>Botox Joy

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This morning, in our staff meeting, my boss shared that’s he’s studying the book of Philippians. Here’s some scoop on Philippians:
  • It’s in the New Testament, sandwiched by Ephesians and Colossians.
  • It’s only 4 chapters.
  • It’s about a joyful leader…
  • …writing from prison.

Leadership is interesting, because at the same time a leader can soar, a leader can feel imprisoned. Paul mastered this paradox; God let him write about it; we can learn from it.You know botox promises that an injection of it can eliminate frown lines. How ’bout an injection of Philippians to eliminate frowns? Cheaper and painless (and yes, this analogy is cheesy).

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>LUNGS

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Since 1981, I’ve had shady lungs: repeated pneumonia in my lower lungs; once in the mid-lung; and DNA-testing shows my bronchi are malFUNKtioning : )
I debated over this post cause the last few have been about me. But after praying about it for 2 days, this is the only idea God’s given me.
Blog-Reader-Friend, If you have an ongoing affliction, you have an ongoing job.
Yes, that sounds brash, but when we sign up to be a Christ-follower, we sign up to be a Christ-leader. And affliction is a vehicle for that leadership. 
When I think about 26 years of lung dealings, I think about hospital stays where pastors laid hands on me; where my parents would seek treatment with faith; where nurses & doctors enter my hospital room & see bibles, hear Christian tunes, & encounter prayerful and encouraging visitors. I think about God being in the midst of it all & using it to touch lives far from Him.
And so…I’ll close with this charge…pray for our affliction, but as we do, leverage its incurability.

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>Halloween Leadership?

>I am on this street for a reason. I emphatically believe that 4 years ago God orchestrated our steps to SW 167th Ave. I pray for my neighbors and enthusiastically embrace the mission to “Love thy neighbor.” So this year, when Trick or Treat came around, we eagerly partnered with our church to leverage the opportunity. After all, if we love them….maybe someday….they’ll love Him.Tonight, when the doorbell rang…


Now just tell me, how do I live out this great mission when I answer the door and two punks spray me in the face? Look, next year, when they return? (cause they will due to this year’s obvious success) & they spray the left side of my face? I will smile, turn the other cheek, and let them spray the right side too. And then? I’ll chase them down the street with our 500 foot garden hose and spray them with some nice, fresh, cold water….to cleanse them of their iniquity….because I love them

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>Book, Blog, Beverage

>OK, not messing around here, I have 3 things to tell you:

1. BOOK – “Become a Better You” – For the negative-nellies out there, this book is a positive!












2. BLOG – There’s a new leadership blog on the street and its by someone who’s had major influence on my leadHership….Pastor Troy! This blog will include weekly posts AND podcasts on leadership. Truly, sniff it out, man!

3. BEVERAGE – So I went to Starbux tonight and branched out by ordering the Caramel Apple Cider…had them strip all the foo-foo stuff (caramel, whipped cream) and just give it to me straight. It was surprisingly really good!


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>My Name is Heather, I Have a Disease

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When I was around 8, I somehow caught a bug that has only spread with time. 

It’s a deceiving little bug, because for 26 years, I diagnosed it as mere “desire.”
As of late, God’s loudly diagnosed it as DISEASE.
A disease that causes an Ache to be noticed; a Pain to be acknowledged; a Yearning to be needed.
What a yucky disease to be afflicted by, not to mention downright embarrassing to share. What causes it? I honestly don’t know, so I really can’t tell you. But what I want more than anything, what I am praying for harder than anything…
is for God to drill way down,
remove this disease,
and heal any scars its left behind.
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In his final hours, Jesus washed feet, didn’t He…
Now, I have another reason…
when we are washing feet, we are looking DOWN;
when we are looking down, we can’t look around to see who’s noticing.
Jesus only wanted to be noticed by the Father, with that,
He received the best acknowledgement ever….to be eternally seated next to Him.


“God, please help me. I really want to get this right…to be so filled with you that there’s no empty space I try to fill with the applause of others. God, if I’m never acknowledged again on Earth, it’s all good, ’cause I’ve already been acknowledged by You, that’s all I need!”

