Don’t Grow Weary

October 27th, 2014

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It seems everywhere I look someone is fighting a battle.  For most of us, the fight wears us down.  Our human nature succombs to the weight of our issues and the result shows up as discouragement.

I've been there.

So much of our life is based on performance; our role as parents/spouses, our careers….even our financial status.  It can feel like someone is always watching, not to see us do well, but to catch us failing.   If we're not careful, we fall into a trap of pleasing other's instead of God.

A long time ago, I found myself in a position of GIVE GIVE GIVE.  My heart grew tired and frustrated.  The more I gave of my time & effort, the less other's noticed or cared.  It became an expectation and it left me feeling resentful and miserable.  I was living in a vicious circle of looking to other's for affirmation.

I should've been looking to God.

I didn't set out to please other's (first) it just happened that way.  My focus on doing my best got mixed in with pride and obsession.  The ugly results left me with a bitterness that still tastes bad recalling it all these years later.  I couldn't separate who I was trying to please….God or myself?

I've learned some hard lessons in my life.  Doing good is a good thing, if you are doing it with the right heart-a-tude!  The best way to grow weary is to try doing everything with your own glory in mind.  Trust me, do it for God's glory not your own.  It doesn't mean you won't face discouragement, the world can be a depressing place somedays.  But, you can trust Him to work through you and the blessing of that is priceless!

So, next time you are feeling down & out over a struggle that you can't seem to beat…remember, hang in there….keep at it…..God has a great reward just for you!

 

 

Thank You Power

October 25th, 2014

Wanna know how to grab life by the horns?

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I've noticed that when I show gratitude for my life…..I am a much happier person.

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Even when things feel topsy-turvy, there is something to say thank you for.

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….because, life is just a blip on the screen and living it joyfully is the best way to show God's power in our lives.

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If I've ever learned anything about life….it's that,

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Thankfulness heals hurts, boosts spirits and fills the heart.  I want to live full to the brim!

Nothing makes the heart stronger than knowing the power of Christ in your life when troubles come, depair lingers and doubt reigns.  God sees all of it and He offers peace and mercy.  His love truly does endure forever.

And He reminds me…..

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God

Thank you for this new day.  I plan to grab it and treasure it because you gave it to me with intentions to live abundantly.  Remind me when I steer off course with my gratitude for every little thing.

Amen

 

Best All Around

October 23rd, 2014

Yesterday was my favorite guy's birthday.  He finally (after 10 days) caught up with me.  That's pretty typical with him, because he never leaves me hanging….even when it comes to our birthdays!  He jumps right in and joins me.

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Since it was also our girls' last day in Texas, we thought we'd go into Dallas early and visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library as a family.  Everyone really enjoyed the Library and the time together before we split up our five-some!  It was a long day but just what we needed to end our family time in Texas.  We made lots of great memories!

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To celebrate we steered in a little different direction than we normally would and hit the coolest grocery mega store ever, Central Market!  It may seem weird, but we had fun there and had our own little party in the dining area.  Hubby picked out a few scrumptious desserts and we made a birthday "cake" out of them…..and we shared bites from each choice.  It was perfect!  I may have eaten 5 samples of the crunchy spicy California sushi roll while I was there too.  But….Shhhhh about that, okay?

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Because of who he is and what he means to me, I can't help but share a few reasons why I love him so much and find him worthy of celebrating everyday…..and especially on his birthday!

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This guy is one of the world's most thoughtful people.  He goes out of his way to put other's first.  He sees what needs to be done in order to make life better for someone else and he does it and He likes doing it too.  (I credit his mother & father!)  His brain runs a million miles a minute ALL DAY & NIGHT because he's a thinking man.  He's always trying to figure out the why & how to just about everything he has to do or even stuff someone else is trying to do.  He enjoys helping others.  I don't think he ever says no.  I know he never says it to me and I've loved him long enough to see him interact with co-workers, friends, bosses, family….and he's always willing to try to make whatever that person needs ….HAPPEN!

People like my hubby are rare, he's special!

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I'm proud of him.  He treats people with kindness and respect.  Even when they don't seem to want it or show it back.  He has, engrained within his being, a genuine ability to see people with eyes that understand.  Whether it be someone who is struggling emotionally or physically, without a faith in Christ or someone just overwhelmed with their circumstances.  He gets it and he tries to meet them right where they are.  He's always willing to let God use him to influence others just by being himself.  He never tries to be something that he's not to anyone, ever.  I love that about him.  He influences me to be better…..every day!

