Monday, November 1, 2010

My Sacred Grove

Oh that I was an angel and had wings to fly
Oh that I was that hero and never be afraid to try
Or maybe be the one who always wins the race
Or maybe just be the one to have that look upon my face
Oh that my troubled heart could hold back its fears
Oh that I may reach out an touch someone with my tears
Or maybe just be the one to help and lend a hand
Or maybe be the reason for someone else to stand
Oh that I could be the one to make my father proud
Oh that I could find myself amongst a smaller crowd
Or maybe be the one who could never be deceived
Or maybe just be the one to give what I’ve received.
Oh that I could show God with all my heart
That with gifts of the spirit I will do my part
I will thank him humbly as I fall to my knees
So that I may dwell with him in heaven oh so high above the trees

Oh that I could stand on high ground and be on a mountain peak
Oh that my I will share more kindness in the words that I speak
Or maybe just be willing to always put him first
Or maybe just keep myself without hunger or thirst
Oh that my heart could always be filled with charity
Oh that I’d be quicker to live life with more clarity
Or maybe be the one who is always slow to anger
Or just be the one who avoids this danger
Oh that I could walk on water and not just on dry land
Oh that my faith would conquer my fear and put his power in my hands
Or maybe just be more submissive and rely on his certainty
Or maybe be continually worthy of his tender mercy
Oh that I could become the person that God sees in me
And I will kneel before him in pure humility
To acknowledge his power and his strength that spans eternity
So I can rise and triumph over all of my uncertainties

Thursday, September 2, 2010

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7 Profound Lessons From 7 of our Historical Leaders

This is Aristotle, quoted below
Leaders aren’t necessarily special. They don’t wear a halo and they certainly don’t glow in the dark. Leaders are just the individuals who are further along the path that you’re traveling. Because leaders have traveled the path successfully, they are able to provide insights into the journey so by absorbing the lessons they have learned, one would think that with application, your path may be simpler.

Today I want to take a look at seven amazing lessons from seven amazing leaders. These lessons are intended to give us insight into our journey, as well as provide us with some much needed motivation. As you will see, these seven leaders are from differing backgrounds, but their message is similar.

As a sidenote, there are hundreds of leaders out there so if your favorite isn't listed, add it in the comment section below this post. With that, let’s get right to it.

1. You Must Crawl Before You Can Walk

"Every artist was first an amateur." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

As the Scripture says, “Despise not the day of small beginnings...Although thy beginning be small, thy latter end shall greatly increase.” It’s important that we remember that Rome was not built in a day. There are no overnight successes.

Success happens over years, and only to those who are consistently consistent.

Every “somebody” was once a “nobody;” everyone starts “small,” but if you’re focused, and if you’re steady, one day, you will be “big.”

2. Work From Your Strengths

"Just do what you do best."- Red Auerbach

Learn what you do best, and focus on that! If you wrote a book that only sold one copy after five years, then maybe writing’s not your "thing." Discover your true passion and dedicate your life to doing that task to the very best of your ability. That’s what success is. Success is not buying a Rolls Royce; success is doing the best with the talents that you’ve been given. It's playing the card you've been dealt to the very best of your ability.

3. Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."- Thomas Jefferson

I know its cliché but your attitude really does determine your altitude. Having a negative perspective is like walking through life with dark shades on; you don’t see as clearly and you miss opportunities that are right in front of you. In essence, you are your own worst enemy.

It’s critical that you keep a positive mental attitude, it’s critical that you believe in your possibilities. Frank Loyd Wright said, “The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” So always believe that you will succeed.

4. Success Comes From Your Habits

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."-Aristotle

Your life is a collection of your habits. If you succeed, it will be because over the course of your life you’ve collected habits that cause success. Your habits will take you further than your education. Robert Collier said, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

5. You Must See Your Success in Your Mind

"Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true."-Napoleon Hill

What you constantly ponder you will eventually become. You must see where you want to be. The clear vision of your desire gives you the motivation to make it happen. This works positively or negatively. If you consistently think about gambling, you’ll eventually try it. If you consistently think about providing value, you will eventually provide it.

It all starts with the vision that you glorify in your mind.

