And when the Sabbath was past [that is, after the sun had set], Mary Magdalene, and Mary [the mother] of James, and Salome purchased sweet-smelling spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ body]. And very early on the first day of the week they came to the tomb; [by then] the sun had risen. And they said to one another, Who will roll back the stone for us out of [the groove across the floor at] the door of the tomb. And when they looked up, they [distinctly] saw that the stone was already rolled back, for it was very large. And going into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting [there] on the right [side], clothed in a [long, stately, sweeping] robe of white, and they were utterly amazed and struck with terror. And he said to them, Do not be amazed and terrified; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But be going; tell the disciples and Peter, He goes before you into Galilee; you will see Him there, [just] as He told you. Then they went out [and] fled from the tomb, for trembling and bewilderment and consternation had seized them. And they said nothing about it to anyone, for they were held by alarm and fear. - Mark 16:1-8 AMPC
Rejoice, It's Hope Day. Rejoice and Live Life on Purpose!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. - Psalm 118:24 ESV
Hope says we have this day. God has made it and it is our privilege to rejoice and be glad. Rejoice for the new day, be glad we are here today. We have another chance to love, worship, forgive, pray, make amends, encourage, inspire, be light, let go, love ourselves, be loved, seek God, another day to dwell in His presence.
This is big time HOPE! Hope in the ability to rejoice in this day, hope in all the possibilities it holds.
What about the sorrow, anxiety, fear, chaos and uncertainty this day holds? What about it? No one is asking you to rejoice and be glad in those things. Life can be difficult, extremely difficult. Those emotions are real and need to be worked through. Click here for a great Ted Talk from Susan David on this very subject.
Life on Purpose can still be difficult, even extremely difficult. However when HOPE precedes difficulty our burdens become shared with God. He walks through it all with us. Faith is a way through not around.
Trust.Seek.Pray.Decide.Act and Hope
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!
XOXO - Mindi & Irina
ICYMI - Whatever you do - HOPE!
Peace and Love and Family Gatherings and yes, Bingo!
This was originally published on December 1, 2011 and it has been re-posted at least once.
I'm making a few changes and sharing it yet again because the message truly is timeless.
Seriously, I love Facebook! Stop everything and read this now so you'll be ready for the holidays. I saw this years ago and here is the Pure Grace take on it.
“Here's an ingenious method you can use when facing difficult family members. My friend fills a Bingo card with all the inappropriate things she anticipates her family will say. Instead of being shocked by their words, she smiles. When the visit is over, she revisits her Bingo card and crosses out her correct guesses. If she gets a Bingo, she treats herself to something fun like a pedicure.”
While part of me is sad that this is necessary, most of me is laughing out loud! We have ALL been there, had folks at family gatherings say the most ridiculous or even hurtful things. Side note: even if I had had this card at a recent event I would not have earned a bingo because I could have never anticipated the doosie I got “hit” with.
Some people will never change – DON’T be some people. Be the change you want to see!
Life on Purpose looks like change for the better, it looks like step by step transformation. Sometimes to change things, we need to change things! HUH? Change the actual event to change the dynamics.
Example: If I host a family gathering that is usually hosted by someone else, I’m already changing things up quite a bit. If I change things up, then I’m praying that the usual roles that people fall into won’t happen because the scenario is different. Are you following me? Drastic change requires drastic measures. Complete upheaval of typical patterns. [Read more...]
Fully loved. Really? Really.
What does that mean, what does it look like? For Pure Grace it looks like making the most of life.
Honoring God with all we think , say and do. It looks like being brave enough to ask for grace, and giving it back double. Fully loved looks like being scandalous by forgiving again and again and even again.
It looks like reaching out, praying over, and leaving judgement at the door.
We don't pretend to know ALL the challenges people are going through, and we don't need to know to act fully loved. We don't need to know to give out love so someone else can start to experience that fullness, that amazing love that never lets you go.
Jesus hung out with the hurting folks, the lost, the needy.
We have been all those things at one time or another. We will be again.
Being fully loved for us means being fully committed to changing the world for Christ.
One amazing woman at a time.
It means people will not always understand that commitment to serve Him and not let feelings or circumstances rule. It means, that is okay. Keep serving, keep loving, keep living Life on Purpose. You do you♥
As the quote below says, it means ruining your reputation with some folks.
Know that fully loved means His love defends us, each one of us.
Y'all know how crazy I am about Matt Maher.
Have a sweet listen to his newest release "Your Love Defends Me".
Faithful Friday and the fearless, hopeful words of Isaiah!
Some of you know Irina and I ran a Half Marathon last Sunday. The weather was perfect.
Irina continued to be a running machine and came in 11th over all. Over all! I'm gushing with joy for her♥
I was not last or even close to it, as a matter of fact, I came in 14th in my age group. Not to shabby - lol.
We ran our hearts out, our families cheered us on, it was a very good day! Thank God!
This Faithful Friday seems like the perfect time to share our triumphs and to also share how extremely stressed out I let myself become during my last several weeks of training.
I'd been dealing with an injury that was making it almost impossible to get past 10 miles, a half marathon is 13.1 so that was a slight problem.
My usual Saturday morning ritual was to meet up with Irina and her whole fam to go for a run, our runs of course got longer each week. Afterwards we'd share breakfast and conversation and lots of coffee and love. Because I was struggling in my own training, walking more often than not, irregular breathing, basically feeling like I was a hot mess, I felt I had to stop running with them. They were, as always, gracious to me, to the slowest of the bunch, but I felt like I couldn't keep holding them back.
