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Today: Do You Feel Unappreciated?
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Bonus Quote: They are never alone that are
accompanied with noble thoughts.

Philip Sydney (1554-1586)

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 On today's site:
  • Our guaranteed inheritance (Ephesians 1)
  • God's blessings are in place (T.D. Jakes)
  • Not needing acknowledgement (Iyanla Vanzant)
  • The Father sees us do good (Matthew 6)
  • Native American wisdom
And The Last Word: The Prophet Isaiah
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Photo by Chuck Bowman
Photo by Chuck Bowman
Photo by Stephen Bowman
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in
Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us
in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless
before him. He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ,
according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he
freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,
and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the
guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of
his glory.

Ephesians 1: 3-6, 13-14
Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
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The unspoken agreement in all of our intimate relation-
ships is to take care of (that is, love, support and honor)
one another. Every living being is accountable and
responsible to their Creator to treat others in the way
they would want to be treated, under all circumstances,
in all situations. For these actions we should expect no
rewards or recognition. It's called, "Love thy neighbor."
It would be nice to be acknowledged, but it is dysfunc-
tional to believe that people are indebted to you for what
you do for them. Beneath it all is the often unrecognized,
hard-to-face truth that when we expect someone else to
make us feel good about what we do, chances are we
have done it for the wrong reasons...

What I discovered and used to cure my dysfunction
was that when I gave something or did something with
an unstated intent of making me feel good, no amount
of recognition made me feel better or more appreciated.
I guess it's like my mother always said, "If you have to
ask for something you need, you really don't need it
because God already knows your needs before you ask."

Excerpted from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up"
by Iyanla Vanzant
A Fireside Book, 1998
Photo by Stephen Bowman
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know
what thy right hand doeth:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which
seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6: 3-4
Holy Bible
King James Version
Paul said, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
blessed us." "Hath" is not a word that relates to the "sweet by-and-by" or "somewhere
on the other side." "Hath" is past tense. The blessings God has prepared for us have
already been put into place. This is a finished work. It is complete, settled, over, and
done with. The blessings of God are not rooted in our expectation or hope, but in a
heaven reality. From God's viewpoint, we possess the land of blessing right now.

Excerpted from "Six Pillars from Ephesians: Loved by God"
by T.D. Jakes
Bethany House,  2000
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself,
 and all the while
A great wind is bearing me across the sky.

Ojibwa saying
Native Americans also known as the Chippewa
Photo by Stephen Bowman
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And now, the Last Word:
Surely you should break your bread for the hungry, and
bring the moaning poor (to your) home; when you see a
naked person, clothe him; and do not hide yourself from
your kin. Then your light will burst out like the dawn and
your healing will speedily sprout; your righteous deed will
precede you and the glory of Hashem will gather you in.

Isaiah 58: 7-9
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
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