It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, November 30, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 30, Book 15

There is a time to be silent and a time to speak

Eccl. 3:7

November 30th - Well timed silence can be more eloquent than words.

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

Author Unknown
 Most people are uncomfortable with silence. There's something very awkward about it somehow. 

Shallow streams make the most noise, is a delightful turn on the old adage, Still waters run deep.  It’s true the people who make the most noise tend to have little of substance to say.  The flip side of that problem is that we don’t listen well either. I’m reminded of the line in the old Simon and Garfunkel song Sounds of Silence about folks hearing without listening. Oh, they hear the words, but they fail to silence their own thoughts and truly listen. It would be good if we all learned to be silent and still.

Never forget the power of silence, that massively disconcerting pause which goes on and on and may at last induce an opponent to babble and backtrack nervously. 

Lance Morrow

Good silence is a listening silence, a humble silence. It leads to right hearing, right understanding, and right speaking. 

Silence is one great art of conversation. 


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 29, Book 15

The Advent Virus


Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
A loss of interest in judging other people.
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
A loss of interest in conflict.
A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
 Frequent attacks of smiling.
 An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

November 29th - Families are strengthened through the power of love

Well, it's that time of year again. The Holidays, a season that fills us with anxiety and hope. We fight the shopping and the decoration, while we look forward to time with loved ones. Here at my house, we celebrate the season of Advent.  The four weeks of preparation for Christmas.  The first Sunday of Advent is today, November 29th.  

Many start there countdown till Christmas December 1st, but this year we begin a little earlier. This is one tradition I’ve passed on to my family.  Traditions that are carried on year after year are full of love and memories too.

Family traditions are the rituals, practices and beliefs of a family that are handed down from one generation to the next. They can enrich families, promote a feeling of closeness, and strengthen family bonds. hey create emotional safety, security and fond memories.

What we do on the outside won’t sway us much if we don’t also do things on the inside, too. Participating in Advent traditions and devotions will help to increase the longing and open our hearts more fully to the coming of the Savior at Christmas. 

A towering pine or mighty oak draws on rain, sunshine, air, and soil to thrive. Similarly, we grow through the comfort, inspiration, ideas, and enrichment we receive from others.

Family is a vital part of our support system. Today I give thanks for my family and others who are important to me. As we gather for special celebrations, we embrace our similarities and differences.

When we are apart, we can enrich our relationships by reaching out.  We can strengthen our connection through simple acts of kindness, such as calling or sending a note. Near or far,  Bless others with warm thoughts and prayers of gratitude for their presence in our life.  

Who wouldn’t want to live in a world where there is an increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it. I’m hoping to catch this particular virus.

In this holiday season, with its irritations and crazy schedules, take some quiet time with your family.  If you’re looking for hope, peace, joy, and love this Christmas season, look to God.

There is truly much to be thankful for this November

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 28, Book 15

A little boy named Adam wanted to be like his friend Bobby.  Adam loved the way Bobby walked and talked. Bobby wanted to be like Charlie. Something about Charlie’s stride intrigued him. Charlie on the other hand, was impressed with Danny. Charlie wanted to look and sound like Danny. Danny, of all things, had a hero as well. He wanted to be just like Adam. So Adam was imitating Bobby, who was imitating Charlie, who was imitating Danny, who was imitating Adam. Turns out, all Adam had to do was be himself.

Stay in your own lane. Run your own race. Nothing good happens when you compare and compete. God’s yardstick for measuring faithfulness is how faithful you are with your own gifts. You are not responsible for the nature of your gift. But you are responsible for how you use it!

Max Lucado 

November 28th - You are a gift !

That is right YOU are a gift !

Each and everyone of us is uniquely and perfectly made and we are gifts to each other.  Where would I be without all the wonderful people in my life.  They make my life what it is.  

The family of humanity is connected in wondrous ways. Physically, we are related through common genetics, culture, and civilization. 

What I do often affects a much wider circle of people than I may realize. If I express anger, I may set a difficult tone for my family’s day. When I share joy, happiness spreads throughout my world.

The impact of our nature ripples beyond our homes and into our communities. On so many levels, we are one with everyone we encounter.  Love is what holds us all together.

If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure. 

Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 27, Book 15

You are the peanut  butter to my jelly,

You are the macaroni to my cheese.

