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Let’s Make a Deal

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Shall we make a deal? I think that any time we are tempted (on Mother’s Day weekend or any other) to berate ourselves for all of our perceived imperfections, we will, instead, extinguish those thoughts and replace them with humble, loving thoughts of gratitude for what we have been able to do, for what has been done for us and for what we will have the opportunity to do in the future. It’s pseudo humility to be feeling low because we are attending to negative, ugly thoughts. Real humility is laced with gratitude and an acceptance of our humanness relative to God’s perfection. With Him, we can improve and grow and do all that is required.

Will you join me?

I wish you a beautiful weekend.

Much love,

Jacque

Influence

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This is by James W. Foley. I don’t know who that is, but I came across this poem in my paper filing the other day, (thank you to whomever gave it to one of us!). I love the rhythm and the truth! See what you think:

Drop A Pebble In The Water

Drop a pebble in the water:
just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
Circling on and on and on,

Spreading, spreading from the center,
flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling
where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water:
in a minute you forget,
But there’s little waves a-flowing,
and there’s ripples circling yet.
And those little waves a-flowing
to a great big wave have grown;
You’ve disturbed a mighty river
just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind word, or careless;
in a minute it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading
from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them,
once you’ve started them to flow.

Drop an unkind word, or careless;
in a minute you forget;
But there’s little waves a-flowing,
and there’s ripples circling yet,
And perhaps in some sad heart
a mighty wave of tears you’ve stirred,
And disturbed a life was happy
ere you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
just a flash and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort
on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn’t believe the volume
of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
in a minute you forget;
But there’s gladness still a-swelling,
and there’s joy circling yet,
And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort
whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water
just by dropping one kind word.

How many sincere, kind words can we each speak today? And tomorrow? Let’s create a wave that rocks the world!

Love you!

Jacque

Who Are You?

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It is paramount that you know!

When you know who you are, you are ahead of the game. Because knowing yourself informs your every decision, large and small.

I challenge you to write out a list of positive, “I am” statements that speak to:

Who you are; what you do; what you want; who you love; how you serve; why you care!

I predict that there will be some beautiful declarations buried in these statements.

Do you struggle with negativity? Sarcasm? Criticism of yourself?

If so, I’d say, hey you’re human! But also, there is work to do, don’t stay there!

Please take a moment to write out your “I am’s” and then post them somewhere you will see them multiple times a day.

We must choose what we will become, and we are becoming a thought at a time.

I’ll tell you one for starters:

You are powerful!

Be well! Be love! Be hope!

Jacque

 

 

Ginger Lemon Honey Tea

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Seems as though there a lot of people who have colds and flu right now. No fun!

One thing we make that has helped to “thin the junk out” during colds and flu is a nice warm cup of tea. (Not hot, let it cool before drinking.)

Put water on to heat, then squeeze juice from 1/2 a lemon into your cup. Add 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger (or fresh grated ginger if you don’t mind texture), 1-2 teaspoons raw honey, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne. Add water to the top of the cup when it is heated. Stir and let the tea cool until it is just warm.

You can certainly back off the cayenne if this tea is for a little one, but if a person can take the heat, it makes the ginger much more efficient.

I hope you are well my friend.

Take good care,

Jacque

P.S. You can make this into a nice cough syrup by leaving out the water and adding a few Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Spicy and good! And very good for a sore throat.

Monday, Monday

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It’s Monday. And I’m writing to you in the morning…for a few reasons.

Mondays can be brutal sometimes, can’t they?

It’s the day of putting the house back together, getting a new plan for a new week, starting over on all of the household duties that are weekly and basically gearing yourself up to face it all again!

If this speaks to your experience, then I want to offer you some food for thought.

Do you function on doing what you feel like doing on any given day? Do you get intimidated by big jobs or just have to talk yourself into tackling them every time you do them?

A few things that I have found helpful over the years are simple mind-set shifts and some practical tasks as well.

1 You are bigger than your laundry.
Out-think this task and don’t allow it to overwhelm you. Tackle it mentally by deciding how and when you will do it. All in one day? One load each day or specific days of the week? Who is doing it? How can you multi-task other jobs while your machines are doing the work? In making your plan, I suggest that you think it through to the very bitter end! That means it is folded and put away, and then it is done. Because we all know that laundry can overrun your house whether it is dirty or clean!

2 Do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, not when you feel like it.
We can get ahead when we don’t function on how we feel but rather taking things as they need attention (or better yet, before they need attention). This may mean that you will be best served by a list that you can check off each day. Am I the only one that thrives on seeing check marks, DONE!? The list also serves you in the fact that you have a virtual stopping place and a way to say, today was a success, even though you didn’t tackle everything that needs doing in one day.

3 Increase your pain tolerance.
By this I mean, increase, by practicing, your ability to get through the tough stuff (whatever that happens to be for you). Some people don’t mind cleaning the bathroom while others would rather do anything else! Increase your ability to do the things that you dislike or even detest! Find a way. You could: delegate to someone else at your house who doesn’t mind doing that job, or hire it done, or trade someone or break it down into small bites so that you can spread the job out and not feel overrun by it.

4 Visualize your home fully functioning.
Take some time to close your eyes and envision the level of cleanliness you’d like, the feeling of peacefulness you desire and the spirit of cooperation and love you hope to engender. See it in your mind. Then pray for help to create it. You will be inspired to change this or that, possibly your own attitude about caring for yourself or your children or your home. Be open to learning new ways of doing things and new ways of using your femininity to draw your family toward you to help build the atmosphere you envision.

Happy Monday Girl! I hope you will have a great week ahead! You can do much good in the small and simple things you do for yourself and for your family. Never forget that you are in a very powerful place to make life brighter and better for those you love and that your efforts will ripple out and out and out to bless many.

Go get ’em!

Love,

Jacque

P.S. Fact: We need daily inspiration to keep our minds in a positive place! If you have experienced a lift from reading this blog, please share it with your sisters! More features are in the works!