Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Lesson from Grey's Anatomy

After turning on the news and watching it for a while, it always makes me sad.

One of the saddest things I've heard lately was about a man walking out of Krogers was attacked by a mob of teenagers. Just someone who was just walking out of the grocery store getting into his car, probably coming home after a long day of work and just wanting to get home to family. A Kroger's employee came out to help him, and got attacked as well. These teenagers were kicking him and grabbing pumpkins to slam on their head. Another Kroger's employee came out to help, and he too was attacked. You can read more about it here.

Another thing that happened with the attack was that there was a woman sitting in the parking lot, looking at her phone {not aware of what was going on} one of the teenagers grabbed her phone and she ran after them, unable to catch up with him. It was not for the phone itself, but for what was on the phone. Her father passed months prior to this incident, and her phone had his last photos and videos of him. {Anyone would have wanted to get that back}

While I heard about the assault on the news, my eyes swelled up with tears. I don't know how some people can think hurting someone would be "fun" or "amusement" or how it could possibly even cross someone's mind. These people could have they've been emotionally and physically hurt, but they could have been easily killed. Did they even think about that? What crossed these kids minds? I am just so, so, so sad to think about these kids and their victims. What could possibly posses someone to do such a thing? My heart aches.

Sometimes I wonder what this world is coming to and what direction we will be in 15 years from now, or past that, if it even makes it to be that far.

Even though I don't know what the future holds, sometimes I get scared just thinking about it. I know God is good, but there is a lot, a lot of evil in this world. 

Sometimes I wonder if I really want to raise a child in this world because I am scared of things that might happen to them, or what they may have to face. It's a dangerous world.

I turned on the t.v. the other night, and wasn't really paying attention, but I heard a sound of crying, so I had to see what it was about. And I heard something that I needed to hear.

I was scared that I wouldn't hear them again, so I looked it up online as soon as I heard it. 

{The following was found on Wikia}:

Catherine enters a supply closest, looking for a four-by-four. She asks April, who's crying in silence in the closet, where they keep them. When she notices April is crying, she asks what's wrong. She's crying over the shopping mall. Catherine says it wasn't terrorists, but April says it's the first thing they thought. They live in a world where that's the first thought that crosses their minds. She doesn't think she can raise a child in a world where they could die going to buy new shoes. 

Catherine tells her a story from 1960, when she was out in a restaurant with her father for waffles. Suddenly, an ignorant young man told them to leave and dumped her father's food in his lap, throwing coffee on him. She was scared and wanted to leave, but her father refused to leave but her father refused before she had finished her eggs {and she hated eggs and still does}. April asks what happened then. "They went on to somebody else. Her father wasn't afraid so they didn't have any power over him. April, there's always going to be stupid people. There's always going to be accidents. But that's not what defeats you. It's the fear," Catherine says. "This is the way the world changes: good people raising their children right."

Wow. Perfectly said.

I hope our children are true examples of what is good in the world.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tatum the Tattle Teller

Tatum is one special dog, fur baby, child. He makes me laugh so much, that I had to share.

He likes to tattle on his brother, sister, and any visitors {well Callie} in the house when they run away.

For example, he will sit in the back yard and bark, and bark, and bark, until you come and see what's going on. When he knows that he told us, he goes insides and waits while we look for whoever escaped the fence.

Then we come back, make sure that whoever escaped did a bad thing, but Tatum gets all the attention for being so good on telling us what happened {which he adores with every bit of his being}.

And his smile seems endless; like this:


I mean look at that adorable face. He gets me every time and I can't get over it.

The other day, something similar happened. He just barked at the door until I came to see what was going on. I was glad he let me know of course, but knowing that I would have to look for two dogs in the pure dark didn't make me too excited.

