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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

What it Takes to Win

My daughter is a world champion jiu jitsu competitor.
She does whatever it takes (honorably) to ensure that she wins at her tournaments:

She goes to her training classes several times a week
She trains hard
She eats right
She and her husband continue to "talk shop" about the latest jiu jitsu techniques
She educates herself about the current competitions
She enters the competitions and prepares well in advance for the events
During the competition she disciplines herself to think and react according to training, not emotion
She competes with passion and perseverance
If she wins, she learns from the experience; if she loses, she learns from the experience.

I talked to her the other day and we discussed how valuable each of the above elements are to her jiu jitsu endeavors. We also marvelled at how they're a perfect analogy for other things in life that we average, every-day people would like to achieve.

We pretty much have to do what Kiri does:

We have to identify our goal
We have to want to achieve our goal. . . passionately
We need to work at it, not just wish at it!
We need to analyze how to improve
We then implement the improvement
We continue to educate ourselves
We put ourselves out there when it's the right time
We learn from our successes and our mistakes

Can you think of ways this might relate to your current goals. Id' love to hear about it!

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." (Heb. 12:1)


  1. A timely post for me, Dena. As an aspiring author I've been struggling the past two months with sticktoitiveness. It's so tempting to give in to those "nattering nabobs of negativism" that flood my thoughts, and trash the project I've been working on for the past 10 months. Thanks for the wise counsel, especially, "DON"T GIVE UP!"

  2. Dena, what a great analogy, including steps to accomplishment and a challenge from the Word. Thank you; and have a joy-filled weekend!
    PS, We so enjoy your exquisite photography.

  3. Dena, I'm incredibly proud of your daughter! Such discipline and dedication are so difficult to constantly pump up in our lives.

    Your analogy proves true. We must persevere to attain our goals. Maybe if we give up easily, it wasn't much of a goal to begin with.

    Me? My goal was to start and finish our tax prep for our accountant this weekend. Our company, our personal and the kids taxes.

    Mission accomplished! And the reward besides the huge weight off my shoulders??

    A Klondike Bar, LOL!!!

    Thanks so much for the encouraging words, Dena!

  4. Nancy, I pray you finish your wonderful project. I'm just going to keep urging you forward each time we meet.
    Bobbe, I'm so glad you enjoy the photography. I'm so blessed to live in Estes Park.
    Audra, Klondike Bars are one God's great rewards this side of heaven!
    Thanks, Ladies.