Saturday, October 18, 2008

C'est La Vie!

C'est La Vie! That's French for "That's Life"
...it's also the title of an 80's song but I'd rather not go down that rabbit trail today.

I've recently had a message from an aquaintance whining about their life and that put me in this mind set.

Bad things happen to good people...all the time. Fact of Life. You can wallow in it or you can change it. The only way to move past something is to get over it. As my friend Georgia says, "Put on your big girl panties and deal with it."

Last night, when we went to start the never-ending laundry process, we discovered our dryer had died. Luckily, there is a laundrymat at the crossroads and we have folks nearby that will let us use theirs when we run out of quarters.

Because I was already in this mindset, I began to think of all the crappy things that have happened to us this year. Let's revisit it shall we?

January: I have an episode that lands me in the ER being checked for a stroke.

February...Darling Hubby's car died. That means we now have to car pool. Oh goody.

March: Actually, I think March was a pretty good month

April: The garage door falls apart and my car starts acting up. We would get to were we were going and then it wouldn't start back up. No lights, no annoying dinging sound, nothing. After sitting for an average of an hour, then it would fire right up like nothing ever happened. We did buy a new battery (and later found out we didn't really need it)

May: We find out neither of the kids are going to pass, too late for anything to be done (don't ask, I still don't want to talk about it.)

June: we finally scrape together the money for the compressor to fix D/H's car, only to find, that's not the problem....great...

July: Darling Hubby is hospitalized and spends 4 days in ICU with what they think is his third bleeding ulcer.

August: School starts.Two kids in Jr High is expensive, especially when the school requires we buy the "official" gym uniform, and insists that no students can carry their books about so you have to rent a locker, but won't rent you a locker until you pay a "donation." I know I've been out of school 23 years, but when did the definition of a "donation change? (Donation: an offering or gift...Webster's New College Dictionary...not to be confused with Fee: a fixed fee or charge for professional services...also Webster's)

September: My car finally dies. Turns out it's a $300 part that took all of five minutes to fix. Then the microwave and both hair dryers die simultaneously. Great now not only do I have to actually cook, I'm gonna look like Rosanna Rosanna-Danna doing it.

October rolls around and I have a blowout right off the bat, that results in having to buy a new tire.

And that brings us to today, where I have clothes strung thru the kids bathroom air drying because the dryer is dead.

The best part is, we have 2 months left in this year...Whoopie!
Oh Well, if it weren't my problems, it'd be someone elses
C'est La Vie!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
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I often get responses to my blogs, but never before have I had one so obvious as this week's response from the Lord. Yes, you read that right. Our Heavenly Father has sent me a message regarding this blog.

I know what you are thinking. Even my Christian brethren seem skeptical, but I'm not crazy. I am just open minded. When the Lord decides to send me a message, it is glaringly obvious, and usually comes to me in such a way that there is no way to deny it has come from Him.

Ask those closest to me, who have witnessed these messages first hand.

I subscribe to several motivational emails, one of which is a daily devotional and weekly motivational message from televangalist Joel Osteen.

I made the above post on Thursday evening.

On Friday morning, I had this message in my inbox from Joel Osteen.

Living a No Excuses Life
http://www.joelosteen.com/

"We all have things we feel could be a disadvantage, things that make it harder on us. It may not be something physical, it may be the way we were raised, a disappointment we went through, a setback. But just because you have a “disadvantage”, just because you’ve been through a tough time, doesn’t mean you’re supposed to sit back and settle where you are. God still has something great for you to do. You may not look like everyone else and be able to do what others can do, but if you will stay in faith and not get negative toward yourself and toward your future, then what you think is a liability, God will turn around to be an asset. What you think is a disadvantage, God will turn around to be an advantage.

Too many people are waiting for God to remove everything and make them perfect before they pursue their dreams and go after their destiny. No, you need to go after your destiny right now and make the decision to live a no-excuse life. Honor God with what you have. God knew all the issues we would have to face, our struggles, our weaknesses, our inadequacies. We are no surprise to God. And many times what you think is a handicap is the very thing God will use to get you into your divine destiny. He’ll take every stumbling block and turn it into a stepping stone!"
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Now tell me that's not a direct message from the Lord to me!

So despite the fact that we discovered this morning that our heating unit needs repair, I know that I need to maintain my faith in the Lord.

He uses all things to His Glory.