Rain is a Good Thing!

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:10-11

Here in north Alabama, we have been getting so much rain lately. I will be the first to say that I am so tired of the stinkin rain and cold weather. I feel like it should be getting warmer and when it seems like it is…BAM!!…Alabama gets another cold front! Ugh! The transition from winter to spring here in the south is just awful! And usually we have nice, 70 to 80 degree weather for about two weeks and then it becomes sweltering hot with the humidity at about 1,000 percent!!! #alabamaweather Ha! When I read the passage above the other day, I automatically thought of all the rain we had been experiencing lately. I mean, I love the sunshine and warm weather. Who doesn’t? When I think about rain, it kind of depresses me. Gray skies, kinda gloomy. Very Eyore like! I should appreciate the rain though. Our earth needs that rain. It helps our earth bud and flourish. And just like the earth needs the rain, we need to speak God’s word into our everyday lives!

God’s word is how we survive this life! It is food for our soul! He is the Bread of Life!!! And when we speak His word, seeds are planted in the lives around us. Whether you realize it or not, God can use the smallest thing to change a life. I was at the gas station the other day and the man checking me out mentioned that I looked like I was happy! Ha! I said, “yep, I’m happy. Just a happy person!” It happened to be on a day that it was raining too, (Ha!) and he said, “you’re even happy in this weather?” I then said, “yep, I got Jesus in my heart, and that makes me happy!” Now, it may not have phased him and I’m not sure if he even heard me. Who knows though, God may have planted a seed through that! He is a big God and you will never know the things God can do through you and the life that you lead everyday!

Don’t be afraid to encourage someone today. God can do big things through the smallest things!

 

Happy Monday! 🙂

Conjunction Junction, What’s Your Function!

 

Please tell me that you sang that title!! Haha!! The ole School House Rock songs. The only reason that I still, to this day, can say/sing the Preamble!! So, shout out to School House Rock, because you’re awesome!

Anyways…

We had a tournament this weekend in Hendersonville, TN. We went down on Friday night and played two games and were supposed to get up and play Saturday morning at 8:30. Well, just so happens that a pretty bad storm came through very early Saturday morning and caused the games to be delayed until later in the afternoon. Our first game was not until 2:30 that afternoon. So, if we kept winning, it was going to be a long day and night. Well, because my girls are awesome, we kept winning! We played from 2:30 to about 10:45 that night! We actually made it to the championship game!! However, there are rules in Alabama apparently. The rule is, you are not allowed to play any game after midnight. Even if the game were to start before 12, you have to stop playing by midnight or you will be fined and possibly put on probation. Bless!! The game that would determine who would be playing us in the championship game did not start until about 10:45ish. That game would take an hour and a half at least, which meant that the championship game would not start until fairly close to 12. Ugh!! So, unfortunately we had to drop out of the game and take second. 😦 The girls did SO good though!! We played some very good teams. They competed every second and came out on top every game that we played! So proud!!

So, I left the ball field around 10:45!! If you don’t know me, that is WAY past my bed time. I literally go to bed about 9 or 9:30 every night. Sometimes earlier. So it’s 10:45 and I still have to drive home, which is about 2 hours. It had been a long day, I was already worn out from being on my feet all day, and now I have to drive home. Lord help me! Thankfully, I took one of my girl’s home and it helped having her in the car with me. We talked some and that was needed!! After taking her home, I went to my parents house because it was closer. I got in bed about 1:30 A.M. and got up about 6:45ish. I truly believe that I did not move while I was asleep because I was in the exact same position when I woke up as when I fell asleep. WORN OUT!! Ha! Stick with me…I’m getting to my point! I had to be at church at 8:30 for praise team practice. I had a small solo yesterday. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have gone. My plan was to sing and then go home so I could get some sleep, which is what I did. I went back to my parents and I think I took about three different naps yesterday afternoon. Ha! So tired. Oh, and to make it worse, I slept horrible in the hotel Friday night, so I was literally running on fumes. All this to say, I DO NOT function without sleep.

