The Fruit of Brokenness, Part II. (via Rivers of Hope)


I, particularly, liked the following thoughts about kindness: “True kindness is the fruit of brokenness.It is more than being nice; we can be manipulative and still be nice.
It is more than being courteous; we can be manipulative and courteous because we hope to achieve something.
Niceness and courtesy are mere imitations, the fruit without the root.”

… love is kind. —1 Corinthians 13:4 There is another demonstration of the fruit of brokenness—kindness. Most of us know what this word means. We certainly know when we are not treated with kindness. Kindness is a positive action. Whereas patience shows how we react, kindness shows how we act. But how do we show this positive action of kindness?. True kindness is the fruit of brokenness. It is more than being nice; we can be manipulative and sti … Read More

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Tapping Into The Power of the Holy Spirit. (via Rivers of Hope)


I like the clear language of this blogger. And, of course, I’ve been tapping into God’s power for some time now, but like my toddlers, I get into all sorts of stuff that short-circuit God’s plan 4 me.

My wife and I have a toddler. Over the past two months, we spent several weeks hoping that he’d start walking. Now that he has started, we spend days reflecting on the time when he was stationary. He’s reached a point where he gets into everything. Anything on or near the floor is fair game. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that he’s beginning to explore and discover new things. ^But that comes with a cost:  baby proofing. Corners of tables, ca … Read More

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A Noticeable Difference. (via Rivers of Hope)


I appreciate not only what this blogger said, but how he/she said it: concisely.

Have you ever been forced to do something that you didn’t want to do?. If you have, in most cases, you were going through the motions without any depth of involvement. When your heart is not in it, there’s no investment on your part. There’s no real commitment to the outcome of your actions. You are doing it because you’re forced to do it. On the other hand, when you do something and your heart is in it, there’s a significant personal investment … Read More

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