I Could Rock With Her!

Have you ever met someone that looks like they should be in your crew? I know I have. Every now & then I see a woman who looks polished – dressed fly, nicely coiffed hair, makeup & nails tight. When I see women like this I think, “Man she could rock with me!”

The saying ‘birds of a feather, flock together’ is so true for me. The friends that I hang out with on a regular basis are pretty much like me – put together & carry themselves well (I have my days but for the most part this is how I try to present myself). And nothing over the top – no crazy nail designs, ridiculously high heels or tacky-looking weave. If I present myself a certain way, I want to hang out with people who present themselves in a similar fashion. That’s probably what attracts one person to another in the first place.

Whenever I do see women who look like they could be in my circle, I try to get to know them and possibly make a connection. I don’t want a group of friends that all look or act like me, but I certainly don’t want any ugly friends either. People would think I’m crazy if they saw me associated with someone who doesn’t look like they belong in my circle of friends.

So, what do you do when you see someone that you’d like to have in your circle?

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Do You Have Your B.A. Degree?

More than 30% of Americans hold Bachelor’s degrees.  Having this degree can prove to be very helpful in growing your career but there is another B.A. that is even better than a Bachelors and worth a whole lot more – a Born Again degree.

In the 2011-2012 academic year the average net cost for a full-time student at an in-state public university was about $22,000. Tuition fees for a B.A. degree can range from next to nothing all the way up to $60,000/year. And that’s just for an undergraduate degree. But a Born Again degree is free. That’s right, I said FREE. Jesus has paid it all. (Colossians 2:13-14 – 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[a] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross). This means that all of our debt was erased the moment that Jesus Christ hung died on the cross AND rose from the dead.

The average work span is approximately 40 years. After getting your bachelor’s degree your knowledge is only good for the span of your career. But what happens to all that learned knowledge after you retire? It becomes obsolete and you never really use it anymore. But once you get your Born Again degree it never goes out of style. The Bible never becomes obsolete and wisdom lasts forever. When you retire from your job someone younger else will take your position. But in the body of Christ, you can never be replaced.

Have you ever met someone with the same degree that you have but they’re further along in their career than you are or they make more money than you do? Well, with a Born Again degree no one outranks you in the body of Christ. There are some nuances to this rule (i.e. – preachers) but for the most part once you give your life to Christ, you are saved and will go to heaven (Isaiah 53:5 – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed). Also, the purpose of getting a bachelor’s degree is to gain the tools to excel in your chosen career but how do you excel outside of your career? The Bible gives us guidelines on to deal with people in & outside of our work environment (Read: I Corinthians)

We’ve all heard of lawyers being disbarred and doctors losing their medical license but once you become saved then you are ALWAYS saved. Unless you choose to walk away from the body of Christ, your soul will not perish  (John 10:27-30 – 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one”). What a wonderful feeling to know that nothing can remove me from the love of God!

Let’s face it, some degrees are useless (think underwater basket weaving) yet some people still pursue these fields of study. They do all this hard work to learn, study and sit through exams only to graduate and not have a clear career path cut out for them, or worse yet, not even be able to use their degree. What good is having a degree that you can’t use?! With a Born Again degree, what you learn in the body of Christ never goes out of style. No matter what career path we follow, how big our family may grow or what life throws at us, the information we learn from the Bible is always helpful and will never be useless.

A Born Agree (B.A.) degree is worth a lot more than a Bachelor’s (B.A.) degree any day.

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Don’t Know How To Pray? Just A.C.T.S. Him

Many people aren’t sure how to pray. They think that there is a special way to talk to God otherwise their prayers won’t be answered but that just isn’t true. God hears all prayers, no matter how long, short, clumsy, disorganized, boring or weird they may be.  He’s even outlined how we should pray in the Bible -

Matthew 6:9-13

New International Version (NIV)

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors

13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]

That’s what the Bible says, but how does this teach you & me how to pray? Well, there is an easy way to remember. It’s called ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication:

Adoration means to worship. Every time we go before God we owe Him worship for who He is (Luke 4:8 – Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only”).

