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Let’s Make a Pledge!

Sometimes it seems we just cannot do it!  We can’t let go of something that is doing nothing but burning a hole in our good day.  It’s not helping you or pushing you forward.  It is only allowing you to spin your wheels or making you a big ole stick in the mud.  No one wants to hear about it…again.  You don’t really want to hear about it… again.

I know, I know, you are still in the midst of it.  It’s still causing drama in your life.  There is this huge elephant sitting in the middle of your brain screaming, “I’m still here!”  It’s like one of those catchy songs that gets stuck in repeat and you realize you are humming it again and again.  It’s not even the entire song, it’s just the chorus or even just one line AND YOU JUST WANT IT TO GO AWAY.  But instead of just going away, it swirls around like dust bunnies do when you are trying to capture them with a broom.  Well, it’s time to get the dust buster out!  It’s time to clean it up, throw it out and move on.

I’M DONE!

I’m not gonna allow my mind to dwell on things.  I’m gonna MOVE.  I’m gonna forgive, forget (as soon as I can!) and seek the One I’m supposed to in all circumstances and situations.  I’ve prayed over and over, but I’ve not moved.  I’ve not listened.  I’ve not allowed myself to look at what I’m supposed to be looking at.  Yes, I’ve told myself over and over to LOOK TO THE GOOD, but I haven’t truly done that.  Well, as I said…

I’M DONE!

I’m done with all that stinkin’ thinkin’ and I’m lookin’ to the future…the good..the golden!  I’m looking to the SON who did it all for me (and for you) and I’m gonna shine for HIM.  I’m gonna spread all the SON SHINE I can around no matter what annoying song gets stuck in my head.

LET’S MAKE A PLEDGE:

Let’s move FORWARD! Let’s not feel bad about the past even if it was yesterday. Let go of last week, the other day, last year or before. Do not dwell on heartaches, bad feelings or grudges we want to hug like a teddy bear. Let’s look toward the upcoming awesomeness that is sure to occur …thanking God in advance for all the blessings which will come! Woo hoo!!! No more need to hold on to the junk of tomorrow… I’m claiming the prize of now and beyond. Go away devil, you canNOT steal my joy!

Can I get an AMEN!?!

***smiling, dancing and giggling with excitement***

AWESOME, not perfect

I was born to be AWESOME! (not perfect)

‪#‎thankfulEVERYday‬ for JESUS!

Perfection is our worse enemy.  I’ve heard this, but never really thought about it in depth.  I mean, I agreed with the statement, but never stopped to think about it means–exactly.

I know comparison can get ugly if we are trying to compare ourselves to others.  You will never be something you aren’t.  Your physical self is created by God.  If you are obsessing about how it may not be “perfect,” you are messing with HIS creation.  He made you!  You want to argue with HIM?  I know we do a lot of times, but ALWAYS remember, WE WILL NEVER WIN.

We can strive to be a better person and even have role models to look to, but if you so want to be that person that it gets in the way with what GOD has for you, that is some dangerous stuff!

I know God made me to be Awesome.  He tells me in the Bible stuff like this:

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

EPHESIANS 2:8-10 NLT

HE had great stuff already planned for me to do!  That blows my mind.

I’m so glad I chose and continue each day to choose JESUS.

I know He was perfect and I will try my best to be more and more like HIM…

But as I said up there:

I was born to be AWESOME! (not perfect)

‪#‎thankfulEVERYday‬ for JESUS!

Wonderful, awesome, sassy and crazy…

A friend/co-worker of mine shared this t-shirt on my FB page today.  I LOVE IT!  What I love most is when I read that it makes me get even MORE excited about this coming Monday.  I *GET* to go back to work after summer vacation.  I’m so blessed.  I, of course, love my summer, but WOW, DO I LOVE MY JOB!  I do!  Some people think I’m nuts.  I’m cool with that. I am nuts about the job God has given me.

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Because…I truly believe in this verse right here:

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, -Colossians 3:23 (HCSB)

We are SUPPOSED to be excited about our work…

Enthusiastic about our daily jobs…  here’s another version of the verse:

Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.

(International Standard Version)

I love that..WHOLEHEARTEDLY!  Do it with all your heart. (BIG HUGE CRAZY SMILEY FACE HERE)

I have this saying hanging in my shop:  Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.

Here’s another one: Make your vocation your vacation.

And let’s not forget to do this:

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I thank God for my WONDERFUL job where I get to teach some AWESOME kiddos, work with some SASSY people AND they all love me even though I’m CRAZY!

Song of the Day

My great friend who WON a luncheon/concert decided I was the blessed one to accompany her to this shindig today.  LOVE!  It was a great event which truly blessed me.  We got to listen to Brandon Heath sing, talk, answer questions and tell us more about his hygiene than we might of wanted to know.  It was entertaining, funny and a total hoot!

I’m going to share my fave song of the day below.  It truly spoke to me.  It made me think of the song— This World Is Not My Home, because it truly is, no matter what–going to be ALRIGHT.  This is not my home.  When I leave here, it’s alright (really better than alright), because you know where I will be.  Love this song!

Words we should hear AND SAY more often…

I love you, You are awesome, you are great, thank you, please, excuse me, I was wrong, may I have this dance….

There are so many words that are nice to hear.  I love it when someone says, “You smell good.”  BUT OUT OF ALL THE WORDS IN THIS WORLD, I truly believe, we don’t express ourselves enough when it comes to these…

I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!

I know some of the phrases I listed above kind of say or mean the same thing, but don’t beat around the bush…say it like you mean it, with intent and mean exactly what you say:

I AM PROUD OF YOU.

