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On 16 April 2014 - 5:05pm

I have learned not to pray for the specific, but instead to pray for Christ example in thought, love in life, being in God. Then the “Bouleversement” can occur.
-Grey T. Full

Are you praying for something specific?   It’s not wrong, but you could be limiting yourself.   

A higher prayer is to pray for Christ’s will in your life, or for his love in your heart….

If we pray for God’s way that blesses not just you, but everyone. That’s where you can embody the French word “Bouleversement,” which means to up-end or overturn.

Pray on a higher level and transform the world!

                                                                     

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On 14 April 2014 - 5:05pm

“I am here to establish connections of love. To celebrate all affection; to raise others up in a spiritual, boundless way.”

This was a sweet journal entry at a very young age.  It aspires to just give selflessly, overflowing with goodness.  I look back on it fondly, to think how I can:

♥ Create a connection based on love, no matter who I meet today

♥ Celebrate any way I see affection, kindness, compassion

♥ Lift others up spiritually, encouraging them.

Please join me today living a life of love!

 

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On 10 April 2014 - 5:05pm

Robert James Waller (born Aug. 1, 1939, Rockford, Iowa) is an American author, also known for his work as a photographer and musician. Waller received his BA and MA degrees from University of Northern Iowa where he began teaching management & economics after receiving PhD in business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington, and became a full professor in 1977 . Waller became dean of the College of Business in 1980 & retired from that position in 1986.

Several of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list including 1992′s The Bridges of Madison County which was the top best-seller in 1993. Both that novel and his 1995′s novel, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, have been made into motion pictures. Waller currently resides in Texas.

Bio Source: Wiki

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On 8 April 2014 - 5:05pm

I have a mistress, for perfections rare

In every eye, but in my thoughts most fair.

Like tapers on the altar shine her eyes;

Her breath is the perfume of sacrifice;

And wheresoe’er my fancy would begin,

Still her perfection lets religion in.

We sit and talk, and kiss away the hours

As chastely as the morning dews kiss flowers:

I touch her, like my beads, with devout care,

And come unto my courtship as my prayer

- Thomas Randolph

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Thomas Randolph (15 June 1605 – March 1635) was an English poet and dramatist. He was born at Newnham, England to William and Elizabeth Randolph. Thomas was awarded Master of Arts in 1631, and became a major fellow of his college in the same year. He wrote epitaphs for people close to the family when he was 16. Thomas was one of the most popular playwrights of his time and was expected to become Poet Laureate after Ben Johnson. It was his untimely death at age ...more

On 7 April 2014 - 5:05pm

During these challenging economic times, there are opportunities.   Now there are many more ways to appreciate what we have in life.  There is something about being grateful for what we already have – quite a humbling sense – that actually fills us with peace. Losing jobs, income or savings impels us to take a closer look at our spending of money and time.  We focus less on accumulation.   We  increase our gratitude for what we have, and we simplify.   Clear, simple living also bring us peace and true contentedness.   The result is often that we have less negative impact on our earth, and spend our time in more positive, enriching ways. Here are some ideas about how to live a more simpler, more appreciative life….It’s the Clothes, Kitchen and Car philosophy.   Enjoy and increase the peace.   1.  Clothes:   A Close Collaboration This is a tough one, especially for the ladies.   What if we walked into our closet and we only had our favorites? That you absolutely ...more

On 4 April 2014 - 5:05pm

“We can’t afford to think that tribalism is a problem that exists somewhere else.  It is in our own backyards, and needs to be healed there.”

Tribalism isn’t an ancient practice.  And it’s not obsolete — yet.  But you can be a part of making tribalism nonexistent.

Examine your day, your thoughts, your relationships. Where are you participating in an exclusive group?  It could be formal — or in your mind. It could a judgment about someone else that separates them away from you.

But we cannot be separated.   Remove yourself from your tribe, and embrace all in borderless love.

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On 2 April 2014 - 5:05pm

“You can’t take someone who has grown up, who hasn’t seen any of this for their entire life except maybe seen it on television, and – I went to Princeton, and came back with my degree, and now I want to work with kids!

You also have to remember that these kids are being raised in areas where they are not interacting with people of other races. They’ve been taught that White people run the world. And then you put a White therapist in front of them?”

-Patrick Mims, Alumnus, San Quentin Prison University Project

We all want to help.

But what a lesson to us all from Patrick Mims, a former inmate at San Quentin who now is pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work. If you are giving advice, make sure it’s wanted — and warranted.

We need to come from a space of understanding.  If you are helping someone work through an issue, have the humility to understand when you are a helper – or a listener. An advisor, or an encourager.  A seer or a follower. ...more

On 26 March 2014 - 5:05pm

Patrick Mims, Prison University Project Alumnus: “I’ve worked with kids whose parents do not provide them with the basic essentials to go to schools. Bus money, lunch money, clothes. And the parents are saying, get it yourself. And if that’s the message they’re projecting to the child, then this is what’s going to happen.

Jody Lewen, Executive Director of the Prison University Project : So another point of intervention is with the child who has no support financially – providing for them –

PM: – or just saying, I’m proud of you.” 

We think all support that happens in our life is physical. We need to get somewhere, eat something, have a book to become knowledgeable, skilled, confident. Yet as Patrick Mims, who is a Prison University Project Alumnus at San Quentin, states, sometimes the best support can come from the spirit.

A hug.

A bit of encouragement.

Or, “I am just proud of you for who you are.”

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On 24 March 2014 - 5:05pm

I will study and prepare myself, and someday my chance will come.
-Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809, in a one-room log cabin on a farm in Kentucky.  After the death of Lincoln’s mother, his older sister, Sarah, took charge of caring for him until their father remarried in 1819.  As a young man, Lincoln was clearly a religious skeptic, but later on his frequent use of religious imagery and language might have reflected his own personal beliefs – or it might have been a device to appeal to his audiences, who were mostly evangelical Protestants. He never joined a church, although he frequently attended with his wife, but he was deeply familiar with the Bible, quoted it and praised it.

He served as the 16th President of the United States, 1861-1865, leading the country during the Civil War.  As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he ...more

On 20 March 2014 - 5:05pm

“The true solider fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
-G.K Chesterton

A fight is never our first option. Whether that is a war on another land, or in a personal relationship, we want to first go to the place of peace and trust. It’s a place where all are loved and cared for; we live in that loving space together. And from there results a good outcome.

We prepare our minds with loving expectation, for any situation. That could be a challenging business relationship, something skewed in your marriage, an unrestful dating relationship, or a church relationship that just seems to feel ‘off.’ Or perhaps your child seems impenetrable and you just can’t get through.

But you can. And we do this by trusting that we are loved. That is where we start.

At times, however, we might need to take up our shield – - or our sword. In that day, we only do so to protect that loving place that everyone lives in ...more