Snow has finally arrived!

We are so happy to see our frosted yard. I will try to get pics before it disappears!! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! Hooray!!

Powerful quotes I’ve heard or read of late

Reflect often. Are you where you want to be? On the road to get there? What does success mean to you? What does it look like? You can’t aim for and hit a target that doesn’t exist. ~ Dean Frey.

God serves us circumstances to help us grow as people. Success is often harder to handle than failure. ~D.F.

~I just love Dean, and am blessed beyond measure to count him as a cherished mentor. God is so very good!!

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From my prayer time today::

As soon as I pray, you answer me; You encourage me by giving me strength. Though the Lord is great, He cares for the humble, but He keeps His distance from the proud.

Though I am surrounded by troubles, You will protect me from the anger of my enemies.

You reach out your hand, and the power of Your right hand saves me.

The Lord will work out His plans for my life–for Your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. ~Ps. 138.

  • If you cant see yourself attaining something, you won’t.
  • Dont downgrade your dream to match your reality. Upgrade your faith to match your destiny. ~Raylene MacNamara (off an audio)

~Blessed to have access to education that molds me from the inside out. There is nothing like the transformational journey of deliberate, conscious personal development. It hurts deeply, but it is also unspeakably rewarding. Words can’t accurately describe how grateful I am to be involved with Life. I will never return to my old self or habits–my old life. Nothing there but bleak darkness and anxiety, worry, trouble. This entry into hope, dreams, a glorious future of servanthood and leadership, joy, love, faith, friends, community, is a breath of heaven. God is so incredibly good and faithful . Celebrating and praising His great Name and Person today!

Blessings!!!

Christmas time is here!!

The close of Thanksgiving and Autumn heralds the awakening of winter and the Christmas season! Welcoming the snow we are happily anticipating on Monday–the girls can’t wait to get out in it. ๐Ÿ‘โ„

We will be decorating tomorrow, tree and all! I dont understand why some folks wait until Christmas eve to put their tree up. I would much rather enjoy mine for the entire season!

I do hope all of you enjoyed your myriad Thanksgiving festivities. We had a splendid three days. Blessed to have such a large family!! ๐Ÿ’›

I will post pictures of the decked halls tomorrow, so stay tuned! ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽ…

Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar

Happy Thanksgiving day to all of you Americans! Seems all of us are experiencing some sort of natural phenomena today, no? Winds here in the northeast, snow in the midwest. Anyone have rain? As I’ve stated in my last post, I’ll happily take some snow off anyone’s hands!! I’m so ready!

Anyway, enough of that. I’m writing to express my awe and admiration for our great God today. I am reading through Daniel in my chronological plan right now, and the story of him and Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar is just jaw dropping. I’ll share the key parts.

I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous. I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me. So I commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be brought before me to interpret the dream for me. When the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners came, I told them the dream, but they could not interpret it for me. Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream. (He is called Belteshazzar, after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him.) I said, โ€œBelteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me. These are the visions I saw while lying in bed: I looked, and there before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous. The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth. Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the wild animals found shelter, and the birds lived in its branches; from it every creature was fed. โ€œIn the visions I saw while lying in bed, I looked, and there before me was a holy one, a messenger, coming down from heaven. He called in a loud voice: โ€˜Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches. But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field. โ€œโ€†โ€˜Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the animals among the plants of the earth. Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal, till seven times pass by for him. โ€œโ€†โ€˜The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people.โ€™ โ€œThis is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for me. But you can, because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.โ€
Then Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified him. So the king said, โ€œBelteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.โ€ Belteshazzar answered, โ€œMy Lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries! The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, with its top touching the sky, visible to the whole earth, with beautiful leaves and abundant fruit, providing food for all, giving shelter to the wild animals, and having nesting places in its branches for the birdsโ€” Your Majesty, you are that tree! You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth. โ€œYour Majesty saw a holy one, a messenger, coming down from heaven and saying, โ€˜Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live with the wild animals, until seven times pass by for him.โ€™ โ€œThis is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my Lord the king: You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes. The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. ~Daniel 4:4-26.

Folks, God is absolutely, 100%, unequivocally sovereign. That means that He controls everything. We cannot control what befalls us in this life– only how we react. Let that sink in. Nebuchadnezzar , like so many before and after him (right up through the millenia to today), was arrogant, nasty, and prideful due to his priviledged station as a ruler of a country. Some of us dont even need a title to act that way, amen? Such is our nature. Boy, do we ever need the Lord’s intervention. And He intervened in Nebuchadnezzar’s affairs, all right. Let’s revisit the fallout.

Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, โ€œIs not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?โ€ Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, โ€œThis is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.โ€ Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: โ€œWhat have you done?โ€ ~Daniel 4:29โ€ญ-โ€ฌ35

“All the peoples of the earth are regard as nothing. He [our heavenly Father] does as He pleases with the powers of Heaven and the peoples of the earth.” This is straight from the lips of a man whom God made certifiably insane to prove a point: the colossally consequential matter of His divine, total sovereignty over all of heaven and the four corners of the earth. This great and mighty king was reduced to living as a cow for seven. years. And insane, dont forget that. He never doubted God’s complete control over the lives of men ever again. Nor should we.

