Faith Is Knowing

Faith is knowing there is something good coming right around the corner. Some may say that’s foolish to think that way, that’s the way a gambler thinks. Well, you might say I am a gambler of sorts, in that I gamble on life.
Every morning I wake up with a renewed faith that the day is going to be a good one. I’m gambling that it will be so. Is that not a gamble? Am I not betting against the odds? It would seem so, if you were to believe all the negative media that is spread across the television screen every day. It’s a gamble to step outside your house. It’s a gamble to even live in certain areas of any particular community.
But I choose the better part. I choose light. I choose to gamble. Because I believe that there is still a lot of good in the world. And I believe that I can make my world an even better place. And I can start by believing that it is.
My world is a place filled with love. I get up ready for the day, offering my heart full of gratitude for all my many blessings. I write them down as a testimony to what I know to be true.
And I look for that something good that is coming right around the corner. Because I know that it is coming. My faith tells me so. And it always comes.

Here Is My Secret

And I lead with my heart…
I always have. It has hurt me more than I can say, but it has been worth more than words, for in essence I have learned to lead with love. And I strive to follow Christ, who is Love and Light. I want to be like Him. So if it cost me a little pain, yes, it’s worth it.

Latter-day Soprano

Today’s Monday Motivational is from Walter F. González:

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“One way to come unto Christ is by seeking to learn essential truths with our hearts. As we do so, impressions that come from God will give us knowledge that we cannot get by any other means. The Apostle Peter knew of a surety that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. The Savior explained that the source for Peter’s knowledge was not “flesh and blood … but [the] Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:16-17)

“The prophet Abinadi explained the role of the feelings that come from God to our hearts. He taught that we cannot understand the scriptures completely unless we apply our heart to understanding. (Mosiah 12:27)

“This truth was well stated in a children’s book, The Little Prince by Antoine…

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When I don’t know what to write, I tend to ramble. A lot. So if I’m going to ramble, I think I will ramble about the things for which I am most grateful. Like my husband’s safety on the road.

And that goes back to last September 17th. He was on his way to work when he must have hydroplaned or something. He doesn’t remember what happened. All he knows is that one moment he was driving down the road and the next, he was facing oncoming traffic…at about 45-50 mph! And he walked away with eight staples in his head and two in his right elbow.

The truck was totaled. Even though he was cited as at fault, we ended up without having to pay anything more than the ticket. Thank heaven for good insurance. Another thing for which to be thankful.

I don’t even think about what could have been. I don’t like to go to negative energy. I only know it could have been so much worse.

And I’m grateful for the EMT’s who took care of him and all the others who were involved in the crash. And to the nurses and doctors and technicians and everyone else who was involved, I owe a deep debt of gratitude.

I think about all this because tonight is another rainy night, another night that I kiss my husband and send him off to work. But this time is different. This time, he calls me when he gets to work, to let me know he makes it safely. It’s something he has done ever since that day, that September 17th, when he faced death and his guardian angels saw him out safely.

And he is safe once again. For which I am eternally grateful.

I Have An Answer

I was so happy to receive this email that I just had to share it with you!  I believe it is the answer to the bane of drunk driving and it will save countless lives where implemented.  As that is my faith and my hope, I pass this message on to you.  With love and joy!



 Monday, June 30, 2014

MADD Virgin Drinks:

The Drinks to Drink When You’re Not Drinking

Dear Betty
I hope you’ve been well since we last spoke.  It’s been an exciting time for me and I want to tell you about it.
For the past four years, my partners and I, have worked to develop a line of Alcohol Free drinks under the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) brand name. The line includes: MADD Virgin Brut (Champagne), MADD Virgin Rouge (Red Wine), MADD Virgin Blanc (White Wine), MADD Virgin Mojitos, MADD Virgin Margaritas, and MADD Virgin Craft-Brewed Lager, the world’s first craft-brewed alcohol free beer.  Here’s a link to our website:  Click here.
It’s been quite a ride, a labour of love, and a way to support a cause we feel very strongly about.
We donate a percentage of sales to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Our quest to make the finest products available has taken us as far away as Belgium and as close to home as Niagara College and the Brick Brewing company. Our products have even been enjoyed by members of Britain’s Royal Family.
The MADD Virgin Drinks story has become a Case Study for several renowned Business schools across Canada.
We now have distribution across all of Canada and the United States.
This is a very significant milestone for any consumer product, and we couldn’t be more excited.
You can now find MADD Virgin Drinks across Canada in over 1,000 Shoppers Drug Mart stores, at Sobey’s, Metro, the Manitoba and Newfoundland Liquor Boards, and selected specialty retailers.  Click here to find a retailer near you.
In the U.S., MADD Virgin Drinks can be found exclusively at over 2,600 participating Walgreens Drug Stores from coast to coast.  In total, we are now available in over 4,000 stores across North America. Click here to find a retailer near you.
But our work is just beginning.  We’ve barely scratched the surface relative to the markets that we can serve, and help raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Think about Prescription Drug users who can’t consume alcohol with their medications; aging Boomers who are more conscious of their eating and drinking habits; pregnant and nursing mothers and all the baby showers they go to; family restaurants; entertaining and events; and last but certainly not least – a great choice for the designated driver.
We like to say that whenever and wherever alcohol is being served, there should be a selection of MADD Virgin Drinks on hand for those who prefer an Alcohol Free alternative.
I hope you’ll keep an eye out for MADD Virgin Drinks when you’re shopping at one of our participating retailers.  Try some, we hope you’ll like them.
One more thing, for those of us who are counting calories (and who isn’t) MADD Virgin Drinks have significantly less calories than their counterparts.  Why?  Most of the calories are in the alcohol. So let’s add health conscious people to the list.
Please take MADD Virgin Drinks to your next gathering or include them the next time you entertain, guests will appreciate the choice, and please, feel free to share this news with everyone you care about.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a cause we’re all passionate about…and we hope you enjoy MADD Virgin Drinks!
Brian Bolshin
Chief Executive Officer
MADD Virgin Drinks
P.S.  I hope you’ll join our Facebook page by clicking below so we can keep you posted!