(Repost) Sacrifices

I love going to watch a baseball game whether it’s an amateur team or my favorite the Houston Astros. For some, they feel it’s not enough action. Needless to say, it’s just right for me! Although I don’t go often to these games, it’s worth the wait. With so much going on in my daily life sometimes, activities such as these are not high on my priority list. Making the sacrifice to take care of the important things motivates me to reward myself with the leisure. Knowing that I am working hard for the prize that awaits me works all for my good.

Life can throw some curve balls at you, but realize it’s how you position yourself to strike the ball.

Doing the opposite

Have you ever had a time where you could not get yourself out of a rut? I know it’s not a good feeling, but I’m thankful for the good days that outweigh the bad.  Getting oneself out of a bad place takes time and effort to say to self, “yes I can.” Lately, when I realize those moments of darkness try to consume I have said to myself, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philipians  4:13 NKJV.  There comes a point when all you can do is turn to God.  There is a song that I love, “Encourage Yourself,” that I am thankful to be reminded of during moments like these. It says, “speak over yourself, encourage yourself in the Lord”.  Sometimes we don’t know what to do when caught off guard, but remember you are not alone. Change the story and do the opposite.

-LaShondra Glover

Who do you love?

heart-583895__180Waking up this morning I knew today was going to be a busy day. For one thing, there was going to be a late afternoon Saints game. During this time my family likes to get together to cheer on our favorite boys. Well for me, I was not feeling like getting out my bed. I wrestled with staying in bed versus going to church for about 45 minutes. My husband came in to wake me up, but still I did not budge. Next, I saw him putting on his clothes and coming in to tell me what time we needed to be leaving. However, I still laid in bed. After wrestling some more, I thought about the rest of my day and all that I had to do. Then I was reminded that today was Communion Sunday, and that really got my attention. Thinking about my Heavenly Father and all that He has done for me on the cross reminded me of His love for me. Given a love like this was all the reason I needed to be reminded of who do I love? He first loved me, and I do it all for Him. That’s my love!

Sacrifices

I love going to watch a baseball game whether it’s an amateur team or my favorite the Houston Astros. For some, they feel it’s not enough action. Needless to say, it’s just right for me! Although I don’t go often to these games, it’s worth the wait. With so much going on in my daily life sometimes, activities such as these are not high on my priority list. Making the sacrifice to take care of the important things motivates me to reward myself with the leisure. Knowing that I am working hard for the prize that awaits me works all for my good.

Life can throw some curve balls at you, but realize it’s how you position yourself to strike the ball.

(Repost) Cloudy Days

I love that I get redirected to earlier post. It is great to share my thoughts and hopefully hear back from you.

Lately, this is how the weather has been. I’m thankful for the times the light has come to brighten up the day. Regardless of the weather it’s a privilege to experience the transition from one season to the next. Make it a great week!

Enjoy!!

-LaShondra Glover

 

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You look outside and see dark clouds with limited light shining through. When there is a shift in the weather some of us tend to make a shift too. What I am talking about is the breeze and gloom that comes with a cloudy day. Seeing this makes some us feel tired, or wanting to go to sleep. We look to see or smell if it will rain. Now wait! I did say smell the rain. Yes, you can smell the rain. It may sound hillarious, but it is true. Unknowingly, we all don’t know what will happen next, but we can only imagine. We may ask the question, is a storm approaching? In past events knowing that the cloudiness gives us warning to a shift in the weather. Either it will remain the same or something else will follow. So next time you experience a “cloudy day” think about what is next? I don’t know about you but I rather have a warning then nothing at all!

(Repost) Never Forget

As we reflect on the anniversary of 9/11, this previous post came to mind.

 

Watching the Olympic games this week brought a lot of intense emotions. Each day brought on so much-anticipated reaction to a much-needed win. So much has happened in our nation. It is times like these that bring a nation together.

Seeing some of the same athletes from the previous games gave some sign of what was to come. Going for the Gold! These athletes came prepared ready to bring it home for TEAM USA. Whether it was their first time or not, they have had a prerequisite of what to expect before the real deal.

Just like the athletes we have seen displayed on our televisions, we don’t forget how much these people have made us proud to be Americans. We all have our differences, but at the end of the day we stay stronger together. Over the years we have faced many storms of life that tried to tear down this nation of ours, but we stay resilient.

Never forget the story, because the people who played a role all brought a message to lean on.

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Where does your responsibility lye?

Growing up, parents taught some valuable lessons that will be used throughout our life.  Most lessons were geared around being responsible. The more you grow, you learn that no more matter how many situations you’re faced with, the message always remains the same. Whatever season you are faced with, we all have something that we are held accountable. No matter what it is, you have a responsibility to share in something greater than yourself.

I remember being given the task of working with an organization that would provide mentorship to young people. This was a vast assignment where midway through I did not know if I could handle it. For some reason all the negative thoughts started rolling through my head about everything that was wrong with the program. Although this is what I wanted to do, it seemed like I was being punished. All I could hear were my parents voices saying, “If you want something, you have to work for it.”  Another thing I remembered was all the suffering that Jesus had to endure. The road to greatness is never easy.  One thing I knew is that I could not give up on those young people.  Moreover, this scripture summed it up for me.

Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it.” Ezra 10:4 (NKJV)

Just like any task it may not be easy, but it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish. We too are responsible for our actions by taking heed in the message we are conveying to others. Don’t fret because this is a test I try to win daily. This is something I realized I can not do on my own.  Similar to my assignment with the young people, I had to take my focus off the problem and turn to the strength given to me to finish the task. Each day I encountered a new trial, but I had to find a way to turn it around.

Like myself, I know that there are others who are faced with dilemmas in life that make you want to throw in the towel. I want to remind you that there are other stories that are probably worse than yours to remind you that you have a responsiblity. That is not for yourself, but to one who listens to you and provides for you. When you remind yourself to take this approach for your next situation, try it and don’t throw in the towel.

-LaShondra Glover