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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*

REST.

I am not a lazy person.  I am not obsessed with sleep.  I really don’t like being idle.  Sitting is not one of my favorite things to do.  I stay on GO pretty much all the time.  I’m not overly hyper really, I’m just moving most of the time.  I like to get things done!

The last two weeks have been crazy busy.  It happens every year especially at the end of the school year.  Banquets, events, meetings, projects… about two dozen of these are stuffed into less than two weeks.  Once one thing has completed, another one is staring me in the face waiting to be jumped to or finished up.

I love it!

I love all of this craziness.  And NO I’m not being sarcastic.

I love my life.  I love my job.  I love all of the crazy things that fill up my days.

I feel that God put me here to keep working.  He gives me the strength to keep on keepin’ on!  I love that He blesses me with soooo very much to enjoy. (Even though it might seem I’m going crazy at times!)

We had our last big project of the year yesterday…The CRUSH CANCER 5K.  It was a great morning even with the crazy weather.  There were several runners who made it out to support this awesome cause.  I loved that we had so many student council members who woke up early to help out as well.  This was the last thing I really had to plan for.  So, it was, in a sense, my finish line!  (…just like the chalk drawn line Dustin put down for the runners yesterday.)

To go through all that is not to purposely tell you that I am so busy or so awesome.  In NO WAY am I trying to toot my own horn.  I give all the glory to God.  He is the reason I can do what I do.  I thank Him for all.  He gives me circumstances, projects and purposes to get into so I can do exactly that—thank HIM and show others HIM!

After the 5K yesterday, I came home, ate a little snack and went to bed.  Refer to the first paragraph–I’m not one to stay idle.  Naps are never my go-to activity, BUT I know God gives us rest so we can recharge.  So, after the 5K yesterday, he gave me my REST.  He gave me about 4 or 5 hours of uninterrupted (which is a miracle in itself!) rest.  I was oblivious to the world around me and slept like I was in His hands.  Seriously, I know this it yet another blessing from Him.  REST.

Now, I’m up once again, ready.  Ready to do what is coming up next on the agenda.  I will be rested up, set on go and ready for what He has me to do next!  HOW EXCITING!!!

REST.

 

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…)

To the Graduates of 2017:

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!

(But don’t forget your favorite art teacher … hehe)

Congratulations!!! 

Much Love, Mrs. Clawson 🙂

They are CHILDREN

If you are an athlete, you are more than likely competitive. It’s pretty much a requirement. You compete to win. You want to be competitive. Sometimes the competiveness might get out of hand. Rivalries can get ugly. Someone might burn a school logo in an opponent’s field, steal a mascot or resort to even worse vandalism. 

But I tell you the worse type of ugly when it comes to sports is what kind of craziness goes on when fans start opening their mouths. 

I’ve heard and seen things at the little league level that makes my stomach turn. And I’m not talking about the kids!

I do admit, I’ve voiced my distaste for an umpire/ref a few times or grimaced at a missed ball/play, but never have I wanted a player to be hurt for any reason. 

As fans, we need to remember that these are kids. Children. They may have good or bad attitudes, talent or not much, lots of skill or the opposite, but no matter what, they are our children. CHILDREN.

Adults that verbally wish ill-will to an opposing team member (WHO IS A CHILD) has seriously got something wrong. 

Why would anyone ever want a child (or a person of any age really) to receive broken bones, get hit with a ball or anything of the likes by playing a sport against their child’s team!?!? Why? 

I know some people say things out of anger or just plain meanness, but COME ON!!! 

I heard a guy say one time that he wished the rival quarterback would break his leg. I audibly gasped. I asked them, “Do you realize that is a CHILD you are talking about?”  They said they didn’t mean it like it sounded. 😳 WHAT OTHER MEANING COULD THAT SENTENCE HAVE? 

I have heard parents say they wish a batter from the opposing team would get hit by a pitch. WHAT IF THAT WAS YOUR CHILD GETTING HIT? That’s just not nice. At. All. 

SHAME. SHAME. SHAME. 

