Desert Day 45: The Opposite of Goodness …

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate before the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours alone, but also for the sins of the whole world. 

By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments. If anyone says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him: Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked. Continue reading “Desert Day 45: The Opposite of Goodness …”

Truly, Entirely, Wildly, Messily, Marvellous Who We Were Born To Be …

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
— Victor Hugo (as quoted in Feathers of Hope)
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There Is A Calmness To A Life Lived In Gratitude …

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice.
—  Meister Eckhart

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
— Epictetus

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.
— Charles Dickens

Gratitude is the highest form of acceptance. Like patience, it is one of the catalytic agents, one of the alchemist’s secrets, for turning dross to gold, hell to heaven, death to life. Where there is gratitude we get the teaching. Where there is resistance we discover only that it keeps us painfully ignorant.
—  Stephen Levine

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
— Ralph H. Blum

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
— Richard Bach

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
— Kahlil Gibran

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude & Nature:
Watch “TEDxSF – Louie Schwartzberg – Gratitude