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“It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”” — Romans 14:11 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.

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The Happiness in the Handbag

Some things are so easily taken for granted. Be honest with yourself: how many times have you gotten to meet someone for the first time, had a small chat with them, and forgotten what their name was 5 minutes after? Yes, I can blame it on a horrible memory (hello forgetting dinner last week)! I can also try to blame it on the 50 things I have to get done in a day that consumes my extra reflection time. Today, God made sure the excuses were left in my bed and smacked me upside the head with a handbag!

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Before Petting That Dog…

They come in different sizes, different colors, and varying species. Some call them a Companion, a Best Friend, a Family Member, but to most around the world, they are known as DOG. If you haven’t heard me talk about dogs, I can tell you this: I Love Them!! Actually, right now in my life, I don’t at all have baby-brain…I have Doggy-brain. If you saw me this past weekend with my brother’s dog Sue Ellen, you would have thought I was a 5 year old kid in the toy section at the store. And maybe you’re like me right now, or have always seen yourself as a “Dog Person.” So the thought of petting a random dog doesn’t sound too crazy, right?

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Are we scented candles or the real deal?

I admit it,  I love scented candles and wax that makes my apartment smell like I’ve just baked a billion dozen cinnamon cookies or just washed and line dried a load of linen even when I’ve not been close to the oven or the washer!

I sniff through a batch of bars to find the right scent to go in my warmer in the living room, and something different for the upstairs bath…making sure it’s just the right smell and mood I want.  I laugh even as I talk about it because one of my old Morning Show partners (Dave Cruise) used to say that he hated it when someone lit a Sugar Cookie candle in his house because if it’s going to smell like a cookie…there should be a cookie!

I was thinking about that, are we coming off in this world like people that masquerade or “smell” like Jesus but we really aren’t like him much past that?

I mean the idea is that we are intimately involved with Christ in our life and so when we are publicly out and about with others we should not only smell like Jesus but we should be that “cookie” authentic Jesus with skin on at the end of that smell.

Maybe I’m the only one, but I know that there are times when I’ve just kind of forgotten to be that authentic  Jesus with skin on sweet smell for others and I’m just a scented “wanna be”.  So, I’m working to be the “cookie authentic” of Jesus…and not only smell like him but act like him too. It’s a daily work, but the good news is Jesus is still working on me and I’m learning little by little.

However, I’ll be honest –  if you come to my house and you smell cookies or linen, that’s still wax .

 

Watch Out for Too Much Technology

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With every status you post, you wait to see how many “Likes” you can get. Seconds feel like minutes, and than you notice you’ve been staring at a computer screen for 10 minutes, waiting on a thumb’s up to justify a sentence you decided to write. Technology has sucked you in, and this is your time to take a break. I say this, knowing from personal experience, that even though the tech around us can help in many situations, it can wreck you too. That’s why it’s good to be on the lookout of signs that are clearly saying, “Back away from the gadget, stat!” Some of those signs have nicely been pointed out by blogger Nicole Fabian-Weber, and could come in handy (especially when a moment of denial hits):

 

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Jesus and Peter talking about Grace

If you’re having trouble understanding what Grace means, check out The Skit Guys  ”Grace”.  Just click here for the link. Happy Easter!

Easter Story Hunt

Kids love to hunt for Easter eggs! Here’s a game where your kids can hunt for eggs – but instead of candy they will actually learn the Easter story.

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Click here for all the FUN details!

Slowing the Aging Process…with Food!

The idea of “Aging with Grace” is something that many would love to do. Personally, looking at my mother, who’s over 55, I know I would LOVE to look like her at her age (trust me, the lady looks like she’s in her 40′s)! Yes, you could use serums, stay out of the sun, put on sunscreen, and probably try 20 different exercise techniques that “work,” but what about the things you and I eat. Yes, it’s been proven that there are a few foods that actually slow the aging process down, and give you the nutrients you need every day anyways!

 

Pomegranate Juice

Studies show that a glass of pomegranate juice a day could keep the wrinkles at bay. Pomegranate has previously been linked to the prevention of heart disease and stress relief, but now researchers have found that the fruit juice also slows down the natural oxidation (“wear and tear”) of DNA.

