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Unfailing Love


Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
      for I am trusting you.
   Show me where to walk,
      for I give myself to you.  –Psalm 143:8

The first hour or two of my morning can make or break my entire day.  It’s akin to getting off on the right foot.  Making a good impression. 

I am NOT a morning person.  I don’t naturally jump out of the bed with a smile on my face.  A smile from me in the morning must be earned.  I so wish I was different, but I’m just not.  I’m a grump.  Which is why I have to get up earlier than the kids; so by the time I’m waking them up, the grumpiness has subsided.  Even still, if I don’t start my morning off right, my day can be doomed to ‘the glass is half empty’ mentality.

I have found starting my day off with time alone with God.  Reading His word.  Singing songs of praise to Him.  Calling to Him in prayer.  Changes my outlook.

I know, I know, you have heard this over and over.  Everybody says this.  Maybe, like me, you are a grump in the mornings.  You cherish and need your sleep.  Your mornings are total, hectic; chaos.  You are just doing good to get to school and work on time.  I completely understand this reasoning because it was exactly what my answer was when presented with the morning quiet time idea.

But even the Bible recognizes the importance of us being in touch with God each morning.   Our need to feel His love.  His presence.  Before starting our day.  It changes your perspective.  Once I finally gave in and tried it, I realized quickly, I cannot do without it.  Starting my day off with God’s promises.  His encouragement.  It’s as necessary as brushing my teeth and combing my hair. 

It’s preparation of my soul for the day ahead. 

And some days are so hard, those words, those promises, just may be the only thing you have to cling to before the day is through.

Starting your day off with the Almighty helps guide your steps.  It shows obedience and dependence on Him.   It allows you to draw your strength from him….first thing.  Why wait until we are in a crisis to call to Him?  That is not God’s plan for our relationship with Him.

As Christians, we desperately need that time each day with God.  So He can show us His way.  His direction.  His love.  Our journey is in vain if it’s not for Him.  We are to give ourselves to Him.  Not part of us.  Not just on Sunday mornings.  We are to give ALL of ourselves to Him.  We are to lean on Him daily.  Communicate with Him daily.  Worship Him daily.

“The experts” say it only takes 30 days to create a new habit.  Why not start today?  This morning, I challenge you to find time, no MAKE TIME to spend with God.  Trust Him by giving yourself to Him.  All of you.  Spend time each morning meditating on His word.  Speaking with Him in prayer.  Turn on those worship songs and sing from your heart to Him.   You will be surprised, even shocked, at the difference our God can make.

   

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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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Randomness Strikes Again


Randomness is a part of my life.

It is a direct result of a life spent fighting undiagnosed ADHD.

Randomness consumes my mind most days.  Usually, I discipline myself to focus on the necessities of life.  But the weekend is getting scarily close to making its anticipated appearance, so I’m rebelling against the war within my brain to focus.  It’s over-rated anyway.  So, in my best “na-nanny boo-boo” voice……….

I don’t have to….and you can’t make me!!

Randomocity will reign supreme in my life today.  And I’m embracing it.

In honor of this special occasion, you get yet another random list of random nothingness.  I hope you randomly enjoy my randomness.

  • Although I don’t really believe in psychics, I would love to go try one out.  But then if they told me something I didn’t need to hear, I’m afraid I would spend my life obsessing over how to fix it, which would then lead me back to the psychic to tell me what to do, which would just continue the cycle.  I would forever be like a hamster in a wheel that never stops spinning.  I would be in  HAMSTER HELL!!!  Therefore, I exercise a bit of self-control and just say NO.  Go me!

