Pondering a great many things!

“‘Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.’ Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.” Joel 2:12-13

Whether the elements that batter your heart come from someone else suddenly ripping apart your roof of protection, or from your own tearing off of those tiles, there is a helplessness that comes from exposure. That same helplessness often renders us unable to see how to even navigate the storm, let alone cause it to subside.

It is rare that a marriage hits a crisis point as the result of one move of one person. The dance of a marriage is not a dance of one. Intentional or unintentional, malicious or thoughtless, planned or impulsive, both partners are continually making moves and taking steps that either add to the beauty of the dance or choreograph chaos.

When we are at the point of crisis — analysis of moves, assigning blame or demanding change are generally without effect. When the roof has been removed, there is one place to go for covering, to the Lord.

While returning to the Lord rather than facing into the circumstances may feel counterintuitive, it is the covering of His grace, compassion, patience and love that steadies us and gives us wisdom and hope.

In Joel we see the call to come to Him “with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” If the storm within us, the brokenness and repentance, is not commensurate to the storm without, we are unlikely to know or to seek the shelter we need.

Father, sometimes I want to fight, sometimes I want to fix everything, sometimes I just want to run away. Give me the wisdom and the strength to run to You, You who stand in the midst of the storm with me. Give me a heart that is willing to repent and be instructed, and give me the grace to trust Your heart.

A hopefilled Prayer to Heal Broken Marriages

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3, NIV)

These verses and our marital promises look perfectly applicable and fulfillable in the gold script of our wedding programs and pictures that hold the smiles and love that permeated the day we said, “I do.” Though no one walks down the aisle intending for it all to fall apart, marriages are shattered daily. Paul’s advice to the Ephesians is hard to live out in daily life, especially when reality doesn’t align with the pages of marital bliss we read through while planning our futures.

When the bottom falls out, and our trust is wiped off the map of our marriages, these verses look like impossibilities and unrealistic expectations. Putting another person in the light of this verse knocks if off-skew. We were never meant to worship another person, nor seek safety and completion in one. Two become one in marriage, but marriage itself is a reflection of God’s love for His church. His love for us. Christ in us comes first, and when it doesn’t, the rest of our relationships are set up to derail.

There are no perfect solutions to fix broken marriages. We live in a broken world full of broken people, broken promises, and broken trust. But there is One who can be trusted. One Whose promises are always fulfilled. One who loves us for who we are, right where we are …brokenness and all. In moments of marital agony, heartbreak, and suffering, we are never alone. One day at a time, one prayer at a time, He will pull us through to the future we cannot see.

Don’t be quick to write the conclusion before He’s finished speaking, and know that even if the worst happens, He is still God. He is still good. And we are still loved.

Let’s pray.

Trust and Worship God

Father,

Sovereign, omnipotent, all-knowing. These are the big and complicated words that describe who You are. Never fully able to grasp how deep and wide and long Your love is for us, we humbly praise You today for who You are. Whether or not we meet you in moments of clarity or confusion, You are God. You are good. You are sovereign, omnipotent, all-knowing. When the world is unfair to us You are fair to defend us. As we unravel, You rewind the spool. What we cannot see, You have already gone before and prepared for us.

So good are You God, that even when no words or feelings of joy are flitting to the surface or permeating our minds, the Holy Spirit is faithful to stir in us three words of hope: “Don’t give up.”

Be Honest with God

Father, we understand that we live in a broken world, and sometimes marriage doesn’t flesh out in the way You purposed it to. We fail each other and fail You, so often. But miraculously, You love us no less. You never give up on us. It’s never too late, even when we feel it’s too late for our marriages. We’re feeling that way, today, Father – like it’s too late. We are ready to throw our arms in the air and give up. We feel given up on, misunderstood, and hurt beyond repair.

When trust has been broken into too many pieces to glue back together, how do we come back together?

The hurt and pain in our hearts threatens to squeeze our eyes dry of tears, and the misery of loneliness fills the air even when in good company. Chipped and stripped, lost and lonely, we revisit our wedding vows and weep for what has been tainted and torn. Peace seems to elude us. Harmony is on the run. All we have left is to run to Your capable arms and weep at Your feet for what to do next.

You have to Surrender Your Heart and Your Marriage to God

Today, we give our marriages to You. Forgive us for putting them and our spouses before You. Forgive us for putting ourselves as well as our desires and plans for the future before You and Yours.

