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Sep 30

Worry Weighs A Lot

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” 1

1 – Proverbs 12:25, NLT

Aug 3

Watch Your Words Diligently

Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 in Relational

JesusCallingA few years ago my wife introduced me to Sarah Young’s writing. In 2004 Thomas Nelson published Jesus Calling.

Jesus Calling is a book of daily inspiration written from the perspective of Jesus Christ speaking to the reader. My wife likes it so much she has given away several copies.

Eventually her enthusiasm led me to download a copy.

I’m not a daily Jesus Calling reader, but I’m almost never disappointed when I take the time to read Sarah’s writing. Today in particular her words challenged me and my sense of humor.

Watch Your Words Diligently

Apr 25

War At Home by Josh Groban

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

bethesda440_1314305642Josh Groban wrote the song War At Home after one of his visits to the Bethesda Military Hospital. Josh, like many celebrities, visits people hospitalized to offer compassion and encouragement. Josh feels grateful for the sacrifices that our military forces make on behalf of our country. He visits people in the hospital to encourage them.

Josh Groban explains the song’s origin in this version of War At Home.

A fallen brother,
He’s a
A fallen husband,
He’s about to be woken in his hospital bed
Doesn’t want to rest
Just wants to run
And he’s tired of being told that he’s the lucky one

Oct 2

Am I Worthwhile?

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values

We face attacks every day.
Our sense of self is battered and bludgeoned by life’s challenges.

What helps us feel worthwhile? 
What drags us down?
Sometimes it’s so subtle.

Steven Covey tells the following story to explain the importance of thoughtfulness. Small acts of kindness and courtesy are important; and, rudeness, unkindnesses, and little forms of disrespect can tear us down.

“I remember an evening I spent with two of my sons some years ago. It was an organized father-and-son outing, complete with gymnastics, wrestling matches, hot dogs, orangeade, and a movie — the works.

Aug 25

Watch The Way You Talk

Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Watch the way you talk — don’t use foul or abusive language, stop all your dirty talk, do not say harmful things, do not let any unwholesome talk come out, nothing foul or dirty — say the right thing at the right time — each word a gift, good and helpful — and help others by what you say.

Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them; say what people need — words that will help others become stronger — words for building others become stronger so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them, that it may benefit those who listen. 1