Wednesday, October 24, 2012

These 2 words will change your day!

Feeling overwhelmed for some reason today.
Thinking of the things that pile,
and not nearly able to complete the task quick enough to sigh that oh so sweet sigh of satisfaction.

You hit delete on a bunch of emails,
and they trickle in faster than you can read them.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Everything tends to 'start' small...beware!

It's the little things.
Small.
Seemingly insignificant.
"Put carts here."
(That's a pet peeve of Joyce Meyer's...returning the grocery cart to where it belongs.)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Did I say 'Just' ???

Note:  This picture of my daughter's eye doesn't really have anything to do with the following blog post...but thought it was prettier than a power cord ;)

I recently got my laptop back from being fixed -
grateful it was just the power cord.  Phew!!

Did I say 'just' ?

Granted, it's a quick, cheap $30 fix,
but no matter how expensive the laptop is,
and how intricate the capabilities of it...

it's rendered 'useless' without power.

It sits all pretty on the desk,
but it's capabilities are paralyzed.

Frozen.

Paused.

I think of all the abilities and capabilities we have lying around dormant -

being unused...

because our 'power cord' needs a fixin'.

Certain functions and God given talents can only be unleashed by His power.

No other cord will do.

Just like we could try and borrow someone elses laptop power cord that wasn't designed for our specific computer -

we tend to borrow all kinds of power the world offers us.

The 'power' of positive thinking.
The Law of Attraction.
The Self Help Movement.
The list goes on.

The only power designed to charge you up is from the
Designer Himself.

The God of the Universe.

And unless we plug into Him,
we will never function the way He intended us to.

As I was just using my laptop, I was getting agitated because there seemed to be a delay.

I would give it a command -
loooooong delay...

then finally it would do what I wanted.
(frustrating!)

How often am I like that?

God gives me a command -
loooooong delay...

then finally I do what He wanted.

Sigh.

Matthew 4:19 says, "Jesus said to them, 'Come, follow me! I will teach you how to catch people instead of fish."

and their response was in vs. 20,
"They IMMEDIATELY left their nets and followed him."
(they didn't call their Mama, didn't check their Horoscope, never contemplated or even scratched their head...
IMMEDIATELY!)

No delay.

P.S.  About the random eye picture up above...here's a verse that ties it all up so I look like I planned it:
Matthew 6:22 says, "The eye is the lamp of the body.  So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light."
(and that all starts with 'Power' surging from the proper Power Source.  The end. ;)



Friday, October 5, 2012

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

A good friend sent this to me yesterday, thought it was worth passing along...
time is short!

 READ THIS VERY SLOWLY...IT'S PRETTY PROFOUND!!!

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched  'Jeopardy' on television? I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few days ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect! We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'
When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord. My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy. Now....go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? I had a friend from high school that I was always going to call and never did. The other day her name was in the obituaries so we never had that chat.
Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you. Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask, 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' and in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi'? When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over. Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND including me if you consider me a friend. If it comes back to you, it affirms your circle of friends.
To those I have sent this to... I cherish our friendship and appreciate all you do.
Life may not be the party we hoped for. But while we are here we might as well dance!
   
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Real.Raw.Riveting.

There's something so refreshing when you read or hear from someone who is 'real'.
Who tells you like it is.
The raw version.
Not the made up, pretty 'packaged' version with the tidy bow on top.
That makes it riveting. 
You lean in close to catch every fiber of what they are confessing.  You welcome it because you've lived it and you've been waiting for someone else to be brave enough to

'SAY IT OUT LOUD'.

I'm thinking of Lysa Terkeurst, who is an author willing to take off the mask of perfection.
I would imagine that would be tempting to live a facade, especially since she carries the title of, 'President of Proverbs 31 Ministries'.
Talk about pressure!
The need to 'have it all going on'. (or atleast the perception that you do)
What a daunting weight to carry.
That is why I especially enjoy reading about her everyday battles about dirty towels and other explosions about seemingly trivial issues.

We've.All.Had.Them.

Mini meltdowns.
Joyce Meyer has that same genuine quality about her.
She stands on stage telling story after story of the pity parties that she has thrown and the temper tantrums she has had.
Then she laughs at herself (which I highly recommend)
and says to the thousands of people watching her, "You guys get to just sit there while I stand up here and make a fool of myself!"

There's something that draws me to those authentic qualities.  It makes it easier to be
around people like that  -
the messy versions of their self.
And it makes it easier to have them over too!
They're not inspecting your dirty baseboards, cobwebs, and fingerprint spatters on display all over the place.

Who are you more apt to confide in?
I tend to lean towards the one who laughs at herself (and at her kids)
and struggles just like the next person...
but who is in process and striving to do better...
and to be better.
But ultimately looks to the God who IS better.
And leans on Him for the help.

I want to be THAT girl!

Ephesians 4:2 says:

"Be always humble, gentle, and patient.  Show your love by being tolerant with one another. (and of their messy houses and imperfect kids) emphasis mine ;)

Here's to having an imperfect day with all those imperfect people in your life...
that you wouldn't want to live without!