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Tim Young

Tim Young 

Live courageously from your heart!™

Occupation: Father | Author | Speaker (heartstonejourney.com)

Location: New Hampshire

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Jason T. Wiser22,464*Storytelling for Business Building with Chris Brogan* There’s a lot of talk lately about storytelling in business and for good reason. Stories help people to understand and relate to your business journey. Where did you get the idea? What was the first thing you did when you realized that you had a good idea? what worked? what was your biggest mistake?  This program is produced by http://ontracktips.com/storytelling-business-building-chris-brogan/ It’s the answers to these questions that interviewers love to ask because viewers want to experience the journey of the successful business owner. They want to imagine themselves walking this path and living this dream. But aside from telling your rise to the top story, what other stories can we tell as business owners? what other stories do people want to hear? That’s why I have invited @118320665823821681206  to “Get on Track, Stay on Track” because Chris is passionate about small business and he understands the value of telling story for branding, for marketing, for business. *Chris is the Author of* "Trust Agents", "Google+ for Business" "The Impact Equation" "Social Media 101" and the soon to be released "The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth" http://jtw.bz/ChrisBr (affiliate link) Some of the questions I’m going to be asking Chris are: ⇒ Other than your rise to the top story, what day to day stories can we tell in marketing? ⇒ What are some of the best examples of companies that are using storytelling in business today? ⇒ How much of your personal life do you share in your business story? If this interests you, start asking questions now AND Invite 2 friends! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Did you click "Yes" on the event invite? Catch past interviews  http://ontracktips.com and *look for the big RED button.* Upcoming Guests: ⇒ Andrea Vahl "How to Find clients" ⇒ Phyllis Khare "Time Management for Small Business Owners" Subscribe to "Get on Track, Stay on Track" on YouTube -http://jtw.bz/YouTubeOTT  Listen to our Podcast in iTunes http://jtw.bz/iTunesOTT  Join us on Twitter using the hashtag   #OnTrackTips   ========================================­============== If you like this series, Please Share this with 2 friends. Visit Chris Brogan at http://www.chrisbrogan.com/  Read his books also http://jtw.bz/ChrisBr   ========================================­============== #chrisbrogan #storytelling #smallbusiness #marketing #socialmedia #blogging  Storytelling for Business Building with Chris Brogan2014-03-06 19:00:00243  

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2016-05-19 13:13:08 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

When Phones Were Fun

Remember when it was fun to answer the phone when it rang?

Often times it was a close friend or a family member. I remember when a relative was calling long distance and we all lined up to say "hi!" When our turn was up, we would pass the receiver on to the next person.

Oh, the good 'ole days!

+1 if this rings a bell ;)

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday


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2016-05-05 18:38:46 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Boom!

#heartstone #thursdaythought

Most plusones: 18

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2016-05-11 16:17:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Godly Boldness
By Pastor Greg Laurie

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions. —Proverbs 28:1

Although she was chosen by King Xerxes to become the queen, Esther was not some vain girl who liked to stare at herself in the mirror. Esther resolved to stand up for the salvation of her people, the Jews. We have to admire her bravery as she approached the king, uninvited—at the risk of losing her life.

In a way, we all have our own king, of sorts, whom we have to deal with. It might be a boss. It might be a husband who doesn't know the Lord. Maybe it is a Christian friend who is compromising. Maybe it's someone who needs to hear the gospel.

Pray and ask God for His wisdom. Ask Him to give you the strength. Ask your friends to pray for you. That is what Esther did. She said, "Go and gather togetherall... more »

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2016-05-27 15:49:05 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Why It’s Important For Guys To Act Like Men

With all the headlines about young men being confused about their sexual identity or masculinity, I think it’s time for men of God to rise up and model out authentic manhood. If you haven’t figured it out, there is an exploding subculture that is built on a foundation of accepting people who feel they cannot fit into the mainstream. Today’s culture, instead of being shaped by Jesus Christ, is being shaped by; hashtags, celebrity personalities, music, politics, do whatever you want, fill in the blank ______ that’s proving attractive to young adults.

Seems like every person has specific experiences and reasons for how their sexuality has developed. I still affirm to Scripture’s blueprint, which maintains that sexual identity except that of a heterosexual male or female is outside of God’s original intention and plan forhuman sexuali... more »

Why It’s Important For Guys To Act Like Men

With all the headlines about young men being confused about their sexual identity or masculinity, I think it’s time for men of God to rise up and model out authentic manhood. If you haven’t figured it out, there is an exploding subculture that is built on a foundation of accepting people who feel they cannot fit into the mainstream. Today’s culture, instead of being shaped by Jesus Christ, is being shaped by; hashtags, celebrity personalities, music, politics, do whatever you want, fill in the blank ______ that’s proving attractive to young adults.

Seems like every person has specific experiences and reasons for how their sexuality has developed. I still affirm to Scripture’s blueprint, which maintains that sexual identity except that of a heterosexual male or female is outside of God’s original intention and plan for human sexuality. The attack on manhood is on a steep trajectory and the message is clear that masculinity is a cultural cancer, unless you’re a woman pretending to be a man.

Ok, so in a world so confused with identity where do we start?

Continue reading...

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #culture #manup___

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2016-05-27 13:12:37 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Memorial Day Should Be Every Day
Narrative by WTIS AM 1110

As we all get ready for the Memorial Day Weekend, WTIS wants to draw our attention to the genesis and reason for Memorial Day, so we can all celebrate in true American fashion.

The origin of this uniquely American holiday predates its official start in 1971. In fact it goes back to our own Civil War to honor the fallen on both sides of the fight. It is also the unofficial beginning of summer.

The early observances of Memorial Day began in the late 1860’s as towns and cities held parades and special tributes to their fallen heroes of war. It is unclear the first origins of this tradition since numerous communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which hadfir... more »

Memorial Day Should Be Every Day
Narrative by WTIS AM 1110

As we all get ready for the Memorial Day Weekend, WTIS wants to draw our attention to the genesis and reason for Memorial Day, so we can all celebrate in true American fashion.

The origin of this uniquely American holiday predates its official start in 1971. In fact it goes back to our own Civil War to honor the fallen on both sides of the fight. It is also the unofficial beginning of summer.

The early observances of Memorial Day began in the late 1860’s as towns and cities held parades and special tributes to their fallen heroes of war. It is unclear the first origins of this tradition since numerous communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

HERE’S THE BACK DROP: DECORATION DAY
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Many Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

EVOLUTION OF MEMORIAL DAY TO INCLUDE ALL THE FALLEN AND NOT JUST THE CIVIL WAR LOSES.
Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Did You Know?
Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. This year, please join the WTIS family and the millions around our nation at 3:00p.m. in a moment of silence to honor our fallen.

(shared from WTIS AM 1110 via FB)

#heartstone #HappyMemorialWeekend #NeverForget___

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2016-05-27 02:10:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Memorial Day - Monday May 30, 2016, remember those who gave all!

