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…are you who you want to be?

This song by Switchfoot really shook me at the core when I was examining my life. Yes, we do have to deal with life circumstances, but there is a lot we CAN DO to change our situation!

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Please ignore the timing being off in this video.  They otherwise did an awesome job of editing and putting together the content.

 

This is your life

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I know we normally like to blame our messes on our kids, lol! This time though, it is no one’s fault but my own!

Songs have so much meaning to me. It amazes me that lyrics can reach so deep within me. This past Saturday, we saw Switchfoot, an alternative Christian band in concert.They have several songs that speak to where I have been lately. I want to only tell about one at a time so you have an opportunity to benefit from each one individually.

The first one is Mess of Me.

I have pasted the main lyrics below so you know what they are saying, but there is a lot of repetition, so I did not post all of it. Jump to the bottom to get my take on this song!

Mess of Me

I am my own affliction
I am my own disease
There ain’t no drug they could sell,
Ah, there ain’t no drug to make me well

There ain’t no drug
There ain’t no drug
There ain’t no drug, it’s not enough
The sickness is myself

woman in cornerI made a mess of me
I wanna get back the rest of me
I made a mess of me
I wanna spend the rest of my life alive

We lock our souls in cages
We hide inside our shells
It hard to free the ones you love,
When you can’t forgive yourself

I made a mess of me
I wanna reverse this tragedy
I made a mess of me
I wanna spend the rest of my life alive

My personal Mess

If you have read some of my other posts, you know that I have been through some major emotional and mental trials lately. I also feel that a lot of them are spiritual as well. You can read about some of them here.

I tend to want to be in control of my life, but when I fight so hard for that, this is what I get, a mess! I have to learn, over and over again, that while, yes, I do have some control over my life, that God is ultimately in control. If I try too hard to hold on, He has to show me that I cannot do and be everything to everybody, that I have to depend on Him. I am a strong woman, but what I must not forget is that the strength I have comes from Him.

The more stubborn I am, the bigger mess I get and this time it has been a DOOZIE! I am hoping that this time I will learn a little more than I have in the past so that I can avoid winding up in this same mess again. As human beings though, we tend to have a bad memory when it comes to matters of the soul and spirit!

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The cool thing is, He is standing by, waiting and watching over me, for me to finally reach out to Him and say,

‘I made a mess of me, I can’t fix this, I can’t do it on my own, I need You!

What about you? Have you made a mess of things in your life? Have you reached out to Him for help?

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It’s the little things that bring a smile to your lips and peace to your soul. If you can quiet the noise, you can see and appreciate these gifts that God brings our way.

Things like-

  • a butterfly flying through the air
  • my little puppy mesmerized by that butterfly
  • a text from my sweet husband
  • a smile from my son, now a young man
  • my grandbabies saying “I love you, Nana!”
  • watching my entire family play in the street 🙂
  • My son preparing to be a daddy at 19
  • my daughters learning to be strong, but still gentle

When this song first came out, I didn’t really listen to the lyrics. After a while, it really began to move me, and my 17 year old daughter, who is a reader of my blog, suggested this song for a post. There is not an official music video, but the girl who put this together did a great job. Take a moment and listen to the lyrics.

What things do you tend to overlook? As you go through the rest of your day, make a conscious effort to really be present in the moment, and enjoy the the little things that make this life grand.

My goal is to help as many women as possible with these issues we all deal with! Be sure to subscribe via email or RSS so you don’t miss any posts! If you know of someone who would benefit from the info in this post and in my blog and you would like to share with them, please click on the appropriate link below!
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1960s Family Portrait Outside Suburban House Parents 3 Three KidsA house, a car, or even 2 or 3 cars!

A riding mower.

Stainless steel appliances.

Flat screen TV, Wii gaming system.

Swimming pool, designer landscaping.

Four wheelers, dirt bikes.

Guns, paintball, airsoft.

Boat, jetskis.

Dinner out several times a week.

Karate, baseball.

Cheerleading, softball. 

PTA, homework. 

Checkups, sick days.

Vacations in high gear.

Portable DVD player, iPad.

Paying bills, balancing checkbook.

High speed DSL, HiDef TV.

Doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom.

Taking care of pets, taking care of parents.

Shopping for Christmas, paying taxes.

Non-stop weekends.

Smart phones, Skype.

X-box 360, Sony Playstation.

Fixing cars, fixing washers.

Painting walls, leaky plumbing.

iTunes, Starbucks.

300 channels, nothing to watch.

Closet full, nothing to wear.

