So…will you stop?

So…will you stop?

So…off on another walking adventure this morning. I get to my decided place to walk and start on the trail only to be bullied off by a very hungry caterpillar! It was huge! It was at least as big as my pinky finger! So…I surrendered the trail and decided to walk the parking lot. I discovered a sidewalk and decided to take it where it would lead me.

So I’m walking down the sidewalk. It ends so I turn around to go back. At this point I’m winded and when I saw where I have to go and that it’s uphill I thought, “somebody is gonna have to come pick me up and take me back to my car”. I realized though how ridiculous that sounded as I wasn’t injured or incapacitated. I just needed to keep going until I got back to my car. Then I had an epiphany! (I always have them when I walk. You’d think I would do it more often!) anyway. I thought…that’s how life is. Sometimes we are on a path and get tired. Worn out. Hurt. Ready to quit and call someone to bail us out but we shouldn’t. We just have to keep going. That’s the only way to get through life or to live…you have to keep going! If you stop and wait for someone to come get you, you’ll lose your momentum, you’ll waste time and you will miss all the good stuff along the way!

So…I kept walking. The hills would come. I trudged up them. Then they would level out. It would be great for awhile. Then I would get to a place where the sidewalk would end and I would turn around and find myself going up another hill. Then it would level out. The cycle kept repeating. I was finally back at my car. Winded. Feeling a mixed bag of emotions and just thankful to be done. I thought some more. Life’s gonna hurt but it’s meant to be felt (India.Arie)…

Had I called someone to come get me…I would’ve missed out on some of the beauty around me. Wouldn’t have heard my favorite songs to make me feel better along the way…and I wouldn’t have gotten that great view of eye candy standing at the library when I got back! Lol. Okay….silly…but you get my point. When you give up…you miss out on the good stuff. No matter how big or small. So my words to myself and to you if you want to listen…don’t give up. I know I’ve had this conversation with me before….but anything worth it is worth repeating.

Until next time… 

Hakuna Matata

So…music soothes the soul!

So…music soothes the soul!

So…you know how I told you that I looooooooooove music and I wake up with a song most mornings…well…this isn’t the song I woke up with but it’s the song on my mind.  It’s called Grace by Tasha Cobbs.  The lyrics are simple.

God loves me.  Adores me.  Watches over me.  You are for me.  Grace loved me.  It’s not what I deserve.   And nothing that I’ve earned.  But daily, grace saves me.

If you haven’t heard this song, you should check it out here.  Yes.  It’s that simple.  Grace is just something God gives us his grace easily, and freely.  I think about all the times I have done something that in my mind would ensure that nothing good would ever happen to me again.  I think about all the times I’ve been counted out or dismissed because of whatever.  Then I remember God’s grace.   It’s because of his grace I’m still here.

Now, it might seem odd that I’m switching gears right here to change from Tasha Cobbs to talk about another artist, but in my mind, it’s related.  See, my favorite musical artist EVER is India.Arie.  Her new album Songversation came out this week.  I joked with a friend about the album and the next thing I knew, I had a gift card to purchase it!  WHAT?  SERIOUSLY?  I didn’t deserve it.  It’s not something I would live or die without, but this friend decided to gift it to me.  I’m so overwhelmed with gratitude that it’s ridiculous!   And of course…I absolutely LOVE the album.  There’s a song on there called Just Do You.  It’s so appropriate for this time in my life.

I know that I’m loved by all who know me, but I’m so blessed…simply overwhelmed.  It’s in the last few weeks that I realize that I have so many prayers being answered.  Things I’ve spoken in jest, things I’ve cried over in my spirit, things I’ve been seeking for years…prayers being answered.  I do often wonder if God hears my prayers or simply goes, “Oh…here SHE goes again…”.  Every now and then, I’m reminded that he not only hears my rushed, hurried, muttered or whispered prayers, but he answers them.  He my not be answering my prayers in the order in which they were received or in order of what I think is important (HA!) but they are being answered.

I said all that to say, I’m truly blessed.  When I downloaded that CD, I INSTANTLY fell in love.  The number 8 track on every single one of India’s CDs are usually ones I’m instantly drawn to.  This one was no different.  I think she must KNOW that the number 8 is magical.  Or at least it’s magical to me!  I was born on the 8th and so was my daughter!  Anyway, even though I’m in love with Moved By You…my favorite song on the CD is number 2…called Just Do You.  It is the newest song in my work out mix.  I love it.  It’s encouraging you to BE YOURSELF whoever that self is.  Inspiration is hitting me daily…I’ll have some left over when I don’t feel “inspired” but press on anyway.  Here are the lyrics for my favorite part of Just Do You.  Its the part typically classified as the bridge followed by the chorus:

If you create the game, then you create the rules.  And if you just be you there’s no way you can lose.  There’s a story waiting for you to write it.  There’s a treasure waiting for you to find it.  There’s a picture waiting for you to paint it.  There’s a dollar waiting for you to make it.

So whatchu waitin’ on?  Who are you waiting for?  If you don’t take a chance you’ll never know what’s in store.

Just do you!  Somebody’s got to be a star.  Just do you!  Somebody’s got to raise the bar.  Just do you!  Somebody’s got to change the game.  Just do you!  Today!

So…Just do you!

Until next time,

Hakuna Matata