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HOW?

If we were really honest when people ask, “How are you doing?” …well, some of us might go into a rant about what is really going on.  Who did us wrong. How the morning didn’t go so well.  What child made us want to ring their neck.  How those jeans didn’t fit just right.  The things we didn’t get.  The people who looked at us wrong.  …and the list goes on… and perhaps on.

How do you REALLY feel?  With a good amount of reflection, we could tell you exactly how we feel, but most times, it’s not how we feel, it’s how something else made us that way.  We blame others for our bad moods.  We point at circumstances and events in our lives that created in us some type of victim.  We want everything that is bad to be someone else’s fault.

But ohhhh, if it’s going good…it’s all about US, right?

But what if we take all of those things–good AND bad– and remind ourselves that it’s really, all good.  I know what you are thinking!  “I don’t have a mate, my parents died just when I needed them, my child is driving me to drink (literally) or I was just diagnosed with …”  How in the world can THOSE THINGS be good???

I totally admit, it is hard to look at our low low looooow valley circumstances and think they are good.  They aren’t.  They are sad, devastating, body aching times that feel like they are going to do us in.  They are going to break us.

We don’t have to claim the brokenness.  We don’t have to stay in our cracked state. Oh yes, these things change us.  Sometimes we change a lot.  Our personalities become different.  We don’t talk the same, don’t do things we used to do or even try to disappear.  It happens. I know.  I’ve seen it.  I’ve experienced it.  But we don’t have to stay like that.  We don’t have to create a different path for our future because we have had a horrible experience.  We CAN look at the good, bad and super ugly in a different way.  We can.  We have the ability.  God made us with a free-will, a choice, a daily question to answer.  How will you take today?  How will you survive this?  How will you look at what is in front of you and come out the other end?  HOW?

If you have read to this point, you want to know what I have to say about His answer.

This is the only way I have gotten through any trying time in my life successfully.  It is through the word of the Almighty God!  He is the answer.  He is my perspective.  He is my answer to “HOW?”!!!  The only answer I know to be right and true.  You can read those self-help books written by people who say apple cider vinegar and ginger root fixes all that ails you.  You can.  I’ve read a few.  But the only book that can truly help fix what ails you is THE BIBLE.  It’s written by God inspired and guided people who are bringing us HIS truth.

A lot of people have a lot of reasons why they don’t read it.  “It’s too long.  It has weird stories. It doesn’t tell me anything.  It just doesn’t help me.”  All of those excuses tell me that you are not in a place where you really want a fix.  You don’t want a different perspective.  You don’t want an answer to your, “How?” You don’t need it so bad that you will reach out to God and ask for His help, because you don’t believe He can do it.

I’m telling you right now in this blog that has gone a little longer than I thought it would…

He can!

He can help any situation, any circumstance….ANYTHING.

But you first must believe.  You have to step toward Him and not away.   You have to want it… so bad… you will do anything to grab on to it!  Read the Bible.  Pray for God to reveal what He has for you.  He wants to help you through whatever you are going through.  He wants to be there for the good, the bad, the really hideous!  He wants to answer your “HOW?”  He wants to help you see what He sees, because no matter what it is, if you love Him, if you trust Him… ALL THINGS work together for your good.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  -Romans 8:28

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Dumb things I do…

The short list.  

(There’s more, but let’s just name a few)

#1. Make up scenarios in my head that are so far from what ever really happens.

Anybody else have that super power? I’m a master! I make up stuff in my head about some situation AND THEN I’m crazy enough to believe it. I know I need not give any kind of example here. You’ve done it. You know what I’m talking about. 

#2. Doubt myself. I get all crazy thinking I can’t do something I’ve done a ton of times before. I mean, it’s a proven fact that I can do it, yet I talk myself into thinking I can’t. What the whhaaaaat? 

#3. Compare myself to others.  UG! This is the dumb-est. That is so dumb. I’m me, you’re you, we’re both awesome.  Duh. Why do I compare myself to anyone else!?!

#4. Paint my nails before I go to bed. Duuuuuumb.  I never wake up with nails that don’t look like a little elf came in and textured them over night with a little mini lawn mower or something.  I still do it tho. 

#5. Set my alarm, hear it go off and hit snooze three different times before getting up. OMYGEEEEEZ. Just get up, dagnabbit‼️. I don’t do this every morning, but enough to make the list. 

