Growth only comes when you allow yourself to be uncomfortable.
Once you achieve one goal and you’re comfortable, then it’s time to allow yourself to be uncomfortable as you press into the next challenge.
Regardless of your age, stretch yourself in pursuing your dreams and desires mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Growth isn’t fun or easy but it’s necessary for the next level of achievement. Athletes understand this principle and inspire us to do the same.
Strength to strength.
Glory to glory.
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Leave the past behind with all of its disappointments and failures.
Receive new mercy and compassion for your mistakes.
Believe in today with all of its new dreams and possibilities.
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Every year on Valentine’s Day we celebrate love with flowers, candy and cards in a sentimental way. However, love expressed is much more than the sentiments expressed.
Let’s pause and consider what love truly is.
Loving someone who loves you and meets your needs is easy. What about during the difficult times when someone isn’t meeting your needs or only doing so at times?
When you wade through rough waters with someone, then love is tested.
Will you walk away or persist in working through things with that person? Is the love you have true love?
I don’t know about you but natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes give me a heightened awareness of how helpless we are as humans.
This past weekend we had serious flooding in our area creating an emergency disaster situation for many. The incessant rain and thunder stirred all those feelings of vulnerability, fear and powerlessness. These normal feelings cause us to reach out to a power great than ourselves and for me the turbulence caused me to turn to God.
One of those times I felt especially alone in facing my challenges occurred yesterday. God surprised me with a reminder of His care for me.
For the whole day I had felt especially vulnerable and alone so I prayed for God to show me His care for me.
One of my errands that evening required a trip to the grocery store. As I headed down the yogurt aisle, I looked up to see a friend of mine smiling at me. He was with three young people and he came up to me and greeted me.
I sat in my crushed car, reeling from the shock of a five car accident that totaled my car. After the policemen took us to a nearby strip mall so I sat in the car waiting.
“Mom, look. Look at the flowers. Mom, these are some of your favorite flowers!” I turned around in the car seat and spotted my son, Alex, standing by a group of three, deep pink crepe myrtles.
I groaned. For a moment I thought it was rather insensitive to be telling me to look at the flowers instead of empathizing with my loss.
Today, I stopped at a fast food/small grocery in our small town. I chatted with a friend outside who highly recommended the grilled chicken salad with pineapple, blueberries and strawberries. So I ordered it and it lived up to her raving. Delicious!
The young woman who waited on me at the counter went out of her way with her thoughtfulness and consideration of me as a customer.
I make an effort to recognize good customer service so I thanked her and complimented her on her considerate ways. “Her eyes teared a little as she smiled, “Thank you for saying that to me.” A woman customer yelled at me earlier. You know sometimes it gets so hectic here and it’s difficult to keep up.”
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The most amazing thing happened this morning!
I caught a glimpse of the sunrise outside my window so I rushed to put on my clothes so I could go out and enjoy the beauty.
I had been listening to Psalms for early morning encouragement but I decided to turn off my electronic device and simply listen to the birds chirp and savor the creative formation of the clouds.
Suddenly, I became aware that God walked beside me. Wow, I’ve never experienced that before. Though I’ve felt Him many times and sensed His presence or Him speaking to me, I had never experienced Him walking with me. So unbelievably awesome!
On this Mother’s Day, I’m thinking the amazing impact my mom had on me in shaping the direction of my life. Her example of sharing and caring for others, inspires me to this day.
One of my earliest memories is of her teaching women to read in what is now the Republic of Congo, Africa. She let me come alongside her and had me go to individual women to help them learn to read.
She wrote letters home to the USA asking people to send boxes of used clothes for the mission so the African children could have at least one outfit.
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“Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.”
Have you ever jumped into the middle of a quarrel and later realized it wasn’t your problem to solve? In the meantime maybe someone turned around and attacked you and you got hurt.
Wisdom comes when you know what is your responsibility to fix and what is not. People need to settle their own issues with each other. If you care about the individuals involved it’s not easy to stay out of the middle but it’s wisdom that protects you.