I wanted to share this poem that really impacted me. I hope it encourages you as well!


By Richard Kipling 

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, 
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, 
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: 

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken 
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
And lose, and start again at your beginnings 
    And never breathe a word about your loss; 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 
    If all men count with you, but none too much; 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

What are some ways we can apply the message of this poem to our lives? How did this impact you?

It really reminded me of the need to seek God first above all else. Life is SO short, and we must focus on what really matters. It also reminded me of this verse.

"But Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, and All these Things shall be Added unto You." Matthew 6:33 

How Did You Die?

I came across this poem the other day and found it very thought provoking. Although there's not many Spiritual references in it, I think there's something to be learned from it about the value of persistence, and there's definitely spiritual application about the meaning of life.

Reminds me of this passage.

 "Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripesBut he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." Luke 2:42-48

 How Did You Die?

 By Edmund Vance Cooke

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful? 
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful? 
Oh, a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce, 
Or a trouble is what you make it, 
And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts, 
But only how did you take it? 

You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that! 
Come up with a smiling face.
It's nothing against you to fall down flat, 
But to lie there-that's disgrace.
The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce
Be proud of your blackened eye! 
It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts; 
It's how did you fight-and why? 

And though you be done to the death, what then? 
If you battled the best you could, 
If you played your part in the world of men, 
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce, 
And whether he's slow or spry, 
It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts, 
But only how did you die? 

What did you think of this poem? How did it impact you?

A Few of My Favorite Things Blog Tag!!!

Oh my!!! I can't believe it's been a month and a half since I've posted on this blog. I have been SO behind with writing lately, and have really neglected to share things that have been happening in my life lately. I promise to make up for all the silence very soon with lots of posts and pictures. To start off with, I'm going to share the answers to this blog tag post I received recently. Enjoy:)

 I've been blog-tagged by Sarah from The Lord's Lass to do a Christmas (although she says it can be wintry, all things considered :p) Posting.

Rules: use the same title and top picture (check), answer the questions (of course!), and tag 5 fellow bloggers.

So without further ado...

A Few of my Favorite Things Blog-Tag Questions-and-Answers

1. What are some of your favorite "Snuggle Weather" books?

The Bible, and whatever book I happen to be reading at the moment. Right now I'm reading these books. 

  * The Little Book Of Christian Character and Manners-WIlliam & Colleen Dedrick ~ excellent for encouraging me to rethink my manners, and how I treat my authorities. 

* What Happens When Women Say Yes to God- Lysa Terkhurst ~ This has been the most encouraging book I've read this year so far. Super helpful for identifying limiting beliefs I have about God, and helping me to see what areas I need to really submit to Him.

* The $100 Startup- Chris Guillebeau- I actually started reading this book last year, but didn't get to finish it before the time was up from the library. I've really been inspired and encouraged by this book, and the out of the ordinary ways it promotes for business, and earning money.

* Reclaim Your Life- Vicki Norris- This book has been a life saver for me, and I've been SO encouraged by it. Organization is something I have always struggled with, and it seems to have gotten worse over the past few years. Reclaim your Life has been super helpful for identifying thought processes behind my lack of organization. It's amazing how easy it is to setup bad habits. 

2. What is your favorite wintry snack?

Fresh Homemade Applesauce with lots of Cinnamon. I can't get over how delicious this is! I'll admit I have somewhat of a weakness for Cinnamon:)

3. What are some of your favorite hot drinks?

Pretty much any type of tea. But some of my favorites are Lemon Ginger, Chai Spice, Green Tea, & Lavender Tulsi. Of course I also have a weakness for Coffee with lots of cream and sugar in it, but I don't drink that very often:)

4. What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year This is probably my top favorite Christmas movie. I can't really explain why, but I just like it a lot:)

The Man who Saved Christmas- I love the family aspects and character that are displayed in this movie. (beware if you watch it, that we usually skip one scene)

The Christmas Candle- This is a great family Christmas Movie, that really gets you thinking. One of our favorites. 

5. What are some of your favorite holiday songs?

Michael W. Smith's  "It's a Wonderful Christmas" and "The Spirit of Christmas" cd's.

Michael Buble's "Christmas" cd.

Josh Groban's "Noel" cd.

Point of Grace' " Emanuel, God with Us-/O Come O come Emmanuel" song.

Pentatonic "That's Christmas to Me"  song.

6. Favorite snow day crafts?

Well, we don't get snow that much, but I do love doing lots of crafts this time of year. My favorite would be knitting and crocheting gifts for my family members.

I also enjoy making Christmas crafts as a family. We have a tradition to make Gingerbread houses, and this year, we really enjoyed making them at the beach house we went to for my Mom's birthday.

Here's a picture of our creations.

7. Do you want to build a snowman?
Of course:) If we only had snow;0

And that concludes my little survey.  Thanks SO much for reading. I hope you all have been doing well, and are having a wonderful start to the new year.  What has been your favorite part of the year so far? 

Oh, and I tag Eden, Shiloh, Bethany, Kate, and Amy to continue the posting fun:)