Monday, June 26, 2006

Mirror, Mirror, Go Away!

Here's a poem I wrote for a women's conference I coordinated a few years back and I share it in hopes that it will bring someone encouragement to persevere and press on when the day to day tasks of life (or the reflection in the mirror) get you down!


Mirror, mirror, move aside
I'm more than what you see
Your stark reflection cannot reveal
The true woman inside of me

My heart is full, I have much to give
And I'm starting new this day
I'll show this world that I'm unique
And made special in God's way

He brought me here, he has a plan
He wants me to succeed
He gave the life of his only son
And met my greatest need

So mirror, mirror, move aside
You cannot hold me down
This world is only temporary
And I am heavenbound!

NOW. . .just for fun - this is version 2 that developed in the works


Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Why do you exist at all?
To look at you, makes me depressed
You surely don't reflect my best!

My face looks tired, I'm uninspired
But what's a girl to do?
With PMS, hormones and pantyhose
It's no wonder I'm so blue

So mirror, mirror, go away
I do not like what you display
There must be something you don't see
We can't all be a wee size 3!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Robe of Judgement

What does your social circle look like? Do you only develop friendships with others who have the same level of education, live in the same type of neighborhood, drive the same type of cars, or belong in the same income bracket? Is your church comprised of members who fit neatly within those "familiar" categories too? Do you pursue friendships for yourself, your family, and/or your children with any of those things in mind - consciously or subconsciously? Do you neglect to build and nuture friendships with those you feel have nothing to offer "you"?

I recently saw a show that discussed social status and it disturbed me - particularly a comment to the effect of "the social status you're born into is the biggest indicator of your future social status". That's not a precise quote, but it's close - and I found it sad, very sad. Women seem particularly prone to crushing, comparing and judging themselves and others by outward standards. Admittedly, I too, have at one time or another, been "the judge" and "the judged" and from either perspective - it's an ugly view. Have you taken off the robe of judgement and stepped out of your comfort zone lately?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

My Hubby, The Saboteur

Over the years, I've noticed a disturbing pattern in my marriage. . .maybe you recognize it? It's begins with me mentioning the idea of trying to eat a little healthier and start exercising more. Then like a shadow in the night, my hubby quietly begins to implement a subtle plan of sabotage.

This week I mentioned working toward better health as a family and ask him not to bring home any more soda's and junk food. Well, tonight he goes to the store and comes back with 2 bags of donuts - not 1, but 2! He doesn't even eat donuts!! - and when I gave him "the look", you know the one, he quickly responded with "oh, I forgot!". Now mind you this is not a one time thing, he's been very consistent with this saboteur behavior over the years. Have you experienced this? - maybe I'll just throw them out! :-) Got milk?
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