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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration,
quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless. However
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Lord, you have probed me, you know me;
you know when I sit and stand,
you understand my thoughts from afar.

Even before a word is on my tongue,
Lord, you know it all.
Behind and before you encircle me
and rest your hand upon me.

Where can I hide from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?
If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I lie down in Sheol, you are there too.
If I fly with the wings of dawn
and light beyond the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand hold me fast.

Probe me, God, know my heart;
try me, know my concerns.
See if my way is crooked,
then lead me in the ancient paths.

Psalm 139: 1-3, 7-10, 23-24
New American Bible


Father, you have delivered me from the spirit of fear
and I shall not be ashamed. Neither shall I be confounded
and depressed. You gave me beauty for ashes, the oil of
joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of
heaviness that I might be a tree of righteousness, the planting
of the Lord, that You might be glorified. I speak out in psalms,
hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with my voice and
making melody with all my heart to the Lord.

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

What we are today comes from our thoughts of
yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life
of tomorrow; our life is the creation of our mind.
If a man speaks or acts with an impure mind,
suffering follows him as the wheel of the cart
follows the beast that draws the cart.
"He insulted me, he hurt me, he defeated me,
he robbed me." Those who think such thoughts
will not be free from hate. For hate is not conquered
by hate: hate is conquered by love. This a law eternal.

Excerpted from the Dhammapada (Buddhist texts)
Translation by Juan Mascaro


If anyone speaks ill of you,
Praise them always.
If anyone injures you,
Serve them nicely.
If anyone persecutes you,
Help them in all possible ways.
You will attain immense strength.
You will control anger and pride.
You will enjoy
peace, poise and serenity.
You will become divine.

Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)
Indian Hindu spiritual leader and author
Founder of Divine Life Society

The conditions we face do not define us.
They remind us of who we are and who
we want to be ...The experiences we encounter
are not who we are. They do, however, remind
us of what we are thinking about ourselves. If
we think we should be punished, we will be. If
we think we should be attacked, we will be...
Every experience moves us a little further along
life's road and around its curves.

Iyanla Vanzant
"One Day My Soul Just Opened Up"
Simon and Schuster


(The Lord) has sent me to heal those with a
sad heart. He has sent me to tell those who are
being held and those in prison that they can go
free. He has sent me to comfort all who are filled
with sorrow. I will give them the oil of joy instead
of sorrow, and a spirit of praise instead of a spirit
of no hope. Then they will be called oaks that are
right with God, planted by the Lord, that He
may be honored.

Isaiah 61: 1-3
Holy Bible
New Life Version


If the human eye were allowed to see the spiritual vitality
flowing from the utterance of G-d's mouth into every
creation, we would not see the materiality, grossness
and tangibility of the creation, for it would be
utterly nullified in relation to this
divine life-force.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812)
Russian Rabbi and author; Founder of Chabad

Faith gets tested when a sense of God's presence
fades or when the very ordinances of life make us
question whether our responses even matter.

We wonder, "What can one person do?
What difference will my small effort make?"

I once watched a series on public television based on
interviews with survivors of World War II. The soldiers
recalled how they spent a particular day. One sat in a
foxhole all day; once or twice, a German tank drove
by, and he shot at it. Others played cards and frittered
away the time. A few got involved in furious firefights.
Mostly, the day passed like any other day for an
infantryman on the front. Later, they learned they
had just participated in one of the largest, most
decisive engagements of the war, the Battle of
the Bulge. It did not feel decisive to any of them
at the time, because none had the big picture
of what was happening elsewhere.

Philip Yancey, "Reaching For the Invisible God,"
Christianity Today (September 4, 2000)
Excerpted from "Perfect Illustrations,"
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 2002


And now, the Last Word:

Thank you, God, for allowing the process of
life to be a slow and gentle course in memory
development. I, for one, am not sure I could
handle knowing just how magnificent
I am all at once!

Iyanla Vanzant
"One Day My Soul Just Opened Up"
Simon and Schuster





















Bonus quote:

My son took another long, deep breath and said,
"I can't figure out how to make sense out of nonsense."
"Stop trying, Damon, just keep breathing. Sooner or later
it will become clear."

Iyanla Vanzant


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