Monday, March 13, 2017

Purchase the Clay

While the general idea started many, many years ago - maybe even when I read this book....

I feel quite sure somewhere in that book the author talks about Lemonade Stands and children selling things on the neighborhood corner.

But what if the children live in the country?  I will answer that in just a moment.

I am dedicated to Podcasts!

I have just a few to listen to - my favorites right now are:

**Malcolm Gladwell - Revisionist History (so incredibly good)
**The Wealthy Contractor
**The Minimalists Podcast
**Austin New Church
**And ....

**Blue Babies Pink

It is the Blue Babies Pink podcast that actually prompted this blog entry.  I was driving home - listening to Brett Trapp and my phone dropped on the floor, about that time - the episode ended - and because I am somewhat technology challenged - the podcast did not advance to the next episode.  And Brett's story is captivating - so I desperately wanted to keep listening for the next 10 minutes.

In the meantime -

2 boys, holding a sign, with a cart - obviously selling something on the side of the road - in the country - away from the advantages of the typical lemonade on the corner business opportunity.

For a while now our family has subscribed to the philosophy of stopping at any of those neighborhood business franchises that we encounter.  We just believe in the entrepreneur spirit.  Sometimes we just donate money - sometimes we purchase (and never eat or drink because we did not really want sugared red koolaide) - and sometimes one comes home with clay.

So I turned around - picked up the phone while I was stopped safely on the side of the road - headed back to the 2 boys selling clay and continued listening to Brett.

Brett's story isn't something I ever dreamed I would want to hear.

I grew up in such a sheltered - controlled - perhaps a bit unrealistic world.

Brett grew up in a very similar world.  In fact at one point in time I suspect that we lived less than an hour from each other.

Brett's podcast is worth your time.  I share that with a slight hesitation - you will need to be more open minded than perhaps you are now.  You must be okay to laugh, hurt, cry, and worry all the while listening to a friend share their story.  You will benefit from truly grasping that Jesus is about Love.  And his requirement of us is Love.  And at the end of the day - that is probably all I really want to be about - is love.

And a disco ball.

Yes - Kerry is teaching Sunday School this next week - his lesson might just be entitled:

Are you a wall, a mirror, or a disco ball?

I strive to be that disco ball.

I strive to purchase clay, sugared drink, cookies from a package - from any kid I see setting up shop (and the same goes for those that have the courage to come to my door selling some school stuff)....

Thank you Brett Trapp - your courage inspires me.  Can I get a Roll Tide?

And to that first Lemonade Stand owner - you have inspired countless children!

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Missing Something???

As I watch or rather listen to the news this morning - I am just......

Or maybe I am ....

But I am probably ....

My first mistake might be to consider myself intelligent and to recognize that Kerry is intelligent too.   After all - as intelligent people we can figure all of this out.  The bewilderment comes from just simply not understanding all the stuff.  I really want to use the word "crap" but my mom hates that word - still difficult for me to put in print.  Seriously - we got in trouble for using that word!!!

So I listen and watch the news and hear of all the difficulties and sometimes I don't see it from "their" side and take that statement whichever way applies to you.  Sometimes I do not understand the "liberal" viewpoint and sometimes I don't understand the "conservative" viewpoint.  I am just clueless - I simply do not understand.

Are we in a panic or are we really going to do what others are saying we might?

Why didn't the visitor get his credentials to stay?

Why do we have to verbally speak our minds when that speech is hurtful - ugly - and just mean?

Do we care about people?  This one goes literally both ways - are the "liberals" caring about the "conservatives" are the "conservatives" caring about the "liberals"???????? (good grief).

Kerry and I are simply not always on the same page.  I tend to be much more "liberal" than he is.  He is "conservative".  We live in the same house - we are married - we love each other.  We cannot bash each other - we have to find a way to be on "sides" yet tolerant and understanding of the other.

