TODAY'S THEME: Making Decisions

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Paramahansa Yogananda, Book of Isaiah, Mark Victor Hansen
Emmet Fox, Oswald Chambers, Melody Beattie, Book of Psalms


Dear Readers,

Much has been written about how to make a successful decision. I'd never recommend,
however, taking Yogi Berra's advice, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
I guess you could try it...and if you do, let me know how it comes out.

As for me, I generally wish I could travel both roads diverging in a yellow wood. (See
Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken"). Just because I'm curious. But it's not
possible. Life is all about choices, and if we stew about them long enough, they inevi-
tably evaporate and we find we've abdicated our free will. Most of the time, the "how"
of a decision is more important than the "which" of a decision. A prayerful process
focused on the values we hold most dear will lead to more enlightened decisions.

And don't forget that so-called "mistakes" frequently turn out to be important
building blocks that make us stronger, smarter and kinder.

- Lisa

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Always be sure, within the calm region of your inner Self,
that what you want is right for you to have, and in accord
with God's purposes. You can then use all the force of
your will to accomplish your object; keeping in mind,
however, centered on the thought of God: the
Source of all power and all accomplishment.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian Guru
From "The Law of Success"


Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am.

And the Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your desire with good things,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters fail not.

Isaiah 58:9,11
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version


Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never
be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles
and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started
now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger
and stronger, more and more skilled,
more and more successful.

Mark Victor Hansen (1948 -     )
Inspirational author; co-creator of
"Chicken Soup for the Soul" series

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When you have to make a decision or take a certain action,
all that you can do is to do the best you know at that time, and
if you do that you will have done your duty...Claim that the Christ
is guiding you; and believe it, and the ultimate outcome will be
favorable even if things seem to go wrong for a time.

Excerpted from "Around the Year With Emmet Fox,"
HarperSanFrancisco, 1950


You do not know what you going to do;
the only thing you know is that God
knows what He is doing...

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
Scottish Protestant minister and author


The good news of surrendering ourselves and our life to a
Power greater than ourselves is that we come into harmony
with a Grand Plan, one greater than we can imagine...

We aren't a mistake. And we don't have to control or repress
ourselves or others for life to work out. Even the strange, the
unplanned, the painful, and those things we call errors can
evolve into harmony.

We will know when to go, to stop, to wait. We will learn
a great truth: the plan will happen in spite of us,
not because of us.

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

And now, the Last Word:

The Lord says, "I will guide you along
the best pathway for your life. I will
advise you and watch over you."

Psalm 32:8
New Living Translation

































Totally Random Bonus quote:

A mistake is simply another way of doing things.

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


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