Tulsa Run

Good morning!

Today is definitely a day full of fun for  Tulsans. Not only is it Halloween, but the day will kick off with thousands of runners occupying the streets of downtown Tulsa.

The Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run has been held on the last Saturday of October since 1978. It includes a 2K, 5K, and 15K race between the start line at 6th and Boulder and the finish line on Boston between 4th and 5th streets.

If you were thinking of a leisure Saturday morning breakfast out this Halloween morning anywhere in the vicinity of Cherry Street, Woodward Park, Veteran’s Park, the Arkansas River, the Red Fork District, historical Route 66, or the Art Deco District where the race finishes, think again. 😦

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From 7:45 a.m. when the races start until noon, Tulsa downtown and midtown streets will be blocked to everything but foot traffic. Two footed traffic that is.  Wearing tennis shoes. And race bibs. And a few wheelchairs.

And you just might see a vampire or Ninja turtle or super hero or two amidst the crowd.
After all, it IS Halloween!

If you’re feeling adventuresome, skip the fattening bisquits and gravy you were dreaming about and instead opt for a granola bar. Then throw on a windbreaker or hoodie or better yet, a costume, and come on out and cheer on your favorite runners.

It’s true you will be surrounded by crowds. But that’s half the fun of it!

Whether you are participating in the Tulsa Run or merely spectating, let us all run with endurance the race that God has set before each of us. Let’s train ourselves to endure any hardships we may face and look instead towards our goal. The goal of finishing the race.

I don’t believe in luck, so instead I pray for a day full of fun and safety for all. I wish blessings on each runner.
And lots of candy to the trick-or-treaters! 🙂

Happy Halloween to all!
                and
           Have fun
   at the Tulsa Run!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:1

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Trick Or Treat

Good morning!

Yesterday one of our students brought us all treat bags for Halloween. They contained a delightful smelling fall candle and some yummy candy treats. So sweet and thoughtful! And I didn’t even have to say trick or treat to get it!
Thank you! 🙂

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I’ll take treats over tricks any day!

October is fun in Miss Marilyn’s pre-K. There’s pumpkins everywhere! And lots of dress up opportunities! And even candy corn!

All month long, we’ve heard what all our students are going to be for Halloween again and again and again. 🙂

With tomorrow being October 31st, Halloween, what better time than now to talk about how some of our holiday traditions began.

Do you know how the term trick or treat originated anyway? 

Trick or treating, the community-based ritual, where costumed children go door to door requesting candy has evolved from people in guise walking around praying for the souls of the friends and family of the homes they visited in exchange for soul cakes into the nation’s second-largest commercial holiday. Approximately $6 billion is spent in America annually on this holiday. There’s the candy. And the costumes.  And don’t forget the pumpkins. 🙂

Then there’s the pumpkin patches for the younger bunch. And the spook houses and scary movies for the older not so weak of heart bunch. That was always a favorite at our household. And there’s the alternative option of trunk or treating at local churches. 

Speaking of halloween traditions how many of you have carved pumpkins or Jack-o’-lantern sitting out on your front porch? And who is Jack anyway?

Jack goes back to an old Irish myth about a man called “Stingy Jack.” According to the tale, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him.  Jack tricked the Devil and held him hostage. Jack freed the Devil under the condition that he would not claim his soul. When Jack died, his life had been too sinful for him to go to heaven, and Satan had promised not to take his soul so Jack had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and Satan tossed him an ember from the flames of Hades, that would never burn out. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which were his favorite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth in search of a resting place. There you have it! Bet you can sleep better tonight just knowing that little bit of trivia. 🙂

Halloween.  A time of thrills and chills for all ages. Enjoy the season! Eat some candy ( and per my children if you buy candy to give out, buy the good stuff!) Carve a pumpkin. But don’t be like our little children. Afraid of the trickery of men. It’s not real.  Instead commit your souls to Jesus. He IS the real deal. No hiding behind a costume necessary for him. No trick. All treat!

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
Ephesians 4:14

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Hey There, Hay There! :)

Good morning!