3 laptops, 4 iPods.

100’s of friends, no one to talk to.

3 college degrees, no job to be found.

Great paying job, miserable life.

Waiting for someday to finally come.

Is this what you signed up for?

A little different post for me, just overwhelmed by all the things that seem to crowd our lives. Are they things we really need, or even want?  Do you have time to just BE?

If you’d like to know an alternative, read my post, the Cure for the American Dream

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This is a fantastic movie for any woman to see. I have not finished the book yet, but I felt compelled to see the movie right away as Elizabeth Gilbert speaks to some of the same issues I am dealing with right now.

Let me make a disclaimer first. I know there are a lot of opinions about this movie and book and I respect your right to your opinion. This blog post is not meant to debate the good or evil of Liz Gilbert’s choices or the quality of Julia Roberts acting. I am writing about how this movie resonated with me at this point in my life.

I also want to make another disclaimer. As a Christian, I do not agree with all of her spiritual findings. I believe, however, that God can use all things to teach us, and several of her revelations in Eastern religions resonated within me.

Let me explain. Liz felt she had lost herself, she had no idea who she was anymore. She had always ‘had’ to have a guy to complete her. Her mind was tormented with her own thoughts of who she was ‘supposed’ to be, and other people’s expectations of her. She could not find herself among all the noise.

Elizabeth Gilbert Prays in India

One part that so moved me to the core of my being was when she is at the ashram in India. Her friend Richard, who had quite a bit of wisdom, told her quite bluntly. “Groceries (his pet name for her), you have too much going on up here in your mind. There is too much of YOU. You have to get before God, be quiet and meditate, and empty all that stuff out. Once it is empty, God will fill you with so much love!” (this is the best remembrance of his words, not exact by any means). There is no way I convey the intensity of this scene. It was amazing!

Those words shot like an arrow through my heart. You see, my brain is overflowing, constantly racing. Beating me up for what I should and should not be doing. For what I should or should not be feeling. If I was a ‘good’ Christian, I should be able to pray and move beyond this. I cannot stop the noise. 

My Journey

Now I am not going to India, or Bali anytime soon (although I WOULD like to go to Italy!) however, my sweet husband is sending me on personal retreat to Savannah, just a couple of hours away, for a week. Due to my recent meltdown and anxiety, he is joining me for the first 2 days to settle me in, and then I will be left on my own. 

My plan is to spend some time with my Bible and my journal and to pray and to learn to be quiet. I want to learn to use a type of guided meditation, with scripture and music, to help me to clear MY mind. There is WAY too much of ME in there. I have to empty all that out. I feel that God is preparing me for something better in my life, my next step, but I have to learn to get out of the way first. I have to quiet the noise so that I can hear Him.

Empty Me

I have to empty me of me so I can be filled with Him. American Idol contestant Chris Sligh expresses so well how I feel right now in his song “Empty Me”. 

I know that my writing can be a little raw and personal at times. This is part of my therapeutic process and I also hope that I can reach out to someone who may be where I am, or maybe help you catch yourself ‘before’ you sink as deep as I did. I appreciate any comments you may leave, but if you’d rather not share on the blog, click here to email me privately. If you know anyone who you feel could benefit from my blog, I’d love for you to share it with them.

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This video shows that social media is BETTER than sliced bread! If you are not using social media, you will very possibly get left behind in this Social Media Revolution. Stick with it, the data is mind-boggling!


Ok people. I admit it. I am slow-going when it comes to social media. I only got on Facebook at the beginning of this year, and that was mainly because I needed to use it for my job. Once I was there, however, I realized I enjoyed reaching out to new people and making friends all over the country, and even the world. I love that my daughter can post pictures of my grandkids getting on the bus on the first day of school instantly. I love that you can share a link that you find funny, helpful, or inspirational with your friends, instantly.

I do have a twitter account. I have 2 followers. And I am not following anybody. I guess that is not a good thing. I have to jump on the twitter wagon as well. I just don’t seem to get it. Can’t get it to click in my brain. I felt that way about facebook too, at the beginning. 

I am enjoying blogging and learning something new everyday. Had no clue there was so much to know about the bloggy world!

What say you? What forms of social media are you most comfortable with? If you don’t mind telling, can you give an age range as well? I am curious to know what ages are utilizing what platforms! Oh, and if anyone has some basic info on twitter, that’s be great!

Here are 2 links that have helped me a bit in my learning process-

Build Your Following Through the Power of Social Media
Social Media Marketing and Blogging Tips by Annabel Candy

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