Tag Archives: Grace

The 11/07/13 Joy Jar

8 Nov

Every day aside from the fact that God has given one another day to live, one should be thankful for their Blessings. Every person is Blessed, no matter their material circumstance because each day offers hope of a better day and better tomorrow. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are the Blessings of each day.

A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
Irish Blessing

May you live as long as you are fit to live, but no longer! or, may you rather die before you cease to be fit to live than after!
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1749

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.
John Wooden

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
Joseph Addison

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.
Ralph Marston

The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.
John Locke

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.
Harold Coffin

Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content.
Samuel Johnson

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.

On the recollection of so many and great favours and blessings, I now, with a high sense of gratitude, presume to offer up my sincere thanks to the Almighty, the Creator and Preserver.
William Bartram

The 07/29/13 Joy Jar

29 Jul

Moi has had the opportunity to watch an extremely greedy person over a period of time. Everyone need s certain base level of money, mamman, $$ or whatever to meet basic needs. This individual’s needs for $$ are not so much to meet basic needs, but to make them feel that they are of some worth and because they are of some worth, their worth should be recognized. Moi finds them utterly repulsive. That emotion says quite a bit about moi as well. She is far from perfect and still a work on the Potter’s Wheel. Still, she strives on an aspirational level to make choices which are more in accord with a different view of life and a different view of how people should be treated. While moi chooses to stay as far away from this person as possible because she finds them repulsive. Moi needs to choose to work on seeing them as God sees us all, with Grace and as a work in progress. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is choice.

“We are our choices.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”
Brodi Ashton, Everneath

“We don’t get to chose what is true. We only get to choose what we do about it.”
Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness

“I won’t tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world’s voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!”
Oscar Wilde

“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
Tehyi Hsieh

“It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will become.”
Leo Babauta

“Life is not a matter of chance…it is a matter of choice.”

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”
Roy Disney

The 06/12/13 Joy Jar

11 Jun


Yesterday’s ‘Joy Jar’ was to give thanks for being human. Humans have a wide variety of characteristics from they walk with Angels to satan wouldn’t have them in the family because they are so evil. The best human qualities form a tapestry called humane. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the quality of being humane.

What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity.
Cesar Chavez

With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.
William Lloyd Garrison

One can not be just if one is not humane.
Luc de Clapiers

An interface is humane if it is responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties.
Jef Raskin

One can not be just if one is not humane.
Luc de Clapiers

The 12/26/12 ‘Joy Jar’

30 Dec
All of us need grace and we all hope that people will grant us grace. It is harder to give others grace and forgiveness, but that is what we must learn to do. Today’s deposit in the ‘Joy Jar’ is grace for ourselves and others.

“By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

“Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.”
Jerry Bridges

“Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day’s chalking.”
Frederick Buechner, The Alphabet of Grace

“You must pay for everything in this world one way and another. There is nothing free except the Grace of God. You cannot earn that or deserve it.”
Charles Portis, True Grit

“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.”
Frederick Buechner

“When grace moves in… guilt moves out”
― Max Lucado, Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions

“If I’m not showing grace . . . have I forgotten the grace I’ve been shown?”
― John F. MacArthur

“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.”
Confucius, The Analects