The best part, though? Even this tale has a happy ending. Starting in verse 36, God restored not only Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity and dignity, but all of his royal privileges, also! Why? Because Nebuchadnezzar had been humbled. He finally recognized who ran the show. Our best course of action is to do likewise. When we bow the knee to our Creator and acknowledge Him as our true sovereign King, and no other (including ourselves!!!), He will bless us for our faith and devotion. The best decision of my life was consciously putting Jesus at the helm of my life back in 2005. December will mark 14 years of being saved by grace. Praise the Lord, O my soul! Amen. Amen. Hallelujah.

Have the most blessed, happy, festive , joyous holiday season yet! Until next time! ๐Ÿโœจ๐Ÿ’›

Ready for snow, even with Thanksgiving still a week away!

It’s been too warm these past few days in eastern PA. A bit off-putting. It’s Thanksgiving, not Halloween. Thus, I am definitely not jumping the gun when I say I am happily, impatiently anticipating the white stuff! Last year we had a surprise snow event before Thanksgiving, so why can’t we have a repeat this year?

Ok, I’m going to rant. Slightly. Why do folks living here in PA incessantly complain about shoveling out after a snowfall? If you dont want to bother, move!! Its as simple as that. Yes, relocating is expensive, especially across or down to a warmer clime. But if you want anything badly enough, it can be done. So toughen up, buttercup!! ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ’ช

Anyway. I am so ready for mint cocoa and mulled wine. *happy sigh* Winter is so lovely. Easily outstrips summer for me. *shrug* I’m an odd duck, but thats just my preferences. Hot, sticky humidity is revolting and exhausting, plus bugs, plus how long it takes to cool down. Warming up from the cold is much more enjoyable, unless you are so frozen your nerves ache. That is unpleasant–been there. But that’s what hot water and lovely hot beverages are for!!

Go make some hot chocolate, tea, or coffee, and wait expectantly along with me for the fun festivities of winter!! Bless!

A word on one of the greatest actors in history, Mr. Robin Williams.

So my 10 y/o and I were amicably discussing both versions of Aladdin just a few moments ago. I showed her a video of Robin as the Genie and, as she’s familiar with Will Smith’s take, she said she likes his Genie better. I was, to be frank, stupefied. What’s the deal with this kid? But we all have our preferences, even if they’re wrong. … Kidding.

I wanted to share what I came across on YouTube with you all. I still miss him. But, thank goodness, we will always have his portfolio of work to sustain us. I hope to meet him when my time comes. โค Oh, and a final interesting note: I share a birthday with him! July 21st is officially Genius Day! So cool!!!

What is your favorite of his films? Performances? Sound off below!!

Be blessed this week!!

Chapter three snippet!

For your entertainment!!!

The next morning, while tending to her girls in the barn, Siobhan surveyed her property carefully. What could Robin and Gwen help her with this week? They would be here in– she consulted her phone– about 20 minutes.
She decided to forgo brushing the girls– she only washed their faces and mucked their stalls. She would let the kids brush them and give them some fruit and veggies; the girls loved their treats, especially when given by Gwen and Robin!
She said to her girls, “The kids will be here very soon . . . it’s Saturday! I’ll have them give you some yummy carrots and apples, okay?” She heard Saffron whinny in agreement; Willow merely tossed her head. Siobhan grinned as she headed to the driveway to meet her brother and the kids. She knew Willow could be a crotchety old lady sometimes–but she was still as gentle as a lamb.
Presently, she heard her brother’s Ram truck approaching. Adam roared into the drive, the kids hanging out of the windows, screeching excitedly already. “Auntie Siobhan!” They chorused, running to embrace her. She had time to wonder as she hugged them if the truck had completely stopped before they scampered out. Both were jumping up and down like a couple of Mexican jumping beans.
“Where are the horses?”
“When can we ride?”
“What are our chores this week?”
“How long are they gonna take?”
Siobhan laughed loudly and delightedly while Adam shook his head. “They’re all yours, sis. I’ll be back at dinnertime,” he called to his kids. “Behave, now! We love you two!” He then returned to his truck, got in, waved, and drove away. The kids barely acknowledged him. They could think of only one thing.
“Let’s go say hi to the girls!” Robin called, already halfway across the grass.
“Slow down, or you’ll break a leg and won’t be able to ride,” Siobhan warned. Gwen, who wasn’t even addressed, slowed her pace to a fast walk. She was between her brother and Aunt.
Robin accordingly slowed to a trot at the last minute before he entered the barn. The girls came in to find him already petting and whispering to Saff, who was, unsurprisingly, his favorite.
“As soon as Auntie Siobhan says, I’ll get you out for a ride,” Robin whispered, stroking Saffron’s neck with a greedy look in his almond eyes. Gwen was feeding Willow an apple Siobhan had kept in her pocket.
“Okay, guys, come on.” Siobhan rallied them after Willow plucked the last apple slice from Gwen’s open palm. “Let’s get started; the sooner we begin, the sooner we can come back and ride.” Her niece and nephew came to her side willingly enough, an expectant look in their eyes.

