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It’s Alright

I’ve actually blogged about this song before.  My plan is to sing this tomorrow for my church.  It’s one of those songs that reminds me to not freak out, stress or go crazy about any situation, because it really is going to be OK.  Thank You Jesus!

We all have that person in our lives that says that to you.  You may have more than one person that does it for ya.  My biggest OK man was my dad.  He was my cheerleader.  He was the one I went to with any question at all.  When he answered me, it made perfect sense.  He could always comfort me.  He was a voice of reason.  He would just say, “It’s going to be ok.” and I was *thumbs up*!

This song reminds me that I still have people like that in my life.  God has put people in my life to remind me that no matter what, it’s going to be ok.  I can call or text my people in times of craziness and they are ready to give me a word, shoot me the perfect emoji or most better yet, send me a Bible verse and pray for me.

I take comfort most of all in God’s word.  God truly tells us in the Bible that it is going to be OK.  It is going to be ALRIGHT.  We win.  We overcome!  He sent His son to overcome so we can too.

I can go through times of sorrow, times of confusion, times that I want to hurt someone because they are crazy, times that anger me or cause me to doubt myself, BUT with God and His gift of mercy and grace,

IT’S ALRIGHT!

 

Those three…

We are all in search for something.  The meaning of life?

Most would like to know the meaning of life and use every minute to ponder and wonder. Sometimes searching gets us exhausted and while searching, striving to find something, we miss out on the things we really need to focus on.  

God, family, friends...  We give up on those three important things to stay connected with a world that doesn’t really care if we are here or not when those three truly do.

God, family and friends love us, care about us, want us.

Watching TV, looking down at our phones, staring at a computer screen (like I’m doing now) or searching for things to entertain us limits us at times.  While trying to broaden our minds, we might find ourselves filling them with useless information when we could be experiencing something new, innovative or just plain fun instead!

My day today started out with sitting in a deer stand.  This wasn’t a new real life experience for me or something particularly innovative, but it was fun.  I’ve not done it in many years.  It’s not something I’ve ever really loved to do.  After today, I’m not saying I’m some deer hunting convert either, but I can say, it was nice being out in the woods, watching the squirrels and listening to my boy whisper about his friends and stories about school.  My husband wasn’t able to take him this morning, so I filled in.  I’m not the best fill in, of course, but I had to do.

So, I started off my day by searching for the camo shirt, searching for the keys, searching for the road to turn on, searching for the stand in the dark with coyotes howling in the background…

The search was on …then the wait was on … then he shot a sizable creature (I’m his witness–it was big) … then the search started again!

Like bloodhounds, we trailed the deer until for some reason, the blood stopped dropping. I know what frustration is today.  I know that sometimes, searching does not end in finding.  I know that we sometimes have to sit back, listen, watch, think, regroup and go home.  That is what we did today.  We searched and searched until I thought I was lost (I wasn’t!). The search came up empty, but the experience was something I don’t think either my boy or I will forget.

Let’s be IN SEARCH of memories we can make with others.  We need to focus on those three things I mentioned earlier.  I think our search for whatever we are looking for should start with those three.


 

 

 

 

VICTORY SURELY IS SWEET!

Victory surely is sweet.

As my high school alma mater and school that I just happen to work at now (what a blessing that is!) moved toward VICTORY against our biggest rival in the history of both schools, my heart felt like it couldn’t take it!  I was so nervous when the game started and it only got worse as the game progressed.  When we took the lead, it wasn’t by much and I was ready to start pacing.  The game was packed so I didn’t try and disrupt anyone trying to get out of the stands even though I came close to doing it several times.  My husband, a major Rebel fan as well, almost a bigger fan, but definitely bigger critic encouraged me to hang in there and see it all the way through.  Man…I wanted to bolt!  It was like my life or something was hinged on this one little game.  How crazy does that sound!?!  This game was seriously intense until the last 44 seconds where we finally had the ball and only had to kneel it twice.  What a HUGE sigh of relief!

I had a friend ask me earlier that day when I was talking about how nervous I was for this game, “Win or lose, isn’t the sun still going to shine tomorrow?”  That question helped me so much!  At that point, I was even thinking of not going to the game! GASP!  His words did help me get through the game.  When I thought I was about to instantly contract a bleeding ulcer, I would remember, win or lose…it’s gonna be ok!  But.. But..

I WANTED THAT VICTORY!   And we did possess it in the end, thank the good Lord.

The sun did shine a bit brighter the next day… and victory is sweet!  But today I think of a victory that I wish we could all possess… AND WE REALLY CAN, but we have to decide to receive it.

This victory is sweeter than any other!!!

I went to a memorial service for a member of our church, friend and family member today where I was reminded again that the victory we have in Jesus is the best, most sweetest and is above all others.  Football games, making the A or wearing your “skinny” jeans is nothing compared to what we have with the blood of Jesus Christ.

