Faith Is Like Wi-Fi

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Not too long ago I was asked, “How can you believe in something you can’t see?” And the answer is simple..

Faith is like Wi-Fi.  You can’t see it, but it’s there. You don’t know how it works, but when you need to turn on your computer to connect to the internet it’s there and it works! It’s the same thing with God. We don’t know how God works his miracles, nor do we need to know. The only thing that matters is that we are protected by him, and when we need him—he is there.

Now, if you want to argue the science behind Wi-Fi, and how it works go ahead. We can go around, and around as to where the waves come from. etc., But the truth of the matter is faith is like Wi-Fi. You can’t touch it, you can’t see it, but it’s there!

Stay in faith. If you believe anything is possible then  it’s possible. Keep prophesying words of victory over your life. “I am the head and not the tail. I’m strong, I’m blessed, I’m beautiful, I am a lender not a borrower.” We tend to forget our words have power, and they activate the spiritual realm. God is not a liar, if you stay in faith and believe in his word he promises to provide for you. He will open doors for you to walk in and be successful. You are not alone. This you can take to the bank! 😉

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Symphony in Yellow

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I have to say one of the wittiest writers in my opinion was Oscar Wilde. Oh, How he loved to make fun of society and hypocrisy, that said, Wilde also had a very sensitive side seen in his poetry. One of my favorite poems is “Symphony in Yellow.” His intense description of life through colors and movements in the poem is beautiful. His writing enthralls the reader to become part of the poem. One might think the poem would make reference to music in its stanzas, but it doesn’t. Now, what it does do is use key words to set the movement of its vivid aesthetic description of the speeds and colors of the things that might be seen around the Thames River, which might hint at the reason why Wilde titled the poem Symphony in Yellow.

Symphony in Yellow

By: Oscar Wilde

An omnibus across the bridge
Crawls like a yellow butterfly,
And, here and there a passer-by
Shows like a little restless midge.

Big barges full of yellow hay
Are moored against the shadowy wharf,
And, like a yellow silken scarf,
The thick fog hangs along the quay.

The yellow leaves begin to fade
And flutter from the temple elms,
And at my feet the pale green Thames
Lies like a rod of rippled jade.

 

Unlikely Friends?

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It’s funny. Today I was thinking about unlikely friendships. The first one that came to mind was the one between Mark Twain and Nikola Telsa. Yep! They were friends. Mark Twain besides being a prolific writer was also an entrepreneur, an innovator and passionate about technology. Science fascinated Mark Twain. He developed a close and lasting friendship with Telsa.

Who would have thought the writer and the eccentric Telsa would have been such good friends, but apparently they were close friends. In fact, Twain spent a lot of time at Telsa’s laboratory. Twain even had a few patents, and invested some money in inventions that were not too successful. Twain lost a substantial amount of money on the paige typesetting machine. He invested approximately $300,000 (equal to $8,000,000 in inflation-adjusted in today’s terms.) He almost went bankrupt, but fortunately for Twain he was one of the best writers of his time! So, he was able to bounce back.

This got me thinking. It’s great to have dreams to be the best in your discipline, but it’s important to be curious about life, and to surround yourself with all types of people. Mark Twain did not only surround himself by fellow writers he surrounded himself with innovators, scientists, and thinkers. One interesting fact I found out not too long ago is that Mark Twain next-door neighbor was Harriet Beecher Stowe. Talk about top grade neighborhood! True she was a fellow writer, but she was an abolitionist and a progressive thinker for her time. I find it fascinating that his close friend was Nikola Telsa and his next-door neighbor was Harriet Beecher Stowe, and on any given day you probably could have seen them show up at Twain’s house to have tea, or whatever it was they drank at Twain’s house.

So, where am I going with this? Well, the most profound thinkers and writers that have ever walked this earth were extremely diverse and curious about life. This is what made them overachievers and better writers. The need and desire to discover new ways to make the world a better place. Although, having said that… I wonder how close of a friend Twain was with Telsa? In 1909 Thomas Edison visited Twain at his Redding home and filmed Twain. It is said this is the only existing film footage of Mark Twain.

