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Monday, September 18, 2017

Welcome, Everyone—It’s Blog time again and I love it!

First, I thank you all for visiting today and I hope you’ll leave a comment each week if something here touches your fancy.

Once in a while I find something a little out of the ordinary and feel it’s post-worthy and then share It with you here. So, recently a dear friend of mine who is also a deeeeeep-thinking philosopher, shared some of his guidelines for successful living in our constant, ever-busy daily lives. It’s pretty simple, although a challenge. You’re welcome! Here we go:

“The inequality of effort for results is everywhere in your life if you will simply look for it. And if you apply this principle, it will unlock the success you seek in anything that matters to you. There will always be just a few things that matter more than the rest, and one of those, will matter most. Internalizing this concept is like being handed a magic compass. Whenever you feel lost or lacking direction, you can pull it out to remind yourself to discover what matters most.

BIG IDEAS

1.  Go small. Don’t focus on being busy. Focus on being productive. Allow what matters most to drive  our day.

2. Go extreme. Once you have figured out what actually matters, keep asking what matters most until there is only one thing left. That core activity goes at the top of your success list.

3. Say no. Whether you say later or never, the point is to say not now to anything else you could do until your most important work is done.

4.  Don’t get trapped in the check-off game. If we believe things don’t matter equally, we must act accordingly. We can’t fall prey to the notion that everything has to be done, that checking things off our list is what success is all about. We can’t be trapped in the game of check-off that never produces a winner. The truth is that things don’t matter equally and success is found in doing what matters most.  Sometimes it’s the first thing to do. Sometimes it’s the only thing to do. Regardless, doing the most important thing is always the most important thing.”   — Davis W. Nelson

I’m calling this new and improved, profoundly logical, time-management module something simple: “Right On”

You know, the truth is, we all know that old adage, “failing to plan is planning to fail”…and it’s true. Well, I say whatever we can do to improve upon our lives, then do it; however, let’s not labor over tomorrow. We are to take one day at a time:

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its’ own.”  – Matthew 6:34

We each have this one, glorious Life we were so gifted with, and we might all consider re-gifting it, by living it with grace, humility and purpose.  As we get into this new week, and find ourselves in mosey-mode, let’s step back and revisit our new theory, Right On!!

I’ll be working on my own plan, as well as keeping all of us in prayer, that we will have success at better time management,  empowering us to realize happier days and more restful nights. We can accomplish most anything if we live by God’s word:

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” —Proverbs 16:3

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

A big Thank You to my dear friend and advisor, Davis W. Nelson, for his wisdom and kindness with his contribution to my blog today.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Welcome to my Monday Blog, Everyone! I’m grateful to you all for joining me here each week. You inspire me —  I love you for it and I thank you!

Today is the 16th Anniversary of the horror of the 9/11 attack on our Country. When I think back on it as each year passes, it still seems utterly impossible that such an atrocity could have taken place right here in our beloved USA. It did though, and we’ll never be the same. Never!!

Each one of us has our own opinion of this travesty. We can even name the precise moment and place we were when it happened and just thinking about it can send cold chills up our spines. HOW could this have possibly happened to us?!

I know the answer to that question: HATE

What’s almost even harder to comprehend is that in the sixteen years since the 9/11 attack on American soil, that incredible hate for us has grown immeasurably. We are hated simply because of how we live and to whom we pray. That’s it. WE are free people who may live where we choose, go where we choose and pray to whom we choose. WE are hated because we are free to choose how we live our lives. Insane? Yes!! What can we do about it? That’s what we, as a country are working on and there’s no easy answer. One thing’s for sure though:

The opposite of HATE: LOVE

Now I’m not saying we’re going to all of a sudden LOVE the HATE out of them; however, I  AM  saying we need to cultivate more love in our own hearts and be mindful of those who relish in destroying our way of life, and how truly lost and demonic the hearts of such individuals truly are. They, like Satan, live to HATE and seek to destroy any other way of life besides their own. That is not God’s holy plan for any of us.

Today, and every day, let’s honor those who lost their lives for no other reason except someone in a far away land, they didn’t even know, hated them—so much so, that they planned and executed a profoundly cruel and fiendish attack to murder them.  Now that is what hate does.

WE must not harbor hate in our hearts. Never!! We are to pray for our enemies. That’s not to say we are not to defend ourselves from our enemies; however, we are to PRAY FOR THEIR SALVATION.

What we are in desperate need of in this World is MORE LOVE, LESS HATE!!

This week, let’s all pray for God’s perfect Will in the lives of all those who were harmed by the loss of a friend or loved one in the 9/11 attack. As we pray for them, let’s also pray for each other, that we’ll all be led to not only feel love in our hearts but we’ll also show that love as we live our gifts of life.

If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.”      – 1 John 4:12 

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day, Everyone and while we’re enjoying our day today, let’s all please remember to keep Texas and all the hurricane victims in our hearts and prayers. Thank you!!

WELCOME to my Monday Blog and a special welcome to all our first-time visitors!!

So, is that a SMILE on your face or what? I can’t tell…it looks like a smile, but if it’s not, then maybe I can help you with that. I know a bit about smiling. Shoot, I’ve spent most of my greatest gift (Life) smiling on the outside, when in reality, I was crying on the inside. Refusing to face my sadness started me on a very long path to the potential destruction of my sweet soul. Early on, I could have changed the course of the empty shell I was growing into, however, I willingly made a pact with an intruder known as FEAR—we became very close. This FEAR was…

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