Psalm 42

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Psalm 42:1-2a (NIV)

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

This is exactly where I am right now…. not straying to the right or to the left, I thirst after God.  I just need to dwell in his presence!!!  For the past few days I have been in some kind of funk.  I’ve been questioning decisions, relationships… overwhelmed with some extreme emotion… needing to hear that still, small voice….  The easiest thing to do never seemed so hard.  I need Him soooooooo much right now!!!  He knows me better than anybody!  He knows my heart, my most inner workings… and He knew just what I needed to hear today during service.

Following the unction of the Holy Spirit, this mornings sermon was replaced with the first few verses of Psalm 42.  Not only do the words echo one of my FAVORITE songs, it spoke directly to my desert place.  Knowing that He said He’d never leave NOR forsake me, the human/emotional side of life can lead us to question irrevocable truths.  Since life only comes with one manual, I feel obligated to do exactly what it says…

Psalm 34:1-4 (KJV)…

 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Some days I feel like I’ve strayed away…, but then He’ll give me a small sign that I’m on the right track…just stay the course… Some days I just simply feel lost… but I pray, meditate and worship, and He provides direction (mostly through nudges or Chuck Norris drop-kicks, lol… I can be stubborn sometimes!!!).  But, at the end of the day… when the music stops and dust settles, its me and God. I often times have to proclaim a few things…. speak the word into my life…  remind myself of His promises and what His word says about me…

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Philippians 1:6 (NIV)… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:28 (NIV)…And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Psalm 37:23 (KJV)…The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Galatians 6:9 (KJV)…And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Elliston Place Soda Shop

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Elliston Place Soda Shop

“You can sit anywhere you like!”

….chimed a voice from the rear of the restaurant.  I felt as if I’d traveled back in time to the era when jukeboxes held actual RECORDS (as theirs does….and only accepts quarters ;))!!!

There is a small sign taped near the coin insert that says “Quarters only, please!”.

This “mom and pop” shop completely made my morning.  This visit to the Elliston Soda Shop, inspired by a man who will probably never read this blog, was an absolute refresher to my South Carolinian roots.  It reminded me of breakfast at Gradma’s during the summer… the only things missing were my cousins and my cup of kool-aid (with only 2 ice-cubes because it was already cold #insider).

I ordered the fried bologna… yes, FRIED BOLOGNA (the THICK cut)… eggs, over hard (as always),  with grits and toast as my side items.  I held back a squeal of excitement when my meal was delivered.  The bologna had the burnt edges I grew to love and request as a child… I felt like a little school girl!!!!

Founded in 1939, the Elliston Soda Shop can brag that they’re the oldest operating restaurant in Nashville.  Once  pharmacy and grocery store, the original tile that reads “Elliston Pharmacy” still graces the entrance way.  If you’re looking for a place off of the beaten path, yet near the heard of downtown, this is a great place to start!  They serve lunch and dinner… no reservation required.  Everything is cooked to order….  mostly fresh, never frozen… AND they have a frequent buyer card!!!

My exit was just as pleasant as my entry… “Come back and see us!!” [Me:  I most definitely will]

West End Café

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The smell of fresh coffee, sausage and eggs greet you at the door… murmurs of intimate conversations fill the air…

Mexican chorizo sausage, salsa verde & manchego cheese

I wanted to try something new and different, and that’s exactly what I got.  Led here by a 50% off option on Scout Mob (yes, I live on a BUDGET!), I felt there was no time like the present to “taste and see”.  If you are looking for your traditional bacon, eggs, and grits, this is not the place for you!!  Omelets that cover half of your plate and a bread selection to please any palette calls 1720 West End Avenue “Home” :).  Great customer service, pleasurable window views, and a cozy earthy/modern ambiance is a great way to start your day.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and brunch daily.  I developed an immediate appreciation for the “Brunch Libations” ;).  Bon appetite!

Restaurant website… http://www.westendcafenashville.com/

Brunch Drink Menu

When God Winks at You

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How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence

Those extraordinary little events in your life happen for a reason…

The short of the long…. this book is AWESOME!!!!

It was a great, refreshing read.  There can often be weeks… even MONTHS between the time I purchase and read any particular book.  I purchase when my heart is pricked, and read when my spirit is lead.  I received a personal “God-Wink” the moment I cracked the pages.

For a little personal background, I started the blog to help me build the framework for my first book.  The plan is to fill the book with events and circumstances that have taken place in my life (and a few friends…with permission, of course) that could have only been acts of God.  This book is EXACTLY THAT!!!  It blessed me to read about how others have cried out to God for closure, comfort, or confirmation and He delivered in a way only they could understand… almost as if he wrote the answer to their prayers in the sky!  It gives an account to people who received and unction from the Holy Spirit, and their willingness to comply allowed them to be in the right place at the right time to fulfill a specific duty.

