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We have to forgive.

Forgiveness is a hard word word for some. Forgive is a hard VERB.

I have had those moments where I thought, “I will NEVER forgive them for that.”  I have a mental gasp even typing those words!  But truly, I’ve been there.  I’ve been hurt so bad that I’ve thought those words, I’ve said those words….I’ve felt those words.

The relationships I’ve had that prompted those words were just like any other.  We all have them. It isn’t any different for me.  I have been upset with a parent, a brother, a friend…

No matter who it was, though, I know that I could never withhold something that is not kept from me.

How can I not forgive when I’ve been forgiven?

I take SOO MUCH comfort in knowing that I am forgiven.  This forgiveness is not something I had to beg or plead for either.  It was freely given to me thanks to Jesus.

How can I –EVER– not forgive?

The Bible is truth and here is what it says:

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  -Matthew 6:14

Even though forgiveness is HARD, we still have to do it.  We are supposed to read the Bible, meditate on it and then DO it.

We have to forgive.

 

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Wanna Brag a Little?

WANNA BRAG???

God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say,

“If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 1:30-31

Our world is full to the brim with so many people who want to talk about themselves and point a light on what THEY are doing. You can see post after post where people are recording their good deeds.  I understand we do need to show or talk about GOOD stuff more often, because we are bombarded with the ugly, bad and worse when we watch world news.  But really, do we want to show others ourselves?  Do we want to shine a light on how awesome we are?  Do we want others to be able to brag on us?  I find that to be quite embarrassing when it happens.  Sure, I appreciate being appreciated, but I want people to know WHY I am able to do what I do.  It’s not because I’m continuously striving to impress others.  It’s not because I want people to look at me!  I’m not some “hero” or someone who wants to be put above others.  I’m just a person who wants to be used for good.  I want to shine a light on who should really get our attention.

I do not intend on bragging about myself.  Not ever.  I have talents and abilities only because God has gifted them to me.  He sends them through me so that I may bless others.  I thank Him so much for ALL!

So it’s not me.  It’s not the world around me.  It’s the one inside of me who is greater than anyone or anything in this world.

I WANNA BRAG A LITTLE… (or a lot).

When my light shines…

I want to show you WHO REALLY deserves all the credit: MY GOD! 

My God allows me to do what I do. I thank Him and give Him all the glory!!!

He has more.

Recently, I noticed this kid.

He used to be tangled up in this world.  He probably didn’t care a whole lot about others or himself for that matter.  He definitely wasn’t sold out on Jesus that anyone knew.  He was an ok student.  He wasn’t a trouble-maker.  He was just him.  He was a likable kid, but not an enormous stand-out of some sort.

Recently, I noticed a difference.

He smiles a ton more.  He was a stand-out in a sport this year that he was involved in.  I see his joy in our halls.  His face is different.  I don’t mean it’s transformed into someone else physically, but it is brighter, it’s happier, it’s warmer.  God has truly blessed him.

People are scared of Jesus.  They think that accepting his way will interfere with the way they want their lives to be.  We want to be in control way too much.  But if we could only really see what He does for people.  Like this kid I noticed recently.  I know Jesus is the reason for his transformation.   Jesus can change our appearance.  He can change our attitude toward people, toward our future and life in general.  He makes us prettier–spiritually AND physically.  He makes us love more.  It’s like He creates so much love in us that we have to share it with others.  Some of us believe we already have enough.  We do enough.  We are happy enough.  We have enough.   But there is more.  With Jesus, we can experience more of all that is good.

Recently, I noticed this kid… He has MORE!

 

THE ONLY IN-CROWD

Hipsters, Trend-setters, Preps, Jocks, Gossips, Rich, Poor…

So many labels for so many “IN-CROWDS.”

We are all aware of who belongs to the in-crowd is in just about every situation we face.  I’ve felt the awkward stares of “she is just different than us.”  I’d like to say that feeling ended in high school, but it didn’t.

It still happens today.  I feel it, but I’m so glad that I can now choose not to allow it to bother me.  Sure, I might for a second think about it, but it is A SECOND.  A millisecond even.  I know there are others who look at me and think or might even say out loud to their IN-CROWD (circle, clique, group) mean derogatory things about my personality, beliefs or appearance.  It’s really OK, because they don’t know me.

DO THEY KNOW ME?  Ha! Nope.  They don’t know who made me and probably don’t know who made them.  The latter is the saddest.  Who made me is the reason I am able to allow such “in-crowds” to fade into the world.  In-crowds of the world are formed so they can make each other feel good about their agenda.  They are created most of the time because misery loves company.

