I had several things weighing heavy on my mind and I just said out loud to God, “please show me something that will take this burden off of me. Please.” I walked into my office and honestly, had very little hope that the Lord was going to be so bold.
But then the picture on my desk of Jennifer Hudson’s Weight Watcher ad (which I keep on my desk for motivation) caught my eye. “BELIEVE. Because it works.” Of course it was referring to the tagline for Weight Watchers but God whispered to me, “I mean it. Believe. Because it works.” And He wasn’t referring to Weight Watchers!
I smiled and then my eye drifted to this little sign on my desk that said “when in doubt, pray”. I smiled again. Then God used this canvas print that I look at everyday (but have basically become immune to) to smack me right in the face. Not literally but figuratively. It said “The Lord has promised good to me.”
Then I laughed out loud and said, “OK, Lord. I get it. Believe that you’ve got it all under control. I need to let it go and let you handle everything. You will bring YOUR good to me.”
So I did. And I am. And hopefully I won’t take it back again….. or you’ll get to read another post about how I let it go and took it back and let it go again and took it back again! hahahaha
Share with me when the Lord showed up in a bold way in your life.
I have always loved making a difference to people.
I have always loved buckets of all kinds.
I have always had a broken heart for children who suffer from cancer.
So what do you get when you put it all together?
BUCKET BUDDIES MISSION!
Bucket Buddies is a 501(c)3 tax-deductible corporation created in honor of my sister who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2014. It provides gift buckets to children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses who are patients in hospitals and other settings. The buckets may include items such as coloring books, crayons, small toys, playing cards, journal, pen, fingernail polish, toy cars, word search books, etc.
Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.
Today is National Non-Profit Day. Won’t you consider “making a life” by touching another through your giving. Be a part of bringing a smile to the face of a child and make a difference one bucket at a time! Support Bucket Buddies Mission with your donation today!
Thank you and Happy #NationalNonProfitDay!!
Sometimes it’s hard to be at work all day when you have other things you would rather be doing. Sometimes it’s hard to be at work when it’s nice and warm outside. Sometimes it’s hard to be at work when your friends are teachers and have the summers off; when you would rather be anywhere doing anything else.
But here’s the deal. If you work outside of the home, you were hired to do a job. If you are a stay-at-home worker, you have responsibilities as well. It’s important to fulfill that responsibility no matter if you want to be there or not. So we need to find some way to make the most of the work day and have some fun while doing it.
So let’s take “The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker” approach.
Some days we can enter our day as The Butcher. The Butcher is someone who can chop up and cut the negativity. Sometimes we need to be The Butcher. We can be the positive one and try to counteract the negative attitudes of others with our positive attitude.
Some days we may wish to be The Baker – the one who brings a smile to a mundane workplace. Think about how you feel going into a bakery. Usually just the display cases of bright icing on sugar cookies and cupcakes alone can bring a smile to one’s face. What if you were The Baker for your workplace bringing smiles to everyone’s face? Bringing cupcakes in couldn’t hurt either!
Other days you may choose to be The Candlestick Maker; someone who brings light. The Candlestick Maker lights up a room when they walk into a boring meeting. You could be that person who smiles all day and is in such a good mood that your positive light and attitude become infectious.
We have a responsibility to get our work done but no one said it has to be boring. Let’s put a little nursery rhyme into the boring work day. Choose which one you’ll be today – The Butcher, The Baker or The Candlestick Maker! People can’t help but smile when they eat sugar cookies by candlelight!
How many of you remember the Care Bears from the 1980’s?
This cheery bear was known as Funshine Bear. He was one of the ten original Care Bears who first appeared on greeting cards by American Greetings. On the cartoon series, Funshine Bear was known for always looking on the bright side of life. He was happy, always in a good mood and ready to help others every day. He was known to use his sunshine tummy symbol to light up the darkness and radiate sunshine everywhere he went.
I want to be a Funshine Bear! In all the darkness and hatred in this world, we need a whole nation of Funshine bears!!
I encourage you today to put on the Funshine Bear characteristics of happiness and passion to make a difference to someone and light up your world. Go out and make a difference all day to others! Just please refrain from showing your tummy! 🙂
Have a Funshiney Day!!