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Wonderful, awesome, sassy and crazy…

A friend/co-worker of mine shared this t-shirt on my FB page today.  I LOVE IT!  What I love most is when I read that it makes me get even MORE excited about this coming Monday.  I *GET* to go back to work after summer vacation.  I’m so blessed.  I, of course, love my summer, but WOW, DO I LOVE MY JOB!  I do!  Some people think I’m nuts.  I’m cool with that. I am nuts about the job God has given me.

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Because…I truly believe in this verse right here:

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, -Colossians 3:23 (HCSB)

We are SUPPOSED to be excited about our work…

Enthusiastic about our daily jobs…  here’s another version of the verse:

Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.

(International Standard Version)

I love that..WHOLEHEARTEDLY!  Do it with all your heart. (BIG HUGE CRAZY SMILEY FACE HERE)

I have this saying hanging in my shop:  Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.

Here’s another one: Make your vocation your vacation.

And let’s not forget to do this:

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I thank God for my WONDERFUL job where I get to teach some AWESOME kiddos, work with some SASSY people AND they all love me even though I’m CRAZY!

RUN!!!

Run the race with endurance.

Run using perseverance. 

Strive to finish.  Move forward. 

Push it! Run!  Go, go, go!

That kind of talk makes me laugh. 

 Seriously, LOL!  

I’m not trying to disrespect any of you runners out there. I commend you. I bow to your cardio awesomeness. Do not get me wrong here at all, I do like to be active. I enjoy a brisk walk and the occasional Zumba for major laughs and to be reminded of uncontrollable bladder issues. I feel better when I’m doing a workout every morning.  So, I recognize the need for a body which is not at a constant rest, but I do not see the need for speed.  I have never done a mile in less than 17 minutes and I am good with that. I’m sure that time made some of you LOL! Go ahead, laugh at my snail-ness. It’s all good. I have other talents you don’t. I take confidence in knowing that. Haha!

In the Bible it says that we are to RUN with endurance the race…  I believe, Biblically, I’m running.  As it says in Hebrews, I’m throwing those things off that slow me down. I’m doing my best at speeding by and looking passed the things that trip me up. 

I may be physically slow, but thanks to Jesus, I can be the best “runner” in the world and do it while “light as a feather,” because HE has taken my heavy sins and burdens. He took them from me!  He allowed me to be able to move forward, walk on and even RUN with endurance.  Thank You Jesus for giving me the gift of grace which allows me to do that!

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. -Heb 12:1

 A few funnies…  
 

And definitely NEVER run with scissors!

  

Here I am!

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,

“Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us?”

And I said, “Here I am. Send me!”

That is the attitude I want to have all the time.

I’ve been so busy the last week that exhaustion has given the enemy easier access.

When our bodies get tired, I believe the devil starts whispering and manipulating.

I don’t think my week has been a “bust” at being one of God’s ambassadors, but the lack of sleep has allowed my mind to wander and think I’m failing. I began to pray today–out loud– God please help my attitude, please change my thinking and help me to continue to be a person YOU want to send.

The devil needs to leave me alone, because I will always, always, ALWAYS say…

HERE I AM!

What’s YOUR excuse?

Excuses, excuses…

I asked one of my friends last night if they were still going to the same church to which they replied,

“No. I just don’t have time.”

How much time does going to church really take though?

I know some churches still do Sunday morning AND Sunday evening services, then there are Wednesday evenings.  From my own personal observations, most people only attend Sunday morning.  So, say it’s just Sunday morning service you go to…you don’t even come early for Sunday School.  I’m not sure about all churches, but our service starts at 11 and is usually out about 12.  That is…ONE HOUR.  Add on get-ready time (which you have to get clothes on and stuff for the day anyway, right?) and then some drive time depending on where you go (and I am almost certain, there is a church close to you)….STILL, at the max–TWO HOURS, right?  ..and you don’t have time?

I’m not judging!  That is not my job.  I’m just trying to understand.  I wasn’t trying to pry into anything either.  I was simply asking.  They could have just said a simple, “No.”  I probably wouldn’t have asked another question.  I’m not the question asker, that is my better-half.  But them offering an excuse for not going got my mind spinning.

Then I remembered there was this song I heard once about EXCUSES.

Excuses, excuses, you’ll hear them every day.
And the Devil he’ll supply them, if the church you stay away.
When people come to know the Lord, the Devil always loses
So to keep them folks away from church, he offers them excuses.

In the summer it’s too hot. And, in the winter, it’s too cold.
In the spring time when the weather’s just right, you find some place else to go.
Well, it’s up to the mountains or down to the beach or to visit some old friend.
Or, to just stay home and kinda relax and hope that some of the kin folks will start dropping in.

Well, the church benches are too hard. And, that choir sings way too loud.
Boy, you know how nervous you get when you’re sitting in a great big crowd.
The doctor told you, “Now, you better watch them crowds. They’ll set you back.”
But, you go to that old ball game because you say “it helps you to relax.”

Well, a headache Sunday morning and a backache Sunday night.
But by work time Monday morning, you’re feeling quite alright.
While one of the children has a cold, “Pneumonia, do you suppose?”
Why the whole family had to stay home, just to blow that poor kid’s nose.

Well, the preacher he’s too young. And, maybe he’s too old.
The sermons they’re not hard enough. And, maybe they’re too bold.
His voice is much too quiet-like. Sometimes he gets too loud.
He needs to have more dignity. Or, else he’s way too proud.

Well, the sermons they’re too long. And, maybe they’re too short.
He ought to preach the word with dignity instead of “stomp and snort.”
Well, that preacher we’ve got must be “the world’s most stuck up man.”
Well, one of the lady’s told me the other day, “Well, he didn’t even shake my hand.”

