Thursday, June 17, 2010

{Sackcloth Removal 101}

Get Ready for The "New"

A little Encouragement for your day that
I {and now YOU} received this morning in a devotional.

"And no one pours new wine into old wineskins.

If he does, the new wine will burst the skins,

the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined"

Luke 5:37



Are you ready for a new chapter in your life? In order to move forward into the blessing God has for you, you have to be willing to let go of the old. The things that are behind you are not nearly as important as what is out in front of you. It's time to get ready for the "new"!

You may have had some unfair things happen, things that you don't understand; but let me tell you, you have come too far to stop now. Instead of allowing those things to hold you back, why don't you let go and take a step of faith into the new? It's time to get a new, bigger vision; it's time to get a new, fresher outlook; it's time to rise up with a new attitude! Instead of settling where you are, pick up and move forward. Have the attitude that says, "I may not understand it; it may not have been fair, but I am not getting stuck on this page. I know God has a new chapter for me—a chapter filled with blessings, favor and victory!



Father God, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. Today, I choose to trust You with my past, present and future. Give me wisdom to discern the seasons of my life and teach me to embrace the new things You have in store for me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Just a little encouragement for your day.

Praying you shine your light so amazing!


Image: C. Harvey...Devotional Joel O.

Friday, June 11, 2010

{A Happy Girl and a Laugh with a Clap}

Please forgive me for being selfish in this post...and it being long too!

Yes to my family...Sandra laughs like I do!

This week has been a train wreck for me.

No, no, it was not Wednesday's traffic court appearance for a $385 speeding ticket.
I mean on the day of the speeding incident, I was heading to my dear friends baptism no less.
Her baptism was beautiful and deeply touching.

Yes, you all post pictures of your life events but cameras were NOT allowed at this life event.
I am just sayin! Eeeek!
Could you imagine me raising my hand in court and asking the judge for a picture and saying "This is for my blog"....oh my! I mean he seemed nice enough, so he might have been game. I was not going to push it.
I am a rules follower after all and a law abiding citizen people!

It is not every day one is well... in a court room ever, unless necessary and hear the judge look at the so called accused and say..."Oh, I understand Mr. convict,
you were just seeing if you could grow it?!!!! I get it, with the so called Mr. convicts obvious response...
"Exactly your Honor!"...sorry, I was like...."what?"!!!!! And he kept a straight face saying this!
A regular green thumb this guy.

Hold on...I thought I was in traffic court?! Ahem.

And of course I will now use the excuse to say to the judge
"I just wanted to see if my car could go 85 in a 55....
200 feet before a toll booth with 50 cents in my hand!" :)
I was not going that fast...I promise! I am not even kidding you!

Gracefully they were very kind to me...but the fine did not change. $385...sadness!

It was also not from being bucked off of my niece's horse {Chief} which spun my Mom into a 20 minutes of laughter until she was almost crying. She literally could not stop laughing. I might have said some @##^%&*!!! words! We are being real here right?! :)

{Chief...aka Baby and Myself having a gentle moment}

At any rate, this week has been really heart painful. Oh yes, I said that already, but it has been.

I figure though if I can find joy in the midst of this excruciating journey...
I will NEVER take real JOY and real SUNSHINE for granted EVER.
If you are going through hard I want to tell you that joy can be found.
Are you game?!

So...I needed a smile and these videos brought that to me.
I found the silliness trying to find Sandra's hair color because my colorist
last time thought I was in need of much more blonde that God brought me here with!

To make sense of the videos for you concerning me......
People come up to me and say I look like or remind them of Sandra Bullock.
I know you might be thinking NO WAY...don't see it.
I really don't see that when I look in the mirror but smile that they would see that in me.
But do see some of it in my personality to find smiles in hard places.
I do love to laugh much like she does and will find funny in hard if I have to!
Just sayin...
I guess that is what they are seeing is similar. I don't know.
At any rate...
I want to be funny like her...I don't think I am but, silly, yes.
I would love to be beautiful like her, but glad God made me beautiful like me.
I want to be true like her.
Strong like her.
Kind and giving like I hear she is.
Brave like her.
Non judgmental like her.
Elegant, yet sunshine like her.
I don't know that I am any of these things....
But I am me and grateful.

