Thursday, June 30, 2011

Motivation and Inspiration - - What is Yours?!

What gets you motivated?  To work hard, clean your house, be a better person?  You know we may have our faith, but there are times when it's just hard to get motivated.  Or we've let someone or something just take our joy or perhaps all our energy.   As you all know, I'm still searching for work and while I'm doing that - hearing that others are employed or found work or that someone had something just fall into their lap can be very frustrating and I found myself a couch potato today.  So I thought about all of you and what I can do to inspire me to inspire you!  So I got up and looked up some inspirational quotes.  These are really great and helped me perk up and pick myself up again and dust myself off to prepare for another day tomorrow.  You know, we were never promised tomorrow - so we might as well enjoy today!  Remember, if you have anything you'd like to share - a story, a healthy recipe - a great tip or idea - send it to me and I'll post it so we can all share in helping each other make it in this crazy world!  Now read the quotes below and be inspired!!  
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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.  ~Les Brown

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.  ~Art Linkletter
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.  ~Judy Garland

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.  ~Author Unknown

---------------And some final words from me to you----------------------------------------
When you think you are ready to give up, it is then you must get up!  
Go out and start your day tomorrow - see what you can do, do the unexpected, take a different route, plan a new strategy.  For anything bad happening today, won't matter in 5 years from now.  Change is inevitable...so if you don't like what is happening now, hold on - it will change soon!   Blessings to you all - have a great day!
Until next time.....

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Take Time

I realize now in my job search all the time I lost when I worked.  Time with God, family and nature.  In our hustle and bustle it is so easy to get lost, drive fast, go go go.  Now that I'm at home searching for jobs, the internet is consuming my time, when I worked it was work, etc.  But we need to remind ourselves that we need balance.  We need God, family and even time for our ownselves. 
Stop today for a minute.  A brief stance in time where you can just look outside and see God's wonders, be it in the stars or sunset or the beauty of a trees and flowers or mountains.  Thank Him for the glorious place we live.  Then take some time each day to find something you are thankful for.  Acknowledge it to Him.  Enjoy life as it goes by fast.  And as I keep searching, I'll try to step aside from the mad search and stop to enjoy some parts of the day and put all my worries and problems aside and give God the glory for the things He has done for us and turn over my issues to Him.  Try to do the same today - won't you?
Until next time...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Perspective...

Hi all - well, here I am again - laid off as of tomorrow.  Seems my struggles are not yet over.  My first reaction is of course to throw myself a pity party and cried all the way home.  But now, here I am, trying to dust myself off and pick myself back up.  I so appreciate all your comments on my past stories as they have uplifted me.  Isn't that what we all need in these times?  To pick up others?  Though this is going to be very hard on us, I have to remember that God is in control.  That He has never let me down before.  But you know what?  It's hard to see it that way when it's happening to you.  My hope, faith, trust went right out the window at the time I got the notice.  Despair, darkness, hopelessness crept in so easily.  It is so easy to get down, but through all my years, I have to keep remembering that all of those negative things don't have to take me down.  That I've come through these things and worse before and that there has to be a reason for it all.  I have tumid lupus so stress is not a friend to me.  So why I ask must I keep going thru stress?!!  Ever wonder things like that?  But here is what I know.  If you too are going thru tough times like me....we have to know that these trials make us stronger. (I should be equal to Hercules by now! LOL)  Perhaps there is someone we can help get thru something because of what we went thru and at the end of the day, I have to return to my faith and turn it over because if not, then I'll get stuck in a downward spiral which doesn't help anyone.  So here I am - taking the leap of faith that God will see me through this.  So if you too are going thru something...take today and make a decision to dust yourself off, pick yourself up, see the light that all is not hopeless and that we can all get thru this.  Lean on a friend, talk to family, get it out and then get on with life.  So tomorrow, I file for unemployment and start my search.  I am choosing not to let this steal my joy - to know that this is just another stepping stone and the beginning of something new.  It's all in perspective...I can choose to sit in despair, or I can choose to be strong and move on.  Not saying it isn't easy and I know that along my search, I'll probably fall down again, but as long as we can keep picking ourselves up - then we win.  How's your perspective doing?
Until next time....(and hopefully back employed!) ; )

Friday, June 3, 2011

I've heard from so many struggling, I thought I'd blog my message on The White Crepe Myrtle Tree.  This is a true story and I wrote it originally one day as a lay person's message to give in church.  It touched many people so I hope it will touch you and help you see that you can make it through anything.  With that - enjoy!