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD.” -Psalm 37:23a (KJV)

I laughed, cried, held my breath in anticipation, and gave thanks to the creator from cover to cover.  It is a quick, inspiring read to confirm that your “weird” moments have a purpose, and that “voice inside your head” knows what it’s talking about!!

There is a reason you took a different route that time, a reason it seems like God hasn’t answered your prayer,… a reason you have an undying dream deep in your heart, and why you can’t seem to figure out why the little thing mattered.  God is simply speaking to you in terms only you can decipher.  It may not make sense to you or those around you.  Just remember, you were placed in the earth with PURPOSE!!  Even if you haven’t found it, God has YOU on the path of discovery :D.  I think you should grab the book…. your reading this entire post wasn’t a coincidence…. #ImJustSaying

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (KJV)

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(Sidebar… I think I got it from a Dollar Tree OR Goodwill.  If you want a copy shoot me a message or something.  I’ll see if I can find another.  #PayItForward)

Things Moms Say….

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Yes, Mother’s day is Sunday May 13th (in case you didn’t know or FORGOT)!!!!  Your mom has been too good to you to receive a card that has been beat up from all the people who went through them YESTERDAY (lol)!!!  Maybe you should remind her of a few things that she has DEFINITELY said during her tenure… As a woman I’ll probably say a few of these same things to my chaps…  And we say that we’ll never “say these things to our kids” or “treat our kids this way” …. #LiesandDeceit :-)!!!

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Here is a list of the most common and popular “mom-isms”. These motherly advise transcends the borders of time, space, language and culture. For kids are kids everywhere and Mom are always Mom…caring, concern, all-knowing and full of love.

  • Money does not grow on trees.
  • I brought you into this world, and I’ll for sure take you out!*
  • Don’t make that face or it’ll freeze in that position.
  • WHAT DID I SAY!*
  • If I talked to my mother like you talk to me….
  • Always change your underwear; you never know when you’ll have an accident.
  • I’m the mother, you’re the child.*
  • Be careful or you’ll put your eye out.
  • Don’t make me grab my belt!*
  • What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?
  • You’re a leader, not a follower.*
  • You have enough dirt behind those ears to grow potatoes!
  • If I have to tell you ONE MORE TIME!*
  • Close that door! Were you born in a barn?
  • If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
  • Let the door knob hit you where the good Lord split you!*
  • Don’t put that in your mouth; you don’t know where it’s been!
  • I pay the cost to be the boss!!*
  • Be careful what you wish for, it might come true.
  • This hurts me more than it hurts you.*
  • Don’t eat those, they will stunt your growth.
  • Don’t make me call your daddy!*
  • I mean what I say, and say what I mean!*
  • What’s meant to be, is meant to be. (Mom only used this when something bad happened or when you experienced a disappointment.)
  • It doesn’t matter what you accomplish, I’ll always be proud of you.
  • I hope that when you grow up, you have kids “Just Like you”! (Also known as the “Mother’s Curse”)
  • I’ll be all over you like white on rice!!*
  • Because I’m your mother that’s why!!
  • You’ll never get to old to lean across this knee!*
  • What did R. Kelly say… “If the shoe fits”!*
  • Most importantly, I LOVE YOU!!!*

Celebrate with a mother this weekend. They have the hardest job on earth, raising us!

*Personal addition… compliments of Elder Harriet Zanders & Co.

(Original list provided by Stacie Frazier.  Thanx girl!!!)

Figuring Things Out….

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Okay, the blog thing has been a continuous work in progress…. I thought I could create pages and post specific topics under those pages, but er uhhhh, NOT QUITE!!! So, I’ve had to delete some pages and move a post or two… Nothing major, just keeping your informed :D. Everything is still accessible. #ThatisAll!!

Fighting Fear With Faith

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“You never realize how crippled you’ve become because of “fear” until you come out of it.”

It may sound slightly unorthodox, but I have to conquer the fear of potential.  It is seemingly an oxymoron to encourage others to fight for their dreams and pursue purpose, when I live in fear of what would happen if I’d simply let go and completely pursue mine.  WHAT am I AFRAID of?! Could it really be potential?  Clearly its the only obvious answer; something that doesn’t even have a definitive existence.  So, in short, I’ve been afraid of “nothing”!!!  The irony lies in the fact that this “nothing” can easily be manifested into failure,… rejection,… and worst case….. GREATNESS!!

I cannot let the subjective nature of potential keep me from LIVING!!  There are several things that MUST get done, and I have no choice but to continue walking, trusting, and believing that He will fulfill all the promises He made to me…. I just have to continue moving forward in FAITH, conquering fear.

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

It is impossible to pursue my HOPES dreams without faith (Duh!  It’s the substance of things HOPED for!)!!!…. It’s that simple :).

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)  “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”