There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat. He had an old rifle and three bullets. So, he decided that he would go hunting for something to eat.
As he went down the path, he saw a rabbit and he shot at the rabbit and missed it. Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at the squirrel and missed it. As he went further, he saw a wild turkey in the tree and he had only one bullet, but a voice came to him and said, "Pray first, aim high and stay focused."
However, at the same time, he saw deer which was a better kill. He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer. But, then he saw a rattle snake between his legs about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot the rattle snake.
Still, the voice said again to him, "I said pray, aim high and stay focused." So, the man decided to listen to the voice.
He prayed, then aimed the gun high up in the tree and shot the wild turkey. The bullet bounced off the turkey and hit the deer. The handle fell off the gun and hit the snake in the head and killed it.
And, when the gun had gone off, it knocked him into a pond. When he stood to look around, he had fish in all his pockets, a deer and turkey to eat. The snake (Satan) was dead simply because the man listened to God.
Bottom line: Pray first before you do anything, aim and shoot high in your goals, and stay focused on God. Pass this on in order that someone else might be blessed.
Never let others discourage you concerning your past. The past is exactly that - "the past." Live every day one day at a time. And remember that only God knows our future and that he will not put you through any more than you can bear.
Do not look to man for your blessings, but look to the Lord. He can open doors for you that only He is able to do. Doors that you will not slip through, but doors that only He has prepared in advance for you in your favor. Wait, and be still, patient: Keep God first and everything else will follow.