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Beauty Tip #9 -“How do you Row Your Boat?”

Posted: November 8, 2009

“‘I’m Pulling in My Paddles and Floating Down stream.” A young, tired woman came to me for and asked for some wisdom. I responded by singing to her this nursery rhyme. Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream. Her mouth fell open and I quickly went on to explain my versionof this simple little song. I gave her the, “no smarter than a third grader” advice and told her it had  to do with one ugly word – should. When women hear the word should , it has almost the same effect as saying “sic’um” to a dog. Immediately we feel the heavy responsibility of what we should do. Then it evokes our subconscious to respond by feeling obligated – not invigorated. It is as though we are struggling, using excess energy  to paddle our boat UP the stream. Absolutely…

Posted in: Beauty from the Inside Out, Obligations and Offenses

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BEAUTY TIP #8 “Sand or Pearls”

Posted: October 18, 2009

There is a story about a man who ran across the United States – from coast to coast. At the end of his historic  journey he was surrounded by the media and they bombarded him with these questions: “What were some the greatest obstacles you faced as you ran day after day. What is the extreme heat or cold?” The man replied, “No.” “Was is the fatigue and the constant pounding of your feet against the ground?” Again, the man replied, “No.” “Was it the loneliness and same routine day after day?” Again the man replied, “No, that wasn’t it? Puzzled, the media asked one last question, “Well, what was it?” The man replied, “It was the sand in my shoes.” I can certainly relate to what this man was talking about. Each us can find ways to overcome those huge obstacles in our life – we pray, plan, or share our struggles with our friends….

Posted in: Beauty from the Inside Out, Overcoming Stuggles

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BEAUTY TIP #7 “Exfoliating Frogs – Part 2”

Posted: September 23, 2009

                          FREEDOM FROM FROGS Noticed any frogs in your house in the last week? Its time to exfoliate, today, not tomorrow,  and it takes only one word –GRACE. It always amazes me how we are so willing to accept the grace of forgiveness for our sins and promise of an eternal heaven, but we don’t let grace help us with our frogs. Let me explain. Many of us have lived with frogs for so long we think they are part of our life. Either we feel that “it is my lot in life to live with frogs”, OR we blame other people or life’s circumstances. If only, my parents hadn’t done this to me, I wouldn’t be like this. If only people didn’t have so many expectations of me. If only I had more money. If only I didn’t have to work so hard. If only my husband and children helped…

Posted in: Freedom from Busyness, Obligations and Offenses

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BEAUTY TIP #6 “Exfoliating Frogs”(Part 1)

Posted: September 14, 2009

The Drive-Inn Movie Theatre in Prince George leaves a lasting legacy in my mind. I can still see Charles Heston as Moses with his cane, handsome face and flowing robes,  in the “Ten Commandments” approaching Pharaoh and telling the king to “Let God’s people go!” After God changed all the water into blood, sent locusts, turned rods into snakes…and then came the frogs. The bible says that the frogs were everywhere!  In the ovens, in the kneading troughs, and in the palace bed. Here is the astonishing part. Moses specifically told Pharaoh that he would pray and ask God to remove the frogs whenever the King wanted them removed. Our dear King Pharaoh said, “Tomorrow!” When we read that we throw up our hands and exclaim, “Why in the world would anyone want to live with pesky frogs any longer than you have to?” In fact, we all do.  Many of…

Posted in: Beauty from the Inside Out, Beauty Unleashed

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Beauty Tip #5 “The Art of Lingering”

Posted: August 14, 2009

“Lingering and Loving it – in Poland” Last night I lingered with friends in a coffee shop. Surprisingly I stayed longer than I anticipated; I didn’t want to leave because we were talking about the joys and struggles of relationships. I’ve noticed that when we start talking about relationships at a “heart connection” level, it is a story without end. When we finally stop the surface conversations about the weather, lousy economics, toilet training, “busy” activities or the price of gas – we get down to what matters – issues of the heart.  If I really want to know someone, be aware of God’s magnificent creation, or discover a treasure that God has placed in my path in that moment, I have to learn to linger. I discovered this necessary but gorgeous concept on my overseas trip to Poland where I taught lectures on “Spiritual Transformation”.  When I heard a comment like,…

Posted in: Beauty from the Inside Out, Beauty Unleashed

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BEAUTY TIP #4 – “Listening to each other’s Hearts.”

