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Sunday, March 29, 2009

I Believe

1. I believe I’m a work in progress and there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be.

2. I believe every day brings opportunities to learn and do something meaningful.

3. I believe the true test of my character is whether I do the right thing even when it might cost more than I want to pay.

4. I believe no matter how I behave, some people will be mean-spirited, dishonest, irresponsible, and unkind, but if I fight fire with fire, all I’ll end up with are the ashes of my own integrity.

5. I believe life is full of joys and sorrows, and my happiness will depend on how well I handle each.

6. I believe pain is inevitable but suffering is optional, and if I can control my attitudes, I can control my life.

7. I believe kindness matters and snide comments and badly timed criticisms can cause lasting hurt.

8. I believe there’s joy in gratitude and freedom in forgiveness, but both require conscientious effort.

9. I believe what is fun or pleasurable is not always good for me and what is good for me is not always fun or


10. I believe no one is happy all the time, but in the end I can be as happy as I’m willing to be.

11. I believe the surest road to happiness is good relationships.

YOUR TURN...Finish this sentence: I BELIEVE ___________________!

Have a blessed Sunday. We will be back to our regualr lesson on Monday.


  1. I believe that even when things happen in your life that hurt, that we don't understand..., that there is a reason that it happened.....and during the pain we might not be able to imagine the "reason" but hopefully someday....we will see.

    I think I need to print your list out...and hang it on the fridge..sometimes we need these little reminders!!

  2. I believe God made me a certain way--and I believe the more I accept that and stop trying to be someone I WANT to be, but was not created to be, the more at peace I will be. I want to be more energetic, more outgoing (less reserved---when I don't know someone WELL), more domestically talented. God made me gentle, delicate (except in crisis--my mom calls me a "Steel Magnolia"),musically artistic, a good listener (especially to people in pain), quiet ("still water runs deep". I believe God is ALWAYS speaking to me---even when crappy things happen. I believe that is the greatest blessing of my life !!

  3. I believe all of those statements!

    I also believe that I am better than I am allowing myself to be...and I need to work on it.

  4. I believe that no matter what awful things we may experience in life, God only ever wants what's best for us. I believe we aren't meant to understand His will, but He will ALWAYS have our best interests at heart.

    I love your "I believe" statements, ladies!

  5. I believe that God has given us the gifts found in nature to show us His character and to encourage us each day.

    I hope spring arrives in Ohio soon! It's been a long winter. . .