You Need to Heal

weeklywalk26Welcome! Starting another week here at The Boot. And, I always begin my Mondays with a new Scripture to memorize.

As a physical therapist, I encourage you to take walks, to be active, and fit for God’s service. Walking is a wonderful time to memorize Scripture and get it firmly planted in your mind.

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 is easy to memorize, but extremely difficult to put into practice. Pray for God to show you ways to begin the practice of loving the unlovable.

Maybe you have some deeply rooted anger or resentment aimed at someone who has hurt you. (I have.) Maybe you are thinking yourself better than someone else, someone who is less educated or less well off. (I have.) Whatever it is, God will reveal it.

Once He does, pray for His strength to forgive and to love. I can speak from personal knowledge, you will not be able to do it using your own strength. Your flesh wants to stay mad or hurt. But, God wants you to let it go and love. Love will heal the emotional wounds and you need to heal. God wants you to heal.

As my grandma always said, “Staying mad is only hurting you. It’s not hurting them.” Grandma was right. It’s time to let God heal you.

Have a great week, dear friends.

Love y’all,

GinnyCruzblogsig

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Who Invented Cowboy Boots?

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Credit Kansas Historical Society

Hey, it’s #fridayfunfact time again!

What’s #fridayfunfact you ask?

Well…it’s where I write about a fun fact on Friday.

Today’s question: Who invented the cowboy boot?

The answer to that question is in dispute, but here’s what I discovered in my research. (Credit to Kansas Historical Society website)

Tradition credits Charles Hyer as one of the first to invent the cowboy boot. Company promotional materials state that a Colorado cowboy stopped by the Hyer shop on his way home from the Kansas City stockyards in 1875, requesting a new pair of boots that were different from his Civil War-style boots. He wanted a boot with a pointed toe that would slide more easily into a stirrup, a high, slanted heel that would hold a stirrup, and a high top with scalloped front and back so he could get in and out of his boots more easily. Charles accepted the challenge. The unknown cowboy was so pleased with Hyer’s work that he returned to Colorado and told others about his new boots.

Hyer Boot Company, OlatheThe brothers employed mostly immigrant craftsmen from Germany, Sweden and Poland during the early years. They made cowboy boots for cattlemen, rodeo performers and movie stars such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Tom Mix, Will Rogers, and Gene Autry. To reach potential customers further west and across the ocean, the company created mail-order catalogues with measuring charts. During World War I, the Hyers made boots for the officers at Fort Leavenworth and at Camp Funston. In 1961, governors from the 49 other states were outfitted with Hyer boots courtesy of Governor John Anderson. They were presented as part of the traditional exchange of gifts between governors during the annual Governor’s Conference.

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Have a safe St. Patrick’s Day!

Love y’all,

GinnyCruzblogsig

 

Starting to Crack?

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I grew up on construction sites. Daddy and Grandaddy were builders, and I loved hanging out with them. With a hammer in my hand, I’d tag along to watch and learn.

Take the picture to the left, for example. There’s a good chance this crack in the brick wall is a sign of a sinking foundation.

The bottom bricks were laid on a level run of concrete, the foundation. Then, brick by brick the wall was built. But someday, if the foundation shifts or sinks, the wall of bricks will show cracks. It may eventually crumble and fall.

Same is true of our lives. Your life is built on something and, if your foundation isn’t stable, your life will begin to crack. It may eventually fail completely and crash.

What foundation are you built on?

Are you practicing a lifestyle or following habits God frowns on?

God’s ways have proven to be solid, stable, and blessed. His teachings are best to build your life on, and…it is never too late to start.

You may not be able to reverse all the current cracks or stop some imminent ones, but God is the only one who can completely firm up your foundation from the bottom up. Jesus is the only one who can heal the cracks. Anything man dreams up to do is nothing more than a band-aid or a facade designed to patch or cover up the damage.

Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7: 24-27

Love y’all,

GinnyCruzblogsig

 

Need strength?

weeklywalk25 Do you need strength to get through today’s to-do list? Are you facing a health scare? Maybe, you’re carrying a heavy emotional burden?

