An Abundant Life!

A lot of things happened in 1962.  Here are some of them:

Popular Culture 1962

  • Beatles Turned Down By Decca Records
  • Release of first Beatles recording: the single “Love Me Do”
  • Andy Warhol’s famous painting of a can of soup
  • Beverly Hill Billies is on TV
  • The Dick Van Dyke show on TV
  • Johnny Carson begins as presenter for The Tonight Show

Popular Films

  • West Side Story
  • Spartacus
  • El Cid
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

Popular Singers

  • The Beatles
  • Bob Dylan
  • Chubby Checker
  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Neil Sedaka
  • Roy Orbison
  • Shirley Bassey

But one of the most important things that happened in 1962 was my parents getting married!  Wow! That’s 56 years ago! What a trek! Six kids, nine grandkids and three great-grandkids.  What an abundant life!

Living in any decade is hard.  It wasn’t easy. My dad worked and my mom stayed home and took care of all of us.  Growing up was fun and we were never without. If we ever were, we didn’t know about it!  We traveled, went on vacations, church, school, ball games, played with our neighborhood friends, celebrated birthdays, holidays, etc.  It was the life! An abundant life!

The abundant life they created together began with a love of Jesus and each other.  Then it trickled down into our family. Generations have been blessed because of this union and generations to come will be blessed.  All because two people fell in love and both of them worked extremely hard year after year to keep it together. Happy 56th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Dear Parents

I’m pouring out my heart at conferences to let you know I’m fighting for your child, pushing them to the next level and loving them with everything I am!  And I’m thankful for your support of my purpose.

Your Child’s Teacher

Unfortunately,  most teachers do not work for the money. (the truth is:  there’s no money in teaching).  Teachers actually teach because they love it!  Most would do it for free, by hey, we gotta pay bills and eat.

The support from parents is very important to us.  Coming to our school conferences allows us to showcase your child’s work and the successes their making.  It also allows us to discuss things that aren’t so great, like behavior.

Let us in!  We should be supporting each other.  Most teachers have 25-30+ students they see everyday.  Your child is one (1) of them.  Let us help you maximize your child’s potential! We love them like our own!

A Change of Heart

These last couple of weeks have been very challenging at my house.  First, the washer breaks and doesn’t work anymore.  So we have been taking our laundry to my mom’s or the laundry mat.  Second, (this week) the toilet got stopped up and flushes but doesn’t go down.  Yuck.  Third, Friday morning, there was a rooster walking around our yard and was scared off by the dog next door.  Lastly, (so far), my daughter called and I left school earlier than usual, because she couldn’t get her keys out of the ignition.  This was an easy fix:  the car wasn’t put into gear before turning off.

Whew!!!!    As a human being, I think I’m entitled to get mad, upset, frustrated, stressed out or worried.  But as a child of God, I know that I don’t have to do or feel any of those things.  And I didn’t.  Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  Matthew 6:27  

All of the credit goes to God!  Before 2012, I would have been livid.  Fussing and cussing up a storm.  Raising so much cane that they could have heard me in Australia.  But now, I take it to God. I can’t change what happened and I can’t make it go away.  So I ask God for guidance and discernment.  He either fixes it or gives me the wisdom and the resources needed to help with the problems that arise.  I can’t do it on my own.  I need Him and the strength and love and grace and mercy and comfort and peace He gives me.  It is enough for me.  It’s just what I need at the time I need it.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

I had a Change of Heart.  It’s a work in progress.  I will never be complete until I reach my home in Heaven.  I’m glad God has patience with me because this has been a long ride.  I’m glad he never gives up, stops loving me, or pursuing me.  I’m glad he’s on my side and moves me forward.  I’m thankful that He died for me because He thinks I’m worth it.  I grateful for His wisdom and discernment that keeps me grounded and helps me move through this life.  

If I didn’t have God, my life and my heart would be different.  I love my life and the people who are in it.  Let God change your heart and your circumstances won’t be out of your control!

 

Protecting Your Children at all Costs

I had an interesting day yesterday.  (say that three times)  It reminded me that my children will be my children regardless of age and where life takes them.

The Story

I was awaken by a car alarm at 2:30 am Friday morning.  I got up to see what the noise was and to make sure it wasn’t our cars.  When I opened the door, I found that it was one of ours; my daughter’s.  I ran to her room to get her keys so I could turn off the alarm.  When I got to the door, I struggled to find the right button but eventually did.  I looked out the side door and then the front door, but saw no one outside.  I locked the doors and went back to bed.

After getting back into bed, I realized that I couldn’t go to sleep.  This was very bad.  The alarm would go off at 6:00 am and that was fast approaching.  I texted a friend who I thought might be up and we talked for a while, but I knew that I needed to try and get some sleep.  My students would count on me to be alert, I mean, it was Friday!