My IN-CROWD IS NOT ABOUT MISERY, I promise you that.  Actually my in-crowd is not really by definition an in-crowd.  A clique or in-crowd is defined as a group who spend time together and do not readily allow others to join them.

That is not what kind of in-crowd I’m a part of.  My in-crowd is far from exclusive.  We don’t push others away or build walls to keep those who want in out.  We welcome others.  We encourage others to get what we got!

We want others to have the benefits we have.  Our joy is not diminished by adding more to the group.  Our joy is actually multiplied each time another one joins!  How awesome is that!!!  It’s not like getting a smaller piece of the pie because there are more in attendance… it’s like the pie keeps getting bigger and bigger because MORE are coming!  YAY!  Who doesn’t want MORE pie!?!  haha!  Yes, a food analogy.  Who can’t relate to that though, right?  You like cake better?  Same analogy applies.  Lasagna?  Yep, more layered cheesey noodle and sauce goodness.

In this IN-CROWD, you get more freedom, more joy… and best of all–GRACE!  You wanna piece of that!?!  Well, come on!  With open arms I welcome you to the only IN-CROWD I ever really want to be a part of… SAVED!

 

 

Dumb things I do…

The short list.  

(There’s more, but let’s just name a few)

#1. Make up scenarios in my head that are so far from what ever really happens.

Anybody else have that super power? I’m a master! I make up stuff in my head about some situation AND THEN I’m crazy enough to believe it. I know I need not give any kind of example here. You’ve done it. You know what I’m talking about. 

#2. Doubt myself. I get all crazy thinking I can’t do something I’ve done a ton of times before. I mean, it’s a proven fact that I can do it, yet I talk myself into thinking I can’t. What the whhaaaaat? 

#3. Compare myself to others.  UG! This is the dumb-est. That is so dumb. I’m me, you’re you, we’re both awesome.  Duh. Why do I compare myself to anyone else!?!

#4. Paint my nails before I go to bed. Duuuuuumb.  I never wake up with nails that don’t look like a little elf came in and textured them over night with a little mini lawn mower or something.  I still do it tho. 

#5. Set my alarm, hear it go off and hit snooze three different times before getting up. OMYGEEEEEZ. Just get up, dagnabbit‼️. I don’t do this every morning, but enough to make the list. 

Anybody feeling like we are part of the same club? Well, thank you!

Just a little funny reflection.  

I just thought a reblog was needed for this oldie but goodie blog!

Clawson's Bloggity

(Infomercial voice used here) Hello friend!  Do you want to be a happy camper?  Are you tired of frowning?  Life got ya down today?  Well, let’s go over ways to become a HAPPY CAMPER!  

BECAUSE YOU TOO CAN BE A HAPPY CAMPER!

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You really don’t have to go camping to be a happy camper, but you may have to pack a bag.  Your bag should be filled with things that aid in your happiness.  You should always be prepared!  Being prepared to be HAPPY is most important.   Admit it, when you are prepared in any situation, it just makes life BETTER!  So…

Let’s pack our bags full of:

POSITIVE THOUGHTS!

Articles that warm our hearts.

Videos that make us smile even when we don’t even realize it.

Pay it Forward Activities.

SMILES! (essential!)

Notes, quotes and other tidbits that remind us that life is good!

HUGS!

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LOSS

There are so many losses we experience in this life…

Family, friends, pets, time,  money…

Then there are losses in love, in games, in strength!

We lose our a/c or heating sometimes, electricity and on occassion our

INTERNET CONNECTION!  *gasp!*

Losing things like eye sight, hearing, taste, etc. may come.

Loss of appetite. HA!  I never have that one.  Well, excessive drama does it to me, but I don’t find myself resting in that at all.  When I see it, hear it or smell it, I take my sword out and slay it!

You might lose a fake nail, your contact or that one lone sock! (why doesn’t the dryer eat the other one?)

How about a loss of words?  Do you ever have that?

I don’t often at all.  Like, really, almost never.

But when I think about the enormous blessings God has bestowed upon me and I praise and thank Him and then I get to the point that I’m overwhelmed by it all. At that moment, I  become very still and know that I am loved.

I hope that your losses end up in that thought.  You may lose in this life, but you can gain so much more just by thinking on the name of Jesus.  He did it ALL so we could have it ALL.  We do not have to lose our life thanks to the life He gave.

*chills*

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