Hmmmm… interesting.  Thomas Edison, Nikola Telsa and Mark Twain friendly as can be. Boy, I wish I could have been a fly on the wall! Interesting, interesting, interesting. My favorite Mark Twain quote I think sums up the importance of being curious about life in order to excel in everything that you do.

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain

 

 

 

The Audacity of King David

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Regardless, where you stand in your spiritual life. There is something about the story of David vs Goliath that is inspirational. I was thinking about that today. We should all live our lives with the same boldness and audacity that David had when he faced the giant.  We often make excuses as to why we can’t do things.

“I’m too fat,”

“Too old,”

“Too tall,”

“Not talented enough,”

“Not fast enough,” etc.,

We give ourselves a laundry list as to why we can’t do it. I wonder what would happen if we did one of why we should do it. What would happen? How much more would we get done? Seriously, the story of David and Goliath is insane. This boy’s audacity was borderline insane. He told Goliath he was going to cut off his head. Who in their rightful mind would believe it or say it? But David believed it and he did it. This goes back to what I always say… your words are powerful. If we speak life into them our goals are achieved.

I can just picture David telling the giant, “I’m going to cut off your head.” and the giant laughing hysterically. David’s only weapon was a sling, five rocks and a will beyond recognition to succeed. We should all learn from David. We don’t need a lot of talent to succeed. We just need the right amount of talent and the desire to succeed. I for one plan to live each day like David did… believing anything is possible if you prophesy victory over your life.

Your love is like rain

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By: Ruth Rehtse

Your love is like rain…

Rain that washes away the clay, the dirt, the sorrow,

It cleanses my soul and restores my inner child.

Your love is like the rain that comes down and fills the rivers with water.

It overflows in all that you do, and in all that I am.

Your love carries a simple, yet effective ripple effect.

I love you for all that you do, and for all that I am.

For you have loved me unconditionally from the very first moment I sighed.

Words are like seeds

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A random thought crossed my mind today, after an outcome that I predicted a few weeks ago occurred. I thought, “Wow! that just played out exactly like I said it would.”I couldn’t help, but think, “Incredible the power of our words.”

When you speak something out loud you breathe life into them. When you speak faith into your life you give your words power. Your life moves in the directions of your words.

If you say, you can’t lose weight, you won’t lose weight. In other words, at some point in your life you will eat the fruit you sowed. You can’t speak defeat and expect victory even if you said it in passing under your breath, and you really didn’t mean it. Words have power! We must watch what we say always.

If you have a poor mouth, you are going to have a poor life. You must speak words of victory over your life. “I will lend and not borrow. I’m the head and not the tail. I am strong, I am confident, I am beautiful, I am blessed.” This is the key to success. We attract what we say into our lives.

We must be careful what we say even if you are making a joke. We should speak words of wisdom and prosperity at all times to attract good things to us. Never speak words of defeat, if you want good things to happen to you. Never, never, never speak defeat. We should always speak victory over adversary, and then watch favor and abundance head your way. I think this is one of the most important keys to success. Let’s not forget ever that our words are powerful and you attract what you say into your life.

So, let’s think and say happy things to attract beautiful and wonderful things into our lives. 🙂

 

Eleanor Roosevelt Was One Cool Dame.

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I was racking my brain thinking about what topic to cover today. I was completely frustrated. I had nothing. Suddenly, it hit me! Eleanor Roosevelt! Ok. it wasn’t divine lightening that struck me. I was simply preparing a cup of tea and Eleanor’s famous quote came to mind.

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”  Eleanor was truly a remarkable woman. Not only was she full of brainy quotes. She was a woman of action.