November 27th -  Thanks and action go together like peanut butter and jelly

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.   

John F. Kennedy

There are some things in life that just go together, like peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, or bread and butter.  Giving thanks spurs you on to do something.  When we have that thankful spirit about us, it does cause us to want to praise the Lord. 

Few things steal joy and gratitude more than worry, and few things seem more important when it comes to cultivating faith than the pursuit of gratitude. And yet, this is so difficult today when much in our world provokes worry, anxiety, fear, uncertainty

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. 

Psalm 28:7 

Joy and music seem to go together too. They are natural, human responses to a supernatural blessing from God. Overflowing with gratitude, we burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Come, ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide
for our wants to be supplied;
come to God's own temple, come,
raise the song of harvest home

Text: Henry Alford, 1810-1871
Music: George J. Elvey, 1816-1893 

May you discard the worries of the past and all that would prevent you from the gracious beauty of the present moment.

May you relinquish the fears and anxieties of tomorrow and root yourself in the soil of the abundance here and now.

May you have the spirit and energy to strive for the Good in everything.

May gratitude and love overflow in your cup.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 26, Book 15

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. 

E.P. Powell

November 26th - gratitude is an expression  of love

When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.

Jens Stoltenberg

It has been pointed out that I love people by feeding them. This is true. It is also true that I'm certainly not finished loving people,

Food can be a form of love. Chopping, mixing, simmering are like rituals with the end result being its own kind of offering. All the care you put into your cooking adds another nutrient, up there with protein and antioxidants, and is just as essential.  After all, none of us can truly thrive without love in our lives.

Love - the secret ingredient

I believe that tender love and care is the secret ingredient when it comes to food and to life. Pour love into your cooking and it will always taste better. Spread love through food! The greatest gift you can give to anyone is the giving of yourself.

 Don't fret over the perfection of the meal. No one will remember if the turkey was dry, or the gravy came out of a jar, if a side dish was left off the menu, or if the pie came from the store, not straight out of the oven. Focus instead on the people around the table, on the victories of the past year, and adversities overcome.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 25, Book 15

Where there is great love there are always miracles.     

 Willa Cather

November 25th - love is miraculous

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

Here are some 'did you know’s and many are a gentle reminder on the miracle of life and how we take a lot of it for granted:  Life is a miraculous gift! 

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.

Marianne Williamson

Most people blink about 17,000 times a day
There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in every human person
Dolphins sleep with one eye open
Your sense of smell is around 10,000 times more sensitive than your taste
In your lifetime you will shed 40 pounds of skin
We share 70% of our DNA with a slug
No matter what its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times
An elephant needs to drink about 210 litres of water a day
Butterflies taste food by standing on it. Their taste receptors are on their feet
Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months 2 rats could have a million descendants
Sneezing with your eyes open is impossible
Sound travels 4 times faster in water than it does through the air
It takes 70% less energy to produce a ton of paper from recycled paper than it does from trees
A hippopotamus may be huge but it can still run faster than a human
Your nose and ears continue to grow throughout your life
The Pacific Ocean contains around 25,000 different islands, more than any other ocean and finally ants do not sleep!

To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.  

Walt Whitman

It is in the acknowledgement of blessings that miracles occur.  Gratitude and a prayer of thanks can move mountains… 

Have a thankful day!

Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.

Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 24, Book 15

You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.

Andrew Jackson

November 24th - everything has a price

Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.

Harry Browne

It’s true that we do pay a price for just about anything in life and if we want something we do often have to be bold and courages to get it.  Love is definitely one of those things. 

There are many that show uncommon valor in the midst of everyday common human circumstances.  All it takes is adjusting your attention, your attitude, and your action.  When we focus on what really matters we live a life that matters to ourselves and to others.

 Love is free to those who receive it, but it can cost the giver a great deal. Love costs us our lives.

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.

Richard Bach

Monday, November 23, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 23, Book 15

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something.
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
 Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations.
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge.
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary.
It means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
 Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown

November 23rd - When we make love the foundation of our lives, we discover gratitude at the center.

Gratitude helps us recognize our blessings in life and not take them for granted. It helps with healing and is associated with better health outcomes, including positive mood, better self-esteem, improved well-being 

Gratitude is a feeling and an expression. It is an acknowledgement that we have received something of value. It gives us a positive perspective, turning unpleasant things into reminders of what is important.

Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative.Gratitude reduces feelings of envy, and makes our memories happier.

Bless the Lord, O my soul...

Often, it takes a serious illness or other tragic event to jolt people into appreciating the good things in their lives. Don't wait for something like that to happen to you.

Gratitude starts as a choice, becomes a pattern and can end up transforming our lives. We are only in this life for a short time. With intention we can learn to use gratitude to make each moment a wonder.

It’s a nice reminder, especially after the tragic human events in Paris , that family, friends, and loved ones are what matter. We may love our houses and the things that are in it…but it’s the spirit and the love that make it a home

Gratitude is a twofold love -- love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest. 

Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 22, Book 15

No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.

Henry Ward Beecher

November 22nd- for the love of money

The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:10

It’s not money, but the LOVE of money that is at the root of all sorts.  When we love money we tend to get greedy.  Greed comes in many forms. Greed for approval. Greed for applause. Greed for status. Greed has many faces but speaks one language: the language of more. Wise was the one who wrote, Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.

We need to remember that money comes and money goes. Like the tides of the ocean, money rolls in and money rolls out. Sometimes, there is money left over at the end of the day and sometimes there is not enough.

So much of what we think we need does not really add to our lives. 

May we all try to live simply so that we can live generously.

You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich person.

Seth Parker

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 21, Book 15

As the leaves surely change,
With time, so do we;
We grow and we learn,
From the things that we see.

Everything makes a difference,
Whether subtle or grand;
The heart can grow stronger,
And the mind will expand.

It's true, we're affected
By everything that's been said;
Every movie we've watched,
And all the books that we've read.

Though just like the leaves,
No two are akin;
Each one is unique
Like every person within.

And just like the seasons,
We're all changing as well;
For our lives are each different,
As are the stories we tell.

Author Unknown

November 21 -  love is patient

Flowers only bloom when they are ready. People are the same way. You cannot rush or force them open just because you think it’s time. Be patient.

Timber Hawkeye

Whenever you are facing a difficult time in your life, give yourself the gift of patience. Patience is the main ingredient necessary to get through difficult times.

It’s hard to be patient! But, without patience, you would have no hope.  Patience helps you grow. It nourishes both compassion and empathy. So, embrace patience. Ultimately this makes you a stronger

Living in hope, we remain optimistic about something.  We don’t give up but continue to believe that something good will come our way.

Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent. 

Mignon McLaughlin,

Remember:  The desire, inspiration and motivation to stick with anything new comes from reminding yourself why you started in the first place.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 20, Book 15

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. 

Oscar Wilde

November 20 - Laugh a little bit

Laugh a Little Bit

Here's a motto, just your fit -
Laugh a little bit.
When you think you're trouble hit,
Laugh a little bit.
Look misfortune in the face.
Brave the beldam's rude grimace;
Ten to one 'twill yield its place,
If you have the wit and grit
Just to laugh a little bit.

Keep your face with sunshine lit,
Laugh a little bit.
All the shadows off will flit,
If you have the grit and wit
Just to laugh a little bit.

Cherish this as sacred writ -
Laugh a little bit.
Keep it with you, sample it,
Laugh a little bit.
Little ills will sure betide you,
Fortune may not sit beside you,
Men may mock and fame deride you,
But you'll mind them not a whit
If you laugh a little bit.

Edmund Vance Cooke

We all have some kind of motto we like to live by...

Stay sane. Keep your sense of humor

My life motto: My brakes are broke, but luckily my gas pedal works just fine.

Jarod Kintz

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 19, Book 15

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Maya Angelou

November 19 - love is audacious

Audacious: showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.

To be very confident and daring and even very bold and surprising or shocking.

Just lately the word audacious has appeared several times in the course of my devotions and meditations that I read everyday.  It’s a word I’ve rarely used but one that makes me feel courageous.

Audacious neighborliness, being brave, brazen and deliberate, really shows where we’re at as against where we would say we’re at.

 When we make a choice to reach out to one another when we love boldly.  So lets be audacious and dare to reach out, to offer a physical touch, a word, a smile, a meal, a phone call, or offer an extravagant welcome. 

Life isn’t so much about calculating the risk, but accepting the risk and doing it anyway.