Search our hearts, Lord. Convict us and clear out all the hardness and ick that is clogging up the flow of Love in our lives. Reset our relationship with You. Restore our hope in Jesus Christ and open our minds and hearts to the healing truth that only He can rush into our lives in these moments of madness.

Give us the strength to be brave. Replace the fear of what might happen and what the future might hold with Christ-centered courage. We can’t be strong right now. We are broken and barely breathing. But You, the living God, in us, are our strength.

Through the Holy Spirit of the One True God, empower us with humility, gentleness, patience, peace, and unity (Ephesians 4:2-3). Curb our anger from morphing into bitterness and hatred. Forgive us for the times we lose our tempers and our sanity towards our spouse.

Have Faith in God

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3, NIV)

Father, these things in Ephesians seem impossible right now. All of the things these verses say are things we cannot do apart from You. But we vow today, to have faith in You. We promise to trust You through the brokenness and heartbreak, trusting that it will not last forever. The process of forgiveness will begin in our hearts this very moment, but we will leave restoration and reconciliation in Your hands.

Take it all – our marriage and our lives. We have come to the end of ourselves and the ability to repair what has been broken in ourselves, our spouses, and our marriages. We are taking a backseat to Your sovereignty. Break it all if you must, in order to restore completely what has been lost. As we walk through the unknown state of our futures, we are believing You for who You say You are.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’” (Jeremiah 29:11-13, NIV)

Come Lord Jesus. Into our lives with miraculous healing.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

The ‘Write’ Practice

Advantages of keeping a journal.

There are many different reasons to keep a journal. Here are a couple of ideas why you should begin this daily practice and let it become a part of your daily routine.

Help Process Feelings and Ideas

When you keep thoughts in your head it can be hard to know how you think and feel. Writing down how you feel will help you process your emotions, as feelings become words, which can be then be edited.

Start with one idea in the center of your page and expand from that single thought. Write down anything that comes to mind. It may seem disorganized, but it will tell a story when the thought process is complete. While it may seem like you are adding extra steps to your journaling, it actually helps you decide what to write about.

Helps to Remember Details

No matter how good your memory is, recollection of your life’s events will probably fade as the years go by. My advice is to write these events down in a journal as they happen. You may have heard of journaling before; it’s similar to keeping a diary.

Some dictionaries make virtually no distinction between keeping a journal and a diary:

Definition of “journal”: a diary; a daily written record of (usually personal) experiences and observations.

There are many other reasons to journal. Pick your reason, and take a moment to write about it.

Another great idea is to write down your “Dreams” Keep a journal on your night stand, and if you have a dream, that wakes you, journal about it. It really is a great way to remember your dreams. And can be alot of fun.

Taylor Begins her Journey

Hello All,

this short story is about a little gal named Taylor, she is 10 years old, at the time the vidoc was created. Her dream, since very little, was to become a pilot. Her heart was in the Sky, her head, in the Clouds. Thank goodness for UPS to help fuel the fire to her dream. Love that.

How many of you can relate to Taylor. It is my belief that many pilots out there can relate to the Story of Taylor.

Watch the short Video Clip (try not to cry):

Taylor’s Story

Like stated before, love that UPS is helping fuel her dream. Yup, she is bit by the aviation bug.

Share your thoughts on this one…

Private Jet Charter Sales – Marketing Yourself and the Company you work for

Throughout your career, marketing yourself as a professional is vital.

Landing your dream job in this day and age can be a  difficult task – the job market becomes seemingly more and more competitive with each passing day. Therefore, marketing yourself as a professional and giving yourself a career brand is important for a number of reasons. The primary reason is, of course, to stand out to potential employers.

Marketing yourself as a professional demands a lot of self-exploration, which plays a huge part in helping you to narrow down your job search to ensure that you make the best career choices tailored to you. After all, you need to be able to understand what you are selling in order to market yourself successfully.

Once you grasp a better understanding of your talents, skills and experiences, you’ll find it much easier to compete in today’s job market – not to mention feel much more confident doing so. You’ll find it much easier to sell yourself in job interviews, as well as network with other industry professionals.

So how exactly can you effectively market yourself as a professional, to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market?

Here are a few easy steps to help you get on the right track.

