What are you doing with the gifts you have been given?  We are all blessed with gifts, both material and others that we don’t always recognize.  We give to charity and donate our time and talents to help those less fortunate.  We may buy something to help support a local fundraiser or sell items to help raise money for causes we hold dear.  All of these things are great and I encourage you to keep on doing them.

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Chris Rice, Go Light Your World

As a major hurricane approaches Florida, we are being reminded to “take it serious” and “be prepared”.  Certainly good advice and certainly advice we are taking, especially after the last storm gave us a direct hit. 

20 or so years ago a mentor of mine asked, "Toni what do you think is a great asset you have?" I replied, "oh, that's easy my ability to teach and be a professional speaker." Then he said, "well, what do you think is a big thing that gets in the way of your success?" After much thought I replied, "well that's easy my ability to speak." Sometimes my very ability to be steadfast turns into stubborn. My ability to plan turns into indecision.

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.

At some point in our lives, we get to a part where we just feel like giving up.  Sometimes we give up before we even start and other times we give up because we’ve failed and we stop trying right before our huge breakthrough.  

Almost everyone fails at something.  It takes practice, patience, and perseverance to become great.  Everything takes time and you will make mistakes.  You must learn from them.  

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust in not on the branch, but on its own wings. 

Always believe in yourself.  -unknown

As I contemplate what causes us to behave the way we do, I am reminded that fear almost always plays a role in determining our actions.