Showing posts with label NEW. Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day 9: NEW (+ The Power to Get or to Give?)

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If I were to write a memoir, I’d title it All That’s Left.

I’d write it in three parts.

All That’s Left:
Part 1

Here, I’d tell the sad stories of all the people who have left me by 

  • physically moving away to other parts of the state, the country. 
  • breaking up with me. 
  • deciding they hate me.

Poor abandoned, rejected, left behind me.

All That’s Left: Part 2

Here, I’d share my struggles of living with a scarcity mentality.  

  • Convinced that I had so little while others had so much.
  • My many “baditudes” holding me captive to conviction that I was missing out. 
  • That God was holding out on me. 

He hadn’t given me the abundant life I’d expected on a silver platter. 

So I decided that for everything else, there’s my platinum MasterCard.

My garage still bears witness to how fully I bought into

All That’s Left: Part 3

Here, two key words are utterly re-defined.

All now means 

  • abundance. 
  • overflowing. 
  • above-and-beyond. 

Left now means 

  • remaining. 
  • still here. 
  • enduring.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ
has become a new person. 
The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

All That's Left: Parts 1 and 2 are the old life.

It's gone.

All That's Left: Part 3 is the new life. 

It's evidence that Jesus means exactly what He says when he offers:

And I will give you a new heart, 
and I will put a new spirit in you. 
I will take out your stony, stubborn heart 
and give you a tender, responsive heart.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT)

New Holiday Story

One of the issues we’ve struggled with the most is the commercialization of Christmas. 

We’ve felt 

  • surrounded by it. 
  • sucked in by it. 
  • overwhelmed by it. 

We’ve even found ourselves buying in to “the power to get” without meaning to.

But God is the Author and finisher of our faith.

If He can give us new life…

If He can give us new hearts…

...then He can certainly re-new a right holiday spirit within us this year!

A spirit that exalts the power to give far above the power to get.

I suspect this will look different for each of us.

Our family is going to try spending-free, shopping-free Christmas gift-giving. 

But this is how the Holy Spirit is moving us, in this particular season of our empty-nester kids-in-college lives. 

The point isn’t the exact details of what we do.

The point is that He is recreating us anew!

Your Turn!
  • How have you bought into “the power to get” in past holidays?
  • In what ways has the “for everything else there’s MasterCard” mentality been master of your life?
  • What is something you sense God doing new in your life?
  • Anything else on your heart!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

TPC "lite": Face-off with Make-Up

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Discussing our make-up drawers, Kathi writes, “I want you to stay healthy and sty-free. Do us both a favor and get rid of anything that has the potential to blind you.” (The Get Yourself Organized Project, pg. 70)
This should be quick and easy! 

Plowing through my make-up bag and the contents of my make-up “junk drawer,” I find:

1.  My hanging make-up bag is great for travel but awkward for daily use. Pull things out of one pouch. Use them. Put them back. Pull things out of the next pouch. Etc. I feel like it takes forever (which, for a Choleric, is defined as more than 3 minutes) to “fix my face.”
2.  My spur-of-the-moment purchase of Rembrandt. What was I thinking? $20 for a product I can not use. My teeth are so full of fillings that match their current color (which is so “off" white it’s more like “miles away from” white) I’ll end up two-toned if I bleach them. 

3.  My favorite colors of nail polish. For a pedicure. That I’ve needed for at least 8 weeks.

4.  My costume sunglasses. I use the big ones when I take on my alter-ego “Destiny,” the Country Western Diva. The cat-eye glasses were actually worn by my mother in the 60’s.

5.   My stash of razors. I’m ¼ Armenian. In shorts weather, I can shave my leggs at 6:00 AM and have 5:00 shadow by noon.

Replacing Baditude
Whooo-wheee!  Plenty of "baditude" showed up quick and easy! 
1.  I-don’t-wanna-tude: I really loathe anything I have to do over and over again, day in and day out. Such a waste of time for no sense of accomplishment!
2.  I-hate-my-smile-tude: Due to genetics and my teenage eating disorder, I have a mouth full of root canals and crowns. And yellow “teeth.” Ugh.
3.  I-don’t-deserve-it-tude: I keep thinking how nice it would be to grab a bottle and go to the nail salon or even give myself a DIY pedi. But only the most basic “self care” makes it on my To Do list.
4.  I-never-have-any-fun-any-more-tude: I’m a Sanguine by birth. But by my life, you’d assume I'm an oddly messy Melancholy/Choleric. When “dress up” opportunities roll around, I’m usually too stressed/busy to jump in and join the fun.
5.  See #1. 

