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  Tuesday
Jul-31
''The Jesus I know doesn't want me to constantly remind him of chapter and verse of his word - he knows it better than I do. Instead he wants my praise, thanksgiving, worship and all the problems that grieve and concern me. Sometimes, the pain is too deep or the worry too overpowering for articulation. It doesn't matter. He is fluent in the language of my heart.' -Lorraine Wylie

It is comforting to know that in prayer it's not always about words and having to say it in a certain way. Sometimes the words just can't come out because of upset, anger, pain or confusion. We have all been there. Because there are no words, we think our prayer is a failure, a waste of time and a pointless exercise. The exact opposite is the case. Whoever you pray to be it Jesus, God, a Saint, an Angel, Mary, a Higher Power or whoever, they are fluent in the language of your heart. They know what is going on for you and want to be there for you.

Many people thought that Mother Teresa who is now a saint, was an expert in prayer and someone who was never short of words. But she had dark days too. In her written accounts she described days when there were simply no words, but somehow she knew God was with her and this was all that mattered. Even if it seemed the connection was threadbare or barely there at all, was enough for her. The same goes for us too. No prayer is a waste of time. The days when there are no words will be followed by days when the words flow much better. No one has it worked out exactly right and probably never will. But once we know that God is with us through whatever happens, then that's all that really matters.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jul-28
"A fool always finds a greater fool to admire them." ~Author Unknown

We"ve all done foolish things with no exception. At the time it was not what we planned and it may even have initially seemed right at the time, but the end result was that we made a fool of ourselves. But we really become a fool when we begin to wallow in self pity and when we think the whole world is watching, laughing and enjoying what we"ve done wrong. It"s time to move on. It"s time to leave it behind and make some sort of a fresh start today. The Gospels bubble with freshness and new beginnings. With Jesus no ones story was so bad or foolish to upset him. He simply said: "You are forgiven, move on and make a fresh start in your life." Can I leave something foolish I have done behind me and move on with my life?
 
 
 
  Friday
Jul-27

Thought For The Week

God's love doesn't discriminate, it simply embraces everything. Like the sun it doesn't shine selectively, shedding its warmth on vegetables because they are good and refusing its warmth on the weeds because they are bad. It just shines on everything and irrespective of its condition, receives its warmth.' - Ronald Ronheiser

This summer we have endless sunshine and the image of God's love like the sun is a good one. Words like incredible, brilliant or amazing could be used to describe God's love. To say that God loves us when we are good and that God loves us when we are bad is quite incredible and maybe a bit confusing too. It throws up some key questions.

The first big one is why bother to be good if God loves everyone the same and equally? To bother to be good means that love is always the priority. We aren't loved because we are good, but we become good because we experience love. The more love we experience the better it is for us, our family, our community and the world we live in. The presence of evil and wrong is always an absence of love. The challenge today is to nurture love especially when there is tension, negativity, darkness and sometimes hatred.

It is little wonder that the words of the prayer by St Francis, resonate deeply with us: Lord make me an instrument of your peace Where there is hatred let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light And where there is sadness, joy

We do our best to grow in love, to nurture it, to share it, to celebrate it and to allow it shape us into the wonderful person God created us to be. Sure enough, we sometimes stumble and sometimes fall spectacularly. Does this mean that we should abandon the road of love that guides us each day? Of course not! The same goes with God. God loves the sinner but hates the sin. There is a big difference between the two. So today should be a day to begin to believe in you, to believe in God's love for you and to believe that now is the time to start again, even after a stumble or fall in your life.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jul-26
'Forgiveness helps us move forward. No one benefits from forgiveness more than the one who forgives.'~Ronan Scully

There's a story told about two brothers living across from each other who fell out and became enemies. Like all divisions it started over something very small. A carpenter arrived at the older brother's home one day looking for work. "I have just the job for you. Build a fence so high that I can't see that farm or my brother's place anymore" said the older brother. Off he went for the day while the carpenter worked hard with the job he was asked to do. When the farmer returned at sunset his eyes opened wide. There was no fence at all only a bridge stretching from one side to the next. It was a magnificent piece of work and then he saw his brother crossing over the bridge with his hand outstretched. They shook hands at the middle of the bridge. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox onto his shoulder. "I'd love to stay on but I have so many more bridges to build."
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jul-25

Thought For The Week

God's love doesn't discriminate, it simply embraces everything. Like the sun it doesn't shine selectively, shedding its warmth on vegetables because they are good and refusing its warmth on the weeds because they are bad. It just shines on everything and irrespective of its condition, receives its warmth.' - Ronald Ronheiser

This summer we have endless sunshine and the image of God's love like the sun is a good one. Words like incredible, brilliant or amazing could be used to describe God's love. To say that God loves us when we are good and that God loves us when we are bad is quite incredible and maybe a bit confusing too. It throws up some key questions.

