Max Lucado Quote

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When I am criticized, injured, or afraid, there is a Father who is ready to comfort me.”

From 1 Chronicles 12:18:  Then the spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said, ‘We are yours, O David; and with you, O son of Jesse!  Peace, peace to you, and peace to the one who helps you!  For your God is the one who helps you.'”

Haiku Series #50 (Maryland)

Delicious

In Trappe, Maryland

Sitting at the Coffee Trappe—

Great food and coffee

 

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A former bank building is home now for the Coffee Trappe.

 

 

Yummy

Maryland Blue Crab

Harvesting crab pots daily—

Delicious cuisine

 

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Checking crab pots on the Choptank River near Cambridge.

 

 

Water’s Home

Crossing the Bay Bridge

Eastern Shore welcomes us home–

Picture perfect scenes

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Sites such as this abound all around the Eastern Shore.

 

Charlotte Bronte Quote

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Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.

From Ephesians 4:31-32:  “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

Sharpen My Focus

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With another year starting up, I have been contemplating and praying about how to manage my life in better alignment with God’s Word.  While a new decade is upon us, I am more concerned about the year ahead.  Better yet, I need to build my faith day-by-day.

Last year, I kept three key words close to my heart:

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Health

While I have been successful in managing my pre-diabetic condition, and my family has been a true blessing in so many ways, I still feel there is room for growth in my faith.

In reading Scripture, Jesus is always connected to us.  At the same time, there is a need to reshape my daily habits by reading God’s Word with a deeper understanding and to be more consistent in prayer.

From John 15:1-2:  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.  He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit.  Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.”

  • God prunes and shapes. 
  • Bear more fruit by sharpening my faith.

From John 15:11:  “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”

  • Christ’s joy resides in me. 
  • He keeps my cup overflowing with joy. 
  • I will abide in the Father and the Son.

My mother (she will turn 82 this month) reminds me to make each day precious.

With faith at the forefront of my agenda for 2020, I will use a phrase to better emphasize keeping my faith on track and growing.

  • “Sharpen My Focus”

With God’s guidance, this Grace-driven foundation will consistently build up my spiritual energy.

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Brian Tracy Quotes

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Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.  Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?”

All successful men and women are big dreamers.  They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.

 

Monday Memories: Walking the Trail

 

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Walking along an unknown, isolated trail

Hoping that this journey goes without fail

 

Watching skyward for some warm fun

Hiding behind clouds, escapes the sun

 

Hurrying along the narrow path against the windy cold

Seeking to not find too much adventure—yet be bold!

 

Traveling quickly, the brisk pace advances along

Thinking this morning hike, nothing can go wrong

 

Turning a corner, approaching a different place

Seeing a fork coming up and slowing the pace

 

Searching the mysterious routes of twin solitary trails

Feeling confidence slipping, suspense tips the scales

 

Deciding to journey down the unfamiliar path on the right

Adjusting the trip’s rhythm, accepting challenges in sight

 

Moving along another route, sometimes part of life

Aligning conflicting thoughts, without further strife

 

Finishing this satisfying walk, never feeling ready to fail

Realizing life’s unique treks, resemble being on this trail

 

Henri Nouwen Quote

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A spiritual discipline is necessary in order to move slowly form an absurd to an obedient life, from a life filled with noisy worries to a life in which there is some inner space where we can listen to our God and follow His guidance.

From Psalm 37:23-24:  “Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when He delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.