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I Trust You, Lord

Hopeful.

Laying here thinking. The first of three scheduled presidential debates happened last night. No, I did not watch it. I already know who I am voting for. The debate would not have changed my mind. Even with knowing who I am voting for, some would say I should have watched the debate anyway. But why? Only to feel as hopeless and discouraged as those who did watch it? If anyone has followed the two candidates over the past several years.. not months, but years.. you would know their character. Their character has not changed. Then you add age. I believe as a person ages their true character surfaces even more. It is as if the older a person becomes, the more prominent their “I don’t give a ______” attitude becomes. Am I right, or am I right? If you have ever spent time with older adults, you know what I am referring to. Sometimes they are very amusing. However, when it comes to leading our country, amusement is the last thing we need.

So… the reason behind the title. As I was reading headlines and social media posts, I began to feel hopeless, and even fearful. I felt like what was the use of even hoping for a better outcome when this is all we have. Is our country doomed?

Then God reminded me that He is still in control. He is hope. You see, the goal of the enemy is to create fear and chaos. To get us to take our focus off God. Once we have done this, he has won. Y’all, I refuse to let him win. Hope will win. Love will win. Kindness will win. Peace will win. God will always win.

Therefore, I trust You, Lord!

Amen

Life

Hello Sunday!!

Hello Sunday

Well.. I’m awake, and it is Sunday, so why not write. I do not have anything particular to write about. As always, I have a song stuck in my head. Right now Richard Marx’s Right Here Waiting is the song of the hour.

Here are the lyrics (source- LyricFind):

Oceans apart day after day
And I slowly go insane
I hear your voice on the line
But it doesn’t stop the pain

If I see you next to never
How can we say forever

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you

I took for granted, all the times
That I thought would last somehow
I hear the laughter, I taste the tears
But I can’t get near you now

Oh can’t you see it baby
You’ve got me going crazy

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you

I wonder how we can survive
This romance
But in the end if I’m with you
I’ll take the chance

Oh, can’t you see it baby
You’ve got me going crazy

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you
Waiting for you

I was in high school when I first heard this song. I still get butterflies every time I hear it. Unfortunately, I cannot remember who I was crushing on at the time (more than likely it was Blue Eyes), but I do remember the feeling. I was in love.

Well, that’s all I have. Hope you enjoy your Sunday!

Shaun

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I Have a 17 Year Old!

Today is my son’s 17th birthday. Seventeen! Where did the time go? Sooo many memories in what seems like such a short time.

Y’all, cherish the time you spend with your little ones. Listen, one minute they are babies, and the next they are adults. Make sure you get to know them as individuals. Get to know what excites them, what makes them smile and laugh; but also, get to know what disappoints them or makes them sad or mad. Sometimes as parents we become so caught up in parenting that we forget that 1) we were once children with feelings and 2) they are little human beings trying to find their place in this crazy world. Here are my two cents of advice– as with most humans, love, guidance, acceptance, understanding, and compassion goes much further than correction. The next time you have the urge to correct your child, please take time to find out the root of the problem. Sometimes all they want is your attention.

Okay.. enough parenting advice.

Again, I cannot believe I have a 17 year old! It has been such an honor watching him become this vibrantly, brilliant young man. I still can’t believe God gave him to me. I am definitely blessed. Y’all, I love him so much! Praying God protects him from hurt, harm and danger. Speaking nothing but blessings and favor over his life. He’s God’s child and deserves the absolute best!

Shaun

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Hello Sunday!

Sending hugs and love!

Today I am sending out virtual hugs. I love hugs. Well… from the right people. No creepy hugs.

Rest assured, my hugs are not creepy. They are the kind of hugs my grandmothers used to give. They would wrap me in their arms and squeeze me so tightly. As I got older, I realized what that squeeze meant. It meant, let go. Let go of all of craziness around you. Let go, rest your head, and let out a good cry. Let go, I am here for you. Let go, you are appreciated. Let go, you are LOVED!

I am so grateful I hugged my children throughout their childhood. Whenever I need a good hug, they are always here with open arms. My son is notorious for saying, “Come here. You need a hug.”

So, today, I’m sending out virtual hugs to everyone who needs one. Tight squeeze. Let go!

I love y’all. Have a blessed week!

Shaun

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Thankful

I’m still here!

Happy Saturday! Couldn’t wait until Sunday to blog. This morning, as with every morning, I am so thankful for God’s unconditional love, mercy, and grace. It’s like no other.

When I think about where I used to be, and I’m talking about from childhood until now, all I can do is praise God. There were so many things I did not think I would make it through. So many times I wanted to give up and throw in the towel, but God said not so. He wouldn’t let me give up. I’m here. I made it!

Marvin Sapp’s My Testimony says:

So glad I made it. I made it through. In spite of the storm and rain, heartache and pain, still alive declaring, I made it through. See, I didn’t lose. I experienced loss at a major cost, but I never lost faith in You. So if you’ve seen me cry, it’s a sign that I’m still alive. Oh yeah, I’ve got some scars, but I’m still alive. In spite of calamity, He still has a plan for me, and it’s working for my good and it’s building my testimony. . .

Courtesy of Apple Music

Y’all, we’re here! We may not be where we want to be, but we’re still here. Thankful.

Shaun

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What is Normal?

Pastor Steven Furtick posted, “Are you trying to navigate a disruption? In order for God to bring something new into your life, He may have to disrupt something normal.”

What is “normal”?

Honestly, I do not know how to define normal. Unlike most, my disruption happened before 2020. 2020 just made everything a little more crazy. I really wish I knew where God was going with all of this. But if I did, there would be no reason to trust Him. Why am I hearing Donnie McClurkin singing I’ll Trust You, Lord?

Hmm… Guess I found my answer. I have to stop focusing on the disruptions, and even my purpose, and focus on God. I have to let God lead.

I’ll trust You, Lord.

Shaun