On Valuing Relationships

Do your best to value what’s most important while you have the time and every opportunity because life is too short.

“What is most important?,” you ask.


On my deathbed…
•I wouldn’t wish I spent more time spilling my thoughts on my notebooks.

•I wouldn’t wish I bought more watches, ate more gelatos, or forever saved money for my dream car.

•I wouldn’t wish I slept, ate, or travelled more.

I know there’ll be regrets but I don’t want them to be the relationships I should have paid more attention to, the thank yous and I love yous I should have said, and the blessings I should have shared.

As I always mention, on your deathbed the only thing you’ll have around you are the relationships you built. Learn to value them while you have every chance today.

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Prayer Poem (No. 26) *Inspired by Psalms 84

How lovely is Your dwelling place dear Lord
My soul yearns and faints for Your courts
Those who dwell in Your house have blessings to behold
Those whose strength is in You are never lost
You go with Your people from place to place
And on Your annointed one you look with favor
Staying in Your courts bring on the better days
For You’re a sun and shield, bestowing honor

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DIGNITY (by Shannon L. Alder)

/ˈdignitē/ noun

1. The moment you realize that the person you cared for has nothing intellectually or spiritually to offer you, but a headache.

2. The moment you realize God had greater plans for you that don’t involve crying at night or sad Pinterest quotes.

3. The moment you stop comparing yourself to others because it undermines your worth, education and your parent’s wisdom.

4. The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter.

5. The moment you realize that no one is your enemy, except yourself.

6. The moment you realize that you can have everything you want in life. However, it takes timing, the right heart, the right actions, the right passion and a willingness to risk it all. If it is not yours, it is because you really didn’t want it, need it or God prevented it.

7. The moment you realize the ghost of your ancestors stood between you and the person you loved. They really don’t want you mucking up the family line with someone that acts anything less than honorable.

8. The moment you realize that happiness was never about getting a person. They are only a helpmate towards achieving your life mission.

9. The moment you believe that love is not about losing or winning. It is just a few moments in time, followed by an eternity of situations to grow from.

10. The moment you realize that you were always the right person. Only ignorant people walk away from greatness.

*This is something worth sharing. ☺

Prayer Poem (No. 25) *Inspired by Psalms 36

Your love and faithfulness reach the skies
This truth is made known to the wise
Fair are Your righteousness and justice
All find refuge in the shadow of Your wings
Abundance in Your house is feasted upon
Found is a river of delights to drink on
With You alone is the fountain of life
And in Your noble light we see the light
Your mercy dwells in the upright in heart
In them there’s no place for the dark
The proud and the wicked will never win
The righteous are the triumphant from within

Prayer Poem (No. 24) *Inspired by Psalms 30

I exalt You for You have lifted me up
I called to You for help and I was healed
I sing You praises, hands pointing above
For I was raised and spared from the pit
I may weep tonight but I’ll rejoice tomorrow
I claim that Your favor will embrace me
Your mercy and grace cast away my sorrow
With thanksgiving and joy You’ll clothe me
I’ll stand firm for I know You are my help
Your promises prove Your faithfulness
My heart will sing and not be silent
Only to You I’ll forever give thanks

Prayer Poem (No. 23) *Inspired by Psalms 16

You’re my Lord, my God, my King
Apart from You I have no good thing
I praise Your counsel and instructions
I’m secured and will not be shaken
You’ve assigned my portion and my cup
Delighted that they’re more than enough
The path of blessed life is with You
And songs of joy I can sing to
I take refuge in You and I’m safe
For You won’t abandon me to the grave
Eternal pleasures are at Your hand
And hope where my future stands