With God’s Word
On Day 9, I wrote that new people don’t need to use criticism. (Not even privately toward themselves.)

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I am new. No matter how old, ugly, or over-stressed I feel, I am new in Christ!
On Day 10, I wrote about the difference between self-confidence and Christ-confidence (which is made up of courage, hope, satisfaction, and assurance in God.)

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I am confident. I don’t need a perfectly painted-on face, pearly-white teeth, a brand new pedicure, more chances to perform, or hair-free legs to become confident. I am confident because of Christ.
I need to let go of my resistance to regular self-care routines.
I need to Let God re-new my mind and heart daily (... hourly ... second-by-second ...)
I need to let go of comparing myself to what I used to look like and what I wish I looked like.
I need to Let God fill me with Christ-confidence (no fretting about the “self” kind.)

And Gratitude

from my journal:
Today I’m praying…

  • use “fix-my-face” time to reinforce God’s word in my heart.
  • ...for courage to exercise my smile muscles (and not worry about my teeth.)
  • ...that I’ll jump at or create an opportunity for fun today.
Today I’m watching for…

  • ...a chance to affirm that I still think Daniel’s the most handsome guy alive. (He gripes in the mirror every chance he gets!)
  • ...a woman to whom I can give a sincere complement.
  • opportunity to turn one of today’s “baditudes” around into gratitude.
Today I’m appreciating…

  • …the miracle of contact lenses so I’m not wearing ½-inch thick glasses!
  • …my fabulous new shell and cascading sweater duster from the Coldwater Creek outlet! :-)
  • …spending the afternoon “hanging out” with Daniel (while wearing my fabulous new shell and cascading sweater duster!)

Your turn! 

  • What "baditude" do you think/know is lurking in your make-up bag or drawer? 
  • How can you flip it to gratitude?
  • Other thoughts / reflections / insights on today's topic?

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Friday, May 11, 2012


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Crowning achievement.
Magnum opus.
Piece de resistance.
Be real.
Do you have any idea how much help I need 
to look good enough for church? 
Sure, I “clean up okay”–
thanks to my friend Mary Kay! 
But my life needs far more than make-up:
My track record
is blemished beyond concealer

My past
is stained by the deep blush of shame

My deeds
are pitted beyond polish

My memories
lie in dark shadows
No amount of make-up will make me a masterpiece.
Do you have any idea 
how much would need to be removed 
for me to become a civil human being? 

For starters:

My annoyance with drivers 
who can’t seem to find their turn signals

My fury with my husband 
when he tells me what we’re doing 
rather than asking me 
if it’s convenient for me.

My dismay with my children 
when they don’t act like 
my white-washed version 
of who I tell myself I was 
at their age.

My peevishness at Starbucks 
when they don’t have any more
cranberry orange scones 
at 5:30 PM.

Chip away at my faults and nothing 
will be left to put on display!
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Seriously, this has to be a mistake.
There's no way on earth 
that I am 
God’s masterpiece.
Don’t get me wrong; it sounds lovely. 
Amazing, in fact, but
too good to be true.
I know myself too well.
I can never be that good.
Good enough to go on display?!?
it is written: 
God is shining His spotlight 
on you and me.
Not because of us.
Because of who we’ve become
by the chisel of his kindness
by the paintbrush of his grace
Created anew!
To do the good things he’s been planning just for us!
(Not doing good things 
so that we can recreate ourselves. 
The lie
that we are our own artists
is the enemy’s "masterpiece"
but that’s a story for another day.)
In you and me,
He unveils for all to see 
His greatest work, His labor of love,
His most precious perfect gift:
the rescue and recreation of
our true selves in Him
for all eternity!

Try this today:  (1) If you haven't seen it before, or recently, take 12 minutes to take "God's Chisel" to heart: 

(If you can not see the embedded video, click here to go directly to "God's Chisel".)

(2) Find an artist's tool – a paintbrush, a small palette, a colored pencil–and place it near your mirror. Each day, when you see it, say aloud, "Jesus, I choose to trust you when you say that I am Your masterpiece!"

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  • responding to today’s blog, and/or
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