My daughter is a part-time angel who’s off on weekends.
March 4, 2013
December 20, 2012
Last year this time, my car was threatening repossession
Last year this time, I was struggling to cover necessities
Last year this time, I couldn’t afford to buy my daughter any Christmas gifts
Last year this time, I was lonely, depressed, frustrated, anxious, helpless, and hopeless
This year right now, I am in good standing with my student loan debt
This year right now, my car payments are up to date
This year right now, our necessities are met
This year right now, my child has toys she won’t even play with
This year right now, I have positive friends that fill me with hope
A thousand years are but a day to the Lord (2 Peter 3:8)
So bless God whether He’s Pouring sunshine or storms.
Remember God’s Promise of His Rainbow (Genesis 9:12-15) that comes after the rain.
Joy comes in the morning (Psalms 30:5), as long as you can make it through the night.
I’m a living testimony that if you don’t have blind faith, you have no faith at all.
So when it rains, keep your umbrella (and your hopes) up too.
October 31, 2012
We’ve all been there – in need of advice, a confidante, or moral support. Out of all of the people in our lives, our moms usually know just what to say. We’ve called our mothers ‘mom’ before we even knew her name. Through countless hugs and floor-pacing, moms have literally paid an arm and a leg when we needed a shoulder to cry on, a pat on the back, or a listening ear. During those times, the name that we’ve called her since we could speak, her new first name, is the only one that matters.
Dads are no different. Ask any daddy’s girl, and she will agree that her requests usually begins with Dad instead of Mr. or John.
Mom and dad were who we told some of the biggest announcements and most intimate details of our lives. How else could we address…
“I made a mistake.”
Mom and dad simply, endearingly, and somehow appropriately suffice.
Our Heavenly Father is no different.
Jesus Instructs us that when we pray, to begin with “Our Father.” (Matthew 6:9)*
Not that any variation of His name is not correct, but Our Father Wants a personal relationship with His children.
How intimate would a mother-daughter talk be if it began with, “Parent” or Maternal Figure?”
Imagine daddy’s girl requesting the car keys by addressing her “Patriarch” or “Begetter?”
Though there are numerous religions formed on the validity of Our Father’s Name, let’s not take away the simplicity of the Bible.
“and I fear, lest, as the serpent did beguile Eve in his subtilty, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that [is] in the Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)*
Some of us already know, and some have yet to experience the pain of losing one or both of our parents. However, we are reminded throughout His Word that Our Father Will Always Be there.
Honor, love and obey your parents and especially, our Father.
*Young’s Literal Version
While I was running errands, my daughter asked me a random question.
“Mama, can I see a rainbow heart?”
“No,” I said not because I was in a sore mood, but because I didn’t know what a rainbow heart was.
“Please mommy, can you show me a rainbow heart on the computer?” whimsically mixing technology with fantasy.
“We’ll see.”(if she’s forgotten about it by the time we’ve made it home.)
After an image search, she was amazed and I dumbawestruck at the various rainbow hearts on the screen.
When I was her age, I futilely looked for the end of rainbows before abandoning my search for the elusive pot of gold.
However, my young daughter was freely seeking a heart full of the multi-colored banners.
While her search ended when she found a rainbow, my search would just begin as I overlooked countless others for something that didn’t exist.
Based on Our Father’s Covenant(Genesis 9:13-17), how could she know that she was literally searching for a heart filled with love – and find it?
October 26, 2012
Your child repeatedly awakens you to answer questions, and with the exception of peeking one eye open for “suspicious” inquiries, you can answer each one without interrupting your sleep.
October 22, 2012
My faith does not allow me to practice astrology, numerology and all the other New Age stuff to determine my fate because God Has Made it clear in His Word what the fate of the saints are. However, I do believe that when Our Father Wants To Talk to His Children, He Will do it whenever and however He Wants as His Word Has Shown. If anyone is offended, I will quickly delete it.
I wasn’t going. I just couldn’t. The low funds in my account meant no fun with the girls after work.
Being a single mom with a single income can make you feel single in more ways than one.
So instead of laughing it up with the girls tonight, I was laying down to sleep.
