I would like to sell my books, make lots of money and be famous. But what I would LOVE to do is introduce you to Jesus and create a legacy for your eternity! Because He loves you!💗

He Protects and Provides!

I’m really stubborn! (don’t agree, I’ll know) I know I give God the run around when he tells me “No” and “Not yet!” I try to manipulate the situation to fit how I see it right now and start building a future around something that’s not mine. So I’m always in recovery. But during worship today, He made Himself very clear when He said, “If he leads you to me AND builds my kingdom with you, that’s him!”
God has given me a purpose that only I can fill. The wrong situation will take me away from that AND away from God. I don’t ever want that to happen. So I’ll remember what my Father said. He’s my protector AND he will provide because He loves me so much.
He also loves you that much!

God’s Protection

On my way home from Church this morning, I was thinking about all my friends, their exes and their lives now. I thought about each one individually and how hard it must be to still have to be connected to and live near their ex.

Finding new relationships must seem really hard and carrying that extra baggage into a new relationship must bring great challenges for them and their new person.

Your children, their children, grandchildren, blending, combining, etc. It seems like a hot mess. But I wouldn’t know. I’m sure I could know, but God’s protected me from that a long time ago. I was married once and divorced with children, but because of God’s protection over my life, I am free, totally free today.

He protected me from relationships that could have ruined me. He protected me from bad decisions I made. He protected me from bad people who could have hurt me and my family. He protected from mistakes, failures, falling down, feeling lonely, depression, and mental anguish.

God’s protection, whether I knew He was there or not, kept me from remaking bad choices because I trusted His choices. He knew when the enemy sent choices I couldn’t resist, he gave me discernment and the knowledge to make the right choice for my life. If it is meant to be, It will be right. It will be what I need, not what I want.

Thank you God for protecting me all these years from things that could’ve ruined me. I am free, I’m mean really FREE because of You! THANK YOU! To the world, if I seem too good for you, I AM! Because of Jesus, I AM!

Love God, Love Others

“I” create Change!  Lord, help me to see what You see.  Change my perspective, this will change my attitude.  Help me to see others and circumstances through Your eyes of Grace, Mercy and Love. This is the way You see me.  

Matthew 22:37-39

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Do you love God and then others? Is your life fulfilling or is something missing? I can tell you it has nothing to do with success or money. You were CREATED to love God and love others, not yourself. Life is hard and unfulfilling because we focus on ourselves rather than on God and others. We are NOT living abundantly because we are not living our purpose. Our purpose is to love God and others. We are given special gifts to help us love others. Are you using yours? Do you even know what it is? Ask God, He CREATED you and a gift only you have.

Don’t know God? Say this prayer: Dear God, I love you! I want you to come into my heart and save me from sin. I accept you as my Savior and believe in my heart you died just for me and to save me from my sins. I confess all sin and ask you to forgive me. Thank you for saving me. I will live out the rest of my life loving you and others. In Jesus name, Amen. YAY! Welcome to God’s Family. Next steps: Read the Bible, find a Church and someone/group to talk with you about God

Loving God and others is how we change the world!

A One of a Kind Relationship

I am so thankful for my relationship with Jesus! He knows exactly what I need, when I need it and who I need. When my days get too busy, He still loves me and pursues me. When I’m tired, He comforts me and soothes me. His word speaks life to me and gives me tremendous peace and comfort, strength and courage. He loves me this I know, forever and always. I am not afraid or worried of the future because He is my refuge and no weapon formed against me shall prosper. I am His and He is mine! These scripture brought me peace and joy today. Maybe they will you too!

Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Psalm 62:8 – Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Love Sucks

There is no way around it.  It just does. Not all the time, but just today in my Teacher life!

I love my kids each year with all my heart.  I give and give and give and give so much of myself to them each day.  I have high expectations for them such as following the rules, being respectful, getting along with others.  Most days they get it. But today, they didn’t. And I felt defeated and unloved and done.

When school was over, I went to find my best friend and get a hug. We talked and prayed and thought of strategies to change their bad behaviors.  I went home drank a chai latte, strong coffee and ate chocolate chips. I began to write my bible lesson for Friday’s Bible Club at school. It’s on the Love Chapter:  1 Corinthians 13:4-7. And I decided to be honest in my blog. Usually for Valentine’s Day, I will write something encouraging and lovely. But this year, this just seemed fitting.  