I’ve heard a parent say, after a ball knocked one of the opposing players down (she was laid out on the ground at third base), that we’d get our runs however we can. REALLY?!? 😱🤕💩

What in the world makes people think like that!?? 

This post has been just waiting to surface.  I just needed to get this out!

The next time you watch a game, especially one that involves CHILDREN, please pray for those babes.  Please wish for healthy players and a good game. 

Please. 

Is it REALLY what it is?

It is what it is?

Is it?

Is what you are talking about really what it is?  Is it unchangeable?  Can it not improve?  Will it not morph into something else?

Can you help it change?  Can you assist in some way?

To me, this IT IS WHAT IT IS statement means you have given up.  Throw your hands up in the air like ya just don’t care, because with this statement, that is what you mean.  It is what it is and you can’t do anything about it.

I think this statement is used way too much.  If it is used CORRECTLY, than whatever you are talking about is a constant, unchanging thing.  It’s something you can’t budge, you can’t help, you can’t make move no matter what you do. It is unchanging. It’s a “given.”

So, an apple …it is what it is.  A cat, dog, a kite, the sky, my right shoe… YEP!  Those things can be put in that category.   The IT IS WHAT IT IS category!

People… can change.  Places… can change.  Attitudes, facial expressions, a bad day…

ARE NOT things that you can use that “It is what it is.” statement on.

If you use –it is what it is– on those things, you are saying they can’t change…

they can’t be helped…

you can’t do anything about them.

And I just don’t think that is true.  That is my opinion.  I suppose it could change, but for now…

IT IS WHAT IT IS.

*smiles*

 

It’s Alright

I’ve actually blogged about this song before.  My plan is to sing this tomorrow for my church.  It’s one of those songs that reminds me to not freak out, stress or go crazy about any situation, because it really is going to be OK.  Thank You Jesus!

We all have that person in our lives that says that to you.  You may have more than one person that does it for ya.  My biggest OK man was my dad.  He was my cheerleader.  He was the one I went to with any question at all.  When he answered me, it made perfect sense.  He could always comfort me.  He was a voice of reason.  He would just say, “It’s going to be ok.” and I was *thumbs up*!

This song reminds me that I still have people like that in my life.  God has put people in my life to remind me that no matter what, it’s going to be ok.  I can call or text my people in times of craziness and they are ready to give me a word, shoot me the perfect emoji or most better yet, send me a Bible verse and pray for me.

I take comfort most of all in God’s word.  God truly tells us in the Bible that it is going to be OK.  It is going to be ALRIGHT.  We win.  We overcome!  He sent His son to overcome so we can too.

I can go through times of sorrow, times of confusion, times that I want to hurt someone because they are crazy, times that anger me or cause me to doubt myself, BUT with God and His gift of mercy and grace,

IT’S ALRIGHT!

 

Intercessor

Intercessor: a person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayer.

I heard this word used last night.  A sweet person told me she is an intercessor.  I’ve met intercessors before and I know what intercessory prayer is, but I had never really thought of those people that pray for us being called that specific word.  It is beautiful to me.

An intercessor stands up for us.  They call on God for us.  Wow.   That is just wow.

I mention a lady from our church many times who lived until she was 95 and was always praying.  She was a mighty intercessor!  I strive to be more like the example this wonderful lady was for me.  I thank God for putting Mrs. Pearson in my life to show me what a real God gal is.  She was amazing and lived her life for our Lord.

Once again, I thank God for putting other people in my path that are great examples.  This sweet lady that used this “intercessor” word is yet another one.   I met Mrs. Anne through a mutual friend and each time I’ve been blessed to see her, I have always felt the Spirit of God on her.  She amazes me with her prayer life.  She shares her miracle stories and makes me smile.  She is a blessing!  And an intercessor!

Oh God, please allow me to become more and more of an intercessor for those who need me to all on God for them.  And thank You again, Lord, for giving me examples of these type of people.  I am in awe of how You use Your people.  I praise You for that especially today!  Amen!

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