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



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!


(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.


Sharing a blog.

Here’s a Thursday Re-blog. Benefits of a POSITIVE attitude! I first posted this in 2015. Enjoy!

Clawson's Bloggity

I know that at times I may get on others nerves with my positive attitude.  Sorry, not sorry.  I love being positive!  Just thought I’d share this blog with you which talks about the benefits of being positive. It really is a good thing.  Being positive can change so much.  Looking at things in a positive light makes life better.

Maybe you don’t like blogs (you are reading one now! haha!), but this is a short, easy and good read.  Please give it a look and make today AWESOME!  When we have positive attitudes, we automatically share those with others…and in my case, it’s especially true for our STUDENTS.  They neeeeeeeeeeeeed it.

I promise you.  I may be the “dumb” art teacher, but I do know some stuff.  (reminds me of Forest Gump: I MAY NOT BE A SMART MAN…)

Hope your Thursday is super duper!




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Life is…

Life is not winning the game.

Life is trying your best.

Life is not being skinny.

Life is working on being healthy.

Life is not about money.

Life is taking care of your business.

Life is not doing what you can to get ahead.

Life is about moving forward with every step.

Life is not all about you.

Life is all about Him.

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Rant, Rave or Whatever

What this world needs is less negative RANT.  This world needs more positive RAVE! (to talk with extreme enthusiasm)  We need to talk with extreme ENTHUSIASM (strong excitement of feeling) about things that makes us move forward!

To rant or to rave basically means the same thing, but if you want to hear/read someone go off about something, it is most often called a “rant.”  Most will warn you by telling you it’s coming (spoken or written).  Sometimes they start the rant off with a good ole statement like, “I don’t mean to be ugly…” or “I don’t mean anything by this…” or “I just have to tell y’all how I feel…”  or even “You have got to hear my opinion on this one…”  If any of those statements come flying at you sometime, get ready to feel the tremors of what they are about to say.  It might even be something that leaves you shaking for a while.  One of my favorites that students of mine have said is, “I’m not being mean, I’m just being truthful.”  Adults say it too.  I don’t always say it aloud, but this is my retort: “You’re still being mean.”

Ranting about the school. Ranting about the traffic. Ranting about the way your best friend doesn’t treat you right.  Ranting about your family.  Ranting about sickness, the rain, politics, race, religion, creed.  RANTING ABOUT RANTING!!!  Yep, that is what I’m doing.  Rants, really, never get us very far.  Sure, they are funny at times and they might help show other people what kind of person you really are…  but is that a good thing?

Here’s another rant…

I personally get tired of the media ranting about whatever topic they have decided to latch on to like a salivating pit bull.  That summer they would not stop talking about police brutality is the summer I decided the news was not something I just had to watch everyday.  I detached myself a bit from current events, but in order to rid my life of that 30 minute to an hour inoculation of bad press and negative news, I had to become less informed.  That sounds a little sad, but it really isn’t.

I’m going to ditch the rant and go for the rave…

RAVE.  I choose to rave about my GOD, my family, my friends, my job.  I get to rave about how beautiful people are.  I notice new hair-dos and shiny shoes.  I love to tell a complete stranger that they are pretty.  That is NOT creepy!  It’s only creepy if you tell them more than once and follow them around Walmart.  OK?

Let’s do more raving and less ranting.  Find something positive even in the big ole pile of poo you thought this day turned out to be.  What GOOD happened?  Was there a moment or two that you were able to smile?  Dig out that blessing of sight, smell and touch you enjoy each day. (Not everyone has those!)  Seek the sunshine behind the cloud, the daisy in the middle of the weed patch and the kiss in the middle of chaos.  They are there!  We just need to pay attention!

So Rant, Rave or Whatever… but it might help to think about what it’s really doing?  Is it moving you forward?  Is it making you a better person?  Moreover, is it helping another person?  People?

Whatever you choose… I hope it makes you happy.

The end.

Rainy Days

I’ve written about this before.  I’ve talked about how I’m a sun gal.  I love the sun.  I am not talking worship here.  I only worship the ONE who provided it.  I’m just saying, my body longs for the warmth and happiness the sun provides me.  I know it’s a physiological need.  Some have that need more than others.   Click here for an interesting article:  Why Does The Sun Make People Happy?

With the number of rainy days, we have had in the past two weeks here in my spot on the globe, I have come to the point that I’m struggling.  I struggle to find my happy spot.  I struggle with doing the mundane chore.  I struggle to get in my vehicle and travel to the places I regularly frequent.  I struggle just sitting and watching television (which I don’t really do a lot anyway) because I feel like I’m trapped!  I’m trapped –I cannot simply walk out on the porch and breath in the happy sunshiny DRY air.  It’s so heavy out.  I can’t go for a nice leisurely walk in my yard or down the road.  It’s so damp and the temperature is down as well.  Cold temps are a whole different blog.  We won’t go there.

So, here I am, struggling.

BUT LAST NIGHT…Sitting on the couch with the man who gave me his last name, I started to review the blessings around me.  I took my phone and opened the Bible app just to touch God’s word.  I thought about how our children are both healthy.  I concentrated on the fact that both of them are professed believers.  I looked around and saw our place.  We have so many things we need AND things we want too.  God has allowed us to surround ourselves with comforts.  He has poured so many blessings upon us!

And this morning… which is another wet dreary day… I will continue to focus on THE GOOD dry shoes I have on.  I will continue to look at the awesome classroom I get to visit and teach in every day.  Today is a teacher work-day so, I get to reorganize, refresh and finish out grades.  I get to be with my family.  I get to fellowship with my friends.  I GET TO enjoy this day… whether this day is full of rain, sun, cold, hot or even stinky.  I get to focus on what I want to focus on.  I get to rejoice and be glad even on rainy days!

The sun is still shining, we just can’t see it right now.  It’ll reappear soon!  And THE SON is always shining in my heart!
Pic for the day: In my sunshine and JESUS t-shirt…

Your Gift.

God gave us so many gifts to enjoy. We have all the natural phenomena, the miracle of child birth, the feeling of a perfect shoe, a peaceful Saturday morning and coffee. I mean, seriously, THANK YOU GOD!

All of those things are awesome gifts. I’m sure you have your pleasure list in which God has blessed you. Everyone is different so your list may be similar, but I’m sure it has variations as well.

To top my list is the gift of SONG. I’m not about to go on and on about how awesome I can sing. I know God has given me a voice to sing praises to Him and it doesn’t sound real bad to others. I admit it is one of my talents, but it is truly GOD GIVEN. It’s not me! It’s not one of those things I picked up one day off the street either. He gave it to me and HE has allowed me to develop it. I rejoice in it and I love that He sings through me to draw others to Him. It’s not me, it’s HIM! Amen! ((Can I get an amen!?!))

This morning while sweeping my garage, I started singing …

…this garage of mine has great acoustics! Yet another gift!

Maybe you are looking for a gift from God today? Look for it and I promise it’s there. Maybe it’s song? Maybe it’s something else? Whatever it is: treasure it, hold it, give thanks for it, share it, love it and know WHO provided it.

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