Letting Nature carry you forward…a short story

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Without even trying, her skin began to turn brown from the topical sun.

She didn’t plan for it or sit outside to catch it at it’s highest peak.  It just happened.

Perhaps it was carried across through the Tradewinds every afternoon when she took her swim.  Or maybe it lived in the cells of the waters waiting to caress her.

She would purposely wait until the light of the great sun was resting behind the trees, casting it’s gentle shadow on the water in the 40 ft. swimming pool.

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She was definitely living a life of grace and ease she thought, as she did her laps across the pool.

Finding affirmations of gratitude came easy to her now, as she rested in the confidence that all was well for now with her family.

She wanted to “make hay while the sun was shining” and use this special time to work on herself, to tone her muscles, shed a few pounds, and catch up on some fitness rituals that had been put on the back burner while she strived to make a living.  There just had been no time or energy to work on herself, or so she felt.  Or maybe she had given up at some point, after losing her love in a tragic car accident, being laid off from her dream job, and then being fired from one that she had hated anyway.

Her prayers had made their way to the Great Unknown, and she had been released from her self-made prison of lethargy, discontent, sorrow, rejection, and loss of Spirit.

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She had given in to eating the wrong foods, until one day she had woken up with severe pains in her stomach as though she had been poisoned.

Was it the bread she had so lovingly made from white, bromated flour the day before?

Anyway, that was all behind her now.

She had started to blog about some of her experiences.

Always one who enjoyed new paths of study in the esoteric, she began working with her intuition, strengthening her connection with the Infinite through meditation, visioning, and through writing.

These things came easy to her.

The group of people at work had made  vision boards and posted them in the break room.  So many had pictures of a tropical getaway, and she wondered if staring at these images had prompted her own trip to the islands.

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After 6 months of unemployment, she was requested to come house-sit in Oahu.

Well, how could she say no?

This is where her journey began back to well-ness, weight loss, and getting back in touch with her authentic self.

She had reached retirement age, but not quite ready to retire financially or mentally, she thought this could be a time to reconnect with a part of her who had been lost for a long time.

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For the past year, she had been seeing visions of a male companion.

He was always dressed in white and there was a natural contentment that she felt deep in her soul each time she had a new vision, and usually a bit of surprise that it was “him”.

It was someone that she knew, who seemed the farthest thing away from what she would have expected.  But isn’t that how love is?  And doesn’t it show up when you least expect it?

She returned home to California for six months as the Universe was doing some shuffling of her home circumstances.  ‘She began paring back on her possessions, selling some of her treasured pieces that had been in storage.

Her grandson had decided to return to Southern California, her sister would be moving on, and her son was busy making a new life for  himself.

She was actively pursuing a new position working as an interior designer when the Universe stepped in during a huge rainstorm, bursting a pipe that flooded the store that she would be working in, causing a delay in plans.  The owner called to apologize for the delay, but still no offer of employment.

Then came another offer to come to Oahu.  So, what did she have to lose?  There must be a reason for all of this, she thought. So, she packed her suitcase for one month, with two pair of jeans, some sleeveless shirts, and underwear.  When she was finally approached for employment in May, she told them that she had taken a temporary job, and would come in to see them when she returned.

She decided to stay in Hawaii until August as that was how long she was needed.

Nothing had materialized on the surface of her life yet, in the love department anyway.

Well, maybe a sprinkle of hope.  But nothing tangible.

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All she knew was that she needed to use this special time of benevolence to take care of herself, carry on with her life, create her art, and let her life unfold naturally, as the workings of Nature always knows the best course.

She trusted that things would unfold at the right time, in the right way.

Her guidance was ”  Do nothing. No need to push or strive, but let Nature carry you forward”.  and so she was willing to wait, as there was still more work for her to do in her journey of self-healing.

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Following bread crumbs…How did Hansel and Gretel survive?

By practicing the 27 days of Feng Shui challenge here, and 30 days of Gratitude here at the beginning of the year, I think of the story about Hansel and Gretel leaving bread crumbs along their trail in the forest so they could find their way home upon returning.

The Forest

We’ve made the clearing by eliminating all of those things that no longer spark joy.