Most of what inspires us didn’t come from a place of safety. Don’t wait to be safe, go be audacious!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 18, Book 15

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

November 18th - love achieves the impossible

Four steps to achievement:
Plan purposefully.
Prepare prayerfully.
Proceed positively.
Pursue persistently.

William A. Ward

Sometimes we lose our focus. We can be walking in love all day, going along fine, until someone comes along and offends us. As soon as we forget our focus of love, we stop making progress and come to a standstill, aggravated, upset, and offended.

Put the past in the past, and  look ahead with optimism.  Return anything you borrowed.  Make apologies where needed. Get your bills up to date. Send the card or gift you forgot to send. Make the phone call you need to make.

Taking care of these things cleans your mental slate and eliminates any regrets or resentments you may harbor.

What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.

Norman Vincent Peale

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 17, Book 15

Anxiety weighs down the heart,
    but a kind word cheers it up.

 Proverbs 12:25

November 17th - Look for meaning in everything.

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.

William Arthur Ward

Words and meanings... you learn something new every day. 

One thing I've learned is that each person, no matter what others may think, has feelings. A simple, yet most appreciated thing doesn't have to be big, it can take as little as a second but may change the day for a lot of people.

 What you do in a moment's time, can have a tremendous effect on a person for the rest of their life. And as someone once said, We are here to make people feel like a million bucks, not two cents.

There is no instinct like that of the heart. 

Lord Byron

Do you ever find yourself sitting with a friend over a cup of coffee, listening to their troubles, and wishing you knew just what to say or do?  I have been in conversations like that many, many times.  And as often as not, I don’t have just the right thing to say that will make the cause of their anxiety disappear.  But even when you or I are in that situation and simply can’t resolve our friend’s troubles all at once, or even at all, we can give a kind word!

A kind word won't resolve whatever problem our anxious friend has, but it does cheer him up.  As we have opportunity, let’s be good friends to one another and offer kind words as often as our friends have heavy hearts. 

Every person you know needs to be encouraged at one point or another. Everyone needs to have someone in their lives who is willing to listen to their stories and tell them they are loved.
Charles F. Stanley

Monday, November 16, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 16, Book 15


Life is an Adventure ... Dare it
Life is a Beauty ... Praise it
Life is a Challenge ... Meet it
Life is a Duty ... Perform it
Life is a Love ... Enjoy it
Life is a Tragedy ... Face it
Life is a Struggle ... Fight it
Life is a Promise ... Fulfill it
Life is a Game ... Play it
Life is a Gift ... Accept it
Life is a Journey ... Complete it
Life is a Mystery ... Unfold it
Life is a Goal ... Achieve it
Life is an Opportunity ... Take it
Life is a Puzzle ... Solve it
Life is a Song ... Sing it
Life is a Sorrow ... Overcome it
Life is a Spirit ... Realize it 

November 16th - Praise comes naturally when you count your blessings.

Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well chosen, well timed, sincere words of praise.  They're absolutely free and worth a fortune. 

Sam Walton

Don’t let the brutality of the world take away your thankful heart.

Love is an important part of happiness. Studies have proven that people in love are much happier. The same is true for people who get involved. They are much happier than people who complain, but never do anything to change the situation.  We all have a choice and I for one, prefer happiness.

Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise then you will discover the fullness of your life. 

David Steindl-Rast

Personal relationships are paramount to personal fulfillment. Be sure to set some time aside each week to rediscover the people that mean most to you. Be alone with that person, talk, enjoy your time together and renew your relationship. Tell them how thankful you are to have them in your life.

After all, in this life, your loved ones are what really matter.

Let me be a little kinder, Let me be a little blinder To the faults about me; Let me praise a little more, Let me be, when I am weary; Just a little bit more cheery, Let me serve a little better Those that I am striving for. Let me be a little braver When temptation bids me waver, Let me strive a little harder To be all that I should be; Let me be a little meeker to the brother that is weaker; Let me think more of my neighbor and a little less of me

Author Unknown

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 15, Book 15

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.  There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.  To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

November 15th - love sometimes takes courage

I think laughter may be a form of courage… As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that. 

 Linda Ellerbee

It does take a lot of courage to laugh when we’d rather be crying. Thankfully, I am able to laugh. Sometimes laughing is all I can do, especially when things aren't funny. 

