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Happy

One of my favorite Carpenter tunes.  Sadly, this song was never recorded as a single – but a part of an album of other famous songs in the 70’s.  The album was entitled “Horizon” and had other notable songs on it, such as “Desperado” and “Only Yesterday”.  I think I wore the record out – playing it so much!  Every song on the album is GREAT!

Karen Carpenter was one of the best pop voices of our generation and she died way too young.  I remember it well – hearing the news of her death in my senior year of college.  It was hard to believe – I have always loved her voice and her music.  What an impact she and her brother made on pop music for many to follow after!

Hope you enjoy this blast from the past!

God Bless


I’ve played the game of love before
Too young to know
How hard the fall could be
I never thought I’d try again
Somehow you brought
The gambler out in me
You can deal me in this time around
Even though the odds are high
We’ll play them down
You may be a chance I need to take
And the hand I’m holdin’ says it’s no mistake
Happy is the way I’m feelin’
And I know it comes from being with you
All at once my life is changin’
And I know it’s cause I’m fallin’ in love
With you
Fallin’ in love with you
Fallin’ in love
Fallin’ in love with you
If this is luck then let it ride
If it’s the stars
They’re surely on my side
I’ve never been so satisfied
By love before
For all the times I’ve tried
These beginnings could mean more
(From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/c/carpenters-lyrics/happy-lyrics.html)
Than the brief affair I bargained for
Little did I know when we began
That my time had come to win a hand
Happy is the way I’m feelin’
And I know it comes from being with you
All at once my life is changin’
And I know it’s cause I’m fallin’ in love
With you
Fallin’ in love with you
Fallin’ in love
Fallin’ in love with you
Please forgive me if I seem
To be walking through a waking dream
Laughter never came so easily
There’s a freedom here that’s new to me
Happy is the way I’m feelin’
And I know it comes from being with you
All at once my life is changin’
And I know it’s cause I’m fallin’ in love
With you
Fallin’ in love with you
Fallin’ in love
Fallin’ in love with you

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Love Song

The following song sung by the legendary Elton John, is one of my favorite love songs.  Somebody put together this wonderful video of couples in love – it is really beautiful and timely as we approach Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy and God Bless


The words I have to say
May well be simple but they’re true,
Until you give your love,
There’s nothing more that we can do.

Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean?
Have your eyes really seen?

You say it’s very hard
To leave behind the life we knew,
But there’s no other way
And now it’s really up to you

Love is the key we must turn.
Truth us the flame we must burn.
Freedom the lesson we must learn.
Do you know what I mean?
Have your eyes really seen?

Say Once More

Love for Arts

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Need a little love today?  This song is a great reminder.  As I creep closer and closer to my 30th wedding anniversary to Greg – I find myself hearing songs of love and closeness that remind me of our long love affair.  This Amy Grant song beautifully expresses love for another human being, our love for God  –  and His for us.

Dedicated to all you lovers out there!

Enjoy and God Bless!

Let me say once more that I love you,
Let me say one time, maybe two,
That I love the way that you love me,
And I wish I knew more of you.

Let me say once more that I love you,
Let me say one time, maybe two,
That I love the way that you love me,
And I wish I knew more of you.

Tell me that time can’t erase
This look of love on your face.

Let me say once more that I need you,
One more time or just maybe two.
Oh, my life will always be richer
For the time I’ve spent here with you.

Let me say once more that I love you,
Let me say one time, maybe two,
That I love the way that you love me,
And I wish I knew more of you.

Tell me that time won’t erase
The way that my heart sees your face.

I call your name,
You look my way,
It’s clear you trust each word I say.
When life is long and problems come,
You’ll always be my only one.
So now we’re standing face to face,
And with one look my eyes embrace me.
Squeeze away each haunting fear,
And say the words I long to hear.

Tell me that time won’t erase
This look of love.

Ohhhh….

Let me say once more.
I love you.
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do.

