Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Devo Thoughts: Don't Give Up!

So, Mom and Dad sent me this devotional to read. Loved it ... and thought I'd share it. I know it's been awhile since I've posted on here. God has continued to lead and guide ... I'm not giving up!

By the way, this devotional is from "The Word For You Today".

“But none of these things move me.” Ac 20:24 NKJV

Paul writes: “The Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy” (vv. 23-24 NKJV). Dr. John Maxwell says one day when he was discouraged and tempted to quit, he took out a dictionary and looked up the word “quit.” After spending a few minutes considering that option, in a symbolic act of defiance he took out his scissors and cut the word right out of his dictionary. It didn’t make his problems go away, but it sure did strengthen his resolve. When every avenue looks like a dead end and you feel like you’ve exhausted every possibility—you haven’t. There are always other ways, other options, other opportunities. Even if you don’t see them right now, they are there. So don’t give up. Former heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey once said, “A champion is one who gets back up when he can’t.” People who reach their goal keep going when they think they can’t. They’re tenacious, and as a result they keep moving closer to their goal day by day. Some days they may be moving only a few inches at a time, but they’re moving forward. They believe in their God-given destiny, they believe in themselves, and they say so. Now, saying you believe in yourself won’t guarantee your success, but saying you don’t believe in yourself will guarantee your failure. The truth is you’re not alone, God is with you. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isa 40:29 NIV). So be tenacious!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A bit late ... 2013: April/May

Friday, December 13, 2013

February 2012 --> Lithuania/Paris Trip

Super excited that this memory book from my Lithuania/Paris trip is finished! Thanks to Becky who asked me to go with her on this amazing teaching trip and also, thanks to a sweet friend, Annie (who I taught with in the DR) who needed someone to use a promotional code for an 8x8 Photo Book from Shutterfly!

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

July-December 2012 Shutterfly Book

So, it's better late than never! This is July - December 2012 pics!! :)

SHUTTERFLY IS AMAZING! I had a groupon and then used the code GETGIFT for 50% off and this 74 page book was under $20!!!


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's a door ...

If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. 
(Rabindranath Tagore)
In the movie, Temple Grandin, when presented with a door, she walked through it, no matter how scary it was -- or found another way. (By the way, if you have not seen this movie, I highly recommend it!)

I like that first quote so much. I flipped my calendar from October to November today (yes, I know, it's November 14th!!) and that was the quote printed on a red door. I love doors -- the hardware, the color, the intricacies, the locks, etc. When I see a really old door or a door that is different looking, I sometimes think, "Who walked through that door?" or "Who touched the handle? Or turned the lock?" 
Maybe you're faced with a door to choose from. Maybe a door needs to be carved out of something else. Maybe a door needs to be closed or slammed shut. Whatever it is, I do know that something terrific will come --  even though the "present" might not be dark at all.
Here's to walking through the next door!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

God hears you ...

"Don't bother about the idea that God 'has known for millions of years exactly what you're about to pray'. That isn't what it's like. God is hearing you now, just as simply as a mother hears a child. The difference His timelessness makes is that this now (which slips away from you even as you say the word 'now') is for Him infinite."
- C. S. Lewis

Hmmm, definite food for thought. Any thoughts on this quote? 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Live simply ...

What a great reminder today ...