Have you ever got stuck in a rut because you are doing the same old things and you became bored or stagnant? I hate that more than the fear of trying something. I have to say I like challenging myself. I fight myself and even beat myself up about starting new projects sometimes because they are hard work. I know in the end I'm going to enjoy the outcome so I talk myself past those stages and keep working toward my goal. One of those goals was to start a rose garden. I have always loved roses and declared them to be my favorite flower, but I just couldn't grow them successfully. I made friends with a wonderful lady at work who belonged to a rose club. She invited me and another friend to one of their planting demonstrations. I took home a rose and the instructions and set out to start a nice rose garden. I have to say it's doing pretty well and I am really enjoying it. I add several different kinds of roses to it every year. To the left you will see the very first rose I bought for my rose garden and it happens to be my favorite. It's called a Gemini. This picture was taken last week. I have had it for 5 years now and it blooms from spring until late fall. I love to look a the roses everyday and watch them grow. I love to cut them for the house. They bring me so much joy. They are so perfectly made that I feel God's handiwork in the beauty and smell of them.
About 2 and a half years ago I challenged myself to write a book that I felt God was leading me to do. Again I was bothered with fear and doubt for a time. I reminded myself of my victories and rewards and I jumped in the deep end and began to swim my way through the challenge until I made it to the shore of success. My secret you ask? Phillippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (KJV) By reciting and believing this Bible verse I have been able to tackle everything that challenges me emotionally, physically and mentally. After we begin to accomplish things our faith becomes even stronger. If we stay in communication with God, our fear or hesitation becomes no more than a bother, like a fly that we swat and forget about. Challenges help us grow and develop. They can actually become great blessings in our life.
What new adventure or challenge would you like to try?
I would love to hear from you.
Enjoy your life and your challenges,
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.