ROOTED

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

(2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

This grape tree has weathered several hurricanes, Hurricane Irma of 2017 being the last.  We thought she was a goner but we decided not to discard her.  She still had roots imbedded in the soil.  There was a chance that she could bounce back from the ravages of the storms. And we were right.  As evidenced by her fruit, which are sweet by the way, she still has much to give.   

Lessons

Two personal truths that I hold dear.

  1. It does not matter how broken something or someone is, if you can still find value in the pieces, maybe it’s worth it to rework or repurpose those pieces into something that can be appreciated or used. Not because something is broken, means that it should be automatically thrown away.
  2. No matter what comes your way to buffet, destabilise or uproot you, make sure that your roots are anchored deep in the Rock, Christ Jesus.  All you need is a little nurturing (time in the Word, regular communication with God, encouragement of and fellowship with good friends) and you will more than survive.  You will thrive.

As you thrive here are a few things that you can do.

  • Acknowledge and accept who you are daily as life changes you as you age
  • Engage in self-care
  • Do your personal work on a daily basis. No one else can do that for you 
  • Disengage yourself from things and people that are destructive
  • Align yourself with those that support your dreams, your purpose and your destiny
  • Use life-lessons as stepping stones to where you are going. No experience is wasted
  • Focus on and never lose sight of your goals
  • Keep crawling/walking/running towards the prize

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. So I admonish you as Jesus did his disciples in Matthew 24:13

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION

Mastering moderation means being able to eat, drink and exercise without taking an all or nothing approach –Simone Samuels Wellness

That saying also applies to the application of makeup as well.  I remember growing up as the daughter of a Pentecostal pastor and we weren’t allowed to wear makeup.  I even remember being put on the back bench for six months for a combination of shaping my own eyebrows and lying to a nosey church member, when asked about it.  Of course, she told my father.  Yes, she did.  She thought it her Christian duty to let my father know.  Bless her heart!  I have forgiven her but it’s one story I will never forget.

Anyway, although I love God as much as the next person, I am a girly-girl and I also love fashion and looking good.  So, as a young girl I painted my nails with ‘yellow-dad’ (a yellow vine that grows wild in the islands) and I bought Corn silk powder to tame my combination skin.  In other words, my appearance was important to me and there is nothing wrong with that.  Being a Christian does not mean that you have to look unattractive.  Look at the Garden that God placed us in.  He got very creative with his palette – colors, tones, shades.   I take my cue from Him.

Today, as a maturing woman, I still pay attention to my appearance – my hair, my face, my body – but I’ve always done and will continue to do so in moderation.  As you get older you grow hair in places you don’t want to and lose hair from places you would prefer not to.  Therefore, I find myself paying a little more attention to my eyebrows and my eye lids.  And that’s why I found myself perusing videos on YouTube.  I’m happy to say that I found one that really spoke my language of moderation and I thought I’d share it with you. Here goes…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAElS6KCaLM&t=656s

Dimma Umeh is beautiful, knowledgeable and funny all at the same time. Her demonstration is simple enough for the novice and I must say that I did not feel overwhelmed at anytime. Take a look and let me know. Please share, comment and like.

DISCLAIMER

In this post I am referring to makeup for everyday wear.