Excuses, excuses, you’ll hear them every day.
And the Devil he’ll supply them if the church you stay away.
When people come to know the Lord, the Devil always loses
So to keep them folks away from church, he offers them excuses.
So to keep them folks away from church, he offers them excuses.

I know that song may list some things we have all done instead of going to church.  I’m not pointing any fingers!  If I were doing that, I’d be pointing at myself.  I believe the song creates the list to exaggerate the fact that we all have goofy excuses why we don’t attend a church.

OHhhhh and before you go getting huffy about this blog today… I know a lot of people believe in God, but don’t go to church.  I have friends who love Jesus, but just don’t have a church family.  I understand that people take that stand…

I really don’t know personally.  When I didn’t go to church, I didn’t really know Jesus.

PERSONALLY…I just enjoy church and LOVE my church family.  I have so many friends that I wouldn’t have if I had not gotten into church.  I wouldn’t have known I could really carry a tune in a bucket if I hadn’t of gone to church.  I get to sing a lot of places now.  I learned how to fellowship with other Christians and I continue to learn so much in studying the Bible with others.  I love LOVE and church is just another place to give and receive it.  I could go on, but I think I’ve said enough.

What’s YOUR excuse?

WORRY, WORRY, WORRY!

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!

BABBLE

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?

Crazy. 

So it’s time for me to stop this babble and go pray, but more importantly… 

LISTEN. 

NOT guilty!

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:

Anxious

PHILIPPIANS 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

I get anxious about things.  I don’t call it worry, but that is what it is sometimes.  I’m not saying I’m a “worrier” (is that how you spell that?), but I do concern myself with things that really aren’t necessary at times.

This week I have a lot of things ahead of me that need to be done and I’m praying that everything goes smoothly.  I know there are much crazier things going on in this world than the things in front of me, but I ALSO KNOW that Philippians 4:6 says IN EVERYTHING… meaning God cares about all of it!

I can take anything to HIM…BIG or small.  I take absolute comfort in that.  I feel at peace knowing that He cares and wants me to ask Him for help.  He is there for me and I can speak to Him.  I thank Him and praise Him for it all!

He knows my fears.  He knows my concerns.  He knows what I have to do.  He knows how it will turn out.  I thank Him in advance for all of the things He is doing and will do with all the stuff that needs to be done this week.  I love that I can count it all already as blessings!  I’m confident in HIM.  He is my confidence.

Thank You God for this verse, for allowing me to take my cares to you and for giving me the assurance that YOU WILL BE WITH ME through it all!  Amen.

THE STING!

Our preacher used the story below in his EASTER sermon.  I think this is such a great analogy of how GOD protected and SAVED us by sending JESUS.  Thank you Lord for JESUS!

Once a boy and his father were driving along the road when a bee flew in the window. The boy got very upset when he saw the bee buzzing around his head and he began throwing his arms around madly, because he was allergic to bee stings! The boy was very frightened of the bee. The father quickly grabbed the bee!  He held it for a bit and then let it go again.  

The bee began to buzz around again and the boy was again frightened.  The father told his son, “It is OK, you are all right.” Then he opened his hand to show the boy the stinger was stuck in his palm.  His father had allowed the bee to sting him. He had taken the sting and had taken the danger out of the bee. 

Jesus Christ did the exact same thing for us!  He let death “sting” Him instead of us.  He did this so we could live forever and never die.  He took the danger out of death.  We can know that once we die, we can be with our Father in Heavan.  HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!!! (not a question, a exclamation!)

The Bible tells us about that “sting” being taken out of death by Jesus Christ:

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of
death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(I Corinthians 15:55-57)

I love how God did that for us.  He is just like a father who would take a sting for his child.  He did that for us!

What an amazing gift we have in EASTER!  

Again, thank YOU LORD for JESUS!

LOVE YOURSELF

This weekend I was blessed with some awesome words:

Do not say ANYTHING about yourself that GOD HIMSELF wouldn’t agree with.

An awesome lady named Gwyn shared that.  She came to the realization one day that this is important.  I SO AGREE!

Then, I was listening to a preacher named Joel Osteen…  (Side note: I know a lot of people think he’s just a feel good preacher and they don’t think he speaks truth or uses the Bible or even points people to Jesus… EVERYONE has their opinion.  I have mine too and mine is based on actually listening to several of his podcasts/sermons where he DOES talk about being positive, quotes and uses the BIBLE, asks and leads people to accept JESUS and speaks on how our lives should be lived through Jesus Christ.  Just putting that out there.)  One of his facebook posts keeps coming to me which is:

Proverbs 6:2, says, “You are snared with the words of your mouth.” Snared means to be trapped. Your words can trip you, what you say can cause you to stumble, and it can keep you from your potential. Don’t set the limits for your life with your words.

THIS KEEPS COMING TO MY MIND. OUR WORDS MATTER! Even when you are speaking to yourself.  ‪#‎truth‬

I just posted that on MY facebook.

I tell my students this all the time.  I encourage them to be content and happy with what they look like and who they are.  I do my best to boost their everyday self concept and confidence.  But when it comes to me…

I don’t always talk nice to myself.  I should.  Why shouldn’t I?  I’m a pretty sweet person to other people, why not to myself?  I am usually a pretty confident person, but for some reason, sometimes, I talk ugly to myself.  WHAT!?!   I have already confirmed in earlier blogs that I AM A SUCCESS.  I have an awesome family, great friends and soooooo many other blessings.  I cannot list them all!  Why should I ever call myself or refer to myself as anything but awesome?  God made me.  God loves me.  God wants me to love me, because HE DID A GREAT JOB ON ME!  There is no reason why I should think or say otherwise.

‪#‎perspective‬ #beYOUtiful
#‎loveYOURSELF‬ #truth

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