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Does it always have to be about being Christian?

A while back, a friend of mine had someone ask her if EVERYTHING to her had to be about being a Christian?

This keeps coming into my head.  I keep answering the question up in there too.  YES.  It really does need to be all about FOLLOWING JESUS.  That is what Christian means, right?  If I call myself a Christian, I’m a follower of Christ.  Therefore, YES, EVERYTHING falls under that.

Being a Christian to me is like nothing else I am.  It’s as constant as the fact that I’m a woman, but still not the same.  It’s more than that.  Being a Christian involves much more than just gender or culture or the color of my skin.  It is what holds everything I am together.  How did I do it before I was born again??? –is the question I ask myself over and over.

I pray that everyday I become more and more like Christ.  That is what Christians are supposed to strive for, right?  We are supposed to live CHRIST-LIKE.  We are supposed to press on toward the reward that is awaiting us BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST, emphasizing CHRIST (since I’m talking about CHRISTian here) gave His life so we could have it.

DOES THIS MEAN that I can’t be friends with non-Christians?  NO.  Does this mean I’m “holier than thou?”  HAHAHA…no! Does this mean I can only love those who love Jesus?  NO!  I’m to love my neighbor and that is EVERYONE. (Mark 12:31) There are no stipulations in the Bible that say I’m to only love people just like me.  I’m supposed to love ALL Y’ALL!   I do believe that is what I will try my hardest to do.

Soooooooooooo…

DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE ABOUT BEING CHRISTIAN?

TO ME…

Yes.  I have chosen to be a Christian.

I HAVE DECIDED.

Reminds me of a song.  (Like most things do!)

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TOO

Are you too much of something?  We think of ourselves as too fat, too ugly.  Too tired to do something.  Too much work to do.  Too much time or is it tooooo LITTLE time?  Too short, to tall, too hairy, too loud…
They say too much of anything is bad, right?

I wouldn’t say that about ALL THINGS.  Somethings can’t be measured on the TOO MUCH scale.  I can never get too much love, smiles, inspiration, joy or JESUS.

I’ve been called TOO HAPPY.  You know what that makes me?  EVEN HAPPIER!  I do not take offense to that even when the person saying it may mean it to be offensive.  I do admit my happiness may be annoying to others at times, but to tell someone they are TOO happy implies that there is such a thing.  I believe that is false.  How can you be TOO HAPPY?  I understand there are drugs out there that can induce happiness and maybe that is getting a little TOO HAPPY.  I’ve heard people refer to drunk people as TOO HAPPY.  To me, those state of minds are not really HAPPY…those things are just masking sad or angry or… whatever.

I promise you, I am not partaking of anything that is messing with the chemical make-up of my brain.

I AM HAPPY.  Yes, I try my absolute hardest to look at the good in every situation.  I AM HAPPY.  Too happy?  Absolutely not ..and how do I know?  Because MY HAPPY comes from knowing that JESUS went to the cross for me and because of Him, I can have hope for every day. (#thankfulEVERYday)  I know without a doubt that I always have a friend with me, beside me and in me.  I know that WHATEVER happens…I WIN IN THE END.  I know that I am a victor over anything, because HE has given me that victory already–IT’S DONE!  Yes, I struggle with issues.  I am hard on myself and others at times.  I said I was HAPPY, not perfect!  I go through the trials, tribulations and hard times of this world, but my outlook on the good or bad of this life is HAPPY, because JESUS LIVES!

I pray that you too can be TOO HAPPY because of the exact same reason!

Amen!

Am I?

We all have questions. Some more than others.  I’m not a big question asker.  I’m not inherently nosey. I am not a good investigator. 

But I do have this question I ask myself daily. Sometimes I ask it numerous times a day. I’m usually not a person who worries, but I admit, I do get concerned about this question.  I believe that if you are a Christian as well, you will relate to this question. You have probably uttered this question under your breath, in the corners of your mind or even blurted it out in prayer.  

“Am I doing enough to show others JESUS?”

I don’t think any of us are ever truly hitting our full sharing Jesus potential. So maybe my question should be, 

“Am I trying as hard as I can to share You, Jesus?”

Some days don’t seem as full of effort as others do to me.  At times, I feel like I’m walking the way I’m supposed to, but then I trip up.  I am so grateful we can be in constant contact with the Lord. Prayer is power and helps me feel the confidence I know I can always have in the Lord.  My crazy mind gets all tangled up with things of this world, though and I know I fail at sharing JESUS through my speech and actions. 

Lord, please remind me constantly that I need to walk the walk and talk the talk.  Jesus did so much for all of us and I never want to be one of those who deny His grace. I want to be clothed in it and shine so brightly that others know without a doubt I have Jesus is in my heart.  I pray that my question can always be answered with a YES. YES I AM.  In His precious name, amen.  

RUN!!!

Run the race with endurance.

Run using perseverance. 

Strive to finish.  Move forward. 

Push it! Run!  Go, go, go!

That kind of talk makes me laugh. 

 Seriously, LOL!  

I’m not trying to disrespect any of you runners out there. I commend you. I bow to your cardio awesomeness. Do not get me wrong here at all, I do like to be active. I enjoy a brisk walk and the occasional Zumba for major laughs and to be reminded of uncontrollable bladder issues. I feel better when I’m doing a workout every morning.  So, I recognize the need for a body which is not at a constant rest, but I do not see the need for speed.  I have never done a mile in less than 17 minutes and I am good with that. I’m sure that time made some of you LOL! Go ahead, laugh at my snail-ness. It’s all good. I have other talents you don’t. I take confidence in knowing that. Haha!

