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Star Quality

Posted by Shelley on Jun 26, 2006 in bible study

After reading one too many In Touch magazines, I was gently reminded about true star quality. In all honesty, it’s not only the Hollywood starlets who propel me closer to my Heavenly Father but also the ones much closer to home.

Philippians 2:12-16

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.

 
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Fight Like a Girl

Posted by Shelley on Jun 22, 2006 in bible study

Seems like these days I am getting more and more information from a little exposure here, a little exposure there… either someone else desparately needs my attention (MOM, HELP, the toddler can say it too) or I catch something half way, like the interview I heard on the radio this morning. But, as my husband points out time and time again, when you need to know something it truly is at your fingertips. If you even know just one detail of what you are looking for you will find a plethera at whatever .com, .org., .net your google search pointed to. And this is no exception. So, having heard just a tad of Lisa on the Rick and Bubba radio program this morning I knew she was talking my language and I needed to find out more.

What I discovered is one more book to add to the old reading list, Fight Like A Girl by Lisa Bever (www.messengerintl.org). This is all about the power of being a woman (thus the subtitle). This subject has long fascinated me, mainly because of other studies I’ve done that point out how many Bible characters were women who used their influence. For instance, was Satan smart or what when he decided to get to Eve before he got Adam? He used her to get to him. This has always just been one of those topics that you will see much commentary and just have to form your own opinion. After hearing the interview I realized she sort of had an opinion like my own… it began a million years ago, we girls think we are a problem so we act that way. Of course, Eve didn’t think she was a problem, but once she thought she knew it all our world became the fallen place where we now live, work and play. Here’s the good news: Lisa suggests we are an answer. I think I like that train of thought.

How about it? Are you ready to put on your game face? I am not completely sure what I will come away with after reading (or yes, listening to) this book but I have a feeling it will make total sense to me. Let me know if you pick up a copy yourself or have read it already.

 
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Permanent Vacation

Posted by Shelley on Jun 16, 2006 in Real Life Stories

When I was a little girl I’m not sure that the manicurist business was as “necessary” as it is today. I mean, have you ever seen such elaborate decorations on human hands (or toes?) It’s a major accessory. And really more affordable than ever. About 15 years ago I would say that first set of acrylics was more expensive (and PAINFUL!) than it is today. Yes, I know from personal experience. While away at college I just knew I needed a set of long, clean nails for some upcoming interview… taking a rather large portion of the small stipend I received from home and then several applications of neosporin later I found out what it meant when someone said beauty is not painless (both to your wallet and body). Thank goodness more folks out there got pretty good at making a living this way because I managed to get my guts up again later (much later, like after getting a real job and house later) and do it all over again. A little less money and neosporin that time. And I kept it going. Til I had that precious newborn baby and those lovely nails began to look like claws. Some kind of new mother instinct took over and I got rid of the nails. Or maybe it was the lack of money that came with the new job title… stay at home mom.

Anyway, here’s the deal. Now, if you see my fingernails painted it is because I’ve been on vacation. That’s when I put my hands in water only when I want to and stay the heck away from clorox because nothing kills a manicure faster than housework. And when on vacation I do not do housework. Especially if I am kid-less while vacationing. Last week I managed to be several states away with nothing but a couple of bags, a rental car and my husband. And you guessed it, I got a manicure. But you know, nothing lasts forever. The rental car went back, the luggage came home FULL of dirty clothes and yes, my return was greeted by the same messy house I left just a few days before. Now, the manicure looks a little rougher. In fact, another couple of days and I’m sporting a borderline redneck manicure. You know the one I’m talking about, when you see more natural nail than polish.

I think I am currently under the impression that as long as there is polish on my nails I am still on vacation. Please comment and back me up on this one as my family may begin sticking to the kitchen floor and I will need to explain myself.

 
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Summer Reading List

Posted by Shelley on Jun 12, 2006 in bible study

It is a well known fact I rarely read anything larger than the size of a Readers’ Digest. And usually it involves far more pictures and advertisments than actual reading material. So, it is with much anticipation that I share with you my summer reading list. Between sibling squabbles (MOM, he is SPITTING at ME) and massive amounts of laundry I plan on finding some quiet moments in time to read the following…

Be a People Person, John Maxwell (I actually JUST finished it!) www.injoy.com
The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day, John Maxwell (so I had to pick another one!)
A Wife After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George (and study guide) www.elizabethgeorge.com
The Power of a Praying Parent, Stormie O’Martian (I think I have memorized the Power of a Praying Wife so I need to move on!) www.stormieomartian.com
A Heart Like His, Beth Moore (okay, it’s on audio book in my ipod nano, but that counts too, right?) www.lproof.org
Bringing Up Boys, Dr. James Dobson (bought it while I was pg, started to read it and it scared me so now I will try again, 20 something months later!) www.family.org
Ambient Findability, Peter Morville (Mike is telling me if I can stomach the techie stuff in this one I should read it) www.findability.org
Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder (yes, a chapter book with Melodi, acutally Mike bought it so I guess we all might be reading it together) www.littlehousebooks.com

How many was that? Am I already kid-crazy in the early days of this hot and humid weather known as summer? Melodi asked me what delirious meant today. Maybe it is already showing… at least I can use it to my advantage right? I’ve finally gone crazy! I’m READING!

 
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Romans 12:9-21

Posted by Shelley on Jun 1, 2006 in bible study

I have meditated on these verses for sometime now, ran across it again today in my quiet time…yes, it really is all in the Bible, isn’t it?

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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