Category: Encouragement

Sharing support, courage & hope

Are You Worn Out?

Sunday Sermon 7.31.21

Our life goes through seasons and who of us has not experienced a season of just being spent, used up, exhausted, maybe even feeling unusable.

Luckily these times are temporary, even through we don’t see it at the time. But as we grow older, this feeling of being worn out is not so temporary.

We become worn down by the daily grind, increased responsibilities, multiplying demands, unforeseeable events, changing expectations, or any number of pressing issues on us.

Often we wind up shutting down and shutting out people. Or perhaps even retreating to complete isolation. Our vision and hope for the future is shaded by this cloud of dark uncertainty.

Energy levels are low, strength wanning, and motivation to do anything is lacking. In our mind we wrestle with, “Is this it, am I done? I don’t think I have anything left.”

Whether young or old, this feeling of being worn out and the thoughts that accompany it are very real.

It was a hot day as he sat under the oaks, outside of his home when he saw 3 men approaching him. He ran out to meet them and pleaded with them to stay with him and share a meal. They agreed to stay and as the meal was prepared, the following discussion ensued:

“Where is your wife, Sarah?” He answered, “Over there, in the tent.” Then one spoke up and said, “I will return about this time next year, when your wife Sarah shall certainly have a son.” Sarah overheard it, for she was at the tent door. Now both Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.

Sarah laughed to herself with disbelief, saying, “A woman of my age- … after I’m worn out?”

Genesis 18:9-12

Sarah’s laugh and disbelief revealed the truth of her circumstance. She was indeed worn out, fatigued. Other renderings say she was withered, dried up, decaying, even failing. Sarah thought her fruitful days were behind her, and God had no further plan for her or pleasure in her.

I believe for years Sarah had wrestled within herself about her fruitfulness. Her thoughts, desires, and hopes all colliding with the reality of her barren body. And now, this promise of life springing from her, “at her age”, was more than she could handle.

She laughed! Out loud. In that moment it all burst forth. Her pain, questions, hopes, disappointments, and shame. After years, the promise of fruitfulness was now at her doorstep.

God was NOT done with her.

She may be worn out, but God was not. God’s response to her was,

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Genesis 18:14

So, a 90 year old, worn out, used up laughing woman, with the help of her 100 year old husband, gave birth about the same time the next year to a baby boy, who they named, “laughter” aka, Isaac.

Nothing is too hard for God.

My friend, we are living in days of fruitfulness. We are living in days of fulfilled promises. We are living in days of God doing the impossible for those who believe him.

No matter how worn out you may feel. God is not done with you! Let me say it again, God is not done with you.

You have fruitful days ahead. Days of birthing new ideas, and endeavors. The time of producing new life is upon you.

Sarah said, “After I am worn out????”

God said, absolutely! Nothing is too hard for me!

May you arise to walk in new hope and strength today, knowing that your fruitful days are still ahead of you.

Whether or not you are worn out!

Go with God,

Debbie

Daily Growth

What’s growing that we can see and what’s growing that we cannot see? What is it that demonstrates positive growth and which things bring negative growth?

Yesterday my husband had an emergency gall bladder surgery in which they removed it. After 2 days of excruciating pain, an urgent care visit and 3:00 AM emergency run, it was finally concluded that his gallbladder was enlarged and infected. It had been growing daily.

One of the questions he was asked was, “What did you last eat?” His response, “A taquito and salad”. To which the doctor said, “That’ll do it!”

Do what, I’m thinking.

Come to find out the gallbladder’s bile helps to process and breakdown fatty foods. (I thought salads were good for you… oh… you mean taquitos are fatty??!) 🙂

Obviously, 1 taquito is not going to cause a gallbladder to become inflamed and start screaming for attention. But what had been growing daily just might.

Den & I reconsidered our “retired eating habits” and determined to reshape them, albeit if that had been done earlier he still may have his gallbladder. Humph.

Whether we see it or not, growth is natural, and that means growth of negative things as well as positive things.

One of our dear friends has a luscious garden and was sharing this same idea with us as she proudly described the daily growth of her beans, cucumbers, and squash. From small, fingernail sized stubs they grow daily into large, nutrient rich, foods.

The garden takes intentional attention, effort and time to assure that daily growth. Just as a healthy, nutritious diet requires similar attention, effort and time.

Inattention, lack of effort, or intentional ignoring of issues in our life, will lead to an infection with painful side effects. They will just keep growing daily, building up, becoming bigger and bigger until…..

