Courage has always been celebrated. But there's a lot of confusion concerning what we consider courageous in our warped society. But guess what…our society has been warped for eons. According to Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Want proof?
What is happening now, is the same thing that happened over 2000 years ago. You can read all about it in the 8th chapter of John. One woman made some pretty bad choices and found herself in the courtyard of a temple, about to be killed. People were gathered around with rocks, ready to hurl them at her until she lay lifeless.
At the time, this was perfectly legal. The law stated that any woman caught in adultery should be stoned to death. But Jesus came to bring another take on the situation. It wasn’t that He was going against the law. Adultery is wrong. It’s a sin. Jesus said, “I did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.” Sin is wrong and should be punished. But Jesus, out of love, compassion, and obedience to His father, stepped in to take the punishment for her. He may not have taken the pelting of stones that day, but He would take the lashes for it later.
I thought it was a night like any other night. I was folding the laundry on my bed, listening to my daughter sing her heart out in the shower. Then my throat tightened and I felt panic set in. When did I last wash her hair?
I ran to the bathroom and opened the door so I could yell inside, "Katie, do you need any help washing your hair?"
Her reply brought tears to my eyes, "No, Mama. I'm fine."
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Today, we took the whole family to see the movie, "Inside Out." Let me just say, if you haven't gone to see that movie, get your cute buns to your closest theater and watch it. And if you watch carefully, you'll find a very powerful message of how we should all be living from the inside, out.
I won't spoil the movie for you, but basically it was about how our emotions and memories play such hold roles in our thought processes. We need our emotions--all of them. You may think that you would be better off without fear or sadness. But God created our emotions for a reason. Let me explain.
If there was no sadness, we would never develop the ability to create joy. If there were no fear, we would ever develop the ability to live by faith. The fruit of the Spirit are called fruit for a reason. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are all grown inside of us. And when we learn to take the fruit within and let it become manifested in our lives, we are living Inside-Out!
Make sure you print out this month's Crazy Calendar page! It's that little kick-in-the-pants you need to get stuff done and have fun doing it!
Just click here and print it out---> July2015
(you may have to right-click and drag it to your desktop).
My 17-year-old son, Karis, is perpetually hungry. I honestly can’t remember the last time he sat back at the dinner table, patted his stomach, and said, “That’s it. I’m full.” He usually finishes a meal, gets seconds, and then starts rummaging through the fridge for more. He reminds me of Zac Efron’s character in the movie, “17 Again,” who eats everything he can get his hands on, top it off with a can of whipped cream, and then complains about being hungry “...all the time!
The other day, Karis was standing in the kitchen looking dazed and confused (not an unusual thing). I asked him what was wrong and he clutched his stomach and said, "I'm just so hungry!" I proceeded to give him a private tour of the kitchen. I opened up the fridge and showed him the sliced turkey, pasta salad, carrots, barbecue chicken, and leftover beans and rice. I then opened the cabinet doors and showed him the peanut butter and bread. I then took him into the pantry and showed him the pretzels and popcorn. I showed him the basket of fresh fruit on the counter. Then I said, "Help yourself!"
Did I mention he is seventeen years old? When he was a baby I would spoon-feed him applesauce and bananas. I would put assorted cheerios on his high chair table, which he would usually throw all over the place. But the days of spoon-feeding are over. He knows where the food is and there is plenty of it, so pull open those cabinet doors and help yourself.
What does Tom Cruise, the end of a stick, and my attention span all have in common?
All three are short.
And when it comes to my attention span—very, very short. This was always a problem for me, especially when I was little. I constantly got notes sent home from my teachers telling my parents that I daydreamed in class and couldn’t pay attention to the teacher (I know because I always opened the envelope and read them before giving them to my mom). It got so bad that I would just wait until we were almost home from school and I could make a quick escape out of the car. As we were pulling up in the driveway, I would confess my sin,
Think what you want about dresses, but there's no arguing the fact that they take all the work out of looking good and being boss. Over half of my closet is nothing but dresses. Here's why.
1. They’re easy like Sunday morning.
To be honest, Sunday mornings are anything but easy around here. We’ve got kids to corral, showers to take, and a van to load up for church. But I’m sure you get what I mean here. Dresses take all the guesswork out of getting ready for the day. You don’t have to try on seven outfits and gripe about what pants make you look fat. You can just grab it and go. It’s kind of like a “bed in a bag,”...if you were a bed, which you’re not. But work with me here. Moms have enough to worry about on a daily basis without adding “outfit anxiety” to the mix. Dresses are that all-in-one solution to any wardrobe crisis.
Let's face it. None of us are really too fond of change. We may feel like we want change to happen, but there's always a part of us that likes to stay in the comfort zone, even when that zone is anything but comfortable! And sometimes, in order to avoid change, we hold on to things that just aren't working anymore. It could be items (do you really need that hot pink blazer you never wear?) or ideas (my kids aren't old enough to assume responsibility around the house). Eventually, these things grow old and useless...but we still hang on.
The answer? Get objective! Step outside yourself and look at your behaviors and surroundings. God often tries to push us to new levels, but we have so much old clutter (in our hearts and homes), that we're just stuck. You need to take a good, hard look at your life and see if it's time to let some things go.
Your home--Is it time to do some serious spring cleaning? Do you need to let go of some items so you can experience renewed energy in your home?