Archive for March, 2015

Mom Said! Life’s Not Fair

Someday our kids may thank us. (Even if it’s not today!) <–You should laugh at that.

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Our mothers tried to teach us so much. And we’re diligently trying to pass that wisdom and life experience on to our kiddos.

One of those nuggets of truth is that life’s not fair, and it’s okay.

We must learn, remember, and model for our kids that we can conquer, overcome, and grow in spite of the unfairness of it all. Sometimes you “just gotta suck it up and do it.”

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 “Mom Said!” is regular video feature based off of Christine’s book. It’s a collection of her thoughts, humorous experiences, and the wisdom she hoped to instill into her teenagers as  single mother. She wondered whether or not they truly did listen all those years until that one day she found out for sure. As she stood up abruptly and cracked her head on a cabinet corner, Christine mumbled something she should not have only to hear it echoed by her three listening children.

“Mom Said . . . !” echoed through her house as she discovered they were indeed listening to what she had to say. The thoughts and lessons were gathered and published in her book.

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What Are You Looking At? Why Perspective Is Your Key To Success.

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Think!

Have you ever thought you might not be smart enough or capable of handling learning new and challenging material by furthering your education? I was just thinking about that for myself.

Can I go back to school?
Should I?
What makes me think I will be able to pass such an intense course of study ?

And then I remembered! I remembered times in my life when I kicked butt and did what I wasn’t sure I could. I looked back for a moment for positive reminders and affirmations.

That grueling, six-hour Series 7 Exam I passed on my first attempt and with a higher score than the national average? I nailed it. I didn’t pass it because it was easy or because I was really smart. I passed, because I dedicated myself to necessary preparation, remained focused, and never gave up during those times I felt most like quitting. It was the hardest thing I’d ever done to prepare for such a challenge in a mere twelve week’s time. Looking back, I was reminded that I found what I needed within myself to pass successfully despite not knowing I already possessed the personal characteristics it would take to do so.

I was reminded of success again looking back at the Series 63 exam that loomed over me after passing the Series 7. I passed that one, too, and with a rockin’ score! “Hey, Doubt! Take that!”

It wasn’t long before I thought back the the first academic paper I submitted to a professor in my first seminary class. We received an email informing us only two people in the class received passing grades, because most papers were devotional writings versus academic. I was one of the two that passed. (A side note: I picked my butt up off the floor in astonishment!) Not knowing what I was doing (as I was so new to it), I wrote my first academic paper for a seminary level class and received an A. Yeah, baby!

All of this is not to brag or think much of myself, because I tend to see myself as needing to learn much more than I feel possible in my lifetime. I’m also a person who learns nugget by nugget. I tend to chew on things mentally and ponder deeply. Learning is a passion, because it enables me to pass knowledge to others with confidence that it was handled and taught accurately and truthfully. That, to me, is an essential of teaching well.

As I consider continuing my academics at one specific seminary, I look back and past my doubt to think, “Why not?” I’m not your average academic person, yet that might just be why I’ll continue to do well moving forward. Though I may not the sharpest or smartest tool in the shed, I might be the most dedicated and passionate. My personal characteristics have carried me well in the past, and I believe they will continue to do so now. How’s that for a change in perspective?

I also find it important to look at what’s on the other side of the degree. For me, it’s additional teaching that will equip folks well. There is nothing that makes me more excited than teaching and preaching in our community. Its taught me how to be faithful in the small but important things. To be able to do more, go deeper, and exegete well is something I crave more than coffee. I cannot believe I said it, but it’s true! Lord, help me! Am I on the brink of ruin? I say that with humor in mind.

I want you to stop and think for a moment. Do you know what you need to create, build, and become a member of the church body reaching people in your community? YOU. It’s amazingly simple despite seeming so difficult, because it’s not about projects and funding finding ways to fund them. You can be planted in your community and use what you already have today.

On this note, I’d like to invite you to some powerful training in the near future. You’ll need to stay tuned, and I promise I’ll keep you updated as it’s rolled out. I’m already working on a specific faith-based training that will show you how to start and keep going. You’ll learn to live a life of mission.

I’m going to continually submit myself to learning, because being a student and sharing what I learn is the most exciting thing I can do with my time and energy. I’m afraid (in a good way) I’ll be a lifelong student in one capacity or another. There is so much to learn, so much I want to learn, and so much I anticipate teaching to others as I do. It is my sweet spot in life, and I’m blessed to commit myself to walk in it.

It doesn’t just make me excited to be in such a sweet spot.

It makes me STAND. ON. MY. HEAD. EXCITED.

 

Here’s a take-away for you:
When you don’t think you have what it takes, look at what you’ve overcome and conquered already in various areas of your life. It’s normal to experience doubt and fear toward what we don’t know. New experiences and challenges can indeed scare us. But, it doesn’t mean we have to surrender to those doubts and fears. They merely represent a challenge, and a challenge represents an opportunity.

Opportunities mean you get to make a choice. Are you going to surrender to doubts and quit before starting? Or will you conquer those doubts, fears, and uncertainties to dream it, plan it, live it, master it, and become it? Are you committed to become the best you can by doing the best you can do every single day? If you can commit to doing that, you are well on your way to achieving your goal.

Finally, remember that success is the result of great effort. Dedication and commitment are part of the success package for almost anything we do in life. Greatness doesn’t come easy, and we don’t find it in a single day. It comes to those who stay the course and commit to doing each day’s work by doing it well.

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Mom Said! Turn Off The Phone (It’s healthy!)

When’s the last time you turned off your phone?

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How often do you let your calls go to voicemail?

If you’re constantly making a sprint (aka mad dash over furniture and pets) to get to the other side of the room and dig it out of your purse before it goes to voicemail, it might be time to distance yourself from needing to be there 24/7. Tough love, I know.

Watch this video and be encouraged to turn off the phone. It really IS healthy and an essential part of your life and stress management plan.

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 “Mom Said!” is regular video feature based off of Christine’s book. It’s a collection of her thoughts, humorous experiences, and the wisdom she hoped to instill into her teenagers as  single mother. She wondered whether or not they truly did listen all those years until that one day she found out for sure. As she stood up abruptly and cracked her head on a cabinet corner, Christine mumbled something she should not have only to hear it echoed by her three listening children.

“Mom Said . . . !” echoed through her house as she discovered they were indeed listening to what she had to say. The thoughts and lessons were gathered and published in her book.

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