When I laugh I clap my hands like she does!
And I have her nose....let's just be real.
Yes, yes, I about fell out of my chair watching this.
So please know you might not giggle but, my family soooooo will.
I thought I was the only one! I can't help it people.
This blog is about being real...right? {Wink!}
So this laughter clap is something I have never seen before.
I really deny doing this action when I laugh completely.
My family will kid me about this...and Wendy my sister will mimic me.
I can take it if it makes others giggle too.
So this post is to find laughter because I need that like never before in my life.

You might laugh like this too and well, since my Mom says I remind her of Sandra Bullock too {Thank you are too kind!} it might be a good thing after all.

I pray that my family will get kick out of this at my expense and now Sandra's but I am sure Sandy would giggle at the thought.

Does anyone else do this kind of laughter?
I mean besides me and now Sandra?

Hope her giggles bring you a smile to the beginning of your weekend.

I will find a way to smile because I really think that living as happy girls
make us well, the most beautiful of girls....I mean women...ahem! :)

Where ever you are in life...I pray you find amazing smiles, forgiveness, love and sunshine true.
The End.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

{Quicker Than You Think}

I received this in a devotional below this morning.
It made me think as I walk through trials of my own.
I thought it might be of encouragement to you too.

God can take impossible to possible and just pure AMAZING and PERFECT!
I believe this!

So keep your eyes fixed on Him in faith.

Happy Beautiful Wednesday to you!



"The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise…"

(2 Peter 3:9, NIV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Do you realize that as a believer in Jesus, you have a tremendous advantage in life? The Creator of the Universe is not only fighting your battles, but He is lining up the right people, the right breaks, and the right opportunities to move you forward. You may be facing a situation right now that looks like it's never going to turn around, but I believe that you're going to see some changes quicker than you think. You're going to come out of debt quicker than you think. You're going to accomplish your goals much quicker than you think. Your heart is going to be restored quicker than you think! God will restore broken relationships quicker than you think.

Remember, God is not slow in keeping His promise. I believe we are entering into a decade where we're going to see the hand of God move like never before. He is going to open up doors that no man can shut. He is going to turn impossible situations around and take you places that you never dreamed. It's time to get ready for more of God's favor because that breakthrough is going to happen quicker than you think!


Father in heaven, thank You for being faithful to Your Word. I trust that You will complete the work You've begun in me. Help me keep my heart and mind focused on You as I stand strong in faith to see Your promises come to pass in my life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Images: Cig Harvey, J.O., Gypsyville

Monday, June 7, 2010

{Because it's True}

Please turn the music off and listen.
If you are going through something know that you know that you can be steadfast, brave and faithful.
You can fight to keep your heart true.
God can give you the courage you did not know you had.
Just gotta keep your eyes fixed on Him. Deal?!
You are a rose after all. By any name it comes a rose is still a rose.

"Don't brood over your
past mistakes or failures
as this will fill your mind
with grief, regret and depression.
Do not repeat them in the future."
-Swami Sivananda

It is allowing God the room to turn all ashes into beauty.
If we turn our faces toward him, He just will.

Praying your week beautiful beyond anything life throws your way.
But praying that life throws nothing but good and pure and amazing over you.

Friday, June 4, 2010

{Soul Shine!}

It's about love
It's about Compassion
It's about Kindness
and Faith.
It has Nothing to do with luck.
You get what you give

...and smile from your soul too!

Pretty Please!

I have learned this from a Mamma that loves her children much and people selflessly.
Her legacy is a beautiful one!

Have a wonderful weekend. Make the most of your moments!

Image via: fffound