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Your Gift.

God gave us so many gifts to enjoy. We have all the natural phenomena, the miracle of child birth, the feeling of a perfect shoe, a peaceful Saturday morning and coffee. I mean, seriously, THANK YOU GOD!

All of those things are awesome gifts. I’m sure you have your pleasure list in which God has blessed you. Everyone is different so your list may be similar, but I’m sure it has variations as well.

To top my list is the gift of SONG. I’m not about to go on and on about how awesome I can sing. I know God has given me a voice to sing praises to Him and it doesn’t sound real bad to others. I admit it is one of my talents, but it is truly GOD GIVEN. It’s not me! It’s not one of those things I picked up one day off the street either. He gave it to me and HE has allowed me to develop it. I rejoice in it and I love that He sings through me to draw others to Him. It’s not me, it’s HIM! Amen! ((Can I get an amen!?!))

This morning while sweeping my garage, I started singing …

…this garage of mine has great acoustics! Yet another gift!

Maybe you are looking for a gift from God today? Look for it and I promise it’s there. Maybe it’s song? Maybe it’s something else? Whatever it is: treasure it, hold it, give thanks for it, share it, love it and know WHO provided it.


I Will Always Be There.

In Lionel Richie’s song, he sings …

As long as I live, I’ll give you all the joy my heart and soul can give…

Because I’m truly …truly in love with you girl.

I love those lines.  Who doesn’t long to be loved like that?

I had a friend sing that to me back in the day.  Our love was platonic, of course, but I still knew she loved me big.  She loved me like we were closer than sisters.  She could sing too.  I loved to hear her sing.  This was my fave song she sang.

In another part of that song Lionel sings …

“I will always be there.”

This is taken out of context in this blog, of course.  Just thinking about that statement.  No one can really say they will ALWAYS be there for you.  They can say they will while they are here …or try their best when they can, but they can’t really promise to ALWAYS be there.  There is no telling what they may be going through themselves.  No one can be at the beck and call of someone else 24/7.  We all have lives to live.  Just like that friend of mine who sang that to me.  She died in a car accident many years ago.  I haven’t heard her sweet voice in almost twenty years!  That brings tears to my eyes typing it.  It just dawned on me that it has been that long!  Wow.

Well, she couldn’t always be there for me… but I’m so glad I have a friend who can.  A friend who perhaps doesn’t sing those words to me, but tells me in His word, through nature and other people that He loves me, that He knows me –and still loves me and will always be there.   I thank Jesus He tells me:

I will always be there.

We have to forgive.

Forgiveness is a hard word word for some. Forgive is a hard VERB.

I have had those moments where I thought, “I will NEVER forgive them for that.”  I have a mental gasp even typing those words!  But truly, I’ve been there.  I’ve been hurt so bad that I’ve thought those words, I’ve said those words….I’ve felt those words.

The relationships I’ve had that prompted those words were just like any other.  We all have them. It isn’t any different for me.  I have been upset with a parent, a brother, a friend…

No matter who it was, though, I know that I could never withhold something that is not kept from me.

How can I not forgive when I’ve been forgiven?

I take SOO MUCH comfort in knowing that I am forgiven.  This forgiveness is not something I had to beg or plead for either.  It was freely given to me thanks to Jesus.

How can I –EVER– not forgive?

The Bible is truth and here is what it says:

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  -Matthew 6:14

Even though forgiveness is HARD, we still have to do it.  We are supposed to read the Bible, meditate on it and then DO it.

We have to forgive.



Hipsters, Trend-setters, Preps, Jocks, Gossips, Rich, Poor…

So many labels for so many “IN-CROWDS.”

We are all aware of who belongs to the in-crowd is in just about every situation we face.  I’ve felt the awkward stares of “she is just different than us.”  I’d like to say that feeling ended in high school, but it didn’t.

It still happens today.  I feel it, but I’m so glad that I can now choose not to allow it to bother me.  Sure, I might for a second think about it, but it is A SECOND.  A millisecond even.  I know there are others who look at me and think or might even say out loud to their IN-CROWD (circle, clique, group) mean derogatory things about my personality, beliefs or appearance.  It’s really OK, because they don’t know me.

DO THEY KNOW ME?  Ha! Nope.  They don’t know who made me and probably don’t know who made them.  The latter is the saddest.  Who made me is the reason I am able to allow such “in-crowds” to fade into the world.  In-crowds of the world are formed so they can make each other feel good about their agenda.  They are created most of the time because misery loves company.

My IN-CROWD IS NOT ABOUT MISERY, I promise you that.  Actually my in-crowd is not really by definition an in-crowd.  A clique or in-crowd is defined as a group who spend time together and do not readily allow others to join them.

That is not what kind of in-crowd I’m a part of.  My in-crowd is far from exclusive.  We don’t push others away or build walls to keep those who want in out.  We welcome others.  We encourage others to get what we got!

