Thursday, April 21, 2011

From God to Women

I received this e-mail, A Letter from God to Women, from a very dear friend here at Texas Tech. I hope you ladies will take this to heart and remember how special you are and men, I hope you will understand how precious the women in your life are.

“When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being.

When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils.

But you, woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate.

I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you. Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity. From one bone, I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects man’s life.

I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do. Around this one bone, I shaped you; I molded you. I created you perfectly and beautifully. Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart. His heart is the center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life.

The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart. Support man as the rib cage supports the body. You were not taken from his feed, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him.

You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side.

You are my beautiful little girl.

You will or have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart. Your eyes – don’t change them. Your lips – how lovely when they part in prayer. Your nose, so perfect in form. Your hands - so gentle to touch. I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep. I’ve held your heart close to mine. Of all that lives and breathes, you are like me.

Adam walked with me in the cool of the day, yet he was lonely. He could not see me ore touch me. He could only feel me. So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me, I fashioned in you; my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and my support.

Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.”

Friday, April 15, 2011

Staying Mentally & Physically Fit

I received this e-mail and wanted to share: Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice. Here are a few tips to keep you and your mind healthy.

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say ‘No’ to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and un-clutter your life.

7. Less is more.

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If
you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble. 

15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.

17. Get enough rest.

18. Eat right.

19 Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a CD while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try
and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus.’

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29 Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego.

33 Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.

'If God is for us, who can be against us?'

(Romans 8:31)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Perfect Marriage

Social media is such an amazing tool! It allows us to connect and share things that we otherwise would never see. I came across a blog that was linked to Facebook recently and it caught my eye because it mentioned something about marriage.

After exploring deeper into the blog, I discovered that the writer, Trey Morgan, is the minister at the Church of Christ in Childress. It is such a small world!

One blog post from Trey that I found that I would like to share includes points about how Adam & Eve had the PERFECT marriage –
• Eve never had to hear Adam talk about how good his mom cooked.
• Eve never questioned Adam’s faithfulness by asking, “Are you sure there’s no one else?”
• Eve wasn’t lying when she told Adam that he was the best looking man in the whole world.
• Adam never went off fishing with his buddies.
• Adam never had to hear about all the men Eve could have married.
• Eve didn’t need to clothes shop.
• Adam didn’t have to pay for a different pair of shoes for every outfit Eve owned.
• Adam never had to hear Eve say, “You know those fig leave don’t match, don’t you?”
• Neither one had in-laws.

It makes me laugh going through each one of these points. I’ve heard all kinds of stories about love and marriage and the negatives, BUT I’ve also heard and seen some amazing marriages.

Very soon after RA and I started dating I looked him right in the eye and said, “I’m just going to give you fair warning – I can be complicated, confusing and sometimes, maybe even a little bit crazy!”

As we’ve started planning our wedding, there has already been one time where I was able to say, “Ok, that was one of my crazy times!”

As RA and I continue on our journey through life together, I ask for your advice – from your perspective, what is they key to a successful relationship/marriage? What can you share with us that we can learn as we grow together?

Proverbs 13:14 says, The teaching of the wise is a foundation of life, turning a person from the snares of death.

Please feel free to email me at, send a letter to the Wellington Leader, Attn: Kristen’s Corner, or find me on Facebook. I look forward to reading your thoughts!