Elanor in 1945 was appointed to the first American delegation for the UN. What is even more impressive is the fact she penned the Universal Declaration Human Rights, which is still in use today!  Impressive or what!? During her husband’s presidency Franklin D. Roosevelt, which by the way was her fifth cousin, yes, a little creepy, but hey it was a different time back then. She wrote a nationwide syndicated newspaper column six days a week. Eleanor wrote from racial inequality, to Pearl Harbor, to day-to-day happenings at the White House.

Although, she came from a wealthy family, she grew up in isolation. Eleanor didn’t have many friends. Her mother died when she was young, her father was a drunk, and her brother Elie died at an early age. So, she was no stranger to sadness. Nonetheless, she grew up to be an astounding woman of strength and courage. She became the voice of those who had no voice, and she was fearless! In 1958 Eleanor Roosevelt drove through a heavily influenced KKK territory, and to make the matter worse there was a $25,000 bounty on her head. You would think she would have taken her secret service protection detail, but no it was just her and her pistol.

I have always admired her work. She was painfully shy. She did not like public speaking, but she knew she had an obligation to be the voice of those who had no voice. So, she subdued her fear of public speaking and stepped into the public eye, and became “the” champion of Human Rights. No blog entry about Eleanor Roosevelt is complete without mentioning a few of her quotes; here are some of my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes.

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.”

“The Future Belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

“The Giving of love is an education in itself.”

I Give You Thanks

By Ruth Rehtse

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I give you thanks for today I’m one step closer to you.

You are my rock and my fortress.

For with you I’m everything, without you I’m nothing.

I give you thanks, for I have seen your footprint in my life.

I have seen the love and compassion of this world,

And the strength and determination of man-kind.

I give you thanks for I know my footsteps are guided by you.

Why I decided to write “The Art of Farting!”

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Before you start rolling your eyes… Be open-minded! “Life is too short to take it seriously!” Yes, it’s nice to read Tolstoy, Yates, Thomas Hardy, Longfellow, Emerson, Dickens, Chaucer, etc, but let’s be honest, sometimes all we need is some laughter. Having said that, let’s laugh from time to time while we are still on this planet! “The Art of Farting!” is a funny PG rated collection of short fart stories told by different people throughout the years. Besides laughter rejuvenates the soul.

What inspired me to write this book is simple- I kept hearing super funny fart stories. The anecdotes were so funny it always ended up with drinks coming out of people’s noises due to uncontrollable laughter; and do you care to guess what was the reoccurring theme? You guessed it! “What were they thinking?” Well, the truth of the matter is they weren’t thinking! And this is what inspired me to write this book.

“The Art of Farting!” was written in hopes to lighten people’s mood who would otherwise be having a bad day. It’s a quick read guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The book aims to take a comedic approach at something that is natural, but can be embarrassing if not handle correctly. After receiving a very funny fart story today via direct mail from a follower, I decided to write this post. I couldn’t stop laughing at what she said. She told me  1) She was in tears from laughing so hard as she read my book, and 2) She herself had a funny fart story that she wanted to share that involved her husband. (She was right! It was very funny!! 😀 )

In conclusion, be open minded. The book is not gross! It’s a comedy. Farting is a part of life! We just don’t talk about it, but in the spirit of not taking ourselves seriously, let’s have an open fun conversation about farting; and let’s laugh in the process! Why?Because, “Life is too short to take it seriously!” 😉

So, don’t wait! Hop on amazon it’s free on Kindle Unlimited! Or you can buy a copy. It’s cheap; it’s funny, and it’s short! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face! 🙂

 

 

 

A Glitter of Hope

hopeWhen we think, we have nothing left. When we think, we can’t go on, its hope the catalyst, that moves the world. It all begins with a glitter of hope. A small shining point in our hearts, which tell us… “Get up, it’s not over, lift yourself up, anything is possible, tomorrow will be a better day. Keep dreaming, keep moving, keep innovating for I am with you every step of the way.” Yes, its hope. It all begins with that shining, glimmering point in our hearts. Best expressed in Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope” is the thing with feathers.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

Emily Dickinson

 

via Daily Prompt: Glitter