RIP

RIP. I visualize a figurative tombstone. Rest In Peace.

I’m in situational circumstances where my weakness nearly buries me. My typical self-control has been replaced with unfamiliar abrasiveness.

“When you can’t change your situation, you can change your character.” I agree. My disposition has become shady, and I’ve fallen behind a spiritual eclipse. I feverishly want to purge this blackness.

 I talked to my Creator about this character defect and midway through my morning plea, I paused. I heard my spirit gently whisper, “Rest in Peace Christina.”

“Rest? Peace? Now? I’ve got places to go, timelines to meet, and I need to reconcile this ugliness before I face my day.”

Yet, in that hush, I sensed, “Rest. Be gentle. You’re trying too hard. Rest in Me and leave the rest to Me.”

I was (and am) too weary to argue, especially with God. Rest in Peace. It was if I saw life behind a tombstone’s inscription. It became an invitation to sentence doubt, fear, agitation, and restlessness to death. I’m overdue to replace my grave clothes with a dancing gown, to accept and celebrate life as it is now.  

Currently, I have little proof what may reflect newfound life. I don’t see an end to recurring darkness right now, but somehow this visual of a tombstone grounds me. It reminds me to exhume this imposter from my character. I’ll experience resurrected spirit when I step into a brighter light.

The rest is history. The rest is present. My rest is in the future.

Casting different lures into fresh waters and new rivers,

Christina

Reader! Thoughts?

…make every effort to add…goodness, knowledge…self-control…perseverance…godliness…mutual affection…love. 2Peter 1:5-7

JESUS PAID TAXES TOO

“But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake, and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours” (Mt. 17:25).

April 15. Tax day.

Today also marks Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified 2022 years ago. He was heavily taxed for sins He didn’t earn. He paid unfathomable penalty on the Cross.

In the book of Matthew, Capernaum tax collectors question Peter if Jesus paid temple taxes (Mt. 17:24). Temple taxes defrayed worship costs and since Jesus taught at the temple, collectors wanted their dues. They were awed by His works, but directed their taxing question to Peter.

Peter assured them that His Teacher paid. He led by faith and works followed, which included world laws. Jesus relied on alms and miracles for provision and since He wasn’t paid to teach, He needed a miracle to cover His temple tax.

In Matthew 17:26, Jesus told Peter to go to the lake, catch the first fish, and draw a coin from its mouth. Jesus responded to God’s lead and in turn, Peter obeyed Jesus’s unusual request. I appreciate how He promised Peter he’d find money from the first fish. Peter didn’t have to check every mouth on his fishing line.

Peter was called to be a fisher of men, so it seems logical that Peter witnessed a miracle casted from a bank of obedience. God could have remitted tax credit via an angel, but to honor Jesus’s humbleness, He sent Jesus and Peter to remote waters to withdraw a fish.

Teacher and student unified a trust-based lesson when provision required immediate compliance. God taught that Jesus had dominion over all creation above and below sea level.

On a side note, in a school of fins, was the fish that carried the coin considered the Teacher’s pet? Like Jesus, the fish put money where his mouth was and carried a timeless message.

Taxed with trust and action for eternity,

Christina

MARCH MADNESS

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I applied my heart to now, to search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things, to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness (Eccl. 7:25 NKJV).

March. Men’s basketball fans associate this month with March Madness, NCAA’s Division tournament of 68 teams in seven rounds shooting for a national championship.

From a bleacher view, I see how our world represents a proverbial game of madness. Opposing teams. Two head coaches. High-priced junk food. Noisy crowds, whistles, beat-the clock paces. It’s difficult to feature one or two key players when fans, a band, mascots, cheerleaders, and vendors holler for attention.

Ecclesiastes 7:25 calls a time-out. This scriptural playbook says, “I concentrated with all my might, studying and exploring and seeking wisdom–the meaning of life. I also wanted to identify evil and stupidity, foolishness and craziness.”

