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Day 35 – Stages of growth

I went for a walk the other day and as I did I noticed the absolutely beautiful landscaping all around me. The further I went, the more exquisite flowers I saw. As I was taking photos of them I was really struck by the different stages of growth and maturity that I saw.

Have a look:

The shrubs get trimmed with electric hedge cutters which just cut indiscriminately, yet the flowers just keep on growing regardless.

Lesson in there for us I think. Regardless of what comes into our lives and cuts off our growth indiscriminately, if we just keep our eyes fixed on the goal of achieving what we were created to achieve, we’ll go through all the necessary stages of growth and come out winners.

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Lisa

Day 34 – Independence Day

Today is the 4th of July and there are celebrations happening all over the States. I must admit to not knowing much about the holiday, so I went and did some research.

According to Wikipedia:

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball gamesfamily reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

 

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Day 33 – He really used that?

I have to admit to not having an artistic bone in my body. Either that or they hide themselves very well. Thus, I’ve never been a great appreciator of art. I just don’t get it. And I certainly won’t pay for it!

Having lived in this apartment for over a month now though, I must admit to liking the 2D art that the owner appreciates – it’s scattered all over.

The artists have taken a variety of everyday objects and placed them within their paintings.

In this one they’ve literally placed a piece of cloth on the canvas and wrinkled it and then painted over it.

This one is pieces of coloured plastic that have been cut and fitted into the frame.

This one has layer upon layer of paint on it which builds up a rough and textured surface

This one has layers of paint, a piece of cloth, a grid was pushed into the gold paint and they’ve sectioned it off by yet more paint layers

Lastly, they’ve put actual pieces of wood onto the surface of this painting to depict the tree trunks.

Even I have to admit that these pieces of art are beginning to grow on me. What do you think?

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Day 32 – The Importance of Mattering

We’ve been away from home for 2 months now and we’re starting to get reminders of home, everywhere we go.

We’re reminded of:

  • How many people love us.
  • How important it is to have real friendships.
  • How many people miss us and can’t wait to see us again.
  • How many people are lonely without us.
  • How many people need what we have to offer.
  • How many people we miss.
  • How much news, that’s important to us, we’re not being a part of.
  • How important it is to be part of a community.
  • How much life just carries on regardless of wether we’re there or not.
  • How there are pro’s and con’s to living anywhere.
  • How, regardless of where we are, the issues we face personally, still need to be resolved.
  • How, regardless of where we are, we can do some good, every day.

There’s a brilliant quote that I love.

The life I touch for good or ill 

will touch another life, 

and that in turn another, 

until who knows where the trembling stops

 or in what far place my touch will be felt.

Frederick Buechner

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Question of the Day

Do you have somewhere where you matter or someone you matter to? If not, set about making it happen.

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Day 31 – Fantastic opportunities

I’ve always been one to notice excellent opportunities when they arise. I bought the Sunday papers this morning, trawled through the ‘Open Houses’ and marked the ones I wanted to see. Frans and I saw two that really had the potential to become rental properties for both the US and the international vacation rental market.

We booked two of the properties we’ve stayed in on this trip, through an amazing website called ‘Homeaway (www.homeaway.com). You can search by a whole range of parameters, all over the world.

Have a look and see if you can find your next holiday home – I highly recommend their service.

If you’re looking for info on how to get into the rental property market then download their free e-book with tips and hints. http://getstarted.homeaway.com/options

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We heard a huge noise outside the condo and the storm shutters were vibrating like crazy and so we rushed outside to see what was happening and this is what we saw! It’s the 4th July ‘Independence Day’ weekend and the celebrations have begun!

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Day 30 – Treasure Hunt!

If there’s one thing that my husband loves to do, it’s sorting through other people’s ‘junk’, for hidden treasure.

He first went to a ‘Garage Sale’ when he was over in Texas, for work, a couple of years ago. So today, as we were on our way to Walmart to do some grocery shopping, he suddenly yelled, “Garage Sale!” as we passed a sign on the curb announcing the fact. He was so excited and so we decided to follow the signs and go and see what he could find in what this family were selling.

We twisted and turned, following sign after sign, until we eventually pulled up outside the house. As we walked up the driveway, we said ‘Hi’ to the gentleman sitting comfortably in the shade of his porch (necessary in the sweltering heat) and as I turned around to look at Frans, I knew that he was already deeply fascinated by everything on display.

Garage (or Yard) sales are really common in the States. You can literally put all the things you want to sell, out on your driveway and just advertise using a board pegged in the dirt on the side of the road. It’s like an individual version of our ‘Car Boot Sales’. Frans bought  a little aluminium stand that has built in fans. You put your laptop on top of it and it keeps the laptop cool and all for the princely sum of $1!

After we’d finished our shopping and were on the way home, we passed another Garage Sale sign. This time Frans bought a metal detector! Watch the video below to see what he found.



So you can see that just like the Garage Sale is like a Treasure Hunt and so is using what you find.

Frans wanted me to share that life is like that too. You have to actively SEEK the treasure before you FIND it. The same is true for finding the riches of God in the Bible – seek and you WILL find!

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Lisa

Day 29 – Taking the time

Tonight, I’ve been sitting talking to a new friend I’ve made over here and I am reminded, once again, how wonderful and valuable human relationships are.

When we take the time to really listen to someone; with our full attention focussed on them and what they’re sharing, it’s a very powerful thing. Really listening. Really caring. Really taking the time to do both. What an amazing gift for the talker and the listener alike.

PLEASE – value the people in your life enough to take the time to really listen and to really care.

Love you all x

 

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Lisa