Sorry about the delay

I delayed Day 2’s post, I apologize.  I will post on Thursdays, so we have a chance to read the chapter earlier in the week, and then you can post your thoughts & inspirations.  I know many were waiting to pick up their books from Bookworms & Amazon and should have them in hand by this wkend.  Please find some quiet time (I realise it can be difficult during a wkend) and read Day 1 & 2 in Warren’s book.   Then post your comments & thoughts, and what’s inspired you.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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A born & bred New Yorker living on the other side of the Atlantic since '92. Once you live in a much smaller country you realise everything is precious,take nothing for granted,and you gain a global view which you would never have if you had stayed in the US.
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7 Responses to Sorry about the delay

  1. sophiakatos says:

    The “point to ponder” as Debbie says is if it’s not about me then it’s about our”brothers and sisters” However getting caught up in our daily activities and responsibilities , who has time to really devote to people outside your immediate family. There have been a few times where I’ve gone to volunteer at PIKPA,and feel that I am fullfilling a purpose and truly it is a woderful feeling that brings me happiness. These are rare occasions and not the norm.
    Being raised as a Greek-Orthodox,I never considered my birth as an accident. I always believed that God had a plan for my life and that it was to be an all-around “good person”. It’s to be a “good” Christian, and a “good” mother and wife. However, this entails self-sacrifice. as Warren quotes Mattthew,”Self-help is no help at all.Self-sacrifice is the way,my way to finding yourself, your true self”self sacrifice.
    Truthfully, this is not easy or enjoyable.Yes, I’ve become stronger by certain sacrifices( ie. living in Greece) but it’s an ongoing struggle, that leaves me very unhappy at times.

    Since practicing Yoga, I’ve been exposed to some of the eastern philosophy about God,which is that God is love ,but the focus here is doing what makes you happy . Sometimes the thing that makes me happy is not the best choice for the well being of my family.
    So when I get the thoughts of doing something for myself ,to become more independent and successful, I feel guilty!
    If God already has the”blueprint” for our life, then we should let fate take over.This, however kills the desire to strive towards achieving a goal that fulfills you, spiritually, emotionally or physically.You just except what comes your way?!

    hopefully Mr. Warren’s book will put things in perspective.

  2. debbieh says:

    I was raised a Roman Catholic and had to attend Mass until I was 25. I found the services and words empty – they did not inspire me – nothing. But when I started yoga and at the start of every class we said the daily prayer – it was a revelation!!

    “Our Daily Prayer
    God may your hand lead me from the unreal to the real from darkness to light, from death to immortality. May all be happy. May all be peaceful. May all be enlightened and cultured. May all attain perfection. May peace be established in the three bodies of man. May peace be established in the three worlds. May peace be established everywhere. May truth be our religion. May service be our worship. May world be our family. May knowledge be our breath. May yoga be our way. May our eyes see happy and noble things. May our ears hear happy and truthful words. May our tongues be sweet and truthful. May our bodies be divine instruments. May noble thoughts come to us from all corners of the world. May we never leave God. May God never leave us. Om, peace & love. Om, peace & health. Om, peace & enlightenment.””

    I believe that there is a simple message of kindness in this prayer and it encompasses everyone. Being so caught up in work and the business I don’t practice yoga and I miss it, big time!

    The greatest gift or lesson you can give your child is your own living example of true happiness, health and contentment. Maybe our fate is the journey of discovering our own spirituality, health and happiness and if we don’t have this then how can we do for others or expect to give what we have not yet found? It is a tough balancing act of self, family, God, community, and work.

    • sophiakatos says:

      That is a beautiful prayer.

      I would like to add the following reading from Luke 11:1-10 which is apropo to our blog.:

      At that time, Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he
      ceased, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as
      John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
      ‘Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day ourdaily bread; and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation.'” And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give youanything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you,
      Ask, and it will be given
      you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For
      every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who
      knocks it will be opened.”

  3. andel4 says:

    In Chapter one,Warren speaks of ‘self sacrifice’ meaning in my opinion to let go of the ego and surrender to God.It doesn’t mean that we leave our jobs and families to find enlightenment but to live as loving spiritual beings.To live our lives with love, compassion,humility and forgiveness.It’s ego or self that destroys the quality of our lives.

    Warren also speaks of not focusing with one’s personal needs and goals but to focus outwards.Life doesn’t go around us but we go around life.When we focus outwards we will automatically become giving
    and loving.

    So our purpose driven life begins with looking out and not within.Ok and some of you might say but I’m giving but sacrificing my happiness etc.
    Then you aren’t giving from love but from the self Giving becomes a sacrifice only when you have’nt set up boundaries.And when your have no boundaries your not being loving to yourself either.

    Chapter 2

    Our Blueprints have been already drawn up by God but it doesn’t work by fate alone.God also created free will so we can be our own life’s navigator.He sends us signs(like this book) to steer us on the right path but if we aren’t able see them then we drift in the unknown.

    We all know that we aren’t following our path when we don’t feel are life is the way we want to be.So spiritually,emotionally and physyically we start our search for our blueprint and that it is our life goal.It won’t just come your way,you have to find it!

    So we aren’t accidents but part of a divine plan!!

    Our Blueprints have already been drawn up by God but that doesn’t mean we let fate take over.God has designed our blueprint but it is up to us to discover it.It is our choices that we take which will either direct us to our blueprint or take us of course.God steers us towards it with signs that sometimes we ignore.The fact that we are reading this book is a God’s way of telling us to follow our purpo

  4. andel4 says:

    ooopps forgot and can’t edit last paragraph

  5. kareneleni says:

    The Tablecloth – things happen for a reason

    Beautiful story…. makes you understand that things happen for a reason

    The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry,
    to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October
    excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have
    everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.

    T hey worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting etc, and on
    December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.

    O n December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving rainstorm hit the area
    and lasted for two days.

    On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church. His heart sank when he
    saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about
    20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.

    The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home.
    On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity, so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,
    handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right
    size to cover the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

    B y this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor
    invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later.

    She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.

    Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was like a sheet. “Pastor,”she asked, “where did you get that tablecloth?”
    The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right
    corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria . The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten “The Tablecloth”. The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria .

    When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to prison and she never saw her husband or her home again. T he pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church.
    The pastor insisted on driving her home. That was the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn
    for the day for a housecleaning job. What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the
    spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return.

    One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn’t leaving.
    The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when
    they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike?
    He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and
    put in a prison. He never saw his wife or his homeagain all the 35 years between. The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on
    the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.

    True Story – submitted by Pastor Rob Reid
    who says God does work in mysterious ways.
    I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for
    you today, to guide you and protect you as you go
    along your way. His love is always with you. His
    promises are true, and when we give Him all our
    cares we know He will see us through.
    So when the road you’re traveling seems
    difficult at best, just remember I’m here
    praying and God will do the rest. Pass this on
    to those you want God to bless and remember
    to send it back to the one who asked God to bless
    you first.

  6. annacd says:

    I think it is a given that we exist only because God wills that we exist, but the rest of life calls for choices(how can we depend on fate alone) to be made and how can those choices be made if we do not acknowledge the truths about ourselves. This is the part where I get confused. I know that I am living my life especially from the day I had children by not focusing on myself. But yet in my self sacrifice, I do not feel I have found my true self nor happiness. Sometimes I look at successful/happy others and see that the choices they have made are because they know what their self truths are about. Perhaps it is specualtion as the chapter states. I also agree that the journey of life is God’s gift to us and His way of bringing out the best in us. Just the fact that the sun shines each morning for every single living being is my reminder that God exists but also another reminder to not focus only on ourselves. Is this a revelation?

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