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Daily Gifts!

When I was a young boy growing up, I remember the older folks saying: “The older you get the quicker time flies!” I remember it used to seem like it took forever for Christmas to get here. Now that I have lived more than a few years, I have discovered that what the older folks were saying is very much true. I’m not sure why it is this way, but it seems that every year, the days go by faster and quicker than the year before.

I am at the age now that I realize what a precious gift a day is. Once it is spent, we cannot get it back and so I try to get the most out of and enjoy every one I get. At some point in my life, I read some where that every day presents us with three very special gifts. Those gifts are: Time, energy and choice.

Every day presents us with the gift of time. We have 24 hours to rest and sleep, to work and earn; and to serve ourselves and others. We all get the same amount of time in a day, but we each get to make our own choices about what we are going to do with that time. We should be careful to use it wisely, since there is a limited supply.

Every day presents us with the gift of energy. As we get older, we don’t have quiet as much of this as we used to. How many times have you seen a bunch of adults sitting around watching the kids run all over the place and heard someone exclaim: “If I had that much energy, I’d bottle it up and sell it!” If we use our energy wisely, it will reward us in incredible ways.

Everyday presents us with the gift of choice. We choose to stay in bed or get up. We choose what we are going to eat, if we are going to eat at all. We make choices about our choices! When we stop and think about it, what an amazing gift, the gift of choice is. Choose to live the most amazing life possible.

These three gifts are gifts that we way to often, tend to take for granted. I challenge you for whatever days you have left, to take time to think about, appreciate and utilize your daily gifts. Manage your time and get the most out of your moments. Use your energy wisely and protect it’s source. Get what you want out of this life, by choosing your activities carefully, so that you are not wasting the precious gift of time. Life is about more than minutes, it is about moments, so get the most out of everyone you’ve been gifted with… 🙏🏻

3 Personality Traits I’m Proud Of…

This month I’m working my way through different writing prompts. All of the prompts are designed to make me think about who I am and share that so that my readers may get to know me better. Today’s prompt challenged me to think about my personality and the traits that make me the unique me that I am.

This was not easy at first, because I had to figure out the difference between personality and emotions. I tend to think of my personality at the emotions I am feeling at the time, but personality is more about who you are most of the time, regardless of emotions.

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well…” -Psalms 139:14

The three personality traits I am proud of is my spirituality, positivness and thinking. These three are the main part of who I am and come closer than anything that I can think of in expressing the real me.

I AM SPIRITUAL! This is really the foundation or my personality. Everything is planted and grows out of this part of my life. One of my favorite teachers used to say: “We spend most of our lives living as human beings looking to have a spiritual experience, when in reality we are spiritual beings getting to have a human experience.” I believe this is true and I work very intentionally to pay attention and tap into the reality that I am a spiritual being getting to have a human experience. This influences every other part of my life and more than anything else makes me the person that I am.

I AM POSITIVE! I have always tried to be positve, but it is a hard thing to maintain in such a negative world. We are surrounded by negativity and it is often attacking on all levels and from every angle. At some point in my life, I made the choice to choose positive over negative. That is basically our choice: We can live a positve life or a negative life and no one gets to decide for us. Each of us, have to decide for ourselves. I choose positve and it pays off for me everyday. The other benefit is the blessings it brings into my life, are blessings I can share with others.

I AM THINKING! I think all the time. I look at things from the inside – out and from the outside – in. For some folks, thinking can be a dangerous thing, but for me, I like to see things and figure out what is true and what is false.

Hello, My Name Is…

Hello, My Name is Michael Joe Harvell and I decided to try something a little different on my blog this month. I am going to try to write everyday, using pre planned prompts for the month. That means that everyday, I will try to come to this page and write about whatever my prompt is prompting me to write about.

Today, I want to introduce myself and tell you a little about me. I am pretty much an ordinary guy. I get up most mornings around 5 AM and get ready for my day. I like to begin my day with a cup of coffee, outside in a rocking chair, where I will spend a few moments reading Scripture, meditating and then walking around the yard enjoying a little prayer conversation with my Creator.

I am a husband of a beautiful wife, who is a K-5 Teacher, a father to two beautiful and successful daughters. One who is working, pregnant and and about to bless us with our first grandchild. The other who is still in high school and liviing her best life. I am a son of very special parents, who are a blessing and sometimes a challenge. I am a brother to my favorite sister, who has blessed me with two incredible nephews, who I consider my own. I am a friend to anyone who is willing to open their life to me and I do my best to be an open book and sometimes I am probably more open than I need to be.

I am a Minister, so I spend part of my day studying and preparing messages to encourage folks in their spiritual journy. I am a teacher, so I spend part of my day at school working with high school students trying to help them succeed toward the goal of graduating and earning their high school diploma. I am a Master Coach, so I spend time communicating with clients trying to encourage them and keep them accountable to their goals. And I am a Mentor, so I work hard on myself to try to succeed myself so I can be someone worth looking to for advice and counsel.

I have made more than my fair share of mistakes in this life, and I thank God that His grace is more than sufficient. One of the greatest lessons I have learned and try to teach in life is that if we learn from our mistakes, they were an education, but if we fail to learn, they were a waste.

I believe that God is love and that we are created in His image, which means that as we receive His love, we are to return it to Him and one of the best ways we can do that is by loving one another.

At this age and stage of my life, I consider myself very blessed and I am grateful for all that life has allowed me to experience…