BOOKSHELVES SERIES, LOVE GUEST POST

BOOKSHELVES: GUEST POST OF KRISTIAN, LIFE LESSONS FROM AROUND THE DINNER TABLE❤️

I felt it in an instant. That click, that magic spark that tells you even though you’ve never met this person before, your soul has known theirs for centuries. The atoms and stardust, and particles that make up my body have danced with the atoms, and stardust, and particles that make up his, and whether I want this or not, there’s no denying it, there’s no way I could ever deny this irresistible grasp.

It was a dreary day that October morning, when I spilled my coffee and dropped my essay about quantum entanglement, mascara running down my cheeks that had turned red after looking up to see the most handsome stranger. He smiled at me and handed me a napkin, he hadn’t uttered a word and yet, I felt the pull.

It’s strange, isn’t it? How in just a matter of seconds someone can walk into your life and change it irrevocably. Strange, and yet oh! So blissful, my heart has never been so full of love.

My friends say it was love at first sight. I’m not sure that I believe in love at first sight, but I most definitely believe in the click.

And the magic that swirls within my heart whenever he smiles.


BOOKSHELVES: A Special Series Featuring Short Stories ❤️

In this big wide world, we all have our awesome stories to tell!

For even more amazing inspiration, do visit Kristian on Life Lessons From Around the Dinner Table! ❤️

Till our next run, may we relish life in all its grandeur and live to tell even more magnificent stories!

CARDS SERIES, LOVE GUEST POST

CARDS: GUEST POST OF SOPHIE, DEN OF DREAMS ❤️

My heart smiled and shed a tear when our dear fellow blogger Sophie from Den of Dreams surprised me with her Love Letter on my first month of blogging. Ahh such Sweet Love! ❤️


Dear Yeka,

I know, I have met you just a few days ago but already you have won a big place in my heart. I don’t know of enough words to describe the lovely and cheerful personality you have. You certainly are really sweet and lovely and amazing! I am really happy that I had found your lovely, warm place. You are a warrior, and a protector indeed.

Yeka

A warm ray of happiness,

Always smiling, full of cheers

Always accepting, always helping,

Spreading light everywhere,

Dear Yeka, you know the beauty

And the real shape of love,

You the silver lining,

Of every grey cloud, looming above,

And that’s what makes you so pretty.

You are brave, always sweet,

You know how to take defeat

With a smile. You are brave,

For you fight for the right.

I admire you a lot,

And with you, it’s all about love.

I thank my lucky stars, that our paths have crossed.


Warm Regards,

Yours faithfully,

Dragon Warrior

(Mabuhay!)


CARDS: A special series that features Love Letters and sweetest expressions of love

For even more beautiful inspiration, do visit Sophie on Den of Dreams!

Till our next run, let’s continue to embrace all whom we cherish and sprinkle their day with love!

GATES SERIES, LOVE GUEST POST

GATES: GUEST POST OF KIM, BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS ❤️

BEAUTY DEFINED

What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear the word beauty?

What does beauty mean to you and how are you self-imposing your perceptions on to other people?

These things have been crossing my mind lately because of how the “world” defines what beauty is to us. I have been meditating on the scripture that says, I am fearfully and wonderfully made in His image (Psalm 139:14) and it made me rejoice as a woman, a servant of God and yes a former mirror addict. True beauty is knowing who we are beyond the mirror. It is perfectly okay not to look like other people and not to get your identity confused with what your appearance is on the outside. Remember, people see the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (I Samuel 16:7). I realized that there are not enough people who the world considers beautiful, speaking metaphorically, that “beauty is more than skin deep”. People that the world often dismisses. The people who actually “add” value to your life but instead they are unworthy of your time and because they are not pretty by the world’s standards.

While outward beauty isn’t everything that is what most people focus on because of not being able to look within and see their beauty from their Creator and for their character. I know a lot of women who are pretty but have a bad attitude. As ladies, we tend to look towards these types of women as models that defines what beauty is, why? When was the last time you looked towards someone who was broke as inspiration to become wealthy? When was the last you looked to someone for mentorship to start a business and they can’t even hold down a job? More than likely, you went to someone who wasn’t in your situation, or who had gotten out of it. This leads to an even bigger conversation and what it means to live authentically. I define living authentically as being who God created me to be, knowing my identity is not in the world but in Him.