Hansel and Gretel were left in the forest because their parents couldn’t afford to feed them.  They expected them to become lost.

The forest is your home.  By clearing your clutter you will see your way more clearly.

The bread crumbs

We’ve laid a path of gratitude and love, taking time to appreciate the people, circumstances, and  blessing that are present in our lives.

Hansel and Gretel dropped bread crumbs along the path, thinking this would lead them back home.  Little did they know, that the critters in the forest were hungry and would eat all of the bread crumbs. (The bread crumbs symbolize insincere prayers that are not heart felt. )

The ginger bread house

There may be distractions along the way. ( When Hansel and Gretel saw the house made of ginger bread, their hunger got the best of them, and all they could think of was devouring that house!)

Habits, moods, circumstances can draw us in and cause us to lose our focus.

The Witch

We’ve faced head-on some of the less than pleasant things in our lives and hopefully pushed pass them.

Or maybe they found a way to move on.

It seems that everyone is hungry in this story, even the witch!  She was planning to eat the children for dinner!

Perhaps, their hunger was a Spiritual Hunger, that could only be satisfied by a Connection to Spirit.  ( Everything else can wait, but your search for God cannot wait. Once the connection to your God Source is established, all of your needs are satisfied. )

The Oven

You may have escaped from “the oven” of uncertainty and witnessed a miracle, or been given more clarity.  ( The oven is the Fire of Spirit directing your life and burning up the dross of a matter based existence. )

After the children pushed the witch into the oven, they were free.

Now, it’s time to turn and face the path home and hope the birds haven’t made a meal of your bread crumbs.

Practicing gratitude should be an everyday occurrence by now.

Gratitude promotes prosperity and healing in our lives.

Even if the birds have devoured some of your carefully laid bread crumbs, you can look for other signs to find your way home.

The signs that the Universe brings are sometimes subtle and easy to overlook, to miss all together, or to discount their validity.

And you may not get reminders if you ignore them.

Have you ever regretted not doing something when the signs  were all around you?

I have.

What kinds of signs can you expect?

You could receive a hunch or an idea.

You might see something that reminds you of someone.

Nature often sends signs.

You could get a strong feeling that every thing’s going to be okay.  That could be an Angel whispering in your ear.

You could feel a strong urge to take an action.

You could see a message on a license plate while driving.

Whatever it is, take notice, jot it down in a journal or a notebook, or take action.

Start collecting those bread crumbs or signs that you see along your path.

This is how the Universe guides us.

When we are doing “inner work” there’s a time for sewing the seeds and reaping the harvest.

It takes time.

Sometimes years.

It’s important to do the work of decluttering, training our minds to expect the best, pushing through adversity, and practicing patience through trust and faith.

Watch for the signs and be ready to act when an opportunity presents itself.

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  1. Stay in tip-top form, by staying physically active – exercise and nutrition
  2. Update your wardrobe so you look your best.  Update your home’s “wardrobe” so it lifts your spirit.
  3. Keep mentally sound through meditation, getting plenty of sleep, learning all you can.
  4. Emotionally fit by practicing gratitude, forgiveness, and always focusing on the positive.  No more complaining.
  5. Spiritually Alert – through inner stillness, meditation and prayer, spending time in Nature.
  6. Keep a journal of the signs and symbols that come your way.

Now you are ready for the next great offer that comes your way.

Hansel and Gretel found their way home after discovering the Witch’s treasure.  They returned home to help their parents with their newly found prosperity.

Do you have an idea what the Witch’s treasure might have been?

Please leave your comments below.  I hope you enjoyed this post.  While I was writing it, I actually surprised my self with some of the things that came forward.

I wish you all the best.

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Why Worry? and what you can do about it.

 

Do you ever find yourself worrying about something, imagining the worst outcome of something over which you have absolutely no control over?

I’ve probably spent at least 30% of my life worrying.  No, maybe even 50%!

I’ve worried about my children, relationships, money, health, loss, always fearing what “could” happen.

I even worry about my car getting a flat tire while I’m driving on the freeway.

At some point, I decided that worrying was a futile attempt, as it didn’t do a bit of good for me or anyone else.

