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LOOKING for the LIGHT: How Does Praise Make Your Life Better?

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How does PRAISE make your life better?

I think this post is so appropriate right before Thanksgiving. PRAISE does a few very special things when you are a child of the King. It’s a very powerful concept. Practice it daily and see the benefits that it brings for your soul.

Here are just a few ways PRAISE makes your life better:
1. PRAISE takes your mind off yourself and puts your focus on Him — and taps you into His Power and Great Love for you.

2. PRAISE lets you enjoy the current moment ~ and that’s the only place where you can do something good for your life.

3. PRAISE brings you into the presence of God.

The scriptures encourage us to PRAISE God: I will bless the Lord at all times and His PRAISE shall continually be in my mouth.

Enjoy your turkey day and KEEP PRAISING GOD!

God Bless You!
Nanci

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November 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment

LOOKING for the LIGHT: Encouragement for today!

God pushes you to the edge

Hi!
I hope this brings a little encouragement your way today. Life is hard so it’s best to trust God with all the details of your life.

Please see the tab on my blog labeled “Relationship with God” for more information on how to have a relationship with God as well. It’s not about being religious — and a bunch of dos and don’ts.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!
Nanci

November 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom ~

More WISDOM for today! I think this picture says it all.

Have a good evening!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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April 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom ~ The Secret to Happiness

Great advice today~ read it and make any necessary changes in your life if you aren’t already living this way! Something from my facebook page just for you. I love this story and you will too! More WISDOM just like you’ll find in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland!
Have a Happy Easter ~ He is Risen!
God Bless You!
Nanci
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The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady (pictured below), moved to a nursing home today. Even though she is legally blind, she is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move to the nursing home necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.” She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my memory bank. I am still depositing.”
And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred: Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
6. I’ll add a little more: Trust God.
Photo: The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.” She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.” And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less. If you enjoyed this post please share! <3

April 15, 2014 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Wisdom for Your Life ~ #2

~ More thoughts and information like you’d find in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Today I’m continuing to share some Wisdom For Your Life! Think of these three points as sharing perspective and something to help you move forward with your life. They came from an e-mail I sent a friend who had been unemployed for several years. I shared this information to help encourage him at a difficult time in his life.

  • Think of this time in your life as a challenge — and then be determined to meet the change head on! For beyond the challenges are the rewards. However, you  must pass this test first of all. It’s important therefore not to complain or look back. Rather, find something POSITIVE to say. Why not change all your negatives into a POSITIVE?
  • Think of this time in your life as not only a time to grow, but with what you’ve learned you’ll be able to encourage someone else!

And finally …

  • Think of this time in your life as a blessing — because that means there’s more for you to discover for your life! That also means that your life is going to be fuller, richer, better than it was before! Cool! Why? “Because all things work together for good.” — Romans 8:28 The Bible ~ yes, good can come out of the difficulties in your life.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

March 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Simplifying Your Life

~ Today another great resource similar to those in Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times.

A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you. It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.

~ Leo Babauta

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It’s the start of a new year. Maybe you’ve thought about simplifying your life. I know I have! Today I share with you some key points from Joyce Meyer’s book, 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life. Try them. They’ll make your life better so what’s left will be those things that you truly value!

Ways to Simplify Your Life in the Practical Sense:

  • Establish boundaries
  • Learn how to say “no”
  • Choose your battles
  • Believe the BEST of others
  • Be Positive
  • Plan Ahead
  • Wise up before you burn out
  • Get rid of junk mail ~ Clear out the clutter
  • Be easy to get along with
  • Tackle each day as it comes

Ways to Simplify Your Life Spiritually:

  • Keep God first
  • Get your mind off yourself
  • Don’t worry about tomorrow
  • Be merciful
  • Trust God to change you
  • Be thankful
  • Be faithful
  • Keep prayer simple
  • Pray about everything

Make it a great day and keep warm Cleveland!

God Bless You!

Nanci

January 21, 2014 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 1

~ More resources to help you just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

This is Part I of my new series. I hope you’ll come by each week and learn why Love is More Than Just a Feeling.

God Bless You!

Nanci

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November, I was told the other day, is National Adoption Month. Nothing can replace the LOVE and care of a family.

LOVE at It’s Best

Adoptive families embrace the concept around which this whole series revolves. It’s all about the bigger picture of something — something so much larger than ourselves. It’s all about LOVE.

To take tiny people into your home that you don’t even know, spend time and money to give them a good home and provide for them when they can’t repay you is indeed LOVE. To nurture someone and give of yourself –is LOVE at it’s very best. To be quite honest, raising children is a selfless act no matter if they are biologically your own or adopted. But if you adopt a child, that’s even more special. I heard a story about a family that adopted a young boy. One day he and his sister got into a little spat. The sister shouted at her brother, you were adopted! He told her, well, mom and dad had to take you when you came. But I was picked out special!

Why Are Families Important?

Families make us who we are by nurturing, encouraging, and directing us. They also help mold our personality and character. A family is the place too where memories are made and each one of us experiences holiday traditions with food, decorations, music, and perhaps your funny Aunt Clara. Remember she’s the one who always bakes ten pies at Christmas or Thanksgiving, brings her cute little Schnauzer, drives a VW bug – and she’s attractive but still not married! That sounds like somebody I know!

A family is the place where you’re supposed to be accepted and loved in spite of everything. A family will never perfect but certainly for those who adopt, the objective is to provide a loving home environment. The adoptive family as well as the adoptee are placed within the family unit after evaluation and a home study. Both the family and the child(ren) are carefully placed to make sure it’s a good fit. It can be a satisfying relationship for both the family and a well-deserving child that needs a home – because they both need each other. But the glue that cements the entire relationship together is LOVE.

There was a great article in USA Today (September 12, 2013). It indicated that adoption numbers were rising for kids in foster care. A great quote from the article shared this, “It’s important to work on family success, not just child placement, expert says.”

Forever Home Adoptions ~ new adoption agency

If you are thinking about adoption, I know of a new agency that would love to answer any questions you may have. Contact them via Facebook at Forever Home Adoptions or at http://Foreverhomeadoptions.com.

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I could only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” I Corinthians 13: 1-3 ~ New Living Translation

November 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

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