March Madness: How To Be A Winner

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I know all of my faithful readers have been wondering why I haven’t been posting?  Don’t you know that March Madness has taken over my life?

The games have started.  My bracket has been filled out.  And by the end of today my predictions will have amounted to a pile of slop.  I have Indiana winning it all in one of my brackets and my very own University of Colorado winning it in another. Both will probably be wrong.

But the tournament isn’t what has really been keeping me busy.

My March has been a little maddening, no not because of all the Harlem Shake videos out there, but because of school.  On March first I thought I had my positioning set for student teaching, only to have it fall through.

I have been in and out of so manny classes this month for school, I’ve gone a little mad.  From watching kids read Dr Seuss to teaching vocabulary and writing lessons, I’ve been busy!

By the second week in March I was scrambling to find a new car.  I bought a Nissan Sentra.  It has a squeak in it that is driving me mad, but I think it will turn out better than my basketball brackets.

And through all of this madness, (are you going mad because of my over use of the word mad?) I’ve started each morning doing the same thing.

For Lent I decided to spend each morning reading a devotional.  I’ve quoted the Jesus Calling devotional a couple of times, and I really think it’s helped me stay sane.  Yesterday I read this,” Thank Me for the glorious gift of My Spirit.  This is like priming the pump of a well.  As you bring Me the sacrifice of thanksgiving, regardless of your feelings, My Spirit is able to work more freely within you.  This produces more thankfulness and more freedom, until you are overflowing with gratitude.  I shower blessings on you daily, but sometimes you don’t perceive them.  When your mind is stuck on a negative focus, you see neither Me nor My gifts.  In faith, thank Me for whatever is preoccupying your mind.  This will clear the blockage so that you can find Me.

Through all of these maddening events in my life this March, God has assured me that he loves me and is in control.  I know I have a lot going on in my life right now, but I wouldn’t stop reading my bible and doing this daily devotional just to have some more time to relax.  I need to have this in my life so I can rest in God’s hands.  He is reminding me daily that he is in control.

Yeah, March is a maddening month, but we can be thankful for that, because when all seems mad, we can remember that God is in control.  So take time each day to look for God’s blessings, and know that God has his hand on us.  He is in control and will set our adventures down a path leading to him.  So take the time to thank God for all He has given you, because if you do so, your life will be a grand adventure and you will become a winner.  Maybe not with your bracket, but in life, and that’s what counts.

Thankfulness!

photo-4Ok, ok, yes I know that Thanksgiving was last week.  I wanted to write something up, but I was having too much fun playing with my niece and nephew.  I spent my Thanksgiving in Tulsa with my family.  I’ve had a busy couple of months.  Grad school is taking up more time than I thought it would (I’m not sure what that means).  I’ve been writing papers instead of blogs, and I don’t like that.  I’ve miss my blogging community.

I’m very thankful that I got to spend last week with my family, away from all my school work.  School has been hard, but I know it isn’t really that bad.  People are still struggling because of Hurricane Sandy.  Imagine coming upon Christmas and still having to worry about where aid is going to come from.  I don’t know anyone who was directly put out due to Sandy, but I have family members fighting cancer.

Life is hard.

And it is during these difficult times is when it is important to count what we are thankful for.

If you remember to the start of this year when I challenged myself, and all of my readers, to Live Spiritually, I started writing down what I was thankful for each day.  It has helped me keep a healthy perspective on my world.  Even on the bad days I’ve ended up writing at least one thing I am thankful for.

Addi's note

So, as we go toward the Christmas season I challenge you all to continue to look for things to be thankful for.  Write them down, share them with a friend, but most of all do not let a day go by without looking for something to be thankful for.

Addi and Me

I’m thankful that I have a family who loves me and that Addi and Linc (my niece and nephew) are growing up to be creative kids who believe their uncle is fun to be around.

What are you thankful for?

Linc and Me