~ Do let me know if you’d like to read more!!! I will do my best to post a blurb from each chapter weekly. I am now on chapter ten, building rapidly now to the climax!! So exciting!!

Be blessed, one and all!!

An excerpt from Hidden Solutions All Around You

Not the entire chapter, but close! I need to read. Why? Because leaders are readers. Thanks, Dan Castro!!!!

Chapter 22. How Do You Get Off the Hamster Wheel?

โ—ฝ If you were looking for ‘the’ solution to the problem you are facing, this may be part of the problem in and of itself. Without knowing it, you have chosen to believe that there is only one best solution to the problem. In so doing, you have already cut off hundreds, if not thousands, of other possible solutions. In addition, you have created in your mind a picture of what the perfect solution should look like and that’s the only solution you’re actually looking for. Perhaps you’ve unwittingly chosen to believe that the solution can only come from a certain source or from a person with a certain set of credentials. This makes you blind to all other possible solutions and all other sources. In truth, the solution you seek may not look at all like it’s ‘supposed’ to look like. It may not even be where it’s supposed to be.
It is very difficult to rid yourself of all preconceived notions of what the solution is supposed to look like and where it’s supposed to come from. But you can start by making a deliberate choice not to reject any possible solution no matter how absurd or ridiculous it may sound, and no matter how unlikely the source. Sometimes, the most creative and innovative thing you can do is to stop. Stop everything you’re doing and take inventory of your life. Is what you’re doing really taking you in the direction of your dreams, or just keeping you occupied as you make your way through this life? Are you focusing more on the arrow than the target?

โ—ฝ Unless you get off the hamster wheel, your brain cannot rest long enough to see what other possibilities are out there. Fueled by the expenditure of your own precious energy and time, your hamster wheel will keep turning and turning and taking you with it on (a path to nowhere) until your time, energy, and money run out. If your ship is sinking, or taking you nowhere, it may be time to abandon ship.

โ—ฝ Many notable innovators and entrepreneurs (the Wright bros, Oprah Winfrey, Ben Franklin) succeeded because they became like water. They didn’t just change careers. Anyone can do that. They changed their way of being. They realized that in order to solve an unsolvable problem, in order to finally find what they were looking for in life, they had to stop using the same old tools, strategies, and belief systems they’ve been using their entire lives. In short, they became a different person. They became the person they had to become in order to fulfill their wildest dreams. This requires more than just changing jobs, changing churches, or changing your daily affirmations. Don’t get me wrong. All these things may be helpful. But standing alone, they are not enough because they are only surface-level changes that never really change who you are on the inside. No, these people experienced a total and complete rebirth by making cataclysmic, life-altering decisions designed to shake the globe of their life. Like water, they changed form in order to accomplish their goals. In doing so, they didn’t just level the playing field. They created a whole new playing field . . . of their own design.
Like water, they didn’t merely seek the path of least resistance. They sought and followed all paths of least resistance until they found the one that was the most efficient. There were many false starts and dead-ends along the way. But each of them started with an undying, almost delusional, belief that they could not fail.
Stop for a moment and take stock of your life. Where have you been? Where are you now? If you continue doing what you’re doing right now for the next 10 years, where will you end up mentally, emotionally, financially?
Make a list of the things you’re doing daily that are actually taking you in the direction of your dreams. Make a list of the things you’re doing that are taking you off course. Then draw a line in the sand. Make a firm, undying commitment to do more of what’s working, and less of what’s not. Don’t change what you’re doing for a living. Change who you are being for a living.

Open meeting gems from the last two weeks

Dean F. and Mike Parr have undeniably torn the roof off of the Allentown open these past weeks. Here are some great takeaways::

Dean

๐Ÿ An impetus for change is becoming uncomfortable/discontent with your current level of freedom. Eventually you ought to be asking yourself, what can I do about this? How can I make my life better?

๐Ÿ Be careful where you get your advice from; you just may end up with their results.

๐Ÿ Plan for and schedule your future.

๐Ÿ Don’t follow anyone who isn’t casting a monumental vision for the future. If they aren’t going anywhere, they aren’t worth following.

๐Ÿ Success always lies on the other side of inconvenience.

๐Ÿ Change the opinion you have of yourself. Believe you can attain the desires of your heart.

Mike

๐Ÿ To get where we’re going, we usually have to let go of where we’re at.

๐Ÿ When we strip our humanity down to the essentials, we are pure energy. Our mission is to channel that energy into the creation of all things good. Success. [Whatever that looks like for you.] Because God created us to do just that.

๐Ÿ When you feel powerful, energetic, positive, you will physically manifest those qualities into your life. Your life will begin to change.

~Meditate on these principles, and see where they take you! Blessings!!