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Published 7-4-11     The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Nan C. Merrill, Sarah Young, Book of Isaiah, Melody Beattie, The Dhammapada


Dear Readers,

One thing is for sure: once we turn our thoughts
Spiritward and away from the tyrannical rule of
our mortal egos, we begin to journey on a new path.
As a result, our hearts soften, our minds open up
to receive more of His wisdom, our souls are cleansed
and nurtured and we begin to feel His guiding hand.

Outward changes manifest, too and we may discover
new means of expression; new people coming into
our lives and perhaps some old ones leaving; the
desire to serve others may emerge; and a fresh
restructuring of our daily lives may come to be.

As we enter unchartered territory, we can feel
confident that we do not travel the path alone.
His plan for us is good and every detail, each
step of the way is made with Divine Love
at our side to guide and protect us.

- Lisa

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Let every nation proclaim,
"Your steadfast Love endures forever."
Let all the people cry,
"Your steadfast Love endures forever."
Let those who revere You sing,
"Your steadfast Love endures forever."

Out of my distress I called upon You;
You answered, setting me on a new path.

With You beside me, I do not fear.

Excerpted from "Psalms for Praying,"
(selection based on Psalm 118)
  by Nan C. Merrill
continuum, 2009


I am able to do far beyond all that you ask or imagine.
Come to me with positive expectations, knowing that
there is no limit to what I can accomplish. Ask My
Spirit to control your mind, so that you can think
great thoughts of Me. Do not be discouraged by the
fact that many of your prayers are yet unanswered...
The more extreme your circumstances, the more
likely you are to see My Power and Glory
at work in the situation...

Excerpted from "Jesus Calling,"
by Sarah Young
Integrity Publishing, 2004


And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not;
I will lead them in paths that they have not known:
I will make darkness light before them,
and crooked things straight.
These things will I do unto them,
and not forsake them.


Isaiah 42:16
King James Version

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There are ... times when, at a deep level, we are being
"reprogrammed." We start letting go of beliefs and
behaviors. We may feel frightened or confused during
these times.... During these times we may feel vulnerable,
lonely and needy -- like we are on a journey without a
road map or a flashlight, and we feel as if no one has
traveled this ground before...

We are being led. We are not alone. Our Higher Power
is working His finest and best to bring true change in
us. Others have traveled this road too. We will be led
to someone who can help us, someone who can
provide the markers we need.

We are being prepared for receiving as much
joy and love as our heart can hold.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990


Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Refrain from a Southern gospel hymn
written by an unknown lyricist


Who can trace the invisible path of the
person who soars in the sky of liberation,
the infinite Void without beginning, whose
passions are peace, and over whom
pleasures have no power?

The Dhammapada
Buddhist scripture

The Last Word:

You, O Loving Presence, have been my strength,
You have stood beside me in the darkness;
You have walked with me into the light!

From "Psalms for Praying,"
(selection based on Psalm 118)
by Nan C. Merrill
continuum, 2009



























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

To love what you do and feel that it matters --
how could anything be more fun?

Katherine Graham (1917-2001)
Publisher of The Washington Post



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