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    Today's theme: FACING LIFE'S CURVE BALLS

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    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Atisha on what's important
    --Charles Spurgeon confronts us all

    And the Last Word:
    C. S. Lewis asks, Which one will you be?



        
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    The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.
    All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.
    Commit they works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
    The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
    A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

    --Proverbs 16:1-4, 9
     King James Version
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    We tend to think of our lives as linear, which is why
    it appears that circumstances keep throwing us curve
    balls. It is more productive to look at one's life as a
    circle that plays out in many ways each day: in striving
    and surrender; release and security; challenge and
    serenity. A dear friend once shared with me the two
    simplest prayers in the world. The morning prayer is
    'Whatever, Lord,' and the evening prayer is 'Enough,
    Lord.' What perfect equilibrium.

    --Lisa Bowman.
                   
                   Serenity Prayer

    God grant me the serenity to accept
    things I cannot change; courage to
    change the things I can; and wisdom
    to know the difference.
    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway
    to peace;
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
    not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    That I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    Forever in the next.
    Amen.
Photo: Stephen Bowman
--The Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr
(1892-1971)
A Protestant theologian born in Missouri, Niebuhr
focused on the human condition and was socially
and politically active his whole life.
Patience and Perseverance have a magical effect before
which difficulties and obstacles vanish.

--John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)
Sixth President of the United States
Photo by Stephen Bowman

    The greatest achievement is selflessness.
    The greatest worth is self-mastery.
    The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
    The greatest precept is continual awareness.
    The greatest medicine is the emptiness of
    everything.
    The greatest action is not conforming with
    the world's ways.
    The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
    The greatest generosity in non-attachment.
    The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
    The greatest patience is humility.
    The great effort is not concerned with results.
    The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
    The greatest wisdom is seeing though
    appearances.

    --Atisha  (982-1054)
      Born into a region now part of Bangladesh,
      Atisha reintroduced pure Buddhism into Tibet.
Photo by Stephen Bowman
If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem to be
against us, we do not believe Him at all.

--Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
An enormously popular pastor and writer in England, Spurgeon often preached
to crowds of more than 10,000 people.
And now, the Last Word:

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be
done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."

--C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
An author and scholar, Lewis wrote 'The Chronicles of Narnia.'
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