6. You Must Have a Goal

"A goal properly set is halfway reached."-Abraham Lincoln

Are you working towards your goals? A person without a goal is like a car without an engine; it ain’t going nowhere. You must have a goal, and you must constantly work towards the achievement of that goal. You must constantly move in the direction of that goal. Conrad Hilton said “Success…seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

7. Go After Your Dreams

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”-Mark Twain

You only live once, you only get one bite at the apple, I suggest you go after your dreams. Helen Keller said life is either a daring adventure or nothing! So live the life you’ve always imagined, explore, follow your passion, and in the end, you will have no regrets.

Thank you for reading and be sure to pass this article along!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Jesus Lover Of My Soul

Jesus Lover Of My Soul is one of my favorite hymns. However it always seemed to be a bit shot since it's only two verses. I did some research online and I found out that there are actually five verses. I wonder why it got cut short in the current version of our HYMN book. Either way I was happy to find this and wanted to share:

Jesus, lover of my soul,
let me to thy bosom fly,
while the nearer waters roll,
while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide,
till the storm of life is past;
safe into the haven guide;
O receive my soul at last.

Other refuge have I none,
hangs my helpless soul on thee;
leave, ah! leave me not alone,
still support and comfort me.
All my trust on thee is stayed,
all my help from thee I bring;
cover my defenseless head
with the shadow of thy wing.

Wilt Thou not regard my call?
Wilt Thou not accept my prayer?
Lo! I sink, I faint, I fall-
Lo! on Thee I cast my care;
Reach me out Thy gracious hand!
While I of Thy strength receive,
Hoping against hope I stand,
dying, and behold, I live.

Thou, O Christ, art all I want,
more than all in thee I find;
raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is thy name,
I am all unrighteousness;
false and full of sin I am;
thou art full of truth and grace.

Plenteous grace with thee is found,
grace to cover all my sin;
let the healing streams abound,
make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art,
freely let me take of thee;
spring thou up within my heart;
rise to all eternity.

Some great scriptures to go along with this HYMN as well:

2 Corinthians 1:3-5
James 1:12
Psalm 89:15

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Deceiver

I am my own soul’s ultimate deceiver
For when I am to receive I am not the receiver
My eyes are blind making me a nonbeliever
My heart builds up wall
My mind comes up with tricks
I cannot have anyone overcome my walls of brick
I place myself within a box making me feel as sly as a fox
A place to hide, a place to stay
My eyes cloud my judgment but as far as I can see
Everyone else is the deceivers and that I’m the one who’s not deceived
For there’s self deception in everyone but me
My ability to blame seems to set myself free
For blaming is so easy to justify
Because everyone faults are easy to classify
I feel that I’m good, I feel that I’m well, and I tell myself I’m exactly where I should be
But then I feel my own guilt that starts to swell
My walls and my obstacles begin to build and fortify
For I have all the reasons to justify
But then my obstacles are made low and my wall begin to crumble
I begin to realize wrong that I’ve done and that I’m beginning to stumble
How could I at any point ever choose to once again be humble?
I then see a face so calm and not dismayed
A steady look that clearly said that help is on the way
A look that showed no disappointment but a look that whispers change
The face became familiar as one I had seen before.
So I stopped to look up this his face once more
So much was said for the lack of words and somehow I knew he understood
For I was reluctant to say that I had fallen along my way
I softly said I now realize that I am my own soul’s ultimate deceiver
After uttering these words I saw more than just his face
The Savior stood lovingly before me with arms open to embrace
He spoke unto me strongly but gently
Stating that through him he could make me the ultimate believer
My mind was opened, my walls broken down, my blindness was lifted, and my heart was reopened
I quickly learned that when I’m a believer that Christ through his love is the ultimate healer
My heart has found knowledge, my heart has found peace, and my soul can now breathe with a sigh of relief
So now when my weakness lies in wait to deceive I think of his face and start again to believe.

The Lord's Prayer by 2-year Old

Monday, January 4, 2010

I Love You!

Hi Sweetie,

I just wanted to drop a quick note to say I love you and that your the best wife a man could ever have.

I love you, Te amo, et Je t'aime.