Keep Your Face Towards the Sun

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman

The weather forecast says it’s all sun today! So happy!

We all love sunny days, but sometimes the shadows from the past keep our hearts covered in gloom, and we waste a day in our life, that could have otherwise been beautiful.

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Dear God, I Need Your Perspective

Dear God, I need your perspective. Things don’t make sense. I’m unsure what to do and which way to go. Help me see things from your perspective, and to trust you, even when I don’t understand. Thank you for loving me, and hearing my prayer. Fill me with your peace and joy, and guide me, as I go about my day. Amen

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Are You Tired of Feeling Sad? [12 Tips to Overcome Sadness]

I’m tired of being sad. I’m tired of being tired. What will I do?

When life losses its luster and disappointment weighs the heart, we typically struggle with feelings of sadness. Feeling sad isn’t bad or wrong. It’s a God-given emotion.  But when sadness lingers, it can be hard to endure.
So what do we do? 
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Take Time to Snuggle [Happiness Tip #5]

Happiness Tip: Take Time to Snuggle [blog post]

If you’re feeling sad, there’s probably one thing you’re looking for . . . RELIEF!In other words, you want to be happy again. What if I told you that snuggling has the potential to lift your spirit of heaviness?

During a difficult and busy season of my life, I found myself battling the blues. Day after day it lingered and I desperately wanted to find some relief. Then, late one evening, I was slumped in a chair, head down, with tears streaming down my face. My dog was right there at my feet and gently reached up to lick my tears. She then laid her head on my lap as if to say, “I’m here for you, wanna cuddle?” Of course I obliged and almost immediately felt relief from my sadness.

Happiness is found in many places, and for many people that place is in the company of their beloved dogs. Dogs always seem willing and ready to share their healing hugs, or to lend a listening ear.

Of course finding relief from sadness is not reserved only for our pets. Intimacy with others is one of the essential elements to make human beings happier, but we don’t often take enough time to sit and relax with those we love.

What if we took time to stop, sit, and snuggle more often? How would that affect our moods and outlook on life? Let’s consider how showing affection to our human companions (family and friends) and our pets can enhance our life.

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