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YOUR EXAMPLES

We all have examples.  Some are good, some are bad.  My mom and dad were both strong examples in my life.  I had my dad for 26 years and my mom for 36 years here on this earth.  I know it’s already decided, but I sure hope I get to see them both again one day.  

I am, for many reasons, who I am because of their examples. After any example is given, though, it is our choice to create our own examples. 

I believe a lot of people blame their parents for their own bad choices. “My parents did it so, I do.”  That is junk.  Today, I’m blaming my parents for helping me with some GOOD choices, no matter what their example. I thank GOD for giving them to me and directing me through them and all the other examples He has placed and will place in my life. 

Examples and choices… 

My dad loved to learn.  

I choose to be a life-long learner. 

My mom was a great cook.  

I choose to be a chef for my family. 

My dad had a strong work ethic. 

I choose to work hard at anything I do. No 2-percenting, ever. 

My mom forgave quickly. 

I choose to forgive as quick as I can. 

My dad smoked cigarettes. 

I choose to be smoke-free. 

My mom supported my brother and I in everything we were involved in. 

I choose to support my children the same way. 

My dad gave selflessly to others that I felt didn’t deserve it. 

I choose to continuously and consciously work on this one. 

My mom loved her friends unconditionally. 

I choose this same kind of love to give.

My dad was an encourager. 

I choose to encourage. 

My dad was an alcoholic. 

I choose not to be an alcoholic. 

My mom had little self-esteem. 
I choose to have a positive self-image.

I pray I can continue to use their examples (and all the ones to come) to help influence my GOOD choices. 

I challenge you to do the same with YOUR EXAMPLES. 

A while back, a friend of mine had someone ask her if EVERYTHING to her had to be about being a Christian?

This keeps coming into my head.  I keep answering the question up in there too.  YES.  It really does need to be all about FOLLOWING JESUS.  That is what Christian means, right?  If I call myself a Christian, I’m a follower of Christ.  Therefore, YES, EVERYTHING falls under that.

Being a Christian to me is like nothing else I am.  It’s as constant as the fact that I’m a woman, but still not the same.  It’s more than that.  Being a Christian involves much more than just gender or culture or the color of my skin.  It is what holds everything I am together.  How did I do it before I was born again??? –is the question I ask myself over and over.

I pray that everyday I become more and more like Christ.  That is what Christians are supposed to strive for, right?  We are supposed to live CHRIST-LIKE.  We are supposed to press on toward the reward that is awaiting us BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST, emphasizing CHRIST (since I’m talking about CHRISTian here) gave His life so we could have it.

DOES THIS MEAN that I can’t be friends with non-Christians?  NO.  Does this mean I’m “holier than thou?”  HAHAHA…no! Does this mean I can only love those who love Jesus?  NO!  I’m to love my neighbor and that is EVERYONE. (Mark 12:31) There are no stipulations in the Bible that say I’m to only love people just like me.  I’m supposed to love ALL Y’ALL!   I do believe that is what I will try my hardest to do.

Soooooooooooo…

DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE ABOUT BEING CHRISTIAN?

TO ME…

Yes.  I have chosen to be a Christian.

I HAVE DECIDED.

Reminds me of a song.  (Like most things do!)

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STILL

THE FIRST WEEK BACK AT SCHOOL WITH STUDENTS:

Students still like to be with their friends. Students still have so many different personalities and qualities.  Every single one of them are still super awesome in their own way and guess what!?! …I STILL LIKE MY JOB!

Students still say stuff like, “I am not good at drawing,” “I cannot draw a straight line,” and “I only am good at stick figures.”

I say, “Art is not all about drawing,” “Good thing art is not just straight lines,” and “I like stick figures.”

Wahhhhhh…Lahhhhhhhh!

There ya go.  My first week done and on to the next week.  I’m excited about what lies ahead!

Teacher stuff. 

     

Just love my job. 

 

 

Haters gonna hate…

I have this going through my head today!  Some people just hate others.  WHY!?!

No matter how much you are loved in this life, I promise you, there will be someone, somewhere hating on you.  They may be just doing it in their brain or actually voicing it to another individual.  It is a given.  They might not even know you.  Maybe they just don’t like your name or see a picture of you that allows them to proclaim a false judgement about you.  (WE’VE ALL DONE THAT BEFORE!)

You CANNOT make everyone happy.  You can try and do whatever you can for others, support causes and lift up those who are down, show people love and strive to put your love into action all you want, but there will ALWAYS be that person or persons who still can’t seem to love you back.  They look passed all the lengths you go to in order to make their life or world a better place.  They just can’t see it.  Who knows why they can’t?  They have their reasons.  They might just like to hate others.  Maybe even hate everything!  (that is so weird to me)  I just want to shake people like that.  That would probably just make them hate me more.  (…and call the authorities ..Haha!)

I used to allow this kind of stuff to bother me.  It weighed on my mind and made me feel like I did something wrong.  I would try to think up ways I could MAKE them like me just a little bit.  I might have even dreamed that perhaps one day they would come over to the LOVE SIDE and really join in the HAPPY CLAWSON DANCE.  (like I really have one of those…haha)

I don’t let that stuff bother me anymore.  Of course, I still hope they choose love over hate, but I don’t allow their choice to effect my choice.  They may be very annoyed at the fact that I’m happy.  Maybe that is why they hate me?  Do you realize how ridiculous THAT sounds?  I finally figured it out!

I can choose to do my happy dance or smile continuously OR look on the bright side of things even amidst the haters.

That word “haters” seems so extreme, but if it’s not love, what is it?

Go spread your hate…

I STILL CHOOSE AND WILL ALWAYS CHOOSE THE OPPOSITE.

Cuz the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate…

I’m gonna shake shake shake shake shake…

(Watch this awesome video below for a laugh!  2:44 is my favorite second!)

THIS IS A GREAT “END TIMES” BLOG.  I had to share it!

 

“As much as I love this life, I can’t wait for the day when You call me home.”

 

1 Corinthians 15:12 (The Trumpet Will Sound).

My People!

Today we donned our new
“We are OC”

 shirts the boss got for us. 

I loved matching my co-workers. It might seem kind of goofy to others, but to me, it was like being part of a cool club. I loved the unity. 

I love to see the pride we all take in our work and our school. I especially love to be a part of all the excitement we have for Monday. 

We get to usher a new year in with our students! (BIG CRAZY SMILEY FACE HERE)

I thank God for my OC family. 

They are MY PEOPLE!   

Here are a few pics of the crazy group as we were going outside to pose for this year’s campus photo:

  

   

  

 Like I said, MY PEOPLE!

And to end this blog today, I want to praise and thank God for blessing OCHS with two leaders that are HIS people. It’s a great feeling to have bosses who know Jesus. I truly have been blessed throughout my years as a teacher to have Godly administrators. 

 They were both a little worried when I wanted to take a picture of them today, because apparently I’m a bit malicious when it comes to embarrassing photos or videos. Not the case today! I wanted to show these two off as my blessings… 

My people, but most of all—

GOD’S PEOPLE. 

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