God Showed up at the Thrift Store

Most of us have longed to own something but couldn’t acquire it for different reasons.

Too expensive.

No place to keep it.

The kids need new shoes.

The electric bill is due.

It’s not essential.

 He remembers the red heels you tried on but didn’t purchase. He understands your dream to grow the beautiful flowers pictured in seed catalogs. And the food processor? He remembers that too.

So it was with me when God showed up at the thrift store.

I was browsing the used books when I read the words Tasha Tudor on the spine of a coffee table volume. I gasped then snatched it up like a thief. The store had an usual number of book shoppers that day. I didn’t want to make a scene with my zealous excitement, so I scurried around the corner to look inside. It was in mint condition. It was beautiful.

I first learned about Tasha Tudor years ago when Victoria magazine featured her several times as a children’s author, illustrator, and fervent gardener. Looking at the slick pages, I’d drool over her lush landscape and the delightful art I could only dream of owning.

Years had passed since I thought of Tasha Tudor, then that day in the thrift store she came to life once more. I realized, perhaps for the first time, God remembers what matters to me.

I purchased the $30 Tasha Tudor’s Garden hardcover for a buck.

We never know when something we once longed for will come to us years later.

 

Stories of Grace and Hope

Kindle   –    Nook

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The Value of Flowers

FLOWERS are POWER.

They make one smile, inhale (okay, sometimes sneeze), and accept an apology from the man in our life…even though we may not want to.

FLOWERS are USEFUL.

They brighten, decorate, and fill empty spaces…even though we know it’s temporary.

FLOWERS are ICEBREAKERS.

They bring about introductions, conversations, and memorable dates…even though we’re unsure.

FLOWERS are HOPE.

They bring to us all the gifts listed above and much more…even though we don’t always deserve them.

 

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Kindle   –    Nook

 

 

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10 Tips to Lift your Spirit and Live your Best Life

If you’re feeling sad, lonely, or defeated here are a few suggestions that may help you regain a spirit of peace, grace, hope, or joy:

  • Talk to someone trustworthy about how you feel.
  • Think of one tiny step you can take toward a goal and do it.
  • ENGAGE IN A FUN ACTIVITY you enjoy. It could be as simple as baking cookies or painting your toenails.

  • Read a funny book and LAUGH OUT LOUD.
  • Revisit fun childhood songs and SING OUT LOUD.
  • Take a walk with your camera or cell phone and CAPTURE IMAGES that make you feel happy.

  • Write a gratitude list, past and present.
  • Stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eyes, and say, “God made me glorious therefore I am glorious,” until you BELIEVE IT. Repeat daily every time you feel sad, lonely, or defeated.
  • Shake your booty … DANCE TO UPBEAT MUSIC.

ABOUT THIS POST: After receiving tragic news, I couldn’t focus. So I wrote this post hoping to reach out to others who may need a nudge to live their best life. Sometimes, it just takes knowing you’re not alone. When I finished writing, I was surprised by the turnabout results: My spirits had lifted.

So, I thought I’d share one last suggestion, one you’ve probably been told to do or read about. But oftentimes, the pain is so heavy you can’t get past it. Or you don’t believe anything will help.

Well, I’m here to tell you this does help:

Do something for someone else.

It doesn’t have to be big. You can do it right from your home or workplace.

Give a compliment. Email an uplifting quote.

Use your cell phone and send a funny face.

Then, embrace a spirit of peace, grace, hope, and joy.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Tell us what helps you.

 

 

 

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HOPE is an extraordinary human lifeblood most cannot live without. It pulls us through the toughest times, turns anxieties into positive thoughts, and motivates us to achieve personal and professional goals.

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Throughout our lives we grind out many roles and responsibilities. During our busy efforts we forget to slow down, listen, smile, and hug our loved ones. We overlook the unfriendly sales clerk who may have received bad news or lives in a difficult environment.

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Kindle   –    Nook

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