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It’s Been 1 Year?!?!

While many see today as the very dreaded TAX DAY, I can’t help but feel giddy. Well, for one reason, the hubby already did our taxes for us (first time doing joint tax return, oooo). But the bigger reason is that this chica has officially been part of KVNE and KGLY for 1 Full Year!

 
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Just like a kid slightly nervous and definitely excited for Christmas morning or that first day at a new school, I remember I struggled with sleep the Sunday before my first day here at the station last year. And yes, I even laid out my outfit for the next day that night (don’t judge)! That morning, I didn’t know if my stomach was making noise because it wanted food or wanted to push food far, far away. But I can tell you, once I walked in through the front doors at 2721 East Erwin St, this peace and reassurance just filled my every bone. I knew God had made this place home.

 

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Baby Shower Gifts to Avoid

If it isn’t wedding invitations coming in the mail, the baby announcements are plastering your fridge, right next to your grandkid’s zebra drawing and the reminder to go to the dentist in 2 days. As exciting as it is to have a friend, child or sibling welcome a new life into the world, you have to be careful to not go overboard with the presents. It can be easy to do, seeing that every store and garage sale seems to have baby stuff “on sale” just at the right time.

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Yeah, I’m not a proud aunt or anything…

 

 

How do I know this phenomenon seeing that I don’t have any children of my own? Here writes an older sister who was all about grabbing onesies, toys, and blankets galore for her brand new nephew! The sale section at Walmart and Target very much could have been my enemy, but a little voice inside said, “Your sister already has that for the kid.” That same voice is going to have to come in again as I prepare for nephew #2.

 

 

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A Guy’s Perspective on Prom

It’s prom season.

My beautiful daughter, Kristin, will be going to her senior prom in a few weeks. She and her friends are dress shopping today. For the girls going to prom tonight, you already have the perfect dress and you’re in a last minute rush of updos, makeup and mani/pedis and finding the perfect spot for prom pictures. For the guys, you have to pick her up, get the boutonniere on and impress her father.

Well, I thought I’d share something today just for the guys stressing over asking – or taking – that special girl to prom. A perspective from a guy who’s been there. It’s from the Deeper Devotion blog.

The author writes, “I never dated in high school, but I had one major crush that lasted from sophomore to senior year. Kelly had beautiful,
blonde hair, sparkling green eyes, and a gorgeous smile. I wanted to date Kelly more than any girl I knew. I wrote a love poem to her that I always kept in my back pocket, waiting for the opportunity to give it to her.

Prom time rolled around and I decided it was my last chance. I called Kelly up and asked her to the prom. She said yes! Kelly looked beautiful on prom night and I loved just being with her. On the way to our After Prom we sat silent, driving through the dark countryside. My heart was
beating straight through my chest. I realized this was the only time I
would ever have Kelly’s complete attention. I had to tell her how I felt
about her. Finally, I broke the silence. I tried to explain my feelings,
stumbling over my words, and Kelly just sat there watching me. I bombed. We got to After Prom and things were awkward the rest of the night.

At the next track meet I found out she was dating one of the track athletes. On the dark bus ride home I sat in stunned silence. I pulled the love letter to Kelly out of my pocket. I stared at it for a while—then I took a bite, chewed, and swallowed. I took another bite, and then another. I bit off piece after piece, word after word, washing it all down with Powerade until the entire piece of paper was gone.

Kelly would never read my love letter.

I’ve learned a lot about girls, relationships, and myself since then. I know that sometimes you just have to learn things the hard way and even if
you heard the truth you might not listen, but if I could go back in time, this is what I would tell myself:

Crushes are disappointing, no matter what the outcome. If things go badly, you get turned down, or worse, ignored. If things go well, you may start seeing each other. But then one day it hits you: this guy or girl is nowhere near the amazing person you thought they were. Kelly was not the girl God had for me. I spent so much time, energy, and emotion crushing on a girl and now there’s nothing to show for it – not even a love letter.

Guys, you can read his full blog post here:
I Ate My Love Letter

Remember what the Bible says about being the Lord’s “approved workman” in 2 Timothy 2:22:

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.