Let me say once more that I love you,
Let me say one time, maybe two,
That I love the way that you love me,
And I wish I knew more of you.

Let me say once more that I love you,
One more time or just maybe two,
That I love the way that you love me,
And I want to know more of you.

(I call your name,
You look my way, I love you.
It’s clear you trust each word I say. I do….
When life is long and problems come,
You’ll always be my only one.
So now we’re standing face to face, oh, I need you.
And with one look my eyes embrace me. I want you.
Squeeze away each haunting fear, more and more and more.
And say the words I long to hear.)

(I call your name, let me say once more
You look my way, that I love you,
It’s clear you trust each word I say. let me say one time, maybe two,
When life is long and problems come, that I love the way that you love me,
You’ll always be my only one. and I wish I knew more of you.
So now we’re standing face to face, let me say once more that I love you,
And with one look my eyes embrace me. let me say one time, maybe two,
Squeeze away each haunting fear, that I love the way that you love me,
And say the words I long to hear.) and I wish I knew more of you.

What Else You Got?

Cover of "Love Is A Decision"

Cover of Love Is A Decision

We have good manners (or at least we should) we have possessions and things and we have potential to be the best we can be.

But we are living in a society with failed marriages all around us.  They fail – even when people have all the above things in spade.

We get married because we’re in love.

We are well-mannered, and well-meaning – even bringing material things and all kinds of potential with us.

And still – many marriages fail.

So I ask the question:  WHAT ELSE YOU GOT?

Love – check

Good manners – check

Well meaning – check

Some material possessions – check

WHAT ELSE YOU GOT?

You see – every marriage that fails – started out with these things too.  Yours is no different.  Or is it?

I have learned a few things being married almost 30 years.  It takes much more than just love, good manners, material possessions and well-meaning to make a good strong lasting relationship – that can go the distance.

WHAT ELSE YOU GOT?

When the bottom drops out – life goes sideways and things aren’t fun anymore?

When crisis touches your family – financial security goes out the window and illness comes to stay?

When you have nothing else to give and the emotion of love is gone?

Here are some practical things to think about when contemplating marriage or in trying to better yours.

1. Love – ah the very word just makes us all warm and tingly, right?  It is something that great songs and Hallmark movies are made of.  “Love is all you need” and “Love means never  having to say you’re sorry” blah blah blah.  Nice sentiments – they sound so good and sing well – but they are NOT true!    I wish it was.  And there was a time not so long ago that I really thought love would be enough – but it was not.  Love is great but it can only take you so far.  Love is the great leveler – but it can also mess with your emotions and blind you. It is not enough when emotions can be fickle – and that feeling of romance and newness wears off eventually with anyone – especially in a long-term marriage.  This can be a  problem for people – if they don’t feel it anymore. Love – is a decision, therefore – not just an emotion.  It is an act of our will.

2. Friendship is wonderful and much more solid.  And friendship in marriage is a must. How many times have I heard that a couple was “in love” but as time wore on – they discovered that they did not even really know each other well – and they were startled to find out that they were not even friends.  When the emotion of love and romance wears thin – you must have something left to fall into – something safe and comfortable.  A friendship of heart and soul can save you when your marriage goes through a rocky patch – as all marriages do.

3. Respect in a marriage is also a must.  Many partners lose respect for each other when times are not exciting anymore – they withhold love – aren’t friends and don’t like each other anymore.  This leads to so many problems – the first and foremost is a sabotage of their own relationship.  Respect is given – as well as taken.  You must respect your spouse – but they  must also respect you.  And it is hard to hold that line – if you yourself are not respecting them.  How many times over the years have I seen couples talking badly to each other – even in public.  That is not good.  But you must be the first to respect. If you show kindness and proper respect for them – they will not be able to help but return it.  But you cannot have it only one way.  And respecting  means supporting your partner through good and bad times.  Finding a way to encourage the hopes and dreams of him or her and being that safe person that they can trust when life goes sideways.