Medical studies show that laughter boosts levels of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and suppresses levels of epinephrine, the stress hormone.

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects

 Arnold Glasgow

Hearty laughter also exercises the lungs and circulatory system and increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. 

He who laughs, lasts.

Mary Pettibone Poole

Laugh and be happy. You can do it! 

Smile when there is a reason and smile when there’s no reason. Smile and let your smile create it’s own reasons.

Ralph Marston

Courage is like muscle. It's built up over time with each act outside our comfort zone. 
It creates strength that will last a lifetime

End today, begin tomorrow, with laughter.

Remember this: life will never be perfect, no matter how hard you try.  Even if you pour your heart and soul into it, you will never achieve a state of absolute perfection.  There will always be moments of uncertainty; there will always be days where nothing goes right.  But as time rolls on, I have learned that even the most imperfect situations can be made better with a little love and laughter.

Crying helps. Laughing helps too. It's up to you to decide which one you'd rather do

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 14, Book 15

View from the Porch these November days.

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. 

Blaise Pascal

November 15th - Ours is not to reason why…

The most intelligent thing we can do is love, not reason.

Barry Lopez

There are many things in life that we don't know, and there are many things we may have no interest in finding out. There is freedom in saying, I don’t know. When we admit that we don't know something, we can then open ourselves up to the opportunity to learn.

To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness. 

Robert Brault

We have somehow learned that there must be a reason or reasons to love someone. So we set up criteria by which we judge those we must love, and those we should exclude from our love. We have learned that there are some who are worthy of love, while others we can ignore.

 We have learned to love only those who are like us and at the same time, we’ve learned to close our lives from those who are different from us or we find unlikable for whatever reason. But when we lay aside our prejudices and judgments and open our hearts to those we would like to dismiss, then perhaps, we might just find them to be God’s blessings. 

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. 

Eleanor Roosevelt

Sometimes we don’t know the reasons why, 
but it is always a good idea to give others reasons to try.  

Friday, November 13, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 13, Book 15

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing

November 13th - love makes you thankful

We’re never so strong or mighty that we don’t need to worship. Worship-less people have no power greater than themselves to call on.

Max Lucado

I have always thought of We Gather Together as a Thanksgiving Day hymn, a harvest festival hymn.  But I found out that it was actually written near the end of the 16th century to acknowledge that turbulent past and to look to a better future. No matter where or when we worship, I think that in some way that is what we all do.  

What happens on the outside of us determines what goes on inside of us.

Thanksgiving is coming in just a few short weeks.  It's a time when many will gather for worship.  Across this great land, friends and families will gather in commemoration of all their many blessings. Families, like mine, who have endured sadness in the past, will hopefully, warmly and lovingly remember their lost loved ones and might even have a laugh or two at the wonderful memories that still persist.

Worship is a gift we offer God and a gift God offers us.

If you haven’t already, this would be a good time to start listing all the things you have to be thankful for. Write them down and post the list where you can see it. We so easily forget our blessings; it helps to have a reminder. 

Worship is a heart overflowing with praise to God

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 12, Book 15

The world needs more warm hearts and fewer hot heads.

To err is human; to forgive, divine. 

Alexander Pope

November 12th - only human

Scandals, like gossip, create news, headlines, and are the patter of talk shows. Politicians and entertainers cause the public concern with their dress, their lifestyle, or their secrets. Indeed, scandal not only drives public opinion. It can increase profits for media and visibility for publicity hungry.

Scandal is a two edged sword. We can be scandalized by the acts of others. Or we can cause scandal by our actions. Even the act of being scandalized can cause scandal. Obviously we cannot control others, but we can be responsible for our own acts. 

Grace: Getting what we don’t deserve.

Mercy: Not getting what we do deserve.

Grace is outrageous and scandalous. By grace, God loves all, forgives all, and accepts all, with no conditions, no strings attached, no fine print, no qualifications, no limits, and no ongoing requirements.

 Grace, by definition, is unmerited. There is nothing that can be done or not done to earn or merit or deserve grace.  That is what makes it scandalous.

Maybe we all could be a little scandalous ourselves this week.  Remembering to err is human, to forgive is devine.   We respond by loving others in the same way. 

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. 

Denis Waitley