Friday, July 25, 2008

Oprah Says it Best

I couldn’t have said it any better… “Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” (Oprah)

It seems like lately, I have a daily, internal struggle with myself. I feel like there is an entirely different person on the inside of me, screaming to come out. I am battling feeling defeated and deflated. So what’s the problem? Well you see, I am a dreamer and I love to think big and imagine “what if” with my life. I can’t stand boring. I can’t stand stale. I can’t stand mediocrity. Most days, these questions run through my head: What if I really could achieve what no else believes I can? What if I really do beat the odds and make it? What if the unimaginable really is possible? I dare to ask myself these things, and I try, try, try hard to achieve them. But, I am constantly smacked in the face by the sometimes-ugly thing called REALITY. I’m not where I want to be yet. I have yet to achieve the crazy dreams that I have for myself. And that saddens my heart… Sometimes to the point of depression. Why? Because I KNOW I can do big things. I live for a God who WANTS me to believe for big things. I serve a Father who DELIGHTS in rewarding His children for their faith. But, time and time again, Reality leaves its ugly handprint on my face and says, “Hey, snap back – you are living in the here and now.”

So, what does this have to do with Oprah? I think her quote is very good in reminding me, that the place I am in right now is absolutely NECESSARY. The “here and now” is preparing me and molding me for that really crazy future I am believing God for. Looking back over my history of “occupations”, I see every position I have held has prepared me for the next. Each position has been a stepping stone. Luckily a stepping stone up… but still, those steps have not been without their downside. Being a receptionist or Customer Service rep was NOT my dream job. But they prepared me for my marketing position. Marketing prepared me for real estate. Real estate prepared me for Sales. And, God only knows what this Sales position is preparing me for. (Really, God only knows!) But, it’s nice to know that my work is not in vain. Doing my “best” at this moment is preparing me to be my “best” at the next moment. It’s easy for me to search for the next moment, and forget to live fully in the “now” moment.

Ok, so, you know me… I’m going to pull out the handy-dandy dictionary.

What is the definition of: Best

  1. of the highest quality, excellence, or standing
  2. the best effort that a person, group, or thing can make
  3. in or to the highest degree

So, for this “moment” I need to put my best foot forward, give it my best effort, and be excellent. Yes, it’s hard. And No, I don’t want to do it. But, through perseverance, prayer, faith, Christ… I know that I will one day look back on my life and say,

“Ah! So that’s what that moment was for!”

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Short and Sweet

I have a short and sweet blog today... I won't take credit for this one, but I saw it on a friends Facebook page and I really liked it. I'm not sure if he is quoting it from somewhere, so I apologize I don't have a source (besides Facebook.) But, I thought it was a really neat statement. Keep God's word hidden in your heart, and use it during battle!

"Even when you don't understand the Word of God,
the demons do, and they tremble. "

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Monday, July 21, 2008

I'll Take an Extra Portion of That, Please...

So, maybe we’ve heard it said before in a song, or read a verse that says it… but what exactly does it mean when we say, “You are my portion.” I was listening to a song by Charlie Hall this morning and when I sang the part, “You are my portion”, I stopped and thought, “What am I really singing here?” So I decided to do a little research for those of you who are like me and often wonder, “What is the real meaning of that?!”

Before we get started… let’s look at a definition of the word.

Portion: (por·tion –noun)
1. a part of any whole, either separated from or integrated with it
2. an amount of food served for one person; serving; helping
3. the part of an estate that goes to an heir or a next of kin
4. Literary. something that is allotted to a person by God or fate
5. to furnish with a portion, as with an inheritance or a dowry

So, there are several things I can take from each of these definitions…

1. God COMPLETES me! Wow... that's pretty incredible to think about. How many of us try to complete ourselves? Or look to others to complete us? Pretty nice to know that I need to look no further than my heavenly Father.
2. He is my helping! (You know, like on Thanksgiving when you just can’t get enough of that really good casserole and you give yourself a huge helping of it? It’s kinda like that!)
3. I am an heir to the estate of Jesus! I will live forever in Christ’s kingdom, and enjoy the splendor of his majesty for all time!
4. Well, I could go on and on about this one… but consider all that has been “allotted” to us by God.
5. Think of our inheritance in Christ!! Really stop and think about it. (Did you really stop to think about it, or are you skipping ahead???)

