Grace

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‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Grace is a favorable disposition towards someone. It is a voluntary act of goodwill. God has extended His Grace (favor) to us that we should exemplify the same in dealing with others. They might not deserve it, but neither do we.

 

Christmas Tradition

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There are so many different Christmas traditions from all around the world. Growing up, my father did all his shopping Christmas Eve and yet Christmas morning was always magical and full of anticipation and joy. Over the years, I have realized that the best Christmas tradition is being with the ones we love, for true joy comes from loving relationships. May your Christmas tradition be filled with love and joy.

Honorable

6A432AC9-DC2A-4464-86F7-0BA289F39171Honorable: worthy of honor:

synonyms:
morally correct, honest, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded, full of integrity, decent, respected, respectable, venerable, virtuous, good, upstanding, upright, worthy, noble, high-principled, fair, just, truthful, trustworthy, trusty, law-abiding, incorruptible, reliable, reputable, dependable, faithful, illustrious, distinguished, eminent, great, admirable, glorious, prestigious, noble, notable, creditable, renowned, esteemed
During President Bush’s funeral today, the word honorable came to mind and seemed to sum up this man’s character. He was a member of the great generation and leaves us with great respect and admiration.
In contrast, I recall a recent court experience where the judge was called honorable, but the synonyms listed above certainly did not apply. This judge accepted the position of honor, but failed to assume the responsibilities of fulfilling that expectation. In a nutshell, that summarizes most of our society’s problems.

Sincerely Sarah

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My daughter, Sarah, is the artist featured on all my BLOG posts. Her art inspires me and I believe she will inspire anyone with her heart and soul—she is sincerely sweet! Art seems to be undervalued in our society and taken for granted, but it can change our world to a more loving and peaceful place. Right now, she is offering Christmas specials on her artwork. Check her artwork out at sincerelysarahstudios.com

Her website

Security

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The price of being safe from danger in this country alone is staggering. It costs about $32M per hour for national security. Protecting our President costs $2-3 M per day. The costs of law enforcement officers is over $20B per year. All this money and we still have so much violence. Like Miss Congeniality, I really do want world peace.

Daydreaming

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Daydreaming is a time when your brain focuses on whatever it wants and it allows you to feel peace and hope and to relieve stress. I believe it is the opposite of mindfulness. Daydreaming allows you to be creative and imaginative and to solve problems. It seems to me that while our societal demands require more and more protocols, our ability to think is disappearing.