We should address how we see beauty. It may be hard to discuss and digest, but the conversation is worth the self-reflection.

Leave your comments below and let’s discuss, what does beauty mean to you?


GATES: A special series that focuses on healthy self-love, self-value, self-care, self-nurturing, and self-empowerment. ❤️

For even more powerful inspiration, do visit Kim of Beyond My Limitations! ❤️

Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️

GATES SERIES, LOVE GUEST POST

GATES: GUEST POST OF KIM, BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS ❤️

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

One of my classmates stated she is going to speak on the topic of mental health for the course of  the term for our assignments. Her topic caught my attention and I can’t wait to see how her project unfolds. There is a stigma to mental health. We usually think of someone with psychological issues when we think of mental health. That is part of it but that is just the tip of the iceberg. A person who internalizes their feelings can experience depression and social issues.

Too many people are suffering in silence. Our neighbors, colleagues and even members at our church and our social media friends may not look like they are struggling because most people don’t post about their sadness and shame.

We have become good at hiding our suffering.

In vulnerable and authentic conversations, I hear people say…everyone seems to have it all together.

So, who do you talk to?

Some people don’t talk to their family members because they are part of the problem—they don’t share what’s going with someone in their church because everyone appears to have this perfect life.

Shame wins when you remain silent about your pain because of fear and judgement.

I want to inspire the courage to share your pain with someone who has wisdom and compassion. I do not want people to suffer in silence like I did during my teens and beyond. By reaching out and getting the right kind of support you can begin to heal.

It can be scary to reach out for help. Sometimes you don’t know who to trust or who to talk to. We need to cultivate in our community of faith permission to share struggles. The scripture says in James 5:16 therefore, openly acknowledge your sins to one another, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed (Complete Jewish Bible).

My challenge is for you is to reach out to someone—Whether it’s to show your care for someone or to reach out for your own help.

Never underestimate the power of a courageous act.

I would like to invite you to the Rock Church where the power of God will meet you right at the place of your need. Come experience our dynamic worship services Sundays @ 10 am and our miracle and empowerment service @ 6pm. We are located at 9321 Edgebrook Houston, TX 77075. Not in town? No worries, you can steam in at http://www.therockwoi.com or Facebook live at Reflection of Christ Kingdom.


GATES: A special series that focuses on healthy self-love, self-value, self-care, self-nurturing, and self-empowerment. ❤️

For even more powerful inspiration, do visit Kim of Beyond My Limitations! ❤️

Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️

LAMPS SERIES, LOVE GUEST POST

LAMPS: GUEST POST OF JAN, JANBEEK ❤️


September Take-Aways

Good-bye September! You’ve been a very good month – Messages each day.

My take-aways were Great daily inspirations – Always carry them!

When glancing to the right, You see numbers 1-15, Next page to 30.

Every day I write The take-away to carry In heart to guide me.

It provides a list That inspires me to live Thankful for blessings.

Lord, Please strip me of me Until nothing remains but YOU!

These are my daily prayers. It was an inspirational September.

Daily Guideposts take-aways for each day of September  – Carry these with you:

1. Thank God for my family and friends

2. God bless all our laborers

3. Thank God for our “hood”

4. God is Always with me

5. Stay Connected in Love

6. Rely on God’s Strength

7. Walk in Step with Jesus

8. Listen to God’s Wisdom

9. Lord, Increase my Insight

10. Trust God with my Dreams

11. Never Forget 9-11

12. He walks with Me

13. Trust Him

14. Give Love Unconditionally

15. Jesus Forgives “Missteaks”

16. Be Consistent; and Treasure People

17. Use Your Gifts to Praise God

18. Live in the Hope of the Lord

19. Focus on God’s Grace

20. A Hug Includes Letting Go

21. Bless my Former Students (Thank You, Lord, for giving me chances to positively influence others)

22. Lift my Hands, Heart & Voice to Praise God

23. I Am at Home in my Soul with God

24. Make Wise Choices

25. Lord, Hear my Prayers

26. Serve with Compassion

27. Pray for a Cancer Cure

28. Thank God for His Gift of Peace

29. Take Courage in All Circumstances

30. Lean on God Always

Many of these daily themes in Daily Guideposts were the inspirations for my daily blogs. The end of the “Daily Devotions for Living by Faith” called These Days features three coloring pages. I will write about them tomorrow …  telling about the way coloring can relieve stress.

