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Dr. Ana M Guzman
“I decided not to let my past rule my future so I decided to change my present in order to open up my future.”


This is great!!! The pics are beautiful!!! The messages are powerful… Enjoy.

I Hear Each Tear

My Wife does not know I am watching her But I’m watching her just the same. And I hear each tear fall on her face, At the mention of my name. She says it sounds like music to her ears, And can be heard over a crowd. Oh, I hear each tear fall on her face, When my name is said aloud. I watch her stumble through each day, As she wishes the day would end. And I hear each tear fall on her face, As she talks of me with our friends. But there are few who truly understand. Oh this I’ve heard her proclaim. And I hear each tear fall on her face. Will my Wife ever be the same? I know that her smile can light up a sky, But I don’t see that smile today. But I hear each tear fall on her face, Her blue skies have turned to gray. I send to her my warmest hug With the rays of the morning sun. Then I won’t hear a tear fall on her face, For I shall erase them one-by-one. My Wife does not know I am watching her, But I’m watching her just the same. And if I hear a tear fall on her face, I’ll just softly whisper her name.

I love the saying leap and the net will appear.

I am doing that now. I am changing careers. I am actually doing lots without seeing the net yet. But I will trust and have faith. It is a little scary but the universe has always taken care of me.. In the years to come I will be happy about what I did. 

I found this online. This website lets you sign up to receive a daily email with a short comment about the grief process we are all going through. I have found that there are a lot of good “one liners” in these emails that help stimulate some thought. Just so you know, they are faith based (Christian) and go on to talk about how God fits in with what they are presenting.

Here are a few examples 

 1. Grief’s unexpected turns will throw you again and again. You may feel that for every step forward, you take at least one step back. The grieving process generally takes longer than you ever imagined.
Please don’t rush this process. Remember, what you are feeling is not only normal; it is necessary.

2. The hardest time to learn about the process of grief is while you are in the midst of it. You may feel that you are taking a crash course in grief and that the learning curve is formidable. But those who seek to understand grief and loss will be better able to recover, so we commend you for your determination and effort to see this process through.

3. One reason grief disrupts so many aspects of your life is because your loss is not one isolated loss. You will miss so many qualities and facets of the person you lost that each will become an opportunity to experience grief. The range of things you need to grieve for may surprise you. Identify your losses and be prepared to grieve for each one.

4. The loss of a close family member creates extra depth and complexity to your grief. You shared a special and intimate connection with your loved one, and this relationship helped you define who you were. Losing this person has literally ripped you apart on the inside, leaving you unsure of your own identity.

5. If you want to be healed, make a commitment right now to begin the process of grieving. Take steps forward, even when you have to force yourself. These daily devotions introduce you to the tools you need for working through the process of grieving. We want you to be equipped for recovery.

The link is: Daily Grief Emails

This story and message are great.

I walked into the grocery store not particularly interested in buying

groceries. I wasn’t hungry. The pain of losing my husband was still too
raw. And this grocery store held so many sweet memories. He often
with me and almost every time he’d pretend to go off and look for
special. I knew what he was up to. I’d always spot him walking down
aisle with the three yellow roses in his hands.

He knew I loved yellow roses. With a heart filled with grief, I only

wanted to buy my few items and leave, but even grocery shopping was
since he had passed on.

Shopping for one took time, a little more thought than it had for two.

Standing by the meat, I searched for the perfect small steak and

remembered how he had loved his steak.

Suddenly a woman came beside me. She was blonde, slim and lovely In a

soft green pantsuit I watched as she picked up a large package of

dropped them in her basket. hesitated, and then put them back. She

to go and once again reached for the pack of steaks. She saw me
watching her

and she smiled. “My husband loves T-bones, but honestly, at these
I don’t know.”

I swallowed the emotion down my throat and met her pale blue eyes.

My husband passed away eight days ago,” I told her Glancing at The


in her hands, I fought to control the tremble in my voice. “Buy him

steaks.” And cherish every moment you have together.”

She shook her head and I saw the emotion in her eyes as she placed the

package in her basket and wheeled away.

I turned and pushed my cart across the length of the store to the

products There I stood, trying to decide which size milk I should buy.
Quart, I finally decided and moved on to the ice cream. If nothing

I could always fix myself an ice cream cone.

I placed the ice cream in my cart and looked down the aisle toward the

front! . I saw first the green suit, then recognized the pretty lady

coming towards me. In her arms she carried a package. On her face was

brightest smile I had ever seen. I would swear a soft halo encircled

blonde hair as she kept walking toward me, her eyes holding line.

As she came closer, I saw what she held and tears began misting in my

eyes. “These are for you,” she said and placed three beautiful long

yellow roses in my arms. “When you go through the line, they will know
these are

paid for.” She leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on my cheek, then

smiled again. I wanted to tell her what she’d done, what the roses

but still unable to speak, I watched as she walked away as tears
my vision.

