Fun and FAITH: Showing, Telling, Both?

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Every Friday, it happened.

Show and Tell. It was the highlight of my kindergarten experience. I labored through the week trying to decide what item to take to school when it was my turn to address our class.

 I relished the moments when I had everyone’s attention and when they listened to me explain what I had brought and what I had to tell them about it. Then I sat down. And it was over. Until next time.

 As I grew, I remember times when I’d tell someone I loved them. The response: show me don’t tell me. How rude, I thought. But after my initial response I realized that words are cheap and easy to come by and the demonstration of love can sometimes outweigh those words by supporting what you mouth says.

 And then as I drove to school this week, I thought about how much I love my middle school students but how much more God loves them and me.

 Not only does He SHOW us. He TELLS us.

 Let me explain.

 For example as expressions of our love for others – especially around Valentine’s Day:

  • We may give flowers. He gives FAITH to believe and the ability to follow him. Hebrews 11:1.
  • We may give cards featuring super sentiments. He gives us sunrises and Scripture.
  •  We may give chocolates. He gives us communion – symbolically as in the Lord’s Supper and practically as in daily availability and access to Him.

Our flowers, our sentiments and our chocolates are sweet. It’s never wrong to express your love and appreciation to others.

 Yet once again, God goes beyond – creating the flowers, the cocoa beans and communication.

My best friend shows her love to me with yummies.

 If ever you wonder whether or not you’re loved, I hope this Valentine’s Day will remind you that God shows AND tells of His love for you.

 You might find the following Bible verses interesting!

 From the Old Testament (first part of the Bible.)

 His faithfulness knows no season. Isaiah 55:11

He loves you with an everlasting love. Psalm 13:5

From the New Testament (second part of the Bible.)

He knows you by name. John 10:3

He knows your needs. Matthew 6:8

His advice is prefect and consistent. Hebrews 13:8.

His advice is wise, truthful and loving. James 1:15

My message to you this Valentine’s Day: Don’t settle for showing OR telling. Accept God’s showing AND telling of His love for YOU!!

Just wondering: How has God shown you His love recently? Let me know!

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Fun and FAITH: 4 months and you still keep clicking…thank you!

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Thanks for being there!

 

I don’t do this for the numbers. I do this because I believe that the next step in my professional writing is to build an online platform – that I am supposed to be writing – regularly and encouraging others through the gifts and skills God gave me. 

So, while I’m busy “doing that,” God keeps amazing me. He continues to turn everyday experiences into post-worthy entries, to encourage me through the opinions of those who are reading and to learn more about myself and Him in the process. 

I’m somewhat of a technophobe and the idea of writing didn’t scare me as much as the “upkeep” of a blog. I’m having fun, though, and hope you are as well. If you’re having enough fun reading perhaps you’d like automatic messages when I update. Simply click the purple button to the right.  As you can see, this is advertising-free and you and your contact information are safe.  

Since launching in October, my readers have clicked here more than 1,000 times. That’s probably more than enough for us to get collective carpel tunnel syndrome! 

Thank you for your support, hugs, ideas, prayers and the myriad of other blessings.  To celebrate this four-month-old milestone, I’m updating somewhat. A new little feature is the “about” button at the top. For some fun Cheryl-trivia take a peek. Maybe I’ll run a contest soon and award a prize to the first person to answer three questions. 

Until next time, be a blessing and make a difference – and please keep clicking my way! 

With appreciation, 

Cheryl 

Just wondering: What do you do to celebrate achievements and milestones? How does God bless the efforts and action you take to propel yourself along in life? I’d love to hear YOUR story!

FUN: Hairy Idea

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I’m on my Rapunzel Quest.

Today I began a 12 to 18-month experiment. I didn’t plan it. I just showed at my usual hair cutting place for revitalized color and hair help.

Kerri, my personal miracle worker, did the usual: escorted me to the chair, chit chatted a while and then asked the question I always dread:

“So, what are we doing this time?”

Gosh, I always forget to decide BEFORE I arrive. I rely on her expert advice to tell me what to do! All week,  I’ve told middle schoolers how to improve their writing, that we support one another and to use their self-control. I’m all out of decision-making energy until…

an unexpected idea emerges.

“What do you think about me growing my hair long enough to give to a worthy cause such as Locks of Love?” I asked.

“You could do it,” Kerri said confidently.

“But I don’t think it grows very fast anymore,” I said, trying to dismiss this hallucination.

“It would take 12 to 18 months, but you could do it,” she said. 

We discussed the idea between me instructing her to color me more brownish instead of reddish this time. 

Holy cow! Where did this idea come from? I remember being in a similar situation as I approached 40. “I should have a goal,” I told myself. So I decided that before the big day, I should experience my inaugural snow skiing adventure in the beautiful state of Colorado.

And I did.

So here I am two years out from another decade. Maybe I needed spontaneity – I think I remember what that means! Maybe I enjoy surprises and watching others’ expressions when I tell them unexpected news. Maybe I just want to see if it’s possible. Heck, the last time I had locks of any impressive length was when they were at my waist in 2nd grade. I have the picture, overbite and big plastic glasses frames to prove it – but that’s another story.

The thought of actually having a ponytail again seems impossible – but I like challenges.

The Pantene hair products company has a program called Beautiful Lengths. The minimum is 8″ so we’ll see how long it actually takes. Kerri assured me she would carefully monitor the process  and enable me to bypass any mullet-looking stage.

So, here I go! Each month I’ll post a picture and running commentary about my Rapunzel Quest. Next time: details about what requirements donated hair must meet.

Hint: one is no more than 5 percent gray. All I can say to this one is thank goodness for hair color!  

Just wondering: Tell me about an on-the-spot decision you remember making. What did you do and what were your results?