Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Remembering Grace

The days are long and the sun is hot. The strength of the sun obscures the contrasts that we usually enjoy as we drive to work, walk to the store, cut grass or run from one cool place to the next.

This time of year can put pressure on our ability to keep our cool. Hot, tired, wanting for vacation or holiday, our bodies and our minds are searching for refuge from the building pressure.

Instead of indulging in whining and complaining, which is easy to do when you are stretched and uncomfortable, this is one time I choose to remember grace.

Calm in a storm of furry.
Peace when fighting knocks at your door.
Wonder in the face of confusion.
Savor in place of wanting more.

Smile when your heart is heavy.
Dream when hope is gone.
Be brave when you have no answer.
'Tis grace that moves you on.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Connections

Today I am filled with gratitude for each person I have met recently. Knowing that they were brought into my life for a reason, I savor the connecton we made-however brief.

I do not spend time figuring out why I have been blessed to meet them. I trust the purpose will become clear if I have a lesson to learn or a journey to embark on.

Sometimes I know people pop in to my life just to remind me that people need to be connected to each other.

I wonder who is next?

Friday, July 11, 2008

Dog Days of Summer

July is turning out to be very hot and dry here in Maryland. As the leaves of the trees begin to curl for lack of water and the grass bleaches to a pale green, I find myself drinking in the color dotting gardens and lawns. Flowers, whether domesticated or natural (weeds) give us a chance to see the contrast we live with every day.

I enjoy each flower large and small. Soon the flowers will begin to wither and their memories will be lasting remnants of this year's harvest.

For me, the flowers remind me that even in distress, there is something beautiful to discover. Weeds-or daily problems-are gifts for us to unwrap when we are ready.

I am grateful for this natural process. Bloom, grow, wither and renew! I strive to see the "color" when times seem bleak. I drink in what I can, even if the color is pale and bleached. That's where life hides its purest pleasures.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Littliest Prayer Warrior

Once again, a dear friend has expressed life through gratitude. Please enjoy!



Blaine's Mommy has a dear friend named Tom Quarles or as he is lovingly known, T.Q. He was a co-worker of Jere's when she worked at Clear Channel Broadcasting. He is one of those increasingly rare breeds who everybody loves and enjoys knowing. Somebody everyone is happy to call "friend".


About two years ago, T.Q. was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Utilizing some new medicine, his cancer went into remission. Two weeks ago T.Q. noticed a lump on the side of his neck. The cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. The doctors told him there was one small chance with another new med.


Blaine listened carefully that morning when Jere told me about this latest sad news of T.Q. As is his custom before his nap, Blaine said his prayer which is pretty much by rote. But, this day was different. Just before that 'amen' he pled, "Dear Jesus, our friend T.Q. is very sick and the doctor says he has a new medicine. But Jesus, if it doesn't work can T.Q. come to heaven and live with you?"


Needless to say, neither of us had a dry eye. My pride in this 'little hero' continues to grow as does he. I have known people I considered prayer warriors but none this tiny. Oh how I wish all of us had the insight, the compassion, the faith, and the love of this little five year old. The world would be a better place if we had more prayer warriors of all ages.



Please folks, remember T.Q. in your prayers.



Jan Elliott

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Gratitude Diet

David Margolis, a remarkable man I met 3 years ago at Jack Canfield's Breakthrough to Success event at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, has spent the last 3 years exploring and mastering Canfield's Success Principles and the Law of Attraction.

He has "distilled" his findings about what works, what doesn't and why into the Gratitude Diet. Please visit his website and take a test drive. You will be grateful for the expereince!

www.gratitudediet.com


I am grateful to have experienced Canfield's event with remarkable people like David.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Top 50 Ways To Make Someone's Monday

Scott Stratten's new Thank Goodness It's Monday Blog is now up and running. The newest post is "Top 50 Ways to Make Someone's Monday" and he needs your help with the last few ways. Have a look at the list (47 or so now) and add yours to the comment section. If you have your own site/blog feel free to link back to it as well!

Just click here:

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Natural Wonders

We have been in a pattern of afternoon thunderstorms and high winds over the last two weeks. A few days ago, we had a thunderstorm blow through, after which we were given a unique opportunity to view an unusual meteorological event- a double rainbow!

It was not only one rainbow stretched over another, but the lower rainbow had a repeated color spectrum! Red,orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, red, orange, etc. which I have never seen. It was so spectacular that neighbors called each other to share the event.

What blessings!