Thursday, May 19, 2022

Fixing Things




"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people."   ---Colossians 3:23

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So the kitchen sink was (still is) draining so slowly that I shouldn't run the dishwasher and that large bald patch of lawn (over the repaired pipes) out front did not like the seed I planted, my rhododendron bush died and there's more, but it's complicated. 

Gee, I complained a lot last week. "I'm too old for this," I said too many times.

Life felt grey inside my head, like I'd opened a door to 'everything 'round here in 2022 is breaking' and couldn't shut it. I hate that feeling. Then eventually the Holy Spirit asked, "Had enough?" to which I replied, "Yes! I can barely stand to be in the same room with myself."  ツ

So He pulled me off the red couch (where I'd melted like a slug) then--

asked me to write a long gratitude list
and had me dust off my Weekly To Do List (long forgotten thing).

My oh my, things improved immediately. How life-altering is proactivity! I began fixing things (or trying) and rewarding myself with extra reading time and snacks (hey. One must do what she must do). And again I can say it's a wonderful life.

No surprise all the forces which come against us regarding
proactivity. Apathy will ruin what was meant to be a marvelous, creative life.

Life feels sweet and to be treasured again even if some things 'round here still are messed up.

Note to self: apathy is not from God, but these are-- 


passion
determination
creativity
zeal
enthusiasm

--and an overcoming spirit. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (or find help for the areas where we're weak). With Jesus living inside us gone are the excuses for living all defeated like those who've not yet met Him. 



(When we've truly come to know/experience how incredibly much God loves us, this becomes far easier.)


“He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.” (Yikes!!!) ---Proverbs 18:9


"I would challenge everyone to ask for abundant grace every morning and see if it does not change the way you walk through Life. It will bring victory!"
---Kat Kerr



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Along these lines, here's an inspiring video, below. 

(You can do a fast-forward viewing like I did, but be sure to check out the final two minutes. Wow! The kind of tough, no nonsense talk we don't hear enough of these days.)  --  

The student got the worst placement in the dorm, but she turned it into a dream room!



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                         (Had to laugh at the perfect timing of this one!)








It's important to know what can be fixed and what cannot--and then work through the necessary acceptances and adjustments inside our mind.



Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

How's Your Personal Race Going?



"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it."   --- 1 Corinthians 9:24


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If you believe horse races are barbaric, Honey, move on to the next blog. シ This race did my heart much good, so here's my post.

Wow. The 2022 Kentucky Derby, right?

You've not yet seen it? Before reading this post, you may want to watch the last stretch, just a few seconds, here, first. 

Rich Strike, the horse. Wow.

Rich Strike ran most of the race without being taken seriously. Who even watches last-minute-replacement-horses in the back except for their owners/trainers?

But even though ignored, in the center of relative slowpokes kicking mud up on him, Rich Strike ran steady. His rider moved him to the right places at the perfect times, then urged Rich Strike to use his reserved energy at the end.

Speaking of which, did you notice (in the non-aerial view) how Rich Strike turned his face toward the two expected-to-win horses? Exactly as if--with his eyes--he told them, "That's all you've got? Really? Watch this!"

Then Rich Strike stretched out his neck, his body, his pace, and took the lead, shocking the announcer, then the world with his win.

The tired fighters of 2022's world were thrilled, uplifted, encouraged.
Folks who are soured by conspiracy theories, voiced those (can we really blame them?).

But Rich Strike? He was used to longer races and bit at those trying to slow his pace after the race. His great heart longed to keep running, even without an audience, even though, according to others, he was done.

I like what Jennifer Keyte wrote:


"Rich Strike, you just gave hope to every single person feeling hemmed-in against the rail in any part of life! Take the opening and Go For It!"


Today? Today if you've had all sorts of mud slung upon you and you feel you're running unnoticed, well, Jesus notices all details. Every tear floats inside a bottle and each effort to run steady in all faithfulness to Him will be rewarded. Some prizes come now; most are awarded in Heaven.

But you've got to stay in it to win it.







"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us..."   --- Hebrews 12:1


Since 2020 while I've watched lots of Christians drop out of this latest race I've wondered, "What did they think future hard times would look like? They spent decades reading about them, but why were they blown away when they arrived?"


There are no prizes for those who quit early.


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Oh, and if you didn't already know, this was the second biggest upset in the Kentucky Derby's 148 year history! 

People declare it can never happen again, but I'm holding out that it will. I love when impossibilities happen!

Here's the race in its entirety.



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Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Where She Says, "Don't Care! I'm Moving Forward."



"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it."   ---1 Corinthians 9:24


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Since 2020, the first 'covid year'? Probably 80 times I've said aloud (yes, to myself, all Scarlett O'Hara-like sometimes, er hem), "Don't care! I'm moving forward."

Each instance came after something. Like, after longtime friends unfriended me at Facebook (one lecturing me on how horrible I'd become).

"Don't care! I'm moving forward."

Or following times I made stupid mistakes, got lazy, procrastinated.

"Don't care! I'm moving forward."

Or after friends bailed out of social media, went dark, passionless, when they could've kept encouraging others.

"Don't care! I'm moving forward."

Or when favorite teachers/preachers/prophets at Youtube did "180's", changed their minds, or disappeared (or even died).

"Don't care! I'm moving forward."

When the Government made all the wrong decisions.

"Don't care! I'm moving forward."

When shortages came and prices rose, but people still intimated that prepping is unnecessary, useless.

"Don't care! I'm moving forward."

When a couple folks (pretty much) said my blog is an exercise in futility.

"Don't care! I'm moving forward."


Etc., Etc., Etc.


Remember how I've thought much about Heaven lately? Well, this verse tags along with those imaginings:


"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."   --- 2 Timothy 4:7


When we step into Heaven, of course we'll be thrilled to see Jesus! We'll practically explode with gratitude! We'll love all the reunions with folks who left before we did!

But here's something else: We'll suddenly realize our life on (this) Earth is done. Over. Gone are all opportunities to finish what God created us to do here, to help others in His preordained ways, to experience certain adventures.

And that will matter, also. Did we leave anything undone? Did we ignore the special requests God asked of us? Did we become distracted, even veering off Best Road for Just Good Enough Avenue?

Today I would encourage us all to remain determined to finish our race. Even if we must run past equally obstinate ones laying there, waiting for an easier, clearer day ahead, may we keep running-- 

--with the very passion, Life, of Jesus.




"Noah didn’t stop building the ark to explain himself to every doubter and hater. Keep building and let the rain do the talking."
"It's not over until you quit."
--Real Talk Kim


And as I shared at Facebook:

I returned to Twitter last week and it's great to reunite with passionate folks who post things like this, below, and so much more.


(I'm also thankful for Gab where more passionate people have kept me inspired, encouraged, these past months.)


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"Sinking ships can't pull others."   --- Patara from Appalachia's Homestead




From what I've seen? The most passionate Christians are those filled with overflowing hope.


"Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord."   --- Romans 12:11


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Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15