Patience becomes Peace

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One minute of patience. Ten years of peace. (Greek Proverb)

When patience is being tested, remind yourself that you are merely uncomfortable. While waiting, there is typically little that can be done to speed time up.

Distract Yourself

However, there is a way to distract yourself by filling the time with something productive. Is there something you can read, listen to, practice, do, or notice when you are uncomfortable waiting?

  • What about listening to an audio book, song or podcast?

Trust the Ability To Keep Going

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Extreme Strength Required

With speed skating, it’s like doing one-legged squats over and over again, with that one leg absorbing more than 80 percent of your weight. It takes an enormous amount of strength. (Apolo Ohno)

Strength grows in the moments that you think you can’t go on but, you keep going anyway.

Trust Yourself

In quietness and trust is your strength. (Isaiah 30:15)

Happiness Has Always Been Inside Us

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Are you Happy?

I have come across the question, “Are you happy?” several times in the last few years in many situations. I remember first thinking [about how I would answer the question when I was teaching Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Clarrise, a girl of about 17, asks a Fireman if he is happy.

The fireman is confused by the question and not sure how to respond.

We Were Asked This Question Early On

As I read this, I realized it might be reasonable to assume most people don’t consider the gravity of the question too often. …

Choosing to Inspire

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The Ice-Cream Truck Changed His Life

Godfrey Robinson was 15 years old. He was hanging out with the wrong crowd. He and his friends were frequently bored. So bored that one day they decided to pass the time by throwing rocks at an ice-cream truck as it drove by.

The following day Robinson’s life changed.

The following day, the ice-cream man came back to ask Robinson why he threw rocks at his truck. Unsure of why and how to answer, the man with the ice-cream truck decided that Robinson needed a job and that he should come to work with him. …

Make Anytime Perfect

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Don’t Wait

Don’t wait for someone to appear with your goals, don’t wait for January 1. Don’t wait for a “perfect time”.

Get to work today building the life you want. (Compete Every Day)

When is The Perfect Time?

The “Perfect time” to do something never exists. There is always something that could be better.

Shakespeare said, “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”

I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. (Ezekiel 36:26) Start today.

One day you will look back and realize that today was a pretty perfect time to begin.

Interested in a Daily Faith Boost?

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I Will Still The Storm Inside You

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One Thing After Another

“I know you are going through a difficult time in your life right now, and you are dealing with multiple circumstances. It seems as though before you can get through one thing, another thing happens.

I don’t always still the storm around you, sometimes I still the storm raging in you.

Don’t give up

I am strengthening you in areas that you can’t even see right now. You and I will get through this together, like we always do” — Love God.

Release Your Worries

Cast all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) We suffer more often in imagination than in reality. (Seneca)

Ask the Question when You don’t Understand

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I Was Embarrassed

I can still remember it. We were down by one, and the coach had called timeout, with 2 minutes on the clock. The five of us in game sat on the bleachers as the rest of the team huddled around to listen and watch a plan described on a clipboard. As the coach finished talking, I realized I was still confused about what I was supposed to do.

Slightly embarrassed, I realized that the only way I could help the team was to ask for the directions to be restated.

Without missing a beat, the coach went through the plan again. …

Seeking Direction When When There Aren’t words

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The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. (Stephen King)

There Aren’t Words

Sometimes life is tough and the words are not strong enough to articulate the good and bad, Life has a way of stopping us in our tracks and requires that we change direction- a direction that seems so opposite to where we thought we were headed.

This Is The Way

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it”.

There are 7 Mondays left in 2020. How you choose to use them is what matters.

And It’s Phenomenal To Be

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Everyday Is A Miracle

The miracle is that we are here. No matter how undone we’ve been the night before, we wake up every morning and are still here. It is phenomenal just to be. (Anne Lamott)

Each day is extraordinary, exceptional and something we could have never imagined.

A Miracle We Don’t Recognize

We are engaged in a miracle which we don’t recognize. Often we get caught up looking for big signs and miracles and miss out on the extraordinary all around us.

I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)

A New Approach To Improvement

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I Was Inspired by 1%

Last weekend Chris Nikic became the first person with down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run completed in under 17 hours). His story of how he set a goal and then focused on getting 1% better each day has inspired me to improve in a new way.

It’s about a commitment to manageable growth and a refusal to be complacent over time.

Is 1% Each Day Possible?

Depending on the starting point, there comes the point where improving by 1% each day might be a challenge. What if one 1 % represented improving by doing one thing better each time. Today maybe it’s running one minute longer, and tomorrow perhaps it’s hanging on the pullup bar for 5 seconds more than usual or speaking words of encouragement to one more teammate. …


Laura McDonell

I am a wife, mother, educator, writer, reader and marathon runner. I blog at and chase my impossible. Follow me on Twitter at @lmcdonell14

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