Confession is expressing sincere regret for the wrong you have done. Ask God to forgive you of your sins. When you confess, God will cleanse you from all wrongdoing (1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness).

Thanksgiving is giving thanks to God. Thank Him for His love, forgiveness, protection, provision, mercy & grace just to name a few things (I Cor. 1:4 – I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus).

Supplication is the time during the prayer where you ask for your needs and desires and for he needs of others, including friends, family, co-workers and our government leaders (because they need prayer too!), etc. You may want to ask for things like God’s guidance and wisdom. (Phil. 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God).

So you see, anyone can learn how to pray. Just A.C.T.S.!

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Do You Want To Feel Better? Take 66 Of These & Call On Him In The Morning

Sometimes I feel down due to the everyday challenges that life brings. One of the best things about being a Christian is knowing that despite my current position in life, I can always find favor with God (Proverbs 8:35).

I wrote a post earlier entitled, “It’s Not The Pace, It’s The Race”. As a child of God, I know that finishing the race doesn’t necessarily mean just getting through this week. It doesn’t mean even making it through 2013. It means living a life that is pleasing unto the Lord (Colossians 1:10). And the only way to please Him is to read His Word. So below I’ve written out some of my favorite verses for times that get me down:

  • When You Feel Lonely:

-          “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’.”(Gen 2:18)

-          “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” (Psalm 27:10)

-          “…Because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

  • When You Feel Like You’re in Despair:

-          “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

-          “…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties…” (II Corinthians 12:9-10)

-          “He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:15)

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  • When You Feel Hurt:

-          “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” (Psalm 9:9)

-          “…Weeping may endure for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

-          “Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7)

  • When You Feel Guilty:

-          “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39)

-          “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

-          “In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7)

So if you’re not feeling well right now, don’t worry. Just pop a verse or two & consult with the God, the highest doctor in the world.

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I Love Seeing Old People At The Gym. It Gives Me Hope

I often write about the “good times” I have at the gym. =) Well, now it’s time for some more observations from my week at the gym:

  • Men, don’t adjust yourself in public please – This definitely merits a separate post (which I will write one day), but I think it’s gross! I understand that moving around a lot while working out may constitute an “adjustment” but at least go to the restroom, turn away from the crowd or wait until you’re in private. How often do you see a woman digging around in her sports bra to move “things” around?
  • No peeking – No one should be allowed to peek over at my machine to check my speed or see what level of incline I’m on. What I’m doing when I work out is my business and my business only. So what if I’m on the treadmill on a level 1 incline for 30 minutes? I may not be going very fast, but that might be the most that I’m able to do.  Some people don’t even get that much exercise in a whole week. All I’m saying is – keep your eyes on your own machine., thank you very much.
  • Farting in public – Some people just can’t hold it in, can they? All that grunting on the machines can really move the gas around in your stomach but constant offenders shouldn’t be allowed back. It’s already sweaty in the gym. Don’t funk it up any more than it already is.
  • No Talking Zone – I understand a lot of people think that the gym is a good place to meet people (which it is) but it’s all about timing. If I’m on a machine gettin’ my sweat on then it is not a good time to try to holla at me. But if I’m walking around, standing in front of the fan or getting a smoothie then that would be the best time to come up to me.
  • Thank goodness for football season! – I know the gym will be much emptier on Monday evenings now. Yeah!!

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Why I Can’t “Dig Into” Food Trucks

There are a lot of food trucks in the area that I live. I have tried a few of them but I never really got into the whole food truck craze. While I think the concept of a “mobile restaurant” is pretty cool I do think it’s kind of strange that someone can cook a whole meal inside of an automobile. Doesn’t it seem a little weird to eat food that was cooked right next to a transmission or an engine?

