Key Benefit of a Broken Heart [according to James]

May your broken heart heal

The pain of a broken heart is as real as they come! All we can think about is the pain and all the negative aspects of feeling broken (rejection, feeling unloved, lonely, afraid . . .)

But what if there was a benefit to a broken heart? What if there was purpose for your pain? 

Let me begin by saying, if you’re reading this and your heart is broken, I feel for you, and I’m terribly sorry. It’s a shock to the system (I’ve been there), and you are probably grieving. But here is the good news. The most grueling roads often lead to the most beautiful destinations! Stay positive. Beautiful things are in the making!

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A Gentle Nudge [Not to Worry]

Be anxious for nothing . . .

Hey there friends! I hope your having a sunny day. But if you’re not, and you’re feeling down for any reason, here’s a gentle nudge to encourage you. Imagine life in the arms of your Heavenly Father . . .
“Don’t fret of worry. Instead of worrying pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7 MSG

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International Day of Peace [Quote of the Day]

 Peace begins with a smile

“Peace begins with a smile.” ~ Mother Teresa

May peace fill your hearts and home, today, and always! Happy International Peace Day!
The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

What can you do today to celebrate Peace Day? Offering a smile is a great place to begin 🙂

Here are some of my favorite verses on peace to leave you with . . .

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Quote of the day by Charles Dickens


This inspirational quote of the day is a wonderful reminder that we all can play a part in helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
I’m in awe of all the wonderful stories I’m hearing about neighbors helping neighbors, as well as organizations who’ve rallied to help those in need. As an animal lover, I’m also deeply touched by all the incredible men and women working round the clock to help dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and all sorts of animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.
I just shared a short post on my other blog (Pawz and Pray) to highlight their efforts. Follow the link below if you’d like to read it. Thanks for visiting! See you soon 🙂
They Weren’t Going to Leave Their Pets Behind [Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescues Videos]


The Unity Challenge [12 Encouraging Quotes]

Brothers Dwelling in Unity

“Oh how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” —Psalm 133:1

UNITY is a lovely word . . . but it remains a concept in the clouds unless it’s lived out thoughtfully and purposefully in our daily lives. Great men and women throughout history (flawed as they may be, and as we all are) have known that, and challenge us to live in unity.  Let’s rise to the challenge. By God’s grace, I know it’s possible. Here are 12 quotes on unity to encourage us.
12 Encouraging Quotes on Unity . . .
1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
2.”When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, ‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” ~ Donald Trump
3.”The American story has never been about things coming easy. It has been about rising to the moment when the moment is hard. About rejecting panicked division for purposeful unity. About seeing a mountaintop from the deepest valley. That is why we remember that some of the most famous words ever spoken by an American came from a president who took office in a time of turmoil: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ~Barak Obama
4.”Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
5. “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” ~Coretta Scott King
6. “The human person is a unique composite – a unity of spirit and matter, soul and body, fashioned in the image of God and destined to live forever. Every human life is sacred, because every human person is sacred.” ~ Pope John Paul II
7. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa

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Hate Has No Home in My Heart, Except the 7 Things God Hates

Hate has no home in my heart

“Hate has no home in my heart. There’s only room for light and love.”~ Leila Grandemange

The recent horrific acts of violence and racism in Charlottesville Virginia reminded me how much I hate the word HATE!
Yesterday I told my friend,  “Hate has no home in my heart. There’s only room for light and love.” My friend responded, “True, but there are some things we can hate. We can hate the things God hates  (acts of evil), and we must love the things God loves (acts of kindness, generosity, good . . .).” So I looked in the Bible to read more specifically what God hates.
Here are 7 things God hates, taken from Proverbs 6:16-19 The Message Translation

Seven Things God Hates

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