But God Wouldn’t Let the matter rest.
After dozing off, I started dreaming.
No longer stretched out in bed, but in a stretch limo! Instead of reveling in the company of the girls from work, I was surrounded by the company of men – from the mob! (Hey, I told you it was a dream.)
Instead of fearing for my life, I was loudly proclaiming the fear of my financial insecurity.
One of the men sitting up front said, “Is that your only problem? Here, this should help,” handing me 2 crisp $100 bills.
For obvious reasons, I declined.
I was then surrounded by laughter, again not from the girls, but from a group of mob men finding it hilarious that any woman would turn down a double date with 2 Benjamins.
Once the laughter subsided, the limo came to an abrupt stop and I was shown the car door. The mob was no longer entertained.
Instead of the 2 bills, I was now holding onto 2 balloons. As the number of hairs on my head, God Is Aware of my bigger than life phobia of balloons. (I actually felt heart palpitations when I saw the above photo.)
My dream was quickly turning into a nightmare.
My feet were now off the ground as the balloons started soaring into the sky. I tried to release one of the balloons to cushion my landing, but I couldn’t let it go.
I panicked and started clawing at the balloons to pop them (the source of my fear) hoping that I was still low enough to tumble down.
They wouldn’t pop.
Realizing it was futile to panic, I started praying, as I ascended higher and higher into the sky.
I landed safely.
I woke up and realized everything was going to be alright.
October 17, 2012
The following are ncouraging responses from an e-mail campaign to retailers inquiring if children or oppressed workers are involved in the manufacture or distribution of their products, and if not, could they display so on their labels.
Consumers have the choice in where they work. However, children and oppressed workers do not.
So far, I have heard from Nike, Skechers, Fila, New Balance, and Ralph Lauren.
Start e-mailing your favorite retailers. Stores should hold their vendors accountable as well.
Thank you for contacting SKECHERS and advising us of your concerns. SKECHERS belongs to the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America and, as such, adheres to their guidelines concerning responsible factory
operation. Compliance with these guidelines is documented and monitored by announced and unannounced visits by inspectors. A copy of the FDRA recommended factory practices can easily be obtained by way of writing to
the organization or internet search. You may visit their website here: http://www.fdra.org
Thank you for your recent message to Ralph Lauren.com.
Ralph Lauren has built its brand around the consistent production of high quality products, from apparel and home furnishings to fragrances and accessories. In keeping with the company’s reputation for excellence, Ralph Lauren continually seeks to conduct its business according to the highest ethical and legal standards. We take very seriously our responsibility for ensuring a safe and healthy working environment for the people who make our products.
Ralph Lauren requires all licensees, vendors, contractors, and sub-contractors to adhere to strict operating guidelines, which cover the following: health and safety, wages, benefits, working hours, transparent record keeping, freedom of association, subcontracting, customs compliance, product safety, conflicts of interest/anti-bribery, environmental sustainability, as well as, prohibitions on child labor, forced labor, prison labor, discrimination, and harassment.
Improving labor and human rights conditions is an ongoing challenge that requires many organizations to work together to make a difference. Ralph Lauren and our licensees are committed to helping our vendors and contractors provide safe, healthy and humane working conditions around the world.
Thank you also for your labeling suggestion, we will take that under consideration.
Global Human Rights Compliance
Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns about our business practices. We appreciate the opportunity to share our approach with you.
Nike products are made by more than one million workers in more than 900 contract factories in 48 countries around the world, from Indonesia to Canada, China to the United States.
At Nike, we believe we have a responsibility to conduct our business in an ethical way and hold our business partners accountable to certain established standards in the conduct of their business. We believe the workers in our supply chain should be treated fairly and with respect. We are committed to transforming our working relationships with contracted factories to incentivize changes that benefit their workers. Our recent Sustainable Business Performance Summary (http://www.nikeresponsibility.com) details some of the drivers we have in place, such as the Sustainable Manufacturing Index.
