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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: Dealing with Confusion
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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Answer me speedily, O Lord
    --A rabbi's wisdom

    Midway down the page:
    --Definition of confusion  
    --The view from the valley

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Learning to wait for answers
    --Surrender

              
     And the Last Word: The best promise ever
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Hear my prayer, O Lord,
Give ear to my supplications!
In Your faithfulness answer me,
And in Your righteousness.
Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in your sight no one living is righteous.

I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your works;
I muse on the work of Your hands.
I spread out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.
Selah.

Answer me speedily, O Lord;
My spirit fails!
Do not hide Your face from me,
Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the
morning, for in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should
walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Your spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.

Psalm 143: 1-2, 5-8, 10-11
Holy Bible
New King James Version
A man visited a rabbi to complain how difficult his life was, with problems at home and work. He said that
no matter how hard he tried to work out these problems, he made no progress.

The rabbi suggested that the Biblical verse about Jacob's dream would provide an answer. He explained,
"Jacob dreamed that a ladder was standing upon the ground and its top reached up toward heaven. G-d's
angels were ascending and descending on it. Suddenly Jacob saw G-d standing over him...and G-d said, 'I
am with you.' " The rabbi paused and looked at the man. "Why were the angels first going upward and the
downward, when angels come from heaven?," he asked. "Because a person must first build a ladder
climbing upward from his material life toward spirituality. Then his actions sanctify his entire life, creating
'angels' that climb upward. And when they return downward, G-d will appear with them and respond to
your prayers."

From "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson" by Simon Jacobson
William Morrow, 2002
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Confusion is an experience of having the brain shut down. There is a barrage of information
coming at you, and you can't figure out what is real from what is unreal. The natural response
is a perceived experience of not knowing what to do. Well, that's impossible! You always know
what to do because you have a divine connecton to the One Mind that knows everything.
Confusion is also the mental and emotional outgrowth of knowing exactly what to do, and
having this knowledge clouded by the belief that you are not good or smart enough to do it.
This is augmented by the fear that if you do it, you might not do it right, or that if you do it
the way is needs to be done, somebody will get mad at you. The natural response to this
self-defeating mental chatter is for the intellectual mind to shut down. The result is what we
call confusion.

From "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up" by Iyanla Van Zant
Simon and Schuster, 1998
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One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
English author: journalism, poetry, biography and Christian apologetics
And now, the Last Word:
Living with confusion or unsolved problems is difficult. It is easier to resolve things.
But making a decision too soon, doing something before tis time, means we may have
to go back and redo it.

If the time is not right, wait. If the way is not clear, do not plunge forward. If the
answer or decision feels muddy, wait...

Often, waiting is a God-guided action, one with as much power as a decision, and more
power than an urgent, ill-timed decision.

From "The Language of Letting Go" by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990
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"Lord, my hands and feet are working for You. You have given me a certain part to
play in this world, and everything I am doing in this world is for You." Surrender
yourself to God and you will find that your life will become like a beautiful melody.
If you try to do everything in the consciousness of God, you will see with joy that
every day He is choosing certain duties for you to perform.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Guru and founder of Self-Realization Fellowship
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Bonus quote: Hold on firmly to good friends and
fine teachers. Riches and power are fleeting dreams,
but the fragrance of wise words lingers in the world.

Hanshan (7th century)
China
Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you
will find; knock and the door will be opened to
you. For everyone who asks, receives, and the
one who seeks, finds; and to the one who
knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7: 7-8
New American Bible