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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

60 SECOND LAINE-SPRING CLEANING

MMM! I have to confess I have so many thoughts that this may go over the 60 Second Laine.

I was riding my bike in the rain and I felt like a little girl. It was an adventure!
When I was younger with umbrella in hand I would sing and dance in the rain. I love adventure! I actually felt like Mary Poppins once when the wind lifted me off the sidewalk (at bit, really!).
But one day as I played at the park the rain came and I hid under a shelter house where the slide was. The rain will pass and I'll run home. Only the Chicago storms would start calm and turn to golf ball size hail. Yikes I got so scared as it got darker. I'm gonna have to suck it up and run the two blocks home and hopefully not get hurt. Oh God help me I need to get home and I'm scared. God please, please! 

That day I did get home and I wasn't hurt but I realized my adventure turned scary.
In life the ups and downs make can make us feel overwhelmed.  Here is the deal. The heightened awareness that only God can give us helps us get through them.

I've been sort of training myself when the storms arise to ask myself "Is Jesus Real and how right now?" I asked that today when someone was difficult to deal with. Jesus you ask me to treat others the way I would want to be treated. Well if I was having a bad day wouldn't I want someone to forgive me by giving me grace? Jesus is so real, he is here helping me to be patient. Jesus my provider.

A leper goes to Jesus and says "If you are willing you can make me clean." The Lord "I am willing Be clean!" The man was made clean.
We can ask ourselves "What in my life can Jesus help me clean up."
I was thinking about the word "clean".  Things like addictions, worry, negative thinking...all things that Jesus can help clean up.

I am captivated today as I read this passage "Jesus is willing".  He is willing! Wow! When I need help I can go to Jesus, he won't ignore me, he is willing. Countless times I have done just that...it makes Jesus real and he is constantly helping. Jesus is real. He is my healer. (healer has so much meaning. It's not always a sickness, it includes, grieving, brokenness, broken-hearted.)

Spring...a time to do some cleaning! Ask Jesus to help you...for His namesake. No other reason. For Him. Do it for Him? #kneel,ask,receive,touch,love,mercy,clean,thank

#that'swhatIcallspringcleaning

All of this insight was whirling in my head on my bike ride. Now I have come full circle and I suggest also that you go for a bike ride. Find a hill to go down and soar!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

60 SECOND STACY-FIGURE IT OUT

Life in college can be very difficult my friends. We’re away from family and figuring out who we are and what we find our identity in. It’s so easy to get swept up into schoolwork or other things in our lives. We get into our schedules and routines and run from place to place. Our time is filled and it’s hard to remember to take breaks, take a breath and focus on our God. It’s the easiest thing in the world to focus on everything we have to do, the stresses in our lives, money, or family/friend problems.
            I was sitting in my bed one day and opened up my bible to Genesis. There’s a story about Jacob after he left home because he was going to find a wife and Esau was angry with him for stealing the blessing intended for him from their father. Jacob was alone and wandering, he was lost and in a dark place. He used a stone as a pillow and slept. I don’t know about you guys, but that sounds like a low point to me. But he dreams about Heaven and angels and the Lord looks down at him and promises to watch him and tell him that he will always be with him. The thing that stuck out to me was what Jacob does next, he wakes up and thinks to himself, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it. How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven” Genesis 28:16-17.
            What a simple and life-changing way to think. When all is going wrong, when you are making mistakes and you feel alone and tired, God is there. How different would we live if wherever we went and whatever we did we thought, “Surely God is in this place”. When I read these words I was overcome with joy. I knew that God promised to always be with us, but for Jacob to be in the place he is and to think about how awesome it was only because God’s presence, is very beautiful. 

            I challenge you to carry these words around with you when life gets busy, hard or seems mundane. Whatever is going on, to simply remember that the God of the universe is with you and you are on holy ground, I think if we thought like this that we would live differently and make different choices. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

60 SECOND LAINE-LEGIT

I sat down to meet the funeral officiate and she began by saying I know your mom was a Christian and I have her bible and I will be honoring her legacy.

I could hardly breath. In my grieving I had not been able to start planning. But God did! The plans to honor my mom was already in motion. I did not have to do a thing. God had it all. The bible was read and her heritage was completely covered.

What a great gift. Sometimes God knows we don't even have to ask. He knew my heart. I had been praying that morning only for me. For me to be able to get up and go to the planning meeting. I just kept saying I can't do this. I can't see my that way.

Yet I sat there in the room with God determined to sense His peace. Determined to work this out with Him.

Blessed are those who are mourning for the will be comforted. (Oh God, how? How will I be comforted?) A promise of Jesus came to mind, "You can do anything with me." I quieted down and sat with that truth. I feel stronger and I can with You. I can were the words of my heart. I can with You. I can go with You. 

I went in the strength of the Lord. Everything was  okay but many more gifts were in store. Like the angelic peaceful disposition of my mom. Oh what a gift! Oh what a gift of the funeral officiate. I never would have imagined such a beautiful way to say good-bye till we meet again.

Please remember we grieve over many things in life and it is legit. It is the death of a job, empty nesting, end of a friendship or relationship, lost of bodily functions (that would mean we have to quit a sport or exercise), moving....you name it.

Remember God hasn't left you. He sees and knows it all.  He's is faithful to see you through it. He will do it!
You can do it with Him. LEGIT help is on the way!

Friday, April 14, 2017

60 SECOND LAINE-CONFIRMATION-FLOW 2

Making space and time to finding my truth.

Pen in hand I began to journal with thought to obtain clarity for my circumstances right now.

What unexpectedly happened is my journaling led to a realization...I'm living in a great place for now (enjoy it), the bills are getting paid (miraculously), my job is okay, I visited with my grandson yesterday and it was nothing short of FUN!

The grandson thing I have to expound on. My son moved recently and it was nerve wrecking picturing him not being a mile away, like he was. I mean great convenience, right? I just had to give the move sometime and go with the flow. (I'm continuing the go with the flow thought process from a previous posting.) My calendar and time cleared yesterday and they were available for a visit. It was a beautiful day and my two grandsons (3 year plus and 10 month). Played ball on the porch, used the brand new pooper scooper to well...get all the dog poop picked up off the yard...many laughs there. The 10 month old in hand with the scooper in the other I scooped and the 3 year old used the rack to plop the poop in the scooper. The ten month old never peeped a word he definitely went along for the stroll and humor and my constant yelp "Look at the bird, hear him? He goes tweet, tweet, tweet!"
As I stepped out of the house to leave it happened...the greatest sound ever...1 block over was the ice cream man!!! I yelled to the family and a big bonus of the day happened, the 3 year old did not remember what the ice cream man or even the truck meant. It was so exciting! I got to see his excited face as the truck pulled to the curb and we selected our items, took a picture and of course began to eat! The unexpected joy moments, gotta love them.

Alright buddy, you're right, this one's gonna be longer than 60 seconds.

Getting back to the journaling...count your blessings. Really that simple! My tip to get through the moments in life. Put your seat belt on and count your blessings. That's all I got.

That realization came yesterday so today I am doing a tutorial on Linkedin called embracing changes and point number two of making change  work for us is...Count your blessings.

This is a confirmation of clarity that I needed; my thought plus a secular site equals... slow down embrace the change...things are gonna work out...I'm  gonna flow with it! What ended up happening is I came to a conclusion that even though I don't have an answer on my next vocational journey or the place my husband and I will live in, truth reigned. My life couldn't really be better.