Memorial Day - Monday May 30, 2016, remember those who gave all!___

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2016-05-26 18:08:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The Purpose Of Our Battles
By Kris Vallotton

It is important to point out that the devil left Jesus alone until “an opportune time.” Satan is an opportunist. He often strategically waits to attack until we are hungry, weak or tired. Although the devil is insane, he is not stupid. But the Holy Spirit is the most brilliant strategist. He knew that the easiest way to draw Satan into His trap was to weaken Jesus. The plan worked perfectly!

Christ’s main strategy in the wilderness was to fast. It seems crazy to put yourself in a place of hunger, weakness and vulnerability before going up against an enemy—unless you understand that the goal of the wilderness is to uncover God’s unfailing ability to deliver you. That is why Jesus fasted. He wanted to remove any temptation that He might have to try to defeat the devil in His own strength. All that was left after fortydays was ... more »

The Purpose Of Our Battles
By Kris Vallotton

It is important to point out that the devil left Jesus alone until “an opportune time.” Satan is an opportunist. He often strategically waits to attack until we are hungry, weak or tired. Although the devil is insane, he is not stupid. But the Holy Spirit is the most brilliant strategist. He knew that the easiest way to draw Satan into His trap was to weaken Jesus. The plan worked perfectly!

Christ’s main strategy in the wilderness was to fast. It seems crazy to put yourself in a place of hunger, weakness and vulnerability before going up against an enemy—unless you understand that the goal of the wilderness is to uncover God’s unfailing ability to deliver you. That is why Jesus fasted. He wanted to remove any temptation that He might have to try to defeat the devil in His own strength. All that was left after forty days was a choice—God’s strength, or the devil’s false offer of power. In His weakness, Jesus simply refused to listen to the devil and fully entrusted Himself to God. As Jude said, God “is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy” (Jude 24). It is our responsibility to trust God. It is His responsibility to deliver, protect and save us.

Continue reading...

#heartstone #thursdaythought #battles___

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2016-05-26 14:58:56 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Keep your goals in sight and rise above your circumstance...no matter what!

‪#‎heartstone‬ ‪#thursdaythought #‎riseup‬

Keep your goals in sight and rise above your circumstance...no matter what!

‪#‎heartstone‬ ‪#thursdaythought #‎riseup‬___

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2016-05-25 20:36:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

The Promise Of Sin

"When the enemy first presents temptation, he promises that if we yield to sin it will feel like heaven, and that sin will be worth the cost. Though sin may feel a little like heaven in the beginning, yet over time it degrades into bondage and the darkness of hell itself. In contrast, when the Holy Spirit calls us to deny ourselves and resist temptation, in the beginning it may feel a little like hell. However, in time, holding to the righteousness of God will unfold into Heaven." -Francis Frangipane (In Christ's Image Training)

Deeper dive...

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom

The Promise Of Sin

"When the enemy first presents temptation, he promises that if we yield to sin it will feel like heaven, and that sin will be worth the cost. Though sin may feel a little like heaven in the beginning, yet over time it degrades into bondage and the darkness of hell itself. In contrast, when the Holy Spirit calls us to deny ourselves and resist temptation, in the beginning it may feel a little like hell. However, in time, holding to the righteousness of God will unfold into Heaven." -Francis Frangipane (In Christ's Image Training)

Deeper dive...

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom___

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2016-05-25 19:19:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

How God Uses The Wilderness To Shape Us

Life hurts in many different ways; through disappointments, disease, loss of loved ones, betrayal, or financial disasters like losing a job. We live in a fallen and broken world, a world that aches and every one of us at some time or another will feel the hurts of life. Have you ever had a best friend betray you? Or how about the time you pulled an all-nighter studying for an important exam and still failed it? Do you know someone who has walked through the anguish of a miscarriage or an abortion? Have you ever worked diligently and faithfully at your place of work expecting a promotion and lost out to a coworker? This list is endless…

Life is not an injury-free sport.

The pain and the anguish of this journey called “life” somehow seeps deep down into the recesses of our hearts and beats us down day after day. Some of uscan l... more »

How God Uses The Wilderness To Shape Us

Life hurts in many different ways; through disappointments, disease, loss of loved ones, betrayal, or financial disasters like losing a job. We live in a fallen and broken world, a world that aches and every one of us at some time or another will feel the hurts of life. Have you ever had a best friend betray you? Or how about the time you pulled an all-nighter studying for an important exam and still failed it? Do you know someone who has walked through the anguish of a miscarriage or an abortion? Have you ever worked diligently and faithfully at your place of work expecting a promotion and lost out to a coworker? This list is endless…

Life is not an injury-free sport.

The pain and the anguish of this journey called “life” somehow seeps deep down into the recesses of our hearts and beats us down day after day. Some of us can let the tears flow and find relief while others buy into the lie that we don’t feel those things.

The author of Lamentations finds himself immersed in the tragedy and pains of life. To better understand the real circumstances of that time we have to know what it was like during the final days of Jerusalem before King Nebuchadnezzar breached its walls. The days before the destruction of Jerusalem marked the fulfillment of Jeremiah’s words about the coming famine, pestilence, and sword. They were dark days full of terrors and horrors.

Continue reading...

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #wilderness___

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2016-05-25 16:36:05 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

"It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed." -Ram Dass

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #quote

"It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed." -Ram Dass

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #quote___

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2016-05-24 18:22:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

"A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man." —Leonard Ravenhill

#heartstone #quote

"A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man." —Leonard Ravenhill

#heartstone #quote___

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2016-05-23 19:14:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

What is an "Almost Christian"?
By Pastor Greg Laurie

"Then Agrippa said to Paul, 'You almost persuade me to become a Christian.'" —Acts 26:28

I think America is filled with almost Christians—far more than outright nonbelievers.

What is an almost Christian?

It's like a husband waiting for his wife to come out of the bedroom to leave. He asks, "Are you ready yet?" She replies, "Almost." That is a woman's way of saying, "Another hour, minimum!"

You cannot be an almost Christian, really. You either are or you are not. It's like being almost pregnant! You either are or are not pregnant.

One day, Paul was standing before Herod Agrippa preaching the gospel. It appears he was moved by what Paul said, causing him to say, "You almost persuade me to become aChr... more »

What is an "Almost Christian"?
By Pastor Greg Laurie

"Then Agrippa said to Paul, 'You almost persuade me to become a Christian.'" —Acts 26:28

I think America is filled with almost Christians—far more than outright nonbelievers.

What is an almost Christian?

It's like a husband waiting for his wife to come out of the bedroom to leave. He asks, "Are you ready yet?" She replies, "Almost." That is a woman's way of saying, "Another hour, minimum!"

You cannot be an almost Christian, really. You either are or you are not. It's like being almost pregnant! You either are or are not pregnant.

