Article by Mary Be a Sullivan, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

“What happened to you?” My friend Marjorie asked.  “Last time I saw you, you were so clear.  Today, you are all over the place.”

 

Marjorie was right, my energy was scattered and my focus blurry.  After a week filled with too much work, too many evenings out, and not enough silence, I was reverting to old, unhealthy ways of thinking.

 

“It is like the real you has vacated the premises and your inner critic is holed up in your head indulging herself like a drunken rock star.”  Marjorie added.

 

I cackled loudly at her analogy–a well-needed release from the swamp of negativity that I had been slogging through. Read More »

Posted on 19 July, 2010 in Balance, Happiness, Motivation
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

Promising to trust God’s promises changes us.

 

Because God’s promises then mark the pathway we travel, which is what led David to confront Goliath. He entered the Valley of Elah as an errand boy for his father.  He delivered food to his three oldest brothers who were serving in King Saul’s army against the Philistines.  David trusted God’s promise to “honor his father and mother.”

 

Once there he realized that Saul and his men were terrorized by the taunts of a giant named Goliath. David did not understand why his fellow countrymen were unwilling to confront the giant.  Was Goliath bigger than God?  No!  Then the giant needed to be viewed through God’s eyes, not men’s eyes.  David had such eyesight and could see Goliath for what he was and was not.  David trusted the same promise that had led to his being anointed as Israel’s future king:

 

“… the Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7) Read More »

Posted on 10 July, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Motivation, Spirituality
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor,Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

God inspired the Bible to be written so we could live inspired lives by reading the Bible. And from this we can know how to share the good news of God’s love with others.

 

The Bible’s Trustworthiness.  The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years, by more than 40 authors living on three continents, in several languages, around God’s central theme of salvation.

 

The Bible has been under more scrutiny than any other book, for the longest period of time, and proven itself time and again to be God’s trustworthy promise for our lives.  The authority of Scripture means the word of God reveals the ways of God so the people of God can know how to live.  Covering more subjects than any other book, except a dictionary or encyclopedia, the Bible is God’s message for our daily living.

 

The Bible is organized into 66 individual books, containing 1,189 chapters.  The Old Testament has 39 books with a total of 929 chapters and the New Testament has 27 books with 260 chapters.  The Bible is divided into 31,101 verses, with the Old Testament having 23,144; verses and the New Testament having 7,957 verses.  Psalm 117 is the Bible’s shortest chapter and Psalm 119 is the Bible’s longest chapter.  John 11:35, “Jesus wept” is the Bible’s shortest verse and with 68 words, Revelation 20:4 is the New Testament’s longest verse.  All of which is interesting without being life-changing.

 

The power for transformation comes by our being in a personal relationship with God, who then inspires us to ask, understand and apply the meaning of each verse. Read More »

Posted on 5 June, 2010 in Motivation, Spirituality
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From “Lessons from My Father, Lewis Marler

 

Article by Malcolm Marler, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

My father and I shared the love of sports when I was growing up.  We tossed a football in our yard on a regular basis.  He taught me how to catch a football and baseball.

 

We went to major college football games, which in the deep South rivals any religious commitment.  We cheered for our favorite team, but we also talked during the game and afterward about particular plays or players in the game, and what made them stand out.  We’d also listen to games on the radio together (before the days of cable TV and multiple channels).

 

Before you think my father lived his life through me in sports, I never experienced pressure from him to play …

 

One day, I came home frustrated after a bad practice and told him I was quitting.  He listened to the reasons why I wanted to quit.  He then let go and said, “If you decide you do not want to play football anymore, that is ok with me.  All I ask is that you try one more time tomorrow and see if you still feel the same way.”  The next day was a new day, and I kept playing for years.

 

Some of the life lessons my father taught me from sports were: 

Start with humility;

Make sure you show up, and; 

The value of teamwork. Read More »

Posted on 14 May, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Motivation, Parenting
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Article by Dee DeWitt, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

I constantly have to fight my own personality.   I tend to be a perfectionist.  My family is probably laughing as they read this, because they think that even this is an understatement!

 

However over the years I have been trying to step back … and understand that being a perfectionist actually prevents achievement in many instances.  For example, never starting a project because we cannot envision the end result … or convincing ourselves that the idea isn’t “good enough.”

 

All too often, many of us we are striving for our version of perfection.  We are looking to create that perfect document, play the perfect song, grow the perfect garden … or some other perfect expression of our creativity.

 

It’s understandable. We all want to do things well.  But does it make sense that we are aiming for perfection?  Should we be aiming for something else?

 

I suggest another perspective … aiming to be diligent. Read More »

Posted on 23 April, 2010 in Balance, Motivation, Productivity
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