When you’re account is overdrawn by $10,000.00

Have you ever had that “What the ? “ moment like you’ve been kicked in the stomach… like when you realize you missed an appointment that you waited 3 months to get, or when you receive  bill for something you didn’t know was coming… or when your bank account is suddenly overdrawn by $10,000.00.

Yes, you read I right…   $10,000.00

How many of us actually make $10,000.00 transactions?

When my mom told me her account was overdrawn by over $10,000.00, I had to read her message a second time to make sure I read it right.   Surely there was some mistake.  Ha.  NOPE.  overdrawn by $10,000.00

We were away for the weekend, and the last thing I said to her (literally) was, “Do not throw any wild parties, Nana!”

What the heck kind of wild party did she throw for $10,000 while we were gone for the weekend?? Goodness!

Luckily, it was simply a bank error (really) so she’s back in black. (:-))

Be a blessing to someone today!

SB

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Did we fail them?

Got some sad news today. Left me wondering if we sometimes don’t do enough to help those who need help. It’s the feeling I described in my book, Masquerade, when Charissa tries to help a struggling teen who coincidentally knows a woman Charissa had tried to help years before, whose life turned out to be a mess. Charissa second guesses her impact, and wonders why she bothers trying to mentor anyone because she must not be effectively enough.

This is a lie straight out of the pit of hell. Satan would like nothing more than for us to feel useless. Don’t give in to the lie.

Charissa describes how helpless she felt when her neighbor committed suicide – the thoughts  of, “I should have said…   I should have done”

We beat ourselves up because we somehow feel responsible for someone else’s poor choice.  In Charissa’s case, the feeling was so strong, she wondered why she’d ever tried to help anyone.

The reality is, however, that other people’s choices are not ours to make.  There are times I would love to make better life choices on behalf of other people who are making poor ones. Unfortunately, we can’t.

There are some things we can do to help the downtrodden.

1. Love them. Unconditionally. Even when they make poor choices. We can and should continue to build good relationships with them. This involves genuine, heartfelt conversations that never break trust. Never, and I mean never, share what they’ve told you in confidence (only exception is if they share imminent plans to harm themselves or others).

2. Pray. Pray that God will give to opportunities to share His love. Pray that God will place other people in their lives to share His Hope as well Pray that God will intervene in their lives.

Be a blessing to someone today!

Blessings!

SB

To read more about how Charissa fought this battle, pick up your copy of Masquerade today!

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Two kinds of people…

When you live your life expecting miracles, you see them unfold right before your eyes. It’s like opening a Christmas gift!

With the highs and lows in life, sometimes simultaneously, we can get caught up in distractions that keep us from blessings that unfold before us.

I have discovered, though, that there are people who cannot see the miracles even though they happen right in front of them. I think to myself, “are they blind?” Yes, truly I think they are. Blind to the Spirit, I suppose.

Perhaps there was a time in my life, too, where I missed the miracles and wonderful things God was doing in my life. If so, I don’t ever want to return to that state. My desire is to continue being the person that sees miracles everywhere I look.

I pray that you see miracles today, my friend. Today and every day.

Blessings,

SB

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Invincible… not

When it comes to high school graduations, or any graduations, for that matter.  many times we take for granted the accomplishments of the graduate.  During the ceremony for my nephew’s graduation, however, we were reminded in a a sobering way not to take those accomplishments for granted.  One of the graduates gave a speech that brought most attendees to tears.   He started his speech by talking about how easy his schoolwork came to him for most of his school career, and how easily all of his A’s came for him.. that was, until he experienced a life-changing brain injury because, in his words, he thought he was invincible.

He spoke slowly and deliberately, but immediately captured the attention of the thousands of people in attendance as he recounted his story.  During his sophomore year of high school, he wrecked a dirt bike and suffered a life-altering brain injury.  The doctors told his parents that if he lived, he would most certainly be a vegetable.  He spoke of the incredible journey he’s been on as he had to learn to walk and  talk again.  The school administrators came together to re-design classes and programs for him so that he would be able to complete the work.  It took a long time and a very strong will, but this young man stood courageously and addressed his fellow classmates.

He encouraged everyone to realize that life is precious, and we are not promised tomorrow.  Indeed, we are not.  This young man and his accomplishments were quite an inspiration to us all.  May we be mindful that we are not invincible.

Blessings,

SB

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A pile of miracles

On Friday, my son came home from his freshman year of college, which is half way across the country. I had so much news to tell him about the miracles we’ve seen in the past few months. It’s not that we hadn’t talked with him, but some things are best said in person.

As a youth ministry student, I knew he would be as excited about our miracles as I have been. I invited him to breakfast Saturday morning at our local breakfast diner, and after a brief stop to complete paperwork for his summer job, I proceeded to tell him all that’s unfolded in the past 2 months for a Dream I’ve had for the past 10 years. It took about an hour of talking wildly.

After I was done, I told him I was planning to write a book about our experiences. He said he’d have to read it seven times to get all the facts straight!

Indeed, God has been very good to us. Though there are bumps in the road from time to time, His hand is definitely upon us and its wonder to drink in His goodness.

Blessings

SB

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