TODAY'S THEME: FREE WILL WALKING
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On Today's Theme:

We tread inside the very heart of Free Will each time we put one foot in front of the other,
for our feet have a way of following the direction in which they are pointed. Of course,
it's not practical to agonize over which way to point our feet all day. However, even
walking from the stove to the refrigerator draws an invisible intention on the kitchen
floor. And if my intention is to reach into that refrigerator and eat the rest of that
cinnamon roll (which I'm seriously contemplating at this moment), then my
footsteps have directly impacted my life, not to mention my waistline.

Similarly our hearts and our thoughts exercise Free Will by the direction in which we
point them each day; it's is no less an exercise than is walking our feet up an incline
to burn some calories. Our hearts set a course and our thoughts walk in the direction
the heart has set. If we could step back far enough to see the map our choices have
drawn, I wonder what it would look like? We'd probably be struck by all the meaning-
less meanderings...little Arthur Murray footprints wandering here and there.

And that's just being human.

But hopefully, we'd also notice that the footprints are generally meandering up
Spiritual Hill, atop which we'll rest in the divine energy of the Lord's peace.

- Lisa Bowman

Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son,
so the Lord your God disciplines you.

Observe the commands of the Lord your God,
walking in his ways and revering him.

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land --
a land with streams and pools of water,
with springs flowing in the valleys and hills;
a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees,
pomegranates, olive oil and honey;
a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing;
a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.

When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God
for the good land he has given you.

Deuteronomy 8: 5-10
The Holy Bible
New International Version

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As I take my first step,
My foot kisses the floor.
With gratitude to the earth,
I walk in liberation.


Excerpted from "Beginning Mindfulness,"
by Andrew Weiss
New World Library, 2004

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road,
progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to
the right road; in that case, the man who turns back
soonest is the most progressive.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish scholar and novelist

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By perseverance the snail reached the ark.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
English preacher (1834-1892)

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One step at a time is good walking.

Chinese proverb

 




Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,
and hath given himself for us an offering and a
sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Ephesians 5: 1-2
The Holy Bible
King James Version

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Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40: 30-31
The Holy Bible
New King James Version

 

And now,
The Last Word:

Traveler, there is no path;
paths are made by walking.

Antonio Machado (1875-1939)
Spanish poet and playwright

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 




Bonus Quote:

All actual life is encounter.

Martin Buber

 

 

On today's
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Book of
Deuteronomy;
Andrew Weiss;
C. S. Lewis;
Charles Spurgeon;
Chinese proverb;
Book of Ephesians;
Book of Isaiah;
Antonio Machado
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