Wednesday, July 28, 2010
This is "HerStory" - the story of God's transformative work in her life. She has a tear-jerking, powerful story of forgiveness, healing and redemption. Her life is an inspiring example of how God turns ashes into beauty!
Here is a link to Christie's HerStory video: http://wonderfullymadeblog.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html
We love you Christie!
Allie, Kayla, & Natalie
Monday, July 26, 2010
by Natalie Lynn Borton
As I wrote about a few weeks ago, we are living in a modern-day Babylonian culture. Beauty, youth, intelligence, and possessions are our culture's values and thus they allure us to pursue them. The Book of Revelation compares Babylon to a prostitute, who intoxicates those around her with luxury and wealth. Sound familiar? The following poem is one that Beth Moore shares in one of her video sessions for the Daniel bible study. It is written by a woman who was part of the study and it speaks to the Babylonian mentality, “I am, and there is none besides me.” (Isaiah 47:8)
Babble On in Babylon
by Lynn Parker
Brimming closets, shoe racks bulge, one in every color, I’ll just indulge. My wildest whim will oft be met, bigger, faster, give me, get. Travel on in Babylon.
May I go first? Knew you’d not care, for my time’s precious. You’ve lots to spare. I’ll slip in front and off I’ll go. See, I’m quite fast and well, you’re quite slow. I and me fast friends, life-long. Prattle on in Babylon.
Nip it here, just there a lift. I just turned forty, it was a gift. The eyes, the lips, the bosoms do, sculptured, lasered, injected, too. No wrinkles left, the tummy’s gone. Journey on in Babylon.
Enough of me, how do you view me? You get one, but give me three. I couldn’t bare to just say no, it’s my desire and rightly so. Add another and on and on. Shuffle on in Babylon.
No end in sight that I can see, today is blocked by the mirror in front of me. A wreck, a death, tsunami tide, it mildly stirs me, I must confide. TV claims tens of thousands gone. Oh well, let’s see what else is on. Numb to the stunning sight of each new dawn, Sinking fast in Babylon.
Like a lobster in a pot who begins to like the water hot, I’ve been duped, been tricked, been had, convinced that truth was somehow bad. Evil, coddled and cooed and purred, and beckoned me and called and lured. Now in a place with the lights turned on, I’m racing home from Babylon. I’m racing home from Babylon.
Have you ever fallen into the Babylonian mentality? How so?
Friday, July 23, 2010
One of Oprah’s famous quotes, is “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” While there’s some wisdom to be gleaned from this for those of us who struggle with overeating, I disagree with her claim. I know girls who may be thin (especially those who are unhealthily thin), but they don’t feel “good.” They feel lifeless, cold and chained. Rather I believe:
No number on the scale feels as good as FREEDOM.
I once believed that a particular, low three-digit number on the scale equaled peace, perfection and happiness ever-after. The dangerous temptation this little lie brings can still sneak up on me today, as I continue on my HEAL Journey, asking God to continually transform me within.
On my journey, I’ve learned that freedom isn’t a number on the scale. It’s not even a certain size in designer jeans. It’s a state of being –a fluid place of health, strength and reconciliation with my body that naturally results from eating and living the way I believe God intends me to.
For me, this is freedom:
· Being able to surf till sunset and not get tired
· Feeling beautiful, comfortable and confident in my skin
· A state of being where I see my body as the temple it is and the vehicle through which God privileges me to love, serve and tackle beautiful adventures
· Being able to don spandex, hop on my road bike and feel strong and sexy
· Being able to fall asleep next to my husband and not fear what he’ll grab a hold of when he wraps his strong arms around my stomach
· The unceasing desire to praise God for my body
· Giving my body the sustenance it needs; no more & no less (eating within hunger & satisfaction)
· Willingly making beneficial food choices while still enjoying a girl's inanimate best friend (chocolate)
For me, bondage is:
· Counting calories or points, weighing or measuring food & being obsessed with every particle of edible matter I put in my mouth
· A self-consuming preoccupation with my physical appearance
· Addictively comparing myself to every other woman - with or without wrinkles
· An irresistible compulsion to hop on and off the scale
· Ceaseless striving to a fit a certain mold media images convince me I need to conform to
· Eating well beyond my body’s physical needs and not giving my body the physical movement it craves
Like I tweeted the other day, “Forget skinny. I’d rather be healthy and strong. I have mountains to climb, waves to surf, horses to ride and beautiful adventures to tackle. I want to be free.”
“What does freedom feel like for you?”
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Happy Friday Girls!
I wanted to show this video of Christina DiMari with you so you could see why we adore her and love how she is shining for girls all over the world. We still have a few copies we can giveaway of "Ocean Star" so email us & tell us why you'd like to have her book to give someone or to be encouraged in your own life. Dream big girls and remember that no matter what brokeness you've been through or are in the midst of, God can pick up the pieces and make something beautiful. Just don't lose hope!
Are you going through something in your life right now that makes it hard or nearly impossible to see the light at the other side? I know I've been there. Feel free to share and we will be faithful to pray for you this weekend.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Watch the video to learn more about how you can get "bee-sting" full lips & get a copy of our friend & mentor Christina DiMari's book "Ocean Star."
