Merry Christmas 2019

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
~Norman Vincent Peale

Monday Words for the Soul ~ March 14

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Proverbs 24:16

Today, I am pausing to consider that “The fear of failure is far more damaging than failure.” Read more at this link

 

 

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Monday Words for the Soul ~ December 28

while the memory of Christmas remains…

Give us, O God, the vision, which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.

Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.

Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.

And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.

Frank Borman, Apollo 8 space mission, 1968

 

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Monday Words for the Soul ~ December 21~ the very reason the first Christmas happened

“those feelings you’ve been wrestling with are true Christmas feelings? That those very feelings, those excruciating circumstances and pain and lack of love are the very reason the first Christmas happened in the first place? That the fact the brokenness of this world has hit us and hurt us is the very reason God sent his son. Immanuel. God with us.”

~Mundane Faithfulness blog, click here to read more

 

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Monday Words for the Soul ~ December 21

“Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog.”  ~Philip Yancey

God is tilted toward the underdog

 

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Thank you to Richard Nesbit, for sharing this quote

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Monday Pledge for the Soul ~ December 14

Usually Monday is a “word” (or two) for the soul.

After you see this video, you will understand why I am calling today, “Monday Pledge for the Soul”!!!

This grace-filled father, Jenabu Williams, is a blessing!! He is teaching and guiding his 6 year-old son!

The Pledge For Every Kid

 

 

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Monday Words for The Soul ~ October 26

Acceptance is not about giving up and letting the stress take over, it’s about leaning in to experience the full range of emotions and trusting that we will bounce back ~Brad Waters, Psychology Today

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Monday Words for the Soul ~ October 19

Thinking today about role models such as Tsuneko Sasamoto. Sasamoto is Japan’s first woman photo-journalist who began her career in 1940.  Sasamoto was born in 1914, the daughter of a kimono dealer.

Sasamoto’s photography reflects onsite images from Hiroshima, Antarctica, and topics such as equity, international relations, suffrage, and world-wide old age.

Tsuneko Sasamoto

Here are three jewels of advice from Sasamoto:

1. “It’s essential to remain positive about your life and never give up”

2. “You should never become lazy”

3. “You need to push yourself and stay aware, so you can move forward”

 

Thank you for these words for the soul Mrs. Sasamoto.

 

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Words for the Soul ~ October 5

Just a thought as I continue to think about yesterday’s Bible Verse:

Identity is a tricky concept.

The dictionary lists two definitions:

  • 1. the fact of being who or what a person or thing is, such as “the identity of the owner”
    “he knows the identity of the students”
    ID= Identity
  • 2. a close similarity or affinity.
    “the initiative created an identity between the city and the suburbs”
    I personally do better when I keep my mind and my heart focused on who God says I am.

 

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.            ~2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Shawn McDonald – Rise: https://youtu.be/8WroRx8vqy8

 

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Words for the Soul ~ September 28

“We made a place for them to live,” Eugene Bostick
Isn’t that what we all want, a place to be included?

 

Eugene Bostick builds dog train for stray dogs. Click on the picture to see the video

 

Read the full story and see the adorable video  at this link

 

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Monday Event for the Soul: IF:Pray Tonight at 8:00pm est

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What could happen if we came, all together, before God, to pray?

If:Pray #IFLEAD2015 is an authentic and community-driven movement to pray with one voice at the time in your timezone that matches 8:00pm Eastern time.

“We’re going to come together with our people, in our places, and we are going to pray- as a generation of women. Let’s humble ourselves and ask God to open our eyes to the places that He wants us to rebuild. We are going to beg Him to use it for His glory. Because like with Nehemiah, we believe that we can be a part of rebuilding all that is broken in this world.” from the  If:Pray website

Here is a map of existing IF:Pray gatherings. (Check it out) to see if there is one near you.
Also, an IF:Pray livestream on September 14 starting at 8:00 PM Eastern from the IF:Local Leader Gathering in Orlando, Florida is intended and available for women who are not close to an IF:Pray gathering or are with a handful of friends and want to be lead in prayer. To participate in the livestream, visit www.ifgathering.com on the night of the 14th. IF:Pray Livestream begins at 8:00 PM Eastern time. Sign up to get a reminder to tune into the livestream.

Resources: http://ifgathering.tumblr.com/tagged/if2015
Video: https://vimeo.com/103436095

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Monday Words for the Soul ~ September 7

So many are having to work on Labor Day…Hoping you are able to pause and reflect and rest today.

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending
~Maria Robinson

Maria Robinson Quote

Because of Grace, we wake to new mercies every morning….Lamentations 3:22-23

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Monday Words for The Soul ~ August 24 ~ The 1 Thing Grace IS

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Been carrying this around and loving the sentiment more and more as I re-read.

The start of school has brought so many meetings with their emphasis on “benchmarks,” “goals,” “outcomes,” etc… In short, the emphasis is on what to do to earn promotion, tenure, an “A”, or the proverbial brash brass ring.  When I re-read the statement above in light of fluorescent glare of meetings I am so grateful that, because of grace, God is not in the continuing benchmark business!

What is our response? Praise Him. Love, Serve, and Tell others about the Gift (with a capital “g”) of Grace!

Because Jesus is humble, He calls us not to serve ourselves, nor live for selfish advancement. ~Os Hillman

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Monday Words for the Soul ~ August 17

Follow your passion. The rest will attend to itself. If I can do it, anybody can do it. It’s possible. And it’s your turn. So go for it. It’s never too late to become what you always wanted to be in the first place.

Here is a lived experience example of this quote in action:

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Mondays Words for The Soul ~ August 10

I surely need to remember this today:

I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring. ~Isaiah 44:3

 

Isaiah 44:3

 

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Monday Words for the Soul ~ August 3 ~ The Disease of Not Enough

The Disease of Not Enough is cured when you give thanks for more than enough grace. ~Ann Voskamp

 

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Monday Words for the Soul ~ July 27 ~ Fun

 Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. ~ Dr. Seuss

 

 

 

 

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Monday Words for the Soul ~ July 20

I think there’s a supreme power behind the whole thing, an intelligence. Look at all of the instincts of nature, both animals and plants, the very ingenious ways they survive. If you cut yourself, you don’t have to think about it. ~Clyde TombaughAmerican astronomer and discoverer of Planet Pluto. July 14 was the New Horizon Mission’s flyby of Pluto.

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Click on the picture above or the link below to see an intriguing video

Video by NBC News: http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/nbcNewsOffsite?guid=x_30_nn_nasapluto_150715

And there’s more! NASA’s mission to Pluto

A small amount of Clyde Tombaugh’s ashes are on board the New Horizons spacecraft which launched on January 19, 2006.

 

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Monday Words for the Soul ~ July 6

BeALeaderNotAJudge

Picture seen original on Ann Voskamp’s blog

 

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Words for the Soul~June 22

There are things I take for granted that other people are praying for…

Is this true for you too?

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“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4:23

Offering a prayer of discernment that we all may distinguish problems from glitches and crisis from challenges.

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