Smile for the Joy of Others

Smile for the Joy of Others

Sunday, October 20, 2013

MC Shockers Fall State Tournament

It's been awhile since I've consistently blogged so you may not know much about the baseball team, CB and BB play on.  We've been a team going on 4 months and finished our fall season this past weekend.  Our fall record was 8-5.

I can't express how proud we are of our boys.  We have been so blessed to be a part of team with parents and coaches who represent us with class, sportsmanship and integrity on and off the field.  This is a rarity in organized sports that can be dominated by politics, greed, bitterness, hostile coaching and parenting.  We aren't just team players but we are friends on and off the field. We praise and celebrate when every player is successful because each boy on that field has a piece of our heart.  We also encourage and sympathize when one didn't play as well and just had a 'bad game' as that can be the case with any sport.  We hug and high five much more often than criticize and condemn.  Yet our coaches have built a team of players that continue to improve in spirit and play.

Our boys not only represent the MC Shockers on the field but off the field as well through community service and support.  We collected pantry and toiletry items for a local family who lost all of their belongings to a house fire.  We recently participated and raised $421.00 for the Walk for Diabetes in support of a fellow teammate who was diagnosed with diabetes back during the summer.  Not many teams coach their players off the field also. 

I can't wait to see what God has in store for our team in seasons to come.

Monday, October 14, 2013

While watching NFL football last night...

Christian: "Momma, do young girls get press conferences?"

Me: "What? Son, that doesn't even make sense."

Christian a little exasperated that I didnt understand his question: "Do. young. girls. get. press. conferences? You know the reason they are wearing all that pink."

Me: "oooohhhh. No, not usually. Young girls don't usually get breast cancer."

Saturday, October 12, 2013

What only God can Fill

All of us are born with a longing and desire to be loved by someone far greater than any human is capable. We long to be loved with a love that no human can give...unconditional. We long for a joy and a peace that nothing on Earth past, present or future will ever be able to provide. This longing, this desire can only be filled by One and that is Christ. Yet we try so hard to fill it with but. When we reject Him, we then allow Satan to fill that longing and desire with deceit and manipulation using such methods as drugs, pornography, alcohol, materialism, sex and even other religions. Some of us even allow Satan to use friends, relationships, careers, sports, vanity, marriage, extra marital affairs, volunteering, parenthood, medicine and a multitude of behaviors that only lead a path of destruction as we try to fill that longing and desire. The truth, whether you believe it or not acknowledge it or not is simply this.... NOTHING.... will be able to fill that longing, that desire for a lifetime other than Christ himself. It may be fulfilled for a moment or even a season. And when the loneliness and emptiness return, we search other methods to rid of it again never accepting the one who created it in order for Him to fill it. You see, all those are just 'things'. They will never give a lifetime of the peace, joy, grace, mercy and love we, humans, so long for and need. Even I as a Christian will allow Satan to temporarily fill this longing when I fail to look to Christ for the contentment only He can give. If there is anything I wish for my friends to know is this...Christ is all you need to fill that hole you may keep trying to fill. I know it may sound 'easier said than done' but I promise, if you want it, He's there to give it. Seek and you shall find, knock and he will answer, ask for it and He will provide it to you. He is creator of peace, the creator of joy, the creator of love, the creator of mercy, the creator of grace...who better or greater than to fill that hole than He.