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Confessions, Faith

My Word for 2016 and What Came of It

My word for 2016 came to me one day in late 2015, and at the time I couldn’t figure out why it kept coming to mind when I would pray about it.  Purpose.  That is what kept coming up everywhere, purpose.  It came up in ladies bible class, I received a bracelet with purpose stamped on it, and the list keeps going.  At first I just thought it was because I have often wondered what my calling is, and I even asked The Big Guy if that was what he meant.  You know, we all doubt Him every once in a while, right?  Anyone?  Don’t we?  Bueller?  Okay, so it’s just me.  Purpose kept coming to my mind, and I finally (I am stubborn) committed to my one word for the new year.

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After thinking about my word many times throughout the year of 2016, but seriously between you, me and the keyboard, I couldn’t figure it out.  Then I went to She Speaks.  It is a conference held by Proverbs 31 for speakers and writers.  It was the first time I’d ever flown anywhere by myself, and wouldn’t you know it, there were all kinds of problems.  But, it all worked out.  I ending up attending my very first writing conference, and I loved it!  I made wonderful friends, learned lots of information that I still use today, and I think I found my purpose.

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What is cool about me finding my purpose is that I found yours too!  Yep!  If you are a Christian, it is your purpose to become like Christ.  So, if that is our purpose, we as individuals have different gifts to accomplish this purpose.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;
if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;

if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;
if it is giving, then give generously;
if it is to lead, do it diligently;
if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:6 (NIV)

While at the She Speaks conference, I took in everything I could on the writing end of things.  I took written notes, mental notes, and photos of different slides. I loved every minute of it, but things weren’t clicking for me there like I thought they would.  Then on the last night there it hit me; maybe I’m supposed to do the speaking thing too.  Everything led me to think, sure publish your book but make that the starting point.  I thought about it and I prayed about it for a few weeks before I ever said anything out loud to anyone.  The first person I told was my husband, and he was very blasé about it.  After keeping it to myself for a while longer, I decided to talk about it with up to a couple of friends.  Finally, when I decided to update the website, I tossed the idea out to my girl, Kristin, who did all the work on here, and she said, YES! If that is what you feel called to do, then put it out there! (Possibly paraphrased.) So, my purpose is to become like Christ, and my gift might be to encourage, teach, and speak (even though that one isn’t on the list).

Everyone has a gift, and I hope that you have discovered yours.  Once you do, your life will never really be the same.

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Faith, My Battle with Breast Cancer, My Journey

JBH – Breast Cancer & 3-Day Walk

Wondering what JBH stands for?  Well, it is something I just made up or didn’t know about, and am claiming as my own.  Ha!

JBH = Just Being Honest

Maybe I should use LBH, Let’s Be Honest, instead.  Thoughts?  (That means you should tell me which one you would use.)

Today, I am going to share photos from the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure I went to last year, and going to be right up front and honest about being a breast cancer survivor.

Let’s get started shall we?

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3-Day – And we are off!

On August 3, 2016, my friend Margaret and I left for Detroit, Michigan to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure.  Honestly, I can’t remember how many people were there, but it was a sea of pink.  It was really quite intoxicating.  What was amazing was that every person there was affected by breast cancer in some way.  People were either survivors, or walking for someone they knew.  I didn’t meet one person there that had not been touched by this type of cancer.

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Some people were so creative.

If you aren’t familiar with the 3-Day Walk, then let me tell you a little about it.  Thousands of people participate every year, and we just happened to be walking in the 150th walk.  The three days consist of anywhere between 18 and 2oish miles per day, with a few Komen miles thrown in.  Only fellow walkers will really understand that one.  🙂  You sleep in a tent, and take showers in a semi-trailer with 5 or 6 showers inside.  Breakfast and supper are served buffet style, and were delicious.  There’s a kind of party every night, but I was usually in the medical area taking care of my aches and pains.

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There’s always encouragement along the way!

