Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Do you believe in God? Yes? Great!
(If you are on the fence, I highly recommend the text by Lee Strobel called – The Case for Christ. Its author used the Course of Law to prove that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. http://www.amazon.com/The-Case-Christ-Journalists-Investigation/dp/0310209307
I have had a few conversations lately with friends whom God has allowed me to remind how amazing and loving He is. Hallelujah!
It will probably include more stress than necessary which in turn causes health issues as a person tries to solve their problems in their own strength, generally impossible, especially if God is working on fine tuning their walk and perfecting their faith and trust in Him!
As earthly Christians, we will never be perfect but our Lord wants us to work really hard at including Him in every aspect of our life – our job (or lack thereof), our relations with family, friends, spouses and significant others (or lack thereof), our hobbies, our dreams and future plans.
God has the best plan waiting just for you!
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[a]
- Proverbs 3:4-6 - New International Version (NIV)
God wants you to know how much he loves you and to have a positive impact on others for His Glory and all it takes is being his faithful friend, trusting in Him for absolutely everything.
Why not be His friend today?
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
The unique traits that make every human body a work of art is extraordinary!
I wish for you many days of good health, even more days of extraordinary peace and for you to be filled to the brim with the heartfelt joy that grows exponentially as you seek to know your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
~ * ~ Laura ~ * ~
Monday, July 23, 2012
The grace of God means something like:
Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen.
Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us.
It’s for you I created the universe. I love you.
- Frederick Buechner - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Buechner
[Photo above taken by Laura Moody - copyright 2011 - It is an image of a balloon weight.]
Friday, June 29, 2012
So I had an idea… and came up with a little product called Spirit Fire Kindling™.
A perfect start for campfires, bonfires and wood-burning fireplaces!
It is a great addition for your upcoming camping trips that include a fire for gazing or cooking! It is also a great purchase for those chilly evenings in front of a wood-burning fireplace.
Each heart is made of recycled brown paper bags and raffia straw.
I created a separate web site for this item. Check it out when you have a chance!
Spirit Fire Kindling™ was previously sold at my friend's shop, Weathered Elegance. Check out Donna's Weathered Elegance items in person when you are in Leesburg, Virginia’s Historic District or visit her site on the web: http://weatheredelegance.org/
Interested in a bulk purchase of Spirit Fire Kindling™ for all the fun events this year? Contact me.
Thanks for supporting your local artists! :) Laura
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I have visited there twice and given the opportunity, I would surely visit a third time! The photo above was taken by me during my trip in the 1990s.
Many film companies have traveled to the island to make such main stream films as Lara Croft Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.
Even the second season of I Spy, the 1960s TV series with Bill Cosby, shot some footage!
I have enjoyed watching these different mediums if only to get a glimpse again of this magical Greek destination.
It would be wonderful to spend at least a week during a future visit to truly enjoy the peace the exists regularly for its inhabitants!
All of that is to say that I love Santorini. :)
Which leads me to this information below that I found on this site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_words_for_love
I hope you find the data interesting!
There are a number of different Greek words for love, as the Greek language distinguishes how the word is used. Ancient Greek has three distinct words for love: eros, philia, and agape.
However, as with other languages, it has been historically difficult to separate the meanings of these words.
Nonetheless, the senses in which these words were generally used are given below.
Eros (ἔρως érōs) is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. The Modern Greek word "erotas" means "(romantic) love". Plato refined his own definition. Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself.
It should be noted Plato does not talk of physical attraction as a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, "without physical attraction". Plato also said Eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty, and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth by eros. The most famous ancient work on the subject of eros is Plato's Symposium, which is a discussion among the students of Socrates on the nature of eros.
Philia (φιλία philía), means friendship in modern Greek, a dispassionate virtuous love, was a concept developed by Aristotle. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity. In ancient texts, philia denoted a general type of love, used for love between family, between friends, a desire or enjoyment of an activity, as well as between lovers.
Agapē (ἀγάπη agápē) means "love" in modern day Greek. The term s'agapo means "I love you" in Greek. The word "agapo" is the verb "I love". In Ancient Greek it often refers to a general affection or concern, rather than the physical attraction suggested by "eros"; agape is used in ancient texts to denote feelings for a good meal, one's children, and the feelings for a spouse.
The verb appears in the New Testament describing, amongst other things, the relationship between Jesus and the beloved disciple. Many Christian scholars have consequently argued that the verb's use in the New Testament is simply to describe God's love for humanity (compare with Spinoza's amor intellectualis Dei, the intellectual love of God).
In the end, "agape" is differentiated from "eros" above. In biblical literature, its meaning and usage is illustrated by self-sacrificing, giving love to all--both friend and enemy. The word "agape" is not always used in the New Testament in a positive sense. II Timothy 4:10 uses the word in a negative sense. The Apostle Paul writes, "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world...." The word "loved" here is a form of the root word "agape".