Ready for my connection?!?! I don’t function without sleep…well, I DO NOT FUNCTION WITHOUT JESUS!!! Have yall ever tried to do things your own way? Of course you have! We are human. Goodness knows, I definitely have. And wouldn’t you know, I struggle when I do not talk and spend time daily with my Savior. I usually fall flat and fall hard on my face when I attempt to do things or live my life on my own terms. Don’t get me wrong, even when I am spending time daily with Jesus, my life is not always a bed of roses. However, I do know that when I count on Jesus to get me through things instead of counting on myself, there is a peace. His peace, the Holy Spirit. It’s not always easy, but I have a peace that everything will be ok. A peace that surpasses all of the junk that I may be facing at the time. There are always going to be tough times. We aren’t promised otherwise, but when you walk through those times with Jesus, it is always different that when you try to get through it by yourself! How lonely is that anyway?! Doing things on your own? I mean, I know a little bit about it. I know what it’s like to want someone to talk to, to vent to, to give you a hug and tell you that everything will be ok. In those times, that is when I feel God speaking to me the loudest. I feel Him in my heart saying, “I’m right here, Mae. Talk to me.”

He is saying the exact same thing to you! He longs for you to spend time with Him! When you are crying out for someone to listen, He is saying, “I’m right here!” When this world and the people in it fail you, God is the One and Only that WILL NOT!! I can’t function without Jesus and neither can you!!

 

SMILE, JESUS LOVES YOU!!!! 🙂

 

For your listening pleasure!! You’re welcome!! Lol!! 😉

Water Works

I don’t know about you, but I am or have come to be a big water drinker. I haven’t always been this way. I used to drink cokes a lot and drank sweet tea. I mean, I am from Alabama. Some people probably think it’s a sin if you don’t drink sweet tea with extra sugar! Ha! I would drink a little water every day. I would usually drink it only when I worked out. My water intake has increased exceedingly over the last year or two though. These days, I run off of about one or two cups of coffee in the morning and water the rest of the day. I had a coke for the first time this past Saturday and I can’t tell you how long it had been. We had a softball tournament on Saturday. I don’t really want to get into all of it because just thinking about it causes frustration. Ha! Just a poorly run tournament and a whole lot of rain. Moving on. One of the other coaches, our athletic trainer, and I got on the water discussion at one point. The athletic trainer said that he never drinks water. He just doesn’t like it. Of course we asked what he drank instead. And we were referring to when he got hot or during exercise. He said he drank a lot of Gatorade. The other coach and I were both in agreement that nothing quite quenches the thirst like water does, but that was just our opinion. He said he didn’t like it because there is just no taste to it. And I get it.

After this conversation, my thoughts automatically went to the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. It was a Samaritan woman that came to the well to get water and Jesus was there at the time. He asked her for a drink. She said, “How can you ask me for a drink?” She couldn’t believe that He was even talking to her, let alone asking her for a drink. Jews did not associate with Samaritans. Jesus responded with, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” The woman wanted to know where she could get this living water that Jesus was speaking of. She was thinking physically, but Jesus was talking spiritually. Jesus then answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4: 7-14

I agree with people when they say that water has no taste. However, I do have to say that nothing can satisfy my thirst quite like water can. I realize not many people will agree with me. Someone is probably thinking of a Diet Mountain Dew right now, or a big ole glass of sweet tea (cough…Daddy…cough)!! 😉 Beyond bottled or tap water, and beyond sweet tea, there is a water that can satisfy like nothing else on this earth! Living water!! This “living water” that Jesus was talking about in this story is water that will quench the soul and like He says in His Word, “you will never thirst again.” For me, water does quench my thirst but the LIVING WATER (which is Jesus), QUENCHES MY LIFE! He is my main source, He is everything I need, He satisfies my soul!! Jesus is enough for me!!

It May Take a Miracle

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided..”

Exodus 14:21

Probably one of the most well-known miracles that God performed in the old testament, or in the bible for that matter is the splitting of the Red Sea. This was when God was using Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. It’s funny because I have referenced this particular miracle a few times before and have heard others use it as well. One might say, “well if God can split the Red Sea then He can do this”, or whatever the case might be. I think that it sometimes can get exaggerated or used sarcastically, but if you think about it, it’s actually true. Same goes with the mustard seed. “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can tell this mountain to move from there to there, and it will move.” Matthew 17:20

God still works miracles! He can still make the impossible, possible.