I support teams. I embrace partnerships in my writing, speaking and life coaching businesses, but I question how much sweat equity is worth an extended madness season. Is the media hype worth the acclaimed build toward some untouchable platform? Do I desperately throw half-court shots to beat an invisible clock? Nobody’s birth certificate has an end-of-game time.

Blow the whistle. Time to pivot. Will I accept torn muscles to compete in overtime? What else gets starved when I’ve come to think that I need to frequently share, fuel my newsfeed, and create fresh content? I recognize this madness approach is not how I’m designed to run life’s race.

I’ve slowly discovered that publicity fast-breaks aren’t a healthy daily practice. I can stay at the top of my game and allow others to carry the ball. It’s ok to sit on the bench sometimes. Well-executed layups can make shots. I gain victory when I position my Head Coach at center court.

What about you? What part of your life represents March Madness? What game changes will you make to become your MVP?

Running a race to end in Eternal overtime,

Christina

I concentrated with all my might, studying and exploring and seeking wisdom-the meaning of life. I also wanted to identify evil and stupidity, foolishness and craziness (Eccl. 7:75 MSG).

THE LAST “COURAGE PROJECT” POST

Happy Views Day!

I chose to practice courage and since August, I’ve shared weekly posts on the FROG Blog. These insights are more personal to me than telling you what I had for dinner.

Today is my final “Courage Project” post. I have enormous acts of bravery facing me over the next few weeks. I’ll leave those unpublished.

I’ll continue writing my FROG Blogs in 500-words or less. Your support, insights and feedback are gold. Thank you!

Here goes….

Favorite gift cards: Dollar Tree, Bath & Body Works, Wal-Mart, Amazon, U.S. Postal Service. (I can never have enough postage stamps.)

READERS! What about you? If you had unlimited gift cards to a business, which one(s) would make your top 3 list?

Bravely leaping into new waters, Christina

FLYING COURAGE

Happy Views Day and Happy St. Patrick’s Week!

Here’s my weekly fact you may or may not know about me:

First destination I flew: Sterling, Colorado. I met a childhood pen pal for the first time after exchanging letters for 11 years.

Readers! What about you? What is your most memorable trip and what makes that stand out?

Soaring above the lily pad on the FROG Blog,

Christina

ANOTHER COURAGEOUS POST

Happy Views Day!

I’ve shared 30 facts you may, or may not know, about me during this Year of Courage.

I began posting these weekly Acts of Courage August 1, 2021. I’ve been surprised at how many new people and stories I’ve met online. Thank you for this unexpected treasure!

#31

Favorite beverage (in addition to hot lemon water): Diet Dr. Pepper or hazelnut coffee

Readers, what is your favorite beverage?

What do you associate with that beverage and how did you develop the taste?

Anticipating your responses,

Christina

PROJECT COURAGE!

Happy Views Day!

Another installment of my Year of Courageous Acts (exposure to something you may or may not know about me…)

Animal I’d like to have domesticated: Woodchucks/groundhogs

Starting a new month, marching courageously,

Christina

LAST FEW DAYS!

I’ve notified readers about our Children Helping Children outreach via my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/EDERAuthor.

Today I invite my blogging community to jump on board.

All proceeds from my latest book, teamed with pre-teen and teenage authors, will be donated to St. Jude’s hospital.

You may order Tadpoles: Tiny Tales from Freshwater Adventures at online bookstores. If you’d rather contribute a monetary gift, you may send your gift directly to St. Jude’s. You can choose to do so online, via mail or by phone. When you make your donation, please indicate the fundraiser established under Tadpoles: Tiny Tales from Freshwater Adventures.

Thank you to however you choose to share your Valentine’s Spirit to these children fighting for their lives. We celebrate health and want all children to experience that healthy celebration!

In love and health, Christina and Tadpoles Team

#28 from Project Courage

Happy Views Day!

