Psalm 72: 10:14 (The Message) 11 All kings will fall down and worship, and godless nations sign up to serve him, 12 Because he rescues the poor at the first sign of need, the destitute who have run out of luck. 13 He opens a place in his heart for the down-and-out, he restores the wretched of the earth. 14 He frees [...]
Confront our inability to affect change.--Henry Ford
"I am what I am today because of the choices that I made yesterday."--Eleanor Roosevelt
Good morning all, I wanted to share a picture that I took last month. Above is a picture of a butterfly taken at the Naples Botanical Gardens in Florida last month. (©2016 PaulaBaines.com, used with permission). The butterfly flit and flowed among the beautiful blossoms resting intermittently; giving me just enough time to catch its rest. [...]
There are times in our lives when we wonder, why are we doing this? Is there a deeper purpose to our being? So I got thinking, what is my why? It has been many weeks since I wrote a post to this blog. I have had writer's block. What does the reader want? I can [...]
Several years ago, I participated in a program called Leading Small Groups. Here is an overview of my notes from the program. One time or another, a leader is caught in a quandary. They face a difficult situation, have to deal with a challenging person, or face some kind of resistance. It is easy to forget [...]
Over the years, I have heard several people comment, "Oh, I am not creative...I cannot draw or paint. I am not artistic." Creativity is not just about the arts (visual or performing). Creativity is all around us. Businesses can be creative, Engineers can be creative, inventors can be creative. Creativity is about creating something new. [...]
Larry Julian is the author of God is My CEO. In his book, he offers straight-forward advice and sometimes pithy comments about directing our lives. He included the following, "A ship that turns its direction by one degree will alter its course by a hundred miles." What good is a path if it is taking you [...]
Sometimes when we get bogged down by life, hope is our life jacket.
A blog that I wrote last February, seemed fitting today, “Creating Hope.”
We are challenged by what life throws at us. Sometimes, we get knocked down a few rungs or end up face down into the ground. If it happens often enough, we get discouraged. So from our standpoint, life and our future may not show promise. So how do we create hope?
“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant. …It bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”—1 Corinthians 13:4,7. New Reivsed Standard Version (NRSV)
Recently interviewed by Live Happy magazine, Shane Lopez, author of Hope Matters stated we are suffering from a hope deficit in the U.S He has concluded that people are lacking excitement about their futures based on the responses that they gave in public polls.
“Hope doesn’t promise an instant solution but rather the possibility of an eventual one. Sometimes all we need is a little hope,” wrote…
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We are challenged by what life throws at us. Sometimes, we get knocked down a few rungs or end up face down into the ground. If it happens often enough, we get discouraged. So from our standpoint, life and our future may not show promise. So how do we create hope?“Love is patient; love is [...]