The first big one is why bother to be good if God loves everyone the same and equally? To bother to be good means that love is always the priority. We aren't loved because we are good, but we become good because we experience love. The more love we experience the better it is for us, our family, our community and the world we live in. The presence of evil and wrong is always an absence of love. The challenge today is to nurture love especially when there is tension, negativity, darkness and sometimes hatred.

It is little wonder that the words of the prayer by St Francis, resonate deeply with us: Lord make me an instrument of your peace Where there is hatred let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light And where there is sadness, joy

We do our best to grow in love, to nurture it, to share it, to celebrate it and to allow it shape us into the wonderful person God created us to be. Sure enough, we sometimes stumble and sometimes fall spectacularly. Does this mean that we should abandon the road of love that guides us each day? Of course not! The same goes with God. God loves the sinner but hates the sin. There is a big difference between the two. So today should be a day to begin to believe in you, to believe in God's love for you and to believe that now is the time to start again, even after a stumble or fall in your life.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jul-24

Thought For The Week

God's love doesn't discriminate, it simply embraces everything. Like the sun it doesn't shine selectively, shedding its warmth on vegetables because they are good and refusing its warmth on the weeds because they are bad. It just shines on everything and irrespective of its condition, receives its warmth.' - Ronald Ronheiser

This summer we have endless sunshine and the image of God's love like the sun is a good one. Words like incredible, brilliant or amazing could be used to describe God's love. To say that God loves us when we are good and that God loves us when we are bad is quite incredible and maybe a bit confusing too. It throws up some key questions.

The first big one is why bother to be good if God loves everyone the same and equally? To bother to be good means that love is always the priority. We aren't loved because we are good, but we become good because we experience love. The more love we experience the better it is for us, our family, our community and the world we live in. The presence of evil and wrong is always an absence of love. The challenge today is to nurture love especially when there is tension, negativity, darkness and sometimes hatred.

It is little wonder that the words of the prayer by St Francis, resonate deeply with us: Lord make me an instrument of your peace Where there is hatred let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light And where there is sadness, joy

We do our best to grow in love, to nurture it, to share it, to celebrate it and to allow it shape us into the wonderful person God created us to be. Sure enough, we sometimes stumble and sometimes fall spectacularly. Does this mean that we should abandon the road of love that guides us each day? Of course not! The same goes with God. God loves the sinner but hates the sin. There is a big difference between the two. So today should be a day to begin to believe in you, to believe in God's love for you and to believe that now is the time to start again, even after a stumble or fall in your life.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jul-23
God's love doesn't discriminate, it simply embraces everything. Like the sun it doesn't shine selectively, shedding its warmth on vegetables because they are good and refusing its warmth on the weeds because they are bad. It just shines on everything and irrespective of its condition, receives its warmth.' - Ronald Ronheiser

This summer we have endless sunshine and the image of God's love like the sun is a good one. Words like incredible, brilliant or amazing could be used to describe God's love. To say that God loves us when we are good and that God loves us when we are bad is quite incredible and maybe a bit confusing too. It throws up some key questions.

The first big one is why bother to be good if God loves everyone the same and equally? To bother to be good means that love is always the priority. We aren't loved because we are good, but we become good because we experience love. The more love we experience the better it is for us, our family, our community and the world we live in. The presence of evil and wrong is always an absence of love. The challenge today is to nurture love especially when there is tension, negativity, darkness and sometimes hatred.