4. Lead with your head and your heart will follow.  If you always allow your heart to lead you – you will be in trouble – as the heart is fickle and changeable – like the emotion of love.  We can feel love for many different people we have chemistry with. That doesn’t mean it is real. This is a hard one for many to deal with.  A long-term relationship isn’t always going to give you “tingles” – and if you get bored easily or need excitement 24/7 –  then long-term marriage isn’t for you.   But normally something needs to happen in you first.  You can’t always change things for the better – but that is the place to start.

5.  Be the person of integrity and character that you expect your partner to be. Living a life of character is hard.  We are not perfect and slip and fall in so many ways.  It is a daily choice – and sadly I have not always lived up to this – and maybe you have not either.  Don’t give up.  If you blow it – Jesus forgives – get up and try again.  He has promised to be with us on our daily journey and He will be there to help and guide us – giving us words of encouragement through His word and speaking softly to us through prayer.  He understands that it is hard to go through life without temptations – in fact we need to know that THEY ARE COMING.  No one is immune. Brush yourself off – and begin again – each new day is another chance to get it right.

5.  Don’t play the “blame game”.  That’s way too easy – and such a cop-out!  “They don’t respect me” or “They’re withholding” or “They don’t understand me” or “They don’t meet my needs” – are very common things that are said when going through a serious problem.  Instead of blaming – try finding out what is happening inside of you.  Have you stopped respecting them?  Have you withheld to punish or teach a lesson?  Have you failed to understand because they don’t understand you?  Do you meet their needs?

6.  Be the best person, lover, friend and confidant that you can be.  It starts with you.  Marriages still fail – but not usually when couples are sensitive to each others needs – putting their feelings and needs ahead of your own agenda and even your own happiness.  What you sow into them – in love, compassion, understanding, respect and friendship it WILL COME BACK TO YOU. And you CAN turn even a bad marriage around.  You can rekindle a dying relationship – bring a spark of life because of attention and determination – disciplining your heart and your mind to honor and love first – and let the feeling comes later.  Wait for it – it will come.

When couples wants to get married because “they’re in love” – this needs to be our question for them:

WHAT ELSE YOU GOT?

God Bless

Love – Is It Really All You Need?

My husband and I love “House”.  Last night’s episode was about Lisa Cuddy’s illness and cancer scare – giving her boyfriend, the deeply wounded and complicated Dr. House, an opportunity to step up and be a man – as it were – in regard to her emotional needs.  But in keeping with the story line of the show – House has never ‘stepped up’ except when it comes to saving lives and figuring out complicated cases – then he’s a genius. This is part of the complexity of the character – and what makes the show work – from the dysfunctional staff and relationships – to the hidden messages and lessons every week from them.

But last night I recognized something in his character and in Lisa’s too that was foreign – and yet strangely familiar too.  How often have I had a friendship in my life that was in the form of a charming, yet troubled person.  Most women – if they’re honest – somehow like the deeply complicated and wounded man.  I’m not sure why – maybe because it brings out our nurturing nature – or our maternal instincts.  Or maybe we just don’t believe that a man has to be that wounded – if they have enough love.  But from experience – I can tell you that even though the song says, “Love is all you need” – sadly – this is not true.  Love can only go so far in the healing process.  Often a deeply wounded or neglected person – is that way because of something traumatic in their childhood – and they have learned to cope by being this way.  And most times – it is a ‘high’ to think that by coming into their life – you can actually ‘fix’ them.  It is not true.  Usually the ‘fix’ is just temporary at best.

How many times have I spoken with women – and some men, about their troubled relationship – only to find out that at the beginning with this person they actually believed that they could fix them. Somehow the love that they felt for that person – or that the person felt for them – would magically be enough.  Sometimes it does help – but it does not fix them permanently.  And it is a deception – because looking through the lens of love can make you see things that are sometimes not very accurate.

