Category Archives: Lifting Spirits

Raise Gaze and Furrowed Brow

Raise Your Gaze finally has entered the New Year! Hmm, this is the first post here of 2015. It’s just as well Yours Truly hadn’t made a resolution to absolutely cut out procrastination, or it would have been broken already! … Continue reading

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Looking Down for a Raised Gaze

Looking downward isn’t always bad. As a kid, I often found items of interest on the sidewalk or in the gutter. Sometimes it would be a nut, a bolt or screw, a tire valve cap, and sometimes the prized thing … Continue reading

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Saying and Giving Thanks

“How can I say thanks for the things You have done for me? Things so undeserved that You do to prove your love for me.”* These opening lines of Andraé Crouch’s classic praise song express my sentiments, too, and ring … Continue reading

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Sometimes we may well wonder whether we’re jinxed. Great! When my manuscript document for “Raise Your Gaze . . . Mindful Musings of a Grateful Heart” was nearing the end of its journey and editing and formatting and final checking … Continue reading

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. . . at times, it seems that common courtesy is in short supply, and we wonder what kind of pathetic characters are going to be running the world, a teenager like Sean comes our way. Our eyebrows shoot up a couple of notches and our hopes for the coming generation and future of the world revive. Continue reading

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Viral Napkin Note – Quiet Grief and Anonymous Generosity Part TWO

The UK’s Daily Mail, among other news outlets, filled in other details of Lee Ballantyne’s pay-it-forward meal story. Here’s a couple: Lee explained that his kind deed was in fact “a ‘selfish’ act to try and feel better after his … Continue reading

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Viral Napkin Note Story – Quiet Grief and Anonymous Generosity

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