As we begin a new week, I’m giving you another Scripture verse to memorize. I always encourage you to take walks and occupy your mind by memorizing Scripture instead of worrying about whatever you are burdened by.

And during your walk, ask yourself if you actually believe this Scripture. If you do, then ask God to give you the strength. Take a moment to receive His help. Ask Him to show you what, if anything, you need to do about the situation.

He may whisper to you things such as, let it go, lighten up your schedule, or focus on me. If you hear Him tell you anything, do it, and do it quickly. Do not waste time telling Him why you can’t do what He has told you. (This will not work and I have first-hand info on that.)

You either believe the Scripture or you don’t–right? It doesn’t mean he’ll help you do things He doesn’t want you to do, it means he will help you do everything on your schedule He desires for you to do.

Love y’all,

GinnyCruzblogsig

 

Feeling Stressed?

hiking-break-737555_640Is life overwhelming you today? Needing some peace and quiet, or maybe a few moments to relax in the sun?

I know how you feel. Many days, especially when I was raising my sons, I felt like I was running on a treadmill. The speed kept increasing and I couldn’t slow it down.

 

But, you can find some peace amidst the stress.

Try this:

While you’re standing in the grocery line or sitting in the school pick up line, briefly close your eyes and pray these words, “Dear Lord Jesus, help me focus on your face and your grace. I do not have the strength or the capacity to accomplish all I have on my plate, but with your strength and your provision, I can. Help me, Jesus.”

Open your eyes, take a deep breath, and in your mind and spirit, receive His peace and assistance.

Here’s a Scripture verse I find helpful:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I hope this helps you. It did me. And, I’ll tell you something else that helps–become a master in delegation 🙂

May God bless you today and every day,

Ginny

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Weekly Walk with Ginny

weeklywalk24Here at The Boot, we’re always encouraging you to Build On Old Truths. So, let’s get started with another edition of for the Weekly Walk with Ginny.

Talking a walk is healthy, and it’s proven. God made us to move and walking is as natural as breathing. No one had to teach you unless you’ve had something happen to make it difficult.

Getting outside is also healthy and the open spaces help free your mind and allow a wonderful opportunity to pray and talk to God.

This week I’m encouraging you to ask God to help you forgive. You probably have someone who’s hurt you, let you down, or left you bruised and angry.

As Christians, we are to forgive and…it is hard. I can’t do it without God’s help. Maybe that’s true for you, too.

So, today get outside and talk a walk for at least 20 minutes. And, pray for God to give you the strength to forgive that person. Give all the anger and hurt to God and let him lift it away.

Ginny

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Do you love boots as much as I do?

I bought my first boots when I was in high school. They were the most uncomfortable shoes I ever owned, but I still wore them. They reflected me–a cowgirl at heart.

Mama and Daddy surprised me with a new pair of cowboy boots on Christmas 1980. The very next day I wore them as I traveled with friends from Mississippi State to see our team play in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX. They might have sneaked over the border into Mexico, too.

Those boots lasted until I graduated from physical therapy school at the University of Florida. Cowboy boots stood out in Gainesville. It’s sort of a flip-flop town. Liberal then and now.

Over the next decade or so, I tried on different personas and left my cowboy boot identity behind. But in 2008, when God called me to begin writing, I went shopping for a new pair of cowboy boots. That’s them in the picture.

They’re beautiful, aren’t they? I get compliments on them everywhere I wear them.

So, it seemed appropriate to name my blog, The Boot.

B= building

o = on

o = old

t = truths

’cause that’s what I’ll be blogging and writing about. God’s ways, the old ways, are the best ones to build a life and a family legacy on. Trust me on this.

If you’re a boot person, I hope you’ll join me. If you’re not, but you wish you were, then become a member of the community. There are plenty of “cowgirl wannabes” scattered in the cities and suburbia, where we dream of open plains, rugged men, and horses.

Follow and share your cowboy boot pictures.