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Who I want to be with when the zombie apocolypse comes…

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…was just one of the discussions over coffee this morning.

I know who will be sitting in the corner in a fetal position.

I know who will be begging for death – only to see Jesus face to face – but probably spared to lead others to the Lord while wearing a bandanna and wielding a machete.

I know who will grab her kids (and the friend in the corner) to run and find the bandanna wearing fool leader.

For the sake of keeping my friends, I will NOT name names or point fingers. So don’t ask.

The conversation did move to more spiritual, deep places. I shared a new revelation – If I eliminate the things and attitudes that cause me frustration, my yelling (Iguess this is where I make THAT confession) will decrease. I discussed the attitudes (in my kids) and action steps needed to work on their heart issues. Sounds good right?

(Just for the record, I’m not really into zombies… I’m more of a Revolution kind of girl!)

Deeper heart issues were uncovered. But that’s not for here or now. What’s important – the realization that we, as women and mothers, need each other. Community.

Then I left my safe little circle of coffee girl-time and right smack into real life. It hit me. Did I just say I would eliminate things that cause me frustration? Ummm… that’s kinda a long list, which includes my kids. Maybe I need to reword a few things… for instance, the part about their heart issues… and maybe the whole eliminating my kids frustrations part… that really came out wrong. (Right when we have our frustrations eliminated, we’ll find out about the zombies.) Definitely needs rewording.

But not the Zombie Apocalypse. I’m not rewording that.

Who would you be in a (pretend of course) Zombie Apocalypse?

Building bridges is often done over coffee with laughter (and a little bit of the hard truth).

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Coffee, Tea, and Mentoring

Heads bowed in prayer and hearts united in honesty as two women embrace the teaching in the second book of Titus. Steam rises from their tea and coffee as their prayers reach the heavens. A Bible is open before them revealing these words:

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure,workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

Life is often messy. Being a wife and mother is hard. Being a godly wife and mother is such a difficult task, we are not called to do it alone. 

Mentor. A phrase often thrown around – businesses provide programs for new employees, schools pair older students with younger ones to provide opportunities to learn leadership and relational skills, churches even have programs of mentorship. The concept is not a new one. It originated in Bible days with this passage.

Do you have a mentor? Does it follow the principles of Titus Two?

The importance of mentorship is found in Titus 2: 11-15.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

It is not easy to follow the path and principles in Titus Two. Our society is filled with words that are sweet and dishonest in order to not offend as well as words that are quick to judge which often offend. The key is to live the principles, hope in Christ, and walk with others who will teach, encourage, and rebuke.

As the prayer ends and the coffee is cold, the women’s hearts are warm. Words difficult to hear were spoken. Words difficult to speak were received with hope.

Building bridges with mentors requires living and teaching in honesty – ready to encourage and rebuke.

One New Thing

For the past few weeks, I’ve done One New Thing. It wasn’t something I planned to do. There was not a blog somewhere challenging me to do it. I didn’t hear it in a sermon, or read it in an article. It just happened. In May I realized I needed to take my health into my hands and make big changes. I started seeing a new doctor. My eating habits changed. The doc administered new tests. Prescriptions piled up – some from the pharmacy, but most from the health food store. (Yes, my doctor wrote on her prescription pad vitamins to take! She wanted me to take it seriously.) I found out I had allergies I didn’t even realize COULD be allergies. Starting everything at once was overwhelming. So I looked at that big ole elephant name “Health” sitting there and decided to eat him one bite at a time. (No, I didn’t actually consume an elephant – I’m probably allergic to elephant meat. Besides, that’s just gross!)

Just about every week I have a realization of what ELSE I can do to get healthier. After thinking about it for a bit, on Monday I’d claim One New Thing. Here are a few of my One New Things:

  • Reduce coffee consumption from over 3 cups a day to only one (Hello Headaches).
  • Stop drinking any alcohol (Just being honest – don’t judge! It was actually the easiest one).
  • Get all food allergies out of my diet (Sadly, it’s quite a long list).
  • Take regular milk out of the family diet (the only thing I’ve imposed on others).
  • Yeast-free / sugar-free diet (If you’re taking note, that left me eating only veggies, beef, fish, and of course, the hypothetical elephant).
  • Record ALL foods I do eat to calorie check as well as make sure I’m getting enough good stuff (Thanks Fitness Pal!).
  • Exercise (BIG FAIL).

Which brings me to today’s One New Thing.

I will start my day with The Word.

It’s something I try to do, I sometimes do, I want to do…
But I forget to do.

So today, I’m starting the most important One New Thing. Before I even get out of bed, I’m going to use my little handy-dandy book light and pick up a devo book, and read. Then I’ll get up and stumble to the kitchen for my treasured one cup of coffee. As for now, I don’t trust myself to pray in bed. I’ll pray with my coffee. And of course it will start with, Thank you God, for coffee.

Now here’s my challenge to YOU:

Do just One New Thing.

What’s the Elephant YOU need to eat?

Sometimes the bridges we forget most often are the ones within us.

Please join me every week as I share with you some of my One New Things in a new section on my blog – Getting Healthy. Stop by and leave a comment telling me your One New Thing!

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