Always forgive. EVEN THO the person you need to forgive is not asking for it.
But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. ” (Mark 11:25 NLT)
Fill your days with happiness and joy. Do not hold on to anger.
Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm. (Psalms 37:8 NLT)
Never give up because you are truly never alone.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1 NLT)
Be careful where you go.
People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed. (Proverbs 10:9 NLT)
Don’t chase money. Do what is right and choose a profession you love so that every day you can find your happy.
Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich. (Proverbs 28:6 NLT)
Always remember HE guides you the best. Don’t try and do it all on your own. Don’t do it like the world does.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT)
Always remember to focus on the good do you may produce good fruit.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)
Today at our awards assembly, so many of our students were recognized. It makes me so proud to see them all excel in one way or another.
I wish we could give them all an award–
NO, I’m not like one of those people who think everyone should get a 1st place trophy for just participating (besides t-ball, they should always get a trophy!) OR everyone should be the quarterback because they THINK that is their talent. I’m saying, I wish we could give every child in our school an award for doing something awesome. They all have an awesome ability. WE ALL have an awesome ability.
We have students who are… the best encouragers (and I’m not talking about the uniformed cheerleaders), have the best penmanship, always ready to help out when needed, the best at turning in their work on time, smile, laugh, story-tellers (fiction or non-fiction!), posture, serious faces, funny voices…
I think you get what I’m saying. WE ALL HAVE OUR *SOMETHING* THAT MAKES US …US!
Most of us have A LOT of somethings that make us …US!
We are all gifted with some talent/ability/awesomeness that makes us who we are.
WE ARE ALL GIFTED!
I really like technology. I do, I promise. I believe it’s a great tool to use for information, creation and communication.
At times, though, technology gets in the way and hinders us from ACTUALLY communicating??? Face to face!
The cell phone has come a long, long, really long way. Its advancement has made it where we can have information and basically our best friend at our fingertips. Everyone knows this. I don’t even know why I’m writing this. I’ve read blogs like it before.
Sometimes I just get sick of being ignored because of the magnetism of cell phones, tablets, computers, televisions….etc. I’m not just talking about my husband either. Don’t take this as a crazy wife rant.
We all do it. I do it. I am just tired of it right now and felt like sharing.
That is all.
Anybody remember that song from a popular country style variety show of the 70s? Kornfield Kounty was a hoot!
I remember singing this song right along side, “Where OHHHHHH Where are You Tonight????”
Today was a day full of pushing worry away. I felt the gloom, despair and agony taking over my mind! Don’t worry, I didn’t need “the jug” like those guys have in the video. Haha!
I am right smack dab in the middle of a situation here! It’s one of those that just lends itself to uncertainty and unknowns. I have faith and definitely want to KEEP THE FAITH. I know God has it covered. He will provide whatever is needed in the days, weeks…months to come. I know this! I hold on to this! I take comfort in His word, provision and guidance. I would be so lost without HIS promises.
Here’s the thing…
I admit sometimes, that even though I know God’s got me, worry creeps up and my mind starts going down roads of concern and anxiousness. I don’t mean to! It is truly not intentional. I like to walk on the BRIGHT SIDE, see the silver lining and think happy thoughts. Worry just happens! Then I find myself mentally shoveling it away again like one would clean out a horse stall. I did that for a neighbor of mine when I was young until the horse stepped on my foot one day. That was the end of that.
Let me focus again… SEE! My mind wonders off the straight and narrow …SQUIRREL!!!
I’m getting to the point. Worry, worry, worry…
Throughout this day, while I was working on pushing the worry out of my mind, God kept sending me messages through so many things. Check this…
JUST NOW, as I’m writing this blog, my friend sent me this quote: “Worry is the enemy of faith.” Yes!
And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? (Luke 12:26 NLT) That’s just ONE verse that talks about worry in the Bible. There are many others. I promise, go look! Woo Hoo!
I listened to Dr. Charles Stanley this evening while exercising and part of his sermon was about worry. Amen!
I went to evening service tonight and Dr. Teddy Ott discussed worry. Hallelujah!
I am audibly saying this while I type, “I know GOD… Thank YOU!”
He knows I don’t normally obsess over things. I’m for the most part, an optimist. I like wearing rose-colored glasses!
BUT TODAY…He knew I needed all of these things to help me remember that I DO NOT need to worry. I don’t need to waste my time worrying about things that really, seriously, will either NEVER HAPPEN or even if they do, I can’t do a thing about.
I never ever need to sing that Hee Haw song!
There’s no gloom, despair or agony on me!
THANK YOU GOD!
I pray for so many things. I wonder if God gets tired of my babble? I know He loves me, but do you think He ever rolls His eyes and thinkS, “Rita, shhhh…”
I pray for my husband who I love so much and I know is the one God picked just for me.
I pray for my children .. I want them to grow up to be responsible citizens, find the person God has made just for them and always love God.
I pray for the sick. I’ve prayed for my brother for so many years, because he’s always had some kind of health issue. Now, he has cancer and I continuously pray for his comfort.
I pray for those who need Jesus. I want everyone to go to Heaven and I know Jesus is the only way. Not trying to judge anyone since only God can do that. I know the Bible is truth though and Heaven is not your next stop if you don’t believe in Jesus.
My mind is always moving. Sometimes I pray that I don’t fall or don’t mess up my wet fingernails or get a good night’s sleep. I pray for my students, a person in Walmart, anyone God puts in my brain. I pray for a great day, happy students and laughter.
I pray I always exercise. I pray to lose weight… And that my hair will cooperate. I pray for comfortable shoes.
I admit I tend to babble.
Does He ever want me to stop? I don’t think so. I think I do need to quiet myself at times to LISTEN to Him. A lot of times I need to do that.
I love when HE reveals something to me. He tells me I’m loved and I don’t need to worry. I love that. He speaks. There was a time in my life that I did not realize that. How did I function?
So it’s time for me to stop this babble and go pray, but more importantly…
I have wrassled with some guilt today.
I know we all do it…. we let it creep in and steal our joy.
It’s past…it’s old news, it’s OVER.
Yet, I still allowed it to overwhelm my thoughts today and take my “ZIP” away like one of my friends observed today. He said, “You don’t seem very zippy today.” He was right. I was down. I was sad. I have things on my mind that my mind has twisted and made stupid. I think about the past and how I could have done this or that right or better …and then I feel like a failure. YUCK!
WHAT WAS I THINKING!?!
As another friend pointed me to my GO TO scripture while I was right in the middle of a mini-meltdown:
“NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER.” -Isaiah 54:17 (I’m horrible at recalling the addresses in the Bible. I can tell you stories or even point you to the book a verse or story came from, but exact spots, my brain doesn’t hold on to. I DO REMEMBER THIS ONE THO…and I know it’s because God blessed me with it. He knew/knows that I NEED THIS VERSE CONSTANTLY.)
I rebuked the stupid devil, rearranged my thoughts and held on to the VICTORY God gave me through Jesus!
He said….. NOT GUILTY!
I love this song which says exactly what I’m talking about: