Survival Guide

The World Needs Your Story

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Basic survival guides include instructions on how to find and purify water, start and tend a fire, build a temporary shelter, read a compass, hunt and find food, successfully cook food over a campfire, dress a wound and learn how to tie a knot.


Daily survival looks different for everyone. Some people are literally or figuratively in need of finding a way to start a fire, make a suitable shelter, or figuring out a way to find north on a compass.

Some people are in search of ways to overcome what feels like impossible physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual struggles.

Whatever your challenge, keep fighting. Don’t give up. One day you will tell your story of how you’ve overcome a part of your life, and, it will become part of someone else’s survival guide.


Our history, communities, friends, family and faith are packed with stories, or survival guides for immediate use. Jeremiah 33:3 reinforces the idea that we can use His word as a guide to help us survive. He tells us, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’


This post comes from a devotional series called 4:00 AM Faith. It is written each morning and sent in a condensed format to several people. If you are interested in receiving a daily faith boost, email me at lmcdonell2001@yahoo.com

An Owl’s Eyes

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The color of owls’ eyes tells a story.


The Purpose of Each Color


Carefully Designed


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Cheering For the Underdog- Even When That’s Us

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Celebrating the Underdog

People love it when the underdog is successful.


What About When We are the Underdog?


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Finding Purpose and Making Meaning

Volcanoes

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Massive Volcano Eruption


Without Volcanic Activity There Would be No Hawaii

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).


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Finding a Way to Use Difficult Elements to Your Advantage

Against the Wind

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Take Off Against the Wind


Add Resistance as a Resource

Like trying to run or bike into the wind, what we are up against, might feel like an impossible wall.

What’s Going Against You Will Help you Soar


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When the Opportunity Looks Crummy

Learning When to Say Yes

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What If The Opportunity Looks Differently than Planned

Wanting to become a great aviator, Amelia Earhart couldn’t make her living as a pilot so she took a job as a social worker.

One day, however she was offered a pretty offensive opportunity. It went along the lines of, “We have someone willing to fund the first female transatlantic flight. Our first choice has already backed out. And, you won’t be able to actually fly the plane, and we are going to send two men along as chaperones and guess what, we’ll pay them a lot of money and you won’t get anything. Oh, and you very well might die while doing it” (Ryan Holiday).


Focus on The Overall Goal

While the opportunity sounds unacceptable by many people’s standards, Earhart focused on her overall goal and how to move forward and make it happen. Energy comes from getting started.

Rather than feeling sorry for herself she said yes, and took the opening. Just because the conditions are less than perfect, doesn’t mean you say no. Sometimes the best opportunities do not look very good at first.


or we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).


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This post comes from a devotional series called 4:00 AM Faith. It is written each morning and sent in a condensed format to several people. If you are interested in receiving a daily faith boost, email me at lmcdonell2001@yahoo.com

2,130 Games: Showing Up Matters

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On April 30th, 1939, Lou Gehrig played his last game with the Yankees.

While his career came to an end as a result of his illness, one of the things he is remembered for is putting in the work and showing up.

One Day Becomes One Year

It is a streak that offers evidence that we showed up, even on the days when it wasn’t easy.

Perseverance Can Be Built


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The Past Is Gone, and there a Million Possible Futures

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“The most important shot in golf is the next one.” — Ben Hogan

Mistakes are made. Setbacks occur and some days are difficult. But, the past is gone, and there are a million possible futures. And, they all begin with the next shot. Whatever happened ten years ago, 24 hours ago, five minutes or even seconds earlier is complete.


An Opportunity to be Better than Before

It might not be what you originally planned, but there is always an opportunity to be better than what was done before. The most important thing to do is set your eyes on what’s next.

Sometimes that is easier said than done, but Philippians 4:13 reminds us, I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

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This post comes from a devotional series called 4:00 AM Faith. It is written each morning and sent in a condensed format to several people. If you are interested in receiving a daily faith boost, email me at lmcdonell2001@yahoo.com

Why I Can Believe In Myself

Maybe I Already Have the Ability Within Me

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I Did Some Digging

What If I Didn’t Understand What It Meant?


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What if I Set My Mind to Automatic


Cheering Myself On


How Tomorrow Will Be Different




Miles 1 and 2- will be run with my head.

Miles 3 and 4- will be with my legs and training.

Miles 5 and 6- will be with my heart.

Mile .2- will be with my spirit


A Wise Runner


Win the Match Before You Get There

 

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Tennis is mostly mental. Of course, you must have a lot of physical skill, but you can’t play tennis well and not be a good thinker. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.- (Venus Williams) 

Not If, but When

The question is not if there will be difficult moments that have the potential to throw you off your game, but what you will do when you notice them? 

Taking the time to visualize, write out ahead of time or mentally consider what you will do when you are exhausted, frustrated, feel beaten up, scared, anxious before it actually happens.  

Make the Choice to Win the Match Ahead of Time

Strengthen your body, mind, and spirit before you begin the “Match” or the day.  Anticipate a few of the struggles that might arise and take control by deciding how you will respond ahead of time. 

Decide to win the match before you get there.