There are issues in and pressing upon our life & there are events that have occurred in our past, that have been planted within us. These seeds will grow daily, starting as hidden within the soil of our heart. Then as they begin to sprout and we notice them, the actions we take will determine their fruitfulness.

Should those sprouting attitudes be of bitterness, anger, pain or hurt, they will grow daily if unattended. Until one day you have an infection that spills over into every conversation and each relationship. Overflowing from that wounded heart is an inflamed sickness that must be removed, or it could be terminal. It will grow daily until it explodes and releases poison that kills everything inside and every relationship.

But should those sprouting attitudes be on the positive side, peace, understanding, self-control, love, what blooms and grows is fruit that sustains your life and the lives of those around you.

Much is growing daily inside of you. Much is building up and perhaps even sprouting out. Give careful attention to it, tend it, uproot or cut it out as needed. Pay attention, lest the poison of infection within you cause pain and sickness.

Feed and water regularity those positive seeds. Take the time and energy needed to see your daily growth be nourishing, vibrant and beautiful.

Remember, whether positive or negative, daily growth IS happening.

Cheers,

Debbie

Does Anyone Even Notice What I’m Doing?

Sunday Sermon 5.22.21

When was the last time you thought that? Whenever it was, I’m here to tell you, you are in good company.

It was a thriving metropolis, with a large busy harbor, deep shoreline, and successful trade with the nations around it. It’s population was growing quickly with many kinds of immigrants.

It had been established as the capital city with all major thoroughfares passing closely by it. Having flourished for centuries, things were changing now.

The Governors were taking the wealth of the people, siphoning it off into their own pet programs. Rising within the culture was strong opposition to God and growing hostilities toward believers.

Laws were enacted to keep them from speaking and riots broke out more than once decrying “injustices”.

Secular values, seductive images, sexual pleasures, and material wealth were exalted over a holy life of Christian values.

A believer was even dragged out of his house and charged with “causing trouble all over the world”. Opposition was fierce because they were defying Caesar’s decrees.

This is the precise description of Thessaloniki, 51 AD

History does repeat itself, doesn’t it?

Believers were having to find their way through an immoral culture and I’m sure were asking, “Does anyone even notice what I’m doing?” (Besides the bad mouthed “Karen’s”)

Well, someone did notice.

In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians (yes, they lived in Thessaloniki, in 51 AD), he says this,

“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 1:3

Paul and Silas noticed what they were living through and contending with. Things got so hot in the city when they were there that a riot broke out by a mob of bad characters who rushed into Jason’s house (whoever he is) and dragged him and others before the city officials. (Acts 17)

He was a believer. So were the others who were charged and released, and all of it because Paul and Silas believed and preached the good news.

Paul noticed all the suffering and accusations, the harassment, opposition and wrong decrees. Paul noticed the secular filth bombarding the believers. Paul was fully aware of what the Governors were doing and how society was changing.

And so he commended the Thessalonians, validated them and encouraged them. Look at his words again- there are 3 things that he remembers and recognizes in them. Their:

  1. Work produced by faith
  2. Labor prompted by love
  3. Endurance inspired by hope

Notice closely.

He recognized their work. That is all the things that they were doing. Job, home, family, social circles, all of it. And notice too, he validated the faith that it took to do everything they were doing.

It is possible to work, and do things without faith. They were commended for working through it all with faith!

He remembers their labor. Labor is different from work, it involves pain. Think of the labor and delivery of a baby. It’s work for sure, but the labor is the painful part.

Notice too, Paul points out that their painful labor was prompted by love. Again, like a couple, who prompted by love, choose to have a child and the painful labor that accompanies it.

Paul remembers and notices their painful times but also that love is the driving forces in their life.

Lastly, Paul encourages them by mentioning their endurance. Realizing that they have stood through all kinds of opposition, ungodliness, secular ideas, sexual perversions and societal changes, and they have done so because of their hope in something bigger and better and more lasting!

Paul remembered them. Paul noticed them and because he did, his words written for their encouragement in 51 AD, stand as words of encouragement for us in 2021 AD

Paul would remind you, that not only does he notice what you are doing, so does our Heavenly Father, His beloved Son, Jesus and the always present Comforter- the Holy Spirit.

He would remind you that your work, your labor and your endurance has not been lost in the realm of the Spirit.

