• Divorce,  Faith,  Featured,  life

    Intentional Weakness

    “Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.” Richie Norton It started with the divorce. And it seems to have continued with unintentional acts of procrastination, haggardness, and dismal outlook. Continuing my revelations about how divorce has affected me and what the future (God’s plan) holds for me, I came to another realization this last week. I realize I have succumbed to the very worst obstacle to walking out my destiny – my weakness of being unintentional. As if a prophecy had years ago been uttered about how my life would turn out, I’ve allowed fate – life – to determine what has…

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    Passion’s Thief

    Have you lost your passion? Have you let depression and complacency rule your spirit? Have you let the enemy take all that is dear to you without a proper fight? Then it's time that you too rise from the ashes. It's time that you too remember why you started down this road. No journey ever began in a vacuum. It began with passion toward something. Toward a vision. Toward a future.

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    The Value Of Perseverance

    perseverance noun – 1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. It’s a word I don’t hear much these days, let alone see in action. The act of staying on course regarding one’s goals, despite difficulty and discouragement, seems to be something of a rarity nowadays. I grew up in an age where perseverance was the norm. When people had a goal, when they had a dream, they ran after it with everything they had. They didn’t give up, they didn’t pull out a multitude of excuses, they didn’t cast blame for their surrender to others. I…

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    In The Company Of Excuses

    He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin Excuses. They’re everywhere. Like Christmas stuff near Halloween. Like construction barrels when you’re late for work. Like friends when you come into money. We have excuses for everything… I can’t help you because – I didn’t reach my goal because – I meant to do such and such, but I didn’t because – Because. It’s not true though, is it? You’re under an illusion. You think the word, ‘because’, means that what you’re stating is a legitimate reason for giving up, giving in, neglecting your responsibilities, ignoring your destiny. Put the excuses away. In…

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    Dreams Don’t Die

    That dream you think disintegrated? No. It’s there. Maybe it rolled under the couch. Maybe it fell out of your pocket when you were pulling your keys out to get into your car. Maybe you left it in your shirt pocket when you went to the laundromat. Fact is – it’s still intact. It’s just waiting to be rediscovered. Go back where you lost it. Look for it, and fan it with love and intensity. Dreams don’t die. They’re simply forgotten until someone else picks them up. Don’t let yours get away.

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    Encouraging Ourselves In The Solitude

    Following hard after a dream, chasing a vision and a goal, can be exciting at times. When your friends and family are rooting you on, when strangers are taking notice of your dedication and endurance, when your cup is full of encouragement and running over, you think this feeling of determination will last forever. Sometimes you get so caught up in it that you wonder how others have never followed their dreams or have quit along the way. With so much support, with so much positive and uplifting admonition, how hard could it possibly be to achieve that which we strive for? And then everyone leaves. The clouds roll in.…

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    Why We Need To Start When We’re Not Ready

    There’s a common misconception that in order to go after our dreams, to reach for success, we need to wait for the right timing to strike, to wait until we are in a state of near perfection with ourselves and our goals before we can venture out. I too was once under this delusion – particularly when my wife and I picked up everything and moved to San Francisco to follow a calling on our lives. We wanted everything to be lined up ahead of time – we wanted to make sure we had enough money to survive at least a year out there, we wanted a job lined up…

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    The Abortion Of A Dream

    If there’s one thing I never want to carry with me through this life, it’s regret. As I’ve matured (spiritually) over the years, I’ve learned to build my life around a particular attitude: live with no regrets. This doesn’t mean I party like there’s no tomorrow. It means I never want to look back at my life and wonder what could have been. What could have happened had I just taken step #1001 and passed into the great thing God had been preparing for me the whole course of my journey instead of giving up and calling it quits at step #1000? I’m ruminating on this topic of regret because…