Unexpected Graduation Speech

As Sef himself says, a graduation speech from a student with autism is unexpected. Even so, his speech is a reminder that unexpected isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, most of the time it turns out to be something wonderful. A startling sunset, a friend you haven’t seen for ages, even a job layoff or health challenge can end up bringing blessings you would never have gotten otherwise.

Enjoy Sef’s speech. Here’s my unexpected gift from it:

“Remember, if you follow in someone else’s footsteps, you will only get where they want you to go.” – Sef Scott

 

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He Is by Aaron Jeoffrey

O God, you are my God And I will ever praise You, Bryce Canyon, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

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Who is God? Really. Have you ever thought about who God is to you? I think it’s easy to put God in a one word box, but in reality, God is so much more if we just think about it. Here is one way to look at it.

 

He Is by Aaron Jeoffrey:

 

In Genesis, He’s the breath of life

In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb

In Leviticus, He’s our High Priest

In Numbers, the Fire by Night

Deuteronomy, He’s Israel’s guide

Joshua, He’s salvation’s choice

Judges, He’s Israel’s guard

In Ruth, the kinsmen’s Redeemer

1st and 2nd Samuel, our trusted Prophet

In Kings and Chronicles, He is Sovereign

In Ezra, He’s the true and faithful scribe

In Nehemiah, the Re-builder of broken walls and lives

In Esther, He’s Mordecai’s courage

In Job, the Timeless Redeemer

In Psalms, He is our morning song

In Proverbs, He is our wisdom

Ecclesiastes, He’s the time and season

In Song of Solomon, He is the lover’s dream

In Isaiah, He is the Prince of Peace

In Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet

Lamentations, the Cry for Israel

Ezekiel, the Call from Sin

Daniel, the Stranger in the Fire

Hosea, the Forever Faithful

Joel, the Spirit’s Power

Amos, the Strong-arms that carry

Obadiah, the Lord our Savior

Jonah, the great Missionary

Micah, the Promise of Peace

Nahum, our Strength and Shield

In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He brings revival

In Haggai, He restores that which was lost

In Zachariah, He’s our fountain

And in Malachi, He’s the Son of righteousness rising with healing in His wings

AND THAT’S JUST THE OLD TESTAMENT

In Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, He is God and Messiah

In the spirit filled book of Acts, He is the reigning fire from Heaven

In Romans, He is the grace of God

Corinthians, the Power of Love

Galatians, Freedom from the curse of sin

Ephesians, our Glorious Treasure

Philippians, the Servant’s Heart

Colossians, He’s God and the Trinity

Thessalonians, our calling King

In Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, He’s our mediator and our faithful pastor

In Hebrews, the Everlasting Courage

In James, the One who heals the sick

In 1st and 2nd Peter, our Faithful Shepherd

In John and Jude, He’s the lover coming for His bride

AND in the Revelation, in the very end, when it’s all over, said and done, when time is NO MORE. He is and will always be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, Son of Man, Lamb of God, The Great I Am, Alpha and Omega, God and Savior

He is Jesus Christ the Lord

HE IS EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED!

 

 

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Music Monday: Live Like You’re Loved

 

 

Isn’t it funny how hard it can be to accept someone else’s generosity or even something as simple as a compliment? I know that I am one who is happy to help others, stepping in when times are tough or even helping out on a fun project, but asking for help for myself was much harder. I’ve gotten much better, because I realized that the person that kind of attitude hurts the most is me.

This song is a great reminder to get over ourselves and accept what we have been given. Accept the love that is being poured over you. Accept that you are treasured in the eyes of God.

Live it.

Loudly.

 

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Fun Friday

Follow Me, Jesus, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

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Come Holy Spirit, I think

Holy Spirit you are welcome here, prayer, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

 

A friend shared this beautiful prayer with me, and I want to share it with you. Pray it. Live it. Come Holy Spirit!

 

Holy Spirit

Come to me!

Fill me!

Inspire me!

