A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  – Genesis 2:23

I could just leave this one alone and it’d be fine, right?  You know better…  I won’t do that.  Before I delve into this, I want to say that I believe if a woman does a man’s work, she should be paid the same amount of money for the work she does.  I’ve never disagreed with that.

Why do some women try to be men?  I don’t understand why there are women who think they have to dress and act masculine – when they are so uniquely female.  We’re women because we can do miraculous things that men can’t – well – most women can.  I can’t have babies, but that’s just me.

We’re unique in our emotions.  I’m convinced that we have that extra “sense” – you know the one I mean…  when you say “I have a feeling” – and you were right about something.  Guys don’t do that.  They just stumble around without a clue – sorry, but they do.

A man’s woman – his wife – is his helpmate – his sounding board – the one he depends on to tuck the tag of his shirt in when it’s sticking up in the back – you know the one I mean.  I cut them out – permanent solution – it’s how I roll.

It’s not even so much about the roles in the house – in our house my husband is the cook because I don’t know how to boil water.  I can write a five-page essay on why dogs have certain habits – but I can’t do a thing in the kitchen.  So guys…  just because a person is female, it doesn’t mean she’s automatically a good cook.

One thing women LOVE to do is…  STAMP.  Yes…  we love to stamp!  I typically do everything digitally these days, but I did find this to be very interesting.

Women are just here to help.  My husband doesn’t need as much help as some men.  He was a bachelor for 15 years before we married, so he’s pretty self-sufficient.  He does his laundry and I do mine.  But I’ve had opportunities to help him through the years – and I think those times bring us closer together.

Women are uniquely qualified for many things because God made us special.  God did not want man to be alone.  He knew they needed help.  Take that any way you want…  they do need us.  They know it – we know it.  We need them too, but we don’t want that to get out, right?  🙂

 

 

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BRIGHT PINK LIPSTICK DAY

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I hope that today, as part of breast cancer awareness, you will wear bright pink lipstick.

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.  – Author Unknown

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shine-1279586_1280Audrey Hepburn said a famous line in the movie, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”:

A girl cannot read without lipstick.  – Audrey Hepburn

I love that line – so much, that I tweaked it and told people in my church that I can’t sing without lipstick.  It’s amazing how many people thought I made that up.  Isn’t anyone else a fan of Audrey Hepburn?

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I’m usually in a more coral or burgundy mood…  but today I will wear my BRIGHT PINK for my friends and family who have battled breast cancer and those who sadly, lost the battle.

Maybe today you will:

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cute-15719_1920-1Listen to Buck Owens.  Quit laughing.  Seriously, stop.  Okay – listen to whatever you want.

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girl-15599_1920Say a prayer or two (throw one in for me, okay?)

active-84646_1920active-19413_1920Exercise without shoes or socks.  Just don’t forget your lipstick.  😉

brush-15931_1920Dust the house.

dots-15833_1920Take a walk in the rain.

14459075_1817312888513173_186671214_nGo out for a girl’s night out…  OR

14479705_1737762243141689_5896206879461711538_nPut on pink to go out for lunch and a movie.  ❤

Whatever is on your schedule today, make sure you are wearing your bright pink lipstick!  Show your support for the American Cancer Society and please consider donating today.

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My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.  – Olivia Newton-John

A diagnosis of cancer is a game changer.  Scary at first – but then the fear turns into fight and the attitude kicks in – with faith in God and determination to follow doctor’s instructions to the letter.  There’s a realization that human beings are indeed finite and frail.  These bodies we are given need to be cared for very carefully with proper nutrition and regular exercise and hydration.

A diagnosis of breast cancer is a teacher.  The lesson is one that will never be forgotten.  We learn that there may be some bad habits we need to let go of for the sake of our health.  As we make healthier choices, we then are able to face challenges that will help our quality of life.

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.  – Emory Austin

Once health is restored, and with thanksgiving we run toward the next hurdle, knowing we can jump it with complete confidence in our God because He saw us through.  He’s been so faithful in our lives.  He will continue to be faithful because He loves us so very much.  🙂

 

 

 

 

SPUNKY OLD BROADS DAY

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Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.  – William Harris

Today is SPUNKY OLD BROADS DAY!!!  Some of the sassy, spunky broads I’ll feature here are not necessarily OLD.  I’ll leave it to your discretion which ones are and which ones are not.  This is one of those posts that could go on and on with many examples, but I have to put a limit on it.  I will name my top ten picks.

1.  I feel blessed to have been around some of the sunniest gals with spunk ever – through the medium of television and radio.  Here from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville is cousin Minnie Pearl.

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2.  While we’re on the subject of country spunk, check out this video from Dolly in the movie 9-5.  I think I read her lips when she was telling her boss she’d change him from a rooster to a hen…  whew!

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3.  How about our favorite redhead – Reba McEntire?  Natural red-head have built-in spunk.  It’s just part of the territory.  She shares some of her spunk with us on her TV show – Reba.  I think she has some attitude in this song too.

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4.  Even our greeting cards got a kick in the attitude when Maxine came along!

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5.  How could I even consider making this list without the remarkable and spunky Vivien Leigh?

Can’t you just hear her saying FIDDLE-DEE-DEE???

Spunk is that quality that sets older women apart from the rest.  I meet my friend at the beauty shop every Friday, and let me tell you…  that shop is full of women with SPUNK – and they are all over 60 years of age!  I listen to them talk every week and I walk away thinking, “I want to be just like them when I get older.”  Yep – watch out world – you’ve been warned.

