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That Time Again

Yes, it’s the time of year that I love most; Fall/Winter.  I don’t know if its because of what it represents, hibernation of nature and renewing itself for the warmer months that are sure to come back, or if it’s because of the changing of colors of the trees, to start anyway, and then the snow that makes everything so beautiful when it first falls.

This time of year does represent something spiritual for me.  I remember a long time ago that somebody told me that the colors that the leaves change to are always there, they just don’t appear until it’s their season, their time.  For some reason this struck me as information straight from God.  I thought to myself, “that’s just like the people of God.”  You know that God has a work for all of us to do, but the timing and release for us to walk in that work isn’t always when we think or desire.  While we are waiting for God to release us, we are molded, cultivated, pruned, trimmed, plucked, planted, fed, and watered.  All those things keep us “green” while the Lord perfects us and when our “season” comes, He releases us and our “colors” come through.

Then when it comes to the snow, it puts me in the mindset of the Blood of Jesus and how he covered, but rather took away our sin.  The snow when it first falls is so white and untouched.  God looks at us through the blood of Jesus and the finished work of the cross, so when the snow falls it always gives me a gentle reminder of what The Father has done for me.

The colors of Fall are so rich and warming. Sometimes I can even detect a hint of Fall fragrance in the air when I see certain colors, just warms me right up on the inside.  Then we have the Christmas season of winter, with the decorations and lights, and festive colors.  It keeps me in a festive, yet creative mood and mindset throughout the whole season.  I love to go to different cities where there are different cultures to see how they decorate and celebrate.

The food, the movies, cartoons, clothes, getting together with friends from near and far, taking silly photos, hugs, kisses, Hot cocoa, sweet potato pie, and a host of other things that just give me a warm fuzzy feeling at this time of year.  Sometimes I wish that I could bottle or box it all up, and open it up to pour out in the middle of summer because for some reason people are more loving, more caring, and more considerate of others at this time of year.  If we could get that going all year, the world would be a better place, but that’s wishful thinking.

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts.  I hope you have an Amazing Day!

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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Right Out of The Box!!!

I had an experience last week!  I was invited to go to the ASD Las Vegas Retail Trade Show.

I had been invited a couple of times over the last month leading up to the event and kept saying, maybe next time.  Well, apparently for me, according to God, this was my next time….My next time to step out of my “box” and into something that I’ve never done or even thought of doing before.

The first thing was that for years I’ve had a fear of a few things, and flying on an airplane was one of them.  I’ve never had a desire to fly and anytime anyone mentioned flying an automatic NO jumped out of my spirit and straight out of my mouth without a thought, LOL!   This opportunity was starring me in the face, an opportunity for me to expand my thinking, my faith, and my business all at once. 

I’ve had a business for 4 years operating out of my comfy home with products that I create myself.  I’ve been looking for the past 2 years to expand and carry other products, made by other people or companies, but mostly I was just looking to expand to create another source of income within this business.

Then it happened. One night I was asked again, “do you wanna go,” and my response was the same, “maybe next time.” The next day I find out that I already have a flight ticket and room reservations to Vegas for the ASD Las Vegas Retail Trade Show.  I was so excited and with my mind racing about what to pack, what to take, where’s my Sales Tax License copy that the fact that I had a fear of flying not even crossed my mind.

When I did stop and think about the fact that I would be flying clean across the country to the West Coast all I could do was smile.  There was no fear…where did it go…I don’t know and I don’t care, LOL!  I thought about how my life has changed so much over the past 3 months and where God has brought me from and brought me to and I couldn’t say anything but HalleluYAH! and I said it a few times.

When I got to the airport I thought, “I’m actually about to board a plane.”  When the time came to board I did it without any hestitation, it was like getting on a long amusement park ride to me.  The sound of the jet engines didn’t freak me out as I’ve heard it does some people, and I think that’s because my hubby and I are drag racing fans so, being that close to one was actually thrilling to me.

I have never been that far away from home and never that far away from my husband, but the experience was something that I will appreciate for the rest of my life.  I’m thankful for the people that God has placed in my life and that they are people that are go getters with a plan for their lives that they implement daily.  I have prayed for people of like passions, and like faith that my hubby and I could be friends with and the relationship be mutually beneficial.  God has answered my prayer….I have jumped Right Out of The Box!!!! and I must say that the view from here is just great….looking forward to more adventure this year, God said He was going to do some amazing things for us this year….I believe just what He said.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in General, Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Good Deeds For Sure

