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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 2nd, 2022 by Nicolya Christi in 2012 A CLARION CALL

“So what can you do to heal your ancestors? First of all heal them by remembering them, not for the hurt they may have caused you, which keeps them bound to you and results in the experience of you continuing to experience their pain in your life, but by elevating them in your thoughts. Be willing to remember them as they would wish to be remembered. Honor that all you experienced by knowing them was for your higher good and served the ongoing evolution of your soul.

Try to forgive them by showing compassion, empathy, and understanding, for in doing so you not only set them free, but also liberate yourself. Set an intent that “it ends here.” Do this, not just for yourself or those who are no longer here, but for the generations to come. You can set a precedent for a future family lineage that is free from the bonds and chains of the patterns of the past.”

Nicolya Christi, in “2012 A Clarion Call”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, December 1st, 2022 by Jack Kornfield in A PATH WITH HEART

“To live in the present demands on ongoing and unwavering commitment. As we follow a spiritual path, we are required to stop the war not once but many times. Over and over we feel the familiar tug of thoughts and reactions that take us away from the present moment. When we stop and listen, we can feel how each thing that we fear or crave (really two sides of the same dissatisfaction) propels us out of our hearts into a false idea of how we would like life to be. If we listen even more closely, we can feel how we have learned to sense ourselves as limited by that fear and identified with that craving. From this “small” sense of ourselves, we often believe that our own happiness can come only from possessing something or can be only at someone else’s expense.

To stop the war and come into the present is to discover a greatness of our own heart that can include the happiness of all beings as inseparable from our own. When we let ourselves feel the fear, the discontent, the difficulties we have always avoided, our heart softens. Just as it is a courageous act to face all the difficulties from which we have always run, it is also an act of compassion. According to Buddhist scriptures, compassion is the “quivering of a pure heart” when we have allowed ourselves to be touched by the pain of life. The knowledge that we can do this and survive helps us to awaken the greatness of our heart. With greatness of heart, we can sustain a presence in the midst of life’s suffering, in the midst of life’s fleeting impermanence. We can open to the world — its ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows.”

Jack Kornfield, in “A Path With Heart”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“If you find yourself feeling remorseful about something you have said or done, or regretting something you feel you should have done, what you must do is learn to forgive yourself. By this I mean that you literally need to look at yourself in the mirror and say with conviction, “I forgive you for the mistake(s) you made, since I now know that you were simply doing the best that you were capable of doing at that time.” It is likewise important for you to acknowledge that everything that ultimately did occur was a necessary part of your soul’s growth.

What you also need to do when you are feeling guilty isn’t necessarily to apologize to whomever you hurt or disappointed, but instead to acknowledge your commitment to never repeating the behavior again. This is not to say that you shouldn’t make an apology for something if you feel compelled, rather, that it is more important to avow that you have actually learned from your mistake.”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 by Terry Cole-Whittaker in LIVE YOUR BLISS

“God does not judge and punish us; we judge ourselves and administer our own punishment. Shame and guilt for our so-called past mistakes can cause us to be too embarrassed to face God, to come back home and receive all that God is offering us, which is beyond measure and incalculable by human standards. The fear-based and angry-God programming may be so strong in us that we may think it is better to hide from God, to ignore God, than to turn and face our Beloved, who wants only to love us and be loved in return. Loving reciprocation is the essence of every satisfying relationship. Why not have a reciprocal relationship with your eternal, loving soul mate, who really loves you unconditionally?”

Terry Cole-Whittaker, in “Live Your Bliss”

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BONUS PONDER on THIS by Andrea Dombecki in ANGEL LESSONS OF LIGHT AND HEALING

“Three major fears are: lack, sickness, and loneliness. How do you feel about money? Health? Family? Friendships? People? Childhood? The world? Please allow the angels to help you clear out fearful beliefs, whatever they may be. Fear is belief in illusions. Only love is real therefore any fear is a mis-perception of true reality…Make a list of all fears and give them to the angels to carry away. Feel the angels all around you helping. You are not alone. Let go of all fears and problems now.”

Andrea Dombecki, in “Angel Lessons of Light and Healing”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, November 28th, 2022 by Ching Ning Chu in THICK FACE BLACK HEART

“If you do not consider yourself the most positive person you have ever known, don’t worry. The secret is that most of the perky people lie about how positive they are. Even the best of motivational teachers, speakers, or authors have their moments of private grief. No one in the world is purely positive nor absolutely negative. However, those whose livelihood depends upon promoting the concept of positive thinking have been able to convince the rest of the world that if you are not absolutely positive about life at all times and under any circumstances, then you are an inferior being.

