Saturday, April 1, 2017

John 14:8


Whether the weather be fine,
Whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.
~Author unknown
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Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer (American ,February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) 
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We all need our privacy, especially in this new age of technology. But there is one thing that Christ does not want to be kept quiet and that is found in His Book in Mark 16:15, which we know of today as The Great Commission. In Mark 16 verse 14-16 it says that, Later as they were eating, Jesus appeared to the 11 and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. Verse 15 states: And He said to them, go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Verse 16: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned…

Coffee Time!


Good Afternoon!

Only God


Hebrews 11:1

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Dear Fellow Midlife Explorers,

Here are some inspirational links from the blog and around the web I hope you'll enjoy.

Don't miss March's Later Bloomer, Charles Darwin, who wrote On the Origin of Species at age 50 after waiting more than two decades. Experts have called it his "incredible procrastination." But was it? (I created a new "longform" illustrated design for this one I'm especially proud of!)

April Celebrations

Today, April 1: The inimitable Susan Boyle turns 56.

April 2, 1647: Birth of Maria Sybilla Merian. In 1699, more than a century before Charles Darwin explored the Galapagos, Maria voyaged from The Netherlands to South America to study and paint the region’s insects. She was52 years old. That's her magnificent caterpillar above. (Make sure to "display images" if you can't see it.) READ MORE

April 21, 1838: John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. The beloved environmentalist came to America as a boy and almost lost his sight in an industrial accident at age 29. That set him on a journey to see and save the natural world. He founded the Sierra Club at age 54READ MORE

April 22: Janet Evanovich turns 74. She began writing her wildly popular Stephanie Plum mystery series at 51. TheNew York Times calls her books the "mystery-novel equivalent of comfort food." Forbes lists her among the World's Most Powerful Celebrities. READ MORE

Wise Words

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." 
—Maya Angelou, born April 4, 1928

Maya was a professional dancer, actress, singer, songwriter, newspaper editor, civil rights leader, and of course, poet and writer. Her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published at age 41.

More Proof It's Never Too Late

Are You A Late Bloomer? The Careers Of Eminent Scientists Offer Hope from the Huffington Post: "If you didn’t make the 30 Under 30 list, fear not. According to new research, success over the course of a career isn’t necessarily a byproduct of age or early breakthroughs. . . Instead, it’s likely caused by a mix of factors including personality, hard work, persistence, luck and dedication."READ MORE

Yoga Teacher Training at 56 (385 in Dog Years) fromAnnapurna Living: "Welcome to yoga in your fifties! Not only do you lean against walls because, frankly, you are quite incapable of balance, but now your teacher is absent-mindedly reminding you that your next step in life is death. What’s not to love?" Poignant and hilarious. READ MORE

A delightful email from reader Sylvia Dickey Smith: "A late bloomer myself, I started my first novel at 63 and now have seven books published, and working on the eighth. I turn 77 next month. My whole life has been about blooming late. Started college at 42, went on to get my BA and M.Ed. all while caring for my four children and a husband. Of course, by the time I got the masters degree, I also divorced. (Not all husbands like late bloomers—andthat's okay. I like me much better. Thanks for helping us remember, it is never too late to bloom." Thank you, Sylvia, and huge congrats. VISIT SYLVIA

Happy Spring! See you in a few weeks with April's Later Bloomer.


Good Morning!

Blessings for Saturday!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Tulip time! Jessie Willcox Smith

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The Parable of A Cracked Pot

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The Parable of A Cracked Pot 
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house,the cracked pot arrived only half full. 
For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. 
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that what it had been made to do. 
After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you." 
"Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?" "I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws,you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said. 
The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."
Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it up a bit. 
But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?
That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I put it to good use. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. 
Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house." 
The moral of the story:
Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. In this world, nothing goes to waste. You may think like the cracked pot that you are inefficient or useless in certain areas of your life, but somehow these flaws can turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Remember, nobody is perfect. 
~Author Unknown~

Matthew 6:27

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
Matthew 6:27
A Time to Think
We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. 
Japanese Proverb
A Time to Act
Never outgrow fun.
A Time to Pray
On this April Fool’s Day, Lord, help me to admire beauty, cherish friendships, count blessings and laugh!
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