A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.

When: Thursday, July 17, 2008 12:00 AM to Friday, July 18, 2008 12:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Words written in red; Words of Jesus
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Matthew 11: 28 – 30
A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.
— St. Dominic de Guzman
Abba, Father, Lord God, thankful and humbled I come to You seeking Your Word, asking for Your continued mercy and grace. O that You would bless me and mine, that You would find the way to enlarge our territory as a house that follows Your ways, heeds Your Word and worships You in the Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, that Your hand will be with us to keep us from evil and from causing any pain, helping each of us to govern and control our passions while seeking Your will and accepting that which we cannot change, while having the courage to change that which we can change. O Lord as the Prophet Isaiah proclaims in today’s reading from 26:9 ‘My soul yearns for thee in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks thee. For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.‘ Even though I stumble, even though I fall, I know You are there to lift me up and catch me from falling further, and the fall will be as long as it takes for me to reach for Thee, and die to myself so I can rise with Jesus. These things I know, these things I believe, help be and do these things; so I may walk with the righteous and be a light to You. In the name of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Audio books I am listening to and other books or readings I am reading:
The Art of Presence By: Eckhart Tolle In The Art of Presence, Eckhart guides you through seven hours of transformational insights that allow "presence to naturally arise" in you. With his one-of-a-kind instruction, you will learn how to ground yourself in the vibrancy of your "inner body" while simultaneously breaking free from the illusion of separation from the outside world.
The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science (Unabridged) By: Norman Doidge The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains – even into old age – is the most important breakthrough in neuroscience in four centuries.
The Shack Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant "The Shack" wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!

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