“O, Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life. Amen.”—Saint Augustine
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”—John Lennon (via kari-shma)
“If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.”—Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (via karlitay)
depression stems from being caught up in the past, anxiety stems from being caught up in the future. both the past and future are really illusions because all that is truly real is now. - Jeffrey Michael
“One of the most satisfying experiences I know is just fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset. When I look at a sunset … I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a little on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple in the cloud color” … I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds. It is this receptive, open attitude which is necessary to truly perceive something as it is.”—Carl Rogers (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
I’m having difficulty managing my load right now, especially transitioning out of work…they are really riding me hard to make sure I tie up any loose ends before I leave. I find myself exhausted by the time that I get home that I hardly have the energy to work on my application or sharing.
Friends, if you can please pray for the following:
That I can fulfill the last of my duties at my current job and train the new person and do what I can to make things easier with my departure
That I can prepare the materials my letter of rec writer has requested to put together my LOR
That I can find the focus and drive to continue moving forward writing my life story and growing my tree for the shepherds to pull the fruits
For the Lord’s grace and peace to chase away the anxiety creepin’ on my heart.
For my transition into my new job to go smoothly next week
For the preparation for our retreat
For the successful assembly of my graduate school applications
For the strength to get through the rest of this month.
I’d also like to pray for you, my family and friends, at this time. Thank you so much!
“Loving Father, I stand before You in the midst of confusion and complexities of life. My future sometimes seems distant and unknown. Give me, O Lord, the vision to see the path You set before me. Grant me courage to follow Your way, that through the gifts and talents You have given me, we may bring Your life and Your love to others. I ask this through Jesus’s, Your son and my brother, name. Amen.”—A student’s prayer