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, July 18, 2014

The Bridge

“The two hardest test on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” - Paulo Coelho

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. - James 1:12

Gauntlet: “go through an intimidating or dangerous crowd, place, or experience in order to reach a goal” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Sometimes it’s not for us to know path, or even the destination, but to just take the next step. There will be times when we don’t know what to say, don’t know what to do. Times when we simply need Jesus to be with us. Times when only God can understand. But what about the times when you just can’t seem to feel His presence? It seems like maybe He’s abandoned you altogether. What about those times? It almost seems unspiritual to think about those times. What must our relationship with Him be like if sometimes it feels like He’s not even there? I don’t know the answer for you. I’m not sure I even know the answer for me. But that is why it’s important to build our faith in the times when He seems close. Faith is what bridges the gaps in our spiritual lives. It can suspend us over the valleys between the peaks. Build on it at the mountain tops and it will carry you through the plains of life. Because that’s what life feels like sometimes. A vast desolate plain. We’re just hoping for the next “World’s largest ball of twine,” or “Cadillac Ranch,” to keep us somewhat satisfied. Sometimes if feels like we’re out in the middle of nowhere and the gas needle is starting to touch the E. Heck, sometimes if feels like it’s buried in the red with no fill-up in sight. Hold onto Him. Keep trusting. Take the next step in faith, even if it’s all we have. Because sometimes that’s all He’s given. Just one more step. And then He’s there. So what’s this gauntlet of life for anyway? Why can’t we just hang out in peace by the river with no worries? Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” - John 10:10 We’re the “they” He was talking about. It’s not God’s gauntlet, but the thief trying to steal and kill and destroy. He’s the inventor of these vast dry lands we go through. He’d love for us to stop moving in the desert. He doesn’t want us to find peace. He wants us to struggle. Ultimately he wants us to die without a savior. But we have a savior. We have Jesus, the Savior. Willing to search for us in the desert and to even die for us in the heat, so that we may be saved, if only from ourselves. Trust in Him, put one foot in front of the other and let Him lead you to the other side.

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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