He would remind you that your faith, hope and love will stand for all eternity, just as he did when he wrote:

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love….”

1 Corinthians 13:13

So again, I repeat, you are in good company if you have ever wondered if what you’re doing is even noticed.

It is.

Go with God,

Debbie

The Thing We All Share

Sunday Sermon 5.8.21 – Mother’s Day

The United Nations tells us that there are 385,000 babies born each day, equaling 140 million babies a year. According to the Population Reference Bureau the total number of people born total, over all time is 108 billion. That means those of us alive now, represent 7% of the total number of humans who have lived.

Of those births per year, in the United States, 1-2% of them or 4 million, are by IVF – In Vitro Fertilization. This is the process by which the sperm and the egg are handled in the lab, where fertilization occurs, and then placed as embryos in the uterus 2-5 days later for full development and delivery.

Although, sadly, there are 1 in 4,500 females who are born with an underdeveloped or nonexistent uterus, (MRKH, a uterine factor infertility), the vast majority of girls and thereby women possess the very tool used to house each of us from conception to birth- a womb (uterus).

Each of us can trace our beginnings to a womb. It is the only thing that we all share.

When King David wrote Psalm 139, there was only one way for a child to be born and that was from a sperm and an egg coming together and implanting in the womb. In his day there was no such thing as IVF, GIFT (gamete intrafallopian transfer, ZIFT (zygote intrafallopian transfer, or FET (frozen embryo transfer). None of these Assisted Reproductive Technologies existed as they do today.

But does that change the power and impact of Psalm 139:13-16? I think not. Please read it:

” For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

King David

This organ, which David called the womb, is that hallow muscular organ in which we each developed and grew until we reached our 40 week gestation period (or thereabouts). This amazing organ, God actually borrowed from your birth mom to carry you, because He could not. Think of it.

Think of it – of the thousands of sperm and thousands of egg possibilities that could have coupled, the sperm and egg that made YOU, came together! Psalm 139 tells us that God knit us together in the womb. He brought those exact eggs together for YOU to be conceived and eventually born. He saw your unformed body in that dark womb, nothing was hidden from him. As cells split and grew and you developed and became more and more complex, it was His hand directing your formation. His hand guiding their progress, and His will for you being written down, each and every days events- all before you started crying that very first day!

He chose for you to be born. He chose those eggs to meet and for fertilization to occur. Not another set, but the one that made YOU. He chose the sperm from your dad and the egg from your mom, because he longed to share His love with YOU. That is why he borrowed your mom’s womb, to carry you for Him, until He could smile upon you and your life with His mighty love and power.

You are not a mistake, an accident, an oops! You are not an unwanted birth! You are not here because of the will of a man or a woman! You are not here because a couple “planned you”.

You are here, because GOD PLANNED YOU. He wanted YOU. You are an ON PURPOSE, because God wanted you to share in His everlasting life. You are here, on this Mother’s day, because your Heavenly Father loves you and everything about you. He loves you so much He wants to spend eternity with YOU. He loves you so much, He will help you change. Geesh, if He can help you change and help you develop in the womb, the change outside the womb is a piece of cake for Him.

The womb that you were carried in is an amazing organ, designed by God specifically to carry YOU. It shifts around to make space for you. It grows bigger, from the size of an orange to the size of a watermelon. It actually expands up up 500x during pregnancy.

Even the 9 or so months of pregnancy is a pretty amazing journey for you and the one who carried you for God.

Your mom’s blood volume increased 40-50%, her heart enlarged to pump the increased blood, joints loosened and hormones softened ligaments, that made the pelvis more flexible. Even the things she ate affected you, like spicy food, especially garlic. You recognized her voice at 18 weeks and within another week or two you responded to noises while you were still in the womb.

You were able to cry in the womb and if you did, your loving Heavenly Father was right there, in those dark days with you in the womb.

God even equipped your mom to grow an additional organ to provide for you all the nutrition and waste removal that you needed. Know what it was called? The placenta.

He also designed the female bones to be able to separate during birth. The pelvic bone actually separates during the birthing process just so that YOU could come into the world and be loved by God.

Psalm 71:6 says, “You have brought me forth from my mothers womb.”

Job 31:15, “God… who made me in the womb.”

Psalm 22:10, ” Yet, you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.”

