August 5 Quote of the Day

September 27th, 2013

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

Albert Einstein

There are tools in life that are extremely helpful in keeping you from falling into traps that will slow you down on your road to success.  Some traps can even derail you altogether.

Use all the tools you have available.  Education is one of those.  Common sense is another. Experience will serve you as well. All those things combined work together to help that little inner voice called ‘intuition’ give you directions. Sometimes you may not know why that little voice is saying ‘don’t do this!’ but pay attention anyway.

Intuition is the single most important tool you have to keep you on the winning side. Nurture it.  Protect it.

July 31 Quote of the Day

September 26th, 2013

Failure doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It just means you haven’t succeeded yet.
Robert Schuller

Some of the best entertainment to be had can be found while watching a group of 1st and 2nd graders during basketball practice. That basket is waaaaay up there. Do they care? No!! They believe in themselves.  They can throw that ball at the basket 10 or 15 times before they actually hit it. They may pout a few times in the process but they don’t quit.

Then suddenly, inexplicably, the ball actually hits the basket.

 

Smiles and cheers erupt! They were successful. They knew they would be. They have learned what somehow we adults have forgotten. Just because you failed once or twice doesn’t make you a failure. It just means you’re success is delayed a bit. Keep trying.

July 17 Daily Verse

September 26th, 2013

Matthew 11:28 (Amplified Bible)

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]

 

Father,

There are many of us who feel the struggles of daily living. We are dealing with issues that cause depression and, further, cause rifts in our relationships with others.  Father, we need Your rest.  We need You to refresh our souls.  Come.  Hold us close.

Someday Mermaids Might be Real

September 24th, 2013

Our little redhead has decided to become a mermaid.  Why this mermaid business has such an appeal, I don’t know but it is serious business for her.  She has watched every mermaid show she can find on the internet (we don’t subscribe to cable so the internet is her only option).

  • She has checked YouTube for others with a similar interest and has learned all she can. A few weeks ago, she found someone who had a formula to make you become a mermaid. She tried it but it didn’t work.

She revisited the site a few days ago but I forbid her to try the formula again.  The kitchen just becomes too much of a mess. Besides, I’m not altogether certain she isn’t going to poison herself in her zeal to find just the right formula.

I’ve tried telling her that mermaids aren’t real.  She doesn’t believe me.  Of course, she also doesn’t believe me when I tell her vampires aren’t real. Recently, due to a serious lack of garlic in the house, she opted to cover her bedroom floor near her window with baking powder.  Her reasoning was that baking powder would work in a pinch as a substitute for garlic. That may be why the mermaid potion isn’t working. We might be missing some of the key ingredients and the substitute she is using is less than useful.

Not being a real mermaid hasn’t stopped her from practicing to become one. She has a mermaid costume from Halloween which wasn’t quite what she wanted so she talked grandpa into making her a mermaid fin for her feet. She stuffs both of her legs into one pant leg, puts on her swimming suit top and shoves her feet into the fin.   She can actually move around the house like this!

Psychologists tell us that play is the way children learn. That being the case, I am happy to see some of the things she is learning in spite of the baking soda and the kitchen messes. She is learning to make and pursue her goals. She hasn’t given up in spite of setbacks. She has researched her subject to learn all she can. She has tried experiments and will doubtless try again when I’m not looking. She has the formula written down and I’m sure she will put in some time talking grandpa into taking her to the store to buy the right ingredients. If that doesn’t work, I’m sure she’ll be tweaking that formula with her own little touches. She is learning persistence in the face of failure.

She is practicing her moves for that coming moment when she finally gets it right.

If she can hold onto all that enthusiasm and determination, if she can remember the steps for success she is learning  now, I’m sure we will someday see her achieve whatever it is she sets out to do. I may never have the spices I need when it comes time to cook and grandpa may never stop yelling each time he steps in the kitchen and discovers her latest attempts at perfecting her formula but I am happy to report that our little redhead will someday be top dog at whatever she chooses to do.

August 4 Quote of the Day

September 19th, 2013

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you.

Clement Stone

 

It is interesting to note that the man who made this statement grew up in poverty. His father died when he was young leaving him to be raised by a single mom. He was born into poverty but he didn’t choose to stay there.  None of us have to choose to stay in an environment that is toxic. All of us here in America are free to decide to change our environment. It might not be easy. It couldn’t have been easy for a six-year-old W. Clement Stone to sell newspapers on street corners but he did it. It takes effort and determination to remove ourselves from negative situations. Like a mountain climber trying to reach the peak, we must focus on the goal. We have to see past the muscle pain, the exhaustion, the cold and discomfort to reach the top.

The environment in which we find ourselves doesn’t have to be the environment in which we choose to live. If the environment you currently live in isn’t the one you want for yourself, visualize the environment you want.  Then go get it!

 

July 19 Daily Verse

September 15th, 2013

Matthew 15:6 Amplified Bible

So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect].

 

Father,

Our churches – and we individually – have been guilty of setting aside Your Word for the sake of our traditions. We have done wrong. We have harmed those whom You love and whom You are calling.

We ask for Your forgiveness, Father. We ask also that You would show us where our traditions are interfering with the work You want us to do.

Give us discernment to live in this world while not being of this world.

 

August 3 Quote of the Day

September 13th, 2013

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
Harrison Ford

 

Unplanned changes can range from being simply annoying to outright catastrophic. Rarely do we welcome them with open arms. Our lives are comfortable the way they are.  Or, at least, we’ve become used to the way they are and we don’t like to be jostled out of our nice, little routine.  When the jostling is a major change – like losing your job – the stress can be overwhelming.

Keep in mind that any change, no matter how stressful, can be for the better. Look on it as a second chance to move your life in the direction you always wanted to go.  Then get up and move yourself.

August 6 Quote of theDay

September 13th, 2013

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
Ben Stein

Do you feel like life is passing you by? Does it feel like life is hard? Do you wish that things could be better? Maybe the problem is simply that you have never taken the time to decide what you actually want. Define your goals.  Look at each factor of your life and ask how you want it to be.  Then sit down and make a plan for getting just what you want.

July 20 Daily Verse

September 12th, 2013

Psalm 91:11
Holman Christian Standard Bible

For He will give His angels orders concerning you,
to protect you in all your ways.

Father, We want to thank You for Your love for us. We want to thank You for the care You have taken on our behalf.  Like a loving parent, You have given instructions to Your angels as they watch out for us.  You know each step that we might take and have provided protection. We may not always know why some troubles come to us and we may not know how some circumstances could possibly bring good but You do. And You have seen to it that the angels sent to watch over us have been told how to keep us safe in the middle of turmoil. Thank you.

July 18 Daily Verse

September 11th, 2013

Matthew 6:33 KJV

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Father, there are many today who would seek You but who have needs that must be met.  They have stresses that interfere with their ability to see You and Your love for them.  Satan has buried them in grief, poverty, loneliness, anger and so much more.  Father, You have promised to provide if we would just seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness.

Call us to seek You.  Call us to help provide for those in need so that You may extend Your love to them.   May what we do remind them that You long to provide for them. May what we do remind them how much You care.