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, September 12, 2014

There Are Miracles

“The unthankful heart... discovers not mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet fins the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” - Henry Ward Beecher

Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet the valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. - 2 Kings 3:16-17 (King James Version)

Plastic: “capable of being deformed continuously and permanently in ay direction without rupture” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“Where’s the water?”
Mike asked in a curious shout, as they descended deeper into the canyon. Wondering not so much where the water was, he knew it was long gone, but where the water used to be.
“I don’t know, we’d have to go back and ask.  Do you wanna go back?”
“Oh no, that’s ok, let’s keep going.”
Replied Mike to their tour guide Stephanie.
Oddly he noticed that there were people cultivating what looked to be a garden plot to their right.  
“With no water, how were they going to grow anything?”
He wondered to himself.
Mike and a few of his friends had come to this canyon as tourists to see where, a long time before, water had miraculously filled a ditch in the bottom of this dry and crusty crevice in the earth.  He considered the event to be miraculous because no one could explain how the water got there in the middle of a drought. In the middle of a desert, no less. The water was long gone by now, but it had appeared just when it was most needed.

“It’s mine, all mine. Come on Grace, hurry!”
Steve was a cattleman on the dry and crusty plains of, well, who cares, it was the middle of nowhere in seemingly God-forsaken country. He had heard of water in one of the dried-out canyons about a mile away. Now he was galloping full bore on Gracie, his appaloosa mare, trying to get there first. His cattle were thirsty. He knew many would be lost without water. He’d been waiting for water, for rain, for weeks now. It would be a miracle if it were true. If there was water in the bottom of that canyon. It seemed like just the other day that he had been reading in the Bible, in 2 Kings 3 that God filled ditches with water to save His people from drought. He remembered the verse clearly. In it Elisha said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Thus says the LORD, ‘I will make this dry stream-bed full of pools.’ For thus says the LORD, ‘You shall not see wind or rain, but that stream-bed shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your livestock, and your animals.’” - 2 Kings 3:16-17 (English Standard Version)  In the midst of drought, in the midst of a dehydrated herd of cattle, Steve prayed that God would once again fill a dry stream-bed with pools.
“It’s a miracle!”
Steve kept repeating, rushing as fast as he could to this thing he had prayed for.

“What are those people doing? Why are they gardening way out here?”
Mike asked Stephanie
“They’re hoping to see a miracle.”
She replied simply.
Mike was wondering what in the world was going one when.
“In today’s news...  Syrian rockets have been landing on the Golan Heights in Israel and...”
It was Mikes alarm reminding him gently that this is the real world. He had been dreaming and now it was time to get ready to go to work.
“What a strange dream.”
He whispered to himself as he pulled on a clean pair of socks.
But he knew what it was about. He’d been feeling lately that his life was worthless. That he was useless. Like he was merely a drone. Going to work, doing a mediocre job, then coming home to be a lousy husband, and going to bed to get some poor sleep, just to wake up and start the cycle over. He knew what he wanted to do. He wanted to be those gardeners in the desert. He didn’t want to be the cowboy. His miracle had already taken place. He didn’t want to be the tour guide either, she didn’t seem to care. Or the tour group, they were looking for something that happened in the past. He wanted to be those gardeners. They were expecting a miracle. They were expecting water in the desert. That’s what he wanted. He was familiar with the story of Elisha and king Jehoshaphat and he knew what he was supposed to do. Dig some ditches. He knew that for his life to be able to receive God’s blessings, it had to be able to hold God’s blessings. That’s what the ditches were for. Mike knew he wasn’t worthless, but he hadn’t made his life available for God to work in. He was still going to go to work. He was still going to come home. But now it was going to be different. He was going to go to work with a higher purpose in mind. He was going to come home to be a godly husband. And he was going to make his life available to the Lord. Somehow it seemed better now. Somehow Mike knew that no matter what, God’s blessings would be seen in his life.  
“It is a new day.  A new life!”
Mike thought with a smile.

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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