Nike was one of the first brands in our industry to sign onto the Fair Labor Associations definition of ‘fair’ wage. When measuring compliance, Nike expects progress from its factories toward better worker compensation systems that seek to meet the FLA definition of “fair wage.” that is beyond minimum wage and meets the employees’ basic needs and discretionary incomes.
Nike requires its suppliers to pay at least the local minimum wage and legally owed benefits to workers. Nike believes that a responsibly competitive industry that invests in its workforce will bring about locally relevant wage increases for workers over the long term.
We also recognize that excessive overtime is a serious issue, in terms of both hours worked and days on the job without a break. We have worked to assess the root causes of excessive overtime, and have uncovered just how complex the issue is. Working with other stakeholders in our industry we are developing clear strategies around supply chain planning so we can put new methods and systems in place to avoid situations that create pressure.
One of the areas where we believe we have made tremendous progress is in enforcing the minimum working age in our supply chain. Nike has very strict guidance in our Code of Conduct regarding child labor. Any contract factory found to have an underage worker is immediately sanctioned and a remediation plan put in place. Our suppliers have implemented a robust system to make sure all workers have proper documentation that confirms their age.
We hold Nike and our suppliers to a very high standard. We have aligned our Code of Conduct and corporate ethics policies with the UN International Bill of Human Rights and the eight ILO core conventions.
We believe Nike has made real, measurable progress in the last 15 years. However, there is still much to be done. We will continue to hold ourselves accountable for the standards we set and the progress that still needs to be made.
We do not use child labor or workers in oppressed conditions to manufacture our products. We have passed your note along to our developers to see if this is something we could include on our site.
Thank you for reaching out to New Balance and for expressing your concern regarding this sensitive issue. New Balance is firmly committed to ensuring that the people who make our products are treated with dignity and respect, wherever in the world they may be. To that end, we strive to work with suppliers who share our commitment to provide safe and healthy work environments and abide by international labor standards.
We will be sure to pass along your comments to the Responsible Leadership offices. If you have any specific questions, you are welcome to contact them directly at RLReport@newbalance.com.
Just as we are committed to the quality of our brand, we thrive off of the loyalty and continued support from individuals like you. Thank you again for taking the time to write in to New Balance; we hope that you will continue to enjoy our product for years to come!
Should you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or at 1-800-622-1218.
New Balance Brand Representative
September 13, 2012
Like new fast-food chains, it’s just a matter of days before the parking lots are full.
The advertisements could double for generic promotions of new tire lube services or fast-food joints: “new convenient location, fast, friendly service.” Doctors have display ads in the Sunday paper.
Are we really that sick?
The #1 killer in this country is heart disease. However, 2 of the top 10 slots for best-selling medications are anti-psychotic drugs. With all of these new clinic grand-openings, why aren’t we treating what’s wrong?
Could it be that we are dying from a broken heart?
September 12, 2012
She had every reason to be confused, even hurt. My daughter wasn’t doing anything wrong. She hadn’t pitched a fit or thrown a tantrum. She was actually behaving extremely well. But I could tell by her eyes what her mouth hadn’t formed the words to say, Why did I push her?
Shoved more like it, when she didn’t do anything to deserve it. No explanation, no warning, just a push causing her to stumble forward.
No, I hadn’t blown my top, I wasn’t in a hurry, so why did I seemingly punish her with no provocation, her eyes kept asking me.
To protect her.
One thing I do know about my daughter is her irrational fear of bugs and all things creepy crawly. One thing she was not aware of, was that there was a huge one on the other side of the door big enough to induce shock.
Since I was ahead of her, I was aware of the critter that would have frozen my daughter in her tracks preventing her from taking another step. So I gave her a swift push.
Though she stumbled, she landed safely. It was at the safety of our vehicle that I addressed the confusion in her eyes and tended to her bruised – ego.
While not getting too descriptive, I informed her of the bug that was now behind her, and she then understood that the push was to protect her.
September 11, 2012
If you have done any kind of missions work outside of the Unites States or if you love to read about the world, you know that living in America is a little like living in a sheltered castle. Sure, we venture out once in awhile to give gifts and minister to the peasants, but most of our lives are spent living comfortably and luxuriously in the castle.