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He doesn't get his feathers in a ruffle!  When the world comes crashing down, he pushes on.  When everyone's ringing his phone (me included), filling up his email and begging for help by text…..he manages to do something for everyone and never blinks an eye.  I've been told so many times how he saved the day or got someone out of a real pickle and I never get tired of hearing it.  He loves what he does and he works very hard at it. 

So, whether anyone else ever notices how awesome my hubby is (and I know they do)….these are just a few of the things that I see in him that I love.  I am so grateful for him and I'm so proud of all that he does to make my world a better place.  Remember in school when the yearbook staff selected particular people for the different awards?  Like, Most Athletic or Most Musical?  When I think of my hubby…..I can't help but think he wins BEST ALL AROUND!

That describes him best (for me).  He is good at just about everything he sets out to do!

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Happy 48, babe!  You are my favorite person in the whole world!

God,

After 25 years of loving him…..it just gets better every day.  Thank you for my husband and his positive influence in my life and the lives of those around him.  He is a treasure!

Amen

Paris It Is

October 22nd, 2014

Don't try to tell me how amazing Paris is…..I already know!  Especially when you're with your favorite girls in the whole wide world.

Okay, so it's Paris, TEXAS!  But for us….it was a fun day spent shopping and eating lunch at a delicious bakery downtown.  Just being girls!

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That attitude check thing, really works!  Everyone had a better day because we made an effort to CHECK OURSELVES before we WRECKED OURSELVES!

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I've never really met a small town that I didn't like.  No matter the geographic location….they are full of sweetness and cool spots to explore.

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I mean…..really, come on!  Just look, a cowboy hat?  Perfect!

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And before you judge…..my dress?  It is NOT a shorty mini dress, it is THE ANGLE!  So, thank you camera on the ground shot!  Geez!

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I'm sad that today is the day our girls fly back to Indiana.  I'm going to miss having them to hang out with and explore.  Life calls, break is over….college doesn't wait for chicks off having fun.  So, back they go.

Lord,

Thank you for the fun break with our family together in Texas.  Each of us consider ourselves blessed because of the life you've given us.  Help us always be grateful for every little detail.

Amen

Attitude Boost

October 21st, 2014

Ever feel like you need a swift kick in the pants?  Or in the attitude?  Last night, I had a "eureka" moment that brought me to the conclusion that my attitude was ruining my girls' visit in Texas.

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I let the little inconveniences take over my joy and by dinner last night…..I was ready to fly home and never come back to the land of cowboy boots & fishing!

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I don't like feeling like that and I certainly don't want my girls to have a negative memory of their ONE VISIT to the place we've come to love. 

Today, I'm choosing to move forward and be happy!  I won't let the circumstances that are out of my control run my emotions.  Life is too short for that!  And so is the time that I have with my girls!

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So, when I find myself feeling overlooked or unimportant….I'm going to pray for eyes to see and a heart to love in spite of what's going on around me.

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Lord,

My attitude is important.  It's important to those around me and to You.  Help me focus on the good things around me and to be thankful for every blessing.  When frustration comes help me cope in a way that honors you.

Amen

Never Boring

October 20th, 2014

My family is all together this week in Texas.  That's a rare occurence for us.  College kids function on a totally busy schedule when it comes to running away for fun.  But this is fall break for our girls, so they're here enjoying a little Texas hospitality.

While Dad works…

Today has been Spa Day.  All three of us girlies have had mani/pedi's and full body massages.  Talk about the life….

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While she waits…the views are spectacular from the 3rd floor.

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My "American" french manicure with a touch of sparkle looks so pretty!

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And I love my Cajun Shrimp toes.  Sassy!

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I have no PICTURES of my massage (you're welcome) however, a construction worker did WALK IN on my moment of bliss.  So, perhaps somewhere out there is a man who's stuck with an image that he probably wasn't expecting today.

Ever heard of KNOCKING, dude?

Perhaps a slight snag in the relax and enjoy department.

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Of course, there's always this kind of fun too.  When hogs are tearing up the property….it's fair game, suckers.

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See the mess?

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But who cares about that with sunset dusks like this?

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Behind the girls is a duck blind/boat garage.  The area is flooded for hunting season and the hunters pull right in with their boat and perch up here….

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Cozy, huh?

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Gavin and Gracie are in HEAVEN here, both of them may never come home!

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The girls love going to work with their dad.  He's always doing something interesting and when he's busy….everyone explores!IMG_0813

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Here, he's setting up a camera system out in the blind.

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The sun going down doesn't stop the work or adventure.

 

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It is easy to find beauty here!

 

Lord,

I'm grateful for the many ways you bless my life.  Thank you for my family and thank you for such a wonderful job that allows each of us the chance to fall in love with Texas!

Amen