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>Great Risky Quote

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“And the day came 
when the risk it took 
to remain tight inside the bud 
was more painful 
than the risk it took 
to blossom.” 
-Anais Nin 

Couldn’t you just climb inside this quote and sit on it for hours?
Great quotes are paradoxical: profound yet basic.
Since this quote says it so well, I won’t kill it by adding to it.
But here’s what I asked myself after reading it:
If I wasn’t so chicken of the risk required,
where could I really be blossoming?

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>Jack-o-blemish

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Oh my gosh! I have the most gargantuan blemish on my face. It is driving me CRAZY. We don’t have jack-o-lanterns on our front porch–we don’t need to–I’ve provided my family with the biggest, brightest, scariest jack-o-blemish. Nobody looks at my eyes anymore – everyone gazes at this freakshow on my face. Its so bad that I talk with my hand “conveniently” over my mouth – as if I have a secret to tell the world.
But you know the old adage: if you can’t fix it, blog about it!
OK, so I’ve tried: Clearasil, Cortisone, Elizabeth Arden’s 8-hr cream, Visine (to take the red out?), hot water, a blow dryer, cover-up…I think that’s it, so far.
Question:
Why do imperfect things (we have no control over) happen to us?
A big zit; a booger in our nose, a fly that’s down, an accidental backend noise….
things that aren’t permanent, aren’t tragic, aren’t contagious, they’re just, well…..humbling.
This jack-o-blemish stands as a reminder that I’m not all that; and I better never think I am.
God who made me; is the God who loves me; 
is precisely the God to put a nice head on my zit, 
IF… 
the head on my neck gets too big.

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>POTTY TRAINING

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We are potty-training. It’s very exciting when Andy goes potty; conversely, it’s a bummer (& a mess) when he doesn’t. Here was my dilemma: Andy went potty, Andy went potty outside.
It’s a “way to go, Andy!” coupled with “what’d you do???”
Sometimes, I do this with God. I mean to do good, but my good gets coupled with bad. (
Apostle Paul spoke to this)
If you are trying your hardest to get a, “way to go!” from God, keep trying. Sure, you’ll occasionally potty outside, but God believes in you! And He’ll be the loudest to cheer for you when you get it right.
God knows your heart….just like he knows Andy’s.They say the road to heaven is paved with good intentions, maybe…
But perhaps the road to heaven is paved with good motivations;
& God’s road back is paved with grace

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>Emotion Commotion

Am I the only one who has emotion commotion? Seriously…is it just me, or do any of you wake up feeling like this




And then your emotions change ever so slightly because you get that perfect cup of caffeinated java… 
 









But on your way to work, some freak slams on the breaks, you slam on yours, your coffee spills on you, your cellphone call is dropped, & the entire contents of your purse spills onto the floor…



You arrive to work. An urgent, mandatory meeting is called at the same time the school calls to tell you that your kid puked all over his teacher, at the same time you are trying to get coffee stains out of your white shirt with a Tide Eraser pen, at the same time your mom calls to tell you about the cornucopia cross-stitching piece she just finished…



As the day continues (cause days don’t stop for emotion commotion), you find yourself in a state of agitation, frustration, indigestion, irritation, and constipation…



Ah, yes. Its the emotion commotion. I’m sure it never happens to you. But once-n-awhile it happens to me. And you know what the best thing is?
I get to have a new tomorrow. Where I will wake up, again, like this:

With a God who is fully capable of getting me through every day, no matter what commotion enters it.

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>5 Things I’d Love 2 Tell U…Today!

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1. You HAVE to watch my Pastor’s teaching from this weekend. It’s about NOT quitting. A must-see for every leader! Watch it here!

2. I’ve extended my private life into another Internet-venue. It’s called Facebook. So now, I’m a blogger, a twitterer, and a facebooker.

3. Please pray for my dear friends & mentors, Don and Mary Nash. You know what…even better, send me an encouraging word for them & I’ll send it to them.

4. Plunge into the book of Ecclesiastes. Absorb it–word for word. Its the 2nd time I’ve done this recently, I’m awed by its truths.

5. Use Halloween as an opportunity to be a shining bright light to your neighbors this year. Have extra candy, extra love (“love thy neighbor”), and extra time to build a bridge.

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