Stories of Grace and Hope
The world is filled with exciting colors and textures, patterns and depths. Rejoice in the variations. Know and believe that you too are filled with uniqueness. Delight in the gifts and talents God has put in you. If you’ve longed to develop those gifts, take one small step today, toward the dream you’ve always dreamed of doing.
“A great book begins with an idea;
a great life, with a determination.” — Louis L’Amour
Be happy in the process. Pray, trust, obey, and believe.
“God will bless you, if you don’t give up when your faith is being tested.
He will reward you with a glorious life,
just as he rewards everyone who loves him.” —James 1:12 (CIV)
Now, go out and claim your uniquness. Show the world that
YOU ARE HIS DELIGHT, BLESSED, AND GLORIOUS.
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“To the world you might just be one person,
But to one person you might just be the world.”
— Author Unknown —
Award winning author Laura Drake encourages others to never give up on themselves or their gifts by sharing an honest account of how she achieved her dream–and is still doing so.
The Difference Between Mistakes and Failure By Laura Drake
I am not an old soul. I am a klutz and a fairly slow learner. I bumble through life, making almost every mistake possible before finding the right way. People (most notably, my long-suffering parents) tried to explain things to me. But that’s apparently not how I learn. And I don’t think I’m alone.
This used to make me feel like a failure. But it doesn’t anymore.
Ralphie and his guest, Chewie, are ready for the New Year. They plan to engage in more playtime, bone crewing, and tail wagging. My goals aren’t that simple. In fact, they’re still floating around in my head. I suppose my first step is to write them down. Writing goals on the office blackboard (a converted sliding closet door), in my journal or on a piece of paper that I tuck into my bible with a prayer helps me to focus on what is important.
On the blackboard is an old list of things to purchase and a quote. The list includes a new camera, bedroom ceiling light, and a vegetable garden area. A side note reads: Rob a bank! I can handle the light fixture, but the camera and garden area will require some green dough. Lots of green dough.
The quote is more reasonable: “What an opportunity . . . to confront change rather than simply react to it, to shape the rest of my life.”
Wow! That says it all. 2015 is an opportunity for all of us to be life warriors of courage and acceptance. We usually kick and scream at change because we don’t know what lies beyond the moment of impact. Then we get ourselves into a state of worry that sets off negative feelings and wasted energy. I know too well how this works.
This year, my prayer for you, friends, is that whatever changes you encounter in 2015, you will embrace them as a brave life warrior who is positive, purposeful, and productive.
As an incentive, feel free to list your 2015 goals under comments.
God bless and Happy New Year!
(If anyone knows who wrote the quote above, please let me know so I can give him or her credit.)