One day, Paul was standing before Herod Agrippa preaching the gospel. It appears he was moved by what Paul said, causing him to say, "You almost persuade me to become a Christian" (Acts 26:28 NKJV).

Agrippa was close, but not close enough—just like many Americans. They seem to know just enough to get them into trouble. Despite a recent rash of books attacking faith by avowed atheists, the fact is, there are very few real atheists in America today.

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #christianity___

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2016-05-23 16:00:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

What Nails In A Fence Can Reveal About Anger [Series]

Ever notice that people seem to be getting more and more angry these days? Road rage, riots, struggling economy, turmoil around the world…I could go on and on about the rising levels of anger. In today’s society, it seems like more and more people are lashing out. Let`s face it, we all get frustrated from time to time, and now see every day people flying off the handle in seconds…usually over the small stuff. Not sure about you, but it feels like we’re living in an angry society and it’s getting worse.

Came across this snippet that really captures the ripple effects of anger:

Continue reading...

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #anger #rage

What Nails In A Fence Can Reveal About Anger [Series]

Ever notice that people seem to be getting more and more angry these days? Road rage, riots, struggling economy, turmoil around the world…I could go on and on about the rising levels of anger. In today’s society, it seems like more and more people are lashing out. Let`s face it, we all get frustrated from time to time, and now see every day people flying off the handle in seconds…usually over the small stuff. Not sure about you, but it feels like we’re living in an angry society and it’s getting worse.

Came across this snippet that really captures the ripple effects of anger:

Continue reading...

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #anger #rage___

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2016-05-23 12:40:50 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Infectious Laugh!

If you haven't seen this yet, take a few minutes and watch to kick off your Monday!

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #lol

Infectious Laugh!

If you haven't seen this yet, take a few minutes and watch to kick off your Monday!

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #lol___

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2016-05-20 16:02:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Dangerous

Powerful reminder from Sabina Wurmbrand, who suffered three years in a labor camp for doing God's work. Her husband, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, was imprisoned for 14 years in communist Romania.

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #courage

Dangerous

Powerful reminder from Sabina Wurmbrand, who suffered three years in a labor camp for doing God's work. Her husband, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, was imprisoned for 14 years in communist Romania.

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #courage___

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2016-05-20 13:45:28 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

"People will follow a leader with a heart faster than a leader with a title!" -Craig Groeschel

#heartstone #quote #leadership

"People will follow a leader with a heart faster than a leader with a title!" -Craig Groeschel

#heartstone #quote #leadership___

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2016-05-20 13:19:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

"All of God's people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them." -Oswald Chambers

#heartstone #quote #fridayfeeling

"All of God's people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them." -Oswald Chambers

#heartstone #quote #fridayfeeling___

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2016-05-19 15:48:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Men Your Words Have Power, So Speak Life To Your Kids

First things first men. How much time are you spending with your kids? Doing life with them, having fun, teaching them whats important and leaving a legacy? If you spend quality of time with your kids, awesome. If you don’t, you need to get your head out of your @$$ and start.

For most men we have our sights set on stuff such as; a house (and a vacation home), car, boat, money, climbing the corporate ladder, fill in the blank ______. Most of us don’t leave much room for things that really matter and our values become our kids values.

Ok guys, here’s a test. You’re walking on the beach and a genie bottle washed up onto the shore. Of course all your senses tell you it’s not real, but you rub the lamp anyways out of curiosity and out pops a genie. Here’s the catch…instead of three wishes, the genie onlygives you one... more »

Men Your Words Have Power, So Speak Life To Your Kids

First things first men. How much time are you spending with your kids? Doing life with them, having fun, teaching them whats important and leaving a legacy? If you spend quality of time with your kids, awesome. If you don’t, you need to get your head out of your @$$ and start.

For most men we have our sights set on stuff such as; a house (and a vacation home), car, boat, money, climbing the corporate ladder, fill in the blank ______. Most of us don’t leave much room for things that really matter and our values become our kids values.

Ok guys, here’s a test. You’re walking on the beach and a genie bottle washed up onto the shore. Of course all your senses tell you it’s not real, but you rub the lamp anyways out of curiosity and out pops a genie. Here’s the catch…instead of three wishes, the genie only gives you one wish.

What do you wish for?

Continue reading...

#heartstone #thursdaythought #DadsDoMatter #manup___

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2016-05-19 13:13:08 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

When Phones Were Fun

Remember when it was fun to answer the phone when it rang?

Often times it was a close friend or a family member. I remember when a relative was calling long distance and we all lined up to say "hi!" When our turn was up, we would pass the receiver on to the next person.

Oh, the good 'ole days!

+1 if this rings a bell ;)

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday


When Phones Were Fun

Remember when it was fun to answer the phone when it rang?

Often times it was a close friend or a family member. I remember when a relative was calling long distance and we all lined up to say "hi!" When our turn was up, we would pass the receiver on to the next person.

Oh, the good 'ole days!

+1 if this rings a bell ;)

#heartstone #tbt #throwbackthursday
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2016-05-18 16:31:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Life Is More Exciting With Adventure!

So few people really live life to the fullest. We get stuck in our ways and our routines and before we realize what’s happening – we start coasting through life.

Why wait for that moment to wake up? Live your life fully awake. Live your life to the fullest. It’s the only way!

Continue reading: http://heartstn.co/1XggAIi

#heartstone #adventure #wednesdaywisdom

Life Is More Exciting With Adventure!

So few people really live life to the fullest. We get stuck in our ways and our routines and before we realize what’s happening – we start coasting through life.

Why wait for that moment to wake up? Live your life fully awake. Live your life to the fullest. It’s the only way!

Continue reading: http://heartstn.co/1XggAIi

#heartstone #adventure #wednesdaywisdom___

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2016-05-18 15:50:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." -Maya Angelou

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #quote

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." -Maya Angelou

#heartstone #wednesdaywisdom #quote___

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2016-05-17 18:29:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Sometimes The Only Way Out…Is Through
By Nicole Becker

"Two years ago, someone said something that changed my life. He said, 'Most of the things that have power over us, whether addictions or other controlling behaviors, keep us in bondage because we’re using them to avoid feeling something we’re too afraid to feel.'

For days, I couldn’t get that phrase out of my mind. Something we’re too afraid to feel.

In our quest to avoid feeling our pain, we walk right into the things that hold us captive. And our culture has mastered the art of avoidance. We make safety an Ultimate Good and insulate ourselves against any form of discomfort.

Then one day, we awake to tragically discover that we have sold our soul to the deceptive idols of comfort and security. Traded our birthright as images of God for a bowl of soup. And a timeshare by thebeach. more »

Sometimes The Only Way Out…Is Through
By Nicole Becker

"Two years ago, someone said something that changed my life. He said, 'Most of the things that have power over us, whether addictions or other controlling behaviors, keep us in bondage because we’re using them to avoid feeling something we’re too afraid to feel.'

