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More Wisdom: Things Happen For You

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As you know, my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, is all about RESOURCES. In Part 3 – I recommended 16 books that would be great resources for you. Here’s a little bit more about another book (a great resource) written by a writer/pastor. The WISDOM I am sharing today is all about how things happen FOR you. They do not happen to you.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,”Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer.29:11) Oh, the beauty of the thrice-repeated word plans. God is plotting for our good. In all the setbacks and slipups, He is ordaining the best for our future. Every event in our days if designed to draw us toward our God and our destiny.

Things happen for you ~ for your good no matter what the challenge, the hurt, the tears. God has good plans for your life.

To learn more, read the first chapter of Max Lucado’s book, You’ll Get through This: Help and Hope for Your Turbulent Times. http://teamlucado.com/downloads/YGTTonlineSampler.pdf

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July 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom: Forgiveness

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~ As you know, my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, is all about RESOURCES. In Part 3 – I recommended 16 books that would be great resources for you. Here’s a little bit more about another book (a great resource) written by a writer/pastor. The WISDOM I am sharing today is all about FORGIVENESS.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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Forgivness is not for the other person; It’s really for you!

Begin the process of forgiveness. Keep no lists of wrongs. Pray for your antagonists rather than plot against them. HATE the wrong without hating wrongdoers. Turn your attention away from what they did to you to what Jesus did for you. Outrageous as it may seem, Jesus died for them too. If he thinks they are worth forgiving, they are. Does that make forgiveness easy? No. Quick? Seldom. Painless?

To learn more, read the first chapter of Max Lucado’s book, You’ll Get through This: Help and Hope for Your Turbulent Times. http://teamlucado.com/downloads/YGTTonlineSampler.pdf

July 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom: Gratitude

~ As you know, my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, is all about RESOURCES. In Part 3 – I recommended 16 books that would be great resources for you. Here’s a little bit more about another book (a great resource) written by a writer/pastor. The WISDOM I am sharing today is all about GRATITIDE.

Make it a great day and have a safe and happy 4th of July!

God Bless You!

Nanci

 

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To the credit of Jesus they were healed. … Their spines began to straighten, skin began to clear, and smiles began to return. The mass of misery became a leaping, jumping, celebrating chorus of health.

… What did your wife say? How did the kids respond? How does it feel to be healed? Jesus waited for the ten men to return and say thanks. But only one of them came back.

Even Jesus was astonished. You’d think that neither fire nor hail could have kept them from falling at Jesus’ feet. Where were the other nine? It’s easy to speculate.

Some were too busy to be thankful … Too busy, too cautious, too self-centered, too arrogant … to close to home? If this story is any indication, nine out of ten people suffer from ingratitude. Epidemic proportions. Why?

Author Max Lucado, puts it this way (paraphrased, some word for word):

Flying home from the Midwest one night, a snow storm delayed his arrival in Dallas. He raced to the gate in hopes of catching the final flight of the night for San Antonio. To Mr. Lucado’s surprise, there were still seats available. Even more surprising was the fact that he was put in First Class.

He boarded the plane and nestled down in the wide seat with extra legroom.

Color me thankful. Not every passenger was as appreciative as I was. A fellow across the aisle was angry because he only had only one pillow. With the attendants scrambling to lock doors and prepare for the delayed departure, he was complaining about insufficient service. “I paid extra to fly first class.” He said. I am accustomed to better attention. I want another pillow!”

On the other side of the aisle, yours truly smiled like a guy who had won the lottery without buying a ticket. One passenger grumbled; the other was grateful. The difference? The crank paid his way into first class. My seat was a gift.

On which side of the aisle do you find yourself?

If you feel the world owes you something, brace yourself for a life of sour hours. You’ll never get reimbursed. The sky will never be blue enough; the steak won’t be cooked enough; the universe won’t be good enough to deserve a human being like you … “A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.”

The grateful heart on the other hand, sees each day as a gift. Thankful people focus less on the pillows they lack and more on the privileges they have … the grateful heart is like a magnet sweeping over the day, collecting reasons for gratitude. A zillion diamonds sparkle against the velvet of your sky every night. Thank you, God.

Read the first chapter of Max Lucado’s book, You’ll Get through This: Help and Hope for Your Turbulent Times. http://teamlucado.com/downloads/YGTTonlineSampler.pdf

July 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment


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