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Published 8-13-10


Linda Picone, Book of Psalms, Eileen Elias Freeman,
Sarah Ban Breathnach, Billy Wilder


Dear Readers,

The comment rocked me back on my heels. I was talking to my friend, Rich.
I'd just put myself down. It's a bad tendency of mine. Now, though, Rich had
thrown a curve ball that brushed me back from the plate."You know,"
he'd remarked, "one of the ways the devil messes with you is by
keeping you uncomfortable with yourself."

Whoa. Of course. If we don't like ourselves, don't remember that we are
spiritual creatures who are adored by our Creator, we are rendered fallen
humans again and again. We stand accused and condemned by ourselves.

Humility, good. Self-deprecation, bad. I guess if we're good enough for God,
we should probably not put ourselves down. God does have good taste,
after all. So who do we want to agree with, God or a fallen angel?

- Lisa

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Do we think too much of ourselves--or too little?
We may have tendencies towards one end of the
spectrum or the other. Or we may go back and forth
between the two extremes, convinced of our import-
tance one day and our insignificance the next.

We all have a place in the world that
is significant; we all matter...

From "The Daily Book of Positive Quotations,"
by Linda Picone
Fairview Press, 2008


I praise you because I am fearfully
and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:14-16
The Holy Bible
New International Version


God's care for us is measured
in immensities, not minimums.

Excerpted from "The Angels' Little Instruction Book,"
by Eileen Elias Freeman
Warner Books,1994


Authentic success is feeling good about who you are,
appreciating where you've been, celebrating your achievements,
and honoring the distance you've already come.

...Authentic success is living each day with a heart overflowing.

Excerpted from "Simple Abundance,"
by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Warner Books, 1995

The Last Word:

You're as good as the best thing you've ever done.

Billy Wilder (1906-2002)
Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)
American aviator, author, wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh


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