What a man is before God, that he is, and nothing more.

When: Saturday, August 02, 2008 12:00 AM to Sunday, August 03, 2008 12:00 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Words written in red; Words of Jesus
A vision comes to a young woman in Nazareth (Today’s Gospel)
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end." 
Luke 1:26-33
(First words of Jesus in Luke)
Twelve years later: the boy Jesus goes with his parents to Jerusalem
Every year at the Passover festival Jesus’ parents used to go to Jerusalem. When he was twelve years old they went up to the city as usual for the festival. When it was over they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, without his parents’ knowledge. They went a day’s journey assuming that he was somewhere in their company, and then they began to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. They failed to find him, however, and turned back to the city, looking for him as they went. Three days later, they found him – in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All those who heard him were astonished at his powers of comprehension and at the answers that he gave. When Joseph and Mary saw him, they could hardly believe their eyes, and his mother said to him, "Why have you treated us like this, my son? Here have your father and I been very worried, looking for you everywhere!" And Jesus replied, "But why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?"
Luke 2:41-49
Jesus faces temptation
Jesus returned from the Jordan full of the Holy Spirit and he was led by the Spirit to spend forty days in the desert, where he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during that time and afterwards he felt very hungry. "If you really are the Son of God," the devil said to him, "tell this stone to turn into a loaf." Jesus answered, "The scripture says, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God’ ." Then the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of mankind in a sudden vision, and said to him, "I will give you all this power and magnificence, for it belongs to me and I can give it to anyone I please. It shall all be yours if you will fall down and worship me." To this Jesus replied, "It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only you shall serve’." Then the devil took him to Jerusalem and set him on the highest ledge of the Temple. "If you really are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here, for the scripture says, ‘He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you’, and ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone’." To which Jesus replied, "It is also said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God’." And when he had exhausted every kind of temptation, the devil withdrew until his next opportunity.
Luke 4:1-13
What a man is before God, that he is, and nothing more.
— St. Francis of Assisi
Abba, Father, Lord God, humble, thankful and aware I come to You. Humbled by my weaknesses and nature, thankful for Your blessings and unconditional love which is the source of Thy mighty grace and mercy by which I walk under the sun, aware of Your presence always seeking to be conscious of Your will and purpose for me under the sun. As I feel I know You more I am humbled by the thought which becomes knowledge through Your grace by which I walk for it is by Your grace and mercy that I have been given the time and numerous chances to awaken to Your truths which are rooted in Your unconditional love, grace and mercy brought to life through Jesus and alive in me in the Spirit. It is through these truths that I feel blessed to know it is by Your grace and mercy that I am truly blessed, and can count the blessings as I feel them. I know I have many self create issues to deal with, but I also know I must now walk and deal with them according to who I am, not what have been. This secret brought to me through Jesus and available to me, mine and us because of His sorrowful passion as shown and taught me, through repetition that I can die to what I have been and rise in Jesus as what I am; and by this too I am humbled, thankful and aware. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Audio books I am listening to and other books or readings I am reading:
When I Lay My Isaac Down: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances (Unabridged) By: Carol Kent Sometimes we make sacrifices to help us get ahead, to allow us more time with family, or because we believe in the cause. And then there are sacrifices in which we have no say, "Isaac experiences" as in Genesis 22, thrust upon us without warning or survival instructions. This audio book outlines eight transformational power principles that Gene and Carol Kent learned in the process of facing the news that forever changed their lives.
Becoming a Person of Influence By: John C. Maxwell and Jim Dornan "You can immediately [sense a] spark when you hear John Maxwell and Jim Dornan talk about leadership. Their understanding of influence is like mine for guitars; it’s woven into the fabric of their being." – (Bob Taylor, President, Taylor Guitars). With influence, you can achieve success at home, work, and in every other area of life.

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