I realized that I was only sending the vibration of worry out into the Universe.

Worry is a non-constructive effort.

When my son was in high school was when I finally realized that worrying about him walking the streets at night was pointless.

That’s when I took up water color quilting.

 

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Exuberantcolor/Wanda S. Hanson

I could spend all of that time and energy on something creative.

I could spend the time used for worrying, cutting, and piecing together the pictures that I wanted to create.

 

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Water color quilt by Wanda S. Hanson

My mind would be healed as I worked with the colors and focused on creating something beautiful.

 

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Color Wash quilt by Wanda S. Hanson

It Worked!

I would become so lost in my art that time previously spent on worry, was replaced with a mind that wanted to create beautiful things.  And the time would pass so quickly!.

I just had to trust that my son would be okay.  And one night, when he arrived home, he sat down with me, and started helping me place some of the squares.  A very special moment for me.

Another thing I learned was to imagine a white light surrounding whatever it was that I was worried about.

Whether it was my car, a person, or a situation, I would call in my angels, ask for their help and protection, and put a white light of protection around it.

Then I would just hand it over to God.

I trained my little ego mind to delegate it’s concerns to the greater power.

I still worry at times.

But now, I recognize what’s happening, and redirect it’s course before it takes over.

I just live one day at a time and focus on the Now as much as possible.

Live each moment to the fullest and let the future take care of it’s self.

Now that I’m older, I even have less lines of worry on my forehead.

They’ve been softened and smoothed by the Angels.

Worry ends when faith begins.

For we walk by faith not by sight.  2 Cor. 5:7

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Pushing through adversity

via Daily Prompt: Survive                                                                                                        “Forgiveness is actually gratitude for the gifts beneath the actions; they both set you free.” Kara – Soulstice Rising

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me, age 3 with my Norwegian grandmother

 

I woke up this morning thinking about my dad teaching me to ride my new bike when I was five years old.

I think about this often, as it has been one of my life lessons on using sheer determination, working past obstacles, and surviving in a world of pain.

“Don’t be a quitter” was one of his favorite sayings.

My new bike was  second hand with fat tires and a new paint job in green and cream enamel.  It was a small two wheel bike with no training wheels.

I was a healthy 5 year old with freckles on my nose, amber colored hair from being bleached in the sun, and a very strong will and a fighting spirit.

Dad must have thought that I needed some tough lessons to survive this life.

It was 1958, and I’m not sure if training wheels had been invented yet. ( Actually, it looks as though they were invented around 1950, but there was some controversy as to whether they actually helped.) I don’t think my dad would have thought them necessary anyway, as he was pretty much “old school”.

Regardless, I was to learn to peddle, balance, and steer with a single push off.

That’s how I was taught to ride my bike.

I don’t remember how many times I fell and skinned my knees, only to be told to get back on and try again.

As I held back the tears, I would get back on and keep trying until I learned to ride that darned bike.

One of the worst feelings I remember is skinning my knees again after just freshly skinning them on the rough cement pavement.

It burned a lot as the blood ran down my legs and I peddled furiously to learn this new skill.

The physical pain, the emotional pain of failure, all of these things worked against me.

But my dad kept making me get back on my bike until I learned to ride in my first session.

Harsh treatment for a child, you may think, and it was.

But many times in my life, this story has kept me going, and I survived it all .

In Buddhist teachings we are taught to thank our adversaries, forgive them, and understand that they have been placed in our lives to teach us.

Whenever I’ve been confronted with relationship or material loss, abusive relationships, dire uncertainty, or physical challenges, I’ve been able to keep my focus on my goals, keep my nose to the grindstone, and carry on regardless of what circumstances came my way.

It’s important not to let our lives be distracted by these obstacles that arise to throw us off our path.

We can work through the pain, by keeping a clear focus on our values, plans, and dreams.

Try not to give too much importance to the pain, the drama, the naysayers that rear their ugly heads.

Move beyond it.

Stay focused and firm in your authenticity

You can survive anything.

 

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pillow from Target

 

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As you go about your life, take time to choose wisely, navigate with care, and always give more than you receive.  The end result will be a life filled with much happiness, love, and peace.

