Archive for February, 2010

Facing a Giant

Posted in my life, Uncategorized with tags , , on February 19, 2010 by tamishields

This morning I re-read the story of David and Goliath. Not on purpose but because it was the next chapter in 1 Samuel, which is the book of the Bible I am currently reading. While I was reading the very familiar story, I had a few “ah-ha”s.

1st: Sometimes people will convince you to do something because they think you will fail, even when you think it’s completely plausible that you will succeed. In this case Saul let David go out there cause he wanted him dead, not because he thought he could defeat Goliath. The best part of this is that when you succeed, people are blown away 🙂

2nd: Don’t wear other people’s armor, cause it won’t fit…even if it seems like you’ll be safer. Saul offered David, the shepherd boy,  his armor for the battle. David put it on a quickly realized, it didn’t fit and was going to hinder more than help. Often people offer us what works for them and we want to put it on cause it seems so much better than the “nothing” that we came to the battle with. But if you can’t walk in it because you are not used to it, there’s no use.

3rd: Don’t sell yourself short. You’re probably really good with a sling-shot! David was not only offered Saul’s armor but his helmet and sword too. What else would he fight with? He quickly put down the sword, removed everything else, picked up his shepherd’s staff and 5 smooth stones. He knew what he was good at and decided to play to his strengths.

4th: When giants taunt and come at you, know who’s got your back, run toward your target and aim high! David was confident, not because he was a good shot (although apparently he was) but because he knew that God was in his corner. Sometimes that’s hard because God’s up there somewhere and the people who think we’re crazy are here, telling us what they think. But when you’ve got God in your corner, nothing else really matters.

So, tonight I say to face your giant you must:  1) identify your battles 2)choose weapons from your own arsenal 3) play to your strengths and 4) trust in the one who desires only the best for you always.

Get Up!

Posted in my life with tags on February 18, 2010 by tamishields

There are times in life when we spend so much time making sure everyone around us has all that they need and has that warm and fuzzy feeling but in doing so neglect all that we are supposed to be. So, for Lent this year I’ve decided deal with my inner demons, instead of the outer ones. Often Lent has been about giving up food items or taking on an exercise routine for me. I usually add in a little devotional or two and feel like I’m observing Lent.

I began Lent this year opening a professional door. I am not sure I will walk through that door, but I have opened it. Just touching the handle was a huge step and actually opening it was a minor miracle. But yesterday, to start my Lent season off right, I did it.

For the next 38 days, I will stop thinking about doing what I feel like is right, and start actually doing it, no matter how hard it is. I will stop looking for answers that have already been given, and guidance that has already been handed. I will get up and do something with what has been given and handed to me. It won’t be easy because I can find a crisis in each day that will stop me in my tracks if I let it. I will remind myself in those times that each day seems like such a huge deal while we live it, then it gets replaced…with tomorrow and all the new that it brings.

Dragonflies

Posted in my life with tags on February 17, 2010 by tamishields

So this weekend I added a new charm to my bracelet. I got to help out with a friend’s wedding at Tybee Island. I did the cake, photography, decorating and the flowers and was pretty much told to just do whatever. The bride wanted turquoise and that was about the only thing she knew she wanted.

It ended up a beautiful (although cold) day at the ocean and I was thrilled to be able to do some fun additions to make the wedding theirs. One of the things I did was put a turquoise dragonfly in her bouquet. She has a dragonfly tattoo on her foot cause she loves them so much and she squeeled with glee when she saw the one seen here (kind of ) in her bouquet.

So, in honor of the Mederos’ Wedding, I got a dragonfly charm to put on my bracelet. Now, if only I could figure out a way to make a living doing weddings. It was SO much fun!!! I would love to do it again!