Thursday, August 11, 2011

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! Bright sunshine  and few clouds puffy and very white and no rain so far...a beautiful day! After the rain,  yesterday, I got out to shop a bit and drove to the park to see how high the water was in the canal. It was the highest I have ever seen it and all the hydrilla was washing on down the canal. Parts of it had been sprayed, but not what was in the canal. It must have floated down from the lake.

Water was up to the concrete drive on the weir and had been way over it, because trash was wrapped around the posts. I saw one unconcerned squirrel very intently munching on a pine cone, holding it down with one dainty paw. Very cute.

Wow! What an ending to the Rays game last night. Sam Fuld's triple which drove in the tying run and then his race home on a throwing error, which won the game, was amazing. Sam is diabetic, and was totally exhausted after his head first slide into home plate, so he just laid there and waited for all the teammates to come pile on him. He was really panting for breath when interviewed after the game. He does not let his condition hold him back, which is a real life role model for others similarly afflicted. God is good!

From the devotional book Quiet Moments with God:

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

Ever had a difficulty that gives you "2:00 A.M. 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 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,