Do It Anyway!

The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. FORGIVE them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. BE KIND anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. SUCCEED anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. BE HONEST & SINCERE anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. CREATE anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. BE HAPPY anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. DO GOOD anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. GIVE YOUR BEST anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between YOU & GOD. It was never between you and them anyway.

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Proverbs 3 – one of my favourites!

Don’t Assume You Know It All
1-2 Good friend, don’t forget all I’ve taught you; take to heart my commands. They’ll help you live a long, long time, a long life lived full and well. 

3-4 Don’t lose your grip on Love and Loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart. Earn a reputation for living well in God’s eyes and the eyes of the people.

5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honour God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.

The Very Tree of Life
13-18 You’re blessed when you meet Lady Wisdom, when you make friends with Madame Insight. She’s worth far more than money in the bank; her friendship is better than a big salary. Her value exceeds all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her. With one hand she gives long life, with the other she confers recognition. Her manner is beautiful, her life wonderfully complete. She’s the very Tree of Life to those who embrace her. Hold her tight—and be blessed!

19-20 With Lady Wisdom, God formed Earth; with Madame Insight, he raised Heaven. They knew when to signal rivers and springs to the surface, and dew to descend from the night skies.

Never Walk Away
21-26 Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner, Because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound.

27-29 Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor “Maybe some other time” or “Try me tomorrow” when the money’s right there in your pocket. Don’t figure ways of taking advantage of your neighbour when he’s sitting there trusting and unsuspecting.

30-32 Don’t walk around with a chip on your shoulder, always spoiling for a fight. Don’t try to be like those who shoulder their way through life. Why be a bully?”Why not?” you say. Because God can’t stand twisted souls. It’s the straightforward who get his respect. 

33-35 God’s curse blights the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. He gives proud skeptics a cold shoulder, but if you’re down on your luck, he’s right there to help. Wise living gets rewarded with honour; stupid living gets the booby prize.

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I seldom think about my limitations…I can do something!

“Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged. I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers. I am only one; but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”

By Helen A Keller
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller

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A Full Life in the Emptiest of Places

One of my favourite songs by the Parachute Band is Saviour of the Broken Heart.
Watch the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPqDNVDFSQs
Love this passage of scripture that they use within the song and wanted to share it with you….

Isaiah 58:6-12 (MSG)

“This is the kind of fast day I’m after:

to break the chains of injustice,

get rid of exploitation in the workplace,

free the oppressed,

cancel debts.

What I’m interested in seeing you do is:

sharing your food with the hungry,

inviting the homeless poor into your homes,

putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad,

being available to your own families.

Do this and the lights will turn on,

and your lives will turn around at once.

Your righteousness will pave your way.

The God of glory will secure your passage.

Then when you pray, God will answer.

You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’

If you get rid of unfair practices,

quit blaming victims,

quit gossiping about other people’s sins,

If you are generous with the hungry

and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,

Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness,

your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.

I will always show you where to go.

I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places

firm muscles, strong bones.

You’ll be like a well-watered garden,

a gurgling spring that never runs dry.

You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,

rebuild the foundations from out of your past.

You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,

restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,

make the community livable again.”

WOW! You could meditate on those verses for quite awhile. I’m praying that they inspire you and motivate you to live your life to please God 🙂

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A Beautiful Poem by my late cousin Clifford Adam Fontaine

Let me not exist for a fair desire.

Sweet and fresh are my expectations of this, that yearns passionately for the endowment of what I sow in tears.
That later I shall reap in joy, each drop that I sow will become a time of breaking.

Come, Come with me your creation, through times of breaking the planting of tears. As I am broken, your love grows stronger. And I feel you with me, upholding me through it all. And my heart is deceived by my eyes, my actions in the name of beauty.

I’m sickened and strangled by myself, that I would allow an unyielding desire to lead me astray. Put to shame by my lack of trust, I confess my faults with tears.

Manifestation of your forgiveness, my wounds healed by the love you give me, beyond understanding, love from you that I don’t deserve.

I shut my eyes. I rest in your heart trusting. Sensing my strength is fading away slowly with the setting sun.

The night has brought its darkness and its storms; the flood that reflected a dull moon. Violent winds raged beneath the stars that didn’t shine.

Emptied of myself I fell to the ground slowly. Through the destruction came a single quiet voice. And the breath of you consumed the night and brought strength that I never felt on my own.

And holding me with your love is all I keep, please can I have your love?

By Clifford Adam Fontaine 1984-2002 > I miss you cousin and think of you often! Love you forever.

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An Honoured Life is a Beautiful Life!

Wikipedia says: HONOUR is an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or corporate body.

Unfortunately, today honor is a concept of life (a value if you will) that we are losing in today’s value-free society. Very few seem to have any idea of honor either in their daily lives, their relationships or their work.

I’ve been asking myself, what does it mean to be a person of honour?

In the Old Testament, the Bible uses several different Hebrew words that are translated “honor.” These carry the idea of magnificence or splendor.
In the New Testament, the main Greek word translated “honor” means “to praise or to revere.” It has its origin in a Greek word meaning “VALUABLE.”

You were born with honour. God honours your life! You are valued by God.

Not only are YOU valued, but how often do you stop to think how much he values the PEOPLE around you? Not just the Christians or the good people. But even those that society may consider evil or bad. He values their life.

You see, everyone has value in the eyes of God!
I know we believe that but do we always live that way?? Do we live with honour and honour others?

I want to challenge us all today to say…
1) Be a person of honour – honor is what makes every person great.

What makes you honorable?
The dictionary defines it as personal integrity; allegiance to moral principles.

BE the best you can be until your heart beats it’s last on this earth.

