Saturday, July 18, 2009

Shiny Happy People - I want one


Ok so if my last two posts were too sugary and religous that you wanted to puke, I understand. However if I don't fight the feelings of fear and hopelessness, I will soon become one of those empty shell people. So, much like Pollyana I will be playing the glad game. Besides, this depressive, the sky is falling junk, is just not my style (ok, maybe that was more for me than you. LOL.)

For the passed week I have had REM's Shiny Happy People stuck in my head as I find myself bouncing about the house. I must say, its uplifting. I take it more as a note to self......BE THANKFUL, BE HAPPY

So, here it goes, a little positivity on a Saturday....I am fearless, positive, blessed and moving toward my goals!

In a nut shell:

I have been given a wonderful opportunity to make a career change (Two more of my coworkers were let go last Wednesday and the Corporate visit, although positive, I'm pretty sure I need a 6 month exit strategy. IE: Plan B MUST become Plan A! Oh a side note, please pray for my coworkers and their families during this time.)

God has given me an opportunity for Ken and I to get on the same page financially. (There was too much month and not enough money so far July and we were late on a bill. It's been a humbling experience to say the least, but has really forced my faith in God to increase, 'cause it's all I have left.)

I have a new determination to handle everything with grace. (Negetitivity never got anyone anywhere so why spend one second of your life thinking about the passed and things you cannot change.)

Why am I blogging so much as of late, you ask, well really I'm not in the mood to do regular work and/or continue looking for a new job. Anyway, I hope you all are doing well. Be blessed.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Mamma Spawn's Garden Oasis

Much like a desert flower seeking water, when I am feeling less than fabulous Mamma Spawn's garden brings me pack down to Earth. It is my oasis. Simply impossible to be unhappy when you are sitting in this secret garden. Its a great place to think and feel closer to God and all things right in the world. Because, if God took the time to expertly craft each and every one of these plants to produce amazing beauty and for a purpose, just imagine what that means for your life and mine. We are designed for beauty and greatness and all we have to do is allow God to guide us toward all of that.



"Build your houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them,"

So, I thought I'd share one of the things that helps me keep my mind in perspective. I say all of this, not to be preaching, but to give hope, because all is not lost until you cast off all hope. Again to quote Philosophy brand products, "Where there is hope, there can be faith and where there is faith, miracles can occur." (laughing) No, I don't work for Philosophy, I just <3 href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_hBfnZyC16Lw/Sl97JYXf51I/AAAAAAAAAkA/Z9dvDnYbAUM/s1600-h/garden+001.jpg">












The glass yard art, Mamma Spawn makes. What can I say, the woman has more talent in her pinkie toe than I could ever dream of having.








Sometimes, playing in the dirt is the best way to keep your mind clean!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Faith


By definition faith is the belief and trust in God; knowing that he is real, even though one cannot see him. How is it possible that something that sounds so simple can be the most challenging is beyond me. I suppose like most people, when asked if I had faith in God, I would say “of course, I believe and trust in God. He has revealed himself and his many blessings in my life numerous times.” However, in the wee hours of the morning when I am wake at 4 am AGAIN stressing about finances or my career path AGAIN, I know I must be stronger in my faith in God and more importantly faith and trust in HIS plan.


“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.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11


It was once said ‘If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.’ He must laugh often around us all thinking we have it all figured out. We hold tight to our own illusions of control over our lives, “If only you could just get a peak at the road map of life, then….you would understand; then………… you would trust that God has it all figured out.” But, having true faith in God is much more than that. It is a matter of giving your life and all the details over to God and trusting that his way is the right way whether it makes sense to you or not.

All this brings the Serenity Prayer to mind:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.
--Reinhold Niebuhr

“You control our thoughts, attitude, actions, and reactions therefore we do have some control your destiny.” Oddly enough, that is the message on philosophy band beauty products, Grace. They must know that we as women need to hear this EVERY day, I know I do.

It is our job to lay our fears and worries at the feet of God and trust that he has it all covered.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3, 5-6

I say all of this to you, because really I need to repeat all of this to myself on a daily basis. Much like the little engine that could, I’ll be telling myself all day that, “I think I can, I think I can, because through God ALL things are possible.”

I wish you all a blessed day.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Its Monday and It wasn't ME


Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.



Hmmm, Ken and I did NOT have an audience as we successfully (for once in our whole relationship) navigated the grocery store without spending $120 or arguing about what we can or cannot buy. Ken + food shopping = $120 a week with more cookies, chips, soda and ice cream than meals. While I can manage 7 meals, a few snacks, 7 lunches, soda, and all necessities for about $50 to $60. IF this had happened, I wouldn't have found it heart warming that an older couple stopped us to say that we were so cute to watch, because THEY still had not mastered grocery shopping together. Plus, we would NEVER play rock-paper-scissor to find out which bank account the food came out of. I WON!!!!

What kind of wife is overjoyed to be away for a week on business while her husband tries to quit smoking? NOT ME ok ok..YES.....ME....ME.....He is is pure evil when trying to do this and I seem to be far more supportive from 300 miles away. As I told him, I'll love him no matter what, but he is much more likable from this distance right now.

I did NOT buy the cutest summer top at Walmart yesterday, nope NOT ME, because I am a loyal Target shopper and have a laundry list of reasons why I don't go to Walmart ( 30 people in line and only three checkout lanes open......the fact that they low ball there distributors in order to have low low prices..........dirty store........parents who allow their children to run and scream as they are Wild things....... So, all I can say is there "might" be a small chink in my anti-Walmart campaign. That George stuff is kind of cute! What can I say....we received a Walmart gift card for a wedding gift and it was about to expire soon.

I did NOT get so caught up in baby fever that I began a wish list at babies'R'us. Nope, NOT ME. Not preggers yet, but its all in God's hands. But, shhhhhh........... under my rules, Ken and I are not telling any one until we are pregnant and beyond that early miscarriage zone. But, not like I'm telling any one really. You guys are more like observers of my internal thoughts, really.

So what have you NOT done this week?