Merry Christmas, dear friends,
2013 - What a year it has been! Was it as much of a roller coaster ride for you as it was for me? My guess is, yes. Because that is simply living life on this earth as a human. Which is something I am trying to embrace more than ever. For the last few years, around this time, I feel a word bubble up from my soul and spirit with such charge that I know it is to be my “word” for the following year. I, then, turn that word into a piece of art, of some form, and display it prominently to keep it ever before my awareness all through the year.
Last year, my word was “synchronicity” and a dear friend had it written in calligraphy and framed for me. The year before that was “ineffable” and I spelled it out in Scrabble letters on a tile holder. The year before that was “mercy” and it was written on a piece of glass with tiny flowers sealed in between another piece. This year, my word is “human” and I went to a ceramic studio with my daughter, Haven, and painted bubbled letters in red and adhered them to a tile that I painted all black.
I have spent all of my life avoiding, denying, repressing, judging or ignoring my humanity. I thought that was what I was supposed to do in order to be more like Jesus. How did I overlook the very heart of Christmas?! Jesus came to earth to show us how to be human. If He wanted to teach us how to be God, I think He would have come as an angel or Zeus or something. And, He came FOR humans, not at the exclusion of animals and plants and the world as a whole but He didn’t come as a dog or a pinecone or a comet. Why have I been so afraid to be human? Especially, if I really believed that He loves and accepts me, not in spite of my humanity, but because that was His plan from the beginning. To come as a human for humans to be “God with humans” and live out the rest of His eternity ascended as human. I’m a little nervous about my word for 2014 being “human” but I’m also really excited at the prospect of living fully human rather than compartmentalized or fragmented or hiding the parts of me that felt “too human” to be accepted.
Speaking of “hiding parts of me,” I did the most unlikely thing I could have ever imagined doing this year – I made an exercise DVD. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I do not enjoy exercising. And, I’m terribly self-conscious about my body. So, why in the world would I put on yoga pants and prance around on camera for all the world to see? Well, because I realize that I’m not the only woman in the world who feels the way I do. We want to have more energy and be healthier and feel stronger but our bodies just aren’t cooperating like they used to. For me, I have lower back pain, a shoulder issue and a sciatica thing I picked up during a “Survivor” challenge. We could use these very real limitations as an excuse not to exercise but that doesn’t address the fact that we have low energy and ever-lowering body parts.
So, I got together with one of my oldest and dearest friends, Janice Clark, who is a corrective exercise specialist and we created two 20-minute workouts (along with personal training tips) for women just like us. It is called “Everyday Workout for the Everyday Woman.” If you are in your twenties and looking for rock-hard abs and glutes of steel then this is probably not for you. But, if you want a doable routine that makes you feel and look better without injuring your body or your self-esteem, then this may be just what you need to make some positive changes in 2014. Click here to buy one for you and, perhaps, one as a Christmas gift for a friend.
Okay, friends, mark your calendars for December 13th. That’s the day Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Christmas” comes out in theaters. I play “Nancy” the school principal and the movie is hysterical. Get your whole family together and go celebrate the season with a bucket of popcorn and a barrel of laughs!
Also, have you ever felt like Jesus gets lost at His own birthday party? Well, no need to throw out the baby Jesus with the bathwater. Find ways to teach and experience Jesus in the middle of the Christmas celebration! I know many of you already have the Christmas book I wrote and many of you buy more every year as teacher gifts and non-threatening ways to share Jesus with family and friends. But, if you’re interested, check it out here.
So, here’s to 2014 – a year of living fully human knowing we are loved and accepted by the One who came on the first Christmas not clinging to His divinity but embracing our humanity. Let’s follow Him and do the same.
With so much love,
Posted: Dec 12, 2013
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Posted: Dec 28, 2012