lipstick on your forehead will NOT help you makeup your mind…..

Pretty is as pretty does”, is something my grandmother used to say.  We all know that we don’t need makeup to be beautiful……….however…

Come on.  It does help cover up some .. well, imperfections. 

A couple of things to consider when you are trying out some new products…

  1. Don’t use foundation to change your skin color!   The goal is to enhance not alter.
  2. When it comes to cleansing – think gentle!  Pain and cleanliness have nothing to do with each other.
  3. Rinse, rinse, rinse.  Remember that water is only gentle when it’s tepid.
  4. A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution is a great disinfectant for blemishes, causing minimal to no irritation to the skin.
  5. Please.  There is NO such thing as a safe tan.  Put on your sunscreen.
  6. Ok, sunburned?  A bottle of vinegar added to a warm bath will soothe your skin and make it feel extra soft.
  7. Exfoliate at least twice a week.  This will get blood flowing into the face.  Try baking soda for a gentle scrub.
  8. Sensitive skin?  Use a Pepto Bismol mask!  Apply straight from the bottle with a cotton swab or cotton ball.  Let dry and rinse with cool water.
  9. Don’t over moisturize.  You may not need it all over your face.  Concentrate on the drier areas.
  10. Massage leftover hair conditioner into your cuticles.

Honor God with the body He gave you!  When you look your best you can bring honor to God.

shine your light…

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” — Matthew 5:14


When you are living for Jesus Christ, your very presence will sometimes bother others. And the more godly a person is, the more obviously this will take place. Few things are more difficult to put up with than a good example. And when you live this way, it really gets the attention of people.
Light reveals things. We have all heard the well-worn excuses as to why people don’t believe in Jesus. But the real reason people don’t believe is they don’t want their sin exposed. They don’t want to acknowledge their shortcomings. The Bible says, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:19–20).
Light not only exposes what is hidden in the darkness, but light shows the way out. In the same way, the light that shines from Christians shows people not only their shortcomings and their sins, but it shows them the way out, the way to Jesus Christ.
What kind of general opinion do you think people would have of Christianity if you were its sole representative? What if every Christian lived exactly like you? How many would be attracted to or turned off by the gospel? Jesus said, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). You may be the only representative of Jesus Christ that your friends, your family, your coworkers, and your neighbors may ever meet. And they will evaluate the whole idea of Christianity on the basis of what they see in you. They will form an opinion about what they think about God based on you. So let your light shine.
Greg Laurie [Signature] (from Greg Laurie www.harvestministries.org)

get out of the fast lane…

Ephesians 5:15-17 “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Well, there is no mistaking what Paul was telling the church in Ephesus.  In verse 15 he tells us to ‘be careful’.  This means to walk carefully or precisely.  What happens when we hurry, hurry, hurry?  I know what happens to me!  I trip and fall!

I think we are all guilty at some point of living in the fast lane.  We speak too fast, we judge too fast, we talk too fast and we react too fast.  We even give an answer before we have even heard the question!  Our plates are so full and we are moving quickly in the fast lane.

I’m all for being organized, but a Daily Planner is not what we need.  We need to remember the words of the Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”  When we slow down enough to get God involved in our lives, we will see that He can do more through us that we could ever accomplish on our own.

Verse 16 of Ephesians tells us to “make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  Evil days?  Yep, we’re in them, allright.  But..when the world starts going haywire we have an incredible opportunity to display the light that is in us!  And that light is Jesus Christ!  The darker the world becomes, the brighter our light should become!

Verse 17 of Ephesians says, “therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”  While we might wonder what the future holds in the short term, we know what our future holds in the long term. 

 Martin Luther King once said, ” We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

Me too, Mr. King.  I just want to do God’s will.  And who knows?  We just might be the generation that hears the trumpet of God……and I want to be sure my light is shining bright!!

 

are you God’s little pumpkin?


A woman once asked her coworker, “What is it like to be a Christian?”  The coworker replied, “It is like being a pumpkin.” God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then he cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”
I hope that His light is shining in me today.