It is little wonder that the words of the prayer by St Francis, resonate deeply with us: Lord make me an instrument of your peace Where there is hatred let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light And where there is sadness, joy

We do our best to grow in love, to nurture it, to share it, to celebrate it and to allow it shape us into the wonderful person God created us to be. Sure enough, we sometimes stumble and sometimes fall spectacularly. Does this mean that we should abandon the road of love that guides us each day? Of course not! The same goes with God. God loves the sinner but hates the sin. There is a big difference between the two. So today should be a day to begin to believe in you, to believe in God's love for you and to believe that now is the time to start again, even after a stumble or fall in your life.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jul-21
Thought For The Week

'With the current ongoing drought here are a few interesting bits and pieces about water:

Nearly 97% of the world's water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just 1% for all of humanity's needs - all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs. If all the water in the world could fit into a jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon. Nearly 1 billion people worldwide have limited access to water. Many people especially women in developing countries, walk 6km each day to collect water.

A drip from a tap can waste over 100 litres of water in a day. Our bones are 31% water and 60-70% of the human body is water. At birth a baby's weight is made up of 80% water. Around 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from water scarcity. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity and two thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions.

More than half of the water used at home is used in the bathroom. Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid. Water continually evaporates, condenses and precipitates, falling as rain. On a global basis evaporation approximately equals precipitation but it often doesn't rain where it is needed the most.

We drink around 1000 litres of water in a year. We use 8 litres of water to flush the toilet. Depending on how long you brush your teeth, up to 8 litres of water a day can be used with the tap running. It takes 200 litres of water to produce the coffee beans for one cup of coffee, 15,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of beef and 100 litres to make 2 slices of bread.

Water regulates the Earth's temperature. It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues and removes wastes. 75% of the human brain is water and 75% of a living tree is water. A person can live about a month without food, but less than a week without water. Water is part of a deeply interconnected system. What we pour on the ground ends up in our water and what we spew into the sky ends up in our water.

Water is indeed a very precious gift from God, to be respected, minded and used with great care. We all play a part in conserving and not wasting our water during this current drought.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jul-19
Thought For The Week

'With the current ongoing drought here are a few interesting bits and pieces about water:

Nearly 97% of the world's water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just 1% for all of humanity's needs - all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs. If all the water in the world could fit into a jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon. Nearly 1 billion people worldwide have limited access to water. Many people especially women in developing countries, walk 6km each day to collect water.

A drip from a tap can waste over 100 litres of water in a day. Our bones are 31% water and 60-70% of the human body is water. At birth a baby's weight is made up of 80% water. Around 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from water scarcity. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity and two thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions.

More than half of the water used at home is used in the bathroom. Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid. Water continually evaporates, condenses and precipitates, falling as rain. On a global basis evaporation approximately equals precipitation but it often doesn't rain where it is needed the most.

We drink around 1000 litres of water in a year. We use 8 litres of water to flush the toilet. Depending on how long you brush your teeth, up to 8 litres of water a day can be used with the tap running. It takes 200 litres of water to produce the coffee beans for one cup of coffee, 15,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of beef and 100 litres to make 2 slices of bread.

Water regulates the Earth's temperature. It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues and removes wastes. 75% of the human brain is water and 75% of a living tree is water. A person can live about a month without food, but less than a week without water. Water is part of a deeply interconnected system. What we pour on the ground ends up in our water and what we spew into the sky ends up in our water.

Water is indeed a very precious gift from God, to be respected, minded and used with great care. We all play a part in conserving and not wasting our water during this current drought.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jul-18
There's a story told about a hare who was incredibly fast and who was always teasing a tortoise who was very slow. "I wouldn't be surprised if you were the slowest creature in the world," teased the hare. "Oh, I think I could move fast enough if I had to," said the tortoise, inching his way along. The hare pushed the tortoise to a race. The hare set off at a great pace and soon left the tortoise far behind. Before long the winning post was upon him. Suddenly an idea came to him as he skidded to a halt. "I'll really rub it in and wait until the tortoise is nearly at the line. Then I'll fly past him." With that the hare sat under a tree and waited but being a hot day fell fast asleep. Meanwhile the slow old tortoise had been plodding along. He eventually passed the sleeping hare and the winning post. The cheers woke the hare but it was too late.
The moral of the story: Slow and steady can win the race of life.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jul-17
%u2018Or iorities are not written in granite. They need to be flexible and change as we do. I find it helpful to think of priorities as the wooden frame upon which we stretch the canvas of our days.' ~Sarah Breathnach

A priority is something that is important to each of us. Our health is an important priority as is the welfare of our family, financial security, employment and so on. There are many other priorities that are unique to each of us. For some the main priority is simply to get through this day. We are indeed pulled in all directions and it's sometimes hard to know what's important and what takes priority. The image of the wooden frame is helpful and particularly when we apply it to God. Each day is God's precious gift to us and like a canvas it is blank waiting for us to add our colour. If we don't prioritise certain things we end up trying to do everything and in the end have little to show for it. What one thing is important to me today? Can I do something to make it happen?
 