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 1….Last Day of 30 countdown….

The Power of Gratitude, Manifesting and making lists…

Today is the 30th day of our gratitude journey.

It’s a practice that raises our vibration, connects us to our heart, our higher self, and shows us how to walk a path of heart-centered peace and contentment.

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If you are longing for more peace in your life, or the world, this is where you begin –

by connecting to your heart and experiencing the deepest gratitude, so that it flows naturally as an every day occurrence.

 

You may find yourself complaining less about what you don’t want in your life, and seeing more of what you do want as you make this a daily practice.

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Gratitude felt from the heart is the key to manifesting your heart’s desire.

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As you lift your focus and train your wayward thinking, you see more of the beauty in life, and your life takes on new meaning, clarity, and abundance as you naturally flow with love and gratitude.

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Take a moment to embrace your life with gratitude, right now.

Make a list of something you dearly wish for, and be specific.

Say a prayer of thanks as though you already have it.

Date it, and put it away.

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I’ve often made lists of the features that I would like in my dream home.

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Today I realized that I am currently living in it.

It has 4 bedrooms, a large pool in the backyard, a kitchen island, large windows lots of trees.  I’m surrounded by family.

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Don’t question how your wish will be delivered to you.

Just appreciate it for what it is.

Thank you for taking this journey with me.

I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you.  Ho’oponopono

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 5….

Yes! But does it flow?

Sometimes, when you first move into a place you just want to get the furniture in  place, unpack the boxes, and start living your life.

Too many times to count, I’ve left pictures along the wall on the floor, thinking that if I hang them, something disastrous will happen, and I’ll have to move again.  I guess the act of leaving them on the floor keeps things in a temporary state, leaving me impermanent in case I need to fly the coop.

Maybe boxes get shoved into a closet to be dealt with later ( NOT).

When I finally overcame these fears (there must be some deep-seated psychological meaning to all of this) my life started to flow better, my mind became more clear, and I was able to recognize when something just didn’t feel right.

 

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Grandson’s room in Hawaii

 

As I walk around a room, I can sense the awkward flow of movement when something is blocking the flow of energy.

Now the pictures get hung, or stored, or donated.

The boxes, too.

The clutter is cleared.

 

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Bookcase was in this corner

In this room, the bookcase was sitting next to the closet, disabling the use of the large drawers near the floor.

It’s funny that now I go into other people’s houses and move the furniture.

 

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Bookcase now sits in this corner creating better flow

At home, I had a French arm chair sitting at my personal desk.  It was pretty, but it stuck out too far and obstructed the flow of traffic when one entered through the front door.

 

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Please excuse the mess!  Before picture with French chair.

So, I changed it. ( you can see the post where I redid my desk area here.)

 

 

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Enter Happy Chair that slides under the desk easily.

Take a look around your space.

Do a walk-through.

Is there anything blocking your path?

Are there any unfinished projects sitting around?  Is there a clear path from room to room?

If not, there could be something blocking your life path.

Lay the bagua over your room to see if any area that’s blocked or cluttered coincides with the area of your life on the Bagua.

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Lay the Bagua ( see photo above) over each room with the door to the room at the bottom of the page. The door of the room will fall into either the Knowledge, Career, or Helpful People area.

When I moved my chair from the desk and put an armless chair in it’s place (which fell in my Helpful People and Travel area of the Bagua) I was offered this trip to Hawaii.

When I moved the bookcase in this bedroom so that it wasn’t blocking the drawers, (also in the Helpful People and Travel area) he was offered a chance to go to boys’ camp for the Summer.

Coincidence, you may think?

I think not….

Try it, and let me know how it works for you.

Life can be so much easier when we are in the flow.

I express gratitude for the ability and understanding to keep my life flowing.

And so it is!

 

 

 

 

Is that my reflection looking at me?

via Photo Challenge: Reflecting

I recently committed to stay in Hawaii through August which will be approximately four months here.

One month down, I’ve been busy with grandson and daughter most of the time, with various responsibilities.

I do still find time for working on blog, etc. but have not been consistent.

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I’ve had some time to reflect on which way my life should go, what’s pulling me, and what my next move will be.