I did fall back asleep but not until 5:30 am and then the alarm went off at 6:00 am.  I got up and did my regular morning routine.  I went outside to check our cars to make sure nothing was done to them. (at 2:30 am, I was not going outside to check on the cars by myself) Everything seemed fine until I got to my daughter’s car.  I unlocked it and went to open it,  that’s when I realized it wasn’t really closed.  It was like someone opened it, the alarm went off, they got scared and slightly closed the door so it would catch and look closed. (her locks don’t always work)

I checked inside, in the trunk and underneath the car.   I was mad!  My ninja skills kicked in and I was ready to kick some butt.  This was my child’s property.  Nothing was taken, but it was violated!  You mess with my kid, you mess with me!  I prayed for her safety.  I prayed for protection over her life and her property.  I prayed over our home and over my family.  I know God has our back and he encamped His angels around us that night.  

She didn’t want to leave by herself, so we left together that morning.  That afternoon, I had an outing with my parents.  My daughter didn’t want to go home by herself, so she came to hang out with me.  After getting home that evening, she made sure to remind me to check and make sure all the doors were locked before she went to bed.

Reality

I know that my child is a young adult.  But I also know that regardless of their age, marital status, their own children, their jobs and lives, my children still need me to protect them through prayer.  Prayer is the only way you can protect your children when you aren’t around them.  Prayer should be the first thing you do.  I know I can’t always be with them, even with my grandson, but I do know that God loves them and me and He wants what’s best for us.  I know that He is always with us and He protects and provides for us and you, if you let Him.

Be encourage today to let go and let God protect you and your children; your whole lives! He wants to and He does even without you knowing.  He loves you!

 

Home

Home as always been the place I can go where I feel safe and secure.  It is the place where love abounds.  It’s where it is always a mess of toys and dirty dishes.  It’s a place of wonder and questions.  It’s a place of “who done it” and “nobody”.

Home is where you can be you without the judgement of others.  It’s where it is warm from the cold and cool from the heat.  It is where all your most prize possessions reside.  It’s where you can stay and never leave.  It’s where tears are shed and hearts are healed.  It’s where love is found and happiness survives.

Home is where memories are made and remembered.  It’s where water is wasted and experiments become creations.  It’s where learning takes place and character is made. It’s where forgiveness is rendered and grace still flows.

Home is where you invite your friends and grow your relationships.  It’s where you hold tight those you love and never let go.  It’s where you sleep to dream and dream to live.  It’s where you grow old and move on and someday be remember by the “home” you created.

 

Christmas is not my Favorite Holiday!

I loved Christmas growing up. Big family, big dinners and lots of presents; it was great! Undoubtedly , no expectations! You had to be good or else!

Growing up and moving away, getting married, divorced and becoming a single mom, whew….. life just happened! Your expectations change with each life role. Some are good and some just awful.

Let me explain.

As a single parent, life sucks! Especially when it comes to money. Not every every single parent gets help with raising their children or any household expenses. Most of the time, we work two or three jobs, try to go back to school to better ourselves and our situation or rely on our parents to help us make it through.

As any parent does, a single parent wants the best for their children, too. It just is a little bit harder to do when you can’t make ends meet. Bills come first and then I always have to decide between gas for my car and groceries. Sometimes I split it in half and pray, as God is my provider. Birthdays aren’t as hard because you’re only buying for one person. But at Christmas, you are buying for a bunch of people including your own children.

My kids had to find out early that Santa doesn’t bring all the presents. But that his spirit of gift-giving exists in all of us. I had them make Christmas lists in September and then chose, usually the least expensive things, to buy them.

They are young adults, but I still struggle. Just because your kids grow up, doesn’t mean your bills and responsibilities go away. They’re still there in great number and Christmas doesn’t go away either.

It’s an emotional time for me. I feel like a failure and inadequate as a parent. There have been times I bought Christmas presents with bill money and there have been times I paid the bills and not had very many Christmas presents. I realize it’s not about them and the way they feel, but about me and how I grew up and feel about myself. I wanted my one parent household (me) to look and feel like my two parent household (my parents).

I know my kids love me no matter what they get because they tell me. They know how hard I’ve struggled all these years because they tell me. I know they appreciate the life I have given to them because they don’t want to grow up. But the feeling of loss doesn’t go away with words or actions. You must grieve and then move on. You must allow yourself to feel the pain of what once was so that forgiveness and redemption can cover the loss. Then you can move on.

Even though Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday, I do have one! It is Thanksgiving because there are no expectations! I just bring the rolls!

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Believing in a cause is so important!  No matter how small or large the cause is, it’s belief and hope that drives it to its miracle.    Building confidence in children and getting them to who God is, is my cause.  Any child is the future, someone who will strive to make the world a better place, someone who will take care of us and provide for us.  Why wouldn’t we want to support them?  

 

Children need to know how important they are.  They are destined for great things!  God created each and everyone of us.  He knew what He wants us to be and to be like.  We are all destined for great things, we are purposed!  When given the chance, the belief, the confidence, the magic, the miracle……happens!

 

Believe in yourself and believe in ME!  Great things happen if you just believe!

 

Jeremiah 29:11-”For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” NIV