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Pray for Bold Goals

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Use these five steps to help you reach your dreams.
By Richard H. Schneider

Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

Since man first cowered before the dark unknown, God has understood our timidity. That’s why He Himself goes with us. He wants us to be bold for Him, to live our lives to full fruition, to fulfill His plan in the world. Keeping that in mind, try these five steps to boldness.

1. Is it right with God?
We can attain conviction by first seeking God’s will in all that we wish to accomplish. Ask God if your goal is right. If you sense affirmation, then take the next step.

2. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.
Commit yourself by biting off more than you think you can chew, rather than letting fear of failure stop you from trying at all. Those “mighty forces”? They are energy, skill, sound judgment, creativity, even physical strength and endurance. Boldness creates a state of emergency to which these powers respond.

3. Don’t look over your shoulder.
If you do, as baseball’s great Satchel Paige said, “You may see something gaining on you.” That something could be the fears you overcame at the start. So keep up your momentum.

4. Make the leap of faith.
In Jesus’ parable of the talents, the servant who buried his employer’s money was criticized for failing to put it to use. The servant’s alibi sums up too many people’s attitude toward life: “I was afraid to risk it.”

5. Don’t duck the spotlight.
The next time you hear a call for volunteers or see someone who needs assistance or spot a wrong that needs righting, strive for the boldness that shouts: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!”

This article is excerpted from Guideposts Daily Planner 2015.

This is great advice for all of us no matter what we are trying to accomplish.

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    Your blog reminded me of this. When David faced Goliath, he ran toward the army to meet him. 1Sa_17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

Thanks for this blog!

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MSLZZY 10/17/2014 9:00AM

    Fantastic! This made my day! HUGS!

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JANIEWWJD 10/17/2014 12:11AM

    Totally agree!!! My favorite is "Take the Leap of Faith!!!"
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Mini trip south

Friday, October 03, 2014

In front of the car was our condo on the bottom floor that we called "home" for 3 days

Our hubbies enjoying the "scenery" on Lido Beach

Just one of the many birds we saw while enjoying the beach

Cute car we saw at the Car Museum in Sarasota

This was a tower of elephants carved out of a tree that was on display at the auto museum
For only $19,900 you can take this one of a kind masterpiece home with you!

Abraham Lincoln's funeral hearse also on display at the museum

This cute little tree fog was caught in the enclosed patio so Vickie caught it, we took some pics and then put it out where it was free to roam.

There were a lot of jellyfish washing up on Lido Beach so we were very careful to not get stung. They also were warning people to be careful of the Man of War also.

These weird twig structures were in front of a school in Sarasota. They were behind a high chain link fence but we still managed to get some pics. We have seen something similar in New Harmony, IN several years ago.

The 4 of us enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at The Village Café on Siesta Key-highly recommend the food there.

Way too much food but it was delicious.

When we went in Publix to get a birthday cake for DH, this was the sight we saw. Escalators up to the store which was on the 2nd floor and then when you were done shopping you rode down the other side and your cart rode a special rail in the center! The bag boy laughed at me taking pics-said he sees it all the time- Something we had never seen before!

Entry to the Marina in Sarasota

Our friends at The Hob Nob Café-an outdoor eatery that goes way back. It is typical 50's food served on concrete picnic tables!

This statue stand out front of the entrance to the marina and is a draw to come and take a pic.

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Dear hubby and his birthday cake!

We ate our last meal before heading home at The Broken Egg.
We got quite a kick out of the tube people. They could be purchased at a shop called
The Tube Dude! They were used all around the area for different purposes.

Even with rain every day, we had time at the beach daily. When we could not go to the beach, we enjoyed playing cards in the condo and Vickie and I got in some pool time. We did some sightseeing and all in all had a good mini vacation to celebrate DH's 75th birthday!

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DIBANANA 10/13/2014 10:58AM

  Pat you always have such interesting pictures!

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INFLATED 10/12/2014 10:12PM

    That looks like a fun vacation. Say Happy Birthday to your husband from one of your friends.

I didn't realize the kissing statue was so tall until you photographed your husband beside it.

"If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you.
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose,
for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." Thank you for this quote.

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BAMAJAM2 10/9/2014 5:37PM

  Oh this looks like a wonderful vacation! We have visited friends in Siesta Key and the beach was beautiful-- with spectacular sunsets!
I see from your Spark page that you lived a long time in St. Louis. That was my hometown--- and I lived there even before the famous Arch was built! My home was Shrewsbury. It was like a small town----
Wishing you Happy Sparking!

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MSLZZY 10/6/2014 11:03PM

    A perfect mini-vacation! Happy birthday to DH!

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/5/2014 2:19PM

    Your vacation looked fun nice all around the pics add the depth to help me feel like I was there good blog! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 10/5/2014 12:45AM

    That looks like my kind of vacation. I'm glad that you enjoyed yourselves!!!! Be careful going home!!!
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JUDITHANNIE 10/4/2014 8:42AM

    What a wonderful vacation, and happy birthday to you hubby. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing. Judy emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/4/2014 4:43AM

    Thanks for sharing! And Happy Birthday to your DH!

