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Slogans

19 Feb

I laughed as I read these actual newspaper classified ads:

  • “Georgia peaches. California grown. 89 cents/lb.”
  • “Tickle Me Elmo. New in Box. Hardly Tickled.”
  • “German Shepherd. 85 lbs. Neutered. Speaks German. Free.”
  • “Whirlpool built-in oven. Frost free!”
  • “Snow blower for sale. Only used on snowy days.” (1)

I love advertising bloopers like those; but I have great memories of some commercials with unforgettable slogans, too. (If you’re not old enough to remember these, check with Grandma… I’ll bet she remembers!)

  • “It’s Shake ‘N’ Bake, and I helped.
  • “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.”
  • “Ruffles have r-r-ridges.”
  • “I’d like to buy the world a Coke.”
  • “Ho, Ho, Ho… Green Giant.”
  • “Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz. Oh what a relief it is!”
  • “Ask any mermaid you happen to see…”
  • “When it says Libby’s, Libby’s, Libby’s on the label, label, label, you will like it, like it, like it on your table, table, table.”
  • “Oh Oh, Spaghettios!”

And my personal favorite:

  • “Twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun.” (2)

Slogans are little tag lines that make a product or concept unforgettable. They highlight what advertisers want people to see as important ~ something they don’t want to miss out on.

As I thought about some of these TV commercial slogans, I wondered, “Are there any slogans in my life that point people to what I think is important?”

T-shirt - Your Slogan HereOne of the “slogans” I use all the time is from my LOL with God co-author, Pam Farrel: “You make your choices and your choices make you.” This reflects my belief that our choices can either hold us back or transform us and help us reach our goals. Anyone who knows me knows that the theme of “choices” is big with me. The Bible is packed with choices we can make each day. A fun exercise is to read the scriptures and search for these choices with the desire to choose wisely and well.

Another “slogan” I’ve often used is from a revival preacher: “If revival depended on you ~ your prayers, your faith, your obedience ~ would your church ever experience revival?” These words remind me that I am not only accountable for my life, but there is something bigger at stake in how I live. My closest friends know that the need for personal, church, and national revival have been at the core of my ministry. My heart cry is “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6 ESV)

Another slogan I’ve embraced is a quote by Pastor Bill Elliff at the Summit Church in Arkansas: “Everything flows from the presence of God.” This reminds me that God is to be the center of my life, with everything flowing from His Word, will, and ways. Those who have followed my life over recent years know that these words transformed me and helped me focus on biblical priorities ~ God, family, ministry. I’ve learned to trust and relax and let God work, instead of pursuing an agenda without Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). As a woman leading other women, I want to encourage them to rest in God.

Another slogan that reflects a core value is from Nancy Leigh DeMoss: “…we can only be whole when we function according to [God’s] design for our lives.” (Biblical Portrait of Womanhood). This speaks to my desire to help women embrace the biblical perspective of their role in the family, church, and community.

How about you? What are the slogans … the quotes you say most often or the themes of your conversations ~ that most reflect who you are, your values, and your goals? Do your slogans reveal the authentic you?

(1) http://www.tensionnot.com/jokes/one_liner_jokes/newspaper_classified_advertising

(2) Michael Gitter and Sylvia Anapol, Do You Remember? The Book that Takes You Back, (Chronicle Books, 1996), pp. 86-91.

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Thriving in These Scary Days

27 Aug

I (Dawn) have received several emails lately talking about fears of a recession. My favorite ones had funny one-liners about the bad economy like these:

  • I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
  • CEOs are now playing miniature golf.
  • Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children’s names.
  • Motel Six won’t leave the light on anymore.
  • Fed Ex is expected to join its competitor UPS to become Fed Up.
  • McDonald’s is now selling the “1/4 Ouncer.”
  • If the bank returns your check marked “Insufficient Funds,” you need to call them ans if they meant yo or them!

S.O.S.With the stock market going up and down in recent weeks, the temptation is to get really, re-e-e-ally scared for the future. Many Americans are in “SOS” mode, sending out a distress call.

I read one article that described “How to Survive a Breakdown of the Social Order” that sounded like we were all going back to the dark ages!  The article said to stay calm, but to consider storing two weeks to three months of items and build a “small community” of support (not a bad idea, actually) ~ but the point is, many people are considering ways to “survive” if society breaks down. I used to laugh at this kind of thing until I saw the rioting in London!