I heard these words earlier in the week from my 2nd grade teacher.  She had me in class YEARS AGO (I’ve actually counted them…), but even though she hasn’t been in my daily life for many years, those words coming from her beautiful little self made my heart smile so!  I’ve thought about those words all week.  She made me feel more accomplished with that little sentence than any plaque or trophy ever could.

We NEED those words.

We need to say those words… not just think of them.

I have let those words go across the marquee of my mind so many times and not uttered them.  Why?  I’m not sure at all, but I make it my vow to voice them when I think them from now on.  I want to bless others as Mrs. Lattimore did me.  She may never know how awesome she made me feel, but I will pass that feeling forward.

I encourage you to do it too!  Tell those that you are proud of…

Say it audibly, clearly and intently, OUT-LOUD,

“I AM PROUD OF YOU.”

What a Wonderful World

I see trees of green, red roses, too,
I see them bloom, for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.

You can probably hear ole Louis singing that right now.   There are so many things in this world that are beautiful.

I took the picture below today that makes me wish to be an ant for a few minutes so I could crawl through this fresh patch of Spring.  It looks so happy.

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The next part of the song talks about my favorite:

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I see skies of blue, and clouds of white,
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.

I love a beautiful blue sky full of white clouds.  God truly made this world beautiful.  He made so many amazing things that make us stop in awe.  He works in this world and all you really have to do to see Him is look.

But no matter how much beauty this world may have…

I know this isn’t THE wonderful world.  I know this place is not my home.  I must remember this especially when some of the things of this world aggravate me or make me sad.   When devastating things happen in this world, I am so thankful that God has a more beautiful, more WONDERFUL world ready for me.

Today, a beautiful family lost their young boy to an accident.  I’ve cried and prayed all afternoon for my sweet friends.  I can only imagine what or how they feel.  To lose a child has got to be the worse pain to bear in this world.  It’s hard to be happy for him, even though we know he is in the best WONDERFUL world, when the pain is so hard here in this wonderful world.  Our grief, what ifs and other questions cannot allow us to be at peace with the fact that God has got him.  He’s with Jesus.  Wow.

GOD is waiting in the real WONDERFUL world for us.  Our pain will one day go away.  This life is but a vapor and by believing in HIM, we will be reunited with Him, our sweet babies, parents, grandparents, friends and all those we have lost from this world one day.

And on that day… we will all be singing together…

What a Wonderful World!

(I believe the words will be somewhat different than Mr. Armstrong’s rendition, though.)

HE knows my name…

This song is so meaningful to me…  it makes me feel so loved and helps me REMEMBER what is important especially on days when I don’t feel real appreciated.  I DON’T NEED TO BE APPRECIATED…All I need is God –who calls me chosen, forgiven, treasured…  He is what I’m doing, whatever I’m doing, for–not for applause or my name in lights…

This video is a LIVE recording.  I usually don’t like live recordings so much, but this one is just so sweet and beautiful.

Have a listen:

HELP OTHERS

I have watched this video so many times.  It such a heartwarming story of a guy who thinks of others first.  From a plant to a sweet little girl and all in between… He is NOT selfish.  He is NOT self-centered.  He is a servant.  He is blessed.

I want to help others.  I want others needs to come before mine.  I am blessed…I want to bless others.

Please watch the video.

So, I met this guy…

So, I met this guy tonight…

He was the cutest thing!

His joy was apparent.

He had a smile, a way and a personality which was magnetic.

This guy was one of those people you instantly like.

You smile the entire time he speaks and don’t even realize it UNTIL your face begins to ache a little …

God blessed me with his presence.

I feel blessed.

This wonderfully sweet guy was 81 years old.

AND He had some great advice for getting to be 81.

He said there are two things you must stay away from in order to make it to 81 like he has.  He said you have to stay out of the way of these two things, whatever you do.

(I was ready to hear something like smoking or drinking or negative thinking…)

He says,

#1 Fautly Trees

and

#2 Trains

and then he giggled a giggle that made everyone giggle.

I thank God for the bright lights He sends us while we are in this world of dark, dull and negative people.  There are rays of sunlight that beam out of people and I just want to bask in them!  I’m so glad I met this guy who shined tonight!

One of my favorite quotes:

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My definition of WORSHIP

After listening to the preacher’s sermon today, I started thinking about WORSHIP.  Everyone has their idea of worship.  What does worship mean to you?

My definition of worship:

LIVE IT…

LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

That to me is true worship.  Worship is not something you stop.  It should be something that you are constantly doing.  When I think of my God, I believe worship is love and love is worship.

We do not stop loving our children.  God does not stop loving us.  We should not stop loving him.  It should be CONSTANT.

I know we are to get on our knees and go to the Lord in prayer daily.  We are to tell others what He has done for us.  Blessings are to be counted.  Be still and know…and listen to God.  Read the Bible.  Study together with other believers.  Feed yourself with the knowledge God reveals to you through others such as teachers and preachers.  Most of us consider all of these acts of worship.  I believe they are, but  you know we are not doing all of these things all of the time.  So, to worship is more than all of these.  It’s something you don’t turn off.   If you consider GOD first in all you do, worship will continue.  And that is what we are supposed to do, right?

I’m not saying I’ve always felt this way.  I thought going to church was what I needed to do to be a believer.  I thought memorizing a few Bible verses is what I needed to do to be a believer.  I thought being nice to others, being on my best behavior and carrying a Bible in my purse is what I needed to do as a believer.

All of those things are great, but to truly worship God, He has told me so much through the Bible.

…we need to take further steps…we have to do it as the Bible says—

JESUS SAID:

You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.                        -Matthew 22:37

If we can do that,

we can WORSHIP like we are supposed to…ALL ..THE.. TIME.

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