Inspirational Five Minute Friday: Grasp

Michigan-The Great Lakes State

Today’s blog post is something new I tried this week.  It’s a 5 min. writing exercise prompted by Lisa-Jo, a community leader at the InCourage (part of Dayspring) network for women.  I was a bit chicken to do it, but anyways…here goes. If you are a blogger and want to participate in 5 min. Fridays, there is a new word prompt each week , and you can click through the link at the bottom of this to check it out. Rules: 1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them … Continue Reading

A Cat Called Courage (or how the colony began) Part 2

Meet Courage

  This is Part 2 of the story of a charity that landed right in my backyard.  This is how the cat colony (that I didn’t even know existed) began.  This is the story of a cat called Courage!  If you missed Part 1, make sure to read that first by clicking here : A Cat Called Courage (or how the colony began) Part 1   May was in full bloom and this first little beautiful cat that shyly approached me behind the garden (at the rhubarb patch) had become a fast friend of mine.  It wasn’t long before I noticed he had a little friend.  As I would go meet “Courage” by the bushes each day I started to notice this fluffy little kitten (probably 4 months old) behind … Continue Reading

A “Crumby” Story

Are you having a crummy week?  How about a crummy story (literally) to make you feel better?  The events you are about to witness actually did happen-this is not much of a dramatization.  I must warn you that the writing style used is not grammatically correct for humor’s sake and you may find some of the pictures a bit “icky”  Read at your own risk….     Picture it – Girl in the kitchen (that’s me!), after midnight (did I mention I am a night owl?) , embarking on a glorious, new recipe tryin’ , cookin’ adventure towards chocolate bliss…. or NOT.   A friend came over for tea this summer with a wonderful bag of freshly baked chocolate cookies in tow.  I said , ” I must have this … Continue Reading

Relaxing Reflections-Inspired by the 23rd Psalm

An oil painting I did a few years ago.

Need something relaxing to meditate on this week?  I thought I would share another one of my “things that feed the soul”  things I have collected over the years-the most beautiful choral arrangement of the 23rd Psalm that I have ever heard ( I think it’s something most anyone of any background would enjoy).   I have always loved the 23rd Psalm and have found it not only to be a great biblical passage-but very poetic as well.  When I read it, I picture a comforting and symbolic scene of a shepherd guiding a lamb through rolling hills of the greenest grass, dotted with trees and clear glass- like streams of water.  In a society where it’s so easy to get caught up in material things, “wants”, and haves or … Continue Reading

Everything is Beautiful

August Feet

You are Beautiful-One of a Kind and Uniquely Beautiful…..Just the way you are.     Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson sing “Everything is Beautiful”.  Great montage of photos depicting different kinds of beauty.  There is even beauty to be found in the midst of storms :)  If you are an email subscriber and can’t see the video, just go directly to the website by clicking on my logo icon weliveinspired.com , or click this youtube link :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fPXF66qa4   Let’s make it a beautiful day! ~Rebekah Share This ArticleTweet

It All Starts With Gratitude

My Gratitude Journal.  The cover makes me think of that saying about carving your blessings in stone and your troubles in sand...

I want to introduce you to another section of my blog I will be adding content to.  It’s called “Gratitude Journal” and is listed under the tab “Inspiration Station” at the top of my website.  This is another area that I invite you to participate in if you wish!   If you haven’t read my “About” page, I talk a little bit in there about how I came up with the name of this website, and what “living inspired” is all about to me.  One of the things I have done in the past decade or so is keep a gratitude journal.  When I first started it, I was kind of at a crossroads in my life (coming out of teen years and starting to enter adulthood) where I was … Continue Reading

What Makes You Smile?

While I don't have any pictures of our first date, this is an earlier photo that shows Matt with the car he picked me up on on our first date.  Fond memories!  I loved that car and thought it was one of the coolest cars in town :)

Today (August 26) is my fiance’s birthday, so in honor of that I am writing a special post that is about the topic of things that make us smile, but also about my first date with Matt (the 2 are tied together).   Matt and I met at a party at a mutual acquaintance’s house.  It’s kind of funny because it wasn’t a place either one of us usually went to (in fact I think it was the first time either of us had gone), but we happened to both show up on the same night.  I won’t go in to the whole story in the post (too long) , but will just say that it was the typical guy sees girl across a semi crowded room and asks about … Continue Reading

Seeking Comfort

Kittens in the Pillows

Today’s inspiration on seeking comfort was inspired by the newborn kittens (who were 1 month old when I took their pictures for this post last week).  If you would like to follow the inspirational stories of their growing up days, you can click Here to read the story of the night they were born, or click Here to read the story of the day they opened their eyes.   They are getting bigger now and are more active, so I let them have their run of the laundry room most of the day.  Last week when I went in the laundry room, I couldn’t find the kittens anywhere.  I have tried to “kitten” proof the room as much as possible, but I was concerned that maybe they had gotten stuck … Continue Reading

Inspired by “Simple Truths” – Courage Doesn’t Always Roar

Need a little end of the week inspiration?  While most of my website pictures, art, and writing will be 100% original, once in awhile I will be sharing inspirational stuff I find on the web that I think may benefit you as well.   Years ago when I was trying to take life’s negatives and turn them in to positives, I set out to “collect” things that made me feel good.  I think part of the path to living inspired, is to surround yourself with things that lift you up, instead of make you feel down ( a reason why I don’t watch the news a lot haha).  I have found that what we surround ourselves with (in the way of music, what we read, what we watch, listen to, … Continue Reading

When You Feel Like Quitting- Inspired by Perseverance

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To Give Up or Not to Give Up-That is the Question…    Today’s post was supposed to be a different topic.  I spent several hours on a cute graphic art project that I couldn’t wait to share with you, but when I went to save it tonight my computer said that an error occurred and it deleted the whole project!!  How heartbreaking to have wasted all that time, knowing even if I redo it, I won’t be able to draw it exactly the same.   Do you know what thoughts went through my head?  (after lots of Oh No’s, gasping and sighing) – “I lost all of that work that I had worked so hard to perfect!  I should just quit!  I will never be able to recreate my vision … Continue Reading

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