The Deodorant Story

Once again, we have an inspiring word from Brenda, our OSAi board administrator.

I have ten year old boys. (They are the “M” and “I” of BBMI, Ink, in case you were wondering.) God uses them almost daily to teach me life lessons and truths about Him. Such was the case a few weeks ago. As we stood in line at a church luncheon, my senses went on full alert. About the time my nose detected the distinct aroma of Old Spice deodorant, my eyes discovered white marks on a boy’s shirt. (I’ll not tell you which one; he deserves to remain innocently anonymous.)

“Oh, man,” I said to him. “You got deodorant on your shirt this morning when you pulled it over your head. Maybe we should try to get that off…” Then I discovered a shocking fact: The white mark wasn’t just in a small spot on his shirt. It ranged from the hem, all the way up the side seam, through the arm pit area, and down to the cuff of the sleeve.

They were masterful, perfectly drawn lines. Yes, I say, “they” because he’d accomplished this artistry under both arms! White stripes on a red shirt. I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so of course, I asked, “What happened? Did you do this on purpose?”

His reply makes perfect sense if you are a ten year old boy: “You told me to put on deodorant before we left. I already had my shirt on and I was in a hurry so I just put it on the outside.”

It’s hard, but you have to suppress the giggles that often come with motherhood and discipline. So that not everyone in line would know what was going on, I tried to quietly explain to him that deodorant goes on our skin. That’s how it works. The Hubster, much more science-minded than I, began to expound on the chemical reaction that occurs when sweat and deodorant mix and why it’s called “antiperspirant.” The glazed look we got from the boy led me to interrupt The Hubster’s discourse and say, “Just don’t do that again. You have to put the stuff where it belongs for it to work.”

Believe it or not, I got a spiritual lesson from the Great Old Spice Debacle. As I was studying the Bible in the weeks that followed, God said to me: “Are you just painting this stuff you’re learning down your sleeves and all over the outside of your clothes? Or, are you putting it where it will really work: on the inside?” You see, for God’s Word to make a difference in my life, I have to apply it correctly. I have to allow it to interact with my soul’s chemistry. When I allow this to happen, my heart and my mind begin to change.

What are you doing with the stuff you’re learning these days from God’s Word? Is it changing you from the inside out? Or, are you merely painting it on the outside because you don’t have “time” to let it do its chemistry? Apply it according to the directions: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)

 

Vicky made this layout as her response to Brenda’s words. Thank you Vicky and Brenda.

Credits: Flower Child Dolls and FYA Growth Bundle by Cilenia Curtis @ ScrapArtStudio. Font – Typist.

Views shared on this blog are those of the author & do not necessarily reflect those of OSAi.
 

Joy to the World

Welcome to the December Triune blog train! One Step Away International’s portion is by 4OSAi, a new designer on the Outside the Box Design Studio store. Today 4OSAi’s newest kit, Joy of My Desire, is being released. Every penny spent on these kits goes to support the work of One Step Away International.

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Through the end of the month our charity collab may be purchased at Digitalscrapn. Hope for Lily is a huge kit which includes full kits by Holliewood Studios (Deviant Scrap) and Raspberry Road Designs.

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Here’s the 4OSAi blog train portion for the Joy to the World Blog Train which may be found on mediafire

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Sairi Designs

A-M Digital Designs

Touched By A Butterfly

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*** 4OSAi *** You are here. Your next stop:

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Cajun Diva Scraps

Karen Diamond Designs

Midnight Velvets

Callaluna Creations

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If you lose your way, head back to the Train Station at Sairi’s
blog!

Bless you as you celebrate the Lord who has come and is coming again.

 

Cracked Vessels

Today’s wonderful meditation is again by Brenda. The artwork is by Vicky. Thank you ladies!!

I’ve been feeling like a cracked vessel lately.

I have a pretty tough outer shell. I developed quite a veneer when I handled injury claims for a major insurance company. After you’re called every name in the book (often in multiple languages), you get pretty tough.

I’m a leader in women’s ministry. I don’t get called names, necessarily, but recently, I found out that some people weren’t too happy with me. My outer shell started to crack a bit.

In fact, I’ve cracked quite a lot this summer, it seems! But I’ve discovered something about those cracks: They are there by God’s design. I’ve worked pretty hard in the past at closing up those cracks with emotional Bondo as quickly as possible. But God showed me something that made me leave them be.

I recently came upon 2 Corinthians 4. I’ve read it many times before, but just as Scripture is wont to do, I read it with new eyes. It says, in 2 Corinthians 4:6-10:

6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

This Scripture tells us that we have this treasure, this Light of Jesus, inside us. And it refers to us as “jars of clay.” If you were to put a light inside just any old jar of clay, you wouldn’t be able to see it. (Remember the story of Gideon? The fighting men with Gideon kept their lights inside clay jars until they snuck up on the enemy. This gave them the element of surprise when they broke the jars.)

But if you put a light in a jar with a few cracks, the light seeps out of those little fissures and can be seen by anyone in the room. The more cracks, the more light shows through. God was telling me, “Stop slathering on the glue! Let those cracks remain. They are how other people see my light through your earthen vessel.”

So, this Jar O’Clay is doing just that. How do you like the new crackle finish? I hope it’s illuminating.

 

Vicky’s digital scrapbook page was made with Angie Young’s “Voice Within” and Cilenia Curtis’ “Art Dolls 2.”

Views shared on this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of OSAi.