The Day a Donkey Saved My Life…

Rejection is a hard pill to swallow for just about everyone I would presume. Fear of rejection can stop even an extremely confident person from ever exploring uncharted waters in their life. Rejection can be painful and it can take a shot at our ego and self-esteem. Little by little, constant refusals can chip away at our self-esteem and make our will to push forward slowly diminish.

I believe there will come a day in every persons life that desires to achieve something great, that they will have to face this fact of life called REJECTION head on! That day came for me not to long ago and I decided I would embrace rejection in my life rather than dread it.

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When Doing What Comes Natural Can Kill You…

Its 6:30 am on a Monday morning and I’m getting up and out of the house on my regular routine to work. As I walked to my car in the driveway, to my dismay, I saw a trail of ants forming beds in cracks in the cement in my driveway. Well, my first reaction was to do something about it because I have seen enough ants in my day to know that if left unattended, the beds would grow and grow and potentially cause bigger problems than I would like to deal with. So I went over to a shelf in my garage and grabbed a container of fire ant bait, and began to sprinkle the contents of the container around the beds that had already been formed with hopes that this would solve my problem. Well to my advantage after reading the directions on the container of fire ant bait, I was right on time, because it said the best time to place it out was early in the morning when the ants were most active. Also, the container said that it begins to work within a few hours after it has been applied. Well the sun had just barely come out so I thought – great! I would be ant free by the time I returned home from work that evening. At that moment when I placed the container back on the shelf and returned to the spot where the ant beds were located, something caused me to pause at that spot. I’m not sure what held me there but I began to watch the reaction of the ants to the bait that I placed around the bed. Their reaction was one that was natural, which was to pick up the bait crystals and take them back to the colony and queen, store it up and use it as food. And they did this without any hesitation.

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How to Weather Life’s Storms…

If I took a poll across America, I would probably wind up discovering that nearly every person that is at an age of reasoning and understanding is able to say that they have faced a situation or a storm that in its immediate state seemed devastating. We have to be careful that we don’t look at traumatic experiences in our life’s as things that come to break us. But rather in order to weather each storm we face, we should look at them as opportunities for advancement.

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What’s Stopping You…?

The miracles that Jesus performed in the book of Matthew chapter 14 have come to be two of my most favorite passages of scripture to read up to this point. In this chapter Jesus fed 5000 men not counting women and children. And after feeding the 5000, Jesus sends his disciples ahead of him in a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. Later into the night, the disciples are faced with a storm. Jesus comes to them, walking on the water. This terrifies the disciples and they think they are seeing a ghost. Jesus tells them in verse 27, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter replies, “Lord, if it’s you, bid me to come to you on the water.” So Jesus tells Peter to come. Peter steps out of the boat and begins walking on the water toward Jesus. But then something happens. Peter takes his eyes off Jesus and begins to look at the wind and waves, and he begins to sink. Peter cries out to the Lord and Jesus immediately reaches out his hand and catches Peter. As they return to the boat together, the storm ceases. After meditating on this example of Peter walking on the water, I began to ponder over some key points that I pulled from this scripture.

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It’s Time to Cut Back…

By no means do I claim to be a pro at gardening or landscaping but in my spare time I do enjoy working in my yard when time permits me to do so. My mother on the other hand has what some call a “green thumb”. She can pretty much grow anything and she is very knowledgeable when it comes to gardening. One of my favorite things to grow and care for now are rose bushes. Years ago, my first attempt at planting and caring for one almost discouraged me from this hobby because it was not going as I hoped it would.

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