The Sun Does Shine

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The Sun Does Shine is the true story of Anthony Ray Hinton, convicted of murders he did not commit and sentenced to die.

Ray spent almost thirty years on Death Row until finally being found innocent and released in 2015. His story is one of endurance and faith in the midst of a terrible situation; of his decision to make a home where he was instead of wishing he were somewhere else. In this podcast, I talk about some of the key points I noticed.

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The Power of Perseverance

Download the episode here These are the notes from today's podcast: Perseverance Quiz – Who are these people based on the hints about them? Listen to the podcast to find out who they are.

 1. ? Too short and clumsy to play basketball. Cut from the varsity basketball team. Missed more than 9,000 shots and lost almost 300 games. Considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

 2. ? Was a shy, timid teenager. His drawings were rejected by his high school yearbook. Is now considered on of the most influential cartoonists of all time.

3. ? Was a defeated boxer and retired. Became a minister and needed to raise money for his youth center. Got back in the ring 10 years after retiring. Was laughed at and not taken seriously because he was 45 years old and 50 pounds overweight. He regained the title and became the oldest heavyweight boxing champion in history.

4. ? He grew up very poor and was a shy loner. He was told he couldn’t sing and to keep his truck driving job. His songs have sold over a billion albums world-wide and people still imitate him today.

5. ? Accident at birth caused partial paralysis of his face. Speech was also slightly slurred and he looked a bit scary. Wrote and starred in three Oscar winning movies.

6. ? Was dyslexic and did poorly at school. Dropped out of high school. Is now one of the richest men in the UK, owns many companies, and has been knighted.

7. ? Didn’t speak until he was four years old. Was thought to be mentally slow and had trouble finding a job. His name is now synonymous with genius.

8. ? Fired from his newspaper job. Told he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. Started several businesses that went bankrupt. The company he started is now a household name because of the movies and theme parks he helped create.

9. ? Dropped out of school at 15 to help support the family. His family were eventually homeless and lived in a van. He has dealt with major depression and ADHD for much of his life. He is one of our best known comedy actors.

10. ? Quit school early and couldn’t hold a job. Wife and child left him. Retired at 65 with very little money and was suicidal. Went door to door selling his special chicken recipe and at the age of 88 his company was making millions and the restaurants he started are still popular.

What do all of these people have in common? They didn’t allow their circumstances or other people’s negative opinions define who they were or what they could accomplish. What if they had given up when people tried to discourage them? What if #4 had believed he couldn’t sing, or #10 had carried out his suicidal thoughts? How might the world have missed out if all of those people had quit. And how might the world miss out if we quit!

What has someone (and that someone could even be yourself) told you was impossible or a waste of your time to accomplish, but you want to prove them wrong and do it? Or what have you already overcome in spite of thoughts that you couldn’t? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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The Legacy We Leave

Have you ever thought about what people will say when the day arrives that you leave this earth? My mother passed away exactly one month ago now and it made me consider again this quote by Lin Yutang:

"Belief in our mortality, the sense that we are eventually going to crack up and be extinguished like the flame of a candle, I say, is a gloriously fine thing. It makes us sober; it makes us a little sad; and many of us it makes poetic. But above all, it makes it possible for us to make up our mind and arrange to live sensibly, truthfully, and always with a sense of our own limitations."

I've thought a lot about what phrases or quotes define me. I can identify with the statements above and I want my life to count. I want my life to be summed up by the lines of the following songs:

"I Hope You Dance": I hope you never lose your sense of wonder You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger May you never take one single breath for granted God forbid love ever leave you empty handed I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance, I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance Never settle for the path of least resistance Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin' Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin' Don't let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter When you come close to sellin' out, reconsider Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance, I hope you dance


"Live Like You Were Dying": "And I became a friend a friend would like to have And all of a sudden going fishin' Wasn't such an imposition And I went three times that year I lost my dad I finally read the Good Book, and I Took a good, long, hard look At what I'd do if I could do it all again And then I went skydiving I went Rocky Mountain climbing I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu And I loved deeper And I spoke sweeter And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying" And he said "Someday I hope you get the chance To live like you were dying Like tomorrow was a gift And you've got eternity To think about What you'd do with it

and by this quote from St Therese of Lisieux -

"Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which He looks compassion on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless men now."

My mother lived that kind of life and was a blessing to everyone who knew her. I hope that when the time comes for me to leave this earth, people will say I also danced instead of letting life pass me by. I lived as though every day was my last. And I did magnify Christ to those around me. How about you? What kind of legacy do you want to leave? You were born for a reason. Are you making your life count? Carol

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Broken Strings and Second Chances

Notes From the Podcast episode:

  • Excerpt from ‘Come Away My Beloved’ daily devotional:  “Will you be like an instrument with broken strings from which the musician can bring forth no music?”
  • The important thing isn’t that we stay so strong that we never break
  • How do we react when we feel broken?
  • How would a rare violin be treated?
  • Why we are like that violin and how should we respond?

Second Chances

First of all, thank you to those of you I know have been praying that I find my direction going forward. The path gets a little clearer every day. As many of you know, I volunteer with the homeless, the local women's prison, and a prison aftercare program. Many of those women are like that broken violin and I've seen how God can fix their brokenness.

For awhile now I've wondered how I could practically help and I know employment and finances play a big part in becoming a contributing member of society. So I've decided to start training some of these women to work virtually. To that end, I’m trying out a new service called SendOwl to help sell and deliver the content that I and my special ladies will create. So far it's really easy for me to use. I will keep you posted as my direction progresses.

Have a great day, Carol
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Blessings From Your Past

Notes from this episode: Have you had a dream for your future that you think is lost because of things that have happened in your life? Story of Moses:
  • born to an Israelite family, raised by Pharaoh’s daughter in the palace as her son.
  • at 40 years old, lost his temper and killed an Egyptian guard
  • ran away to the desert to live
  • became a shepherd
  • at 80 years old, God told him to go to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let God’s people go
  • Israelites finally freed
  • then Moses job to lead them through the wilderness
At some point in our lives, most of us feel like life has passed us by. We give up on our dreams because we feel like it’s too late, we messed up too badly. That’s how Moses felt when he lost everything because he lost his temper. But all of the things that Moses went through were needed so that he could help his people.
  • Moses knew how to approach Pharaoh and talk to him.
  • He knew how to live in the wilderness and how to lead
He thought he was unqualified, but Moses’ past trained him for his future. Is God using a past experience of yours to help someone else? Your past experiences can be a blessing to other people. Have a great week and keep dreaming, it's not too late, Carol

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