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Makeup lessons

Anyone who even remotely knows me will TOTALLY laugh at this post – me giving makeup advice is the the captain of the Titanic trying to coach Noah, nothing short of disaster ,)
Nevertheless, here are a few pts I’ve learned:
*use a clean brush otherwise, nothing goes on your face
*use quality makeup if you need it to last awhile
*good light is essential – if you can see what you’re putting on, you could have disastrous results (this happened to me once)

I’m sure there’s lots more, but these short pts can also apply to our walk w God
*Application without purity is fruitless
*the greater the quality of the Bible in our lives the longer it’s effects last
*light is always an essential to see what’s going on 🙂

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HURRY UP!!!


 As we come to the conclusion of Winter, it seems like all of my kids “can’t wait for Spring!”  I reminded them that once we hit the Spring, they’ll be saying that they can’t wait for Summer and a break from school.  It seems like we humans can have some difficulties when it comes to waiting – whether it’s waiting in line at Walmart, waiting for some test results, waiting for a cake to rise or waiting for a bad hair cut to grow out (I never have this problem bc I love my hair cutting guy 🙂

Anyways, here are some good things to consider that are associated with waiting:

  • maturation & refining – like a fine wine, time can often help us to be more wise & refined
  • greater awareness – often if we will give time a chance to work its magic, we will see things that we would have missed from being impatient
  • discipline – being impulsive tends to create half-baked results, but waiting gives us the benefit of growing in our ability for self-control
  • space & time to check my heart – it seems like when I’m always in a hurry that checking in with my heart and the Holy Spirit unfortunately tends to take a back seat to activity & speed
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The power of listening

I find that listening is an amazing experience. Here are some reasons why. When I listen:
*i am present w the person who is speaking
*i broaden my experience & perspective by hearing another persons point of view
*i gain, learn & grow
*my relationship can deepen & grow

What has been profoundly riveting is when I listen to God. These times for me are nothing less than breath taking. It’s good to listen

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testing, 1, 2, 3

 I used to teach Jr High & High School and I thoroughly loved teaching!!  My students to this day would probably tell you that I was a hard teacher and my tests were particularly difficult.  It’s true, I did give rough tests & I did my level best to have them graded and returned by the next day because I firmly believed that my students would learn the most if I could get their tests graded and returned asap.  Their tests would help them see where they were solid and the areas where they needed to make improvements.  Ultimately, the tests were not for my benefit, but rather for my students and I wanted to help them get the most out of them that I possibly could.

To me, this is interesting because there are several occasions in the Bible where God tested people and several verses that imply that He still tests us – to show us our strengths and weakspots.  Sometimes when we go through difficult seasons or seasons that seem to be murky or deficient in purpose, these can often be tests.  In the tests that I now recognize that God has given me, I’ve learned some extremely helpful things – the importance of wisdom, the power of patience, the significance of trust and the vitality of genuine love, plus more.  Even though we often don’t like tests, they can certainly be very valuable 🙂

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perspective

 Perspective has alot to do with our decisions & attitudes.  Here’s an example:  one of my kids just told me that they’re bored.  When I suggested that we could skip the Christmas break & head back to school, they were suddenly “un-bored”.  Lots of things are a matter of perspective.  Along this line, I’ve been thinking lately about what it means to think about things from God’s point of view, based on Biblical insights:

  • How does God see the things with which I struggle in my life?
  • What is God’s perspective on the way I treat my mate?
  • What does God think / feel about how I interact with my kids?
  • What does God think about how I behave on my job?
  • What things / values are important to God?
  • How does God “feel” about the way I use my time, money & energies?

If you want to get to know someone really well, you have to do your best to understand things from their point of view.  This takes time, intentionality, honor & humility.  Getting to know someone else’s perspective tells them that they are important to you, that their values are significant & that they matter in your life.  Getting to know God’s point of view is a noble adventure, worthy of our focus & energies 🙂

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What’s the Skinny on Obedience??

I had an interesting conversation w a friend the other day about what it means to love Jesus – we express our love for Jesus by doing what He tells us to do (obedience). My friend was really intense about the idea of DOING what Jesus says, heavy emphasis on activity.
I walked away from our conversation w a bit of unease & I’ve been thinking about this over the last week or so & I’ve come to the conclusion that obeying Jesus has 2 parts: activity & attitude. If I do the right things but have the wrong attitude & heart, my actions will seem disingenuous & even dishonoring. If my attitude is squeaky clean but my actions are inconsistent, I appear to be a hypocrite. Obedience includes actions & attitudes and my sense is that we desperately need the Holy Spirit working in our daily living to Help us with our actions & attitudes 😀

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Fear: friend or foe?

Fear is interesting – in the right amounts & toward the right things, it can be really beneficial. On the other hand, fear with the wrong amounts & directed toward the wrong things can be thoroughly toxic & destructive.
Consider this: fear can immunize us from disrespect & irreverence. Fear can keep us from doing dumb things & the Bible speaks of a boat load of benefits from having a fear, respect & reverence for God.

On the negative scale, fear can hinder us from some amazing experiences, adventures & accomplishments. It can also keep us from learning some important lessons. Fear can keep us trapped in the past & cripple us from moving forward. Fear can suffocate healthy relationships & even debilitate constructive growth.
So here’s my conclusion: I don’t want to be afraid of life but I do want to have a healthy reverence for the Creator of life – love life & honor it’s Creator.

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