Do You See What I See?

I know we are still a few months away from the Christmas season and I haven’t yet started to sing carols, but I thought maybe this title would grab your attention allowing me to give you a few things that I have been thinking about lately.

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We have all heard it and it remains true: How you see your life, shapes your life!  One of the greatest obstacles to achieving or becoming anything in life is how we perceive what is going on around us.  How one sees or perceives what they are dealing with and what they may be facing, is the very thing that can either move them forward or push them back.  We have so many biblical examples of this principle but there is one that captivates my attention more than any other.

It is the story of the 12 spies that were sent by Moses to spy out the land of promise.  Now, before we go much further we must understand something; this was a land that God said He was going to GIVE to His people.  However, a problem arose once 10 of the spies allowed what they saw to become greater than what they heard.

All 12 spies heard what God had told Moses.  All 12 spies saw the same

The Path of Resistance

I love blogging!  For me it is an avenue to express myself and at the same time work on my writing skills.  But to be honest, writing doesn’t always come easy to me.  Sure there are days I wake up with an idea for a post, a chapter in a new book I am writing, or a lesson I am preparing and I can knock it out in no time, but then there are days like today, where I find it very difficult to come up with anything at all to say.  And I don’t think this is something that is just exclusive to me – I think many “so called writers” struggle with this.

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So what do you do when you don’t have any inspiration or do not know what to write?  How does one get past the “barrier” that seems to be between you and a finished product?  This doesn’t just apply to writing by the way.  It applies to many things in our lives and if we are not careful we can allow the “barrier, fear, resistance…” whatever you want to call it, keep us from doing what we know we are called to do. If you are struggling in this area, allow me to introduce you to a book that I have found extremely helpful.  It is titled; The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and it is a great encouraging and challenging book.  I highly recommend it.  In it Pressfield says:

Most of us live two lives.  The life we live, and the unlived life within us.  Between the two stands Resistance.

The challenge we often face is the resistance that tries to keep us from moving forward or producing what we know we are to be producing…

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The recently launched student series, the Be APPtitudes, has been a great success.  Thanks again to everyone who purchased, downloaded and are now using this series within their student ministries, young adult classes and youth groups.  The reports coming in are pretty awesome and I am thankful for the feedback.

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I wanted to let everyone in on a little special I am running for the next 2 weeks on the Be APPtitudes.  You can now get this series with TONS of freebies for the low cost of $9.97!!  This is a great deal and will only run for the next 2 weeks so hurry and get your copy and begin teaching your students some valuable key principles to live by.

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Thanks much,

~ DS

The Journey Continues

Today I celebrate 21 years of marriage to the greatest lady on this planet.  I will never forget the first time I laid eyes on her outside a restaurant at a conference we were both attending.  I knew at that moment I needed to meet her and figure out who she was.  21 years later I am still captivated by her and love her beyond words.

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21 years and it has been quite a journey.  There is so much that you go through being married 21 years and so many lessons that you learn, it would take another ebook for me to tell them all (hey maybe there’s another idea hmmm).  But suffice it to say there are a few things I want to mention that we have learned in this journey: