Look to Jesus [Quote of the day]

Corrie ten Boom quote

“Look around and be distressed, look within and be depressed,  look to Jesus and be at rest.” ~ Corrie ten Boom

United in thought and prayer for the families of the victims in the Las Vegas shooting.

To the brave men and women who intervened to help those in need—thank you! Because of people like you, we are once again reminded that we live in a great nation filled with amazing, courageous, faith-filled people. God bless you as you help, and continue to help those in need.

Excerpt from an article by Dan Stefano describing the acts of heroism in the immediate aftermath (interview with NBC):

“It was everywhere. Thank God it was a country concert. You saw a lot of ex-military jumping into gear. I saw guys plugging bullet holes with their fingers. I saw police officers, while everyone else was crouching, police officers standing up as targets, just trying to direct people to tell them where to go. The amount of bravery I saw, words can’t describe what it was like.”

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International Day of Peace [Quote of the Day]

 Peace begins with a smile

“Peace begins with a smile.” ~ Mother Teresa

May peace fill your hearts and home, today, and always! Happy International Peace Day!
The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

What can you do today to celebrate Peace Day? Offering a smile is a great place to begin 🙂

Here are some of my favorite verses on peace to leave you with . . .

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Be Joyful in Hope, Patient in Affliction, Faithful in Prayer

Be joyful in hope

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. ~ Romans 12:12

 Prayers continue for all those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Recommended: “Never Lose Hope”, a prayer written at the time of Hurricane Harvey.
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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 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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