I looked down at the beautiful roses nestled in the green tissue

and found it almost unreal. How did she know? Suddenly the answer
so clear. I wasn’t alone.

Oh, you haven’t forgotten me, have you? I whispered, with tears in my

eyes. He was still with me, and she was his angel.

Every day be thankful for what you have and who you are.

Please read all of this, it is really nice.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings. Thank

Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as

possible. Thank you, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising. Thank you, Lord,
that I

have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost,

is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud. Thank you,

Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in

and the menu is at times unbalanced. Thank you, Lord, for the food we

have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous. Thank you,

for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my

circumstances were not so modest.

Thank you, Lord, for life.

Pass this on to the friends you know. It might help a bit to make


world a better place to live, right? A friend is someone we turn to


our spirits need a lift. A friend is someone to treasure.

For friendship is a gift. A friend is someone who fills our lives


Beauty, Joy and Grace and makes the world we live in a better and



Anytime you are making ground and moving toward success, there will inevitably be the opportunity for conflict. That is just a fact of life. You put two people or more in a group and there is potential for conflict – and conflict, improperly handled, can destroy your ability to continue on and achieve your goals.
This is true in many areas of life, from the boardroom to the schoolroom. It can happen in marriage and it can happen between friends and business associates. And when conflict goes bad, success doesn’t happen. The good news is that conflict can be healthy and can actually move you closer to success. Success is based on relationships and relationships offer the chance of conflict, so to get success, you must master conflict. So with that in mind, here are some ideas for handling conflict.

When you are the one who is confronting the problem with someone else:

1. Don’t assume. Don’t assume the worst. Don’t assume that they meant what you think they did. Don’t assume they know any better. Don’t assume they did it on purpose. The fact is that most of the time our assumptions are incorrect and all our assumptions do is cause us to get out of a deeper hole.

2. Ask questions. Since you can’t assume anything, you must begin your confrontation by finding out the facts as that person sees them. Here are some questions to ask: What was your intention in saying or doing that (Maybe they had good but misguided intentions)? What were the thoughts behind those words or actions (Maybe they actually have a well thought out position that you hadn’t thought of)? Are you aware of how that might have been perceived (Maybe they just missed how that would be seen. Everybody is entitled to blow it)?

3. Tell them how you perceive things, or how you feel, rather than what they did. It is never good to start out with telling somebody, “You did this!” Instead, you can say something like, “I feel like your action may have been better if you would have…” Or, “I think that the way that came across may have been…”

4. Deal with one issue at a time. If they battle back a bit, you may be tempted to say, “Well, that isn’t all! As a matter of fact, a number of us here think that you also need to work on…” If there is another issue, then deal with it at a separate time. Too many conflicts go around and around and don’t end up solving the original issue. Stick to one point and see it through to understanding.

When someone is confronting you:

1. Don’t take it personally. Worst-case scenario, you blew it. But that doesn’t make you a bad person. So don’t act like they have accused your character (unless they have, in which case you should try to get the conversation back to the facts). When we take things personally we become even more protective and we tend to become defensive and in the end escalate the conflict even more.

2. Don’t counterattack. This gets back to dealing with one issue at a time. Don’t try to justify or hide from the conflict the person has with you by showing him or her their problems. If they have a problem, great, talk about it later. Don’t muddy the waters with debate about who is better, or as the case may be, less guilty. As hard as it may be, let the conversation run its course until it is solved.

3. Ask for some time to give it objective reflection. One way to stop conflict from escalating is simply to ask for time to consider it. Most of the time when people confront us, we had no idea it was coming. Our natural tendency is to fight out of reaction. If we go and think about it, we can be objective and approach the situation objectively, or at least more so.

4. Set a time to get back with them and discuss the issue. Let the person know that you take their concern seriously and that you want to deal with it in a timely manner. Set a time, no more than three days away, to get back together. You will keep from reacting, and they may even find that they had confronted too soon themselves.

Either way:

1. Keep your eye on the big picture. Is this the hill you want to die on? Determine how important this issue really is. Most things simply aren’t worth getting too upset about, or so upset that the relationship breaks down. Is a productive business relationship worth sacrificing over the fact that you partner wears too much cologne or their spouse talks loudly at parties? Of course not, but some people go to war over those things. Is your husband worth giving up on because he leaves his underwear on the floor? Now, for the sake of argument, the reverse is true: The other person could wear less cologne or pick up their underwear, because that is an easy way to make the other person happy. Ask yourself if this is really a big deal. If it is, proceed.

2. Always respect the other person as a person. No matter what they have done, they are a person of value and deserve to be treated that way. They are not summed up and defined by their mistake. They have hopes and dreams, fears and worries, strengths and weaknesses. Take some time to picture them outside the office, playing with their kids or doing something fun. This will personalize your issue and keep you from going overboard.

