When You Need to Rock the Muumuu

I don’t live a glamorous life.

While my Facebook statuses (is the plural stati?) and Instagram photos show my children loving each other and me spending copious amounts of time loving my husband and reading God’s Word, that’s not always how it rolls.

On any given day, I drag my bleary-eyed, bed-headed self to my daughter’s room to wake her and supervise her fashion selection for the day. Often this time of the day is sprinkled with pouts, foot stomps and tears. We rush downstairs to eat breakfast – your choice of seven boxes of cereal in various degrees of sugary sweetness, except on standardized testing days when I fire up the stovetop.

I drive, first my daughter, and then my son to the bus stop without brushing my teeth, my hair or adorning certain important undergarments meant for holding up the masses. (Just keeping it real.) Then I pray I don’t need to leave the car for any reason.

I am a mom.

You’ll often find me writing the things bursting from within me to keep the actual verbal word count down to a few hundred thousand a day. That means I don’t talk as much. My husband thanks me for this.

I’ve published a few things, but you won’t find me on the New York Times Best Sellers list. I speak at MOPS and churches here and there, but my name isn’t listed beside greats like Beth Moore or Priscilla Shirer on the Women of Faith ticket.

And just between you and me, I sometimes wonder why? I have a fabulous southern drawl and a complete sequined wardrobe. Does Lifeway Women realize what they are missing out on?

But sitting at the kitchen table one morning, bowing my unkempt head over my Bible, I read, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (1 Cor. 12:12, 18-19 NIV, emphasis mine)

So, I was meant to rock the muumuu.

God placed me here. As it is, I’m doing what He has called me to do – crazy hair and all. Right now, I’m supposed to be a wife and mother. I’m sharing the truths He’s given me with the written word. I’m filling sippy cups by day and watching Sci Fi with my hubby by night. I work at slipping Jesus into the conversations at the supermarket and occasionally pop in at the prison.

Perhaps one day, I’ll share sparkly eye shadow with Beth or rescue orphans with Rich. But today, I’m going to build blanket forts and faith by doing the last thing I know He called me to do. And if I’m going to be hanging around the house and all, I can at least rock a good sequined muumuu.

Where does God have you now? Do you ever feel like your job for God isn’t important? Try walking without toes, and remember all the little parts are important for the function of the body as a whole.

Carol

Choosing the Broken One

“No, don’t want that one,” my two-year-old told me. “I need my fresh blankie.” I stared in confusion at three identical blankets in my daughter’s bed, wondering which one qualified as fresh

Join me today at the Internet Cafe where I’ll tell you how to spot a fresh blankie. Click HERE to read my devotion.

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Carol

What Does a Christian Look Like?

Can you be a Christ follower and look like the rest of the world?

If I never spoke a word, would someone be able to tell that I was a Christian by the way I lived? That’s what has me scratching my head. I live in the suburbs with my husband, three kids and a dog. I drive a mini-van and have a mortgage. My closet is over packed with clothes, and our playroom has no room for more toys.

How does it look to be a Christian?

My stand-alone jewelry box could bedazzle a small school. I have more shoes than toes. My pantry is full, and my gourmet coffee maker is always running. How much is too much? Where is the part that we are different?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed…Romans 12:2 NIV

Jesus didn’t travel in designer Birkenstocks. He wasn’t born in Bethlehem General Hospital. And he didn’t carry a Coach wallet full of shekels. He and his disciples didn’t even have cool matching robes with an awesome logo stitched across the bottom bearing the number 12. Does that mean I should ditch all my sequin tops? Will people only recognize me as a Christian when I wear simple cotton tees and flip-flops? (Gracious. My flip-flops are sequined, too.)

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 NIV

Hear me out, friends. I am NOT saying you have to give up your designer coffee and sequined flip-flops. I’m not trashing people who have expensive houses and cars. Before you go tossing your closet, listen. I AM saying (speaking to myself, too) if “comfortable” things in your life are more important than loving one another or prevent you from loving one another, there is a problem.

How should it look to be a Christian?

1. Give to the poor
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21 NIV

2. Defend the fatherless.
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Psalm 82:3 NIV

3. Protect the widow.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17 NIV

4. Help the homeless.
Share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house. Isaiah 58:7 ESV

When our lives become more about providing nice things for our family and less about defending the cause of the poor, the fatherless, the widows and the homeless we cease to look like Christians. It’s not a sin to have Nike shoes or diamond earrings, but when those things take precedence in our lives they become a sin.

Being a Christian is more than posting Bible verses on your Facebook status.

