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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Different Can Be Beautiful


Today I discovered this rare and beautiful bird on Pinterest. This yellow cardinal was seen on an Alabama bird feeder and said to be one in a million.

We should not always expect the ordinary when the extraordinary can be within our range of vision. Have an extraordinary day.

Even More Kinkade Quotes


It is a good thing to “live in the light”.

Schedules and routines were made to serve us, not to rule us.

Even if events don’t turn  out the way we want, we still have options and new possibilities.

Pay attention to your passions, your purposes, and your pursuits.

Small gestures, small events, small experiences often mean the most.

With every creative act, you light a fresh candle for a darkened world.

You can choose to trust in the richness and beauty of life.

The hard work of creativity includes the work of getting good enough to do what you really want to do.

It takes courage to push ourselves off center, to think in nonstandard ways.

If you want beauty in your life, you simply have to go outdoors from time to time.

 

 

Believe It Or Not


Frederick Buechner, American writer, novelist, poet, autobiographer, essayist, preacher, and theologian is one of many authors who makes us sit up and take notice of what goes on around us as well as what goes on inside of us. Here is a recent quote from Facebook.

UNBELIEF IS AS MUCH OF A CHOICE as belief is. What makes it in many ways more appealing is that, whereas to believe in something requires some measure of understanding and effort, not to believe doesn’t require much of anything at all. 

In my opinion, in order to believe we must choose to do so. I’m so happy I made that choice.

Jesus told him, “Is it because you’ve seen me that you have believed? How blessed are those who have never seen me and yet have believed!” International Standard Version

Happy Sunday.

The Time Has Come


Many years ago I wrote the following piece and turned it into a poem called, Metanoia For the Modern World. It was first posted in 2014.

Are we praying for ways to redeem the world or planning ways to destruct it?

Remember Saul on the road to Damascus.  God stopped him in his tracks on that hot, dusty road and struck him first with blindness and then with metanoia, a change of heart.

Saul the persecutor became Paul the saint.

God can do that in today’s world too.

World leaders need to do some soul-searching as did Saul. Are they  interested in peace or is power their real agenda?

If it is a power struggle, God, as he did with Saul, will have the final say.

The world is getting a wake-up call.

Perhaps the energy spent on threats would pay better dividends if used for promoting peace.

Who is perceived to be the most powerful?  Let them put that power to use constructively rather than destructively.

God can change the hearts of ordinary people also.

Let us each leave our own little world, the world of personal, pithy, private life and step into the big picture.

Let us all step onto the road to our own Damascus and experience metanoia.

The time has come.

More Thomas Kinkade Quotes


Thomas Kinkade was known as the Painter of Light because of the beautiful hints of light in all of his paintings. Here are a few more of his quotes.

Feed your heart with beauty.

Somewhere out there is a unique place for you to serve, a unique life role for you to fill.

Condition yourself for joy by doing little things you love on a regular basis.

Even the most mundane tasks can be transformed into inspiring sources of joy.

Opening our eyes to beauty really means opening our hearts and imaginations.

Beauty enters your heart to all the senses. 

Keep your eyes open for the signs of spiritual reality hiding behind a familiar disguise.

Only you can make your particular contribution to humankind.

We live far more joyfully when we allow ourselves a playful spirit.

Don’t be afraid to go deep, to dig out a spiritual reality that might not be readily discernible at first glance.

More to come.

 

Thomas Kinkade Quotes


I just came a cross some quotes from the great artist, Thomas Kinkade, and would like to share for a few days.

Pay some attention to the wants and needs of your heart and soul and spirit.

In the process of serving others, you’ll discover the ultimate fulfillment of who you are…and who you can be.

You were born to take the new materials of your life and continually mold them into something new, something unique.

The simple life can really be as wonderful as you’ve imagined it.

We color our own hearts joyful with every blessing we give out.

More to come.