Thursday, April 19, 2018

Be Strong and Courageous


The best way I know to get through challenging situations is to remind myself I'm never ever really alone.  Jesus is doing everything possible to reach out to me.  Others may say, "the sky is falling," or "the world is coming to an end."  Jesus says, "no one knows these things, not even me."  What Jesus does know is we need him.  He knows we all have our fears and our worries.  Keep the verse from Deuteronomy 31:6 in a prominent place in your home and reflect on it in troubled times: 

Be strong and courageous,
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Day Today


Are you ready to change your life today?  Maybe you have a feeling within you that you tried doing that yesterday or the day before and it didn't work out.  Those days are behind you.  This day is brand new and it's filled with opportunity.  Take a chance.  Do something different today that may produce a more desirable outcome.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What Are You In Pursuit Of?


Worthwhile goals offer a sense of direction.  You know you're going the right way when your senses come alive and your heart rate increases.  Sometimes fear may creep in to your trail and cause your knees to tremble.  The unknown is filled with much uncertainty.  That's okay.  It's part of the growth process.  In my own experience, I find much happiness pursuing what sets my soul on fire.  What are you in pursuit of?  Are you ready to take the first step today?  Have a great day.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Take Nothing for Granted


Every morning when I wake up I thank God I'm alive.  My life was spared on this day ten weeks ago in a car accident.  There were many trials in the days and weeks that followed but every day I found something to be thankful for – my wife, my children, all the caregivers and all the prayers.  I'm thankful for each breath, even though those first couple of weeks of breathing were so challenging.

If you could see what other people around the world are praying for right now, I bet you would be surprised to find you already have those things.  The food you eat, the water you drink, the bed you sleep in, these are things others lack.  Take nothing for granted.  Breathe deeply and appreciate every breath you take, even when it may be uncomfortable at times.  Have a great day.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Back in the Lineup Today


It's time to put my body to the test on the tennis courts today.  This is my first team match since the auto accident ten weeks ago.  I'm really happy to be back in the lineup.  The greatest challenge may be navigating the snow covered roads on my way to our home match in Iowa City.  Mother Nature has been relentless but I do believe she's about done with her shenanigans for the year.  I'm looking forward to a fun doubles match this morning.  Have a great day.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Paint Your Dreams in Color


If your dreams aren't coming true, they may be missing vivid colors.  Be bold.  Your dreams represent all the possibilities in your life.  They're like a road map.  Do they inspire you to get out of bed and run?  I believe every detail is important.  It's up to you to splash so much color in your dreams that they come to life right before your eyes.  I admit it's a challenge sometimes to see the color when everything around is black and white and your reality appears dull and grim.  These are the days when color is magical.  Get busy.  Start painting today.  Please share your dreams with others.  The world needs more color.  Have a great day.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Just Breathe


The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, just breathe.  Deep breathing can help you keep your calm.  Try five to ten minutes of this every morning when you wake up.  It works best with your eyes closed.  The breathing exercises are also good in times of conflict.  Focus on your breathing while the other person spews fire out of his or her lungs.  Your calmness may infuriate them even more, but remember you're the one with the lower blood pressure readings and you're the one who can get through anything if you don't blow a gasket.  This also works in traffic jams, long lines or any situation where your patience may be tested.  Have a great day.