Have a fun, safe day!
Things that go Bump in the Night
Bare toe hitting
Sharp edged door
Grabbing the wall
Before I hit the floor
Nudging my hand
Feelings I understand
Night of cold air
Branch scratching window
What a scare
Thrashing the bed stand
Bad dreams on the rise
Waiting for morning
To open my eyes
One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the
king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his
majesty losing a finger.
Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman
said “Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and
lost my finger.”
The slave replied only “My king, despite all these things, I can only
tell you that God is good, and he knows the “why” of all these things.
What God does is perfect. He is never wrong!”
Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave.
Later, he left for another hunt and was captured by savages who made
In the altar, ready to sacrifice the noble, a savage had found that the
victim had not one of his fingers, and the king was released. According to them: it
was not so complete to be offered to the gods.
Upon his return to the palace, he authorized the release of his slave
that he received very affectionately.
– My dear, God was really good for me! I was almost killed by the wild
men, but for lack of a single finger, I was let go! But I have a
question: If God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in jail?
– My King, if I had gone with you in this hunt, I ‘would have been
sacrificed for you, because I have no missing finger.
Therefore, remember: everything God does is perfect. IT is never wrong
Often we complain about life and things that happen to us apparently negative,
forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose.
Every morning, offer your day to God.
Ask God to inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, to ease your
feelings. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong!
You know why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows,
because he never makes mistakes…….
The path of God and his word is perfect, without impurities. IT is the
way of all those who trust in him, as he says in 2 Samuel 22: 31
As I was cutting the grass in my front yard today, I plowed over many large ant mounts. We are having quite an outbreak in our yard recently.
It seems, no matter how many times I spray them with poison, or run over their lofty colonies, they either rebuild the same one, or go make a new one.
They don’t stop and they don’t give up!
They do not stop and say, “Hey I am tired of building this same home over and over again.” “I don’t feel like making that long hike to those grains
of sugar.” They just do it.
How persistent are you about your work and the things that you need to do on a regular basis?
Do you say, “Why should I keep cleaning this bathroom? It’s only going to get dirty again the next time it is used.”
Well maybe you’re not that slack, but I am sure you can think of something in your life that you know you should do, that you are not persistently, or consistently, doing as much, or as often, as you should.
The next time you have the thought, “Why should I keep doing this over and over again?” think of those little ants out there just trudging along and be encouraged to keep on keeping on!
There is huge difference between wanting to do something and actually doing it. There are so many goals I have for myself. I want to improve in many aspects of my life. (time management, exercise, writing, and the list goes on!)
But once you have decided what your goals are and even gone a step further and written them down, how do you get to the part where you actually work toward them? I want to go from point A to point B but somehow I never leave A. What stops me? What stops you? How do we kick that roadblock out of the way?
Well my problem is where is that roadblock? If I knew what was keeping me from moving forward I would jump over, go around or push it to the side. What impedes progress? Is it laziness? Is it a lack of wanting it? What is it?
Frankly, I don’t know what it is, but instead of saying to myself “OK tomorrow I am going to do this!”
I am now going to say: “Right now is the time to go workout!” “Right this minute I will clean out that messy closet!” Not tomorrow, because tomorrow may never come!
What in your life do you need to go from “Ummm” to “Umph”? Let’s do this! Take that goal and start today, right now!
Whenever I start a new project I am so excited about getting all the materials together for it. It is so fun to go out and buy all the items and equipment I need. In fact, sometimes that is the highlight and climax of the whole project.
Once all of my planning and purchases are made, too often my excitement is then gone and there I sit with all of my new tools of the trade, but not having the motivation or energy to go forth and complete my new endeavor. How messed up is that? But can you relate? I do this all the time over and over and especially with exercise equipment.
One of my recent “new projects” was the new Asylum workout DVDs and program kit by Shaun T.
I had completed the Insanity workout program and loved it so that when I saw the add for this one I was very excited. I immediately ordered it and looked forward to receiving it in the mail. I planned in my head how I was going to get up each morning and do my fun, new, exciting workout and how I was going to get in great shape and feel wonderful about my new, stronger, healthier, leaner body!
Well, the day arrived and UPS knocked on my door and handed me my fabulous workout kit that I had been so looking forward to receiving. I opened up the box and looked through all the pretty DVDs and the beautiful case they were in. I pulled out the training ladder and jump rope, and got those all set up and even put up the training calendar on my wall! I was going to get up the next morning and begin my new workout program.
That next morning, one thing led to another, and I never did get to my workout that day or for the next month!
Finally after about 2 months I tried it for the first time and it was tough, but a great workout. Unfortunately I did not have commitment I needed to stay consistent and I quickly fizzled out.
Have you ever had this happen with new exercise equipment or any new project?
As Shaun T says… “you need to be committed”
“It is not who I am but what I do that defines me.”
This is one of my favorite quotes and it comes from the Batman Returns movie.
Well then what is it that you do?
First off, let me say that I don’t mean this literally. This question is not asking if you play the guitar, or if you write novels, or if you have climbed the Himalayans. The “Do” in this question of mine is how do you act or conduct yourself? Batman’s response was to let it be known that one should not look upon his mask or heroic attire but to look at his conduct.
We don’t want people to judge us by our looks or our clothes or our financial wealth. We want them to look deeper and see the character behind that. That is what is truly important.
In about 30 seconds or less your brain can sum up the character of a total stranger. What do others learn from you in that thirty seconds?
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
Ok, first off let me warn you…I’m a huge Apple fan. When Apple comes out with a new product… it’s usually love at first sight for me.
I am sure you have, in the past, seen the commercials where they show that you can virtually do anything you can think of with your iPad, iPod or iPhone because literally …There is an app for that!
Well what about life? Is there an application for every question I have about life? Yes, I believe there is.
Do I know them all? No I don’t!
But the key is that they are out there like little Easter eggs and I just have to find them! Do I literally mean I can browse the Apple app store and find it? Of course not… I’m talking about the applications you and I both learn on a daily basis that life is constantly hurling our way!
The answers are all out there somewhere, some much more hidden than others. But if we persevere, if we don’t lose faith and the hope that we can find them, then somewhere along the way we will discover what we seek.
Unfortunately, there are questions that will never be answered until after death. Those are the ones that we have to totally rest our faith in the fact that God is in control.
Let’s wrap this all up in a neat package? Sure!
You are the designer of your own “app”! Just keep knocking! Some doors open immediately, some you have to rap your knuckles a little harder, and some doors are just never going to open no matter what.