A TREASURED DAY

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Saturday, I can count on the Sabbath to give me rest, healing and love.

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They take residence

Phantoms of yesterday

Halt!  Sabbath is mine

…my Sabbath prayer…

“Every day I learn by a situation or experience of my great need for you, Lord.”

–Mother Angelica of EWTN

Have a wonderful weekend.

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GOOD JUNK MAIL?

Ugh! Junk mail comes every day in my mailbox.

Yet today I am nicely surprised by one flyer.  Why?

Here are some of the ‘feel good” tips it vouches for:

To be happy is a decision you can make each morning.

Look for blessing to come your way.

You have more courage than you think.

Have fun to cure your stress.

Exercise hope to feel better.

Exercise for at least 15 minutes to increase energy and sleep deeper.

A 5-minute prayer will lift your wings.

What can you add to this list of “feel good” tips?

Have a fantastic weekend!

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JUMPING OUT OF THE BOAT

“If in bed I say, “When shall I arise?  then the nights drag on.”

–Job, Chapter 7:4

Today I am Jubilant!  Finally, can I glance behind the past 7 months afflicted with leg pain. Again, able to do everything I used to, especially my daily walk.  Through patient perseverance, I’ve been recreated in humble Joy.  The Lord has restored my prosperity.

“The Lord restored the prosperity of Job.”  Chapter 42:10

Heaven came to me in tribulation.  Angels decluttered remaining strongholds not part of my destiny and deposited more of God’s unfathomable Love.  This cleansing is irreplaceable.   It is done.

Whatever August brings I receive it.

Gladly there’s still more summer to enjoy.  Get out and be happy!

Painting by Kirstin Clausen

WHEN ABUNDANCE SHOWS UP…

Abundance is…

When our dogs barked at fireworks in our cul-de-sac on 4th of July.

Abundance is…

Lying on the fresh cut grass and counting stars.

Abundance is…

A quick shower after cooking meat on the grill.

Abundance is…

Getting junk mail out of the mailbox instead of bills.

Abundance is…

To dream of a Japanese garden with a Koi pond.

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Painting by Nicolas Castell

What is your take on abundance?

SUMMER REFRESHERS

After tasting a sweet watermelon, I’m gearing up for making refreshing summer drinks…like these below…almost as good as embarking on a tropical vacation.

WATERMELON LIME OR LEMON SLUSH

In a blender, puree 2 cups watermelon pieces, zest of lime or lemon, 1/4 cup sugar, 4 oz. aloe vera juice. 2 cups ice and 1 cup water.

Bonus – a daily dose of watermelon will flush bloating.

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BLUEBERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE

In a blender combine 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, 2 bananas, 4 oz. aloe vera juice, 1 tbs. honey and 2 cups cold water.

Bonus – Antioxidants in berries will improve brain focus.

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CUCUMBER MOJITO MOCK-TAIL

Cook 1/2 cup mint leaves in 1/4 cup sugar and water, cool and puree in blender.  Add to this 1 sliced cucumber, 1/2 cup lime flavored sparkling water and 4 oz. aloe vera juice.  Blend all until smooth.

Bonus – Cucumber erases stress in 20 minutes.

The key ingredient to these summer drinks is aloe vera juice; so beneficial against heartburn and achy joints that will make you feel young again.  Hope you will enjoy these cool tips.

FRESH NEW LIFE

“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”

–John Muir

There is fresh new life in the forest.  Be refreshed with cool guggling downstream water over mossy rocks.  Morning sunshine cracks hope through the treetops for weary forest bathers in dry places.  No time to think about today’s news reports.  The fresh flowers will revive the lost mind.  A place of prayer awaits to replenish the confused heart.

“God is anything but boring.  Believe, He will do the rest.”

–A prophetic voice speaking to Sister Clare

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