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, June 2, 2014

Binky Problems

“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?” - Henry Ford

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you - you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Jesus - Matthew 6:28-34

Worry: “pull at or fiddle with repeatedly” - New Oxford American Dictionary

My daughter Cora has a problem. She’s almost five months old and she loves her binky. As do most babies I guess. Her problem isn’t with the binky however. Her problem is with her hands. The problem with her hands is that she can’t keep them off her binky. Just about the time she starts to drift off to sleep. Pop, out comes the pacifier and let the crying commence. Why? Because she can’t keep her hands off of the thing that gives her comfort. She can’t decide what she wants more. To have her binky in her mouth, or to have it in her hands. Many of us have the same problem with Jesus. We want His comfort, but we can’t keep our hands off. We want the peace He gives, but we can’t keep out of His business. Christ’s business is our salvation. The problem is that we aren’t sure whether we want to trust Him or take the matter into our own hands. So just as we begin to drift off into His peaceful arms; pop, there’s a problem we need to get a handle on. But the problem is not ours to fix. We can’t save ourselves no matter how hard we try. It’s just too much. My baby’s metaphor starts to break down here, because every once in a while, she’s able to get her pacifier back in her mouth. We’ll never be able to achieve salvation without Christ. Whatever issues we may have, let’s give them to Jesus. Have a problem with a habit? Can’t stop saying things you don’t want to say? Looking at things you shouldn’t see? Give your heart to God. As strange a solution as that sounds, it’s the only way to true resolution. Why? Because He wants to change your heart. He wants to give you peace. He wants to adjust your attitude. He loves us all more than we can fathom. He wants something better for us more than we can ever imagine. Let’s get our hands off Him and let Him get a handle on us instead. Let’s trust that He is more powerful than us. Let’s enjoy the peace that only He can give. And there goes the binky again… Cora!

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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