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Jealousy
August 21, 2014, 12:01 pm
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It’s the second sin to appear in the Bible. Second after pride, it’s deadly, even if it’s not counted among the “7 deadly sins.” Carried away by jealousy, Cain killed his brother, Abel.

It kills friendships.

Jealousy is being upset over what others have that I don’t. If I can’t have, then neither should you, is the thought that carries the jealous to extremes. In Guatemala, I have see neighbors burn the cars of their neighbors for jealousy. In the U.S., we defame a person over internet.

Jealousy

  • prevents me from enjoying what I have.
  • makes me obsess with what others have.
  • constantly makes comparisons.
  • leads to insults.
  • breaks up relationship.
  • makes me feel lousy.
  • creates war.

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start doing what you love…
August 15, 2014, 2:50 am
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“An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You stop merely looking forward to special events. You begin to live in each moment and you start feeling like a human being. You just ride the wave that is life, with this feeling of contentment and joy. You move fluidly, steadily, calm and grateful. A veil is lifted, and a whole new perspective is born.” – via dailylovedose

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Heart, you’ve let me down
August 7, 2014, 9:28 pm
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HeartHeart, you’ve led me astray, following your desires, chasing love where it cannot be found. So I’m giving up on you. I’m going to follow One who is faithful and who forgives. I’m tired of the disillusions you lead me to. It’s time to settle down for an illusion, a hope, that won’t disappoint.

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Hope is an anchor.
March 12, 2014, 8:15 pm
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With so many distractions, interruptions and things fighting for our attention… Focus can seem fleeting. Balance feels elusive. Hope seems unreal…

But the truth is that God’s word is a rock to stand on.

I love this strong word describing God’s love –

Rock.

And others…

Anchor.

Refuge.

Strong tower.

Cornerstone.

That’s what the hope of a personal relationship with Jesus brings. Solid security of a life-long relationship.

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Art created at Westerly Town Beach, Westerly, Rhode Island. Sunshine yesterday – rain, ice and snow today. Even the weather displays confusion.

Life is not without storms, without fear and without failure, but The Lord is holding His people steady. The promises speak to this.

I’m grateful for this undeserved gift of grace.

Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for our souls, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary, behind the curtain where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever.



Comparisons are the worst: Part 2 on self-esteem
March 12, 2014, 1:46 am
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Discov ering self esteem Unperceived by parents, teachers, friends, aptitude tests, my giftings were perfect for what God designed me for. I’m posing with kids in the Guatemala Christian school, Liceo Bilingue La Puerta.

My gifting was not appreciated by anyone in high school. I wasn’t that smart, wasn’t athletic, wasn’t socially adept. What was I? I was overly sensitive. In high school being overly sensitive is not a good thing because you’re no good at the interchange of crass teasing that especially goes on among boys.

I actually thought I lacked a special trait.

Then I discovered my call: to pastor, to be a missionary. And being very sensitive (to God and to others) was a premium. But when I was a kid and took aptitude tests designed to surface giftings, nothing registered.

colegio GuatemalaComparisons are the worst because God made you absolutely unique. This uniqueness is reflected in your fingerprints, in your DNA…

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To begin again.

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Hanging head

unfold my heart

reveal light to broken twisted parts

reach for the sinners lost in strife

pull them into more new life

refresh, renew, hearts turned to You

Faith leads away from confusion

Your love is real –

All else is illusion.

a war for souls

in the hearts of men

Jesus, help your people to begin again.

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pleasure is a simple shift…

a cup of tea

a deep breath

a thankful prayer of gratitude

a snoring kitty

a knowing of hope

making room for more love

and only love.

accepting what is

what has been

and what is yet to come.

“Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.” Proverbs 14:22

 



Simple black bean hummus.

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This is not one of those step by step recipe blogs with beautiful pictures.

Yesterday, I was frustrated with a painting project and decided to distract myself with a delicious black bean hummus.

So simple. So quick. So delicious.

Black Bean Hummus

What you need:

a food processor

16 oz. can of black beans (drained – you can add liquid to reach a desired consistency.)

1 clove of garlic (I added three! I love garlic.)

tahini paste (sesame seeds and olive oil to make your own!)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon cumin

1/4 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1/2 tablespoon salt

To make the tahini paste, pour a layer of sesame seeds on a cookie sheet and toast in oven for about ten minutes at 350 degrees. Allow them to cool and then whip them into a paste in the food processor with olive oil (1 cup sesame seeds to 1/4 cup olive oil.)

I had trouble making the paste, for some reason the food processor would not purée the seeds, so I mixed about two tablespoons of sesame seeds and olive oil with all other ingredients and everything combined smoothly to make a yummy hummus!

Recipe courtesy of http://www.daniel-fast.com

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http://www.daniel-fast.com/myrecipes/

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. Titus 2:11-12




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