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Meditations for Practicing Patience

Meditations for Practicing Patience

Have patience, my friend, have patience; for Rome wasn’t built in a day! You wear yourself out for nothing in many and many a way! Why are you nervous and fretting when things do not move along fast; why let yourself get excited over things that will soon be past? ~ Gertrude Tooley Buckingham 

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success. ~ Brian Adams

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience is the companion of wisdom.  ~ St. Augustine

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty. ~ John Ruskin 

Patience is poultice for all wounds.” ~ Irish Proverb

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.  ~ Carl Jung

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they.  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Patience can’t be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it.  ~ Eknath Easwaran

Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.  ~ Joyce Meyer

We develop patience as we learn to live from an eternal perspective. (Habakkuk 2:3) If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surly take place. It will not be delayed.

Mary Zigan

Happy Fathers Day!

This is a smattering of some humorous quips and quotes I stumbled upon as tribute to ALL fathers and dads this month of June and all year through. – MZ

Dad, you’re the world’s greatest, although my frame of reference is limited.

Dad, thanks for sharing your DNA, now we are both fabulous.

Dad, sorry you had to raise my awful siblings.

To a Father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter. I think my Mother put it best. She said, little girls soften their daddy’s hearts. ~ Paul Walker

Ah… Spring!

Ah . . . Spring!

A kind word is like a spring day.   Russian proverb

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.   Margaret Atwood

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.    Martin Luther

The Apostle Paul never seemed to exhaust the topic of grace—what makes us think we can? He just keeps coming at it and coming at it from another angle. That’s the thing about grace. It’s like springtime. You can’t put it in a single sentence definition, and you can’t exhaust it.   Max Lucado

Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.   Lilly Pulitzer

Two Novelists Weigh in on the Definition of Love

Two novelists weigh in on the definition of LOVE:

In a passage from his novel, Corelli’s Mandolin, British author Louis de Bernieres says, “Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just ‘being in love,’ which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away.”

In another novel, Brian Moore’s The Luck of Ginger Coffey, the protagonist describes married love this way: “Love isn’t an act, it’s a whole life. It’s staying with her now because she needs you. It’s knowing you and she will still care about each other when sex and daydreams, fights and futures—when all that’s on the shelf and done with. Love—well I’ll tell you what love is: It’s you at seventy-five and her at seventy-one, each of you listening for the other’s step in the next room, each afraid that a sudden silence, a sudden cry, could mean a lifetime’s talk is over.”

A Difficult Year, But it Wasn’t All Bad

2018 was a difficult year in many ways, but IT WASN’T ALL BAD . . .

           I subscribe to a cool news magazine called THE WEEK, and a column I always make a point of reading is the one called It Wasn’t All Bad.

           Here’s a sampling of some true anecdotes that they passed along to their readers to help us see that all of the news isn’t bad:

  • When Kevin Booth made an early-morning stop at a food bank in Sumner, WA, he hoped only to pick up some bread the workers leave out for homeless people like him. But he noticed a brown paper bag next to the breadbox, and looking inside, he discovered it was stuffed with $17,000 in cash. Rather than walk off with the haul, he handed it to a volunteer inside the pantry. No one claimed the money after a 90-day period, so police let the food bank—which feeds 1,000 people a month—keep it. “There are a lot of people who would have taken it,” Booth said. “I’m just not that person.” (from THE WEEK Dec. 21/Dec. 28, 2018)
  • A Magalia, CA, garbage man is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a 93-year-old woman from a fast-approaching wildfire. Driver Dane Ray Cummings had been told by his supervisor to head home to avoid the blaze, but he refused, determined to finish his route and check on older residents. At his last stop, he saw Margaret Newsum standing out on her porch, waiting for help. He seated her in his cab—breaking company protocol—and drove five hours to safety while Newsum shared her life story, including the time she sang backup to Frank Sinatra. “It was the best conversation I’ve had in a truck,” Cummings said. (from THE WEEK, Nov. 3, 2018)
  • A Minnesota woman is being likened to a superhero after she saved her husband’s life and four days later gave birth to their first child. Ashley Goette was 39 weeks pregnant when she woke to her husband, Andrew, gasping for air and suffering cardiac arrest. She performed CPR for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived and took Andrew to the hospital, where he was placed in a medically induced coma. He woke the next day, and Goette headed off to be induced. After a 22-hour labor, their son, Lennon, was born. The family is now at home together. “We’re really lucky,” said Goette.  (from THE WEEK, Nov. 9, 2018)

                                                                                                             

   ~ Sharon Sheppard

Where Did the Summer Go?

Where did the summer go? 

Wasn’t this the fastest one on record?

Summer should get a speeding ticket!

If you’re like most of us, you’re shaking your head and wondering how September could possibly be right around the corner.

If your summer was good, remind yourself that the tans will fade, but the memories will last forever.

If yours was not so good, remind yourself that another one will come around next year (God willing), and rather than mourn its passing, here’s a prescription for curing the end-of-summer blues:

Thank God for life, and make a list of 10 other blessings.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), philosopher, mathematician, theologian, and physicist, said: There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of a man which cannot be satisfied by any created being but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.  

He also said, All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone.

So turn off the electronic devices, brew yourself a cup of coffee or tea, take a deep breath, and inhale the silence.

There’s no charge for blessed solitude.

SS

Joy in July

Joy in July . . .

After living and working in Milan and Paris, I arrived in New York City 20 years ago, and I saw both the joys and the hardships of daily life.  On July 28, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States—the greatest privilege on planet Earth.

Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States

 

May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.

Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, 1947-49

 

I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the things that a good God gives.

Ann Voskamp, Author of One Thousand Gifts

 

Here men from planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon.  July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.

Neil Armstrong, Astronaut

 

For you have been called to live in freedom.  Use your freedom to serve one another in love.

The Holy Bible, Galatians 5:13

 

 

Spring is Nature

As I write this, April Fool’s Day is right around the corner…and no fooling:  in Minnesota we are getting more snow! By the time you read this, hopefully Spring will have arrived in Minnesota and everywhere.

I am reminded of Lewis Grizzard’s quote: Spring is nature’s way of reminding us that every day is worthy of celebration.

And…Doug Larson’s quote: Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.

Spring breathes new life into the world around us. Somehow it breathes new life within also. We are reminded that every day is a new day to: love, forgive, practice patience, and ask God’s help to see the good and goodness all around us.

God, teach me anew that regeneration is the seed which arises Every Day, and also in Spring.

Mary Zigan

Raise your hand if…

Raise your hand if you can’t wait for fall to begin. It’s my favorite time of year! I, Mary, love the way Minnesota shows off its beauty in autumn’s short season. I also love the snuggling in feel one has before our bitter winters begin. Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to be alive, and many others feel the same as these quotes suggest:

  • Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. ~ Jim Bishop

 

 

  • Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day. ~ Shira Tamir

 

  • The heat of autumn is different than the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them into cider. ~ Jane Hirshfield

 

  • Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~ Stanley Horowitz

 

  • William Cullent Bryant, sums up his sentiments the most succinct and I concur:

 

                                Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile!

 

 

 

Inspiration

Quips & Quotes . . . Inspiration for the Journey

 

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie ten Boom, Dutch Christian, who, along with her family, helped many Jews escape the Holocaust in World War II

 

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

                               SØren Kierkegaard, Danish theologian, philosopher, and poet

 

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.  It is the belief that God will do what is right.

                               Max Lucado, American pastor and prolific author

 

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.

                              Helen Keller, deaf-blind American author and lecturer

 

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

                              Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and actress