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I believe ANYTHING is possible!

I believe that ANYTHING is possible.  

I shake my head in disbelief at a lot of things.  I’m talking about shocking things like friends who one day decide you are not their friend, husbands (or wives) who decide their mate is just not who they love anymore and children who decide their parents have never really supported them.  I know life happens and people change their minds for all kinds of reasons, but sometimes, my mouth drops open and I’m like, “Whaaaaat?”

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

I’ve seen circumstances, events and people change on a dime and I never saw that coming!  It’s like some kind of CRAZY just entered and said, “Ok, I’m in charge now.”  AND THAT is exactly what happens …CRAZY walked in.  CRAZY took over.  CRAZY waltzed in all cocky like, sat down, kicked it’s feet up and settled in.

I’m talking about the CRAZY that makes us shake our heads, squint our eyes and scratch our noggin.  (again…”Whaaaat?”)

And CRAZY pops up like a weed in a sidewalk crack!  You are like WHERE did that come from and HOW is that growing out of cement?!?!?

That kind of crazy is like a fire that consumes the land.  It takes our breath away sometimes.  It makes us question ourselves.  It makes us DOUBT.  It makes us sad.  It makes us cry, scream, lament…

BUT LET’S FLIP THIS MESS…

Going back to my original statement: I believe ANYTHING is possible.

Crazy can be defeated.  God can give us all the tools we need to slay the crazy.  You can kick the crazy out of it’s easy chair, pull that weed up and throw it out!

ANYTHING is possible…

Relationships can be redeemed, love can grow again and we can move forward.  We can wipe our tears, restore our trust and move forward.

I know that sometimes crazy has made some kind of scar while it was visiting. Sometimes it might even cause us to remove something or someone from our lives that we never thought would have to go, but as I said, with GOD we can forgive, mend and move on.

We need to identify the crazy for what it is — it is the devil working.  Crazy chaos and insane drama is what he loves the most.  The nasty of this life is used by the devil to try and break us.  We must stand up and stand out and stand on the word of God!  Rebuke the devil by the BLOOD of JESUS CHRIST and defend yourself with the truths God has given us.

My life verse is NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER. -Isaiah 54:17

I hang on to that verse like a security blanket.  It comforts me when I whisper it. I’ve written it on my mirror, door jams, in permanent marker on my desk at work and is visible all around my daily life, because I know WITH GOD…

I believe ANYTHING is possible.

 

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A QUOTE TO THINK ABOUT…

Rules without relationship leads to rebellion. -Josh McDowell (quoted by Dr. Kevin Leman –Have a New Kid by Friday)

I’ve been catching up with some lessons from HAVE A NEW KID BY FRIDAY By Dr. Kevin Leman.  This quote here was something that really got me to thinking about discipline in general.  He’s talking about how we treat our children and how we can really handle a situation instead of instantly reacting.  This quote, though, really reminded me of a video we watched before school started this year during our professional development days.  It was about relationships with our students.  It was a video by Rita Pierson where she says “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” ’

This quote above really summed it up for me.  Made me think even more about the fact that GOOD relationships are important in dealing with students and with my own babes.

If a student (or your own child!) knows you care about them (relationship) and want them in your class (acceptance), rules (discipline) are so much easier to administer.

WOW.

What do you think about this quote?

 

 

 

Grocery Store Bragging

While in the grocery store today I saw several people I know.  At two different parts of the store, I was blessed by being able to chat a bit with two older men who are dads to friends I went to school with.  In both instances, I was greeted with big smiles and them letting me know how pretty I am.  How sweet, right!?  Lord knew I needed that!  ((AND I have NO MAKE-UP on again today!))

What I realized after thinking about it, in both encounters, besides being happy to see me and making me feel great, they really bragged on their kids.  I thought how sweet that was!  I could tell they are both very proud of their children.  It was nice to hear their short synopsis of their grown children and a bit about their grand kids as well.  It’s great that they were able to speak freely about the love they have for them.  BOTH of them used the word “BLESSED” in their descriptions–LOVE THAT!  I believe that is what this world needs more of—Blessings being ACKNOWLEDGED and LOVE BEING SHOWN.  Not in the kissy touchy feely sense (gag, SAY NO TO “PDA”), but in the genuine kind of love for each other that we should have.

I started to think of my own parents and how I don’t have them here to brag on me.  I know, that seems a little selfish, but I don’t mean it that way.  I just thought and wondered if they would both be as proud of me as these dads were of their children.  I sure hope they would be!  I hope they would be able to brag a little bit anyway.

I’d like to take this time to brag:

My older child is a beautiful young lady who can talk your ears off, yet even when she is babbling like there is no tomorrow, she is most always speaking with tones of love and is very caring.  She is a sweet child.  When she was little I called her my “sweetbaby” and she really has developed into a sweet young lady.  I’m so proud of her athletic ability and her love for God and for people.

My little man is a witty thing.  He says stuff out of the blue that gets me to giggling even though he doesn’t really show that side to other people.  He wants to be a hunter just like his daddy and loves to watch THE RIFLEMAN!  The fact that he likes vintage westerns really cracks me up.  He loves to create stuff even if it’s just drawing a robot.