Thus the word "agape" is not always used of a divine love or the love of God. Generally, in the New Testament it refers to a total commitment or self-sacrificial love for the object loved. The word seems to contain more of an mental or intellectual element than the other Greek words for love. It is a rational love that is not based on total self-interest. By this a Christian is required to love (agape) someone who is not necessarily lovely or loveable.
The Christian by God's grace and mercy is required to "love" someone that he may not necessarily like or love in the sense of having warm fuzzy emotional feelings toward. It is a love that acts in the best interest of the other person. The classic biblical text on this self-sacrificial love is the well-known biblical verse, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son...." A Christian is required to love his enemies ("...Love your enemies..." Matthew 5:44). Thus. the Christian is required to always do good and have the best interest of his enemies in view when he acts.
Storge (στοργή storgē) means affection in modern Greek; it is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring. Rarely used in ancient works, and then almost exclusively as a descriptor of relationships within the family.
To learn more about the unique island of Santorini, visit these sites:
Just one of the many hotels with beautiful views of the island and ocean (this site has a nice slide show):
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Friday, April 27, 2012
One of my favorite movies is “The Count of Monte Cristo,” the recent version that stars Jim Caviezel as Dantes.
Some folks might perceive the big flick as being on the cheesy side, but if you disregard the fact that the characters speak “American” vs. “French” (or other European languages) and concentrate rather on the beautiful scenery of Ireland and Malta as well as allow the poignant delivery of certain lines to sink in, then I believe you will enjoy the film as much as I do!
Mercedes: I don't know what dark plan lies within you. Nor do I know by what design we were asked to live without each other these 16 years. But God has offered us a new beginning...
Mercedes: Don't slap His hand away.
Edmond: Can I never escape Him?
Mercedes: No, He is in everything. Even in a kiss.
Abbe Faria: Here is your final lesson - do not commit the crime for which you now serve the sentence. God said, "Vengeance is mine."
Edmond Dantes: I don't believe in God.
Abbe Faria: It doesn't matter. He believes in you.
Here are a couple web site links with more details about the enjoyable film.
Have a great day! Be blessed and if you need wisdom, just ask the Lord God who made you!
Love Him with all of your heart, soul and mind!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
As of late I have been connecting the dots of my life and have discovered many things.
Including this little diddy that perhaps for-shadowed what was to come to pass.
In grade school one of my favorite books on my Mom’s shelves was called “The Best Loved Poems of the American People.” I scoured its pages often and thoroughly enjoyed the delightful verbiage between its covers.
For a 10th grade English project, I made illustrations to accent some of these poems, including this one below.
My drawing for the poem called “TO A FRIEND” consisted of a single rose with a tag on it that said “Pour un Ami.”
Fast forward to present day: "Ami" is my nickname for one whom I am so happy to know.
Here is the poem:
You ENTERED my life in a casual way,
And saw at a glance what I needed;
There were others who passed me or met me each day,
But never a one of them heeded.
Perhaps you were thinking of other folks more,
Or chance simply seemed to decree it;
I know there were many such chances before,
But the others-well, they didn't see it.
You said just the thing that I wished you would say,
And you made me believe that you meant it;
I held my head in the old gallant way,
And resolved you should never repent it.
There are times when encouragement means such a lot,
And a word is enough to convey it;
There were others who could have, as easy as not -
But, just the same, they didn't say it.
There may have been someone who could have done more
To help me along, though I doubt it;
What I needed was cheering, and always before
They had let me plod onward without it.
You helped to refashion the dream of my heart,
And made me turn eagerly to it;
There were others who might have (I question that part) -
But, after all, they didn't do it!
- Grace Stricker Dawson
I encourage all to own a copy of this marvelous book or at least inquire if it is at your local library. Every page is a delicious treat that allows one’s imagination to consider the beauty of life’s many different experiences.
This web site link is one of many retail stores that offers the reprint of the 1936 copyright version to consumers.
Have a great day!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Here are two bits of silly-ness that I thought all might enjoy!
“I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.”
2) After much careful research it has been discovered that the artist Vincent Van Gogh had many relatives. Among them were:
His obnoxious brother – Please Gogh
The brother who ate prunes – Gotta Gogh
The brother who worked at the convenience store – StopnGogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia – U Gogh
The brother who bleached his clothes white – Hue Gogh
His dizzy aunt – Verti Gogh
The cousin from Illinois – Chica Gogh
His magician uncle – Wherediddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin – Amee Gogh
The cousin’s American half brother – Grin Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach – Wellsfar Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt – Tan Gogh
The bird lover uncle – Flamin Gogh
His nephew psychoanalyst – E Gogh
The fruit loving cousin – Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking – Wayto Gogh
The little nephew – Poe Gogh
A sister who loved disco – Go Gogh
And his niece who travels the country in a van – Winniebay Gogh
Have a great day!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Thankfully God has allowed each of us to have similar as well as different passions and interests so that we can come together and share the varying degrees of knowledge that we have with each other in order to solve problems and gain wisdom as we move forward in time!