Ok, so last weekend a few friends (the hubby, and the worship team of my church) and I all got together to see the new movie by Tyler Perry. The main reason I wanted to see it is because I had been reading a few Face book stats from men saying that it was a typical “Tyler Perry, angry woman gets saved by a nice guy” movie…and I not only disliked the remark, but just felt that Tyler has so much more in him than that.
So, during the movie I had some moments of laughter, thought provoking moments, and truly gut wrench crying moments. This movie put it all out there. I mean just when you think that you know the woman that you might work with, how she’s always angry and snappy, how she seems to always be running late and having excuses; this movie makes you stop and say “wow, you just never know what the next person may be dealing with in their life outside of the job.”
I found myself shaking my head in pain for this woman as one bad thing after another, after another, after another just seemed to fall in her path. I know a few women that have dealt with the very thing that this woman dealt with in this movie, but the only thing is that they had to just struggle through. Nobody came to their aid, nobody was in their life who could really do a “Good Deed” to bring them out of their situation. When you see people in your life struggle, regardless of how they got there, and you CAN’T do a thing to help them directly it crushes you on the inside. I watched this movie with so much emotion because to me it was like watching a 20/20 story or documentary…well in actuality it was a documentary. How many of you have been or know of somebody who’s been in that situation or almost in that situation? Either way it is a scary thought.
Even the seemed to be angry and ungrateful brother had some underlying issues as to why he “seemed” angry, ungrateful, and even bitter. You just never know what is in the heart of a person; which is why its so important to walk in love toward people in this world. As humans we face 100 million things on a day to day basis, some of which connect us in so many ways that we really don’t have the room or time to be judgmental of each other because we all have something that we are dealing with. What you deal with may not be what I have to deal with, but it still remains that we all are connected by certain human struggles.
At first look this woman just seemed to have a really really bad day, but as you sit and watch and take in all that is going on you see that she is in this predicament do to a loss in her life and her having to make a quick decision to keep her and her daughter afloat.
Wesley, who is “The Man” in the movie, even had his own issues that he had to deal with, but as he learned more about this woman, he also learned more about himself and his real dreams and desires for life. His character showed me the sacrifices that we as people sometimes make, all with good intentions, but can be detrimental to our own dreams for our lives. His desire to make sure that the dreams of his father and mother stayed afloat was draining him, to say the least, as he worked endlessly to appear in control of it all. He had dreams of his own that were on the back burner because of what his mother “wanted” for the family business. The disrespectful and degrading relationship of the younger brother and the mother made me literally want to slap his face…LOL…I’m so serious, but later I understood, he too had a dream. It was amazing to watch one brother live the dream of the other while putting his dream on hold and the other brother become bitter and resentful to him for “living his dream” so to speak.
When Wesley really found out the truth of what was going on with this woman there was something in him that would not allow him to just sit by and watch, but he absolutely had to do something. This was so inspirational to me because of the dreams that I have to help people on a larger scale, but for now I do what I can.
What a different type of world we would be living in if as a people when we see others that truly need help step up and do something to help them. We may not be able to do it all but there is something that we all can do and if we just start there change would really be obtainable.
One thing I can say about this movie, without making this movie review into a book, LOL, is that it pricked my heart. It made me take a lot of things into consideration in my life and the lives of those that I come into contact with. This movie makes you go into yourself and for me that’s always a good thing to leave a movie with. Entertainment is a good thing, but a life changing thought provoking movie encounter is something totally different. I’m proud of Tyler Perry and Good Deeds. If you haven’t seen it, you should go see it.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in General

 

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Is It Real Change?

On this journey that we call life we encounter alot of things, make alot of decisions (some good and some bad), and we have a choice to learn from it all.
When our parents bring us into this world, I’m sure with high hopes in some cases. Some found themselves pregnant and had to just deal with the hand they were dealt. Parents make sacrafices for their children on so many levels that children, hopefully as they grow up to be adults, will be able to look back and say “wow, now I get it.”

What happens when a mother does all that she can do for a child, but the child, now an adult, seems to still embrace the “mindset” that the world owes them something? How did they arrive at that mindset in the first place?

What would you think if you had to raise a child the best that you could, on a fixed income, but giving them the best of everything you could afford, ensuring that they had a “childhood,” making sure that you were there when they arrived home from school everyday and seeing to it that they were taken care of daily, only to have them turn around and never graduate high school, struggle all of their life to get a GED….oh let me back up…
This child had a job as a teenager, but felt like the bills (that they helped create) we’re just his mother’s responsibility. Later, the child moves out in anger because they didn’t want to help their own mother who sacraficed her life for them. All of their adult life has partied, gone from job to job, ended up homeless and near homeless to find themselves right back at home with their mother at the age of 48 and still has the “mindset” that the world owes them something.
Why would a grown man want to live with his mother and not help to make her life better? Why is it that he feels violated when she asks him questions concerning his life and what he plans to do to better himself? How can a man, living with his mother, curse his mother and expect things to go well in his life?
We are put on this Earth to help each other, at least that’s what I thought. I know that we all have our struggles, Lord knows I’m not on the “world’s best people” list, but when did it become ok to disrespect our parents when it was them that God used to get us here in the first place. We all have purpose and a right to find out what that is, but I’m just one to think that as you seek to “change” your life and you find yourself back at home with “mommy” wouldn’t you want to do all that you could to help contribute to her longevity, especially since you’d be homeless without her? Wouldn’t you want to do your part to contribute to the running and upkeep of the household instead of trying to hide money for selfish reasons? Is It Real Change? or are you just fooling yourself?

Change requires growth, and anything that isn’t changing, sincerely, isn’t growing and anything or person that isn’t growing is dead or dying. Let us seek our purpose and life fulfillment in such a way that it helps and not hinders others. Let us embrace the fact that we are where we are because of our own life choices. Let us look in the mirror and say to ourselves, “from this day forward I’m going to do and be better.” We have a responsibilty when we faulter to pick ourselves us up, brush ourselves off, and keep going forward. Sometimes that going forward will require a different route than the one we’ve chosen, but its something we must do or we would have to ask ourselves Is It Real Change that we’re seeking or are we just fooling ourselves?
I hope this post provokes a thought and/or an action in my readers to make a change.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in General

 

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