Why Patience & Purpose Need Each Other

Why Patience & Purpose Need Each Other

~Joel’s Blog

The following is an excerpt from our upcoming book, Prepare For Rain; The Ten Essential Steps For Creating The Life You Want.

Living Out Your Purpose…

For many of us, life really is good. But we forget that. Our simple daily struggles cloud our vision. Our expectations for more…for easier…for faster…for whatever…get in the way of celebrating what we already have. There are exceptions, of course. Sometimes those that struggle with major health issues, financial strains, and relational ruin, seem to have greater access to genuine thanksgiving for the things they do have. It’s as if the severe pressures they face deepen their appreciation for the good in their lives.

Still, the reason we are so often reminded to live with an “attitude of gratitude” is because too often we don’t. Patience can be tricky. (more…)

Time, The Gift We Continually Throw Away

Time, The Gift We Continually Throw Away

~Joel’s Blog

The following is an excerpt from our upcoming book, Prepare For Rain; The Ten Essential Steps for Creating the Life You Want. 

it’s your time

Often, we’re so busy making mistakes we don’t have time to notice them.

Other times, we’re so afraid of making a mistake we freeze. We play it safe. We convince our self that “It’s not the right time. Not yet. I’ll get to that later. You know, when (something undefined and vague) happens.”

That’s our story, too. So you won’t get any judgment from us.

Hardly. (more…)

Perseverance, It’s What’s For Dinner

Perseverance, It’s What’s For Dinner

~Janet’s Blog

…or Perseverance Isn’t For Sissies

I must admit that when I prayed to God for perseverance, I meant,

“God please just give me what I want now!”

Yes, it’s true! I really wanted the journey to end sooner than later and get to the finish line faster. You know…to have the pace picked up by God, not by me.

Why? Because this year has been brutal emotionally, physically, and mentally. (more…)

Plans? What Plans?

Plans? What Plans?

~Joel’s Blog

Plans: Don’t Leave Home Without One

Have you heard the quote

“Life is what happens after you’ve made plans”?

It’s true, isn’t it?

You made plans. Then, poof! How many times has this happened to you? Just when you think you have plans—it’s scheduled, in flow, settled, decided, prepared for, whatever—something unexpected comes along and, boom! A shift happens. Sometimes the shift is like a slight tremor. Noteworthy, maybe, but not too alarming. Other times, that shift can hit you like an earthquake.

Isn’t it odd how, once in a while, a really good thing can shake your life to its foundations? Even topple your clever plans. (more…)

When You Want To Quit, Don’t

When You Want To Quit, Don’t

~Joel’s Blog

I am not concerned that you have fallen. I am concerned that you arise.

~Abraham Lincoln

It’s the core of the American Dream:

Choose your path. Strike out. Stake your claim. Do it (cue Sinatra) your way. Work your fingers to the bone. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Seize the day. Make your dent upon the universe.

To which I sometimes declare…

Meh. Can you supersize that with fries, please?

Sometimes.

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