Monthly Archives: January 2009

Each Day Is New-There Are Lot’s of Different Birds

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We live in the greatest country in the world….a land of freedom.  Or, is it?  How many times do we hear the words “we have never done it this way before?”  American is facing a future of changes, new ideas (some I don’t like), but change is coming.  If our ideas and our political parties ideas have not worked….are we open to something that will work?

I want to share “A Peacock in the Land of Penguins” with you.  http://www.perrythepeacock.com/  Please take a few short minutes to click on this link and listen.  We need to be open to becoming ourselves and letting others use there thoughts and ideas too.

Together we can make a difference.  Are you a penguin or a peacock?  Why or why not?

Each Day Is New-It’s My Blog and I Will Whine If I Want To!

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I know I am always searching for the truth and the right way to get there.  Our life journey can take us down many different roads and the detours seem to take us miles past our goals.  That is life!

I have sincerely been asking God to grant me wisdom to deal with life situations that we face from day to day.  Today has been very trying.  We can see things that we have worked on for a lifetime crumble with a word spoken by others.   I don’t like days like this and I have to wonder how it is playing into the wonderful plan in my life.  I feel like whining and blogging is the next best place to vent.

This afternoon I began thinking of the scripture in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. 

To everything there is a season,

a time for every purpose under the sun.

A time to be born and a time to die;

a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

a time to kill and a time to heal…

a time to weep and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn and a time to dance…

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to lose and a time to seek;

a time to rend and a time to sew;

a time to keep silent and a time to speak;

a time to love and a time to hate;

a time for war and a time for peace.

So, today I don’t have to have all the answers, I don’t have to be strong and I can cry if I want.  Even God, in all His Glory thinks it is okay to take time to vent yourself, cry if you need to cry and even be silent.  Take the time to heal your emotions and renew your spirit.  We will then have a time to laugh, a time plan and a time to exit. 

God please grant me the wisdom to use all the knowledge I possess.

 

Each Day Is New-Frog is on the Menu

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Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less TimeI have been using a new menu for the last week.  The only item on the menu is “Eat That Frog”.  Yes…Just stop procrastinating and do what you dread.  I read “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy this past summer and it truly did motivate me, most of the time.

We took a family trip to the Smoky Mountain recently and I found some little green frogs with a bell inside.  I bought one for everyone in the office and asked them to put the frog on their desk.  We all had to admit that we had certain duties that we dreaded and we would procrastinate in getting them done.  All of us began looking down and seeing the “little green frog” and it was a reminder to “eat that frog” the first thing each morning.

Sometime we will all just say we have to “eat that frog” today and dive into the project.  I had been procrastinating on some jobs at home and I had to “eat that frog” at home also.  You know…that drawer that needs organized, the closet that needs cleaned, organizing your home office, getting receipts ready for 2008 taxes (yuck).  I have worked for several days over the last two days and most of my documents are ready for IRS.  I “Ate That Frog” and I feel good.

Please follow this link http://eatthatfrogmovie.com/ and you can watch a short movie that will be helpful.

Would you like to “eat that frog” ?

Each Day Is New–Restoring Antiques

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I have always loved the vintage look of antique furniture. It is a blessing to love antiques when you can’t afford to buy brand new furniture.   The craftsmanship and how old antiques are put together is unique.

I look at old furniture and it opens up my thoughts as to who owned this fine or not so fine pieced of furniture?  Wonder who sat in this chair or who held this rolling pin?   How did this piece of furniture end up in a resale shop all scratched and dented?

Some pieces of furniture started out without a scratch and were treated with up most care.  The owner made sure to keep the piece dusted and it was the centerpiece of the room.  Over time, respect was lost for this fine piece and it got stained and scratched and the newness was gone.

Sometimes we are like an old antique that lost the grand shine and are no longer the centerpiece for others to admire.  Our outer shell can become stained with carelessness on our part and the abuse of others.  We look at ourself and we think there is no hope and we might as well give up.

The old antique is rescued from the junk yard by someone that sees the potential and can see the possibilities for the future.  Just as old antique furniture can be restored, so can you and I.  The woodworker takes out the cloth and rubs on the liquid that will remove all the dents, scratches and stains that have accumulated over the years.  His sandpaper will smooth out the rough spots and a new finish will be applied.  This old antique will have a new place in life and will once again be a joy to itself and others.

