Friday, March 30, 2012

Takin' Five on Friday - Gift

I haven't taken a five minute break in several weeks for this.  Today is different.  Today the gray gloomy weather outside mirrors the sadness in my heart.
A friend lost his father yesterday.
A cousin's battle with cancer ended yesterday.
A little boy's family is spending the most precious week of his life with him, his last one.

Five minutes on her prompt of "gift", here goes.

A gift - something given willingly to someone without payment, a present.

Perhaps the most precious gift we've all been given is our Father's love.
Unconditionally, unequivocally, preciously, pricelessly given to us.

He has given us life.  The ability to live, love, make choices, come and go, grow and be.  He gives us as a gift to our parents.  They didn't earn or buy the right to be our parents, He just gave us into our families.  Gifted us into the time and place where He wanted us.  Gifted us with the talents and abilities that He designed for us.  He gifted some of us siblings, some of us not.  He gifted us into adoption, as a first born, second born, seventh born, or only child.  He gifted us with long lives, short lives, quiet lives and crazy lives.  Where you live - city, country, mountains, desert, America, Africa, islands, whatever corner of this globe you're on, that is a gift as well.  Enjoy these things about your life.  This is who you are, only you, no one else is you, has lived as you have.

We're all His gift to this world.
Jack, a good man, a friend to many, God's gift to the world.
Karen, an amazing woman with a heart of gold, God's gift to the world.
TJ, a young boy with a short time to shine the light of God's love, God's gift to this world.
Stella, a sweet young girl celebrating a miracle FIFTH birthday this week, God's gift to this world.

 You and I, God's gifts to this world.  Our struggles are important to our Father.  Use your gifted life to reach out and love on others.  We are not alone in this world.  Do not carry your burden alone, let it go and let God have it.  It is His gift to you, grace poured out, washing away the sins of this life and having Jesus take that burden for you.

Here and now, rejoice in your gifts.  Rejoice in the mountain of dirty laundry (do I HAVE to!!??!!), count the blessings in the sink full or dirty dishes (ugg...), see the beautiful gift of a clean bathroom (but we have 5 boys here!), dust blessings and love throughout the house and bookshelves (achooo), sweep the floor of stagnant ingratitude right out the door (good-bye).  Then go outside and weed the garden and bless the garden of your heart as well, take time to find some fresh flowers to smell and listen to the birds singing and know that, again, these are more of God's gifts to you (yes, you!).

I went on for more than five minutes, no I didn't edit, I did just let it spill out.  Hopefully it doesn't need some major grammatical fixing, and if it does, oh well.
Go, be God's gift to this world.  Be you, only you, don't try to change who you are to fit what someone thinks they want.  God wants you as you, He set it up that way, so go with it.  There are so many of us that love you for exactly who you are anyway.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


I think, wait, I know that's what I lack.  The discipline to follow through on something, anything some days.  It's like I'm running scared from being a success. How ridiculous!?!?
I happily quote this - If you have time to complain about it, you have time to do something about it.  So, in turn, I don't complain about my weight, my inability to stick to an exercise routine or Bible study, writing blog posts and a great many other things.  Simply because if I make time to complain about it, then I have time to do something about it.  That's some scary stuff, motivation, it's comfortable here in the as is state.
Taking the first step is the hardest one.  Launching my Melaleuca business is the same way.  What will I do if it's a raging success?  What if I put the possibility out there for people to change their lives and then they ask me how?  Great gravy, how silly is it to be scared of being successful.  Being an impact on the world, doing good things for people and living a great life?  Yup, sounds pretty terrifying at the moment.
Okay, God, I get it.  Don't just step out of the comfort zone, jump out with both feet and with enthusiasm.  Let go and let You lead me down what is truly going to be a great path, the life you have designed for me.
Where do I start?  With Him.  Taking time everyday to read His words, pray for His guidance and listen to what He tells me.  Okay, I can do that.  Yes, yes I can because He and I deserve nothing less!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Imploding Today

What is going on?  Do you ever have those days that everything blows up in your face?  I do.  Not often it seems, and as long as I'm keeping my footing on the right path with my eyes on the light that my Father has shining on my path it seems to be easier to stay there.
I must have taken my eyes off and started out in my own direction.  Well, that's how I feel.  I've been working on a project and while my intention was to alleviate some stress that all of us feel, I was probably looking a little too much inward and at how this affects me.
When I take on a project I have expectations.  Expectations that if I have questions the veterans of the project will have answers.  I guess if I'm in that "veteran" position and I'm trying to teach someone else about something I expect myself to come prepared.  If I wanted to teach you how to make a casserole I would have all the ingredients there and a pan.  If I only had half the ingredients I couldn't prepare and serve you a meal.  No different than if I had the ingredients but no pan, I still couldn't feed you.
I'm also not one for making things harder than they need to be though either.  Nor is that ever my intention.  I'm not the one for drama, I'd like to think I'm not going to go around stirring it up either.  I want us to make plans for a project, I want to set deadlines to complete the project and I want it all to come together smoothly.  Will there be ripples and affects from things that aren't "perfect"?  Heck, yeah!  I just prefer to avoid the crashing waves and like to anticipate as much as I can.  Besides, I will never ask for perfection in anything.  That's pointless.  What is perfection?  As far as I'm concerned it is something utterly unattainable in everything humanly done.  God is the only one that creates perfection.
I will simply ask that we're all on the same page and that we keep open and clear communication.  I believe that anything worth doing is worth doing well.  I'm learning to do all that I do with the effort that to Him is the glory, truly where it is due.
Okay, so this probably makes NO SENSE to you, but I feel so much better being here and spilling some words onto this page.  Thanx for listening, okay, reading.