Monthly Archives: June 2012

NEW LIFE

The refreshing feeling you get to see a new life brought into this world.  My brother Kevin and his wife Natalie just had their first child today, Harper! The amount of joy on his face and Natalie’s is indescribable but to see Harper’s eyes looking at her momma was priceless.  When trying to describe my thoughts of witnessing a new life, anything crossed my mind from how amazing it is to see a new branch on the family tree; to how much more respect I have for another human knowing that at some point every human was a child where a mother or family member was witnessing new life at the purest form.

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Now take that feeling when you witnessed a new life come; that same euphoric feeling flows too when you have invited Jesus into your heart.  Once we invite him into our life we are a NEW LIFE and from that moment we are pure and forgiven of our past since He made the sacrifice to walk with a cross on his back with a crown of thorns while being whipped.  Just so later  he could get nailed to the cross.  What a sacrifice to be made so that we on earth can enjoy a NEW LIFE!  Just like the newborn baby needs his/her parents to be fed, we have to remember we HAVE to fed by the word (bible) to grow and be stronger as well.  No one will walk a perfect path but the more we strive to value our relationship with our savior and our family and loved ones then we are living to the fullest.  Where are you being fed from?   Much Love.

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THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP

How do you start your day? Take some time and marinate on that cause how we start our day is setting the tone and preparing us for the rest of the day. Regardless of your faith, try starting your day with thankfulness and humbleness that we’re not promised anything. Then go attack your task. What we put in our mind and our stomach each morning prepares us for the battle. Much Love

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FORGET THAT!

New day.

Today a family member will say something that hurts or a friend will not stick up for you the way that you would expect him/her too. Don’t let these moments grow into separation between a loved one. Forgive and forget just like our Savior does when he forgives us when we hurt Him. Start today off recovering a relationship with a loved one, one day at a time (call them). Don’t expect full recovery immediately but enjoy the journey. Our time here is limited, use it to grow relationships.

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FAMILY MATTERS

FAMILY MATTERS.

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FAMILY MATTERS

Regardless if you come from a family where your father and mother seperated when you were three years old, we can make the decision TODAY to grow our family tree from this point on. Or if you come from a family that has been strong for many generations, then TODAY you are expected to uphold the values they instilled in you to pass on as the family grows. What type of family tree do you want to grow?

We have to first recognize our personal strengths and our weaknesses. Once they have been determined we have to humbly work on our weaknesses and continue to gain more strengths (whether it’s putting away our dishes or break the bondage of looking at porn.) Working on our weakness can be a battle that we consistently face. If we ask Christ into our heart/life and continue to lift up our weakness in prayer (lean/pray on Him every time we encounter our weakness) and know that today is a NEW day and God will forgive us regardless of the sin; the good Lord will give us the strength to conquer our weakness. This world is filled with lust that will turn into infidelity, lying that turns into brokenness and drinking to forget our weaknesses turns into a consistant drunk. But TODAY you can humbly look at yourself in the mirror and work on the weakness in your life that will not only restore a broken family but will pass down the good values that our kids need to continue the family. SAVE OUR FAMILIES AND KEEP SATAN OUT, Seriously.

 

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UPWARD OR DOWNWARD?

Are we protecting our kids too much?  There are leagues for kids to play in where they don’t lose or win and everyone tells them they did great.  (Yes, Upward).  No, I’m not talking about the cute little 3 year olds; I’m talking about 4th, 5th and 6th graders.  Some of the best lessons we can learn in sports or in life is how to handle a loss in a competitive environment.  Whether it’s losing a competitive game or dealing with adversity in life, I feel it’s vital for young ones to learn how to handle defeat when emotions are running high.  It’s also just as important to show good sportsmanship after a big win.  But Last year, nearly 550,000 K5 through sixth-graders participated in leagues where nobody won, nobody lost and the fans/parents consistently told them how good they were.  Let me make it clear that I’m a huge supporter in promoting good values and it’s great that coaches are volunteering their time to work with kids, but both of these things can be achieved and more while establishing a winner and a loser after each game.  What lesson(s) have you learned after a win or a loss?

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DIETS AND BLUEPRINTS

Happy Wednesday!

