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You are about to graduate… peace out!!!

What an awesome accomplishment!

Wow!

You go!

((Applause))

((Cheering))

((Air horns?)) … naw

I have so many things I’d like to tell you.
Like always brush your teeth, dental hygiene is so important.

Always be nice to others and try to smell good. Those around you really appreciate that.

Hug people you love. (you never know when they will be gone)

Look people in the eye when you speak to them. (not at your phone)

SMILE A LOT!

Ok, physical things like that are so important, but the MORE important things that I want to tell you are mental and spiritual.

You have to mentally prepare yourself for life. Stay mentally focused on the good you can achieve. Imagine yourself successful! Don’t just think it might happen, know that you are going to ROCK THIS LIFE!

I know there are days (many days maybe) you want to just veg out and watch Netflix all day, but don’t ever make that a lifestyle. You are made for more than pajamas and 7 seasons of The Walking Dead. You are! Don’t aspire to be a 30 year old couch potato that still makes your mom do your laundry. Yes, there are days to rest and recharge and watch Netflix all day, but don’t get addicted to those.

You are made to be AWESOME!

Get up, get out and go be AWESOME!

In order to stay focused on the good, you need to always remember WHO made you. God made us to be His. He didn’t make mistakes or oopsies…HE MADE A WONDERFUL CREATION –THAT –IS –YOU! Allow Him to guide you. Allow Him to council you and protect you. You have to listen and obey. The more you do that, the better your journey will be. I sure wish I had listened to Him soooooo much more when I was your age. I wish I had discovered the power of prayer earlier in my life than I did as well. I am telling you this so YOU can get on that NOW… and not later. It won’t make your life perfect, but it will make your life so much better. Your perspective will be much brighter and your outlook will be much clearer. (I want to belt out: I CAN SEE CLEAARLY NOW, THE RAIN IS GONE… I CAN SEE ALL OBSTACLES IN MY WAY…)

Don’t forget to think good thoughts, love yourself and surround yourself with positive things and people.  If you ever need a good word, hit me up!

Your class is something special to me since I actually birthed one of you.  I mean, I met some of you the first day of pre-k when I took Morgan that day. Some of you I’ve known even longer! Whether I met you closer to 2000 or 2018, it’s been great watching your class grow, mature and become young people with a purpose. I’m excited to see the great things you will ALL accomplish. Each and every one of you has great potential for your future.  Just go grab it!

I have been blessed by your presence in my life.

Whether you were in my class or not…

I am so proud of you.  I know you are going to keep doing great things.

Go be AWESOME!

Congratulations on this great milestone!!!

Praying for each and every one of you.

Morgan, Momma loves you.

Much Love to all,

Mrs. Clawson 🙂

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FIRST

Click here to listen to the whole song.

This song is my prayer today. 

FIRST -Lauren Daigle

Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
Before I lift my cares
I will lift my arms
I wanna know You
I wanna find You
In every season
In every moment
Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
And seek You

NO matter what is happening here in this world, I want to always keep my eyes on You, Lord.  In every season, all the time, I want to put You first.  Amen.

 

Beautiful Things

I’m sure we can all agree that a sunset is one of the most beautiful things in the world.  I would say sunrise too, but a lot of people don’t tend to see those.  I didn’t realize this until a few weeks ago when someone mentioned that.  I never thought about it, but I admit, I’ve seen more sets than rises.  Either way, BEAUTIFUL.  Am I right?

Other things … flowers blooming, a river flowing, birds soaring, a sweet little baby face smiling big …  Yes?

There are so many beautiful things in this life. I know we all have our list.

I’ve seen some things that made me tilt my head and just say, “Awwww… that is beautiful.”  Maybe you haven’t thought of these things or maybe you wouldn’t see them as beautiful.  Just let me share.  You can agree or disagree.  Either way, these are BEAUTIFUL THINGS to me.

