Daniella Whyte

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6 Approaches to Problem Solving (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 336)


“A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.”
— C.S. Lewis

We always look for the easy fix, that one single, simple little switch, change or stroke of luck that will completely erase, solve or reverse a problem. Very few things work like this in life, unfortunately. In fact, nothing worthwhile works this way. Problems are meant to be solved and sometimes the solution is one hundred small steps at a time in the right direction. The first step to solving a problem is to pay attention to how we view the problem to begin with and from there we can spend our time, energy, resources, and ability to crafting a good solution, implementing it, and waiting for both lessons and good results. Read more…

Let Go and Get to the End (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 335)


Philippians 3:14 (NLT)
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

We only have a limited amount of time, money, resources, and energy to do what we have been called to do in this life. Too often, we allow ourselves to get focused on what is behind us, what we have been through or are going through at the present moment, how someone has or is treating us or saying about us, or the environment in which we were brought up in, keep us back from focusing on the right things. Read more…

Pass the Forgiveness (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 321)


Colossians 3:13 (NLT)
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Isn’t it interesting how we are quick to ascribe positive intent to our own actions, motives, and thoughts but equally as quick to ascribe negative intent to the actions, motives, and thoughts of someone else. We have a tendency to make room for our own faults and failures but very little room to make the same allowance for other people who potentially do some of the same things. Read more…

Friend of God (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 310)


James 2:23 (NLT)
Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. He was even called the friend of God.

We all have friends. Some of them are fair weathered friends. Others are long distance friends. Still others are ride or die friends. The latter kind are with us until the end. They don’t stop loving us, knowing up, challenging us, or helping us when we need it. God desires for us to be his friend and he promises to be this always there, forever friend to us as well. Read more…

3 More Habits that Stop You from Achieving (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 304)


“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”
— Theodore Isaac Rubin

Achievement, I think, is a level playing field. Everyone has the opportunity and some talent or skill or ability with which to make a difference in the world and make their life useful and beneficial. Every success begins with the decision to try, to try harder, to keep trying until you actually reach that place you’ve long dreamed of. And sometimes reaching that place of self-actualization and infinite personal significance and satisfaction means growing, changing, and improving. It means dropping bad habits and picking up some good ones, always striving to be your best self, and keeping your eyes on the goal line. Read more…

The Greatest Barrier to Change (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 300)


Romans 12:3 (NLT)
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.

Change is the greatest struggle that we will ever have to endure in life. Even above pain and problems and the daily grind, change is a line that draws itself in the sand and dares us to cross it. The chains that so often prevent us from crossing that line is pride. It’s probably the greatest barrier that we will have to fight through in life. Read more…

No Matter Who We Are (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 289)


Romans 3:22 (NLT)
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

Don’t you like the feeling of being forgiven? You know when you’ve said or done something wrong, were late on a bill payment, failed to do something at work, and the offended party just wipes the slate clean and gives you a fresh start. Well, that’s what God did when he sent Jesus to earth to bear our sins on the cross. Read more…

The Fear and Good of Everything (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 276)


Romans 8:28 (NLT)
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

We fear. We fear for our safety, for our families, for our friends. We fear the past, we fear the present, we fear what might-could-or-should happen. We fear for our job security, for our world, and even for our future. At every little instance, act, or word, there is an element of fear to be considered and experienced. Read more…

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