I’m Nine Years Old!

2 Nov

20131102-211044.jpgWell, not really. But nine years ago today, I made the greatest decision of my life. It was a Wednesday night, and my pastor preached a message entitled “He’s Got You Covered.”

The base scripture was from Joshua 1:9. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” I had no idea when I heard that message where The Lord would take me.

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A Tribute to My Broken Heart

25 Oct

broken heartI turned 37 this year, and I didn’t experience a broken heart until this year.  Some people might think I’ve been fortunate.  I disagree.

I gave my heart to the Lord shortly after I turned twenty eight.  Before I knew the Lord, I had no idea how to love someone and how to open my heart to them.  I walked through life with a cold, mostly dead heart, and I was content that way.  It’s hard to get hurt when I avoid pain.  I was afraid to feel anything at all, so I walked around numb to those around me.  Opening my heart to others was a scary place for me to be, and anyone who knew me before I gave my heart to the Lord can attest to that.

After I gave my heart to Him, I began to yearn for more.

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An Update with Very Little “Up” in It

14 Oct

Hello, everyone!  It seems like it’s been a while since my last post.  I haven’t really been “busy,” maybe just distracted.  I’m here for my next report/update.

The government shutdown affects many people, and I am one of them.  It adds a layer of uncertainty that many government employees with time in the workforce have not felt before.  There appears to be no end in sight, although my guess is the shutdown will end on 17 October.  While many of the work force has been called back to work,

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Mark Your Calendars

1 Oct

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Have you ever had a moment that you marked on your calendar? A moment that you would always remember when you looked at that date?

I’m sure we’ve all had those moments. Whether it’s positive or negative, we mark certain days. I have a strong desire to be a positive mark on the calendar of those around me. I want to leave a lasting impression. I want to leave a legacy.

So, how do I make my mark? That’s a question I should ask myself every day.

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Being Defined by the Ninety Percent

7 Sep

20130907-083408.jpgI recently visited with some friends. Together we worked on a rather difficult puzzle. I was with them for three days, and two days we worked on the puzzle during breaks in sightseeing and eating! We finally got to the end of the puzzle, and I realized that one piece might be missing. When we finally finished putting all the pieces in the puzzle, Continue reading

Another Update

26 Aug

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Another Update

I almost hate to write this. I keep telling all six of my readers how I’ve messed up and spent when I shouldn’t have. I keep talking about my envelopes being out of sync.

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Diagrams of the Past

16 Aug

Grunge Football Diagram

Breaking News: I make mistakes.

Update: I make a lot of mistakes. 

If you’ve been to my blog at all, you know I have made more than a few mistakes since I really started working on my finances.  I have spent when I shouldn’t have and haven’t applied my envelope system to its full potential.  I am a work in progress, and sometimes the picture of the unfinished work seems daunting.

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Not Even a Summer

3 Aug

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Well, I’ve been blogging for close to a year now. I started with pizazz and enthusiasm. I had good traction and made it for a while on great discipline. I paid off a loan and have made great strides on my car loan.

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Encouraging the Future

28 Jul

This week’s post is part of the Jon Acuff Start Experiment. We receive homework every day, and today’s assignment was to write our Time magazine article. This is mine!

20130728-151233.jpgWe met in a tiny coffee shop in Florence, AL. There was nothing significant about it, except that every customer was treated with the same warmth. Song walked in wearing a simple pair of blue jeans and a comfortable fitted tee. She stepped up to the counter and ordered a decaf coffee black. I expected an easy interview because I could tell she wasn’t going to hold anything back. What you see with her is what you get.

“I have always sort of told it how it is when it comes to my struggles,” she said. “It may not be the best approach because that type of honesty can intimidate people. I’ve learned how to curb that some, but I refuse to curb it anymore. I want to surround myself with people who appreciate honesty and want to be real. I don’t have to share everything with everyone I meet. But the circle of friends I surround myself with welcome my honesty. They believe in me and encourage me. That means a lot to me because I enjoy encouraging others. I told myself once that if I could find a job where I could get paid just to encourage people, that would be my dream job.

“The funny thing was, I was already doing something I enjoyed. I didn’t want to give up that job. I decided, instead, to encourage others because it’s who I am and what I love. I made a vow to just be the best cheerleader I could for everyone that crossed my path. After reading David Dunn’s Try Giving Yourself Away, I knew that it would only bless my life and the life of others. Sure, sometimes people are put off by my words, but I would rather say something kind and thoughtful than to regret saying nothing.

“I hope that my legacy lives on. I hope that others will continue to adopt this mindset. A nation and world full of encouragers can’t be a bad thing. We certainly see what a nation of cynics and Eeyore’s can do. I used to be the best Eeyore of them all. Now, I’m a Tigger.”

I thanked Song for her time, and she left me with one final thought, “You’re future is dependent on your belief in yourself. I’m here to help you believe in yourself if you need it. Enjoy the future. I hope to read about it soon!”

Living One Day at a Time

20 Jul

dayI am currently involved in Celebrate Recovery, which is a twelve-step recovery program based on the Alcoholics Anonymous twelve-step program. One of the elements of the recovery prayer is “living one day at a time.” I never really understood what that meant until I entered a recovery program myself.

My choice to enter this recovery program is based mostly on emotional issues I have that tend to permeate and invade most of my relationships.

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