Quote of the Day-From Scripture

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 [...]

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Make Room for Gratefulness

 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. [...]

Leading Past Difficulty

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 [...]

Creativity is all around us

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. [...]

Creating Hope

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.”

A Creative Voice Beckons

 

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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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 [...]