Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Life is like Baseball

It's baseball season around here for us which got me to thinking. Life is a lot like baseball. Life can throw us some pitches that are wild, curves, change ups or fast balls. But like the game of baseball, we have to decide what we are going to do when it's our turn to bat. Will we step out of the batter's box and run from the pitches? Will we stand there and watch them go by praying we get 4 balls and take the easy way on base? Or will we dig our feet in, watch the ball and take our best swing? I know there have been more times than not I have been the first two choices - fear, worry, insecurities keep me from stepping up to the plate. For that I am ashamed.
Almost 30 years ago, I was saved on the last night of summer camp. 30 years is a long time. Here lately God has been dealing with me and showing me it's time to step up to the plate, dig my feet in and get ready to swing - to take my best shot trusting Him as my batting coach to teach me when to swing. See if I go up to the plate relying on my own abilities I will strike out or get a blooper up the middle and get lucky to get on base. But if I rely on my Father, He will not only show me which pitches are good but will help me hit one every time. It's time to stop relying on myself and start relying on Him more. Time to step up as a child of God and start standing up for what is right in this World despite what people think or how they react.
It will be scary - I know I will doubt myself over and over but I know without a doubt that if it lines up with God's word it will be right.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Great Tasting Cereal That is Good for You


I was recently asked to try a new Weight Watchers cereal for free thanks to MOM Brands, distributor of Weight Watchers® cereals. At first I was very sckeptical of trying it since most healthy cereals are not good at all. I was completely surprised by the great taste of the cereal and how it kept me full longer than others I have tried. My kids loved the Weight Watchers Oat Clusters with Cherries and Almonds. Since I am not a fan of almonds, I tried the Frosted Shredded Wheat with Protein. I like other shredded wheat cereals but by mid morning I am hungery again. With the Weight Watchers cereal, I wasn't hungry at mid-morning and even at lunch I was not starving like I usually am after eating cereal. The cereal had a great taste with no strange after taste. I would highly recommend people trying these cereals for people trying to lose weight or maintain. The best part is that they only have a PointsPlus value of 3-5 which leaves you plenty of points for the rest of the day.

Monday, December 15, 2014

He Would Have Loved It

I knew a day like yesterday would come. We all did. As I thought about the upcoming proposal, I thought of my Daddy. He loved my nephew's girlfriend and called her his "little ray of sunshine." Their birthdays were only a few days apart and we always ate at Cracker Barrel to celebrate their birthdays. I am so thankful that in 2009 at our last one, I got a picture of the two of them sitting by each other sharing a laugh with everyone else. This picture truly shows how much he loved his family and this sweet girl.

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As I took pictures last night, I thought about him. I thought about how he would have been "mad" at us for not telling him advance. For you see, we all knew he wouldn't keep a secret. As the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree because Red is the same way - we were just calling him Bill Jr last night. I could see him running up to hug their necks after the proposal was made - laughing and crying all at the same time. He would have been so proud.

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He loved his family and loved this sweet girl. Try as we may, we all had to think of something else. We had to think of the joy of the night but I knew in my heart he was there with us - smiling and laughing right along with all of us. I just wish he could have actually been there. In my mind and my heart, he was supposed to be.




Monday, January 13, 2014

Life Lessons

Life is sometimes that four letter word. We feel the weight of the world on our shoulders and wonder why all of this is happening. The comparison of our life to everyone around us begins and so follows the doubt, anger, fear, worry - all those emotions that keep us from seeing the picture. But what if our reactions to these times changed? What if we decided to not let those worried and thoughts enter our minds but instead look at things completely different?

Have we ever thought that just maybe there was a lesson being taught? That through this trial or circumstance God had plans to mold us, humble us, and reveal to us what He wants? This is exactly what happens for His children. Nothing and I mean nothing comes upon our lives unless it is first goes through His loving hands. When money is tight, when people mean to bring you harm, when life is pressing against us at all sides - yes there is a lesson there. God wants to strip away the things of this world and point our lives toward Him and His plan.

