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, June 3, 2014

Thank God For The Process

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” Liberty Hyde Bailey

The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. - Isaiah 58:11

Cultivate: “try to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill)” - New Oxford American Dictionary

You wouldn’t believe how often I need to edge my lawn. Well, it’s really not that often, but it seems like the edges of my lawn need constant work. Maybe it’s because I dislike maintaining them so much. Why is it that we want everything to be perfect, but don’t want to put the work into it? I certainly don’t want my grass to stop growing. I don’t want a dead lawn after all. However, I get tired of dealing with its growth. So much of life is the same. We want life, but do we want it abundantly? Or do we want it controlled. Thank God my grass grows. Thank God for the weeds even. Because they’re life. They’re a pain sometimes, but how much of that pain is caused by the desire to tame life. Yes, I will continue to pull the weeds around my house. Life does come with weeds that need to be pulled. But how much better could living be with a new prospective on life. Too often we let the weeds control our emotions because we don’t see ourselves as gardeners. You see, a gardener sees the weeds as an opportunity to work their garden. A gardener finds joy in the process as much as the product. Could life in general be a bit more like that? Could we see our lives as gardens to be tended? Lives to be cultivated? What if we chose to enjoy the process? We’ll always have the weeds. There will always be work to do. But the process doesn’t have to destroy our joy. Not when the Master Gardener, the Creator is by our side. He’s here to help us. To guide us through the cultivation of our lives. To even pull a weed or two, or all of them. No doubt, without Him, life could get out of control. The brambles could overgrow the house, and weeds choke out the flowers. However, we’re part of the process too. We should never be afraid to get our hands dirty in this thing we call life. Because it’s in that willingness that we find an even greater appreciation for the work of God’s grace. That ever present, all powerful, automatic weed puller we call grace. Thank God for His garden. Thank God for this life. May we learn to appreciate it more and more. May we see His grace for its truest value. May our lives be cultivated by that cross we hold so dear. Thank God for the process. Thank God for His garden. Thank God for you.

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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