Sunshine for the Soul Blog

Hope, healing, and happiness are three words I’ve longed for my entire life, and when they entered my world, it felt as if my soul was basking in the SUN, which is the reason for this blog post.
For awhile I’ve been struggling with a title for my blog. It’s morphed from “Sharing Hope,” to “Hope in the Night,” . . . and now, after much prayer and soul searching, it will be
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The Unity Challenge [12 Encouraging Quotes]

Brothers Dwelling in Unity

“Oh how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” —Psalm 133:1

UNITY is a lovely word . . . but it only remains a concept in the clouds unless it’s lived out thoughtfully and purposefully in our daily lives. Great men and women throughout history (flawed as they may be, and as we all are) have known that, and challenge us to live in unity.  Let’s rise to the challenge. By God’s grace, I know it’s possible. Here are 12 quotes on unity to encourage us.
12 Encouraging Quotes on Unity . . .
1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
2.”When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, ‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” ~ Donald Trump
3.”The American story has never been about things coming easy. It has been about rising to the moment when the moment is hard. About rejecting panicked division for purposeful unity. About seeing a mountaintop from the deepest valley. That is why we remember that some of the most famous words ever spoken by an American came from a president who took office in a time of turmoil: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ~Barak Obama
4.”Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
5. “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” ~Coretta Scott King
6. “The human person is a unique composite – a unity of spirit and matter, soul and body, fashioned in the image of God and destined to live forever. Every human life is sacred, because every human person is sacred.” ~ Pope John Paul II
7. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa

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Hate Has No Home in My Heart, Except the 7 Things God Hates

Hate has no home in my heart

“Hate has no home in my heart. There’s only room for light and love.”~ Leila Grandemange

The recent horrific acts of violence and racism in Charlottesville Virginia reminded me how much I hate the word HATE!
Yesterday I told my friend,  “Hate has no home in my heart. There’s only room for light and love.” My friend responded, “True, but there are some things we can hate. We can hate the things God hates  (acts of evil), and we must love the things God loves (acts of kindness, generosity, good . . .).” So I looked in the Bible to read more specifically what God hates.
Here are 7 things God hates, taken from Proverbs 6:16-19 The Message Translation

Seven Things God Hates

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GOD IS ABLE [Encouraging Thoughts]


God is Able!

God is able to mend the broken places in your life.

Dear friend, when you’re feeling broken, please don’t despair. God is able to mend the broken places and will make all things beautiful in His time. Trust Him. Wait on Him. He is working for your good. He loves His children, and would do nothing less!
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” —Psalm 34:18
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” —Romans 8:28 NLT
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Do You Need Direction? [3 Steps to Help You Find Your Way based on Proverbs 3]

Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” —Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
Are you on the verge of making an important decision?
Do you need direction?
Here are three steps from God’s Word [Proverbs 3:5-6] to help you find your way:

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