I would say at times I am arguing my stance and at times it is him.  I also believe in some situations we have changed the viewpoint of the other.  But we do not totally agree.

And guess what????????

That is okay.

"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities" Stephen Covey once said.  

We make each other better as we muddle through the USA in 2017.  It is certainly different - and I completely wonder if I just missed stuff 8 years ago - and 8 years before that - and so on?  This time it is different but I know we had people on different sides of the fence before - we have always had differences.

When one looks for thoughts on tolerance - there are many people that have statements.  But I am also quick enough to realize that some of those will prompt the "other side" to not buy into the tolerance thought.... So I found one that surely all of us can respect and feel like the author has some credibility...

At the end of the day - that is what we are doing in my home.  We are tolerating the other viewpoint.  I honestly seek to understand and I know he is doing the same.

That is really what we should be doing with each other - with all of us.  Are we seeking to understand?

My friend Shane Claiborne had the perfect tweet this week  - okay friend is a relative word - I find myself agreeing and aligning with the things he shares - he is my friend just not one I get to hang out with -

I am agreeing with Shane.

Surely we can find a way to love and stand against hate.  We must.

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Learning History

It is really difficult to "not be political" these days in our country.  And I have decided that it is really difficult to "be me".  Maybe you feel the same.

I do not support the death penalty.

I do not support the right of a woman to have an abortion.  

I do not like the idea of someone without public education experience being the leader of the education system in our country.  

I am completely confused over the immigration rulings.

I believe racism sucks.

Heavens the list is long ------.   I am for LIFE.  Life for all.  I am quite confused how I have been against abortion for all of my life - yet I would have told you in my past self that I was in favor of the death penalty.  Not anymore - I cannot justify it in my mind.

That is the key.  Justify in MY mind.  These opinions are mine.  I am certainly not trying to influence anyone because I will not present enough valid information to sway an opinion (at this point).  But I hope we can consider a couple of thoughts.

Maybe WE can be the change we want to see in our world.  We can choose to be loving - kind - tolerant - etc....

Many times our change is one sided.  We want the other side to change but we many times are not willing to do the things we expect others to do.

And this is not an easy time ----- for either "side" - for any of us.

My thoughts....

What legislation impacts the issues that I find important?

What governmental agencies and groups impact "my issues"?

What is the history behind these issues?

What is the financial ramifications of change?  

What FACTS can I share - what FACTS do I know?  

Are my emotions charged because of FACTS or feelings?

The challenge is to not only talk about the work but to in fact do the work.  The civil rights legislation from the 1960s - did things that helped to create change.  The Montgomery Bus Boycott - the March on Selma - the March on Washington all of those events plus many many more - used their voice to impact change in laws and policies - and the way people were treated.

The SPLC actively monitors hate watch issues and provides a legal resource.  

President Trump - like him or not - he is doing.

Shane Claiborne is - with every ounce of who he is as a person - against the death penalty.  He is willing to protest on the Supreme Court steps - and get arrested for his stance.  

As I look to these leaders of the past and see leaders in our present setting - I want to make sure that I learn the historical accounts and when appropriate follow in their examples.  MLK - marched and boycotted to influence a needed change in our society.

What changes do I want to see?

death penalty - not an option anymore - what can I learn from Claiborne - if I find myself agreeing with his viewpoint - am I willing to join him?

racism - eradicated - eliminated - not an option anymore - what am I willing to do?

My homework must consist of reading - listening - and learning about the historical development of the death penalty & racism.  Not only how it impacts me personally but how those two issues have impacted us as a country.

Since it is the new year I have a new daily planner.  It took me about a month to figure out which one I needed (wanted).  I found one that I was able to design by Erin Condren - great product.  

It is not enough just to have an opinion without a specific action that eliminates oppression & violations of civil rights for any of us.  My hope is that we will monitor legislation - monitor court decisions - fight for injustice - and in the end be willing to stand on a hotel balcony. ~ Dr. Cannon Groves 

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

From Eggs to ..... Segregation

I feel quite sure that the title of this blog is a bit much.

