A New Name

“Let It Go”

What do you think is this man’s name?  Haitians give nicknames during the first few days of a person’s life.  It involves what is going on in the mother’s life.  Sometimes the nickname sticks, and people forget the real name.  His name is “Let it Go.”

Isaiah 62:2b says, “…you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.”  What would you like your name to be?  “They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted” (Isaiah 62:12).
By Mollie Bond

Living in the Pink

I can’t see the color pink the same way again! “Living in the pink” is the place between being completely pure, and being disobedient. It’s half-truth living. Sharon Tubbs brings a sense of this thinking through stories of fictional characters. Camille, Corrine, Chandra, and especially Sister Pinkie become personal friends through reading their backgrounds. The friends I met in the book wear pink, but I realized I wear pink at times too.

Read this book like it is a collection of short stories. The beauty of the stories woven together is comforting. It’s a chance to “bump into” a character whose story you already know. This style of writing made me feel like I’ve attended the Believers Ministries church. Getting to know the characters, seeing their flaws and their strengths, made me feel at home. The author does an excellent job of making the girls real and active participants in each other’s stories. Their stories clarify what it means to “live in the pink.”

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

Seen at:

http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=63010

http://www.amazon.com/review/R830BUBWH8EPB

http://www.christianbook.com/living-in-the-pink/sharon-tubbs/9780802416506/pd/416506?featurereview=24764577

The Checklist Before A Fall

A huge thanks to Lori and the Midday Connection Team!  You can see the original post at:  http://connect2midday.com/2012/08/16/guest-blog-the-checklist-before-a-fall/  While you’re there, subscribe to receive future posts.  Mollie

 

Guest Blog: The Checklist Before a Fall

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”  Proverbs 16:18

It wasn’t the first time I performed a clogging dance on stage.  Still, I ran through the list of what I needed.  Shoes?  Check.  Costume pieces?  Check.  Music?  Check.  Entry forms?  Check.  I couldn’t think of what, if anything, I had forgotten.  However, I don’t remember humbly praying.  I had this covered.

My friend and I started clogging together years beforehand.  When I started clogging at 11 years old, the stage was a comfortable second home.  And so was my friend’s garage where she taught me how to clog.  We both also happened to be in 4-H, and had high hopes of going to the Colorado State Fair.

The first performance was at the County level.  The announcer called us next.  I ran though the same list again—Shoes?  Costume?  Music?  Entry forms?  I was ready.

The first step required me and my friend to slide back on the balls of our feet, and my head just about met the slick tile.  I missed bringing plywood to dance on when making my list.  Fortunately, the judges and audience gave us grace, and we started the performance again, albeit cautiously.

Twenty years later, and I still follow the same procedure.  I run though the list in the morning.  Shower?  Check.  Lunch made?  Check.  Read my Bible?  Check.  Prayer?  Check.  I think I am ready for the perfect day, and that unavailability—that pride—doesn’t allow room for God to work in and through me.  Nevertheless, I run into situations where I am ready to shine, and instead almost fall.  Fortunately, those around me give me grace and the ability to try again, this time more cautiously.

Think about your day yesterday.  Did you run through a list, prideful that you have it all together?  Did you ask God to use your day how he sees fit?  Take time to acknowledge his grace in those situations where you may not have the perfect precautionary plan.

(You can see Mollie demonstrate clogging on a video we posted on Facebook!)


 Mollie Bond is a writer.  She has encouraged others in print through Light from the Word and others.  She has written for various online publications, including ChristianDevotions.us, ChangingZipCodes.com, and GatheringTogether.com.  Mollie holds a B.A. in Radio-Television Production from the University of Montana, and a Masters of Business Administration from Kansas Wesleyan University.  She has worked in radio or television, and currently lives in the Chicago area.  You can learn more when you visit her blog.