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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BECOMING STRESS FREE

Do you recognize your stress style?

The magazine headline quickly caught my attention.  I silently admitted that the past 3 months had caused me much grief.  It’s scary to acknowledge a degree of diminishment in one’s life even if just temporary.  The article went on to explain the 4 types of stress reaction one can operate under:  fight, flee, freeze or lean on someone close.  I have chosen the latter, seeking physical support and comfort from my dedicated spouse who quickly learned the ins and outs of my daily routine–yikes!  We handled this unexpected stressful ordeal for the better.

“These stressful experiences build confidence because they show you can handle any challenges.”

–Sara C. Mednick

Amen to teamwork!

SEASON LIFE WITH HAPPINESS

Happiness is a direction, not a place.”

–Sydney J. Harris

May these quotes brighten your Saturday plans.

“Be grateful for friends who make you smile without even saying a word.” 

Doe Zantamata

“I have just three things to teach:  simplicity, patience, compassion.  These three are your greatest treasures.”

–Lao Tzu

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee.  It blossoms and the bee comes.”

–Mark Nepo

Wishing you a blessed weekend.