Friends Who Are Honest — Orlando Espinosa

This is really good.

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Surround yourself with real friends who will be honest, keep you humble and constantly motivated!

via Friends Who Are Honest — Orlando Espinosa

“There are very few honest friends–the demand is not particularly great.” -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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Guest post – Beauty and the Actual Beast

How I wish all people could read this. This message will bless all who will heed its wisdom. Let us pray for God to bless the author! And the friend who asked the author to write it!

Song of Virginity

A big thank you to Brandon, from the blog Brandon J Adams – For millennials seeking the abundant life of Jesus graciously wrote a post for Song of Virginity – and without further ado:

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Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the beast

There’s a tale old as time, all right, but not the Disney version. It’s a heartwrenching remake.
I’m watching it, again, at my workplace right now.
Guy and Girl get together. Girl becomes Mother Girl. Guy tries to stick around at first. Guy finds himself overwhelmed by Mother Girl’s and Baby’s needs. Guy gets noticed by Other Girl. Other Girl sidles up to Guy with sweet words that Mother Girl hasn’t had the energy to muster up for a while. Guy lets Other Girl linger just a bit. Mother Girl gets upset. Guy grins hunky grin, thinks Mother Girl is overreacting. Other Girl brazenly presses. Backtrack four sentences and repeat until Guy…

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Cut the Pain

Sobering post, inviting prayers from all who pray, and with a great message at the end. Let’s all pray for Lene, please, and for her daughter. Thank you.

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I’m seeing things I don’t want to see and hearing things I don’t want to hear.
I’m living a life, I do not want. I’m in a war zone!
Lord, we get what we need and not always what we want.
But I don’t think I ever needed this!

cuttingMy daughter is only 10 and has a depression caused by severe anxiety. It has been going on for years and she has been on medication for about 10 months now. Only… Recently… Things took a turn I didn’t expect: Cutting.

Cutting is also known as self-harm, using a nice word – or self-mutilation, using a hard-core word. It’s a tangible pain that for a moment replaces an intangible and possibly unidentified pain of the heart and mind.

Istrongmomt’s gruesome for a mom to watch and not having many or any means of help. But the tough part of it…

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Random fact… Sleep

I think you will enjoy this. : )

Finding the Write Idea

Prompt: The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

Starter: There were some things I didn’t mind not knowing.

Quote: “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” -Ernest Hemingway

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The Hard Work of Forgiveness

Oh, if only I didn’t need this message so very much!

Mitch Teemley

My new film Over-the-Rhine, whichhas its world premiere in Orlando next month, is about forgiveness. So the subject is very much on my mind.

OTR Poster2aHow do you forgive the unforgiveable? To begin with, you have to remember that, while there are unforgiveable acts, there are no unforgiveable people. Yes, tragically, a few souls have “seared consciences” (1 Timothy 4:2) and can no longer discern good from evil. But it is not possible—or necessary—for us to know for certain who those people are. It is possible—and necessary—for us to forgive. (Luke 6:37)

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

So, how do we forgive? To begin with, we stop trying to feel like we do, and do the hard work of raw forgiveness. “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor,” C.S. Lewis says, simply “act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find…

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The Case for Christ, the Movie

We all believe what we want to believe. Those who want to back their beliefs with evidence may enjoy this post. God bless you!

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An intriguing movie hits sixteen hundred theaters nationwide this month beginning on April 7. In order to save his marriage, an avowed atheist seeks to disprove the Resurrection with a rigorous detective-like investigation. But he is surprised by what his analysis uncovers.

The Case for Christ, the movie, is based on the true story of award-winning journalist Lee Strobel. He is a confident atheist who is determined to disprove his wife’s newfound Christian faith. He applies his well-honed investigative and legal skills to try to disprove the Resurrection of Jesus and thereby recover his wife. However, compelled by the hard evidence he finds and the reality of Christ in lives around him, he becomes a believer in Jesus Christ.

The movie stars Mike Vogel as Lee Strobel and Erika Christensen as his wife Leslie.

Lee Strobel was the hard-driving legal editor at the Chicago…

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Fat Cat

Here is a good dose of healthy laughter I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.

Mitch Teemley

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Two True Fables: Part One

We didn’t look for cats. They would just show up and say, “I live here now, and you’re going to feed me.” It was a pretty sweet deal, though. They were free, they were cute, and most of them were pretty affectionate.

Except for Fat Cat. Fat Cat avoided us like the mange. But every now and then he would suddenly remember how much he enjoyed being with us.  It was when Mom cooked chicken for dinner.

We ate in the den because we were committed to meeting every evening and spending quality time with…

the TV.

While Mom was loading our dinner plates onto a tea cart, Dad would pull a gateleg table (built by the same people who made medieval drawbridges) out of the closet and drag it over to the viewing area. Then he would lift the Formica flaps and activate the…

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