Monday, November 16, 2015

Pinky Toe

I had a hard time sleeping the other night. Wasn't worried about a child, a bill, or a boyfriend. Instead, I had the smallest blister on the outside of that poor, neglected pinky toe. 

This tiny, seemingly insignificant thing throbbed like a three year old crying two aisles over in Walmart --so annoying. I could have gotten up for a bandaid or some Tylenol, but that would have required getting out of my very comfy bed.

The next morning it was fine, but I was like, DANG. One little thing threw me off almost all night.

You may be wondering about now why you should care.
Here's the point: the body of Christ has many parts, and when one of those parts is down, the rest of the body needs to get its butt out of bed and go get some spiritual Tylenol. 

That would have been an easy fix for me the other night, but I was too comfortable and didn't care enough to get up and help this poor little toe feel better.

How am I using my time, talents, and treasure to be spiritual Tylenol? How am I helping a friend that desperately needs encouragement? How am I helping someone truly in need? And just like my arm could not get up by itself to get some Tylenol, the whole body of Christ has got to work together to help that pinky toe out!
1 Corinthians 12:26-27 says this:  If one part (of the body) suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 
Do you know of a situation today that needs some spiritual Tylenol?  Use what God gave you to be a help.  Look for ways to encourage other people in their walk with Christ.  Or just their walk in life.  Do something hard today that is out of your comfort zone.
Does your toe hurt? If it does, or next time it does, let that be a reminder to be some spiritual Tylenol to someone who needs just one person to be a help.

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Absolute Last Thing Anyone Wants To Do

On the list of things I like to do:   (In no particular order) Eat pizza.  Take beach vacations. Spend time with all of my children.

On the "Not So Much" list:  Discuss my emotions, which leads me to today's blog post.

In conversation with the BFWKYBWYNI (Best Friend Who Kicks Your Butt When You Need It), I realized that these down and out emotions I have been having recently are pretty much legit. In the last year:
my dad died,
my youngest moved to her dad's,
my work underwent a major restructuring and reduction in force (and since I shuffle the papers in HR, dealt somehow with each one),
my relationship with an amazing man ended in a very non-fairytale way, and
my parents' home of thirty-eight years is on the market. 

So my BFWK....(you know)  said a normal person would be having a difficult time with all these changes.

So rather than taking out my emotions on a half-gallon of organic mint chip ice cream I know happens to currently live in my freezer, here's what I'm going to do:  Show some love.

I'm going to write some personal notes to people that I love and adore to express my thankfulness for what they do for me.
I'm going to take someone to lunch this week as a total surprise for him (or her).
I'm going to pray more extensively for my kids this week in the ways I already know about and ask them how I can specifically pray for them as we move forward.
I'm going to put a birthday hat on my dad's urn and celebrate his day by doing the things he would have liked, probably by grilling out a big steak and watching this obscure movie called Remo Williams. 

The list will likely grow this week, but basically I want to celebrate all the amazing ways God has blessed my life.  I'm so fortunate and I never want to forget that, despite the things that don't go the way I want them to.  PLUS, "all the feels" seem to circle back around to me, and I feel better and happier.

So I say all this as a preamble to an action step for you:  How can you step out of the things that are not going your way and celebrate the ways you are so blessed?  Take the time today to show some love to someone that could use a dose.  I think you'll see how it comes back to you, usually doubled.

And you just may find that this is the first thing you want to do. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Four Places You Will Not Find Fat People

Supersize Me.  Fast Food Nation.

Alternately, the Whole 30.  Paleo.  Atkins.  Weight Watchers.  Trim Healthy Mama (THM).  Advocare. Mayo Clinic Diet.  Marie Osmond and NutriSystem.  Over one million results from a Google search of juicing.

All these address people who, by all means and measures, are probably clinically obese.  As a person who has heart disease on both sides of my family tree, I am concerned with how I eat and getting exercise. 

But without resorting to easy, popular topics like body shaming, the Kardashians, or celebrity cellulite, can we talk, people?  I ran across this on facebook and I literally laughed out loud. 

So with respect for skinny and fat people alike, I humbly submit my list of place you will NOT find fat people.  Besides places that are cold and you need body fat to survive.  (Just sayin'.)
1.Abercrombie and Fitch
Just don't even start me.  Stores that openly discourage non-size 2-8 from shopping in their stores have some serious, elitist insecurity issues.
2. Pinterest clothing pins
I am shocked and amazed at the lack of even normal weight people on Pinterest. And thigh gap?  Make it more like thigh great divide.  The word you're looking for?  Unnatural.  I like normal people and skinny people, but let's put more women in social media that don't look like they've starved themselves for the last two years.  Or better yet, let's just stop airbrushing ourselves into perfection and accept that people are flawed.  #crazytalk
3. Ads for products of a personal nature.
Where are the girls eating whole bags of chips during their PMS? I know you girls are out there.  And the commercials with girls in white bathing suits?  Talk about unreasonable expectations.  It even makes me chuckle a little. Bahahahaha.
4. Catalogs/sale flyers for clothing stores. 
Sure, clothes generally look great on stick figures. And you will occasionally see a size 14 "plus size model" in a flyer. A size 14 is closer to average, but where is the true representation of the 100 million women who wear size 14 or greater?

Here's my take on it all:  Be healthy.  Eat healthy food.  Move (more than off the couch to get food).  Love yourself for who you are, not what you look like.  Find your identity in Jesus Christ, who, by the way, says you are beautifully and wonderfully made. 

You're welcome.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Three Reasons to Celebrate My Birthday


That's how I'm responding to birthday wishes this year.  Hashtags get some attention, and it's a fun way to say a lot in a few characters.  But there's an agenda behind it.

This year ends with me gaining some wisdom and a few battle scars that make my heart remember where I've been.  But another year begins, and I am more excited about this next year than I ever have been before.  Thus, three reasons why I'm uber excited about this next year (besides getting birthday cake).

1.  I'm becoming aware of my need:
Just like how I can hear my children call my name in a busy store, I realize my need to discern God's voice  and follow in obedience. I can hear a bunch of different kids say Mom, but I know when it's my child saying it. Likewise, I want to know what God says in His word to us, the Bible, so that I recognize the stirring of my heart when God moves in that still, small way.

2. I'm (trying) to move when God says move: 
God has given me big dreams, including one so big it can only be done by God intervening in space, time, and motion. 

But I have become convicted to do what God says do. I know my talents and how they can be used and I can dream big! I'm using Proverbs 16:3 as my verse with this: Commit your work to the Lord,and your plans will be established. 
Plus, who says that doing this giant thing is not the very reason God created me the way he did? 

3. I'm not alone:
One of my biggest fears as a single mom is being alone. Not like, ooh, scared of the dark alone, but having to do life by myself. 
And add to it I am super extroverted and need to be around people for energy. 
But God showed me through a very near brush with what would have been a terrible car accident that I am never alone and He is always with me. Making that leap to trusting God to be with me has been huge, and I have to work on it everyday. 

But these are my reasons to be SUPER EXCITED this next year. What lessons are you taking with you into your next trip around the sun?