How many times in our lives do we reference these faith verses and yet we lack the actual faith? Just FYI…typing that question hurt me a whole lot more than it hurt you reading it! It’s real easy for us to quote these verses and stories of faith, but putting that faith into practice is not always easy. I will be the first to admit that I am completely guilty of this form of talking the talk versus walking the walk! It is in our human nature to have control over our lives. Not being able to control something that I feel like I should be able to control is excruciatingly painful for me. And I know many of you can agree! However, that is basically what our walk with Jesus is about. It is about taking those steps of faith. It’s about getting on our knees and asking Him to guide our steps and for us to earnestly follow Him toward our purpose. Those steps are not always easy and sometimes we may not even know what the next step is, but as long as we are following Him, our steps will not go in vain. There are always questions running through our minds if we are doing the right thing or not. Am I where I’m supposed to be? Am I doing what God has called me to do? What if He calls me to do something I don’t want to do? I’m sorry, but if you are a believer and want to do the work that God has called you to do, whatever He asks, will be worth it! As difficult as taking that step will be, I can assure you that God will NOT let you down!!

I’ve always felt bad for Moses when I read his story. Bless the guy’s heart. He did not want to do what God had called him to do, did he? He doubted himself and didn’t think he was qualified to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Which is something that I feel most of us can relate to. I have been there many times. Not feeling good enough. That is where God steps in! Remember, when you are at your weakest, His strength overwhelms! You are not meant to carry the weight of this world on your shoulders. That is what He is there for. Whatever your situation could be, God is saying, “let Me have it, let Me take care of that for you.” He wants you to rely on Him in all things!

Like I said earlier, God still works miracles. And what could be a miracle to you might not be a miracle to someone else, but it doesn’t matter! All He says is to trust Him, to have faith in Him, and believe that He can and will make a way!

 

Happy Monday, Readers!

Thank you all for your support! I can’t tell you what it means to me! 🙂

God of All My Days

I love it when a song comes on the radio and completely rocks you because it relates to everything going on in your life at the time. I know I reference a lot of songs in my posts, but that’s because music is so easy to relate to. There is always a song that fits perfectly into your life at that very moment. And there are many times that the perfect song comes on when you need to hear it, or someone shares a song with you that totally sums up the situation that you are in. This was my case.

A couple of months ago, I was going through a particular hard time with some things. My dad sent me the new song by Casting Crowns called “God of All My Days” and told me to listen to it. He said it made him think of me and my current situation. The first sentence of the song says, “I came to you, with my heart in pieces and found the God with healing in His hands”. As soon as I heard those words, I burst into tears, because at the time my heart was in pieces. All I could do was cry out to God because I was so hurt and I needed healing that only He could and can give. I have moved on from that time two months ago, but this song still speaks to my heart! And how could it not?! “God of ALL my days”!! Every single day, He in control! The chorus says ” Each step I take, you make a way..”. He makes the way for you. He knows the steps that you are going to take and He helps you along the way.

One of my girls, (one of the Fab Four that I have talked about) had pretty much the week of all weeks this past week. It was just one thing after another and there seemed to be something happening every day, literally. Even yesterday at church, her necklace broke and all the beads scattered on the bathroom floor!! Bless it! Ha! You know how it is ladies, the tiniest thing can set us off, especially after a long day or week! Anyway, in the midst of all of this junk going on for her, He was still God of all of those bad days and still is!! Not only the bad days, but the good days too!! The song talks about the seasons changing for us, but is says that He stays the same!! No matter how many times we stray or fail, or how many times we question what the heck He is doing, He is still the same. He never changes!! How much comfort is that?! Not gonna lie, I got mad at God this past week. I yelled…like actually screamed at Him…more than once. :/ And yet, His love for me never wavered, it didn’t change. He didn’t get mad at me, He didn’t yell back. He just let me yell and cry. Of course I asked for forgiveness a little bit later, and He did, no questions asked. He forgives, always! He loves, always! He is there, always! ALWAYS!

