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Laughter and Singing

“You never saw him, yet you love him.
You still don’t see him,
yet you trust him – with laughter and singing.” (1 Peter 1:8, The Message).

Imagine Peter’s delight in watching a generation rise up of those who never saw Jesus — but yet loved and believed in Him. Not only that, but they believed in the face of great difficulties and strong opposition; they loved and trusted Jesus without seeing any evidence of His presence. And furthermore — they did all this with laughter and singing!

Their behaviour proved their belief. Something far greater than this world held their hearts, and as a result their lives were unleashed with joy and praise — even though their world was falling apart!

It is indeed a mysterious thing that the Lord does when He lifts the loads we carry through life, and enables us to then lift our heads and see life from His point of view. Yes, we may have to put up with all kinds of aggravations, but we do so realizing that pure gold put in the fire comes out proved pure.

In the same manner, genuine faith put through suffering comes out of it proved genuine. And after all, isn’t that what you really want? To be proven pure and genuine?

So whatever is going on is this topsy-turvy world, filled with strife created by greed, lift your vision higher and look unto Jesus. And let your life be marked by laughter and singing — knowing that God has His eyes on you, and is committed to proving you true.

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Altitude begins with an attitude of gratitude


Altitude begins with an attitude of gratitude.

‘…with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard you hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’
Philippians 4:6-7

Dear God, I direct my eyes on You and trust You with all my heart.
I wouldn’t be without You.
Without your help I would not have moved much further in this wicked world.
Let me help You to make Yourself known to others
and let me enjoy Your benefits and share them with others in all simplicity.

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Hoogte begint met een houding van dankbaarheid.

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Extending the soul to the hungry and satisfying the afflicted


Happy is the heart who offers the lonely a friend.

 

 

‘…If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul,
then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
and your darkness shall be as the noonday.’
~ Isaiah 58:10

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Dear God, let me help those in need
and let me bring them some sparkle of hope.

 

 

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A Wayside Sacrament

Purplerays

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting ~ a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Text & image source: Contemplative Monk
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Like a sandcastle,…..

In the World of matter, all may be temporary, but those who want to be children of God shall be carried over sand, water, swamps and into the clouds of a new reality, by the Eternal existing God to a world still to come, a Kingdom to stay and to live in peace for ever.

Purplerays

Like a sandcastle, all is temporary.
Build it, tend to it, enjoy it. 
And when the time comes, let it go.

Text & image source: Spiritual Awakening
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Every form of life is beautiful


“Every form of life is beautiful.
Anyone who doesn’t appreciate yours
doesn’t deserve to change the way you look at yourself or the world.”
― Elana Blinder


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Elke vorm van leven is mooi

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I is for Incompleteness

How often our thoughts do not bring us to think why we did not do this or that and did not become this or that? How many of us dream not of a magnificent career and when we start working dream of reaching the top one day. But when would that top being reached?

More than once we receive a figural slap in the face, and several time we are put hard on the ground, making us aware that perhaps we want to much of ourselves or that we have a little ‘too big me’ in us.

Humility is often a trait that is difficult to achieve, but we can better place our hope in it, to feel happy, than to keep on struggling in the swamp of our vanity.

Hot Dogs and Marmalade

The victory of humility is the acceptance of our own incompleteness,
in order that He may make us complete in His own way.

Thomas Merton, The Silent Life


At least half of our Playmobile guys didn’t have hair.

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Saving a single life



Whoever saves a single life,
is as though he saved an entire world
– Talmud, Sanhedrin 37a


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Één enkel leven reddend

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To have been mistaken


“” Life means making mistakes.
Being perfect means you have often been mistaken. ”
John Henry Newman


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Zich vergist hebben

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Looking at the place where you lost your happiness

Stop looking for your happiness at the place where you lost it.

 

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Zoek je geluk op de plaats waar je het bent kwijtgeraakt

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