Worldly Love isn’t always lovely.  It isn’t always joyous. It isn’t always kind.  It is mean and rude. It is sad and relentless. It is disappointing and cruel.  It is of the world, not of God.

God’s Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, 5 never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. 6 It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. 7 If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. (The Living Bible)

I strive to be like Him, but I always fall short as we all do.  We are not perfect like God, so there is no way we could ever love like God.  We should always strive to do so, though. We shouldn’t give up just because one day sucks or we feel we failed.

I realize that I just gave myself a pep talk and advice.  Which happens a lot, by the way. Sometimes I’m my only cheerleader. I know that I will go back to school tomorrow and love on my kids and many days after that.  I know tomorrow will be different as are all the other days to come. Days will turn into months and months into years and a different crowd of kids will be raised and loved by an awesome Teacher.

But today,.today………….. Love Sucks!

Book Released!

Finally, my book, ” You Are Wonderfully and Beautifully Made” is in print. You may now go to https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790112540 and order your copy. There is also an eBook copy for your electronic device: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KWLTD4B

Love 2019

It began with Love, when God created the world and it will end with Love, when God returns and Heaven becomes our home.

Love rules the earth and the Heavens.  It overtakes our lives if we let it in.  I began to learn to love again this past year. (2018)  I found the love of best friend and a lost love. After many years of blocking love with a wall I built to protect me from getting hurt, two people were sent to me to show me the love I deserve and wanted.  

I am grateful to God for always loving me and showing me unconditional love.  For bringing new loves into my life and proving that it still exists in the right people that He chooses to send.  But remember, you must be discerning and receptive to receive this love. It doesn’t always come the way you think it might. Thank you, God!

I am grateful to my loves who bring such joy to my life.  Showing me how to receive love has been their greatest gift to me.  I have always given love, but receiving it has been a little hard because of past mistakes.  Opening up, taking down my wall, becoming submissive and enjoying their love has made me a better person.  Thank you, loves!

In 2019, My one word is Love!  I choose the give and receive love.  I want those I love to know I love them.  I will overly love them because our days aren’t promised, even though my coffee thinks I’ll live forever. lol  

Learn to love God who loves you even if you don’t love Him.  Learn to love yourself even if you don’t. Find ways to change that without looking for others to do it for you.  Love for yourself should only come from you. Your happiness is just that: Yours. No one can make you happy, only you.  When others see your happiness for yourself, they’ll want you. But you can’t make them happy either. They must find happiness for themselves.  And when you come together, It’s a whole lot of love and happiness for yourselves and those who you give it to.

Grow together, love together, lean on each other together, have fun together, make memories together, build a life together.  Love, just let it in!

 

One Word 2019

Jesus loves us with no strings attached.  I wanna be like that! Our purpose is to love others the way we want others to love us.  Unconditional, like Jesus loves us. Strive for that! In 2019, that’s my One Word—-Love!

In thinking of my goals for the coming year, I’ve been thinking how I like to be treated: consistent respect, loved unconditionally, forgiven, carried, hugged, positive encouragement, having a growth mindset, cheerleader, always believing, always hoping, always loving, never giving up, striving, changing for the better.

I make goals starting in August because I am a Teacher.  I have 6 goals that run from 2018-2020, short-term goals.  I have 5 out of 6 goals running  right now simultaneously   because they all fit together and I’m a very blessed and favored girl.   All of these goals are not out of selfish intent. These are goals affect other people as well as myself.

  1. Begin to pay off debt (starting in 2019)
  2. Get books published and write new ones (started)
  3. Become healthier in spirit, mind and body (started)
  4. Love my students and help them love learning (started)
  5. Fall in love with my best friend (started)
  6. Start National Board Certified Teacher Program (started)

Within each goal, are smaller goals that help these big goals seem not so big.  Things that I need to do to accomplish each goal. It may seem I’m a type A, but it helps me know what needs to be done.  

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While accomplishing these goals, I am asserting my One Word—Love!  Love for myself and others, but I need to be make sure I’m aware of my love for myself and others as the year progresses.  I need to be intentional. I need to be patient. I need to stop overthinking situations. I need to forgive myself and others and move on when it’s not returned or accepted.  I need to not put people in categories; we are all God’s children. I need to encourage, be inspirational, supportive and show compassion.

Goals help us to accomplish what we deem important to us and therefore, become important to those who matter.