Simply, everyday you are constantly presented with moments, opportunities situations where you always get to decide who you will be, how you will react, what you will do or say.

CHOOSE HONOUR!

EXAMPLES: What we say, how we spend our time, how we treat others when we’re having a “bad day”, maybe doing things that you think you’ll never got caught for, what do you do passing by those in need, seeing an elderly person alone in a coffee shop…

Just think about it, what would our society be like without people of honour? With no one placing value on each other or on anything?

Let’s build a REPUTATION of honour.

Many people in history we honour for the BIG things they did but I could guarantee they had honour in small things too. And because they chose to be people of honour in the small things I truly believe God opened doors of opportunity where they could make a huge impact with other people!

James 5:10-11: Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.

In your life, care right down to the last detail. You’ll be amazed what happens!

On Sunday we honoured Lead Callahan, a gal who attends and volunteers at our church (Springs Church in Calgary). She is 25 and will be competing in the Summer Olympics in London on August 9th. She’s competing in Women’s Wrestling and is one of the top 18 in her class. She shared how 2 years ago when she decided she would try to qualify for the Olympics she wasn’t consistent in placing in the top positions in her competitions. And then about a year ago her and her friends were looking for a community and found Springs. Ever since being part of church, and learning & growing in her walk with God Leah said that her gifts and skills have just grown leaps in bounds. They’ve grown in ways where her coaches are just amazed! And basically the church listened to her give all the glory to maker and her creator, GOD.

2) Honour God!

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12: Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.

GIVE YOURSELF FREELY TO GOD in everyway!

When you worship God at church don’t be shy, just let your heart enter into worship freely. In all that you do honour God – give him your best.

You know when you go somewhere and have an experience where someone doesn’t give you their best you feel cheated, but God ALWAYS GIVES YOU HIS BEST!

Read His Word and honour everything He says, all that He promises you.

Psalm 112:1-10: Hallelujah! Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God, Who cherish and relish his commandments, Their children robust on the earth, And the homes of the upright—how blessed! Their houses brim with wealth And a generosity that never runs dry. Sunrise breaks through the darkness for good people— God’s grace and mercy and justice! The good person is generous and lends lavishly; No shuffling or stumbling around for this one, But a sterling and solid and lasting reputation. Unfazed by rumor and gossip, Heart ready, trusting in God, Spirit firm, unperturbed, Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies, They lavish gifts on the poor— A generosity that goes on, and on, and on. An honored life! A beautiful life!

Another way we honour God is by HOW we honour others!

3) Honour Others

Do you honour the people in your world? Those you encounter in your everyday life?

I was in a grocery store the other day and an elderly man passed me in an aisle. He greeted me with a hello that made me feel like we’ve known each other for years. I instantly tried to figure out where I knew him from (thinking that it would be embarrassing if I forgot his name or something). When I got to the till he was the clerk and I realized that we did not know each other. But his wonderful HELLO had made me feel like we had known each other for years.

How would your conversations with people change if you greeted every person like you’ve know them for years? WOW, what honour they would experience from you.

Give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

LOVE. ACCEPT. FORGIVE > when you do it opens amazing doors of opportunity to share God’s love with people.

You don’t know how you honouring someone’s life, someone’s presence, their thoughts can impact their story.

Often when people go on to do great things at some point in their life they give a speech and you’ll hear about all the people that helped get them to where they are. I want to be someone that helps build other’s stories. We all need people like that in our own life so why not challenge yourself to do it for others?

I remember a time in high school where we all wrote one nice thing about each other on a piece of paper and we got to keep it to remember! I loved that activity and we all felt so honoured by each other.

I heard a story about a solder who died in combat and on his person was the very same sheet of paper.  A list of things that all his classmates said about him! Wow. Years later he still had that paper. I can see him opening it and reading it when he’s experiencing hard times, when he felt like a failure. We really don’t know how far our words and acts of honour go!

We often get so busy in our lives that we don’t leave time for others. We are running late for one appointment and booking our days with activities back to back. I want to challenge us all: make the time in your schedule to talk to those who come across your path, and really listen!

Hebrews 13:1-4: Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love. Be ready with a meal or a bed when it’s needed. Some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it! Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them. Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them had happened to you

BE READY!

When someone lets you down or says horrible things about you, how can you still honour them anyway? When someone tells you off in traffic, send them a BIG smile!

The leaders and pastors in your life who love you and do their best to coach and lead you – how do you honour them?

What about your family? Your closest loved ones? Let’s place honour on their life!

James 3:17-18: Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.

AN HONOURED LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL LIFE!

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Mike’s Power Cookie!

Here it is! Let me know what you think of it when you make it. 🙂

INGREDIENTS

* 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
* 2 tablespoons almond paste (Found this at CO-OP)
* 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil (I used Flax oil)
* 10 packets of Truvia (I used Stevia)
* ¼ cup agave nectar
* 1 large egg
* ½ teaspoon vanilla
* ¾ cup whole wheat flour
* ½ teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* ½ teaspoon salt
* ¼ teaspoon black pepper
* ½ cup vanilla whey powder
* 2 cups oats
* 1 cup dried cherries
* ½ cup sliced almonds

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together applesauce, almond paste, flaxseed oil, Truvia and agave nectar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour, baking soda, salt, pepper and whey powder. Beat thoroughly. Stir in oats, cherries and almonds. Mix well. Drop the batter by large tablespoons onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with vegetable cooking spray. Divide dough so that you have 18 cookies. Flatten each cookie with the back of the spoon. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Cool and store in a plastic container. Each cookie supplies 128 calories and can be enjoyed on the Activate, Achieve and Arrive Cycles for breakfast or as a snack. Each cookie counts as 1 protein and 1 natural starch.

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