Midweek Question ~ August 5 ~ Comparison

Can you arrest the Comparison Thief that robs you of joy in your life?

 

comparison is the thief of joy

 

 

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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 6

BeALeaderNotAJudge

Picture seen original on Ann Voskamp’s blog

 

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(First) Monday Word for the Soul~January 5

 Make Laughter Your Chocolate…

Make Laughter Your Chocolate

I read this phrase in Ann Voskamp’s devotion

Take a break-today-right now-to laugh at something,

even a chuckle will do…

 

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Because of Grace-Wishing You

“When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy”
~Job 38:7

From Ann Voskamp

 For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior. ~John 3:17

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a word from The Sponsor~September 28

My verse for this semester:

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, You are still with me! ~Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT)

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and this…

“God teaches us by this method of repetition through Scripture with good reason: The human mind is incurably centrifical, forever flying off at a tangent; it must be brought back to the great central truths of the gospel, over and over. Our minds must be made literally to con-centrate…Our thinking needs to intentionally con-centrate — to literally circle again and around again around the central thing.

” ~Ann Voskamp, at A Holy Experience quoting a theologian.

 

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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.

Shalom.

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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This Weekend~May 9~Finding Your Anchor in Grace/Because of Grace

This Weekend…May you find your anchor on the beach Because of Grace

May you find opportunities to be “Lavish in love, extravagant in truth, big spenders of grace.”*

 

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Song: “Alone” by Trampled by Turtles

*Quote by Ann Voskamp

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Monday Words for the Soul~March 10~Radical Gratitude

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Here is Radical Gratitude’s Resume:

Revolutionary change is what happens when people feel such wild gratitude for what. they. have.  —that they share it.

Gratitude never fails to radicalize the radically grateful.

When you are radically grateful for what you have, you will go to radical lengths to share it. When you are radically grateful for being blessed — you are radically generous to the oppressed.

When you are radically grateful, you live out of a place of radical abundance — there’s always more space for more to share the grace.

And don’t confuse the idea of personal pride with radical gratitude. You aren’t actually thankful for something if you think you actually earned it. That’s pride, not gratitude.

The radically grateful can never stand for injustice– because they are moved by radical grace.

You can’t know grace and not be moved. Grace starts movements.

Grace is a catalyst.

~Ann Voskamp, in this post “The One Secret for Real Change.Ann is speaking and writing for us all, Because of Grace.

More posts on Radical Gratitude here and here

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Monday Words for The Soul~February 10

there is a plan

 

 

Because of Grace, there is this wonderful printable with these words from Ann Voskamp

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Midweek Question of the Week~November 6~Harvest

What are you harvesting in this season?

sorry out to live

“So maybe the way to still be left standing at the end of the day, when you get to the end of everything, is to never stop breaking free from the fences of noise, to love the expanses of solitude that you carry on the inside, because the truth of it is that stillness with God is always a matter of focus not of circumstances. That is all there is: Staying still with Him, still with Him.
Because no harvest of holiness, of happiness, was ever reaped by anyone who didn’t make a field inside of themselves to be alone long with God.” ~Ann Voskamp

 

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A poem to love

It has been a long while since I posted a poem.

This one just fits a fall-inspired rainy day pondering…this thought by Ann Voskamp, “When you have an overwhelmed world, you don’t have to have an underwhelmed soulif Christ fills the thoughts.”

“Coming Up for Air” by Diana Der-Hovanessian

I who never learned
to swim right
walk through this water
with you, with tanks,
new lungs, on our backs,
new eyes that show me
creatures who do not fear
us any more than
other fish.
You float above me and
there is no such thing
as fire to feed or tamp.
My former life is swallowed
by deaf tides.
The songs are all new
and wordless. I open
my hand as if it were a fin.

“Coming Up for Air” by Diana Der-Hovanessian

 

Mid-week Question of the Week~August 28

Sometimes doing the most important thing eternally – doesn’t look like you are doing anything noticeably. ~Ann Voskamp in this post

What are you doing?

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Something I need to remember when my to-do list becomes a to-don’t list:

We all are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” ~Ephesians 2:10

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Monday words for the Soul~August 26

Sometimes doing the most important thing eternally – doesn’t look like you are doing anything noticeably. ~Ann Voskamp in this post

christopher robin in the swingToday is the start of school for many…lots of adjectives to fill this day. One adjective to remember, Because of Grace:

You are beloved.

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A word from The Sponsor~July 14

He sent out His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. ~Psalm 107:20

Psalm 107:20

Because of Grace, I do not have to be left to my own devices.
Read an eloquently expressed post called “A Prayer for the Broken-hearted” by Ann Voskamp

This Weekend~July 12~Birthday Practice

Today is a special day. It is my dad’s birthday—his 86th birthday.

And we are celebrating. He went to the movies yesterday. There are hamburgers and home-made Butterfinger ice cream today. And his son arrives tomorrow.

It is a big deal!

And it arrives in the middle of challenges for me that are not of his making and out of his control. To bring my struggles in along with his birthday present and his favorite Mr. Goodbar candy bars would be irresponsible and selfish.

It will also be a test of my discipline to stay in the moment. To hold a space for gratitude in the moment. To, travel with mustered joy and, as Ann Voskamp writes in this post to, “Practice the discipline of the present.”

the discipline of the present

If this is where you also are today, might we practice together?

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Previous Weekend Activities

April Gratitude Nudges

April gratitude Ann Voskamp

From Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience

Mid-Week Question~January 16

Were you able to get through last week on your own strength?

were you able to get through last week on your own strength?

 

A Free Download:  A Year of Gratitude from Ann Voskamp

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Monday Words for the Soul~November 19

Blessings…Count ‘Em and send praise right back to their Giver!

Blessings

 7 Gifts in this little mini booklet by Ann Voskamp

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Preparing for Blessings

A simple request from Jerilynn came last winter to speak on Blessings. Such an timely topic at Thanksgiving. The simplicity of the one word title extends to the simplicity of the practice.

Blessings.

…to receive, experience, and, especially, to bestow to others.

Bestowing Blessings.

In preparing to speak, I’m preparing my supply list.

What would you include?

~A picture that says so much:

countyourblessings

~A link to We Love Gratitude, a web journalling site begun by Crystal Belle

~A free App from Ann Voskamp called One Thousand Gifts at this link or search “One Thousand Gifts” on your iPhone’s Entertainment tab

~A quote to consider: “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozick

~An important point for me to remember: Counting Blessings counters our fear manifesting as the “fear of not having enough” and the “fear of not being enough.”

~A verse to read, re-read, and memorize through tears:

What would you include?

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