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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lactose Intolerance

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
When our second born became dramatically ill after each bottle, our pediatrician revealed to us that she was likely lactose intolerant. It was a simple fix; we changed her formula and she - and we - were all better.
 

Not being able to drink milk has never seemed to be a problem; she loves her soy alternative. However, as she has gotten older, ice cream has become an issue. All of her friends and sister enjoy it, but she can’t. It looks good and it tastes even better, but the after-effects are painful. Each time she indulges, she hurts and is sick for a while.
Catheryn has gotten used to this and sometimes she decides to have the ice cream knowing the pain will come.  She is old enough to make the decision, so we allow her to decide - to make a choice. 
 
As Christians, we also get to make decisions and choices daily. It is called free will...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Selling Lotion

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman 
When I moved away to college, I worked part-time selling bath products in the mall. I was hired on by an energetic manager who demanded all employees study and learn every product in the store. I learned much about which products were good for different skin types and why certain people were attracted to different designs and packaging. Since I was majoring in Marketing, this was all very interesting. Under the direction of this good manager, I was knowledgeable enough to not only sell, but to sell products that truly benefited the consumer. 

Since this was almost an hour away from my hometown, my usual customers were people whom I did not know. My only relationships with them was strictly superficial. I noticed over time that if a customer came in that happened to be from my hometown, I felt embarrassed and awkward. I had a harder time closing the sell. I didn’t know less, I just felt silly.
I don’t know about you, but this is true in my spiritual life as well. I am more apt to, and more confidently to share my faith with strangers and new acquaintances than life-long friends and especially family.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Un-Christmasing

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
I dread taking down our Christmas decorations. It is sad. In fact, I put it off as long as possible. One year, I left our Christmas decorations up until March! No joke.

What was much-anticipated and a joy a little over a month ago, is now a dreaded chore. Isn’t it interesting how the very same items and activity can change with time? A month ago, my daughters and I were trimming the tree to blaring Christmas tunes; recently, I had to beg...I mean demand their help. Why? The thrill, expectation, and the overall spirit of the holiday, had drifted away, lost, packed up and shut down until next year.

Does this sound familiar?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Time for a change?

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
January is the month for new beginnings and hope for the future.  Well, at least that’s our intentions every January…to look to the future and to make resolutions to change the things in our lives that need to be adjusted. 


So, what New Year’s Resolution have you made?  Are you committed to get back into the routine of going to the fitness center?  Or maybe you decided to be more organized this year, so you ran out and bought all the necessary items that you are going to need…a calendar, file cabinet, or containers to organize your closets.