The job I was hoping for was only a promise, and with many delays during the last Mercury Retrograde, I was offered this chance to be in Hawaii again.

The one thing that I’ve done consistently is swim almost every day.

Swimming in the salt water pool after the sun has rested behind the trees, has been my time for reflecting on what my focus should be.

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As I swim, I enjoy the velvety smooth water caressing my skin, cooling, relaxing and energizing at the same time.

I feel my muscles contracting, my back and stomach strengthening ever so gently.

And it dawned on me, with such clarity, that I’m here, again, in Hawaii, to focus on improving my physical condition.

In the seven steps to ascension that I wrote about here, being physically fit is the one area that I’ve neglected, or haven’t put my focus on.

What better place than Hawaii?

I need to make physical fitness my way of life.

As I move through my 60’s, I realize how important it is to eat organic and mostly raw, to avoid doctors if at all possible, stay chemical free ( except for a cup of coffee in the morning, a glass of wine occasionally) and water as my go-to beverage.

Along with meditation as a daily practice, the next piece is a weekly practice of moving the body.  ( I’m not too structured here and purposely do not say “diet” or “routine”, or regimen.

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Cottage Mavens,

The Universe has done it again! Plopped my in Hawaii for a long stretch so I’m “forced” to face myself head-on and do the work that I’ve been sent here to do, improve my physical appearance, which in turn will improve my life in so many ways.

I’ve got the pool in my back yard, I’m signed up for yoga classes and I have this whole island to explore for the next three months.

The final ingredient that I need will be to set my intention, write my affirmations, express gratitude for this opportunity, and settle in with the same strong will and determination that I used to lose the first 25 lbs. You can read about it here.

I hope you will join me, no matter what your age, to take this fitness thing to the next level.

I’m moving into my senior years on a high note.

It’s important to take the time out of your day to reflect on what your life is calling you to do.  All we have to do is listen.

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 11….

Dwell in Possibility

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Sea Glass and Angel wing shell

When gratitude becomes a way of being, gratitude is the most favorable environment for manifestation.

Gratitude is the magic potion of life.  ( Paul Sheeley, Learning Strategies/ Paraliminal/Gratitude. )

Gratitude Journal

If you haven’t started your gratitude journal, today being the 11th day to the end, or should I say the beginning of this journey is a great time to start.

By journaling any thoughts, ideas feelings, or manifestations that come up, you will be able to look at how far you’ve come.

Maybe you felt chills or a sense of peace when expressing gratitude, or you just felt happier, and more confident.

Perhaps, you experienced a windfall of some kind. or just noticed that people in general were kinder or went the extra mile for you.

Whatever it is, write it down, as it will also reinforce for you the great value such a simple practice can add to your life.

A gratitude prayer will state things as though you already have them.

I am thankful for my new GREEN Toyota pick up.

I am thankful to be led by Divine Guidance.

I am thankful for the help I need to make my trip to Paris in the Spring.

My life is in Divine Order and I give thanks for All That Is. 

Be specific in the details of what you want.

Write three things that you want in your journal today.

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Happy Journaling!

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 12…..

 

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Light courtesy of Tom at http://www.beyondthesphere.com

 

The 100 th Monkey

If money were no issue, I would save the world.

How often have you thought that to yourself, your heart going out to the homeless, the hungry, the horrors that we see daily happening to our planet and the people, animals, and nature on a daily basis?

Where do we start when it’s all so complicated?

It’s all so over whelming that a lot of people just look the other way and carry on with their lives, just doing the best they can.

Then there are others who choose to join the fight and protest.

Many great changes have come about through protesting.

Many people do their sharing on social media, sharing petitions that need to be signed.

There are some who choose to vote with their ” big green purse” who do the research and choose to buy only from those companies, and put their money in the banks that support the common good, not the profit-mongering corporations who have a hidden agenda.

Then there are the bloggers.

There are many who call themselves “Light workers” and those who are just sharing their beautiful hearts with the world, who don’t realize that they are also light workers.

As we enter into the Piscean Age, our higher senses are being fine-tuned.

Our vibrations are becoming more sensitive to spiritual matters.

As humans, we don’t come with directions when we are born on how to navigate our lives.

