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PERSPECTIVE

Thinking about PERSPECTIVE today and found this old blog of mine. Sometimes, we just need a little perspective… or a lot!

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Clawson's Bloggity

I have so many blogs that are labeled or just about perspective.  I try not to use the same title, but I had to on this one.   

To me, that is the #1 thing that MAKES a circumstance or situation. It’s how you look at it. 

Today, at the last general session of the leadership conference I was blessed to take 21 students to, our speaker was all about perspective. 

Make sad happy–
By giving and not taking
By helping others
And doing all you can to make a change.
Don’t think you can’t, believe you CAN.

You are not who you are because of what you look like.
(AMEN!)
True leaders don’t judge others who don’t make the cut.
It’s not about me, it’s about what I’m honored and blessed to give you.
Your life is limitless.

Attitude is not a cliche.
It’s powerful.
-Alvin Law

This guy…

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Get over the drama.

I have too many things to do than worry about the potential drama in my life.

I definitely don’t have time to put up with yours. (Perhaps that sounds rude, but it is so true) Don’t share your drama with me so you can gain another soldier in your drama army. I will not join your side. Tell me about what’s bothering you or what your situation is IF you want me to help calm you by praying for you or by helping turn you to THE WORD.

We all have things that happen in our lives that we can overreact to. It’s possible. But it’s also possible to react a different way. You have control over how you react to any situation. So do just that.

Stop. Pause. Think. Pray. Pray. Pray.

Ask God to guide you. He can help you react to any situation is a much better way.

This is huge: Don’t allow other people or your own bitterness guide you. That is dangerous and detrimental. That’s like spinning your wheels with no change in traction in sight! It will never move you forward.

Look to God.

Get in the word.

Sincerely ask friends to pray for you–not so you can let them in on your juice soap opera episode–but so they may truly stand in the gap for you. They can help send your name and your requests to God. True friends will find it an honor to do that for you.

Get over the drama. Run to God. Open your Bible. Ask for prayer. Pray. Pray. Pray.

You can do it!!!

Moderation

…the avoidance of excess or extremes…

Moderation is not something us Americans really like to hear.

We eat excessively, we work out to the extreme, we watch too much television (or Netflix), we buy too much stuff, we are busy to the extreme…

Everything should be taken in moderation, right?

Yes, we should not eat the ENTIRE pie.

We should not work out until our bodies look distorted.

But there are some things we shouldn’t do moderately. Go big or go home for some things…

Brush your teeth.

Shower.

Use deodorant.

Speak truth.

Love one another.

Believe in Jesus.

Have faith.

Think positive.

Help others.

Moisturize.

Is there something you do at an extreme level that is a good thing? Please share!

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 🙂

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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