Since the beginning of Christianity, the cross has been the principal symbol of the Christian religion. It recalls the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the resurrection. This is important to remember, but the cross is a symbol of much more. The cross can be interpreted as a sign of hope, representing the forgiveness of sins and God’s reconciliation with man. It is a powerful symbol of divine love and salvation. The cross with the figure of the crucified Christ serves as a reminder of his sacrifice and his suffering. The cross without the figure, often referred to as “the Empty Cross”, symbolizes the resurrection. He is risen and is not there. It is time for joy in our divine gift.Read More
Sunday, April 17th is Easter. In celebrating the season this year, I’ve made an inspirational printable, Easter Blessings. Although I love bunnies and Easter eggs, I also know that the reason for the season is the resurrection of Jesus. Many of the symbols of the season are a celebration of new life. In the time before Easter which is known as Lent in some churches, I spend time reflecting on the miracle of life and all its blessings. I pray the Lord blesses you and keeps you in the palm of his hand.Read More
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
“May the Road Rise to Meet You” is an Irish blessing that is often used as a prayer. It has traveled throughout the centuries in songs, word of mouth, and even a popular cross-stitch pattern. The words connect centuries of those who have faithfully hung onto hope through their faith.
I like to do inspirational prints as it helps me stay focused on what is important in life. The last two years have been crazy. It is amazing the irrational way some people act with so much anger. I try to stay positive and centered, and I wish the same for you. Today’s printable is on one of my favorite topics, Kindness. I made it several years ago for my email subscribers. Today I am sharing it with everyone. I think all of us need a reminder to be kind. It costs nothing and can make a huge difference to someone else’s day.Read More
Today’s inspirational quote is from Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910 to 1997). During her lifetime Mother Teresa became famous as the Catholic nun who dedicated her life to caring for the destitute and dying in the slums of Calcutta – now known as Kolkata. She set up soup kitchens, a leper colony, orphanages, and a home for the dying destitute. She treated the lepers, educated the poorest of the poor, and fed the homeless. She treated them like her family.
Her message to me was that you don’t have to do big or great things to help.
Small things become great when done with love.
I love to surround myself with words and images that embrace positive attitudes and foster peace, love, and kindness. Today’s printable is sized 12″ x 12″.
As the first month of 2022 almost ends, it’s the perfect time to start planning out your year and making it a year to remember. Despite the pandemic that is still impacting our lives and family, I encourage you to review your options. Even if you can’t travel to another country for a holiday, you can still have a great year. Today I’d like to inspire you with a few suggestions on how to make the year 2022 your greatest ever.
- Go for the job promotion – it will allow you to make more money and advance your career. Promotions often bring up even more career advantages. Show your manager that you’re deserving of a raise by keeping your head down at work.
- Spend more time with family and friends. Plan family nights with movies, games, or whatever interests your children and spouse. Spend as much time as you can with your family in your spare time. Invite friends over for dessert or an appetizer. It’s wonderful to connect with people. This will also prevent you from becoming isolated from the rest of the world.
- Enjoy a wonderful vacation. Okay, so this one might not be ideal for your health, but if you investigate parks, historic sites, and other family destinations in your area, you could still have a great time.
- Improve your health and fitness. There is no better moment than right now to take charge of your health and fitness and become the best version of yourself. Your body will thank you.
- Make a difference in the lives of others by volunteering your time and talents. Imagine yourself in that situation, needing just a sliver of guidance to help you get back on track. Volunteering can take several forms, including helping the elderly, animal rescue, or the hungry. What ever your interests are, there are charities that need help.
- Allow yourself to relax and unwind. While visiting and helping others is a wonderful thing to do, it is important to remember to set aside time by yourself. If you are always giving without re-fueling your spirit, you can be overwhelmed. Last week we discussed simple ways to relax your mind. Meditation is a terrific approach to relieve stress, as well as exercise, a good night’s sleep, or a relaxing bath. You might even be considering a new bed to improve your quality of sleep. Adjustable ones can help improve your posture if you’ve got aching joints, and if you have sleep apnea can also help you sleep for longer without disturbing your partner.
- Try something new. This could be anything you want to do. Make every effort to push yourself to the edge and discover a new sense of freedom in your life. Many people discover a new hobby that enriches their life.
- It’s easy to forget to smile in the midst of all the negative news we see and our own personal difficulties. Putting a smile on your face instantly helps you feel better, and there’s no finer make-up a woman can put on her face than a smile.
You’ve got this; 2022 will be your year!
This is a collaborative post, but all opinions are my own.
Today’s inspirational print, Gather, is how I think of our connections to friends and family. I think when the world shut down in ealy 2020, we all missed gathering with those we care about, and sharing our thoughts, food, and space. As the world has continued in a changed state, I read many blog posts about happy reconnections as family members and friends re-connect. My wish for all of us is a happy, healthy world where we can gather, share, and laugh.
We’re in the holiday season, and for the next few months, our lives are packed with activities. Today I’m asking you to stop and take a minute to be grateful. It’s good for your brain, body, health, and for everyone around you. Studies show that practicing gratitude releases positive neurochemicals, like dopamine, and engages the reward system in the brain. Your attitude of gratitude builds long-lasting reward circuits that are coupled with positive behavior and thought patterns developed through meaning and intention. The simple act of gratitude strengthens positive brain circuits allowing for greater brain power and prosperity.