Every morning as I drive to school I pass this field.  As the seasons have changed I have watched it go from a field of green, green trees and grass to a field of freshly cut hay now lying in round bales to collect for winter feed for someone’s livestock.

It’s oh so fall-ish. I love it!
Especially as the early morning mist or fog rolls in to cover it before the sun warms it, and it disappears.

Looking out over it reminded me of the bible verse about how brief our lives actually are. How we have no knowledge or control of when they will end.

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That got me thinking.
Am I content with my life as I am living it today? If I had the foreknowledge to know when my limited time were to draw to an end would I be doing the same things I am doing now? Or would I be doing something different?

How about you?

Let’s not walk around in a fog,  but live deliberately with a purpose.  It’s God’s plan for us. Contrary to popular belief, our lives were not created with the sole purpose of being spent totally on ourselves, fulfilling only our own selfish desires.

Let’s all turn on our fog lights and look more clearly ahead to the path before us God has planned. Let’s live our lives more deliberately to their fullest today for we know not what tomorrow will bring.

How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
James 4:14

Love and laughter,

Sandy

The Colonel

Good morning!

I took my 85 year old father to KFC for dinner the other night. The Colonel himself greeted us from the bench by the door as we entered. Well, not exactly the Colonel himself. He wasn’t live. Although he was life size. 🙂

Kind of creepy if you ask me.

But something about it made me want to sit down beside him, drape some Christmas lights around his neck and take my annual Christmas card pic.
But I didn’t. 
Just wait. There’s still time. 🙂
There are 58 days left until Christmas.

Often times I get extremely frustrated with myself because I am 56 years old and have not done anything of significance with my life.

Then I remember the Colonel.

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Did you know that Colonel Sanders created the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food chain at the age of 66?

Even my favorite musician, Andrea Bocelli, was a late bloomer. He didn’t begin singing opera until he was 34.

And then there was Abraham. Do you remember that bible story?  He was 100 years old when Isaac was born.

I guess there’s still hope! If I look to examples such as those, I still have plenty of time to get it together and do something of significance.

God’s timing is not our timing. He created us. We are His children. He is patient with us. He never gives up on us. So don’t ever give up on Him!

I’m at a place in my life where I need to sit back and be patient regardless of my sense of urgency due to my age. Be still and know God is God.  See where He is leading me. One day at a time. Instead of wanting divine intervention to tie up all my loose ends in the time it takes to fry a chicken.

Come join me in letting God sustain us, even in our old age. Let’s be like the Colonel and just  find a vacant bench and sit a spell. God’s got it. 🙂

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46:4

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Torn Between Two Loves

Good morning!

As I was dressing for work one morning last week, I was unsure as to which tennis shoe color to choose from. I was wearing a Jenks maroon colored dress with gray leggings. Maroon or gray?
Decisions,  decisions,  decisions.
I liked them both.
So guess what I did?!
I wore exactly that!
I wore them both! One of each! 🙂

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After all, I work with 3 and 4 year olds!
It would be fun to see if any of them even noticed.

The funny thing was that the children noticed way more than the adults. Several of them told me with the innocence of a small child discovering something for the first time, “Miss Sandy! You have on the wrong shoe!!!”

Of course they would notice. They are like little sponges. They take in the entire world around them. They look, they listen, they smell, they taste, and they touch. Sometimes more than we care for them to. But that’s how they learn.

My feet were much closer to their visual field. Feet are frequently more on their eye level than faces. 🙂

Have you ever been at a place in your life where you have a decision to make and you are torn?

What do you do?

Do you look, listen, smell, taste and touch to come to your decision?

I tend to be more visual. Show me and I learn better.

But sometimes our decisions go beyond just using our senses.
A little common sense is more in order.

I have found in life too many times to mention that trusting my common sense usually gets me in trouble more times than not.

What I need to be trusting in is my God. He is the same yesterday,  today,  and tomorrow.  My common sense is not.

No matter what color shoes I may be wearing, my feet need to be following the path Christ has set out for me. When I’m torn in my direction (on things bigger than which color shoe should I wear),  I need to stop and seek the gentle guidance of my Lord. Through His word and prayer.

Let’s all trust in our Lord to set our paths straight.

