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Girl’s Trip

I just recently had a girls’ weekend where a friend and I stayed with another friend of ours at her lake house. (NOTE: if you have stayed there at some point, you might of seen my note I wrote for you to come check out this blog… YOU KNOW HER TOO!)

First, let me tell you, these types of trips, for me, are much needed.  I love my family.  I love the people with whom I work.  I love my spot in life.  I’m not saying I need to escape from any of those people or places.  I’m saying…these trips where you don’t have to worry about anyone calling your name (Momma, Rita, Mrs. Clawson, etc…) or about looking at the huge pile of laundry that seems to moan every time you glance it’s way, ARE ESSENTIAL!  These are those times where you can just inhale and then exhale all the mess that might be cluttering the mind.

In our case, we three gals, just chat non-stop about life.  We don’t tear down our husbands or gripe about life in general. We share our experiences, tell each other our circumstances and let each other in on how GOD has blessed us through it all.

We LAUGH…oh my goooooodness, we laugh until we are about to bust.  It’s that kind of laugh where you are shaking, making no sound and your eyes are shut, because if you were to open them, the pressure of this laugh might shoot them across the room.  (EW visual)  You know you will be sore tomorrow from these awesome laughing ab work-outs.  If you haven’t done that kind of exercise before, well I certainly do recommend it!  It’s a soul cleansing, mind blowing experience that we should all partake in whenever we can!

On to the review of our accommodations:

While we were staying at this luxurious resort, we had many amenities to mention.  There was every kind of soap, lotion and smell-pretty at our disposal. We were greeted with happy bags on our bed and a tray of snack to boot. The room was at the perfect temperature and the bed slept like a dream.  The house was clean and comfortable.  The view of the lake was amazing!

A float in the lake was a must!  It was the perfect Saturday afternoon to catch some sun and listen to the gentle sounds of the water.

The food…Breakfast, whether a quick trip through McDonald’s on the way to garage sale/resale shopping or a home-cooked meal before church on Sunday, was scrumptious.  A couple need-to mentions were a close-by favorite of all Mexican food restaurant, Papacitas the first day and later in the trip, a local steak house called The Tumbleweed that had wonderful food.

Why we do these trips…

The entire stay was full of love, laughter and sisterhood.  We have had various trips in the past where we have traveled to Galveston, stayed at another family lake house or just hung out together wherever we landed.  No matter the location, we always enjoy each other.  We always find fun stuff to do mainly because we are together benefiting from one another’s company.

Main reason, I believe, these trips are always awesome…

Hanging out with friends who share the love of Christ with me is the best thing.  We are silly and laugh at crazy things, but our conversations always come down to sharing love.  Our experiences help encourage one another.  It refreshes!  It renews…it recharges!

I hope you too can find a group that does this for you.

 

 

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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

PERSPECTIVE

Thinking about PERSPECTIVE today and found this old blog of mine. Sometimes, we just need a little perspective… or a lot!

Check this out!

Clawson's Bloggity

I have so many blogs that are labeled or just about perspective.  I try not to use the same title, but I had to on this one.   

To me, that is the #1 thing that MAKES a circumstance or situation. It’s how you look at it. 

Today, at the last general session of the leadership conference I was blessed to take 21 students to, our speaker was all about perspective. 

Make sad happy–
By giving and not taking
By helping others
And doing all you can to make a change.
Don’t think you can’t, believe you CAN.

You are not who you are because of what you look like.
(AMEN!)
True leaders don’t judge others who don’t make the cut.
It’s not about me, it’s about what I’m honored and blessed to give you.
Your life is limitless.

Attitude is not a cliche.
It’s powerful.
-Alvin Law

This guy…

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Get over the drama.

I have too many things to do than worry about the potential drama in my life.

I definitely don’t have time to put up with yours. (Perhaps that sounds rude, but it is so true) Don’t share your drama with me so you can gain another soldier in your drama army. I will not join your side. Tell me about what’s bothering you or what your situation is IF you want me to help calm you by praying for you or by helping turn you to THE WORD.

We all have things that happen in our lives that we can overreact to. It’s possible. But it’s also possible to react a different way. You have control over how you react to any situation. So do just that.

Stop. Pause. Think. Pray. Pray. Pray.

Ask God to guide you. He can help you react to any situation is a much better way.

