Archive for October, 2011

What do  you talk about on a Wild Card day? Well, I think the Lord has been so faithful to me lately to provide a lot of encouragement through people who have observed my actions and deeds. I don’t usually like for people to make a big deal over me and I don’t think I have ever really been able to just accept a compliment. I think one reason is because I would become embarrassed when attention was turned on me, but I think the other side of that was that I am scared I will become prideful and egotistical which drives me nuts about some people in this world. Last night, I had the privilege to travel once more with the Volleyball team for this season (and of course I loved every minute of it)! Following the trip when we returned to the parking lot I got to talking to a staff person and I just felt compelled to remind her that the Lord was using her and that I hoped she was encouraged to know that I could recognize the amount of growth she has made in her walk with the Lord just by her presence. Tears began to stream down her cheeks and I was a little surprised to get that kind of reaction. So she went on to tell me that many times in small group when they bring up examples she tends to bring me up as her example of who she wishes she could be more like. Whoooooaaaa! What?!?!? I kind of laughed…not disrespectfully by any means…but I was like listen here I know how that is and I do that some times too because I tend to compare myself to Jon (the wise, dynamic, wooing kind of person). And as I told her this about how I find myself comparing and wishing I was like Jon…she stopped me and said, “but God wants you to do it the Tam way!” So what did I do…I flipped it on her! :)

Has the Lord encouraged you through someone else sharing with you? Do you ever compare yourself to someone else especially when it comes to reaching out to someone for the sake of Christ? How do you fight through the mental barriers of pride and discouragement?

Thankful that even though the Lord knows my thoughts and deeds He (1) Still loves me and  (2) still chooses to use me!

I would have to say that the photo for this week would have to be…

Why? Well the Lady Bucs have been struggling to strike hot and gain a WIN on their record for weeks now and they went in not sure they remembered what Winning looked like or felt like! They walked out a little more confident and aware that they have some drive left in them. Looking to see what COULD be and SHOULD be over the next couple of weeks.

Haven’t done this one in a while so I thought I would make an effort to complete a post for this week’s Top Ten Thursday. How about the top ten photos I took this week Downtown Charleston with the Digital Photography class Scavenger Hunt.

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1 Peter 2:18 says, “Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

This verse is definitely having to become MIND over MATTER for me. I have been struggling and I long for the LORD to change my heart so that I might live in a pleasing and holy way not just unto the Lord but also to be submissive before my “masters.”

I think some times it easier to suffer because you did wrong because that is the natural reaction. What is tough for me to practice mind over matter is suffering for doing good. That just seems unfair and unjust. I know the my God is a fair and just God, but this verse tells me that it commendable to suffer for doing good.

How do you wrap your MIND around that MATTER? I would ask you to continue praying for me in this!

 

Today was a rough start to my day because I had to have some dental surgery done. I’m not a fan of the dentist to begin with so that never helps, but today I was even more panicked because they had to put in stitches. I got 7 shots and then several stitches. Of course people found it to be quite humorous because they enjoyed me trying to talk with a numbed mouth and it seemed as though I was a little loopy. I know any time I’ve been around someone who was loopy I definitely found entertainment in that.

I figure you can get an idea of my day with a couple of the pics I took…

So as I was running through a store today trying to find something quickly because I knew I needed to be back at work, I ran into an aisle that held many wonderful sights to my eyes. Not only did I give a great big sighhhhh, but then Beth reminded me that we are only 82 days away. I am determined that I will only give all of you great and wonderful people out there about a month before I begin to torture you with my overwhelming excitement. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely adore….

Christmas time. I just want to bust out singing the song…”Christmastime is here…Happiness and cheer….Fun for all that Children call…their Favorite time of year!!!” Or another one of my favorites is ‘O Holy Night, The stars are brightly shining, this is the night or our dear Savior’s birth…”

82 DAYS AND COUNTING