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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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Praise Be To God

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”  George Washington

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!  Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”  And God granted his request.  1 Chronicles 4:10

Copious:  “yielding something abundantly”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you were to go to Washington D.C., stand at the reflecting pool and look due east, you would see the worlds tallest stone structure, and the tallest true obelisk ever built.  At its peak is an aluminum apex.  Facing north, south, and west are various inscriptions naming people responsible for its design and construction, dignitaries in attendance of the laying of its cornerstone and capstone, and significant dates of its construction, among other things.  On the east side a single latin phrase is etched.  It says “Laus Deo,” meaning “Praise be to God.”  The United States is and was founded on the notion that it is a Christian nation.  Some 70 percent of its citizens claim to be Christians.  That includes me and probably you as well.  But do we act like it?  Do we live like it?  Do we love like it?  In the towers we erect in our lives; our miniature empires of houses, cars, jobs, education, children, even churches, could we say what is said at the top of the Washington Monument?  It’s easy to forget the source of our blessings.  After all, the world seems to provide what we need.  Many who would laugh at the idea of placing trust in God, go home to mansions, where we imagine they perpetually smile, basking in their wealth.  However, studies have shown that the difference in happiness between a person who earns $50,000 a year and $50,000,000 a year is slight at best.  “Praise be to God.”  That’s a phrase we should ascribe to everything we have.  It’s a phrase that if lived by, could change this country, this world, and our lives.  It names the source of our blessings and our satisfaction.  Without it, all the wealth in the world is worthless to provide happiness.  With it, the most meager of belongings can bring the deepest satisfaction.  “Praise be to God.”  Do we dare etch that on our hearts?  I pray that we do.  I pray that our glory goes to God.  That He richly blesses us.  Not just with things, but with satisfaction.  That’s the greatest source of happiness.  He’s the greatest source of joy.

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 of?
  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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