What You Got On? Your Mind?

 

That’s a funny title to me, “What You Got On?  Your Mind?”  I knew someone years ago that always said that and I never understood it.  I think I get it now.

I just wanted to share a few things that are on my mind today.

I’m a list maker.  My mind will play over and over and over something that I need to do or something I’m thinking about or even an article that I want to write.  Once I get it all on paper, my mind is suddenly clear.  So, first thing in the morning I make my list for the day.  I used to do it the night before, but, my mind changes quickly and I may have a whole complete set of plans by morning.  So, I make my list and I try to keep it practical.  I LOVE crossing off the items I competed.  Those things that I didn’t complete I add them to my list the next day.  Such as, I have an item to get a birthday card for someone and I’ve added it to the list for the third day now.  Maybe I will get it done today.

I LOVE the Fall Season!  By the way, I have heard it both ways, do you capitalize Fall when speaking of the season?  I’ve heard it both ways and after I finish this post I will look it up.  That has been driving me crazy forever.  I would think it would be capitalized since it’s the name of a season?  But, who knows.  I’ll get to the bottom of it today.  I’ll put that on my list of to do’s.  Speaking of fall….Fall…..we are getting ready to take our annual trip to the Ozarks!  I love going there.  We are getting to do something on this trip that was a last minute event and I will share next week what it is.  I’m a wee bit excited!  The temps are going to be in the 70’s.  My favorite!  Can’t wait!

Our son and daughter in law are coming home soon.  They have been in Canada for several months.    Our son is an animator and he has actually traveled the world working for major movie companies. Some of the movies he has animated for are:  The Book of Life, The Peanuts Movie (my favorite), Ice Age 3, Rock Dog, Small Foot ( which is out this next week, can’t wait), Spider-Man (due out in December and there are more, I just can’t remember.  I love the work he has done for a company called Super Simple Learning.  Oh my, goodness….they are so cute!  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Little Snowflake, Sweet Dreams and others.  Okay, I could go on an on, but….all that to say, I can’t wait til I see them.

My mom turned 80 this month.  She is such an amazing lady.  I wish you could sit down with her and glean her wisdom.  She is not only beautiful and healthy, but she is a joy to be around.  I hope I’m as full of life as she is when I’m 80.

I will be going to a blogger’s conference soon and I will be pitching a book that I’m working on.  I’m a bit nervous about it as I’m not sure it will go over, but, we will see.  I’ll share more on that soon.

Have you ever wept over a homeless person.  Well, I’m not really sure they are homeless, but, where I live we have people standing on corners with signs that say something like, “Out of work, need money to pay bills” or “I’m a vet and homeless” etc.  I was sitting at a light and a man was walking down the long stretch with his sign.  He had a brace on his leg and he looked like he was about 60 or so.  I didn’t have any small bills with me, so I hesitated to give him anything.  Fortunately the car behind me did and I felt better.  But, as he was walking back, all I could think of was, he is someone’s son.  He is someones husband, maybe?  He is someones father. Grandson…friend….I thought, how did he get to this place with so many people in his world.  It’s a very sad thing to think about isn’t it?  While in Austin last week, a young man was on the corner and he was obviously tired and just sat down and went to sleep.  Cars were passing by and I thought, where are the people that love him?  So, if you see me crying at a stop light and there is person begging for money, that is why.

Okay, I better stop for now, I could go on and on.  My mind is just so full of so much thinking I could take up too much time and space on this post.

Well, one more thing!  Is it just me or is the world getting crazier and crazier!  I’m talking about the language that people use.  Either I’ve been living in a bubble for years or all of the sudden the language is out of control.  First of all, movies…..wow!  I might see a movie listing and think, “that looks pretty good!”  So, I look it up on my favorite site, Plugged In.  They give you the main details of what to expect in different areas.  When it gets to language, they give an actual count of how many times they use certain words.  Example, one I looked up recently had 60 F words.  How does that work?  Can people not talk without using bad words?  Then they list the other words and it’s just as many.  Some I don’t even know what they are referring to.  Not just movies, but, television and I’m not talking about tv shows….I only watch Hallmarky type movies.  But…the news.  My gracious people.  Can you not use a sentence without curse words?  Is it that hard?  Politicians….I would expect better from you.  Don’t even get me started with the protestors, rioters, etc.  When you watch a clip of them tearing up whatever they can, it’s a constant beep, because they can’t speak without foul language.  Years ago, I watched a movie about a NASA astronaut.  It was based on a true story.  He used bad language and a few weeks later, I saw the real astronaut giving an interview for someone, can’t remember who.  Anyway, they asked him about the movie and if it were true to life.  He said, “Yes, pretty much, but, the main thing is, we didn’t talk like that.  The men I worked with had more character than that!”  That has stuck with me for years.  Too bad, people don’t value their character enough to not use bad language.  I’ll go ahead and say that I think it’s also sad that those that choose not to use bad language, but, yet they use words that are just as crude.  I don’t need to share what the words are as you probably know.  Okay….that’s my rant for now….next!

