“Other times, I look at my scars and see something else: a girl who was trying to cope with something horrible that she should never have had to live through at all. My scars show pain and suffering, but they also show my will to survive. They’re part of my history that’ll always be there.” ― Cheryl Rainfield
As I was shaving in front of the bathroom mirror, I couldn’t help but notice the huge scar on my stomach. It reminded me that it has been 12 years since I had surgery for colon cancer. Two feet of colon removed and cancer free for over a decade and the ugly scar to prove it.
We all have scars some visible and some invisible. Some physical scars are hidden by clothing; some are visible and can’t be covered. When I see scars, I see stories. A scar means you have survived and every scar tells a story.
The Daily Motivator message for
Each moment makes a difference
The person you become, the life you live, the results you get are a direct result of the way you spend your time. How do you intend to spend your time today?
Every person alive will have the same number of hours in this day. Yet the value obtained in those hours will vary remarkably.
You have time, and with it, opportunity. Decide right now to put it to its highest use.
As you travel through the day, remind yourself that each moment makes a difference. The way you live it determines what that difference will be.
You know that the difference between speeding forward and standing still is made in each moment. As the moments arrive, keep reminding yourself of their opportunity.
A little extra effort, each time you get the chance, leads to a lot of extra richness in your life. The day has arrived, and you know what to do.© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
In this episode of the Cover2 Resources PPT Podcast, Greg talks to Angie Ferguson, Executive Director of Drug Free Clubs of America (DFCA).
Angie discusses the origin of Drug Free Clubs of America. The idea started in 2005 when Angie’s father and his colleague told Angie that they had an idea for combatting drug abuse. As firefighters, they had witnessed a lack of heartfelt preventative efforts by others. What if a club existed that offered high school students incentives for passing drug tests? Angie says, “Instantly, I thought of my high school friends who struggled with substance use disorder…Something like [DFCA] could have worked for them.”
2016 was another great year for Finding God’s Grace. By the grace of God we continued our forth straight year of uninterrupted Sunday morning posts and we completed our third year of Wednesday Podcasts, now over 160 in all!
The Daily Motivator message for
Live it well
Live to experience, not to impress. Live to give, not to need.
Live to wonder, to learn, to teach. Live to accept, improve, create, not to complain.
Live to make a positive difference wherever you go, not to get by with the least you can offer. Live with gratitude for each moment, enjoying all the beauty and making full use of the abundance.
Live with enthusiastic energy, with caring and purpose. Live with acceptance, ambition, generosity and kindness.
Live with the highest expectations. Live such that you’ll have no regrets.
This is a whole, unique day you have the privilege to live. Live it with love, with authenticity, and live it well.© 2017 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
A recent overdose crisis in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 27, 2016 made headlines after the city dealt with 78 overdoses over a span of 2 days. The USA Today article on the tragedy referenced the outstanding overdose statistics of Hamilton County, located just north of Cincinnati. The county reported having a 35% decrease in overdoses compared to just last year.
Greg interviews Daniel Meloy, the Director of Public Safety for Colerain Township in Hamilton County, to ask how his township is beating the odds in the face of the growing opioid epidemic. Daniel has over 25 years of experience at the Police Department of Colerain Township, the 14th largest community in the state of Ohio. Since 2013, he has been the Director of Public Safety where he has the honor to serve with both the Police and Fire Departments.
In this episode of the Cover2 Resources PPT Podcast, Greg interviews Sam Quinones, author of the best-selling book Dreamland. Sam found the title for his award-winning book when he investigated the origins of the opioid epidemic in Portsmouth, OH. The town used to have a gigantic swimming pool called Dreamland, where the whole community would come together to watch each other’s kids and socialize. The pool was eventually dug up, and a strip mall took its place. “[The pool] was almost a stand-in for the communities we’ve destroyed in so many parts of the country,” Sam says.
Sam traces the causes of America’s opioid epidemic. He discusses the role that prescription oxycodone played, as well as the cheap heroin from Mexico that people could get on the street once their prescriptions ran out.
Sam is a true expert on the opioid epidemic. Listen to his analysis here, and check out Sam’s book for more information.
Grace Roberts of 107.3 The WAVE interviews Greg McNeil, Founder of Cover2 Resources. Cover2 Resources is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing resources with those struggling with substance abuse disorder and their loved ones. Cover2 Resources was born from personal tragedy. Greg lost his son Sam to heroin overdose in October 2015. Greg’s family was shocked to hear the news of his death. “As a family, we were blindsided by Sam’s death. We thought we had everything covered and that he was doing great. We just didn’t see this coming,” says Greg.
The Daily Motivator message for
Monday, December 19, 2016
by Ralph Marston
Don’t let someone else’s negativity become yours. These moments that are your life are too valuable to waste on that.
When another person is rude, thoughtless, disrespectful or worse, don’t react by sinking to that level yourself. Instead, let it motivate you to be even more understanding, thoughtful, and kind.
