Perseverance

Sometime during this past week, a song entitled “Overnight” performed by musician Amy Grant showed up on my YouTube recommended videos. I had never heard this song. The song is from the CD “Somewhere Down The Road” by Amy Grant from 2010. I started wondering what was going on in my life in 2010 that allowed me to miss this popular song.

2010 was a tough year for me. My husband had lost his well-paying job in the summer of 2009, and we were in deep waters. The economy had tanked, he had taken a job that paid about a third of what he had previously earned, and we knew our savings were not going to keep our ship afloat long. Our kids were struggling too, exacerbated by our financial woes.

I thought there was no way out and that things would never be the same. Some of our circumstances remain difficult; however, many things have gotten better. They didn’t change overnight, but little by little over a period of time.

All of this may explain why the lyrics of this song resonated with me. When I first listened, it took my breath away. It speaks of what God lovingly taught me during that particular rough patch in the life of our family.

Here’s the song, and these are the lyrics:

So, you’ve handed in your resignation,
Contemplatin’ why nothin’ turns out right.
A little fed up with all the disappointments,
So what’s the point in wastin’ anytime?

It’s only temporary, so what’s your hurry?
No need to worry.
Don’t you know that,

[Chorus]
If it all just happened overnight,
You would know how much it means?
Yeah
If it all just happened overnight,
You would never learn to believe
In what you cannot see,
Ooh
What you cannot see.

I feel like my pace is at a standstill.
Do I wait ’til it falls into my hands?
A long highway ahead, gettin’ started.
Steady hearted is what I think I am.

There’s somethin’ to be said for experience.
Who knows what’s ahead. Keep on-goin’.

[Chorus]

(Take it a day, a day at a time)
One foot in front of the other,
(Take it a day, a day at a time)
No need to hurry, hurry.
(Take it a day, a day at a time)
It won’t happen overnight.
It won’t happen overnight.

Have a little faith,
(Have a little faith)
Must appreciate,
(Must appreciate)
Every single day,
Don’t give up, no.
Have a little faith,
(Have a little faith)
Must appreciate,
(Must appreciate)
Every single day,
Don’t give up, no.

[Chorus]

If it all just happened overnight,
You would know how much it means?
Yeah
If it all just happened overnight,
You would never learn to believe
In what you cannot see,

Have a little faith,
(Have a little faith)
Must appreciate,
(Must appreciate)
Every single day,
Don’t give up, no.
Have a little faith,
(Have a little faith)
Must appreciate,
(Must appreciate)
Every single day,
Don’t give up, no.

God bless you!

Your Legacy, Curse or Blessing?

The following are the words of a beautiful song by Sara Groves. Her songs speak to me in such a powerful way – I hope they might for you as well. I have the highlighted chorus written on a card that I keep within view to remind me of how my actions and attitude can affect others.

Generations by Sara Groves

I can taste the fruit of Eve
I’m aware of sickness, death, and disease
The results of her choices are vast
Eve was the first but she wasn’t the last

And if I were honest with myself
Had I been standing at that tree
My mouth and my hands would be covered with fruit
Things I shouldn’t know and things I shouldn’t see

Remind me of this with every decision
Generations will reap what I sow
I can pass on a curse or a blessing
To those, I will never know

She taught me to fear the serpent
I’m learning the fear myself
And all of the things I am capable of
In my search for wisdom, acceptance, and wealth

And to say that the devil made me do it
Is a cop out and a lie
The devil can’t make me do anything
When I’m calling on Jesus Christ

Remind me of this with every decision
Generations will reap what I sow
I can pass on a curse or a blessing
To those, I will never know

To my great, great, great granddaughter
Live in peace
To my great, great, great grandson
Live in peace
To my great, great, great granddaughter
Live in peace
To my great, great, great grandson
Live in peace, oh, live in peace

Remind me of this with every decision
Generations will reap what I sow
I can pass on a curse or a blessing
To those, I will never know

Oh, remind me
Generations will reap what I sow
I can pass on a curse or a blessing
To those, I will never know
Oh, I may never know

Have a blessed day!

Evolving

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m not going to change!”? I certainly have and may have said that statement myself, on occasion.

I’ve been thinking about the possibility of someone never changing.

Throughout our lives, we keep evolving as we experience life. The only way to avoid change would be stubbornness or intellectual laziness. Let me explain.

Stubbornness would explain someone who refuses to change even though their life experiences would cause an emotionally mature person to change their mind about some things. They hold on to the past out of fear that change would represent disloyalty to a culture or perhaps a birth family that they feel an allegiance to.

Intellectual laziness explains some folks who just don’t like to process their thoughts. Thinking things through feels burdensome to them. They remain emotionally immature and ignorant their whole lives. They never change.

Sometimes, as a significant other, we are afraid of our partners changing. We shouldn’t be. It is the natural course of events. The only concern we should ever have is if those changes resulted in unethical behavior.

Let’s all view evolving as something positive and grant significance to those dear people or events that changed us (even in a small way).

May God bless!

Reprogramming Our Default Mode

We each think we have the corner on the market regarding truth. I remember hearing a pastor speak years ago about how the church (regardless of our denomination) may hold certain views today as non-negotiables but may have a new set twenty years from now.

Our parents, with a clean conscience, believed certain things and passed those beliefs down to us. Even though we may have gone through a period of our lives where we verbalized complete disagreement with those beliefs, as time passes those same views somehow become our default mode.

Yes, catch us off-guard, and those cultural beliefs and norms from our childhood seem to pop out of our memory and mouth. Sometimes, when we hear ourselves we are shocked and reflect on how we sound “just like our parents.”

We need to be intentional about what we believe. Think your belief system through and discuss it with someone that you can trust. Ask that person if what you are saying reflects how you live your life. It should!

May we all do a better job verbalizing what we truly believe so that we provide clarity and not confusion to those who are paying attention to what we have to say.

May God bless!