Last week I posted the first 26 Facts of Courage. I’ll continue to feature a weekly tidbit about myself this year (until August 2022).

Readers responded to last week’s collective list by telling me what fact of courage surprised them most. A few readers shared their own acts of bravery. Thank you for your responses!

Today begins the second half of my Year of Courage:

Favorite game: Scrabble.

Least favorite game: Mini golf

Learning as I grow, Christina

26 Facts of Courage

HAPPY VIEWS DAY!

Several readers asked for my list of weekly posts so far in this Year of Courage. This is the halfway through the year Facts of Courage. Anticipating your input, Christina

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First dog: a black Pekingese/Poodle mix named Boomer.

My 5-year-old answer to, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” A kindergarten teacher (that was before I started babysitting at 11 years old).

Favorite color combination: Lime green and royal purple or mint green and lilac.

Favorite veggies: Celery topped with peanut butter; green beans and fresh mushrooms sprinkled with dill; chopped broccoli drizzled with olive oil; red peppers with spicy hummus.

Musical Instruments learned: Accordion, piano, recorder.

Favorite book genre: Fiction: historical stories about Amish life Nonfiction: biographies, especially authors and wise sages.

Favorite comedians: Danny Bhoy and Sebastian

First Concerts: Statler Brothers, Lawrence Welk, Hall and Oates (all in 5th-6th grade).

Best Childhood Trip: South Dakota where I fell in love with prairie dogs.

Best Adult Trip: Alaska cruise with my Daddy and one stop was Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Canada. The Butchart Gardens – Over 100 Years in Bloom – Victoria, Canada. That’s my heaven on earth!

Favorite Chore: Vacuuming

Dream House: 1 acre of country land to house a 600-700 sq. foot chapel house/studio.  Choir loft will be used as my office. I’ll have several outdoor sitting spaces with porch swings, hammock, gazebo, benches, rocking chairs and gliders.

First job after babysitting: Pizza Hut, hired as a cook when I had just turned 15.

Core values: To encourage beginners, the underappreciated. To support organizations doing good. To be trusted with intense confidentiality.

Least favorite task: Clothes shopping (I love grocery shopping early in the morning)

Favorite book genre: Fiction: historical stories with characters who represent honor; Nonfiction: biographies.

All I want for Christmas 2021 Wal-Mart or Dollar Tree gift cards. (Seriously, for real)

Funniest adult moment that I can share: Fell asleep at a professional sports game. We were right behind the band and mascots. I woke up to see myself caught mid-slumber on the jumbotron.

Favorite way to use money: To travel and/or give experiential gifts & outings. Donate anonymously to organizations and people I believe in…like Tinker Bell with a pocketbook 😉.

Best year of school: Sophomore in high school. I got to take typing, journalism, psychology classes and made show choir.

Unusual jobs: Managing a Chinese restaurant; Server at a Mexican Restaurant. As a blue-eyed, blonde-haired lady, I was a stand-out employee 😉

Biggest change for 2022: Have a producer create 3-minute clips on a You Tube channel (extremely bold act because I’m not a fan of video and need much technological assistance!)

Second biggest business change for 2022: Move from my home office into a 600-700 ft. structure that resembles a small chapel with a loft. Current financial terms delay this business expansion. I know the “what.” Now I wait for the “how” and “how soon.”

Third biggest business change for 2022: After 3 ½ years and 6 published books, it’s time to accept speaking engagements. Instead of teaching to large groups as I had done before 2018, I’ll make myself available to 12-40 person audiences. Priority goes to soul care venues: spirituality centers, holistic hubs, monasteries, retreat homes, and country settings. I’ll also accept new life & new author coaching clients. A new lease on life!

First car: Mercury Topaz that only functioned in 3 gears.

College degree: Wanted journalism/communications. Graduated with Business Administration-Personnel degree. (As an author, speaker, retreat leader and life coach, guess which degree would have been better suited for my real lifework? I got a doctorate in life experience! 😉)