Friday, January 24, 2014

Lessons from Ants

The article below is a philosophy on life in general, but it can be directly applied to adultery recovery. It's a powerful reminder that will keep you and me in the recovery process on those "foggy" days that feel too overwhelming. I promise you there will be many of them, especially in the early stages.

Be in the 31% who make it! And, help increase that percentage of "adultery survivors" by surviving, thriving, and helping others in their journey. Don't try to do it solo. It is a team effort for sure

Recovery is a two to three year initial process, followed by a lifetime of sanctification, pruning, seeking, persevering, and developing; one day at a time. God is in it for the long haul. He will never leave you nor forsake you. I have to remind myself of this truth daily!


The Ant Philosophy, by Jim Rohn 
January 20, 2014

Over the years I've been teaching children about a simple but powerful concept—the ant philosophy. I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part: ants never quit. That's a good philosophy. If they're headed somewhere and you try to stop them; they'll look for another way. They'll climb over, they'll climb under, and they'll climb around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to never quit looking for a way to get where you're supposed to go.
Second, ants think winter all summer. That's an important perspective. You can't be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants are gathering in their winter food in the middle of summer.
An ancient story says, "Don't build your house on the sand in the summer." Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to be realistic. In the summer, you've got to think storm. You've got to think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun. Think ahead.
The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind themselves, "This won't last long; we'll soon be out of here." And the first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they'll dive back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can't wait to get out.
And here's the last part of the ant philosophy. How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All he possibly can. What an incredible philosophy, the "all-you-possibly-can" philosophy.
Wow, what a great seminar to attend—the ant seminar. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.
Vitamins for the Mind, by Jim Rohn

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

“Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.”

“You don't have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next three years.”

“The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong.”
Romans 5:3-5, The Message (MSG) 
 3-5 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

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