Thursday, June 26, 2014

Things I've Learned from Being a Christian Single

Posted by Teresa at 7:42 PM View Comments

I've been single for a long time and I thought I would share a few things I've
learned about being single and a Christian.

1.) Patience. It is hard to wait but you experience growth through your waiting.

2.) There is no such thing as "the One." God cares more if you are in a
relationship that honors Him than if you are with "the One." He wants
each one of us to further His kingdom. There is not going to be a big flashing
sign "HE IS THE ONE!"

3.) Just because a guy is a church-goer doesn't mean they really
care about dating in God-honoring fashion. Be careful. 

4.) Church folk can put pressure on you when it comes to your 
relationship status. Just keep your eyes on serving Him.

5.) There is nothing wrong with you. Just because you are single doesn't
mean there is something wrong with you.

6.) Know what you want. I know what I want and I'm not settling. To
the world my standards might be too high. I rather be single than settle for
something I don't want and that doesn't glorify God.

7.) Never put a relationship before God. You will be greatly disappointed.

8.) Never use God to justify your desires. OMG! He's goes to the same
church and we keep running into each must be from God! Uh, no.
Don't over-spiritual stuff.

9.) If something ain't working.....STOP IT! Why keep returning to your
vomit? (Proverbs 26:11)

I thought I would leave you all with a romantic song :-)

Monday, March 31, 2014

My Favorite Foundations for Dry Skin

Posted by Teresa at 12:02 PM View Comments
I wanted to share some of the foundations I use for my dry
skin. As people with dry skin know certain foundations can
accentuate the dryness and not sit well on your skin. When
it comes to dry skin you want to turn that dull, dry skin into
luminous, glowy skin! Before I get started with my picks....
I prefer lightweight to medium formulas because I've noticed
the heavier the formula, the more those dry patches are going
to stand out. So if you are a full coverage type of gal these 
might not be for you. (Although I will have one recommendation
for you at the end of this keep reading!)

1). My favorite foundation at the moment is Smashbox's 

It is a lighweight to medium coverage foundation. It is so light on
the skin you can barely feel that it is there.  Definitely luminous!
The color match to my skin was great.

You will glow in this foundation! This is another lightweight formula
but it will even out your skin.

Well to be honest.......I don't think people with dry skin can go 
wrong with any Lancome foundation but this is the current Lancome
foundation I own. It is not illuminating as the previous ones I
mentioned but it still sits beautifully on the skin. I would say this
is more medium coverage.

This is a satin finish foundation. Mary Kay has a pretty good shade selection.
You will find a color that fits you. This is more medium coverage. I have
a friend that sells Mary Kay so feel free to check out her webpage.

Sorry this is my only drug store pick but it is a good one! This is
another satin finish foundation. It is also medium coverage so
not as lightweight on the skin as some of the others on the list. 
L'Oreal has a wonderful color selection. now to the full coverage foundation I was gonna recommend.
Although I just sampled this foundation and it wasn't for me......I think
someone who prefers a full coverage foundation might enjoy this foundation:

Nars Sheer Glow has a satin finish. I don't know if it is labeled a full
coverage foundation but when I tried it was full coverage for me. Also
it is has some shimmer to it but I wouldn't call it a dewy formula. 

I also want to mention two products that I also use to add light
and moisture before adding foundation:

This is the first illuminator I've tried but I'm enjoying

Primers can be matte but this one is hydrating, Smashbox Photo

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Who are the Control Freaks in the Abortion Debate?

Posted by Teresa at 5:31 PM View Comments
"In that moment, feminism came to one of its logical if less-than-inspiring
moments of fruition: I chose to sidestep biology; I acted - and was free
to act - as if I were in control of my destiny, the way men more often
than women have let themselves act," wrote abortion rights supporter
Naomi Wolf in a popular 1995 essay on abortion titled "Our Bodies, Our Souls."

Forty-one years ago abortion became legal in the United States via the
Supreme Court's decision in Roe vs. Wade. The anniversary had me
thinking about how much of the abortion debate surrounds control.
Pro-choicers often argue that pro-lifers want to "control" women's bodies
by making abortion illegal. I also thought about how much my relationship
with God has to do with control.

Having a relationship with God means recognizing I have a divine entity that
is bigger than you and me and He is ultimately in control of the universe.
But as our society becomes less religious we have become more controlling.
We believe we can control our circumstances but we can't.  Though out my
life I've attempted to gain control over situations and certain circumstances
and each time I am humbled by God when I realize it is out of my hands.