 
 
  Monday
Jul-16
'With the current ongoing drought here are a few interesting bits and pieces about water:

Nearly 97% of the world's water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just 1% for all of humanity's needs - all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs. If all the water in the world could fit into a jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon. Nearly 1 billion people worldwide have limited access to water. Many people especially women in developing countries, walk 6km each day to collect water.

A drip from a tap can waste over 100 litres of water in a day. Our bones are 31% water and 60-70% of the human body is water. At birth a baby's weight is made up of 80% water. Around 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from water scarcity. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity and two thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions.

More than half of the water used at home is used in the bathroom. Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid. Water continually evaporates, condenses and precipitates, falling as rain. On a global basis evaporation approximately equals precipitation but it often doesn't rain where it is needed the most.

We drink around 1000 litres of water in a year. We use 8 litres of water to flush the toilet. Depending on how long you brush your teeth, up to 8 litres of water a day can be used with the tap running. It takes 200 litres of water to produce the coffee beans for one cup of coffee, 15,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of beef and 100 litres to make 2 slices of bread.

Water regulates the Earth's temperature. It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues and removes wastes. 75% of the human brain is water and 75% of a living tree is water. A person can live about a month without food, but less than a week without water. Water is part of a deeply interconnected system. What we pour on the ground ends up in our water and what we spew into the sky ends up in our water.

Water is indeed a very precious gift from God, to be respected, minded and used with great care. We all play a part in conserving and not wasting our water during this current drought.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jul-15
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett called 'A Better World' from Intercom Magazine

Being a follower of Jesus means to be 'sent out'. Our spiritual lives ought to be visible on the outside through our actions and dealings with others. The disciples are sent in twos for companionship but also as a team; one person cannot have all the gifts and there is support in working with another.

We might interpret the many demons that they cast out as all those things in the world that are not of the Spirit, the injustices in our world. Jesus sends the disciples out to work for a better world, to bring more love, compassion and peace to those that they encounter. They go and urge people to repent, to turn around. This is one of the goals of their mission and Jesus' mission: to turn the world around.

Jesus' instructions to shake the dust from their feet when they feel unwelcome may seem harsh at first. We too may fear rejection and when we experience it, it can leave us feeling exhausted and upset. Perhaps the message here is to free ourselves and move on; to not let that disappointment and upset control our lives because if we do, we lose our freedom, it holds us back and it starts to define us. In the midst of that experience, our true mission can become lost. As we prepare to welcome Pope Francis to Ireland, let us go out and bring joy and hope to those we encounter.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jul-14
Thought For The Week

"Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit" ~Psalm 23:2

The word drought is something we are not used to here in Ireland. In other hot countries like Spain, Portugal and France we have seen what drought could be like but not here at home. The hose pipe ban is definitely a first for us. It is fabulous weather for those on holidays and clearly a very stressful time for farmers with no grass growing for their cattle.

Drought conditions is something that was very familiar to the writers of our scripture readings. As a result water was seen as a very precious commodity. God and spirituality was often compared to water. Without God in our lives it was like a drought and with God it was like being next to a running stream bursting with life and energy. The writers used the contrast to great effect and one that the people could connect with as well. The same invitation is extended to us today too. We are invited to refresh, recharge and refresh near whatever streams of spirituality that work for us.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jul-13
Thought For The Week

"Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit" ~Psalm 23:2

The word drought is something we are not used to here in Ireland. In other hot countries like Spain, Portugal and France we have seen what drought could be like but not here at home. The hose pipe ban is definitely a first for us. It is fabulous weather for those on holidays and clearly a very stressful time for farmers with no grass growing for their cattle.

