Thursday, August 30

Lamp Lighters

Originally uploaded by MAPryor.
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. (Albert Schweitzer)

Your life has endured many flickering flames that have carelessly been extinquished by lack of desire. Perhaps you felt that you were unable to fulfill your dream due to lack of motivation. Could it be that this dream or desire just needs some new life--someone to say you can do it? You can conquer your fear. You can achieve your dream. You alone must examine what it is that is hindering you from moving forward. Just like seasons change and offer new sceneries, you have changed and now you are ready to step forward and grasp your dream. It is never too late to begin. You just have to take that first step and decide that you will pursue your dream.

Let all of us strive to ingite a flame to help someone see their self worth! I am too thankful for the many friends and family who have always rekindled my light!

Monday, August 20

Family Fun - Second Church Camping Trip

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Originally uploaded by pentecostalsofoc.
Well, I traded in high heels for flats; curls for wispy hair, and a comfy bed for a sleeping bag. Was it worth it? Yes!! We had a fantastic time camping. What I enjoyed the most was seeing everyone have such a great time. All of us had fun just hanging out at the beach. Also, cooking over the campfire is lots of fun. Hamburgers taste better cooked over an open flame, and the yummy smores are just too tasty! I am looking forward to next year's camping trip.

Monday, August 6

Living Beyond the Past

Originally uploaded by MAPryor.

Letting go of the past can sometimes be difficult. Fond memories are easily brought to the forefront of your thinking, but even then the sweetness of the moment has dissipated because it is impossible to relive that special moment. Like a forgotten cobweb dangling in the corner, the recollection of a negative moment or past failure brings a heavy, downtrodden sigh. When you see the cobweb, your first thought is to grab the broom and knock the web down. However, for some individuals, forgetting the past is very difficult. Perhaps, they do not have the ability to let go because the failure is just too personal.

Past shortcomings or failures are not the end of the story. You are not defined by your past but rather by what you are today! Past failures can become a stepping stone to help someone else from making the same mistake; your words of wisdom become a blessing. Some of the greatest inventions first started as monumental failures. Cease from squandering your focus on 'what could have been' because "[e]very day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be."(Marsha Petrie Sue) Look at what you have become and celebrate your successes! Become a trailblazer and clear the path for someone else.

I like what Hebrews 12 has to say on this subject:

"Do you see what this means--all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running--and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in... . So don't sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out and run for it!" (Heb. 12--The Message Bible)