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8 Oct

A couple of months ago my mother sent me an email with an excerpt from a book she was reading.

At the time, it wasn’t something that I needed emotionally so I sort skimmed through the email and soon forgot about it.

Ironically about a week later, I got hit with an immense amount of crap (figuratively speaking of course). I began searching frantically for help spiritually because as you might know, I have a hard time admitting (and showing) what I am feeling. I’m way to passive aggressive. Asking for help from anyone is a big deal for me.

Thankfully, I started skimming through my inbox and found the email my mother sent me….

“On the other hand, I have found that when I am in an emotionally vulnerable place, or even if I’m just physically tired, I have to be careful to make sure I am not around people who like to complain or be critical. We must discern and  interacts with people who speak from a place off negativity or unbelief. Normally I will minister to them, but I will not give them access to my life.
 When I’m lacking strength, however I will intentionally avoid them. It may not sound very compassionate, but I am the only one who is responsible for keeping my heart free from doubt and judgment. I alone can recognize when I am vulnerable to the influence of people who agree with these spirits. The powerful effect of peoples personalities and values are given as a warning by Solomon when he says, “Do not associate with a  man given to anger; or go with a hot tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself: Proverbs 22
 
Not all ungodly counsel comes for the ungodly. While many mean well, they lack the faith perspective that I strive for and tend to work to make me more like them than they do to actually try to help me become stronger in my trust in God. My job is to protect myself from such an influence, especially when I am vulnerable. My heart is a garden. Some people are good at planting weeds, while others plant the kingdom.. My job and your is to know the difference. -Bill Johnson. Strengthen yourself in the Lord.”
 
“Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself: Proverbs 22….
I hope that if you are frantically searching for help related to what is mentioned above, that you take it to heart. I read it over and over again, especially when it becomes one of those days….

Winter Weight and Thanksgiving Pants

6 Oct

The “Winter Weight” is just around the corner.

That’s right, ladies.

But don’t start pulling out your thanksgiving pants like Joey (from the T.V. show, Friends).

In fact, you don’t have to gain a pound. And if you do…think of the quote from the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”….

“Let me ask you something…In all the years that you have undressed in front of a gentleman, has he ever asked you to leave? Has he ever walked out and left? No? It’s because he doesn’t care! He’s in a room with a naked girl – he’s just won the lottery! I am so tired of saying no. I’m tired of waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before, counting every calorie I consumed so I know just how much self loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese, I’m just through with the guilt. So this is what I’m going to do: I’m going to finish this pizza, and then we are going to go watch the soccer game, and tomorrow we are going to go on a little date and buy ourselves some bigger jeans.”
So…ask me how you don’t have to gain any weight during the holidays?
The answer is quite simple.
1. Get a Pinterest account.
2. Find recipes for healthy holiday food.
3. Find exercise routines.
4. Make the recipes you pinned.
5. Actually do the workouts that you planned so well in your mind.
If you really don’t think that will work…here is another idea….
1. Get a Pinterest account.
2. Find recipes for yummy, unhealthy holiday food
3. Delete “Exercise” board.
4. Make the recipes you pinned.
5. Sample every food at is offered to you.
6. Buy a bigger pair of jeans.

Buddy Holly Glasses Were Not Always Cool

16 Aug

Thick-rimmed, black, dorky glasses are in style. Everywhere I go, I can find at least one person wearing them. Heck, I know people who wear them and they don’t even need glasses.

Unfortunatly this was not the case when I was growing up. If you wore glasses in my middle school, you automatically named “four eyes”. Too bad they couldn’t come up with something more original like “Sir Specs-A-Lot” “Clark Kent” or even “Mr. Doesn’t Use Contacts Because Doesn’t Like The Sensation Of Touching Own Eyeballs”.

Anyway, due to my desire to fit in, I also made myself believe glasses were uncool. Contacts were the big thing, as all my friends mentioned them during the school day. Because my friends had contact s, I wanted them.

I wanted them so bad that I would go up to people, people I didn’t even know and say “I have contacts”. I had serious problems growing up.

I wanted the attention so bad that I even tried to convince my teachers I wore contacts. So one day in english class (The only class I got an ‘A’ in) I came up with a grand plan. I would take the quiz that the teacher was about to hand out…but I would purposfully get all the answers wrong. I then plotted in my mind that when I got the quiz back, I would simply go up to my teacher and say “Can I retake the quiz, I got them wrong because I didn’t have my contacts in that day”.

I know, what the heck was I thinking? I must’ve had bubbles in my brain because my intellegice that day seemed to be below zero.

All in all, my plan failed. Two weeks later I got the quiz back, with a big, fat F planted on the top right hand corner. Underneath that awful grade, my teacher wrote “What happened Sam?”. It took me until then to realize how ridiculous my plan was and I didn’t ask to retake it.

Did I learn anything from that horrible moment in my life? I maintain a high amount of weirdness (think along the lines of Phoebe, from the show Friends). I don’t try to make everyone like me and I always try to answer questions on a quiz correctly.

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