For days, I couldn’t get that phrase out of my mind. Something we’re too afraid to feel.

In our quest to avoid feeling our pain, we walk right into the things that hold us captive. And our culture has mastered the art of avoidance. We make safety an Ultimate Good and insulate ourselves against any form of discomfort.

Then one day, we awake to tragically discover that we have sold our soul to the deceptive idols of comfort and security. Traded our birthright as images of God for a bowl of soup. And a timeshare by the beach.

In avoiding anything painful or risky, we miss out on everything real.
We numb our conscience, appease our every whim, deny ourselves no selfish desire, plugging our ears to that still, small voice that attempts to beckon us beyond the blaring distractions and trivialities that consume our daily existence.

In short, we become blind, deaf, and insensible to anything true, beautiful or good. Because we’d rather be safe. And we’d rather be numb.

I don’t know if it will mean anything to anyone out there or not, but from someone who has trudged through this gauntlet many, many times… avoidance is not possible in the long run. Attempting to circumvent the pain will only lead to bondage.

Freedom lies on the other side, but sometimes the only way to get to it is to let yourself feel whatever it is you’re so afraid to feel.

Regret, helplessness, despair, whatever it is.

A great number of my most treasured encounters with God occurred when I could avoid the pain no longer and fell to the ground with a primal scream of defeat.

That’s when he showed up. And everything changed.

A little over a month ago, I was freed from something that has been tormenting me for thirteen years. In an experience of ineffable sweetness, I suddenly felt everything in me that had been broken, everything I had lost control of, for lack of a better word, being clicked back into place. That familiar presence of power, love, and goodness was remaking me right down in my very bones.

I felt remade. Brand new.

But, I wonder, instead of feeling the pain and crying out the thousandth time for deliverance, what if I had rushed downstairs to turn on the television, stuff food in my mouth, and avoid, avoid, avoid? To try to numb myself?

Redemption is possible, my friends. Freedom is real. Jesus is more beautiful than you and I have imagined. But in the midst of the pain, in the midst of the brokenness of this fallen world, sometimes the only way out… is through.

(Shared from 'Broken People' via FB)

#heartstone #pain #TuesdayMotivation___

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2016-05-17 16:03:26 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

"You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." -André Gide

#heartstone #tuesdaytip #quote

"You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." -André Gide

#heartstone #tuesdaytip #quote___

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2016-05-16 19:17:08 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Challenges

"Because if we are truly progressing in life, our challenges should be getting bigger, never smaller. We are always figuring it out and improvising. It’s only when life stops feeling this way that we have to worry." -Beth Comstock, Vice Chair at GE

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #quote

Challenges

"Because if we are truly progressing in life, our challenges should be getting bigger, never smaller. We are always figuring it out and improvising. It’s only when life stops feeling this way that we have to worry." -Beth Comstock, Vice Chair at GE

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #quote___

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2016-05-16 18:51:27 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

A Prayer for Our Country and Our Leadership
By Rebecca Barlow Jordan

How do we pray for our country and its leaders, current and future? Does our vote really matter? And for whom do we vote? Can we or our prayers help turn the tide of our nation? If you're seeking answers for any of these questions, here's a prayer that might help!

Lord God, we desperately need your wisdom. You have given us a great country, founded on principles and truths from Your Word. We need men and women who will honor You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.

Give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character. Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best. Guide them in the way our country should go. Give thempur... more »

A Prayer for Our Country and Our Leadership
By Rebecca Barlow Jordan

How do we pray for our country and its leaders, current and future? Does our vote really matter? And for whom do we vote? Can we or our prayers help turn the tide of our nation? If you're seeking answers for any of these questions, here's a prayer that might help!

Lord God, we desperately need your wisdom. You have given us a great country, founded on principles and truths from Your Word. We need men and women who will honor You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.

Give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character. Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best. Guide them in the way our country should go. Give them purity in their intentions, and godliness in their convictions. Energize their spirits and bodies physically and spiritually, and keep them emotionally secure in the knowledge of who You are—and whose they are. Help them to be bighearted and sincere, energetic in goodness, and courteous in their manners.

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#heartstone #prayers #election2016___

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2016-05-16 15:59:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Elijah Was a Man Just Like Us
By John Eldredge

There is an overlooked passage late in the New Testament that is going to begin to connect some dots for us in a wild way. It comes from the book of James, and he brings us back around to the old man, Elijah, praying on the mountain: “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops” (5:16–18).

The brother of Jesus is giving his readers a tutorial on the subject of prayer. (He had seen some serious demonstrations of prayer, we might recall, growing up around the man who turned a boy’s lunch into an all-you-can-eat buffet for five thousand.) James points to the famous drought story I just cited, thenmakes a... more »

Elijah Was a Man Just Like Us
By John Eldredge

There is an overlooked passage late in the New Testament that is going to begin to connect some dots for us in a wild way. It comes from the book of James, and he brings us back around to the old man, Elijah, praying on the mountain: “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops” (5:16–18).

The brother of Jesus is giving his readers a tutorial on the subject of prayer. (He had seen some serious demonstrations of prayer, we might recall, growing up around the man who turned a boy’s lunch into an all-you-can-eat buffet for five thousand.) James points to the famous drought story I just cited, then makes a staggering connection—you are no different than Elijah. That’s his purpose in using the phrase, “Elijah was a man just like us.” James is trying to disarm that religious posture that so often poisons the value of biblical stories: Well, sure, that was so-and-so [in this case Elijah] and they were different than us. Nope. Not the case. Actually, James makes it very clear: Elijah was a human being just like you.

In other words, you can do it too.

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #prayer___

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2016-05-13 19:10:29 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Awesome!!!!!

#heartstone #fridayfeeling

Awesome!!!!!

#heartstone #fridayfeeling___

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2016-05-13 18:42:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

On The Other Side Of “Be Still, And Know That I Am God”

One of the places I unplug in the workplace is my daily devotional reading from Streams in the Desert. Whats great about spending time with God in devotionals, reading His word or in prayer…is you never know when something will be stirred in your spirit.

Reading the devotional from January 26th, I was reminded of the time I hiked up Mt. Lafayette to escape the rough and tumble of divorce. I remembered standing on that rock on Mt. Lafayette, a place of desolation, where the call from to “go forward” echoed in my heart as the battle of my destiny moment began. I’m sure you can relate that when life gets tough our complaining gets going. Of course I wanted God to snap His fingers and make everything tight, but there is a timing to His plan.

Continue reading...

#heartstone #fridayfeeling#inspiratio... more »

On The Other Side Of “Be Still, And Know That I Am God”

One of the places I unplug in the workplace is my daily devotional reading from Streams in the Desert. Whats great about spending time with God in devotionals, reading His word or in prayer…is you never know when something will be stirred in your spirit.

