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Apr 13 2009

Motivational Quote: "Failure is a learning experience. It can be a gravestone or a stepping stone." -Bud Hadfield

Thought #1: Failure is also inevitable for human efforts. So, we need to be prepared to handle it well!

Thought #2: I'm flying to Kansas next week to go to a meeting about mission opportunities. I'm hoping the pilot has had all of the learning experiences he needs.

Prayer:Lord God, give direction to our motion, and help us to be actively following you today. Guide my steps into something useful, please. Let my light brighten today as I seek You.

Proverbs 13:3(NLT) ->Watch out for the quick zinger replies.

Proverbs 13:7(NLT) ->Appearances are not good indicators.

Proverbs 13:10(NLT) ->Learn to listen!

Proverbs 13:11(NLT) ->Skip that email! And get to work.

Proverbs 13:12(NLT) ->Wait for the joy!

Isaiah 40:7-8 ->How to stand in the Spirit of the Lord? by His Word!

Isaiah 40:12 ->He's either big, patient, or this is symbolic....this is not an indication that God looks just like you, only bigger.

Isaiah 41:2, Isaiah 44:28, Isaiah 45:1 ->Cyrus isn't even born yet, but God calls him by name and has a plan for him.

1 Timothy 4:6 ->Our nourishment comes from good teaching and sound doctrine, not from worldly amusements. That is the goal and reach of Scripture, to be our supply for all the stability we need.


Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug

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