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THE ONLY IN-CROWD

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!

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(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!  

BECAUSE YOU TOO CAN BE A HAPPY CAMPER!

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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:

POSITIVE THOUGHTS!

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!

HUGS!

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LOSS

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

INTERNET CONNECTION!  *gasp!*

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.

*chills*

REST.

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!!!

REST.

 

My Yearly Chat with the Seniors, 2017 style

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…)

To the Graduates of 2017:

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!

(But don’t forget your favorite art teacher … hehe)

Congratulations!!! 

Much Love, Mrs. Clawson 🙂

Intercessor

Intercessor: a person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayer.

I heard this word used last night.  A sweet person told me she is an intercessor.  I’ve met intercessors before and I know what intercessory prayer is, but I had never really thought of those people that pray for us being called that specific word.  It is beautiful to me.

An intercessor stands up for us.  They call on God for us.  Wow.   That is just wow.

I mention a lady from our church many times who lived until she was 95 and was always praying.  She was a mighty intercessor!  I strive to be more like the example this wonderful lady was for me.  I thank God for putting Mrs. Pearson in my life to show me what a real God gal is.  She was amazing and lived her life for our Lord.

Once again, I thank God for putting other people in my path that are great examples.  This sweet lady that used this “intercessor” word is yet another one.   I met Mrs. Anne through a mutual friend and each time I’ve been blessed to see her, I have always felt the Spirit of God on her.  She amazes me with her prayer life.  She shares her miracle stories and makes me smile.  She is a blessing!  And an intercessor!

Oh God, please allow me to become more and more of an intercessor for those who need me to all on God for them.  And thank You again, Lord, for giving me examples of these type of people.  I am in awe of how You use Your people.  I praise You for that especially today!  Amen!

Random thoughts on a Tuesday

Three things I heard today…

“If you listen to Katy Perry, you ain’t hard.”

“I must be on a farm, because I’ve never seen so much bull crap in one place in all my life!”

“I dissected the bird then gave the remains to my cats.”

I love my job. One of the main reasons is being able to hear things like this. I know they don’t tell you all of the story.  The context is needed, I know.  But just know all three made me laugh so hard.  Yes, even the last one. Ya just gotta know the source.  

I’m so blessed to be able to teach where I do.  My students are all pretty awesome. I’m saying this after being disrespected by one of my students today. I still love that kid. He will be fine tomorrow.  Love love my job!

Tonight I went to the away basketball games with 7 of my students. They helped at the tortilla toss there which was a fundraiser to help one of our coach’s family.  It went so well. So proud of those student council members. They are always up to something good. 

The games didn’t go like we wanted but wow did our girls and guys play hard!!! I did witnesss some unsportsmanlike conduct from the other team. The student section was … wow.  Our principal would not allow our students to act like that in our gym. Yet another reason I love my job. 

Home in bed now, but can’t seem to wind down. Basketball always makes my blood pressure go up!  

There’s no theme to this blog today, read the title again.  😳

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