Monthly Archives: May 2012

Forgiveness vs Rejection

This is WEEK 20 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. – 
Mark Twain


He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. –
Thomas Fuller

Forgiveness is the key which unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. – Corrie Ten Boom

Forgiveness is the well from which we draw the water to wash others’ feet. –  
D. Siler

There are definitions for Forgiveness in the dictionary but when developing Godly character, we are not concerned with dictionary definitions.  We want to cling to the definition of Biblical Forgiveness because it is key to the Christian walk.  Biblical forgiveness involves our correct responses to God when people offend us. Read the rest of this entry

Winner of Give-A-Way

For the one year anniversary of Grace & Grit, I offered a give-a-way of the book In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado. I so enjoyed the comments I received about faith building experiences. The winner, by random drawing, was Kathy of christianbookmom.blogspot.com .  Congratulations Kathy!   

 

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Flexibility vs Resistance

This is WEEK 19 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.  –Paul Kagame

The boldness of asking deep questions may require unforeseen flexibility if we are to accept the answers. –Brian Greene

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. – Tony Robbins

Flexibility means:
1. Capable of being bent or flexed; pliable
2. Responsive to change; adaptable

Synonyms for Flexibility: adjustability, pliability, adaptability
Antonyms for Flexibility: constraint, inflexibility, resistance, rigidity Read the rest of this entry

Ponderings: Perspective

On Fridays at The Gypsy Mama , a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s Topic:  PERSPECTIVE 

“It’s All About Perspective” is a saying that I grew up hearing.  The glass 1/2 full vs the glass 1/2 empty is a good example of how the way one’s mind views a situation and responds to a situation is affected by the perspective that individual CHOOSES to have.  There is a lot of research about how our body chemistry is even affected by whether or not we choose to have positive thoughts and outlooks on life or to be negative, pessimistic and defeated in our outlook.
I know a person who has a tendency to get upset quickly over the silliest things.  Comments like “It’s always happens to me”, ” I can’t win for losing”, “I don’t know why I bother to try” frequent this person’s dialogue.  They take offense easily too and quickly jump to the conclusion that people are against them, don’t like them, etc.  As a person on the outside looking in, I see the unnecessary stress and anxiety that goes with this kind of thinking and sometimes I feel the anxiety beginning to make me feel uneasy too.
Instead, I want to strive to be a person that puts a CHECK on any negative thinking that pops into my brain. I want to change it to positive thinking, yet realistic of course. It is often a prayer that I pray before I walk into work each morning. “Lord, give me your perspective.  Help me see people as you see them and respond to them as you would desire.”

 

Faith vs Presumption & A Give-Away!

This is WEEK 18 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

This month also marks the 1st Year Anniversary of Grace & Grit.  To celebrate, I want to give away a book by Max Lucado, one of my favorite authors.  His book, In the Grip of Grace goes hand in hand with our topic of Faith vs Presumption and it also talks about what is so very dear to my heart, God’s unmerited GRACE!.  To enter for a chance to win a hard copy of this book, just leave a comment sharing about something that increased your faith.  For extra entries, tweet or share about this give away on FB and let me know you did that.  This offer ends Wednesday, May 23.

Faith means:
1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. Read the rest of this entry

Enthusiasm vs Apathy

This is WEEK 17 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by.

ENTHUSIASM!!!!!!  This is my daughter’s Baptism Day.  The enthusiasm that radiates from her face expresses the enthusiasm that the Christian should carry in their heart always…for we have known the love and unmerited grace of God and have been given NEW LIFE!!!! Read the rest of this entry

Real

This is a link write – up reflecting 5 minutes of unedited writing on the topic of REAL:

REAL means “It is what it is”.  Real is what we have to figure out and then deal with.   That’s not always easy because people spend so much time hiding and camouflaging what is real.  We hide real behind our clothes, our make-up, our smiles, our words, our  busyness.   Sometimes we just run away from real with addictions, entertainments, and other escapes.
REAL is what faces us when we turn on the bright lights of truth ….and sometimes it is  a relief to just take a good look at real and accept it….It is what it is!!!!!.  I think God wants us to strip away all the deceptions and face the REAL of who we are, what our problems are, and how humanly weak we are.  I think it our REAL that He wants to love and nurture us through.  He accepts us as we are even when others will not.  And those who are true Christians will accept our REAL as well, won’t they?  So those who do not accept our REAL, well, I guess it’s because they can’t accept their own REAL either, and therefore they can’t stand in God’s light of truth yet.
God….strip away my deceptions and insecurities and make me REAL….and fill my world with those who, like YOU, think my REAL is worth loving.

Endurance versus Giving Up

This is WEEK 16 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by. 

“Heroism is endurance for one moment more.” -George F. Kennan

“We are judged by what we finish, not by what we start” – Anonymous

“Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. Love still stands when all else has fallen.” 

“If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.”

Endurance means:
1. the act or power of withstanding hardship or stress
2. the state or fact of persevering
3. continuing existence; duration

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