Pausing to Praise on Monday (Crossing The Jordan with Joshua)

O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.
Isaiah 25:1
Welcome to Monday and my Randoms.
I am feeling quiet before God this week, pondering His ways. In my Sunday School class we are about to enter the Promised Land with the Israelites and not a moment to soon. I think the children and I are tired of wandering in the desert with these complainers! We will be saying goodbye to Moses and following Joshua in the coming weeks. I am going to miss Moses as I appreciated new lessons from this great servant revealed in scripture this round. I have been considering how easy it is  to see sin in others and how difficult it is for us to see clearly our own. I am struggling a bit with a post I am writing on the topic of Pride which in itself is ironic. The struggling that is…since God has dealt often with this sin in me, you’d think writing about it would be easy. But I am not clear completely on the direction He wants me to go with it, and there are many…so I wait to hear clearly and also for the specific words He desires me to write. Today we celebrate another great leader…one who was not a stranger to Grace and Truth. I usually share some of his excellent quotes. So without further adieu.
Here they are:

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. 

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. 
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. 
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” 
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope
(Check out Brainy Quote for more great quotes!)

My Sweet Girl recited this great man’s I Have A Dream Speech for 5th grade speech meet. All of it. I brag about that moment every year since. She is pretty amazing, actually. Sometimes I like to remind her that I gave birth to her, especially when she reminds me of my complete and utter lack of “cool”. But that’s another story.

For some reason Aurora decided she liked this…ahem, slightly too small basket. to chill in. Can you say, ridiculous? 
Is this a “sheepish” look?

You don’t see the laundry basket on the table, right?
Or the butter dish in close proximity to feline.
Finally got a chance to READ this great Writing Guide Guide. Hoping to put it into practice and do the exercises. Do you have a book just dying to pop out of you? Something you want to share but can’t quite figure how to get it out of you and on paper? Well, this guide by Lisa Tener is a great tool.
Grateful to Lisa and her advice which I am somewhat putting into practice with my Blog Schedule. So fortunate to have such a great Book Coach available in RI!
I also am putting into action some great advice from a conversation with Dan King – if you don’t know Dan you need to check him out at! I really was blessed by a half hour of talking with him which confirmed a writing direction that I was considering. Along the same lines I got to get together with my the Writer’s Group called Write Angles which is held at my favorite local library:  Loutitt Library by the wonderful Miss Peggy (that’s what I like to call her). I suppose you can just call her Peggy. If you are local and write, join us!

Well, because I know you like to peek in my Morning Quiet Time Bag (OK, maybe I really just like to peek in other people’s bags and am projecting that on you…but anyhooo) here is what I have been spending mornings in January enjoying. I love the Bible Reading Plan from Rose Publishing  (You have to sign up for e-mail to get it) and have been enjoying how that really goes well with the book I am reading right now (not pictured) “Lifted By Angels” as well as the Sunday School Curriculum I am teaching. I am loving the online Bible Study I am participating with Laura Rath called Finally Free. Two journals are pictured -one is my 1000 Gifts and counting and the other is the ongoing journal life of Mu-ah. Isn’t it pretty? Please note I do not rigidly follow any plan for my quiet time. There are times I write, pray, meditate, just talk, just listen, just read, write my prayers out, cry, sit quietly with bag contents still in bag, or any combination of these, time allowing. I just meet with Him and seek His presence. Don’t want you to get the idea I use all of these every morning religiously. I am not religious. Tee- hee…

351. Answered prayers- this gift never gets old…
352. Angels that do His bidding and serve we who walk the earth in many unknown ways
353. Blankets piled high on my bed and me! Cozy. Love.
354. The return of optimism
355. Realization that our journey is our own
356. Faith in quiet places
357. continuous prayer
358. Immediate prayer
359. Silent prayer
360. His love for me
361. His love for you
362. His love for our children
363. His love for my girl
365. His faithfulness
366. No kidding: Flea Medicine that worked and the concoction Diatomaceous Earth
367. writer’s group and our time together this weekend
368. possibility in unknown places
369. the element of surprise and anticipating good
370. love, because it is all that matters.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Have a wonderful week!

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