God Don’t Make No Junk

Remember the t-shirts in the 80’s that said, “I’m perfect, ‘cause God don’t make no junk?” Bad grammar aside, the saying was brilliant and I am proud to say I rocked that shirt much longer than was cool, especially since mine was an iron-on appliqué. I had an inordinate amount of self-esteem as a kid, and…

…wanted the world to know it.

Yet somewhere along my way, I lost that confidence and began to question myself. In my head I heard “who do you think you are?” over and over.  Eventually I listened to that voice so much that I forgot the answer.

When it comes to the topic of self-esteem and feelings of inadequacies, women seem to have the market cornered, or so I thought until I heard Marianne Williamson words.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.”

Like Paul the Apostle, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. He was a beacon of hope for many and a bane to a few. In the last twenty-something years Mandela emerged from prison a freed man and has worked tirelessly to free others from their hate, from their pre-conceived ideas, and from their own self-doubt. He has worked to unify a nation that was steeped in tradition and prejudice, and in many ways {small and large}…

…he has succeeded.

I may not be called to do all Nelson has done. My life may never have a movie made about it. But I have a purpose nonetheless.

I am a child of God.

I am called to be light. I am called to love. I am called to use my brilliance, my beauty, my talent, and my ‘fabulosity’ and change the world around me.

Me.

Anything less would be missing the mark. Anything less would be a lie!

I value myself because I was designed by a Master Maker: a brilliant Craftsman. I was made for a purpose. I was made for a dream.

And God don’t make no junk!

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Today’s Post is shared by: Dayna Bickham.  She is a writer and speaker from the Houston, Texas. A wife and mom of two teen girls she loves to cook, garden, and spend time with her family.  Her blog, A Year in the Spiritual Life is about discovering your purpose in Christ. Follow her on Twitter: @DaynaBickham.


Today Is A New Day

Last week I had the opportunity to meet my "on-line" friend and fellow Keeping it Personal blog contributor, Carey Scott -- in real life!  She picked me up from the Denver airport and we road tripped it to Breckenridge...

...it was a beautiful day!

 We talked, and talked, and talked.  We laughed, sipped our coffee, and browsed the village shops.  We fell in love with phrases -- the words, so beautifully put together and framed in this piece of art -- we both bought it... 

TODAY IS A NEW DAY!

you can start fresh wipe the slate clean

BEGIN AGAIN

Today you can EMBRACE kindness

practice COMPASSION

STAND UP FOR justice

talk to strangers

ASK FOR HELP

LISTEN with your whole heart

OFFER HOPE

work for the common good

LOVE well

be the change you wish to see in the world

I'm anxious to hang this on a wall where I can read it frequently.  These powerful statements are encouraging and they remind me of who I desire to be and the mindset I strive to embrace and sow into others.

I've had several people ask me where they can get one of these.  The cute little shop we purchased ours from is Marigolds Farmhouse Funk & Junk, Breckenridge, CO.  They don't have a website, but they do have a Facebook page with all their contact information here --> http://www.facebook.com/marigoldsfarmhousefunkandjunk

Be ENCOURAGED...TODAY is a NEW day!

Question:  Which one of the phrases in the picture stands out to you most?  Why?  Share your comment by clicking here.


Gratitude Turns What We Have Into Enough

I don't know who first said this:

"Gratitude turns what we have into enough."

But, what I do know is --  I should paint this on all the walls of my home and tatoo it to my forehead...

...maybe then I will remember.

Gratitude... being thankful... showing appreciation... saying thank you

It seems so simple. And, yet, as some other things, gratitude can be deeply profound. When I begin to be grateful for what I have, when I show appreciation for what someone has done, and when I say "thank you" often, my outlook changes. Instead of dwelling on the few things I don't have, I become overwhelmed at the multitude that I've been given...

...and what I have becomes enough.

Gratitude turns my stuff into enough. Like many Americans, I have stuff. I have lots of stuff. I have stuff I have forgotten about and stuff that collects dust. I have stuff hidden in my closet and buried in my basement. Still... there is stuff that I don't have that I want. When I become thankful for the stuff that has collected, I seem to want less stuff.

My stuff becomes enough.

Gratitude turns my checkbook balance into enough. Not only do I want more in my budget... so do the four I love the most. We all want more than our family budget can support. We all want to go places, see things, buy stuff {...more stuff}. Gratitude turns that diminishing checkbook balance into enough.  Enough to buy our basic needs...

...and live with less.

Gratitude turns my marriage into enough. Let's face it, my man did a lousy job picking the perfect wife. And, honestly, the opposite is equally true. Neither of us are perfect and after all these years together, we still get on each other's nerves. Gratitude for who he is, appreciation for his gifts and abilities, and a daily dose of "thank you" makes our marriage more than enough.

The simple act of gratitude turns what I have into more than enough. I simply need to remember.

Question:  Do you see that gratitude turns what you have in your life into enough?  Share your comment by clicking here.

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Today’s Post is shared by: Heidi Kreider.  She is wife of 18 years, mom to 3 Es, and Jesus lover. She is the author of The Secret of Counting Gifts and The Secret of Counting Gifts Gratitude Journal and blogs about unwrapping God's presence at www.heidikreider.com.


Be Still or Be Stilled

Be still and know that I am God. It is a command that has sweet reward. To say "Enough!" to the busyness of this life and settle in with Him is always a good thing. Knowing that He is God. He is faithful. He is Good. He is powerful. He is truth...

...and He is enough to cover our "Enough!" Praise You, Jesus!

Be still? So, maybe you are familiar with that verse in Psalm 46:10. Maybe you surrender to the command to “be still” often.

Maybe not so much. You hear the strong command and the gentle call. Perhaps, you are like me and you hear it, but other people and things get in the way. You are easily distracted. You want to be still, but activity is often more appealing.

What about being "stilled?" That is the action of God “stilling” you.

Zephaniah 3: 17 has a part that says, "He will quiet you with His love." That means He will STILL you. He will "leave off speaking" with his love (unspeakable love, tender mercies.) Have you ever had someone's silence minister great love to you?

...No words are necessary.

I picture my child that is crying uncontrollably and when I hug him closely, he begins to breathe and settle. You know that moment when the crying stops, and there is just that lingering grasp for breath. Then after a few moments they are totally at rest and peace in your arms. That, my friend, is being STILLED.

There’s a great song that Kari Jobe sings called, “The More I Seek You.”  And this verse... this verse moves me...

I wanna sit at Your feet
Drink from the cup in Your hand
Lay back against You and breathe
Feel Your heartbeat
This love is so deep
It’s more than I can stand
I melt in Your peace
It’s overwhelming

So, be still or be “stilled.” Either way, allow God to hold you and minister to you with His precious silence. You might just find yourself being able to breathe and settle.

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