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There’s more to life than work

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The Necessity of Rest


To remember

  • time physically away = luxury
  • sabbath in rhythmic rejuvenation sense = regular rhythms of rest > to make space one day a week
  • Our society = a go-go-go society
  • we work best when we take the time to rest
  • choosing to rest one day a week = don’t keep pace with others who are willing to prioritize work over all else
  • life = marathon
  • no end > tasks to be done
  • we are the ones to protect quality of our rest
  • digital world cannibalizes time
  • Freedom =/=  absence of restrictions as finding the right ones > those that fit with the realities of our own nature and those of the world

Grace Begets Beauty

“Now I know that the best thing I can offer this world is not my force, but a well-tended spirit, a wise and brave soul.”

Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect

The dust has just settled from some glorious time on a vacation away from my phone. It was the kind of magical family affair out in the forest, miles from town, without cell service. The kind where the windows are perpetually open to let in the mountain breeze, and there was not the same frenetic keeping track of others as we so often have in our perpetually connected society. If someone wanted to go out, they went out – to run, walk, fish, hammock, or otherwise. Or if they wanted to stay in, they read on the porch, played a board game, puttered in the kitchen, or took a nap. There was no checking in, no “where are you’s”, simply …

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Dig a Little Deeper

Before we know it, we are so much further along in life, married and our children out of the house, while we may have changed so much, yet some have remained the same, looking back on those many years that have flown by so much.

Roth Poetry

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When the honeymoon is over, and things have settled down

And the exhale that follows leaves you fully unwound

Dig a little deeper… create another round.


She’s pregnant with one and then there are two

And there’s no sleep at night and more work to do

Dig a little deeper… do your share too.


There are diapers to change and babies to feed

No time for you, life spins at warp speed

Dig a little deeper… let her know she’s the one you need.


When the kids have grown, and activities never stop

Enjoy those moments, help them come out on top

Dig a little deeper… cheer them on, enjoy their shouts.


When the empty nest is now your own

And all of your sweet children have long since flown

Dig a little deeper… as life moves on.


Time to rediscover who you are now

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Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Because I have seen God:
bring beauty out of ashes
fill my heart with peace in the midst of intense situations
pour His grace into my life enabling me to move forward
fill the broken pieces of my heart with His unending love
and turn the bleakest situations around for good
I will praise Him!
I will serve Him!
I trust Him!
He amazes me!
Life is an adventure and because of God, I am clothed in strength and dignity.  I can smile at the future! (Proverbs 31:25)
When you look at your life, what do you find?
Comment  if you want to chat about how you too can experience the peace, joy, love and hope that Jesus offers.   Best decision I ever made!
Jesus tells us,  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  John…

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Paint me in the Shadows

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When my time has come and I am gone

Take my ashes and paint me in the shadows

Under the oak tree where memories were made…

In the shadows with the fungi and let me watch it grow

And feel the coolness of the wind floating through the leaves


When my time has come and I am gone

Brush me smoothly under rocks of overhanging cliffs.

Paint me in the shadows where cool water

Trickles its way gurgling neath the trees

And deer quench their thirst on hot summer days


When my time has come and gone

Blend my ashes onto boardwalk pilings.

Paint me in the shadows where I can hear

Excited children walking as the waves roll in

Splashing in the shadows and rolling out again


When my time has come and gone

Take me to the farm I loved so long ago

Paint me…

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Take it

In life, it always comes down to going for what you wish to achieve and doing what you love to do.

to remember

  • If you are convinced that the step you are taking is what you really want, take it.


You spend your life working on yourself, thinking about how to improve, how to grow up, how to develop yourself professionally, how to support yourself and then how to support your family, how to buy a house, how to become a good person at how to take care of those you love and who love you. Then one day you realize that yours is only one life, one of a hundred million that you could have lived or chosen to live. And that we all desperately need to be the protagonists of our own films, with our suspense scenes, the scenes where it seems to us as if there are cameramen somewhere filming us, “come on, get the cameras out”. They have to be somewhere. And it's not like that. No because in reality, what we do is exactly what everyone does. We think we are right to do the…

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Take time, look around at the beauty of nature

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Something precious is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment, to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day.

~ Kent Nerburn

Take time, look around at the beauty of nature

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Neem de tijd, kijk rond in de schoonheid van de natuur

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Lose Our Fear


Are you creative? Do you live a creative life?

Not exactly convinced we get this question asked of us very often, but “are you creative?”

Personally, I believe that we are all creative. That each one of us has the ability to create “works of art(you can define that however, you like)” that the world and universe desperately want and needs to be part of existence – to be seen and savoured.

