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SNAP, snap..SnApPiNg to it: Life that is!

It’s a snappy new day…(for snappy context check out previous post: Won’t You Be…)

Each day is a gift..FULL of GIFTS…IF You’re looking & listening!:)

i LOVE the sound of ?…the ocean…(among other things):

Dreams do come TRUE…takes patience, perseverance, prayer.

A Prayer Dare: IF there is a God that really cares about You personally…He WILL hear You and Answer Your prayer: try it!

Here’s some tips (i read) and remember, be specific/detailed: Talk from the Heart!

Prayer—How?

WHEN it comes to prayer, many religious traditions focus on physical issues, such as posture, wording, and ritual. However, the Bible helps us to set such issues aside and focus on more important aspects of the question, “How should we pray?”

The Bible depicts faithful servants of God as praying in many settings and postures. They prayed silently or aloud as the circumstances dictated. They prayed while looking up at the sky or while bowing down. Rather than using images, beads, or prayer books as aids in prayer, they simply prayed from the heart in their own words. What made their prayers effective?

“All the things you ask in prayer, having faith, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22) Faith does not mean gullibility. Rather, it means believing in something that even though unseen, is supported by very strong evidence. (Hebrews 11:1) The Bible is packed with evidence that Jehovah, whom we cannot see, is real, is reliable, and is willing to answer the prayers of those who have faith in him. Furthermore, we can always ask for more faith, and Jehovah loves to give us what we need.—Luke 17:5; James 1:17.

Here is yet another essential aspect of how to pray. Jesus said: “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) So Jesus is the means of our approach to the Father,  Jehovah. Thus, Jesus told his followers to pray in his name. (John 14:13; 15:16) That does not mean that we should pray to Jesus.

{This is 1 of my oldie, but goodie posts…for whatever reason, i was Very pleased with this post and how it turned out: Hope You like it 2: Did You Hear That Sound?!}

i’m learning to accept the parts of my life that are beyond my control…learning to accept the “stuff i would change if i could”…but then IF i took away “that”…(e.g., family health issues, etc.) how could/would i learn compassion, love, endurance, patience…forgiveness….??

laughter…finding the funny helps.  i accept my responsibilities..some of which (pain) i brought on myself by my decision making. (i’m choosing to focus on the positives pain has brought my life.)

Thinking about my youth & my kids:

Why is it when we are young, we rush to decide/choose/exert our free will at every turn?! Now that i’m older…i rush to patience/investigation/neutrality…

waiting…is appealing…it’s not life passing you by.  The rushing to a wrong/negative choice is worse….(than acquiring patience.) i can be proactive and wait at the same time.

Waiting on God, trajectory…life, snaps -lol:)

{Busy day(s)..taken on another huge/organization project..finished one yesterday and tackling yet another today…work keeps my mind/heart/body occupied and outta trouble, eh? aka well/healthy-lol}

HAPPY SNAPPING to YOU!:)

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Gimme…my Music: PLEASE!

MUSIC has power. It can calm us, stir us, and lift our spirits. It can express both our joys and our sorrows. Common to virtually all cultures—past and present—music is a language of both the mind and the heart. Yes, music truly is a gift from God.

listening to this reminds me of my musical fleeting fantasies (in jr. high aka middle school “now”adays)…of being a female conductor!…i was in concert band middle/high school…a conductor seemed a lot cooler than being a clarinetist -lol…for sure! Tell me how i go from playing violin to the clarinet?!?!…the only schmo willing to “volunteer” cause i wanted flute…and drums..but parents quashed that fast…the neighbors wouldn’t tolerate me banging drums. Nobody wanted to play clarinet and my music teacher pleaded to the class…my VERY musical cousin…awesome guitarist..response: WHY? would you choose a “dead” instrument?…not exactly my preference, but i did enJOY it…winds and strings. With only sooo much time and so much learning/studying to do…the natural progression of musical interests at a young age from violin to clarinet..to get really good/accomplished…i would of had to devote all my time/mind to music..wasn’t willing to make that sacrifice..same with dance/ballet…left playing for dancing..my spirituality was emerging…no regrets..just “funny” music memories.

when you really love something…it can consume you/drown you..IF you let it! It can take over everything else in life including important relationships..so, for me, finding a balance…took a little learning/growing…strength/courage to say good bye (for now) to playing, dancing..hours of practice, over consumption of a lot of time, energy of youthful mind/body…

i LOVE this song!!:)…my (high school) band played this and it brings me back to my youth & music class...

“Among the reasons for the existence of music in virtually every culture [is] its ability to elicit and maintain human health and well-being,” says the book Principles and Practice of Stress Management. When we are singing, notes another reference, our entire body resounds and vibrates. In turn, gentle vibrations help tissues relax and dilate, which may help to reduce pain.

Accordingly, some therapists encourage patients suffering from stress to listen to soothing music, which can also improve one’s mood. Some hospitals even pipe music into intensive care units. Premature babies as well as surgery patients often respond well to pleasant music. According to Principles and Practice of Stress Management, studies suggest that listening to relaxing music “produces significant reductions in stress hormone levels during surgery.”

Music may also reduce anxiety in pregnant women by promoting relaxation during labor and delivery. Dentists sometimes play soothing music to create a more relaxed atmosphere for tense patients. But music and song can do much more. They can help us in a spiritual way.

Because music enables us to express virtually every emotion and because it can have such a powerful influence on heart, mind, and body, we should accord this “perfect present . . . from above” the deepest respect. (James 1:17) ~excerpted Music God’s Gift to the Heart

Managing my Music (selectively)…is (healthy/positive) stress management!:)

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