3. Be solution oriented. Whatever you do, don’t focus on the problem. Ask yourself and the other person to approach the issue with the idea that you are both working for a solution that will be mutually beneficial. Rather than ask, “Why in the world did you do that stupid thing? What were you thinking?” Ask, “Okay, what is done is done – what can we do to fix this again?” That is much more productive. The goal is to get things going again, not continually punish the other person.

Conflict doesn’t have to end in a bad way. In fact, it can cause you to develop a deeper and more trusting relationship with the person you have had conflict with. So the next time you have to confront, or you are being confronted, follow the advice above and you will be much further along toward getting through your conflict in a positive way.

Christian One-Liners
Don’t let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case.


Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews.


Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.


It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.


When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.

*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.


Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.


Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.


If the church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.


Some minds are like concrete thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.


Peace starts with a smile.

*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+ *

I don’t know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from?


A lot of church members who are singing “Standing on the Promises” are just sitting on the premises.


We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.


Be ye fishers of men. You catch them – He’ll clean them.


Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.


Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.


Don’t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.


God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.


God grades on the cross, not the curve.


God loves everyone, but probably prefers “fruits of the spirit” over “religious nuts!”


God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.


He who angers you, controls you!


If God is your Co-pilot – swap seats!


Prayer: Don’t give God instructions — just report for duty!


The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.


The Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.


We don’t change the message, the message changes us.


You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.


The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
1 cross + 3 nails= 4 given.


 There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a
       beautiful antique store to celebrate their 25th wedding
       anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially
       teacups. Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked “May we see that?
       We’ve never seen a cup quite so beautiful.”

       As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke, “You
       don’t understand. I have not always been a teacup. There was a time
       when I was just a lump of red clay. My master took me and rolled me
       pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, “Don’t do
       that.” “I don’t like it!” “Let me alone,” but he only smiled, and
       gently said; “Not yet!”

       Then. WHAM! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was
       spun around and around and around. Stop it! I’m getting so dizzy!

       I’m going to be sick” I screamed. But the master only nodded and
       said, quietly; ‘Not yet.’

       He spun me and poked and prodded and bent me out of shape to suit
       himself and then ….. then he put me in the oven. I never felt
       such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. “Help! Get
       me out of here!”

       I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as he
       shook his head from side to side, ‘Not yet’.

       When I thought I couldn’t bear it another minute, the door opened.
       He carefully took me out and put me on the shelf, and I began to
       cool. Oh, that fel t so good! “Ah, this is much better,” I thought.
       But, after I cooled he picked me up and he brushed and painted me
       all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. ‘Oh,
       please,Stop it, Stop, I cried.

       He only shook his head and said. ‘Not yet!’.

       Then suddenly he put me back in to the oven. Only it was not like
       the first one. This was twice as hot and I just knew I would
       suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. I was
       convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up. Just then
       the door opened and he t ook me out and again placed me on the
       shelf, where I cooled and waited and waited, wondering “What’s he
       going to do to me next?”

       An hour later he handed me a mirror and said ‘Look at yourself.’
       And I did. I said, “That’s not me; that couldn’t be me. It’s
       beautiful. I’m beautiful!”

       Quietly he spoke: “I want you to remember, then,’ he said, ‘I know
       it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left
       you alone, you’d have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin
       around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled.
       I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if
       I hadn’t put you there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes
       were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn’t
       done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had
       any colour in your life. If I hadn’t put you back in that second
       oven, you wouldn’t have survived for long because the hardness
       would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are
       what I had in mind when I first began with you.”

       The moral of this story is this: God knows what He’s doing for each
       of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mould us and
       make us, and expose us to just enough pressures of just the right
       kinds that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfil
       His good, pleasing and perfect will.

        So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and
       pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be
       spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery
       furnace of trials; when life seems to “stink”, try this …. Brew a
       cup of your favourite tea in your prettiest tea cup, sit down and
       think on this story and then, have a little talk with the Potter.

You also have

If you have the ability to complain about something, you also
have the ability to take the positive action that will make
it better. And taking positive action is infinitely more
effective than merely complaining.

If you have cause to get angry, then you also can turn the
energy of that anger in a positive direction. You can then
resolve the situation in a way that is peaceful and valuable
for all concerned.

If you have reason to be frustrated, you also have the
motivation necessary to get beyond whatever is frustrating
you. Whether you work to eliminate the cause of your
frustration or grow beyond it, no frustration ever has to
continue troubling you.

If you have experienced disappointment, you also have
learned a valuable lesson. Go forward, apply what you have
learned, and transform your disappointment into a positive
turning point.

If you have known loss and sadness, then you also have
gained a profound understanding of how very precious life
is. Take the opportunity, for which you’ve paid so dearly,
to raise yourself to a whole new level of meaning and

If you face a difficult challenge, you also have the
opportunity to grow stronger, more capable, wise,
experienced and resilient. Embrace those opportunities, for
in them you will find the sweet substance of life.

Ralph Marston

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