Ahh the complicated person.  Usually when times are good and everything is put right in their world – all is well.  But when it is not – they are hurt – they fear pain or want to avoid it altogether – or when they have abandonment issues – all I can say is – look out.  The person they are closest to – they can often hurt the worst.  So if you are in the line of fire – duck!

Healing comes from within – lasting healing comes from God.  It is arrogant to assume that we can be God to someone – when what they really need is a touch from Him – the one who made them and understands just how to do it.  And often times that complicated person cannot let go of their issues – long enough to allow God to heal.  It is a decision – and takes a lot of courage.  To the wounded person – their issues become a like a safety blanket of comfort and security – however dysfunctional they may seem to you and me.

Love is not all you need.  It’s a wonderful place to start – but just not enough.  If  you love someone troubled and complicated – who has hurt you over and over – you know what I am talking about.  It is okay to protect yourself – while still loving.  It is okay to say – “I can’t fix you – only God can – but I still love you – and I will not allow you to keep hurting me”.

Praying for you today as you love and encourage those around you to reach out to the only one who can really help, restore and heal.

 

God Bless

I Knew You Were Waiting

Great song – uplifting lyrics sung by George Michael and the legendary Aretha Franklin.  I had it on one of my many music CD’s – and it was playing while I was getting ready yesterday in my bathroom.  I’ve always loved it because of the positive message it brings.  Be sure and follow the link to youtube and watch it there.

Enjoy and God Bless!

Like a warrior that fights
And wins the battle
I know the taste of victory
Though I went through some nights
Consumed by the shadows

And was crippled emotionally
Somehow I made it through the heartache
I escaped
I found my way out of the darkness, kept my faith
Kept my faith

[Chorus]
And the river was deep I didn’t falter
When the mountain was high
I still believed
When the valley was low
It didn’t stop me
I knew you were waiting

Knew you were waiting for me
With and endless desire
I kept on searching
Sure in time our eyes would meet
And like the bridge is on fire

The hurt is over
One touch and you set me free
I don’t regret a single moment
Looking back, when I think of all those disappointments
I just laugh, I just laugh

[Chorus]

So we were drawn together through destiny
I know this love we share was meant to be
It’s only love

The Timeless Beauty Secret

Broken Heart

Image by Gabriela Camerotti via Flickr

It isn’t really a secret – but for some I think it remains so.

It is the thing that makes women more beautiful as they age – and the thing that makes a man want to be a better man.

It is:

Intangible.

Non-fattening.

Slow to develop.

It can bring you to your knees

And break your heart.

It has the longest memory.

It is intense

But peaceful and fulfilling

It is all-consuming

and intensely self gratifying

It is – love.

Ever notice an attractive and confident woman?  If she is loved and knows that she is – she sparkles and glows from within. There’s nothing more beautiful than a woman in love with a man – and in love with God and the world.

Ever notice an attractive and confident man?  If he is in love and has the love of a special woman – it actually makes him want to be a better man. That love and admiration from the woman he loves and who loves him back actually releases something in him that makes him walk prouder, sit taller, work better, strive farther, dream clearer and live fuller.

Love is the great motivator.  The missing link in many relationships  The most misused and misunderstood emotion in the universe.

What was created and meant for good – got twisted and abused by man.  And in the name of ‘love’ many relationships became weapons of abuse – and a means to manipulate the other.  This was never God’s plan.

The whole Christmas story is based on love.  God’s love. He came – He reached – He got involved – He gave. He showed us what true love is all about.  It is self-sacrificing for another.  It is action without thought of gain.

When we love like God loved us – we lose ourselves – we give ourselves away.  We know the timeless secret of beauty that cannot be bought or sold. It comes from within.

And because you do not have to have the love of a man or a woman to understand this about God’s love – everyone can shine from within and be radiant with love.  You can have that special something that glows on your face – all year-long.  When you give yourself away for another.

I’m praying that this is the best Christmas season ever!  As you live in love – one for another.

God Bless

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