words from The Sponsor~March 15

For this verse I am especially grateful for today as I return from Japan/Singapore/Hong Kong.





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Monday Words for the Soul ~ February 2

“Hope is like a path in the countryside. Originally, there is nothing – but as people walk this way again and again, a path appears.” ~Lu Xun




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words from The Sponsor ~ February 1~ How to Defeat Busyness

but really, only one thing matters. ~Luke 10:42

February 1st.

And only one thing is necessary.

Luke 10:42



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This Weekend ~ Please Be There

From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other – above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.        ~Albert Einstein


Perhaps, just be there, this weekend

Just. Be. There.

…not to do (not a “do” there)

but just be there.

It is a challenge for me, in the Martha-ness of incidents.

Yet Mary’s way was correct too.


“Jesus is not asking something more from us;
He is asking for less so that He an give us
more of Himself.” ~John Ferguson

Luke 11:38


…but really, only one thing matters. Mary has chosen that one thing, and I won’t take it away from her. Luke 10:42




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a word from The Sponsor ~ January 25

But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow. ~James 1:17

James 1:17



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Tough Times Tuition

The tough times are tuition we pay for what we need to know to succeed.

Today I am typing this while sitting at an airport club. I am waiting for my flight and, for the past hour, two men have been sitting in the cubicle next to me. They have been talking about an interview they had with a woman. They have papers containing their questions to her and her answers. From my glances, it seems that the applicant’s responses have been neatly typed and tabulated. They are reviewing their interview and rating the applicant’s answers. I know the applicant is a woman because of their use of the female pronoun.

And… I am pretty sure the woman is not going to get the job. Her answers, one of the men says, “reflect a relatively shallow pool.” There are too many “1’s” and not enough “4s” assigned to the tabulation.  The whole experience is causing my tension to rise. I am going to move to a calmer locale.

But, if she were here, nervously waiting for their decision…I would  want her to know she was brilliantly courageous to go so far in the application process to be the subject of such scrutiny. And I want her to know that “The tough times are tuition we pay for what we need to know to succeed.” And, that there are Blessings contained in every question with a “no” answer. 

I would show her this sentiment posted elsewhere by Jean W.

Your Value

Because “she” could be me. “She” has been me. “She” might be you, or a past memory of you.

And Because of Grace, there are amazing promises that will outlast the temporal interviews and points-of-view that occupy our days.

Success beyond numbers, data, and ratings.

Monday Words for the Soul ~ January 19


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