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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Friday, December 24, 2010

Message for December 24, 2010

When I broke my arm, I knew there was something a lot bigger than baseball (about to happen)... I had a sense that God has something for me, something bigger than baseball.” Dave Dravecky

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Grace: “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings” New Oxford American Dictionary

As I was driving home from work I was listening to the life story of Dave Dravecky, a major league pitcher known for coming back to the major leagues after having half his deltoid muscle removed because of cancer. Later he broke his arm during a pitch, his cancer had return and resulted in the amputation of his throwing arm. He said a couple things that really made sense to me that I think most of us don't really think about all the time. He made the point that stuff doesn't grow much on top of mountains, stuff grows in the valleys; the majority of farms are found in valleys because that is where the soil is the most fertile. Life can be a lot like that, when we are in what seems to be the lowest of lows that's when God is there to pick us up and lend us His strength so that we can grow strong and surpass the peaks of human achievement and touch the heavens. There are always going to be down times in life, but let's not forget what the strength of God can do for us and remember the valleys are the most fertile area for growth. After all Paula Deen started her business with 200 dollars, no job, and a severe case of agoraphobia.

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