We want others to have the benefits we have.  Our joy is not diminished by adding more to the group.  Our joy is actually multiplied each time another one joins!  How awesome is that!!!  It’s not like getting a smaller piece of the pie because there are more in attendance… it’s like the pie keeps getting bigger and bigger because MORE are coming!  YAY!  Who doesn’t want MORE pie!?!  haha!  Yes, a food analogy.  Who can’t relate to that though, right?  You like cake better?  Same analogy applies.  Lasagna?  Yep, more layered cheesey noodle and sauce goodness.

In this IN-CROWD, you get more freedom, more joy… and best of all–GRACE!  You wanna piece of that!?!  Well, come on!  With open arms I welcome you to the only IN-CROWD I ever really want to be a part of… SAVED!



How to be a HAPPY CAMPER!

I just thought a reblog was needed for this oldie but goodie blog!

Clawson's Bloggity

(Infomercial voice used here) Hello friend!  Do you want to be a happy camper?  Are you tired of frowning?  Life got ya down today?  Well, let’s go over ways to become a HAPPY CAMPER!  



You really don’t have to go camping to be a happy camper, but you may have to pack a bag.  Your bag should be filled with things that aid in your happiness.  You should always be prepared!  Being prepared to be HAPPY is most important.   Admit it, when you are prepared in any situation, it just makes life BETTER!  So…

Let’s pack our bags full of:


Articles that warm our hearts.

Videos that make us smile even when we don’t even realize it.

Pay it Forward Activities.

SMILES! (essential!)

Notes, quotes and other tidbits that remind us that life is good!


Confetti! (I…

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There are so many losses we experience in this life…

Family, friends, pets, time,  money…

Then there are losses in love, in games, in strength!

We lose our a/c or heating sometimes, electricity and on occassion our


Losing things like eye sight, hearing, taste, etc. may come.

Loss of appetite. HA!  I never have that one.  Well, excessive drama does it to me, but I don’t find myself resting in that at all.  When I see it, hear it or smell it, I take my sword out and slay it!

You might lose a fake nail, your contact or that one lone sock! (why doesn’t the dryer eat the other one?)

How about a loss of words?  Do you ever have that?

I don’t often at all.  Like, really, almost never.

But when I think about the enormous blessings God has bestowed upon me and I praise and thank Him and then I get to the point that I’m overwhelmed by it all. At that moment, I  become very still and know that I am loved.

I hope that your losses end up in that thought.  You may lose in this life, but you can gain so much more just by thinking on the name of Jesus.  He did it ALL so we could have it ALL.  We do not have to lose our life thanks to the life He gave.



I am not a lazy person.  I am not obsessed with sleep.  I really don’t like being idle.  Sitting is not one of my favorite things to do.  I stay on GO pretty much all the time.  I’m not overly hyper really, I’m just moving most of the time.  I like to get things done!

The last two weeks have been crazy busy.  It happens every year especially at the end of the school year.  Banquets, events, meetings, projects… about two dozen of these are stuffed into less than two weeks.  Once one thing has completed, another one is staring me in the face waiting to be jumped to or finished up.

I love it!

I love all of this craziness.  And NO I’m not being sarcastic.

I love my life.  I love my job.  I love all of the crazy things that fill up my days.

I feel that God put me here to keep working.  He gives me the strength to keep on keepin’ on!  I love that He blesses me with soooo very much to enjoy. (Even though it might seem I’m going crazy at times!)

We had our last big project of the year yesterday…The CRUSH CANCER 5K.  It was a great morning even with the crazy weather.  There were several runners who made it out to support this awesome cause.  I loved that we had so many student council members who woke up early to help out as well.  This was the last thing I really had to plan for.  So, it was, in a sense, my finish line!  (…just like the chalk drawn line Dustin put down for the runners yesterday.)

To go through all that is not to purposely tell you that I am so busy or so awesome.  In NO WAY am I trying to toot my own horn.  I give all the glory to God.  He is the reason I can do what I do.  I thank Him for all.  He gives me circumstances, projects and purposes to get into so I can do exactly that—thank HIM and show others HIM!

After the 5K yesterday, I came home, ate a little snack and went to bed.  Refer to the first paragraph–I’m not one to stay idle.  Naps are never my go-to activity, BUT I know God gives us rest so we can recharge.  So, after the 5K yesterday, he gave me my REST.  He gave me about 4 or 5 hours of uninterrupted (which is a miracle in itself!) rest.  I was oblivious to the world around me and slept like I was in His hands.  Seriously, I know this it yet another blessing from Him.  REST.

Now, I’m up once again, ready.  Ready to do what is coming up next on the agenda.  I will be rested up, set on go and ready for what He has me to do next!  HOW EXCITING!!!



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