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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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

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

  1. Hi, Dawn. Haven't stopped by in awhile and just wanted to say 'hi' and let you know that every time I do stop by I am blessed. Your post covers so many perspectives. Pride. Oh, my! Sometimes I don't like to admit I would ever struggle with this, but I know I do. MLK. So many wise words! Just a touch of humor with your cat! They can be so unpredictable! Books and blessings…both a joy to read about. Thanks for sharing!In His Lo♥e, Ann @ Christ in the Clouds


  2. What laundry basket? 😉 Not too long ago, I was taking a picture for one of my blogs and after I cleared a space on the table, I had to change the angle to try to get extra stuff out of the picture. Then I realized the recycling was in view. I did finally get a decent pic though!


  3. Guess what! We all do laundry and have stuff in the way of our perfect pictures of life. So what? It's nice to know we are all human. We all have to breathe, and do various other sundry things to get through the day that are unmentionable. So glad we can come together here and learn from one another and go to the Father together as well. Love ya, girlfriend.


  4. So glad you're working with Quick Start- let me know what you get from it–I wouldn't be surprised if you have some new insights about your book! Thanks so much for the mention (and honored to be in the same post as that photogenic Aurora


  5. I so appreciate your final thoughts. I love that you wait to hear from God about how to proceed in your quiet time. Too often, when I keep a strict practice, it becomes more about the practice than Him. Thank you for this.


  6. Hi, my name is Erin and I blog over and I linked up for Ann Voskamp's Multitude's on Mondays and I thought I would read a few of these posts from others. I like how you are so honest in your first paragraph when you admit how easy and quick you are to recognize sin in others instead of focusing more on your own sin. This is something, I too need to work on. It's not that I want to see the bad in others, it's just that sometimes when I am reading scripture, I don't always apply them to my life. I think of others who the scripture might apply to or could benefit from by reading. I pray that God will help me this year to see more of what I need to work on instead of focusing on what I think others need to work on. Thanks for your honesty! Love your cat too!


  7. Dawn- I love this post! I love randomness! And I love your honesty…I am posting my “reading” list today and I thought the same thing, I hope people don't get the wrong idea, I will never get to all these books, but I do enjoy having them nearby…your honest view into your quiet time released me to give myself permission to linger or meander with God wherever and however the day unfolds…I have plenty of ways to connect with Him…journal, prayer, devotions, Bible studies, etc but the real way He and I connect is in the quiet of my heart where his Presence pushes everything else aside! Release! Awesome!


  8. Oh My! So much awesomeness in this post!My eyes aren't sure where to turn…The Scriptures… The books… The books…OK, in the end, Aurora stole the show!She looks SO adorable in that basket (and you know exactly who she reminds me of!)It appears a Legend and Aurora pairing it is!Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!Create With Joy


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