God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them.  – Author Unknown

6.  Did you know that Katharine Hepburn was a natural redhead???  Does it surprise you?  Talk about some major spunk, she had it!  Remember when women would not entertain the notion of wearing slacks?  This is the gal who changed all that, and her 5’7″ frame wore slacks very nicely.  She was tough and bold even as she got much older.  When she developed the shaking of her head, she was quick to set the record straight when she proclaimed that it was not Parkinson’s, rather it was inherited from her grandfather.  She was known as “The First Lady of Cinema” for movies which are now considered classics.

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7.  Today we know Betty White as a legend, but I thought it would be fun to show a video from 1945 when she was just starting out.  Even in this video her spunk is showing.  I like that she is now a spunky lady, but I wish she’d throw some of that off-color language to the curb.  She would be funnier without it.   :-/

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8.   There are so many great quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt, and I believe I’ve used every one of them at some point or the other.

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She overcame loss and it made her more determined to be a strong woman with character, intelligence and spunk.  I was surprised to learn she had lost both her parents by the age of ten.  She really must have had to dig deep into her faith pocket to keep going.  It’s a woman just like this who needed to be beside FDR when the country was going through the stock market crash on October 29, 1929.  Known as Black Tuesday, it was the worst economic collapse in the history of the modern industrial world.  Close your eyes and image him talking with her about this situation – and about The New Deal.  She had to be strong – and a very good listener, I suspect.  Spunky women don’t always talk – sometimes they know when it’s time to be quiet and listen.

9.  Della Reese showed her spunk in the hit show on CBS called “Touched by an Angel”.  Here she is explaining the premise behind the show.

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As I previously mentioned, spunky women do not have to be loud and irritating to show their spunk.  Della is a great example of this as an angel “supervisor” – which brings me to…

10.   Roma Downey, the “angel girl” whose gift from God was not music or art.  Her gift from God was truth.  She spoke truth with kindness, but also with her own brand of spunk.  You GO, angel girl.  Here are Della and Roma in real life.  This is so powerful, I had to share it.

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You can’t go wrong asking God for His brand of spunk.  I will continue to do that as I get older.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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TODAY

The sweetest marriage proposal ever.

Life with your spouse is too short for harboring anger, resentment or regret. The issues that seemed worth arguing about when your marriage was young are suddenly not that important as the years go by. With age comes a sort of commitment and a settled feeling. You begin to really live every day to its fullest and enjoy it together.

I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.
– Author Unknown

Men are typically not into the actual wedding ceremony. My husband was no exception. The details were up to me. We had a blue and yellow wedding and I wore a blue dress with a yellow daisy corsage. If you were to ask him what colors we used in our wedding, I’m guessing he could not tell you. But that’s ok. That’s the way God made men and He made women to be very choosy and detail-oriented. Our wedding was simple – no frills. And as I watch the many “bloopers” on YouTube, I think that was a good idea!

We had our vows renewed on our 20th anniversary at Silver Dollar City. I think that was the nicest surprise he could have given me! It meant so much to know that he would marry me all over again.

There’s an old joke that is not all that funny where the husband tells the wife, “I told you I loved you when I married you – if things change, I’ll let you know.” Epic fail, guys! Your woman needs to hear it – every day! It’s not a matter of us being insecure about our relationship, but it’s more of an affirmation. I can only speak for myself, but when my husband tells me he loves me, it makes me want to try harder and it makes me smile for a really long time! There is nothing like hearing your husband tell you out loud that he loves you. He shows me every day by his actions – but hearing it… that is wonderful!

Two people for life – and God’s Holy Spirit in the middle just loving and caring for us. ❤

WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY

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When we are faced with grief and loss, where can we go?  We can go to the foot of Christ’s cross.

 

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Wear teal today – it’s WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY!!!

Today is the day we raise awareness about ovarian cancer, the women’s cancer with the lowest survival rate for which there is little awareness and no cure. On this day, ovarian cancer awareness organizations from across the world will aim to have a singular focus and talk about ovarian cancer and its symptoms.

World Ovarian Cancer Day will take place on May 8th each year.

I am so glad that there is a day to make women aware of the dangers of ovarian cancer because it has the lowest survival rate of all gynecological cancers. There is a frightening lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis which is almost certainly a death sentence.

Today is the first World Ovarian Cancer Day.  Ovarian cancer organizations from around the world will unite to educate their communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms. For women living with the disease, and their families and friends, World Ovarian Cancer Day will build a sense of solidarity in the fight against the disease.

My message to you today is – Keep your appointment with your OB/GYN.  If you do not have one – get one!  A total hysterectomy is a very scary thing to face, but it’s sure better than facing ovarian/uterine cancer! 

Every year, nearly a quarter of a million women globally are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, and it is responsible for 140,000 deaths – largely due to late-stage diagnosis!  Statistics show that just 45% of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared to up to 89% of women with breast cancer.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • All women are at risk of ovarian cancer
  • Awareness of the early warning signs of the disease could save lives
  • Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival
  • Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
  • The cervical smear test (Pap test) will NOT detect ovarian cancer

Symptoms of ovarian cancer can often be confused with other less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders. Symptoms include:

  • Bloating that seems to be persistent
  • Increase in abdominal size
  • Feeling full all the time
  • Loss of appetite
  • Frequent urination

If you notice changes and you have an uneasy feeling about things – a sense that something is not right – see your OB/GYN.  I would rather keep the appointment and be told that I’m wrong than to not keep the appointment and find out that I was right.  By then it could be too late.

The earlier you receive a diagnosis of ovarian/uterine cancer, the better your chances of survival!!!

Here’s the bottom line to every woman reading this post and every man who loves a woman and will tell her:

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!!!
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