This brings me back to the abortion debate. Obviously, someone must be
in a really tough situation to even consider abortion. I am no way denying
that. I don't have the money to raise a child. Or I won't be able to go to
college and have a successful career if I have a child at a young age.
It's about having control of when parenthood happens. But life is messy
sometimes. Rarely do things come wrapped in a pretty bow. The
reproduction process that creates human life doesn't stop because it
is not the most opportune time to have a child. (I'm sure any parent can
tell you there is NEVER an opportune time to have a child.)

So it brings me to this question: Who truly wants "control" in the abortion
debate? The pro-choicer who sees abortion as a way to give women control
over their lives or the pro-lifer who believes that God is the maker of life and
we do not get to decide when life is expendable or not?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Miley Cyrus and Secret Freaks

Posted by Teresa at 2:06 PM View Comments

Anyone who has been following entertainment and music lately
knows that Miley Cyrus is a freak. A drug using, twerking freak.
She's open about her drug use and sex. Her Hannah Montana days
are in the past.

I watched an interview with her today with a British host.  While I
don't agree with her glamorizing drug use and sexual promiscuity,
I must confess her honesty about her current lifestyle is appealing.
That's the thing about sin it has it's appeal. She kept talking about
being authentic and dropping the good girl image. She said in the
interview, "You can tell who is real. People who are too nice and
too proper, you know they are secretly a psycho."

When she said this it made me think of the image people have of 
Christians. How often are Christians called hypocrites? I think
when they call us hypocrites, what they are really saying is that
we aren't honest about our own sin. We are secretly freaks. 
We put on a facade of being nice and proper, as Ms. Cyrus
put it, but we do messed up things like everyone else. 

One thing Miley Cyrus knows about is fake images. She had to
maintain a facade for years to keep her contract with Disney.
She needed a wholesome image to continue to work with Disney.
But why do Christians put up a facade?

While I don't think Christians should ever condone sin, I think
we need to be honest about our own sin. The world needs 
authenticity, not a wholesome facade. Authenticity is appealing.
And I want my faith to be appealing to others.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

GOP's Hispanic and Youth Outreach Should Coincide

Posted by Teresa at 1:37 PM View Comments

There has been much talk about how the Republican Party can
better outreach to Hispanics since President Obama
trounced Mitt Romney with Hispanics in the last presidential
election. However, I think the GOP's Hispanic outreach
problems are related to another major issue it has: youth

The Hispanic population is young. If the GOP can manage
to make improvements with the youth vote, I believe we
will see gains with Hispanics. The last two Republican
presidential campaigns were lackluster when it came to
youth outreach. Republicans are still running campaigns
like it is 1980. Most of the youth of today don't even
remember 1980's. Enough of the Reagan talk in GOP
debates, please? It dates us. While President Obama was
talking about moving forward and change, the GOP candidates
were talking about going back to Reagan's policies.

There are going to be issues where it will be difficult to
communicate with young voters, for example, social issues.
Young voters are socially liberal and I really don't want
to see the Republican Party become socially liberal. But
Republicans can be more tactful in the way they talk about
these issues. And there is one socially liberal issue were young
voters aren't so enthusiastic: abortion.

But there is one issue that Republicans need to be pounding
the Dems with in regards to the youth vote: jobs. The youth
unemployment rate is horrific. And policies like Obamacare
aren't helping. There is a message to young voters there but
I haven't seen Republicans effectively make it.

I do like that all the buzzed about prospective 2016 candidates
are young and fresh. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Chris
Christie are all under 55, which will be quite a contrast to
Hillary Clinton if she runs. Mitt Romney and John McCain
were both over 65. It will refreshing to having a presidential
candidate who actually knows a few rap songs and isn't
talking about ABBA.

I will be realistic here. I don't think the GOP will make
huge gains with young or Hispanic voters but small inroads
can make all the difference.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

My Overflow

Posted by Teresa at 3:16 PM View Comments
It seems I can't avoid it. At church my pastor is going through
a series on happiness based on Ecclesiastes, which is about finding
fulfillment in God and not the things of this world. Last Saturday
I go to see the movie The Great Gatsby. A movie about about
a rich man who has tries to find fulfillment in a relationship which
in the end turns out futile and meaningless, as the writer of Ecclesiastes
would say. Three days ago a friend sends me a devotion based
Ecclesiastes. The devotion ends with this: You will never find fulfillment
in life without God. Then today I go to the book store to take 
a look through some devotions. As I scan two books I happen
to stop at where it talks about discontentment. I can't avoid it
any longer.  It is clear to me that God wants me content and 
fulfilled through Him only.

