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Experience is…..


Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.  The sky’s are clear, the trees are green, and the mountains are high but just for today have it your way.Mountain-photo.~ Aldous Huxley

A Father’s Prayer


Build me a son, O Lord,

who will be strong enough to know when he is weak,
and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid;
one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory.

Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort,
but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.

Here let him learn to stand up in the storm;
here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me a son whose heart will be clear,
whose goal will be high,
a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men,
one who will reach into the future,
yet never forget the past.

And, after all these things are his,
give him, I pray, enough of a sense of humor,
so that he may always be serious,
yet never take himself too seriously.

Give him humility,
so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness,
the open mind of true strength.
Then I, his father, will dare to whisper,
‘I have not lived in vain.’

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Ready for a Change


Are you ready for a change in your life?  A new adventure, new scenery, new love, new attitude, new home, whatever your desire it begins with you.  Just know changes come with a price.  It’s like being in the hand of a potter; being remolded or reshaped.  The end result is unknown.  The bottom-line change is for the best…..  GET READY FOR A CHANGE TODAY!

 

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My Hero


My hero is not an athletic, actor or artist but my grandfather.
In every family there is someone we can admire as our hero.  My grandfather was  just that kind of person.  He was a hard working family man who laid a foundation of life principles and lessons on  how to turn your struggles into success.  Every generation have been touch in one way or another by these core values.
Love – Everyone at there need level
Strength – In the mist of adversity
Tenacity – I never quite attitude
My hero left a legacy of  what  a husband, Godly man, father, and community leader looks like.  Who is your hero?

Loss but not a Loser


Often people never can (or should) “get over” significant losses, such as the death of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce or even loss of a home. The pain may always be with you in some capacity. Although much of the sharp pain of sorrow goes away in time, you may always have a sense of the loss. The grief process is not about getting over it, but about learning how to live with the reality of the loss.  I believe that God has you in the palm of his hand.  Just don’t give up.

Stop being a hostage


“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” ― George Bernard Shaw

For decades there have been hidden within families skeletons dancing around seeking freedom.  When will the day come that you will set yours free?

Remember, your enemy can’t hold you hostage if all your skeletons are out of the closet…..

Family


“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”
― Trenton Lee Stewart,

Today, I thank God for the blood of Jesus Christ.

 

Domestic Violence


A few weeks ago a mother in my area was killed outside of her place of employment by her ex-husband.  It made me stop and think how many people are living in fear day to day or moment by moment for their lives.  If this is you, today can be the beginning of a new day for you!  Take these few words to heart…..  You no longer have to live as a prisoner in your home or your mind.  Today, you are release from fear, bondage, being a punching bag, and most importantly being a hostage.  Yes you are FREE!

Domestic violence is physical, mental, sexual, or emotional abuse in an intimate relationship. It occurs when one person uses abusive tactics to gain power and control over a partner or former partner.

Domestic violence hits homes in every community. It has a devastating effect on victims, children, families, and communities.

If you are a victim, you can get help by calling the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic

Violence crisis line toll-free, 24 hours a day at 1-800-650-6522. There are safe shelters across

the state for you and your children, as well as many other services.

There is no excuse for domestic violence. If your spouse engages in one or several of the behaviors listed on this page, it may be an indication that you’re in an abusive relationship, and you should carefully evaluate your relationship and talk with a professional who can help.

Makes you feel like you’re walking on eggshells to keep the peace

Makes you feel like a prisoner in your own home •
Yells at you frequently and calls you hurtful names •
Is unpredictable or has sudden mood swings

Threatens you with violence

Breaks or hits things in your presence

Gives you hateful or threatening looks

Shoves, slaps, or hits you

Abuses your children

Keeps you from seeing friends or family

Hurts your pets

Follows you, spies on you, or shows up at your job, school, or friends’ homes

Listens to your phone calls or keeps you from using the phone

Is forceful with affection and/or sex

Accuses you of having affairs

Controls all the money and gives
you little or none

Keeps you from getting or keeping a job

Pushed you to make a commitment before you felt ready

Has a history of battering in other relationships •
Gets very angry or upset with you often and then apologizes with gifts, flowers, and promises

Begin to love yourself by getting help today.

*Adapted from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

What’s on your plate?


My wife and I recently had a nice dinner at this fabulous restaurant in the mountains.  As I was glanced over the menu this thought came to mind.

Do you find that there is just not enough time in the day to complete the entire task listed on your calendar.  Have you taken a pause lately to evaluate all that’s on your plate?  Even when a person sits down to prepare to partake in a delightful seven-course meal they automatically have an understanding that each meal course comes in segments.  So, What’s on your plate?  Do you have enough quality time set aside on your plate to spend with your children, mate, work, self, parents, relatives, and friends?  We must not leave out our spiritual time that keeps us balance.  With all that’s going on within the market place re-evaluate today, the type of seven-course meal you are subjecting yourself to on a regular bases.   It’s not that your plate is too small that’s causing your stress.  Maybe, you just need to take some items off of the menu.

Forgive Me Not!


Are you holding onto unforgiveness? When you think about one being confined.  It has the same similarities of one being in prison for a crime or awaiting trial.  One of my children came to me and said thank you dad for teaching me how to forgive.  For its better to be at peace then to allow someone else to not only hold the key to your freedom but to also imprison you for something that was not in your control.

There are many people in society that will never accept our apology or forgiveness, just give it to God and move forward.  You are loved by many, special, gifted, unique, and most of all God has forgiven you.

 

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