Saturday, April 25, 2015

You can go your own way...

I'm a firm believer in this verse. And when God rocks my world with His plan, I ask Him to show me one that my simple little mind can say "oooooh, I get it now. Sorry again! that I tried to go my way" ;) 
And He does. He always does. 

You can go your own way...

I'm a firm believer in this verse. And when God rocks my world with His plan, I ask Him to show me one that my simple little mind can say "oooooh, I get it now. Sorry again! that I tried to go my way" ;) 
And He does. He always does. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Making much of Jesus in my 40's

I had a moment at Christmas when I realized that while I love buying gifts for others, and finding something that will make their heart smile, I just don't "need" one.single.thing.

God has blessed me so much. And while I truly don't deserve it, I'm so glad He has. 

So as my Big 4.0 drew closer, I decided to make it bigger than me. 
I can't change the world, but I can be a little ray of sunshine in someone's day if I choose. 

So, 40 days before my 40th, I began those little acts of sunshine. 

My kids helped on a few of these and we enjoyed seeking out small ways to bless people. 

I had a moment during the Christmas season when I realized that God has blessed me so much, and while I love giving gifts, and buying for others, and thinking of them. And buying something to make their heart smile...I just don't "need" one.single.thing. 

God has blessed me so much. And I truly don't deserve it, but I'm so glad He has :)

So as my Big 40 grew closer, I wanted to make it bigger than me. 
I can't change the world. But I can be a little ray of sunshine, if I choose. 

So, 40 days before my birthday, I began little fun things to make each day brighter for someone else. Be it directly, or indirectly. 

I loved it. My kids were in on a few of these. What a blessing. 

I'm so thankful to be 40! 

40-We have a new neighbor. So I took a fun little gift for her and her son. 
39-We brought Nana a piece of homemade pound cake. Because we knew she would love it.  

38-I went to Pell City Coffee Company. And before I left, I pre-paid for the next person's coffee. 
37-I left a fun treat on the porch for our Mail Carrier. She's always so great.  

36-I delivered a few homemade crafts to a few teachers. A gift for them. Not their students. 
35-I stopped at a gas station near my house, and put quarters in the newspaper stands. Not a big deal. But I bet the sweet little man appreciated it when he came bright and early to get his paper. 

34-A small donation to St Jude for a little boy raising money. So sweet! I hope he met his goal! 
33-went on a date with #Charming and we left our young waitress a better than expected tip. 

32-Spotted a set of parents --of twins-at target. We left a $20 in the door. "parenting is hard. You're doing a great job!"

31-stopped in for 2 seconds and left a cupcake for a friend :)
30-I had a stash photo paper, so I donated it to a local elementary School teacher. 
29-Spent the day helping a friend pack for an upcoming move 
28-Gave a fun sign to a friend for their "man cave". We really don't need it, but it's a perfect fit for them. 
27-Took a large bag of items to the thrift store 
26-Sent Kara Tippett's book to a friend for her bday. Little did I know her dad would pass away just before she received it. #blessing
25-Mailed a random card to a long-distance friend 
24-Donated some of my clothes to a local women's clothing closet. 
23-I found $5 in my jeans pocket. So I taped it to the pump. It's jut much, but every little bit helps.  

22-I left a fun tip for our hairstylist, and one of her workers gads it to her AFTER we left! 
21-While we were in Walt Disney World, we left change in the pressed penny machines, so the next little pirate or princess can have their choice!  
20-Took dinner to Nana while she's caring for Pop in the hospital. She's been wanting to try Chicken salad Chick. So I picked it up for her!  
19-Another large donation of items to the thrift store
18-Delivered "dinner in a jar" for a sweet friend about to have a new baby girl!  

17- Asked my boys to cut the grass of a Single-Mom neighbor. They did it while she was at work. 
16-Called to check on a friend. Real life talk. Not text. Not social media.  
15 As a family, we volunteered at the Open Hands Overflowing Hearts 5k. 

14 A dear friend called, needing a friend. So I put all distractions away and we counseled. 
13 Helped friend get her house ready for a party 
12--Listed eBay items for friends to make some quick cash. 
11-Put $1 in the Coke machine at the hospital for the next person. 

10-as we were passing by the veteran's home, we noticed an elderly man crossing the street. We called the home, and they got him back safely.  
9-called 911 for a man on the side of the road. I didn't feel comfortable stopping but I did call for help. 
8-mailed a fun prize to a friend graduating from college soon!
7-let my mom borrow my silhouette. And she's been making fun gifts for friends like crazy. 
6 prayed for, and encouraged a friend while their child was in the hospital. 
5- invited a friend to church with us. And they came. So glad. 
4- cleaned out some scrapbook items and gave them to a friend. 
3-helped an older lady get her groceries from her cart, to the conveyor belt. I didn't want to offend her, but when I offered, she gladly accepted assistance. 
2--paid the tab for the car behind me at Chick-fil-A
1-sent my mom flowers, thanking her for my 40 years :)

I hesitated about posting, for fear it would be viewed as a brag. 
But God knows my heart. 

