Thursday, November 8, 2012

Laughing SO Hard



So, we have a friend who's a comedian.
No, like seriously.
He makes his living doing this stuff.
(...and is pretty hilarious... until he asks to babysit your children and you laugh because you think he's joking but he's actually serious... and then it isn't as funny.)


(Yes, John, I just said that.)


We were laughing at some of his videos the other day and I thought I'd share them with you.
These are from our Leadership Conference this past September.
(I think he's in Vegas right now, being all yes-I-do-this-for-a-living like.)






To see more, visit www.johncristcomedy.com

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Behind the Outfit


For me, most things contain meaning.
I remember the stories behind articles of clothing... jewelry... furniture... books.
Fashion isn't just fashion... everything holds a memory.


A lot of people don't get this, and I get that.
I get why they don't get it.
It seems superficial, or materialistic, or whatever.
But the bottom line is I tend to attach meaning, whether warranted or not, to just about everything I have.
(I probably contain in my dna hoarder tendencies.)


Love languages?
My first is Acts of Service.
My second? (I've said this before.) Gifts.
Not gifts for gifts' sake. I remember when this came up in a specific conversation, and a short time later someone gave me a bunch of little stuff, because they thought "gifts" meant "stuff."
But, it's actually not about the "stuff" at all. It's the thought... yes, the sentiment... that speaks to my heart.


When I'm throwing together an outfit, there's always a back story.
I laugh and think of the memories, sometimes deep, sometimes not-at-all.
But, either way, I tend to remember... and hold dear.


This was a recent Instagram #outfitpost.
(You can find me under @angela_white on both Instagram and twitter.)


That navy early 90's shirt I found this summer at a Goodwill in Eugene, Oregon... the big town by the little town I grew up in. I was there with Nate and we were looking for something I can't recall. I was super excited to have something with such fun detail from our trip home.


When I say that scarf came from Forever21, that's no big deal. But in reality, it was a Forever21 in Michigan that we stopped at shortly after I got off the plane with my dear friend Rachael (now) Kiehne. We were there for a women's retreat at her home church, where she was leading worship and I was speaking for the weekend. We had been goofing around in the store (I think I wrapped this around my head), and I wound up buying it. I think of her and our fun trip and how blown away I am at the places God takes me nearly every time I wear it. (Hey, look! It's me & Rach in Michigan!)

The tank was actually a birthday gift from Hanna Hughes, who lived with us all last year. She had bought me something else that didn't quite *ahem* fit when she came for a visit in September, so I exchanged it for this tank with the cool strings on the sides. 
But that happened after she had left, and she never got to see it.
I always think how she would love the way I pair it with things.

The American Apparel skirt I went out on a limb and bought online. I just hardly ever do that stuff!!! But, there was an AA sale on gilt.com, and I just knew that I knew that I knew that I would adore this. It's a reminder every time I put it on that I WAS RIGHT.

The boots I've actually blogged on before... back when "myspace" and "blog" were still mentioned in the same sentence. (Oh, dear goodness, that post makes me emotional!)
They're my hometown. They're country girl. They're a bit of my past, which sat for a long time buried in my closet, but now are used SO often... if even in a different way than originally intended.
(Now THAT'S a message, right there.)

The moth pendant I remember hanging around my mom's neck when I was a little girl. Sometimes she would wear it with this dress that was all white with pink detailing that Dad bought for her on a trip to Korea.
She had pink pumps that matched the pink thread of the dress, and everything about it was just so perfect. Even now as I hold that image in my mind it has a soft-lens light to it.
Sometimes she would wear it to church.
Other times for very rare dates with Dad, which were usually to business meetings, because it wasn't often they could afford to go on an actual date.
I remember always being so mystified by the moths on either side that were pressed between the glass. It had belonged to my Great-Grania, and always seemed to have some kind of magic about it.
When Mom gave it to me there was such a thrill in my heart, like that was somehow an official passage into woman-hood, wearing the moth pendant.