I agree.

But I looked at my previous post from May (seriously where in the world was I for the last several months?  I know I have had other things to write about....) - and the topic was diet and how to live a healthier life.  I love talking about food and how it can truly be the best medicine - or food can most certainly be the worst thing for you too.

We enjoy supplements at our house - and we each take a few but one of the things that we really take a stand for is the power & impact of essential oils.  Many don't acknowledge the historical relevance of essential oils - but they have been around - forever.

Yes essential oils have been around for a long time. And I contend if we questioned the OTC (over the counter) stuff as much as we question EOs - we all would be in much better shape.  I enjoy diffusing oils as I write - clears the air - clears my thoughts - just makes the room more pleasant.  Very similar to candles - without the potential irritation from the chemicals of a candle.

Valor is one of my favorite to diffuse and this essential oil was given to me by dear friends when my father passed away this past July.  That is a blog entry for another day - but Valor -

"empower the physical & spiritual bodies - helps us overcome opposition so we can stand tall during adversity..."

That is the real topic of this entry for today.

I will begin with a caveat.  I have no earthly idea how to be politically correct - no earthly idea  how to express things in a manner in which is appropriate for today - I am pretty much clueless but I know what my heart feels - and that is how I will write.

I recently found out that when I was growing up in the small, small town in Texas there was an understood expectation that we would be an all white town.  I find it hard to refute that claim since there were not any black families and very, very few hispanic people.  And decades later I found out that my dear, best friend wasn't always treated very well because she was white & hispanic.  I honestly had NO CLUE.  After all her parents & mine were the best of friends - really.  We would spend holidays together - play board games - cook - eat - share our homes when the water would freeze at the other.  Seriously - the best of friends.

Couple that reality of mine with my naive view and one comes up with a person who is just pretty clueless about race and the societal differences.  I have written about this all before - several entries in this blog have been about civil rights, racism, hatred, prejudice - those are the words I have used before.

But our world is different now.  Even in the short time since I wrote the first entry on this topic.  Not to be melodramatic - but hate is literally everywhere.  Oh I think it is easy to feel like we should all just move past the rhetoric that is in the news - move past all the assumptions about leaders - move past that feeling that our world has changed.

I mean - after all when the first black person was elected as President 8 years ago - we moved past it all - right?  Of course do I really want to "move past" the conversations that happen when we are running for the office and then the change once we are in the office - which of those words are the true words?  

With the opportunity that the media gives us - we don't move past anything at all.  We don't leave well enough alone - we don't stop - we don't pause - we just keep on.  At our home we say "being a bull in a china cabinet".

I feel like we have bulls everywhere  - from all the different pastures and this china cabinet of a world is crashing.

I know a bit melodramatic.  Is it really crashing in the little Texas town that I live in now?  Oh it did - for a few weeks when we battled the sale of alcohol and who we might support for President.

There are many of us who speak of love.  But many of us only want to speak of love for our viewpoint.

But we can only move on if we face the realities of our world as it is today.  We must see things for how they really are - then we can heal, grow, move toward ....  We do have differences - but we are called to love each person - including those ones that we cannot find a quick common ground - it is then that we need to search.

For me this journey has gone into overdrive this fall.  I have found Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter friends that have helped me to open my eyes to the reality that this world is just different.  I refuse to be uneducated - refuse to be naive (any more than I already am...) - refuse to use this space as only a spot for not so controversial topics....

We live in a segregated world.

My challenge to you is the same challenge that I have given myself - LEARN.  Read.  Listen.  Even to the things that you think you don't agree with.  Of course - be an educated learner and challenge your thoughts - challenge the thoughts of others - make sure that they match up with an authority.

For me the authority is the Bible - Jesus -

Here is the map for my journey - please share your thoughts!  Find me on Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - and at my professional site - Dr. Cannon Groves.

