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I am not beautiful…

I am not beautiful…

I am not beautiful due to the make-up I put on.  Eyeliner can’t make my eyes truly beam with love. 

I am not beautiful thanks to my favorite jeans or my cutest top.  They don’t prompt me to embrace other people with a warm hug.

I am not beautiful because I’ve lost a few pounds or the opposite.  Either way doesn’t remind me to love others. 

My beauty does not hinge on the fact that I drive a nice vehicle or have a ride at all.  I can still take gifts to others. 

My beauty does not rely on jewelry, perfume or accessories that may adorn this vessel the Lord has given me.  I can sparkle no matter what and show others they can sparkle as well.

My beauty is not comparable.  I am not the same beauty as you or the same as any human posed in a magazine.  Your beauty is just as incomparable!

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I did not write this in order to bash make-up, jewelry or the want to smell good!  HAHAHA!  I love all those things.  I treat my face as a palette some days, because I am an artist!  Jewelry is fun and smelling good….well, that truly is one of my daily goals.  The main idea behind this is so I can remember that all those things don’t truly make up beauty.  My God created me.  He made me beautiful.  He made you beautiful.  If I keep my life centered in Him, beauty is in me, surrounds me and is one of the many things He gives me to enjoy.

Have you ever looked at another person (not with lust) and thought that is a beautiful person.  You don’t know their personality or heart.  You may know their name or other small details, but not really who they are.  God made that person and yes, they are beautiful, but that is not the entire beauty package!  We are wrapped in some crazy awesome stuff, but what’s on the inside is what makes us truly beautiful.

Skinny people who make fun of fat people here would say, yep, this writer is fat. (the word fat makes me sick… different blog)  She used that “WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE…” line.  Hahahaha!  That cracks me up every time I hear it.  I do admit, I have not felt “skinny” one time in my life although I have been at a weight where I should have. That is a whole different blog.

BACK TO BEAUTY…

That verse: “greater is the one in us than the one who’s in the world”         (1 John 4:4) keeps coming to my mind.  That is not a verse so we can be all arrogant and pompous about the fact that we have Jesus in our hearts.  That is not how we are supposed to be!  That verse is to remind us that we are who we are, because of Jesus.  JESUS is the reason we are beautiful.  HE is the reason we can find self-confidence and be proud of who we are–not prideful, but PROUD of you.  He is the reason we can overcome this world.  We can look passed the superficial and the beauty that is only skin deep.  We can see true beauty.  I love that about Jesus.  I love that about MY GOD!  I love that HE loves me no matter what I look like on the outside, because HE MADE ME BEAUTIFUL!

 

YOU DO NOT NEED…

So today, God told me this:

“YOU DO NOT NEED THE LOVE OR FORGIVENESS OF PEOPLE IF YOU HAVE IT FROM ME.”

I said, “But I want it.”

He said, “You don’t need it.”

I said, “But…”

He said, “You only need it from ME.”

He kept putting those capital letters in my head.  I wrote it on a post-it and hung it on my computer.  I have to remember this.  I have to remember that even though someone never forgives me for some stupid thing I’ve done, it’s not my problem.  Wow.  For me to even type that is a major WOW moment.  I don’t have to have their forgiveness, approval or love.  I don’t have to be loved by others, they can even hate me… GOD LOVES ME!

I have been saved, forgiven..REDEEMED! That is such a HUGE DEAL!

That is something not of this world.

This world remembers all the bad things you’ve done.

This world brings up things that you keep trying to forget.

This world hates.

GOD LOVES.

He has forgiven me, therefore He has wiped me clean.

It is done.

It is finished.

The end.

BLESSINGS ABOUND!

What a weekend I’ve just had!

I was absolutely honored to be able to sing at a Women’s Retreat in Gatesville, Texas. THEN I got to sing in front of a group of lady’s at one of the Gatesville prisons.  That was probably the best crowd I’ve ever had the opportunity to sing in front of.  They sang along, clapped, AMEN’ed and praised with hands up and hearts open.  It was truly and absolutely an evening I will never ever forget.  This will be one of those things I put on my greatest times of my life list.  God knows I want to be used by Him and this weekend, I believe I was truly working for Him.

My prayer is to continue this in my daily life no matter where I am, who I’m with or what is going on.

I was absolutely amazed at what God was doing in both places this weekend.  The more I ask God to lessen me and make Himself greater and greater in all I do…the more I feel His mighty power.  I know it’s always there, but when I humble myself, HE is more evident.  He is my voice.  He is the reason I sing.  It is HIS gift that allows me to sing.  When people hear my voice, I want them to hear HIM.

I’m still so pumped from the experience of this weekend!  The women who were involved in both events blessed me so!  Most of all, GOD BLESSED US ALL!  I felt His constant presence and His absolute love.

I always enjoy working with my friend Tammy Whitehurst who made all this happen for me.  We will be doing another event this coming Saturday as well–right here in my hometown.  I am certain it will be an absolute blessing as well!

I’m truly blessed and honored to work for our Lord.

He ALWAYS shows us all (when we look…and we must keep looking) that BLESSINGS ABOUND!

