“Never give up on your dream… because you never know what the Lord can bless you with.” – Kelly Rowland
A note from Alex: Bookmark this post for the days when you feel like giving up. And when those days come, remember this: You are stronger than you think.
The enemy waits for the desperation arrive.
When you are at the end of your rope and have given up hope, the enemy of your soul pounces on your confidence, shreds your dreams, and casts a dark shadow of doubt over what you want to be or do.
The enemy doesn’t want you to be successful. It delights in breaking you to the point that you surrender and say things like, “What was I thinking, I can’t do something like that,” or “There is no way I will ever be able to…”
When you give up, you give in to the temptation to quit. However, the urge to quit is strongest just before success, hope or peace is about to be realized. Continue Reading This Post »
“Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Letting go of the past might be one of the hardest things you do. It’s hard to do because the need to hold on is rooted in fear.
The thought of not having control over your circumstances – past, present or future – can be terrifying. Even when the warning signs are clear, you continue to think that if you try harder to do everything right; and hold on as tightly as you can, then you will have what you want.
But, by dwelling in the past where these mistakes live, you don’t see the beauty of the present moment.
Letting go makes you stronger and more peaceful. It allows you to focus on what you need to do to live in the here and now. In addition to strengthening your faith, there are some other important life-changing reasons to let go of the past and embrace the beauty of the present moment – the miracle of today. Continue Reading This Post »
“You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.” – Richard Bach
Today is Independence Day in the United States – the Fourth of July.
More than 200 years ago, the American colonist signed The Declaration of Independence signaling to Great Britain they wanted to be free – free to live, free to dream and free to be.
Today is a good day to remember you are free, too.
No matter what is weighing you down right now, if it’s debt, a bad job or an unhappy relationship, remember this: You are free to dream, free to hope, free to be and free to pursue whatever lives in your heart because freedom’s promise is simple: Nothing has power over you without your permission.
Today is a good day to celebrate your freedom.
Freedom from fear
Freedom from loneliness
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“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I turn 51 years old on Friday, July 5.
A few weeks ago, my older daughter, Caitlin, checked the baseball schedule and noticed the Kansas City Royals have a home game against the Oakland Athletics.
Knowing how much I love baseball, she has arranged my birthday party to be a tailgate before the game. After enjoying brats and beer along with chips, baked beans, watermelon and brownies, we’ll root for our hometown team and then stay for the Friday night fireworks show.
I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday – family, a couple of cold beers and maybe a Royals win!
With 50 birthdays behind me, the lesson of enjoying the present moment is one of the most amazing life lessons I’ve learned. Age certainly gives me the capacity to experience these lessons with a keener appreciation and the awareness to hold them a little closer to my heart.
So, along with the bratwurst, balls & strikes and fireworks, the following life lessons are the ones I will root for the loudest on Friday night and on each night for the rest of life. Continue Reading This Post »