As September ends and I send this book off to my grandson, I thank God for the people who write these daily messages – and for the way in which they inspire my life. I hope they inspire yours today, too. Thank you for sharing! God bless you!

See ya tomorrow


LAMPS: A special series of Top Life Lessons and Guideposts ❤️

Thanks for your warm visit, friends!

For even brighter inspiration, do visit Jan on Janbeek!

Till our next run, here’s embracing valuable life lessons with you! ❤️

BOOKSHELVES SERIES, LOVE GUEST POST

BOOKSHELVES: GUEST POST OF JESSICA, JESSICA E. LARSEN ❤️

Just once. Just once, I wished I could talk to Valentine like a normal person. I glanced at my phone and hung my head in shame. Unknown to everyone, I’d been behaving like a stalker the whole time we were in the room. I browsed through Valentine’s social sites.

I opened my smartphone and smiled at Valentine’s Facebook page. He was smiling in his profile picture and he had so many friends there already, while I had… well, Tita Emilee, Tito Xavier, and a few unknown people who probably just sent me a friend request for the heck of it.

I was about to put my phone back to sleep mode when a friend request notification popped. It was Valentine. With a shaky finger, I pressed the “Confirm friend request” and nearly let go of my phone when immediately, the chat window popped up.

Val: Want some warm chocolate drink?

I didn’t bother to type a reply. I simply observed what he’d do next. Another message popped up.

Val: No?

I typed: ‘Yes. Thanks.’and sent it before I could stop myself and excitedly waited for his reply. But ten minutes passed, still no reply. My chest quickly felt heavy at the thought that he might have lost his interest to chat with me. But I got surprised when he showed up in the living room carrying two coffee mugs with warm chocolates.

“Here we go.” Valentine put the mugs on the center table. He sat down beside me and pushed one of them in front of me. He sipped his chocolate drink with a nonchalant look on his face, acting as if he didn’t notice me tense up by our closeness. “Oh, that hit the spot.” He then turned to me. “Are you not gonna drink that? It’ll go cold.”

“Huh?” I looked at the coffee mug and nodded. “Uh-ah, thanks.” I put my phone down and reached for the drink. I brought it up to my lips and froze the moment the chocolate touched my tongue. My face turned sour at the salty taste. “D… disgusting!” I stood up and clapped my hand over my mouth. I ran to the common restroom facing the living room and gagged on the toilet. After I was done, I noticed the masculine figure leaning on the doorway.

“I call it ‘sweet revenge with salty chocolate.’ How did you like it?”

I scowled and turned to look at Valentine grinning from ear to ear. I clenched my fist and attacked him, but the jerk was quick to react. Before I could reach the doorway, he was already running far in the hallway. “Get back here, you Maldito!”

“Speak for yourself! Maldita!” Valentine laughed and playfully stuck his tongue out. I chased him at every corner of the house, and after a while, I simply noticed that I wasn’t chasing him because of anger, but rather, I was laughing and having fun with him.


BOOKSHELVES: A Special Series Featuring Short Stories ❤️

In this big wide world, we all have our awesome stories to tell!

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Till our next run, may we relish life in all its grandeur and live to tell even more magnificent stories!

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I think of you… — The writer’s blogk ❤️

When I think of INSPIRATION, I think of Kait from The Writer’s Blogk! Amazingly abundant, creative, insightful! Always a delight to read her masterpieces! ❤️🥰❤️🥰❤️🥰❤️🥰❤️🥰

I think of you and dreardom stops I think of you and there’s a colour I can’t name © Kait King, 2015

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