Saturday, November 22, 2008

Commanding Your Morning

I was having a bad morning at work, and my friend Linda told me that I should have listened to her pastor's message on Sunday. She said she spoke about "commanding your day". Well, I decided to Google it and this "declaration" came up. I try to steer clear of words that seem like they came from the Christianese dictionary and I think declaration gets overused by Christians a lot (just my opinion). So, to me the passage below is a statement or a notice. It is a notice in that, by saying it out loud, I can affirm these statements to myself. I have printed it out and posted it in my bathroom to see if it helps me to be more positive about my life.

I stand to command my morning and declare it is a new day.
I take authority over my day in the name of Jesus. Every element of my day shall cooperate with purpose and destiny.
Today is the dawning of a new day. My season of frustration and failures is over, and I walk in a season of success and prosperity. Old things have passed away; all things have become new.
Today I press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Anything or anyone assigned to undermine, frustrate, hinder or hurt me, I command to be moved out of my sphere of influence in Jesus’ name.
I command my day to fully cooperate with your plan and purpose for it.
I decree and declare that a new day is dawning for my ministry and job or business, for my finances, for my relationships and for my health.
I download success, prosperity, health, wealth, vision, direction, ingenuity, creativity, spirituality, holiness, righteousness, peace and resourcefulness from Your Spirit into my day.
By this anointing, every yoke is broken off my life and is destroyed; every burden is lifted. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

This has really helped me to refocus my thoughts and life on Jesus. It reminds me that, yes, I'm not here for my own purposes; I'm here for His will to come to pass in my life. So this lets me know and lets him know that I am going to cooporate with his plan. Also, it doesn't mean that nothing bad happens to me or that, because I said this passage, I have an advantage over everyone else. No, I gives me peace that my life is not my own and that I have someone on which I can rely. My favorite part of the passage is at the end where it says, "By this anointing, every yoke is broken off my life and is destroyed; every burden is lifted. His yoke is easy and his burden is light." That last sentence is straight from the Bible. It is so comforting to know that I am not alone and that I don't have to do it alone. Sometimes I read this several times throughout the day to remind myself not to worry. What good does worry do anyway?
On a sidenote, today is Saturday and I am going to leave my computer now to get what I like to call a jump start on my day. Here's to being superproductive!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Me and Debbie, Debbie and Me

My husband said to me the other day something along the lines of, "You're so pessimistic." And while many may view this as quite a mean comment, I have to say, it's true. I can be very negative. Many people wouldn't know this about me; I don't show my dark side to everyone. But now, with this blog, I'm totally outing myself. Now the whole world will know.

When my husband made the above comment, I had just finished telling him how we would probably never have the time or the funds to go on a vacation this year or even next. I know what you're thinking. "Why isn't he jumping to go on vacation with a person who makes statements like that? I know I would be thrilled!" Yes, it's only in hindsight that I realize how unattractive comments like these are.

In all fairness, I come off as a pessimist when really I'm just being a realist. Even my husband will admit that I have way more common sense than he does (I'm not knocking him; he's also a genius). Sometimes, I think to myself, if only he knew that my pessimistic prediction is going to come true (I know, negative). And let me say, I really am going to try to work on this.

If only I had a pessimistic friend....

And I do...Debbie Downer! Below, as a blog tribute to Debbie, I have placed a clip of one of her performances where she spreads her cheer at a birthday party. Somehow, Debbie makes me feel like I'm not really that pessimistic; even Debbie would be a total killjoy for me. So, here's to Debbie for bringing us back to a sobering reality that yes, the world really is coming to an end; it's bound to happen. ;)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


So, I've been super busy with work and school and one other thing. My house is getting repaired! On Monday, Bruce and I got a new A/C unit and now the back walls of our house are getting new siding. Next week is the paint job. Then hopefully we will be finished with major repairs for many years to come. I won't go into how houses can become a pit where all your money dwells. I will just say that I am appreciating finally getting all these things done and not worrying about them anymore. Owning a home is quite an experience, and there truly is nothing like pulling in the garage and knowing that you own it (as long as you pay your mortgage, of course).

There is one thing I've been campaigning to get. A HOT TUB! Apparently, in our current economic state, when people run out of money, they sell their hot tubs. Seriously, there are probably 100 posted on Craigslist in the SWFL area alone. And a lot of them are brand new, maybe 1-2 years old! See, I have a little ongoing problem where I can't relax and I think a hot tub will do the trick. Here's to winning the lottery so I can get a hot tub with mood lighting and an iPod dock! Oooh, I just thought about filming my first rap video in my hot tub (I'll blog on that later).

