- Feb 14, 2003Happy Birthday Leanne (mi hermana)!
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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Courage must have its everyday face. We can't preserve it just for
special occasions. We must have courage when we are disappointed,
because disappointment is a robber of reason and faith, and even
dignity. We must remember that whatever we have to meet there is
something within us to help us meet it. But it is like a vein of rich
ore. We must tap it, know what it is, and turn it into a finished
product that will serve a purpose.
Every day we must have courage to forgive. The adamant we shall always
face, but to forgive is to disarm. To forgive is to release and to
release is to remove the graceless things that make it necessary to
A little common, everyday courage can give a life so much more to live
for and to find contentment in the knowledge that today I did not give
in to the smaller self. And I can draw on the strength from One who bore
personal suffering with supreme courage.
A comforting adage is that it is always darkest just before the dawn.
The darkest of fear and worry and misunderstanding can last only so
long, and then the light of dawn breaks through to show everything in
its true perspective.
To someone who is troubled, the darkness holds only the most frightening
difficulties. This kind of night seems to have no end, but given a
little time it will pass, as will our problems. The very fact that we
are not alone should give some comfort, for no matter what we are
experiencing someone else has been there too. We must not delude
ourselves with notions that we are meant to be cross-bearers forever.
And frequently, they are much better people who emerge from their own
night to remember that it is as important to have faith in the dark as
it is easy to have faith in the sunshine.
February 13 - Daily Feast
Once a person gets despair out of the way, few things can slow his
progress. Despair is the dividing line between those who can take
impossibility in stride and those who wilt at the first sign of
opposition. Too much energy is absorbed in despair. Strength gives way
to weakness and weakness robs us of the will to overcome. Anything that
wastes energy should be left behind. Energy cuts doubt to the bone. When
a word of power is spoken, new strength is generated. Power words are
not just u wo du hi, pretty words, but strong words of courage that are
heard in the ear and then in the heart where they stay to do a perfect
~ This is a serious time with you. May the Lord bring you out of all
your troubles. Trust your course with Him. ~ CHIEF JOHN ROSS
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Meditation of the Day - February 13 "I wanted to feel, smell, hear and
see, but not see with my eyes and my mind only. I wanted to see with
CANTE ISTA-the eye of the heart." --Lame Deer, LAKOTA
Why is it what some people seem to have peace of mind every day? How do
some people remain so darn positive? How do you stay positive if you
work or live in a negative environment? How is it that two people can
observe the same difficult situation, but one person is upset about it,
and other isn't? Two people experiencing the same situation react
entirely different. If each morning we ask the Creator to allow us to
see with His understanding and with His love, we will open a new way of
"seeing". This eye of the heart is a free gift given to us if we ask for
it in prayer each day.
allow me to see
the world and
all things You
eye of my
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