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Think of flowers

Our feelings are often shaped by what we see around us.  Cloudy, wet and cool days can bring on the blues.  The sight of a snake invokes fear in many.  Seeing an early flower in a flower bed covered in snow can give us a feeling that spring is not far off.  Feelings are a state of our mind.  Think of flowers on a cool, cloudy day.  So here in ten words or less is this week’s encouragement.

Flowers also bloom when the day is cloudy and cold.           DSCF0841

And the riddle to keep your mind sharp is to make meaning from this following group of words.

by not be troubled let day your a cloudy heart


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I once heard a Don Cossack men’s choir sing a number of their folk songs.  Not only did they sing beautifully, but the lyrics of many of their songs spoke of experiences we all hold in common, and so they touched me deeply.  Even now, after many years have passed since I heard them sing, I find myself sometimes humming one of their tunes.  The title of one of the songs they sang was “Alle Tage ist kein Sontag”.  Translated it means every day it isn’t Sunday.  The words of that song reminded each of us  listening that in addition to the Sundays of life some days are laden with storm clouds.

Well, the weatherman predicted lots of clouds and rain for this weekend.  Kids sometimes call rain liquid sunshine, digital set one 069 (1)but for many others it makes the day gloomy.

So what can I say in ten words or less that’s an encouragement for this weekend?  Maybe this will help.

At the end of every storm the sun will appear.

Have a fine

weekend in spite

of the rain.

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Yesterday we celebrated British Columbia’s first Family Day holiday .  We chose to enjoy ourselves.  We didn’t do anything grand or unusual, but little things we enjoy doing like having lunch with a couple of our grandsons.  At the end of the day I did another something I enjoy doing, planning what to write for this week’s encouragement in less than ten words and the first of the week riddle.  eagle in flight

This week the encouraging words and the riddle are rolled into one.  Unscramble the nine words for this week’s encouragement.

 to you in spread must your wings fly order 

There are at least a couple ways to put the words in order to make the message clear.

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In today’s fast paced world that often demands instant action stress and tension can overwhelm even a strong spirit. Is there a remedy? a smile  What is the antidote?  I have found that someone’s smile brightens my world.  Laughter sends my blues packing and singing a song or humming a melody lightens my heart.  So in ten words or less here is my encouragement for you for this weekend.

   Smile, laugh, song are three words with healing power.

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Treasure today

We can’t do anything about the past.  Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet arrived.  We have no guarantee that what we plan for tomorrow will come to be.  But we can make the best of today.

I have always enjoyed reading Will Roger’s sayings.  He had an ability to combine wisdom and common sense.  For this weekend’s encouraging words here, in ten words or less, is an example of his wisdom.

 “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” (Will Rogers)

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The universe wept

Years ago I read an account of a young man, an ace fighter pilot in the early years of Second World War.  He loved his family and friends.  He loved life, and he loved to fly.  He loved his country, and even though he was trained as a airport-07iw_small fighter pilot and had flown several successful missions, he hated war and felt deep grief for each enemy pilot he shot down thinking of them as someone’s son or someone’s husband.  I don’t recall many of the details of the article, not even the pilots name.  So let me call him David.  I remember the account reported that his plane was shot down in 1941, I believe it was, and he lost his life.  What I will always recall precisely are the words with which the author closed the article.  He said, “While his family, friends and comrades grieved for him, the universe wept for David .”  To me his words were a profound statement of the worth of each individual.

In keeping with this brief account let me encourage you with the less than ten words spoken by Jeremiah, the prophet, bringing a message from God to the people – and remember you count.

 “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)  

And here is the promised brain teaser to keep Mr Alzheimer away.

What is the 6th number in this series?   10 – 14 -19 – 26 – 37 – _____

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I have to admit it.  I’ve been amiss in the last week or two writing a post at the beginning of the weekend that gives encouragement.  I’ve posted no “thoughts to consider” in ten words or less for a week or two.  Sometimes my plans don’t work out, and sometimes I’m just not inspired enough.  That’s a less brutal way of saying I didn’t take the time to do it.  But honestly, I do enjoy writing this weekend post most of the time.

It’s the last weekend of January 2013, and like many days this time of year what the world looks  like to us can drum up a depressing mood. Could the reason for this be that we too often look without truly seeing?   Here in ten words or less is this weekend’s thought to consider:

Only when it rains can you see the rainbow.

So I encourage you all in the drab days of January to see things that are amazing and beautiful?


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