60 First Days

Whether it is a new challenge, hustle, dream, goal, or job; that first day is awesome. So much motivation. So much hope. So much commitment. Nothing but positive as far as your eye can see.

But the first day bliss wears off. Reality kind of sets in. The motivation becomes more gray tones than black and white. And that stinks because you really want to do this! Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Toilet Paper

Specifically, let’s talk about changing the roll of toilet paper.

Yes, it is a little thing. In fact, it takes just seconds. BUT how many of us have gone into a restroom to find the toilet paper holder empty. Continue reading

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Life’s Twists and Turns

You are going down the street, your normal planned-out route, and suddenly the lane is closed.

Road Work Sign - Detour Ahead

The road has a detour sign on it. You were heading east and now you are due north. You never know what is around a corner or two ahead.

The same is true of life.

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Being Allowed To Help

You know what is a little thing? Saying the word “Yes” or “Sure” when someone offers to help.

It is such a little thing to allow someone the gift of doing something for you.

Yes, I am speaking from my heart here. I absolutely love doing stuff for people. It is part of what makes me me. And when someone is kind enough to just say “Yes,” that is a delight to the soul. Continue reading

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The Enormity of Little Things

There were seven ladies sitting in the very cozy living of our pastor’s wife enjoying a Bible study and sharing our lives with one another. Extremely comfortable in each other’s presence, our guards were down.

We were bantering a subject back and forth, everyone chiming in, everyone voicing an opinion, everyone listening to the others. Then, suddenly, a dear friend, Eileen, said this phrase:

If only we understood the enormity of little things.

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What is a “Small Thing”?

Have you heard the quote: “Be faithful in the small things”? Did you know it comes from the Bible? I’ve run into so many people  who didn’t know it was from the Bible. Luke 16:10 actually.

I have a question for you to ponder today:

What, exactly, is a small thing? Continue reading

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You were meant to be you

How many books, blog posts, sermons, and lectures have been written or spoken on the subject that you were meant to be you and only you? There is no one else like you. God made you to carry out the unique purpose for which you were created.

Those topics flood the airspace and blogosphere and pulpits.

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Life is Complicated

My husband and I love to watch movies. We prefer it over TV without contest. But, when you watch movies on a regular basis, you get frustrated with the mediocrity that exists. You know, the over-use of catch phrases, the same film shot repeated over and over sometimes crossing genres with ease, the lazy dialogue.

This is our motto

This is our motto

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What are you working on?

There should never be a time in our life when we are not working on something.

So, what are you working on right now?

Are you improving a skill? Learning a new one?

Strengthening your body? Finishing a home project?

Mastering a recipe? Trying to grow some veggies? Continue reading

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Life Lessons Are All Around Us

Our life is made of lessons. Good lessons. Bad lessons. Some inspiring, some disheartening. We start learning these kinds of lessons before we can speak or answer a question. We continue on through school and to the end of our days.

Some days we learn what we want to add to our life, other days things we want to avoid at all cost.

A movie, a song, a sermon, a painting; all can speak to us in a moment that affects our inner being. If we let it.

There are words we read or hear that stick with us forever. Those words can jar our thinking, arrest our thoughts, and adjust our compass.

Words. Meanings. Messages. Perspectives. Opinions. Thoughts.

Things to ponder that change the very makeup of our person.

As one who ponders, this stuff is food for my soul.

One message from a movie has made me reconsider my goals. One line from a country song has stoked the flame of my passion for living a life of impact.

Let yourself be moved by what you hear and see. Settle your mind and take it in. You don’t have to keep it if you don’t want to, but let it in for a brief moment and ponder its message.

Be moved by the things you experience. It is a lovely, lovely thing.

 

Patricia Meyers
Stirred in my core

 

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