I must end this What’s on My Mind with something more positive.

I often think where I could be in my life if it weren’t for Christ!  How thankful and grateful I am that I put all of my faith in Him as a young teenager.  I never take that for granted.  I’ve seen what the other side has to offer and it isn’t pretty.  No hope, no peace, no purpose.  I now have hope, I have peace and I have a purpose. Most of all, I have a Savior who loves me.  For this I am thankful.

Now, back to my list of TO DO’S  for the day…..

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.” –Philippians 4:8

My Billy Graham Story…

I’m sure you heard that Rev. Billy Graham passed away last week at the age of 99.  Were you familiar with him?  Do you have a Billy Graham story?  So many people do.  Something that my husband and I always say when we saw him on an interview or if we heard he met with a US President or a celebrity, is we know that whomever he was speaking with, would hear the gospel in a simple, easy and non-intimidating way.

Wouldn’t you love to be known as a person that people always knew that they could count on you to share the gospel with everyone you met.

The Holy Spirit does the work, all we have to do is share the message of Jesus Christ.  We aren’t responsible if someone chooses to believe or not.  We are just responsible for telling others that Jesus loves them and that He died on the cross for our sin.

Do you feel confident in sharing this message with all that cross your path?

In a typical day, we have so many opportunities to share Christ with those we meet.

Now for my Billy Graham story:

I heard Billy Graham for the first time when I was 14 years old.  He was on television the evening I was all set up to watch an Elvis Presley movie.  My mom said we were going to watch a preacher she heard about named Billy Graham.  I was heartsick in missing the Elvis movie!

I wrote out my story and it was selected to be published in Decision Magazine, which is a Billy Graham publication.  This particular issue was a 60th Anniversary Issue.  They spotlighted a story from each decade of Billy Grahams ministry.  My story represented the 70’s of someone who  came to Christ because of hearing Rev. Graham.

I think the hardest part of having my story published was the editor sent a photographer to my home to take pictures.  I DO NOT like to have my picture taken, so this was really hard for me. With a couple of outfit changes and trying several locations around our home, they had what they needed.  A few days later, I was sent a few pictures that were taken.  If you are like me, you don’t like any pictures of yourself.  I could live with most, but, there was one that was really bad, I thought.  Well, a couple of months later when the magazine was out and I opened it up to my story, guess which picture was used.  Yep….that one.  What can I say?  I had to tell myself, it’s not about the picture, it’s about the story and the message.  Despite the picture of myself, the article in this magazine is one of my favorites that I’ve had published as it means the most to me.

Click here to read the post about getting my testimony published.

Click here to read my salvation story.  The actual article in Decision Magazine was titled, “Better Than Elvis!”

I have to add this one tiny story.  Several years ago we were sitting in a church service.  The pastor was preaching and for some reason he mentioned Billy Graham.  I will never forget what he said.  He said, “By the way, Billy Graham has done more to hurt the cause of Christ than anyone I know of.”  I didn’t hear anything else he said as in my head I kept thinking, why is he saying that?  What in the world?  The thought kept going through my mind that I was someone that first heard about Jesus because of Billy Graham.  I put my faith and trust in Christ the first time I heard the message of “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son.”  To this day, I still remember that pastor’s words and it is just a reminder that the world if filled with so many opinions.   We need to know what God’s Word says and then when all those opinions are thrown at you, you can match them up to the Word of God.  You will then know where those opinions come from.

I pray that each one of you reading this has a salvation story that you can freely share.

If you have never put your faith and trust in Christ, don’t wait one more second.  He’s waiting for you.  Click here to learn how to ask Jesus Christ into your life!