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WORRY, WORRY, WORRY!

Anybody remember that song from a popular country style variety show of the 70s?  Kornfield Kounty was a hoot!

I remember singing this song right along side, “Where OHHHHHH Where are You Tonight????”

Today was a day full of pushing worry away.  I felt the gloom, despair and agony taking over my mind!  Don’t worry, I didn’t need “the jug” like those guys have in the video.  Haha!

I am right smack dab in the middle of a situation here!  It’s one of those that just lends itself to uncertainty and unknowns.   I have faith and definitely want to KEEP THE FAITH.  I know God has it covered.  He will provide whatever is needed in the days, weeks…months to come. I know this!  I hold on to this!  I take comfort in His word, provision and guidance.  I would be so lost without HIS promises.

Here’s the thing…

I admit sometimes, that even though I know God’s got me, worry creeps up and my mind starts going down roads of concern and anxiousness.  I don’t mean to!  It is truly not intentional.  I like to walk on the BRIGHT SIDE, see the silver lining and think happy thoughts.  Worry just happens!  Then I find myself mentally shoveling it away again like one would clean out a horse stall.  I did that for a neighbor of mine when I was young until the horse stepped on my foot one day.  That was the end of that.

Let me focus again… SEE!  My mind wonders off the straight and narrow …SQUIRREL!!!

I’m getting to the point.  Worry, worry, worry…

Throughout this day, while I was working on pushing the worry out of my mind, God kept sending me messages through so many things.  Check this…

JUST NOW, as I’m writing this blog, my friend sent me this quote: “Worry is the enemy of faith.”  Yes!

And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? (Luke 12:26 NLT)  That’s just ONE verse that talks about worry in the Bible.  There are many others.  I promise, go look!   Woo Hoo!

I listened to Dr. Charles Stanley this evening while exercising and part of his sermon was about worry.  Amen!

I went to evening service tonight and Dr. Teddy Ott discussed worry.  Hallelujah!

I am audibly saying this while I type, “I know GOD… Thank YOU!”

He knows I don’t normally obsess over things.  I’m for the most part, an optimist.  I like wearing rose-colored glasses!

BUT TODAY…He knew I needed all of these things to help me remember that I DO NOT need to worry.  I don’t need to waste my time worrying about things that really, seriously, will either NEVER HAPPEN or even if they do, I can’t do a thing about.

I never ever need to sing that Hee Haw song!

There’s no gloom, despair or agony on me!

THANK YOU GOD!

Note to Self

  

Faith

To me…
Faith is so important.
My faith keeps me positive.
Faith makes my life make more sense.
It gives hope.
Calms.

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Yes, EVERYONE!

I just saw this on a church marquee:

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” 

I actually looked it up and it is a Saint Augustine quote.  He was a catholic priest who lived a horribly sinful life before having a great conversion in faith .  Once he converted, he gave himself wholly to the Lord in everything he did including becoming a priest.  His story is quite interesting and much like a lot of ours.  We all have something we need to give up in order to be SOLD OUT for our God.  

The quote is such an awesome statement of the kind of love God has for us.

We are all equal in His eyes.  God loves us all no matter what and He has no “favorites.”  We are not to put ourselves above other people.  We are not to look down on others because of anything–ANYTHING.  Yet, how often do we all do this!?  I know I’ve done it in the past and perhaps I do it at times and do not really know it.  I’m human!  I do strive to be closer to God and more like Jesus.  I want to look at others like He did while on this earth and this quote puts it in perfect perspective.  That is how we should love.  

Show brotherly love no matter who it is or what the circumstances are—wow.  I know that is hard.  Believe me! I know that is hard!  It’s hard to love those who aren’t “lovable,” but think about how UNLOVABLE we are at times and God still LOVES US!  Wow.  

That right there just makes me want to Praise Him:  THANK YOU LORD!

 

Check out the lyrics to this song:

A Heart That Forgives

I want a heart that forgives
A heart full of love
One with compassion just like Yours above
One that overcomes evil with goodness and love
Like it never happened, never holding a grudge
I want a heart that forgives that lives and lets live
One that keeps loving over and over again
One that men can’t offend
Because Your Word is within
One that loves without price, like You Lord Jesus Christ
I want a heart that loves everybody….even my enemies
I want to love like You, be like You, just like You did
I want a heart that forgives,…

Listen to the whole song:

Great is Thy Faithfulness!

Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

So, this week has been one of those weeks.  It’s been trying.  It’s been hard.  It’s been feverish, dizzy, nauseous and painful.  It all started last Friday with my oldest having fever from then until Monday when we took her to the doc.  Ended up, she had tonsillitis/strep.  She passed it on to dear ole mom.  By the end of Tuesday, the fever had me feeling like I was walking in slow mo.  I took a little trip to our local physician right when the last bell rang at school.  It was strep.  It was painful.  I felt like a knife was in my throat.  I haven’t had this kind of sickness for a very long time, but through this week, God calmed me and I know He helped me keep on keepin’ on.  My fever went away quickly, but the dizziness and just weakness from the crazy stuff kept me down.  It came in waves.  One minute I would feel kind of like “OH YEAHHH…” then I would be like “Whoa Bessie” and I’d have to grab on to something so as not to have an embarrassing fall.  

Ok, enough of all that sickness talk.  BACK TO GOD–He is so good!  It’s Friday and after a week of the crazy throat mess, I knew I was to sing this Sunday at church.  I’ve been praying and I was not worried at all.  God gave me the song this evening after I sat down and started going over a couple of new ones I’d downloaded last weekend.  I tried the first one, but really thought that it would be the second one.  I started on the second one and couldn’t get it right.   So, I said it out loud: Lord, tell me what to sing.  He always has THE ONE.  And as always HE put it in front of my face.  It is a song I’ve sung once before, but it had been a while back.  So, I sang it and automatically knew THAT’S THE ONE!  The message alone should have told me that.  This week I’ve been through so many things that seemed to kind of beat me down, but GOD IS CONSTANT…He sustains me…He supports me, helps me, shows compassion for me, loves me.  I love that the more I sing praises to HIM, the MORE He ALLOWS ME to sing!   

Mustard Seed

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I didn’t make this. I love the angle and it’s beauty. So sweet!

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