This same application can be applied by God to our sin stained lives that have gotten burdened and stained over the years.  God is ready when we are ready to take off the old sin stained shell and replace it with a brand new life.  All you have to do is ask Him to forgive you and your life will be like the antique that has a new finish and will have a useful place in life.

The process to restore our antique life can be found in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”.  Are you ready to be restored?

Each Day Is New–I Need to Be Reminded

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Everything that goes on in the world around us has an effect on our emotional ups and downs.  The sickness of a child, the unstable economy, financial concerns, losing a loved one and this is just the tip of the iceburg.  Yes, a good beginning to a day can change in a moment and without warning.

I have personally been going through the ups and downs in the last few week and I hated the inner feelings that were taking over my being.  Sometimes things just seem like they are out of “our” control.  I was feeling like I personally had to solve my situation and have the “fix” for everything that was wrong.  I needed to be reminded!

I spent much time in prayer and ask God to give me the wisdom to use my knowledge in my personal life and in my business.  I was a little surprised when I began waking up in the early morning and just thinking about life.  What is God trying to show me?  He let my mind flow back to scripture that reminded me…”I will never leave you or forsake you and will go with you all the way”.  I needed to be reminded!

Last week I sat down at my office desk and I could see a mental picture of a big circle and in the center were me and my two business partners and God was in the very center.  Outside the circle were all sorts of arrows trying to get through the circle.  I was reminded once again that things may be bad, but nothing can separate us from the love and protection of God.  He will be with us and He reminded once again.

Sometimes I feel so “whimpy” when I am not the encourager to others or I am just not feeling on top of the mountain. I think God knew we would “have day’s like this” and He told me:  “All that are heavy laden…cast your cares on me”.  I know He still loves me when I come to Him and whine, ask why and tell Him I need some help.  He reminds me with my own thoughts that He has always been there and He is with me now.

I remember the song, “He Is Still Working on Me” and I realize I am a work in progress and I will never be perfect or will I have all the answers.  I have been reminded by God through His Words.

Each Day Is New–Reading the Beginning

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Some of the most interesting post on this blog begin with some of the earlier post.  I would like to suggest that you go back and read through some of stories about country life, life in a WV Coal Camp and many stories about grandparents.

I will be picking up on some new stories that happened in the ’60’s in the next few days.  In the meantime, look back and read some of the earlier posts.

I really invite you to leave comments.  It is nice to know if any of your writing touchs anyone else.

Each Day Is New-Regrets & Anticipation

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We are all in the same boat if we are still alive and breathing.  There is a past which is gone forever; but there is a future which is still our own.  I personally can look back over 2008 and see some wonderful blessings and other terrible things I would like to forget.  That is life and we just have to put on our big girl or big boy pants and deal with it.

I recently read a phrase that just keeps going over and over in my head.  “If a person could see the ending of a matter, it would often change the beginning.”  So many times we see the ending and we begin to think “what if” ….I would have made another choice….I would have been more kind….I wouldn’t have went in another direction.  The ending of a situation that goes wrong makes us doubt ourselves and those around us.  We have to realize we are only human and we live in the here an now.

Do I think we should plan for the future and have a game plan.  YES!  However, we can still only estimate, project, analyze, forecast and hope that our path will not have detours along the way.  We don’t know the ending, but should approach the beginning with wisdom and well thought out ideas.

Most wise business managers begin the new year with a positive game plan and new expectations for their business and personal life.  As we all know, there is usually a “curve ball” thrown that wasn’t in the plan.  The unanticipated attacks all the positive plans and tries to devastate us.  This is when a smart person relies on wisdom, prayer and a support team to direct them through the detour.

We all know (positively) that the economy will drastically be effecting each day of 2009.  The domino effect is in place and with each tumble another person or business suffers.  I am not being negative.  I just don’t want to keep my head in the sand and act like nothing is happening around me.

I personally am not wise enough to have the answer to all of life’s circumstances.  We are told to pray for wisdom.  That means you should ask for God to help you use your knowledge and apply it in the manner of a wise person.  God will never leave us or forsake us in 2009.

Each Day Is New—2009

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I want to take this opportunity to wish each of my blog readers a Happy New Year.  I know a few of you through the comments you leave on the site.  However, many stop to read and quitely leave without a comment.  My best wishes to all of you in 2009.

Please take time to leave a comment and I will return the favor by visiting your site.