My favorite part in the song are just to words, but they are oh so powerful!! Those words are “relentlessly pursues”.  As His children, God never stops pursuing us and we have the choice to choose Him or not. I looked up the word relentlessly. It said “unceasingly intense”. The God of the universe is unceasingly and intensely pursuing you because He wants you to accept Him. He has the best plan for your life and He wants to share that with you! When you have hit rock bottom, when you are heartbroken, when you want to give up because it would be easier, PLEASE know that you have a God that is  RELENTLESSLY PURSUING you because He loves you beyond what you could ever imagine!!

He is the God of all your days!!

Overwhelming Worship

Every now and then, my music pastor at church will ask me to lead a worship song at church. Yesterday was one of those days. I can’t tell you how much I loved getting asked to lead the congregation in worship. There was a moment while we were singing and I just couldn’t sing because I felt Jesus in that place. Tears started to form and I had to put my microphone down, look up and just smile because I knew the Lord was there. Have you ever experienced that? Yall, He is so REAL!! His love, His peace, His grace, His forgiveness!! It transcends all understanding!! And I absolutely adore worshipping Him. Giving Him glory for all things!!

After we had prayed and finished our worship time, I had to run to the restroom and fix my makeup along with my friends who were doing the same. While we were in there I just grinned so big and I said, “oh my goodness yall, I love getting to do that!!” It has nothing to do with me. I’m not looking for the praise, I love giving the praise to God almighty who deserves all of it. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be able to lead like that. I know there is such a fine line between leading worship and entertaining. Our music pastor talks all the time about our presence on stage. We do need to actually look like we enjoy being up there instead of looking like a bump on a log, however, it’s not about getting attention. It is about Jesus!! There is no doubt in my mind that you can tell that I love being up there. Ha!

Singing and helping lead people in worship is one of my spiritual gifts and I LOVE using it for the glory of His kingdom!! I’ve said this before, but there is a difference when you are singing a random secular song and when you are singing a song about Jesus. There is just something about it because that relationship (if you have one with Him) takes you to an entirely different level. There is a peace that overwhelms when you allow it to. A peace that I cannot explain. I will never forget this one particular quiet time that I had a little while ago. I had just sang my heart out in my apartment and just sat down in the hallway and was silent and let the Holy Spirit completely surround me. It was the most perfect and beautiful feeling that I have ever experienced. God was there! He is ALWAYS there!!! In the midst of this maddening world, God is still faithful!

He is the same today, yesterday, and always. I pray that you know the God of this universe! And I also pray that you know your spiritual gifts!! There is a test that you can take that tells you which ones that you excel at. Couldn’t tell you what that test is, but I’m sure Google knows! 😉 Anyway, I pray that you use them to bring glory to Him! That is why He gave them to you. I continue to pray for more and more opportunities to sing and to lead worship! And I know opportunities are coming!

 

“Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.” 1 Corinthians 1:7

 

Happy Monday!

 

This is Me

I have really been on “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack lately!! Yall, it is SOOOO good!!! If you haven’t seen it, you need to!! And you will want to listen to the soundtrack, because the songs are AMAZING!! One of the songs on there is called “This is Me”. There is a very vulnerable part toward the end of the song that gets me every time. Well today, this is me being vulnerable to you. Handle with care! 😉

I get asked all the time why I am not married yet, or why I’m not dating anyone. I never have an actual answer for them. I just say, “I haven’t met that person yet,” or “no, I’m just waiting.” Ha! Usually it’s the shortest answer I can give and then I do my best to change the subject. I am a person that doesn’t mind attention for the most part, however, when it comes to my personal life, not so much. That is meant for people that I am close to.

