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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, January 21, 2014

Choose Grace

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” - Anne Lamott

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. - Hebrews 13:2

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

I don’t think I’ll ever forget a night I went to bed with in a legendary mood.  And by legendary, I don’t mean good.  My wife simply reminded me that one of our friends, who is a NICU nurse had to watch ten babies die that week.  Perspective can change a lot of things.  How we feel.  How we treat people.  How we see God.  What perspective do you have today?  Is it the perspective that nothing should go wrong in your life?  Is it the perspective of perfection in the world?  True perspective lets us see the wrongs in our life.  It lets us understand that others are going through things we hope to avoid for a lifetime.  The laughter that comes after a newborn baby is born healthily into this world turns to tears when we consider all of those who aren’t.  Remember that many a doctor’s and nurse’s smile at a successful outcome has also been tempered by frustration and sadness.  Be thankful not only for those who care in the good times, but also those who care through the worst.  And be patient.  We don’t know what the other person we’re frustrated with may be going through.  In fact, we usually have no idea who they are.  Remember you need grace too.  And that our Savior freely offers it to you, for no other reason than He loves us all.  And remember too, His grace came at the cost of His life.  It came with suffering beyond what we can imagine.  Suffering of body and emotion.  Be thankful that our grace can be offered freely without suffering.  Grace is a gift we can give that has no legitimate cost, but comes with a great reward.  But even without a cost, it can be the hardest gift to give.  Because it often requires a little of ourselves.  That little part we don’t want to give.  The part we probably shouldn’t have anyway.  That part called pride.  Pride and grace, like oil and water, cannot naturally mix.  Which is it going to be?  Is it going to be anger when we don’t get our way?  Is it going to be blind judgement?  Is it going to be pride?  Or is it going to be Jesus?  Choose grace.

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,


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