As I was saying in the "Daily Walk" page, I am a HUGE perfectionist. I'm not a perfectionist in all areas of my life, but the areas that I am, I really am one! Some of these areas include: my outfits, my hair (even though I don't do a whole lot to it, I still like it and expect it to do what I want it to do), my grammar, my cooking/baking, and being a hostess for get-togethers and parties. There are more, but these are the biggies.
For my outfits, everything HAS to match from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. All the colors have to go with each other. If I wear any kind of pattern, it all has to be the same kind of pattern, but the whole outfit can't be all pattern, it has to have some solids in there to tone it down. All of my jewelry has to match my outfit. I can't wear the same thing twice in one week (or more...mostly more). My outfits have to lay just right on me...so no ruffle where there is no ruffle, no lines where there is no lines, nothing poking out, and wherever the length is designed to be at, then that length better be right on me when I put it on, etc.
For my hair, all of the pieces HAVE to lay accordingly. Now, again, I'm not one who likes to curl my own hair, straighten my own hair, or do anything fancy to my own hair. I LOVE it when others do it, but for me, I'd rather just wake up, brush it, maybe put a head band in or a hair clip in it, and go. I'm someone who would rather sleep in longer and wake up 30 mins before I have to go somewhere, and be done in that 30 mins. However, when I do brush it and put something in it, then it better do what I want it to do, or when I put it up in a pony tail or in a big hair clip, then the top of my head better be as straight as possible, with no lumps or straggly hairs, or again, when I wash my hair and put it up in a bun with a scrunchie, and when I take it out and shake my hair around, then it better look extra wavy like it's supposed to look.
For my grammar, I am more of an English person, so having proper grammar is a big deal to me. I'm that person who when I text, I text the whole word out, I put correct punctuation in the correct spots, I use the correct "they're, there, and their", "to, too, two", "where, wear, we're", etc.....or I at least try to do all of that correctly, but sometimes the auto-correct will change it into something else, which can get annoying at times haha.
For my cooking/baking, oh my goodness, this is probably one of my top biggest areas of being a perfectionist in out of the other biggies (and that's saying something haha). My ultimate goal when it comes to cooking/baking is to be able to make to everything homemade or at least most of it without having to rely on a written recipe all of the time. But, since I'm still learning how to cook and bake, and all of the techniques and such behind it, I still have to use recipes from a book, a card, and/or Pinterest, so I can know what to do and when to do it. And, often times, when you use a written recipe, then there is a picture that goes along with it so you know what it's going to look like when it's finished. Well, because I am a perfectionist in this area, if whatever I cook or bake has a picture with the recipe, then my finished product better look exactly like it does in the picture! It HAS to be picture perfect, just like it looks in the picture for the recipe. And, of course, it has to taste exactly right, too!
For my hosting of get-togethers or parties, I typically plan ahead of time of how I want the event to go, what food I want, what decorations I want, etc. When it comes time to prepare all of these things, it all HAS to go smoothly. It better not have any snags, bumps, or mishaps along the way. And, the finished project absolutely has to look and go perfectly!
If any of these thing don't work out like they're supposed to, then you better watch out! ;) It's in these times when I show my true colors haha. I can get soooo frustrated and irritated when it doesn't work out. I usually huff and puff and yell, "Come on!" or "Stupid!" to either myself or the object(s) that is making me upset lol...(Don't judge me ;) haha). Sometimes when it gets really bad, like when I keep dropping my fresh produce on the floor as I'm chopping them up, I get all quiet. That's when I know and my husband knows that it is NOT going well, and that I just need to be left alone in those moments lol...(Man, I'm really telling on myself on this one lol).
When I get that upset though, I start putting myself down, which I know isn't good, but that's just something I do. When things don't go right in those areas of my life, then I get all depressed and feel like a failure. And, I feel that way for a quite a long time.
But, when I take a minute to step back, I realize that the things that get me soo emotional are really just simple, frivolous things to get upset over. I mean, in the moment, if feels like it's the biggest deal in the world, but in the big scheme of things, it's actually quite small when you compare it to other big deals in this world like starvation, death, etc. So, this is a continuing lesson learned process of not getting so caught up in these "...terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day" kind of moments, but instead looking at it from a more positive, different approach...which is that I am still young, and that I am still learning how to get through different obstacles that come my way (Viorst, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"). And, in order for me to get through the big hoops and jumps, I have to learn how to get through and to conquer the smaller steps in life....even if that means being frustrated at times. ;) :)
Psalm 14 verse
"The fool says in his heart,
"There is no God."
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile,
there is no one who does good.
The LORD looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the LORD.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of
You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the LORD is their refuge.