In the Bible it says that we are to RUN with endurance the race…  I believe, Biblically, I’m running.  As it says in Hebrews, I’m throwing those things off that slow me down. I’m doing my best at speeding by and looking passed the things that trip me up. 

I may be physically slow, but thanks to Jesus, I can be the best “runner” in the world and do it while “light as a feather,” because HE has taken my heavy sins and burdens. He took them from me!  He allowed me to be able to move forward, walk on and even RUN with endurance.  Thank You Jesus for giving me the gift of grace which allows me to do that!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. -Heb 12:1

 A few funnies…  
 

And definitely NEVER run with scissors!

  

Blue Bell and JESUS

Here in Texas, we love our BLUE BELL.  We like sweet tea, talking about how hot the weather is going to get, Bar-B-Q and Blue Bell.  We talk about football, how the team will be this year and discuss the date we believe Blue Bell will return.

Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Blackberry Cobbler, Rocky Road…

Whatever the fave may be, Blue Bell is the choice around here.

One of my friends said today, “If you are really wanting ice cream, any of it’s good.”   To most Blue Bell Addicts, that would be fightin’ words.  That would be the beginning of a major debate.

I do like ice cream, but as my friend said, if you are wanting it, almost any of it will satisfy you.  We like to be obsessed about so many things in this world.  I’m not trying to dis Blue Bell.  I do like Blue Bell.  I do!

My observation today is just this: ICE CREAM is good.  This life is good, but we as crazy humans have to find something to talk about.  Blue Bell has been a current event for several months now.  It’s been in the news, on the radio and the topic of several conversations all over Texas and beyond for a while now.

Why aren’t we so quick to talk to people about what Jesus has done for us?  Why not share GOD stories just as quick as we start small talk about a brand of ice cream?  Isn’t HE just as sweet as ice cream?

As most all of my blogs go…I’m talking to myself!  Why don’t I share Jesus MORE?  I want to tell people about the crazy awesome stuff that happens in my life, because I know my God is real.  I do!  I want to be able to talk to others just as easy about HIS return as I am about the return of Blue Bell.  You never know which will be first!

Don’t ask yourself when Blue Bell is coming… Ask yourself are you ready when JESUS comes?

I hope the second question is much easier to answer than the first one.

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A shout out to JESUS!

I’m gonna lift the name of JESUS up right here.  I hope that my life does that daily.  Don’t all Christians want that?

I sure hope so!

Thank You JESUS for your sacrifice and grace.  Amen.

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Please click on the link below to view a touching photo… this is how I want to praise Him!

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A VERSE:

YES

Last, the song I keep singing over and over…it’s my theme song.

Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let me go!
Jesus got into my heart; He got into my soul!
I used to be oh so sad,
But now I’m just so free and so glad,
‘Cause Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let go!

Sometimes I remember how I used to be livin’ in sin;
I tried to act happy and free but I wasn’t within;
I fooled a lot of friends of mine,
They tho’t I had some peace of mind,
But I never had a thing until I opened up and let Jesus in!

Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let me go!
Jesus got into my heart; He got into my soul!
I used to be oh so sad,
But now I’m just so free and so glad,
‘Cause Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let go!

Aren’t you getting’ just a bit tired of foolin’ around?
You try to laugh your way thro’ life but you’re not gainin’ ground;
Why not try the Lord today,
Just ask Him in your heart to stay,
And you’ll find Jesus’ love to be the greatest thing that you’ve ever found!

Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let me go!
Jesus got into my heart; He got into my soul!
I used to be oh so sad,
But now I’m just so free and so glad,
‘Cause Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let go

JESUS!!!

NO CELL SERVICE!?!

I was so very blessed to be able to spend some time with a couple of gal friends out on the lake the last few days.  We smash-booked, watched funny clean comedian videos (yes, still funny!) and talked about life, family and especially JESUS.  It was an awesome time.  I love being with people who love Jesus and me.

There was only one “problem” …we had no cell service.  I put problem in parenthesis, because, really, it wasn’t a problem.  It’s not like we were totally cut off from the world.  The cabin actually had a LAN line phone in case anyone really needed to tell us something.  Not having the flow of constant instantaneous information for a few days was actually refreshing.

I do love sending a text to my man periodically or hearing my kiddos voices…OF COURSE!  Do not get me wrong when I say this, because I’m not anti-technology, but being severed from the bombarding of voice mails, texts, updates and notifications was so peaceful.

I remember when there weren’t such things.

In my lifetime, I’ve been without a phone when driving to another state. *gasp*  (I was asleep in the back seat while my parents took turns driving, but still)

I’ve actually had a phone that couldn’t search the internet.  *gasp*

I owned a cell phone that had to be carried around in a bag if you actually wanted to take it out of the vehicle and make it really “mobile.”  #ugly #bulky #ew  *gasp*

What would the younger generation do in times like these?  I’ve seen various challenges out there that ask to do this: disconnect.  Most will admit that disconnecting would make them quite antsy and maybe even a bit fearful.  The reliance on always knowing what is going on in the world has become so great that without it, we feel not only disconnected, but disoriented.  That is a scary word.  We shouldn’t feel like that about anything.

We should hold on to the fact that we are capable of going through life without this never ending connection.  We need to have a connection with Jesus most of all. (duh) Also, we need to connect with PEOPLE face to face …walking, talking, for real people.   I know social media keeps us connected in an interesting way, but the last few days have been that true, in your face kind of connection and I LIKED IT!

So, hey, NO CELL SERVICE!?!

I’m cool with that.  (for at least a few days anyway)

Try it and tell me what you think???

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