If #Poetry #RudyardKipling #TeacherAppreciation

Today I was thinking…

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make an impact, and often what we personally consider as not much is indeed tons to another. All it took was one year of investment to change my life forever. I was in 7th grade, attending a private school and I had the best teacher ever (Pastor Sharon Christopher). I love her so much and am grateful to have been able to say “thank you”. She loved the Lord and us and showed it every single day. Such a prime example of how a woman should be! I thought about this poem she had us memorize today that I love! Just thought I’d share it. There’s so much depth we didn’t understand then but I’m grateful to remember and understand today. Enjoy 🙂

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling
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4 cents & counting… #Gratefulness #Overflow

We Americans often fail to realize, and simply take for granted the fact that we have more than enough. We as people, really. If you are an American (born and raised in America), then you are rich in more ways than one. If you’ve ever traveled to another country, you will know. You will see. And, you may even be told. This indeed is a superficial country, and I would like to say that I am in no way shape, or, form a representation at the slightest of that, but I’m sure that I am.

Today I bought lunch. I normally take my lunch to work, but today I ate out because I didn’t have time to pack anything. You know how it goes, I didn’t really wanna spend money (been spending a lot lately argh) but Chan’tel skipping a meal is not an option. Chan’tel skipping a snack is not an option haha. While trying to decide what to get, I seen Chili’s and remembered my supervisor had given me a gift card to Chili’s last week as a little reward for some top notch customer service. Nice, right? Indeed grateful for the little things. The Lord definitely rewards his people when we work for Him. He appoints people to bless us. People who have no idea why. Ha, I think he even appoints people to like us! People who have no idea why.

So I placed my to-go order at Chili’s, paid with my gift card and the cashier informed me that I had $.04 left as a balance. I chuckled to myself and thought…what am I gonna do with that? Then I thought (not immediately) just a second ago (hence the blog – I’m a reflector if you haven’t learned by now)…I thought wow Lord, check you out! More than enough. Jehovah Jireh at his finest. It’s such a blessing to be taken care of. It was like He was like “See, Princess?…I gotchu!” and he soooo does.

I know 4 cents isn’t a lot here, but it is in another country, and nonetheless a blessing to have more than enough in any form. When the Lord blesses me with an income with some extra zeros on the end shoot, you may be jumping up and down with a grateful heart to be given the opportunity to be a recipient of 4% LOL.

I had a Pastor that once said when you need a blessing from the Lord, sow a seed in the form of the blessing you desire [and go hard or go home].

[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings. – 2 Corinth. 9:6

Give it to get it, whatever it is, however scary it is. When the Lord says something, believe Him.
I so believe and have found that giving principle to be true. Of course, like all matters, the involvement of the heart is crucial and can change whether or not you get that beautiful smile from God. Don’t be playin’ games, or as my lover would say, “I don’t want no mess” lol.

I personally use a Jewish tithing system (haven’t always). Was excited for the knowledge of it when I found out about it and it indeed has been powerful, and I’m blessed in it. Do you. Do what you can, and don’t doubt that you can. Test the Lord in it. He challenges you. (Malachi 3:10).

There’s nothing wrong with wanting more, and the Lord wants us to have more. So, exercising my faith I’ll boldly say I dunno about ya’ll, but I’m 4 cents & counting… 🙂

R&R #Rest #Relaxation

Rest and Relaxation.

Here I am, going on 4:30 a.m. blogging about R&R. Before you tell me to take my butt to bed, let me explain…
I have a cold. I’ve pretty much been asleep off and on today. My cough just woke me up (an hour early grr) to remind me that the stupid western medication that I reluctantly took 5 hours ago has worn off and my attention is needed asap. Waaah I hate this! 😦

Being off from work due to any illness of some kind is wayyy different from just “being off”. But, I will say that even though I’m sick, I’m actually enjoying this much needed r&r that as usual, I didn’t realize I needed. I’m getting the opportunity to catch up on some Real Housewives of ATL (Guilty PLeasure)..yeaaa buddy.