I have no HUGE aspirations for them to be doctors or lawyers (unless they want to be).  I just want them to be happy people who have good character.   And I don’t want to be one of those mommas that goes on and on about their kids and has no life because they live vicariously through their children.  I want to be a proud mom that guides, supports and helps her children grow into GOD FEARING, responsible, family loving  individuals who I’ll always be able to brag on– even if it’s only for about 2 minutes in the middle of the grocery store!

WOW! Again, WOW!

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I pray for so many things.  I do it often and when no one would even think I’m praying.  I, of course, get on my knees and bow to God, but I also drive, walk, sit, cook, hug, smile, dance (only my kids see that!), paint, draw, sing, read, type, etc. AND PRAY.  At times, I feel as if I’m bombarding God with so many requests.  I pray for…

  • My children’s protection and that they grow up to find THE ONE God has for them as well as to be responsible individuals.  (that seems like a big one, but soooo important to me and I know to God!)
  • My family’s protection.  Our well-being and happiness, of course.
  • My friends.  More specifically, those who have lost their spouses, here recently.  Oh, how my heart hurts for them.  God knows.  He will bless them.  I know it.  I’m THAT confident in His power.
  • Our church.  The expansion and extension of God’s hand in our community.  Those who are leaders in our church–that they lead with the entire congregation in mind and they always consult God and only say what HE wants them to say.  (that includes me as a youth teacher)
  • Our bosses and other leaders in our life.  I pray they will be able to take on all of the things that come their way and that they lead with God first.
  • My students, my classroom, my school, education in general.  I pray God is not pushed out of our school as He is in so many places.  Jesus should have a place in all aspects of our lives ESPECIALLY schools.  Our kids need Him.  I plead for this!

…and truly, the list goes on and on…  I feel as if I am just babbling to God some days.  I don’t mean in a way where I’m not sincere in my petitions.  I mean, I just think I’m asking for so much that I’m like that kid at Christmas who circles all the toys in the Sears catalog!  I want it all!  I want all the blessings!  I want those around me to feel His presence and his provision!  I feel so greedy at times.

Then I remember:

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.…

WOW!  

My mind is seriously blown by so many verses in the Bible.  They are there, though, to do exactly that! God is unbelievable!  We can’t wrap our minds around His enormous power and constant ability to bless us with all we need and so many times what we want.  He is just waiting for us to ask for it!  I love that!  I love God!  I love the fact that He never changes, He loves us and He will always be there no matter what we have done, what we are doing now or what is to come!  

Again, WOW!

GO THANK SOMEONE!

THANK YOU!  “Thanks for giving me this coffee cup that I love using!”  That is the thought today that inspired this blog.  I know it’s important for us to show our appreciation to others.  Don’t you love when others recognize what you did as something valuable to them?!  Yes we do!  It’s almost like getting a big golden trophy!  Actually, to me, it’s better.  Those trophies gather dust, words of appreciation just fill your happy bucket!   I love to for that bucket to be OVERFLOWING!!!

“I appreciate what you do.”   “Thank you for loving me.”  “Thanks for all you organize.”  “Thanks for just smiling at me.”  Why can’t we use these sentences daily?  We can.  We just don’t sometimes.  We should.  We should let those around us know that they are important.  We should let people know that their help and support make your life easier.

There are so many ways you can send notes and information now.  I mean, check out this blog!  I can thank anyone I want to right now and then share this blog with them through their twitter or facebook account.  I can text a simple message.  I can email a letter of appreciation.  And yes, we can still handwrite a heartfelt letter or card, stuff the envelope, lick, stick the stamp on and put it in the mailbox or post office.  There are too many opportunities to miss showing others you appreciate them.

So, I’m challenging you RIGHT NOW…have a kind and appreciating heart.  Show someone right now you are so happy they helped you in some way.  If you are thinking you don’t have anyone to thank right now really, think again!  Let me give you some examples…

I THANK…

My husband for filling in the things in our life that I just don’t enjoy doing like paying our bills.  I would be such a grumpy person if I had to deal with those numbers.  I could go on and on about the things that he does for our family.  I think I’ll write him a personal note after this blog!

My two children who drive me crazy most all of the time, but that is the way I LOVE IT!

My Reagan who makes me laugh and think, but mostly for her love–she makes me feel so appreciated especially when I feel so UNappreciated.

My Tammy for being a personal prayer partner and someone that makes me laugh no matter what.

My Susan who makes my hair look great and serves as my psychiatrist every 4 to 5 weeks.

My Mary who, no matter how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other, we laugh and have super fun together.

My Johnny who always smiles and hugs me and makes OCHS a great place to work.

My students, whether they want to learn that day or they are having one of those other days, I love to have in my class.

My boss, his wife and family who are just GOOD PEOPLE.  Good Christian people!

My church family for being unified and loving and always ready to help each other.

My high school art teacher–Mrs. Garrison–for being more than just an art teacher, but a mentor, character builder and friend.

My Mrs. Pearson who is the Godliest woman I know.  She’s such an example.

Wow, I COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND AAAHHHHNNNN….

but I’m pretty sure you got the jest of things.  Maybe I will make my list longer tomorrow by actually sending these messages to the people I need to thank instead of posting it to my blog.  Think I’ll go start now.

GO THANK SOMEONE!

 

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