. This app alone has kept my paper clutter under control. You can also use Evernote for this tip.

5. Business cards- Add them to your contacts on your phone, tape home improvement and services to the inside of a utility closet door or cabinet. Or you can add the name to your notes section of your iPhone (see #4). You can also use the app  CardMunch or another business card organizer app. and toss the rest. In most cases you can find all the info on that person’s card online. So toss away.

Keeping up with everything that is thrown at us is hard to do and yet it takes so little time if we just do a little each day. Taking the time to enter that business contact in your phone and tossing the card may seem like a chore but if you do that times 20 cards, that will save you the hassle of messing with those cards later. Same thing goes for the mail. Touch it once and be done with it. Put it in its place.

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Strong People

8 Things Strong People Do

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Strong people move past their mistakes. They take full responsibility for their mistake and then learn from it so as to not make that same mistake again.

Strong people are happy. They embrace the good and leave the bad behind them. They don’t complain about their circumstances, but move forward with hope and goals for the future.

Strong People accept change. When their life takes a turn they move with it and don’t dwell in the past. They view change as a new opportunity instead of a negative event.

Strong People are kind. They truly want to help their fellow-man. They understand the difference between being kind and being nice. Kindness comes from the heart.

Strong People have staying power. They do not give up easily, because they have learned how to tolerate discomfort.  They don’t give up after failing, seeing every failure as an opportunity to improve.

Strong People are productive. They lay out their plans and goals before each week. Tweaking their daily schedule to reflect where they are going. Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones and knowing the difference.

Strong People have strong core beliefs. They have faith and tap into their beliefs for strength.  They have full knowledge that being human has its limitations.

Strong People take risks. They push themselves to learn a new skill, such as a new language or public speaking. They trust their instincts as they move beyond their comfort zones and set new boundaries.

Just you Wait and See

When writers say that they were experiencing writers block, I would turn my head sideways and wonder, “What does that feel like?” I have thousands of ideas and words to share. Well, many blog post later and I am there. Empty. Nothing. Zero. Nil. Zilch. Nada.

A feeling of emptiness and lots of wandering thoughts swimming around in my head, “this must be what they were talking about”. Feelings of what am I trying to say here? Who, what, where do I start. I am empty.  Wandering without purpose.

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This feeling reminds me of other feelings of emptiness.

All alone in a huge city.

Abandoned when all your friends have moved on.

You know you don’t fit in.

Inadequate in your job.

You’ve let someone down.

Doing things alone.

I cannot give anymore.

I am spent.

This list can go on and on. Sometimes we tend to camp out here, in the pit of despair. A place that is dark yet the sun is shining. We walk around with hard-shelled shields that keep the joy out, not realizing that this is just the bottom of a valley. The sun goes down behind the mountain, but it is still there.  Love is there. 

Then we are reminded “Just Wait and See”.  That sun will rise again, you will see it. Someone will come by to encourage you, you will gain strength and move on too. Open your eyes to see what is in front of you. You will be energized enough to give some more. That city will become as small as a community. You will see the Sun again.

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Just like these trees that have lost all of their beauty, their leaves and buds will come again.  Just you wait and see!

We Love Because…

As I ponder the word love, I am curious as to when the word love appears in the Bible for the very first time. When does God utter this powerful word that weighs so heavily that we have a special day to celebrate it every year. Oddly, it was not when he introduced Adam to Eve. You would think that God would insert that LOVE word in there somewhere.  However, the first time  isn’t until  Genesis 22 :2,  when God is talking to Abraham and is used to describe his son “whom he loves”.  What is he teaching us about this word L-O-V-E?

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I don’t think it was a coincidence that he spoke the word to describe how a father felt about his son. God always has a plan and is a god of order.The love for a son is a powerful word. He wanted us to understand how great a feeling and emotion it is to love someone. Setting the stage with Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on the altar of sacrificial lambs was a foreshadowing of what he was going to do for us. Giving his son whom he loves as a sacrifice for our sins.

It was as if he said see, this is what I’m going to do for you. It is a strong love of a father to his son. When a man has a boy it is as if the man knows that he himself will live on. And that he will carry on his name and a bit of himself into the future. I am certain God had thought it all through like that. He wanted us to make sure that we understood what the word love meant.

What a beautiful picture of love. One of my favorite verses about love is a verse that I had engraved on the inside of my husband’s wedding band.  It is in 1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.” Even though God did not tack on the word LOVE when he joined Adam and Eve together, He did give us an example of a sacrificial love.

He showed us how to love by giving what was most precious to him. His beloved son.  That is what love is. We love because…

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Quiches & Quotes

I’ve never done this before but here goes.  This post will be a two in one. You know that one of my goals for this blog is to encourage myself and my readers. The other is sharing good things and wise things as I see and discover them.

I will share some of my favorite encouraging quotes and one of my favorite recipes.

“I’m too busy to be sad, too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful and too determined to be defeated.”

“Opportunity dances with the one who is already on the dance floor.”

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasures you seek.” J. Campbell

“Smiles are the kissing cousins to laughter.”-Tieraona

“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy”- Kipling

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”- Ben Franklin

“Choose wisdom over experience”- C.S.

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Here is my easy recipe for Quiche

Spinach, Ham & Cheese Quiche

4 eggs

1-1 1/2 cups of half & half or milk

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

8 oz of thawed and drained frozen spinach

2 slices of ham (cut into bite size pieces)

1 cup of swiss & cheddar cheese

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese for topping

Crust:

make homemade or use store-bought

Mix eggs, milk and salt & pepper set aside

In pie crust layer cheese, spinach and ham

Then pour egg mixture over all

Bake at 350 F for 20-30 min. sprinkle parmesan over top during last few minutes of baking.  Take out when cheese melts and middle is springy to touch.

Other fixin’s as substitutes: bacon, Canadian bacon, sausage, all kinds of cheeses, broccoli, artichokes, asparagus and the list goes on.  If you like it throw it in there.

Enjoy