Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church

 

Peter knew the grace of getting another chance.  Peter was an extrovert.  He talked out loud to know what he was thinking.  Peter was a man of action.  He acted out to know how things worked.  He is like those of us who read the instruction book after trying to put together whatever needs to be assembled.

 

Feeling courage, he acted courageously.  Feeling fear, he acted fearfully.  When he failed … he recovered through God’s grace.

 

As Peter discovered, God connects our failures into success if we are:

 

1) Humble enough to learn;

2) Repentant enough to act differently;

3) Hopeful enough to trust again, and;

4) Bold enough to commit.

 

Who among us has not needed another chance in life?  Who among us today doesn’t need another opportunity, another “do over” some area of our life? Read More »

Posted on 3 October, 2009 in Goals, Spirituality
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church

 

“For such a time as this,” is one of the best known lines in the Bible.

 

Through these words, Queen Esther is awakened to her life purpose.  She realizes her beauty is to mean more than the sum of her beautiful features … more than simply her feeling the adoration of appreciative eyes.  Through these words, she realized that her intellect was to figure out a way for her people to avoid being murdered, exterminated.  Through these words, her strong will was called to a purpose higher than simply being stubborn, a trait whose only design was to help her get her own self serving way.

 

Now she realized that her beauty, brains, and brawn were gifts from God …

 

Consequently, only by her using them for God’s larger purposes could she know the real joy that each gift was capable of bringing.  Only by claiming her life purpose could she understand that special joy which comes by loving God enough, so she could love people enough, to make a godly difference in their lives.  Only by knowing that God’s best included her – but was not just about her – could she become courageous enough to overcome the obstacles that stood in the way of God’s best from being achieved for others. Read More »

Posted on 21 September, 2009 in Goals, Spirituality
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Article by Judy Mosley

 

Note from Judy – This article was born out of necessity. Already, most of this morning has had no direction and time has been wasted on useless activities! This is the advice I have given to myself in the hopes of redirecting the day. It’s good to know that I can always learn from my mistakes and that can make any day better…

 

What are the things that make up a great day?  Is it good weather?  Is it the mood that we wake up to?  Does it depend on the behavior of others, or on the tasks that must be completed?  Are good days born only from external circumstances or do we have our own part to play?  Great questions.

 

Thankfully, our hearts and attitudes don’t always have to be swayed by the forces around us.  There are intentional steps that we can take, decisions that we can make, to better ensure that a good day is ahead of us. Read More »

Posted on 15 September, 2009 in Goals, Happiness, Making the Day Count
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Article by Judy Mosley

 

Winter has never been far from my mind. And it feels like this particular year had disappeared faster than any other in my memory …

 

Already, August has slipped away and summer is nearly over.  As fair and gorgeous as Fall is, it’s never long enough.  So I’ve decided ahead of time that I would start preparing for winter now.

 

I don’t mean preparing by stocking up on supplies like ice salt and snow boots.  I’m talking about preparing myself on the inside.

 

It started with the idea of making my own Bucket List.  I am, of course, using the term that was used in the movie.  But I thought that instead of making a list of things to do before I die, I could make one for the winter.  It would be my list that I can refer to when I start to feel lost or emotionally down.  But the more I thought about that idea, I realized that there is much more that could be done than just making a list … Read More »

Posted on 2 September, 2009 in Fitness & Health, Goals, Happiness, Motivation
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Article by Dee DeWitt

Some people are completely happy with themselves, their lives, and their prospects for the future.

 

I venture to say most of us don’t fall into this category.

 

What‘s the main difference between those lucky individuals whose lives seem to be on-track and those who, despite colossal effort on their part, appear to have all of the odds stacked against them?  In some cases it may simply be a matter of luck.  However, I believe that many of those whose lives are content in the moment do not live in the past.

 

Whether you are thinking about your personality, your career, or your life in general, success means focusing on the here and now.  Yes it‘s important to acknowledge the choices and experiences which resulted in you being where you are today.  Yet it is even more important to not allow yourself to become so caught up in thoughts of the past that today passes you by.

 

Self-motivation is one of the keys to ensuring that you don‘t continue repeating the same mistakes.  You may have had one or more errors in judgment which led you to take the wrong path, or to make mistakes that were not in your best interest.  I know I have.  Yet you can acknowledge this without rehashing them over and over again in your mind, and simply be determined to make different, better decisions today.

 

Then is over; this is now.  The less time and effort you put into looking at the past, the more time and energy you will have for living and experiencing this day. Read More »

Posted on 21 August, 2009 in Goals, Happiness, Motivation, Spirituality
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