Wonderful Netflix Original that sets the stage for our current state of affairs.

Shane's books are worth your time and a bonus to understanding.
From the book "Irresistible Revolution" 

This book will change your mind FOREVER.  Bryan is also a guest in the Netflix 13th Film.
This is the book I am currently reading.... Michelle Alexander is amazing & also featured in 13th. 

There are many - many more books to read - articles to find - and people to follow ----- here are a few of the people that I follow on Twitter and Instagram:

Latasha Morrison - "Be The Bridge"

Jen & Brandon Hatmaker
This book will WRECK your comfortable world!!!  It is a perfect read.

Austin Channing

Those are just a few - there are more.  #ShaneClaiborne, #TheSimpleWay, #RedLetterChristians - too many to list here.  #drhopelyn - #SPLC - #PopeFrancis #RickAtchley #TheNewJimCrow - #annvoskamp  #maxlucado - the list can go for a while.....

I want to learn more - I want to understand how it must feel to see our current political system and our world as completely far away from where we should be headed.

We should be headed toward Love.  Every day - in every way - in dealing with each other.

I know I am not naive any longer  (still a bit awkward in this quest) --- but I am heart broken.  This hate must go - love must prevail.

That begins with me.  What about you?

They have always taught me of Love.
His prayer - that he said every time - even until the end was "Thank you Father for loving us."  He knew love - he gave love - he taught love.  He would not understand the hate - and he would just want Jesus for all of us.  

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bone broth, NingXia Red, & No Eggs!

I love eggs.

Fried, scramble, deviled, not so much raw - but just about any other way I truly enjoy.  Since I eat a diet void of gluten - eggs come in pretty handy.  I enjoy them.

I found out this week that I have a sensitivity to eggs and I have been told to avoid them ...... for at least 2 months.

We have new non stick pan just for eggs!

So during this endeavor to figure out the egg part - I also have been searching for true healthy foods - foods that can keep a body above the wellness line.  

Bone broth is one of those foods.  So I made some today.  I used my Instant Pot with 2 cooked whole chicken bones, an onion, some carrots, and some celery.  

The bone broth was surprisingly good & comforting!

My other staple at our house is a juice made from the Wolfberry or Goji berry - called NingXia Red.  It is a special product from the Young Living line of supplements.  

One of my favorite ways to have NingXia Red is with kombucha tea - but Kerry & I each have about 2 ounces a day - first thing in the morning.  Our belief is that it helps us stay above that wellness line (oh and it tastes really good!).

NingXia Red can supplement your wellness regimen in so  many ways!

Wellness is certainly a journey.  

I am reminded that our "bodies are the temple".  I haven't always taken this approach to eating.  I loved fried _____________ (fill in the blank - they are pretty much all my favorites).  Now that I have had various issues with foods and sensitivity - I am on a quest to learn as much as I can about the foods we eat. Sometimes I think it is a curse to have these sensitivities - but in reality it is a blessing.  I honestly believe that the "junk" is not good for anyone - I am just fortunate that it bothers me quickly and gives me encouragement to change the way I am eating. 

I told a friend the other day that I am wise enough to realize that not everyone will view things the way I do and respectful enough to not be judgmental in my presentation of thoughts & ideas.  I can say though - my thoughts come with research - reading, listening, watching.

Netflix is a great place to find documentaries on food and health and eating.

Three of my favorite that have made a positive impact on our lives are (at least to date - I am hoping there are even more to watch....)

This film helped us decide to juice, juice, juice!!!

My friend said that everyone should watch this film.  The ending is almost the best.  LOVE really does matter!!!

I am actually watching this one right now - and I had to pause and finish this blog entry.  I was almost in tears -----  what some farmers put in our food just makes me sad.  I know they do it so they can make money - I get that part - I know they do it because of mass production.  But it is still very troubling.

We are on a wellness journey.  

Links to shows:

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.