Archive | January 2012

Bad Hair Day Blues

Having a bad hair day? Yesterday? Last week? I’m so sorry. They’re awful, aren’t they?shutterstock_67154071

Hair was always an issue, growing up. MY hair, that is. You see, I had naturally curly hair, and that was not cool way back when. So I worked hard to get my hair straight. Way hard. My mom was even in on the whole thing. It all started when I spotted “Uncurl” at the local drugstore, this amazing magical product. It worked perfect every time. It was a whole-morning ordeal, but I didn’t mind. Not one bit. I didn’t even mind the strong stinky potion, as long as it did the job.

This twice-a-year event took place in the basement on newspapers spread all over the floor. After mixing the potent chemicals and draping a towel across my neck, the ritual would begin. Hanging my head down and covering my eyes tight, my mom would spread the cold goopy stuff all over my curly locks, working it in, making sure it covered every last strand. I loved how it felt . . . it was heavy on my head, as it did its amazing thing. Staying bent over until my back could stand it no more, it’d finally be time to wash it out. Then after blowdrying . . . ta-dah! My new hair would be stiff and long and straight. I was always overjoyed.

I wore curlers the size of orange juice cans to bed every night. I had the system down. I’d scrunch my pillow under my cheek, the curlers hanging over the edge, and sleep peacefully through the night. Amazing, huh? Anything to get it right.

I loved my straight hair, in spite of a few bad hair days. When my hair looked great, I felt great. When it didn’t, I didn’t. That’s when I thought, why does how I feel about myself depend upon my hair? What a relief when I later learned the truth. That is . . . even though we all want to look our best, what’s important is what’s in our heart.

1 Samuel 16:7 says, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

And what’s most important in our hearts? That we love God, feel good about ourselves, and we’re kind and caring to others. Wow! Now isn’t that awesome? That we don’t have to compete or be anyone other than who we are, bad hair days and all.

So keep following your dreams, and on days your hair doesn’t look quite how you’d like, remember that true beauty radiates from the heart.

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No Fear

Do you ever feel afraid? I mean, really . . . we ALL do, right? Like telling your parents you messed up, or letting your best friend know she hurt your feelings big time, or perhaps freezing up when you’re speaking in front of a crowd? Are you afraid you’ll never be able to do what your heart longs to do? Like singing? Dancing? Or making the basketball team?shutterstock_78893794

Well . . . just so you know, God doesn’t want us to fear. He commands us not to. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not fear, for I am with you . . . I will strengthen you and help you.”

Did you know the Bible says to not fear over 100 times? Do you think God’s trying to tell us something?

So what do we do instead? Just turn everything over to Him, and watch what He’ll do. Know that He’s there to help. Walk by faith. And faith is trusting God to work things out . . . that is, everything . . . far greater than we could EVER imagine!

Just remember . . . the next time you start feeling afraid, STOP, because God’s got it taken care of. He really does. And isn’t it awesome that your loving heavenly father tells you to do exactly that?!

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Something New

We all love things that are new, don’t we? A new puppy? Oufit? Friend? There’s just something about it that’s fun and exciting. Now that it’s a new year, doesn’t it make you think of new beginnings? Adventures? Dreams?shutterstock_127896755

What’s so cool is that God is a god of new beginnings, and whether this past year was an awesome one or totally not the best, God’s got something better for 2012. He always does, because as Revelation 21:5 says, “Behold, I make all things new.”

So what are your hopes for the coming year? What dreams has God put on your heart? Just trust Him for them and watch Him work, as He’s a god of new beginnings!

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