Monday, April 25, 2011

Finish Line Focus

Not a picture of Renee's legs!
 I’ve made a decision to run a half marathon in November. The thought of running 13 miles is overwhelming to say the least. Training during the brutal heat of the summer months in Florida is even more discouraging but my mind is made up and I’m going to do it!

This is a big decision for me.

My driving force in making the decision is the fact that I know how great it feels to cross the finish line. I vividly remember my first 5K in 2005. My husband patiently waited in the warmth of the September sun for me to cross the finish line. It took so long, he wondered if I would finish the race. Wheelchairs and mothers with strollers were sailing across the finish line and I was nowhere in sight. When I rounded the corner in the final stretch of the race, I took comfort in hearing his cheers and seeing the smile on my daughter’s face. My second wind kicked in and I crossed the finish line as if I were an Olympic track star. Immediately, I forgot the burning calves, abdominal cramps and sore feet. It didn’t concern me that I ended near the back of the pack, all that mattered was that I crossed the finish line.

The tremendous joy of completing the race and accomplishing my goal is the inspiration that will drive me during my training. No matter what obstacles come my way over the thirteen mile trek, my determination will propel me.

In your own life, there is a goal set and a finish line to cross. There are challenges you will have to endure to get to the place of maturity and wisdom that God wants for you.

For believers everywhere, Easter is a time when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He knew the outcome of his race! Passion and desire to fulfill God’s will allowed him to surrender and submit to the intense challenges of His torturous death. Let’s continue to celebrate the fact that Christ stayed focused on the goal and crossed the finish line in a glorious and priestly way! (Posted by Renee)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Gift Offering

I love to eat. Every Saturday night my family agrees on a restaurant (this can sometimes take hours). The sacred part about this family dinner is that we can't use technology-no Ipad, no Iphone, no Blackberry, no DS, nothing!

It is not easy.

In the end we silence our phones and toast our success from the previous week. On Saturday, my oldest son asked this question, "Mom, did God give every one a gift?" Without hesitation I said, "yes". I believe each one of us have a gift. Many of us will spend a lifetime trying to figure out what our forte is. There is a wonderful scripture in the Bible that says, "He (God) alone decides which gift each person should have." I Corinthians 12:11.

Recently I had to submit my biography for a writer's conference. It took me weeks to develop it. Similar to most people I found it hard to talk about my strengths and accomplishments. Once I started to reflect on my professional success, it made me consider my own personal gifts. Below are a few ways I started thinking about my abilities:

1. Make a list of things you enjoy doing (what comes natural) Once you make the list you will start to see similarities in your interest. For example, your love for kids cause you to coach a sports team and volunteer with the youth at school.
2. Quiet yourself and pull away Most people are able to be creative when they are not bombarded with daily distractions (social media, tv, etc.) Find time to spend alone so you can reflect on the gift and talents that are inside you. It is amazing what you discover when you have time to "think".
3. What puts a smile on your face? Ask yourself, what can I do all day for free? We are passionate about the things that bring us joy. Our passion fuels us. It's the reason why we wake up in the morning. The answer to this question will instantly clue you into your gift.

"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God." -Leo Buscaglia (famous author&motivational speaker)

We were ALL created for a purpose. Different gifts and skills are assigned to each of us. Our world functions in greater harmony when we are moving in our purpose.

What is your gift? How are you offering it to our world? Click the blog link below and post a comment. We want to hear from you! (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Get Up!

     I have worked in retail for 20 years and last week for the first time the fire alarm went off in the mall.  I thought for sure it was a "false alarm" so I continued to eat and enjoy my lunch.  Within minutes a senior executive came running into the breakroom where I was sitting yelling, "Get up, this is real!  Move, move, move!."  What the heck? I was trying to have lunch and now I hear a blazing alarm in my ear and a woman yelling to the top of her lungs. 
     Needless to say, I quickly grabbed my handbag and moved as fast as I could.  I went busting through the door she told me to use. I ran down the emergency exit stairwell as fast as I could thinking, "What in the world is going on?"  Within seconds I was standing outside the store along with other employees and customers. 
     We finally received the, "All is clear" announcement and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  I walked back into the store holding onto my chips and CapriSun (don't judge me, I was hungry) and tried to go back to work. 
     Soon after the chaos a woman, who I had worked with years ago,  started calling my name. She was oblivious to my heart racing inside because she had just walked into the store not knowing anything about the fire alarm. 
     I hugged her, we made small talk and finally I said, "Where have you been?"  She looked at me through her dark sunglasses and said, "I have just been diagnosed with cancer."  I was blown away.  She went on to say, "I have been sitting in my car crying and trying to compose myself. I just left the doctor's office."  What do you say?  What would you have said?
     I knew instantly that the fire alarm that got  me to move out of the lunchroom and into the store at the exact moment that she entered the mall was a "God moment".  I felt unprepared for this moment because I was still selfishly trying to understand why I didn't get a chance to finish my lunch.  I whispered a quick prayer, "Lord help me give her your words."  I don't remember what I said, but I hope in that "God moment" I was able to inspire her to Keep Living!
     This week, be inspired to find the "God moment" in your own life.  Hopefully it won't take a fire alarm ringing in your ears to get you to get up and move.  (Posted by Roslyn)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Share the Secret!

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Recently a subscriber of the blog shared the content with my 3rd grade teacher. She was one of the toughest instructors in my elementary school. Through her wisdom I learned how to construct a complete sentence, write in cursive, and outline a book report. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine sharing inspiration that would make her proud.

We are thankful that readers are being blessed of different ages, walks of life, and countries all over the world. We will continue to inspire the world one word at time.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Potty Journey

I am smack dab in the middle of potty training my 2 year old son. This process was much easier with my daughter. Within 8 months she was fully trained.

Unfortunately, that is not the story with my baby boy. It is the most frustrating situation to say the least. There are times when I will sit Jordan on the potty to have him stand up 2 seconds later saying "all done mommy.” I look down and there’s nothing in the potty. Within minutes he normally has an accident on the floor (or my wall) and we start the process all over again.

I thought for sure that potty training would be easy for him. Why not right? Within 4 days of starting the "pacifier removal" process, he didn't want to have anything more to do with it. The transition from bottle to sippy cup was also painless. He is quick to share that he's not "Baby Jordan" anymore, he's a big boy. If Elmo can go potty by end of his potty video, why can't Jordan? Even though it's only been a few short months since we started the process, it feels like years.

Now in all fairness to Jordan, there are times when he goes to the potty, does his business and we slap high five's and do the potty dance. The entire house celebrates his accomplishment. His sister will come running out of the room to give him a kiss and I will yell to my husband downstairs "Jordan went to the potty"!

A few weeks ago I felt like I was at the end of my "potty" rope. I was sitting on the floor next to my son waiting and waiting for something magical to happen on the potty. Nothing happened and a few minutes later, while fully dressed for a Board meeting, my clothes showed the stains of his morning milk cup. In my frustration, God gently whispered, “this is a process". Just like life, sometimes you will have success and at other times, you will have mess ups and accidents.

No matter the situation, we will learn along the way. In the same way that Jordan and I move forward to the next potty training moment, the same holds true with your life. Move forward knowing that the best is yet to come and there will be great lessons learned along the journey! (Posted by Renee)