Category: Abiding

11 Reasons Why I Love Kathie Lee Gifford’s Tribute to Frank

Many of you have probably seen this video. Everyone has been sharing it on facebook. It. Is. Amazing!!!! You have to watch it.

Kathy Lee Gifford

I am not a regular viewer of the Today Show.  I also do not know much about Frank Gifford. I had heard of him. I had seen him on TV here and there, but didn’t know his “famous” story. The only thing I really knew about the two of them…and that was just a rumor..was that they had a home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (I lived there once for a short period. I used to walk by their house for exercise.)

But this story on the Today Show…rather, this testimony…is simply amazing. Here is why I think so…

  1. NO ONE shares their CHRISTIAN faith on national TV. It might offend someone. It’s the one religion you can’t talk about…or so it seems. But she does a beautiful job of sharing his legacy. The real legacy was his faith, not his football trophies.
  2. He knew what it was to be poor.  “He ate dog food and he was grateful to have it.” (Click to Tweet) Can we even imagine?  We want our kids to have this amazing character, but there is simply no way for them to know a lifestyle that breeds the kind of character we hope they have. Thank goodness, right? But, the lessons learned are invaluable.
  3. He was a grateful human being. How many truly grateful people do you know?  We all say we are grateful, but are we really? There is always something stealing our joy and contentment. Business make their living keeping us non-content, scared of what might happen, worried.
  4. “His world got smaller as his God got bigger.” (Tweet this) #humbled Do. We. Even. Get. That??? That is what the Christian faith is suppose to do for us. His peace silences the big bad world.
  5. They went to the Holy Land! Really? Hollywood folks went to the Holy Land? Who knew this was even on their radar or of any importance to them?
  6. “Frank came back with a new perspective.” I have never been to Jerusalem, but I’ve heard the testimonies of many who have. Each person comes back different. They all say it really makes the bible come alive. It’s overwhelming…I hear.
  7. “Where are you going to throw your stone for the kingdom of God?” (Tweet this)  #convicted This really spoke to my heart. Where am I throwing my stone??
  8. “If you are going to leave a legacy for your children, teach them friendship with God.” This statement just came out of someone’s mouth who speaks on national TV daily. I’m amazed, convicted, I want to cry… not because I’m sad but because I’m reminded of what an awesome God we serve! I’m amazed that his people are all around us and yet we didn’t even know!
  9. “Transform this hurting world that needs God so much.” Is this church? Because it might just be the best 8 minute sermon I’ve ever heard.
  10. “Spend the rest of your life trying to throw it well.” #encouraged
  11. The best statement… “He never had an entitled moment in his life.” (Tweet this)  That is the mentality that built America.  If I had to point my finger at one thing killing this country, it would be entitlement. Too many take and don’t contribute. But, even more than that, people who have the means to give, give to much…to their kids, to their grandkids… breeding the entitlement mentality. The greatest generation did amazing things because they knew what it was to have nothing. They made something out of nothing.

This testimony really touched me, and from the number of shares, I think it touched many others. Please continue to pray for this sweet sister in Christ. But, even more, I hope you throw your stone far for the Kingdom of God.

God Bless You!

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How to Catch a Break!

At the age of 39, I would have expected the unpredictable to have leveled out a bit in my life. Yet, it seems quit the opposite.  No matter what area of my life I seem to have under control, there are other areas that simply explode in my face. Can you relate?

For instance, it’s December, and you all know that means the holidays are among us. This usually means a little financial juggling for our family. Shifting some bills around to make a little wiggle room for presents. (This is where I hear Dave Ramsey ranting in my head: “Christmas comes every 12 months! You know this! Why have you not planned ahead and saved money for this????” Can I get an AMEN!!!)  But this year, no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to catch a break. I normally take adversity in stride, knowing God has a plan and simply waiting it out. This year He is really testing my patience…or my juggling skills, not sure which! lol

Image by Renjith Krishnan.

Recently, my husband had to go to the ER for a burn on his arm. He tried to go to the clinic, a $60 visit, but it was lunch time so they sent him to the ER instead: a $700 visit. Do the math on that one! A week ago, my son hurt his foot while playing.  It appeared to be okay, but now it is hurting him again. This will require an x-ray very soon to determine what is needed.  All of a sudden, my daughter’s eyes have decided they need glasses and her teeth refuse to come in straight! Not to mention we are still paying off medical bills from my broken leg a year ago! (Yes, we have some insurance but it never covers everything!)

Normally, we find creative ways to make all our ends meet. We catch a break somewhere and it all comes together. But, right now nothing is turning out that way. I know the Lord says to cast all my cares on him and be anxious for nothing, and that is what I’m trying to do. But, in the honor of full disclosure I have to say… I am anxious. I know I shouldn’t be, but I am. Not just because I may not get my Christmas gifts purchased, but because we have some real needs that are going unmet at the moment. Because I’m embarrassed that I can’t pay my bills on time or maybe even at all right now. Because I am letting people down – I don’t like to let people down! Because I am a Christian and I feel like I’m setting a terrible example! Because I am a responsible adult, contributing to society, holding down a good job (two actually) and it still isn’t enough. It is not enough.

So, I sit and I wait. I’ve done everything I can do in my own strength. I’ve turned over every leaf I know to turn.  This one is out of my control.

Honestly, when I let go of that CONTROL is usually when God shows up and shows off. So, I sit and wait for him to do just that!  While I may be frustrated and anxious, I know where my hope comes from! I am NOT without HOPE because I serve a mighty God. He hasn’t forgotten me. His ways are higher than my ways. So, I will sit and wait to catch my break from Him.

God bless you all! Merry Christmas.

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