Driving along the highway, I noticed all of the various types of trees. I'm usually the driver and I miss out on so many things having to watch the road. Not this time, I'm the passenger and the view is spectacular.
I was having a conversation with Bradd about change and how important it is for us to look forward to the future instead of looking at the past. He said something that really stuck with me and I wanted to share it with you.
What does it mean to have a heart like Jesus? I’ve never really spent a lot of time thinking about the elements of His heart. Sure I knew He loved stronger than anyone else. I have read about His selfless sacrifice, but His heart, what did it look like? I believe it’s evident throughout the scriptures how much God loves us. From the very beginning of time He has been making a way for us to have a relationship with Him. First in the Garden and all throughout the bible stories, we see the heights and depths God will go to in order to make a way for us to feel His love.
I was enjoying a refreshing "Strawberry Acai Refresher Lemonade" from Starbucks recently and I saw a sign that had pictures of white cups and there were at least 30 cups on the picture but only one of them had a Starbucks emblem on it. The tag line at the bottom said, "It's not just coffee, it's Starbucks."
You only really need one…Jesus “Light Giver” From the beginning of time God wanted light to shine upon the earth. From the moment He spoke the words “Let there be light,” to the day the Earth grew dark, when Jesus made His final sacrifice, God has been trying to bring light to our world.
We have been having a lot of storms lately in the state of Oklahoma where I live, and we are getting to the point where the rain is starting to stress people out. The tornados that come with the month of May have also been a bit of a pain to us. Often causing a trip to the closet for some, or a shelter if you have it, or in my case, grabbing the things that matter most and being ready to jump in the truck to leave the house.
I was digging through old stuff I had from when I moved to Bradds and I found some old cd’s. I found one I haven’t listened to in forever. “Take me to your leader” by the Newsboys. I loved this cd when I first purchased it in 1996 and I knew I would enjoy it just as much today so I looked it up on Apple Music and began listening to the old familiar songs. I was surprised to discover even after more than 23 years I still have the songs memorized.
A friend gave me CD back in 2003 and one of the songs on it called Ordinary Day had the phrase “Live While You Can”. This really stood out to me. For the next few days I listened to the song over and over and got me to thinking about my life. Even though I have been alive for 48 years, I have never really “lived” before age 36 when I heard these lyrics.
Have you ever had one of those days when you see memories? Old pictures of your life you used to have, you see those photos of the life you imagined you once planned and you just tear up. You don’t miss the old life, its more a sadness for the life you imagined you were going to have, and you feel like a bit of a failure for letting your kids down, and even yourself too because things didn’t go like you thought they would. You feel like so many of your dreams wasted.
There is a movie called “Bring it on” and it’s about cheerleaders who have a mission and in order for their mission to succeed they challenge each other to “Bring it!” Some of you may be wondering what that means, well simply put it means you hold nothing back, you give 100%; give all you have to the task at hand.