The people involved in the walk, encouraging us along the way, or volunteering at camp were fantabulous!  Even the people driving past us on the road were encouraging; they honked, waved and gave everyone a thumbs up.  I’m not an emotional person, but it makes me tear up just thinking about it.  It was moving, and still is to this day.  I made friends on this adventure, and I still keep up with them today.  Facebook is good for somethings, I guess.  The photo above is just a little of the encouragement written along the way, and the nice lady in the tutu is my friend Amy.  Amy walked the whole way, and get this…she wasn’t even a year out of fighting her fight with the monster that is breast cancer.  She is an inspiration!

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These were some long lines!

Porta Potty Row!  These were the cleanest Porta Potties I’ve used, and they even smelled good.  The lines were long, but everyone was friendly.  It was so nice to be around hundreds of people for three days and not hear a bad word said by anyone.  There wasn’t complaining or whining, and there was lots of love.  (See the dude in the white cap with the pink things on his head? His name is Jim, and he walked every single 3-Day event last year. He is pretty tall, so those fluffy pink things on his head were knocked off by tree limbs more times that I could count. We all helped keep track of them for him. That’s just one of the memories. There are many.)

3 Day Oldest | juliekmccomas.com

He’s not 84. He’s only 21 for the 4th time.

The oldest walker of the Detroit, MI 3-Day Walk.  I don’t remember his name, but at one time everyone there knew it.  He was amazing!

One of the truest quotes.

It’s one thing to talk about a cause.  It’s another to do something about it.

This is a quote that can be used for just about anything!  I have recently started thinking about it differently, let me tell you about it.

It’s one thing to talk about a dream.  It’s another to do something about it.  You can change that one word… “cause” …to anything you want.  Dream. Purpose. Job. Chore. Adventure.  You name it, you can throw that word in there to fit your situation.  For me personally, I have a dream or desire to tell people about our Lord, our God, our Father in Heaven.  I went to a speakers/writers conference last year, She Speaks, and came back wondering if I was supposed to be speaking, as well as writing.  It’s been almost a year since that conference, and I have just now put myself out there.  It is a strange and scary feeling, let me tell you!

Here’s the part where I’m just being honest.  I know, that’s the only reason some people will read this.  🙂

I am a Survivor.  I have survived breast cancer.  I have slayed every chemo treatment, shaved my head (that was fun), and I have gotten closer and closer to God along that journey in my life.  Just because I am a survivor doesn’t mean that I want to be a poster child for breast cancer.  I don’t want to only be known as the girl that had cancer.  I don’t want people to see pink every time they look at me.  I walked the walks, I raised money, and I continue to support anyone that has to travel that weary road. I may not walk the walks or raise money for the cause anymore, but I will donate, write, and hopefully speak.  I’ve written as much about my journey as I possibly could in the hopes that I could help just one person.  I want to do things a bit different now.

I want to be a poster child for God!  I want people to see Him, like I saw Him on different journeys in my life.  I want people to see Jesus in me, and I want to help them see Jesus in them too.  During a fight with cancer the patients are called Warriors.  I am still a Warrior, but I am God’s Warrior.  I always will be, and I want you to be one too!

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Confessions, Faith

Best Funeral Ever – Kyle Thomas RIP

RIP Kyle Lynn Thomas aka Zippy | juliekmccomas.com

This is my first cousin, Kyle.

August 10, 2016, Kyle was shot and killed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To be honest, we don’t really know what happened. The people that were there know what happened, but I’m getting stories that don’t even mesh at this point.

What we do know is that Michael Charles Jester, from Arkansas (apparently) thought Kyle had stolen his wallet (apparently) and shot Kyle over it. Then somehow shot himself in the hand. (I’m thinking Kyle fought for his life, and the guy got shot in the hand, but that is just my opinion because I know for a fact that my Kyle wouldn’t go down without a fight.) A Good Samaritan saw Kyle laying in the driveway bleeding, and loading him up into the bed of his truck and took him to the QuikTrip to get help. They even talked about how this man had blood on him. This is the story that was reported by the news stations the morning of the shooting.

You can watch the video of Jester running from the police here, on this dashcam video.

Here is the video telling about the Good Samaritan, and much more crime scene footage.

