a word from The Sponsor~August 31

Goal-setting~~~Because of Grace style

…we work with you for your joy…
2 Corinthians 1:24


Goal-setting Because of Grace Style



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A Question~August 27~Are You A Cynic?

Are you cynic?

The origins of the word traverse back to long ago Greece. In the 3rd century BC, a group of Greek philosophers founded by Antisthenes, were known for their  ostentatious contempt for ease and pleasure. Today the word usually is used to refer to the person who avoids the silver lining in favor of the dark outline. Cynics display a mix of distrust with doubt. Sometimes cynics are funny…for a little while until others tired of their negativity posing as insightfulness.

Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.”
Stephen Colbert

Referencing George Carlin, Ann Voskamp wrote, “Itch the scab of any cynic and what you’ll find is a wounded idealist.”

Is there a part of you that reaches for the bromide of cynicism when confronted with the assault of your world?

You are not alone. It is all to common, and, at least from my vantage point, much easier to utter the negative, the unimpressed, the doubtful expression, than maintain the virtue of grace.

…”Peace be with you!” John 20:19

Oh, sure, it is easy to find quotes from Christ regarding peace and love. But on the timeline of His life, this one stands in significance, because Christ said this to his apostles, afterwards.

After they had grown discouraged. After they had walked away from Him. After their denial of Him.

After His death and resurrection.

…”Peace be with you!”

Christ might have justifiably chosen a cynic’s course, or, worse, a revengeful course…but because of grace, He granted peace instead.


God, I know that you want me to be like salt on the earth, like a candle in the dark, a lighthouse on a hill, so that others will come to you. Cleanse me anew that I will be a witness for you. Show me how you want to penetrate the darkness of my domain with your light. Help me to be a positive influence in the places where I live, work, study, play. Thank you, Lord. ~Os Hillman


dare to be strong


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Monday Words for the Soul~August 25~the one my daughter wanted forwarded

I have a habit of reading aloud things that I think are “essential.”

The accuracy of the word definition “essential” certainly obits the more expansive understanding of the word.

Last night, when engaged in reading aloud, my daughter literally sat up and took notice of today’s word for the soul.


Perhaps it will speak to you as well.


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a word from The Sponsor~August 24

My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. ~Proverbs 3:21-22



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Monday Words for the Soul~August 18


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a word from The Sponsor~August 17

Be Still And Know…because of Ecclesiastes 11:5


Ecclesiastes 11:5

Monday Words for the Soul~August 11

The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.
Tahereh Mafi

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a word from The Sponsor~August 10

“For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12


angels watching over you

This Weekend~August 8~Go Over Easy on Yourself

20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life at this link: http://sco.lt/8t6u2r


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Midweek Question~August 6~Apple Orchards and You

What more could I have wanted from that day?
Everything, of course. Perhaps that was the point—
To learn that what we will not grasp is lost.
~Dana Gioia, The Apple Orchard Poem

This week’s question is reflective nudge toward branching out…(sorry for the pun on the title)

What more could you want from your days?

here are a few answers from a glance at top posts on my Facebook feed

~more time with my family
~more courage to stand up to the boss at work
~more willpower at the bakery
~more time in the garden
~more time to take walks
~more hugs
~less exhaustion
~less distractions

and my own:
~less resolute focus on my ed. jobs (case in point, I originally typed the poem title as “The Apply Orchard” proving that Bloom’s Taxonomy is ever-present in my brain)

What more could you want from your days?

Perhaps the first thing that pops in your mind is the place to begin tomorrow.



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Words -and Picture-for the soul~August 4

I am loving this SO much today!

Are you also smiling too? I know it is a BIG gesture, but this site lists some smaller joys you and I can impart.


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a word from The Sponsor~August 3

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all ~2 Corinthians 4:17



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This Weekend~August 1~Leave It

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