Making Sense of Life: The Peace of Perseverant Prayer

That Makes No Sense!

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Do you find it difficult to make sense of life? Even the seasons here of late seem off-balance. Just a week ago, the weather was hot and still very much like Summer would never end but as we move into the last weeks of October it looks like Fall has really arrived with perhaps a reminder that Winter will be around the bend. You can tell the season is changing too with more than just the weather.

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Reflecting Daily on the Miracles of Life

Reflecting on the Seasons

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I have been reflecting on the miracles of the season this week. Fall is finally looking like it might make an appearance while in the western part of the United States it looks like maybe Winter is coming. Seasons, whether fall, winter, spring, or summer all bring with them beautiful things. But there are many who also see the not so good things these seasons bring as well. For instance, people in the southern part of the United States have experienced unusually hot and dry weather that has lasted long past summer and into the fall season. This often gives reason to grump and complain longing for a break. But maybe when we experience the not so great things of life instead of becoming discouraged, complaining, or even diving into anger; we need to take time reflecting on the miracles that each season of life brings.

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Measuring Faith – Is it Possible to Store it Up?

Stocking Up

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What kind of things do you stock up and store for when you need it? Do you have a way of measuring or counting up your stockpile? Yesterday, I ran by a friend’s house to pick up some things she was donating to a man in need. It has long been a running joke between us about the number of paper towels she keeps in stock. I have never seen anything like it as it looks like a shelf in the store. But yesterday, I learned that paper products weren’t the only thing she stocks and stores up.

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The Rich Responsibility of Riches

Oh, to Be Rich?

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Do you consider yourself to hold “riches” or desire to do so? Being “rich” with money or wealth may not be all it’s cracked up to be, for much research has concluded that the “rich” or people with money to spare often have thinking and behaviors that aren’t so great. There is, of course, always exceptions to the rule and certainly not a blanket statement, but psychologists who study the impact of wealth on human behavior conclude that money powerfully influences not only our thoughts but also our actions. It appears we need to carefully consider the rich and deep responsibility to utilize the privilege of riches properly.

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Abundance – Living Life From the Inside Out

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Are you looking for joy in all the wrong places? Perhaps your joy is merely hiding because you don’t have an abundance mentality mindset living life from the inside out? It has been 30 years since Stephen Covey coined the term abundance mentality in his best-seller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In his book, he defines the term as a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others. During the last 30 years gaining an abundance mindset has become known as one of the best means to grow as a person.

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Rejoice – The Lost is Found

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Has your week given you something to rejoice about? Rejoicing is a strong word so although we may be grateful for many things that our days produce when we use the word rejoice it signifies something grander and fuller of joy. In fact, the word itself as defined is to show great joy or delight and has such synonyms such as ecstasy and rapture. It is a rare day for most of us when we would describe our day or an event as one to rejoice about, which make these moments all the more special and treasured.

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Generosity – Shining the Light in the Darkness

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Do you consider yourself a generous person or a person that holds the characteristic of generosity? Perhaps we all like to think of ourselves as holding a generosity towards our fellow humans, but deep down do we hold back? Is our kindness balanced with generosity or do we become so overwhelmed with the hurts of the world that we do nothing because we feel we can’t do it all? Perhaps it is necessary to examine generosity closer. For true generosity is the kindness of giving largely of anything, not the giving of everything to everyone.

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The Invitation – Acceptance, and Expectations?

The Invitation Roller Coaster Ride

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Do you get excited when you receive an invitation? There are many different invitation types that we can receive. The most casual ones usually consist of a verbal, email, or text invitation to dinner or to accompany an event with a friend. However, special invitations are the ones that arrive in the mail. These invitations arrive with a thrill of anticipation as you pull from the post box that certain-sized envelope that is sure to inform you about a special event that you are asked to be part of through a magnificently designed invitation.

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Compassion: Rejoicing Over Heaven’s Touch

What’s the Level of Your Compassion Meter?

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Do you have a compassion meter? An internal indicator that alarms when you see people for people? Sometimes in our hasty world, it seems that we overlook the most important thing on earth – people. We set up rules, guidelines, or even selfish focuses that help us justify not seeing people for people. Our reasons may be based on our own hurts, being taken by a schemer or scammer in the past, or even the attitude that it isn’t our job or business to get involved because there are other entities to handle those situations. Sometimes we even justify our “hands-off” attitude because it is perceived that a person created their own problems, issues, or “tangle of mess” they are in. But even in these cases should we turn against them or shut our compassion meter off completely?

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Turn to the Light in the Darkness

Jesus, Take the Wheel, Please!

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Yesterday, while I was volunteering at the local clothing center for those in need, one of our “neighbors,” said in a rather loud but teasing voice, “Take the wheel, Jesus, because I’m about to have a wreck.” I looked at her and questioned what she said and so she repeated the phrase. I laughed and said I had never heard that before, but I liked that her first choice was to turn to Christ. She went on to say that she had learned it from a pastor some years ago and it is a phrase that she often turns to when it looks like she is going to need some extra help. I have to agree that there is no better place to turn than to Jesus, whether life is out of control or not.

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