Success Is An Attitude – Just Enjoy The Coffee

July 31, 2006

Wow! We got rain

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 8:57 am

It was Friday (July 28), last week before the day of prayer for rain but, we received rain. The rain clouds came in from the south and were very dark. Tahoka, TX received 3 inches of raining, as reported to my by a close friend who lives there. Now Lubbock, TX did not receive a a great deal of rain but, the rain fell on the areas that needed it. The cotton crops are really bad in this area of Texas, because of the lack of rain, my friend in Tahoka, has several hundred acres of land and he does not even have a stalk of cotton up. This is bad because planting season has passed and for him it looks like he will not have a crop this year. We really need the rain to rectify this situation, there are many farmers, in this area, that will not be able to meet their loan obligations this year because of the lack of rain.

So please continue praying for rain for us. The smaller amounts of cotton that are produced will mean more will need to be imported. How this effects you is that you will start having to pay more for the cotton products you purchase you in the coming months and possibly even years.

Thank you to the people who have prayed for us, and God Bless You. Please continue the vigilance of prayer for this part of the country as this blogger will be praying for you as well.

Modern Dad

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July 28, 2006

Supplement

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 9:42 am

This is just a reminder to those who this concerns and would like to participate…

Let it Rain on the Plains! — Day of Prayer July 30, 2006

Lubbock’s mayor and county judge have once again courageously and humbly asked believers to set aside July 30 as a day of prayer for rain on the South Plains. In previous years, as God’s people would do so, the Lord in his faithfulness has responded. It happened in 1996, the year I came to Lubbock. It happened again in 2004, when we went from having the second driest year in history
to the second wettest!

This year, local and national news outlets, including UPI, the Drudge Report,
and BreakingChristianNews.com have picked up on the story, and now the nation is watching. The mayor reported this week that he has received emails from across the country indicating that other communities will pray with us. Pray Lubbock has received three times its normal website hits this week. We will set aside time to specifically pray for rain Sunday. Let’s see what our God will do!
UPI Article – Link
Andy Wood, pastor

“Forget Not His Benefits:

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 9:32 am

This entry goes along the lines as my previous post, I cannot take credit for this however, this is a good read.

“Praise the Lord, O my soul, forget not His benefits…” (Psalm 103:2)

“The drought continues and has been unrelenting here in the south”, the news caster announced as he stood in front of the dry wind swept wheat field. Turning to the farmer beside him he began to interview the gentleman. The farmer spoke about the effect this drought was having upon all the farmers and forecasted the effect would have upon our nation for this year there would be no harvest. “This is the first time in my lifetime that we will not have a harvest”, declared the farmer, who was in his late fifties. The program quickly cut away focusing on how many farmers would loose their farms, the increased prices that our nation would soon see, and how this would affect the economic state of our country. They even mentioned how it could possibly effect the elections in the fall.
No one can deny the hardship and dire consequences of events like this. Its effects are far reaching. But the farmer’s statement about how long it had been since there was not a harvest caught my attention. Everyone was focusing in on this year’s non-harvest, missing a very crucial fact – we have had many years of bountiful harvests. We have been a very blessed people. Are we simply going to take this for granted?

We are well trained in focusing on the negative, the tragic, the limitations, the woes, the trouble, etc. It is a habit that we all, if not careful, fall into. That’s why this passage gives us a direct imperative – “forget not His benefits!” It is not a suggestion. It is not a denial of the trouble, pain, suffering, and tragedy we face and experience in this world. It is not mere optimism.

It is a deliberate choice to remember how blessed we are. It is reveling in the wonder of God’s love, grace, and provisions. It is willful choice to focus on the benefits that God graces our lives with. Whenever God’s people get disgruntled and complaining, they loose their perspective and soon, their way. It is often the first step to selling out, walking away, giving up, or succumbing to the world’s declaration that God does not care or even exist.

Do not misunderstand. We will cry out to God. Our laments have their place, when they are directed to God. For when they are directed to God they are an act of faith. By directed them toward God we are affirming our faith that He will and is able to do something about that which we are lamenting. Nevertheless, we need to always remember His benefits. Even in our lament we need to affirm our trust in the one who owes us nothing, but has given His all. Is this not the very nature of grace? We may be more inclined to “forget not His benefits” if we would first remember that God owes us absolutely nothing, and anything we have is an wondrous grace gift.
Beloved, read the rest of this Psalm sometime today and choose to forget not His benefits.
Keep Close To Jesus
Pastor Gerry
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July 26, 2006

What is the cost of personal complacency?

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 10:18 pm

Personal complacency occurs when you stop caring and stop feeling the outside pressures of life.  Basically when you stop caring about the things going on around you, and the stop caring about the outside pressures effecting your life, you become what some people would misdiagnose as depressed.  Depression effects many people in our society today, I know this, because I was diagnosed with depression; but, in my case, after a long time of soul searching, I figured out that the medicine I was on for it was making me complacent.  It was not doing what it was supposed to do; make me feel better, I believed that a pill could make me into a new person.  It was making me feel worse.  Since I have stopped taking this medicine and started learning how to use my own brain as the drug of choice instead, I have been feeling better about myself, and I have been able to concentrate more intensely.  Things that I like doing have become interesting to me again, and most of all I care again.

The cost of personal complacency is physical and emotional bankruptcy.

No one wants to have to go through financial bankruptcy in there life however, many have, and over the years financial bankruptcies have increased to the point that new laws had to be written to make it harder to qualify for financial bankruptcy.  It is the same in this day it is too easy to blame depression on the feelings you have or the feelings you do not have.  You want to feel good about yourself, like you did when you were a kid, safe, comfortable and fun loving.  But, no matter what you do you feel these outside pressures and for those who cannot cope with the outside pressures, one day you wake up and you just cannot go on.  You go to the doctor and he gives you the pill of the week to make you feel better.  However, over time you start to see that what it is doing to you is not making you feel better it is just making you not feel.
I have found that you can will yourself sick, and you can will yourself into depression.  I am now learning to will myself into good health and Success, merely by changing my Attitude.  Your brain is a very powerful tool, you may say the PC you are reading this from seems to be more powerful and faster at things than your brain is.  But when was the last time your PC said to you “I Love You” and meant it?  When was the last time that your PC gave you a hug?  I would wager that has never happened, I do not care how much of a nerd you are.

Something I have started is when I wake up in the morning, I start thinking positive thoughts immediately; not the doom and gloom stuff you get everywhere you look in society.  I look for the feel good stories, not war, death, and murder.  I challenge you to get up in the morning and tell yourself; aloud (and you must speak it, audibly), “This is going to be a wonderful day”, “Today I am going to make a difference”, and most importantly “I love me”.  Just try it for a while, it is like my previous post on “Enjoy the Coffee”, if you have not read it, read it.  Who knows it may change your life or at least give you a different perspective of life.  At this point in your life, how could it hurt?

As we hear in the commercials “Just Do It”.

The socks don’t match the pants? Who cares?

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life — Dan @ 2:09 am

What does it matter that the socks do not match the pants?

July 24, 2006

Enjoy The Coffee

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 3:58 pm

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor.

Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

All the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal, for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee in most cases, just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… and then began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.”

God brews the coffee, not the cups

So just enjoy your coffee.

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