there is more than one way to skin a cat

skin a cat

there IS more than one way to skin a cat….
(but who in the world would want to?)

anyway…
there is more than one way to do something, many things

for instance…
there is more than one way to drive/go to your work
there is more than one way to prepare and/or eat your breakfast
there is more than one way to take a shower – no need to follow the same sequence of parts each time
(although, I do think I would have to rewash in my perceived correct order to feel clean!)
but I digress….
there is more than one way to mow the yard
there is more than one way to load the dishwasher
there is more than one way to ______________________ (fill in the blank)

more than one way….
more than just
black
and
white

my way is NOT the only way
my way is NOT always the best

but….
how often do I live my seconds as if…

maybe I have a plan
I see a plan

do this
get this result

don’t do this
get no result

black
white

but what if….
the plan is not my own
and there is more than one way to skin that cat!

do this….
this way
that way
another way

get this result….
maybe in a different form
maybe not at all what I expected
maybe longer, maybe shorter

the possibilities become virtually endless
and the options open up
right
before
my
eyes!

to be so closed in this
black and white
box
that the possibilities are
seen but seemingly not accessible
or even limited to
one
or the other
is
suffocating
and
paralyzing

however….
to see the box disintegrate and slowly disappear
is
liberating!

hopeful
thankful
expectant
trusting
at ease

replace the

unenthusiastic
unhappy
apathetic
shell of existence

that, my friends, is a great way to skin a cat!!

“I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.” – Isaiah 55:8 (MSG)

limitless grace…

only God

only God
a sunrise….after a gloomy night
a sunset…to end a glorious day
the cry of a newborn baby…
the warmth and comfort of a snuggle…
that impossible answer to a complicated prayer…
healing…
wisdom…
an incomparable friend…
grace.

the source of all of these things?
GOD

I recently read an article in The Dynamo, a publication of the University of Mount Union.  The title of the article was Mel Mason, Her Only God Story.
Of course, it caught my attention (frankly, because you don’t hear “God” mentioned positively on a university campus).
Not far into the article, I realized that Mel and I have something in common…two things.
1.  we love Jesus
2.  we were both in horrible car accidents (check out the post awake to read more of my journey)

To summarize the article, Mel was hit by a drunk driver leaving her car completely totaled and left her with serious injuries….a dislocated elbow, nerve damaged hand, right and left femurs broken, a brain injury…
She now shares her story, her only God story, to bring to awareness to the problem of drinking and driving.
(She is now on the road to recovery…”now I am walking gracefully with hardly any assistance.  Hopefully, I will be running again by October!
I encourage you to connect with her on Facebook, and learn more about her and her story.)

Although our stories are different, both of us have had the privilege of seeing God’s miracle of healing in our own lives.
reading.
walking.
writing.
eating.
…the pains of rehabilitation and the joys of recovery

Mel Mason…God worked a miracle in her life.
Healing has begun.
She has a message….
My life was changed forever because of one man’s selfish choice.” – Melinda Mason

thank you Mel Mason for allowing us to be a witness through your tragedy of God’s unfailing and complete grace.

and together with her, we have a message…
we can say:
My life was changed forever because of one man’s choice of obedience.

only God..

can heal
bring restoration
be our peace
be our Savior
perform miracles.
can be our God, so we can just be ourselves.

only Grace…

mission impossible

“Do the impossible this week.”  mission-impossible-the-game-logo

ok.  sounds great!!
uh…what is ‘the impossible’?

and…do I choose to accept it?

so….
what is the impossible?
I think I am
stuck.
right.
there.

with God…all things are possible, right?
so why would I even try the impossible?

I have been thrust so far beyond my logical, rational self…
in a good way.

but still, I am stuck on this.
the impossible.
dating?  marriage?  a family?
a new job?
more education?
living on my own?
feeling secure?
believing in myself?
being more?
writing a book?
feeling?
not stuffing?

are those “the impossible” for me?

and if so, am I willing to accept the mission of doing the impossible
so that God can do possible things??

for so long I have taken my hands off…my life, really…in an attempt at having faith that God will work things out according to His plan.
I just need to pray that His will be done.
but…
is that what God wants me to do?
and…what do I do in the meantime?
trust…
fret…
become anxious…
do things my own my, figuring God will bless my efforts?
leave it alone?
stew?
create a seemingly impossible situation that God finds totally possible?  then, because God doesn’t act like I think He should or how He should, the possible remains an impossibility because I give up?
(all that made sense in my head, honest)

the challenge, I think, was to think outside of my norm
to “Think higher, feel deeper.” – Elie Wiesel
to just do something.

what is impossible?

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given, than to explore the power they have to change it.
Impossible is not a fact.  It’s an opinion.  impossible
Impossible is not a declaration.  It’s a dare.
Impossible is potential.
Impossible is temporary.
Impossible is nothing.
– Muhammad Ali

so, back to the beginning.

mission: impossible…my mission should I choose to accept it.

not doing the impossible, and doing so feel like a failure, but
choosing to do the impossible so that because of me, in spite of me, God can do miraculous things!

now that, is a beautiful concept!

What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are. – Anthony Robbins
and if I might add….who we think God is!

grace makes all things possible.

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