On The Nationwide School Walkout…..A Historical Perspective……

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”  1 Timothy 4:1


To the students who walked out today, I offer some encouragement:

When you hear and see adults criticising you for your choice and say your feelings don’t matter, just remember:

1. Queen Esther successfully petitioned King Xerxes to spare an entire nation from certain death. She is remembered every year during the Jewish celebration of Purim. She was 14. (Esther 1-7)

2. Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego all mustered up the courage to defy a kingdom order and were all thrown into a fiery furnace where, instead of burning, they came out unsinged. The king looked upon them and decreed that their God must be the one true God.  They were between the ages of 11 and 13. (Daniel 3 NIV)

In our modern times we have:

3. In 1899, newsboys (boys who sold newspapers), went on strike for 2 weeks to protest low wages in New York City. They were successful in increasing their wages. One of the leaders of the protest, Kid Blink, was reported to be between 13 and 14 years old.  (As a side note, the strike was the inspiration for one of my favorite movies, “Newsies.” 🙂 ) 

4. Bana Alabed tweeted in real time the events that were happening in her town in Aleppo, Syria during the height of the crisis there in 2016. She has since published a book entitled, “Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace.” She is 8 years old. 

5. Founding father James Monroe was 18 when he co-signed the Declaration of Independence. 

So my young marchers, take courage. You are here for a reason and our future is brighter because of you. ❤

Thank you!

PS: Always remember you are never alone and are loved and supported more than you can imagine.

 

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Motivational Tuesday……

It is Tuesday. We are not even halfway through the week. The weather is starting to get more sunny, but along with that comes the heat and the stickiness and the grossness.

This may leave you with an irresistible urge to shave your head (and you’ve somehow forgotten how to spell common words, even though you’re a daily blogger).

Please don’t shave your head.

I mean, I’m sure you’ll still look amazing and wonderful with a shiny noggin, but I just am afraid that you’ll regret that decision, even though through a shaved head you can feel the breeze better and this will in the short term help to cool you off.

We are not even half way through the week and your To-Do list keeps getting longer, with no projects crossed out yet.

Except the To-Do task of shaving your head because we just decided that might be a bad idea.

So dear friends, as we move into the middle part of our week, take heart. You can get through this. Just breathe…….and drink a little bit more coffee…….

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Cheers!

*Photo Credit-our personal archives. Here our fearless blogger’s husband girds up his loins to make it through the middle of the week. Just add coffee! 😀

Blessed Are The Nurturers……

Blogger’s Note: To the woman who is sad on Mother’s Day because she has empty arms, you are loved, you have worth and you matter to the world.


Blessed are the nurturers,
Those who teach our children,
Who drive the buses to and from school,
Who make sure our tiny humans cross the street safely.

Blessed are the nurturers,
Who had the dream of human children,
But live with empty arms.

Blessed are the nurturers,
Who stay up all night,
Tending to a sick dog or cat.
Who worry about their fur-babies crossing over to The Rainbow Bridge too soon.

Blessed are the nurturers,
The nannies, the after-school sitters, the kind souls that step in
When a parent has to work long hours or just needs a break.

Blessed are the nurturers, remembered and celebrated on this day.
May we always appreciate all the do.

Amen!

 

To the Woman That’s Gone Through Her 3rd Change of Clothes for the Day…..

Good Tuesday to you all!! While both our girls are sleeping soundly, let’s get into the topic of the day!

Do you guys remember when I wrote that piece to the girl with Spina Bifida? Remember how I had said that was the most vulnerable I’d been on my blog? Well, after letting this one sit in my head for a month or so, I think it’s time to release it. Today’s blog will be the most vulnerable I’ve ever been, but I’m writing it in hopes of helping others dealing with the same thing. So, here it goes…..

My disability has changed my body in several ways over the years. I’m not able to move around as much as I could when I was a kid. I use my wheelchair more frequently now. My bladder has also changed. This has been one of the most frustrating changes.

As women age, their menstrual cycles sometimes shift to a heavier flow or more painful cramps. For me this change manifested itself by making my bladder gush forth several times a day during my cycle. This has gone on for many years. One benefit of this is that it is so consistent that I know my period will begin shortly after this occurs. But it makes it no less frustrating.

See, on the worst days of this, I end up changing clothes at least twice. Usually more. Any liquid that I consume races right through me. It gets to the point where I just sit at home, trying to keep my mind off things. I don’t drink much liquid on these days for fear of changing clothes again. I pretty much live in the bathroom on these days.

