Assisi column and steps  

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Iyanla Vanzant, Prayers, Mark Victor Hansen


Dear Readers,

I read for a bit on the balcony this afternoon. I grew very still when a shiny
hummingbird flew into my space to sip sugar water from the glass feeder.
His wings but a blur, he expertly drank from the red glass flower without
ever bumping the feeder. It was an artistic feat, a thing of beauty to witness.
Me, I bump into things every single day (however, my wings never move)!

The process of change is more akin to me than to the hummingbird: change
one thing in your life or about yourself and everything next to it is bumped a
bit (however, God never moves)! Change is a good thing if it results from a
heart moved by the Lord's good direction. Surrender your will to God and
and then you can move prayerfully, confident that any ripples caused
by the change will also work together for Divine Goodness.

- Lisa

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The old spiritual reminds us, "Nobody told me that the road
would be easy..." and it's not! It's not easy to shift out of what
we do and how we do it. It is not easy to shift our views in order
to see new things in place of the old. It is often confusing and
frightening to make a shift away from the familiar in order to grow.
No matter how difficult, challenging, or hard it may seem, shifts
are necessary when the time comes to free ourselves from
the confinement of mental, emotional, or physical boxes.

...Sometimes, in fear of the effects our changes will create, we
delay making a much-needed shift in our minds and behaviors...

...There is a good thing about life and human nature that we often
forget: life and the humans in it move like machinery. When you
change gears, everything connected changes too! That is not
necessarily a bad thing.

Excerpted from "Faith in the Valley,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon & Schuster, 1998


You have sent your Word forth into my heart.
I let it dwell in me richly in all wisdom.
I meditate in it day and night so that I may
diligently act on it...The Word is a lamp to
my feet and a light to my path. It makes my
way plain before me. I do not stumble, for
my steps are ordered in the Word.

I delight myself in You and Your Word.
Because of that, You put Your desires
within my heart...

I make the Word final authority to settle all
questions that confront me. I choose to agree
with the Word of God...I boldly and confidently
say that my heart is fixed and established on
the solid foundation -- the living Word of God!

Excerpted from "Prayers That Avail Much,"
Harrison House, 1980

The Last Word:

Don't wait until everything is just right.
It will never be perfect. There will always be
be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect
conditions. So what. Get started now. With each
step you take, you will grow stronger and stron-
ger, more and more skilled, more and more self-
confident, and more and more successful.

Mark Victor Hansen (1948 -   )
American inspirational speaker and author
































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

My kids have given me a glimpse of how God must feel.
God looks at us, like, “Oh, good grief…you’re driving me crazy, but I still love you."

Jeff Foxworthy (1958 -    )
American comedian and actor


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