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, April 8, 2013

The Hug of Jesus


Lord why me
I don’t know where to go
So Lord take me
My hear wants to explode.
But then I hear Him say
You’ve been 
Running round in circles
Lost in your hurricane
And I’ve been
Next to you the whole time
Cryin out to say My name
And I’ll run to you
You need to feel My love right now
And I’ll comfort you
When everyone has let you down

Excerpt from the song Abandoned by Benjah

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.  John 12:32

Palliate:  “to moderate the intensity of”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

What’s going on in your life?  For some the sound of that question initiates a mere shrug.  For others the tears flow.  We all have something in our lives.  Something that is either blessing or breaking us.  The scariest place to be is in the place where we don’t feel anything.  It means we’re not paying attention, or that we’ve numbed ourselves to the reality of life; to the pain and the joys of living.  We’re all God’s children.  Realizing that brings our emotions, our feelings to light.  There is no one who can’t respond to the realization of our Lord and Savior standing by us in the good times and the bad; calling us to call on Him.  As I write this a news flash popped up on my phone letting me know that former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher has died.  For all of us, there is an end to this world in sight.  No matter how great and good a person we may be.  If you can’t see it, you’re not looking.  For some it brings a welcome relief.  For others a frightening prospect.  And for all of us sadness.  Maybe not sadness for the end of our own lives, but certainly sadness at the loss of a loved one.  We live with hurt everyday.  It’s a reality that even our Savior endured.  The shortest verse in the Bible expresses His reaction to a friends death.  “Jesus wept.”  John 11:35  We’ll all weep.  It sucks.  Sometimes we’re even tempted to throw in the proverbial towel and say that life sucks.  In those moments Jesus is there with us.  He’s always with us.  He’s calling us.  He wants to comfort.  He wants shed tears with us.  If you’re not in that place in your life right now.  If life is blessing you with joy and happiness.  Praise the Lord!  He wants to work through you.  For some, His love comes in the form of your arms, embracing a friend.  For others, His comfort comes in the form of your tears, shed with another.  And still for others, He runs to them with your feet, with your words, with your actions.  We are the hands and feet of Christ.  There are times when we are His hugs, His love, and His passion.  If you need comfort, let Jesus comfort you.  If you don’t feel that need.  Be someone's comfort.  Please.  The world needs us wherever we are.  And wherever we are, we need Him.  Let Him work in and through us.  How awesome would it be to one day find out that we were the loving arms of Jesus around a friend in need?  No matter what we’re going through, whether it be happiness, fear, or sorrow; we can work for Him.  We can be the love of the Lord throughout our generation and generations to come.  I’m reminded of the song Pass it On by Dan Britt I learned as a little boy.  “It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around, will warm up to its glowing.  That’s how it is with God’s love, once you experience it, it fresh like spring, you want to sing, you want to pass it on.”  Let’s accept that love into our hearts.  We’re sure to pass it on.
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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