The pressure of not being like “everyone else,” so optimistic and cheerful, is worse than actually experiencing negativity. We all thought, somehow, that something must have been terribly wrong with us, making us unable to embrace positivity. In truth, each one of us since the moment of our birth has been given a death sentence; only the date is unknown. However, the fact of death is always present in the deepest part of the subconscious mind. Between the time of birth and the time of death, we do the best we know how. If you and I have acted to the best of our abilities, it will more than fulfill the bargain we made with our Creator at the moment of birth.”

Chin-Ning Chu, in “Thick Face, Black Heart”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, November 25th, 2022 by Jerry and Ester Hicks in GETTING INTO THE VORTEX

“The need to see the immediate evidence of progress is the most significant hindrance to most people. When you attempt to take score of your progress too soon, you move further from the results you seek.

There is no desire that you hold that is for any other reason than you believe you would feel better in the having of it. Whether it is a material object, a pile of money, a relationship, a physical state of being – every desire is wanted because you want to feel better.

When you discover the power of feeling better first, by the deliberate focusing of your mind away from problems, struggles, irritants, and any other manner of unwanted things – and focus your mind upon the simplicity of your own breathing – you will have found the key to the power of allowing.”

Esther & Jerry Hicks, in “Getting Into the Vortex”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, November 24th, 2022 by Mark Thurston in DISCOVERING YOUR SOUL’S PURPOSE

“What kind of person is attracted to the search for a mission in life? What sort of individual wants to discover the soul’s purpose? Most likely such a seeker is someone whose life is generally going all right, but who senses that there must be a something more.However, that something more is probably not a new book to read or a new concept to study. The missing element is something deeper, more at the heart of what the individual is all about.

It is a part of you that is hurting which wants to look for a deeper sense of purpose in life. The part of you that is comfortable and content is not particularly interested in change or challenge. There must, in this sense, be a window of vulnerability if you are to see deeper into yourself and find a profound meaning to your life, even a calling to be or to do something very specific. Certainly, it is a painful matter to put yourself into a vulnerable place and, moreover, to stay there long enough to allow insight or healing to emerge. It takes courage to search for your unique purpose in life.”

Mark Thurston, in “Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“Money is simply a medium of exchange, and yet if you queried the average person, many would choose to define money as abundance itself. The fact is however, that abundance is much more than money alone. Abundance is the pure potentiality of the God-Force itself, the gift of life and of nature with all of its diversity and splendor, the blessings of perfect health and satisfying relationships, the joyful feeling associated with having a purpose in life.

This and even more is what abundance is really all about, and while money plays a part in it, it is by no means the symbol of abundance. There are – no doubt – millions of people who have significant sums of money, and still perceive themselves as lacking in one way or another. This is not to suggest that money is not important, for in modern society it certainly is. What is necessary for you to learn, however, is to keep money in perspective by recognizing it as simply one aspect of what comprises an abundant life.”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 by Don Miguel and Don Jose Ruiz in THE FIFTH AGREEMENT

“Humans have a need to explain and justify everything; we have a need for knowledge, and we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know. We don’t care whether the knowledge is true or not. Truth or fiction, we believe 100 percent in what we believe, and we go on believing it, because just having knowledge makes us feel safe. There are so many things that the mind cannot explain; we have all these questions that need answers. But instead of asking questions when we don’t know something, we make all sorts of assumptions. If we just ask questions, we won’t have to make assumptions. It’s always better to ask and be clear.

If we don’t make assumptions, we can focus our attention on the truth, not on what we think is the truth. Then we see life the way it is, not the way we want to see it…When we don’t believe our own assumptions, the power of our belief that we invested in them returns to us. When we recover all the energy that we invested in making assumptions, we can use that energy to create a new dream: our personal heaven. Don’t make assumptions.”

Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz, in “The Fifth Agreement”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, November 21st, 2022 by Sharon Huffman in GRATITUDE, A WAY OF LIFE BY LOUISE HAY AND FRIENDS

“The key to a happy, healthy, and successful life is gratitude. It uplifts us and sustains and draws us to what we want. We become a magnet for our good. When we give gratitude to life, life gives back to us. When we feel grateful, people, as well as the abundance of the universe, are drawn to us. If you have money problems and you find a penny, FEEL gratitude with great intensity, and you will draw more money to you. When we give thanks for the situations and events in our life that are challenging, knowing that we are being blessed with wisdom from this experience, the very act of gratitude transforms the negative experience into a positive one. When we express gratitude, we draw to us people and situations to be grateful for. That is the magic of gratitude.”

Sharon Huffman, in an essay entitled “Gratitude, The Key to a Happy, Healthy, Successful Life” in “Gratitude, A Way of Life” by Louise Hay and Friends

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BONUS PONDER on THIS by Theresa Crabtree in MAYAN MESSAGES: DAILY GUIDE TO SELF-EMPOWERMENT

“Infinite Abundance…You may experience moments of unrest as you begin to realize you are fully responsible for the current situations in your life. What joy you will experience as you release the fears and habits that have kept you captive! You will also learn to release the angst you have held toward others. No longer will any of you need to suppress others in order to experience all you desire…Your passion will surpass anything you have thus far experienced on Earth as each of you works together to support and encourage one another.”

