>Green Lights & Sunshines

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For Andy and DJ, life really boils down to two things:“Andy, did you get a sunshine today?” 
“DJ, did you get a green light?”
Now I’m no educator, but as a mama-bear, I’ve come to learn alot about this adage: all I REALLY need to know, I learned in Kindygarten!
These days (to us big-people) God’s our Kindygarten teacher. At the end of each day, what would Hesend home in our backpack? What if our days were compartmentalized into sunshines/clouds, green lights/red lights…only? How would that change our daily doings as we do life with each other? Something to think about…

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>ACTION-VERB GOD!

>“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ 
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.” 
Psalm 91:1-6 NIV
WOW!!!! In just one Psalm, God gives us a slew of action-verbs. Let me break ’em down for you: 

>He will give me rest: ensuring my sleep is solid, thick, deep.
>He will save me: standing in the spaces between me and my darkness.
>He will cover me: whatever is coming down on me, He’s got me covered.
>He will be my refuge: under his wings, I can give up control. 

>He will be my shield: He will do my fighting, He will take the blows.
>He will keep me from fearing: The terrors that haunt me? He is God. He is bigger than them all.

And if He promises all of this in just a Psalm….IMAGINE WHAT HE CAN PROMISE IN AN ENTIRE BIBLE!

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>My Thoughts on My Weight

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It was my first year in college, and I had become indifferent and careless about eating and exercise. Consequently, I went from a size 10 to a size 14/16. That year was as a rude awakening with my weight, since then, I’vestayed awake to it. Some thoughts:
1. I pray alot that God give me the discipline to eat right, to help my family eat right, and to exercise. I pray because my body is God’s house, so I need God to be the master of it.
2. I don’t keep crap in our house. If junk food isn’t in our house, it can’t be in our mouths.
3. I do some kind of exercise everyday. I’m in a tough season right now. I have two boys who get up at 6:15am and require my attention til 8pm. So 2 hours of daily exercise just ain’t happenin’ – but even if its just 15 min. of yoga, it’s something. And God knows my heart…and this season.
4. I do keep a scale in my bathroom. Because I do have the propensity to gain weight, I want to be responsible and proactive with my weight. I have a range and I want to stay in it.

5. Desserts are a huge weakness for me. Lately, I’ve been trying to stay away from them completely. Substitutes that seem to be working are: chewing gum, drinking something hot, and not keeping them in the house.
6. Lately, I’ve felt convicted about never eating breakfast, that nudge set in when DJ asked me why he has to eat breakfast, but I don’t. So as much as it makes me gag, I’m really trying to start my day with breakfast.

Well, those are my thoughts. I’m not an expert on this stuff, but if you are, please send some expertise this way!

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>No Jerx @ Publix

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Yesterday, I was in the “10 items or less” lane at Publix. There was a man in front of me, a man behind me and a cashier facing all 3 of us. 
Man behind me, “Ma’am,” in a projecting voice, “you do know this is the 10 or less aisle.”

Me, “Yes, I know.”
Man behind me, “But you have more than 10 items.”
Me, “I don’t think I do?” I proceeded to count my items, cause maybe he was right? But as he watched me, we both realized that I did indeed have 10 items.
Man behind me, “Oh, ma’am, I am so sorry. I thought those items in front of you were yours also.”
Me, “That’s OK, I’m sure it was hard to see that little divider.”
Man behind me, “Again, I’m so sorry.”
This scenario could have resulted in 2 JERKS: me and the man behind me. ‘Cause I could have bit the man’s head off & he would’ve bitten back in defense.
But as I think back, I’m amazed. I’ve been praying for God to teach me love, I know that’s a TALL order, but yesterday I saw it in THREE BIG WAYS!
1. His love was in Him responding to my prayer request for love.
2. His love was in dashing the enemy’s hopes of jerks being made at the checkout lane.
3. His love was allowing 2 men and 1 cashier to see unusual love instead of usual animosity.
Here’s the deal: It’s NEVER too late and we are NEVER too far to stand in amazement of what God can do in us, if only we ask.

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>2007 LeadHership Nominees

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Take a minute and EMAIL me atheather.palacios@flamingoroad.org with your pick for 

2007 LeadHer or LeadHim
of the Year
In your EMAIL, include:
your nominee’s name and
how your nominee exemplified leadership into your life.

I am so pumped to announce that this year’s winner will receive:
1. a copy of my favorite leadership book
2. a John Maxwell Leadership Bible
3. a photo-spot on my blog (to replace the current Christmas Family photo) along with a link to their blog (if there is one)


I’m SO excited to hear your nomination. May the best leader win!

