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Never Say Never

Never say never!

Words that I’ve heard from as far back as I can remember.

Never say never!

Words that challenge me to keep pressing forward

and go live beyond my finite expectations.

Images from long ago cross my memory –

English papers covered in red

Comments that caused my shy spirit to cringe.

You’ll never be able to write, I thought,

but years and experience showed me how foolish that idea was.

Never say never!

Another acceptance and check in the mail

What God plans, don’t hinder by such negative thinking.

Never say never!

I remember standing in front of my first class of first graders

Me? A teacher?

Never say never! Keep moving forward.

And I read that old children’s story again and again-

The Little Engine That Could

I think I can, I think I can (but boy, I often didn’t feel it at all)

But slowly, God created a teacher in me.

Never say never!

A single parent

While the heads shook and my own legs trembled I traveled half way around the world

To adopt my daughters and then faced the daunting task of parenting them.

Day by day, moment by moment,

Seeking wisdom and grace and an ocean of energy.

Never say never!

Moving into a different career and building my own practice.

Carried by His Strength

Seeking to encourage the wounded and to build hope in the weary.

Never say never!

I gazed at her tired face and saw that look in her eyes.

There is ALWAYS hope! Glorious news.

With the rising of the sun declaring another day, the birds chirp the familiar chorus

Believe,

Breathe ifarm5n

Take heart.

There is more to this life than what you can see

Than what you can feel

There is so much more and He only waits for us to reach out to Him

and ask.

Never give up!

Write it again – don’t falter now.

Finish the manuscript. Make sure that you do.

Go forward in faith no matter how foolish you feel.

Never give up, dear friends!

Never!

Shining Moments

Want to have more energy

and a renewed sense of purpose?

Want to accomplish more and discover more focus?

Pay attention to what energizes you.

Yes, notice the things in your life that stir your soul and arouse your passion.

From the time that I first can remember, I have always enjoyed children.

Their precious innocence,

their life

their comfortablity with simply being themselves.

It was a natural fit that I gravitated to a career in education

later becoming a first grade teacher. Being with children fills my cup.

How about you?

You’ve been created with a sense of purpose.

You have that one of a kind uniqueness. Yes, there is nobody just like you.

What energizes you?

Discovering that and moving towards what energizes you will transform your life.

On the other hand

what drains your energy?

Does noise?

Certain situations?

For instance, figures weary me.

Although while in high school my Math scores were high

I found myself drained,

Yes, totally whipped after doing math problems.

Someone once said, “You could be a Math teacher.”

No, no, no,

I immediately thought practically running from the idea.

That would have been the hardest career for me

as I would have been wilted every day.

It didn’t take me long to figure that one out.

Discovering our purpose is the key to living

and paying attention to what  energizes you

and what drains your energies will lead you to your passion.

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion.

For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”  Bishop T.D. Jakes

So how about you?

What energies you?

 

 

 

Shining Moments

Until we learn to say no

our yes doesn’t have much meaning.

Until we are able to say

‘that’s what I have to give’

others will just keep taking

and we will become drained and useless.

Being nice

is fine

but trying to please everyone

only leads to a life of confusion and lack of purpose.

So what do you do?

Begin to set boundaries.

Begin to see what you are responsible for

and what is not within your responsibility.

Start to examine what are your limits

and then communicate them to others.

Know what you have to give.

I’m often reminded in the story of the Good Samaritan –

how after caring for the traveler found beaten along the path

he made arrangements for his further care at an inn.

He knew his limits. He didn’t have to do it all.

Obedience to our Lord involves our listening to His Voice

and following Him.

We must know what He calls us to do

and also what is not our responsibility.

The ocean has limits

and yes, so do I.

Living a life of purpose, peace and passion

calls for us to establish and maintain healthy boundaries.

Do you know how to say no, my friend?

If not, seek the help of a coach

to learn this important skill.

Your life will then begin to flourish.