Arise and Shine!

“Arise and Shine” coffee/tea mug

Good morning, friends. Arise and Shine! I hope you’re enjoying a sunny day, no matter the weather.

I love this Arise and Shine design. It just seems to make me want to start the day with vigor. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll notice that most of the lovely photos that have accompanied my articles here on the Leisure Lane blog over the years are now available on products for you to enjoy. It was a dream of mine for you (and me) to enjoy these lovely photos in your own home – everyday.

“Arise and Shine!” phone cases

to see all the products this design is available on, click here.

Another intent of mine has always been to encourage, motivate, and inspire others to be their best – to grow in confidence, knowing that their total well-being is supported by someone. The journey is a lifetime, and sometimes arduous – so many steps back along with the steps forward – but it should be sprayed with joy knowing that progress is being made. That’s how I look at it. Being able to show my authentic self after so many years of hiding who I really was at a struggling job is one of the most liberating things God has done for me. It was like he said, “You don’t have to start all over, my dear one…we’ll just brush off some of the dust on your soul and continue on.” What a gift to know I am so important to the LORD, the one who flung the Universe into existence.

So, Arise and Shine and let your light shine through – there’s no better day than today!

Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit here today, and you found something to inspire and uplift you. If you have, share it with someone else – spread the positive aspects of everything about you, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!




Whatever Things You Desire…


“Whatever things you desire when you pray, believe you receive [them] and you shall have [them].”  Mark 11:24

Good day to all…

and thank you for dropping by Leisure Lane to say ‘hello’.

One of the most joyous times for me is early morning.  Especially when the sunbeams gently stream through the window and dance with the shadows.  It always invites me to sit peacefully and listen to the quietness of God.  It is at these times more than most that He speaks to my spirit and invites me to speak to His.

Today was such a day, and in such a day the Lord reminded me of ‘desire’ – the desires that are in my heart.  Those desires that are for my well-being and the well-being of others.  And he reminded me that if I desire it, then He placed it within me.  His Spirit placed within my spirit the desires of my heart, and that I should be at peace with that knowledge.

I was reminded that I am co-creator with Him; that He wishes for me to relinquish the struggle within, and to bring my desires to Him when I pray, believe I have already received them (that is to take them when I pray), and they shall manifest for me.  Simple teaching of Jesus.  So why do I, and so many of us, make it complicated?  That is a good question that only each of us can answer for ourselves.  God already knows.  So I answer it and then relinquish it.

My vow to myself and to God, who desires all joy and good things for me, is to relinquish ALL things that do not benefit, uplift, feed, and produce Life in my spirit, soul, and body…to be drawn only to those things which are in His will for me.  For I know that in that will be great expectancy and manifestation of  joy, peace, harmony, balance, and fulfilled purpose.

I hope that you will find a part of the day that will bring you into the quietness of God.  And throughout the day, stop and take a moment to extend that grace back to Him.  For that is the first desire of the heart.

Until next time, may happy days abound.

Marianne ♥

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Simple and True


It’s really that simple, friends, so why do we make it more difficult?  Perhaps ‘unknowing’ is all they ‘knew’ to teach to us.

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22

“Ask and it will be given to you…” Matthew 7:7

“…Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24

Girl-in-green-with-open-arms-in-green-field-of-grass-300x199Maybe we just need to open our receptors a little wider.

I have an idea for another post that may expound on this a bit more.  In the meantime, I hope you receive those things which you desire when you pray.  Because if it’s good health, well being, peace, prosperity in every area of your life (whether it be time, money, less debt, true friends, quiet days), you know that all those things ARE the will of God for you and your loved ones.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note:  The above image of the night sky was a photo I took the other night.  The sky was so full of the fluffiest storm clouds, and the moon was shining and reflecting most beautifully off of them.  The photo doesn’t do the real thing justice, but it’s still effective, I think.




Soul SurvivorSurrender

Surrender, surrender my soul.
Surrender to the wind coming out of the east.
Surrender to the sunset in its last golden rays.
Surrender to the Love which permeates every atom.

 Surrender, surrender my heart.
Surrender to the prayer whispered in your psyche.
Dress yourself in white.
Release the veil of wishing.
Surrender to the Everlasting.
Give up your fight.

 Surrender, surrender my soul.
Surrender to the peace.
Surrender your imagination to the Illimitable.
Surrender to the depth of Being.

 Surrender, surrender my heart.
Make your last stand in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Think there, breathe there, live there.
Surrender to the Timeless.
Be One, be complete, be gotten.

copyright©2008 Marianne Coyne


This poem was inspired by an idea for a painting I wasn’t able to do at the time, so I put it into words.  There’s always a pencil and paper at hand; that’s the great thing about writing.  Perhaps one day the painting will be done, but if not it is still in my imagination.  Many things awaken the joy within me, but I think the thing that begins it all is when Spirit whispers to me, and inspired Joy is released.

I hope it speaks to you in some way.  May God bless you and give you the desires of your heart.  Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note:  Above image is an original oil painting, “Soul Survivor”, by Marianne Coyne.  “Surrender” is an original poem by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.


If the Word was a Cupcake


If the Word of God was a cupcake, would we indulge ourselves more often?  Would we make the time no matter how busy we are, at least once a day, to satiate our appetite?  Would we think about it day and night, knowing it was so close, within arms reach, until we just had to have it?   Would we gobble it down, or slowly engage in its luscious goodness?  Would we go back for seconds, or thirds because its flavor was just too good to resist?

“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know Me…”  Hosea 4:6 (NLT 2007).

The Word of God is like a smorgasbord of spiritual morsels waiting to be devoured by anyone looking to sweeten some part of their life.  There is something to be found in it that will delight, satisfy, and replenish every hungry soul.  You cannot walk away from it without finding just the right words for you at the very moment you need them.  And, like any good cupcake, the Word is always fresh to eyes willing to see it, and moist on any tongue willing to speak it.

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 18:3)  Let us approach our Eternal Creator and Its Word like children, wide-eyed, awed, and excited about all the possibilities before us.

“…God is Love.” (1 John 4:8)  That’s the icing on the Cupcake of Life.  And when I sit down to enjoy a cupcake I always begin with the icing.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note: Photographs are from a visit to “Rise Cupcakes” shop

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