Thursday, January 1, 2015

Prayer for 2015

This year:  

Find a creek, river, lake, or ocean, and be still beside it for a time. Sit by an open fire and watch the flames. Sit on the porch and lie on the grass. Light candles. Take a deep breath. Write a handwritten letter to someone. 

Discover something new everyday. Learn. Tell stories. Listen to old people. Ask them questions. 

Do something nice for others when you can and don't hesitate to be kind to yourself.

Read actual, real books and newspapers.

Spend an entire day without looking at your phone. If you feel the urge to post a selfie everyday, take a picture of some other beautiful thing instead. Remember that there is power in moderation.

Learn to cook or bake something new. Enjoy every meal. Savor your food. Drink water.

Be completely quiet. Turn your favorite song up as loud as it will go.

If someone makes you feel bad all the time, get away from them. Laugh with others. Laugh while you're alone.

Spend time with animals. They make us better people.

Spray someone with the kitchen sink sprayer. Sing while washing dishes. Dance.

Don't judge. Think this: "There but for the grace of God go I" or "Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Forgive others. Forgive yourself.

--Silas House, from "What I Know: a Prayer Essay"




6 comments:

Jennifer Milligan said...
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Jennifer Milligan said...

Beautiful. Thank you. ❤️

Jen Wallwork Dominguez said...

Lovely, old friend. There are at least 3 (read actual real books..., spray someone with the kitchen sink sprayer... Turn your favorite song up...) that will go in a place of prominence under the glass on my desk. Though, I must say, I've never taken a selfie in my life, so I'm good there. Hope you are well, hillbilly. ��

Joseph Harris said...

This is amazing. My wife and I want to have it painted onto canvas and hung up behind our couch. Such beautiful reminders.

Steve Finnell said...

WHEN JESUS SPOKE?-BY STEVE FINNELL

Do you believe what Jesus said to be the truth or do you believe the interpretations of others?

Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

Jesus said "Has been baptized shall be saved."

Many interpreters have said that Jesus meant that they had been saved the minute they believed and that they should be baptized later, as a testimony of their faith.

Should you trust your eyes when you see what Jesus said?
Should you trust your ears and eyes when hear interpreters and preachers teach something Jesus did not say?

When Jesus was alive He forgave sins of whom ever He wished to prove that He had authority to forgive sin.(Matthew 9:6)

Matthew 9:2 And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed.Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "Take courage, son;your sins are forgiven."

Were the paralytics' sins forgiven the very minute his friends had faith? No, they had faith before they brought the paralytic before Jesus, yet he was still in his sins. The paralytic did not have sins forgiven until Jesus made the proclamation, "Your sins are forgiven."

Jesus has made a proclamation for us, "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved." Jesus never said, "He who has faith only will be saved."

JESUS NOR THE APOSTLES DID NOT STATE THAT MEN SHOULD BE IMMERSED IN WATER BECAUSE THEIR SINS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FORGIVEN.

Under the New Covenant sins are always forgiven because of faith and baptism.

(Scripture from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

GOD LOVES ALL MEN, HOWEVER, SALVATION IS CONDITIONAL.
The conditions are: Believe-John 3:13 Repent-Acts 2:38,Acts 3:19 Confession-Romans 10:9 Water Baptism-Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16.

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Glenda Beall said...

I am late coming to this page, but this post is similar to my own thoughts on living the best life possible. I am among the older segment of Americans and have gained wisdom from life experiences, but I feel that it is important to learn something new every day.
I put good music on and dance alone in my living room. Practicing simple kindness and showing appreciation for what others do is also part of my life plan. Like others who commented here, I plan to copy and post your prayer for 2015 on my bulletin board with all my vision board goals. Thank you.