One-Liners and Fun!

(My Grandma thought she’d type out some “one-liners” to share with me on March 3, 2006. I wanted to share them with you today! She still uplifts me with her words, and she’s been gone from this earth for years! The photos are of her in my dorm room in college being her awesome, fun self, and of me putting my hair on her head for a laugh on her 90th birthday! She was SO FUN! I love you Grandma! Thank you for a heritage of faith, joy, humor and love! – Kristin)

Basketball Grandma 1996

Basketball Grandma 1996

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Don’t let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.

It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.

People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.

Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you wouldn’t belong.

God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So, why should you?

Some minds are like concrete. Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

Peace starts with a smile.

I don’t know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from?

We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

Be ye fishers of men. You catch them – He’ll clean them.

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

God grades on the cross, not the curve.

God loves everyone, but probably prefers “fruits of the spirit” over “religious nuts!”

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

He who angers you, controls you!

If God is your Co-pilot, SWAP SEATS!

You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.

The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given

(And at the very end of this email she wrote……)

I may not be perfect in this lifetime, nor do I expect to be, but that does not stop me from trying!

 

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God knows…

I received this word from God and I feel I need to share it with you!

 

“The waiting is where you are and need to be, but it won’t be long. You will not stay in the waiting! I have overcome any obstacle you face and I am by your side when you face them to walk hand in hand through them. I am in front, behind, and beside you. Everywhere you look I am there. There isn’t a place you can go that I cannot see you. I am watching over you my sweet child. And I am protecting you from the devil’s schemes to bring you down and take your hope. Keep your eyes focused on me, and the ways of the world and the devil will not be a distraction to you. Don’t let him grab a hold of you. Keep your eyes on me, seek my face and let me fill in the gaps and there will not be room for anything else!

“Trust me with your whole heart and give me your cares and your worries. I don’t want you to carry them with you. I love you!”

 

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“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with my ways.

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Psalm 139:1-3, 7-9

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(Because hiking up a volcano is conquering an obstacle. This is my beautiful team Agape in Guatemala Jan 2014 while on the World Race!)

 

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There’s Still Grace

Grace

There’s Still Grace

When I fall so far I can’t get up,

He comes along as I lift my cup

He forgives and fills me

There’s still Grace.

You can’t fall so low but what He’s there,

If you will let Him, He’ll answer your prayer.

Your own failures don’t limit Him.

There’s still Grace!

Grace that will lift you out of your sins.

Grace that will give you His Peace within.

Because of His cross and the Price He paid,

There’s still God’s Grace.

This isn’t good…I know it. Just doodling around one day, and thankful that for all of us, He has unlimited Grace.

(Note from Tami: Oh, mama! We think this is just beautiful & we are so happy you showed us the way of grace and love with how you lived your life.)

There’s Still Grace was written 4/4/2005, when Gladys was age 86.

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Be YOU

When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see?

Do you see all your flaws? The mistakes you have made? Wish you were someone else? Wish you looked a certain way? Had a certain car, house, you name it!

 

The world we live in is full of lies and pressuring us to be someone we are not. To the world it’s all about how you look, how you act, what kind of job you have, how much money you are making. But that is not what is important at all.

 

Do you know what God sees when he looks at you?

He sees you as beautiful, as his child, worthy. He created you to look a certain way, to be unique, to be the only YOU, one of a kind. He created you to be different. He doesn’t care how much money you make, or what you look like. All he cares about is YOU.

 

I pray that you stand in confidence as the person you are.

I pray you walk in boldness and stand out because of the one who loves you and who lives inside of you.

I pray you are a light to this dark world.

I pray you find what you are passionate about and run after it even if you are ridiculed in the process.

I pray you stand strong in your faith.

I pray you are who God created you to be and no one else.

 

Don’t let the world define you. Your identity is found in Jesus.

 

Be the YOU God created YOU to be. And smile when you look at yourself in the mirror knowing the God above loves you and made you just the way you are for a reason.

 

“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3

 

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14

 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Remember Me

I tucked a memory away into my heart, thinking I would bring it out often and re-live again the days so dear. Along with the memory of a dear face, I tucked memories of a personality, of loving ways, of all the little things that make a person dear. But I found memory to be a strange paradox that cut the heart like a sharp-edged knife, yet was very sweet. I longed for the day when memory would be less sharp, yet feared lest I lose the closeness of a loved one taken from our sight.

The years have passed; time has healed the dreadful hurt and the memories tucked away so carefully are still there, but with the passing of days they wander in and out of my mind with less frequency than before. But still they are free to wander and have become like a passing breeze that slips in and out of the mind at the mere mention of a word, the glimpse of a face, the sound of a voice, or the memory of a sight shared.

How wonderful a thing is our memory. How good it was of God to give us this faculty to use. How much pleasure we derive from the old scrapbook filled with memories, or the snapshot album of treasures irreplaceable.

