Sunday, June 5, 2011

too blessed to be stressed

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend.

We took it easy Friday night and ran some errands. I stocked up at Lowe's for painting next weekend with my parents. We got several samples for the two rooms we are tackling this weekend and plan on making the final decision on color by mid week.

Saturday, I worked the majority of the day and we hosted Kevin Rex's nephew Dustin for the night.
We took him to a local pizza place in Lexington called Pazzo's. It's an eclectic campus pizza pub with speciality pizzas and sub sandwiches. The "Funky Chicken" pizza is my fave. It is a combination of  garlic ranch sauce, mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken, red onions and tomato. Delicious! I definitely over indulged myself and didn't feel a bit bad about it. Isn't that what weekends are for?

After Pazzo's we went and watched the Hangover 2 at the Movie Tavern. We were running a little late and ended up with front row seats to the show. Swell! Although my neck was a little sore this morning, the movie was funny and didn't disappoint. 

I caught up on sleep Saturday night and woke up Sunday morning rested for church. I woke up in a funk about my hair, closet, makeup, etc; such superficial and small things in this scheme of life. I started hitting the Internet and found my "wish lists" growing with every click of the mouse. It was one of those days where I couldn't find anything to wear and no matter how much time I spent on my hair, it just wasn't doing anything for me. Needless to say, I was being a little "fussy" as Kev likes to refer to it as. Anywho, on with the day.

We heard an amazing message today about walking in other's people's shoes that ended in a special prayer for the people of Joplin, Missisouri.

Our church has many ties to Joplin. In fact, our pastor and several other leaders in the church have family in Joplin. The pastor went on to tell stories about the tornadoes and some of the people who are currently experiencing devastating hardships. He mentioned a 21 year young girl who had contracted a skin infection from all the debris and recently underwent surgery for amputations of both arms and both legs. He also discussed a story about a woman and man who were in a meat locker when the tornado struck their restaurant. The woman was holding onto her husband and an anchor within the meat locker to keep them from being pulled into the destructive tornado. The woman was holding on so hard to save their lives that she broke her ankles and both wrists. The winds were too much and the husband had to eventually let go. His last words "Read Psalms 91." Our pastor also discussed the thousands of students that are now without schools and an education system for the fall. All I could do was weep.

The message this morning was the gut check that I needed. I am so blessed and to have one second of "woe is me" over superficial things was simply unacceptable. There are thousands of people without homes and loved ones whose needs are far beyond mine. Life is good and God is good and sometimes we need to take a step back and appreciate our blessings.

Our church is sending gift cards to Joplin. They currently have too many supplies and have nowhere to store most of them. They have asked we send gift cards to the local business that are still standing. If you want to get involved you can go here. We are also going to send over 10,000 pairs of shoes to Joplin in the next several weeks. That information is also available on the website if you feel your are being called to make a difference in Joplin. Even the small things can help.

The take away message for me and I hope for you is that no matter what challenges, stresses or obstacles you are faced with, there is always someone out there who could be struggling with more. We all need to count our blessings and realize what we DO have and not what we DONT have.

I hope everyone has a great week and takes the time to remember those less fortunate than most of us. 

This is how I am spending the rest of my day....

they were all three snoozin away...bailey woke up just as I snapped the pic
and i wouldn't have it any other way :)


Married...with a Pup said...

Great message! WE are painting very soon, so let me know if you have any pointers!

The Mrs.! said...

We just finished up redoing a room...Isn't it so much fun?!! I can't wait to see how it turns out! Great picture of you lazy furbabies! Glad we are new bloggyfriends!

Casey @ Classic with a Pop said...

Found your blog through Shasta Anne! I'm glad to hear that the Hangover 2 did not disappoint, because we are headed to see it this weekend! Consider me your newest follower :)

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

cant wait to see the final room! good luck. xo jillian:: enter to win a $100 shopping spree!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Found you through Shasta Anne! I am a new follower :)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

So true! I get so stressed so easily and I need to take a step back and think about how much worse it can be and how badly others have it. I wish my migraines would get on board with my attempt to think positively!

Southern Belle said...

I just got extremely excited to see Lexington! I'm here for school and I love Pazzo's! I love your blog. :)

Jodie said...

What a lovely message! Thanks for sharing!!

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