First off, I always worry about the cleanliness of food trucks. The same hands that handle the food also handle my money. Sometimes I see the workers use gloves but they don’t always take them off when handling cash. And that’s just not right. With so many hands grabbing at everything, how can they possible keep everything completely sterile? Besides, is the food from these trucks even made on location? What if the food is made in someone else’s kitchen & brought into the food truck before they open?  Who knows where these meals really come from.

Secondly, I don’t like standing outside in the heat (or in the cold for that matter). Who wants to be outside in the sweltering heat just to get a burger? Sure food trucks have an awesome menu, but unless your food is THAT good it’s just not worth the wait. And in the wintertime when it’s raining cats & dogs that probably means the food trucks that I like won’t even be outside. Extreme weather conditions make it difficult to patronize food trucks.

Thirdly, because food trucks are always moving around it gets harder & harder to keep track of where they are. If I have a midnight craving for macaroni & cheese, how am I supposed to find my favorite mac’n’cheese truck if it’s moved across town? Not all food trucks are listed on the internet and can be very hard to find. The ones with the larger followings are easily traceable but unless you’re a “foodie” who can keep up?

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think food trucks are good for niche meals. You just have to be careful in choosing the right one.

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Things That Really Chap My Hide!

There are certain things in this society that just don’t make any sense to me, so I’ve decided to keep a list. I started that list in a previous posting, below is a continuation. Happy reading!

  • Why do hole punchers cost so much? – I don’t know if I’m paying to organize my papers in a binder or if it’s just another way of purchasing confetti. And why are hole punchers so heavy? It shouldn’t take a 5 pound object to cut through a sheet of paper, which only weighs about 2 grams. Oh well, at least they make great paperweights.

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  • Why are garbage bags so expensive? – I’ve asked my friends this question many times & no one seems to have a good answer. In essence, I’m purchasing garbage since all I’m going to do is throw the bag away with everything else inside. It’s such a shame that the bag itself is worth more than its contents. =(

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  • All doors should be pushed only, not pulled – I hate touching nasty doorknobs or dirty handles and am of the belief that they shouldn’t even exist. Why can’t all public doors be swinging doors – you know, built like the doors in a restaurant kitchen? I’ll bet this would cut down on so much disease.

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  • I can’t wear a red shirt with tan pants anymore lest someone think I work @ Target – I remember the times when uniforms were restricted to warehouse workers or gas station attendees. But now, it seems anyone who works a register has to wear one. The thing that gets me is that apparently workers at Target can not only wear a red shirt but anything that has red in it. So it gets more & more confusing as to whom the real red–shirt wearers are versus their perpetrators. At least Best Buy employees all wear Best Buy polo shirts, so there is no question that they are at work. The workers at Target conveniently forget to wear their badges so unless I see someone with a price gun in their hand, I can’t assume that they work there. Do you know how many people I’ve insulted that just happened to be wearing red shirts? Geez! It’s almost like me walking into a courtroom wearing a robe, and getting offended if people think I’m the judge. If you happen to be shopping at one of these places then don’t wear red! And don’t get me started on Kmart; they seem to think they are Wal-Mart workers because they all wear the same colors – blue & tan. And here I was thinking that Kmart’s employees would wear red because it’s the store with the big red “K”. How silly of me to think that!

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  • Why do batteries always come in packs? I only need 2 (4 at the most) – Anybody with a remote control can feel my pain! I’m sure by now somebody has complained to Duracell about it, yet they keep making these multipacks. I really should start a petition and even write my Congressman. It’s just so unfair! And what do we do with the extra batteries in the pack? Put them in the junk drawer & forget about them, right?! I know I’m not alone on that one! Of course, when we need batteries again don’t we always forget about that half-used pack stuck in the bottom of the drawer and end up buying a brand new pack? I know I do! Aauugghh! There’s got to be another use for these leftover batteries. Maybe I’ll start selling them individually on EBay or give them away as Christmas gifts.

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