Showing posts from July, 2015

Blessing by default

My family received a blessing by default today. How do you get a blessing by default you ask? Well, its when someone you love gets a blessing and it just blesses you because it blesses them. Make sense? Are you following me here? Pay attention. 
My stepson is the one who got some great news today. A blessing. An opportunity for his future. You see, he is 16 years old and very much a teenage boy. He loves being busy as much as he loves sleeping. He loves being active in sports, at the gym or in the pool. Not to mention he loves looking at himself in the mirror to see the latest progress of his fitness quest... and sometimes we just have to shake our heads and silently giggle while watching him do so. 
He loves music and sneakers and seems to just know everything about being 'hip' in the world today. In fact, he probably would fill me in on the word that is used today instead of the outdated word 'hip.' 
And lucky for us, he still gives us the opportunity to spend time with…

MY moment. Finally.

I just have a short little something important I want to share today. 
I have spent a lot of time around people who are busting at the seams with faith... and I admire how they feel it. I have faith, but I have never been moved like some people I know. I see people full of such emotion and talk with such confidence about their faith and about God... and I have always felt a little, well, not so "full," I guess. Not quite sure how to describe it... but its almost like their book had a chapter mine didn't! 
Well I am here to tell you that I had MY moment two nights ago. 
I was driving home after having dinner with my mom when a song came on the radio. Now, I have heard this song many, many times. But apparently I would just sing along without really hearing the lyrics.  (Or maybe it just wasn't my time to hear them). Because something happened that night. I got hit with such emotion that I could hardly maintain control of my car. 
I have heard this song so m any times befo…

Go find a mirror.

I read something the other day that resonated with me. Maybe its because of a few things that I am struggling with internally or maybe its just a simple, powerful verse. Either way, it has stayed with me and I knew it would be great to share. (In more version than one!) __________________________________

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NLT)

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.  - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NKJV)
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity. - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (KJV)
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV)
Ok, it looks fairly straightforward, right? I mean, a mixture of simple statements telling you how to behave and how to face life. So, I guess the question is.... do you? Yes, that is ME as…

Hang up and try your call again

You decide to call your best friend. You dial the number and put the phone up to your ear, patiently waiting to hear the sound of ringing.... and knowing that your friend will be on the other end of the line soon. But, the ringing never happens. Instead, you hear a loud chiming noise that causes you to pull the phone away from your ear and form your face into a dramatic perplexed look. Why on earth did you get the operator instead of your friend? 
"The telephone number you are calling has been disconnected. Please check the number you are calling and dial again. Goodbye." 
But wait! What?! Don't hang up! I want my friend! What do you mean its disconnected!? Where did my friend go?! Why would she do that without telling me?! And how do you just tell someone that a number is disconnected and then say goodbye?! Its like telling me my friend disappeared with no explanation! Sigh. What to do? 
Do you ever feel this way? Like you are disconnected to something or someone? From you…

Hearts cannot hide

Hey! Check out these awesome pics!

Check out this donkey! Cute, eh?

Or how about this hot rod... I have a secret love for mustangs! Do you like this yellow one? I sure do. 

Lets see... what else can I share with you today? Hmm. Oh! I know! I took a picture outside this morning - so sunny and BEAUTIFUL, don't you think? 
Don't adjust your screen. Don't think I am crazy. And quit scratching your head! You know that really was a cow and not a donkey, right? Good. Just checking. That means that you likely didn't fall for the orange Gremlin being a yellow mustang and the rainy day being a beautiful sunny day, right? Good. We are making progress, folks! If you tell your family or friends that you have a part-time job as a roadie for the Newsboys or that you are actually famous in Italy for your piano compositions, will they believe you? Probably not. And why? Because they know you and they are close to you. 
"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say" …

Promises for fools

Verbal promises, signed promises, handshakes, pinky swears... Do you take promises seriously or do you have great intentions, but not always follow through? Personally, I have wonderful intentions with promises, but it doesn't always go as planned. 
Promises can be made for all sorts of things - to pay back borrowed money, to stop an addiction, a promise to a child of play time, a promise to attend a meeting, a promise of support and love to a spouse. And, of course, there is always a promise to God. 
Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 says, "When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it." Well, guess what, folks? I think I am a fool. I made a promise to God and I did not fulfill it. YET. 

Well, wait. Does that make me a fool, then? If I intend on fulfilling it, but I haven't yet? Sigh... I should have known better than to try to make a deal with the big guy!


Do you have Skittles in your bubble?

WARNING: This post is solely my opinion. Its likely you will disagree - please know that you are entitled to.
Every morning when I wake up, I am bombarded with the news that is happening around the world. Bombings, hostages, sinkholes, mudslides, mass shootings, earthquakes, terror threats, etc. The list can go on and on. Scary, right? Of course! Who wouldn't shudder at the thought of living through a complete nightmare? Or maybe even not living through it at all?
Question: So what do we do? How do we protect our kids and loved ones? 
Society's Answer: Protect them. OVERprotect them. And then protect them some more. Place them in a fake bubble where green grass grows tall with wildflowers under sunny skies. A place where everyone is a winner, everyone is equal, and everyone is always happy. Oh, and did I mention it rains skittles?! 

OK! Reality Check: 

LIFE DOES NOT TAKE PLACE IN A BUBBLE. Let's repeat: LIFE DOES NOT TAKE PLACE IN A BUBBLE. We get knocked down, bruised and scra…