Bringing “Sexy” Back?

bringing sexy back

While getting ready to head out Saturday, there was an infomercial that came on following the cartoon my girls were watching.  It was advertising how to get whiter teeth.  I didn’t bother to turn it because we were about to leave, and it was about teeth.  One of the tag lines I heard two to three times was if you purchase and use their product you would have a sexy smile.  A sexy smile? Really?  Why in the world do I need a sexy smile?  This is the society we live in now.  If it can make you sexy, you must do it.  There isn’t any day of the week where I need to be sexy when I leave my house.  Sadly, that is the goal of many individuals. Some people believe the sexier they are the better – NOT GOOD!  The definition of sexy is arousing or intended to arouse sexual desire.  

On the other hand, I do think ladies should dress and carry themselves as ladies modestly.  When it crosses over to the “sexy” side, we’re giving Satan a hand in our lives that we may not be aware of.  Our girls are bombarded with being sexy everywhere they go from media in every form.  They definitely don’t need to see their moms, aunts, and even grandmas trying to be sexy.  In 2013, let’s teach our girls that it’s better to be classy than trashy!

Does It Take All That?

sweatThe other day as I scrolled through my Facebook news feed a picture caught my eye.  The picture showed a person wearing a soaking wet shirt after an intense work out.  First of all, that’s the kind of work out I need, but deep down really don’t want to do.  I applaud those that dedicate themselves to an intense exercise regimen.  It’s hard, painful, uncomfortable, and it takes commitment.  This particular individual exercises on a regular basis and has stuck with a particular routine for months.  What struck me as interesting was the fact that after exercising this long, they still poured sweat as if it was the first work out.  It just seems to me that after so many months of dedication to exercise and eating healthy that they should get a free pass.  It made me wonder why there isn’t ever a “max-out” point.  That point where you’ve shown such progress that you don’t have to sweat anymore or your workouts won’t be as painful.  It only seems fair, right?  I do realize this is unrealistic, but a girl can dream!

Looking at this picture didn’t inspire me to join a gym or to stop eating carbs, but it did teach me a nice little lesson.  If naturally we can’t “max-out” exercising and eating healthy, we certainly can’t spiritually.  I have to read my Bible, pray, and attend church like I did in the beginning.  I have to have an intense workout in the word of God on a regular basis.  Some days it will seem to be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and painful, but the end result will be a closer relationship with God.  I will have the wisdom to raise my kids the way God wants me to, be the wife God wants me to be, and to let my light shine wherever I go.  I want people to look at me and see a soaking wet shirt – the proof of an intense spiritual workout.

1 Timothy 4 MSG

8 Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.

Revelation 2 NIV

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.

 

 

Extreme Makeover, Anyone?

I could go for a makeover right now like never before.  A manicure, pedicure, and massage treatment would be so nice.  While I’m at it, I might as well tack on a new wardrobe complete with accessories and all!  Just the thought of it all brings a small level of comfort.  I’m almost positive every woman out there would go for one as well.

It’s a well known fact the majority of mothers don’t put the time in for makeovers or other special treatments.   Most mothers choose their families over themselves which is an extremely noble act.  Believe it or not, the Bible encourages us to have makeovers on a regular basis!

Here is the proof,

1 Peter 3:1-6

…What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands.

Wow, that is definitely an extreme makeover – gentle, gracious, inner disposition.  God wasn’t playing.  He wants Christian women to care more about their insides and attitudes more than outer beauty.  Unfortunately, our culture tells us to do the exact opposite.  The message that is often sent is to take care of outer beauty first and don’t even worry about having a good attitude.  So Christian ladies, let’s show the world what a real makeover looks like.

 

What’s Your View?

Two weeks ago was Election Day!  I was glad to see it come and go.  This year’s campaign had to be the worst I’ve ever seen.  When I say worst, I’m not referring to the candidates, but between people in general.  On both sides of the camps via commercials, social media, and general conversation, it got down right vicious.  I’m all for voting and feel it is my Christian duty, but the passion and intrigue I saw concerning the election made me wonder.

The reoccurring question I had was what if we were as passionate about leading people to Jesus Christ as we were getting people to vote like us?

  • Could you imagine receiving an automated call being invited to church?
  • What if you received encouraging flyers in the mail telling you how Christ will change your life?
  • While you’re watching TV, you were shown commercial after commercial about God’s grace and His life changing message?
  • My personal favorite:  What if while you were eating out or in line at Wal-Mart, you overheard conversations between people about all the things Christ has done for them?

This world would be a completely different place if more passion was redirected towards advancing the Kingdom.

