It's all about The Climb.

Have you ever heard a song and just got lost in the meaning and significance of the story behind it?  As I was "trying" to study tonight, I was flipping through T.V. channels because oddly, I HAVE to have something on even if I'm just studying ... and I came across Hannah Montana: The Movie.  I am not a big "Hannah" fan or anything, but this movie is pretty good!  Anyway, I had seen it before so I knew I could put it on and not sit here watching every second of it.  Wrong.  I got caught up in the end ... where Miley Cyrus sings "The Climb".  It's pretty moving!

She talks of how life is a struggle and there's always going to be obstacles in the way of your dreams ... which is so true.  Having been through a lot of them, I know first hand.  Life is hard.  And no one said it was going to be easy!  But all too often we go through life trying to speed through the hard stuff and the maybe-not-so-fun stuff ... like school and work.  But, like the song says, it's not about what's waiting on the other side ... it's the climb that matters.  Going through life to reach that main goal at the end (be it married with children, a certain career, a rock star, whatever), we often overlook the people and the obstacles that we are faced with to reach that goal.  Some of the people I've met these past few years have changed my life!  And some of the people changing my life are those that have been with me for such a long time.  You just never know.  God has His plan for all of us, and he puts the people in our lives for a reason ... it's up to you whether you want to take advantage of that or not.  Days go by so fast and everyone is so busy trying to rush through them to maybe "get to the weekend", but there are five other days in the week that God is doing his thing and touching so many people's lives ... we need to slow down to look at His work and to appreciate it.  And enjoy it while it lasts.  Take advantage of every moment you are given, whether it be with those you love, alone, or in the face of adversity ... at least you HAVE that moment.  There are many people out there whose lives are cut short by disease and at the hands of other people.  Be thankful that you are here today and are able to take one step closer to your dream.

The hard times of life are the times that build your character and make you who you are in the long run.  Without adversity, life would be handed to you on a silver platter.  And what would that get you?  Happiness?  Are you sure?  For me, having to get through the struggles and hard times is so important.  Once I get through them, I'm able to look back at them and see how much of a better person I am for having faced the toughness and getting through it.  Not giving up.  Not folding in and turning to someone else to fix it for you.  It's stepping up and doing it yourself.  Yes, there are people that will help you and guide you or give advice ... I sure couldn't have made it through some stuff without the support I've been given, but it's still YOU that does the job.  And who knows?  Maybe you need to get through the battles in life to help someone else overcome their battles :).  Maybe you could be the one that someone else needs and the one that helps change their life for the better and makes them a better person.  Just keep that in mind!  What comes around, goes around. 

But, I really do like this song!  Sometimes when I'm feeling down or alone or just in "one of those moods" where nothing is really wrong, but it's not right either .... I take a second and see all that I have been blessed with.  And this song is one of a few that I've found to help me see and understand the BIG PICTURE.  Take a moment to listen to it and just see if you feel the same way.  I hope you like it!

My favorite lyrics:
The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

Power of Prayer

Prayer is such an important part of my life! It's one of the only things that is with me at all times. Think about it... No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can pray!

Having been through my share of ups and downs, I have turned to prayer for many things. And look where I am today! God has His plan for me and never puts me in a situation I cannot handle. It may be frustrating at times and so easy to just give up, but I pray. I pray that I will find my strength He has instilled within me and will make it through. I pray.

It's also super important to pray not only in times of turmoil and strife, but also those times in life when things are falling in place and going your way! When this happens for me, I pray. I pray to God and thank Him for all that he has blessed me with. I pray for the continuance of this blessing. I also pray that others may find the path to God and are able to be touched by Him in the way that I have. Without Him, I am nothing!

No matter what is happening or what I am doing, I pray. The power of prayer is so significant, but it is often overlooked. Slow down. Take a few minutes to reflect upon what the Lord has blessed you with, including the important people in your life. Take a few minutes...and pray.

Tonight I pray that those who are struggling in any way find the strength to stand up and trust in Him to get through it. Tonight I pray that He continues to guide me down the path that is my life and instills His strength in me. Tonight I pray for good health of my family. Tonight. I thank God for having given me another day to live, to dream, to hope, and to plan my future with my love. Tonight I thank Him. For everything!

The power of prayer.

It's so significant. Do not overlook it anymore. I know I don't.

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