When I was in high school I didn’t really date. Not that I couldn’t, I just think I was more afraid to. Nervous maybe? Don’t ask me why! I had crushes like your typical teenage girl, but I was always the girl that was more like a sister. I had a lot of guy friends. I am sarcastic, I like sports, I’m good at playing some of them, and I get along with just about anyone. So, I could flirt but I still held myself at arms length, and that was fun for me! Sometimes one of them would show an interest and I would run for the hills! Got scared. College was basically the same.  My first actual “boyfriend”  was not until I was a senior in college. I remember saying all through high school and college that I just wanted it to happen without me even realizing it. “I just want it to happen”! I can remember saying that all the time. I think I had ran scared so much that at this point I wanted it to be easy and wanted for it to literally fall into my lap. And ya know, it kinda did. We were friends at first, started liking each other more than that and it just kinda happened with us. There is obviously more to the story, but you don’t need to know all of that. Obviously, things didn’t work out. I think it involved me getting scared again, but it wasn’t meant to be. Got out of college and I haven’t really had a real relationship since. Not that I haven’t had the chance. I have gone out on dates. Ugh, some better than others!! Wouldn’t mind erasing some from memory! Ha! At this point, none have worked out whether it was me or them calling things off. And I’m ok with that!

This post is not necessarily to tell you my dating history, although that’s basically what you’ve gotten so far. I want you to know that in all these years of being single, it has allowed my relationship with Jesus to be that much more special! I’ve been able to focus solely on Him, which is not what I would have done had I gotten married earlier in life. And I didn’t realize that growing up and going through college, but later, I did realize it and I am so thankful for that time. Of course, there have been times that it has been extremely difficult, my heart has been broken, or I am lonely and don’t understand why. In those times though, who do I run to?? Jesus. He is the ONLY ONE that has seen every tear that I have cried, even behind closed doors. The tears that no one knows about, except Him. He is the only one that knows me inside and out, and better than I know myself. He knows everything about me and still loves me. If I were to have gotten married at 23 or even in my late twenties, my relationship with Jesus would not be where it is today. I have learned so much about Him and myself that I probably wouldn’t have learned had I been married or with someone through all of those years. Please, don’t get me wrong, I am not downing anyone that got married earlier in life!! I think marriage is a beautiful thing, and I can’t wait to experience it. I thought it better though, to make the best of my time instead of wallow in it. I had a lot of growing up to do when I was in my early twenties and the thought of being married at that time is crazy to me.

My favorite bible verse is one of the more well known one’s. It is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord – “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a hope and a future.” I try to focus on that verse whenever I have one of my tough days. God knows your heart. He knows my heart. And He knows when the timing is right for that specific thing to happen in your life. As frustrating as that can be, I challenge you to use that waiting time to lean on Jesus and to learn to trust Him. That is SO much easier said than done, TRUST ME!! But putting that into practice makes those tough days a little bit easier to handle. More often than not, we are always waiting on something in our lives. Whether it is a spouse, a child, a job, an answer for something, etc. In our waiting though, is when God does a mighty work in your life, if you will allow it.

****This is NOT a PSA that Magan Weeks is single and looking for someone!!****

Aside from the first post I shared on this blog, this is the most vulnerable that I have been and it is not easy for me to share some of these things with you. However, if God can use my situation and my story to speak to someone that is struggling and going through something similar, then that is what I pray for!!

My Girls!

So softball started this past week for me! For those that don’t know, I am one of the assistant coaches for the softball team at Hazel Green High School. This will be my second year of helping with the team. I love it so much! I originally went to college for teaching and coaching. I am not teaching, but I am getting to coach which is what I wanted more than anything. I know some people breakout into hives when they think about being around that many teenage girls for a long period of time, but I’ve always loved that age and gotten along really well with them. It is a new year for us and I am so excited that things have started back…aside from the fact that I am freezing my tail off every day! Other than that, it’s great!! Ha!

Oh, by the way…we won the state championship last year!! It was AMAZING!! I’m not kidding when I say that it could be made into a movie, and I’m about to tell you the story!

