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    At 15, I became an International Ford Fashion Model. In the fashion industry, I experienced the best and the worst that the world had to offer. My life was full of travel, money, and people - but spiritually, I was running on empty. After I accepted the Lord, my life was forever changed and I realized there is more to beauty than meets the eye.

    I am now a fifty-three year old woman, the mother of four grown children, and have been abundantly blessed with TEN grandchildren. My husband is a retired pastor and we are working on our Bucket List. I've had a number of health challenges along the way, BUT... I've recently decided to get healthy and make some lifestyle changes to be the best I can be -- spiritually, physically, and mentally. I'm still working on Living Beautifully and I'd love for you to join me on the journey.

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“Ron,” I protested late one night as I was trying to read, “that clicking sound while you scroll thru the Netflix menu is driving me absolutely crazy. Could you use your remote and turn the volume down?”

“Too bad there’s not a remote with volume control when you’re chewing ice.” He maturely responded.

“Ha! Well, when I have nightmares – the monsters don’t growl. They just say, Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click.”

At which point, I started laughing at my own joke. He, clearly not amused, turned the television off.

Ron and I do not have a perfect marriage. We are just two flawed, quirky, selfish humans who have, with God’s help, managed to stay married. The evangelist Billy Graham was married to Ruth, a fabulously outspoken godly woman. When she was asked if she had ever considered divorce, she replied, “Divorce? No. Murder? Yes.”

Reasons Ron and I are still together:

  1. We believe in the “till death do us part” vow we took on our wedding day.
  2. I could make number one happen, but I don’t look good in orange.

Exodus 20:13 reads, “You shall not murder.” I know you seldom see one of the Ten Commandments used as a stay-married admonition – but as they say, “If the verse fits, use it.”

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“I never got my cheese toast or utensils,” I complained to my husband. “The waitress is not doing a very good job.” Others in our large group started to grumble. We were on vacation, we were hungry, and the service was just plain lousy. The next time the waitress came to our table, my husband reached out and touched her arm. When she turned toward him, he caught her eye and asked, “How are you?” “I’ve had the worst day of my life,” she replied as tears filled her eyes. She continued, “My father has diabetes and had his lower leg amputated this morning. He wanted me to stay with him at the hospital. I couldn’t get anyone to cover my evening shift and I was late to work. I hope I don’t lose my job.” Her statement took my breath away. I was upset about cheese toast and she was worried about her very ill parent and her job. When we prayed for our meal, my husband also prayed for the waitress and her father.

That long-ago incident made a big impression on me. I wondered, how many times had I been insensitive with someone when they were going through a difficult time? Since then, when I am dealing with people, I try to be patient, take the time to make eye contact and simply ask, “How are you?” I am amazed at the life struggles and stories I’ve heard by asking this simple question. My life lesson learned from a missing piece of Cheese Toast.

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“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” — Marilyn Monroe

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What place does God give women in society? Ever since God made Eve, He has created half of the world’s population with two X chromosomes. Jesus gave women a significant place in his life and ministry and He elevated the status of women in Jewish society. Women played an important role in the early church and the spreading of the gospel. Throughout history God has empowered women. In the Bible, women held positions of power such as: warrior, leader, wife, mother, teacher, nurse, queen, judge, prophetess, and deaconess.
In the 1970s, women were encouraged to subscribe to Ms. Magazine, burn their bras, and sing Helen Reddy’s “I am woman, hear me roar!” During the last forty years, women who lived the Biblical idea of womanhood were viewed by many as being un-liberated and living unfulfilled lives. Even today, Christian women are sometimes portrayed as weak, passive, and goal-less. In reality, our faith should make us stronger, more proactive, and divinely inspired, because we have His power. We were created for a purpose. We have a destiny. Girl Power at its finest!

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He walked into the Bible study with his guitar and a big smile on his face. It was 1981, but he was a leftover hippie with long hair, a beard, boots, and a suede vest. He picked me up for dates in a brown VW bug that was older than me and often brought along his guitar and serenaded me with songs made famous by the Beatles or Van Morrison. On Sundays, he volunteered at church leading worship. After our wedding, there were three of us in the marriage, so it was a bit crowded— with Ron, his guitar and me. “Put the guitar down and take me to the hospital!” I insisted, when in labor with our first child. We acquired guitars as quickly as we did children. He earned a living with his music and lyrics. The years passed quickly and we now have four grown children, ten grandchildren, numerous guitars, 1 bass, two ukuleles, and a mandolin. He still has a big smile on his face.

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My mom used to say, “I’m going to go put my face on.” Obviously, she meant she was going to put some makeup on. Here is my simple morning routine – it is what I call “Five minutes to Beauty.” I feel good about using safe BeautyCounter products on my face.

  1. Nourishing Day Cream
  2. Touchup Skin Concealer Pen
  3. Retractable Foundation Brush
  4. Tint Skin Foundation
  5. Mattify Skin Finishing Powder*
  6. Color Contour Matte Bronzer*
  7. Color Sweep Blush Duo*
  8. Winter Dream Palette – w/Eye Shadow
  9. Color Define Brow Pencil
  10. Lengthening Mascara
  11. Lip Sheer

*Complexion Essentials Brush Set

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