Psalm 100:3, ” Know that the Lord is God. It is He who had made us, and we are His…”

Isaiah 49:15-16, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will never forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”

I am totally overwhelmed when I think that it was God who wanted me to be born and not my parents. Whether or not they did or whatever other circumstances that surrounded my conception, I am an ON PURPOSE. God wanted ME (and YOU) to be carried in that womb and born on that day.

I am astounded that God knew that there would be some mom’s that would “forget” their children. In modern terms we may say neglect, abuse, or refuse; but He is quick to point out that HE WILL NEVER FORGET US.

In fact, that can be said of the 7.5 billion people alive today as well as those 108 billion that have ever lived. God planed a purpose for each one and lavished his love on each and every one. Including you. He will never forget us.

So whether your birth cost the average $5,000-11,000 for a vaginal delivery or $10,000 for IVF, God chose that womb to carry you so that He could love you for all eternity.

God chose the womb to carry you. Hand picked the DNA ahead of time, so that YOU would be born. Knit every part of you together in that dark place. He supervised your development and wrote about your days in His book. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Then he brought you forth out of the womb so that He could shower His love on you for all eternity.

That is the thing that we all share.

Happy womb day!

Debbie

Your Amazing…

FEET !

That’s right, your amazing feet. They are marvelous body parts that we give too little credit and probably too little attention to. And yet without them, we would have no support or balance.

I was reminded of their immense value last night when I got home from work after spending 12 hours in my black, (very stylish, of course… ha ha ) “combat boots”. Seriously, from 7:45 AM to 7:45 PM I wore them. AND, while at work from 1:00-6:00 PM, I was literally on my feet the whole time. No sitting, only walking, and standing.

When I walked in the door after work, I couldn’t get my poor size 8’s free fast enough. Ahhh, relief! What ever was I thinking when I left in the morning, or was I even thinking at all?

Well, that night, I thought alot about feet and their overlooked importance to us. (as mine were throbbing severely)

Lets talk about feet, shall we? Do you realize jus’ how amazing they are built and what they endure for us?

Did you know that:

  • You have 8,000 nerves in your feet, more per square centimeter than anyplace else in your body
  • Your daily walking cause your feet to experience forces totaling tons, actually equaling a fully loaded cement truck
  • Each foot takes 1.5 times your body weight
  • And when you run, up to 5 times your weight
  • There are 28 bones in your feet, a quarter of all the bones in your body!
  • You have 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons in your feet
  • there are 250,000 sweat glands in your feet that are capable of making a half pint of sweat a day

Your feet are AMAZING! Their design is a masterpiece able to withstand and adapt to uneven surfaces. Able to flex and twist and carry you wherever you choose to go.

These finely tuned pieces of machinery have two important functions:

  1. weight bearing
  2. propulsion

Both of which require stability during your walk, run, jumping, balancing, climbing or any number of other activities that you do. Without your feet, your life would have no support or balance.

By the time you are 50 years old, the average person will have walked 75,000 miles and sustained sprains, strains and possible fractures. But your feet got the job done for you. One stat even said that if you walk 8-10,000 steps a day, that makes 115,000 in a lifetime; or equal to 4 times circling the globe.

And the hero is – YOUR FEET.

Add to these astounding facts that the bones in your feet don’t actually harden until your 21, and that these natural shock absorbers grow totally new toenails every 6 months, (slower than fingernails, which grow .01mm a day) and I think that we have established the fact the you have amazing feet.

Our feet stand us up.

So the next time you’re wondering if you can take a stand, or feel like you are lacking the support that you need – consider your wonderful feet. You are standing, and you do have support!

When you are evaluating your life and wondering if things are in the right balance for you – consider your feet.

Our dependable feet- constant for support and balance, our unsung hero’s for allowing us to stand up.

Your amazing feet!

Cheers to your feet,

Debbie

Do You Not Know?

Sunday Sermon 4.24.21

This phrase has been playing over in my mind and heart for days now. Why? Join me with your thoughts for a moment.

We would probably simplify it to say, “Don’t you know?”, right? When do we use this phrase? Do we use it?

It seems to me its usage hinges on the context of sharing something I know with you in case you don’t already know it.

For example, you might say, “Don’t you know, the chili will be done in 15 minutes”, because I think it will take hours before it’s done. (Don’t judge, this really happened, right sister?)

Or maybe, “Don’t you know you’ll wind up paying twice as much for it if you buy it there?”

In any case, it is the focus phrase for today, don’t you know?

Do you not know” is a phrase used 46 times in the Bible, in 22 different translations. 17 times it is used in the Old Testament and 29 times in the New Testament.

