Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What's the Problem?

Good morning, Dear friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Lots of sunshine today with puffy white clouds so far, but more rain is predicted. Yesterday I ran some errands in the morning, before the rain came in the afternoon. I like rainy afternoons, because I can read instead of organizing which I really need to do.

As I pulled into the driveway from an errand, I stopped to watch a very large woodpecker darting under and around the Crown of Thorns which grows right beside the garage door. I have no idea what he was pecking at, but was really concentrating on doing it. I saw a very large tri-colored heron at the park, along with a lot of trash in the canal from all the rain. I think volunteers will soon pick it up. The trash , not the heron. :o)

Last night I attended a wedding reception at the church, which was lovely, with lots of people, but some of the love songs really touched me emotionally. It was a little difficult, but God is good!

From Quiet Moments with God:

Philippians 4:13 NKJV I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Ever had a difficulty that gives you "2 AM wake up calls"? It could be a project at work, a committee you've suddenly ended up chairing, or simply the challenge of trying to figure out how to get everything done with only two hands. Whatever the issue, it ruins your sleep and saps your energy for the upcoming day.

The developer of a popular series of business training films describes the phenomenon of discovering your problem-solving skills are going nowhere.

"You start thinking, I'm uncomfortable,I'm anxious, I'm nervous. I can't do this. I should never have started to try. I m not creative. I was never creative in school. I'm a complete failure. I'm going to be fired, and that means my spouse will leave me and-in other words, you start enjoying a real, good old-fashioned panic attack."

Problems can feel ten times as large in the middle of the night. But in reality--and by daylight--solutions might not be as distant as they seem.

Inventor Charles Kettering had a unique problem-solving method. He would divide each problem into the smallest possible pieces, then research the pieces to determine which ones had already been solved. He often found that what looked like a huge problem was already 98 percent solved by others. Then he tackled what was left.

In bite-sized pieces, problems become more manageable. Remember that, with God, all things are possible. He can give us peace in our darkest nights and bring wisdom with the morning.

Obstacles in the pathway of the weak, become stepping stones in
the pathway of the strong.
Thomas Carlyle

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,