Friday, January 18, 2013

Let go and let God (cliche, but I'm stealing it).

How much do you hate it when you forget a lesson you already learned and have to re-learn it the painful way?

A. As much as Obamacare.
B. As much as the dice on the rearview mirror trend.
C. As much as Lebron James' ego.
D. All of the above X 100.

The answer is D, ladies and gentlemen.  Will I ever forget how to spell the word "puppy"?  No, no.  No. No. Absolutely not.  No. And when did I learn that lesson? Second grade?  So, why in the world can I not remember a lesson that I have learned 82347893274893274897428934 times over my lifetime?  Yeah, don't worry.  God is chillin' in Heaven probably wondering the same thing.  What is this critical lesson you ask?  Okay, so probably you couldn't care less, but don't care.  This is my blog.  Lesson numero 72: if you are still stressed/anxious/worried/insomniatic over an issue or life or a question then guess what?  Slap yourself in the forehead after you say for the third time that you've "already given it up to God" because you are a liar.  If you have truly given that burden to God then you truly should feel a huge sense of relief in giving up control.  You shouldn't be up late at night worrying about the things to come.  You shouldn't feel burnt out.  You should be making God priority numero uno.  You should have energy to serve others.  You shouldn't be eating your body weight in M&M's.  Although, I don't even know who would ever do such a thing.  Right.  So, here's the deal.  Why do I still not have faith that He is in control of where I'm going to live, what my next move is,   how to get my dream job, where I'm going to be in a year, who I'm going to impact tomorrow, the words I'm going to choose today, the foods I'm going to eat for dinner?  Because being truthful with yourself is the first step.  Spending quality time in conversation with my Main Man?  Also, key.  And giving up control, my friends, can be a very beautiful thing.  So, before you speak the words: "I've already given it to God" or "I've already been praying about it".  Take some time to search your heart.  Have you really released your grip?  Are you really living by this verse, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" {Matthew 6:25-27}.

In other news: I mean, what in the world is the difference between apple juice and apple cider?  They both say 100% apple juice for their ingredients.  Is one aged or something?  I'm just completely confounded by this so, feel free to enlighten  me.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thankful Thursdays {post-holiday edition}.

So, the holidays.  That happened.  Life was outside of its normal realm, routine was nowhere to be found, and I loved every single second of it.  That must mean I was probably too busy downing bags of mint M&M's and watching football to even be bothered by typing something out.  So, here I am catching up on the thankful things I missed, which are especially bountiful (good word choice, right?) this time of year.  Never fear, ladies and gentlemen, here's a double dose!  Enjoy:
  • A clean slate.
  • Hilarity.
  • Surprises.
  • Quality fam time. Until you've experienced a Bagnall/Shanks holiday complete with football, fun in the snow, skype dates, a smorgasbord (yeah, I looked that one up because I like that word) of food including everything plus the roast beast, sharing secrets, sitting close to one another, tickle-fests, card games, prayers, and lots and lots of side-splitting laughter.
  • More sleep.
  • More music...more reading.
  • More time.
  • More reflection.
  • More pancakes.
  • More naps.
  • More hugs.
  • More close talks.
  • More love.
  • More effort.
  • More Darbster shenanigans.  That one is on a roll.
  • More joining this century with an actual flat screen TV (yup, never thought I'd see the day) and a Kindle...already finished 3 books on this sucker and am loving it.
  • Definity.  Is that even a word? No, not divinity, definity meaning definite-esque.  Not sure, but looks like I'll be writing a letter to Webster if not.
  • Breaking the norm and not caring about resolutions or the scale or maintaining or gaining or eating that extra cookie because guess what it's Christmas and Jesus loved German Chocolate Cake so, why the heck not?!
  • THE CANDLELIGHT SERVIES AT HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH. Honestly, one of the best experiences of my life. I am not joking.  Hilarious, serious, renewing, refreshing, incredible, captivating.  I don't even have words for it...except those...where are you when I need you, Webster?
  • Making goals each and every day, not just January first.
  • Starting each day with intention.
  • This verse, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
  • Unplugging from technology.
  • Practicality with a twist of spontaneaity.
  • Investing in relationships.
  • Wise advice.
  • A good sense of humor.
  • Oatmeal with Nutella mixed in. So illegal, but do not care.
  • A solid body image.  Weird, I know.  And yes, I am a girl...definitley not a normal one.  Feeling beautiful and confident in the One who makes me who I am...from the inside to the outside, but let's be honest...both need a LITTLE work most days, and I say that with complete and total humility.
  • Giving up the reins to the One who's a WAY better driver than me.  And I'm not just saying that because I'm a female.
  • Having the energy to do my own workout and the free time in which to do it, which leads me to....
  • The Mtown Y.  What a gem.  The people watching?  Primetime.  The meat heads with terrible form, loud grunts, and expensive gear?  Priceless.
  • Grandma's recipe book.
  • Passionate people. Passionate about something, anything.
  • The uncertainty of the future, but the complete certainty that God's got it under control and will hold my hand the entire way while making sure I am a semi-functional adult as long as I follow His path for me.  Wow, that was a mouthful.
  • New babies that are actually cute.  Yes, I am talking about Leo.  And yes, I am one of those terrible humans that does not think that all babies are even cute.  Probably not even 75% of them.
  • "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.  I'm about 7 days deep and it's seriously THE BEST devotional I've ever read.  Every single day applies to me and it is 100% always exactly what I needed to hear. Weird.  It's like God knows me or something?! ;)
  • Optimism.

    Here's to another year. Bring it on, 2013.  So far we've survived lots of wars, Y2K, some terrible presidents, that whole Kardashian trend thing, and we've outlived the Mayan calendar.  I'd say our chances are looking pretty good...