Many of you will argue that point.

I’ve often heard people say of themselves, “well…I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” Rubbish – I don’t believe that for even a nanosecond.

Perhaps we’re stuck on the phrases “are you creative?” and “do you live a creative life?” There are more articles and papers on the definition of those two phrases than one might care to look at. But, consider this.

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Life is good💐

Try to get it!

The end May become an outset
The defect May be a signal of uniqueness
The dark May be a door to happiness
The failure could be a step to success
The disease can be an outlet to a better health
The fog May conceal bad vibes
The wind can sweep all microbes
Even rats can keep our balance,
In that wise circle of the universe!
Blessed be that creative One
Who made the moon and the sun!!!
Allah says
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَنْ تَزَكَّىٰ 14He has certainly succeeded who purifies himself
And mentions the name of his Lord and prays.
وَذَكَرَ اسْمَ رَبِّهِ فَصَلَّىٰ

Al Aalaa chapter
Verse 14,15

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It’s not about what you’re supposed to be

Life is not about what should be.
It is what it is.
How you handle it yourself makes all the difference.

(V. Satir)

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Impossible not to dream

Poetry from John Looker

From time to time, I have been posting a poem from my book The Human Hive. This one is taken from Part 5, ‘States of Mind’:


She turns and takes a final look at the room:
the mirrors across the wall, the well-sprung floor.
If you ignore the lights, it’s like a womb
where music finds embodiment in dance.
Re-living the last half-hour, she shuts the door. 

What did they think of that?

This was the feared audition, the longed-for chance.
Those weeks, let’s say the years, of preparation
had worked their alchemy: as though entranced
her mind and the music fused, her body became
line and shape, gesture, and lightness of motion. 

Surely they will recognise, at last,
my true potential?           

She feels so alive! She wants, she needs, this same
exhilaration daily in her life,
to burst out from the chrysalis…

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The purpose of this glorious life…

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Het doel van dit glorieuze leven…



    The purpose of this glorious life is not simply to endure it ,
    but to soar , stumble and flourish as you learn to fall in love
    with existence.
    We were born to live my dear not to merely exist ..

    ~ Becca Lee ~

    Art by Julie Marriott

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            Vivamos Videre, the more we live, the more we are a witness to life

            Kone, Krusos, Kronos

            Castle od San Angelo Rome

            “Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn! Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the Verities and Realities of your Existence. The Bliss of Growth, The Glory of Action, The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And To-morrow is only a Vision; But To-day well lived makes Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well therefore to this Day! Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!”


            The more we grow old, the more things we experience in life, some of them a great surprise, and a thing that makes us ponder at life itself.

            It’s meaning, and our lot in it.

            And we talk, and feel according as to what we consider it was good, or bad, but we did gain anything on it?

            I mean even…

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            Discovering our narrative, a process we call Life

            In the midst of the journey of our life we may find ouself in a dark forest, for the straight path was lost, and still there in that jungle, we may find so many tracks to follow that after so many years we still are not yet sure which path or which direction to take.

            Step by step in our lives, we have to explore the world and experience things that may or may not appeal to us, bother us, or seem reprehensible to us. Even if we would like to turn back the clock, we are not allowed to do so and have to keep moving forward.

            It looks like we are always in a learning process, but by reading “backwards” in our memory we will be able to gain a fuller understanding of what happened earlier and if we get to know the tricks of the trade, we shall be able to have some idea of what may happen next.

            Kone, Krusos, Kronos


            Old Man Contemplating

            Life receives too many adjectives, but life it’s a verb, that it unfolds as we live, uncertainty a first, in childhood, and at our youth undecided, and shy, as we mature during our third decade we choose this, or that, hoping it will work out to reveal what we think we are, on the beginning of the fourth decade we tune, and correct course if in need of, asserting, and throwing out, what we believe of no use, friends, relationships, jobs, locations, and whatnot.

            Geting Rid From Old Things

            By the course when we arrive to the last years, we can see with clarity, the result from our work, and we can correct, and straighten certain things out, not all of them, since in life you cannot go back, only try again for new routes, different tactics to our general strategy, now hard to change into something else…

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            Truly, Truly – a #freeverse #poem by Leona

            Life and Times of a Quirky Character

            Prayers my heart starts to

            mumble as the dew

            forms graceful drops

            across the eyelashes

            of the late summer trees

            It sprang to mind the hopeful

            and expectant posture of

            a bride in waiting


            oil filled lanterns

            how we see the changing times

            only to be reminded that

            in life there is death

            in love there is loss

            truly truly say to you

            the barren garden will

            blossom as the noon day


            creeps along the ground

            there in the slanting rays

            it is easy to remember that

            goodness and favor

            does come to those

            who wait as the tides

            change and the earth


            Have I finally found my home?