Reflecting negativity back at others does not teach them a lesson. A far more influential choice is to serve as a positive example.
Certainly you don’t want to allow others to take advantage of you. But neither do you want them to turn you against your highest, treasured values.
The best way to win is not by fighting. The best way to win is by being so strong, so positively purposeful that a fight never starts in the first place.
The petty negativity of others does not have to get to you. Because you can choose, in a loving, generous, amiable way, to live beyond it.
© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/161219.html
One of my favorite Christmas childhood memories is sitting under the tree in our dimly lit front room with the Christmas tree lights on reflected in the ornaments. If you could, remember the old large light bulbs of the basic red, green, blue and white. Their light reflected so brightly in the multi-colored glass ornaments. You had to be careful not to bump up against the ornaments because they were very fragile. The tree was always real so that the scent of pine pervaded the area. We always had a manger scene under the tree and would count down the days when we would put the figure of the baby Jesus there to make the scene complete. It was so quiet and for a child magical. Perhaps you have a memory like this one too.
As an adult when one reminisces we realize that these memories were really God’s teachable moments for us. For example, with the memory above, if you think about it, we are the lights. We reflect the light of the Lord within us to the rest of those that we meet, in this case the ornaments. The font of this light is the baby Jesus that we find in the manger. We can burn brightly or we can burn out like a spent bulb. With the old bulbs when one burnt out we had to check every bulb to see which one burnt out. It was a taxing job, but if we are to be the light of the world for Christ then we need to help our fellow lights and personally help their lights to shine too. After Christmas is over we put the decorations away, yes, the lights, the ornaments and even the figure of baby Jesus, but our light is meant to shine for all to see after Christmas. Keep your light shining and help someone else to shine too.
Bible Vs.: Jn. 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Matt. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Prayer: Lord, maker of the universe, help me to shine your light on all people. Let me praise you in the world so that others may begin to praise you too. Help me to live out the spirit of Christmas throughout the whole year so that all may be prepared to receive your Son.
Spotlight: Come and visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117 where we try to see others in the light of Christ all year round. Come to Mass here, come pray and come to allow your light to shine as well. Come and visit our gift shop too so that you can purchase a religious book, medal, rosary, statue, to help you find the light of Christ.
Faith Page Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
During the Christmas season commercials and Madison Ave. urges consumers to use their shopping days to buy a new wardrobe or buy products to make them look better, like items that might make our teeth brighter. This continues after Christmas with so called New Year’s resolutions. The most common one, of course, is to lose weight. While that is a healthy resolution, the media would tell us that we need to lose weight to be attractive and beautiful. The whole idea is to change into what others perceive as beauty.
The thing is what is our idea of beauty? If we buy into what the media tells us, then we will be disappointed. We can never achieve their idea of beauty for this year. Most certainly that idea will change next year depending on new products. One size does not fit all. It is a fact that if a person is not born with thick voluminous hair, a bottle of special shampoo will not give what you were not born with.
Perhaps we need to see with the eyes of God. What does God consider to be beautiful? The Lord looks into the heart. The Lord sees our spirit. It is a fact that most people do not have the physical attributes that advertising agencies would lead us to believe are essential to happiness. Happiness is using the gifts that God gives for the betterment of ourselves and others. We have a beautiful spirit, we need to concentrate on letting it shine. Then our true beauty will be there for all to see, not the beauty that is the effect of artificial means. Take a look inside. Let others see your real beauty.
Scripture: Ps. 139:14 “I praise you, for I am wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works.”
1 Samuel 7 “Do not look on his appearance… for the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Prayer: O, Lord let me see as you see. Let me see through your eyes. Help me to see my true beauty and the beauty of those around me. Let me see myself and others as you see us. Help my heart to be one with yours so that it will reflect your perfect beauty in this world. Amen
Spotlight: A great place to find your inner beauty is Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117. It is a place of prayer that fosters your conversation with God. A quiet place to see how the Lord sees you. It is a place to see all of us to see each other as God sees us. Come and attend our Lourdes novena from February 3rd up to and including February 11th. Rosary will begin at 7:00 PM with Mass following. Also, come to our Sunday, February 5th French Toast Breakfast held from after the 8:00 AM Mass until 11:30 AM.
Queen of Heaven Church, 1800 Steese Rd., Green. Individual confessions will be Fridays 9-10 am and Saturdays 3:15-4:15 pm; Thursday, Dec. 22 & Friday, Dec. 23 from 7-8 pm.
Christmas Masses will be on Sat., Dec. 24 at 4 pm in the Church and also in the Parish Life Center Hall; 8 pm and 10:30 pm in the Church (music by Adult Choir begins at 10pm); Sun, Dec. 25 at 8:15 am and 11 am. Information: 330-896-2345.
Queen of Heaven Church, 1800 Steese Rd., Green. New Year’s Masses will be celebrated at 4:30 pm Sat.., December 31, and on Sun., January 1 at 8:15 and 11 am. Information: 330-896-2345.