Hello and welcome to my blog.


I am Patricia Ann Boyes and have just become a first time published author at the age of seventy-seven. I am so excited! The title of my book is My Precious Life, and is now available for sale in Hardcover, Paperback, Kobo, Kindle and various e-books. The book is available on many online book stores such as Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.uk, Westbow Press, to name a few.

In April of this year I posted an excerpt from each of the forty chapters, and they can still be read by scrolling down to the beginning of this blog. “My Precious Life” is meant to be an inspiration to those who are struggling with life’s lessons, and wondering what they are all about. The feedback the book is receiving is touching on just that. “Wonderful…I couldn’t put it down…inspiring…” These are some of the comments coming back to me, and I’m so thankful for the interest it is generating.

After I posted the first forty excerpts, I continued to blog a post a day, and am still blogging! I love it, and have met some wonderful people in the blogging community. Here again, comments are positive and uplifting.

Here is a link to my church web site. My church is a focal point in my life and is featured in my book which is why I’m including its link.

Thank you for visiting “My Precious Life”. I look forward to hearing your comments on “My Precious Life” the Blog and the Book:

http://www.amazon.com/Precious-Life-Patricia-Ann-Boyes/dp/1490835504/ref=sr_1_1?  ie=UTF8&qid=1413155276&sr=8-1&keywords=my+precious+life

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You Made Me Think


You made me think. Wow! I love those words! This was a response to yesterday’s blog about My Smile Room with its new Painted Pony:

“You made me think about my smile room and I realized I have a smile house! Watching children play outside my front window, squirrels frolicking out my back window and a loving dog in my house all make me smile!”

I hope your house is smiling today. Happy Saturday.

Cartoon house with smiling happy face

 

My Smile Room


On Wednesday I acquired a new wall hanging. It was displayed on the doorstep of a lovely shop in Bowmanville, On. and I was drawn to it immediately. It made me smile.

In the room where I hung it are photos of me with each of my daughters and sons. There is also a musical angel figurine which my youngest daughter gave me for Christmas many years ago. Along with these favorite items is an angel clock, (there is a different angel at every hour).

This newest acquisition is already a favorite and I have named it The Painted Pony. It will be my new focus for meditation.

This room is my favorite in the whole house as it’s where all my writing occurs, where keepsakes are kept, where nature beckons just outside sliding doors and where my daily quiet time with God takes place.  In other words it’s my smile room. Do you have one?

Be Ready to Change


Blog ideas come to me from many places and this one is from Pastor Matthew Ruttan’s July 17th devotional. The photo and its caption captured my attention. It reminded me of the many times I’ve heard this from people…”That’s just the way I am and I can’t change.”

Well, that’s all fine and dandy but what if a change would be for the better as in the case of the caterpillar?

What if you could learn more, do more, be more, have more peace and become aware of your life’s purpose?

I’m not calling myself a butterfly but I’m sure glad God loved me enough to not leave me as I was. Are you ready to be changed? Accept the love that is offered and watch the cocoon of your life take wings.

God loves you as you are. But God loves you too much to leave you as you are. 

Loud and Clear


It never ceases to amaze me how God speaks to us when we are open to hearing. I’m reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren for the umpteenth time. Although there are a couple of things in the book I can’t come to terms with, for the most part it is a “handbook for life”. The book was given to me in 2003 at a time when my life was so stressed that I just wanted to pack up and move away to the country and become a hermit. My almost daily mantra was, I’ve got to get out of here! That was not a good idea nor a good option but it was how I felt…and then I read this on page 263 of The Purpose Driven Life...

You may be serving in obscurity in some small place, feeling unknown and unappreciated. Listen: God put you where you are for a purpose! He has every hair on your head numbered, and he knows your address. You had better stay put until he chooses to move you. He will let you know if he wants you somewhere else. 

Let me tell you, I got that message loud and clear! I never again felt the desire to move and I’m still here fifteen years later.

 

More of What People Say


Here are a few more sayings from my collection of many. It’s interesting how just a few words can make most us sit up and take notice.

Every generation needs regeneration. Charles H. Spurgeon

If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it. Marcus Aurelius

Seek not every quality in one individual. Confucius

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet. African Proverb

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when adults are afraid of the light. Plato

Let us not be known for our knowledge alone but for the love and the caring and kindness we’ve shown. Mary Frances Martin

The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live. Norman Cousins

Losing your temper is no way to get rid of it. Our Daily Bread

Those with tunnel vision will eventually see the light. pab

 

 

Subtle Reminders


How many times do we see something that reminds us of something else and it can make us feel sad or glad. This picture reminds me of Psalm 121 “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills..” It makes me feel glad and is a subtle reminder to always look up. Happy Sunday.

 

What People Say


I’m not sure what you would call a collector of sayings and quotes but it’s part of my life’s enjoyment. Every once in awhile I post some and today is no different. Happy Saturday.

Listening is the act of entering the skin of the other and wearing it for a time as if it were your own. David Spangler

Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength. Francis De Sales

Empty pockets never held anyone back, it’s only empty heads and empty hearts that do it. Norman Vincent Peale

Progress always includes risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. Frederick Wilcox

People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln