Wednesday, August 31, 2005

This Love of which I speak is slow to lose patience -

it looks for a way of being constructive.
It is not possessive:
it is neither anxious to impress
nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.
Love has good manners
and does not pursue selfish advantage.
It is not touchy.
It does not keep account of evil
or gloat over wickedness of other people.
On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth
Love knows no limits to its endurance,
no end to its trust,
no fading of its hope;
it can outlast anything.
It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has
fallen . . .
In this life we have three great lasting qualities -
faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of them is love.

(I Cor. 13:4-8, 13, J.B. Phillips translation)

Do Not Fear

for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you.

-Isaiah 41:10,11,13
New International Version

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Friday, August 26, 2005


"Excellence is an art won by training and habitation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit."
- Aristotle

Friday, August 19, 2005

Good Thinking

"I thatched my roof when the sun was shining, and now I am not afraid of the storm."
- George F. Stivers

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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Keep It Tuned

I am working on an article that's been swimming about in my noodle for a long while. There are scholars who have come to believe the stories we tell about Saint Nicholas are unfounded. If they happened at all, they say, it happened through a collection of men named Nicholas. The thing is, he has inspired so much, I don't think it matters what is "real" or not about the story. I think contemplating the story all these years has brought about many marvelous qualities in mankind. I'm still working on the idea -

I've just started reading "Al Capone Does My Shirts." It is highly acclaimed. I hope I enjoy it. Have you read it already? What did you think? Will I want to share this with my friends? I certainly do miss working in the book store. Who would have ever guess that was such a good fit for me?

The last snippet I want to share is from a class that ended a week ago. We learned handy things about stress. The truth is, if I'd had better skills in that arena, I would still be at the book store. Better yet, If I'd handled stress well, I'd be on a major label now - Oh well, I am so happy with my life the way it's turned out, it no longer matters what or how I did before. Anyway, one of the many things we considered is how stress is natural. Since I played guitar for so many years, I obviously remember that every string needed to be precisely stretched for the instrument to be in tune. Remember Mz E saying to "keep in tuned?" Golly, I like what I've learned from and about Mz. E. I know the path I'm on now will bless a lot of people, especially me . . . .

Keep It Tuned

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Summer Class - Emmet Fox

Here's the textbook for the class we are now taking. Our teacher knew how special this opportunity was as soon as the book was announced and purchased as many as he could afford. If you are in the area, you may want to join the discussion. It's only for this month (August, '05) so, you need to decide soon, but we'd be happy to have you. The first class we heard an overview of Mr. Fox's life story. A few of my classmates had questions. I find it interesting when classmates share. Their view is often one I had not yet considered. Sometimes it ends up in us all taking a different "thought path" for a bit. I see why a class is referred to as "mental exercise."

I want to share that this new release is the first publication of the notes Emmet Fox used to teach his classes.

More on this topic later.


Saturday, August 06, 2005

Courtly Love

In class last night we practiced "Courting Love."
If we build a relationship with God, God will respond.
To me it's like I was taught when I was a child.
"Seek Ye First the Kingdom and All Else Will Be Added Unto You."
I like to think of God as "My Father."
So, it's easy for me to know that, when I show love, affection, gratitude
or just seek time, companionship with "My Father,"
God rejoices and showers me with His Love -
which is more than I can think or imagine.


Last night in class I learned some interesting things.
One is the rule of "Innocence." It is suggested, and now I fully believe, that we have never made a mistake. We were only experimenting with Life, like scientists finding, for ourselves, what does and does not work. I was reminded of infants. Have you ever observed a baby notice (discover) their hand? They find it, and taste it, stretch it out and close it into a fist. They lose it, forget it's there and find it all over again. It is not s mistake, or error, or sin - they are learning about their hand and uses for it.

I have learned it is the same with us. We discover concepts and try it out until we find best usage. We behave or believe the way we do until we learn a better way.

In "world" law we are often taught "ignorance is no excuse."
In Spirit we are allowed to claim "Innocence." This way we can easily grow without having to take the longer process of "Forgiveness."

We are welcome to take that path, if necessary - find a "mistake," claim it, confess it, be forgiven - or claim "Innocence" (like a child) and continue to grow.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

"I Keep the Promise"

I Keep the Promise

I shall keep the promise that I have made to myself.
I shall never again tell myself that I am poor, sick, weak nor unhappy.
I shall not lie to myself any more, but shall daily speak the truth to
my inner Soul, telling it that it is wonderful and marvelous: that it is
One with the Great Cause of all Life, Truth, Power and Action.
I shall whisper these things into my Soul until it breaks forth into
songs of joy with the realization of its Limitless possibilities.

I shall assure my Soul.
-Ernest Holmes

Monday, August 01, 2005

Trying the New Photo Posting

Too entirely fun. I just learned there is a new way to post pictures.
I've put this one up before.
This lovely girl is Ms. Osa Magillicutty Happy Pants.
She came to keep me company
so i wouldn't have a broken heart when I gave Budmire back to God.
I didn't want to feel alone.
The vet said Osa needed a miracle and, since i believe in them (miracles)
Osa and I might be good companions.
She's sweet. I hope she's okay with the idea of me for a mom.
We've been companions for over two years now.
Well, this new photo posting is great. I hope to use it often.


Royal told me a story about a cowgirl. When I was little, I was a pretend cowgirl, so i listened with my heart. He told me when I was little, other people told me how they believed and I repeated that information to my horse (sub-conscious mind.) It turns out, after a while I learned that the first information was not right for me to follow. So, I began to retrain my horse. My horse is a marvelous animal and it does exactly as asked. It had no trouble learning the new commands. The problem is, when I get "lost" or "confused" my horse can't understand what I want. So, it automatically goes back to the first rules until I can clearly communicate my deep desire to follow the path I have chosen. If I stay confused, i could get hurt because the horse is so big and powerful, and I am in my own way when I get scared. As soon as I remember I am a champion trainer, my horse rapidly obeys and our life together is brilliant.

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