What I am reading... Kdaughter brought me a book by Joel Osteen. I had heard of him and that he was a rich preacher that had a huge church somewhere in Texas. That was all I knew about him so before I started reading this new book, I did a little research. Yes he is a rich preacher who has worked hard to build a literary career. His sermons are televised to over 7 million people weekly in over 20 countries.
"When I grew up, the devil was a reason why I had a headache or the devil was the reason I got mad today. We always blamed the devil. I think today when I say the enemy, I like to make it broader. Sometimes the enemy can be our own thoughts. We've trained ourselves the wrong way. Or the enemy can be our own lack of discipline. Some people preach about hell like you're already going there, and to me the Gospel means 'Good News.' I'd rather say God is a God of mercy. So I think the people already know what they're doing wrong, and I certainly believe in hell. But to me, when I see thousands of people before me, it just doesn't come out of me to say, 'You guys are terrible, and you're going to hell.' I'd rather say that God is a God of mercy. You've got to live an obedient life, but for every mistake you’ve made, there's mercy there, and I believe we can do better." Joel Osteen
I printed this quote on my color printer and framed it in a beautiful frame. I set it on the bathroom sink counter and it is the first thing I read each morning.
It has reminded me of the choices I have in my life, and my responsibility for them.
This is one part of my healing process,
my journey to be a better me.
I want to be happy and
I do believe for me, it is a choice.
I am also saying "NO".
This is not as easy as I thought.
I plan to share some of my ideas as I go and by sharing this with you, I am making myself accountable to this journey. I hope you will come along, share your thoughts and ideas, lift me up and hold me accountable.
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As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Richard Pearcy