To close out, just a quick reminder that Thanksgiving is next Thursday. My Thanksgiving starts this Friday with a potluck for our youth group. Unfortunately, in order to attend the youth group potluck, I am missing meeting for drinks with the Graduate Business Association at FGCU followed by Eaglepalooza where there's a mini carnival and Busta Rhymes is going to perform (whoop, whoop). Oh well, everyone has choices and sacrifices, right? Which brings this blog full circle, back to the beginning where I made important repairs on my home instead of frivolously buying a hot tub. The pilgrims also had to make sacrifices to come to America. The indians had to make sacrifices in allowing the pilgrims to come to America and helping them learn how to survive. This Thanksgiving, I want to make sure to remember once again, the sacrifices of those who have gone before me, those who are fighting for my freedom even on a holiday, and, finally, the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made so that I didn't have to.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

I'll Walk the 8th Mile

I've gotten hooked on Pandora radio ( Free should check it out. With Pandora, you pick an artist you like and Pandora will play that artist and artists with similar musical content to see if you like them. Each artist choice makes up a new station. I have at least 10 stations on my Pandora right now. Because the music is free, I am not hesitant at all to select an artist that does not fit my normal, everyday musical selections. For example, I have a Kanye West station (yes, I think I will buy his new album :) and a N.E.R.D. station ("staring in the window!"). It's amazing how quickly my musical horizons have been expanded through this wonderful program. I even have it on my iPhone and can hook up to my car speakers for listening on the road.

Recently, I decided my usual rap stations were filled with a little too much adult content for that day. So I looked up KJ-52, a Christian hip-hop artist. I was immediately loving his stuff and then GRITS came on and I got hooked on them. I say all this only to point out that, upon first glance, most people might think I play classical violin, flute or band camp, of course. I am a Gap wearing, monochromatic, bookworm, the closest I get to rap is a Beck album, maybe I'll get her a John Mayer album for her birthday, wearing hot pink is edgy, almost the palest person I know kind of girl. Yes, pale is right. I bought some makeup at the Clinique counter and the lady gave me like 10 free samples of the palest shade of powder they have because she said she could never find anyone pale enought to wear it.
My desk at work is in an open reception area and I listen to my new music for a good portion of the day. Sometimes, I can't help it, I just have to bust out in a chant of my favorite lyric of the day. "Will you eva know, will you eva see, what he's done fa you, what he's done fa me!!!" "I'm on a love lockdown" and "all the ladies in the club say nananana". Okay, I made the last one up. I try to keep my occasional expression of self on the DL. I don't want anyone in the office to think I'm trying to quit my day job. Who am I fooling? If they started a RapStar idol, I'd definitely try out.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Day after Election:
Perfect day to start a blog!
"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Here's to freedom. Americans have the freedom to make choices everyday. Will I go to work this morning? Will I get an education, a career, achieve a goal, or will I spend my life doing other things? Will I have a drink with dinner (maybe two ;))? How about a movie on Friday night? Who do I want to be? How much do I want to give? Have I helped others along the way or have a taken more than I've given? Sometimes, the consequences of our choices are rewarding and good. In the United States, it seems that many citizens, not excluding myself, are largely spared the consequences of their choices.
I believe that being spared the consequences of our choices can quickly cause apathy for country and too much empathy for self. I asked myself, how have I contributed to my own freedom? Do I make choices that set me free or do I bind myself and keep myself at the mercy of others? How do I contribute to the free choices of the world? Am I a giver or a taker? It seems to me that the U.S. has largely become a nation of receivers and not givers, consumers and not producers. We are the "buyers" of the most precious resources all over the world, and we are buying on credit! We elect a President based on what he or she can do for me, rather than what I can do for my country with this next candidate. Change can be good; however, we've actually had a lot of change the last eight years, if you think about it! So, change isn't always good. The promise of change for the sake of change alone scares me. The promise of greater opportunities to give, achieve and not just take excites me. Where is the incentive? What have I done to warrant positive change?
I have been deeply humbled by this election. I stand for my country, but most importantly, I take personal responsibility for my own accomplishments and contributions, or lack thereof, to this country. I pray that the next four years are filled positive change; not from the White House or Congress or the Judiciary Branch, but from the people. I aim to not drag the U.S. down by expecting to only receive what the next candidate has to give, but to be a catalyst for change within my own sphere of influence. I will do more, I will achieve more, I will give more.
On a funny note, read the quote below to see Arnold's concerns for our new President. Sounds like a new Presidential Challenge for Physical Fitness. ;)
"We have to do something about his skinny legs. He has to do squats."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger