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I just love author Regina Brett’s inspiring, simple tips for living life fully.  I especially love her “life lessons” in “Be the Miracle”!  As a little background on her, Regina Brett shares,

 

The day before I turned 45, I wrote a column of the 45 Lessons Life Taught Me. I added five more lessons when I turned 50… The lessons reflect what I learned from life as a single parent for 18 years, struggling to find the right partner in life, battling breast cancer and healing the bruises from a bumpy childhood. And they reflect what I’ve learned from readers in my 30 years as a journalist.

 

http://www.reginabrett.com/50-life-lessons-be-the-miracle

 

Some of my favorites “Regina-isms’ are:

 

“Start where you are.”

 

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We all have to start somewhere… no matter if we are a “very inexperienced” or “experienced” at whatever our new endeavor is.  Start where you are, with what you have.  Take one small step towards your goal… whatever it may be – whether it be weight loss, a health change, career goals, maybe even relationship goals.  Whenever I want to “get back on the wagon again” with my weight loss journey, I break down my goals into small doable goals.  I have small “celebrations” after I reach the first small goal such as when I lose that first 5 pounds, or when I have consistently gone to the gym twice in one week.  (I may treat myself to a pedicure or the movies, and that seems to work for me). Don’t “overwhelm” yourself with the big picture!  Baby steps…Baby steps!

 

“Sometimes it’s enough to make one person happy.”

 

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I am reminded of this by my elderly family members that have gone on to be with the Lord.  I remember, in their last years, it was the simple things that made them happy…. I would call my Dad every morning on the way to work just to check in and say “hi.”  Or I would stop by my 95-year-old Aunt Irene’s apartment to check in on her.   Today, I try to remember simple kind gestures that can mean so much to someone (but that’s certainly not to say I do this as often as I’d like to!)  Some small gestures such as smiling when walking by someone, opening a door for a woman with groceries and small children in tow, really listening to someone one on one, or giving a warm handshake can mean so much to the other person.  When asking, “how are you?” I have to remind myself to really mean it and not just say blank words.  Remember, you may be the only person who sincerely showed they cared that day.

 

“What you think about you bring about.”

 

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Guard your thoughts… this is a tough one for me!  I am hounded by thoughts, “Will we be able to stay in our home?”  “What does the future hold?”  “Will our kids be okay?” “How will we retire?” What helps me is reading the promises in God’s scriptures.   I also get encouraged, by reading “Battlefield of the Mind” by one of my favorite authors, Joyce Meyer.  Surround yourself with encouraging people, get some fresh air, get enough rest, and go to lunch with your friends.

 

“Don’t quit before the miracle happens.”

 

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Oh, it’s so hard to keep on “keeping on”.  We are pulled in so many different directions every day.  It’s hard to keep focused, with all the chaos of our lives.  Our busy and stressful jobs, emotional issues such as anxiety and depression, meeting everyone else’s needs as well as our own needs.  Don’t quit – do all the things that we know to do ….. pray, praise God and read the Word!  That miracle is coming…. Don’t lose hope!  Just when we think we can’t do another thing for another person…. That’s when the miracle comes!

 

“Harness the power of hope.”

 

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Without hope, we have nothing. Life is hard – for all of us, no matter what our background, age, social or economic status. I have to grab onto every ounce of hope wherever I can… For me, my hope is in the Lord, because I know GOD IS GOOD.  I try to do the best I can with what I have for that moment.  And during the difficult times, I keep hope for the future… because tomorrow is a new day!

 

Be a blessing and Be Someone’s Miracle!

 ~Clare

 

28 Comments

  • You are so right. It’s the small things and we can start where we are. Great encouragement.

    • Clare says:

      So glad you were encouraged!  That’s what we need this day and age I think!  And yes, starting where we are at with what we have….. 🙂

       

  • “…despite NOT the day of small beginnings”….