  • A person, no matter their talent, singing to the top of their lungs praising my God!
  • A man or woman raising their arms in part of the song where it compels them.
  • People with eyes closed listening to music that makes them instantly worship.
  • Heads bowed in prayer at the invitation time given by the preacher.
  • Faces lifted to be connected to the one they know created them.
  • People holding hands to connect with each other in prayer.
  • Fellowship.  Friendship.  Love.

I hope you are blessed to see such things as beautiful.

We need to remember that are beautiful things in this world that sometimes we take for granted.  There are so many ugly things in this world that don’t need to keep our attention.  I challenge you to look to the good…look to the beauty.

 

 

 

10,000 steps

It’s time to step it up!

Clawson's Bloggity

Where would 10,000 steps take you?

10,000 steps is my daily step goal.

That seems like a big number, but it’s only around 5 miles. I have short little legs so it’s prob closer to 4 than it is 5. Either way, that 10,000 number seems big until you convert it. I mean, look at all those zeros!

Even so, where can we go in four miles. Four miles is nothing to really scoff at for a short legged walker like me. For a walker of any type I would think it’s not a bad trek. For a runner I guess it is not real far. For a driver, it’s nothing, especially if you live in a big city and commute many times that number to work.

So back to my question… Where can 10,000 steps take you?

At work, It takes me to the office and back about 100…

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The Voice of Victory

This is the voice we should be listening to: the voice of VICTORY! Not the voice of doom and gloom. That voice in our head we listen to way too much needs to sit down and shut it up. We need to focus on the right voice.

We need to look at what God says … ((not to what we make up in our head or to the voices of this world))

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.   ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! -Jesus   ‭‭John‬ ‭5:39‬ ‭NLT‬‬

{READ the BIBLE}

The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭33:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

{WOW!} that is OUR God!

What does the Bible say so that we know we may be victorious??? Where do we begin!?!

But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!              ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.  ‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”  ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.  ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:14‬ ‭NLT‬

There’s still so many more verses that could be listen. SO MANY! Seek … find!

Listen to the voice of victory!

Take advantage of this special weekend of

VICTORY and start listening to that voice.

Gods voice, Jesus’s sacrifice, our true hope!

We need this!

A friend of mine sent this to me today and it goes right along with my blog from yesterday.

ENJOY!

What do we need?

What do we need?
We NEED oxygen, we NEED water, we NEED food.

It’s hard to discern from things we need and want at times.  Do we need another doughnut? HA…nope!  (if you have read my previous doughnut comments, you’ll know I don’t want the FIRST one.  Ew.)

Do we NEED another pair of shoes, a purse that costs way too much or, let me switch this to a man voice… another gun, another deer lease or another tool of some kind.  I know, I know, I’m meddling.  I’m getting in your business.

Seriously though, I type these blogs most all of the time as a “note to self.”  I know I need to hear (and type) this blog.  I am reminding myself.

I’ve been praying for some items I want.  I want, don’t need.  I would like to have these things, because they would make my life some better, maybe a bit more comfortable.  I promise I’m not asking for a sack full of a hundred dollar  bills, but I might as well be.  I’m asking for some big stuff.  I’m not doing it arrogantly.  I’m not doing it in a spoiled-brat kind of way.  I know that God is not some Santa Claus or a short order cook.  He is the almighty God. So, I’ve adjusted my prayers to ask God to get me more into His light.  I want to be closer to Him.  Oh yes, I want that new car, but I’d rather drive a beat up 1972 Ford Pinto and have Jesus than the nicest vehicle ever and not have Him!  And I don’t really need a new car… I NEED JESUS!

1972-Pinto-6

(ok, this Pinto is pretty sweet…haha!)

This reminds me of this verse:

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.  -Matthew 16:25

Please, Lord, help me to ask for the things I truly need and not the things I just want.  I want to be closer to you. I want to be blessed by You with the things YOU know are good for me.  Those blessings are above everything else, because you are above all.

Another verse to remember:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

-Isaiah 55: 8-9

What do we need?
JESUS is what we need.

 

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