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>347

>I started my week learning the significance of the number 347.

This past weekend, Troy’s message was simple: 
the cross; our hurt; God’s love.
And after 25 minutes, 347 people came forward to stand in front of the cross, 
where they brought their hurt and received Jesus.
But 347 is so cool because it also means:
347 rooms that God is preparing in heaven today,
347 homes impacted,
347 legacies redefined.
and 347 generations changed.
So what 347 really means is that it’s truly just the beginning of an endless number.
Boy, God sure is an exponential God, isn’t He!!

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>May I Never Miss a Sunset…

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Sara June Parker said, “May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down.” When I look up and see a sunset or a rainbow, my heart races because they are exhilarating signs that God is near. This week, there are people who need God to be near–but they will understandably be looking down. If you are somewhere looking up, please pray for:
It breaks my heart to no end that ordinary people, in ordinary places, doing ordinary things…1, 2, 3…gone. I’m heavy-hearted that these killers left millions of tears in their wake…that they will never have to see. But I know that God, who puts the sun where it rises and the rainbow where it ends…will see every one of them

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>Escalators

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Today, we went to the mall to  take a pic with Santa. This is not the pic I expected to snap! In this pic, some would see two people doing somethingnormal; one doing something abnormal. Some would see two people doing something common; one of them doing something different.
If I had to describe this pic, I’d say it’s the analogy of my life and if I gave it a caption, it’d say, “She’s always the one going up, while the world’s been coming down.” I’ve always been different.
don’t have experience or awareness with things like “of the crowd,” “in the majority,” or “of the popular vote.” Though, admittedly, there’s been times where I wish I did.
Straight up, it’s something I still wrestle God on and talk to God about, ’cause I just can’t figure it out. Sometimes I discover things in others before I’ve answered them within myself. That’s exactly what happened with this moment. I discovered that DJ is different. And maybe I don’t have all my different-ness figured out yet, I do have one thing figured out…I’m always gonna be there to help DJ with his. I would dare say that those going up the escalator while the world’s coming down are a minority-piece of the public pie. But if you’re one of ’em, let DJ and I know. We’ll take the escalator together…going up. : )

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>My “Twas the Night”

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Broward, 
Big red sale signs and spending headed upward.
Tree tents were going up, the smell of pine near, 
It was Christmas, was Thanksgiving even here?
The children were sensing something in the air
Yet I struggled with something, this didn’t seem fair;
On the outside, there was an aura of great fun,
but in self, did I think I was the only one?
Ole’ St. Nick had a better view of this boomin’ town
From the Pole, he saw every face I was around.
He saw a divorcee at Starbucks alone,
The kid at Broward mall, avoiding his home,
The moon was rising, dark came on fast,
But from the Pole, he could still see such aghast.
“That family, in Weston, you think has it all?”
“Not true. Thru their windows there is only a wall.”

“The bagger at Publix? Today with no reply…”
“Not one person spoke to him, not even a sigh.”
“And on your street, what a place for potential”
“If you’d stop, you’d see their hurting torrential”
“And in Broward, on the corners of those stoplights—“

“They are humans with hearts, not money-needing mites.”
May I offer a Santa tip with this affair?
Hoping my name conveys, I speak because I care.
If there’s a thing inside, a holiday ache,

Stop for a moment, it’s God speaking…take a break
My view’s the North Pole, but God’s view is quite precise
He nudges from what he sees, he doesn’t think twice–
This season, God implores, “Please help from where you are.
At Starbucks, Publix, the inside of your car
Sure, at Christmas, I could reach down, help those nearby
But I’d like to partner with you, won’t you try?”
“Let’s slow down and make the season a journey.
You’re made in my image, with love there’s no hurry
When in a Target lot, take your cart to the man,
Tell him thanks and go ahead, why not…shake his hand.
Dining at Outback? Ask your server for more–

More about her life, what her future has in store.
I think you get the idea, it’s the season…
to have Christmas fun and yet give without reason.
You know the last line; don’t forget this word, alright?
It’s: Merry Christmas to ALL and to ALL a good night. 

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>My First Podcast

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Guess who was invited to particpate in a podcast session on leadership? ME! 
Visit potentialblog.com to hear our convo on life and leadership.

Who is a part of this? Funny you should ask!
TroyHeredesMeeGee, our special guest, Bob Bumgarner, and me.
That’s 4 LeadHims and 1 LeadHer : )
What an honor. Thanks, guys, for having me.

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