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
While growing up, my parents decided to join staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and the Jesus Film Project. It was during the transition that my mother home schooled me and I learned to write, play piano, and create.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Happy Friday Girls!
If you identify with the 3 out of 4 women who struggle with some sort of food and body images issues, this post is for you! I thought I would share a few of the most powerful truths and verses I fill my mind with as I continue on my HEAL Journey. Whether you struggle with poor body image, restrictive eating, emotional eating, bingeing, obsessive calorie counting or chronic dieting, a clinical eating disorder or just feel negative about your body from time to time, I believe that you will experience major moment-by-moment victories by hiding these truths in your heart and mind. We are told in Ephesians 6 that God's word is the “sword of the Spirit” - our offensive weapon which God has equipped us with to fight spiritual battles. I attribute much of the freedom God has done on my HEAL Journey to having these verses memorized. I challenge you today to do the same!
When faced with the temptation to give into that which will keep you in bondage (whether it's overeat, not eat, etc.):
· “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
When you find your thoughts consumed by worries about what you did or didn’t eat or your body size:
· "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” Matthew 6:25
In the face of self-destructive behavior:
· "Everything is permissible for me"—but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"—but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12
When tempted by gluttony or laziness:
· “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:10-12
When you’re struggling with negative thoughts about your body or physical appearance:
· “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful Lord, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
· You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "He did not make me"? Can the pot say of the potter, "He knows nothing"? Isaiah 29:16
Are there any other verses that have been helpful to you on your HEAL Journey! Feel free to share them with us below!
If you want to learn more about how to cultivate a freedom-filled approach to food, you can get the book & join over two thousand women who have embarked on the HEAL Journey! Together we're walking toward freedom and healing in this area of our lives!!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Happy Random Thursday! I hope you appreciated last week's WM fight song Paul penned for you - is he kooky or what (I love it!)? I'm so excited for you to see today's video I can hardly contain myself! I found it genius and absolutely hilarious and think you will too...because it's sooo true!
Some interesting Facebook facts
- If Facebook were a county it would be the world's 4th largest (there are currently more than 400 million active users)
- There are more that 100 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.
- People who use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice more active on Facebook than non-mobile users.
- With 48 million images, Facebook houses the world's largest photo collection
- The site has been translated into more than 70 languages from Afrikaans to Zulu
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Yesterday as I was faced with the decision to go on a run or eat a cupcake, a simple, long-standing truth became so clear to me. Whether we will remain in bondage or be set free is a moment-by-moment decision. I could eat my cupcake (which I didn’t need of course!) or put on my workout clothes and go for my run. As Beth teaches, we must turn these “moments into milestones.” The moment before we decide to do that which will either free us or bind us is the moment that determines where we will find ourselves - in captivity or freedom. I’ve got to be real and tell you I ended up having my cupcake (I randomly baked…something I rarely do), and then went on my run. Beth, I’m hoping this qualifies as half a milestone?
In order to escape whatever bondage our beautiful, but messy selves fight against, we’ve got to be girls who are in step with God’s spirit, which goes before us and guides us in the paths of righteousness.
What moments do you need to stand firm through in order to turn them into milestones and reap the joy that comes with freedom?
· The moment before you give yourself away to your boyfriend or to some guy whose name you won’t even remember five years from now?
· The moment before a late night binge?
· The moment before you let your eyes see something they shouldn’t?
· The moment before your emotionally-driven purchase?
· The moment before you become little miss gossip girl?
· The moment before you have that drink or take that hit?
My question is (if you’re willing to share) what are you breaking free from? What have you successfully broken free from?
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
The kicker that inspired my challenge was a message titled "Blessed Self-Forgetfulness" by Timothy Keller as well as my observation that the most self-forgetful and outward-focused people seem to be the most beautiful and emotionally healthy – you just want to be around them! Their eyes are turned outward more than inward; they are not bogged down by petty insecurities about themselves and aren’t consumed by their own vanities. They are at peace with who they are and “filled up to the brim up” – with joy, wholeness, peace and an authentic interest in and love for people. I want to be them.
There was a day (specifically in high school) when I was the most insecure person I knew. I would often hide out in the bathroom during lunchtime or under my books in the library. I couldn’t sign my credit card receipt at the grocery store without my hand shaking and face turning red. Every night my mind raced with lies that told me how stupid, ugly and un-cool I was. While I may have hid it somewhat decently, I was consumed by the fact that I could not forget about myself – what I thought about me; what my friends thought about me; what strangers thought about me and what everyone who wasn’t thinking about me thought about me!
While I didn’t live up to my challenge perfectly (Perfection & I broke up four years ago – I suggest you dump him too), I went after all my challenges with gusto and make some serious inroads, all of which helped me think of myself less and others more! I looked in the mirror about 75% less, took time to tell people in my life how much I love them through handwritten notes (I still have more to go!), logged off FB (except for a few ministry things), spent my $50 shopping budget on a girl in need (yes, I am being pharisaical by telling you this!), and tried to remember to ask people lots of questions instead of worrying about I was going to say. I challenge you to set your own Mission Self-Forgetfulness challenges!