Monday, August 20, 2012

What Every Woman Needs to Know

-A guy might ruin your mascara from time to time, but no one has the right to ruin your life.

-Yes, the bible says for a wife to submit to their husband. But, it also says a husband is to love his wife like Christ loved the church. Guys – that means to love your wives a lot. Not just when the lights are off.

-There are still some good guys out there. Stop putting them in the friend zone. That other guy you’re chasing isn’t going to be there to tuck the kids into bed every night.

-A good man realizes that a good woman becomes a hot woman. Not vice versa.

-A good man also realizes that it’s better to have one woman than 1,000,000 hot dates.

-Men are full of testosterone. Yes, even the good, Christian ones. We have six times that which surges through your veins. But, lust is the opposite of love. There is no grey area.

-Real men know that there is something inherently beautiful about stretch marks regardless of how ugly you think they are. It’s a mark for every breath your child took, every blink of their eyes, every time they had the hiccups, every kick and every night of sleeping in the most perfect darkness.

-If a woman says “No”, then it’s “No”. Man up.  

-No one can get away with excessively smoking, drinking or not flossing for too long. At some point, it’s just not cool anymore.

-One study found that the first thing a man notices about a woman is her eyes. A follow-up study found that the first thing women notice about men is that they’re a bunch of liars. Please forgive us.

-I heard there was a book in circulation called, “What Men Know About Women”. The pages are blank. I have an extra copy.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hurry Up and Wait

Instagram. Instant coffee. Instant downloads.

Instant gratification.

Fast food. Fast lanes.

As humanity progresses, we seem to want things in an instant.

Even our relationships have changed. They are so much harder now because conversations have become text messages, arguments have become phone calls and feelings have become status updates.

I can still remember the days where people actually talked to one another. We live in a time where people would rather send an email than get up and walk three cubicles down from where they sit to talk to a co-worker.

I’m guilty of wanting things now. Right now. Gone are the days where we have the patience of Job.

But, God’s time is not our time. I have to stop and remind myself of this quite often. God’s will is not our will. Two of the hardest things I know of are:

-To pray for God’s will.

-To wait for God’s will.

The first is hard because to utter that prayer means that you are saying, “Hey God, here I am. Do with me whatever you want.” But, it’s necessary. We pretend like we can somehow talk Him into doing something for us. Like we can sway Him to agree with our opinion of how our lives are supposed to go. But we can’t. It’s His will, not ours.

The second is just as hard, if not more so, because it means that you have to wait. It doesn’t mean you have to wait passively; it means that you have to wait actively. There’s a big difference.

But, although both of these can be difficult…..

They are beautiful.

They’re beautiful because His plan will always be better than the plan we have for our lives, even if it isn’t on our timeline.

As much as we want things right now; as much as we want to plan our life, it has a way of surprising us with unexpected things that will make us happier than we originally planned.

That’s what you call God’s will.