Reading the devotional from January 26th, I was reminded of the time I hiked up Mt. Lafayette to escape the rough and tumble of divorce. I remembered standing on that rock on Mt. Lafayette, a place of desolation, where the call from to “go forward” echoed in my heart as the battle of my destiny moment began. I’m sure you can relate that when life gets tough our complaining gets going. Of course I wanted God to snap His fingers and make everything tight, but there is a timing to His plan.

Continue reading...

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #inspiration___

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2016-05-13 16:42:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The Warrior Heart

A man must have a battle to fight, a great mission to his life that involves and yet transcends even home and family. He must have a cause to which he is devoted even unto death, for this is written into the fabric of his being. Listen carefully now: You do. That is why God created you—to be his intimate ally, to join him in the Great Battle. You have a specific place in the line, a mission God made you for.

Continue reading: http://heartstn.co/1Pwv8BX

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #warrior

The Warrior Heart

A man must have a battle to fight, a great mission to his life that involves and yet transcends even home and family. He must have a cause to which he is devoted even unto death, for this is written into the fabric of his being. Listen carefully now: You do. That is why God created you—to be his intimate ally, to join him in the Great Battle. You have a specific place in the line, a mission God made you for.

Continue reading: http://heartstn.co/1Pwv8BX

#heartstone #fridayfeeling #warrior___

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2016-05-12 18:47:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

26 Of The Best Business Books I’ve Read

Iv’e shared my daily reading list and have provided my book recommendations, but often times people ask me specifically which business books have impacted me the most.

Of course I’m not the authority on all the best business books out there, but I’ve been navigating the business world my entire professional life. So, yes I understand why people the gravitate towards the impact of a great book.

I’ve learned over the years, mostly the hard way, that diving into the right book at the right time can give someone a crucial advantage. So here you go, here are the 26 business books that have personally made a huge difference for me in the business space.

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#heartstone #business #books #thursdaythought

26 Of The Best Business Books I’ve Read

Iv’e shared my daily reading list and have provided my book recommendations, but often times people ask me specifically which business books have impacted me the most.

Of course I’m not the authority on all the best business books out there, but I’ve been navigating the business world my entire professional life. So, yes I understand why people the gravitate towards the impact of a great book.

I’ve learned over the years, mostly the hard way, that diving into the right book at the right time can give someone a crucial advantage. So here you go, here are the 26 business books that have personally made a huge difference for me in the business space.

Continue reading...

#heartstone #business #books #thursdaythought___

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2016-05-12 18:00:54 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

"Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should be a nation of free-men. It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains." Patrick Henry

#heartstone #quote

"Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should be a nation of free-men. It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains." Patrick Henry

#heartstone #quote___

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2016-05-12 16:02:45 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Rattle My Doubts
Narrative by Suzanne Eller

As we pray, may there be a rumble inside people all over the world as we open the doors to our hearts, our thoughts, our lives and every part of who we are.

Shake me, Father. Lead me to seek You before any other. Give me boldness and confidence beyond the natural. Rattle my doubts with belief. Tumble down my excuses as You ask me to step out in faith. Take my eyes off my own capabilities, and let me place my trust in Yours. Father, I often focus on who I am or what I have to offer, when all along You are all I need. Shake up my heart as I reach for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. Emphasis mine

#heartstone #bebold #prayer

Rattle My Doubts
Narrative by Suzanne Eller

As we pray, may there be a rumble inside people all over the world as we open the doors to our hearts, our thoughts, our lives and every part of who we are.

Shake me, Father. Lead me to seek You before any other. Give me boldness and confidence beyond the natural. Rattle my doubts with belief. Tumble down my excuses as You ask me to step out in faith. Take my eyes off my own capabilities, and let me place my trust in Yours. Father, I often focus on who I am or what I have to offer, when all along You are all I need. Shake up my heart as I reach for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. Emphasis mine

#heartstone #bebold #prayer___

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2016-05-11 19:16:11 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ―J.R.R. Tolkien

#heartstone #quote

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ―J.R.R. Tolkien

#heartstone #quote___

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2016-05-11 16:17:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Godly Boldness
By Pastor Greg Laurie

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions. —Proverbs 28:1

Although she was chosen by King Xerxes to become the queen, Esther was not some vain girl who liked to stare at herself in the mirror. Esther resolved to stand up for the salvation of her people, the Jews. We have to admire her bravery as she approached the king, uninvited—at the risk of losing her life.

In a way, we all have our own king, of sorts, whom we have to deal with. It might be a boss. It might be a husband who doesn't know the Lord. Maybe it is a Christian friend who is compromising. Maybe it's someone who needs to hear the gospel.

Pray and ask God for His wisdom. Ask Him to give you the strength. Ask your friends to pray for you. That is what Esther did. She said, "Go and gather togetherall... more »

Godly Boldness
By Pastor Greg Laurie

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions. —Proverbs 28:1

Although she was chosen by King Xerxes to become the queen, Esther was not some vain girl who liked to stare at herself in the mirror. Esther resolved to stand up for the salvation of her people, the Jews. We have to admire her bravery as she approached the king, uninvited—at the risk of losing her life.

In a way, we all have our own king, of sorts, whom we have to deal with. It might be a boss. It might be a husband who doesn't know the Lord. Maybe it is a Christian friend who is compromising. Maybe it's someone who needs to hear the gospel.

Pray and ask God for His wisdom. Ask Him to give you the strength. Ask your friends to pray for you. That is what Esther did. She said, "Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die" (Esther 4:16). Esther was as bold as a lion. She didn't cower or cringe.

She reminds me of Elijah, who said, "I swear by the Lord Almighty, in whose presence I stand, that I will present myself to Ahab this very day" (1 Kings 18:15).

Remember, if you kneel before God, you can stand before any man. God is not intimidated by any authority figure. God is not intimidated by kings or queens. He is not intimidated by prime ministers or presidents. He is not intimidated by CEOs or movie stars or rock stars or billionaires. God will accomplish what He wants to accomplish. God will have His way.

#heartstone #BeBold #wednesdaywisdom___

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2016-05-10 21:01:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

God’s Signposts Are Where The Destiny Trail Begins

We had worked hard all week and finished our work early, leaving Sunday open for exploring this magnificent city, so of course we headed right up to the castle. I believe that this was another God stumble, for what I found hidden in the middle of this awesome structure was a treasure of Scotland: the Stone of Destiny. I don’t know about you, but thought this was really cool, although the guard didn’t think so when I tried to get a picture of it.

In 1296 the Stone was captured by Edward I as spoils of war and taken to Westminster Abbey, where it was fitted into a wooden chair, known as St. Edward’s Chair. On this chair, subsequent English sovereigns, except Queen Mary II, have been crowned. In 1996, the British Government decided that the Stone should be kept in Scotland when not in use at coronations, and on November 15,1996, a... more »

God’s Signposts Are Where The Destiny Trail Begins

We had worked hard all week and finished our work early, leaving Sunday open for exploring this magnificent city, so of course we headed right up to the castle. I believe that this was another God stumble, for what I found hidden in the middle of this awesome structure was a treasure of Scotland: the Stone of Destiny. I don’t know about you, but thought this was really cool, although the guard didn’t think so when I tried to get a picture of it.