We have life after death.  Actually death here on earth is just a period, a dot, a bend in the road as the preacher referred to it today…  It is actually a BEGINNING ..a beginning of our eternal life, free from sorrow, tears or fear.  Wow!

I WANT THAT VICTORY!

I CLAIM IT, ACCEPT IT, POSSESS IT…

I HAVE THAT VICTORY!

VICTORY SURELY IS SWEET!

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.

 

That pencil.

  God provides us with so many things… He provides us with so many things we take for granted.  We are blessed. It’s a given we don’t think about as much as we should. 

A friend recently told me about how God gave her a pencil. This might seem kind of silly to some, but God provides for us all the time and in this instance, it was something as simple (yet huge) as a pencil. 

Here’s part of her text:

Just got back from walking. As I was walking I was studying my notes that I am using today to speak… God gave me something to say in the notes but I had no pen. I said “God I need you to give me a pen to write that with.” I kept walking and was going to take the shortcut home so I could write it down and not forget. Then I stopped and turned around. Everything in my spirit said “don’t take the shortcut.” I obeyed. As I was walking there was a sharpened pencil on the side of the road. I would have missed it if I’d taken the shortcut!!!! Thank you Lord!!!! This has happened to me before and he provided a writing pen in road.

My response:

Again… HE BLESSES YOU!!! Can I write a blog about that story?

What do you need? Have you asked Him for it?  Is it something huge and you are thinking there’s no way it will ever be your blessing?  Maybe you’re thinking a pencil is not a very big item and why would God provide me with something more than that?  

God can! Keep praying. Keep your focus on Him. Perhaps your exact request will be granted … Or better yet, God will bless you with exactly what He knows you need!

I pray for this specifically and praise and thank Him for that pencil. 

The Struggle Is Real

Everyone has a struggle.  It may be with self-loathing, a shoe buying addiction or a relationship.  It may be weight loss, an ill parent or a crazy person you gave birth to.  It might be your un-understanding spouse or a boss that just doesn’t appreciate your dedication.  Some struggle with their past.  Some struggle with the uncertainty of their future.  I struggle with remembering negative things people have said to me.  We all have some type of struggle.  Some have more than others!  They change daily at times.

What do you struggle with?  What is your weakness?

The Lord has been showing me some very important things the last few days.  He has been reminding me that weaknesses are what He specializes in for us.  He stands up for us.  He is our strength when we are weak.  He’s like one of those jumbo erasers when it comes to a weakness.  HE can help us lighten those and even erase them!  How exciting!  You are never ever alone in your weaknesses.  He will comfort us in scripture, surround us with people who support us and show us over and over that we are not alone.  That right there is awesome.

In the Bible, Paul talks about having a thorn in his side.  That struggle had to have been pretty annoying.  Just as Paul knew, I know the struggle is real.  I had a student one time that said that all the time (“The struggle is real, Mrs. Clawson”).  I miss that kid, but when I think about that saying now, I think,

Again, like Paul knew, I know that MY GOD IS REAL!  My God is so much MORE real than any struggle we may go through.

Thank you GOD for that.  Thank YOU for being bigger and better than any struggle I may come against.  Thank you for being STRONG in my weakness.   Amen!

#thankfulEVERYday

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor 12:9

 

 

WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT?!?

Lose up to 10 pounds in your first month. 

Walk away that belly. 

Take that first step.  Start your journey today!

Walk. Stair step. 

Drink these shakes. 

Take these pills. 

Start now. 

It’s easy!

Translations:

Your fat. 

Your ugly. 

You’re disgusting even. 

You shouldn’t show your face in public. 

People look at the size of your waist. 

Your smile and awesome hair means nothing. 

The way you look is the only thing that matters. 

Our society is obsessed with weight loss and you should be too!

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I’m all for feeling better about yourself. I’m in favor of being healthier.  It has been personally proven that exercising and eating right (or better) definitely helps the attitude. With this first day of the New Year though… WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT!?! 

Is it how much weight you can lose by January 7th?  

Is it how many steps you can put in before lunch? 

Is it the way your jeans fit or how people look at you?

I don’t believe it is. 

I know EVERYONE has that THING that they obsess over and for a lot of us, it’s the way we look. For others it’s organization or exercise or keeping the house clean (gag!).  But are any of those things what’s REALLY IMPORTANT?!? 

I don’t believe it is. 

I had a friend die of brain cancer just this morning.  Yes, first day of the year.  She is in heaven with Jesus!  No cancer, NO PAIN!  So, tell me, was losing weight, looking like society says we should, being organized or “perfect” important to her?

What’s really important? 

GOD, a personal relationship with Jesus, family, friends and knowing that this world is not our home!

I’m not trying to knock losing weight or feeling better about yourself.  I’m only saying…

WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT?!?

I hope you find the true answer to that question this new year.  

Happy New Year!

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