Pruning and blooming

By: Jordan Oliver

Spring has sprung; and as much as we’re anticipating the “May flowers,” there’s no getting around the “April showers,” first—(even though we’d like to skip that part).

As we’re stepping into the first week of April and looking forward to warmer weather, let us be reminded that in order to “reap a harvest” of success in any area of life, we have to be willing to go through the pruning stage—we have to learn to handle the rain. Before we can enjoy the gift of satisfaction, there must be a reason to feel satisfied…and that reason must come from you.

We all have goals, we all have dreams, and we all have our own way of getting there. No matter how different those paths may look, there is one thing that is the same for everyone: there will be trials and stumbling blocks along the way, and it will be up to you, alone, in choosing how to maneuver around them.

As long as we don’t quit despite the “rain”, we will reap the harvest of our efforts. Take one day at a time, and remember that “this too shall pass”…the flowers are only days away.                  

 

Snow no!

 

I don’t know about you. But I’m ready for Spring.

And just when I thought it was time—just when I caught glimpse of new blooms and buds—I woke up one morning last week to find snow on the ground! (And if you live in Nashville, there’s more this morning…) Really?!

I couldn’t help but think of how symbolic that is of life.

How often do we get our hopes set on one thing, and then just when we think everything is going according to plan, life hands us something completely different?

What I saw despite the snow, however, was that the next day, the sun was back and shining…blooms unharmed by the unexpected interference.

Seasons are specific. Their timing, their colors, the holidays they hold; they’re all part of a continuous cycle that constantly reminds us we’re never “stuck” in one situation or circumstance forever. There’s something about each turning into the next—at just the right time—that can inspire a sense of hope within us if we allow.

One of the keys to staying motivated is giving yourself something to look forward to…something to remind you that you’re never stuck where you are. As we look forward to the changing of seasons, let us be reminded that change is inevitable and good; we’re never “stuck,” for there’s always something to hope for…even if it’s simply a change in scenery.

 

Good morning

By: Bill Speight

Good Morning!

Famous motivational speaker Zig Ziglar used to say, “You have two choices of how to start your morning every day: you can start it with ‘Good morning, Lord!’ or with, ‘Good Lord, it’s morning.'”

That is so true.

Each and every day, you and I can wake up with a positive attitude or we can count all the negatives; (and in today’s world, there are plenty). So, I urge all of you to wake up each morning and choose your day. Choose good. Actually, choose great.

Ziglar also said, “Every morning you wake up is truly a good morning; if you don’t believe it, try missing one.”

Great morning to you all…and remember, it’s your choice.

 

Save your marriage before it starts

On Valentines Day 2017, I became a SYMBIS certified assessment counselor. SYMBIS stands for Save Your Marriage Before It Starts.  This program, based on the studies and book by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, has proved to be a wonderful tool in helping to prepare couples for marriage as well as fine-tuning an already existing marriage.

I am totally sold on Symbis and would love to take you and your significant other through it. Contact me for more information.

 

 

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