  • Émilie says:

    Starting where I am is something I needed to be reminded off today. Thank you1

  • MrsReneD says:

    Battlefield of the Mind is such an amazing book!! I too needed help guarding my thoughts! Thank you for the encouraging post!!

  • great post love the quote about start where you are and not quitting before the miracle happens

    • Clare says:

      I am glad you enjoyed the post!  Yes, we are often challenged to quit RIGHT BEFORE we get our miracle and our blessings!  🙂

  • laura says:

    Very inspirational and kind of just the uplifting post I needed this morning.  thank you!

     

  • Nina says:

    This is perfect for me right now! I am working through anxieties & fears, and so I’m surrounding myself with verses and podcasts no hope and encouragement and trusting in God. I’ve listened to Joyce Meyer a lot lately, and have been loving her!

    • Clare says:

      Nina – I have truly the same challenge – anxieties and fears, worries, etc.  I love to have scripture promises taped by my computer and I love Joyce Meyer!  She is so encouraging, down to earth and always timely!

  • Gina B says:

    I love this! It’s hard to, when we are struggling. I find that people act like it’s easy to reach out and help others when you are suffering…I find it almost impossible, but when I get to a place of healing, then I can do for others. I need an awful lot of help from God it seems, LOL. Thanks, good stuff.

    • Clare says:

      Gina – truly I feel like sometimes I can’t “give out anything” to anyone but usually it cycles around for me… not sure if it does for you, too!  There is usually a season for giving…. and a season for receiving!  I need lots of help from God, too!  He is wonderful!

  • Thanks for the reminder Claire. I do try to mean it when I ask how are you, and to really listen to people. But the truth is, I’m always rushed – more than I need to be even. You’re right. It’s the little gestures that mean the most.

    • Clare says:

      Goodness, I’m the same way…. I am always rushing and constantly do this to my own daughters (who aren’t little kids anymore  – they are young adults – but they still get mad at me for not always listening)….. but we are just humans – and it is the little gestures that mean the most!

  • Such a beautiful article.  This is so true.  Have had a very hard year and it has made me realize that everyone needs love and kindness.  I watched my dad keep vigil beside his mother and then do the same for his mother-in-law and care for them when they were sick.  He paid for these strangers meals yesterday, he paid my grandma’s bills when she was too sick to work and bought groceries for families that didn’t have the money to pay for it and never told them who it was.  These things are an inspiration to me.  Thank you for spurring me forward to be more, and do more. Blessings!

    • Clare says:

      My goodness Cheyenne- your dad is wonderful!  Blessings to him and to you!!!! So glad you were uplifted by the blog!  I appreciate your stopping by!  🙂

  • Karen Dowd-Hansen says:

    Thanks so much for your inspiring words, Clare.  You are so right – life is hard for all of us at times.  Your words have changed my outlook for today, and given me the incentive that I needed to get out there and jump into my day.  It is a hard day for me, and you reminded me that there are so many out there who need help or even just a kind word much more than I do.  Have a wonderful day yourself!!

    • Clare says:

      Thanks Karen!  So glad you were inspired – I often need a refreshing word to get “motivated” and to get recharged!  Thanks for your comments!

  • Really enjoyed these two: ““What you think about you bring about.” and “Don’t quit before the miracle happens.” Yes! So true! How often do we miss the blessing right around the corner by stopping short of what we’ve been praying for? Blessings!

    • Clare says:

      Really Bonnie – I agree!  We can miss the blessing – and I have – by not holding on a bit longer!  Thanks!

  • Sarah Ann says:

    I love these quotes!  My favorite is, “Don’t quite before the miracle happens,” and I need to put that some place in my house.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Clare says:

      Thanks Sarah – and glad it gave you some inspiration!!!!!   We all need uplifting reminders in our lives – I sure do!

  • Maria Hass says:

    These are powerful! The battlefield is my mind for sure.  Thank you for sharing these thoughts!

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