Whiskey On My Breath

If you were to ask a room full of people to raise a hand if they had personally been affected by a loved one that has struggled with alcoholism or drug addiction, I’d be willing to bet that 8 out of 10 would raise their hand. Killer of families, destroyer of lives… drugs and alcohol are ruthless. I have a precious aunt that once told me to love the person, not the disease. Easier said than done.

On my way to work every morning, I listen to The Bobby Bones Show. This isn’t the first time I’ve blogged about a song that they featured, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Why, you might ask? Music runs through my veins. It is my heart and soul and it speaks to me in a way that I can’t describe to someone who isn’t wired this way.

Love and Theft is a country duo composed of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson. Not necessarily a new song, but Whiskey on my Breath has taken off in the past couple of days and when I heard it this morning, I felt like it reached into my chest and ripped my heart out. I HAD to share it! There’s something very real about an alcoholic singing about meeting Jesus with whiskey on his breath; It just gets you. It’s honest.

And those old school church hymn harmonies that haunt the chorus… CHILLS.

I woke up with a pounding head
With a bottle laying in the bed
There was a little, a little bit left
So I picked it up and I killed the rest

Oh I know I’m going to heaven
But I can’t go with me like this
I need to pull myself together
Before then
No and I ain’t afraid of dying
But what scares me to death
Is meeting Jesus
With whiskey on my breath.

 

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You Get What You de(SERVE)

I want to preface this with a very real statement:

Someone will be offended by this.

Not my intention in any way, but this could easily come off as judgmental. Believe me when I say that it is merely an observation I have made and there is no judgment here. More so, curiosity drives today’s writing.

Why do YOU serve?

Through serving we glorify God, build up the church body and reach out to others. When each of us does our part and uses our God-given gifts, we help to build up the local church and the larger Christian community (Eph. 4:12, Eph. 4:16).

Without sounding excessively critical, it has peaked my attention that more times than not, a certain “type” of person is serving/volunteering at church. This is in no way 100% of the time or something I have sought out, but I’ve just taken notice. I understand that it takes a serving nature to take on such responsibility, and that that very nature does not encompass all types of people. But, who wouldn’t want to be a blessing to others? Exactly! We ALL do!

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Hooker Boots

Christmas, a few years ago, my husband and I took our kids to Oklahoma City to stay the weekend with his mother. She was a member at Victory, a church I have heard many stories about, as my husband played music there in his youth. They spoke very highly of Victory, and I was excited to finally check it out.

As we pulled into the parking lot, we had to wait as a man and woman were crossing in front of us. My judgmental eyes went directly to her legs because she was rocking some black, leather, thigh-high boots with her miniskirt. She was heading into church… NOT walking the street, as her boots would lead me to believe. I know, right? Pick your jaws up off the table! I don’t think it took a full two seconds for me to blurt out a rude comment about her choice of outfit for Sunday service.

Now, let me just tell you that I am not normally this person… or am I? I mean, I didn’t even blink before that rolled off of my tongue. What does that say of my heart? Sadly, I was unaffected by the stone I had just cast until my husband spoke up and shut me down. He came to her defense and I have never forgotten that conversation. Here I sit, 5 years later, still reflecting on his words.

He simply said, “What if she’s a stripper and someone invited her to church and this was her very first day? What if she was scared to death to come today because of judgmental people like you? What if that outfit is her Sunday best? What if she is a very successful woman and she just happens to love those boots?”

Umm… brake check.

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Yard Sale Panties

The holidays are upon us, friends. Cheers!

Most everyone is looking forward to visiting family, watching football, playing games, eating unreasonable amounts of food and lounging in clean clothes on comfy couches in warm and cozy homes. I mean, let’s be honest. I know I am!

Yet, a week ago, my husband shared a story with me and it has been stuck to the back of my eyeballs every since. I cannot get it out of my head…

We hear the stories. We see the ads. We share the viral posts and we even weigh-in with our privileged opinions and ideas. Guilty. Even as I type, I have yet to make an attempt to even put a dent, a mere scratch on the surface, in the enormous issue of homelessness and poverty in the very city I live in. It’s about changing your mindset. Sending the non-perishables that you haven’t used to the food drive so your kid can win a pizza party for his classroom hardly qualifies. What about the food you left in your pantry for your family? What if you put THAT FOOD in the bag and YOU kept the cans you donated? Change your mindset. Cleaning out your child’s closet and bagging up their hand-me-downs to send to Goodwill doesn’t do it either. How about the latest Nikes you’re eyeing for your 15 year old? What if you bought and gave those to a needy teenager instead of your own? Change your mindset.

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Faith > Fear

When you don’t have a foundation built on God’s Word, it’s very easy to allow Satan to weasel his way in and between everything you have going on in your life, big or small. When you take hit after hit, it’s easy to throw your hands up and give in to the attack. When you don’t know how to fully saturate yourself in faith, it’s easy to worry and fear things that are beyond your control.

There are so many people praying for you, Garrett! Satan doesn’t want you to heal! He knows he can’t attack us, the ones who are praying, so he’s going to attack you. You’re the weak spot right now. He’s going to make things look worse, he’s going to tell you that nothing is working, and he’s going to tell you that you can’t be healed.

DO NOT LET HIM IN.

DO NOT LISTEN.

You have a choice!

KEEP FIGHTING or SURRENDER.

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Surrendering your life means:

Following God’s lead without knowing where he’s sending you;

Waiting for God’s timing without knowing when it will come;

Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;

Trusting God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances.



 Healing comes when you focus on the best and let go of the rest.

WE WILL keep praying! WE WILL keep speaking faith and thanking God!

Normal people see and then speak about it…

We will keep speaking what we expect to see!

Let your faith be bigger than your fear.

PSALMS 41:3

Weird. Because Normal Isn’t Working.

Written April 4, 2011:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction., and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14

  • If you want what normal people have, do what normal people do.
  • If you want what few people have, do what few people do.

DON’T THINK LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE THINK.

Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what He wants is right… Romans 12:2

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking! Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out! Romans 12:2

WEIRD teaches you to think differently about:

  • time
  • money
  • relationships
  • sex
  • values

DON’T LIVE LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE LIVE.

So, what does WEIRD mean to you?  

To me, it’s a concept. Is doing what is normal really working in your life? If being normal means stress about finances, or trying to live a Godly life only when someone is looking, etc., but being WEIRD teaches you to THINK and ACT differently about time, money, relationships, sex, and values… then I am striving to be weird. 🙂

 Because normal isn't working. Ask me about it!!

Because normal isn’t working.

Sun Stand Still. My Testimony.

Written March 20, 2011:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20

I took lots of notes during Steven Furtick’s sermon, Sun Stand Still, this weekend at Lifechurch.tv. I enjoyed it so much that I went twice.

I want to share a few points that reached into my chest and grabbed onto my heart like a child reaching for his mother after a bad dream.

PUT YOURSELF IN A PLACE OF HUMILITY.

Pray BOLDLY!!! Pray so that if God weren’t to come through for you, YOU look stupid. God isn’t insulted by our BIG requests… He’s insulted by our small ones. Be still and know how BIG our God is!

GOD CAN DO MORE IN A MOMENT OF FAVOR THAN YOU CAN DO IN A LIFETIME OF FIGHTING.

If you’re going to pray that the sun will stand still, you better be prepared to march all night!

Just recently, within the last 2 weeks as a matter of fact, God delivered me in the midst of a battle that I shouldn’t have even been fighting!

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