“Humility of heart is the capacity just to be for the sake of God…One way of entering into this fundamental Christian attitude is to learn once again what it means just to be – to allow ourselves to rest before God with the being he gave us, with no other intention, effort, or purpose, except to surrender that being back to him. This is the orientation of contemplative prayer and the ultimate purpose of every genuine spiritual exercise.” ~ Thomas Keating, Heart of the World
“There are four ways you can handle fear. You can go over it, under it, or around it. But if you are ever to put fear behind you, you must walk straight through it. Once you put fear behind you. Leave it there.” ~Donna Favors
“Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.” ~Orison Swett Marden
“When we are not concerned about what others think of us or what we will get for what we do, the right words and actions will emerge from the center of our beings because the Spirit of God, who makes us children of God and sets us free, will speak and act through us.” — Henri Nouwen
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” — Psalm 56:3 The Bible
“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” –George Muller, Christian evangelist
“The more creativity you experience, the more your quality of life will improve. Eventually your creative attitude will provide more interesting options, not only for dealing with problems but also with ordinary tasks.”— Roberta Jean Bryant from Stop Improving Yourself and Start Living
“You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.” — Maya Angelou
In today’s economic conditions most people are looking for ways to save money or make the money they have stretch farther. Knowing your value system and what is most important to you and your family is the first step. Get the entire family involved in this or you may find yourself facing a rebellion later. A family meeting is a good idea.
Actually make a list from most important to least. You may need to cut down on spending for items at the bottom of your list to help pay for the things that are most important. At the top of our list is health. This includes nutritional supplements as well as buying and preparing fresh, nutritious food. To do this we cut down on spending in areas less important to us such as clothing and electronics.
What is at the top of your priority list? What are some of the things you spend less on or do without?
“Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.” ~Gerard K. O’Neill, 2081