And none of these "things" will last forever.
The clothes will fall apart, just like my mom's beautiful white dress from Korea did.
And the moth pendant will someday be passed to my daughter, but is also doomed to disintegrate, just like the dress.
It's good to recognize the meaning in things, and not look at everything in life from a sterile point-of-view.
And it's good to use the things that mean something to us, instead of keeping them behind glass to simply look at.


We only live once.
Let it be filled with meaning.



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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My reaction... in song






Time to SHINE, baby, SHINE...
and PRAY, baby, PRAY.

Thank you, Jesus, for a nation in which we have the privilege of participating in choosing who governs us.

And thank you, JESUS, that YOU are still LORD.
Your Kingdom has come, and will come, and that. won't. change.
No matter what.
The darker things get, the brighter we will shine.

So, let's shine.



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Monday, November 5, 2012

Laugh Break



With all the election stuff, I just felt like having a good laugh.
I know I posted this a couple of years ago, but seriously, it never fails to make me laugh til I look ridiculous...

Watch it.
Then watch it a second time.

...and then find yourself singing the song at random times that seem really out of place.
"The world has gone insane, and you don't know what is right.
You gotta keep on keepin' on.
Get on that pig and hold on tight!"




And if you're wanting to read where I stand on all the election stuff, read yesterday's post.
But then come back here and watch the video again so tomorrow during election coverage you can be singing it repeatedly in your head.


...or outloud.
(I vote for outloud.)


(And I realize that spell check says "outloud" isn't a word. Technically it should be "out loud" or "out-loud." But, I say we make "outloud" the official correct spelling.
Just like I also say we should make "attackative" and actual word.
Because some people are very attackative lately.)




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Sunday, November 4, 2012

My Vote



There are many Christians who've decided to not announce publicly who they're voting for.
Pastors, authors, speakers... they've prayed about it extensively and come to this conclusion.
For those in the public eye, it's so important to make this decision with much prayer and thought.
I understand that if you endorse one candidate, you risk making supporters of the other candidate feel alienated when they sit in your congregation, read your books, listen to you speak.
Church is about people coming together, unified by following Christ.
It's a family that welcomes ANYONE in, no matter what.
I think it's wise for these leaders to follow what God is leading them to do; to say, "Seek God's heart. Read His word. Vote your convictions," but not necessarily say a name of a particular candidate.


I've also very prayerfully approached this subject.
Nowhere in the word of God are we told to remain silent on issues.
We are told to seek wisdom... to listen for God's leading... to do good and protect the vulnerable.
We are told to speak truth in love, to not seek to offend, to guide our words cautiously, to respect those in authority.


After seeing MANY of the leaders in my life prayerfully choose to not share which candidate they are voting for...
I have prayerfully chosen to be public about my vote.


There are many people who are undecided and unsure.
If those of us who are led to speak up remain silent, they will be swayed by those who ARE vocal.
If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know my heart.
You know I am passionate about life and people and the Church rising up to take their place.
Christians and politics are not mutually exclusive.
Rather, as Christians we are called to engage, to use wisdom, to speak up on behalf of those who are unable to... on behalf of those who have been silenced.


Nate and I mailed in our ballots last week.
We voted for Mitt Romney. 


There are a lot of views, a lot of words, a lot of talk, a lot of slander being slung around in society about both candidates.
The bottom line is I look at the issue of life.
How a candidate values life in all stages shows clearly where their heart is.
I do not think the Romney administration will approach everything perfectly.
Even the issue of life.
No administration ever does.


However, the Obama administration has not valued life.
In fact, it has waged war against those in our nation who have no voice.


I also do not believe in a big government that controls the wheels of capitalism and turns it into a system of wealth redistribution.
I do not believe in a government that financially takes care of its people.


I believe in a government that protects the freedoms of its people to financially take care of themselves, and in doing so empowers its people to create jobs, take risks, and invest in the care of others who are struggling to make ends meet.


