Lots of good things happening around us

Don’t know about you but I am so over all the nonsense going on around us. Let’s talk about some good things happening in our communities.

First off, I want to give kudos to the Crawford County Board of Education. They were one of if not the first system in this area to announce they had a plan for back to school. They didn’t wait until the last minute like neighboring systems. Yes, they said it could change or evolve but at least they had one. They are also allowing extra curricular activities for those involved in virtual learning, which kids need. Thank you for common sense leaders.

It was also announced that the sales tax received was around the same as it’s been the last few years during the pandemic. Thank you Lord for that.

 The tent revival saw many people led to Christ. Hallelujah and Thank you Jesus. I was able to watch some online and the pastor said several of the things I have told my Bible study group on a regular basis including the truth about the virus and masks. If only more churches took that same stance, we would witness great things and I believe we still will soon. Of course, we saw some satanic attacks with some people but God wins. The revival came to an end but is going to Washington, DC. and we pray for a moving of the Holy Spirit there. 

As a result of the revival, students, teachers and community members will hold a devotion every day, Monday through Friday, at the Crawford County High School Football field at 3 p.m. You are encouraged to join them. 

Food drives and school supply drives are being held all over the place and that’s a good thing.

The city and county have agreed on the split for T-SPLOST, if it gets approved. When approved, it will help with road projects throughout the county.

The fluoride referendum is going forward as well and hopefully will be passed by the citizens. We don’t need unnecessary additives in the water, especially don’t need it to be mandated by the government.

Welcome Marcus Early back to our community, twice a week for half a day. Marcus is with Central Georgia Technical College and was here then got transferred to Pulaski County. He’s still in Pulaski but Crawford and Peach counties have been added to his district. Marcus is one of the good guys and we are glad he’s back if only for two half days. 

We are thankful for all the businesses that have made it so far which includes your newspaper. God always provide when you trust Him to do so. Roberta, Crawford County businesses need all the support we can get. I’m thankful for the things we can get  here without having to go elsewhere. Of course, it could be better but let’s focus on the positive. 

City of Roberta is getting new water lines installed on East Agency, along with the new school we have to look forward to down the road. 

I enjoy working with people in the community. One of those is Brenda Peacock. She is always friendly and courteous and I can count on a hug. Thank you Mrs. Brenda. 

Of course, Patti is also a gem and a great help to us at times and we really appreciate her. 

Our community hasn’t brought the outside craziness inside and has remained united and civil as it should be. There are a lot of good people in this community and that in itself is a blessing. We should count our blessings every day.

It’s easy to get distracted and caught up in the madness and forget how blessed we are in our lives.  People can drive us crazy with their views, actions as well but we just have to pray for them and not overreact. Hard at times and I can personally say I dealt with one of those Monday morning. Because you don’t agree with them, you are a bad person, are prejudice or a number of other things they can come up with, which couldn’t be further from the truth. But we have to remember our faith is in God, not people. I always try to find some common ground, but that is not always possible with some people.

All that’s going on has made a lot of people less sociable and harder to get along with but that’s okay. God is still in control and this will all be over one day. 

I’m thankful that up until today, I’ve not really had anyone be really ugly about anything. No matter what I’m trying to stay positive and not let anyone steal my joy. It’s really about how you react to the things that are going on that can make a difference.

These are some ways to try and stay positive. Ask yourself what’s the good thing about each situation and what we can learn from it. What can we do to help solve the situation?

Make sure your environment is positive. That includes the people in it. Spend more time with the positive and those who encourage and lift you up. Also be careful about the information you let in. Don’t spend time on negative news or reading materials that are negative. Listen to inspirational music and motivational people. Music can change your mood really fast. 

Always be thankful for everything, even the unanswered prayers as they are actually answered. 

Don’t forget to take care of yourself.  Work on your immune system as well as your spiritual well being. Spend some time outside. Sunshine is good for you and helps your mood.

Don’t focus on the things you can’t change. Give it all to God. 

Don’t allow worry to cripple you. God tells us to not be anxious for anything and we need to not worry as it means we don’t trust God to handle it. 

Don’t let your emotions sidetrack you. Emotions can be fickle and change frequently so don’t be led by them.

What we say and what we think does matter so watch your words carefully and be mindful of those thoughts which are negative and self-productive. 

One of the best things to do, is to do something for someone else. Doing things for others takes your mind off yourself and your troubles. It also releases feel good endorphins. Do random acts of kindness every change you get. 

Close your eyes and just breathe and thank God. Talk with Him every day and release all your cares to Him before you go to sleep each night.

There is always something you can find for which to be thankful and having an attitude of gratitude affects those around you. It’s something to strive for every day. Blessings.

And if you know of something good happening, let us know. We like to highlight the good. 

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

About vsimmons54

Veteran journalist of 40 years. Editor, Motivational Speaker, Ordained Minister, CEO of A Light in the Darkness Ministries, Copy Editor, Copywriting, Event Planner, Lensclusive Photography, Babbling Brook Consulting and Design, event planner and author. I love to write and speak and I love Jesus. I also do copy writing and editing. Recently co-authored Vanished Towns Revisited.
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