Liddell & Gary Family Daily Inspirations

Friday; August 17, 2018
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
TODAY’S CHALLENGE – PUSH YOURSELF! If you want to know the satisfaction of accomplishment, then you must also feel the apprehension that comes from pushing yourself to the edge of your abilities. In order to grow, we must venture out into unknown territory. We must take on challenges that make us uncomfortable. It can be frightening, taking on new challenges. And we are so fearful of fear, eager to avoid fearful situations. Have you ever considered, though, the benefits of fear? Fear gives us a heightened sense of alertness and razor-sharp focus. We breathe a little deeper to take in more oxygen, and the heart beats a little faster. Fear blocks out all the trivial stuff and gives us increased energy. Isn’t that exactly what we need to take on a difficult challenge? Is fear really so bad? Venture out. Reach higher than what you’re comfortable with. Push yourself to the point where you feel the exciting apprehension that gives you the motivation and the energy to win.
FIND MY WAY: RISE TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL. It is time to live purposely.  Time to move higher and then a little higher. Time to be the best that you can be and live at it while you are doing this. There is no time to do it. This is your time – live it. It may not be as you would have it to be but it is your time. Make it as you would have it to be. There comes a time that we spend our time looking longingly at the door that has closed. It took a long while before we realize that it is simply not enough to just endure life. And it is at this moment that we learn to live it again. And you see as I looked at my own life – I realized that a choice needed to be made. I made a new choice. I needed to do what it takes to take my life to the next level. There comes a time in everyone’s life, when, for different reasons it’s necessary to let things go. If only because they’re too heavy to carry around forever. Don’t take mistakes personally, use them as a guide. Each new day brings an opportunity for something different to unfold, you don’t need to carry your mistakes with you. Remember, you are not your mistakes. Life will give you mighty rewards along with the problems it brings. How you deal with those problems determines the reward. As you connect with others, take the time to remind them of their brilliance, their strength, their value to the world. Maybe they’ll take the time to do the same for someone else. Be honest. Are your actions and habits in sync with the vision you have for your life? Don’t wait for years before acknowledging you need a change in habit. Don’t let anyone or anything take away your peace. Some people are a great drain on your energy and some issues take a while to be resolved. Avoid those who drain you and manage the difficult events always in faith that both issues can be converted into a better reality. Today remember sustained concentration of thought and action is usually the magical key to success. Maybe, just maybe, all you need do to experience greater fulfillment and joy in life is to keep your thoughts more focused on what you want. You can’t change everything at once. Don’t waste your time and energy. Choose one thing at a time to give your attention to and meanwhile, cherish the life you’re living. Today don’t try and climb the mountain before you reach it. Focus on where you are right now, while you prepare yourself. No mountain is conquered without support, be willing to ask for help when you need it. Know that resisting feelings that feel bad won’t make them go away. You won’t change bad feelings by waging war on them, simply allow them to flow through you and replace them with something that feels better, something that feels more like love than fear. If your relationships aren’t so hot right now, look for things you can love and appreciate in others. Love is an incredible force, it can dissolve difficulties, challenges and negativity. Recognize why you want to do something. This gives you a clue as to how to do it. Knowing why brings greater clarity on how you’re going to get it done. And if you get stuck go back to your original purpose. The why. It never leads you astray. And know that silence isn’t always golden. People need to know you care, speak up. People need know when something doesn’t feel good to you, speak up. Silence often has a way of turning into resentment or disease. And think about this - You can’t hire someone to go to the gym for you and tone your muscles. You can’t get someone else to meditate on your behalf so you can become enlightened. Some things in life require your participation. Choose the things that really matter and do them. And in moving to this next level – don’t do this old saying - They say we always hurt the ones we love. Don’t take your loved ones for granted. Never be too busy to give them the aspects of love that matter: appreciation, acceptance, and attention. Add kindness and consideration to love and you have a recipe for happy, healthy relationships. Don’t make choices and then spend the rest of the time complaining. If the choice you made doesn’t work. Choose again.  Sometimes it’s a choice between two things, neither of which are perfect. The time you waste complaining today isn’t going to make tomorrow any better. Every now and then make a decision that’s far beyond your current capacity to reach. If you don’t let the idea go, you’ll often find it comes to pass without you ever understanding how. It’s no surprise that we don’t get what we want when the number of  ‘no I can’ts’ outnumber our ‘yes I can do it’, a thousand to one. Repetition is a convincing argument. It’s time to remind yourself on a daily basis of what you can accomplish. You are always becoming the living result of your inner speech. Stop settling for life being a little bit better. You’ve been put on this planet to live your greatest life, be your most fearless self. Live on purpose, not by default. FIND MY WAY: RISE TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments. Habakkuk 3:19
Today remember:
God's call for us to prepare for a new thing reminds us that it is He who, in His redemptive grace, comes in His holiness to make people whole. He reminds us of the kinds of things He can do: As our Creator—the Source of all being. The best things in you are God's idea.

Pamela Guy-Strayhorn