Drought conditions is something that was very familiar to the writers of our scripture readings. As a result water was seen as a very precious commodity. God and spirituality was often compared to water. Without God in our lives it was like a drought and with God it was like being next to a running stream bursting with life and energy. The writers used the contrast to great effect and one that the people could connect with as well. The same invitation is extended to us today too. We are invited to refresh, recharge and refresh near whatever streams of spirituality that work for us.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jul-12
Thought For The Week

"Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit" ~Psalm 23:2

The word drought is something we are not used to here in Ireland. In other hot countries like Spain, Portugal and France we have seen what drought could be like but not here at home. The hose pipe ban is definitely a first for us. It is fabulous weather for those on holidays and clearly a very stressful time for farmers with no grass growing for their cattle.

Drought conditions is something that was very familiar to the writers of our scripture readings. As a result water was seen as a very precious commodity. God and spirituality was often compared to water. Without God in our lives it was like a drought and with God it was like being next to a running stream bursting with life and energy. The writers used the contrast to great effect and one that the people could connect with as well. The same invitation is extended to us today too. We are invited to refresh, recharge and refresh near whatever streams of spirituality that work for us.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jul-10
Thought For The Week

"Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit" ~Psalm 23:2

The word drought is something we are not used to here in Ireland. In other hot countries like Spain, Portugal and France we have seen what drought could be like but not here at home. The hose pipe ban is definitely a first for us. It is fabulous weather for those on holidays and clearly a very stressful time for farmers with no grass growing for their cattle.

Drought conditions is something that was very familiar to the writers of our scripture readings. As a result water was seen as a very precious commodity. God and spirituality was often compared to water. Without God in our lives it was like a drought and with God it was like being next to a running stream bursting with life and energy. The writers used the contrast to great effect and one that the people could connect with as well. The same invitation is extended to us today too. We are invited to refresh, recharge and refresh near whatever streams of spirituality that work for us.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jul-09
Thought For The Week

"Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit" ~Psalm 23:2

The word drought is something we are not used to here in Ireland. In other hot countries like Spain, Portugal and France we have seen what drought could be like but not here at home. The hose pipe ban is definitely a first for us. It is fabulous weather for those on holidays and clearly a very stressful time for farmers with no grass growing for their cattle.

Drought conditions is something that was very familiar to the writers of our scripture readings. As a result water was seen as a very precious commodity. God and spirituality was often compared to water. Without God in our lives it was like a drought and with God it was like being next to a running stream bursting with life and energy. The writers used the contrast to great effect and one that the people could connect with as well. The same invitation is extended to us today too. We are invited to refresh, recharge and refresh near whatever streams of spirituality that work for us.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jul-08
Carl Jung was a world famous psychologist who studied human behaviour at great length and shared many thoughts on why people do certain things. Many people made appointments to see him. One day a wealthy lady phoned him to request an urgent appointment the next day at 3 pm. He said it wouldn't be possible because he was committed to an important appointment at that time. The following day the same lady happened to be in a boat sailing past his garden which led down to the shore of the Lake of Zurich. There she could see him, sitting on a low wall with his shoes and socks off, dangling his feet in the water. She was angry that he had lied to her and that he had no appointment at all. She arrived home and rang him straight away: 'You said you couldn't see me because you had a very important engagement. But I just saw you now doing nothing and sitting on the shore of the lake by yourself.' He replied: 'I told you no lie. I had an appointment. It has been the most important appointment of the week, an appointment with myself.'
Have I made an appointment with myself today or indeed for the coming week?
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jul-07
Carl Jung was a world famous psychologist who studied human behaviour at great length and shared many thoughts on why people do certain things. Many people made appointments to see him. One day a wealthy lady phoned him to request an urgent appointment the next day at 3 pm. He said it wouldn't be possible because he was committed to an important appointment at that time. The following day the same lady happened to be in a boat sailing past his garden which led down to the shore of the Lake of Zurich. There she could see him, sitting on a low wall with his shoes and socks off, dangling his feet in the water. She was angry that he had lied to her and that he had no appointment at all. She arrived home and rang him straight away: 'You said you couldn't see me because you had a very important engagement. But I just saw you now doing nothing and sitting on the shore of the lake by yourself.' He replied: 'I told you no lie. I had an appointment. It has been the most important appointment of the week, an appointment with myself.'
Have I made an appointment with myself today or indeed for the coming week?
 