  • I really want to give up Facebook.  I know, I know, people say these things all the time.  But I’m seriously considering it.  It consumes my life.  Besides, blogging is much more fun.  😉
  • I am on a quest to learn how to cook healthy foods…..and I’m actually enjoying it.  My kids are beginning to be much more health conscious, which is what spurred me to start in the first place.  Maybe I won’t die with clogged arteries after all.
  • The youngest of my herd is a coin collector.  Actually, he’s a quarter collector.  This makes me wanna ask every person I know to empty their pockets and let me check out their stash just in case its one of those elusive states he has yet to find.  It’s a good thing I don’t work as a cashier.  The only thing I would accomplish is harassing the customers for their quarters.
  • Pride and Prejudice is the absolute best love story ever.  I will forever be in love with Mr. Darcy.  What girl doesn’t want to hear, “You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love…I love…I love you.  I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”  My knees are wobbling  at only the thought!!
  • I would love to find some old-fashioned lip-gloss like they had when I was a kid.  You know the kind that has the roller ball and tastes like bubble gum?  YUM!

  • I’m a closet Cowboys fan.  I thought about coming out, but making fun of them is so much more fun.  Especially as long as they have Romo on the team.
  • I read on Pinterest that most people pass gas 14 times a day.  Sounds like a lot of bull-balonkey, if you ask me.  I have now spent several days trying to count to see if this is actually true, but my ADD seems to get in the way of making it through the day without losing count.
  • My van needs a good cleaning.  I’m taking volunteers.
  • I love the idea of crafting, but truly lack the focus to engage in it.  I would love to be one of those super-creative people who can do anything.  Maybe I should read Crafting for Dummies.

  • Don Williams makes me miss my childhood.  The good ole days of eating beans and rice and watching the Barbara Mandrell Show.  (Go ahead, count it up to figure out how old I am, I’m still not telling!)
  • That whole healthy eating thing…….it also includes the dreaded word exercise.

Which shakes me to reality.  It’s almost time to meet some real live people at the track and huff and puff for the sake of burning a few calories.  Then, home again to try this new recipe.  Lowfat, of course.  Maybe I’ll even walk to the tunes of Don……

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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Randomocity

 

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Shake it, Momma!


 

I’m a music nut.  Music speaks to my soul.  So, today, when I came across Country Girl Shake it for Me on YouTube….I couldn’t keep myself in my chair.  Luke Bryan wanted me to dance like a dandelion…..and I intended to do just that.

So as I get up and get my shake on….swinging my hair around in circles, shaking my booty….somewhat to the tune….. I look up and find horror in the faces of my children.

Truly.  Horror.  They are accustomed to me breaking out not only in song, but in dance.  Usually, it’s to praise and worship music.  I was serious about music speaking to my soul.  For that reason, I have to choose carefully what gets a say so.

Anyway, back to my story.

Eyes about to bulge out of their sockets.  Mouths dropped open in astonishment.  They look at each other.  Then they look back at me….still shaking it.

I realized what they were too nice to say.  Nobody needs to see that.

But somehow, the urge to drop it like it’s hot took over.  For a minute, I thought I was 21 again.  One hot chick.  No inhibitions.  Just getting my shake on.  I couldn’t let Luke down.  I was in full swing, shaking it for anyone brave enough to take a peek.  And believe, me that was not the time for bravery.  I was having a blast….but it wasn’t pretty.

Which brings me to my next thought.  Really?  Do you want to call on all the country girls out there to shake it?  Seriously, most REAL women, big and small, have enough cellulite to start a tidal wave of jiggle.  Is there nothing left to the imagination anymore?  I’m thinking a honky tonk full of girls shakin’ it could really be dangerous.  There should be some kind of disclaimer……if it actually shakes when you move, maybe you shouldn’t be shakin’ it.

And then, my thoughts about the ridiculousness of this song were gone.  Just like that.

The kids had hit replay and I was out of control again.

Doing my best to make Luke proud.

By this time, my kids had transitioned from horror to falling in the floor with laughter, hollering, “Shake it, momma!”   Shoot, they wanted to shake it too, and they aren’t even girls.  We must have listened to Country Girl Shake It for a good 15 minutes.  Shaking it the whole time.  Sure, there was a LOT of wiggling and jiggling going on.  But for a moment, we were all smiling, all happy, and all having fun.  We got our groove on like we were America’s next dancing queen…and kings.  Good, clean fun, with no worries and no stress.

Sometimes you just need to shake it.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in It's my life.....

 

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