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!!
At our Weight Watchers® meeting this week, a gal was sharing that a waiter hurt her feelings when he questioned her decision to order a smaller portion from the children’s menu. It wasn’t that he didn’t ALLOW it but rather he took it upon himself to question her as to whether or not the portion size would be enough food for her. It has really bothered me all week. I felt so sorry for the gal but then I shared one of my very favorite quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt….
“No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”
She was doing what was best for her and her weight loss journey. It wasn’t up to the waiter to decide what or how much she should consume. Hence, the quote – “no one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”
But then I thought about the waiter. We look at him as being insensitive. Maybe he didn’t mean to be insensitive or maybe he did! But think about how many times we have done or said something that came across insensitive or rude (maybe we meant it or maybe we didn’t). A lot of times hurting people hurt people. But we must always go back to the scriptures. Ephesians 4:32 says “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
We need to always be kind and act with a tender heart. Then remember that those we are interacting with also have tender hearts. And when others are insensitive to us, we must forgive and move on because every day we find ourselves insensitive to God and He continues to forgive us.
Does it still hurt? Yes! Do you still want to smack someone in the head? Absolutely. But when we merge the quote, “no one can make you feel inferior without your permission” along with the scripture, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” we can move forward in our everyday life with kindness in our heart and a spring in our step.
(Watch out scales…. the numbers are comin’ down!!)
I heard a story from a friend who was looking for a particular spice at the local chain grocery store. The space where the spice was located on the shelf was empty. She found a person who stocks shelves and asked if they had any more of this particular spice in the back storeroom. He went to look and was gone quite a long time and when he returned with her request, he apologized for taking so long but explained that a new truck had come in with stock and he had to go through several boxes to find the spices and then several boxes more to find the particular requested spice. She thanked him graciously and headed to the checkout.
As she was checking out she told the clerk how helpful the stock person had been. The clerk had no real response. My friend wanted to make sure that someone in management knew how much trouble this person had gone to for her request. She felt like a lot of people would have said, “we just got a truck in and there are hundreds of boxes but we should have it stocked tomorrow”……….but not this guy……..he went out of his way to make sure she had her requested spice.
We have come to the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness journey. But I say “it is the last day” only because it is Christmas Eve. YOU can keep the Christmas kindness journey going all year. This was just a warmup to get you used to thinking about kindness each day. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit so if you can just keep this thing going through January 2 you should be golden!!
Some people are fortunate to be off work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But there are many people who have to work those days and TODAY I want to highlight those in emergency services. Firemen, police officers, hospital personnel and EMS workers. House fires, car accidents and heart attacks don’t care that it is Christmas Day. Life keeps going no matter what day it is and for those in emergency services, we are very thankful for their commitment!!
Your final day of this Christmas Kindness challenge is to make cookies or take a food basket to someone who is working on Christmas Day at an emergency service location. Santa hats off to all those who work round the clock to keep us safe and healthy.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a safe and happy Christmas night!
For today’s kindness gift,
You need not look too far
To give a neighbor, friend or student
A gift of gasoline for their car.
Vehicles are now the way to go,
No horse and buggy do we need.
But gasoline can cost a lot.
So give a gas card for your good deed.
One more day to complete the task
Of the kindness journey we have been doing.
I pray as you wind down the fun
You will remember to keep the kindness going.
Be sure to read tomorrow
As we come down to the end.
For tomorrow may be the kindness act
That could find you a brand new friend.
Enjoy the day before Christmas Eve!!
Yesterday my husband, daughters and I took my mom and dad to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. My mom has always wanted to go there at Christmas time and with my sister being sick the last several years and passing away last December, my parents had never taken the time to go. My husband thought it would be a good road trip opportunity.
So off to Asheville we went! We had a great road trip with the six of us laughing and chatting and eating more snacks!! (It’s Christmas time remember. hahaha) We booked reservations for one of the evening candlelight tours and it was awesome!! Seeing the forty-some beautifully decorated trees just put an exclamation mark on my Christmas spirit! The intricate architecture of the home along with learning the history of the family and the estate was fascinating.
But most of all………spending special time with my mom and dad was THE BEST! I don’t spend enough time with them. This trip made me realize how much we need to slow down and enjoy every minute with those we love. I think sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas and doing all the things we think we are supposed to do that we forget to actually enjoy our loved ones.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness Challenge for Day 10 is to make an extra special effort to stop and spend a little time with someone we care about. Do you need to spend a few concentrated minutes or hours with your parents, your sibling, your best friend, your child, your neighbor or your grandparent?
Don’t lose any more precious time, or take the chance of having the “I wish I would have” syndrome. Set your priority today to spend a little time with those who are very special to you……..and let them know just how special they are. It’s the gift of time that just keeps on giving.
Merry Christmas-Slow-Down Day!!
Food consumption seems to increase tremendously between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I read the other day where people gain an average of 5 pounds during the holidays. I find that I bake more and cook bigger meals while my girls are home and we are snuggled in with the Christmas decorations glowing and Hallmark movies playing. I buy more Little Debbie® snack cakes and chips and dip during this time, too as if somehow I deserve this extra food during the holidays that “brings me great JOY”.
Preparing and consuming extra food and snacks can really increase the supermarket tab. Grocery stores know exactly how to market the baking items during this season, too. They have “baking displays” that have all the things we need in one place and we tend to buy more than we really need because it’s there and we think we may need it in the future.
For those who may struggle with grocery bills during the year, this pressure can increase during the holidays and the additional commitments to bake and cook can cause a hardship on the budget.
Day 9 of the Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness challenge is to buy a gift card for the local grocery store or a gift basket of food and send it or deliver it to someone who could use a little extra help with the food bill during Christmas. Anonymous gifts are always the best kind to give………..and to receive!
Which reminds me……..thank you to the anonymous little Christmas Elf who left me the “iBelieve” gifts. Each year I get a gift with my favorite word, BELIEVE, on it and after several years I still have no idea who it is……….it’s actually very cool and I appreciate it!
Happy eating……….and grocery shopping…….and food gift giving!