Anybody feeling like we are part of the same club? Well, thank you!

Just a little funny reflection.  

They are CHILDREN

If you are an athlete, you are more than likely competitive. It’s pretty much a requirement. You compete to win. You want to be competitive. Sometimes the competiveness might get out of hand. Rivalries can get ugly. Someone might burn a school logo in an opponent’s field, steal a mascot or resort to even worse vandalism. 

But I tell you the worse type of ugly when it comes to sports is what kind of craziness goes on when fans start opening their mouths. 

I’ve heard and seen things at the little league level that makes my stomach turn. And I’m not talking about the kids!

I do admit, I’ve voiced my distaste for an umpire/ref a few times or grimaced at a missed ball/play, but never have I wanted a player to be hurt for any reason. 

As fans, we need to remember that these are kids. Children. They may have good or bad attitudes, talent or not much, lots of skill or the opposite, but no matter what, they are our children. CHILDREN.

Adults that verbally wish ill-will to an opposing team member (WHO IS A CHILD) has seriously got something wrong. 

Why would anyone ever want a child (or a person of any age really) to receive broken bones, get hit with a ball or anything of the likes by playing a sport against their child’s team!?!? Why? 

I know some people say things out of anger or just plain meanness, but COME ON!!! 

I heard a guy say one time that he wished the rival quarterback would break his leg. I audibly gasped. I asked them, “Do you realize that is a CHILD you are talking about?”  They said they didn’t mean it like it sounded. 😳 WHAT OTHER MEANING COULD THAT SENTENCE HAVE? 

I have heard parents say they wish a batter from the opposing team would get hit by a pitch. WHAT IF THAT WAS YOUR CHILD GETTING HIT? That’s just not nice. At. All. 

SHAME. SHAME. SHAME. 

I’ve heard a parent say, after a ball knocked one of the opposing players down (she was laid out on the ground at third base), that we’d get our runs however we can. REALLY?!? 😱🤕💩

What in the world makes people think like that!?? 

This post has been just waiting to surface.  I just needed to get this out!

The next time you watch a game, especially one that involves CHILDREN, please pray for those babes.  Please wish for healthy players and a good game. 

Please. 

It’s Alright

I’ve actually blogged about this song before.  My plan is to sing this tomorrow for my church.  It’s one of those songs that reminds me to not freak out, stress or go crazy about any situation, because it really is going to be OK.  Thank You Jesus!

We all have that person in our lives that says that to you.  You may have more than one person that does it for ya.  My biggest OK man was my dad.  He was my cheerleader.  He was the one I went to with any question at all.  When he answered me, it made perfect sense.  He could always comfort me.  He was a voice of reason.  He would just say, “It’s going to be ok.” and I was *thumbs up*!

This song reminds me that I still have people like that in my life.  God has put people in my life to remind me that no matter what, it’s going to be ok.  I can call or text my people in times of craziness and they are ready to give me a word, shoot me the perfect emoji or most better yet, send me a Bible verse and pray for me.

I take comfort most of all in God’s word.  God truly tells us in the Bible that it is going to be OK.  It is going to be ALRIGHT.  We win.  We overcome!  He sent His son to overcome so we can too.

I can go through times of sorrow, times of confusion, times that I want to hurt someone because they are crazy, times that anger me or cause me to doubt myself, BUT with God and His gift of mercy and grace,

IT’S ALRIGHT!

 

Just kidding…

You are ugly.

Just kidding.

You make me sick.

Just kidding.

What did you do to your hair today?

Oh, I’m just kidding, it looks great!

I think I’m going to puke.

I’m just joking.

No, really, I think I’m going to be sick.  Really, I’m so sick of hearing, “Just kidding.”

That two word phrase is supposed to act like an eraser or some type of delete button.  It is used flippantly.  It is used incessantly by mean people.  It is a bully’s favorite phrase.  It’s like that phrase you use when you got caught saying something you shouldn’t have.  You really did mean what you said, but it came out a little too harsh or you got the wrong response so HEY, let’s just use JUST KIDDING so, that will make everything ok.  Will it will erase the last few words you said?  Will it make your last actions just disappear?

Nope, it really doesn’t.

