In Spite Of….

Is it just me or does it seems like the whole world has gone a little crazy these days? When a person isn’t rooted firmly in their own identity it easy to let others shift your belief to who you might actually be. However on the flip side of this when you know exactly who you are toxic people can’t sway you away from standing firm knowing that you are right where you need to be. Most of the time what people are actually saying is a reflection of themselves not you. Could it be hurtful? Absolutely, but the best way to react is simply not to say anything at all. Just stand tall and smile knowing a rebuttal isn’t needed at all. Never allow someone else’s bitterness change you! One thing I know without a shadow of a doubt is that you can’t control what people think or say about you. But you have the ability to determine how you react to it.

Overcomer

“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” James 3:16

Sloane Mcgregor…

One thing I have enjoyed in writing my mini series of books is developing new characters. I’d venture to say McKall and I have a lot of similarities. I didn’t think the latest female character and I share things in common however when sharing a few chapters to a friend, she disagreed. This one excerpt grabbed her attention to the comparison.

“As she often did she got into her quiet space and gave a silent thanks to God for she knew with his presence in her life NOTHING was impossible. Some people’s idea of worship was in a building on Sunday morning filled with a congregation however hers was alone on a daily basis remembering where she came from and where she was headed next. A city girl from Scotland to a rural OKLAHOMA setting. Never wavering in her conviction to please anyone but to fulfill her own destiny. At times being judged by not settling for mediocre but having a feeling of satisfaction that outweighed anything else.”

Just a little insight to the red headed woman determined to make it inspite of obstacles that have been placed in her way…

Unlike the main man Kord in the first book Laramie is not at all confident in himself. He is a low key dude content with day working on ranches and picking his guitar while lending his vocals to whoever wants to listen.

Like the first installment of the series if you’re like me, you’ll laugh with them, get mad at some of the stunts and find their antics amusing. But most of all my hope is that for a few hours you’ll find yourself transported to a place of wonder. Just to escape this crazy time we are all trapped in! Have a great rest of your day as I work on developing another storyline.

And the world just stopped for a second…

Hebrews 13:5
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Herd That!!!

Have you ever been out gathering cattle when everything is going great and then one cow breaks loose? If you have then you know things can be kept together by simply, or not so simply, bring that one animal back into the group. Or the other end of the spectrum after the first one breaks loose every other bovine sees freedom and breaks free as well? When that happens it feels pointless to even try to get the herd back!!! Been there on both accounts I can proudly say. You might wonder why I’m recalling this type of event.

Well with the Covid pandemic lurking among us it seems we are the bovines being gathered. To me it seems like the powers to be are trying to keep us locked up to “keep us safe”. Make no mistake I bought into this mindset for a small period of time. But eventually I was the one cow that broke free trying to escape being corralled. I’m noticing that others too are trying to get back into the freedom realm by still being mindful of Covid but returning to life. The mainstream media would have us believe if we are living the life, we are bad citizens by infecting everyone around us. Last I checked we are still living a life of freedom. But if we don’t wake up we won’t have these many freedoms we enjoy. The way I see it is this, we can fight to maintain life as we know it or do nothing like the fore mentioned cattle led to the corral. Or we can get back to common sense and simply use precautions when we go out. Wash your hands, clean your stuff, and don’t get crazy…. I don’t think mask are the savior but if you do then wear them. Don’t dictate one way or the other.

My closing point is this. Quit letting fear tactics rule your emotions. Start living again!! Think on your own without turning on the news to see if it’s okay to walk outside your home. When you see an American flag realize you are free to do as you please, within the limits of the law! Nope it’s not okay to go shoot up people you don’t like. Nope it’s not okay to go burning businesses. Nope it’s not okay to tear down monuments that molded us to our great nation. Nope it’s not okay to force your ideas on someone who opposes your view. Common sense people!!! Now go out and have a great rest of your day as you think about the herd mentality. 🐮

Herd immunity may be reached when a sufficient number of people in the population have recovered from a disease and have developed antibodies against future infection.

Herd defined as a noun and a verb…

2 Samuel 20:2
“So all the men of Israel withdrew from following David and followed Sheba the son of Bichri; but the men of Judah remained steadfast to their king, from the Jordan even to Jerusalem.”

Unforeseen Outcomes

In today’s uncertainty with the Covid still lurking among us, we are living in uncharted territories. We can choose to be overwhelmed and frustrated or we can have the attitude to conquer the fears. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t embrace change easily. That being said, I’m open minded enough to weigh all the options before forming my opinion. As an educator it’s overwhelming to say the least with all the new things we have to incorporate this year. All I know is that I have my students very best interest at heart and I will do whatever it takes to ensure they will learn new content whatever manner the school district decides is the safest route. Needless to say I am out of my comfort zone but I feel confident that I will rise above the challenges in front of me and get things accomplished. I have had to ask for more help from my peers, and admit I don’t yet have all the answers. I’m very fortune to work in an environment where I consider my fellow educators family. We help each other out and for that I feel very blessed. So if you’re anything like me instead of just feeling overwhelmed simply take a few moments out each day, or each hour and realize we aren’t in this alone, and that everything will be okay. Allow yourself the peace to know we are all going through this together and have a little more grace for each other as we know we will stumble through this process! Have a great rest of your day as you are trying to navigate in these times my friend.

“casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭

If I can kayak through gator infested waters I can do this!

Fun in the sun

I caught 3 without any help!