No, that’s not right

Be the source of wisdom in my life

Become the spring of discernment throughout my days

Mature in me as the Spirit of God

Not just while my hands are held high in worship

But while they are cuffed by hardship

In drudgery and setbacks

In delays and interruptions

Interminable waiting

Yes, that’s right, Holy Spirit. While life batters and bruises

Be the source of wisdom

Become the spring of discernment

Mature in me as the Spirit of God

Amen

(from 40 Days with the Holy Spirit: Fresh Air for Every Day by Jack Levison)

 

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Music Monday: The Saint That is Just Me

I am so very imperfect. I mean, truly imperfect. I want to be like so many of the amazing saints I have learned about, and most times I just can’t. For sure, I can’t be like the whitewashed perfect stories about them. But, when I look closer, most of them are pretty much imperfect. Their perfection comes from giving all of it over for God to mold, direct, and use as was needed in His most perfect plan.

It’s hard to be grateful for my weaknesses and faults, for my failures and stumbles along the way. Really hard. But then a song like this comes along and helps me find that gratitude. It is in our weakness that God’s strength is most apparent.

May we all discover how we are to live out our own personal sainthood.

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A little fun: Sounds of Nature

I know I’ve heard this before. I think it came from my girls upstairs. Or was it me and my teenager? Or was it when I was praying. I just can’t remember.

Happy Friday! I hope your weekend sounds better than this.

 

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Gratitude

Whatever you do to the least of my people,That you do unto me, Karen May, Amayzing Graces, flower, inspiration

I was at a gas station about to pump gas into my car and I saw a homeless man standing around the corner of the building. To the surprise of everyone around me, I ran to him and gave him the biggest hug I could.

This man had been working a corner in my area for years, generally with a sign about his Lear jet being out of fuel. I carry food in my car to hand out to people on the corners, and he’s someone I had asked for preferences to help me get the ones that tasted good but could last in the car for a long time. I loved talking to him.

Sometimes, though, I would run out of food and had nothing to give him. No matter. I would roll down my window and apologize, and he would always greet me with a great big smile and tell me that my conversation was enough.

On this day, I needed to tell him that his smile had been what I needed most the last couple times I had seen him. I don’t even remember why I needed it, but I do remember that as I drove toward his corner, I was praying that he would be there. I needed a little bit of sunshine, a little bit of conversation, and that joyful smile.

I didn’t have any food to give him that day at the gas station, but that wasn’t going to stop me from what I did have. Yes, he was dirty, had a pile of stuff that he was carrying around, and was standing around the corner so he wouldn’t be noticed. I didn’t care. I needed him to know that he made a difference. I imagine he didn’t hear it very often.

It just goes to show that it no matter how much or how little you have, you always have something to give.

“Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.” – St. Gregory Nazianzen

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Music Monday: What Love Really Means

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This song touches such a chord in me right now. I see more and more disdain and distrust of Christianity, religion, and faith in general, and I see more and more examples of why that attitude can be justified. With today’s atmosphere of name-calling, dismissal of others because they don’t agree with something we stand for, the political climate of hatred, some people covering their hateful and judgmental actions with the banner of faith, and all of those getting plenty of media attention, it’s hard to find examples of a true life of faith.

It’s all a little disheartening.

But then I remember the mustard seed. “When it is sown in the ground, [it] is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” (Mark 4:31-32)

We all have our moments where we don’t live the way we should. May this song help us to remember what we are here for. Right now, it might feel like we’re planting mustard seeds, but those seeds will grow bit by bit. The more seeds we plant, the more shade we provide, and maybe this atmosphere will start to change.

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David and Goliath – Eyes to see

This video has a very interesting explanation of the story of David and Goliath. However, Malcolm Gladwell leaves something significant out of the story. Namely, God.

Some of his explanations make a lot of sense. But others fall short precisely because he leaves the miracle out.

This giant may have been unable to fight well, but the Israeli army didn’t know that. None of them would go down to the valley, so there was something about the giant that none of them wanted to confront.

David may have been a great marksman, but he was not a soldier. Great soldiers could hit things with accuracy from very far away, but they had training in war. David was a shepherd who was bringing lunch to his brothers.

Yet, God gave him eyes to see that this giant was no more than a shadow. How many of our fears are the same. Even if it is something large and looming, the power of God and armor that He provides is much more powerful. It is an armor that is filled with peace, confidence, and love. In the end it wins every time.

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