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Published 07-14-10
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James Allen, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Orison Swett Marden,
Tzvi Freeman, Sophy Burnham, Unknown Author


Dear Readers,

You are so talented. I just had to tell you that, because I think we've all had
moments when we wondered if we were equipped to do what we believe
we were meant to do. You have talent because you were endowed with it
by the One who created you. The longing to use that talent creatively
was also placed in your heart by the very same One.

Perhaps you're not certain what your talent is; perhaps you're confused
as to which talent you should focus upon. The answer ultimately is this:
it doesn't really matter in what direction you go if every step you take
and every expression you create is done in love, for His glory.
However we help bring heaven to earth is our best talent.

- Lisa

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Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals.
Cherish the music that stirs in your heart,
the beauty that forms in your mind,
the loveliness that drapes your purest thought,
for out of them will grow all delightful conditions,
all heavenly environment; of these,
if you but remain true to them
your world will at last be built.

Excerpted from the essay "As a Man Thinketh,"
by James Allen (1864-1912)


Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed
as if limits to our ability did not exist.
We are collaborators in creation.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
French philosopher, Jesuit priest




The Creator has not given you a longing to do
that which you have no ability to do.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)
American writer associated with New Thought Movement

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You have to do something. What you choose is not the issue.
Neither are all the neat little tricks and conniving.

What really matters is that you do your job honestly
and as best you know how using the talents and skills
with which he blessed you. As He blessed you with those
talents, so He will bless you in whatever you do.

Don't limit G-d. Whatever the universe can provide,
He is there within that.

Tzvi Freeman

Based on the wisdom of Rebbe Schneerson
Courtesy of


O most Glorious and Blessed God,
I present myself and this work into
Your hands. Do with it as you will.
Guide my thoughts. Hold my hands, that
You alone are writing (painting, carving,
working) through me, producing whatever You
wish me to say. And now, O my Beloved and my
Joy, I prostrate myself into Your most loving
embrace in thanks that You give me talent,
inspiration, discipline to do Your work.
Amen. So be it.

Excerpted from "The Path of Prayer,"
by Sophy Burnham
Penguin Putnam, 2002

The Last Word:

Anoint my creativity, my ideas, my energy so
that even my smallest task may bring You honor.
Lord, when I am confused, guide me. When I am
weary, energize me. Lord, when I am burned out,
infuse me with the light of Your Holy Spirit.

May the work that I do and the way I do
it bring hope, life, and courage to all
that I come in contact with today.

Workday prayer
Author unknown






























































Random Bonus Quote:

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it;
and when you do not know a thing, to allow that
you do not know it -- this is knowledge.

Ancient Chinese social philosopher


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