Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Why I Support Mark Driscoll

Posted by Teresa at 6:04 PM View Comments

A couple of years ago I started listening to online sermons
by Pastor Mark Driscoll. I thought his blunt style was
refreshing. Those not familiar with the evangelical
community might not have heard of him or the recent
controversy he's got in. But even The New York Times
is noticing now.

First, I want to say I don't condone all of his action or words.
He's apologized. However, I am not gonna throw my
Christian brother under the bus.

Let me just be completely honest: I am SICK and tired of going
to church and church events and it mostly being attended by
women. Women outnumber men in church attendance. At Mars
Hill, the church Driscoll pastors, men make up 50 percent of the
congregation. Whatever you have to say about Pastor Driscoll,
he is doing something right. He's reaching an audience that
the Church needs. So maybe instead of attacking him some
Christian leaders should be asking him what he's doing right.

I actually think part of the reason he's in trouble is the same
reason he appeals to men. He's not politically correct. He's
blunt. He doesn't mince words. He has a sharp tongue. He's
very practical. All qualities I think men can relate to. When
did the Church become politically correct?

The Word of God is not political correct. It can be abrasive
sometimes. It can be blunt. The Bible is not all sunflowers
and roses. So many popular pastors only talk about God's
love and encouragement, which is all fine and well, but
that's not the totality. So I admire Pastor Driscoll for delving
to heavier topics.

Maybe Pastor Driscoll appealed to certain demographic
because so much of American Christianity is safe and toothless
and he was offering something different. This is why I
support him:

Monday, September 1, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 6)

Posted by Teresa at 5:12 PM View Comments

Wow. Today was a restful day. Praise Jesus!
I took the Sabbath off of blogging. Saturday
night was such a blessing. Church friends and I
just hung out by the ocean and praised him and

Today I mostly took advantaged of my day off
and rested!

Today I am grateful for:
1) a day off
2) sleep
3) my friends

Saturday, August 30, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 5)

Posted by Teresa at 3:30 PM View Comments

Do not worry. Learn to pray about everything.
Give  thanks to God as you ask Him for what 
you need.
- Philippians 4:6

I'm learning to start my prayers in thanksgiving. How can I ask
anything from my Heavenly Father when I don't even thank
Him for what he has already done? How do I expect to be bless 
beyond belief when I don't even appreciate what I have?

So here'e another thing I'm learning about gratefulness: You
can't be grateful if you are constantly comparing yourself to
others. In this social media world we see our friends and
acquaintances post happy photos and updates on Facebook
or Instagram. 
And for a moment we can think........."Why
can't I have 
what they have?" or "Why can't be more like
that?" Honestly, 
what you are looking at is a snippet of
someone's life. Not their whole life.  
You don't know
what they have been through or what they are going

So today I am grateful:
1) the rain that occurred this week. We needed it.
2) my singleness. I spent time by myself today 
and I felt so much peace.
3) music. It is so soothing to the soul.

Friday, August 29, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 4)

Posted by Teresa at 10:04 PM View Comments
Lift up your hands to the holy place and givethanks to the Lord.
-Psalm 134:2

Wow. It has been a long week. So tired! But I am
grateful that I have been so busy working that I am
tired. I can already tell this 30 days of gratefulness
is helping me get some perspective.

Today I am thankful for:

1) a sane mind
2) perseverance
3) Friday evenings!

God bless!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 3)

Posted by Teresa at 7:11 PM View Comments
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 136:1

I think one of the most unappealing quality a 
person can possess is ingratitude.  I must admit
I haven't always been the most grateful person
so that's why I am working on it!

God is so good and I want to thank Him on 
the daily.

Today I am thankful for:

1) new beginnings. Lots of changes in my life.
Change is good.

2) God's love. He's all I need.

3) change of seasons. I am looking forward to fall :-)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 2)

Posted by Teresa at 7:15 PM View Comments
They have made me happy. They would have made you happy also. Show them you are thankful for their help. - 1 Corinthians 16:18

I am a blessed woman. I don't EVER want to forget that!
I am so thankful for the people in my life.  It's amazing
how a simple thank you means. Show the supportive
people in your life you appreciate them.

Today I am thankful for:

1) my supportive family. I know they are proud of me.
2) encouraging words.
3) every opportunity thrown my way.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 1)

Posted by Teresa at 8:54 PM View Comments
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NJKV

I'm trying to inculcate a more grateful heart and spirit.  I have spoken
before on 
my blog about dealing with depression. I firmly believe that
learning to be 
thankful will lift one's spirits up. When you are down
all you focus on 
is the negative but everyone has something to be
thankful for.
Maybe listing those positive things will make life seem
not so bad after all!
So I am challenging myself to update my blog
for 30 days and each day 
I will blog about three things I am thankful for.
I hope others 
will join me in this endeavor!

Day 1

I'm thankful for.....

1) my health. I went to the gym and worked out. I am
thankful I am in good health and have energy.

2) that I have people that care for me. I am loved.

3) my uniqueness. I am different. There is nobody like me.

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 other......it 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 blog....so 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.

Ok.....so 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?

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