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Monday, February 28, 2011

And the Winner Is

Did you watch the Oscars last night?

I did… some of it at least.

This formal ceremony, where awards are presented to recognize the excellence of professionals in the film industry, is one of the most prominent ceremonies of the year.

But of course, most people watch not because they want to see if their favorite movie wins the most Oscars.  No, most of us watch to see what everyone chooses to wear on Hollywood's biggest night.

If you watched the Red Carpet Pre-show then you know that EVERY director, actor, costume designer, writer, and cinematographer was asked the same question…

Who are you wearing?  Of course we know what they mean, Who is the designer and creator of your gown and your jewelry or your tux? 

The Oscars is a night that is just as much about appearance as it is the film industry.

I love what God says to Samuel when he's looking at David's brothers to anoint one, or so he thought, as King, Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

You see, what they were wearing last night had no affect on the performance they gave in the films they were nominated for, and yet the world was judging them not based on their talent, but on their looks.

In 1 Samuel 17 we read where King Saul placed his armor on the young shepherd boy David to go out and fight the giant of a man Goliath.

King Saul gave David all the things that a soldier needed to defeat Goliath when he placed his armor on him.  But David wasn’t a soldier.  He was a shepherd.

He didn’t fit into the soldier’s clothing.  He was a shepherd and if he was going to win the battle, it would be as a shepherd.

When David was himself, he succeeded.

And the rest is history.

Lesson, if we want to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives, then we should wear the clothes that God designes and provides for us. We should be the people whom God has called us to be.

I remember when my children were little, each morning before school I would lay out their clothes for them to wear.  I never left it up to them.  If I had they would have worn their favorite shorts and flops in the dead of winter.

I was wiser (and still am I might add) and I knew what they needed.  And trust me, there were days they did not want to wear what I had picked out for them. They had their own ideas of what they should wear.  Yet thankfully, their mom won those little battles.

God is wiser.  He knows what we need.  He knows who we need to be.  He laid it out for us long before time (Jeremiah 29:11).

Now let me ask you, who are you wearing? 

A little shepherd boy armed with only with a stone, stood before a giant armed with a sword...

And prospered.

And when you wear what God has planned, when you live the life He called you to live, when you just be you, you will prosper and you will succeed… even when you shouldn’t.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Going to the Chapel

Tomorrow at 5pm I will be attending a second wedding in 8 days. 

I so love to purchase that perfect gift that fits each bride and groom.  Last night I found the sweetest spring cake plate that I pray my niece and her soon to be hubs gets years of enjoyment out of.  Of course, he'll love what she puts in it and she'll love just looking at it.

Ahh, young love.  It's so sweet.  So fresh.  So new.

Those of us who have been married a while know that after the wedding comes the marriage.   And statistics prove most brides and grooms spend more time preparing for the wedding than they do preparing for the marriage.  The wedding is a one day event, but the marriage is a daily journey with many seen and unforeseen events. 

I was looking through the cards last night for the perfect one (yes, I can admit I have a perfection problem).  I want to share its inscription with you today because it's a great reminder of how to make our marriage last a lifetime. 

And we all need these little reminders untucked in our hearts from time to time.
 
How to Make
A Beautiful Life Together
Reflections on Marriage for the Bride and Groom

Let love be your shelter.
The world is noisy and confusing at times,
so make a home that is a haven,
a peaceful place where you can listen to your hearts and savor
the comfortable closeness you share.

No matter how busy your days may be,
make time for yourselves.
Hold hands.  Unwind.  Surprise each other.
Find little chances each day to show
you're grateful to be partners,
to be friends,
to be married.

Life is not perfect.
You will make mistakes, but each time
you will meet life's challenges together,
you will grow wiser, stronger,
and surer of your love.

Cherish your yesterdays.
They are irreplaceable souvenirs
of your journey through life.
Make memories that will bring smiles
and sighs whenever you look back.
And look back often.

Look forward, too.
Dream together.  Plan together.
Make promises to keep.
Believe in your tomorrows,
because tomorrows are what
forever is make of.

To make love last,
put each other first.
That is the way to make a
beautiful life together,
the kind of life you
both deserve so much.

So, tomorrow I'll be going to the chapel, with perfect cake plate and perfect card in hand, to watch Angel and Seth say their I do's




And I pray on their 20th year of marriage they will be as happy and blessed as their Aunt Tina and Uncle Mark are on ours.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Resolutions or a Real Solution

Today is February 1st. Thirty-one days ago we started out 2011 with excitement filled with all the new possibilities of what the next three hundred and sixty-five days held.

Many of us made resolutions. But as statistics will prove out, most of us do not stick with them.

The problem isn't that we lacked having good intentions, but rather a failure to have good solutions.

We can make resolutions all day long. They are just words. But did we make real solutions to go along with our resolutions?

Without a solution your resolution is just merely wishful thinking.

Just think how your life can be transformed by December 31, 2011 if you choose today to write out some workable solutions.

Write the vision and make it plain. Habakkuk 2:2 

Do you have a vision for your future?  If you don't I promise the enemy does.

I don't what to give him any place in my life. Ephesians 4:27

I pray you don't either.

So, today is a new day... The old has gone and the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Take time to pray and ask God to give you His plan and vision for the rest of 2011.  Then write out some real solutions and next steps so that when you come to the end of this year your heart and mind won't be filled with regrets about what could have been.

But rather you will be filled with joy, energy and the strength to take on anything 2012 throws your way.

Off to write some real solutions,