Heaven on Earth

  I was pondering over the concept of Heaven on Earth–the concept of discovering paradise in this very life and what it means. It seems that it is something most people are striving for whether they acknowledge it or not–whether they notice they are or not. For if the concept of Heaven and Paradise is a…

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An Honest Desire

If I had it my way, we would all go on to love one another and serve each other greater than a mother serves her child. That instead of dividing and hiding–lying and dying–we would come together and heal one another by smiling and listening–forgiving and healing–loving and giving; for I truly believe that all…

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A Recipe for Life

I think you got to wake up everyday believing you can be something greater than you were yesterday. That you got to compete, struggle, and proceed to be more than what you had hoped to become, reach higher than you thought you could ever jump, and hit a target that is unimaginable. I think you…

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Bettering the Self

  Focus on bettering the self and everything else will fall into place. It is easy to point at other people, highlighting their mistakes and flaws, but when it comes to the self, many people are unable to see their own flaws and become very defensive as though they are without error. Many an erring…

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Moving Forward

It took me awhile, but I am finally realizing how unhealthy it is to dwell on the past; for we only have today, and what we focus on today will affect our tomorrow. If we focus on the past, it will consume our today, and our tomorrow will look something like the past. If we…

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The Path of Least Resistance 

I have discovered in life that there are two paths, though one may take different roads to get on these paths. There is a path of great distress and a path of least resistance. The first mentioned is that of a crooked path: one that does not allow the walker to move forward except with…

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Light

For even in the darkest of nights, there is light. To grow out of one’s ashes is a great achievement. The Phoenix always rises up after it burns down. We can choose to learn from this folklore creature, emulating its way of life, by growing from our mistakes and our heartaches. I believe we can…

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Baby Shower

My baby shower made me so happy. My sisters are some of my best friends so having them celebrate in the pre-birth of our new baby was a joy! Both Dereck’s and my side of the family were able to come together, which was important and special to the both of us since not all of…

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Mindfulness

Waking up with mindfulness is the only way I ever want to start my day. I wake up consciously aware of my state of mind, and until I am in a happy, peaceful place, I do nothing else. Early morning prayers, meditation, and yoga are all great for this. Set the mood and frequency right…

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Date Night (Or Date Day?)

I think date night, or date day, is just as important as many other responsibilities we have in life. I love my husband so much, and sometimes the responsibilities of life can pull us in different directions, but no matter what our different schedules require of us, I try my best to always insure we come back…

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The Simple Life

  Have you ever noticed how miraculous the sky is as the sun peeps through the clouds almost as though heaven itself were flashing us a glimpse of its beauty. Just a thought I had when taking this picture. Looking at it again makes me smile as I remember that it is the simple things in life…

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Stop and Smell the Roses

Life can get chaotic if you do not stop to smell the roses. In other words, if you do not take the time to relax and breathe in the fresh air around you, life can seem overwhelming. In the busyness of our day to day actions, as some of us scurry about, we may not realize…

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Traveling

Though I love my homestead—the comfortable and familiar place that I rest my head—I absolutely love to travel. Traveling expands the mind and brings mankind closer together. I notice when I travel throughout the world that my knowledge increases as I learn from the different cultures, practices, and beliefs that are spread amongst the land. It…

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Be In Love With Life

There are blessings and miracles all around us that never exhaust themselves, for they are infinite. I try to look for them even in times of trouble, correction, especially in times of trouble, and always they are waiting to be found. Each day I discover many more wonderful things that push me forward on this great…

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Life After Death

When my brother passed away young, suddenly, and unexpected, it was difficult to cope. There were days I could not bare to think of him, even though I truly believed I would see him again, for I always had firm faith in the concept of life after death. My mindset changed, however, when my son…

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Vintage

In my heart lies a love of vintage pieces and articles of the past. I find history to be an intriguing part of life, as I venture back into the cultures and experiences of people who have lived long before my time. It always awes my mind to read a novel from the 1800’s America,…

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

One of my favorite gifts I ever received was this gem of a beauty, prayer necklace. The gift was hand given to me as a wedding present by a lovely Pakistani woman who brought the unique piece of jewelry back with her from a trip to her homeland. The necklace reads in Urdu, and though I cannot read…

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