Monthly Archives: June 2011

Today's Fashions

Is it just me?  I guess I may be the only person in this world who wants to go around pulling down young ladies shorts to where they belong.  It floors me how anyone can feel comfortable with today’s fashions.

My mother always had a saying…..

1. Fashion should be a statement.

2.  Fashion should not be a question.

3.  Fashions should NEVER be an exclamation mark.

I just feel uncomfortable for them.  I want to walk up and say, “Your cheeks are showing.”  I could never imagine leaving home with such attire.  My mother would be screaming, “Question Mark!!!  Girl, that is a borderline Exclamation! Get back in here and change.”  And out of respect I would.

I like how Lysa TerKeurst said, “My kids have been taught the image and meaning of being a TerKeurst.  I can always remind them of who they are.” Shouldn’t we all have that sense.

I mean we are God’s children right?  ALL of us….. and we should make that statement.  If my fashion choices reflected that my Christian beliefs were in question, I need to remind myself that I am God’s.  What about the young ladies with cheeks a hangin’?  Why is it so important to gain that kind of attention?  God should be the one and only attention we seek.  Again, maybe a little reminder of who they really are is needed.

I’m just saying…….

Hope you are enjoying your day…..God bless…..

The Simple Truth

Way back in the dark ages……. I once knew a young preacher.  He was single and still in seminary.  He had good grades.  He was about to graduate.  He was preaching here and there.  He had everything lined up except one thing.

A Wife.

He was so consumed with the “image” he needed to have in order to be a good pastor.  He needed a wife.  He sought many ladies.  Proposing to them all.  He HAD to be married before his seminary time was up.

An image.

Merely an image.

Nothing more than an image.

I don’t want to be an image for Christ.  I want to be the real thing.  I think that should be our goal.  Impressing God, not man.  Worldly images can be seen through.  And yet, why do we always make them??  A rock solid pillar is the way it should be, don’t you agree?  The only image I want to show is the image of Christ in my life.

And that my friends….. is the simple truth.

God bless……

Having Fun

Nine years ago, when Mark and I devoted our lives, our children, and our home to the Lord, I remember a co-worker teasing me that the fun life I once knew was over.  At that time, I didn’t know any better.  My relationship with God paled compared to now.  I had no real definition of fun, content, and joy.  The only perspective was “worldly.”

So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.  Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.  Ecclesiastes 8:15

Last week, Mark, my son and I headed for our local Pizza Hut.  Our daughter left us for her youth trip and I felt the pains of “being away from her.”  I recalled the days of old.  It started out with a walk down memory lane and the songs we would sing when our daughter was a tot.  Our son cracked up.  He thought it was hilarious that his parents had completely lost their minds.

And that my friends….. fueled the fire.

I don’t know if you recall the children’s song…..”Do your ears hang low”  I will spare you the joyful noise I make while singing but the words go like this…..

Do your ears hang low

Do they wobble to and fro

Can you tie them in a knot

Can you tie them in a bow

Can you throw them over your shoulder like a Continental Soldier

Do your ears hand low

Of course there are hand motions that go along with this classic song.  AND you sing faster each time you sing it.

So here we are driving down the road belting out the song and doing the hand motions.  Faster. Faster and Faster.  We were having a grand ole time.  My hands and arms were flinging to and fro as fast as I could make them go.  We sang louder and faster.  Our son was busting out his seams!!!

My phone rang.

“SHHHH….. I have a phone call.” I yelped.

“Hello.”

“Regina, we just passed you.  Is everything alright?”  My dear friend saw my arms feverishly tying my ears in a knot and bow as passed each other along the road.

“Yes.”  I busted out laughing

“Are you sure?  You seemed like you were in distress with your arms all up in the air.”

I laughed harder.

Then I squeaked, “I was singing ‘Do your ears hang low'”

“Please tell me your son is in the car with you.”

Oh, I laughed so hard I almost made a mess of myself.  When I got off the phone I tried my best to tell Mark the conversation.  We both cracked up.

Now tell me….. Christians don’t have fun!!!

OH I hope your Monday is as joyful as mine!!

Now listen, don’t forget….. My book club starts this Thursday. We are reading Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan. I will be discussing the first 11 chapters.  Hope you grab a copy of the book and join me!!  This is going to be exciting!!

God Bless……..


Teach Them

 

Oh the pressure!!!  Yesterday, Mark came home to tell me that his co-worker, Amanda, has been reading my blog.  That made me happy.  ((Hi, Amanda))  Ahem.. so he went on further to say that she commented that I was funny and that everyday I made her think.  Kinda made me feel good until this morning when I sat down to blog.. Oh the pressure to perform!!  I can’t think of anything profound nor profoundly funny to say today!!!

To make matters worse, my Sunday school leader pointed out that the one who teach those about God and living Christ-like would be judged first.  I had to stop and think about that one.  Praise God, I follow His lead when teaching.  I would hate to think of the consequences if I didn’t.

Which got me to thinking about Deuteronomy 11:19…  God wants us to teach our children his laws and commandments…

Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up

God doesn’t want us to teach only in Sunday school or from the pulpit.  He wants us to be a living example of how to study, learn and grow for others to witness.  Don’t you know that Joseph and Mary did exactly that for Jesus and his siblings?  Jesus did it for his disciples.  And it is expected from us as well.

And let’s just praise God that learning is something you never outgrow.  You can train yourself in God’s word and teachings even when you draw your last breath.  I love how I can read and study a segment of the Bible and then turn around a few months later and study the same piece only to learn more about myself and God.

Thanks Amanda for the prompt to “think” this morning.  Hope everyone enjoys their day!  Next week, I will be on vacation.  Taking a little time off from writing and spending it with my hubby!!  See you soon!

Oh, and I haven’t forgotten..  The winner of the ankle bracelet… drum roll please…  my son drew the name for me this morning…. The winner is Diane!!!!  Yay!!!

God bless..

To Hurt or Not To Hurt

More often than I care to admit, I can say hurtful things.  Not intentionally, mind you.. but at times my criticism stings.  (I hang my head in shame) What bothers me the most though is seeing how brothers and sisters of Christ treat one another.   Sometimes I question their definition of “brotherly love.”  ((sigh)) And I have been just as guilty at times.

Last night, I finally finished 1 Samuel.  It amazes me how David took the upper road when dealing with Saul.  Here this jealous king was out to kill David and yet, David, being as strong as he was, didn’t seek to get Saul first.  In fact, David said this phrase often, “I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.”  God had given David opportunities to get Saul but David respected God’s anointment.

Wow.

HMMMM.

Those of us who have accepted Christ are anointed.  So, why hurt one another?  Why do we have the “I’m going to get you before you get me” attitude?  Why not follow David’s example…

The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness.  The Lord delivered you [Saul] into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.  As surely as I value your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.  1 Samuel 26: 23-24

David knew God was bigger than the situation at hand.  He trusted that God would do the delivering.  David didn’t have to take care of things for himself.  Rather, he knew God would handle it.

Next time, controversy and conflict arise in my life, I think it would be best to let God handle it and deliver me from the trouble.  It would be better for my blood pressure.

I hope your day will be great!!  Oh, now wait a minute… if you haven’t left a comment on Tuesday’s post and get your name in the drawing pot, you better hurry up!!  I’m giving a ankle bracelet away!   So what are you waiting for???  Get over there and leave a comment!!!!

God bless..