Monthly Archives: January 2009

Falling Short

Recently Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting was caught out one run short of achieving an amazing record of scoring two centuries in 4 consecutive test matches. The news headline read “Falling Short”. How disappointing for Ponting, the Australian side, and viewers everywhere to see him miss out on another great rung of success by such a close margin. Dismay and discouragement swept over the country (sort of) and it made front page news that Ponting had been “robbed” of this achievement.

I don’t have any great sporting feats or failures to boast about, but I do often feel that sense of dismay and discouragement when things don’t go the way I planned.

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It’s All In The Plan

I read an article this week that made me think about plans…

The article was about a man who was in the process of remodeling his bathroom. He’d drawn up a plan for the remodel, but halfway through his project, he decided to stray from the plan and get creative so he could make use of some extra tile.

It was only after he was done doing the extra tile work that he realized, because he’d deviated from the plan, the measurements for his tub had gotten thrown-off. As a result, he was at a standstill and was unable to finish his project as he’d hoped.

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Are You Getting Sick?

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 nkjv

I feel a sinus infection coming on. Once I feel the symptoms of an achy head, burning throat, or stuffed sinuses, I get my armor on, ready for battle. With a few years under my belt, thankfully, I have gained a little bit of wisdom. I work quickly to try and stop any ailment in its tracks.

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Faith Book

Have you joined yet? Do you have a Facebook account? Over the holidays, I finally gave in and created one. It seemed everywhere I turned; people were talking about their friends on Facebook. I guess I succumbed to the peer pressure. I must admit it is pretty addicting, even more so than blogging. The first few days, I spent hours searching for names of old friends I hadn’t seen in years. It was really a rush when I would find them. Seeing how much they had changed and all they had accomplished was really fun.

I began to type in the names of everyone I knew, from friends in kindergarten, to high school, to college, to my first job.

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Number My Days

“Show me the number of my days.” Psalm 39:4-7

I think it’s safe to say that nobody likes to contemplate the number of days they might have left on this earth. Especially at this time of year, with a new year beginning, filled with hope and promise.

But if we can look at the year ahead with that prayer from Psalms in our hearts, how much more can God do with each day? Each hour, even?

Remembering how precious time is can truly help us to live our lives to the fullest. If we keep that in mind, and the fact that God put each of us here for a reason, how much more purposeful would our decisions, activities, and priorities be?

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