Posted: July 11, 2009

“Listening leads to Loving” Last year I read 14 books to prepare for a workshop on “Empowering Leadership through Friendship.” I randomnly discovered that the greatest need in relationships, and the greatest gift we can give each other is “Listening.” Since that discovery, I have paid attention to the power that listening has in our lives, and I stand amazed. I recall one afternoon when someone came into my office with a problem. I sat and listened. I did not open my mouth once-not once and for those who know me, you know that is not easy. As this employee walked out of my office she said, “Thank you for helping me, this has meant so much.” I had not said one word to help her – I simply listened. This unusul encounter made me sharply aware that the greatest gift I can give anyone is to LISTEN. Not judge, not give advice,…

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BEAUTY TIPS “By the Book”

Posted: March 28, 2009

BEAUTY TIP #2 – “Forgiveness removes wrinkles.” I read a story about identical twin sisters who had been abused and mistreated by their father. In their early 20’s, they moved away from their family – angry and bitter at their life’s circumstances.  They had no contact with each other until  they were 65. When they met, it was shocking to see on their face visual evidence of what had taken place in their heart.  The twin who never forgave her father had a face that was distorted, angry frown marks, sagging skin and wrinkles. The other twin had chosen to forgive her father – looked years younger, had less wrinkles and her face was radiant. Unforgiveness turns into bitterness and the affects of this begins to show on our faces. How many older people do you know that have angry scowls on their faces, hunched shoulders and when they speak you can…

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BEAUTY TIPS “BY THE BOOK”

Posted: February 14, 2009

BEAUTY TIP #1 “Beauty starts in the heart.” (Proverbs 4:23) “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” I don’t believe there is anything wrong with Botox, filler injections, laser surgery for removing brown spots or unsightly veins. BUT, these are procedures that last for a short while and have to be repeated in order to keep us looking young and beautiful. We are women, and I believe we want to be gorgeous. There is nothing more gorgeous than a woman who knows she is loved and knows where she belongs. I’m not talking about the kind of love that makes us feel good for a season, or the kind of love that gives us a thrill when things go our way. I’m talking about a love that is shed abroad in our hearts by a God who knew you and me before the foundations…

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“Suckie Please!”

Posted: January 5, 2009

Austin, my adorable, blonde tousled grandson, is only two but he’s already King of the House.  He’s tough, energetic and makes everyone laugh outrageously – especially now that he is starting to talk. When his eyes start to droop and it’s time for a nap he walks up to me, looks me square in the eye with that helpless, innocent baby look and says, “Suckie please Nana!”  He always adds the “Please.”  My heart melts and I give him what will comfort him the most in this tender moment – his suckie. He’s only two so it’s OK and cute to walk around with a crown and suckie, but it’s not so cute when we’re in our 20’s or older.  Let’s face it we all want to be king or queen and run this world, but after harrowing days that seem to control us and leave us overwhelmed and drained, all…

Posted in: Beauty Unleashed, Uncategorized

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A Christmas Heart Transplant

Posted: December 14, 2008

In 2007 I completely rebelled against the greed, commercialism and frenetic activity of Christmas.  It hurt my heart to see how we were supposedly celebrating Christ’s birthday by throwing lavish parties – but He was not invited. What was the point of this whole “holiday season?” I rebelled to the point where I did not put up a single decoration in our home, send out Christmas cards and I sent most of the designated gift money to Africa.  It was the perfect year to do this because we were off to spend that Christmas season with my pregnant daughter Michelle, her husband Tim and my two grandsons Matthew and Austin in the small, country town of Grassy Lake, Alberta. I loved everything about it. The simplicity of Christmas Eve in a small country church – candles burning, carols sung off key and excited children running up and down hallways eagerly anticipating their goodie bags….

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