Passion



Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Crazy...


I think Pat's gone mad... honoring me on her blog. Let me tell you, I don't think I'm worthy, but THANKYOU for loving me with my whole heart! And thanks to Sara for inventing me, she has no idea how much she's gotten me to where I am today, I think Jesus will tell her someday...

My day didn't end with winning the contest. I also got an email stating that someone was going to leave us tickets for the WARPED Tour. Nice, I know, taking my daughter to a big rock and roll festival. Surely it will be nuts, and surely we will love it. Someone told me to play the lottery but the surest way to lose a dollar, is to play the lottery. So as "J" would say, I doubled my money by folding it in half and sticking it in the other pocket. It's a long story why someone was leaving me the tickets, I am SO not deserving, but thankfully we don't always get what we deserve :) The funny thing was that on Saturday Phyllis said she REALLY wanted to go, I said, "Phyllis we can't afford it, we're saving money, remember?" I know some don't think it's a God honoring event, I don't care. We're going, we're going to have a great time, we're taking some friends with us, we're going to fellowship, praise God for the blessing, sounds God honoring to me...

I read something yesterday, heard a few things on the radio and wondered, does everyone live their faith "outloud"?

I look at Sara who could have easily buckled under pressure, but she was convicted, she knew she was right, and lived her faith right outloud.

I think of Pat, who lives her faith outloud everytime she visits her mom, or does something for her mom or her family and friends.

I think of Deb who shows her daughter the love of Jesus that Miss O passes it along to strangers in the post office.

I think of Cheryl who loves her family like crazy, who lives out that love everyday.

And Heather who has made mistakes but she knows God loves her, and that new miracle will be loved like crazy.

Or Miss Terry who did something wonderful for me and she doesn't even know me. And she never misses a birthday!!

Mrs. Mac, I could dedicate a whole blog to Mrs. Mac who is a constant encourager!!

Arlene, who while being healed, helps bring Jesus to so many who need Him. ISAIAH 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment of peace was upon him,and BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED
.

I know there is so much more! Sorry if I didn't mention you on blog, but you are in my heart!

I wonder, when you live Jesus outloud, do you realize it, or does it become so much of who you are that it's natural?

I think that at first, if you are a new Christian, it's a little more difficult because it's a new way. Sometimes it means leaving old friends behind, but I am telling you for every friend I pray for now but don't hang around with, I have 10 who are more equally yoked.

Decisions soon become easier to go the "Jesus" way but that doesn't mean easy, I just said "easier" because we remember the consequences more clearly, and we also know WHO got us out of the real danger.

I love living outloud. I think I have more joy than I ever did before. I think I have more love than I ever did before. And I know, I can feel Jesus a WHOLE LOT MORE than I ever did before.

James 4:7 (msg) So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet.

5 comments:

Terry said...

Dear Margie...I wanted to get here yesterday to congratulate you but never even got the chance but better late than never, eh?
CONGRATULATIONS!!

Thanks for visiting my blog.
That baby IS a cutie,eh?

Well I better say good bye for now.
Just want to check out your site to see how your pledges are adding up!..Love Terry

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sara said...

i love this, and i love you sweet pea. i'm glad i invented you.

Joni said...

You deserve each and every accolade!

I stopped over from Pat's blog, after not visiting here for awhile.

And congrats on the tickets. Sounds like a time to just enjoy your daughter and the joy of allowing someone to bless you!

Jada's Gigi said...

Have fun at the concert..live outloud! :)

Heather Smith said...

I just saw this today! Work has been insane, but let me just say thank you SO much for your encouragement! Check my blog out today for a pic of that new miracle!!