I’d like to focus on a few of those.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…”

Isaiah 40:21

What a tremendous truth to have verified in our minds and be reminded of. God is ruler over everything! He is enthroned over it all! He is in charge! Period.

It is also very powerful that Isaiah asked 4 questions of us, the reader, before he reminded us of the fact. He is reminding everyone of what they may have been taught, or heard, or told or understood. But he is also taking the opportunity to say, hey, I know this and I wanna make sure that you know it too, just in case you don’t.

God is in control just in case you didn’t know or forgot.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Isaiah 40:28-29

Yet again, the prophet, Isaiah nails it. That same God who is ruler over all, Isaiah says, He does not ever tire out – because He understands everything. Therefore He gives strength to those who do get tired and power to those who grow weary, knowing they don’t get it and don’t understand it all.

God doesn’t get tired, understands everything and gives us strength when we are weary – Just is case you didn’t know or forgot.

” Do you really think anyone can hide himself where I cannot see him? the Lord asks. “Do you not know that I am everywhere?” the Lord asks. “

Jeremiah 23:24

These questions, written by Jeremiah and his scribe, were asked by the Lord – powerful interrogatives for sure.

Just is case you didn’t already know, Jeremiah says, the Lord God is everywhere. No one can hide from Him. No matter who tries or who thinks differently, no hiding on God, cuz he found you long ago.

God is everywhere – in case you forgot.

” Test yourselves to discover whether you are true believers: put your own selves under examination. Or do you not know that Jesus Christ is within you, unless you are insincere?”

2 Corinthians 13:5

This time Paul picks up the phrase with the charge to test yourself to see if you are a true believer. Only you and Jesus can make that determination, so be sincere, he says. Examine yourself to see if Jesus Christ is in you.

In essence, he is saying look guys, you are demanding proof that Jesus is speaking through me, examine yourselves, your life, your words. Is He speaking through you?

Jesus lives in you, but examine yourself for proofs– don’t you know?

In each of these settings, the question posed is to a. verify that you know it or b. remind you of what you may have forgotten. How are you doing with your responses? Good reminders, right?

There are 2 more times worth mentioning.

In James 4:4, he says,

Do you not know that being the world’s friend (that is loving the things of the world) is being God’s enemy?

And John, the beloved wrote –

“Because you are saying, That I am rich and have increased in riches, and have need as to nothing, and do you not know that you are miserable, and pitiful, and poor, and blind, and naked?”

Revelation 3:17

These last two passages pose strong challenges to the hearer and reader. Again, they are personal and can only be determined by you and the Lord.

The message is clear however, in case you didn’t know:

  1. you cannot be a friend of the world and love God
  2. some may think they are rich and need nothing but they are miserable and pitiful

May we verify all these truths mentioned here today as alive and active in our life. And if they are not, please do not hesitate to take the necessary steps to embed them in you heart and mind and allow them to flow from your words and actions.

Let faith rise up as you grab these truths and establish them in your life.

Don’t you know that life is exciting when you walk in all that you know of Him?

Go with God,

Debbie

Break Out

“an escape, often with the use of force, as from a prison or mental institution”

Dictionary.com

Has complacency set in? Is nonactivity the norm? Have you become more sedentary? Are you struggling to talk yourself (back) into exercise, and adventure? Is it time to break out?

It sure was for me, and today I did (again)!

You see, our brain NEEDS change. It is designed to grow new cells (neurongenesis) even in our older life. Our brain has a great capacity for change (neuronal plasticity) and in fact physically changes in adults that are learning a new skill.

That is why it is so important, no matter our age, that we keep escaping the rut of daily life and break out. Try new things, foods, restaurants. Find ways to engage your brain again, maybe a new location, activity, puzzle or recipe.

Today I broke out. I got in my car and drove to an unfamiliar place that I had heard of, parked and started exploring. A brand new location stimulated my brain through the use of every sense. I saw things I’d never seen before, heard new stimulating sounds, touched and felt unfamiliar textures and I smelled the fragrances of nature.

I witnessed the creativity of people, and experienced the fear of the unknown.

my husband says it’s a CA King snake

And all the while my brain was exploding with stimulation and growth, along with neural pathways and electrical impulse activity. My brain was celebrating adventure. My brain was happy. My brain was challenged and creativity was unleashed all because I broke out.