So we made it to Montgomery. We had won our area tournament, and our regional tournament and now we take on STATE!! We were pumped! We were playing Daphne High School out of Baldwin County. They had to beat us twice in order to win the championship. We, obviously, only had to win once. We didn’t play very well the first game. Daphne came out ready to play and we weren’t playing like ourselves. I think it was the sixth inning of the first game (we play seven innings) when things start to get a little crazy for us. We were already down four to nothing. The girls were in the field on defense, and Coach H (head coach) starts acting strange, has to sit down, and starts getting really light-headed. Don’t worry, he ends up passing out from the heat. Yall already know this crazy Alabama weather. Well, it was extremely hot and humid that day, and we had been out there literally ALL day! Staying hydrated was something we continued to tell the girls. However, it is something our head coach didn’t take into consideration. That’s one of those, “do as I say, not as I do” type deals. Anyway, so he was carted off the field and was taken to the hospital. Which means, me and the other two assistant coaches were left with coaching the rest of this game, and what would likely be a second game, by OURSELVES!! We were all first year coaches and to say we were somewhat panicked would be an understatement. I mean this isn’t just any game, it’s the CHAMPIONSHIP game!! We couldn’t tell our girls this though. They were traumatized enough with seeing their head coach carted off the field! Heck, I was too!! But, we had to keep a brave face on, whilst freaking out on the inside! We did take a few minutes to let the girls calm down. Cool part…we circled up together as a team and I got to pray with them for Coach. While we were praying, the other team came and circled around us and prayed with us! Thank you Lord that Your name can be glorified out of a really awful situation! Moving on. We finished the first game and Daphne won four to nothing. We had a talk with the girls before the second game. By this time, emotions had finally calmed and they had their game faces back on. I think it was more of a mindset that they wanted to finish what they had started for their coach who wasn’t going to be able to be there. There was about thirty minutes or so before the second game started. The coaches and I had talked and we were ready to make this happen. I felt it and it was good! Game starts and Daphne won the toss which made them the home team. That means that they are in the field first and they would get the last at bat. Fast forward a little bit…we are in the fourth inning and the score is four to nothing and we are winning. Well don’t you worry, here comes a severe thunderstorm! UGH!!! Seriously!! So whenever lightening strikes close by at a softball game, you have to wait thirty minutes until you are able to play again. And that goes for the most recent lightening strike. We pulled up the radar and the storm is basically right on top of us. They tell us to go to our cars and wait it out. Great days!! We go sit in our cars for a good hour. Meanwhile, we are texting the girls to keep their heads in this game, do NOT lose focus, we are not finished yet!! Storm finally passes and we go back out to the field and warm up for maybe 15 minutes. It’s go time! Let’s finish this! Well, Daphne was not going down without a fight. They score two runs right off! We are finally to the bottom of the seventh inning and the score is still four to two and we are still winning. All we need is three outs and we are going home with a blue map (trophy)!! Daphne is at the bottom of their line up, which was great news for us, or so we thought. Typically, those are your weaker hitters. Number eight batter gets up and hits a single. Number nine batter gets up, hits another single! So much for “weaker” hitter! Runners are on first and second and their lead off batter is up. That is just great news!!  Oh, and to top things off, ole girl has committed to Auburn to play!! Lovely!! I wish yall could have seen me in the dugout! Ha! She ends up flying out to center field. Caught it…one down…two to go!! Next batter, our pitcher, who’s in eighth grade at the time, brings it harder than she had all day and strikes the girl out!! YES!! Two down…one to go, and we are the proud owners of a blue map! Next batter is their pitcher. She had been drilling the ball against us in both games!! It wouldn’t have been anything for her to hit a dinger (AKA…homerun) at this very moment! Lord have mercy, I am FREAKING OUT!! Girl hits a little dink shot to our short stop, SHE CATCHES IT, and WE ARE 6A STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!! AHHHHH!!! I literally ran out on the field like I was one of the girls!! I was straight up in the middle of all that madness!! Lol!! Hilarious! I could not believe it!! It was one of the best and most fun experiences of my life!! Just telling you about it and re-living it is making smile!! So good and so proud!!

