I heard Maya Angelou say these words to Oprah a few days ago, and the sentence stuck with me.

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It’s been an unvoiced mantra of mine for years. She just put it into words perfectly!  It reminded me of this admonition in Proverbs 30:8-9:

Give me neither poverty nor riches—
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Lest I be full and deny You,
And say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.

May we be people of moderation in all things, including moderation. But let’s be abundant and exuberant in praise and thanksgiving this and every day.

Happy Sunday!



  1. Dear Allison
    What a wise lady. I always say we should take life with I pinch of salt. Yes, life is hard; very hard, but this is not our home. As we keep our eyes on our Lord Jesus, we can know that our struggles and suffering is actually only for a little while.
    Blessings XX
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    • Thanks for sharing your wisdom too, Mia. If our perspective is heavenly, our earthly challenges take on a different hue. Have a great week, Mia. We continue to pray.

  2. Yes, I say this all the time! I love these 2 verses! Happy Sunday!
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  3. I actually say this a lot myself. Happy Sunday to you!
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  4. This is right on Alison! And it would take Maya to “make it plain” for us. I receive it! moderate your moderation but joyfully and fervrently love on Him. Yes indeed. Visiting from The Sunday Community!

    • Maya knows just how to present a word in due season, Lisha. Such wisdom! And I’m all about putting moderation aside when it comes to loving on the Lord. Have a great week, Lisha!

  5. This is a beautiful reminder today. Thank you Alison! Wishing you a blessed Sunday.
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  6. the gospel today at mass was about an unnamed rich man and a poor man named lazarus who begged at his feet. the homily talked about how we are both like the rich man and lazarus. especially in san francisco, it’s easy to just ignore the homeless, but if we can stop and think of them as the lazaruses of the world.
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    • So true, Catherine. Once our perspective on homelessness changes, we can empathize and take the necessary action to help the homeless get situated. God’s good like that…He knows how to change our outlook to match His, one day at a time! Have a great week, Catherine!

  7. I saw this all the time to my son. What a wonderful thought for today.
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  8. Oh, I hadn’t heard this but I love it. Although anything Maya Angelou says is going to be good. You can count on that. I could listen to her speak for hours on end! Love her. –Lisa
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    • Love Maya Angelou! She’s one of my sheroes. And like you, I could hear her talk for hours on end. You should check out that interview with Oprah. The video is still there; I checked on it last night. Lots of wisdom was shared.
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  9. Many years ago I had the pleasure to meet Ms. Angelou (talk about a presence!) and she continues to be filled with words that inspire. Thank you for sharing this, Alison.

    • Oh,Dina! What an honor to meet Ms. Angelou. She epitomizes grace, wisdom, and integrity, qualities I hope to continue to embody when I am her age… and older!

  10. I so enjoy Maya and her truths. She is one of the special ones.
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  11. Depth of these verses always inspires me to live life fairly and help each other who live around. I truly enjoyed the moderation views. Thanks Alison for bringing a special post.
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  12. Hello sweet lady, love your blog here and can’t wait to read more. God bless you!
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    • Well, come on in and enjoy the view, Ms. Ashley! Here’s hoping that you’ll read something that will bless your heart, make you think, or cause you to laugh. It’s all part of embracing the struggle called life!

  13. moderation, yes … making it our goal to please Him!
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  14. “Happy Sunday” on Monday! I wanted to inform you that I’ve finally answered your Liebster Award questions.
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  15. Love that quote by Maya Angelou. It’s kinda funny but oh so true.
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  16. Love it! I say that all the time!! I truly believe it too!
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  17. Maya Angelou has some great quotes. This is a good one! I love how you thought of the scripture it applies to. Awesome! I hope you had a wonderful Sunday! xoxo
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  18. Oooo weee! Perfectly said and love the scripture.
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  19. AMEN to this my friend!!! I love that scripture and that quote!
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