In 1296 the Stone was captured by Edward I as spoils of war and taken to Westminster Abbey, where it was fitted into a wooden chair, known as St. Edward’s Chair. On this chair, subsequent English sovereigns, except Queen Mary II, have been crowned. In 1996, the British Government decided that the Stone should be kept in Scotland when not in use at coronations, and on November 15, 1996, after a handover ceremony at the border between representatives of the Home Office and of the Scottish Office, it was returned to Scotland and transported to Edinburgh Castle where it remains today. Scottish tradition holds the Stone of Destiny to be the pillow stone said to have been used by the biblical Jacob.

This in a sense became a signpost for me and I knew that woven into my business trip to a far away land was the confirmation of my destiny moment back on that mountain top.

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#heartstone #tuesdaytip #quote #Scotland___

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2016-05-10 19:39:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

"...if there was no God there could be no moral obligations, and I did not see how society could subsist without them.” - John Jay, Former Chief Justice of the United States

#heartstone #quote #tuesdaytip

"...if there was no God there could be no moral obligations, and I did not see how society could subsist without them.” - John Jay, Former Chief Justice of the United States

#heartstone #quote #tuesdaytip___

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2016-05-10 17:21:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Peace Trough Strength
By Charles Campbell

...made this video last night because as Americans we face another "time for choosing." The choice is simple: Are we to live freely under self-government? Can we embrace the greatness we inherited? Will we continue to carry the torch of freedom?

If we are to stand the test of time, we must not give in to the voices of doubt and appeasement. Those voices don't speak for the rest of us. Our Republic endures because of the character of its people. Once again, you and I have a rendezvous with destiny...

Peace Through Strength
Prosperity Through Truth
Liberty Through Sacrifice

‪#‎heartstone‬ ‪#‎manup‬

Peace Trough Strength
By Charles Campbell

...made this video last night because as Americans we face another "time for choosing." The choice is simple: Are we to live freely under self-government? Can we embrace the greatness we inherited? Will we continue to carry the torch of freedom?

If we are to stand the test of time, we must not give in to the voices of doubt and appeasement. Those voices don't speak for the rest of us. Our Republic endures because of the character of its people. Once again, you and I have a rendezvous with destiny...

Peace Through Strength
Prosperity Through Truth
Liberty Through Sacrifice

‪#‎heartstone‬ ‪#‎manup‬___

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2016-05-10 17:06:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

RESCUE Is God's Plan
By John Eldredge

On the day Adam and Eve fell from grace, they ran off and hid in the bushes. And God came looking for them. He called to Adam, "Where are you?" (Gen. 3:9). Thus began the long and painful story of God's pursuit of mankind. Though we betrayed him and fell into the hands of the Evil One, God did not abandon us. Even a quick read of the Old Testament would be enough to convince you that rescue is God's plan. First with Noah, then with Abraham, and then with the nation Israel, you see God looking for a people who will turn to him from the heart, be his intimate allies once more.

The dramatic archetype is the Exodus, where God goes to war against the Egyptian taskmasters to set his captive people free.

Four hundred years they have languished in a life of despair. Suddenly—blood. Hail. Locusts. Darkness.D... more »

RESCUE Is God's Plan
By John Eldredge

On the day Adam and Eve fell from grace, they ran off and hid in the bushes. And God came looking for them. He called to Adam, "Where are you?" (Gen. 3:9). Thus began the long and painful story of God's pursuit of mankind. Though we betrayed him and fell into the hands of the Evil One, God did not abandon us. Even a quick read of the Old Testament would be enough to convince you that rescue is God's plan. First with Noah, then with Abraham, and then with the nation Israel, you see God looking for a people who will turn to him from the heart, be his intimate allies once more.

The dramatic archetype is the Exodus, where God goes to war against the Egyptian taskmasters to set his captive people free.

Four hundred years they have languished in a life of despair. Suddenly—blood. Hail. Locusts. Darkness. Death. Plague after plague descends on Egypt like the blows of some unrelenting ax. Pharaoh releases his grip, but only for a moment. The fleeing slaves are pinned against the Red Sea when Egypt makes a last charge, hurtling down on them in chariots. God drowns those soldiers in the sea, every last one of them. Standing in shock and joy on the opposite shore, the Hebrews proclaim, "The LORD is a warrior" (Ex. 15:3). God is a warrior. He has come to rescue us.

(Excerpt from 'Epic' by John Eldredge)

#heartstone #tuesdaytip#rescue___

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2016-05-09 19:03:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

What Should You Do When You Are Criticized Unfairly?
By Patrick Morley

Once I heard a man criticize Dr. Bill Bright (essentially for being so successful) as he introduced him to speak. I watched very closely to see how Dr. Bright would respond.

The most amazing thing happened. Dr. Bright said, "Thank you, (name). My only regret is that you were not part of the team. We would've done so much more with your remarkable talents." And he really seemed to mean it. And he left it at that. It left an indelible mark on me.

Honestly, like what happened to Dr. Bright that day, most of the criticisms I've received felt like book reviews by someone who didn't read the book.

Ironically, as in the case of Dr. Bright, some of the harshest criticisms come from people trying to accomplish the same thing. Lawyers who compare themselves to those... more »

What Should You Do When You Are Criticized Unfairly?
By Patrick Morley

Once I heard a man criticize Dr. Bill Bright (essentially for being so successful) as he introduced him to speak. I watched very closely to see how Dr. Bright would respond.

The most amazing thing happened. Dr. Bright said, "Thank you, (name). My only regret is that you were not part of the team. We would've done so much more with your remarkable talents." And he really seemed to mean it. And he left it at that. It left an indelible mark on me.

Honestly, like what happened to Dr. Bright that day, most of the criticisms I've received felt like book reviews by someone who didn't read the book.

Ironically, as in the case of Dr. Bright, some of the harshest criticisms come from people trying to accomplish the same thing. Lawyers who compare themselves to those "other" lawyers. Presidential candidates criticizing each other. Ministry leaders putting down other "flavors."
Here is a good litmus test: How would Paul speak about Peter? What would Peter say about Paul?

Actually, We don't have to guess. We have their writings. We know from Galatians 2 that they worked together as colleagues, Peter to the Jews and Paul to the Gentiles. Even when Paul called out Peter in Galatians 2, he didn't make it personal.

So how should you respond when somebody unfairly critiques your service to God?

I would suggest, why respond at all? Words can be very expensive when you feel mistreated. As it says in Ecclesiastes, "A fool multiplies words."

Instead, turn the other cheek. As it also says in Ecclesiastes, "Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you – for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others" (7:21).

