Friday Words of Faith: Marriage & Adoption

This was a “sermonette” shared at our wedding 5 years ago today and I find it as powerful today as I did then.  What is ironic is that we ended up adopting our daughter!  I wonder Who it was that really planned this message!  And of course, some of our wedding pics thrown in!

Our Marriage & Adoption

John & Jamee, in few moments you are going to be announced as a married couple.
Jamee, as a part of that process, you are going to take on a new name, you will take John’s last name as your own.
That is an important part of the ceremony because in essence, by taking his name that means you are taking upon yourself the heritage he has and you’re joining together adds to that heritage and it expands that heritage.
A few other times in life show people taking upon themselves a new name.
One of those is adoption.  When a child is adopted into a family, they take on a new name when the adoption is official.   Our church has a lot of people who have foster children, but adoption is one step beyond.
A foster child is a child who is in a parental custody, yet the new parent does not have complete control of the child, nor complete responsibility for that child.  But when adoption takes place, everything changes.  The name, the home, the future, even the past changes somewhat.
Why I am talking about adoption at a wedding?
Why I am spending so much time talking about the name change of the ceremony?
Quite honestly, it is because several years ago, John and Jamee each took upon them another name change, a more important name change.
For John that came in 1999, 6 years ago.
For Jamee that came in 1998, 7 years ago
What happened on those dates and times?  Those are the instance where John and Jamee were adopted, not my earthly family, but by God.
Sound strange:
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. Eph. 1:3-10
John and Jamee will become of the same name today, M***, but they have been of the same name, a believer in Jesus Christ, a Christian, for many years.
Why is that important to share with you today?
1.         In Christ we find forgiveness –
2.         In Christ we find redemption – that simply means we find grace, an undeserved gift, that changes us, it means we must change but for a good reason.
3.         Through Christ’s taking us in – we can become blameless in his sight.
How does this all happen?  How do we find the hope, this peace, this joy, this forgiveness and become an adopted member of God’s family and accept the grace and forgiveness of God?
7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom sand understanding. Ephesians 1: 7-8
The blood of Christ – the sacrifice, the plan of God unveiled and revealed for you and I. 
I realize this is a wedding, but at John and Jamee’s request I want you to know that tonight, following the service, if you don’t have that forgiveness, if you have not been adopted into God’s family, then please understand the beauty of being a part of God’s family.  It is a gift like no other and one that no one else will give….
What is your name today?  If the Christian cannot be added to your name, make it so today.
For God, so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever belief in him will not perish but will have everlasting life.
God, John and Jamee will take a joint name as M*** today, but their biggest joy is being called a Christian, a believer in Jesus Christ, he has adopted us into his family forever.
May that be true of everyone in this place tonight?

chronic style

Taking Time for Me in May Special Edition – Summer Beauty Tips

Summer time is coming and what better time to take some extra steps for a little pampering before heading on vacation (mine starts in 2 days–yay!). So here are some summer beauty tips brought to you by the ladies at (which is packed with tons of information from health to fashion & beauty to relationships).  I definitely plan on trying out some of these before packing for the beach!  (image from

Summer Beauty Tips

By Juliana Day
Summer is a great time for relaxation, recreation and renewal. If you’re like most of us, you probably take advantage of the longer days and warm weather to enjoy extra time with family and friends. While enjoying the hot, lazy days of summer, keep in mind that different beauty rules apply. Here are a few tips to keep you looking as good as you feel:

Summer Hair Care

  • If you spend lots of time outdoors and want to spice up your look naturally, try combing a little lemon juice through your hair. The sun will lighten those strands faster than your locks sans lemon, giving you an attractive sun-streaked look. It’s also easier on your budget than salon highlights.
  • Be sure to deep condition your hair at least once a week, especially if you swim a lot. Hair tends to become dry, dull and brittle if it is soaked and dried too often.
  • If you like to swim lengths, try spritzing on some leave-in conditioner under your swim cap to help ward off damage from chlorine and salt water.

Summer Skincare Tips

  • It may be hip to be tanned, and it does tend to camouflage a multitude of imperfections, but don’t deep-fry your skin for the sake of fashion. Your best bet is a high quality bronzer in a bottle. The Body Shop has a great all-natural formula. Just remember to use a facial scrub prior to application to slough off any dead skin cells. You may also want to use a pair of gloves, lest your palms turn orange!
  • If you spend lots of time outside, be sure to use sunscreen with minimum SPF 15. The cancer-preventing benefits are obvious, but protection is also a must for those of us who don’t want to look old before our time.
  • Make sure that you are adequately hydrated – at least 8 glasses of water a day and even more when you are outside.
  • If you do burn, apply Aloe Vera or lotions containing it. This will cool and soothe your skin and help you to heal faster. A personal trick is to apply cream containing zinc to my face at night. This is an effective way of healing my burn by the morning.
  • Nothing is more revolting than skin full of little red mosquito or bug bites, not to mention the new threat of West Nile Virus, so don’t forget the bug spray. You may want to try one of the new two-in-one sunscreen and insect repellants.
  • For a quick skin boost in the sun, fill a misting bottle with a little bit of toner and water, and spritz your face and body for a quick cool off. Just remember to close your eyes so you don’t risk burning them.

Summer Make-up Tips

  • Take on summer with a fresh face forward – less is best! Accentuate your glowing skin by brushing on a light shimmering powder instead of a heavy foundation. You don’t want to appear like you are melting under the hot sun.
  • Those of you who read my column know that I’m a big advocate of the powder bronzer. This is a great way to give yourself a pretty glow. I like to use a matte finish on my face and then a shimmer powder on my eyelids, above my cheekbones, and on my shoulders and collarbone.
  • A hot look on a bronzed face is shiny lip gloss. The BEST is “Lip Glass” by MAC. It gives you ultra shine over lipstick (applied with a brush) or on its own. Plus, it stays put – a big bonus for die-hard lip gloss wearers!
  • Try a light shimmering eye shadow in beige just under your brow bone to draw attention to your eyes.
  • If you are wear mascara, try a waterproof. This way you will avoid “Raccoon Eyes” when you are perspiring or near water. Don’t forget the must-have partner, eye make-up remover, or else you really will end up with the dreaded dark circles!

My number one beauty booster tip is simple: relax…and summer is the perfect time to do it. Take time to sit back, relax and enjoy time with your friends and family.

weight loss

Wednesday Weigh-in: Not going to even bother linking . . .

 this post to the 21 Challenge over at the Sisterhood.  I completed checked out and completed none of my goals.  Disappointing but I’m not going to beat myself up over it.  It has been a heck of a 21 day time span in my personal life.  Hopefully I’ll be able to jump on the next challenge with both feet!  
I did see a loss this week and hallelujah I was able to fit into size 8 shorts this weekend!  Woo-hoo!  
So instead on dwelling on the defeat, I choose to celebrate the success! 

I am planning on starting back up Couch to 5k in two weeks (I’m on vacay next week!) to be a part of Team Gluten-Free and run for a cure!  Anyone want to join me?

 Here are my stats:
Starting weight: 164.4

Last week’s weigh-in:  147.4
Today’s weigh-in:  146.6
Change:  -.8

Overall Change: -17.8