Gloom and Doom (Thought-Provoking Thursday)

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My husband has a $30 radar app on his iPhone.  We live in the land of hurricanes, so we keep a watchful eye on the weather.     In the summer, it rains every day here — usually just about the time I am getting ready to pack up my stuff and head home from work.   If I time it just right, I can jump into the car when it’s still sprinkling and avoid getting soaked.  I put my windshield wipers on high and clench the steering wheel for dear life as I slowly inch home in heavy traffic on the wet turnpike.

Some days, it’s just dark out, but the rain never comes.  I have a fancy dancy blue tooth ear bud, so I call my Cubans on the 30 minute drive home with hands still firmly in control of the vehicle.  My abuelos live south of me, and in their old age they’ve become fearful of the rain — even though they never leave the house.  “Is it raining there?” my grandfather will ask in Spanish.  I usually say “not much” (even if it’s a deluge) so that he won’t worry.  He will lament that it’s been pouring at his house all day, and so I will tell him to stay inside where it is nice and dry.

The truth is we haven’t had a serious hurricane in these parts in close to a decade.  You’d never know it though — because some people have kept their storm shutters up and live in a dark prison of a house.

Fear of an impending storm can paralyze you.  I was reminded of this earlier this week when I read Diane’s Facebook status: “Once again, lots of thunder and no rain.”

I spend way too much time thinking about how the rain might fall on my parade.  I fear for my family.  I fear for my health.  I wonder what will happen if the sky falls down.  I envision gloom and doom ahead in my forecast.   But, the truth is that most days, it’s just a little thunder, and no rain.  The truth is that rain is not permanent — it’s just passing through.  The truth is that my Father controls the wind and the rain.  He is Lord of the storm.

I don’t want to hide inside when it’s a little cloudy outside.  Lord, help me to open up the windows and let the light in.  Help me to walk forward with the wind at my back and eyes lifted firmly toward the heavens.

God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing
A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches.
We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”

Above the floodwaters is God’s throne
    from which His power flows,
    from which He rules the world.

 God makes His people strong.
God gives His people peace.

Psalms 29:9-11, MSG

Something to think about…

I am sharing “Gloom and Doom” and joining like-minded sisters at The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Recommendation Saturday, Faith-Filled Friday, Essential Fridays, and Thriving Thursday.

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A Cultural Evangelist (Thought-Provoking Thursday)

A Cultural EvangelistPhoto Credit: Terri Heisele, via Free Images

 
I’m an educator.  This means I must stay sharp.  I must keep learning.

Last week, I got an e-mail at work about an upcoming educational seminar.  Because I am nerdy, this kind of e-mail really excites me.  I clicked on over to the website to read up on the event, and I was immediately taken by the picture of one of the keynote speakers.  Underneath his head shot, the title after his name read “Cultural Evangelist.”

The sponsor was not a religious organization, so I found it interesting that they would call on a preacher to speak at their event.  Wow!

I decided to research a bit, and I had to laugh when I learned that the speaker actually worked in marketing for a popular online store that sells shoes.  His title was a creative way of saying that he was in charge of telling the company’s story to potential customers.

A week later, my mind is still turning the phrase “Cultural Evangelist” around in my head.  I wonder how creative and effective I am at telling the story of my Savior.  I wonder if I create an interest and whet the appetite of those who are shopping around seeking to find what truly satisfies.   One of my favorite worship bands is actually called “Jesus Culture,” but I’d never seriously contemplated how my words and actions are shaping the definition of how the world  defines my Savior.

I must admit that sometimes I am a reluctant mouthpiece for the Good News.  I worry that I am not qualified for the job.

The truth is that I’ve been appointed for the position.  I am Lyli Dunbar, Daughter of the King, Garden Girl, Warrior Princess, and Cultural Evangelist for Team Jesus.  May I never forget.

…I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus

and your love for all of God’s people.

And I am praying that you will put into action

the generosity that comes from your faith

as you understand and experience

all the good things we have in Christ.

Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother,

for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.

Philemon 1:5-7, MSG

Something to think about…

I am sharing “A Cultural Evangelist” and joining like-minded sisters at Three-Word Wednesday, The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Recommendation Saturday, Faith-Filled Friday, Essential Fridays, Counting My Blessings, and Thriving Thursday.

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Going There — Long May She Wave

Going There: Long May She Wave

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Her name is Magda. At age 15, she packed a suitcase with only two outfits and left behind everything else she knew. Her parents were not able to come, so she boarded the plane alone. Once her feet landed on U.S. soil, she worked. First, she sweat it out at a factory putting labels on glass bottles. Then, she was the Avon lady. Eventually, she learned to keep the books and got an office job. At night, she went back to school. Every day, she kept reaching forward and making a better life for her family. Today, you will find her in the corner office with the initials CPA after her name.

She speaks fluent English with an accent. She pays taxes and votes her conscience. Her story is a picture of the beauty of America, the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

My mom is one of the bravest women I have ever met….

 

“Going There” was birthed on the blog of my friend Deidra. Her hope was “to encourage ongoing dialogue about topics of race, ethnicity, and culture in a way that is thoughtful and that shows respect, with the goal of advancing our understanding of the beautiful diversity in the humanity that surrounds us.”  I never envisioned myself writing a “going there” post, but a few weeks ago, I got a little irked after reading something on Facebook, and this Cuban girl started typing away. To read the rest of this post, head on over to Deidra’s.

 

If you are visiting here for the first time, welcome to my little spot on the web. I write about lessons learned as I work to live out my faith day by day.

 

If you’d like to read more about my crazy Cuban life, check out The C-Word, 25 Random Facts About Me, Lost in Translation, A Strong Embrace, In a Pressure Cooker

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