Category Archives: God’s family

“But I’m not perfect enough!”

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In case you missed my weekly vlog and were wondering where I was, I was skiing in the Alps and broke my pointer finger and couldn’t type. No, that’s not it. I was on a tofu diet and couldn’t find the strength to type. Nope, try again. Justin Bieber came for a visit and I couldn’t pull away from all his adoration. No, that’s REALLY not it! In all reality, I decided to take a Christmas break. Not nearly as glamorous as the other three, but it’s the truth. I had company, and was filling in at a store that needed extra help and was really busy, blah, blah, blah. I’m sure your season was just as crazy. Now, I think I’ve got this nasty flu that’s going around, and I just couldn’t find the gumption to scare you all with my flu-face!

Something that really caught my attention during Christmas season was my pastor’s sermon series on Jesus’ genealogy. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? ☺ Actually, it really was. Hang in here, and I’ll tell you a little something about it.

When I was in my early 20’s, I was working at a Christian radio station. I was the Girl Friday, doing everything and anything they needed, including a Friday shift on the air. Pastors and laymen would come in and tape their show in our production room. One of my favorites was a young guy who played piano and sang during his program. One day, he asked if I would sing with him. Now, I had always sang in choirs and small groups ever since elementary school. But I cringed at the idea of singing a solo. So I told him “no”, with the excuse I wasn’t good enough to sing on air. I thought I was being humble. ☺ But he was sad. He said something about not waiting until I was perfect. It didn’t matter to me what he said, because I was confused at his response.

Now I get it. And here’s where Jesus’ genealogy comes in. Rob Duford, pastor at Orlando North Church, pointed out that women were mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy only four times. And three of those four were…ahem…a little risqué in one form or another. There was Bathsheba, Tamar, Rahab and Mary, Jesus’ mother.

Bathsheba was the one bathing on top of her roof when King David saw her. David had her warrior husband killed, took her as his wife and a bunch of other sordid details. (I think she may have enjoyed the attention.) Tamar pretended to be a prostitute and had a baby with her father-in-law after her husband died, so that someone would take care of her. Rahab? Well, she really was a harlot…a prostitute. Then there was Mary, Jesus’ mother.

Rob says that the author of the genealogy intentionally included those women–and only those women–in there. Why? Could it be because the God-inspired author wanted to send a message that we don’t need to “be perfect” before coming to Jesus? He wants us all, warts and all. The Creator of the universe wants little ‘ole me! With all my insecurities and a bunch of other stuff. (No, I’m not going to start listing them here—haha!) And He wants me all the time–not just at Christmas or Easter. What a profound and comforting message. He’ll take me as I am.

What about you? Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough at something or for someone? Let’s hear your comments! 🙂

For Thicker or Thinner…

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For better or worse,
For richer or poorer
In sickness and health
In thicker or thinner…
Oh wait…that’s not in there. Well, it SHOULD be!

Today is John’s and my 31st wedding anniversary and here in this vlog I give you ALL the wisdom about marriage that I have gained in those 30 years! Ha, no, it’s true, people ask us what’s the secret to staying married for so long. It’s a good question considering how marriage throws two people together with opposite personalities, different upbringings, social and political standards, education values and different opinions about anything from child rearing to whether to watch Project Runway or Swamp People. And then we throw children in the mix!

So yeah, it’s a good question…and I give it my best shot at answering it. But the answer may surprise you.

Now it’s your turn…share with our vlogging community what you think it takes for a lasting marriage!

A Morphing Mom’s Message

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After seeing all those cute little first-day-back-to-school pictures on Facebook, got me wanting to ask Kailey to take her picture on her first day back to school. Only problem is, she a senior in college! I could just hear her “Oh, Mom…” now. 🙂 Yep, letting go has never been my strong suit. However, I learned a valuable lesson about “letting go” Kailey’s first night home from the hospital after she was born. And it’s been a life long lesson…

Proven: Girlfriends are good for our health!

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I just spent two luxurious hours with my friend, Carol. Yes, I deliberately choose the word “luxurious” to describe my time with her. Synonyms for “luxurious” are: comfy, deluxe, and splendid. Let me add my own: rich, fun, refreshing, relaxing. After meeting with Carol, I’m a better person.

I’d like to give credit where credit is due, but I don’t know where the following article came from. I read it somewhere, printed it off, but there is no name that goes with it. But here’s what it said.

“In an evening class at Stanford the last lecture was on the mind-body connection—the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that man could do for his health is to be married to a woman. Whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious. Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality girlfriend time ‘helps us to create more serotonin—a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well-being.’ Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf? Yes. But their feelings? Rarely.

Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very GOOD for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym. There’s a tendency to think that when we are “exercising” we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged. Not true! In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!”

WOW! There’s a pretty good reason for going to lunch with your gal pal! I know I’ve always felt better after lunch with a friend, but now I know why…it’s natural, and yes, even scientifically proven! Hmmm…”scientifically proven” in my opinion is just another way to say “God-created” or “God-ordained.” After all, God is the one who created us, so He’s naturally the one who created women to benefit from needing and helping each other.

(I want to make a side note here: That quote up above is not about guy-bashing. I love my hubby, and I really do appreciate men and what they have to offer in the world! But just like I have to appreciate their drive to “hunt”, I love the fact that we can appreciate our “girl fellowship.”)

So here’s to my girlfriends, near and far. You know who you are! I appreciate each and every one of you: the 3 hours lunch dates, the 2 a.m. emergency talks, my Red Tent girls, the friends that make me laugh, or the ones who say I make them laugh, the ones who bring me closer to God, the ones who are honest with me even if it hurts, the girlfriends who stick by me when things look dark, those who cry with me, and of course, you my facebook and vlog friends!

Let’s “provide that support system” and leave a comment! And then we’ll do lunch. ☺

Janna in Swaziland, Africa

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Wow. Sorry about that obnoxious “Hi” in the very beginning. Okay, now that THAT’S out of the way…..

What would make a beautiful 20 something young lady, living in San Diego, want to up and join the Peace Corp, leaving family, friends and comfort at home? Watch this video, as I interview my niece Janna, a few days before she “shipped out.” She left yesterday. Please pray for her and she embarks on her 2 year journey. (Sorry to those who found an earlier-taped, playful, but not serious video of this same subject on YouTube. I was showing her how the blog works, and we taped that one, and I left it up there, thinking no one would find it, but some did! 🙂 I thought that was pretty funny-considering how silly it was. Janna just brings the “silly” out in me.)  Follow her adventures at http://www.jannaswazilandadventures.wordpress.com