 Reverend Theresa Crabtree in “Mayan Messages: Daily Guide to Self-Empowerment”

Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, November 18th, 2022 by Annemarie Greenwood and Marissa Campbell in LIFE: LIVING IN FULFILLMENT EVERY DAY

“Detachment is the art of letting go…When people think of detachment, they think of being insensitive, cold or emotionally void – a kind of numb, nonchalant, indifferent attitude, where we walk around and interact with people projecting an image of being aloof and uncaring. That is not the detachment I want you to embrace…Detachment comes when we stop fighting the flow of life – when we no longer react to everything that gets thrown our way but accept it and move on. ‘It is what it is’ is a valuable statement to embrace, in that it always is just what it is.

The problem is not that life is the way it is and that things constantly happen and inevitably change; the problem lies in the quandary that we have a particularly troublesome habit of pinning the labels good or bad to life. Without that label or categorization of things, events and circumstances, things are just things, events are just events, and circumstances are just circumstances. We may not want to dwell on them or experience them for long, but if we remove the label of good or bad, they are really just what they are, another set of lessons and experiences. Don’t get caught up in the label game.”

Annemarie Greenwood & Marissa Campbell, in “LIFE: Living in Fulfillment Every Day”  

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, November 17th, 2022 by Sanaya Roman in SPIRITUAL GROWTH: BEING YOUR HIGHER SELF

“The more you try to do things logically, the more you make lists and force yourself to follow them, the more rushed you will feel. Although lists can help you focus, remain flexible and listen to your feelings. You can no longer figure out when to do things solely by using logic and still be in the higher flow where things happen easily. Follow your feelings rather than your lists, and you will find them leading you to your goals in the highest, most efficient ways.

If you follow your intuition, taking action only when it feels right, things will get done in much less time than you would expect, and you will be able to do far more than you can imagine.”

Sanaya Roman, in “Spiritual Growth, Being Your Higher Self”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“The decision to take responsibility for discovering your inner “truth” requires that you embark on a quest to develop your own spiritual philosophy. This does not automatically mean you must completely discard your traditional religious beliefs, but it does require that you be willing to question literally every aspect of what you have been taught. It also means that you learn to challenge everything you hear and read as you move along this path, including the contents of this book.

In other words, you no longer simply accept something based solely on what another person’s religious doctrine, or philosophical author tells you is true. Instead, you closely examine it and ask yourself if that truth actually feels right to you. If the insight or concept doesn’t resonate positively within you, this is usually a clear signal that it is time for you to put it aside and replace it with something that will.”

Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 by Anita Moorjani in DYING TO BE ME

“Sweeping statements such as “Negative thoughts attract negativity in life” aren’t necessarily true, and can make people who are going through a challenging time feel even worse. It can also create fear that they’re going to attract even more negativity with their thoughts. Using this idea indiscriminately often makes people going through seemingly tough times feel as though they’re bad for attracting such events, and that’s just not true. If we start to believe that it’s our negative thoughts that are creating any unpleasant situations, we can become paranoid about what we’re thinking. On the contrary, it actually has less to do with our thoughts than with our emotions, especially what we feel about ourselves.

It’s also not the case that attracting positive things is simply about keeping upbeat. I can’t say this strongly enough, but our feelings about ourselves are actually the most important barometer for determining the condition of our lives! In other words, being true to ourselves is more important than just trying to stay positive!”

Anita Moorjani, in “Dying to Be Me”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, November 14th, 2022 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“Take a look at the world and see the unhappiness around you and in you. Do you know what causes this unhappiness? You will probably say loneliness or oppression or war or hatred or atheism. And you will be wrong. There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.

Because of these false beliefs you see the world and yourself in a distorted way. Your programming is so strong and the pressure of society so intense that you are literally trapped into perceiving the world in this distorted kind of way. There is no way out, because you do not even have a suspicion that your perception is distorted, your thinking is wrong, and your beliefs are false.

Look around you and see if you can find a single genuinely happy person—fearless, free from insecurities, anxieties, tensions, worries. You would be lucky if you found one in a hundred thousand. This should lead you to be suspicious of the programming and the beliefs that you and they hold in common. But you have also been programmed not to suspect, not to doubt, just to trust the assumptions that have been put into you by your tradition, your culture, your society, your religion. And if you are not happy, you have been trained to blame yourself, not your programming, not your cultural and inherited ideas and beliefs. What makes it even worse is the fact that most people are so brainwashed that they do not even realize how unhappy they are.”

Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Awareness”

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Jeff MJeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.

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