When I was asked to coach last year, I was excited about it, but I was very apprehensive as well. I didn’t play fast pitch softball. Showing my age a little here, but I grew up playing slow pitch and that is good bit different than fast pitch. In my mind, I didn’t really know what I was going to be able to bring to the table. Especially when it came to fundamentals. I hit fly balls to them, that’s about it! Ha! What I do love though is that I feel like I am their momma, or I’d rather say big sister. 😉  I am the goofy one that picks on them and likes to mess with them and have fun. I know I make them mad at times. They roll their eyes at me and look at me like I’m crazy. Ha! I know I can drive Coach H crazy too, because I can get the girls riled up. Ha! It’s kind of funny, but don’t tell him I said that! I love it when they come to me for advice, or just to vent, and I love being there for them. I can tell when they are upset. Most of them wear their heart on their sleeve so it’s easy to tell when something is bothering them. And they are teenage girls…HELLO!!! Hormonal, emotional, mean, but can be very sweet! Kinda like a sour patch kid!! Yes, they can drive me crazy as well. Especially when they joke about me being single and how they want to put me on Farmers Only. #facepalm Lord help me!! Just about every day!! All things considered though, they are my girls! I am so proud of them and proud to be one of their coaches!

The best thing, and I will end with this, is that I am very open about my faith with them! They know that Coach Weeks is a Christian and that she loves Jesus! I tell them that I pray for them! They know they can come to me about faith related topics and not feel weird about it! That has opened doors all on it’s own and I pray it will continue to do so!

So this is a new year!! Yes, last year was amazing, but I pray that these girls learn to become a family and put Jesus first in their lives above all else. I pray they learn to respect each other like you need to do in every team sport that you play!

Come out and see the girls play sometime this year! When it gets warmer of course! I would not be out in this cold if I didn’t have to be! 😉

Go Lady Trojans!!

Never Satisfied! -Coach H

For Such a Time as This..

“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther4:14

I love the story of Esther. She is an incredibly brave woman and such an inspiration on how we as women and even men should live today. This particular verse is Mordecai speaking and it is in reference of Haman’s plot to destroy all of the Jews. Mordecai wanted Queen Esther to go and speak to the king about the decree that Haman had issued. He had ordered all the Jews to be killed. Now, you would think that wouldn’t be a problem, however, if you weren’t summoned by the king and you went for a little visit without him asking to see you, the death penalty would ensue. Yikes!! Esther said, let me fast on this for a few days and told Mordecai to do the same. I mean, if there’s a chance that I am about to meet my death willingly, you better believe I am gonna talk to God about it too! “God, are you SURE this is what I am supposed to do?” All ends well though! Esther goes to the king and he welcomes her in. Long story short, Haman is found out, Jews are safe, Mordecai is honored, and Queen Esther is awesome!! You should go read it for yourself because it is such great story!

I want to focus on that one particular verse that I put at the very beginning though! “..for such a time as this.” When I was growing up, I always thought I had to do something big in order for my life to be significant. Even as I got older, I sometimes would feel that way. Like I need to be a famous singer, or a well known speaker, or somehow touch a lot of people and be seen by a lot of people in order for my life to be complete. This isn’t exactly a healthy way of thinking, because being famous like that is not exactly something that happens often to a person. It took me a long time to understand that God chose me to be in this exact place and time for a reason! I was born at this particular time in the history of the world. God decided to make David and Donna my parents (Thank you Lord!). And gave me the greatest brother ever! He gave Dusty (brother) the most amazing wife, which is a God story all on it’s own! If you don’t know it, you should ask him! 😉 Anyway, God chose you to live at this very point in time and in this very place. I LOVE that! And He put you here for a REASON!! It’s not about how popular you are or how many “likes” you get on social media, although that is what our world defines as significant these days. Don’t get me wrong, I can get caught up in that mess as well, but that is not why we were put on this earth. God is not going to ask you which picture was the most liked on your Instagram or Facebook account. Your life has more purpose than winning a popularity contest! God did not create you just for the heck of it. Despite what your parents tell you or what you have heard, you were not an accident!! You may have been a surprise to them, but you were NOT a surprise to God Almighty!!