It was a challenge to get outside of myself. Daily. And deliberately think of others. 

But I'm so glad I did. 
40 is off to a great start. I pray I can make much of Jesus in the next 40! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Why I "check in" at church?

A while ago, someone asked on facebook "why do people "checkin" at church?

I don't remember who it was, but everytime I do, I keep thinking "I need to do a blogpost about this".

Here's why:

1. Because I am so thankful to be here.
I am thankful that I am able.
I am thankful to be with my family.
And I am thankful that I made it.  (meaning...we made an effort to put other things aside, and go to church!)

2. Because I can!
It's my wall (or twitter feed) and I can check in where I want to :)
I mean, I check-in at the coffee shop, and at dinner, why in the world wouldn't I want to "brag" about going to church! Holla! #CheckIn #ImHere #ComeSitWithMe 

3. But mostly, because I should.
"Share the news of Jesus"
"do not be silent"
"go forth, and tell others"
and I can go on and on!

4. So my friends can sit with me :)
It's nice when someone says "Hey, y'all go to Church of the Highlands?"
"Yes! We do!"
"We are thinking of trying it out? When do y'all go?"

And then the convo goes from there. It's much less intimidating to go to church for the first time, if you already have friends there!

Yes! We do! Come sit with us!
It makes a big church---become a small church!

So, I challenge you....dear reader! Don't keep your church-going to yourself! Check-in! Share the good news! Invite a friend! I mean...they just might take you up on it! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cinderella & Jesus

I'm super excited about the new series, beginning today, Miracles, at Church of the Highlands.

I encourage you to join us, or catch it online. 

As crazy as it sounds, I thought about it, after watching Cinderella last night. 

The seed that her mother planted when she was young "Have courage. And be kind." Isn't that what God calls is to do as His children?! 

Her mother taught her to believe in miracles. 
And she did. 
Because she *knew* it was possible. 

I know. I know. Fairy Godmothers aren't real. 
But are they?! 
They kinda are. 
But it's me. And you. 

{more to come on The Birthday Kindness Project}

When she ached at her stepmother, and cried with heartbreak "why are you so cruel?!" I felt my own self tear up. 

Why are people mean. When I show them kindness. Why do people gossip. When I've never been anything but kind to them. Why do people get joy in another's misfortune. 

And on the way home, the analogy came to me. So very much like God saying "I will take care of you. And I will take care of them. Have courage. And be kind."

You see. I'm in a LIFE small group, and we are on the subject of forgiveness. So God is stirring me up, inside and out. He's working in my spirit. 

When I combine it all, it's a perfect storm. And so I go into
Church this morning, so excited. And expectant. 

Physical healing for a few people on my list. 
Spiritual healing for many. 

But I'm expecting miracles. 
I'm so excited about what He's doing in my heart. 
Have courage. And be kind. 

And I'm just crazy enough to believe Miracles are about to happen. 

Dreams really do come true ;)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Selma 50

We went to Selma today. 

We crossed the Edmund Pettus bridge. 

A wonderful, powerful, humbling day. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

I got all my sisters with me

Today, was not the easiest of days.

My cousin Becca is one of my faves. 
And I don't say that lightly. 

As a product of divorce, we have one thing in common. Each other. 
My dad was her dad's brother. 

My sis. 
Her sis. 
Each other. 

Today, Becca said goodby to her sister, Dee. 
A cousin I wasn't super close to. Because she was 20 years my senior. 
But she adored me. Because I was her baby doll when I was born. 
Just something to play with :)

She always petted me. And ooh'd over me. Everytime we were together. 
Until just a few years ago. When she wasn't "at herself" enough. 

It seemed off today, being at her bedside. No petting either way. 
No goodbye was necessary. As I'm certain she had already slipped into eternity. 

I spent the majority of my time with my sis. And Becca. 

We are the 3 that "get" each other. 
It's funny. 
Not much of a relationship with the ties that bind. (mercy, that's another blogpost)
But we are 3 peas from the same crazy pod. 
No doubt. 

Sure. I had other things to do today. And sure. There were many excuses I could have offered. 
But today was one of those days when she needed "her people". I'm so glad we were there. 

There are not enough words to express. 

I'm so thankful that we share the gene of each other. I get them. They get me. 

And I'm so glad we were there for her today. 
A little crazy, a little silly, and a lotta love. 

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