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Sep 5, 2013 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Marketing Beauty

Marketing wrinkles my brain.

How do we make people want something? Be willing to sacrifice other necessities to purchase it? How do we make a product so appealing in just thirty seconds time? Are we gullible enough to fall for that?

Apparently so.

Lately there have been a few companies who have pulled back the curtain to the marketing land of promise to show us how they make decisions and what they’re really selling. Here are a few examples:

 

Marketing wrinkles my brain because it tells me to be unsatisfied with my life. It tells me I am not enough without this status or product or achievement or mate. And it takes only 30 seconds to convince me of that.

I want a different mindset. A contentedness no matter my situation. A peace that isn’t product-based. How can such a mindset be maintained when I’m told otherwise so often?

Philippians 4:11-13

“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Jul 22, 2013 - Uncategorized    2 Comments

Holy Hair Flair

I feel like I am missing a word. Like it should read, “Holy Hair Flair, Batman!”

Maybe that’s just showing my age. But that really has nothing to do with my story!

A friend of mine is headed to Africa, to coastal Kenya, in a few short weeks. I’ve sent her with an extra special present: Holy Hair Flair. I thought about the difficulty of cross-cultural, inter-generational, second-tongue work- and it is a strain in the best of circumstances. My church adopted this people group, the Digo people, over a decade ago. We raised funds and built a well, commissioned the translation of the Bible into their native language, and have sent dozens of people over to care for, educate, train, and love on this people. This latest team will be doing medical, literacy, and handiman work.  How can four people traveling literally half way across the world take all the books, tools, and medicines that they might need? And why would I add to their load?

My prayers are that the small bag bursting with hair flair will provide an “in” a way to communicate love and excitement without the benefit of the same language.

I was scheduled to visit this same people group two years ago, but for many reasons, the trip was canceled. I’ve always mourned that. I wanted to send a little bit of myself with the team this year and I figured what better way to do that than through hair flair?! I carefully chose an assortment of styles, sizes, colors, and clips.

And then I prayed.

I prayed that they would be a small blessing, a little reminder of love, a memento representative of a whole group of people in America who care about this tribe and work for it’s well-being.

That’s what makes it Holy Hair Flair –the love with which it is sent. May it succeed it it’s purpose!

Hair Flair

Jun 4, 2013 - Uncategorized    3 Comments

My First Free Saturday

I woke up this past Saturday and didn’t know what to do with myself.

I’ve worked nearly every Saturday for the past six years at the hospital and I was so eager to have a true weekend, a two-day-in-a-row-mini-vacation. I’d lived with a day off here or there for so long that the prospect of 48 uninterrupted hours of relaxation made me dizzy with glee.

I expected to see cartoon blue birds singing and wildflowers blossoming as I sauntered past. I expected to be filled with song and to feel so rested come Monday.

Only that’s not how it turned out. I was so anxious about using my newly freed time well and resting so thoroughly that I made myself anxious the entire weekend! I slept in and did some chores and ran a few errands and read and talked with a friend and sat by the pool and cooked dinner… and realized that this was life. That every weekend would not be filled to the brim with entertainment. That chores still needed to be done whether on a Wednesday or a Saturday. And I learned that 48 hours can go by so quickly, especially when I spent 40 of them fretting about what would be the most relaxing, best use of my time.

I want to enjoy my weekends and not fret. I want to experience true rest instead of scheming about what would be the most restful! I need to realize that I had a normal, expected, productive and good weekend, despite it’s notable lack of cartoon blue birds.

cartoon blue bird

Apr 9, 2013 - Uncategorized    No Comments

End It

Slavery still exists.

I wonder how many people know that.

And it’s not a little problem.

There are more slaves in the world today that at any other time in history. 27 million men, women and children are enslaved.

I first heard about this modern day plight at Passion 2012. I learned more of the story this past January where I, along with 60,000 of my closest friends, got to shine a light on slavery. Today, on national “Shine a Light on Slavery Day” we continue that task.

We want to rescue. We want to restore. We want to prevent.

It’s an awe-inspiringly, gigantic task. But I serve an awe-inspiringly, gigantic God! There is much work to be done and many lives to be changed.

Awareness is the first part of the work.

I’m in it to End It.

End It Movement

 

Visit www.enditmovement.com for more information and to sign the pledge to end modern day slavery.

Dec 22, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Return of the Cheeky

Cheeky’s adventures continued…

He once accompanied me to work, lovingly encircling my Diet Coke. I laughed until I snorted at this scene!

He also got more creative. Seeking sustenance in odd places:

He is resourceful! Using a chopstick and dental floss to catch dinner…

I really hope he didn’t catch anything!

 

Dec 6, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths
and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.   Luke 2:6-7

This is just two verses and yet it contains so much truth and joy!  We enter the scene as Mary, nearly nine months pregnant, travels with her fiance to a strange town to be registered with the government.  This scene is already scandalous because Mary and Joseph are not married, and yet Mary’s growing stomach causes the world to question her purity.  I don’t know if she traveled with her head hung low because of the constant whispering about her situation, or with her head high, knowing she was carrying an incredibly precious package.  Either way, it is safe to say she drew unfriendly glances.  While on this journey, Mary began having contractions.  I can imagine Joseph trying to comfort Mary as they went not to the hospital, but to the hotel.  But not even the inn is available.  So they go to a stable.  Its cold outside and the stable is drafty, not to mention smelly (I mean animals lived there!)  It is unsanitary, uncomfortable, and unfitting for a king.  Yet this is where Jesus was born.  Mary laid him in a trough filled with hay.  There was no doctor, no epidural, no APGAR scores, no blanket, no extended family, no baby showers, and no comforts.  To an onlooker it may have seemed like a pitiful and saddening scene.  However, it was anything but!  It was in this ordinary stable that royalty was born.

One of the beautiful things in Scripture is that God takes ordinary things and makes them extraordinary.  He took a stable and made it a palace.  He took water and made it a cleansing river of life.  He took bread and wine and made them symbols of redemption.  In turn, it is our job not to allow such extraordinary things to become common again.  No matter how many times we celebrate Christmas, it should take our breaths away to think that Jesus, who created the cosmos, was born as a baby.  A baby who was totally dependent upon his parents for clothing and nourishment.  This baby would grow to live perfectly and die for our shortcomings.  This is our only hope in life and death.  And it all started with a young girl with birth pangs in a stable…

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas as you strive to remember that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14. 

Nov 23, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Quote-tastic!

I live my life in movie quotes. I it is one of my all time most favorite-est of things when I toss out a movie quote and others can play along. Not only is it fun and uniting, but often times my favorite quotes represent a beautifully crafted sentence which, as a wordophile, I envy!

Here’s a good one:

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” —Albus Dumbledore

Like, I said, beautiful sentence and sentiment, right?

I’m salivating at the possibility of crafting such a tidbit of truth!

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