I opened the garage door, debating if I should get in the car or if I should just walk in the woods near by. I yelled for them a couple of times, but I think they were having too much fun to even notice. I went back in to grab some shoes and socks and give me a minute to think. I left Tatum in the garage because I knew he wasn't going anywhere. Tatum tells simply because he is too lazy to run away, plus he likes the reward afterwards. {The funny thing is I remember writing about Tatum's puppy stage where he would, "He will run away (thankfully it’s just been to the neighbors)"}

I got on my shoes and came back into the garage. Tatum was there and just looked at me with that little smile on his face as I saw two dogs straggling into the garage.

I'm pretty sure he's telepathic. He had to tell them, "Mom is going to be SOOOOOOOO mad if you don't get your butt home right now." LOL. 

And Tatum has that gift of understanding what we tell him. I mean, I honestly think he knows English, when we tell him, "Go look out a window" he does. And when Travis and I were laying on the couch I squealed, "Look at Michelle's rat eating spaghetti!" as I shoved the picture in Travis' face. Tatum turned and gave me the dirtiest look of all time, as to say, "A rat gets spaghetti?! Shouldn't that be ME?" Tatum didn't seem to happy with us for a while and shrugged us off for a couple of minutes. He finally forgave us as we got him a treat.

Tatum is so special. We are so lucky to have him in our lives.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Little Travis

Travis is so cute! :) Here he is with his Uncle Vaun, celebrating one of their birthdays {Trav thinks it's Vaun's}. And little Travis is acting like a monkey. LOL. Who would have guessed that I would have married that cute monkey in the years to come?

Monday, September 15, 2014


How you say things makes a huge difference. It can tell the real intent of what your heart says. 

Forgiveness is hard work. It is even harder to ask for forgiveness. 

Matthew 18:21-22

"Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven"

Forgiveness is not:

*Saying that wrong is okay {Not okay to hurt someone}
*Forgetting what was done and allowing it to continue to be done
*Putting yourself in harms way

Get honest with Jesus. How do we stand? What's inside your heart? 

Matthew 6:14-15

"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive other their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."

The way we live as followers of Jesus. God doesn't want you to end up with bitterness, resentful, angriness. Otherwise, this will by eating the life out of you.

Forgiveness is:

*Admitting your own sinful nature {you hurt people too}
*Willing to see the "image of God" in another {Everyone is made in the image of God. How do we pray for them?}
*Unwilling to allow to let bitterness, resentfulness, angriness to fill your heart. {If this fills your heart, you are not treating people the way you should}

John 10:10-11

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."

Jesus waits, ready to forgive you,
And then help you forgive others!

This message was taken from Northside United Methodist Church

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A New Style

I needed to to get a trim to touch up some layers, so I  went to a beauty school because I was hoping for a trim that wouldn't be that difficult. I showed them this exact picture of what I was looking for in long layers:

She looks at the picture and says, "I can do that". I smile giving her complete trust because she graduates in three weeks, so she's not a completely newbie at cutting hair and must understand what I want. She turns you away from the mirror and suddenly turns me to the mirror asking, "Is this too short?"

I'm not sure what my face looked like with my reaction because the next thing I heard was, "...Well your split ends are all the way up here." 

I know it will grow back, but it's so new to me.

I don't really like it, I feel like I'm 13 again. Trav loves it though and keeps playing with it. I keep feeling my hair and wishing it was long again. I know people say it will grow back, but, it took me years to grow my hair out because my hair grows in ringlets. It was a sad day, but I am getting used to it. It is just hair, and if that's the only thing that happened that I wasn't too happy about, I would say that it was a pretty good day. Plus, I'm getting more used to it.

At least my mom's reaction was on cue, "I just know how long it took you to grow it out...{long pause} looks nice." However, when I came back up not too long ago {I know, these posts aren't in order}, but my mom was way more excited about my hair and really seemed to like it}.

And yes, I usually hate selfies, but I hate taken them tying to show my mom how I've been doing my hair and makeup {I think she may be proud. LOL.}

Monday, September 8, 2014

What to do When People Hurt You

There is a world of hurt. Doesn't everyone somehow let you down at some point? Even the person you trust the most?