If you find yourself using those two little words a lot, you may need to assess exactly why you use it.  Are you really just joking around (which is really annoying anyway) OR are you using it as a cover.  Are you trying to cover your mean words or attitude?  Because, I promise, it really doesn’t serve as a good cover.  When words are uttered, you may not think they are permanently spoken, but for the person that those words hurt, they may last a lifetime.  If it was an action you did negatively toward another, it’s even more likely that the effects of it will live much longer.

I am serious.

Just kidding.

No, really, I am.  I am serious.

 

 

IT WILL BE OK

I know there are actual answers (maybe even scientific) to most of the questions I have in my head, but even though there are, I somehow still think this is useless, random information.

This is mainly because I know I can live on without knowing why…

…our dog licks everything. (I’m talking EVERYTHING. It’s like EVERYTHING is covered in bacon grease or something.)

…eating chili for dinner sometimes makes our whole household smell like the sewer.  (I know, TMI)

…the dishwasher being empty NEVER means that the dirty dishes go in there, because apparently Mom will always put them in there for us.  (MAJOR EYE ROLLING HERE)

…men, of any age, cannot find things right where they (or you or whoever) put them. They can be looking STRAIGHT at it and not see it.

…the messy bun won’t go out of style.

…the JANDAL is a loved shoe now. Why!?!

…cat crap is the worse smell in the world. (close second is chickens in general)

…our internet runs at snail speed beginning about 8PM every night.  (UHG!)

…some people have to be or act like they are smarter than others. (I realize it and appreciate your intellect, but I don’t have to be called aware of it daily, or even more often.  I’m not jealous and I am not going to be jealous so, stop trying to make me jealous. Duh.)

…some people are just not nice.  So many questions stem from this, but do I really NEED to know?  No.  They just are that way and nothing they do should change the way I treat them or anyone else.

If I never ever EVER have answers to any of these questions and the vast number of other questions I have about life in general like why do we have blood sucking bugs like mosquitoes and why do squirrels like acorns which I’ve tasted for some reason and know they are disgustingly inedible– IT WILL BE OK.

I’ve answered the main question I know I needed to myself.  IT WILL BE OK.

 

 

 

 

VICTORY SURELY IS SWEET!

Victory surely is sweet.

As my high school alma mater and school that I just happen to work at now (what a blessing that is!) moved toward VICTORY against our biggest rival in the history of both schools, my heart felt like it couldn’t take it!  I was so nervous when the game started and it only got worse as the game progressed.  When we took the lead, it wasn’t by much and I was ready to start pacing.  The game was packed so I didn’t try and disrupt anyone trying to get out of the stands even though I came close to doing it several times.  My husband, a major Rebel fan as well, almost a bigger fan, but definitely bigger critic encouraged me to hang in there and see it all the way through.  Man…I wanted to bolt!  It was like my life or something was hinged on this one little game.  How crazy does that sound!?!  This game was seriously intense until the last 44 seconds where we finally had the ball and only had to kneel it twice.  What a HUGE sigh of relief!

I had a friend ask me earlier that day when I was talking about how nervous I was for this game, “Win or lose, isn’t the sun still going to shine tomorrow?”  That question helped me so much!  At that point, I was even thinking of not going to the game! GASP!  His words did help me get through the game.  When I thought I was about to instantly contract a bleeding ulcer, I would remember, win or lose…it’s gonna be ok!  But.. But..

I WANTED THAT VICTORY!   And we did possess it in the end, thank the good Lord.

The sun did shine a bit brighter the next day… and victory is sweet!  But today I think of a victory that I wish we could all possess… AND WE REALLY CAN, but we have to decide to receive it.

This victory is sweeter than any other!!!

I went to a memorial service for a member of our church, friend and family member today where I was reminded again that the victory we have in Jesus is the best, most sweetest and is above all others.  Football games, making the A or wearing your “skinny” jeans is nothing compared to what we have with the blood of Jesus Christ.

We have life after death.  Actually death here on earth is just a period, a dot, a bend in the road as the preacher referred to it today…  It is actually a BEGINNING ..a beginning of our eternal life, free from sorrow, tears or fear.  Wow!

I WANT THAT VICTORY!

I CLAIM IT, ACCEPT IT, POSSESS IT…

I HAVE THAT VICTORY!

VICTORY SURELY IS SWEET!

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