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Published 6-11-10

Max Lucado, Ecknath Easwaran, Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Dear Readers,

Made it to the gym today. There I was, on the Path That Goes Nowhere, aka
the Elliptical machine: my body was exercising, but my mind was getting the
real workout. It was a jungle in there: monkeys swinging from tree to tree,
birds screeching in the canopy, snakes dangerously draped on branches.
Yes, vague random anxiety wiggled and bits of unresolved anger boogied.
It wasn't until I grabbed my thoughts by the throat, overriding them with an
"I praise you, Lord, for you heal me," that they behaved.

Praise is a powerful antidote against any kind of negative thoughts.
It focuses our mind on God's reality and raises our prayers
upwards into a frequency that the Divine ear recognizes

- Lisa

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But still we worry. We worry about the IRS and the SAT and
the FBI. We worry about education, recreation, and constipation.
We worry that we won't have enough money, and when we have
money, we worry that we won't manage it well. We worry that the
world will end before the parking meter expires. We worry what
the dog thinks if he sees us step out of the shower. We worry
that some day we'll learn that fat-free yogurt was fattening.

Honestly, now, Did God save you so you would fret?...
Is Scripture teasing us when it says, "He has put his
angels in charge of you to watch over you
wherever you go" (Psalm 91:11)?

I don't think so either.

Excerpted from "For These Tough Times,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2006


Anxiety is as nonspecific in the mind as stress is in
the body: faced by one threatening event, such as the
loss of a job or the death of someone we love, the mind
responds with fear and self-doubt in every area of life,
in every relationship. Increasingly too clinicians refer to
"free-floating anxiety," which is not triggered by any parti-
cular kind of external event but persists from situation to
situation, characteristically when the ego feels threatened.

In the language of mysticism, as long as there is a division in
consciousness between "I like this" and "I don't like that," that
division itself will breed stress. It will be a breeding ground for
anxiety. Just as malarial mosquitoes flourish in stagnant,
marshy pools, anxiety flourishes in divided minds.

Excerpted from "Love Never Faileth,"
by Ecknath Easwaran
Nilgiri Press, 1996


Come then, past the perils and monsters, guided and upheld
by that sure unseen hand which is the invincible, infallible
hand of God. March on fearlessly to the end in peace and joy,
turning everything we meet with into victory...The Holy Spirit
of God, pen in hand, the book open before him, continues the
sacred story which has yet to be told. Its theme will not be
exhausted until the end of time. It is none other than the
record of God's guidance and his purposes for man.

From "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,"
Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Translated by Kitty Muggeridge
HarperSanFrancisco, 1996

The Last Word:

I saw Dina at the party tonight.
She smiled brightly and said,
"This year I decided to give up suffering."

From "I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me,"
by Hugh Prather
  Doubleday, 1972




























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.*

Anthelme Brillat-Saravin

*I'm a proud glazed doughnut. - Lisa



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