Some things that you may argue about are not really significant. Learn to let first response to let it go. If not, you won't have energy to deal with things that do matter.
*How you act says a lot about your relationship with Jesus.*

The Common Responses to Being Hurt:
1. Seek Revenge {country vs. country, ethic groups, etc}
2. Passive Aggressive Behavior {"Don't worry about me, I'm just fine..., deliberate having person waiting on purpose, "kill them with kindness", "poor me", gets everyone to feel sorry for them, etc}
3. Gossip and Talk Behind Someone's Back {See how many people you can get on your side}
4. Practice Avoidance {Not only with other person, but when you hurt yourself are you going to avoid yourself?}

Matthew 18:15-20
"If your brother or sister sins, go out and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they do not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be stablished by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If they refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or tax collector. 

Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you lose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them"

{Jesus loved the tax collectors and the pagans - he would also pray for them.}

What Jesus Tells His Followers to do When Hurt:
1. John 8:32 Know the truth. Be still and know who God is. Not Deal with raw emotion.
2. Go to Someone Confidential Seek Wise Counsel. Someone you trust.
3. Go as a Follower of Jesus who Really Wants Reconciliation and go to person {without fear of being emotional and physically abused) and confront. I want good for you. I believe you want the good for me.}
4. If They Don't Listen to You, Take a Couple of Caring People With You {Who care about the both of you. If they still don't listen, let the Church know}
5. Treat Them Like One Who Needs Jesus. {Table of forgiveness and grace. Don't want to hurt them. Go with heart and humidity.}

Jesus died for the other person {as well as you}. Pray for them and want Jesus to come to their heart. When others see your love with Jesus, it will make other witnesses. 

Witnesses will change the world.

This message was taken from Northside United Methodist Church

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Little Travis

One of my most favorite things that I have ever got was pictures of Travis when he was young. He is SOOOOO cute {and of course, he still is!}. How can I not ADORE them?! They bring a smile to my face to see how cute and what a little stinker he was. I know how much joy he brings in my life, but I can now see him as being little and how much joy he brought into everyone else's life.

The pictures are from his Grandma R. that she took out of her photo albums. We were intending to use them for the wedding, but I ran out of time to organize them and go through his pictures and my pictures. She ended up giving them to me probably knowing how much I wanted them. To this day, I'm always scared that they may get lost somehow. These also might be the only pictures I get to see of Travis when he was little because we're not sure where some of the other pictures are. I will share them at one a time. 

Look at that sweet smile! :) He's just the cutest thing ever! I can also see Travis looking like his brother, Trey, and although they are brothers, they don't look like Brittany and I {no one can mistake us for being related and often mistaken as being twins}.

Thank you Grandma R. for the pictures :) I'm so glad that we have them. I can't wait to add more fun pictures of little Travis!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Way

Jesus says, "You are the church". Don't be afraid. Too many hide, hoping someone else will jump into action when something fearful happens. Without you, how are people going to know Jesus? 

For evil to flourish, is for good people to do nothing. I believe Jesus is stronger than evil. When the church starts to believe and gets in way of evil, lives can and will be impacted. 

If I {you} really want to follow Jesus, these are the things that Jesus said:

Mark 12:29

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Luke 9:23 

"If any would be my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."

Matthew 28:19-20 

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Acts 1:8

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

This is what the "Way" looks like:

*Bless those who persecute you
*Rejoice with those who rejoice
*Weep with those who weep {Weighing into hurt and suspending judgement}
*Do not be haughty {Do not believe that you are better than another person}
*Do not repay evil for evil
*Enemies: feed them, give them something to drink
*Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good. {It is tempting to despair. Not feasable option.}

You do matter. You are God's child. Be "the way".
Jesus has you covered.

This message was taken from Northside United Methodist Church

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