Posted on April 18, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
Good Friday–an Echo from a past post and a past journal:
Been trying to write about Beauty all week for Be Gentle Be Love.
This week has been a wreck for me. The tears kept coming. I was in panic.
And my trusted friend reminded me.
“It is Passion Week”, he said.
The last holiday in my “what was” was Easter of last year.
Maybe last Easter was the last holiday before your diagnosis.
Or before your loss. Or before your pain.
In the time of “what was.”
His Sacrifice Still Is.
There is beauty in His sacrifice. You may say you do not understand it and to that I reply, “good for you!” Because if understanding distances you from the Beauty of Passion Week and His unselfishness and in any way allows you to maintain controlled manageability, I would not want that for you.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it. ~ Luke 9:24
Keeping eyes fixed above
Angel Picture in Bryant Park, New York, Helen Teague
Previous Weekend Thoughts
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Posted on April 16, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
Little by Little, a little becomes a lot~Tanzanian Proverb
Early 20th Century Huntington Beach, California pier with Catalina Island in the background
How are the little things going and growing? (in a good way). I don’t mean the little pesky annoyances that prickle and get under your skin (such as this post, which, in my morning haze, I just inadvertently deleted and am not retyping.)
No, I am referring to your collection of small things that become the big things that show beauty, show grace, and give you peace. These small things can be a cushion for your faith, which Michael Cartright writes about with honesty in this post.
Perhaps, this year, along with Easter Eggs, we can gather the small things.
Additional Questions you might like
Little by Little quote first seen at the Kind Over Matter blog
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Posted on April 14, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
If you want to make your dreams come true, wake up. Wake up to your own strength. Wake up to the role you play in your own destiny. Wake up to the power you have to choose what you think, do, and say. ~Keith Ellis
~~~ More Words for the Soul
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Posted on April 10, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
How are the first 100 days going?
Today marks the 100th day of 2014. Traditionally, a President’s success in office is predicted by their first one hundred days.
How are your first 100 days going?
Pat yourself on the back for the successes of the first 100 days. Take a look at areas to improve (but just a look not a stare) and pray for His grace during the next 100 days. Perhaps pick one small thing to notice, tweak, or embrace.
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Posted on April 7, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
One day you will wake up and realize that the small things in your life – like building warm and trusting relationships – were really the big things. Those simple, sincere moments between people who share goals and values are the basic building blocks of a grand life. We all know how easy it is to forget about those small moments when we are caught up in our busy lives. Just ask the ruler of a great empire surrounded by enemies while he shivers alone on a simple army cot. Fortunately, we have the wisdom of those who went before to guide us. ~Michael Virardi in this post
More words for the Soul
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Posted on April 6, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. ~Zechariah 4:10
Other translations offers new lenses of perspective. The Orthodox Jewish Bible’s rendering of Zechariah 4:10 specifically mentions the Yom Ketannot, the day of small things.
Perhaps as spring finally peeks out from a long winter, it is good to look for the Yom Ketannot, the day of small things to celebrate.
additional words from The Sponsor
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Posted on April 2, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
What small things catch your eye?
(petals, fog, foam on top of the coffee, empty cans, hugs, heads nodding while listening, drops of water on the airplane window, someone humming while sweeping, a man playing “The Old Rugged Cross” at Union Square….)
What small things catch your eye?
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