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:
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Media columnist, John Snobelen spends some of his time every day addressing this constant human challenge, the journey to being a better person, by his own admission. This information was recently sent to me by a friend who likes to share good copy.
The statement intrigues me. How many of us consider this kind of journey on a daily basis and how many even think of it at all?
The Snobelen article was about leadership with grace and I quote: “Some time ago I began to notice there are a few people able to cause change and challenge norms without becoming arrogant. They are those rare leaders who seem capable of valuing people they disagree with, taking responsibility instead of taking bows and making people around them better.”
In what way are we facing our challenge of being a better person? Are we doing all we can to value the people we disagree with or to make people feel better when we know they need uplifting? Are we as helpful as we can be or as thoughtful?
It’s people like John Snobelen who sometimes jolt us awake to the fact that there is always room for improvement.
I have honestly never given any real thought to this aspect of a human challenge and now I can’t wait to begin my new journey to being a better person.
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 NIV
Now how is that for a challenge?
Stop! Right now, stop what you are doing and be still if only for just a few seconds…give in to the stillness.
In spite of any chaos around you or in you, give in to being still for this moment in time. Try to make this a habit, and eventually, at any time of the day or night while in the moment, a thought will occur about your life, the world, a problem; anything that has been robbing you of peace and serenity, and the brief respite will infuse you with hope, insight, and a new perspective.
Whenever possible, be silent and listen. Notice how these two words use the exact same letters to fulfill each other…be silent and listen.
In this moment in time hear what God says in Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.
For now, carry on…the rest of your day is waiting to be lived.
God has a sense of humor…or at least some of his clergy do. We had a guest speaker for our men’s day service yesterday. This pastor also happens to be a wonderful saxophone player who often plays in the contemporary music part of our services. He did not play his sax yesterday but did make reference to human saxuality and sax appeal. You would wonder how that fit into a sermon but it did, much to the congregation’s delight…or at least most of us.
The choir was a special men’s group consisting of twenty-six gents of various ages including three youth, the youngest being twelve, our regular pastor, the guest pastor, and a trumpet player. The music was superb and a solo performed by one of our regular tenors was flawless, moving a couple of our ladies to tears.
Whether or not we believe God has a sense of humor we need only look at Psalm 126:2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy to describe our congregation yesterday.
God obviously has endowed our (dare I say saxy?) guest preacher with the gift of laughter and the ability to share it.
Wherever you find yourself this Sunday, here are some encouraging words:
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Happy Sunday.
If you find yourself out on a limb this weekend, take a deep breath and pretend you are a bird. Happy Saturday.
One year ago today, God sent another little person into my life. Her name is Ellie, and she is my eighth great-grandchild. Although miles have kept us apart, I know this child deep in my heart. I know that from the tips of her tiny toes to the fine hairs on her pretty head that she is a little miracle. I know that she is a part of God’s plan in this world.
All life is a miracle. When God first said, “Let there be…” the universe in all its splendor was created…and the rest is history.
“For I know the plans I have for you…” (Jeremiah 29:11) We are all a part of that plan whether we are one year old or eighty.
And so today, I thank God for Ellie and wish her a birthday full of blessings and a life full of love.
Have you ever talked to a crow and got an answer? A few years ago, a young friend (ten at the time) and I were having a conversation on my veranda when a crow, perched on a high wire, began cawing. Its tirade seemed directed at us and so I shot back, “Oh yeah? C’mon down here and say that!” To our astonishment, the bird flew at us and we dashed into the house.
I’ve since learned that the crow is a very intelligent bird; for example take this internet clip:
“Crows are extremely adaptive. They have been seen cracking walnuts by dropping them at a height needed to burst them open. Now if that doesn’t amaze you, this will. Crows will also drop walnuts on roads waiting for cars to run them over — and if it doesn’t work the first time, they move the walnut and try again. These crows also memorize traffic patterns so they know exactly when to drop the nuts, and retrieve the nuts only when the lights are red and the crosswalk sign is on. A skill most humans have not yet mastered.”
I’d say that is certainly something to crow about.