1. Know Yourself

As a professional, it’s absolutely essential to be aware of your own key strengths and weaknesses. Otherwise, how can you expect to sell yourself to a potential employer? Where do you even begin?

Take a look at your past experiences to figure out where exactly your talents, skills and capabilities lie. Once you’ve identified your skillset, look at how it can relate to the career path you’re hoping to follow. This is the first essential step towards effectively selling yourself as the perfect candidate.

2. Set Yourself Career Goals

As well as understanding your key strengths, weaknesses and abilities, it’s important to set yourself career goals.

Setting goals in your career will keep you focused as well as provide direction and purpose. If you don’t set yourself any goals, you’ll find yourself running around, failing to achieve anything for yourself.

Setting goals gives you clarity on what you ultimately want out of your career: it ensures that you are investing your time, energy and effort into the career path that really matters to you.


3. The Elevator Speech

Once you’ve undergone a little bit of self-exploration, the next step in marketing yourself as a professional is crafting an elevator speech.

An elevator speech is a clear, brief message about you, communicating who you are, what you’re looking for, and how you can be an asset to a company or organisation – and it can all be delivered in the time it takes to ride an elevator from the top to the bottom of a building.

When crafting your elevator speech, focus on the most important points that you wish to convey about yourself. Think about your key strengths and what you have to offer.

Keep it short and focused.



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4. Network

Don’t be too quick to push the ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’ cliché out of the window.

Networking plays an important role in the professional world, so don’t hesitate to step out there and start making connections with key figures in your industry.

There is an endless list of professional organisations and networking events out there to attend, and many at no cost. Participating in such activities enables you to meet like-minded individuals and increases your chances of interacting with potential employers. Networking events are your perfect opportunity to sell yourself with your carefully crafted elevator speech.


6. Revamp Your Digital Presence

It’s no secret that social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn can be powerful job searching tools – but they can also be incredibly damaging to your professional reputation if used the wrong way.

If you want to be taken seriously in the job market, it may be worthwhile spending some time giving your digital presence a revamp. Employers can and will do a digital search on you, so be sure not to post anything you wouldn’t want a potential or current employer to see.

7. Utilize LinkedIn

On the subject of social media, if you’re not already on LinkedIn, be sure to get yourself listed immediately.

LinkedIn is a goldmine for industry professionals. Use it to connect with them, with colleagues, with previous employers and with potential employers.

LinkedIn is a representative of your professional self, and is your best method of marketing yourself as a professional in the digital world. It’s your online CV that the world has access to, so build up your page and keep it consistent. Use it as a portfolio of your professional life – after all, LinkedIn is fast becoming one of the most popular sites for head-hunting.

8. Show Your Passion

One of the easiest, yet most effective ways to market yourself as a professional is to show some passion for your work.

This is particularly important for when you secure yourself a job interview for a coveted role. Employers are more inclined to be swayed towards those who show a passion for their industry, as they can trust you to put the time and effort in to provide quality. Sell yourself and your passion to show exactly why you are the perfect asset.

Tyler’s Service Dog and Trip to Ohio…

Tyler’s Go Fund Me Page:

https://www.gofundme.com/tylers-service-dog-trip-to-ohio

4 Paws For Ability, located in Ohio, is training a multipurpose service dog for our son Tyler, age 10. Tyler has severe non-verbal autism, Type 1 Diabetes, ADHD, seizures and paralyzing migraines.

4 Paws For Ability, located in Ohio, is training a multipurpose service dog for our son Tyler, age 10. Tyler has severe non-verbal autism, Type 1 Diabetes, ADHD, seizures and paralyzing migraines.

In order to bring the dog home, we are required to go to 4 Paws facility in Ohio, and train with the dog for 2 weeks. Due to Tyler’s sensory, cognitive, self-care, safety and elopement challenges, we need to rent and RV and drive (adding a week to the trip) and have a caregiver accompany us. Both parents are required to be present to assist with the child and dog, and since Tyler’s younger brother also has type 1 diabetes and is homeschooled, he will also need to make the trip with us.

The amount needed includes the RV rental and fees, gas, 3 weeks of food, loss of income, caregiver’s time, hotel and travel expenses, and the fees incurred on this fundraising platform (2.9% and $0.30 per transaction).

We thank you for your time to read Tyler’s story and for your act of kindness in donating and passing his story on.