Unsure

Hey y’all!  I know it’s been a few days since I have last blogged.  Life has been a blur.  Last week I got laid off from my call center job.  I did not think I was going to be able to go back to it but got a call on Monday that I got moved up to the class that starts on June 1st instead of at the end of June!  That is a good thing.  But other than that life has been full of busyness.

Monday, had a friend hang out with me.  Well, sort of.  Sometimes it takes someone else treating you how you have treated others for you to get the idea.  My friend hung out on their cell phone pretty much the whole time.  Yeah, I’ve done that to others.  Yeah, it hurt because I was afraid I won’t be seeing said friend again for until we both go back to work.  Said friend is the popular person at work and thus has a busy social calendar.  Said friend has been there for me and will be again.  It’s a season.  If you would pray for me, as I do need to find a few solid friends that you can count on.  I have a hard time doing this on my own but am trusting in God.

Monday, I found out that my ex’s grandmother is not doing well and his sister is moving to another country with her husband this summer.  I was deeply saddened by both.  While we may no longer be married I was part of the family for over 10 years and they still matter.

Tuesday-I did get to spend time with my kids.  All three and that was priceless.  Looking forward to more time like that soon.  Oh and I did find out that I am going to get to work with my bible professor to finish my bible class well.  Yeah!

 

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Easter Sunday

**Disclaimer**These are my thoughts and I am in no way, shape or form judging anyone. 

 

This Easter Sunday is the first Easter Sunday I can ever recall NOT going to church.  It felt right.  I had gone to a beautiful Good Friday service and I know why we celebrate Easter because the grave is no longer empty!  He’s NOT there!   Jesus lives in and through us each day.  Traditionally Easter Sunday is the day that most people who would other wise NOT go to church are in church.  So, why NOT go to church on one of the most attended Sundays of the year because this day is NOT about me or the brand new outfit I have on, no it’s about Jesus and the fact that he is ALIVE!  Do I need to go to church to celebrate this?  No, I should be celebrating the fact that he is RISEN and ALIVE in my life each and every day.  I should go to church NOT because of a special holiday but I should BE the church.

On a side note, last year was the first year of being divorced and I dove right into a new church life at Madison Park after being in the ministry for 11 years.  Many were surprised I did this, now I understand why.  I am enjoying this next chapter of life of just being and not needing to do.  I am enjoying not having to be at church because it’s what you do but rather being a church because I WANT to be there.  I often wonder how many of us want to be at church?

Blessings amidst Anxiety!

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For those of you who have know me for a while, this picture will NOT surprise you!  For those of you who have not let me share!  I have had 2 major back surgeries, one in 2010 and one 2011.  My back was very “hunched” over as in 109 degree’s when I went in for my first surgery in 2010.  I was SCARED out of my ever loving mind!  I healed well but by spring of 2011 at one of my doctors visit, the doctor had some bad news!  I had BENT my titanium rods and we would need to do surgery again!  Within in seconds, I asked “can I go on roller coasters one last time” and he said “why yes because if I don’t tell you that you can you will do it any way!”  Fall of 2011 came and I went  into the OR for my 12 hour surgery with glasses similar to these and hillbilly teeth!  The OR staff laughed and asked if I was always like this and my doctor said “YUP!  She doesn’t take life seriously!”  I believe that my attitude going into my second one led me to a much healthier outcome!  Now when I go to the doctor I take my glasses and always get a laugh!  Today it was oh “J.J. my prized stainless steal patient!”  You know your back is a work of art when it is a prized patient! He uses my before pictures, my first surgery and the detereation and then my post 2nd surgery pictures as a case to present to his colleagues!   My doctor had known I was upset over not having him be in network and taking my insurance.  We talked about some of the other doctors that he knew that might take it, and he even whipped out his wallet to find a card of one of his colleagues, if I ever need surgery again!  He was like I will work with them to make sure you are taken care of!  You know your a pretty important patient when the doctor whips out his wallet to pass along his colleagues business cards!  Little does he know I’m going to be working pretty hard to figure out how to get on the correct insurance so that he will accept it.  At my appointment today, he even charged me the least expensive visit as well!  If you ever need spine work done go to GOODMAN CAMPBELL BRAIN AND SPINE in Indy!  They know their stuff!  My doctor asked if I was till married and I said no, he said “I’m sorry”, I said “It’s been a good thing for the most part!”.  This past week when I had my simple spine procedure done I was able to obey and do what I was supposed to do instead of doing stuff I shouldn’t!  Something that would not have happened before.  A blessed girl I am!

Thankful Thursday

While I have not done this in a while here it is:

1)  Friends: This past week has been a rough one and I have had friends stand in the gap with me through prayer, laughter, presences, food and then there are those friends you have had forever and they have walked through life with you forever.

2) Siblings: My brother John Bob Cobb and my sister Beth!  My brother and I have walked a lot of life together some closer to each other than others.  I am grateful for my brother and am glad, yes glad, my mom allowed us to beat each other up, we are still alive and close because of it.  Beth, I am glad I gained a sister!  

3) Food: Spiritual and real actual food!  We need it all

4) Music: It’s like the air I breathe!

5) Basketball: I have loved watching women’s college basketball and was very excited to watch Notre Dame and UCONN, 2 of the best teams in women’s basketball go head to head on Tuesday night!  In many ways I wonder what it would be like to watch it with my Grandmother Campbell if she were still around.

What are you thankful for?

“God’s Not Dead” review The Movie

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Last night I went to see “God’s Not Dead” with my friend.  We were the only two in the theater so we were able to talk about it as we saw the movie.  I had seen the trailer and so I had an idea of what it was about.  I found the movie to be thought provoking and was proud of the young man who stood up despite what everyone else was telling him NOT to do.  I am proud for the movie to be out but there were a few things that could have been presented differently.

  • The debates, had they had a little more depth to them, could have driven home a much stronger debate.  This is what college and in depth discussions do to you! 🙂
  • I was not happy about the scene in the library where the young man runs into his classmate who is not a believer and was asking some questions.  I felt as though he blew the kid off.  Sadly as christians maybe this happens all too often.
  • There was a Muslim girl in the movie and the way she was treated by her father being slapped for her faith did not sit well.  Maybe that’s how they treat one when they deny their own faith and turn away to Christ.
  • The ending left much to be desired.  I’m not going to spoil it if you have not seen it yet.
  • I was impressed with the way the Newsboys prayed with the reporter.
  • I also liked at the end how one person stood up and another and another.  It goes to show that one person who can boldly stand up for their beliefs and NOT back down can change!

Over all I would give it a 3.  Again this is my opinion of the movie.  If you have NOT seen it, you should so you can share your thoughts!  If you have seen it, what do you think?

You Matter!

Jennifer