A little about a lot

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

26 in 26

I know it's been done - but apparently, my wisdom is expanding.
So, 26 things I've learned in 26 years of being a girl.

1. As much as we try to deny it, all of us, ALL OF US, are high maintenance at least some of the time.



2. A collar bone can be very sexy.












3. When choosing jewelry, put on everything you want to wear, and then take off two pieces.

4. God gave us eyebrows for a reason. Shape, don't remove.

5. Every once and awhile, go get a manicure. Having pretty nails is not a sin.

6. Neither is bronzed skin. Trips to the tanning bed on gloomy winter days preserve sanity.

7. All it takes to dress stylishly is the courage to wear something that people will notice and an acceptance of the type of clothes that look good on your body.

8. Learn to apply eyeliner on the inside of your eyelid. It will change your life.

9. Snipping cuss words from your vocabulary goes a long way in encouraging your peers to treat you like an adult and men to treat you like a lady.

10. True beauty really is on the inside.

11. Still, it is OK to put something pretty on and "twirl" just for the sake of twirling.

12. Work on being silent. It also will change your life.

13. NEVER shave before using a salt scrub.

14. Try new recipes with the understanding that laughter is the best response to failure in the kitchen.

15. Chatting over coffee with your mom might be the most important thing you need to do today.

16. Exercising with the goal of being healthy rather than the goal of being thin is so. much. better.



17. Look for beauty. Once you start looking, you'll find it all around. You'll find it in other women, old and young. You'll even find it in yourself.











18. Those who resolve to be someone who embraces smile lines give themselves permission to truly shine.

19. Placing a space heater under your desk is one of the best things you can do for your career.

20. Strive for elegance, not sex appeal.

21. Don't be stupid. Just because you can apply make-up/change your pants while driving doesn't mean you should.

22. Jergens lotion goes on your body. Neutrogena lotion goes on your face.

23. Innocence does not mean naivety. Matthew 10.16 "...Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."




24. Boyfriends and husbands are not your girlfriends. They are men. They will not talk, listen or act like women. When you expect them to be something they aren't, you miss out on what they are.










25. Turtle neck + Dangly Earrings = a sure winner, every time.

26. Worship God. Don't worship men. Don't worship beauty. Don't worship success. Don't worship "perfection." Don't worship popularity. Jesus is who you're looking for.

Monday, January 14, 2008

I do want to be one of them...

Lord I have a heavy burden of all I've seen and know
It's more than I can handle
But your word is burning like a fire shut up in my bones
and I cannot let it go

And when I'm weary and overwrought
with so many battles left unfought

I think of Paul and Silas in the prison yard
I hear their song of freedom rising to the stars
And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them

Lord it's all that I can't carry and cannot leave behind
it often overwhelms me
but when I think of all who've gone before and lived the faithful life
their courage compells me
And when I'm weary and overwrought
with so many battles left unfought

I think of Paul and Silas in the prison yard
I hear their song of freedom rising to the stars

I see the shepherd Moses in the Pharohs court
I hear his call for freedom for the people of the Lord

And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them
And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them

I see the long quiet walk along the Underground Railroad
I see the slave awakening to the value of her soul

I see the young missionary and the angry spear
I see his family returning with no trace of fear

I see the long hard shadows of Calcutta nights
I see the sisters standing by the dying man's side

I see the young girl huddled on the brothel floor
I see the man with a passion come and kicking down the door

I see the man of sorrows and his long troubled road
I see the world on his shoulders and my easy load

And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them
and when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them
I want to be one of them



This is a new favorite for me - by Sara Groves.

Makes me think of my Mom...a teacher for decades, she's now volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate - speaking on behalf of children who sorely need someone to stand up for them.

Every week she faces different situations in which her "kids" are being let down or abused - but she doesn't give up in the face of "all that I can't carry and cannot leave behind."

I think she wants to be one of them, too.