Tangent…

I’m cracking up right now. My friend who lives in Japan just texted me (It’s tomorrow evening there). She says she’s getting squished on the train right now and cannot move her arms, only her fingers. I just had to share how I love how she’s not letting anything get in the way of our communication. Nope. She has clearly grasped hold of this thing called friendship. Willing to lose a finger for me and all! Now that’s dedication ya’ll! Take notes. I don’t normally like to use names when blogging, but, Shoutout to Keiko! haha. She’s earned this one. *still laughing*.

Now, where were we…?? Ah yes, rest.

Like many people when I don’t rest I get either delirious (just plain goofy-er) or turn into a delicate little crabby patty (beware of unexpected tears lol). That’s rest used interchangeably with sleep. I’m not talking about that kind of rest though, I’m talking about…

    rest
    Verb:
    Cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.
    Remain or be left in a specified condition: “rest assured”.Noun:
    An instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity.
    The remaining part of something.

Even the Lord rested after creating the heavens and the earth, remember? So that alone tells us it must be pretty important. I remember… one tiime… at band camp…

No, really…I remember one of my most difficult seasons (ok, maybe not MOST) I was in a “waiting zone” where I had to be still and well, wait for the Lord’s guidance in what to do next. I loved (and still do love) working with youth. At this time I was working with 7th graders as an Instructional Aide at a charter school in a low-income area. The principal of the school wanted me to go back to school and get my teaching credential so that he could hire me as a teacher for the following school year. It made sense, but the The Lord made it clear to me that was not something that He wanted me to do. The school was going through a lot and in the process of possibly getting shut down by the district for tons of both relevant and irrelevant political issues I’m not even gonna get into. Politics suck, ugh.

I couldn’t attend the last board meeting, which always fell on a Tuesday, I had to pack for my new life.

I’m in the airport and I get a phone call from my wing-woman (the teacher I worked with) informing me that it’s over. The school, my school, their school was being shut down and was no longer going to have the honor of impacting the lives of those little people. I wasn’t gonna hear “Good Morning, Ms. Grayson” or “Wassup , Ms. G!”. I was no longer going to be handed random bouquets of ivy leaves or attacked by hugs with little germy booger picking fingers (ok maybe I won’t miss the fingers haha). I was gonna miss a lot, but I was ready for this, whatever this was, and I knew I was in God’s will.

Mind you, this is August. School let out in June. The entire Summer I had no idea what was next. People would ask me questions that I too wanted to be answered. All I could say was I don’t know. That answer just led to more annoying questions. Even those that love you can sometimes make you feel pressured to be or do something when really it’s just your season of R&R. I graciously had my hustles. The school asked me to come in and work the office for a bit which fit in with a little bit of modeling, that fit in with a little bit of house/dog sitting. God had my back for sure and I never missed a pay check.

I’ll never forget watching Karate Kid and Jackie Chan’s character, “Mr. Han” sharing this Chinese proverb with Jayden Smith’s character that:

    “There is a great difference in being still and doing nothing.”

Aha! That was it! All this time I’d been feeling the need to do something when I was supposed to be being still, resting, and waiting on the Lord. Do something so I could have an answer to everyone’s questions including my own. Doing something just so that I wouldn’t be doing nothing! When you’re a person who is always doing something, and functions best with a full plate, trust, “being still” is a job in itself.

When you are still you position yourself to hear from the Lord. You’re saying my attention is yours, what’s up? You’re not really multitasking. Some of us have been waiting for answers to prayers or questions we’ve asked God but we won’t simply be still long enough to hear what He has to say. Trust, I know its hard, but make a reservation for your Savior – He’ll keep it and you’ll be glad you did. There’s nothing like being in His presence.

So get some R&R saints, and spend time with your Jesus. I’ll do the same. Be still. Wait. Trust, and know that He is God. You may not be working, but if you let Him, He will – and moreover, He wants to! Let Him.

    …those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Don’t jip yourself of a blessing. Rise to another level and come soar up here with us eagles 😉