This is huge: Don’t allow other people or your own bitterness guide you. That is dangerous and detrimental. That’s like spinning your wheels with no change in traction in sight! It will never move you forward.

Look to God.

Get in the word.

Sincerely ask friends to pray for you–not so you can let them in on your juice soap opera episode–but so they may truly stand in the gap for you. They can help send your name and your requests to God. True friends will find it an honor to do that for you.

Get over the drama. Run to God. Open your Bible. Ask for prayer. Pray. Pray. Pray.

You can do it!!!

Moderation

…the avoidance of excess or extremes…

Moderation is not something us Americans really like to hear.

We eat excessively, we work out to the extreme, we watch too much television (or Netflix), we buy too much stuff, we are busy to the extreme…

Everything should be taken in moderation, right?

Yes, we should not eat the ENTIRE pie.

We should not work out until our bodies look distorted.

But there are some things we shouldn’t do moderately. Go big or go home for some things…

Brush your teeth.

Shower.

Use deodorant.

Speak truth.

Love one another.

Believe in Jesus.

Have faith.

Think positive.

Help others.

Moisturize.

Is there something you do at an extreme level that is a good thing? Please share!

To my first born and the Class of 2018

You are about to graduate… peace out!!!

What an awesome accomplishment!

Wow!

You go!

((Applause))

((Cheering))

((Air horns?)) … naw

I have so many things I’d like to tell you.
Like always brush your teeth, dental hygiene is so important.

Always be nice to others and try to smell good. Those around you really appreciate that.

Hug people you love. (you never know when they will be gone)

Look people in the eye when you speak to them. (not at your phone)

SMILE A LOT!

Ok, physical things like that are so important, but the MORE important things that I want to tell you are mental and spiritual.

You have to mentally prepare yourself for life. Stay mentally focused on the good you can achieve. Imagine yourself successful! Don’t just think it might happen, know that you are going to ROCK THIS LIFE!

I know there are days (many days maybe) you want to just veg out and watch Netflix all day, but don’t ever make that a lifestyle. You are made for more than pajamas and 7 seasons of The Walking Dead. You are! Don’t aspire to be a 30 year old couch potato that still makes your mom do your laundry. Yes, there are days to rest and recharge and watch Netflix all day, but don’t get addicted to those.

You are made to be AWESOME!

Get up, get out and go be AWESOME!

In order to stay focused on the good, you need to always remember WHO made you. God made us to be His. He didn’t make mistakes or oopsies…HE MADE A WONDERFUL CREATION –THAT –IS –YOU! Allow Him to guide you. Allow Him to council you and protect you. You have to listen and obey. The more you do that, the better your journey will be. I sure wish I had listened to Him soooooo much more when I was your age. I wish I had discovered the power of prayer earlier in my life than I did as well. I am telling you this so YOU can get on that NOW… and not later. It won’t make your life perfect, but it will make your life so much better. Your perspective will be much brighter and your outlook will be much clearer. (I want to belt out: I CAN SEE CLEAARLY NOW, THE RAIN IS GONE… I CAN SEE ALL OBSTACLES IN MY WAY…)

Don’t forget to think good thoughts, love yourself and surround yourself with positive things and people.  If you ever need a good word, hit me up!

Your class is something special to me since I actually birthed one of you.  I mean, I met some of you the first day of pre-k when I took Morgan that day. Some of you I’ve known even longer! Whether I met you closer to 2000 or 2018, it’s been great watching your class grow, mature and become young people with a purpose. I’m excited to see the great things you will ALL accomplish. Each and every one of you has great potential for your future.  Just go grab it!

I have been blessed by your presence in my life.

Whether you were in my class or not…

I am so proud of you.  I know you are going to keep doing great things.

Go be AWESOME!

Congratulations on this great milestone!!!

Praying for each and every one of you.

Morgan, Momma loves you.

Much Love to all,

Mrs. Clawson 🙂

FIRST

Click here to listen to the whole song.

This song is my prayer today. 

FIRST -Lauren Daigle

Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
Before I lift my cares
I will lift my arms
I wanna know You
I wanna find You
In every season
In every moment
Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
And seek You

NO matter what is happening here in this world, I want to always keep my eyes on You, Lord.  In every season, all the time, I want to put You first.  Amen.

 

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