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Photo: Public Domain via Pixabay @condesign

Jesus very definitely pointed out the place of memory in our worship of Him. When He sat at the table with His disciples just before He was to journey into that garden and drink the cup of the world’s sorrow and sins, paying the price to redeem us back to God, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, and said, “this do in remembrance of me.”

I have in my heart a memory book which concerns only One, and that is the Lover of my soul – Jesus Christ. He has asked that I sit at the Communion Table with Him; that while there, I remember His goodness, His sacrifice for me. I’m afraid that often our coming to the Communion Table is a matter of a duty to be performed – a ritual of the church, when Christ would have us come with reverence, with a feeling of entering hallowed ground.

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He knew how prone our minds were to let slip the most precious memories; to allow the former treasured thoughts to sneak into the dark recesses of our minds to be brought to the foreground less and less as the busy days pass by. And he asked that when we come to the Communion Table, we do so “in remembrance.”

Can we do less than honor our Lord in this manner?

(This article, originally titled, “This Do In Remembrance,” was originally published in The Foursquare Magazine in 1958.)

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God is in Control

I don’t know what I would do without God in my life. Life is tough and throws curve balls at us, but life would be much harder if God wasn’t in it.

 

Without God, I would not be following my passions and having him pave the way.

Without God, I would not be the joyful person I am today!

Without God, I would be worrying about the day to day.

Without God, I would be stressed about my future.

 

I can think of many times I planned something and it didn’t end up happening. I wanted to get my EMT and move to Tahoe to be ski patrol. I wanted to go grad school to get my doctorate in Physical Therapy. I have planned to do many things that have not worked out, but God ends up making them even better. Instead of moving to Tahoe, I lived in San Diego and met amazing, life-long friends. Instead of going to grad school, I traveled to 11 different countries.

God has better plans for us then we have for ourselves, we just have to give him complete control of our lives and be willing to say YES to what he wants us to do.

Life without God is hard. Life with God is so much easier. I don’t know where or who I would be today without Jesus. I would probably be super stressed, not know where to go in life, and I wouldn’t be living a life of abundance.

Giving God control and trusting him is something we must do daily, hourly, every second. We have to choose Jesus over wanting to have control of our lives. If you think about it, there is not much you can control so why not have someone who is greater than anything in all the earth be in control? Let go and let God take over.

 

God knows what he is doing…Do you trust him enough to give him complete control of your life?

 

“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6

 

“TRUST in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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(This picture reminds me of joy and celebration in living a life with Jesus. This was taken after winning a volleyball game on the beach in Nicaragua.)

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Run the Race…..

The Olympic Games have always fascinated me to the point that I work my daily schedule around watching the athletes compete on TV!

It is amazing to me, a non-athletic person, to see to what extent the human body can be pushed to excel. The twists and turns, the landings, the strength, the determination of the athletes is honorable.

Sometimes the one expected to do well, or break an Olympic record, doesn’t get a medal at all.

There are heartbreaking stories, and happy ending stories.

You know, it’s just the same for the spiritual race we are in. Sometimes we reach the pinnacle of faith and miracles happen. Other times we fall down and become so bruised it takes times to heal.

We are just human after all!

God knows our weakness and strength, and gives us encouragement from His Word to not give up.

Maybe, if we’re too damaged by life’s falls, we need a friend to pick us up and help us along while we’re limping.

Be encouraged today if you’re in the limping stage of this life’s race to not give up. Sometimes healing takes time, and you need the time to heal from the inside out. Band-aids only cover up the real, deep need.

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Remember to ask for help as you are getting stronger. Next time you will be the stronger one to pick up another runner!!!

Together we will make it to the goal. We will finish the race and receive the prize!

What a day that will be!!!

I Corinthians 9:24-25 NIV
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
(also read Hebrews 12)

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I Love a Parade

The song, “I Love a Parade,” has been sung innumerable times, and always in the rolicking, noisy manner the song writer intended, for he expressed the sentiments of the world-wide love of a parade. I share those sentiments. To be among the mass of humanity; to all await the same event; to share in the rhythm of marching bands and units is, to me, a thrill.

Photo: William Murphy, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo: William Murphy, Flickr Creative Commons

I shall always remember the time when, as a child, I stood along a curb with thousands of others, awaiting the arrival of the President of the United States to our city. It seemed to me, then, that we waited for a long, long time – and I grew weary and would have been diverted to other things had it not been for the feeling of excitement that moved along the crowd like a rolling wave. In the distance we heard sirens, and knew any moment we would see him. Impatient on-lookers would lean forward and look far down the street, asking the questions, “When is he coming? We have waited so long.”

The siren sounds drew closer and closer, and we pressed forward for that one glimpse of a famous man. A block away we heard the cry, “there he is…” and a roar went up from the crowd. And  finally the open black motor car was in front of me and I gazed in awe at the President of the United States.