We can only rely on our family environment, our friends, our community and our world.

Scary thought isn’t it?

As many of those aspects have been broken or tampered with , and leave us wondering ” What is real?”

Many people are turning to the “blog world” to learn the truth, searching for answers that have been hidden from them in the process of growing up.

As bloggers we have a responsibility to stand on our truths, to speak our minds, our hearts, and to share the beautiful, the profound, the ordinary, the unusual, for anyone who needs it.

I’ve often said, ” It takes a village”.  We are building cyber-villages through blogging.

Each person can choose who will be in their village, and customize it to their own needs.

It’s the hundredth monkey theory, when it comes to saving the world.

It may sometimes feel like an uphill battle in a world that seems to be falling apart, and it feels as though we are going backwards at times, but this is just the “limbo” period that I talk about.

It’s a time to persevere, stay strong in our truths, and “chop wood and carry water”.

We really are on an upward journey.

Everyone has a role to play.

There are the protagonist and the antagonists in every play.

Without the contrasts, we might become complacent, and not feel there would be a need to act.

It’s important for each person to know that you are saving the world every day by the choices you make.

it doesn’t cost anything to offer a smile to a stranger.

A smile of gratitude and recognition that We Are All One!

Today I am grateful that I can do my part to save the world by every word, every thought, and every act that comes from my heart.

It takes more than money to save the world.

It takes a profound spiritual cleansing, and that can only happen by each of us shining our light, igniting a bonfire.

In Gratitude for all that you do every day, in your quest to save the world.

And So It Is!

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Hanging in the Balance

I’ve formed a new habit.  I can’t stop now.

After 27 days of clearing 27 things from my life, I continue on….

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I’m in the midst of tackling my storage unit.  I’ve sold most of the large pieces, donated some, gave some things away, and now I’m figuring out how to put away the things that I’ve brought home.

Once I get situated, I will start again, going through, reassessing everything, to see if indeed it does bring me joy.

Two of the things that I couldn’t let go of are probably in the worst shape.  I plan to give them make overs and keep them because I just love them so much.

I know…some people bring home stray animals.  I bring home stray furniture!

Selling on Facebook

 I’ve made just over $200. in two days selling from Facebook furniture sites that have a local audience.

Personally, I think it’s safer than selling on Craigslist ( too many spammers), because you can check the buyers profile and they can check yours before you meet.

I sold some things from my front door.

Basically, through messaging the buyer agrees on a day and time, they show up, give you the cash, and take the item away.

I also had some meet me at my storage units in the parking lot, and caravan in behind me.  I used this method for items that were too large to fit in my car.  My sister rode “shot gun “.  lol

On Saturday, I set up appointments every half hour for about a two hour stretch.

I met so many nice people who were happy with their purchases.

I would definitely recommend this if you have things that you want to get rid of that you could make a little money selling.  I price things to sell, and will bargain if people ask.

 

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Spring Blossoms

So, while I wait for my job offer to solidify, I will continue making a clearing.

Things are beginning to blossom.

I’ve just received an offer to go to Hawaii for four months, but this time I’ve decided to stay home. 

My son, who has been staying with me temporarily, has decided to move on.

Definitely all of this space clearing has created some big changes, and it may be a while before the dust settles.

I am once again an empty nester!

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At this moment I don’t have a job, but only the promise of one in that the employer continues to contact me that we will go forward very soon.

If the offer doesn’t solidify, then I just might be selling the rest of my furniture and taking the offer to go to Hawaii, stay with my daughter until I can start anew.

So for now, I’m hanging in the balance.

I feel very certain that my decision to stay where I am is the best one.  It’s time for me to take care of myself, keep my independence, live my life, and let my children live theirs.

This is where my faith is tested as I watch for the signs, the answers to my prayers, and carry on.

Affirmation:  I am the daughter of the King!  My rich Father now pours out his abundance upon me:  I am the daughter of the King!  Everything makes way for me. 

The best gift that I can give my children as I enter my senior years is to keep my health and remain independent.

The best gift that I can give myself, is to live every day to the fullest, and trust that the future will take care of itself.

I just have to keep making those clearings!