STRESS SUCKS…

Stress sucks the life out of your day.  SERIOUSLY!  Stress sucks the joy out of your attitude and the smile right off your face!  Stress sucks the energy out of whatever situation you are in.  Stress makes progress and productivity seem like a volcano of insanity!

Why do we stress?  Why do we worry?  Why do we get concerned about stuff that will work itself out?

Here’s what I get stressed about—

The list of to-dos that seem to get longer and longer…AND LONGER.  I get overwhelmed sometimes and feel the stress in my neck.  I get cranky, short tempered and sometimes even cry.  …whhhaaat!?!

BUT THEN…

I REMEMBER stress is what the devil uses to make us crazy.  It doesn’t just “suck”…it’s a tool of the devil.  Stress is probably one of the first things he grabs for when trying to frazzle us…Gag!

I’m rebuking his power right now!

Here’s my story of the week…

This week is our Homecoming Week at school/work.  Months ago, I planned to be part of a ministry weekend with a friend of mine so I will not be here on Friday for our pep rally or game.  It makes me sad, but happy at the same time.

Here’s the sad…I won’t —be here for the seniors and their Homecoming game  —see the former students who will be coming in for reunions and such —get to share in the excitement of our friendship exchange with the other team and the crowning of the “royalty.”

Here’s the happy…I will —get to be on a trip with one of my good friends who loves JESUS and shows Him all around to everyone anyway she can  —get to share Jesus through song!  —get to LAUGH and get to recharge my JOY jets!   ALSO, my coworkers I gladly call my friends have helped me out and covered all the things I do during this crazy Homecoming Friday.  One friend is announcing at the pep rally while another is taking care of contests and another one is filling in at the game that night!  I am beyond happy.  It is absolutely confirmed that I AM LOVED.  What a great feeling!

The devil can take his stupid stress and stuff it!  Stress sucks, but MY GOD can put people in my life to show me that HIS blessings shower down when the devil thinks he’s got me chasing my own tail.  That ole devil ain’t got nuthin’ on MY GOD!  My God is real.  My God is alive.  My God can and will and does –all the time– GREAT AND WONDERFUL things!

Romans 8:28

THANK YOU GOD!

Amen!

AWESOME, not perfect

I was born to be AWESOME! (not perfect)

‪#‎thankfulEVERYday‬ for JESUS!

Perfection is our worse enemy.  I’ve heard this, but never really thought about it in depth.  I mean, I agreed with the statement, but never stopped to think about it means–exactly.

I know comparison can get ugly if we are trying to compare ourselves to others.  You will never be something you aren’t.  Your physical self is created by God.  If you are obsessing about how it may not be “perfect,” you are messing with HIS creation.  He made you!  You want to argue with HIM?  I know we do a lot of times, but ALWAYS remember, WE WILL NEVER WIN.

We can strive to be a better person and even have role models to look to, but if you so want to be that person that it gets in the way with what GOD has for you, that is some dangerous stuff!

I know God made me to be Awesome.  He tells me in the Bible stuff like this:

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

EPHESIANS 2:8-10 NLT

HE had great stuff already planned for me to do!  That blows my mind.

I’m so glad I chose and continue each day to choose JESUS.

I know He was perfect and I will try my best to be more and more like HIM…

But as I said up there:

I was born to be AWESOME! (not perfect)

‪#‎thankfulEVERYday‬ for JESUS!

Does it always have to be about being Christian?

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!)

Check these guys out—

TOO

Are you too much of something?  We think of ourselves as too fat, too ugly.  Too tired to do something.  Too much work to do.  Too much time or is it tooooo LITTLE time?  Too short, to tall, too hairy, too loud…
They say too much of anything is bad, right?

I wouldn’t say that about ALL THINGS.  Somethings can’t be measured on the TOO MUCH scale.  I can never get too much love, smiles, inspiration, joy or JESUS.

I’ve been called TOO HAPPY.  You know what that makes me?  EVEN HAPPIER!  I do not take offense to that even when the person saying it may mean it to be offensive.  I do admit my happiness may be annoying to others at times, but to tell someone they are TOO happy implies that there is such a thing.  I believe that is false.  How can you be TOO HAPPY?  I understand there are drugs out there that can induce happiness and maybe that is getting a little TOO HAPPY.  I’ve heard people refer to drunk people as TOO HAPPY.  To me, those state of minds are not really HAPPY…those things are just masking sad or angry or… whatever.

I promise you, I am not partaking of anything that is messing with the chemical make-up of my brain.

I AM HAPPY.  Yes, I try my absolute hardest to look at the good in every situation.  I AM HAPPY.  Too happy?  Absolutely not ..and how do I know?  Because MY HAPPY comes from knowing that JESUS went to the cross for me and because of Him, I can have hope for every day. (#thankfulEVERYday)  I know without a doubt that I always have a friend with me, beside me and in me.  I know that WHATEVER happens…I WIN IN THE END.  I know that I am a victor over anything, because HE has given me that victory already–IT’S DONE!  Yes, I struggle with issues.  I am hard on myself and others at times.  I said I was HAPPY, not perfect!  I go through the trials, tribulations and hard times of this world, but my outlook on the good or bad of this life is HAPPY, because JESUS LIVES!

I pray that you too can be TOO HAPPY because of the exact same reason!

Amen!

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