Thanksgiving Prayer

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Thanksgiving Prayer

O God, when I have food…help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work…help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home…help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain…help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering;
…help me to destroy my complacency;
…bestir my compassion,
…and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving

from Tom Martin Coaching!

Memorial Day

A Day For Prayer

Memorial Day is a time for rest and time for celebration. Schools for the most part are out which means summer break is underway. Memorial Day weekend is a time for travel and time when families gather for picnics, bbq’s, and camping.

PhotoCredit: Rick Hyman/©iStockphoto

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While there is no way to adequately say thank you to the families who have lost so much, there is something we all can do…

You Have Power Over Cancer

You Really Do

It’s “stage-four cancer“, were the words my oncologist shared with me on February 16, 2011. 

Learning you have cancer is a life-altering experience. Hearing your cancer has returned is unimaginably disheartening. But when you find out your cancer has returned for a third time with a stage-four diagnosis, it is devastating….especially if you’re going to propose the next week.

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Ironically cancer brought us together in the first place. Shari and I knew each other casually, but when my Merkel cell cancer returned for a second time she was one of the first people to reach out to me.

Christmas Reflections

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This is the time of year where our thoughts tend drift and we think of times gone by. For some Christmas reflections stir up the best of memories and for others those Christmas reflections conjure up pain and sorrow. It is especially important this time of year to be aware of those around us who may be burdened while most of us embrace a season of Christmas joy and cheer.

Who in your life do you know who is enduring a “first” Christmas experience this year?

  • Someone who lost a loved during the year.
  • Someone who is no longer married.
  • Someone who is experiencing a role-reversal and now is caring for a parent.
  • Someone who is looking for a job and is worried how they can navigate Christmas this year.
  • Someone whose child can not be home with them this year.

Giving to People Who Give

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 What would you do if the person you were trying to help chose not to accept your gift and instead gave something back to you?

BigDawsTV is a major player in the social media arena, and his videos have garnered millions of views thanks to his creative thinking and sense of humor filming pranks and parody’s. Rather than trying to paraphrase the motivation for the filming of this video I thought I would share YouTube description which accompanies the video and then let you watch the video to see what happens when the camera rolls.

Why Me cancer, Why Me?

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Recently a friend of mine shared with me an article written by former White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow, prior to his untimely death from cancer. In his article Tony shared his thoughts concerning his diagnosis with a potential fatal disease and the obvious question…why me cancer, why me?

Sadly our “why me” questions most likely will not not be answered to our satisfaction until we find ourselves in Heaven. Theses unanswered questions usually lead us to a fork in the road where we either blame God or learn to trust God in the midst of our why me” circumstances.

I know in my three bouts with cancer I initially wallowed in the “why me” for quite some time, but eventually I was able to look past the diagnosis and place everything in God’s hands learning to trust God period in all things…even cancer.

Your journey, my journey may be unique, yet we share one thing in common…how do we answer the question:

What do you do when this is nothing you can do?

Well there is one thing we can do…we can journey together in community, supporting, caring, and praying for each other.

Leave a comment with your contact information at the bottom of the post to join the Leveraging Life community so we can journey together. This will offer all of us the opportunity to support one another and encourage each other to trust God period when we find ourselves in situations where questions are unanswered and anxiety is high.

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Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings

By: Tony Snow (1955 – 2008)

Blessings arrive in unexpected packages, in my case – cancer.”

Those of us with potentially fatal diseases – and there are millions in America today – find ourselves in the odd position of coping with our mortality while trying to fathom God’s will. Although it would be the height of presumption to declare with confidence ‘What It All Means,’ scripture provides powerful hints and consolations.

The first is that we shouldn’t spend too much time trying to answer the ‘why’ questions: Why me?

God Uses USC Walk-On to Reach Teammates

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The story begins with Ben seeing an announcement about walk-on tryouts for the football team taking place later in the week. Ben Malcolmson, a reporter for the school newspaper who covered the team and he thought there might be a story he could share with the readers if he tried-out for the team. In his wildest dreams, Ben never thought he might make the team having not played football since the 5th grade, much less one of the top ranked Division 1A teams in the nation, the USC Trojans.

“You can catch the ball, you fast, you on the team. Almost immediately after making the team I realized God had His hand on this and He had something great planned.”

Yet despite his hopes and all Ben’s plans to leverage his faith with his teammates, nothing he tried to seemed to working in his eyes.

Did Ben feel frustrated? Of course he did!

Was Ben dejected? Absolutely!

Yet God was at work.!

God had a plan in play with Ben’s teammates.

And little would Ben know how big a role he would play in God’s plan!

Please take a few minutes to watch this video so you can hear the rest of the story.

Here we find lessons all of us can leverage as we navigate life in the midst of the frustration which occurs when our plans don’t fall in alignment with God’s plan for our role where He placed us.

Cincinnati Bengals Show Class

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Most NFL prospects who are cut prior to making the 53 man roster consider this point in their life to be the lowest point in their athletic career. Yet Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still, is unlike any NFL prospect, as he was cut but now can focus his attention on his daughter, Leah, who has been battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer since June.

I completely understand where the Bengals were coming from when they cut me because I could not give football 100 percent right now, Still, 25, told ABC News.

Father’s Day – The Day After

The Father’s Day cards are still prominently displayed on the mantle, but Monday morning has intervened and work has convened. Conference calls have to be taken, meetings will take place, and life will go on the day after Father’s Day.

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Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right. ~ Wade Boggs

The day after Father’s Day is a day where carpools have to be driven, baseball practices are attended, and homework must be completed. For Dad’s everywhere, there is a struggle to achieve and maintain a healthy balance which produces a rhythm to accomplish our work objectives and our family priorities.

I recently came across and interview with NFL All-Pro Mark Schlereth who share a favorite memory of playing catch with his son, and how it was impromptu moments like this they both treasure the most.

The gifts our adult children will remember the most will not be the ones wrapped in paper or inside box, they will be memories of the time we spent with them.

Your role as a Father in the lives of your children is critical. They will be influenced and impacted not only by you say, but also by what you do, so be present on every level. Making this a priority and a commitment will make a difference now and can have a generational impact.

~Tom

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3:15 Project – Global Story Drive

In a few weeks videographer Bob Carter will embark on a one month mission trip to the South West Asia to kickoff the 315 Project’s first Global Story Drive.

Bob’s hope and plan for this historic trip:

  • Disciple 4 locals to film and direct testimonies of their people on an ongoing basis.
  • Harvest at least 25 stories which will be shared in their churches and villages
  • Build a techonlogy bridge between the Islands and Atlanta to provide technical support and resources as more stories are ready for harvest.
  • Identify and connect resources that already exist on the islands to create a sustainable story harvesting ministry.

Historically speaking what ignites one island impacts the surrounding islands as the news travels. Please take a minute to watch this video to see how excited these islanders are to go public about their faith with the help of the Project 315 StoryDrive Team.

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It is our belief God will use Bob to train and disciple local pastors and church leaders who have a desire to harvest stories of how God is alive and at work throughout the islands of South West Asia. You have the opportunity to partner with us at the Project 3:15 on our inaugural Global Story Drive to make sure these stories come to life and illustrate what God is doing around the world.

For more information how you can personally make a difference in the Fiji StoryDrive visit the Project 315 CrowdRise site.

Thanks in advance for your support of the 315 Project – Fiji StoryDrive! For more information on The 3:15 Project please visit their website and please consider sharing your story because you never whose life will be influence when you share it. 

~Tom

trusting God period!

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