The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

July 31, 2010

“A genius without a roadmap will get lost in any country.” Brian Tracy

This is what the LORD says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:17-18

Way: "a course (as a series of actions or sequence of events) leading in a direction or toward an objective" Merriam-Webster

Friday, July 30, 2010

July 30, 2010

30 July 2010

"Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn't." Richard Bach

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Finish:  the quality or state of being perfected - Merriam-Webster

Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 29, 2010

29 July 2010

"Action makes more fortune than caution." Charlotte Whitton

 "Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."  Galatians 6:9

Fortune:  the turns and courses of luck accompanying one's progress - Merriam-Webster


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 28, 2010

28 July 2010

"It is not difficult for me to have this faith, for it is incontrovertible that where there is a plan there is intelligence - an orderly, unfolding universe testifies to the truth of the most majestic statement ever uttered - 'In the beginning, God.'"  Arthur H. Compton 

  O LORD, our Lord, 
       how majestic is your name in all the earth! 
       You have set your glory 
       above the heavens.
  From the lips of children and infants 
       you have ordained praise 
       because of your enemies, 
       to silence the foe and the avenger.

  When I consider your heavens, 
       the work of your fingers, 
       the moon and the stars, 
       which you have set in place,

  what is man that you are mindful of him, 
       the son of man that you care for him?

  You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [c] 
       and crowned him with glory and honor.

  You made him ruler over the works of your hands; 
       you put everything under his feet:

  all flocks and herds, 
       and the beasts of the field,

  the birds of the air, 
       and the fish of the sea, 
       all that swim the paths of the seas.

  O LORD, our Lord, 
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm: 8

Mejesty: greatness or splendor of quality or character - Merriam-Webster

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July 27, 2010

"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is." Anne Frank

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."   Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Plan:  a detailed formulation of a program of action - Merriam-Webster

Monday, July 26, 2010

July 26, 2010

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."  Buddha

The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  Psalm 19:8 

Joy:  a source or cause of delight  Merriam-Webster

Sunday, July 25, 2010

July 25, 2010

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." Helen Keller

The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you."  Luke 17:5-6

Optimism: an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome  Merriam-Webster  

Saturday, July 24, 2010

July 24, 2010

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;I will not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16

Darkness: not clear to the understanding Merriam- Webster

Friday, July 23, 2010

July 23, 2010

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."  Isaac Newton

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their hard work. For if one of them should fall, the other one can raise his partner up. But how will it be with just the one who falls when there is not another to raise him up? Ecclesiastes 4:9,10

Team:  marked by devotion to teamwork rather than individual achievement  Merriam-Webster

July 22, 2010

"It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away."" Abraham Lincoln

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

Situation: "Relative position or combination of circumstances at a certain moment" Merriam-Webster

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July 21, 2010

"You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution." Robert F. Kennedy

The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.' "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'. Matthew 25:20-21

Servant:  "one that serves others"  Merriam-Webster

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 20, 2010

"Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow."  Mary Anne Radmacher

"My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber."  Psalms 121:2-3 NKJV

Mettle:  "Vigor and strength of spirit or temperament." Merriam-Webster

Monday, July 19, 2010

July 19, 2010

"Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too."  Robert Half

"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you." John 13:13-15 (Jesus)

Leader: "A first or principal performer of a group." Merriam-Webster

Sunday, July 18, 2010

July 18, 2010

"In the beginning I used to make one terrible play a game. Then I got so I'd make one a week and finally I'd pull a bad one about once a month. Now, I'm trying to keep it down to one a season." Lou Gehrig

"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." Proverbs 6:6-8

Effort:  "Something produced by exertion or trying." Merriam-Webster

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July 17

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.  Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'  The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"  Matthew 25:35-40

Charity:  "Benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity." Merriam-Webster

Friday, July 16, 2010

July 16, 2010

"If only you could love enough you would he the happiest most successful person in the world." Brian Tracy

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1Corinthians 13:13

Hope: "To cherish a desire with anticipation." Merriam-Webster

Thursday, July 15, 2010

July 15, 2010

I do not know God's head but I do understand and trust his heart.” Zig Ziglar

Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4 (New International Version)

Trust: “Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Merriam-Webster

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July 14, 2010

I really like third, I really like fourth or fifth, I mean that's really good, cause then you're mad, you're like gosh this is awful, I've got to step it up.” Shawn White

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (King James Version)

Wait: “To look forward expectantly.” Merriam-Webster

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July 13, 2010

When you turn toward the sunshine the shadows fall behind you.” Hellen Keller

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (New International Version)

Sight: “An observation to determine direction or position.” Merriam-Webster

Monday, July 12, 2010

July 12, 2010

"Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement." Brian Tracy

"I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back." Philippians 3:12-14 The Message Bible

Goal: "The end toward which effort is directed." Marriam-Webster