Lately God has me eyeing my jewelry box. If you know me, you KNOW I love to accessorize. But I’m looking at a necklace and earring set and I’m seeing how I could have provided food for a family for a year. And that’s with costume jewelry. A nice bracelet could have helped provide a household water filter, so a family could be protected from preventable deaths.

It pains me to say this – to share this. But so many years, I’ve been a designer Christian sharing my love for a designer Jesus with others just like me. But being a Christian isn’t about showing up for church on Sunday in our finest clothes. It isn’t about how many times we can get our church attendance card punched.

It’s about not being afraid to get dirty to help the needs of others. It’s about being willing to sacrifice some of our “nice” things in order to help meet the basic needs of others. Being a Christian is about sharing the love of Jesus with those who don’t know Him and those who desperately need Him.

Because I believe you want to help others, too, I want you to pray about how you can help. Pray that God would break your heart for the things that break His. Here is a list of items from various organizations for you to purchase. I challenge you to find things you can live without, and then exchange them for purchasing an item from this list with a similar price tag. Click on the item to take you to the site where you can make your purchase and find out more details for each one.

Jesus Loves Me lambs $4
Milk $6
Blanket $6
Hot meal $7
Sports gear $8
Feed a hungry baby for a week $9
Garden Seeds $10 
Africa drought survival $13 
Teach a child to read and write $16
Rabbit $16
Bed nets for a family $18 
Building materials $20 
Vaccinations $25 
Two chickens $25 
Help build a school for impoverished children $30
Give an orphan a month of loving care $36
Dental care $38
Care for AIDS orphan and widows $40
New mother and baby kit $77 
Five rabbits $80 
Household water filter $100
$600 worth of clothing $100 
Sheep $105 
Beehive $150 
Computer lab $275
Buy airline ticket to save a child’s life (medical travel) $2,200
Deep Well $13,700

Well, do you know what a Christian looks like now?

*If you purchase a sheep or anything $100 or higher, please let me know and I will send you a Sheep to the Right pin and prayer card to show my appreciation.


Serving Him with you…

Carol

Acknowledged

Tiny sock covered feet shuffle across the carpet towards my room. I hear the shh-shh-shh-shuffle getting closer. It stops a few feet from me. I look up to sleepy eyes and tornado hair. She waits. “Good morning bitty girl!” I muster all the excitement in me. Her eyes brighten, her eyebrows raise, and her mouth tips upward as she takes a flying leap towards my legs…

Join me today at 5 Minutes for Faith. Click HERE to read the rest of my devotion. Sorry for my absence lately. With the start of school, I’ve been working on being the best mom and wife I can be. I hope you’ll excuse the infrequent posting. Now that we’re back on a schedule, you can look for me more often. 🙂

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Carol

Wake Up, Get Up and Roll Up {free downloadable service calendar}

*August Service Calendar below*

I’ve started three different times to write a post to share with you how I’m feeling right now.

All three deleted.

I just can’t get it out. I can’t construct a sentence to do it justice. No amount of words – no matter how beautifully constructed – can tell you what I want to say.

Even now these words aren’t enough.

I’m tired of living a mundane life. I’m done worrying about what people think of me. I want to live a life that counts. You see the world is so much bigger than the city of Buford. It’s bigger than Georgia. It’s bigger than the United States. I’m tired of closing my eyes to the monstrosities going on around me. No longer will I tune out the song of the oppressed and lonely.

I refuse to accept the status quo. It’s not okay to pretend everything is all right. Everything is NOT all right. Marriages are breaking down around me. Children have fallen prey to addictions. People don’t know about Christ. They don’t know because of me.

They don’t know because we, as the body of Christ, haven’t reached out to tell them. Not with our words or our Facebook statuses, but with our actions.

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18 NIV

God is real, and He is bigger than you or I can even imagine. His plan for the world is that those who love Him would take care of those in need. He didn’t tell us to ask for their political affiliations first. Jesus died for all – gay, straight, alcoholics, addicts, gossipers, murderers, atheists, Mormons, Baptists, Catholics, Democrats, Republicans – you name it.

We all deserve death because of the sin in our lives, but through Christ we are given grace. All. Of. Us.

But I have to ask myself – am I living like it? Am I living like Jesus only died for the people in the country club? It’s time to wake up, get up and roll up.

As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. Acts 9:32-35 NIV (emphasis mine)

Take your mat and go.

Will people turn to the Lord when they see what Christ is doing in your life? Don’t you think it’s time they did?

 

What better way to get up and roll up than by serving others? Download the August Service Calendar HERE. Please share this post! Let’s all wake up and serve together. 

Carol