Tricia ask's the question, What inspires you? What inspires me.....
God. And really without God, any and all of the things that follow would simply not be.
God's word inspires me, it is there for me when I am needy, when I need hope, strength, comfort....and need inspiration. The word of God inspires me in verse. But I so much inspiration in nature and the world around us. I can drive down a road and begin to think of how great HE is, how miraculous, it is so hard for my brain to wrap itself around and I feel so small in such a mighty world that is his creation. I am in awe of each and every day and the ways that God shows his love of us through the world around us. I love to "Be Still" and RECIEVE HIS love. That is most inspiring.
My Family. My children inpire me to see the world through childlike eyes. They make me laugh and allow me to grow older, but not up. Smile.
And my husband, who accepts me for all my flaws (internal and external). He genuinely loves me for me, supports me in so many ways and lifts me up. He gives me inspiration as well as courage to just be me....Leigh. AS a kid, I was shy and not confident in myself, but as I have gotten older, and with much encouragment from my husband, I not am inspired to just be ME, the very one that God intended me to be. I have said it before, but he really is a man among men. He inspires me to love harder and deeper. He inspires me to be a better parent, friend and partner. Oh yeah...a better tightwad. I am sure he will swell with pride from that line. The others, hog wash.....but thriftiness, he beams.
My parents. I am inpired by their parenting and their unconditional love. I am inspired by their marriage, their love and respect and commitment to one another and their family.
My mom in particular....I am inspired to be just half the mother to my childen that she was to me. It's some really big shoes.
My friends, pictured here and otherwise. I am inspired by the love and friendships abd relationships I share with my friends. There isn't much they don't know about me, yet they love me anyway. Through them, I am inspired by their friendships.
Back to the topic of nature, I am inspired by where the road takes me...traveling to places near and far....
Watching the sun rise and set....
And of course being at my most favorite location on Earth...
It is there that my mind is clear and I truly am inspired.
Amd many times, being there inspires me to write. Many times it is songs and poetry. Music is a HUGE HUGE HUGE inspiration in my life. Songs and melodies are filing cards to moments in my life. Hearing a particular song immediately transports me to a place or moment in time.
I am so inspired to capture life's moments that I attempt this through my photography. That inspires me. Looking at something and seeing it through a lens, perhaps in a differnt way that someone else might.
I am inspired by books and magazines.
Bloggers inspire me. That is why I enjoy visiting your blogs! I get a wealth of inpiration and ideas from all of you. It might be how someone handles a particularly difficult situation, how one decorates a room, a craft, your photography, your food...YOU inspire me!
What inspires you? I hope this weekend finds you feeling inspired!
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Tales From Bloggeritaville
Leigh discusses home decor, thriftiness (its an art) road trips and life as a stay at home mom. Leigh is a full time mother, a part time photographer, writer and wanna-be roller derby queen/rock star. Her photography and written work is featured in several professional business and local publications. She owns her own photography business, Photographic Memories. Leigh resides in the south with her three children and husband "Big Daddy".
"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of s*&t."
Words of Wisdom
"Older and wiser voices can always help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen."-Jimmy Buffett
Sea Joy When I go down by the sandy shore,I can think of nothing I want moreThan to live by the booming blue seaAs the seagulls flutter round about me. I can run around when the tide is outWith the wind and the sand and the sea all about,And the seagulls are swirling and diving for fish.Oh, to live by the sea is my only wish. - Jacqueline Bouvier
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." --- Mark Twain
The cure for anything is salt water---sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.Philippians 4:12,13 NIV
Live a good life and in the end it's not the years in the life, it's the life in the years.~ Abe Lincoln
Let your boat of life be light Packed with only what you need --A homely home and simple pleasures,One or two friends, worth the name,Someone to love and someone to love you,A cat, a dog, and a pipe or two,Enough to eat and enough to wear,And a little more than enough to drink...For thirst is a dangerous thing. -- Jerome K Jeromefrom "Three Men in a Boat"
The love of God is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its end.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
"We can make our plans,But the LORD determinesour steps" Proverbs 16:9
"Let us not forget what is best remembered or may we not remember what is best forgotten."
"Fish and overnight guest stink after three days." ~plaque at Fish Camp Restaurant, Orange Beach, Alabama
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human being experience."
"A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are." Proverbs 27:17
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have. The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Live simply. Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Leave the Rest to God.
Worry is a robber of time and energy. Take comfort within that God's power is what we truly need. Heknows our needs before we can even ask for them.
If you worry, you didn't pray. If you prayed, don't worry. Faith is the ability to not panic.
Don't "find" a religion. "Find" your relationship with God. ~Bill Burgess
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great."-Mark Twain