Don’t ya love it when someone visibly looks shocked (not fake-shocked for like a tip or something), but really stunned when you casually mention that you are about to turn 50?! ME TOO!! Hey, I’ll take fake-shocked sometimes. As I ponder this new year, the running thread at the forefront in my mind is about turning 50 in October. Can I lose 20-30 lbs. in that time frame? Is that even possible? Does that mean completely giving up sweets and bread? Will my legs ever look like they did in my 30’s? What can I do to my face/neck/hands to get ahead of this aging thing?
Then I swing to other side and think, really, why does it even matter? Why does it matter if some stranger thinks you are younger than you are? Like you are cheating the system somehow, like you got better genes (jeans?) than someone else? I mean, does it truly matter?! Side note, if anyone (in their late 40's early 50’s) has a really great pair of jeans that fits them please PM me! Or, maybe fifty somethings should no longer be wearing jeans? What are the rules? Are we only allowed to wear those “not your daughters” spanks-filled, high-waisted, high stretch factor ones? Full disclosure, I have been wearing Chico’s stretchy black legging like (jegging) pants for a few years now, no shame, they are super comfortable, and I love that my size is a 1 there!
So, ladies and gents, all this to say, perhaps we ought to focus on things that truly matter, things that will have eternal lasting impact not only on our lives but on the lives of others. We are beginning an 8-week journey that is scripture focused, that teaches us to “Lose what weighs you down so you can Love God, Yourself, and Others” It is called The Wellness Revelation by Alisa Keeton. We begin on Jan 14th, would you prayerfully consider joining us, even if you live across the globe? The study is rich with soul-searching and scriptural references and learning to completely rely on our Good, Good Father for every detail in our lives. Perhaps by the end of the 8-weeks we can look in the mirror and be content and satisfied with our bodies, our health, our choices? Perhaps we can be healed from soul-to-skin. Wouldn’t that be amazing?! It’s worth a shot! What do you have to lose…?
As I pushed forward and backward the seemingly heavy vacuum and saw the white pup hair that was being taken away little by little, I lost it. Literally had a breakdown right there in the living room. The room was quiet except for the hum of the vacuum. It did not matter that no one was around, I could not help but bawl uncontrollably thinking of our beloved Gidget and the fact that we had to put yet another dog down...
What do you do when you lose a beloved pet? Kelly Sue shares her and her husband's journey through their grieving process of losing their beloved dog, Gidget, and how Barkin Dogs Rescue found them not one, but two new pups to adopt and love!
I will never forget the excitement I had going into a meeting with one of my professors, Dr. J back in grad school. I had the idea of launching a Christian clothing business from way back when and he had a side business that helped start-ups. I came prepared with all my notes, my hand-drawn ideas scribbled into a notebook from years ago and a prototype of a zip-up hoodie that had embroidered crosses and verses stitched all over it. I was so excited! See, Dr. J, now this is what I’m talking about! See this cool hoodie??!! It’s a nicer, higher-end product that I really think people would buy! He, of course, has far more knowledge than I and he is asking questions and pondering it all…thankfully not anything like “Shark Tank”; I would never have survived that type of questioning. He was genuinely being a kind fella and hearing me out. At the end of our meeting (as I am walking out) he asked me to write a “Theology of a Hoodie.” K…. hmmm….ok. That’s it? What on earth does he mean, I thought? I also thought, are you kidding me dude, you know full well how many books and papers we must write in graduate school and now you are asking me to (for fun) write a theology of a hoodie?!
Well, here it is almost 8 years later. (BTW I still do not know exactly what he was asking for, however, I have a far better understanding of hoodies after creating and selling them for almost 3 years now). “Theology” means a theological theory or system” I am going with just the theory or system; my guess is that was what he was asking for?
So, here is my brief explanation of how the system works, at least in my case.
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