“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Little Girl Who Fed a Bird
Everyone needs a helping hand.
To prop them up when they are unable to stand.
Everyone needs a kind phrase.
Bringing consolation to a spirit overpowered by fatigue.
Everyone needs a tight embrace.
A reason to stop and realize that life is not a race.
Every time we help another.
We cultivate the Kingdom of the Creator.
© 2013 Jade Jarvis
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)
“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.”
― Toni Morrison
Watching raindrops reminds me of the frailty of life.
How change is a constant companion in mortal existence.
One minute you are up, the next you are down.
To continue evolution, we must rise in perseverance.
©2012 Jade Jarvis
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37-38)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate (abdulmanafphotography.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate (scottseyephotos.wordpress.com)
“When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.” ― Ezra Taft Benson
Our worries about finding the right gifts, cards and decorations are all just vanity. Give from the heart and if they don’t like it, they can “regift” it. We are supposed to be preparing the arrival of Jesus and that should be at the top of our wish list.
“6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
- The peace of Christmas (lifereference.wordpress.com)
- Prepare for Peace (kenthaley.wordpress.com)
- Christmas Vibes Haiku (unwalled.wordpress.com)
“The heavens will not be filled with those who never made mistakes but with those who recognized that they were off course and who corrected their ways to get back in the light of gospel truth.”
― Dieter F. Uchtdorf
At sunset, my weary body rests on the ground.
Fingers stretched gripping sand.
Bronzed skin glistens under the citrus sun.
As the sun mingles with the horizon, anguish sets in.
Inhaling salty air into my lungs.
Distracts my eyes from trailing tears to my lips.
“I am sorry,” are three words I am too proud to say.
Apologies echo throughout my dreams until night turns into day.
Guilt, sorrow, fear and confusion I leave at the shore.
Sea foam washes my crown and I emerge pure.
©2012 Jade Jarvis
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
- What is Repentance? (gilreathpreachersonline.com)
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
― Siddhārtha Gautama
Self-love is accepting the positivity and negativity dwelling within and having the confidence to replace darkness with light.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” ― Abraham Lincoln
An argumentative person is reduced to a raging ego. Before venting, carefully measure your words before they exit your mouth. You may save yourself from arguing with someone who actually agrees with you.
“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” (Proverbs 14:29)
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss
Love is the dominant force in my life. Each year God brings awesome people in my life, to give me the essential support to confidently hike the narrow path. Obstacles may sprout in my trail, but also will roses.
“4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
“A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.“
― Thomas Merton
Mirrors and eyes only provide reflections. If we ever were able to view our true image, we would see Jesus Christ.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
Heavenly Father, I embrace your grace this day,
So that I might not:
Think of another,
Speak to another or
without first looking for
Your Face in the other.
I ask all this through
God with Skin,
God made Poor,
God with a Face. Amen!
― Jim Pinto, Jr.
“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.”
― Florence Scovel Shinn
The inaudible voice within navigating you through right and wrong is the Holy Spirit speaking from the heart; preparing your transition from mortal to eternal life.
“But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.” (Job 32:8)
- Breathe Heaven’s Air (intostillness.wordpress.com)
“The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”
― Mother Teresa
Each path God carves for every human life is unique; intersects with other pathways at specific points and concludes at the same destination. Heaven.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
- Where Is Heaven? (celiaelaine.wordpress.com)