As Christians, we are to approach the polls prayerfully.  I don’t believe we are to neither be mean nor intentionally cause debates between fellow believers or unbelievers.  To put it simply, we are to look like Christ in all we do.  Remember the kids are watching!

1 Timothy 2:1-2

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Hope You Make It In!

What does it really take to get into Heaven?  There are a million different opinions on the matter.  With so many differing opinions floating around, I’m going to go with the Bible.

Matthews 7:21

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Basically, just knowing the name of the Lord isn’t going to guarantee admittance, but those that know the name and does the will of the Father will be welcomed.  This is important to me because I am responsible for two little one’s salvation as well at this point.  My job is to model doing the will of the Father in front of them – ALL the TIME!  It’s easy to get hung up on what is God’s will for my life.  I’ve heard of people becoming frustrated because they want the Lord to speak to them and tell them His will for their life.  It occurred to me it’s not as hard as we make it.  I’m a wife (which is in line with the word of God) and a mother (which is in line with the word of God).  My job is to model how to be a good wife, mother, and also teacher since I’m in that role right now.

So what is God’s will for you?  His will is for you to bring glory to him in whatever role you’re in at this point in your life.  Please don’t take this lightly because this is our one way ticket into heaven for us and our children!  I’m so looking forward to spending eternity worshiping my heavenly father!

Uh Oh, She Hit a Pole

“Oooh, that had to hurt” is the phrase that went through my mind when my 5 1/2 year old ran into a pole.  She didn’t see it coming, but the impact would be felt minutes after.

After work one day, I needed to stop by Wal-Mart to pick up a few items.  I decided to allow my 5 year old to walk with me instead of riding in the buggy.  She will be 6 soon so I thought it might make her feel like a big girl.  Several times I had to say the usual, “Stop that!,” “Watch where you’re going!,”  “Don’t touch that!,”  “Catch up with me!”  She wasn’t being bad, but she wasn’t following my directions.  My nerves were a witness to this fact.  She continued to touch things, hop around, and just having an all around good time to my displeasure.  As the trip was coming to a close on the hardware aisle, she decided that walking backwards would be fun.  I saw the pole and I saw her.  BAAAMMM! She grabbed her head and did a little dance.  She didn’t cry, but I could tell she was startled and in pain.  My heart genuinely went out to her.

I immediately told her if she would have followed my directions and walked straight this wouldn’t have happened.  I’m not even sure if she realized what I was saying or even cared to realize what I was saying because her head was throbbing.

It occured to me obedience is better than sacrifice.

1 Samuel 15:22

Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
    and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

Can you believe that is a real scripture from the Bible?  It is so true.  Being obedient from the beginning of any situation would make everyone’s life so much easier.  I would much rather walk straight instead of trying out something new and different and hitting a pole.  We’re given warning signs all the time relating to different situations, but do we adhere to them?  We must remember that there are only two choices – obey or pay.

What’s Cooking in Your Kitchen?

There is not absolutely anything cooking in my kitchen most days.  When I do cook, I tend to use the crock pot.  Dump a meat and a few vegetables and dinner is done.  During my quiet time with the Lord, I realized I’m supposed to be doing a lot more in the kitchen.  In Hebrews 13, we’re given a nice little run down of things all Christians should be working on.  For a very clear picture read it from the Message Bible.  The verse that really stood out to me was the following:

16 Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.

The last sentence really spoke to me.  Doing for others, be it a meal, financial, or encouragement, is also worshiping God.  This type of worship isn’t taught very often.  However, the bottom line is God expects me to do it.  It’s my job to read the word and then act upon it.  As a result, I now have two goals before this year comes to a close.

1)  Look for multiple ways to help others through service.  (Prayer is automatic, but God wants to see the tangible from time to time.)

2)  Let my children see me helping others and participate in helping others.

This is easier said than done with today’s culture, BUT God’s word is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  The culture may change, but His requirements of me aren’t changing anytime soon.  Why should they?  Everything written in the Bible is for my good.

Reading Hebrews 13 really opened my eyes to some things I need to work on in my life, which in turn, will carry over into my home and work life.  I’m excited about the legacy I will be able to leave my children and my children’s children, but it starts today.  Let’s go fire up the stove!

Girl, What Do You Have On?

