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Sunday, I want a job that is…

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“I want the kind of job that is interesting
but doesn’t take up too much time.”

Anonymous 14-year-old

Wednesday, whiskey is…

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whiskey;

water of life

Today, I think I knew this when I was a little girl…my family is of Irish stock, ya know.

Because this is March,  the month of the Irish,
all the words are English  derived from Irish words.

Sunday, beware…

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  Beware of people who dislike cats.

Irish saying

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Wednesday, rowdy behaving folks…

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hooligan;

one who takes part in rowdy behavior and vandalism

Because it is March, the month of the Irish,
all the words this month are English derived from Irish words.

Sunday, like what I do…

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“I like what I do for a living.
I also like NOT doing it–
perhaps even more.”

Mason Cooley

Wednesday, sweeter than it sounds…

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banshee;

female fairy, woman of the fairies

Because it is  March, and the month of the Irish,
all the words this month are English words derived from Irish words.

Tuesday, the language of blessing…

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Black Cat Book Review

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The Language of Blessing by Joseph Cavanaugh III

In his book, The Language of Blessing, Joseph Cavanaugh III wants us to know that everyone in this world is one of a kind.  He wants us to know who we are and what gifts and talents we have been given.  And he wants us to know that each person is meant to bless others with these gifts and talents; this is the language of blessing.  He says, “I want to convince you that what you offer is so rare that it has never been given before and it will never be given again.”

With many personal stories, Cavanaugh, shares the sadness of not being affirmed as a child andlanguage how it affected how he viewed life and how he lived.  These are stories many have lived in one form or another.  Childhood is where we learn what we have to offer and when we are not blessed with affirmation we often think who and what we are is of little value. “After all, you cannot give to others what you have not received yourself”. With application activities after each chapter questions are asked to help us see the error in some of our thinking and given encouragement to use the lessons taught in the chapter to begin seeing and using our God-given gifts. 

George Barna writes in the forward, “Joe will also introduce you to some self-assessment inventories, which will enable you to invest yourself more heavily in using your strengths rather than inefficiently striving to overcome your weaknesses.”  This approach is what was most new and surprising to me…and most welcome.   

Once we know what we have within ourselves, and the importance of sharing who we are and what we have to offer, we can begin to use the language of blessing to affirm others.  As the author writes, “To deny your God-given gifts, talents, and intelligences is to deny His workmanship in your life.” 

This is an easy book to read, not a scholarly tome, on how we come to think of ourselves as we do, right or wrong.  And how to accent the positive and build on it and how to recognize the negative and erase it.  Well worth reading.

This book was sent to me by Tyndale House Publishers without charge in exchange for this review.

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