I have taken medication to fight off these bladder spasms. It worked well for years, but then my insurance company quit covering it and I had to switch to a new one. This new one works pretty well, but is not as long lasting as the first. And when I’m in the throes of a long day of changing clothes constantly, I can get so into my head that I forget to take it. (In Real Time: Can you believe just sitting here writing this I had a pretty sizable spasm? Calm down, bladder! 😛 )

On these days, I’m reminded why we (my husband and I) were chosen to remain childless. There is no way I’d be able to take care of myself and a child on these days.

So dear female, I know you are tired and frustrated from constantly visiting the bathroom and changing into yet another pair of clothes. I know you feel unattractive and less of a woman simply because your bladder doesn’t work the way it should. But here are truths you need to hang on to:

1. You are attractive

2. You are worthy of love

3. At least you have clean laundry 😉

4. This too shall pass

If you are currently going through endless bladder spasms and mountains of laundry, you are certainly not alone. I’m rooting for you.

Cheers!

Embarrassed spider image courtesy of cartoonstock.com

Blogging Milestone: On Handling Your First Troll…

There comes a time in every writer’s life when you stumble upon your first troll. How you react can set the tone for the rest of your career.

Unlike the trolls of our childhood that hid under bridges and harassed unsuspecting billy goats, these types of trolls you are unable to see. They hide behind their computers and can spout nasty verbiage that lands on the comment section of your blog. Trolls just don’t disagree with your written opinion, but often express themselves using name-calling and bitterness. Today I share some tips on how to deal with your first one.

1. Celebrate!: Ok, this seems a tad wrong to celebrate someone who has said not so kind things to you, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: trolls usually strike when they see elements of the truth in your writing or the words you speak (Now, in an effort to cover my bum, I just want to point out that sometimes trolls come out in defense OF the truth. I call them benevolent trolls. These days you can find them hard at work in the comment section of any article or video from Donald Trump 😉 ). If you never had a troll, that actually means that your writing hasn’t had much of an impact. Celebrate when you find one in the comment section of your blog and make the comment visible (as long as it’s not using bad language or threatening anyone. Moderation tools were created for a reason. Use them).

Honestly, I’ve been doing this blogging thing for not quite a year (my 1-year blogaversary is coming up next month), and I didn’t think I’d get my first troll so soon. I don’t even have that many subscribers (but I appreciate you all! Please share links to my blog with your friends, family, pastor, dog, and that random guy who stands on the corner and shouts incoherent babble. My current goal is to get into triple digits by February. 😉 )

2. Add them to your prayer list: At this point you might think I’m totally bonkers, but hear me out. These types of negative trolls are negative because their lives are not very rich or full of joy. Pray for them that they will find joy in building people up instead of tearing them down. Pray that they somehow are able to get out of their pit of darkness.

3. Ignore them: There is a quote in the new book by Jen Hatmaker (she’s basically like the MotherShip for the Christian blogging/author community 😉 ) that states:

“Don’t try to win over the haters (trolls), you aren’t the jackass whisperer!”

Ignoring/blocking a nasty comment from a troll gives you back control of your blog that the troll attempted to usurp.

Getting your first troll is in some ways a rite of passage for your blog. I hope you find these tips useful. But if they all have failed, try to dance along to the video below. I promise if it doesn’t help you feel better, at least it helped you burn off some calories! 😉

Remember, you are not alone!

Cheers!

 

Take a Blessing and Put it in a Jar

Ever have one of those days? You know what I mean–those days that you just feel kinda blah. Low energy and just feeling a bit blue? I’m having one of those days today, which is weird because this is one of the first times this week that the sun is shining so bright, I happily opened the window. Someone else seems to be enjoying the sun as well. 😉

“Excuse me dahling, could I trouble you for a refreshing sparkling water?

Days like today it’s important to remember a few things. One, this blah feeling is more than likely temporary and will pass. Secondly, you have so much to be thankful for. Which leads me to our topic of the day: counting our blessings.

Sometimes I have days that I feel so down in the dumps, the feeling that God is no longer moving in my life and I get so discouraged. Last year I came up with a solution that I hope will help you during times of doubt. I made a Blessing Jar.

It’s simple. I took a mason jar, washed and dried it, and then I labeled it with a Bible verse that would consistently remind me of God’s goodness and provision. Ephesians 3:20,

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,” (NIV)

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Every time you receive a blessing ie, a bill is paid off, you get a raise, or your spouse reminds you why you married them, write this down on a piece of paper, with the date and put it in the jar. On days, like today, where doubt begins to set it, go to the jar and read your blessings aloud.

I like to start a new jar every New Years Day and keep it for a year. I’m excited to go back years from now and read about what the Lord has done for us during our marriage.

I hope this idea has helped to pull you out of a funk today. Know that you are loved SO much and you are NOT alone.

Cheers!