Thursday, September 4, 2014

I Woke Up Like This...

I really didn't wake up like this's more of a tantrum (hitting the bed and kicking the covers off), hit the alarm clock, and stumble out of the bed. I couldn't find a picture that would accurately reflect that though. Once I realize that there's no turning back and that I didn't accidentally set my alarm clock on a Saturday, I'm ok. I usually workout, well not this week or last week, but normally I workout and immediately hop in the shower and at some point thank God for waking me up. Each morning I wake up it reminds me that He is NOT done with me yet. Thank God for early morning tantrums with a purpose!

I get asked by a lot of people about my personality and how I can always appear mostly happy. My close friends and family that are reading this are probably yelling at the screen--that girl is grumpy!!!! I do get hangry (when hunger meets anger). But for the most part, I tend to be a bubbly person. Remember my default is to laugh, so even if I don't feel that way--I automatically chuckle. There's levels to the laughter and if you stick around me long enough you learn that certain laughs mean certain things. Anyway, a topic for another post.

I have to say that I'm learning that God most certainly crafted my personality for His purpose in my life. As most of His gifts, it's not just for me or my benefit, it has to be for others. I can make the choice to use this gift (I guess that's what I'll call it) to bless others or I can take all of my emotions out on everyone else all the time. No, each day I choose to be happy, make light of situations, and guard others from feeling the wrath of Amber! It's not about being fake and pretending that all is well all the time. I firmly believe in being honest about my feelings, but it's about my perspective. Let's say for example, I get caught in traffic, which normally happens in this area. I can either yell at everyone on the road and drive bumper to bumper...or I can laugh to myself and say "I bet I won't hit that snooze button 15 times anymore" or I can think "Now I get to listen to my favorite songs in the car a little longer!" Okay, so maybe we all won't react in this manner but you get the point. We can take a look at our situation and just see it from a different/lighter perspective.

This past weekend a family member said to me "Amber, you calm me down..." and literally all I did was listen and during a pause laugh....and then she laughed. It was so simple but in that moment we needed a break from the seriousness of the situation. Now, on the flip side, I'm sure you can see how this might get me into some unfortunate situations, but not too often.

BUT just so we are clear, I do feel other emotions besides candy drops and sugar plums aka happiness. Ok, so why did I just use "candy drops and sugar plums"....that made me laugh so I'm going to keep it. Anyway,  I'm not trying to pretend that things don't make me go from 0 to 100 real quick---:-)... but I always try to tap into the gift that God has given me; to find Him in all situations.

So, with that being said...I think I'm going to try and be a Greeter at my church. You know, the person that greets you at the door with a warm fuzzy smile. Using what I is that my only strength? God, let's talk ;-)

Until next time...

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