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Dickens’ Birthday!

"God Bless us, everyone!" illustration by Howard Pyle, Click pic for source.

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. -Charles Dickens

Temper (from the Webster’s 1828 dictionary): “calmness of mind.”

In honor of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, and because it’s a good thing to do, let’s pray for some of that….

LET'S PRAY! click pic for source

The “Calmness of Mind” prayer:

Dear Father, thank you for loving me, even when my mind is NOT a bit calm. Here’s a list of the things I am worried about (Take your time.  List them all.  God already knows it, but it helps to say it to Him.)

I know you are perfectly capable of handling all these things, so I leave them in Your hands, and by your grace, I flat-out refuse to worry about them.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Corrie Ten Boom said, “worry is carrying a bucket of feathers like its a load of lead.”  or something like that, and she said, “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”**

Calm and worry don’t go together.  Just sayin’

Speaking of calm, do you know the One who calmed the sea during a storm?  He’d love for you to know Him so He can calm your storms, too.  His name is Jesus.  Click the pic below for a quick introduction:

See bottom of post for image source***

** Ten Boom quote from: Good Reads

***Jesus calms the storm from: http://files.children-safe-site.webnode.com/system_preview_detail_200000728-4a8254b7d1/.341-342%20Jesus%20In%20Nazareth%20,%20Jesus%20Calms%20The%20Storm.jpg

Happy Birthday to Andy!

Andy and hiking buddy, Taylor, celebrating on top of Pikes Peak with Sponge Bob party hats, Little Debbie cakes, candles that wouldn't light due to lack of oxygen and strong winds, and freeze dried Neopolitan ice cream

Andy and hiking buddy, Taylor, celebrating Andy's 15th birthday on top of Pikes Peak at sunrise with Sponge Bob party hats, Little Debbie cakes, candles that wouldn't light due to lack of oxygen and strong winds, and freeze dried Neopolitan ice cream

“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face…” Proverbs 15:13

Pikes Peak, August 2009.  The start of an all-night hike.

L-R: Taylor (16), my husband, Dave (47), and our son, Andy (15)

So, the boys made it to the top of Pikes Peak in the dark!  Here’s them starting out so seriously. 

 The lack of oxygen must have gotten to them by the time they reached 14,110 ft., as clearly evidenced in the Sponge Bob Party hats picture!

Well, in honor of our son Andy’s 15th birthday, here’s a selection of verses from Proverbs 15~~

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (:1)

“The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” (:3)

“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” (:4)

“The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.” (:7)

“A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.” (:12)