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  • Simon shared from Become the Real Deal: The Proven Path to Influence and Executive Presence by Connie Dieken
    Your inner presence can be your most valuable asset—or your deepest liability.
  • Simon shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    I know those moods when you sit there utterly alone, pining, eaten up with unhappiness, in a pure state of grief. You don’t move towards me but desperately imagine that everything you have ever done has been utterly lost and forgotten. This near-despair and self-pity are actually a form of pride. What you think was a state of absolute security from which you’ve fallen was really trusting too much in your own strength and ability. . . . what really ails you is that things simply haven’t happened as you expected and wanted. In fact I don’t want you to rely on your own strength and abilities...
  • Simon shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    Underneath her obedient life is a sense of helplessness. It has become part of her very nature . . . almost like breathing. Why? Because she is weak. She can feel her restless heart, her tendency to compare herself with others. She is shocked at how jealousy can well up in her. She notices how easily the world gets its hooks into her. In short, she distrusts herself. When she looks at other people, she sees the same struggles. The world, the flesh, and the Devil are too much for her. The result? Her heart cries out to God in prayer. She needs Jesus.
  • Simon shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    The very thing we are allergic to—our helplessness—is what makes prayer work.
  • Simon shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    If you are not praying, then you are quietly confident that time, money, and talent are all you need in life.
  • Simon shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    Jesus has no separate sense of self, he has no identity crisis, no angst. Consequently, he doesn’t try to “find himself.” He knows himself only in relationship with his Father. He can’t conceive of himself outside of that relationship.
  • Simon shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    The difficulty of coming just as we are is that we are messy.
  • Simon shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    What’s the problem? We’re trying to be spiritual, to get it right. We know we don’t need to clean up our act in order to become a Christian, but when it comes to praying, we forget that. We, like adults, try to fix ourselves up. In contrast, Jesus wants us to come to him like little children, just as we are.
  • Simon shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    If Jesus lived today, his cell phone would be ringing constantly. The quest for a contemplative life can actually be self-absorbed, focused on my quiet and me. If we love people and have the power to help, then we are going to be busy. Learning to pray doesn’t offer us a less busy life; it offers us a less busy heart.
  • Simon shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    Many Christians haven’t stopped believing in God; we have just become functional deists, living with God at a distance.
(St.Louis, Missouri United States)
Simon Yost
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