I believe in a government that is for the people, by the people... not a government that is for big government, not a government that weaves its control throughout every aspect of society.


I believe Mitt Romney is by far the better choice for President of our nation as we seek to do what is best for all of us.
Not a perfect choice.
Not a "Christian" choice.
But overwhelmingly the best choice.


If you are a follower of Christ, then you need to read the scriptures, seek wisdom for yourself, and ask for God to give you HIS heart on the issues at hand.


You know what conclusion I have come to.
Whatever conclusion you come to, please vote.
It is our responsibility as Christ followers to engage.
To respectfully and responsibly take a stand.
To take action based on love and our convictions.
To take every opportunity to do what is best for the people of the nation we live in.


(To read more on why Christians should be politically engaged, visit Glenn Packiam's well-voiced post.)





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Saturday, November 3, 2012

On countertops and breeding grounds...

My countertops are a breeding ground. No matter how often I put it all away, it comes right back. AND spreads itself around... as if mocking my attempt and letting me know there is never any real "win" in this situation until children leave home.

Which isn't really a "win," either.

Good thing our house is lived in and loved and a breeding ground for other things, too. Like hopes and dreams and faith and miracles and encouragement and life lived full.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

MixItUp: Skinny Cargos



I have two pairs of skinny cargo pants.
(Yes, I wear them both. Often.)


(...*ahem* veeeerrrrryyyyy often.)


The darker pair is Charlotte Russe, on sale for $5 a couple years back.
The lighter pair is actual JBrand (pioneers of the skinny cargo), found last year at a resale shop in Vail for $40.
I kind of flipped.


A smattering of how they've been worn in just the past few months:










Dear, goodness, I sure look serious (even mournful) in these photos.
Maybe I should start doing duck lips.
Or really cheesy smiles.
But, this is real life... as captured in my super cheap-o bathroom mirror... usually before I put on sweatpants for the evening... because I'm real like that... yo.


Evidently, I like to wear plaid articles of clothing with either pair.
And various varieties of boots.
Hope this gives you some new ideas of how to mix it up!




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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Investment & Return



Just a short time ago I was having a conversation with a dear friend who is more than ten years younger than I am.
We were talking hurts and marriage and healing and life.
I brought up a side of a certain issue she hadn't thought of that had to do with men and (Warning: I'm gonna say it.) sex and chemicals and how that relates to marriage and healing and life and such.
She was pretty shocked at what I was saying, and that I was saying it so nonchalantly.
But then she paused in her shock and said something to the effect of, "That's something my mom would have said to me. But, she's not here anymore, so I'm sure glad you're saying it to me! Otherwise I wouldn't have known."


Since then it's been on my heart, that had I not said it, she maybe would have never heard it... never known... never been equipped with that extremely helpful knowledge.
But, if someone else wouldn't have said it to me, I wouldn't have known either.
It just so happens that I heard it from a speaker/author at a women's event, which is the only reason why I was able to pass it along to my friend.
But if I had never gone to the event, I wouldn't have had it to pass along.
Or if the person I heard it from had never said it, I wouldn't have been equipped with that knowledge...
and neither would the other women who have gained that knowledge from her.


Someday my friend will be able to pass that knowledge along to someone else in her path and it will be helpful to them like it was to her, and me, and the other women who've heard it.


I'm very aware that things can only come out of us if we first put them in.
Whether it's from friends, mentors, books, conferences...
what goes into us is what will come out.
As followers of Christ, we have the Holy Spirit who has been sent to us to bring wisdom and understanding. But, it doesn't mean we stop investing, stop reading, stop seeking.
How much MORE can the Holy Spirit use what we seek at His leading?


May we never stop investing in ourselves.
The day we stop is the day we choose to stop investing in those around us, those coming after us.
The day we stop investing is the day we decide we don't care about a return.
We're called to generational ministry, generational investment...
generational return.
(Not sure? Go read Titus 2.)


*And if you're curious about the whole sex thing, visit authenticintimacy.com.*




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