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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Monday, August 19, 2013

Strength Lessons


"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye."
Helen Keller

The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will exalt Him. Exodus 15:2

Tough: “capable of enduring strain, hardship, or severe labor” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Sometimes our problems seem like the end of the World. They don't even have to be big problems. Just little ones, at the right place, at the right time. I'm reminded of the Carrie Underwood song
So Small,” in it is the phrase, “Sometimes, that mountain you've been climbing, is just a grain of sand.” Don't make fun of me, but I remember in basic training my situation seemed so miserable, all I wanted to do was to go home. At the time, all the troubles at home seemed to be blessings more than hardships. But now, looking back, it was a great experience. It gave me the courage to do more than I ever thought I could. Besides that, I have great memories from it and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything (maybe that's an exaggeration). My point is, we often get caught up in the hard little moments during our lives and focus on them until days seem like months and months seem like lifetimes and nothing seems temporary. How much better would it be if we were not so shortsighted? If we could see that this moment in our lives has the potential to be just as meaningful as the next? If we could value the experience we're having right now, whether it be good or bad, and realize it has the power to make the good times that much better, and the bad times that much more bearable? Moments and situations have the power to teach, the power to influence, and the power to be remembered. Let's let go of the misery that can come from the stresses of our lives and hang on to the lessons they can bring. In that way, we can transform them from being negative influences to positive. If that seems too difficult... God is always here to help, always here to teach, always here to strengthen.  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

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming for?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading.
Jake

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