We all have at least one Facebook friend that is working hard on their fitness and to express their hard work all the Facebook friends see their oatmeal and fruit protein shakes, egg whites, chicken and veggie dinners. Maybe a few status updates later we see the results of their hard work by finding out how much weight they have shed. I like this person, and think it’s great that someone is passionate about being dedicated to a diet. Over time this person has achieved a personal goal and while doing so, each Facebook friend has been a witness.

I know very little about construction. I know enough that when a general contractor begins a project that one of the first steps is constructing the blueprint. Since building a boat or a house is very technical there has to be a detailed plan that the builder must follow to ensure the foundation is constructed properly. Even though throughout the building process, details can always be modified but the modifications have to be done while updating your blueprint.

We socially accept the person working hard in the gym and eating right while showing us there improvements while using a camera phone in the gym bathroom mirror and immediately posting it on Facebook. And once again, I like this person and that shows me that this person is focused and motivated on achieving the fitness goal and is proud of the accomplishments to date. We don’t find it awkward in any way when this person seeks a personal trainer for consulting or having the personal trainer write them up their diet. Shoot, this person is proud to tell others who their trainer is. Same principle with the general contractor. We completely accept and understand that the builder has to seek consulting from an engineer or an architect to have a detailed technical blueprint to build a beautiful boat or home.

So why is it that 40% of Americans have no idea where their money is going each month and hope to have some left over at the end of the month? Yea, I know you make a fixed payment each month for living, car insurance, cell phone but the remainder of your money; do you have any idea what those funds are allocated for? And why is it that when we catch word that someone is seeking guidance, counseling or getting consulting on how to manage money; most people frown upon that idea? Why was it harder on our pride to admit we are making mistakes on handling money so we change ways but not as hard on our pride to admit we are making mistakes on our body so we get a trainer? It’s socially accepted. And people can notice when we aren’t happy with our body so we must do something about it so we can feel better but it is easier to cover up our poor money management and dress it up to appear we are doing just fine. Would our domestic financial situation be better if having a financial trainer to keep us accountable to our financial blueprint was just as socially accepted as someone having a personal trainer to assist in making someone look and feel better? Our financial problems start from our home (which financial problems can easily grow into other major problems). Not our Presidents fault or any other republican or democrat government official. Get a financial blueprint (budget) prepared today and enjoy the results. Much Love.

Proverbs 6 (today’s Proverb)

My child, have you promised to be responsible for someone else’s debts? Have you been caught by your own words, trapped by your own promises? Well then, my child, you are in that person’s power, but this is how to get out of it: hurry to him, and beg him to release you. Don’t let yourself go to sleep or even stop to rest. Get out of the trap like a bird or a deer escaping from a hunter. Lazy people should learn a lesson from the way ants lie. They have no leader, chief, or ruler, but they store up their food during the summer, getting ready for winter. How long is the lazy man going to lie around? When is he ever going to get up? I’ll just take a short nap, he says; I’ll fold my hands and rest a while. But while he sleeps, poverty will attack him like an armed robber.


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IF WE TRY TO GROW, WE WILL BE OUTSIDE OUR COMFORT ZONE.

Anything new that’s going to include change will always start off with a challenge.  On Sunday night when we say we’re going to eat better this week, that creates a challenge.  When we make a new years resolution, that also creates a challenge.  Anything we do to try to better ourselves will start off as challenging but transition into a smoother and beneficial life.  Let’s take a minute to look into our lives and find an area where we can grow.  Whether some might be a healthier lifestyle or some might be spending more time with our dog.  Regardless, we all have something we can find where we need to grow.

As a child we have growing pains.  unfortunately as we get older pains still exist when we grow.  As a child those pains result into being taller, stronger, etc.  The growing pains we get today may consist of eating less chocolate if we’re trying to live healthier or trading in that new ride for an older ride if we’re trying to grow our savings.  Or sometimes not associating with someone who will bring us down but we’ve known the person for years, can be painful.  Regardless, whenever you challenge yourself to grow, embrace the initial pain and don’t give up.  When the pain vanishes your growth will continue to snowball!

Challenge yourself this week to write down one area where you’d like to grow.  Have someone keep you accountable and then enjoy the pain!  much love.

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