On National Library Week: Look, Read, Love

What a smart spider to have the desire to read a book! And, what better place to go find a large selection of a variety of books than over at a library.

“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history,” wrote Carl T. Rowan.

As children, my brother and I spent many hours at the library and Desiderius Erasmus is right, “Your library is your paradise.” A paradise you can borrow and take home with you and once you are done, you go get another set of paradise!

Also, my mother must have known Sarah Jessica Parker and listened to her advice: “And if you are a parent, introduce your children to their neighborhood library. It will give them a real sense of independence to have their own library card and enjoy borrowing books.” 

Yup, mother and Sarah must have been pals for sure. But wait, not only Sarah, but mother surely had Laura Bush as her Facebook friend! “Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers,” says Laura, “And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.”

Being that this week, April 14-20 is National Library Week, I celebrate in thanksgiving for a great mother (plus her gal-pals, Sarah and Laura 😉 ) who inspired the love for the neighborhood libraries.

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How big is your love for neighborhood libraries?  

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  © 2013 simply charming

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I Will . . . or Will I?

Last Saturday was just another busy, busy day, finding me wanting so bad to be at home and working on a WordPress post. Have you ever had those days? Complaining and fretting on the inside when you HAVE to do things that keep you from the fun things you want to do?

I’m sure I see your head nodding up and down!

Okay, so Saturday, as I dragged myself around the work that seemed to never end,  I learned something about surrendering my will to do what small task God wanted me to do.

My will number one:                       Saturday, I want to sleep in.

Who in the right mind wants to wake up before nine in the morning to attend a fundraiser/conference?

Not my number one will.  No, sir!  My will feels it deserves to sleep til way past noon because hey, did will get up everyday,  Monday thru Friday at five thirty sharp after five or six hits on the snooze button?  Ohh, yes! I want my sleep!!

But giving up sleep for this event was one small thing God, I believe, asked that I attend, simply because it meant something for the women who began this ministry and the women getting receiving help from the ministry. But, still fighting for my sleep, I’m torn with will number two.

My will number two:    Conferences usually are boring and time-consuming.                  I want to stay home.

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Had I stayed home indulging in my self-centered world and activities, I would have missed golden opportunities helping those less fortunate than myself. Two sisters began a prison ministry by visiting incarcerated woman wanting spiritual healing and prayer. The sisters soon found the need to help many of these women find a place to live and make it  back into society, but realized there wasn’t a place that existed. When there is a need, the charitable thing to do is to fill that need. Originally, the sisters found a small home, rented it, and began to help, two women at a time, into this home and got them back into the work force and into drug, alcohol or other substance abuse treatments. One of the main focus is getting these women introduced to God, establishing their relationship with Him and learning to find His plans for them.

Life lesson I’m learning: When we put aside our will and replace it with God’s will, blessings usually follow.

Today, the sisters run their chosen house, after their day job,  from a three bedroom larger home, donated by a well-to-do community member and it houses three or four women at one time. Everything to run the home is purely by donations. The conference featured three of the current women living at the home, one being a young lady who lost her way hanging with wrong friends and drugs. She came, as she put it, from a good upbringing too. These women were given the task to cook the lunch meal for the conference and it was sure good. You could tell from the smiles of each lady who prepared the meal, that they felt some love, appreciation and forgiveness for their past mistakes from those of us who attended.

I found nothing boring here at this fundraiser. I did find helping to raise money for this worthy cause uplifting and singing to God . . .

My will number three:  I want to learn to lay my selfish will down and learn to give my will to God.

Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand. But I know who holds tomorrow . . .

Have you had moments when your will made you lose a giving opportunity to help another or make this world a better place?

Until tomorrow, remember He who holds your Hands!

~Sunshine xoxo