Monday, April 26, 2010

TREASURED CELEBRATIONS for Mother-Daughters & Grandmother-Granddaughters

If you have young women in your family, both mothers and grandmothers will find this interesting info. A book and journal written with teen girls in mind, though in my opinion it is valuable for younger pre-teen girls, too.

For those of us who appreciate inspiring materials to guide us in influencing our daughters and granddaughters to live life knowing they have purpose, value and strength, I highly recommend this book and the accompanying journal:

Raising a Modern-Day Princess (for adult) and the Journal, Becoming a Modern-Day Princess (for young girl), Becoming a Modern-Day Princess. (Chapters focus on personality types; family trees, history and family stories; wealth of wisdom; true friends; hopes and dreams for the future; looking and acting in healthy, positive ways; portrait of a prince/traits of good men;feelings, contentment and forgiveness, "Dancing with the King," and relationship with God).

These are written by an author friend many of you already know. Pam Farrel, and co-written by Doreen Hanna. It was recently published by Focus on the Family/Tyndale House.

Pam and Doreen have allowed me to use these materials for an upcoming Mother-Daughter retreat I'm speaking for at Camp Berachah in Auburn, near Seattle, Washington. May 7-9. http://www.campberachah.org/ (Please check it out and consider coming to the retreat if you live near there. You can register online at the Camp Berachah website I've included).

I feel these materials provide us, as mothers or grandmothers, a unique opportunity to influence our daughters and granddaughters in a unique and very meaningful way--plus it's all prepared for us!

To learn more about Pam or Doreen, please visit their websites:
http://www.farrelcommunications.com/ and Doreen Hanna, the President and Founder of Treasured Celebrations. www.moderndayprincess.net/

I can't wait to share this with the moms and grand-moms who attend this retreat! Feel free to contact me directly with questions about it.

Judy Dippel
http://www.judydippel.com

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Math or Not Listening?

My daughter Kate is a teacher and couldn’t resist sharing a copy of this exercise from a student.

"Wanda had a special talent with art. Write about a special talent that you have and draw a picture showing that talent."

The student's response: "I have a talent in math. If I did not choose math, I would choose not listening."

We both had a good laugh with that answer, but this little seven year-old is on to something. How many times do we choose to not listen?

Did our mothers give us advice and we chose to “not listen”? Was it costly?

We offered our thoughts to our kids, and they chose to “not listen”. How did it matter?

We hear a “still small voice” but choose to “not listen”. Is life different because of our choice?

We were told that some days in motherhood may seem interminable but the years go by in the blink of an eye, and we choose to “not listen”.

The media tells us that we need to look a certain way and we buy into it. We choose not to listen to who God says we are. Can we remind ourselves of scriptures that speak to our value?

What about “not listening”? Did you discover that your special talent wasn’t math and you chose “not listening”? Can you share your lesson with us?

OR…do you have an example of how you listened and the outcome was extraordinary? Encourage us with your story!


Let’s hear from you. I’m listening!

Marilyn
www.marilynnutter.com

Sunday, April 11, 2010

TOP 10...IF Your Child..."DON'T WORRY" Advice from a Grand-Mom

If your child eats glue, don't worry, there has to be one in every class...and they won't do it forever.
If your child won't share, don't worry, there has to be one in every class and they won't do it forever.
If your child screams when you leave them, don't worry, there has to be one in every class and it won't last forever.
If your child bites things, be it animate or inanimate, when they are angry, don't worry, there has to be one in every class and it won't last forever.
If your childs best friend isn't real, or is a stuffed animal, don't worry, there has to be one in every class and it won't last forever.
If your child speaks at a volume louder than "Dora the Explorer," don't worry, there has to be one in every class and it won't last forever.
If your child didn't learn E=MC2 (squared) from watching Baby Einstein, don't worry, there has to be one in every class and it won't last forever.
If your child is asked by the teacher why she is so tired, and answered (hypothetically) that her parents are afraid of Jesus return, so they are forcing her to dig a hole under the house...don't worry, there has to be one in every class and it won't last forever.
If your child's hair is styled with jam, peanut butter, and a little snot, don't worry, there has to be one in every class and it won't last forever.
If your child plucked the "pretty flower" to give to the teacher, from the teacher's very own potted plant on her desk, don't worry, there has to be one in every class and it won't last forever!

The moral of the story is ONE: Don't worry. TWO:Your child/granchild is individual and beautiful, on their very own road, so don't compare , but if you do compare, just laugh and remember...IT WON'T LAST FOREVER!

Judy...a mother and grandmother...and I've survived!
http://www.judydippel.com/

Monday, April 5, 2010

Scars and Casts

“I’m glad to see you without your cast,” I told a friend in the church foyer yesterday. She told me how good it was to be vertical and not dependent on her scooter to get around. “See my scar,” she pointed, “but that’s nothing compared to the ones on my knees from knee replacement.” I thought that our conversation was fitting given Jesus’ nail scared hands that paid the price for my sin on Good Friday.

As I entered the auditorium, that words of our conversation lingered. Scars. As we began singing, “My Redeemer Lives!” I thought, No more scars for us!

But wait…how many of us still wear scars? Do we continue to wear the scars of hurts, broken relationships, guilt, lack of self-acceptance and a host of other life issues? Perhaps to hide our scars, we keep a cast on that hinders navigating through life with grace, strength and transparency?

The message of Resurrection Sunday is that our scars are gone. There is no need to wear a cast to cover up. (Adam and Eve tried that with fig leaves.) The same power that caused Jesus’ resurrection is available to us for daily living. He wants to remove our cast and take our scars away.

Today's thought on my flip calendar read: "By the power that raised Jesus Christ from that sealed and guarded tomb we may be delievered from whatever seals us off from life. Jesus came to give us life, nothing less than life, abundant life." (Elisabeth Elliott)

Will you live in that life today--free from scars and casts?

Because of the resurrection!
Marilyn