Remember the three servants in the parable of the talents? They were given different amounts to invest. They were all trying to please the master. The issue was not how much they made, but whether or not they were faithful in the process.

And that's the issue we should be focused on – our own faithfulness. As in the parable, it's probably not a good idea to compare our performance with the other servants. We are not trying to hear, "Well done good servant. You outperformed your peers."

So what should you do when you are unjustly criticized? Proverbs 26:2 says, "Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not come to rest." You know this is true because you have heard someone criticized and you immediately knew it was true. But then someone else was criticized and you knew immediately it was not true. That's the work of the Holy Spirit delivering on the promise of Proverbs 26:2.

So just let the unjust criticism stand. You do not need to defend yourself. Just be faithful.

There's one more thing. Let's not fall into the trap of comparing our ministry effort to the ministry effort of others. That's like comparing two shades of blue. If you want to compare – and I'm not saying you should – compare yourself to someone who sows evil. But leave those who are getting up every day and doing the best they can alone.

That's how we can respond biblically to unfair criticism. We can take the high road.

#heartstone #mondaymotivation #criticism___

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2016-05-09 15:54:06 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

13 Hours: A Story Of Bravery Against All Odds

Went to see 13 Hours with my son and WOW…what an awesome movie! This movie tells the story of real life heroes and provides a harrowing, but important view of the events that occurred on the ground in Benghazi on the night of September 11, 2012. The action and the visuals pull you into the story making you feel like you’re right there next to these brave men, but the movie also does a great job at tugging on your emotions as you experience the sacrifice these men on the made.

I want to focus my commentary on the relationships and the survival of the six men of the CIA-contractor security team, known as the Global Response Staff (GRS), instead of taking aim at the political firestorm that Benghazi has created or the debate over Hollywood versus history.

If I had to sum up this movie in three words… (continuereadi... more »

13 Hours: A Story Of Bravery Against All Odds

Went to see 13 Hours with my son and WOW…what an awesome movie! This movie tells the story of real life heroes and provides a harrowing, but important view of the events that occurred on the ground in Benghazi on the night of September 11, 2012. The action and the visuals pull you into the story making you feel like you’re right there next to these brave men, but the movie also does a great job at tugging on your emotions as you experience the sacrifice these men on the made.

I want to focus my commentary on the relationships and the survival of the six men of the CIA-contractor security team, known as the Global Response Staff (GRS), instead of taking aim at the political firestorm that Benghazi has created or the debate over Hollywood versus history.

If I had to sum up this movie in three words… (continue reading)

#heartstone #MilitaryMonday #Benghazi #mondaymotivation #movies #manup___

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2016-05-06 13:55:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

What A Leper And Centurion Can Teach Us About Compassion

It’s hard to do good for people who don’t deserve it, isn’t it?

We all have those people we work with or people in our families that we would rather punch in the face than give a minute of our time to. I bet you can name a few people right now that would you rather work around or completely remove from your life. Words like compassion, friendly, joy don’t seem to fit into our narrative with these so called toxic people. Right?

Am I making sense here?

This is a tension that many of us live with day in and day out. I wrestle with this too, but check out one of the story that Jesus invites us into. Remember the story of the Sermon on the Mount? You know, love your enemy, turn the other check and yup…even go the extra mile. Or, blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falselysay all k... more »

What A Leper And Centurion Can Teach Us About Compassion

It’s hard to do good for people who don’t deserve it, isn’t it?

We all have those people we work with or people in our families that we would rather punch in the face than give a minute of our time to. I bet you can name a few people right now that would you rather work around or completely remove from your life. Words like compassion, friendly, joy don’t seem to fit into our narrative with these so called toxic people. Right?

Am I making sense here?

This is a tension that many of us live with day in and day out. I wrestle with this too, but check out one of the story that Jesus invites us into. Remember the story of the Sermon on the Mount? You know, love your enemy, turn the other check and yup…even go the extra mile. Or, blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Before we walk this out…I’m not talking about justified self defense or protecting your family here.

Sounds great doing a study on the sermon on the mount or reading it in your daily devotional, but living out in real life…well that’s a quite a different thing all together. Well it gets better because Jesus brings it all in by ending the sermon with this, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

OK, let’s hit the pause button here. In the last couple of months using the sermon on the mount as the litmus test, are you a wise man or a foolish one?

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#heartstone #fridayfeeling #compassion___

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2016-05-05 20:27:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

How Long, O Lord?
By John Eldredge

When God comes to call Jeremiah to be his prophet of hard sayings to Judah, Jeremiah protests, saying, "'Ah, Sovereign LORD . . . I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.' But the LORD said to me, 'Do not say, "I am only a child." You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,' declares the LORD" (Jer. 1:6-8). God is saying that these things will be done through Jeremiah's dependence on his strength and provision, and that he will rescue him.

Yet there is something about God's rescues that make them a little less timely than dialing 911. He leaves Abraham with his knife raised and ready to plunge into Isaac's heart, and Isaac waiting for the knife to descend; he leaves Joseph languishing for years... more »

How Long, O Lord?
By John Eldredge

When God comes to call Jeremiah to be his prophet of hard sayings to Judah, Jeremiah protests, saying, "'Ah, Sovereign LORD . . . I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.' But the LORD said to me, 'Do not say, "I am only a child." You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,' declares the LORD" (Jer. 1:6-8). God is saying that these things will be done through Jeremiah's dependence on his strength and provision, and that he will rescue him.

Yet there is something about God's rescues that make them a little less timely than dialing 911. He leaves Abraham with his knife raised and ready to plunge into Isaac's heart, and Isaac waiting for the knife to descend; he leaves Joseph languishing for years in an Egyptian prison; he allows the Israelites to suffer four hundred years of bondage under the Egyptians and leaves those same Israelites backed against the Red Sea with Pharaoh's chariots thundering down on them. He abandons Jesus to the cross and does not rescue him at all. And then there are those of us who, along with the saints under heaven's very altar, are groaning under the weight of things gone wrong, waiting for that same Jesus to return and sweep us up with him in power and glory. "How long, O Lord?" we whisper in our weariness and pain.

Indeed, God calls us to battles where the deck appears stacked in favor of those who are his enemies and ours, just to increase the drama of the play. And there is the clear picture, even from God himself, that he does so to enhance his own glory.

(Excerpt from 'The Sacred Romance' by John Eldredge)

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When God Hits Below the Belt
By Mark Gignilliat

Sometimes he pulls us into the ring—but he always gives us grace to endure.

I'm not sure how to tell my children that God is dangerous. No doubt, I want them to nestle up to Aslan’s furry mane, safe and warm. But with enough life lived, disappointment felt, and loss endured, they will soon find out that he has teeth—big, sharp ones. He is good, but he is not safe, as C. S. Lewis said. And sometimes snuggling turns into a brawl.

