Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Woman of His Dreams

God will take you as far as you want to go; as fast as you want to go. To be that woman of His dreams, that woman after God's own heart, is up to you.

Proverbs 4:23 says, "Keep your heart will all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life." 

You decide what you will and will not do; whether you'll grow or not grow. You also decide the rate at which you'll grow. Will it be hit or miss? Will it be measles rate: a sudden rash here and there? You have to believe you can be a woman of His dreams? With God's grace and in His strength, you can. 

Let His will be done...

Monday, January 13, 2014

To Love or To Be Loved....

Interesting answer the grandfather gives, wouldn't you say?

As humans, we are made in God's image. God is love; therefore, we are love. Humans are made to love. The issue is when you aren't loved back. At least, you are not loved the way you want to be loved. Most people love the best way they know how. Frustration and disappointment set in when their version of loving you does not match your version. We have to learn to accept people as they are.

People will disappoint you; love them anyway. Because for you, as a human, you need to love and to be loved. Just like a bird needs that left and right wing...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hear My Call

I know some would consider this to be an emotionally draining song. I think of it as a prayer---a petition asking God to help. Today I am asking...

Here I am again asking questions; Waiting to be moved.
I am so unsure of my perception. What I thought I knew, I don't seem to.
Where is the turn so I can get back to what I believe in?
Back to the old me...

I am such a fool. How did I get here?
Played by all the rules; then they changed
I am but a child to Your vision.
Standing in the cold and the rain; Lost here in the dark.
I can't see my foot to take a step. What is happening?
Oh, this hurts so bad. I can hardly breathe.
I just want to leave so...

God please hear my call.
I am afraid for me.  Love has burned me raw,
Love has turned me cold; I need Your healing.
Please, please, please, please, please, please

Monday, January 6, 2014

According to Forbes Magazine...

Successful people have a routine in their lives. The question is what do you consider successful. Is it a six-figure income? Maybe it's a growing family? Success can be so relative. We all have our definition. 

For me, I define success as a person doing the things that they love. So by all practical accounts, I am a successful person. I love to write. I have a published novel. I have short stories in two published anthologies, one of which is featured in a Zane anthology.  Two one-act plays I have written have been produced onstage. Yes, I should consider myself successful.

One thing I lack is DISCIPLINE. I pray about changing that. One day, I read an article in Forbes Magazine that listed the four things successful people do before 8am. For the last three weeks, I have tried to incorporate that list in my morning routine.

1. Exercise----Pray for me. I set my alarm for 5am. And yes, my alarm wakes me. Still...  Just pray for me.

2. Eat a Healthy Breakfast----I believe I have this one done. Breakfast is my most important meal of my day. I try to make sure it's hearty. I am working on the healthy. 

3. Map Out Your Day----Every morning, after reading my devotionals, I create a list of things I need to do. I easily get distracted from that list, but at least, I have a road map. Even when I venture off the trail, I still have a sense of accomplishment if I've done one or two things on the list. Eventually, I will complete a days' list and I'll smile.

4. Make the Day Top-Heavy----Usually on that list, one or two projects we hate to tackle. It looms after you all day (or week or month) until we finally set your mind to do it. To solve the problem, simply do the one thing you don't want to do FIRST. Get over the biggest hurdle first and the rest of your day is all downhill.

Every morning, I have the best intentions. Soon those intentions will become actions. Once they are actions, habits form. One day at a time...


Friday, January 3, 2014

Mission Accomplished

Now that it's complete, I feel a certain kind of way. I had the feeling when I was printing the pictures and deciding where they should go.

I am not sure where God wants to take me in 2014. I can only go after it one day at a time. That's my plan...

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Vision vs. Action

Years ago, vision boards achieved great popularity with the book, The Secret. Even I bought into the 'attraction'. I still have my copy.

After reading it, I realized that its guiding principle for incredibly Bible-based, but most people are afraid to give God His proper due. The idea that your mode of thinking directly affects what the universe give you. And who made the universe? That's a different post so I digress...

Creating your own vision board is considered the key to success. It is not enough to simply have a positive mental attitude. The secret to achieving your goals is to dream about positive, focused, and specific goals. As The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vision Boards describes, the images and phrases that make the board should represent your highest priorities. Some post that a certain amount of time spent in front of the board is necessary for complete success, while others suggest that simply creating the vision board is what is critical to maintain the goal in your subconscious. If you think about your goals as if they've already occurred, then the universe will give this to you. out pictures and writing down positive affirmations may be beneficial to some; especially if it helps us organize and more clearly delineate our goals. Just remember that after you dream, think, and pray about it, then it's time act on it. Sir Iaasc Newton says it best.


NEWTON'S FIRST LAW OF MOTION -- Every object that is in a state of uniform motion, tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. In other words, there is a natural tendency for objects to keep doing what they're doing. All objects (including humans) resist changes in their state of motion. Unless there is an unbalanced force that comes in and knocks something loose and shakes it up, then the object will remain in the same state of motion.
Example of Newton's First Law of Motion -- Dirty dishes in the sink won't clean themselves. Certainly, you can use the dishwasher and make it easy on yourself but YOU STILL HAVE TO PUT THEM IN THE DISHWASHER! If you want something to change (move), an external force (you) has to be applied to it. In other words, you have to take action. 

NEWTONS' SECOND LAW OF MOTION -- Heavier objects require more force to move the same distance as lighter objects. So we have force, mass, acceleration (F=ma). Force is equal to mass (times) acceleration. Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass of the object that needs to be accelerated, the greater the amount of force needed to accelerate the object.
Example of Newton's Second Law of Motion -- Hmmmmmm . . . would it be easier to push a bicycle or a car if you had a flat tire? How much force do you think I would have to apply to create a five page website as opposed to this 3,000 page website. Yeah, the more moving your want means to more force you'll need.

NEWTON'S THIRD LAW OF MOTION -- For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, for every force there is a reaction force that is equal in size, but opposite in direction. So whenever an object pushes another object it gets pushed back in the opposite direction equally hard.
Example of Newton's Third Law of Motion -- Let's just say that YOU are a rocket ship and you want to go to the Moon with your career. How much thrust do you think it will take to get you there? Your action (being the rocket) is to push down on the ground with the force of your powerful engines, fire, thrust and power, and the reaction is that the ground pushes you (the rocket) upward with the equal force of your rocket boosters. The more force from you, the higher you go.

It's okay to dream about it but you'll need to act on it for it to happen.