 
 
  Friday
Jul-06
Carl Jung was a world famous psychologist who studied human behaviour at great length and shared many thoughts on why people do certain things. Many people made appointments to see him. One day a wealthy lady phoned him to request an urgent appointment the next day at 3 pm. He said it wouldn't be possible because he was committed to an important appointment at that time. The following day the same lady happened to be in a boat sailing past his garden which led down to the shore of the Lake of Zurich. There she could see him, sitting on a low wall with his shoes and socks off, dangling his feet in the water. She was angry that he had lied to her and that he had no appointment at all. She arrived home and rang him straight away: 'You said you couldn't see me because you had a very important engagement. But I just saw you now doing nothing and sitting on the shore of the lake by yourself.' He replied: 'I told you no lie. I had an appointment. It has been the most important appointment of the week, an appointment with myself.'
Have I made an appointment with myself today or indeed for the coming week?
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jul-04
Carl Jung was a world famous psychologist who studied human behaviour at great length and shared many thoughts on why people do certain things. Many people made appointments to see him. One day a wealthy lady phoned him to request an urgent appointment the next day at 3 pm. He said it wouldn't be possible because he was committed to an important appointment at that time. The following day the same lady happened to be in a boat sailing past his garden which led down to the shore of the Lake of Zurich. There she could see him, sitting on a low wall with his shoes and socks off, dangling his feet in the water. She was angry that he had lied to her and that he had no appointment at all. She arrived home and rang him straight away: 'You said you couldn't see me because you had a very important engagement. But I just saw you now doing nothing and sitting on the shore of the lake by yourself.' He replied: 'I told you no lie. I had an appointment. It has been the most important appointment of the week, an appointment with myself.'
Have I made an appointment with myself today or indeed for the coming week?
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jul-03
'Do you ever notice that there are 'happy people' peppered throughout the world whom, I have no doubt, are put here for the purpose of lifting spirits as they go about their daily lives? They could be the tea lady in the office, the rural postman on his daily rounds or indeed a DJ on the radio. I like to think I have been blessed by them." ~Francis Brennan

We know well that not everyone is happy and we know some who find it hard to put a smile on their face for many different reasons. We are also blessed to know many people who touch our lives by their smile, their bubbly character, their sense of fun and energy and their positive upbeat approach to life. These people often don't realise what they bring to our lives and our world. But what they do bring is special and our lives would be all the darker without what they bring to us. They are in ways a little outreach of God's care and love in our world.

Are you one of these people? If you are thank you and keep doing what you do naturally. Do you know someone in your life who brings you a smile, keeps you going, gives you a lift when you need it and is someone who makes the world of a difference in your life? If you do count your blessings and if appropriate thank them and tell them so. We say a prayer for them too and ask God to bless the people in our lives who make today special. May they be blessed in their own lives and in everything they do.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jul-02
'Do you ever notice that there are 'happy people' peppered throughout the world whom, I have no doubt, are put here for the purpose of lifting spirits as they go about their daily lives? They could be the tea lady in the office, the rural postman on his daily rounds or indeed a DJ on the radio. I like to think I have been blessed by them." ~Francis Brennan

We know well that not everyone is happy and we know some who find it hard to put a smile on their face for many different reasons. We are also blessed to know many people who touch our lives by their smile, their bubbly character, their sense of fun and energy and their positive upbeat approach to life. These people often don't realise what they bring to our lives and our world. But what they do bring is special and our lives would be all the darker without what they bring to us. They are in ways a little outreach of God's care and love in our world.

Are you one of these people? If you are thank you and keep doing what you do naturally. Do you know someone in your life who brings you a smile, keeps you going, gives you a lift when you need it and is someone who makes the world of a difference in your life? If you do count your blessings and if appropriate thank them and tell them so. We say a prayer for them too and ask God to bless the people in our lives who make today special. May they be blessed in their own lives and in everything they do.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jul-01
'Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.' ~Fred Smith

We all have our own fears and many of them are reasonable and understandable. But we also have fears that are unreasonable. They could best be described using the image of a swimming pool. You are thinking of going for a swim and someone shouts, 'Come on in. The water's fine.' You put your toe into the water and shrink back, thinking the water is too cold. But as you stand and watch, you notice that everyone else in the pool continues having a great time. So you decide to join them and for a few seconds its cold and then you realise the water is fine. The initial fear and reservation is quickly forgotten. The same goes with many of our fears. We allow them to control us. The invitation instead is to use our fears to motivate us onto better things.
 
 

 

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