A Dozen Things For Every Grad To Remember


Today, I wrote a post on our university blog. I thought it might fit well here too:

A Dozen Things For Every Graduate To Remember:



  1. Develop a spirit of gratitude. ~1 Thessalonians 5:18
  2. Start by thanking God. ~1 Chronicles 16:34
  3. Then, thank your parents. ~Ephesians 6:2
  4. Keep learning. ~Proverbs 27:11;  1 Corinthians 2:15
  5. Fight any Tendency Toward Fear. ~ Deuteronomy 31:8     
  6. Find or reconnect with a church home. ~Acts 2:42
  7. Rethink failure. ~Job 4:4;  1 Samuel 2:4
    Failure isn’t getting it wrong. It’s having never tried.)
  8. Take time to Reflect. ~Psalm 49:3
  9. Be Mindful of Your Thoughts and Turn them into Joy. ~2 Corinthians 10:5
  10. Let Love Be Your Guide: “Loved people love people.” ~Titus 3:14
  11. Remember, God will always love you. ~John 3:16
  12. Remember, you are enough: Moses didn’t think he was qualified enough. Gideon didn’t think he was strong enough. Sarah didn’t think she was young enough. The woman at the well didn’t think she was holy enough. Zacchaeus didn’t think he was tall enough. God takes you as you are. He’ll qualify you and strengthen you. He’ll give you what you need.

Readers, What advice would you give to a graduate?



Adapted from: jenniferdukeslee.com

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This Weekend ~ November 14 ~ May you find your Hesychia

The Desert Mothers and Father called silence “hesychia” which means inner quiet, rest, and stillness. Silence helped them with discernment and to hear God. We let go of all the external and internal chatter to draw near the whisper of God and discover the space between words. In practicing silence I am learning to be more selective in my words and often choosing not to speak just to make my opinion known. Silnce helps us to intentionally create a space to surrender to the unknown and to hear what another Voice has to say. ~Jean Wise in this post


John Climacus wrote, that Stillness of the soul is “accurate knowledge and management of one’s thoughts” (The Ladder of Divine Ascent, page 269). Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church admonishes them to take captive every thought   2 Corinthians 10:5. Joyce Meyer reminds us to take our thoughts captive back to Jesus instead of the “to-do list” myriad of distractions.

Hesychia is a new word for me. It is a Blessing word, to be sure!




Due to scheduling limitations, for me, this weekend, Hesychia will be represented by a locked door in my house. Whether your preference is to go and seek it out or abide where you are and draw it in, may you embrace the godly rest of Hesychia this weekend.







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A Word from The Sponsor~July 1

“Don’t be afraid. The army that fights for us is larger than the one against us.”  ~2 Kings 6:14-16

Elisha’s servant got up early, and when he went out, he saw the enemy army with horses and chariots and many troups all around the city. They arrived at night and surrounded the city.

The servant said to Elisha, “Oh, my master, what can we do?”

Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid. The army that fights for us is larger than the one against us.” 2 Kings 6:14-16 

“Too often I can find myself focusing on the ‘horses and chariots’ {of problems, obstacles, regret, off-center relationships, guilt, fear, worry} and when I do the army of problems gets bigger and bigger. When I acknowledge their presence and then choose to turn my focus to the One who is big enough to make a change in my circumstances, soak in who He is and how He works, the ‘horses and chariots’ of my distress become more the size of Chihuahuas and go-carts.” ~Jody Neufeld

Today is a great day for you and me to take thoughts captive to think on good things and move ourselves into the arena of thanksgiving and praise for The One who is greater than any army of problems.

Never has there been a moment in your life, that wasn’t also a moment in His.

Surrender all over to Him, and Because of Grace, He will lead you.

Gently click on the link below for a song by Greg Coplen. And then, maybe, click again.

Grace Astounding mix1 by Greg Coplen

Listen and believe. Move into His joyful peace.

Grace Astounding by Greg Coplen

And, also, if you have a little bit of time to read blessings in the hard places

{You are loved.}


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