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Bless, encourage, help and LOVE.

What do you with your time?

Are you out to bless?

OR out to curse?

Are you out for others or only out for the benefit of yourself?

I ask myself this.  I have to adjust my thinking sometimes. I have to reconnect with reality and remember why we are put here.  God put us here to bless, live for others and share what we know about HIM.

I attended a SPARKLE Dinner tonight which is an event that my friend Tammy Whitehurst organizes.  She has this mission to help and encourage those who struggle.  She is such a blessing, because she knows what we are to do with our time.

The main focus with these dinners she puts together are to lift up those battling cancer.

As the speaker, Nathan Mathias, said tonight though–we all may not have CANCER, but we all have some type of struggle.

It could be anything.  We all struggle.  Everyone around you struggles with SOMETHING.

Nathan struggled with cancer with several months.  After battling, he is now cancer free.  This is not only awesome for him, but also his family and the numerous prayer warriors that feel the absolute victory with him.  It is a blessing when someone is cured and you see that they give all the glory to GOD.  Nathan truly lives out James 1:2–

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

He counts his struggles to all be JOY in our Lord.

And read on in verse 3…

because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Nathan will persevere, because he has been through the trials.  We all go through our trials, but Nathan faced his with GOD at all times.  We all need to remember this.

Nathan is going to use his story to help others.  He is going to use the strength he received through Jesus to encourage others to do the same.  He know what to do with his time.

Another man, Steve Denfeld, spoke tonight about his mission…to LOVE others.  He is a fireman that heads up the Pink Heals of Gregg County.  (please go check out thier page)  I was moved by the emotion he showed as he talked about just being able to show love for those in need.  He talked about how this organization is all about LOVE and not just about a cause.  They look at people in need and just love on them.  It was so great to hear about this organization.  This guy really knows what to do with his time.  LOVE!

I pray that I always do what I’m supposed to do with my time.

Bless, encourage, help and LOVE.

FREE to be Me

Thank God!  I don’t have to look back and regret. He has won the battle already!  Listen to the song…

A reflection…

Let me just take some time to reflect on the last few days I’ve spent with some amazing student leaders. I’m not talking only about the ones I took with me to the TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT COUNCILS ANNUAL CONFERENCE…I’m referring to many many others that were at this event as well. They are polite and respectful and HAPPY. They are all glad to be out of school, I know this, but there is something more to their happiness. They are appreciative of their advisors who drove who knows how many hours to get them to this thing, they are excited to be with their council friends, friends they get to see from around the state and just the atmosphere of this meeting makes anyone feel upbeat. That is what I really want to talk about today…


All the warm fuzzy feelings you get while you are at this conference seem to be battled against once you return to your “own place” in life. All of the positive things that happen while with the TASC family make you feel absolutely high on life and make you feel almost confident enough to conquer anything. It truly is an awesome feeling. I’m sure you have probably experienced some kind of event like this before. Church camps do such a great job at this especially. You are around people who LOVE GOD and therefore you empower and support each other. It’s an amazing feeling of strength. At something like this, you are sheltered and set apart from the bad funkiness that this world holds. No bullying happens, no one wants ill to happen to you and even the incessant judging is at a minimum. As I said, AMAZING.

THEN, you come home and life continues. This world takes over those feeling of safety and happiness and fills your head with suppressing dramatic situations, people looking at you with their judging eyes and bad attitudes. Oh, the bad attitudes! How depressing. I admit, I’m a little down just reflecting like this. I don’t let it bother me too much, though. I know that I have come to a point in my life where I don’t worry much about what others think, I stand up for those being bullied with no thought about what the bully might do to me and drama, well, everyone knows I’m a “NO DRAMA MAMMA!”

My concern, though, lies in the fact that my students don’t have maturity and years (I’m old! ha!) on their side. They are in the time of their lives where drama invades and conquers their happiness. They battle the thoughts that enter their minds from words or even just looks people give them. They encounter bad attitudes from even their best friends which sway them to display attitudes that are much the same. They don’t know the world is overcoming them. They don’t recognize it most of the time. They don’t even relate the depression they may feel with the fact that there is so much of this world beating down on them. It’s hard to overcome the world when you are a teenager who is being bombarded with such things!

I pray, I encourage and I show my students love, understanding and HAPPINESS. (even when I’m disciplining, I hope they see my love) I hope that my attitude toward this life is an example of what they can have. It’s totally up to them, of course, but I hope that I display a happiness that shows them GOD’S LOVE mostly and that they don’t have to be overcome by this world. They can always reside in that safe spot and in those feelings they felt at the conference we just came back from. They can overcome bad attitudes and dramatic situations. I can, They can, We can…You can!

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