Add to that news that 24,000 of the Pentagon’s files were hacked, and reports that a woman tried to  smuggle a “dummy bombs onto a plane (reportedly to see how good our security really is)….

Add to that the startling statistics about the home, and especially that “women are falling away from religion” …

I start saying, “Yikes! What’s going on, Lord?”

It’s easy to get into “survival” mode instead of considering how we can thrive in these tough days.

I wanted to share some practical ideas for “thriving” ~

  • Finances: Get smart and think positively about budgeting. A smart spending plan is one way to ease stress. Whether you go with Ron Blue or Dave Ramsey or another godly financial planner, get some help and make some wise financial choices. Work on getting rid of debt, saving, giving, etc. [Also, our friend Ellie Kay has some great books: The Little Book of Big Savings, 1/2 Price Living, A Mom’s Guide to Family Finances, and others, all available at her bookstore.]
  • Food: Eat smart. Eat well. Cut grocery bills by eliminating junk and fast food, and eating and storing high quality food. Use coupons. Maybe share bulk foods with others to split the cost. Maybe plant a garden.
  • Health: As new stresses come, we need to be as healthy as possible to deal with them. This means sleep, exercise, wise food choices, nutrient supplements, etc. Dr. Carrie Carter’s book, Thrive! A woman’s Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle, has some great ideas.
  • Creativity: Some things, you can do without. Other things, you can get creative, and make homemade substitutions for expensive items. Make gifts, if possible. Give necessities in pretty packaging.
  • Downsize with Purpose: Downsizing doesn’t have to be a “downer.” Think positively ~ how can simplifying your life give you more time and energy? How can the stuff you “release” be a blessing to others, and maybe meet essential needs?

I’m sure there are many other things you can do to cope with these scary days.

My friend Judy Scharfenberg wrote a book called Secure Families in a Shaky World.  In the introduction, she wrote about the joy we can have as God helps us cope with the changes in life. “You see, the Lord is the Author of joy,” she said. “He made a way so we would not despair. He knows that even in the midst of turmoil and sorrow, we can experience great joy.

“If Jesus lives in our hearts, then He helps us cope. He helps us see life differently, and He helps us take our eyes off ourselves and focus on the important things. He gives us a plan that’s worth following. Sometimes the things that burden us are weights God has placed in our lives so we won’t miss Him.”  (1)

You see, beyond the practical things to do that are listed above, it is crucial that Continue reading

The ‘Stuff’ of Eternity

30 Apr

A woman’s husband died. He had $20,000 to his name.

After paying all the funeral expenses, she told her closest friend that there was no money left.

The friend asked, “How can that be? You told me he had $20,000 a few days before he died. How could you be broke?”

Grandma's Checkbook

Grandma's Checkbook

The widow replied, “Well, the funeral cost me $6,500. And of course, I had to make the obligatory donation to the church, pay the organist and all. That was $500, and I spent another $500 for the wake, the food and drinks, you know.

“The rest went for the memorial stone.”

The friend asked, “$12,500 for the memorial stone? Wow! How big was it?”

The widow replied with a smile:

                              “Three carats.” *

When I (Dawn) was a senior year in high school, I was a character actress with the “Hurrah Players”.

My favorite play was the wacky Kaufman and Hart comedy,  “You Can’t Take It with You,” a play about the choices we make in life. I played the part of the eccentric-but-happy former Russian Grand Duchess, Olga Katrina. About the only line I can remember is, “That manager. He doesn’t like me. He’s a Communist.”

But wise Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff had more memorable lines;  “Maybe it’ll stop you trying to be so desperate about making more money than you can ever use?,” he said. “You can’t take it with you, Mr. Kirby. So what good is it? As near as I can see, the only thing you can take with you is the love of your friends.”

Grandpa had it right. You can’t take money with you. You also can’t take your house or your prized possessions or your fancy wardrobe or your hobbies or …. you name it. As I’ve heard many times since I became a Christ-follower, “There are only two things that go into eternity… the Word of God and people.”

If we’re not careful about our focus, Continue reading

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