Wealth or Poverty

Herbert Simon, Nobel Prize winning economist commented

“A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention”

Do you agree?

I think a variation of this is true in my spiritual life.

A wealth of distractions creates of poverty of attention on my relationship with God. I may not overtly say “No” to God but I definitely say, “Not Now”

Especially during storms.

And even during times of immense blessing.

Or extreme busyness.

I think I know best about this life that He gave to me.
Ahhh…
Because of Grace, He promises peace in the storms of distractions. He gives calm and steadiness in flurry.

He is Jehovah Shalom

Are we rich today or in poverty?

Have we “said ‘yes’ to God’s grace of a Messiah?” Have our lives “said ‘no’ to God’s gift of this moment” as Ann Voskamp describes in this post?

Ann Voskamp cautions, “we are always saying yes to someone”

Ann’s reminder is for me today: Peace is a Person, not a place

And we are rich in His grace!

But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign LORD;  in you I take refuge  ~Psalm 141:8

A Word from The Sponsor~July 29

Let the Spirit change your way of thinking. Ephesians 4:23

First thing that changes is my fears.

atelophobia fear of imperfection

This verse featured in Rick Warren’s blog post

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Grab a Post-It-Note

By Robyn Shulman~~
There are various reasons why I chose to go into education; many of these reasons resonate with facts from my childhood to my love of academics, gaining knowledge and making a difference in the world.

However, during my early high school years, I discovered I had a love of writing.  Teachers were noticing my work, friends were enjoying my stories, and a great passion for sharing the written word quickly took over.  By my junior year, I was researching the journalism field, as I knew I would have to make a decision in regard to my undergraduate studies.

I was torn.  I could not decide.  I did not stop talking about it.  I drove my family crazy.  I tried to find the answer outside of myself because I couldn’t find it inside, even though it was there, and had been for many years.

I finally called Northeastern and asked if they could possibly send me information about both programs.  The big white envelope came with 2 brochures, program information and 2 admission forms.   In the middle of the folder, I noticed a blue Post-it note that stated:  “Whichever program you choose, I know you will find success.”

I put the note on my bulletin board in my bedroom and read it daily.   I was so shocked that a stranger working at a university would take the time to write to me personally, while handing over such a strong message of encouragement, confidence and strength.  I was touched greatly by this random act of kindness.  The words were so powerful, yet so quietly sitting in the folder.   The time it took to write the little message was probably under 10 seconds, yet it assisted me in making a life changing decision.

I finally knew.  I chose to go into teaching because I couldn’t believe how a stranger and a Post-It note could make such a difference in my world.  If he/she could affect me so strongly, I knew I could bring this magic and so much more to others, especially those little minds filled with wonder.

What would your Post-It-Note say to encourage another?
How ’bout grabbing a Post-it-Note right now or sending a digital Post-it-Note to another person who needs your encouragement.
Or maybe You are the one who needs the Post-it-Note to remind you of your sparkle!

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Previous Weekend Activities

Mid-Week Question of the Week~How?

 How is God calling you to speak in your full voice?
~Bonnie Gray in this post

how is God calling you to speak

Because of Grace To-Do List

Because of Grace To-Do List

[Jesus said,]“But I say to you who are listening,

  • love your enemies.
  • Do good to those who hate you,
  • bless those who curse you,
  • pray for those who are cruel to you.
  • If anyone slaps you on one cheek, offer him the other cheek, too.
  • If someone takes your coat, do not stop him from taking your shirt.
  • Give to everyone who asks you,
  • and when someone takes something that is yours, don’t ask for it back.
  • Do to others what you would want them to do to you.
  • If you love only the people who love you, what praise should you get? Even sinners love the people who love them.”
    Luke 6:27-32  from Jody Neufeld’s blog

Wow! Our God has great confidence in our abilities…Maybe I will just try one bullet point at a time, kind of like one flower in a bud vase at a time.

flowers in May by Janet Zepeda

flowers in May by Janet Zepeda

A Word from The Sponsor~July 22

You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. ~ Psalm 18:28

God,
even when
we choose wrong
and we would deserve
your anger, let us see
how gentle you are
with us.
Help us to turn toward You
when we mess up.
Source

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Pause

This Weekend~Pause for Gratitude-Quickly compose a mental list of 20 items

less than what you have

Picture first seen at http://moneysavingmom.com/

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