Now, there are more stories circulating about how this chick named Jacalyn Renee Ketcherside dropped Kyle off at the QuikTrip. Then she (apparently) ran, and was arrested later and is in the Rogers County Jail at the time this is being published.

So there are a few things that don’t mesh. But don’t you worry your pretty little heads, I am gonna go all Joe Kenda on this folks and find out the truth. Don’t even think for a minute that I won’t.

Part of the reason I wanted to write this post about my cousin, Kyle, is because of his funeral. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you things were all rainbows and roses in his life. Kyle fought addiction from an early age, and it landed him in prison. He was out of prison almost two years when that addiction got the best of him. The only thing that could get the best of Kyle was death.

These are the things I remember about Kyle. If you knew him, your memories might be different, but I can’t imagine by much.

Kyle loved everyone. He would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it, and after hearing some stories from his friends he literally gave someone the shirt off his back. If someone didn’t have a place to go for the holidays he would bring them to spend the holidays with us, his family. He loved hugs, and he always told people that he loved them. But only if he really loved you. He was the life of the party, and if there wasn’t a party there was before he left. He made us all laugh, smile, and sometimes cry (only because we were laughing so hard).

Kyle touched a lot of lives in his short time on this earth. I witnessed this by seeing all of the people at his funeral. I don’t want to offend anyone by saying this, but if you know me then you know I mean this in a good way. Kyle’s funeral was the best I have ever been to, hands down. The pastor was great, the singing was fantabulous (props to our cousin Darsha for that), and the people were all touched by Kyle in some way.

When the funeral was over I was able to watch each and every friend of Kyle embrace his mom. They would share a story, condolences, a laugh or just a cry. I watched as every walk of life walked through that line. Business men/owners, elementary/jr.high school friends, friends from truck driving school, friends of his mom, drug addicts, recovering addicts, felons, and most of all loved ones. There were whites, blacks, Mexican, etc. There were hippies, bald guys, and beauties. Every walk of life was in that chapel, and there was only one reason – Kyle. I have never felt so honored to sit in a room full of people in my life. We all loved Kyle! We were in it together! We all had something in common, and Kyle brought us all together.

I told my husband, Butch and several other people, that if there was a funeral for Jesus today that is what it would look like. People from all walks of life, all kinds of circumstances, but all of them loved by Him!

I don’t know how all this death thing works, but I truly wish that Kyle could’ve looked down to see how many lives he touched.

He knew the Lord, and he loved the Lord! I will see Kyle again some day!

Confessions, Faith, Giveaways

My One Word for 2016 – Giveaway Added!

WINNER: Pam Wade! Congrats Pam!! Please email me your mailing address and I will have this out ASAP! Thanks for playing along everyone!!!

Edited to add the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post in honor of being featured over at Sweet Jesus Ministries today. Have you seen the movie War Room? Here’s your chance!

Feel free to scroll to the bottom if you have already read all this mumbo jumbo. 🙂

For the past couple of years I’ve jumped on the one word for the new year wagon. I’ve had Focus and Encourage in the past. This year I really struggled to find a word. When I had just about settled on Love, I received a Faithbox in the mail and inside there was a small bag that said…What’s Your Purpose?

Purpose

Purpose or Love? Have I ever told you how much I hate decision making?

Instead of me making the decision for myself, like a big girl would, I prayed about it. I plainly asked God what my word should be for the new year. I explained to the all-knowing Father that I had narrowed it down to two words, love and purpose. Then, all I had to do was wait patiently.

I didn’t have to wait long, because on Day 2 of the January Everyday Faith devotional (comes in your faithbox) it quotes Ravi Zacharias:

When you find your definitions in God, you find the very purpose for which you were created. Put your hand into God’s hand, know His absolutes, demonstrate His love, present His truth, and the message of redemption and transformation will take hold.

Then, on January 3rd this is what was on my God in Every Moment, DayBrightener Perpetual Flip Calendar.

Everything that happens to you has meaning. Every moment of life has purpose. And God doesn’t step away from you for a single second of the journey.

Did you catch that?

When you find your definitions in God, you find the very purpose for which you were created.

