General

Focus On Joy!

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Is there a challenge in your life that has you nervous or scared?

Are there gatherings to plan or lessons or exams or late nights or difficult days coming up?

I have been reminded that focusing on the difficulties, the soul-stretching experiences that we aren’t quite sure we’ll survive, can expand our anxiety and make our burden heavier.

But, when we focus on the joyful outcome of our labors, we are lifted and strengthened and all is joy now!

To you little mothers especially, hold in your mind the joy of seeing your children growing and becoming their best selves! They will grow out of tormenting each other and become loyal friends; they will return again to you with gratitude; they will give you many, many reasons for gladness along with the sleepless nights and challenging days that are part of the package.

Just go straight for the joy in your mind now, and it will catapult you into a positive, anticipating space where you can effectively teach and train and love and accept your little ones on their unique journey.

You are doing a great work. Our society needs you like we have never before.

Sending you much love and thanks for your unending efforts and dedication to the success of your family, and our collective family.

Jacque

C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

“Son,’he said,’ ye cannot in your present state understand eternity…That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. And of some sinful pleasure they say “Let me have but this and I’ll take the consequences”: little dreaming how damnation will spread back and back into their past and contaminate the pleasure of the sin. Both processes begin even before death. The good man’s past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven: the bad man’s past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness. And that is why…the Blessed will say “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven, : and the Lost, “We were always in Hell.” And both will speak truly.”

Make Friends With Small Bites and Baby Steps

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Life is a process.

There’s no such thing as leap-frogging over daily needs…at least not without unhealthy consequences.

We must eat. We must sleep. We grow. We need new clothes. We get tired. We need change.

Sometimes we think we can take life by storm and forego the necessities. We get ahead of ourselves, run too fast and burn out.

Sooner or later, we will do well to learn that our progress will most often come in small bites and baby steps.

That most days will feel “ordinary” and that the meaningful milestones come after long, persistent, dedicated effort.

And it’s the same for everyone.

You’re doing great. Keep on moving and hoping and working and praying.

And see if you can cheer for each small bite and baby step you and others take!

Love,

Jacque

 

Hospitality

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Derives from the Latin hospes, meaning “host”, “guest”, or “stranger”. …

hos·pi·tal·i·ty; noun the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors,or strangers.
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ynonyms: friendliness, hospitableness, warm reception, welcome, helpfulness, neighborliness, warmth, kindness, congeniality, geniality, cordiality, courtesy, amenability, generous.

What awesome words–friendly, generous and warm! What about a little hospitality at home?

Where people feel comfortable and cared-for?

Seems like the little things count so much in creating that kind of welcoming atmosphere.

Food, always food!

Cleanliness.

A small note of appreciation.

A snack waiting.

This kind of graciousness is something that children can and want to join in because the are already kind and thoughtful!

Consider ways you would treat a guest, then do those things for yourself and those you love best…

You’re amazing! I pray for you and send you my love and best wishes for a wonderful day.

Sincerely,

Jacque

Corrie Ten Boom

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A great reminder from a great woman:

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”

Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place

Love to you today!

Jacque

{Thank you for the quote Becky, Godspeed!}

Caprese Salad Tostada Twist

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I’m kind of crazy about avocados and basil. How about you?

I had cooked several extra tostada shells (corn tortillas fried on both sides in olive oil until they are crispy), and we had avocados that needed to be eaten quickly…so this was born!

~Mashed avocado spread on tostada shell
~A few grape or cherry tomatoes (if you slice them they’re more likely to stay put!)
~Sprinkle of Real salt
~Fresh chopped basil
~A drizzle of balsamic vinegar and or olive oil

Of course you could add mozzarella cheese (I just didn’t have any on hand) and I think minced garlic would be nice too.

Happy summer eating!

Love,

Jacque