Monday Words for the Soul~September 30

A Message from the Pavement:

hugs help

Free hugs

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a word from The Sponsor~September 29

1 Peter 1:6

1 Peter 1:6

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This Weekend~September 27~Just Remember

You Are Blessed

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Midweek Question~September 26~Shadows

What shadows do you cast?

shoreline shadows

Look closely—do you see the shadows? At first glance they may be unnoticeable or too blended into the sand.

But the shadows are there. The shadows we cast are still present. They take on longer lines than we might surmise.

They are seen and felt. Focus on the picture for a few seconds and see the shadow lines grow stronger with attention.

They comprise our reach.

Maybe the better question is: who are you reaching today?

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Photo by Helen Teague on Malibu beach

Monday Words for the Soul~September 23

Just 3 words today:

trust the process

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a word from The Sponsor~September 22

Isaiah 41:13

Isaiah 41:13

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This Weekend~September 20~Call that one friend

that one friend

They are thinking of you too!

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Monday Words for the Soul~September 16

Every leaf

by Debbra Obertanec ShadetreePhotography

May you have occasion this week to speak bliss … and have words of bliss spoken to you.

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This Weekend~September 13~Dare

 

Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything. ~Sherwood Anderson

dare to be strong and courageous

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

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Sherwood Anderson was author of the novel, Winesburg, Ohio.

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Remembering a Hero on 9/11~Steven Siller

Written by Os Hillman: 

On 9/11/01:

New York City firefighter Stephen Siller had just completed his shift when he heard on his truck’s scanner that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers. Siller quickly turned his truck around and attempted to drive back to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel but found the entrance blocked by abandoned vehicles. Desperate to join his elite Squad One brothers, Siller donned 75 pounds of fire gear and ran a mile-and-a-half through the tunnel, before an emergency vehicle picked him up and dropped him off at Tower Two.

Siller had been orphaned at the age of 10 and raised by his much older brothers and sisters. Siller died that day trying to save others. He left behind a wife and five children.

His story proved so inspirational that it became a legend in the newsrooms and firehouses of New York City. His six siblings – who in many ways viewed Siller as a son, as well as a brother – found themselves grappling with a dilemma: should they allow the tragic circumstances of their brother’s death to paralyze and embitter them or use it as a catalyst to help others and preserve his memory?

The Siller family chose the latter.

Once they made that decision, and armed with no extraordinary wealth or political clout, the siblings combined forces to convince New York officials to close down the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel the last Sunday morning of each September and stage the “Tunnel to Towers Run” to commemorate their brother’s heroic last run.

Each year since 9/11 tens of thousands of runners have retraced the steps of a hero. As part of the event 343 New York City firefighters, each representing a fallen comrade and holding an American flag, stand throughout the length of the tunnel. They are joined by firefighters from across the United States, each holding a poster-size picture of a firefighter who perished on 9/11.

The Siller family has raised more than $1 million and donated the money to charities that benefit families of those affected by the 9/11 attacks.

This is a tribute to one heartbroken family who opted to channel its energy into triumph out of tragedy. By Os Hillman

“So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you” (2 Cor 4:12).

Monday Words for the Soul~September 9~Gratitude

Gratitude […] goes beyond the ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy. ~Henri Nouwen

thank you

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a word from The Sponsor~September 8

Romans 4:20-21

Romans 4:20-21

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This Weekend~Enlighten~Strengthen~Mend~Bind~Heal~Revive

This weekend-go for the Big 6: Enlighten~Strengthen~Mend~Bind~Heal~Revive

Enlighten your mind by thinking and considering the opposite of an opinion you hold.
Mend a fence, a friendship, and a neighborship
Bind  whatever you’ve allowed that obscures grace.
Heal a wound by reminding yourself of who you are in Christ
Revive your physical body through water and sleep and smiles.

What Feeds You?

Dear Lord, Please enlighten what is dark in me, strengthen what is weak in me, mend
what is broken in me, bind what is bruised in me, heal what is sick in me, and
revive whatever peace and love that have died in me… ~from Healing Hugs

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Mid-week Question of the Week~Hurrying

Why am I hurrying toward the future?

butterfly

the butterflies leave when I trounce past…we co-exist when I walk lightly.
Just like I can’t sneeze and keep my eyes open, I can’t walk lightly when I’m in a hurry.

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*~from a question posed by GarrettE

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Monday Words for the Soul~September 2~Labor Day

papers and glassesThe first Monday of September we celebrate Labor Day.  A day to recognize our American workers’, who keep the nation’s economic train on it’s tracks.  Although, we are all aware this Labor Day our nation has record unemployment and economic uncertainty.
As we gather with family and friends to enjoy this holiday – which may include baseball, picnics, beach or a pool party – lets remember those family members, friends and Americans struggling.
Lastly, of course, many Americans’, who are in the armed forces serving overseas, will be without their families this holiday.  Take a moment and give thanks to the men and women in uniform.  The Americans in uniform and our civilians overseas do ensure our freedom to enjoy this holiday in this great nation of ours.
 Happy Labor Day.
~written by Jim McShane
And I would gently add, take a moment to remember so many folks who are not currently part of the labor force, but would like to be and are looking for jobs.  :)
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A word from The Sponsor~September 1

Deuteronomy 31:8

A new day, a new week, a new month to remember…

Deuteronomy 31:8

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