And the next time you are torn, torn between whether to order the cake or the ice cream for dessert. Be like me! Order them both! We only live once! 🙂

Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.
Proverbs 4:26

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Still The One

Good morning!

This past weekend was homecoming for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. It’s America’s greatest homecoming celebration.  This year’s theme was Stillwater, Still Loyal, Still True. 

OSU! You’re still the one!
You’re still #1!
You still remain undefeated.

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Homecoming in Stillwater, Oklahoma is a really, really big deal! And it always has been as long as I can remember! Countless hours are put into the preparation of the outdoor decorations and floats for the parade by countless numbers of students, both Greek and independent alike. 

Been there, done that with the fondest of memories I might add. 🙂 Love you all my AXO sisters! ♡

People come from all around to witness the festivities. Students, alums, prospective students, friends and families, local residents to name just a few. The culmination of all the hours of hard work end in a weekend full of fun and memories,  both old and new. From the sign competition to the walkaround to the tailgating to the parade to the football game, it’s a sea of orange!

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The traditional Sea of Orange Parade for OSU homecoming this year ended in horror.  An accident so unfathomable we are all still in shock at its reality.

But the OSU Cowboys, not only in Boone Pickens Stadium,  but across the nation,  cowboyed up and hit a knee in honor of the tragic auto pedestrians accident that befell the campus earlier that morning.

In a day and age that prayer has been removed from just about every public venue, the OSU Cowboys began their game by honoring the morning’s tragedy in prayer. They lifted the fallen to their Heavenly Father for protection and healing. Philippians 4:6,7 tells us,  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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In moments such as this, it makes me proud to say I’m an OSU Cowboy! OSU, you’re still the one!

Let’s all remember the fallen of October 24th, 2015. Let’s pray for healing both physically and emotionally for all involved. Let’s not forget to include the young lady that was driving the vehicle in the accident in our prayers.  She too is God’s child. She too needs prayer. Romans 3:23 reminds us “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”.

In spite of this tragedy, may God bring each of you peace and comfort at this time when you are searching for answers to make sense of it all. And remember, just like OSU, God is still loyal. and He is still true. He’s still the one! 🙂

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
John 14:27 

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Hometown Football

Good morning!

It was a beautiful evening for some  football. The air was crisp and cool after the fall drizzle all day. The Friday night lights were on. It was Senior Night at the Memorial vs. Shawnee Friday night football game.

The Chargers came out large and in charge, taking an early lead and maintaining it throughout the entire game. They played an awesome game! The final score on the scoreboard read 33-30 in Memorial’s favor. Several star players shined brightly throughout the evening. So fun to watch! But the number that caught my eye was

                                #51

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Jebario Allums is the bearer of that particular number. The reason it caught my eye was because he not only played on the football field during the game, he played on the field during half time as well!

He was recognized as a senior at half time with his fellow senior members of the Big Blue Machine, Memorial’s marching band,  and then remained on the field to perform with the band. The reason he stood out to me was he was in his football uniform the entire time! The other band members were all in their customary band uniforms. Just a tad bit noticeable I might say. 😉 Then back on the field he went following the half time festivities as the football players took their appropriate positions on the sidelines and on the field. It was absolutely priceless!  If you were up moving around during the half time intermission and failed to see the 3 to 5 minute band performance,  you possibly missed seeing #51.
Well, I’m just saying…
#51, I want you to know, I saw it! 🙂
It’s amazing what treasures we can see if we just slow down and look.

It was pretty cool if you ask me!
That was some pretty heavy duty multi-tasking!  Kudos to you, Jebario! Certainly a man of many talents.

Only in hometown football will you see such flexibility. I saw #51 performing on the same field as a football player, a senior, and a band member all within minutes of each other. Three different accomplishments. Each distinctly different yet making up one individual. 
Sound familiar? 😉

3 – The number of divine perfection.

Let’s all look for the threes in things. Especially the three that matter most, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Enjoy the life you are living. Just make sure you are living for more than just yourself. Watch some football. But if you want to win more than games in life look to the Big 3.

– For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word His Son, Jesus Christ), and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:7

Love and laughter,

Sandy