Two cases in point –
1) Automobiles and how they are wired! – I most certainly am a youngin’ in this area. :) So very thankful to have a father who knows a thing or two about them as well as an incredibly patient mechanic who assists me with my car needs at the drop of a hat. I recommend his business services to everyone in my area!
2) Christianity and how God has wired us to grow in relation to Him! – Have learned so much in the last month about how much God loves us and how were are destined to emulate his character so that the Holy Spirit shines brighter and brighter each day.
I purchased a copy of the book called “The Release of the Spirit” from my church bookstore and would encourage all to read its contents. It is written by this gentleman – Watchman Nee.
Peace and joy to you on this lovely Spring day! Happy growing :)
Friday, March 23, 2012
Bonus – Poems about L-O-V-E are printed inside the wrapper!
Here is the excerpt that was included on my recent purchase of Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate.
- Theodore Roethke
The entire poem is featured on this web site:
Monday, March 19, 2012
Jesus Christ / Our Lord God / The Holy Spirit – 3 in 1. It is hard for us to comprehend fully, but those who accept Christ as their Savior won’t have all the answers until we are in God’s presence.
Have you been seeking God faithfully in order to learn more about your life and the path that you are taking? If not, talk to God today and ask for guidance. He loves you so much and wants to communicate with you regularly!
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
- Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
Despite the complicated circumstances that exist on the planet today, did you know that the Creator of the Universe has everything under control and has a plan?! He is aware of it all. He is Awesome in Power, showering us with love, grace and mercy as no human could ever supply no matter how they might try.
To learn more, read the Holy Bible. It is sold in a variety of stores including Dollar Tree! Or, if you prefer digit data, there are many web sites with searchable versions of this everlasting text including these: Biblegateway.com, Heartlight.org and Carm.org.
Amazing concepts: God knew our names before we were born and thus planned in advance exactly what talents or gifts we might share with our fellow man. Do you know what yours are?
Here is a link to a site that will help you find out:
My favorite song that honors our great Creator is called My Redeemer Lives.
It features God’s Talents, His Skills and His Works.
Here are the lyrics:
Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
As you journey through the poem… and the accompanying quotes and Scriptures, let this journal inspire you to express your thoughts, record your prayers, and walk with God. And during those times when the journey is especially trying, let this be a reminder that you can trust God to carry you – often before you even ask.”
Worry prevents Him from doing anything for us…
The peace of God must quiet our minds and rest our hearts.
We must put our hand in the hand of God like a little child,
And let Him lead us out into the bright sunshine of His love.
He knows the way out of the woods. Let us climb up into His arms,
And trust Him to take us out by the shortest and surest road.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
has a wonderful Antique shop that I enjoy perusing.
whose slats are filled with delightful postcards from by-gone eras.
There was not a lot of illustration, only text printed on them.
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.
Casterline Cards, Orchard Park, N.Y. 5510
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
(For those who claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, you already recognize what an understatement the last phrase of my previous sentence is.)
For those who aren’t sure how to talk to Him, it is quite simple! You can communicate with Jesus with your thoughts (silent prayer) or talk to Him out loud. He will hear you and of that you can be sure! Either way, Jesus is waiting for you to say hello to Him. He loves you so much and has so many blessings in store for you!
Here are some wonderful verses from the Holy Bible:
1 John 4:7-21
New International Version (NIV)
God’s Love and Ours
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
New International Version (NIV)
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
All humans were created by God to have a relationship with Him.
New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
It is up to us whether or not we will praise His Holy Name and recognize His Power, Mercy and Grace in our lives.
Have more questions? This web site has a neat presentation: http://www.gotlife.org/intro.html
Peace be with you!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
1 John 4:19
New International Version (NIV)
19 We love because he first loved us.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Love is the smile you offer another.
Love is listening patiently to someone and then choosing the words you share next wisely.
Love is a choice, the act of giving your time, your resources and your compassion to others regularly.
Love is the hug you give a friend or relative when you meet.
Love is what makes the world rotate amongst the stars!
Love shared regularly benefits many. :)
Have a blessed and wonderful day!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Afrikaans - Ek is lief vir jou!
Creole - Mi aime jou!
French - Je t'aime!
German - Ich liebe dich!
Greek - S'ayapo!
Italian - Ti amo!
Mandarin - Wo ai ni!
Norwegian - Jeg elsker deg!
Spanish - Te amo!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
HUGS Daily Inspirations Words of Comfort –
A Howard Books product: ISBN – 978-1-4165-4181-3
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Over the recent holidays, a friend gave me an Aunt Sadie’s Rosemary scented candle http://www.auntsadiesinc.com/ purchased from this store http://stores.homestead.com/hstrial-kcavanaugh/StoreFront.bok .
May 2012 offer wonderful opportunities for you!