When I started this blog, I had no expectations of how it would turn out. I still don’t, really. I just felt led to do it. I had thought about it for a long time and then I let a friend read my Tim Tebow story and she said, “you should write a blog!” And that was all I needed to hear! I truly enjoy writing this every week. My prayer is that it touches just one person every week. If God can use this blog to reach people, then I will continue to write it! There are weeks that I struggle on what to write, and there are some that I have put more effort into than others. Ashamed to admit, but it’s true. I didn’t do this for attention. I didn’t do this to see how many follower’s I could get on here. Which is good, because that’s not what it’s about. It’s about you! Whoever you are that is reading this right now! Those people that send me a message or tell me in person that they love reading this blog, or a certain post touched their heart. That is why I do this! FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. No, I will never be a Beth Moore or Priscilla Shirer and that’s ok! That wasn’t what I was called to do. I probably will not marry Tim Tebow and go to events to speak to young people about Jesus as his wife. Which is really unfortunate, but sometimes you just have to face facts! Ha! 🙂 Anyway, my life is here in Alabama with my family and my best friends, my church, and my softball girls, and many other amazing things. And if God can use me to make any kind of difference in their lives, that is significance at it’s finest!! You don’t have to be on a big stage to be important! God can use you ANYWHERE! You just have to let Him!

Lord I pray that we understand that we are where you want us in life! We may not understand the season that we are in, but we are there for a reason and I pray that we see it to fruition! Don’t let us be anxious, just let us live day to day seeking Your guidance and living to please You! In Jesus name I pray…Amen!

 

 

Search Me God..

I have been praying a lot this week for God to bring to my attention anything that needs fixing in my life. For example, asking forgiveness for something that I did that I haven’t yet asked forgiveness for. Maybe asking a particular person for forgiveness that I hurt in the past. Maybe something that I am doing that I need to repent of and turn away from. Have you ever done that? Does God answer you right away? Or is it one of those situations that just eats at you and you don’t even have to ask God to bring it to your attention because you already know what He is going to say? My situation is somewhat like that, but it happened so long ago that I keep pushing it away from my mind. It always seems to creep back up though.

If you are a Christian and you are in the wrong, it never goes away does it?  No matter how long it takes. Until you make things right with God, or that certain person, the Holy Spirit will be there saying, “hey, you need to fix this”. And have you noticed, when you finally get things right, the weight or that little nagging voice is GONE!! I won’t go into details about my situation because it isn’t necessary, but it was over two years ago. Wow! I treated someone unfairly and I believe I hurt them. I handled the whole situation poorly and it STILL bothers me to this day!! And the reason is because I never settled it with that person. I never asked for forgiveness. And since then, this person comes up in my mind periodically and I continue to feel awful about it. Well, like I said, I have been praying for God to bring to my attention whatever I needed to get right. At church Sunday, guess who’s name came up when I was talking to my PASTOR?! Not my friends or my family, but my pastor!! Yes, that person came up in conversation! Ok, God, I hear you! He probably said, “FINALLY”!!! For some reason, I have to be beaten in the head before I realize what I need to do sometimes. I think that’s a “Weeks” thing. Actually, no, I KNOW it’s a “Weeks” thing! Ha! Reaching out to this person isn’t easy for me. It’s never easy to admit when you are wrong and to set your pride down after TWO years is not easy either. There are probably some harsh feelings built up towards me and whose to say that this person will even speak to me, but I have to share my heart. This person deserves an apology from me regardless of the reaction I get back.

I challenge you to do this in your quiet time. Ask God to reveal to you if there is anything that is hindering your relationship with Him to grow or take the next step.  The reason God may not have answered a certain prayer could be because He needs you to make this situation right first. Or maybe you know exactly what God wants you to do and you just continue to ignore Him like I have. Thankfully, what God gives me in return is GRACE!! Thank you Lord. He will do the same for you! He loves you past all of your failures. He continues to give second chances and I am SO thankful that He does! I can’t tell you what it will do for you spiritually if you ask God to bring these things to your attention, and if you actually do something about it. It’s likely that it will be extremely difficult, especially if your wronged someone and you are having to ask forgiveness. However, your relationship with Christ will soar leaps and bounds beyond what you thought it could! When you become less, so He can become more, God moves mountains!! Give God all of that glory!!

“Search me God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Psalm 139:23-24

Just make that your prayer today and every day!! I pray that you have a wonderful week!! 🙂