motivation to succeed

“One day, a student of Socrates asked his venerable teacher how to become wise. Socrates led the student to a nearby lake and the two entered the water. Then, he held the student’s head under the surface as the frantic young man fought wildly. Finally, Socrates freed him. The young man gasped and gulped. Socrates watched calmly and said, “When you desire wisdom with the same intensity that you desire to breathe, then nothing will stop you from getting it.”

Socrates is right, the motivation to succeed comes from within us.

Dear Reader: You may have noticed an email asking you to confirm that you want to continue to follow my blog. I’ve upgraded the blog and continue to work on the site (lots more to do, feel free to share your thoughts on how to make it better!) (Read more here)


Inviting the Bears

Dear Reader: You may have noticed an email asking you to confirm that you want to continue to follow my blog. I’ve left and moved to a self-hosting site. I’ve been working on the site (lots more to do, feel free to share your thoughts on how to make it better!) One of the “bumps” I’ve encountered is transferring your contact info to my new blog host. (The frustration of technology!!!) I would like to personally invite you to join me as we continue down this road of exploration in our faith journey. Please go to: and sign-up to receive email updates or to follow along as a wordpress fellow blogger.

I’ve chosen this story to share with you today to illustrate how I feel about your absence in my blogosphere. I pray that you are blessed, as I am by your support and comments.

An old man living in Alaska had lost all of his friends and family, and he felt sad to think that he was left alone. He began to wonder whether he should leave and start a new life in another village. But he worried, “If I paddle away to another village and the people there see that I am alone, they may think that I’ve run away from my own village because I was accused of some disgraceful thing.” Instead, he thought that he would go off by himself into the forest.

While this man was traveling along the woods the thought occurred to him to go to the bears and let the bears kill him. The village was at the mouth of a large salmon creek, so he went over to the creek early in the morning until he found a bear trail and lay down across the end of it. He thought that when the bears came out along this trail they would find and kill him.

By and by, as he lay there, he heard the bushes breaking and saw a large number of grizzly bears coming along. The largest bear led the rest, and the tips of his hairs were white. Then the old man became frightened. He suddenly realized he did not want to die a hard death and imagined himself being torn to pieces among the bears. So when the leading bear came up to him, he stood up and announced: “I have come to invite you to a feast.”

At that the bear’s fur stood straight up, and the old man thought that he was done for, but he spoke again Continue reading

Patience … Patience …

but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31

Still working on changes, upgrading for 2012! Appreciate your patience my friends.

To my readers and visitors …

Please forgive me if you have an interruption in reading the blog.

I am doing some upgrades and changes here and hope to make it easier to navigate and more user friendly. (YOU are the reason I write, so feel free to share your thoughts and comments!)

Although I will continue to add blog posts, I ask that you are patient with me for the next week until everything is running correctly.


The Best Blogging Tips

Thought you (my readers and bloggy buddies) might be interested in this blog posted today. Share your tips and lets see what we think are the TOP 3!

The Best Blogging Tips. By Paul Steinbeck

As we continue our State of the Blogging Universe Series, today we shift from issues having to do with the set-up of a blog to blogging itself.  In the next 3 posts I’m going to write about my absolute top 3 blogging tips.

Before I reveal what those tips are, I wanted to hear from other bloggers, so I asked people to send me their best blogging tips via Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks to those of you who responded with your tips!

Here are those blogging tips:

  • Write about what you know, what you’ve experienced, or what you feel…not what’s popular. –Kevin Weatherby
  • Be sincerely interested in people. Don’t ACT sincerely interested. BE sincerely interested. @JoePote01
  • Always follow your heart and be honest with yourself, as well as with everyone else.@lanakaydove
  • When blogging, try to finish with an action step for the reader to encourage Continue reading

I’m Walking …….

Beginning today, I’m taking some time away from my daily blog. For the next few days I’ll have several guest bloggers. I’ll also have a few simple little stories for inspiration and contemplation ~ kinda want to encourage you to pause and think and pray. That’s what I’m going to be doing this week. So, keep in touch, enjoy the messages, and I’ll see you back here in a few days!

I need a D.A.W.G.* Day!

As I prepare myself for some down time, some time with the Lord, between 11/1/11 and 11/11/11 ~ and I find I am still looking for a few guest bloggers. What are the advantages for you? You can connect with new readers for your blog or just give blogging a try before launching one of your own. 

Time for God

The Master called my name one day because He needed someone to go. I said, “Lord, in my spare time, between school, spending time with my husband, working from 8 to 6, and trying to coordinate a program for my community to help our children do better, I will help you. See, I know I can’t go right now ‘cause I have so much to do.” He said, “ Well, where shall I find such a person? I thought I saw your name on my list of available people.”

“Well Lord, that was the prayer that I prayed last year, but since then, things have changed.” He said, “Like what?” “Well, I’m working on my Ph.D. and I’m needed by so many people and my husband is always wanting something done, and on top of that my community expects me to help and give to them so…” “Well, seeing that you’re busy, I’ll let you go, but we will talk again, if you have some time.” I went on through the days, and the weeks, and the months completing my tasks as always.

One evening, while studying for my comp exams, I received a call from the hospital concerning my husband. He had been in a terrible accident and was in a critical condition. I dropped everything and ran to the hospital where I found my husband hanging on for dear life. I immediately began to pray “Lord, don’t take him now, I can’t bear it”. But my prayer echoed off the wall and returned into my own ears. That next morning I left the hospital tired and weary, and walked through the door of my Continue reading