I've been to the doctor, scheduled physical therapy (it took a month to get an appointment for mid July), sought out expert opinions on stretching and foam rolling and rain dancing (kidding) and in the mean time I've had two myofascial therapy treatments - amazing. Anything to relive the pain and fix the problem. In the past injury was never an issue. Training was fun and hard and fun. This time, not so much. [Read more...]
Hey Friends! I’m so fired up I’m not sure where to begin.
Do I start with reminding everyone if you don’t have something nice to say shut it?
Or with “It is permissible to have an unspoken thought” aka scrolling past a facebook status IS a good idea.
Maybe talk about really good reasons to judge as a Christian?
No, I think I’ll start at the beginning.
A fellow female Christian business owner recently posted the following status:
Spread the news! We're hiring a new personal assistant! Here's the job description. Also, if you've ever been curious about exactly WHAT tasks I outsource around the house, this post gives you a full list! – Diana Kerr is a Certified Professional Life Coach. Her mission is to help you minimize what overwhelms you and make time for what matters most!
She runs a Christian business. She is a Christian and her business is tailored to other Christian women.
The amount of backlash she took for this post was insane. The job description included some housecleaning duties as well. While I won’t give a ton of my space to the trolls that berated her, one woman said she was unfollowing and unfriending Diana because “my 10 years of Catholic schooling and bible studies makes me 100,000,000% sure that Jesus and I would not associate with someone with such a severe lack of humility. Best of luck to you all and better luck to the help you hire.”
Insert string of very bad words.
Seriously? Not only is "A Perfect Christian" oxymoron but it's a straight out lie. There is no such thing, period.
Yet lately I've felt a little bombarded in the social media scene with unrealistic, unattainable standards given by the world to Christians.
Let's start by saying if you think you are perfect because you are a Christian, you're wrong. If you think Christians are supposed to be perfect you are also wrong. Very wrong. Sorry, not sorry.
#1 Why would you, as a Christian put this kind of pressure on yourself and other believers?
#2 Why would you put this ridiculous standard on someone else because they believe in God?
So far I haven't found one place in the bible where its says a particular person was spotless, without blame, perfect...I mean except Jesus and if you want to get super technical the Trinity...
You know what I say to those findings? Yipee! Thank God. I don't want or need the burden of being perfect, in everything, in every moment - ugh. I have enough perfection issues of my own on occasion, I do not need the world thinking this silliness.
I did find people in the bible with problems and issues and man, what a mess. There was David, a man after God's own heart. He danced naked - for the Lord - joyfully! That's sounds okay...I mean the dancing joyfully part. He also had an affair and had his lover's husband murdered and he was forgiven. Crazy, I know, but there is nothing perfect in that story except God and his forgiveness. [Read more...]
Walking is for turtles. SLOW is hardly ever my speed, ever. Please, if you are a turtle don't be offended. Turtles are lovely and you know, you be you.
I'm gonna be me and I'm speedy, mostly. I was recently diagnosed with sciatica - inflammation of the sciatic nerve and it is reeking havoc on my fitness routine and my fashion choices.
Forget about the pain, I need to exercise, no - I need to run. Yes I said need. It is very important to me. So, I run, alone, with my bestie family, I run.
The chiropractor said to walk for now but no running. No running? That's like no coffee, no music, no sunshine, no chocolate. Did I cover all the bases, are you feelin' me? No, then fill in the blank - You can't do/have ________ for a while...
Okay,okay, no running for now. Let's go to plan B.
Several nights ago I went for my first walk. That sounds crazy, I walk, have since I was 10 months (I should double check this with my mother). I walk to the car and across parking lots and... But walking on purpose and trying to not run or jog and sheesh I felt like a fish outta water, all awkward and fumbley. Thankfully only a few cars passed me, I can't image what they thought I was attempting to do. Truth, I was counting the moments until I get the all-clear.
My fashion is suffering as well. High heels are banned until further notice. Ugh.
Side note - I recently prayed this: Dear God if I have to give up something because of this injury please don't let it be heels and running. I'll give up heels if I can still run. Amen - We are real here and I really mean this. God knows anyway, so I said it out loud.
For now I am a short, walking, child of God. [Read more...]
Life is good. God is so good and yet we can find ourselves in that place...
I wanted to share an entry from my prayer journal.
Mostly I follow the ACTS (Adore, Confess, Thank, Supplicate or Ask) prayer model.
It keeps my prayer more balanced and less gimme, gimme. Truth be told my 'thanks' part is typically the heaviest.
Lest anyone forget, we are no surprise to God. He made us, he knows our hearts and our burdens.
"I confess: judgement, making fun, wanting to know the gossip, wanting doors to fly wide open, wanting others to do for me and help me. I want to sing perfectly. I want my body to look perfect. I want no more job issues. I want easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy."
Clearly I was in that place BUT God was not surprised or disappointed or even angry at my whining, gimme, gimme, lazy heart. Just the opposite - His arms were wide open inviting me into rest and release and peace. He already knew what I had done and felt and what was in my heart.
They say confession is good for the soul. I say confession is essential for me to move forward and do the work God has called me to. Thankfully, His mercies are new every morning. And so every day I confess and I repent and I receive mercy. Seriously.
Easy-Peasy-Lemon-Squeezy! [Read more...]
What images does this word conjure up for you? Something grandiose and expensive and much sought after...Like the legacies of Rockefeller or Vanderbilt or Gates.
Dictionary.com defines legacy as:
Others define it as a great accomplishment like running a prestigious marathon. [Read more...]