My understanding of the Christian life has been rewired since the spirituality of my youth, which promised that every day with Jesus would grow sweeter than the day before. Yesterday’s sweetness has become today’s bitterness. A dear friend of mine is battling pancreatic cancer in its final stages. He understands that life with God is not always easy, that sometimes we wrestlewith him.... more »

When God Hits Below the Belt
By Mark Gignilliat

Sometimes he pulls us into the ring—but he always gives us grace to endure.

I'm not sure how to tell my children that God is dangerous. No doubt, I want them to nestle up to Aslan’s furry mane, safe and warm. But with enough life lived, disappointment felt, and loss endured, they will soon find out that he has teeth—big, sharp ones. He is good, but he is not safe, as C. S. Lewis said. And sometimes snuggling turns into a brawl.

My understanding of the Christian life has been rewired since the spirituality of my youth, which promised that every day with Jesus would grow sweeter than the day before. Yesterday’s sweetness has become today’s bitterness. A dear friend of mine is battling pancreatic cancer in its final stages. He understands that life with God is not always easy, that sometimes we wrestle with him.

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2016-05-03 18:26:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Resistance To Tyranny

"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual....Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” -John Hancock

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Resistance To Tyranny

"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual....Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” -John Hancock

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2016-05-03 15:13:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Closer Than We Think
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!" The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. —2 Kings 6:17

We often imagine Heaven as a faraway place. We automatically think it is beyond our solar system. But the Bible doesn't say that Heaven is far away. Maybe Heaven is closer than we think. Heaven is another realm. Right now as we live in this physical realm, there is also a supernatural realm.

In 2 Kings 7 we find a classic example of how God can work both naturally and supernaturally at the same time. Supernaturally God cleared out Israel's enemies, the Syrians, by allowing them to hear the noise of an approaching army, complete with chariots and galloping horses. This wasn't ani... more »

Closer Than We Think
By Pastor Greg Laurie

Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!" The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. —2 Kings 6:17

We often imagine Heaven as a faraway place. We automatically think it is beyond our solar system. But the Bible doesn't say that Heaven is far away. Maybe Heaven is closer than we think. Heaven is another realm. Right now as we live in this physical realm, there is also a supernatural realm.

In 2 Kings 7 we find a classic example of how God can work both naturally and supernaturally at the same time. Supernaturally God cleared out Israel's enemies, the Syrians, by allowing them to hear the noise of an approaching army, complete with chariots and galloping horses. This wasn't an illusion or sleight of hand. This was a glimpse behind the veil into the supernatural realm.

Then, in the previous chapter, there is the story of Elisha and his servant. The king of Syria sent an army to apprehend the prophet, and when the servant woke up the next morning, he saw the army outside. Panicking, he said to Elisha, "Oh, sir, what will we do now?" (2 Kings 6:15). Elisha told him, "Don't be afraid! . . . For there are more on our side than on theirs!" (verse 16). Then Elisha prayed that God would open his eyes.

Verse 17 says, "The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire." He saw into the supernatural realm.

The Bible tells us that we are surrounded by angels. Psalm 34:7 says, "For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him." And Hebrews 1:14 says, "Angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation."

Remember, whatever your problems are, God has His angels to back you up.

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Bold Men, Free Men

The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made. -A. W. Tozer

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Bold Men, Free Men

The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made. -A. W. Tozer

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Choose to Forget
By Pastor Greg Laurie

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! —2 Corinthians 5:17

As believers, we can put our past in the rearview mirror. We can put it behind us. Romans 6:14 says, "Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace." We are free by God's grace.

I like what Corrie ten Boom said about her sins: "They are now cast into the deepest sea and a sign is put up that says NO FISHING ALLOWED." We often want to dredge up our sins, but we should not choose to remember what God has chosen to forget.

When I first heard the gospel on my high school campus, I thought, This won't work for me because I am not the Christian type. In mye... more »

Choose to Forget
By Pastor Greg Laurie

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! —2 Corinthians 5:17

As believers, we can put our past in the rearview mirror. We can put it behind us. Romans 6:14 says, "Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace." We are free by God's grace.

I like what Corrie ten Boom said about her sins: "They are now cast into the deepest sea and a sign is put up that says NO FISHING ALLOWED." We often want to dredge up our sins, but we should not choose to remember what God has chosen to forget.

When I first heard the gospel on my high school campus, I thought, This won't work for me because I am not the Christian type. In my estimation at the time, Christians were really lame people that I didn't want to hang around. I thought, There is no way I could be one of those people. I don't have faith like that.

The problem was there were some friends I once hung out with who had become Christians. They weren't as lame as the other Christians were, so I had to adjust my thinking a little bit. But all I knew was that it wouldn't work for me. Why did I think that? Because of the way that I had been raised. All I saw were things going the wrong way. I thought, Things never turn out well. Things always turn out badly. How could this work for me? How could there be a God who cares for me? But I ended up praying and asking Christ into my life, and He did come in. Then He began to change me.

Don't let someone tell you that Christianity will never work for you.

Take bold steps of faith.

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Remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ '77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, Texas Exes Life Member, and Distinguished Alumnus.

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Remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ '77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, Texas Exes Life Member, and Distinguished Alumnus.

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Be strong and brave, and don’t tremble in fear of them, because the Eternal your God is going with you. He’ll never fail you or abandon you! -Deuteronomy 31:6

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Be strong and brave, and don’t tremble in fear of them, because the Eternal your God is going with you. He’ll never fail you or abandon you! -Deuteronomy 31:6

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A Subtle Erosion
By John Eldredge

There are few things more crucial to us than our own lives.

And there are few things we are less clear about.

This journey we are taking is hardly down the yellow brick road. Then again, that's not a bad analogy at all. We may set out in the light, with hope and joy, but eventually, our path always seems to lead us through dark woods, shrouded with a low-lying mist. Where is this abundant life that Christ supposedly promised? Where is God when we need him most? What is to become of us?

The cumulative effect of days upon years that we do not really understand is a subtle erosion. We come to doubt our place, we come to question God's intentions toward us, and we lose track of the most important things in life.

We're not fully convinced that God's offer to us is life. We have forgotten that the... more »

A Subtle Erosion
By John Eldredge

There are few things more crucial to us than our own lives.

And there are few things we are less clear about.

This journey we are taking is hardly down the yellow brick road. Then again, that's not a bad analogy at all. We may set out in the light, with hope and joy, but eventually, our path always seems to lead us through dark woods, shrouded with a low-lying mist. Where is this abundant life that Christ supposedly promised? Where is God when we need him most? What is to become of us?

The cumulative effect of days upon years that we do not really understand is a subtle erosion. We come to doubt our place, we come to question God's intentions toward us, and we lose track of the most important things in life.

We're not fully convinced that God's offer to us is life. We have forgotten that the heart is central. And we had no idea that we were born into a world at war.

(Excerpt from 'Waking the Dead' by John Eldredge)

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