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My mind turns to another procession of onlookers; of those who wait and watch for the arrival of a Man. Down through the centuries, those who love His appearing have cried out: “He’s coming … keep watching for Him…” and they have peered heavenward with anxious eyes. With each generation the thrill of anticipation has grown, until today we can hear in the distance the siren, sounding the coming of the Lord. Events around us prove we are not watching in vain. He will come!  We press forward… ever watching, ever looking for His appearing. Our hearts flutter with anticipation, as we hear our Master’s words, “When ye see these things begin to come to pass, look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.”

One of these days someone will be looking heavenward and sighing will ask, “When is He coming? We have waited so long…” Only to be answered by heaven itself: “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh…” The generation of those who have gone before will see Him first, as rightly they should, for they took their places first along the parade route. But I am so happy to know that “we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

“Comfort one another with these words.”

“I Love a Parade” by Rev. Gladys I. Johnson was first published in the Foursquare Magazine in January, 1959

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Follow Through and Follow Up

I started playing basketball on a team in the 3rd grade when I was 8 years old.  From the beginning, coaches teach that when you shoot the ball, you must follow through. Great shooters always follow through. Those who struggle with the follow through are not consistent and never become great shooters. If you watch basketball, you will notice shooters fixing their eyes on the target to watch the ball into the hoop, and that their wrist remains “broken” after the ball leaves the hand until the ball fills that net.

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Part of a good follow through is to follow the shot. Your momentum is already moving toward the basket when you shoot and follow through, so you just keep moving toward the basket. This way, if you miss, you have a much better chance of getting the rebound for a second attempt, rather than another player.

This concept is important in our everyday lives.

To be good at your job, you must follow through.

To be good at relationships, you must follow through.

To become a better person every day, you must follow through.

Without following through, your rate of success lessens in every area of life. Without following up, you miss the chance to use your momentum to rebound a miss and try again. Some people work hard to get the shot and then someone else gets the rebound and puts the shot in, reaping the reward of the first shooter’s effort.

We will all fail to hit the shot sometimes. Misses are inevitable. But, success comes by consistency and perseverance, especially when we fail.

My challenge to all of us spiritually, physically and emotionally is not to shrink back when we shoot for a goal. We must, must, must go all in, get a good shot, follow through and then follow up if a rebound is necessary.

Be bold! Be brave! Stare fear in the face and go for it! A missed shot does not equal failure! Only giving up does. So, never give up!

YOU GOT THIS!

James 1:4 “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

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Perspective Overhaul

Lately I have been doing a lot of work on myself.

Personal development.

I am learning to shift my focus and my perspective (a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view). After 40 years on earth, it seems an automatic reevaluation has occurred.

Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, and I would not change any of it. However, there are personal callings I have not fulfilled because I have settled in.

Am I doing what I’m good at, and where I have the most impact? Is there a great future for me, or am I going through the motions and living someone else’s dream rather than my own? Am I learning and trying new things? Or am I comfortable and stagnate?

I don’t know about you, but it seems that life just continues to speed up the older I get. Besides that, we live in the Information Age and everything is “instant.” We work on a second to second basis and I believe as a whole we have lost the ability to just sit still and relax, meditate, pray and recharge. Somehow if we are not “busy” we feel like we are not accomplishing anything.

I have come to realize that is a lie. We need to be still sometimes. Do nothing. Being busier does not equal being better. We need to work smarter, not harder.

I think many of us end up settling for what we are “supposed” to do in life, and then one day we wake up and we have wasted years being unhappy. We decided not to “rock the boat.” We decided to just put our heads down and grind away the years.

We feel like the road we are on is the only choice. Like it’s too late to change direction. Like playing it safe is better than risking a perspective overhaul.

Well, we don’t have to settle!

We can in fact change our perspective and shift our focus. If you see a dead end ahead, you don’t have to continue toward it.

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Turn around. Go another way.

God has offered an abundant life – but we must be willing to trust Him, set our goals higher and then take risks to make them happen. If we want change, we can make it happen. We must only be willing. We must face our fears.

With God, ALL things are possible.

Talking about changing won’t make it happen.

Thinking about changing won’t make it happen.

ONLY taking action will cause change in our lives.

How do we do this?

First, we must change our perspective. We must look at things from a different angle.

We must be willing to do things differently even if they seem unfamiliar and uncomfortable.

We must change our mindset. We must DREAM BIG like my cousin Nikki challenged us to do a couple weeks ago!

We must trust the God who gave us breath to give us the life we desire. If we remain in Him, and dream big and work hard, He will reward us with more than we could ever imagine.

Our God is bigger than any problem we may have. Let us hold fast to Him, and with Him, we shall overcome! He wants you to have LIFE abundant in love and joy!

For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

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