Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lessons I Learned from My Grandparents~ Part 1

I love my family so much.  They have left me a rich heritage of faith and they have surrounded me with love and acceptance.  And believe me, I don't deserve it.  Family is a blessing from God, really.  And part of the blessing is all the wisdom these relationships pour into our live.

Last week, along with my friends and family, I said goodbye to two people.  I think their memory has made me nostalgic for my own grandparents that I rarely get to see.  But whatever the reason, I found myself remembering lessons my grandparents taught me.

I'm very blessed to have two sets of grandparents who have walked through life with me.  I've learned a lot from all of them.  I might not have mastered all of the lessons yet, and perhaps never will.  I strongly doubt that the lessons of "never say a bad word about someone" will keep (mostly because I inherited the art of bluntness from one of my grandfathers.) But I will work on it.  And I'll mess up.  And then I'll work on it again because right now, looking at my life, I can't imagine anything more worth while than passing their legacy on to the children God will give me.

There's no way that I could put these little lessons in any kind of order.  There's really no need to try.  So without further ado...

When I was first instructed with this life lesson my grandpa had just read one of my college essays.  "This is excellent writing.  You could speak this, you know?  But, I tell you.  If you really want to be an excellent speaker learn a new word everyday.  Get out a dictionary and just start learning words.  Write it in a sentence.  Say it through the day."

I definitely haven't practiced this as religiously as I should.  For a while I had an app on my phone that gave me a new word to learn everyday, but I decided I needed the memory for things like music and videos.  No, I haven't practiced this lesson.  But I think there's a lesson in this lesson that I have applied.

Never quite learning.

Studying, reading, memorizing...all these activities keep our minds sharp and they really do make us better people.  Taking classes that feed our imagination.  Learning a new skill.  Finding a new hobby.  These are all activities that increase our brain function.  That's what is really important.

This is not a goal that can just be attained.  It's a goal that has to be practiced.  It's actually more like a discipline.  No, disciplines are not easy.  They are, in fact, very difficult, but that's what makes them so worth while in the first place.

What is a life lesson you've learned from your grandparents?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Grace Women's Retreat

I want to invite you to attend this year's Grace Women's Retreat happening April 10th-12th at the Oaks Manor in Van Buren, Arkansas.  Grace Women's Ministries is a sub ministry of CrossPoint located in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Here's the details...

This is an event that I know will benefit your life.  If you are interested in registering, check out our registration page online.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the lament of a night owl

Mornings are really rough for me. I remember a time that I could stay up as late as I wanted without any worry of the morning, but not any more. The terrible part is I much prefer the night. No, not the darkness.  The night.  The night where the stars sparkle across water and streams and sky.  The night still glows--just in a different way. It glitters...and glitter has always caught my eye.

But that's beside the point.  Every night I practice the same routine. I do my devotions (because there's no way I'm going to be able to wake up in the morning with enough time to do spend with Jesus.)  Usually participate in some form of exercise.  And I always set my alarm to get up early the next morning.  Well, it's early for me.  But alas, when the sun peaks into my room and the sound of life returns to earth, I'd much prefer the comfort of my covers to the glowing reality waiting out there in the world.

Curious, I know. Right now, in this unending winter, there are few things I can imagine more prefect than the warmth of the sun kissing my cold skin except possibly the ocean's waves licking my toes.  Still yet, mornings are rough.

Oh, if only I loved mornings I could traipse around the fields behind my house enjoying the beauty of nature as she comes awake.

If only I loved mornings I could enjoy the cup of coffee seated and resting instead of on the road to my next destination.

If only I loved mornings I could glimpse the orange sun as her rays warm the hard wood floor.

But I don't enjoy them...not at all.  At least not before eight o'clock and then I enjoy them just fine.

For all the trouble that they are, there is one thing about mornings that makes them forever close to my heart.  It's the newness that they bring.

I can't change the past, but I can change today.  Right here, this moment and every moment still to come, is waiting for me to discover.  They may be already written in God's book of history, but I still win the discoverer's treasure as they unfold before my eyes.  The morning calls us to life.  The morning brings new hope.  The morning is about the future.

From what I know about mornings the future is looking pretty bright.  No, mornings are never easy, but they are always bright.

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:5

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

better things are coming

don't give up. don't loose hope.

it might seem like the shore is too far away
it might seem like the finish line is always moving forward
it might seem like it's never going to get better
but don't give up. don't loose hope.

it might seem like your body is not allowed to do what is was created to do
it might seem as if this fog you live in will never lift
it might seem like all hope is lost
but don't give up. don't loose hope.

better things are coming.

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