Wednesday, March 28, 2012

May I Just Say....

I really wish people wouldn't wear their pajama's to the store! It is better than looking at pants hanging halfway down your rear! You know how you see these guys with really baggy pants and they are hanging on to them? I have this secret desire to go up to one of these guys and yell something like " Dude, there is a wasp on your head!" just to see if he would let go :) then I would hand them a belt! Back to the pajamas. When did this become OK? I want to go up to them and say "hey, if your not going to get out of your pajamas at least brush you teeth morning breath!" These are just thoughts I will not act on them.
I will admit a few weeks ago I was not in a very good mood and I got out of my car and went to Quik Trip and these guys were looking at me like "hey babe" of course I couldn't understand them because they were not speaking English but it was obvious what was coming out of their mouth. Like I said I wasn't in a good mood and I looked at all of them and yelled "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT!" Their mouths must of dropped to the ground! They didn't see that coming. I did feel bad later...much later because I know that is not how I should act. 
When people choose to wear their pants to their knees and show their butts, wear their pajamas, stare at us in a rude manner and make comments, play music that makes my van shake and my kids ask "what is that bad word mean", take the 10 Commandment's or any religious statue or saying  off of a government building or school because it offended ONE person, get mad because we don't like cigarette smoke around us...they are stepping all over those of us who do not indulge in any of the above. 
Me wearing my pants where they are suppose to be, getting dress before I go out in public, not stare and make rude remarks, may not agree but does not take offense to your beliefs and choose not to smoke in no way oversteps a boundary with anyone.
I was watching the Strawberry Shortcake cartoon with my youngest daughter the other day. This may sound silly but I thought how simple their little lives where in Berry Town! They all respected each other, helped one another, they were all kind and good to everyone. Ahhhh...if only.

They just brim with sweetness!
What a happy place!
After watching this sweet, unrealistic cartoon I dived into my bible study by Beth Moore on the book of James. This is when reality hits. There is no Berry Town anywhere here on earth. For believers our Berry Town is called Heaven. James reminds us that as long as we are alive on this earth we will always have trails and tribulations. God never promised us a rose garden. He did promise that "the man who perseveres under trail will be blessed because he stood the test and will receive the Crown of Life! 

Now before someone thinks seriously doesn't she realize there are much bigger things going on in the world?  Of course I do. The above things mentioned are a reminder of yet another step society is taking toward not giving a care about anyone but themselves. Sadly it is and will get much worse. If you want to know how things turn out read the  Bible. It's a choice not a direct order.
So because I am a christian does that mean I should not step up and fight for justice? No way! What it does mean is I should look to God for guidance (sadly I didn't do that when I yelled at those men so if any of you are reading this please accept my apology) and fight the good fight His way and not mine. Will this make everyone take note and change their ways? I wish! Seriously, maybe some, but what it will do is give me peace here while I am on this earth. And when I go to heaven my prayer is when I stand in front of the Creator of ALL mankind that He will say "Job well done my good and faithful servant." That is my hearts desire.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


So, you have a passion let's say baseball and you get this team together. You put everything you have into it. It's your passion. You spend hours, days, years practicing. After all you want to know what your doing and do it well. Now let's say that is where it ends. You never play against another team. All that passion, all that time practicing and you never go out and try. You never show other's what you know.  Maybe because of fear of the unknown, not wanting to take a risk or no time. One excuse after the other. You never get off the bench.
That is how many Christians are. They know God has given them a gift, a passion. They attend church, hear sermons, study the bible, the word for years. But they never do anything with it because of fear, time or commitment. They stay on the pew.
Our pastor used this analogy today. It may not be word for word but you get the point.  I can't help but wonder what would happen if every Christian got off the pew and did what God called them to do. If this was the case I believe you wouldn't see many of us sitting on the pews because we would be in the world doing what God has called us to do. Taking care of the poor, the widow, the orphan. We would take the gospel to the world and put others needs before us. We would quit waiting for the church to meet our needs and go meet the needs of others.
This doesn't mean we all have to travel the world to do these things. You don't have to look far to meet these needs. Look around you. If you can't see one person you can help then your either in denial or don't care.
And not to get far of the track but I was watching Joyce Meyers and she was talking about what you could do to expect a miracle in your life. She said wiggle! want a miracle, a change? Then wiggle! Move! Get going! Go for it! God will do His part but you have to do yours.
Life is much to short to sit on the bench or pew. God didn't put you here on earth to keep your buns warm! Go into the world and make a difference. Somewhere, someone is waiting for you.


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive and inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My God List

This morning I came across some notes I had taken last year during my quiet time. The notes inspired me to list all the wonderful things God has done for me in the last year. As I began making my God list I was overwhelmed and blessed at His goodness.
I led my first team to Ethiopia which included my oldest daughter
My sister (far right) survived a rare stroke and aneurysm
Our oldest son has met a wonderful girl!
You know what I wish? I wish I had taken the time to write down every single time God has blessed me, answered prayers, spoke to me. The pictures above are just a few of the wonderful blessings God has shown our family.
 I did however fine time to write a Bucket List of things I would like to do in my life time. Seriously? Oh, humans, we are a curious bunch.
From this point on my God list is my priority. My Bucket list may or may not happen, but I know for sure My God list will, in ways I never could have imagined!

'Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' Jeremiah 33:3

This beauty turned 13!
Our ladybug was baptized!
We added two new grandsons to our family!
Our youngest son is home for good!
And he asked his sweet girlfriend to marry him!
Our oldest grandson turned 10, oldest granddaughter 8 and our youngest granddaughter turned 3!
These are just a few of the blessings! Many would call these big blessings, but to me small or big whatever comes from God is good.
In my day to day living I get wrapped up in my own little drama, but for some reason God led me to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, 24, which lead me to look at my old notes, which made me aware of how very good and faithful God is.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods for you in Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, 24

 Now with all this being said God hasn't answered all my prayers the way I would have liked, but He did answer them. And His answers are never wrong. My life is not perfect and trust me I have my fair share of problems and issues...but God!