Friday, April 22, 2016

God Can Use You - Yes, You

Guys, I'm a normal young gal. I've implied this a bunch but recently I've noticed a handful of people treat me differently simply because I'm in the broadcasting industry. I've had a couple people walk up to me and freak out because I'm "THE VOICE" they hear when they tune into the radio. It's fun and it's cool to be recognized by strangers I've never met but, at the same time, it's nothing a person can allow get to their head simply because I am normal. Yes, my voice is heard across the state but I go through life just like anyone else. Believe it or not, the very voice you hear on the radio, is the voice of a gal who has struggles, has tears, laughter, a family, friends, and a life of her own. I'm one of you. I am no different.
I may have a voice that is heard by more but my goal in life is to make people smile and bring a chuckle into someones daily life as they are listening to the radio. And guess what? You can do the same exact thing sitting exactly where you are, with the very same job that you have, with the family and friends that you hang around, and with the very resources you have right in front of you.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, and for whomever, you are just as capable to bring a smile and laughter to this world as I am.
And that my friends, is how I
Mark 16:15 states, "And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone." Notice how the verse says nothing about "who" can go out in the world and bring lightness? That's literally because that verse was written for anyone and everyone.
With that being said, go out into the world right where you are. You can be the light in the darkness no matter who, where, what, why, or how.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lemons or Lemonade?

We all know the common saying, "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.". Well, but there is also the same quote with a different ending, "If life gives you lemons, throw them back.". And, see...that's exactly where this world goes wrong.
Lemons, as you probably know, represent something in your life that is negative rather than positive. Something that doesn't go our way. It's when a person, situation, or life in general doesn't go the way you want it or expected it to have gone. It's a surprise, an unwelcome and often an unwanted surprise.
I think we, as people in general, often find us complaining, arguing, and simply getting wrapped up in the fact that something didn't go the way we wanted it to. Whether it's following behind someone going 45 in a 55 mph speed limit, an argument, running late to work, Caribou ran out of your favorite Latte mix, getting stopped at every red light possible, and I could go on. After so many things happen we can become frustrated, upset, or even angry. But we've got to remember that there are people that have it so so much worse. Someone out their is getting a divorce, losing their house to a fire, losing their lifelong dream, lost a family member or friend to death, struggling with addiction, someone's baby was lost to a miscarriage. And still yet, others are struggling with depression and waking up in the morning and choosing to live one more day takes every bit of strength they have.
But even then, complaining and ranting about how life is miserable isn't going to do any good unless you are willing to change whats going on.
Recently I heard someone say, "If you don't like life's current circumstances, change something. Because if everything stays the same exact way it is now, nothing will change. It won't."
It starts with you. It starts with the choice of attitude to change something.
that change of attitude starts with one big step. Its only one word, or acronym I should say. Ready? It's simple. Here it is. PUSH: Persist Until Something Happens.
Guys, just because life gives you lemons, don't give up.
In those times of hardship, those moments are sent your way and the devil WANTS you to fail. When the demons push (there's that word again) against you, you need to push back. Not just to prove him wrong, but to prove to yourself that you know you can beat life's tough circumstances. You can overcome and you will overcome, if you try, if you let it.
To sum this up, I'm going to end with Lauren Daigle's song "Trust in You". 
No matter what hardship comes your way, there is always something better planned for you in the long run. You just have to trust. It sounds simple but, yes, it can be difficult. Sometimes we just need to wait for God's hand to move. Just listen to what Lauren has to say. It's a good example of how to live and deal with your toughest circumstances.
Here's the link, Lauren Daigle - Trust in You

Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him. ”