Ok, now that you have REALLY stopped to think about it, I will wrap it all up with my opinion. I think that when we sing or read the words “You are my portion," we are saying this:

“God – YOU are my EVERYTHING. You make me whole and I can’t get enough of you! My inheritance is with you and I can’t wait until the day that I am face-to-face with you for eternity!”

Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Psalm 119:57 "You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words."

Psalm 142:5 "I cry to you, O LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Check out my new blog design! I LOVE it. It's so me! The color and design inspire to me Blog more often because now I enjoy going to my page... and hopefully that means others will too!

Thanks to Penny Lane Designs for this wonderful Birthday surprise. You did a great job and really took the essence of "me" and incorporated it into this vibrant, colorful design.

You have such a gift... and I'm so thankful that you are using it and living in your sweet spot!

Love you, Penny Lane Designs.

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Check out my new blog design! It's so me and I LOVE it! The whole thing inspires to me Blog more often because now I enjoy going to my Blog page... and hopefully that means others will too!

Thanks to Penny Lane Designs for this wonderful Birthday surprise. You did a great job and really took the essence of "me" and incorporated it into this vibrant, colorful design.

You have such a gift... I'm so thankful that you are using it and living in your Sweet Spot. Love you, Penny Lane Designs.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Baby Steps to Big Change

So, I’m making some changes in my life. Small changes that I think will have a drastic affect. I’ve been reading a couple books that are speaking to me emotionally, spiritually, and professionally. One book talks about our attitudes and how if we make small changes in our lives, our attitudes will adjust. A suggestion in one of the books was a little hard for me to grasp, but after much thought, I see the point. They suggest that if you are depressed and down in the dumps, then quit watching so much depressing TV! What a novel idea… what goes in, must come out. I will admit, I am slightly (ok, overly) addicted to the TV, and not that I think it’s bad to watch the news or my entertainment shows (wink), but I am a sucker for the depressing stuff too. I love Tru TV (formerly Court TV). I watch all the suspenseful “who-killed-who” shows. I watch “To Catch a Predator”. I love “Crimes Caught on Camera”… you get the point. You could say, I sorta feed on doom and gloom. Anyway, I totally see how all this garbage and depression going in my spirit could bring me down! So, while I’m not banning TV 100% (baby steps, people), I am going to consciously knock out the unnecessary, and depressing shows that bring me down.

That was what one book suggested. The other book, my Max Lucado book (yay!), spoke on another note, but I when I tied them together… it made a pretty, little bow. (Meaning: it made sense.) Anyway, Max’s suggestion was that we fill our hearts and minds with worship. True worship is the laying down of our desires, wants, and emotions, handing them over to God to take control, while basking in His peaceful presence. So, the second challenge for myself will be to incorporate more worship into my life. Sorry, KISS FM and George Michael… you are going on the back burner for a while. I am in NEED of God’s presence! I am in desperate need of an attitude adjustment. And, I truly WANT Him to take over my life, my emotions, my desires… and most of all my heart.

I have no doubt that these small changes will make a big change in my attitude! And, I’m definitely looking forward to it!!!!!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Easier Said than Done

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight…” (PS. 19:14)

Easier said than done, David! Day after day, I struggle with this. I mean, I really struggle. So often, I regret my words right as they are flying from my mouth. There are certain people that I really struggle to say nice things about… and this should not be. I need God to break my heart. (I feel He slowly is, because I am starting to be disgusted by myself.) Anyway, fellow Bloggers, please pray that God will do what He has to do inside of me so that I will begin to see others as He sees them. That the words I say about them will be words of love and blessing, not cursing or hatred. Pray that my heart will be filled with peace, even when I think of those who make me want to go mad!

Oh, I feel as if I’m going to go crazy sometimes! Like I’m going to go bonkers and scream. Like if I don’t get away, far away, I’m going to beat the crap out of something. Yep, that’s how I REALLY feel.

Anyway, please say a prayer dear friends. God has lots of work to do.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Blah Blah Blog

AAGGH! I've had so much going on that I haven't read my book lately... my inspiration for the blog. Sorry peeps. I promise to be back on track soon.

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