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            We are all cut from the same cloth

            Black or white. Pauper or posh

            And as those veracious bubbles do froth

            The truth always comes out in the wash.

            Life’s banquet is seared with many decoys

            Blue, well-done, medium and rare

            You can never delect in the delicious joys

            Without first tasting bitter despair.

            It’s always the cruel that bloom and flourish

            It beggars belief how the meek don’t inherit

            We must first plant wisdom and courage

            To stop them reaping from our own merit.

            Because when life is unkind

            And your ducks don’t stay in a row

            Sometimes you have to lose your mind

            To find your soul.

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            Courage, Fear, and our vulnerability

            My Diary Pages

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            Without courage, we can not practice any virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.

            Maya Angelou

            Life is a strange, yet beautiful composition of laughter and tears, joy and sorrows, love and loss, struggle and stumble, success and failure, expectations and disappointments and a lot more.. It is completely perfect with all its ingredients and flavours, nothing is out of context.

            We are living in a time of “disconnection” — more importantly, a disconnection with our authentic selves and emotions. We don’t embrace any emotion as is, and identify it as either “good” or “bad”. Therefore, we know none at its core level. We usually mask our genuine emotion just to fit-in the society we live in. For example, it can be embarrassing for us to talk about our fears, while being “fearless” is the ideal term to be…

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            Learn something new

            Dr Austin Ejaife inspirit

            “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” ~ Christopher McCandless …

            Life is filled with a plethora of wonderful things for us to learn. Yet in spite of this truth, there are even more things that we will never know–and this is a good thing, for so much what others try to impress upon us is really not of much use to us on a personal level, and often times completely useless to us as human beings. It is therefore to our benefit to seek out new adventures that inspire the individual within us, and broaden our horizons with new encounters and experiences.

            Contrary to popular belief, broadening…

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            Life is but a Weaving by Corrie ten Boom

            Short film based on the poem by Corrie ten Boom, which she often recited to audiences.

            My life is but a weaving
            Between my God and me.
            I cannot choose the colors
            He weaveth steadily.Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
            And I in foolish pride
            Forget He sees the upper
            And I the underside.

            Not ’til the loom is silent
            And the shuttles cease to fly
            Will God unroll the canvas
            And reveal the reason why.

            The dark threads are as needful
            In the weaver’s skillful hand
            As the threads of gold and silver
            In the pattern He has planned

            He knows, He loves, He cares;
            Nothing this truth can dim.
            He gives the very best to those
            Who leave the choice to Him.

            Shot, edited and directed by Brian Reed
            Additional photography by Daniel Kandel
            Music by Chris Zabriskie

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            We should be aware that the religious life is a particular game or contest where we have to reach the goal or finish line.
            Many people prefer to hold on the earthly life where an adulterousness and pride in them avoids them to come close to Allah, the Only One True God Who is One (and not two or three).

            In that earthly life some leap in the hope Minimum life is nothing but the pleasures of vanity. Few people are willing to set aside the earthly pleasures to come to know the more important pleasures of God.

            Let us belong to those who chose to follow Allah’s Guidance and be aware that Life is like a rainfall whose growth charms the unbelievers but then dries out while those who believe in the Most High and count on His forgiveness and well-being do not need those worldly things but prefer heavenly things as they praise Jehovah God and want to be submissive to Him.




            Be it in May or September: Run the race

            Race and Grace

            The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong


            Additional reading

            1. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
            2. We are redeemed; we are “bought with a price”
            3. Atonement and the race been bought
            4. Matthew 20 Are you willing to work for Jesus?
            5. Run for the Everlasting Cure
            6. A race not to swift, nor a battle to the strong
            7. Running the battle
            8. Life is like a ten-speed bike.
            9. The Month of May and Running the race
            10. Today’s Thought “A Race in the Last Days” (May 27)
            11. Today’s Thought “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness” (May 27)

            Try to get it!

            Black yellow Or white
            Each has a right
            The right to be respected
            The right to be protected
            The right to live
            And to peacefully survive
            So.. Live
            And Let live
            Allah says
            Chapter 57 The Iron سورة الحديد – Al-Hadid: Verse 20
            اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ ۖ كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ الْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَاهُ مُصْفَرًّا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَامًا ۖ وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٌ ۚ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ
            Know ye (all), that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying, (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children. Here is a similitude: How rain and the growth which it brings forth, delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; thou wilt see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in…

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