Posted on March 31, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
Just returning from a week of meetings in Washington, DC. Everything is big there—big buildings, big voices, big egos, big Library of Congress, big statues, big crowds, big noise, big guns, big prices.
My best place was a respite in the Smithsonian Art Gallery. As an antidote to the big of DC, I am looking toward the still and small this week.
Harmony Makes Small Things Grow
“Harmony makes small things grow; lack of it makes great things decay.”
~Sallust, Roman historian and politician
What small things catch your eye?
More words for the Soul
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Posted on March 30, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” ~Jeremiah 17:5-8
More words from The Sponsor
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Posted on March 26, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
Have you ever considered at what point a test becomes so difficult that you decide you can no longer trust in God and you must take over to solve the problem?
For me it is usually the opposite: A test or a trial becomes so difficult that I realize it is only trust in God that will carry me to solution.
Os Hillman wrote the question above and he writes about the faith of Jeremiah to explain. “Jeremiah drew a sharp comparison between the man who trusts in his own effort to solve his problem and the man who trusts in God when he cannot see the outcome. The man who trusts in God bears fruit despite the circumstances in his life. He does not shrivel when the heat comes; in fact, his roots go deeper into God’s grace. He continues to bear fruit in spite of his circumstances,” writes Hillman in his devotional series, Marketplace Believers.
blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. Jeremiah 17:7
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Posted on March 21, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
I have a confession: I am a little bit shy with joining groups. Friends and LinkedIn and Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest all have groups for me to join “based on my preferences.”
I tend to side with Mark Twain when it comes to groups. Until I read that there are more than 7,000 promises from God to us in the Bible. Many of those promises center on the areas I worry about the most, like being abandoned, uncertainty about the present and the future, or regret if I did the right thing in the past.
In relating God’s promise to my focus word, Gather, I’ve decided to Gather some of the 7,000 promises and group them together.
Here is my first and favorite:
If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. ~Matthew 11:28
“When you face stormy seas I will be there with you with endurance and calm;
you will not be engulfed in raging rivers.
If it seems like you’re walking through fire with flames licking at your limbs,
keep going; you won’t be burned.” ~Isaiah 43:2
and this one~
The Father gives me the people who are mine. Every one of them will come to me, and I will always accept them. ~John 6:37
This weekend, would you like to create your own 7000 Promises club? It’s easy: just pick one promise or gather two or three more and carry them in your heart.
Perhaps you might share your Promise here in the comments too?
More Weekend Activities
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Posted on March 16, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
Love … never stops hoping. 1 Corinthians 13:7
Whoever loves believes in miracles. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, quoted in this post
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Posted on March 14, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
Dear Lovely One,
Keep your thoughts in the places that you want to be, dear friend. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline, but it is so worth it to train your mind to shy away from fear, hopelessness, dread, negativity, anger and jealousy. It truly is possible to practice day by day turning your thoughts towards gratitude, happiness and goodness…true happiness for the accomplishments and blessings of others, hope for the future, and forgiveness….even in the most difficult of times.
Each day, just make a solid decision that you will do whatever it takes to feel peace for the rest of the day. When a difficult feeling or situation arises, remind yourself of the commitment that you made that morning. Focus your mind on the beauty of the world, on the love that others have for you, on the love that you have for others, and on the blessings that you find in the moment (even if those blessings are as small as the fact that you have a roof over your head) and focus on hope for better days.
You must choose for yourself how you will feel, how you will react, how you will move forward in each moment. No one can do this for you. It is SO worth the work it takes to train ourselves to continuously focus on what is RIGHT rather than what is wrong.
You are phenomenal, strong and capable.
You can do this.
You are so very loved.
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Posted on March 12, 2014 by BecauseOfGrace
What do I Do When the Pain is Too Great?
Get up, cry out in the night, even as the night begins. Pour out your heart like water in prayer to the Lord. ~Lamentations 2:19
This may surprise you, but God can handle your anger and frustration. He can handle your emotions. Why? Because he gave them to you. You were made in the image of God, and he is an emotional God. ~Rick Warren
More Questions, and Because of Grace, More Answers
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