I will be honest I have spend so much of my life being discontent and
unfulfilled. Always telling myself  "I will be happy when (fill in the blank)."
I will be happy when I finish school. I will be happy when I get a good
job. I will be happy when family issues go away. I will be happy when
not single. 

Now that I look back at all my discontentment I can't help but
think, "Wow. What a waste." All the moments and people I
wasn't fully soaking in because I was just waiting for circumstances
to be perfect. Honestly, I feel robbed of time and energy. But
no one robbed it from me....I robbed those moments from myself.
It also occurs to me that I have lived a pretty good life so far.
There was nothing to be discontent about! 

Life is never going to be perfect. People are not perfect. I am
always going to be a flawed being. So I am can't wait for 
happiness. I have to be happy TODAY no matter the 
circumstances. I have Christ to fulfill me. He makes my cup
my overflow. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Feeling 32

Posted by Teresa at 12:57 PM View Comments
Ok so I had some fun and changed some of the lyrics to
Taylor Swift's "22." Here ya go:

It feels like a perfect night not to get dressed, forget blisters.
And avoid those exes ah, ah, ah
It feels like a perfect night to moisturize before midnight.

Yeah, we're employed, stable, insured and lonely
at the same time.
It's age-appropriate and magical, oh yeah.
Tonight's the night when I finish my work project
before deadline. It's time.

Uh oh!
I don't know about you.
But I'm feeling 32.

Everything will be alright. 
I made some stew.
You don't remember me?
We went to the same high school.

Everything will be alright.
If we just keep Pinteresting like
we're 32

Monday, June 24, 2013

My Spiritual Desert

Posted by Teresa at 7:11 PM View Comments
Jesus said to her, “You do not know what God has to give. You
do not know Who said to you, ‘Give Me a drink.’ If you knew,
you would have asked Him. He would have given you living

-John 4:10

I feel like I'm in a spiritual desert. And I've been here for
a while. Dry and worn out. Sometimes I feel lost with no
direction or guidance. But I am encouraged I will find
a babbling brook and drink of His eternal waters again.
He will renew and strengthen my spirit.

I think God wants us experience a season in the desert
so we can thirst for Him. Lord I long for you.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Heart Attack!

Posted by Teresa at 3:29 PM View Comments

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Why is Christianity Losing in America?

Posted by Teresa at 10:49 AM View Comments
As we all know atheism is on the rise in American and the cultural influence
of the Church is clearly waning.

I thought I would put together a quick list of why I believe this is so.

1) The Sexual Revolution. Once sexual mores went out the window
so did religion. Religion has regulations about sex and if you want live
in a society that has few limits on sex you must live in a religion-free
society. Ross Douthat writes about this in his book Bad Religion.

2) Family Breakdown. Mary Eberstadt argues in How the West Really
Lost God that "In a way that hasn’t been well understood so far, it appears
that the great jigsaw puzzle of secularization has been missing a critical piece.
Religious vibrancy and family vibrancy go hand in hand."

Funny how this is related to number 1. The sexual revolution said you don't
have to be marry to have sex and you can sleep with any consenting adult. 
Well the problem is that you might end up having a child without that stable
family structure.

3) Feminization of American culture. If you step into church today
most likely the pews are filled with women. I've noticed that many
churches are geared to women. They have sentimental and
emotional sermons. Preachers often cry. I can see why churches
would gear their churches to women, since more and more women
are the head of their households. (See number 2).

The problem is that it's isolating 50 percent of the population! You are
going to lose influence when 50 percent of the population can't
relate to you.

4) Materialism. Americans like their new iPhones, cars, big screen
televisions. Well that takes money. So that means you might need
to take a job that has long or odd working Sunday morning.
I don't know how often I've heard...."Yeah, I can't go to church
or bible study because of work." Work is noble but not when it is
getting in a way of your spiritual life.

These are a few things that are causing the eroding influence of
Christianity in America. Tell me what you think. Do you have
any other theories?

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