The White Crepe Myrtle Tree - -

A few years back, my husband and I were both laid off literally a day or so apart from one another!  Imagine our shock.  It was also at a time the economy was bad and other major companies were laying off and workd was also hard to come by.  I thought for sure we'd find something fairly easy, but I was wrong!  We were finding jobs at about 1/2 the salary we had...finally, we had to accept them as nothing else was coming our way.  I didn't know how we'd make ends meet on the new salaries we had but I tried not to think about it.  Now my husband is analytical, logical and a number person so I knew he was watching our income to debt ratio and I knew in the back of my mind he would approach me one day about our situation. 
The day came.  He told me we may need to think about things as the new salaries aren't the same we had.  You see he was gently "planting seeds" in my mind.  I knew what he was up to...but I ignored it.  So little by little he tried his best to prepare me for the worst.  The day came.  He confronted me full on with - we can't make it on our new salaries and stay where we were.  I felt like a brick hit me and took the wind out of me. As we discussed it, of course I knew he was right, but I was angry at the situation.  I worked hard at work, I worked hard for the land and I worked hard for our home...and now we can't stay?  He took his time with me, but I cried and struggled with it.  Why God? I asked. I felt even anger to God because I couldn't understand how this could happen to us.  I sat on the back porch and through tears asked and begged him.  I told him that all I ever asked for was just a small farm house, nothing fancy, but I had settled for a double-wide manufactured home.  I asked for the white picket fence and those 2.5 kids that people speak of and always wanted a white crepe myrtle tree out front and I felt - this was not that much to ask for and I didn't get any of it.  No farm house, no tree, no kids - I was devasated now that we would have to even sell what we did have.  The day came and I finally agreed to put our house up for sale thinking - this will take a long time.  The next day we had a call.  Are you kidding me?!  They wanted to buy - we needed to sell.  Where are we going?  My mother approached me and said we could move into my grandpa's 2 1/2 room house.  Mind you this is not 2 1/2 bedrooms - I'm talking 2 1/2 rooms!  One square room where they had their kitchen and dining room and one square room which was both their bedroom and living room, bed one one side, couch on the other and the 1/2 room was a porch they closed in to make a utilty and bathroom out of.  She had no idea what shape it was in because renters just moved out.   How was I going to fit 3 bedrooms worth of stuff into that?  At the same time, I always loved being at my grandparents.  So we agreed not knowing what else to do.  We sold off most of our things - there went my china cabinet and crystal and china we got for our marriage and little by little our things dwindled - all the while I am not with the plan - fighting and struggling all the way thru tears.  How God? I kept asking.  When we opened the door to what would be our new "home" - my heart sank.  The ceiling fan hung eye level by wires, the wood floor was varnished almost black, smoke stain on the wall made what was a light paneling gray with crayola marks on it, a popsicle among other items stuck to the floor.  I looked at my husband in tears.  Well fix it he said. So my family and I went to work.  There were all sorts of things from roach infested to smells - I can't even tell you. First call- exterminator - next call - someone to strip the floors. We painted after that.  We finally moved in. We had our bed in the middle with our recliners touching it and our entertainment center on the wall - boxes everywhere and just to get to bed one had to climb over things.  Why God?  A few months past and I was still not with the program.  So one Saturday I was frustrated because stuff was everywhere and I had no place to relax and so I looked at my husband and said "I can't take this anymore - I've had it!" and I stormed out the front door.  There I stopped cold. In tears, I cried out to my husband - Come Here!  What? he replied.  Look I said and pointed.  A tree in the front was now blooming.... a white crepe myrtle tree no doubt.  God has answered my prayer. I asked for a small farm house and I always wanted that type of tree and so here we are.  From that point on, I shut my mouth and humbled myself realizing I had a roof over my head, it was a small farm house and there is my tree.  (So watch what you ask for - I should have said medium-sized farm house!) LOL.   So from there I asked God's forgiveness for me trying to hold onto my things and not praising Him or trusting in Him.  I gave it all up that day to Him.  My father had cancer and so later we realized by living there which was next to my parents, we could be there to help them.  I was there to hear his call when he fell in the yard and was there to help lift him up.  I was there when my mother fell and helped her.  Later my father passed away and I was so grateful that God put us where we needed to be.  It was His will for us to be there.  And each morning I can see that my mom has opened her blinds in the house so that is my sign that she is okay.  I realized things are just that - things.  And, that I didn't need all those things.  That this little house is a blessing in that our bills on it were smaller which helped with our new salaries.  Later from the sale of our other property, we were able to pay off some of the bills and my brother-in-law and other contractors helped us add an official bedroom and proper bathroom making it now 1068 sq feet.  Not much by others standards - but it is enough for us.  Many have told us this is a stepping stone and you'll find something bigger later.  But I tell them - no, God has us where He wants us and I think we may just stay - after all we are growing older too and this would be a perfect house for us to grow old together in!

So remember, we may not know the plans God has for us, but if we can let go and give in and hold on for the ride - it will eventually be revealed and you will realize He was in control all along!

Until next time....

Little Blessings

Well, many or some of you know that my story was published on Insight of the Day todayhttp://www.insightoftheday.com/quote.asp
The response is overwhelming and so inspiring back to me.  As I have been struggling through some things this week, it was wonderful to see God's love being poured out in messages of inspiration back to me.  Thank you all for the warm-hearted messages.  And it appears now that I've gone from 2 followers to 27!  Looks like I'll have to get busy blogging again! (lol)  
Feel free to send me your stories of inspiration or anything that will benefit our readers and I will gladly post.
Until next time...keep walking in the faith!