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Life has a tendency to bring on circumstances that seem to knock us out of the race. 

No matter what you are going through whether it is sickness, loss of a loved one, loss of job, home, divorce /separation, the car broke down, busted plumbing, broken promises, etc. keep pressing forward with your eye on the prize.  For it is not the strong or the swift that wins the race.  It is the one that endures and runs at their own pace, by not looking back not to trip and fall.  It is the one that endures getting through the pain and discomfort until they get to comfort, trusting and believing there is a better place.  Keep it in your vision. Be not weary in your well-doing by not giving up 

The one that endures does not make EXcuses not to continue on.  The one that endures, knows they will make it because they will not stop. The one that endures may go at a slower pace but they never give up, they never give in, taking it one day at a time.  The one that endures does what is necessary, by any means necessary to win the prize. To keep pressing one has to make changes. It may mean stepping away from certain people, places or things.   Have no confidence in the old you, let go of the past that is holding you back from receiving your credentials.   Have a new mindset that you can and you will make it, no matter what. 

Philippians 3:13-14

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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Joy Instead of Smoking

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Jul 12, 2018

 As your quit matures things happen and cigarettes no longer cross your mind. 

Some funny things happened to me on the way to the zoo. I will try my best to keep it short.

I am usually up by 6:00 am but this morning I woke up late.  What caused me to sleep late?  Hmmm Hasfit,  Fitbit,  Walking, Squatting, Edging the lawn...all of that.  As I laid in bed getting my thoughts together, I remembered  I had to have the SUV serviced and inspected @ (8:15) am.  It was now 8:24!  I scurry around to get dressed.  Gather some reading material thinking I can wait for coffee, they have the best there.  Got there 25 minutes later.  The receptionist tech did not seem too happy to see me.  You know the look, you are late!  Okay, I am still smiling, apologizing for being late.  Spreading Joy instead of smoking.

I go into the lobby grab that magnificent coffee, hmmm Joy instead of smoking.   Gosh, it is so hot I have to let it cool.  In the meantime, I check emails, messages etc on my phone, flipping channels on the tv etc. Notice my reminder for car service flashing.  There is Joy instead of smoking.   

No breakfast, ugh Corn chips vs Pretzels.  Corn chips win. Whoa, corn chips 10 points on WW app!  Oh well. They taste good.   Joy instead of smoking

After sitting for roughly half an hour the receptionist tech comes and tells me that my vehicle will not pass inspection.  The tire has a gash in the sidewall.  No problem. I have tire insurance.  It can be replaced.  Told the tech to look at my history and she would see the insurance.  Of course, she could not find it.  I suggested that I may have the records in my glove box.  So she escorts me to the area where my vehicle is on a lift.  After lowering the vehicle I climb in from the rear to get to the glove box.  I thought, all those squats paid off.   Nope, not there.   There is Joy instead of smoking.  After all of that, the car care tech says he saw a record on a previous replacement.  Receptionist, says she would call. I decided to get some of my Fitbit steps in while they process the claim.  I walked for 20 minutes, in the parking lot.  I return the receptionist says the insurance company needs me to call.  I call. The insurance company is wondering why I am calling.  The claim was already taken from the receptionist.  Hmmmm. The Joy instead of smoking.  I hand the phone to the tech to finalize details with the insurance company.  The receptionist made it clear through her 3-way conversation that my car would not be released until the insurance claim was paid, takes 24 hrs.  Okay, no problem. BTW 1 tire = $191.00

There is Joy instead of smoking.

They have a shuttle which is out on the road but she can't tell me how long it will be before it returns and she wasn't making any effort to find out.  Okay no problem,  I have a grandson that drives now. He is only ten minutes away.  I contacted my daughter to get permission.  After a delay my grandson finds me. I was proud.   It was so cool being with him.  He is going off to college in a month. This was a special time for me.  He has become a pretty good driver, I'd say.  He drops me off and waves goodbye.  I stop and sit on the porch for a few minutes and realize... I don't have my house key.  Oh, what Joy there is instead of smoking.   Thankful for all those jumping jacks, crunches and squats, it only took two attempts to hoist up to climb through the window to get inside. 

There is Joy instead of smoking.  

Good morning.    This morning I was to "wait".    It is still morning and still a new day. 

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. KJV

 

The scripture from Isaiah 41:10-14 NIV

 

10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

11“All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.

12Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.

13For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

 

God does not give us a spirit of fear, Satan does.  We can not walk in faith and fear at the same time and follow Christ.  God constantly tells us not to fear for he is with us.   It is His promise to His people that he will never leave us.  We must be obedient, trust Him to claim the victory and give Him the glory.  Fear creates indecision.  Fearing failure can cause major damage to our lives, and missed opportunities. Forge ahead in difficulty with faith, reading, studying and obeying His Word.  Do not listen to the naysayers and jealous people.  Stand Bold and Fearless for Him, your life will be blessed. 

 

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.