Saturday, November 26, 2011

Life is like the Turkey Bowl (aka Mud Bowl)

First, you have your plan...
...then you run like crazy to implement that plan,
                             (yup, that'd be my nephew with the ball!)
                      may even feel a little confident,
                               raise up your hand, volunteer, get
                              ...then, before you know it, you're down
                              on the ground, ball in hand(just minding
                              your own business...doin' your job.)
                              Then this guy is standing over you, throwing
                              mud in your face, (taunting you), talkin'
                              'bout your Mama!  Anything to get you
                              off your game... to doubt, question, wonder. 
                              "Can I do it?  Do I got what it takes?"
                              Then things pile up.
                               The competition keeps chasing you...
                              you fall on your face a few times...
                              people are pullin' at you...
                              literally jumping on your back!
                              Then football (like life) has a way of
                              gettin' you all dirty and bringing you
                              to your knees!
                              So you sit in the back of your truck
                              and take a break.  Reflect.
                              But at the end of the game (at the end of
                              your life) were still part of a team.
                              A team filled with other muddy, messed
                              up people, in need of a really good coach!
                              Then... no matter how hard it got, how
                              achy you feel, how muddy you look...
                              you get up and do it again! (Silly boys!)

Whose coaching your team?
1 Corinthians 9:25  "All athletes are disciplined in their training.  They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize."

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The word 'Thanksgiving' is mentioned 57 times in the Bible!

Yes...I googled it! (and that's not even including derivatives of the word or words that mean the same thing.)

 So I'm thinking God puts a high premium on giving thanks...not just on a day like today, once a year, but always.  Not just when it revolves around Turkey and the tryptophan hangover that leads you straight to the couch afterwords...but always.  Not just when all the relatives are sitting around a nicely decorated table getting along(seemingly)...but always. 

Thankful when you're irritated, tired, grumpy (I know, not you)...but for the rest of us.  Choosing to be thankful.  Why not, we choose to get up and do things we simply don't 'feel' like doing every single day.  Can we honestly say we 'FEEL' like routinely facing another day at the office, changing that dirty diaper that no doubtedly needs changing, cleaning up the 'you know what' in the backyard?

Since when did 'feelings' become the gauge of when we should do things?  When did THEY become the boss of YOU?  Aren't you tired of being bullied by them? (kinda embarrasing, huh?!) Make a choice today...everyday...
CHOOSE to be Thankful!   (P.S.  I'm thankful for all of you!  Doesn't necessarily mean I 'like' you...remember, I'm 'choosing'! ;-)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sometimes we just see the paint (the mess)...not the Masterpiece

Be sure to watch the above video first, goosebumps to follow!

I know, amazing!  I just had to stop and think how often our life looks like that paint on the canvas... messy, chaotic, no real direction.  How could anything good come from this?  Is there any beauty in it?

Then as time goes on, we begin to see God in it all.  It wasn't so clear before, had to really squint to catch even a faint glimpse.  Then the Masterpiece appears.  The Master himself.

Be encouraged today as you look at your life.  Your paint.  The splatters.
Then remember His Face in the midst of it all. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Seeing through a New Lens

So I am officially joining the world of bloggers.  (Help!!)  I've had several friends who are Authors encourage me to do so.

As far as what I have to offer, well, that's up for debate.

I can tell you that my faith (like film) has developed in the dark times of my life.  I mean, who needs faith when the sun is shining, when life is good, when bills are paid?  That's a breeze, faith can get back burnered.  But it's in the dark, when you can't see your hand in front of your face (that kinda dark), when you are feeling your way down the hallway, inching your way forward (with no light in sight)...that's when your faith develops.

I've had the nail biting priviledge of experiencing that kind of faith, not necessarily by choice.  Didn't raise up my hand for it, yet thankful for the roots I've developed as a result of the storm.  I've watched my 4 kids learn to rely on God because there was no other option.  I've learned to not trust in myself, my circumstances or my feelings, because they are all fickle.  I'm still learning that challenges that God allows are a gift, they're just wrapped up in really ugly wrapping paper disguising the value of what's inside.

God's greatest gifts come through great pain, think of those kids you gave birth to.  But God, through all of this, has improved my vision.  He gave me a new set of glasses.  The lens in which I see the world is much clearer.  What used to be blurry is now coming into focus.  Sometimes we need to have our eyes re-examined to get 20/20 vision and God's Word is what brings clarity to what we are looking at.

Do I have it all figured out?  No.  But when doubt comes knocking...I'm putting up a "Do Not Disturb" sign!