Life - that four letter word that is daily used to bring us into a closer relationship with Him or to some, bring them to a relationship with him. You or I may be the difference in someone accepting that call on their lives or choosing the World. May we choose to ask "Lord, what are you trying to show me? " instead of "why me?"

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Trust in the Storm

A fragile yet so important thing we have is trust. Trust can help you feel safe and secure yet when lost, it can leave you brokenhearted. We put our trust in people only to have our hearts and lives stomped on in the process. Many times when this happens, that trust can never be restored or will take a long time to mend. Yet there is One that we can put our trust in who will never let us down. God can be trusted when times are good and when times are bad. It’s easy to say to someone “Just trust God” than it is sometimes to live that out in our own lives. When the storms come, we see only what is happening and nothing else. Our minds begin to worry about what will happen. The “what ifs” of life being to overwhelm us.


God takes care of His children. There is always a reason for the storm that you or I are in. It’s a storm that God wants to use for His glory because that is what it is all about. It’s not about what we want, but about what He wants to do in this world. We just have to hold His hand and trust Him when all we can see is the storm - the waves crashing onto the boat, the fierce wind howling - the deafening thunder - the lightning all around. The boat is rocking and we are scared. If we remember when this happen to the disciples, Jesus was asleep in the boat. He knew that God was in control. 

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23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Matthew 8: 23-27

He controls the storms in our lives by directing the waves and wind to mold and shape us into what He wants us to be. He controls the storms in our lives at other times to change someone else’s life. We just have to hold on and believe. Believe and trust that when the storm is over, we will look back and see the hand of God all over it. When the waters are calm and the sun returns, we will be better because of it. For without the storms in our lives, we would not grow and He could not use us for His glory.

So if you are in a storm or about to enter one, trust Him. Give him your worries and your fears and know that He has this.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fear

Fear is a powerful thing. It can cause you to lose focus. It's can persuade you into not following your dream or giving up on something. It can immobilize you into nothing. Make you feel like you are worthless.
As time passes you wonder if you will ever be able to see past it then it hits you. Fear is not of God. God is not a God who wants to feel His children with fear but with love. In Matthew chapter 6 Jesus tells us to not be anxious. He has this. He wants you/me to step back, look up and ask one simple question - "God what are you trying to show/teach me?" God will help you conquer the fear that immobilizes you but you have to be willing and trust Him in the storm.
I know I have fears - fears of losing family, friends, jobs - the list could go on. It is when my fears begin to over take me that I must run then - I must run as fast as I can to my Father. He is there wishing I wouldn't wait so long. "Why do you linger in your fear my child?" He seems to ask in His loving voice. No condemnation for me - no "I told you so" - just assurance and peace that everything will be ok. For as a child of God nothing and I mean nothing happens in your life outside of the hands of God. So when it hits, I am running - all of my fears and worries - I am running to Him, the Author and Finisher of my faith. The only One who knows my heartache and understands my fears. The One who can bring peace and assurance like no one else.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Hand

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When people look at this picture they would say they see me after having the twins. Reasonable for someone to say that but I see something totally different. I see the hand.

I see the hand that held me when I was young. The hand that held mine when I was scared or crossing the street. The hand that played catch with me for hours. The hand that taught me so many things. The hand that would rub my back in the mornings to wake me up before school. I see the hand of my hero, my Diddy.

I don't think it was until he was gone when it stood out in this picture to me. There is was - in the midst of both of families and the older two kids in the room - in all that excitement there stood my Diddy right beside me. Right beside me watching over his daughter and his new grandchildren. You can't see his face but I know that he had a huge smile and was bursting with pride over two more grandchildren.

I can remember the morning of that dreadful day in February when the doctors told us there was nothing else they could do, that all I wanted to do was hold his hand one more time. I wanted so badly for him to squeeze my hand just one more time and tell me he loved me. That hand that was so big and strong. That hand that when I saw it in this photo, brought me to tears. He was always looking out for us and this picture just shows that.

Today he would have been 76. I miss him just as much as I did when we left the hospital that day without him. I know that I will see him one day and be able to hold his hand again.