Oh, that salvation for Israel would come
out of Zion!
When the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!"
After reading this, I couldn't help but think that even though this scripture was written a long time ago, in the Bible times, that this can be kind of related to today....
Although there is still good in this world, it does seem like more and more tragic is happening. You got America pulling further and further away from Biblical standards AND what our Founding Fathers built this land on, which was the foundations of God, and "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" (Thomas Jefferson). You got ISIS over in the Middle East. Almost every time you turn on the news, somebody has done something cruel to another person, and the list can go on and on. It makes me think of the song by Toby Keith, called, "35 MPH Town" (you can click on this link to listen to the song: https://play.spotify.com/track/3jXZYyI0yEENnTSnaddSBQ).
Overall, there are times when this world seems to be like how it was when David wrote this chapter in Psalms in the Bible ages....where there is corruption, evildoers, and less God-focused.
Now, one thing for us to keep in mind, is that although we as humans are seeing other human beings treat others badly or that God is becoming less-focused on in this world, that there is a bigger scheme at work that we as humans DON'T see. What I mean is, (which this might seem very weird to those who don't know or understand what I'm about to talk about, but it talks about it in the Bible, so be sure to look it up if you don't know or understand haha) there is a spiritual warfare going on around us. We can't visibly see it because we are of flesh, but once we die and become our spiritual self I believe that we will see that warfare. But right now since all we can physically see is the "bad" things happening in this world, we have to remember that it goes deeper than that, and that there is a bigger meaning behind it. And, I believe part of that reason is that Satan is trying to corrupt this world as much as possible before the Lord comes back for His people.
However, there is HOPE! When you reach the bottom of this verse, it reads, "....but God is their refuge. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!" (Psalm 14, verses 6 & 7). This gave me encouragement (and I hope it does for you, too) to know that no matter what we may go through here on Earth, whether you were in the Bible times or are in the 2015 times, we can count on God to be our refuge and restorer. He is our hope! He is our future! He is our everything! Yippee!! :)
So, what is there not to say about Luke Bryan?! He's a 2nd time winner for Entertainer of the Year, he's got that southern man charm, his songs on the radio are the best (at least that's my personal preference ;)), he can rustle hogs and alligators with his two bare hands, his concerts are fun and groovy, he's got a nice smile, and so on.
Needless to say, he's my favorite male country artist ;)
But, as much as Luke has going for him, he still can't beat my Hubby ;) My husband is my "dream man"! He has loving eyes and smile; he's patient, kind-hearted, and respectful; he's handsome; he's passionate; he's a family man; he's dependable; most importantly, he's a Godly man; and I can go on and on....and the best part about it is that I get to call him MINE!! :)
In this particular passage of scripture, it talks about how God spoke to Abram, whom He later calls Abraham in this verse. God tells him that he and his wife, Sarai, whom He later calls Sarah in this verse, that they will give birth to a son in one year's time from when God spoke to Abraham. Now, because Abraham and Sarah were very old at this time (Abraham was 99 and Sarah would have been 89 at the time God spoke to them, which would make Abraham 100 and Sarah 90 by the time they would give birth to their firstborn son), Abraham laughed at the thought of that. However, God spoke again, and said that He will have Sarah give birth to a son. They were to call him Isaac, and God will make many nations through Abraham and Isaac.
Towards the end of this passage, God also demands Abraham to have any male at age 8 and up to be circumcised. But, what exactly does that all mean? I wasn't quite sure, so I did some digging around the internet to see if I could find some information.
...............Here is what I found................
I first looked up the definition of circumcision. I have heard it a couple times before and had an idea of what it meant, but wasn't sure. So here is the definition I found:
"Circumcision is the surgical removal of the prepuce of foreskin of a male. The word circumcised literally means 'to cut around" (paragraph 1).
Having the mind that I do, I still had to do some research to find out exactly what definition meant, also. I would share that here, too, but I don't want to offend anybody by going in detail what it means....so I'll just let you research it on your own ;) (If you look up the word "prepuce" or "foreskin", you will find more info.).
After finding out what "circumcision" really meant, I asked myself, why would God tell Abraham to do that?
So, I looked that up too.....
Basically, God told Abraham to do that simply to see if Abraham and all of his descendants at that time would obey God in doing what God asked of them. It was just another way for humans to show their appreciation in God, and that they will follow Him.
..............Here is a link to a website that I read that explains more on that..................
After researching this information, it definitely helped me to understand the purpose of this passage, and the meaning behind it. And, I hope it helped you, too...if you didn't know already! :)
"What does the Bible say about Circumcision? What is the Christian view of Circumcision? got questions?org. http://www.gotquestions.org/circumcision.html.