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Friday, June 24, 2011

How TaeKwonDo Encourages my Christian Walk

Tenets of TaeKwonDo

a. etiquette
b. modesty
c. perseverance
d. self control
e. indomitable spirit


     For the last four years I've watched my kids grow through TaeKwonDo.  They've gone from white belts that had no martial arts background to First degree black belts.  They've grown immeasurably in their physical abilities, their confidence in themselves, and their leadership skills just to name a few.


     While they've been taking TKD and moving up through the ranks I've been on the sidelines cheering them on, pushing them when necessary and encouraging them when they've faltered or feared.  And yet, hearing the Tenets of TaeKwonDo over and over again.... I've begun to realize that there is so much more to what they are saying and learning.


The Tenets
Etiquette - is so much more than using the right utensils and putting a napkin in your lap and saying please and thank you... it is a code of behavior that is above the "norm."

Modesty - is so much more than

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Voice or an Echo?

How do you see yourself? 

     Are you someone that seems to speak new and amazing "revelations" and touch the lives of others or are you the one that echoes the words spoken wishing you could have come up with them? 

Image courtesy of Kozzi Inc / Kozzi.com


     I sense that a lot of people feel like they are only an echo, they have nothing unique to "give" so they repeat the nuggets of wisdom they hear. They point others to the beauty displayed by another.... and feel valueless. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an echo. *If there is something that is worth saying then it is definitely worth REPEATING and repeating and repeating

What I'd like to do is speak to those who feel that ALL they are is an echo.

You've believed a lie!
You are unique, 
you have great value 
and you DO have something to say that is worth listening too... 
you are so much more than JUST an echo!

Each and everyone of us during our lives will be

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Maker of the Universe

Sometimes we need a reminder that there is a God 
and that he knows AND cares that we exist.
He says that all of nature cries out that there is a God.... 
all we need to do is open our eyes.
So I would like to give you something to think about.  
Each and every one of the photo's that will follow were shot by myself, my spouse or my kids.

I watched as this cloud formation formed 
and was totally blown away.

The grace and beauty of this bird caught in flight with wings outstretched and head lowered  reminds me of Christ on the cross arms outstretched and head lowered as he died for our sins 
so we could live free.

Ok, so I don't want to put any ideas in your head but
I can't help but laugh when I look at this picture.
You tell me what you see then I'll tell what I see.... deal?

This was another cloud formation I watched form as it reminded me so clearly of Devils Tower National Monument.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Holy Spirit Rain Down

     To be perfectly honest, the economy stinks right now and has not been especially kind to us for the last few years but what has gotten us through this far is our faith.  Faith that no matter what were going through, we're not alone.  Faith that the God we serve will see us through to the other side of all this turmoil.  When our faith has wavered he's not left us, he's been there to remind us how much he loves us.  We've had people walk up and say I feel like I'm supposed to give you this and without knowing our need they would place in our hands the money we needed.  We've had others, still unknowing of our situation tell us that God had placed us on their hearts to pray for us and then they would give us an awesome word of encouragement.  If God knows our needs and loves us enough to show us then you need to realize he knows your needs too and loves you.

     These last four weeks have been especially bad for us.  My husband has had jobs but they've been few and far between.  Thankfully, he was able to get enough so that I can say, midway through this month, that all of last months stuff is paid off.  Our air conditioning doesn't work and the temp's in the house with ALL the fans on has still gotten up to nearly triple digits.  But,

Sunday, June 5, 2011

What Can HE Do With You?

     In our life, past and present, there have been many things that have been said.  The positive words are good and wonderful but the things that seem to stay in our ears and resonate in our heads long after they were said are the negative words.  The statements of what you can't do, are not capable of or should never try because you'll only fail.  The words spoken from preconceived notions based on so many stupid things like:

  •      who your father or mother is and what they do OR what     they've done
  •      what family you've come from
  •      where you live and IN what you live 
  •      what socio-economic status you have
  •      whether you graduated high school or not
     And of course you also have statements based on greed, envy, and jealousy usually from people who the last thing they want for you is for you to succeed.  They'll speak into your life lies based on their own desires against you.  Then come also the words that are usually spoken based out of anger and frustration.... such as.... "you're just like your no-good father."  Whatever the words, where ever they've come from, whomever has spoken or is speaking them..... it's time to decide that there are certain things we just refuse to listen to anymore.  There are certain people who no longer have the right to "traffic" in our "circle" anymore.  These are the people who are like crabs in a bucket.  As soon as you begin to come to a realization that there may be some things that you've been lied to about they come to reinforce the lies.  As soon as you begin to realize you may have more potential than you've been told or than you ever believed they come to let you know you'll never amount to anything.  As soon as you begin to believe that there is more that you are capable of they come to let you know you're not capable of being anything but a failure.  They come to pull you down.  They can't let anyone get "free."    It's time to "burn" those leeches off before they drain all the life out of you.

     You will never know what you are capable of unless you try. You will never know what the boundaries of your abilities and talents are unless you step out and use them.  You'll never know what God can really do with you and how he can use you until you let him.  So maybe right now is a good time for Spring Cleaning. It's time to

Friday, June 3, 2011

So What's a Woman to Do?

When life intervenes and messes up your schedule or annihilates your task list or shreds your plans ... 

What's a Woman to Do?

...

...

...

Just go with the flow baby, jump in that inner tube and float ... 
it's not like you're in control right now anyway !


     There are times in our lives that we just need to stop fighting. There will be seasons short or long where our focus will be changed from what we would have it on.  I'm currently in one.  I find myself chomping at the bit wanting to head in a specific direction but I CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE !   
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