Every one of us NEED cognitive and social engagement for our own mental health. All of us, at one time or another need to break out.

Need some ideas for breaking out? Here are a few:

  • engage in physical activity of some kind
  • learn a sport or dance step
  • learn an instrument
  • learn a language
  • take a class
  • paint, write
  • arrange flowers, garden
  • volunteer
  • explore
  • try a new food or restaurant
  • take a different route while driving
  • use your opposite hand to brush your teeth
  • chew with your eyes closed and listen
  • listen to new music

Most people hate change and boredom. Yet change is what we need for a healthy mental outlook. So whatever it takes for YOU, find the time and break out. You will feel the surge of inspiration, energy and clarity.

Cheers to you,

Debbie

The World Turned Upside Down

If you are a musical theatre junkie, then that phrase will bring to life the lyrics from Hamilton’s – Yorktown-

“I’m not throwin’ away my shot! I’m not throwin’ away my shot! Hey yo, I’m just like my country, I’m young scrappy and hungry, and I’m not throwin’ away my shot! Til the world turns upside down, ‘Til the world turns upside down.”

The World Turned Upside Down (Yorktown); Lin-manuel Miranda

Although that song wasn’t the first thing to pop into my head, I have been thinking alot about how the world has been turned upside down, particularly in this past year. I really love that phrase – the world turned upside down and want to spend some time with it, but not as you might expect. It can be a depressing topic, so let’s turn it upside down, and make it not depressing.

So, let me present you with some things you probably believed were true, but are in fact NOT TRUE – I’m gonna turn your world upside down. 🙂

  • Sloths are slow and lazy creatures. Although they are slow – walking 2 meters per minute on the ground, they are 5 times faster under water. Because their metabolic rate is so slow, they can hold their breath for 40 minutes underwater and swim 5 x faster than they walk!
  • You can see the Great Wall of China from space – (I have even taught this.) NASA confirmed that this in fact is false, but our textbooks have not yet caught up.
  • It takes 7 years for your body to digest bubble gum. According to Healthline, the ingredients in gum will pass through your body without digesting at all.
  • Carrots improve your vision. The beta-carotene in carrots converts to vitamin A which does improve your sight. However, once your beta-carotene limit is reached, it stops making that conversion.
  • Toads give you warts. Nope, warts are caused by HPV.
  • Coffee stunts your growth. Nope again. It is linked to calcium loss but even that isn’t enough to affect your bones.
  • Bats are blind. In fact, they can see 3 times better than humans, according to Rob Miles, at Bat Conservation.
  • Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis. I don’t like the sound of this, but what I am hearing is the nitrogen bubbles bursting in your synovial fluid. It does not lead to arthritis.
  • You swallow 8 spiders a year in your sleep. Gosh am I glad this is faaaaaaaarrrrr from truth! Scientific American deemed this as untrue because spiders view humans as rocks and if that rock is vibrating (snoring) it is warning them to stay away.
  • Einstein failed math. He did fail an entrance exam to a school in Zurich, but he nailed the math section of that test.
  • The toilet flushes in different directions in different hemispheres. (another one that I have taught) Live Science reports that the only thing that changes the direction is the shape of the toilet and the angle that the water enters.
  • Alcohol warms you up. You may think you’re warming up after a drink, but is slowing your circulation and making you colder. (my husband was right!)
  • Mount Everest is the tallest mountain. Yep, I taught this one too….It is the tallest mountain AT SEA LEVEL, but the tallest mountain from base to peak is Mount Kea in Hawaii. It winds up being a mile taller than Everest when you factor in 19,700 feet of it exists in the Pacific Ocean!
  • Dogs are color blind. In fact, a Russian scientist has proved that dogs see blue and yellow as good as we do.
  • An apple fell on Newton’s head (and thus prompted the theory of gravity). Much like Adam and Eve’s story, an apple wasn’t mentioned, only a fruit. In Sir Isaac’s case, a fruit fell and prompted his inquiries.

See, that wasn’t depressing or discouraging was it? Hopefully it was even a little insightful.

We need these little brain breaks from time to time, so that we will have the needed creativity, focus and prioritization to make the changes really needed to turn our world upside down.

Cheers to you.

New Endeavors

Just a quick moment of shameless self promotion in announcing the start of my new Podcast- The Joshua Files

Would love for you to follow and pass the word as I seek to equip and encourage these next generations to step up and lead.

Thank you for your overwhelming support.

Cheers to us!