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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

Diligence versus Slothfulness

This is WEEK 13 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by.
I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. - Charles Dickens    

Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains. - William Penn
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. - Samuel Johnson
“It’s not what you do, it’s how you do what you do!” -Jordan D Ulmer

Diligence means :
1. quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness
2. characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks
3.  conscientious; hardworking Read the rest of this entry

Attentiveness vs Unconcern

THIS is WEEK 2 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by.

THE LITTLE BOY AND THE OLD MAN
Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”
Said the little old man, ” I do that too.”
The little boy whispered, ” I wet my pants.”
“I do that too,” laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, “I often cry.”
The little old man nodded, “So do I.”
“But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems
Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me,”
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
“I know what you mean,” said the little old man.
-Author Unknown.

We should strive to be ATTENTIVE vs Unconcerned!

ATTENTIVENESS  means:
1.characterized by or giving attention;  observant.
2.thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous.

Synonyms for Attentiveness:    heedful, mindful, aware, alert, awake, watchful.
Antonyms for Attentiveness:    indifferent, apathetic, unconcerned. Read the rest of this entry

Alertness vs Being Unaware

THIS is WEEK 1 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by.

Whenever we go into a public restaurant, my husband is going to sit down in a position where he can see what is going on in the restaurant, and he is going to be paying close attention to the people and the events happening the whole time we are there.  I, on the other hand tend to have tunnel vision and to be oblivious to most of what is going on in my surroundings.  This is not safe, as my husband is quick to remind me on an almost daily basis.  “You need to pay attention”, he says……”always”.  This is good advice in terms of our physical safety, but it is also good advice in terms of our spiritual well being too.  We should strive to be ALERT vs Unaware.

ALERTNESS means:
1. Vigilantly attentive; watchful: alert to danger.
2. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
3. Brisk or lively in action

Synonyms for Alertness:  aware, cognizant, conscious, sensible, awake, alert, watchful, vigilant
Antonyms for Alertness: unwatchful, unvigilant, unalert, sleepy, sluggish, somnolent, dull, inactive
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