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Some of my flowers

Saturday, September 27, 2014

This is one of the bromeliads we planted last summer. We are finally getting blooms.

More blooms-double this time!

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/5/2014 2:19PM

    Pretty flowers!

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    I wish I had a green thumb.

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A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see." "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma the daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its insides became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May we all be COFFEE!

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HARPLUTE 9/28/2014 8:40AM

  Something to really think about. People have frequently told me I'm very strong. But in examining my past I see how, depending on the circumstance, I was not like this in all situations. I was very strong during Vic's illness and have been strong for others throughout my life. But when adversity hit me directly, (an illness or very serious personal or professional setback) my immediate reaction was to buckle...the carrot. Yes, I did recover, and pull myself up, but the immediate pain was so great that it took time. Don't you think it's like that for most people?

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    Good examples of our reactions to adversity.

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September 11: Don’t Just Remember, Pray

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By Michelle Medlock Adams, September 10, 2014

September 11th will forever mean something different since the unimaginable tragedy that struck America in 2001. If 9/11 taught us anything as a country, it taught us to cherish our loved ones a little more and slow down long enough to appreciate the life around us.

I remember that day like it was yesterday. I watched news coverage almost non-stop–numb, shocked and heartbroken. And I specifically remember how one of the newscasters signed off that night.

The Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.With a shaky voice and tears in his eyes, he said: “Like you, I am devastated. And like you, I am shaken. But I know one thing. I am going to go home and hug my wife and my children for a very long time tonight and tell them how much I love them. I suggest you do the same…”

I did.

I bet you did, too.

In the days following September 11, our nation came together in a way I’d never seen. No one seemed to care whether you were a Democrat or a Republican. We were all just Americans. And for a season, we were all united.

Everyone wanted to help in some way. People from all over the country took their vacation time from work and headed to New York City to see how they could help at Ground Zero.

School children wrote letters to the NYC firefighters and police, thanking them for their service. Churches all over the world held prayer vigils in hopes that more survivors would be found in the wreckage, while others prayed diligently for the families of the victims. People stood in line to give blood as a response to the urgent need in New York.

My own girls, who were only 8 and 6 at the time, were even moved to help. They set up a lemonade stand in our neighborhood and over several days raised almost $100 which they excitedly donated to the American Red Cross.

School children in Colorado sent teddy bears to the children who lost a parent as a result of 9/11.

And, a group of students at Forest Hill Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, started the “give up flowers for the towers” drive as part of their school’s homecoming, encouraging students to take the money they would have spent on flowers for the dance and to donate it instead.

By the end of the homecoming dance, the students had raised more than $4000 in donations for the American Red Cross.

The spirit of giving and intense patriotism lived in every corner of America. Neighbors helped neighbors. Strangers reached out to strangers.

Suddenly, age, race, economic status, political party, denomination–none of those things divided us anymore. The flag meant something more after 9/11, and we wore red, white and blue with great pride.

Though it was one of the darkest days our country has ever known, what the devil meant for harm, God used for good (Gen. 50:20). Out of devastation and death, we rose up with renewed courage and strength.

Yes, it’s been more than a decade, and yes, we’re not as united as we once were. But, we can be again. Let’s take this September 11th and do more than just remember–let’s pray.

The Word says, If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

I hope you’ll take time to pray for those who lost loved ones on September 11, and for our nation and its leaders.

In fact, why wait? Pray with me now:

Father, we are thankful that you are our God, and the God of this nation. We ask today that you bless our country and unite us once again. Father, we ask that you give our nation’s leaders direction and wisdom, and we pray protection over our men and women in uniform.

We also pray that you comfort hearts around this world that are still hurting from losing loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001. Touch them, Lord, and let them know that you haven’t forgotten and that you love them very much.

And, God, help us not to take even one moment of life for granted and to love like there’s no tomorrow. Heal our land, Lord. In the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.

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INFLATED 9/14/2014 7:04PM

    Amen. I was watching the weather channel last night about hurricane Katrina. A man helped get people out of the apartment building where he lived. While there were thugs hot-wiring vehicles to get out of Louisiana. He hot-wired a boat and took the sick to where they could be given help. He was able to get a helicopter to come and air-lift the rest. He said there was no racial divides, or political agendas then, it was each one trying to help another.

It is such a shame that it takes a tragedy to bring us together when it is the way we should live daily.

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WINDSONG~ 9/12/2014 2:32AM

    You touched my heart with your words.

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JANIEWWJD 9/11/2014 9:35PM

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post!!! My heart still hurts thinking of that day, and I do pray daily!!! I pray for tolerance from people, I pray for love of country, and I pray for this wonderful freedom that we have here in our country!!! God bless America, and God bless our heroes!!!!!
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    Great post.

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