Wednesday, July 18, 2018

God's Recipe for Spiritual Growth


Remember when your mother told you to eat your vegetables so you could grow up strong and healthy?  As much as we hated to follow her advice, it's amazing how spot on are mother's are.  It reminds me of how the Holy Spirit is working in our lives.  Everything we need for spiritual growth is there for our daily consumption.  I would like to  thank one of my teammates for inspiring today's blog message through a text she sent this morning.  Here are some of the ingredients in God's recipe for spiritual growth:

  • Relationships that break down
  • Friendships that dissolve
  • Careers that end
  • Finances that crumble
  • Witnessing a loved one pass
  • Car accidents
  • Sickness
  • Challenging bosses
These ingredients are God's veggies.  He knows what you need to grow spiritually.  You're not in charge.  If you feel that you are, you're consuming processed foods that will eventually kill you.  It's not about the flavor, it's about what's good for you.  Trust what God serves you.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bucket List Items Crossed Off

My wife and I promised each other we would explore new places and last week we discovered the beauty of the Northwest.  We crossed off two states from our bucket list we had never seen before, Montana and Wyoming.  This picture was shot at the same place Lewis and Clark stood when they were charting maps for the state of Montana in the town of Dillon.

The people in this area all share one common trait – happiness.  Maybe it's the connection they have to nature.  Perhaps it's the vast open spaces where the bison and the elk roam.  It could be the fresh air and the super low humidity.  These people glow.  Not only are they friendly, they're also helpful to families like mine who wander into their towns.

My vacation is officially over.  We logged over 700 miles of driving during our time in the Northwest.  Now it's time to get back to the honey do list and my day job.  I would like to congratulate my boss at my day job for being selected for our next new location in our home state opening in late October of this year.  I'm hoping to help introduce ourselves to new patrons.  I have a feeling they're going to be as kind and friendly as the people I met in Montana and Wyoming on our family vacation.  The next adventure is right around the corner.  Have a great day.

Monday, July 16, 2018

High Low

One of my favorite questions to ask my loved ones at the end of the day is high low.  Each person is asked to share the highest and lowest point of the day.  I can't share what others say here for privacy reasons, but I'm more than happy to share my answer.

My low yesterday was knowing this adventure is coming to a conclusion.  Any opportunity to be with our adult children automatically makes the day a ten no matter what challenges come up.  It's like
savoring a good book and you suddenly realize the story is almost over.

My high is exploring new places with my family at my side.  May you become a fan of the high low questions.  This allows you to fully understand how your loved ones feel.  Have a great day.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

We're Celebrating Our 29th Anniversary Today

I would like to wish my wife a happy 29th anniversary.  We're on a special adventure today and we'll be completely disconnected from the outside world.  Have a great day.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

You're Never Too Old To Change Your Ways

I celebrated my 58th birthday earlier this month.  Most people in my age group are so set in their ways that change appears to them as an enemy.  They're  missing a tremendous opportunity to discover a new life.

If you're interested in experimenting a little bit with your approach to your daily life, ask yourself, "is there a better way to do this?"

I thrive on last minute changes without any regard to how much time or energy was invested in the original plan.  In this phase of my life, I'm becoming a student majoring in the fine art of "flexibility."  I encourage you to pursue this as a life goal.  I'm sure of one thing, I will never stop learning.  Have a great day.

Friday, July 13, 2018

One Easy Way to Improve Happiness

How much time do you spend with nature?  Your answer may reveal why you feel so good or feel like something is missing in your life.

I'm one of the lucky ones who grew up in a family where weekend camping was a way of life.  I lived in a southern California community for 22 years that bordered the Cleveland National Forest and often hiked.

The place I'm visiting now on family related business is filled with happy people.  They may not even know why they are so happy.  Imagine living in a place where there are national parks at every turn or uncrowded roadways with speed limits at 80mph.  This is the good life.

Do yourself and your family a favor and get outdoors.  Have a great day.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blogging on the Road

I'm using the two finger typing method to bring you these daily messages while I'm on the road.   Under normal circumstances, these stories would be prepared in advance but the honey do list consumed every available minute of my usual writing time so I'm winging it a bit this week.

I'll share more about my adventures when I'm able to be reunited with my laptop.  Have a great day.