“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
~ Steve Maraboli
Recently someone shared a story of a kind gesture remembered
years later, and I’d like to share it with you:
“The Power of Peppermints and Presence”
by Doug Baker
“Speak Life“ by Toby Mac
“Though it’s crazy, amazing
We can turn a heart with the words we say.
Mountains crumble with every syllable.
Hope can live or die
So speak Life, speak Life.
To the deadest darkest night.
Speak life, speak Life.
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why.
Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope,
You speak love, you speak…
You speak Life…”
✎ Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings
by Lettie B. Cowman
“For years, the beloved classic devotional Streams in the Desert® has sustained and replenished God’s weary desert travelers. Now, bursting forth like a sparkling clear river of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration, this updated edition of Streams in the Desert promises to revive and refresh today’s generation of faithful sojourners, providing daily Scripture passages from the popular New International Version and modern, easy-to-understand language that beautifully captures the timeless essence of the original devotional.” (Amazon Review)
✎ Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t
by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend
“Too many of us have invested ourselves into relationships that left us deeply wounded. We’ve been abandoned or taken advantage of, and left with little to show for what we’ve given. We’ve lost our sense of security and personal value in the process. And what’s worse, we tend to either repeat the same mistakes of judgment over and over . . . Or else lock the doors of our hearts entirely and throw away the key. Why do we choose the wrong people to get involved with? Is it possible to change? And if so, where does one begin? Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend offer solid guidance for making safe choices in relationships, from friendships to romance. They help identify the nurturing people we all need in our lives, as well as ones we need to learn to avoid. Safe People will help you to recognize 20 traits of relationally untrustworthy people. Discover what makes some people relationally safe, and how to avoid unhealthy entanglements. You’ll learn about things within yourself that jeopardize your relational security. And you’ll find out what to do and what not to do to develop a balanced, healthy approach to relationships.” (Amazon Review)
❀ I Got a Rock: Envy and Chronic Illness by Lisa Copen (Founder of Rest Ministries) – Though this devotion talks about illness, it is so relevant to all who have troubles in their lives. The prayer at the end is: “God, It is so easy to look to the lives of those who appear to not be suffering, but only You know the heart and circumstances of those around us. Lord, You love us unconditionally, and would never give us a rock when we ask for bread (Luke 11:10, American Standard Version). When it seems we keep collecting the rocks in a life that is hard, show us how You will bless us for our suffering and endurance as we keep our eyes focused on Your mercy. Amen.”
❀ Rest Ministries, Inc.: Joyfully Serving the Chronically Ill – Daily devotionals, online support groups, community support groups, and more…
“Lisa was diagnosed a few years earlier with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 24 and life had changed dramatically. She searched for some time, but was unable to locate the kind of Christian support that she desired to help her along this unexpected detour of chronic illness.
Surely she couldn’t be the only one who lived with daily chronic pain, and believed in the Lord–and still wasn’t healed, right?
Right! Since 1996 Rest Ministries has reached hundreds of thousands of people–over 80,000 to the web site alone each month. And it continues to grow through the help of our volunteers who keep it going every day. And we are honored to be an affiliate ministry with Joni and Friends International Disability Ministry, the ministry of Joni Eareckson Tada.”
❀ Why Do Bad Things Happen? – A short but powerful video about challenges bringing us closer to God: “When we come to Christ in our pain, we find that He truly does understand us. It was not easy for Him either. When we come to the Savior, we find that He truly does walk with us. He gives us increased capacity to carry heavy loads and most importantly, He molds and shapes our character, so that we become more like Him.”
“We know that God is everywhere;
but certainly we feel His presence most
when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us;
and it is in the unclouded night-sky,
where His worlds wheel their silent course,
that we read clearest
His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.”
~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“The earth has music for those who listen.”
~ George Santayana
➺ Tailins Photography Blog – The majority of photos here are of nature, especially a variety of birds.
➺ Animal Photography – Discovery News’ Must-See Animal Shots Among Photography Finalists
➺ 28 Exotic Birds – 28 Dazzling Exotic Birds You Have Probably Never Heard Of
❤︎ “I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope.” ~ Charles Swindoll
❤︎ “Before you knew you needed adopting, He’d already filed the papers and selected the wallpaper for your room.” Max Lucado
❤︎ “We can trust that our Painter is exposing us, lifting us onto His brush, placing us in the intense pressure between the bristles and the canvas for something more beautiful that we can imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21).” – Becky Elie