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I have already stormed through Brene Brown’s latest read. And when I say stormed I read like Gen Sherman marched through the South.

I need to lay down my torches and read it again. I so want to be the man in the arena, and even more so desire to be the man who rises strong to finish the battle.

My first read makes me feel that I may lay too long and languish with my face in the sand seemingly that I am not rising at all. But I find that we rise strong at different speeds. I am just not one that quickly arises with sword in hand ready to lay siege to the castle

I find that even with tattered and torn wings, I must just hold strongly awhile until my heart, mind, soul and body find ways to do battle that will end with me truly rising strongly.

And even knowing all of that, there are some battles that I cannot win.

So hold tightly today and prepare your body to rise strongly!  monos en theos ††† jas L

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #680 – YOU EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE PESKY KIND OF DAYS?

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Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Those pesky thoughts. As life goes on, everyday, memories are made. Focus on the good ones. Nothing good comes from focusing on negative stuff. Give nothing and no one power enough to ruin your day!

We battled snow & getting to where we are and now we will be doing the same on our return. Focus on the good while staying focused on the present…en theos ††† jim

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #630 – WHAT WILL YOU FIGHT FOR?

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I am in the midst of a terrific read, Die Empty by Todd Henry. I am absolutely loving this book, but it forces you to take a look at your aimless tendencies and to find and close the loopholes through which you allow your true purpose to slip through.

I want to be like this much smaller Redwing Blackbird who was just tearing the heck out of the Blue Heron for being in his territory. In the animal kingdom you kind of don’t have a 911 or a way to file a grievance when someone tries to move into your space.

What are you aspiring towards on behave of others?

What will you stand for today?

What will you refuse to compromise on, no matter what?

What will determine your terms of engagement?

What do you know you should be doing, but have been ignoring?

These seemingly simple questions just have me frozen. I’m having a hard time facing up to truthfully answering them. They make me feel weak and a bit like a wimp.

So, what are you standing for today? Share some answers with me, it might help to empower me and find my purpose…. en theos ††† jim

Photos on the journey #418

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LOVE SOUP PART #3

Then you are jolted out of the calm water, things are splashing and sloshing all about. That is when you really have to come together and ride out the storm. Sometimes, you can’t even talk, you just ride.

“stay calm, admist the storm.
when the breeze seems a bit turbulent
and the thoughts seem a bit loud.
stay calm admist the storm.

stay calm admist the worry.
and let your fears subside.
let go of thoughts of doubt and hurry.
stay calm admist the worry.

stay calm admist not knowing
and embrace the light of faith.
where heaven opens all its doors and always keeps you safe.
stay calm admist not knowing.

accept. trust. let go. breathe.”

Paloma” Meg McKenna

pezful ez feelin’ @U †††en theos †††jim