Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Close to Home-The January 23rd 2012 East Jefferson County Alabama Tornado

In the dark hours of yesterday morning another tornado ripped through my state of Alabama. This time it hit home. The tornado was within a half mile of my house. It obliterated communities, destroyed homes and took the life of a 16 year old girl in my community.

This one was too close. My family and I huddled together in the downstairs closet. We survived. God had His hand on us(no other explanation). My husband is a weather watcher and he didn't go to bed the night before. He stayed awake to ensure our safety. Many families were not so lucky or blessed.

It's a tragedy once again in our state, but this time it was too close to home. It could have been my family, my house or our community. I praise God we are alive today. It saddens my heart and soul that others are picking up the pieces of their lives today. The painful memories of January 23rd, 2012 will never be erased.

East Jefferson County Alabama was almost wiped off the map(Clay, Centerpoint, Trussville and Pinson). The damage was mainly centered in Centerpoint (buildings and homes gone), Clay(subdivisons gone, one life lost) Trussville(homes gone) Pinson(businesses gone).

My grandson attends a Pinson school and today we are thankful and blessed his school is still standing(many aren't).

Please pray for the many victims of yesterday's devastation....

Monday, January 16, 2012

The American Way

The American way....
Truth, justice, liberty for all?

Today many American's celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He had a dream, a dream that became a reality.

As an American Christian I also have a dream. My dream is not a reality as we forge into 2012. The American people still live divided among racial and cultural barriers.

 When our founding fathers wrote The Declaration of Independence it was their goal that every one was to be created equal. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"


Today we not only celebrate a great man's legacy, but we celebrate our freedom, we celebrate all people...

We are not white, black or brown; we are the human race!

We are all children of God...do not let barriers divide you. Stand up for the American way!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Blogging from A to Z Challenge April 2012

It's almost that time of year to sign up for the A-Z blogging challenge. It's fun and a great way to get your creative juices flowing. I participated last year and had great fun.
Sign up starts January 30, 2012. To find out more about the challenge click "What is blogging from A to Z" 

Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's O.K. to Fail

It's O.K. to fail...those words echoed in my head as I prepared to go back to school and earn my college degree. My parents were my champions. They taught me I could go as far as I wanted in life or education. Before I could write my room was filled with encyclopedias, medical and science books. I knew early in life what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be successful. I wanted to be somebody.

Unfortunately, my life took an unexpected turn down a one way, dead-end street. My father passed away, I dropped out of high school and became pregnant. My aspirations were put on the back burner,but my parents words still rang in the distance."It's O.K. to fail." I didn't understand what they meant. How was it O.K. to fail at something you worked your whole life to achieve? How could I live my dream if I failed?

What I didn't realize was the true meaning of my parents words. Its not they encouraged or wanted me to fail in whatever I chose to do with my life. They wanted me to know  failure is a part of success. In order for me to succeed I first had to fail. I had to make mistakes. I had to go down dead-end streets.

It's O.K. to fail...when I made mistakes and took wrong turns toward my goal I learned valuable lessons. I learned I may not always succeed at my intended goal, but that's alright because I learned to never give up on the most important things.

Success cannot come without failure. Failure is the price I paid in order to become who I am. It is what makes me stronger in my convictions.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Who Inspires You?

Who inspires you?

I hadn't thought much about that question, until I sat down to work on my law school essay.

I am getting ready to enter college in the Fall and these three women have inspired me...

 At fifty-one I am about to enter into the world of college freshmen. College will be a different avenue. For the last thirty-five years I have  been raising a family and working, now I am about to realize my dream. A bachelors degree in criminal justice will be just three and a half years away.  
  I'm not in high school anymore. College will be different beast. I know I will feel as if I have gotten myself way in over my head. Long hours of studying and up all nights will start  to take a toll on my mind. The underdog syndrome will take over. Determination and desire will  fly out the window. I won't be able to see myself graduating. All I will see is failure. My courage was lost until I turned on the television.

Three women changed my life and those same three women inspired me to continue my education and not give up.

One of those women was Claire Danes in the biopic of Temple Grandin an autistic woman who struggles but goes on to graduate from several colleges with multiple degrees. I was inspired by Ms. Grandin's courage and determination. She was an underdog because of her disability, but she forged through, turned her life into ability and lived her dream.
Another inspirational woman from whom I drew strength and courage was Loretta Young as Swedish born Katrin Holstrom in The Farmer's Daughter. Katie was a naive girl from the farm who winds up in the city and becomes a congresswoman. Her life gets turned upside down when she involves herself in politics. I was encouraged by Katie. She showed me just because some people think a person is naïve doesn't mean anything. Katie showed everyone she had spunk and set out to fulfill her dream. She was an underdog who might have not accomplished anything if it had not been for spunk. Katie Holstrom inspired me to have spunk, without it I would have quit.

The last woman I drew inspiration from was Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. I have always wanted to become a lawyer, but when I saw Legally Blonde and the way Elle Woods didn't let any obstacle get in her way I knew the possibility could become a reality for myself. She was an underdog. Elle had to compete with highly intelligent people, but she did and proved because a person looks different doesn't make them any less smart. The inspiration I took away from Elle Woods was drive. The drive to succeed had always been there. I had just forgotten how to use it.
These three women were underdogs, like myself. They each taught me it takes strength, courage, spunk, determination and drive to make your dreams become a reality. It takes inspiration not to give up. I didn't. I will graduate with my degree in criminal justice and I will be  very proud of that success and that part of my life. Without inspiration, strength, courage, determination, spunk and drive I would still be an underdog cowering in the corner.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A New Years Quest

Quest:The act or an instance of seeking or pursuing something; a search.

EAGERLY PURSUE and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy (interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching). 1 Corinthians 14:1  AMP

Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for itProverbs 2:2 AMP

During a new year many people seek things they cannot attain. I used to be one of those people. Every year I would make my resolution. I would seek something I already knew would be impossible to find. I kept failing my quest for perfection. I had to step back and realize I am not perfect, but I do have a different quest I must attain.

This year my quest will take me in a different direction, down a different path. This year I will seek the gifts God has for me. My quest may not be easy, but a quest is never easy.

This year I will eagerly pursue, seek and acquire love. Last year the love I had in my heart faltered and I lost it somewhere along the path to spirituality. I will earnestly desire and cultivate  my spiritual gifts. I will make this my great quest!

I will make my ear attentive to skillful and godly wisdom. I will direct my heart and mind in the direction of understanding. I will apply all my powers to quest for these things this year!

What is your quest for the new year? Will your earnestly desire and apply all your powers to seek what you are searching for?

This post is part of January's Christian Writers Blog Chain. You can read more great post by clicking on the links to the right. The topic this month is quest. 

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