Give Me That Mountain

First Things First

We'll take up the study of fear again tomorrow. But today I want to slip in a conversation about deliberately planning for a good day.

I am a dreamer in the literal sense. I can't remember when I've ever slept through the night without a conscious awareness of my dreams. Scientists would say that I am a lucid dreamer.

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Thanks

Day one...

One of the most common lines in all of acting is the simple phrase, “Thank you.” Learning to give a convincing performance of being thankful when we are really not, has made us all into actors.

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Day two...

People who are quick to thank God for just about everything that happens to them can be quite annoying. Those are the people who are thankful that the latest door ding was not so deep, that the flight was delayed by only forty‐five minutes, that gas only went up ten cents a gallon, that only seven out of the nine signals on the way home were red. They may be thankful, but I am thinking, “Come on… why does this stuff have to happen in the first place? Why be thankful for something that shouldn't have ever happened?”

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Day three...

I am thinking about starting a new cab company in Washington D.C. called “Opinions Unlimited.” I will probably have trouble finding investors because I'm not interested in making a profit. My only goal is to drag politicians out of office and put them each behind the wheel of a cab, where their opinions can no longer hurt people.

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Day four...

Prairie State Park is a short drive from our house. Being a fan of westerns, my imagination goes wild when I see the buffalo wandering around in the tall prairie grass.

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Day five...

The preparations for the storm were made yesterday—generator ready for action, fresh gas in the cans, tub filled with water for flushing, countertop covered with containers full of drinking water. Sherrel and I both had the same anticipation that evening: “Feels like being a kid—watching the snow fall and hoping they cancel school tomorrow.”

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Goodness Gracious…

Day three...

God is so very patient with all of us. It seems we are hell‐bent on destroying each other—families, friends, neighbors, churches, people groups, nations. And yet we've never quite been able to get the job done. Why are we not all dead?

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Moving Prayer from a Ritual to a Lifestyle

Prayer on the Move. Day one...

“We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.” What do people mean by that? Are they saying they normally think without praying and pray without thinking? Exactly what are they going to do? Are they going to think about me, or pray for me? Or will they do both?

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Who’s in Charge Here?

A Change of Mind. Day fifty-one...

After surviving my so‐called prayer, as described in Thursday's article, I spent the day trying to understand God's question to me: “Have you made a decision?”

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Formulas Are No Longer Necessary

Health and Healing. Day seventy-eight...

We have many intersections in residential areas of our city that have no traffic signs. I suppose there is a law in place regarding yielding to other motorists. But if there is one, I don't know it.

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