Saturday, February 26, 2011

The light

"To the world you may only be one person, 
but to one person you may be the world."

I was with a friend last week we were talking about friendships and how different some boundaries are depending on the friendship/relationship.  As we talked we realized how thankful we are for each other's friendship and how we have been blessed with other friendships that have exceeded our expectations. My friend and I have journeyed through some tough stuff together.  I remember talking to her a long while back and thinking that there was no light at the end of the tunnel. As my life's road has twisted and turned along the way, with victories and tragedies alike, I have come to the point where I can "high-five" my friend across the table, because even though my life isn't perfect I am standing in the light at the end  of the tunnel.

Thanks friends for doing life with me!

Proverbs 17:17 

A friend loves at all times

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tribute to Kaleb

I know I haven't blogged in a while, but life has taken over.  With all the snow days and conference days, Gage is just starting to get back in his routine, but I have still learned a very important life lesson from my nephew.  My nephew  is a little more than a nephew to my family he lived with us for a while in his younger years, so there is an investment there.  My nephew, Kaleb had an accident Saturday while wrestling for his high school.  He is a freshman, wrestling varsity so he is pretty talented, and you know I'm not just biased!  Kaleb's accident broke his neck and caused a stroke, his life is changed.  Thankfully he is not paralyzed!! His dad and him prayed before that match for Kaleb's safety, Kaleb sees his prayers as answered, God kept him from being paralyzed. This is one of the lessons I learned, to see the blessings in a chaotic, messy, painful situation. I'm not very good at seeing this some days. The other lesson I learned from my nephew is to be thankful for the little things, the things we take for granted everyday.  I have a friend that sometimes when I'm getting down says "well at least you can wipe your own butt" She's right! After seeing Kaleb scratch his nose and saying "man its good to scratch my own nose" I will never be the same.  Thanks Kaleb, I love you so much and am so proud of you no matter what you do. God is good all the time.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 

18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Conversation #2

Last week I said I had two conversations with my children, but I only told you about one of them. The second conversation was with my daughter, we were talking about school and she was telling me who she sits beside in one of her classes.  I knew this other girl and we were talking about some of the things going on in this young women's life. I say to Jaden "You should invite her to the next outreach at church." Jaden was a little hesitant, and I continue, "if we won't reach out to those we know, how can we reach out to those we don't?"

Did I just say that?? How many times in the last year have I reached out?   Hmm I hate being convicted, especially when I'm trying to teach my kids a lesson. I need to put my money where my mouth is.  I'm trying to practice what I preach, unfortunately this week, some things were canceled due to weather.  But I don't need to wait for a special outreach at church, I need to get out of my comfort zone sometimes and reach out in my daily life.

Matthew 5:16 

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.