Every moment of life has purpose.

Two days after I prayed about my word for the year, a word in which I would pray about and apply to my life all year, started appearing in everywhere. Not only was it in my calendar and my devotional, it was in scriptures we would read in church AND in ladies bible class. The word PURPOSE was everywhere! I felt like my prayer had been answered.

Purpose it is!

One Word - Purpose 2016

Did you choose one word for 2016? Please share! Also, be sure to go to #oneword365 and join a tribe with others that have chosen the same word. It’s a pretty cool website, check it out!  It might even encourage you to choose a word.

I know that I’ve talked about Faithbox a bit in this post. If you are interested in receiving a box full of faith each month, check it out! I’d appreciate it if you would click on this here link to let them know that I referred you. I will be doing a dedicated post on Faithbox in the near future if you aren’t sure about it just yet.

(NOTE: This post contains affiliate links; shopping through them makes me a little money and makes you even prettier than you already are, at no extra cost to you.)

 

Thanks for hanging out with me for a little bit!

Julie K. McComas

 

 

 

P.S.

Today, Friday, January 15, 2016, I am being featured over at Sweet Jesus Ministries. To celebrate, I am having a giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment. Easy peasy! Don’t put it off, the giveaway ends Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 8pm!

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Again, all you have to do to win this awesome movie is leave a comment. If you can’t think of anything to say, just leave a prayer request. Why a prayer request, you ask? Because this movie is about strategic prayer, and I play on doing some PURPOSEful praying!  Now, you could always follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or just Subscribe to my little ol’ blog.  WINNER is PAM!!! Thanks for playing!

Faith

How Can I Serve You?

Has anyone ever asked you that?

Think about it before you say no.

Or, maybe it was worded differently. How can I help you?

I hear that a lot while I am shopping; "How can I help you?" or "Can I help you?"

We have waitresses, servers, flight attendants, and employees at every kind of establishment you can think of, trained to serve.  

Just this morning, I heard two different people offer their help to someone, and that is when I knew what I would write on my blog today.

We are called to serve the Lord. 

Are we not?

My question for you is simple, but I hope that it makes you think.

Have you asked God that question?

"How can I serve you today, Lord?"

We pray for all kinds of things: children/grandchildren, safe travels, our health, jobs – the list could go on and on.

We give thanks for all kinds of things as well.

But how often do we ask Him, "How can I serve You today?"

 

 

Faith

The Color of Royalty

Purple
Purple

The Color of Royalty

Purple is the color of good judgment. It is the color of people seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good color to use in meditation.

Purple tends to remind me of a few people in particular. My friend, Muncy's favorite color is purple. Anytime I see something purple I think of her. No kidding. Then there are two other people that I think of when I think of purple, Dale & Beverly. They attend our church, and I love them both dearly. They wear purple to church to honor our God, and to show that they are in His Royal Family.

Sunday I sat behind Dale & Beverly in church services, and I noticed (like I do every other Sunday) that Dale smiles as he sings. He feels every single word. He is singing from his heart! That is exactly what we are supposed to do. 

I want to be more like Dale!

Faith

My Word for 2013

This year I am trying something new. I've heard of people picking a word for the year, and trying to apply it to their lives. Actually, I have heard it several times last year, and I decided that I would give it a try.

I sort of struggled finding the perfect word, but then all of a sudden it hit me.

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Word of 2013 – Focus

Yesterday, I told you about how I needed to be thankful for Winter instead of wishing it were warmer weather. I started focusing on the positives instead of the negatives.

I've always been a silver-lining-seeking kind of girl.

Believe it or not, chemo brain is real. I know some people have laughed when I say that my chemo brain is kicking in, but it really does. I have to really focus to overcome those times.

I need to focus on business. I will be telling you a little more about my new business later this month, but right now I need to get more focused on the details.

I need to focus on The Word of God. I have fallen away from my daily reading, and really miss it.

See why I picked "Focus" as my word of the year? I could go on and on listing things I need to focus on. And I will have my word posted around the house to help remind me to just focus.

Do you choose a word for the year? If so, what did you choose for 2013?