A couple of days ago, I noticed a student bundled up with her jacket on as she walked down the hall.  As I looked, I realized she had on flip flops.  I thought to myself this is a brave child coming out in the cold with flip flops on.  I asked her did she have on flip flops because of it being warm in the afternoon.  With a confident grin, she looked at me and shook her head yes.  What an attitude!  This child was unmovable.  Yes, it was cold for the moment, but she knew it was going to warm up.  Nothing could stop her from enjoying the last few weeks of warm summer-like weather.  Unlike myself, I dress as if winter has already hit.  I check the weather daily knowing it’s going to be warm in the afternoon and still put on entirely too many clothes.  I typically base my attire on how I feel in the moment.  When I wake up in the morning, it is cold.  Cold is uncomfortable, and I don’t like being uncomfortable.  This student chose to base her attire on the weather condition later in the day.  She pressed her way through the difficult time because the end reward would be worth it.

How many times has God told us in His word, “Walk by faith not by sight,” “Trust Me,” “I will never leave you nor forsake you?”  Yet, knowing God’s word we still focus on the “right-now.”  I’m the first to admit that walking in faith isn’t always fun.  I want summer-like weather all the time not just in the afternoon, but that’s not realistic.  God created four seasons not one.  Although, fall yields cooler weather, there aren’t as many bugs, there is beautiful foliage to observe, and you can walk outside without pouring sweat.

This student helped me to realize I want to develop a similar outlook.  She was told it was going to be warm, and she held on until it manifested.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 (MSG)

Endings are better than beginnings.  Sticking to it is better than standing out.

Oh No He Didn’t!

This weekend while in the mountains I saw the saddest sight.  I was in a gift shop waiting in line to checkout.  To my left, was a young man around twelve or thirteen years of age eagerly waiting on something.  He had a huge pencil in his hand.  It was intentionally huge and the size really excited this young man very much.  A few seconds later, a guy heads in his direction which I assumed was his father.  The young man looked at the guy with the happiest expression I’ve seen from a pre-teen/teenager lately and said, “Look, it’s a huge pencil, and it really works!”  The guy without even slowing down or looking at the young fellow utters, “Put it back” and continues right on walking.  The boy was disappointed, but didn’t linger on it and turned around to go put it back.  It was painful to watch that situation, but not nearly as painful as it was to the young man who endured it.

Colossians 3:21 (MSG)

21 Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.

Basically, he got shot down. How hard would it had been for the dad to say “That’s neat,” “wow,” or “cool” even?  I hurt for that child.  The sad occurrence made me think.  How many times have I shot down my own children?      I do realize I don’t know all the details.  He might have aggravated his father all day long.  It could have been the 100th time he had approached his father that day.  I don’t know, but I do know there was an excited young man who needed his father to acknowledge him, and his daddy failed.

Colossians 3:21 (NLT)

21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

I’ve failed before and will probably fail in the future.  But after seeing that play out, I’m going to be more mindful.  When my child (or student) is trying to tell me something, I’m going to try my best to remember that what they’re saying is important to them.

Your Child Can’t Suit Up If You Don’t!

Up until just recently, I really struggled with “finding” the time to get alone with God.  I would wake up and say, “Oh, I’m running late. I’ll do it tonight.”  Then that night, “Oh, I’m so tired.  I will do it in the morning.”  This cycle would continue for a couple of days.  I would wake up on Friday and realize I hadn’t spent time with God all week.  How sad!  I tell God I love You and praise You, but I can’t spend time with You – sorry!  But when I did settle down to spend time with God, all kind of things would run through my head – the laundry is piling up, look at the clutter under the couch, did I make the doctors appointment for the girls,  did I pay the mortgage?  So, I pose the question to you that I posed to myself – how often do you spend quality time with your heavenly father?  Some people refe
r to it as daily devotion, quiet time, personal bible study, and etc.  Regardless what you call it, the most important thing is that it is actually happening in your life.

1 Timothy 4

…Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.

1.  Teach with your life.

2.  Stay at your post reading scripture.

According to scripture, we’re supposed to teach with our life, and we learn what we’re supposed to teach with our life by reading the scriptures.  Honestly, all this sounds nice, but it can be difficult to get into the word daily.  Oh, and if you’re a mom, it can be real difficult.

So why is it so easy to go from dawn to dusk without spending time with God?

First, we serve such a  gracious father.  We know in the back of our head he is forgiving and of course he understands.

Second, we judge ourselves on our intentions and others on their actions.

We meant to spend time with God; so in our minds it counts, right?!?  It’s needless to say it is important to spend time with God in addition to attending church.  The very act sustains our relationship with Christ.  In doing so, we learn more about the Word.  Once we begin to take our daily devotion seriously, it will carry over into our children’s lives.

How can we prepare them for battle, and we’re not suited up ourselves?

Ephesians 6:10-12

…God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

In April, I made a firm decision to spend time with God everyday, and I’m not slacking up!  It’s like my morning coffee.  You don’t want to see me without it!

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