In a town 30 miles out of Lubbock 2 teams stood on the diamond & with heads bowed throughout the stadium a pray was said.... Yes an honest to goodness prayer not a moment of silence that now seems to be the norm . A prayer full of thankfulness for safe travels and protection for the players and that we , fans and players, have good sportsmanship ..... The announcer wasn't a shamed of her love for our Heavenly Father...... Gosh I love small town America...I wish big and small was the same . Proud to be in the stands and see today's youth with heads bowed and Amens whispered and in an instant the moment ended. As "Play Ball" was yelled!!
My Plans Aren't Always His Plans
Good Morning .... My favorite verse says "I have plans for you".... It doesn't say ..." What are your plans for your life or others life." I thought I knew the Lords plans for my B's life & it included baseball in college ... Duh!! The other night I am snuggled down in bed after watching my B play a good game in 30 mile an hour wind and the dirt oh mylanta.. He asked if could talk to me and instantly my heart starts thumping, if your a parent you know this feeling. He proceeds to tell me his heart, he doesn't want to play college ball, he just wants to go to college and enjoy. I am quiet as tears roll down my cheeks, I listen to this boy I love so much and I am shouting on the inside " wait a second this is not my plan for you, what are u doing, we have planned this for 10 yrs !!" Happy Beautiful Thursday y'all... I thought I knew the "plan" and this wasn't it and then it hits me, the plan I thought was what I wanted, not what was Gods plan for my B. I think sometimes we all get this wake up call.... Not my plan its HIS plan & that's tough to swallow. Even though my heart is so sad right now, I am so proud of my B , what a big, tough decision he has made .... I am reminded daily, I may be his mom but first and foremost he is Gods child and yes he has plans for him..... Is it your plans or HIS plans... Think about that, its pretty humbling when you do..... I will cherish this time !
Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up
Good Morning!!..... No matter how ya feel get up, dress-up, show up & never give up..... It will slowly change you. I read this the other day and my first thought.... Someone has been listening to the meetings with the CIG girls. Act and look your best and you become the best version of yourself... Happy Beautiful Tuesday y'all.... You can change your perspective by changing the small things, only you
can... Prayer, faith, vision and a great pair of boots ......makes for a really great day
Public Speaking, Makes Me Hide...
Good Morning!! ..... Over the last 6 months I have been avoiding a few different people, I have even gone so low as to hide in the kitchen for a whole hour( geez how embarrassing) so I would not have to speak to table 40, yes they were asking for me but was told I was unavailable ... Why? they wanted me to come and speak at a ladies conference a few weeks ago and I didn't want to... Another bold guest wanted me to speak at his church over the holidays ..... Yep I did it to him also, avoided him and finally told him I was unavailable .... I have shared over the last few years my fear of speaking .... My stomach starts hurting , my heart racing, my hands sweaty & my voice that I don't like anyway( yes I sound like a cartoon sometimes ) gets shaky and yep eventually tears .. And honestly what do I have to say that people really want to hear . Happy Beautiful Thursday y'all..... A few days ago this is what I read......"as I stood in front of my king of kings I ask him why he took me so early? You were not using the gifts I gave you and so I brought you home!!"... Wow hit me right between my eyes... It is really not about me and what makes me comfortable or happy or even calm , if it was I don't think I would be in this business but it is ALL about HIM what he is doing and to share with others the amazing journey he has put me on. Are you using the gifts he gave ? Or will you stand in front of him with these words" you didn't use the gifts I gave". My head and heart need to get on the same page..... It's not about me it's ALL about HIM....gosh it drives me crazy when he speaks and I have no choice but to listen.!!!!
Fear and then Faith
Good Morning!! Everyday of the week I have certain regulars that usually only come on that particular day ... Yesterday, Thursday, in walked grandmother and granddaughter , Thursday has become their time together and they spend it with us. This started a few months ago. I remember, like it was yesterday, when I received the call that my precious regular had lost his battle and has slipped from this world into his eternity. She (grandmother) called to tell me the news that brought tears and heartache , not only to me but Alysha, who had served them for years... He was family . Yesterday as I walked them towards their table my precious friend says..."are you sad that the old location is almost completely torn down?" "Ya know, I think I would have been more upset if it would have happened last year when mentally & physically I was a little more fragile & missing the simplicity of the old place!" She asked a few question about my answer ...." Do you think you would have changed location if the building had not sold ?" ..."nope , I was happy and content so I needed proding from our Heavenly Father for all of this to happen!!" She laughs and really said something that we all struggle with and that my life has been based on..." I have trouble stepping out on Faith , I am fearful if I do something drastic what will happen!" Happy Beautiful Friday y'all.. How many times have we let fear take control over our faith. If I would not have had faith and trusted the direction he was pushing me (yes pushing and dragging) I would have missed out on so much ..... Stop resisting what he has for you, believe me I know how scary it is to let go and let God....but his rewards are great... He knew a lot more people needed to experience "His"grill.... & so he gave me a place that had room for a line, honestly unbelievable doesn't even describe my feelings but it All started with fear and then complete FAITH... Trust in The Lord with all your heart
Good Morning!! whew life's lessons everywhere & I have a question of the day.. Y'all can give me inspiration. If you do not get an apology, Where is the relationship ? If it is pure business and not personal should you expect an apology? Myself, being the head of this crazy place, is expected to apologize when I have hurt someone or is that my expectations of my self.. Yep my brain will not shut off!! Would love insight y'all. Happy beautiful Thursday y'all!!
Struggles turn to Strength
Good Morning !!! ..... Things that are hard to bear are sweet to remember.... Heartache turns to compassion & compassion turns to strength, reminds me how great the God I serve is! Happy Beautiful Monday y'all...baseball is life in our house & my B has been blessed with the ability to play really well.. The last few games he has struggled at the plate.. He made some adjustments with his hands & feet and wow he has struggled. We recorded him this weekend so he could watch back and fix it, yesterday while we were at the cage recording and working I thought how tough it is to watch him struggle ....and how we truly take for granted how great he plays.... His struggles will only make this game we love sweeter when he comes out stronger. ..... Things that are hard to bare are sweet to remember .... Yep I will cherish these struggles because he will become stronger & more compassionate.... This is our heavenly Fathers plans for each of us.
I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.