a colorful life

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One of Jesus’ most significant parables regarding work is set in the context of investments (Matt. 25:14-30). A rich man delegates the management of his wealth to his servants, much as investors in today’s markets do. He gives five talents (a large unit of money) to the first servant, two talents to the second, and one talent to the third. Two of the servants earn 100 percent returns by trading with the funds, but the third servant hides the money in the ground and earns nothing. The rich man returns, rewards the two who made money, but severely punishes the servant who did nothing.

The meaning of the parable extends far beyond financial investments. God has given each person a wide variety of gifts each blanketed in love, and he expects us to employ those gifts in his service as signs of faith, hope, and trust. It is not acceptable merely to put those gifts on a closet shelf and ignore them. Like the three servants, we do not have gifts of the same degree. The return God expects of us is commensurate with the gifts we have been given. The servant who received one talent was not condemned for failing to reach the five-talent goal; he was condemned because he did nothing with what he was given. He prohibited the love from growing.  The gifts we receive from God include skills, abilities, family connections, social positions, education, experiences, and more. The point of the parable is that we are to use whatever we have been given for God’s purposes. The severe consequences to the unproductive servant, far beyond anything triggered by mere business mediocrity, tell us that we are to invest our lives, not waste them.

So far, most of my talents will not earn me any measure of a wage or financial benefit.  However, I am grateful for the bountiful joy that is harvested whenever I reach within myself, sometimes with one eye shut-tight, to twist open the handle of the door & take those gifts from the closet; as well as to embrace sharing them with others.  What I have most times created is driven from the desire of bringing peace, love & happiness to others because I do believe, as the wise Vincent Van Gogh proclaimed (who by the way was a man of deep personal faith) “I feel there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

My father had a wonderful artistic talent & God sprinkled a little of that grace in me too; so every time I ‘lasso’ the courage to dabble creatively I feel connected, not only to my earthy father, but more importantly my Heavenly One as well!  I watch the ‘returns’ this talent brings in the joy of others when they appreciate this penny-valued dabbling…and it’s weight is pure gold to me!


As I approach the next Season of my life I truly hope I may encourage others to share their talents more confidently too…no matter the financial value, because Joy is measured beyond all the riches of the commerce market!  The peace, love & joy which manifests as a result is the creative measure of love, given to us by Our Greatest Creator..and it is the only measure which matters in the end.

What is the treasure that you will invest in?


“Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly…lead the way!”

Steve Morabali

my hugs n’ blessings are sprinkled out as you open up & air out those closets!

thanks-timber, it’s going down!


My thanks go out to you!

Your kind address,

of my blogging-mess,

brings happiness to my soul!”


And so begins my 3hugs&thankful blessings 

to have received these additional Award recognitions

from three fellow bloggers!!

(I am blushing to have been recognized by each of you!)


When receiving an Award in cyber-world you are asked to do several things:

*Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person(s) who nominated you!
*Include the Award sticker in the post too and be sure to answer the questions from your nominator(s)!
*Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award!
*Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

liebster-e1431304529635 Darling Anand at blabberwockying! who tickles my toes, with his expansive prose & ability to welcome everyone in. I thank him gleefully, for thinking of lil’ ol’ mee-a-lee, and accept this award quite cheerfully!

Sweet, Sweet Pam who is at catchingmydrift had not one but two surprise Awards for me! Well, twiddle my thumbs, I am certainly over-come, by her fuzzy-warm-support of thee!

real-neat-blogger-award Last but never least Oneta at sweetaroma conjured up a delightful treat! She sifted & spun, through various chosen-ones, and declared my blog-site REAL NEAT!

A sampling of their questions I choose to do, & to share with you too, as they asked me to do:


From Pam 

1.What makes you smile?  When I see my children happy.

2. What is your best talent? I am the Principal of Fun School! 

3. Movies or Theatre? Movies.

From Oneta

What are 5 facts about you?

I am a devote Roman Catholic. I am a rule-follower. I am extremely loyal. I am afraid of very blustery wind-storms. the-princess-and-a-very-winnie-the-pooh-blust-L-LZ8BwYMy ability to be free from hate. I have never had this sense of emotion and I feel it is a great grace God has given to me. (This is not to be confused with anger…which is a feeling that if not addressed can lead to hatred.)

From Anand

  1. What do you want people to remember most about you after meeting you for the first time?  My warm welcome & sincere interest to listen as you speak.
  2. What do you like most about yourself? My passion regarding who I love & what I believe to be true.
  3. What song makes you sing along out loud and/or break into dance? There are three… When I’m With You by JJ Heller  (my ring tone on the alarm clock,) Move by MercyMe and…promise not to judge me but…Timber! by Pit Bull (best dance song to date and you can dance too if you just click play!)


hugs n’ blessings to my nominees! 

(Please just pick 5 random questions to answer from above.)

Liebster Award: New Beginnings & Nan Tubre Writes

One Lovely Blog Award: smilingawayfoodallergies & Cathy Lynn Brooks

The Creative Blogger Award: wandering soul & Mixed Girl Vibe

Real Neat Blog Award: Being Me Presently  &  Velisima & lindaelena

Giving thanks for all of you! Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

hunting the great gobble-gobble!

Cuppycake & Tom Turkey!

Gobble, gobble gobble,

it is time to do a trot…

and to say a little thanks

for all that you have got!

Gobble, gobble, gobble,

it’s time for me to say…

Stuff yourself with hugs & blessings

and have a

Happy Turkey Day!

Our friend, Lucky.


To be truly Thanksgiving,

first Thanks,



(author unknown)

A pre-thanksgiving hug & blessing wherever the holiday may take you

and to whomever you share it with!