I’m a bit of contrast. While I do love learning new things I am a creature of habit. When the opportunity came to go on a guided fishing trip I nearly turned it down because it was out of the norm. Baylee persuaded me to just go and try it so I did and had a nice time. My dad told me he knew I was fairly competitive so study what the others were doing and apply the procedure. It did work. I was the first to admit I was not a fisherman but I wanted to reel a few in and just like that I had three caught , for a small window I had caught the biggest one in the boat but that did not stick as the others too had success. It was fun cheering the rest of the people on. Nothing ventured nothing gained solidified the fast and furious trip, all while not compromising who I am or what my future endeavors entail for me. I guess my key point here as I relate life to this mini trip is cast out your line knowing what you want to catch. If it’s not what you want release it and fish on. If it’s what you were wanting keep it, clean it and enjoy the fruit of your labors. That’s my take away! Have a great rest of your day.

“And Jesus said unto him, If thou canst! All things are possible to him that believeth.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭

Slow and Steady

I am currently reading this book about a guy that rode his horses from Canada to Brazil. It amazes me how this kid, in his early twenties had the amazing ability to work for two years prior to embarking on his journey. He worked two jobs then came home and studied and planned and was able to literally map out his dream.

He of course needed lots of help but was able to put his plan in action and follow through with it. Following his journey from the first he takes you through a series of heart stopping adventure from being scared to death to knock on the first door and ask for shelter and food, to encountering grizzly bears, horse injuries and being taken into a drug lords house for protection.

I am by no means comparing my boring normal life to this dude’s journey. Just a small reflection on how people get through the adversity of day to day life. Some people set the bar high and scale it in spite of the difficulties they will inevitably encounter. So many wait and complain until the bar gets lowered. I don’t need or expect anyone to lower the bar for me and I know in due time when I’ve set my mind to something I too will defeat all the obstacles standing in my way. Yep I can go around the bar, through the bar and may from time to time knock it off the pegs however when it matters I’m getting to the other side on my own terms. We all have this ability it’s just getting the right mind set, don’t you agree?

Slow and steady will still get you there!

My mind reals thinking I am sometimes scared to embark on a little day trip while in the safeties of my car, with gps navigation. What gives some people the drive and motivation to tackle such a huge undertaking? I look around and see people with such amazing talents and abilities yet they have no drive. That’s a shame in my opinion. Then I contemplate my life, and the times when I have risen up and conquered my own fears and doubts were simply out of necessity. I too have wasted so many chances not believing wanting to venture out of my safety nets until I was out of options to just basically cowgirl up. I may not have had to saddle a Bronc per say but I was literally scared to death but had no choice other than gritting my teeth and moving forward.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

Reflections

It’s good to have Empathy for people, to try to put yourself in their shoes. I find this a very slippery slope because I often tend to go to the extreme by allowing myself to suffer with them or for them. Like let me mirror myself to you. Pain for pain . That is messed up on several levels I know but I go to that every time. My head said nope don’t go there but my heart says you know what it like, come down that path right with them. Misery loves company, eh?

I on the other hand tend to paint a picture my life is always great even though at times it may be far from great. So let’s analyze this. I want to know when my friends are hurting yet I don’t allow them to see my pain! Double edged sword I guess.

Reflections

I think a happy medium would be compassion. Everyone is going through something whether privately or puts it out in the open. Try not to judge because you might find yourself smack dab in the same situation. And lastly forgive others as well as yourself which to me can be the hardest. These times where the news is horrific it’s hard not to get a little discouraged I don’t even know what’s going on because I can’t watch it or even listen to it these days.

1 Peter 5:7-8 Casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.

Finding Faults

When we look at ourselves we try to forget all our and faults yet somehow when we look toward one another sometimes we cast those failures into the spotlight. No one needs to be reminded of their own shortcomings right?

My opinion on Haters

For me personally I can point out on any given day just how much I’ve failed or disappointed myself in an instant. We should work in building each other not tearing each other down because let’s face it we are all really good at doing this!! So surround yourself with people that uplift and cast you in a good light and not rip ya down. When you project good in others I believe it thrust you upward as well. Have a good rest of your day😘

For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? I Corinthians 4:7

How You Got There Matters ❤️

Sometimes our journey takes us through a lot of bullshit…

Sometimes we find ourselves having to go through miles and miles of of uncharted territory…

We covered miles this day

Sometimes we encounter storms on our way….

Often times we are afraid of what’s lurking in the murky waters to venture out and grab the beauty waiting for us….

Waders strapped on and machete in hand I got the prize!

So was it worth having to go through uncomfortable situations to get where I’m at, absofreakinlutely!!! Scanning back in the journey through my saved images I realize that I value the experience of going through the difficult times. It made crossing the finish line so much sweeter! Have a great rest of your day as you reflect on your own journey!!

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

10 things on my list…

Yes I’m a nerd!!!

Somethings I’ve learned about trying new things.

1. New things are always uncomfortable at first.

2. Not everyone will be for you and that’s okay.

3. You will make LOTS of mistakes.

4. If you really want it you will find a way to accomplish it.

5. With all the information readily available to each of us there are no excuses for not being able to tackle that project you’ve been putting off.

6. Acknowledge your supporters and block the haters.

7. When you fall on your face, and trust me you will, get back up and try again.

8. Smile big and laugh hard.

9. Nothing last forever not the good times not the bad, so just take it all in for this too shall pass.

10. Realize this is your life! At the end of it do you really want the regret of have lived it according to someone else?

Just a few things I’ve learned along the way of trying new things. Have a great rest of your day my friends.

Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”