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, July 7, 2014

What Did You Stop?

“There is power in the name of Jesus
There is power in the name of Jesus
There is power in the name of Jesus

To break every chain
break every chain
break every chain”

- Excerpt from the song Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercede for us with groanings too deep for words. - Romans 8:22-26

Groan: “a deep, inarticulate sound made in pain or despair” - New Oxford American Dictionary

I can’t remember exactly the book or the author, but in an audio book I listened to a few years ago the author described an event at a motivational speech he had given. In the book the author described how during a speech of his a man stood up and declared that none of the things being described worked. The man said that he had tried all the things and they helped him for a little while, but it didn’t last. So this author stopped his speech to ask this man a simple question. “Did you keep doing it?” Meaning, had the man stopped doing the things suggested; the things he knew helped, if only at first. Than man standing there just shook his head. “I stopped doing it,” he said to himself, “I stopped doing it.” This isn’t about a motivational speech, or good practices. It’s about what we’ve all stopped doing. We’ve all had periods of bliss and long drawn out times of something different. Why? Could it be that we stopped doing it? Think back to the times when you were unstoppably happy, when no one could get you down, when you were in love. What changed? Of course there will be the natural occurrences of depression. Life and hormones can do that to us all. But when life bogs down for extended periods. When the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is dimming. When love is dry and God seems far; maybe there’s something we stopped. One prayer isn’t gonna cut it. One weekend in the Lord’s house isn’t going to satisfy forever. Just a little may quench, but it won’t last. It takes ongoing effort and relationship. Let’s get back on our knees, get back into His word, get back into the place we were in love. The birds are still singing, if only we’d stop and listen. The songs are still playing, if we’d only tune them in. That love is still available, if only we’d love it back. Gardens won’t grow without daily watering. Neither will we. Keep doing it. Whatever that “it” is. Life is there to be had. Take hold of it. It won’t hold onto you. The choice is ours, don’t stop.
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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