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So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Have you ever felt like every time you opened the bible the Lord was speaking right to you about the SAME thing over and over again. Or when you go to church and you just know that the pastor must have a nanny cam hidden somewhere in your house because he is staring right at you every Sunday week after week after week (get my point…) this has been happening to me but in ten fold.

Do not be quick with your mouth…let your words be few…the speech of a fool there are many words…Do not let your mouth lead you into sin…a time to be silent and a time to speak…

I have not stopped talking. I know that this is something that I struggle with, who am I kidding I need to carry a roll of duck tape around and place it over my mouth so others can get a word in edge wise. Even knowing that this is a problem of mine I am still a jabber jaw. So what am I going to do to fix this? How am I going to really listen to those around me, completely? With my full attentiveness. How can I become with purpose a good listener? Someone just told me recently to help me remember not to talk to bite my tongue while others are speaking. I have been trying this I think it maybe helping a tiny bit… I think as with everything else in my life the biggest thing is going to be SELFCONTROL. I want the people around me to feel loved I think that part of showing someone that you love them is listening to them.

Something else, I am learning so much right now…When talking and are having a conversation with someone, it is okay to let them share. You don’t have to “connect” with them. What I mean by that is, it is “their story”. They chose you to share it with. That makes you important to them. They already feel connected with you. If for some reason you have a similar circumstance maybe you can share “your story” with them another day. That way in that moment you are really giving your full self with all your attentiveness to your friend. I can only say this because as most of you know I have always had “story” for all of yours… and I am sorry… I am really going to work on listening to all of “your stories” I love you…

~Rach~

So is Life

Football is an honest game.
It’s true to life. It’s a game about sharing.
Football is a team game. So is life.
-Joe Namath

My Boy… He has embraced life in  Texas to the fullest. He was made for this state, he loves the bugs, the heat, he loves the people, I promise he was born a “true” southern baptist preacher and he loves his football. I really believe he loves his team mates just as much as he loves playing the game. I have never seen a kid with so much natural team spirit. Lifting up his team mates is his true strength. As well as learning how to lead them in prayer. His Daddy and I could not be more proud than the first time Ty lead his team in prayer. Each day he is showing such spiritual growth!! (secret mommy smile… he is going to turn out okay!!!) Watching him work so hard at each practice and then at the games and coming off the field with a smile is amazing!

This week was Homecoming, most of you in the North remember this from high school. Hear in the South Homecoming is a big deal even for the little guys. They have the boys, and mom’s and girl’s wear this thing called a “mum”.

The history is from what I understand the” mum” was first introduced into the United States during colonial times. Three hundred years later the popularity grew and mums were “Queen of the Fall Flowers.”
For many of us in the South, and for virtually all Texans, our introduction to the mum was a corsage for the girlfriends and mothers at Homecoming football games. The boys wear their mum corsage on their left arm. I put a picture of Ty’s “mum” at the top of the post our amazing team mom made all of the boys one. Jessie has made it impossible for anyone else ever to be a team mom. She has it so together, and has made this football season so easy. I love her!

While I am talking about homecoming… Have you ever walked into someones house and right way felt like you were at home? Like you could take your shoes off sit on the couch and have a good conversation with a old friend? Even if it was the very first time you ever went to that persons home before? This is how coming home should feel… I am sure many of you have visited a few churches in your day, for Josh and I it has been a few to many.  Just recently we started a class at church in town when walking in to the church it was like a homecoming… before we new it the kids were in Awana’s, I was volunteering and we were going to Sunday mornings. You know what else Round Rock, Texas all of a sudden has gotten to fill like a small town. What a blessing.

So from Football, to Mums to homcoming it’s all wrapped up in….

So is life

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