An Earth Day Inspiration

Shaklee. I have been a part of this company for 23 years and the company continues to inspire me. 23 years ago I was impressed with the fact that knowingly or not, they took this verse seriously, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” I have always loved this verse because it makes me realize that I should not do harm to the earth, or to anyone in it. Shaklee respects the environment so much so, that the company slogan is: IN HARMONY WITH NATURE! Dr. Shaklee built his company on that and Roger Barnett feels the same way. Shaklee products are created to never hurt a single cell or damage the earth, but instead heal and restore.

The following video tells about what Shaklee is doing today and inspires me with some new ideas to respect the Lord’s earth. Please click on the highlighted link below.

IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

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A GOOD DAY, A GOOD MAN

Yesterday was a GOOD day. I went to breakfast with a new friend Debbi from Pillar Church in Holland MI, who we met at a refugee meeting the Saturday before. She has recently moved from Hawaii and is interested in setting up a real estate website and is learning that process. I shared the very little I knew and how I had received help from Melanie in doing this; we also picked each others brains for a name for her site. Love brainstorming! We also shared about the MAN who had worked in our lives.
After breakfast, I spoke with my Aunt who sadly informed me of her son’s death. This news may not seem good to us and is extremely sad, but the MAN who makes this day and every day hold together will make sense out of the pain.
At noon Henry and I headed to Pillar Church for a service about the MAN who said “It is finished.” The MAN came to set his people free forever, to restore brokenness in people and relationships, in churches and schools, in cities and countries. The MAN who is light in the darkness of brokenness, sickness and death.
After church we headed back to our “cottage” before going back to St. John, and with great joy found a man on our rooftop! The rainy day before we had a leak and Henry found it was coming from the chimney, down a beam and into our family room. He called Premier Roofing and would you believe, Rick came in 32 minutes! He was one of the guys who 2 1/2 years ago installed it and remembered our home. “I know what the problem might be.” he said. And sure enough, he put on a temporary solution and was here now to correct the problem!
But the best is yet to come! As I observed and thanked Rick while he was on the rooftop (we were ready to leave town), I said, “Thanks so much for fixing it and have a good Easter.” He quickly answered, “Oh, yes, it’s the best day!” We then shared how the MAN had made Easter the best day!
We left town for St. John, had supper with our friend Janelle, heard about her trip to Israel, and more about the MAN we all love and serve and how he is working in our lives.
Many of you know the MAN, but in case you don’t: The MAN is JESUS. Jesus who came to change everything about our yesterdays, today, and tomorrows forever. Is this GOOD MAN JESUS making your days GOOD?

It Is Finished

Finished!

How many times in our lives can we say we are really finished? As a wife, mom, grandma, friend, and even a Shaklee Business Leader, I am never totally finished. There is always more that could be done.

But not so with Jesus. He finished his work. While hanging on the cross on Good Friday, Jesus announced: “It is finished.” He finished the work that he came to do. What did he come to do? He came to make us right with God. Only a perfect substitute could do that. Believe that He chose to die on that cross for you and trust in Him. He knows you and loves you. . .believe him. There is no more that needs to be done; he did it all.

While there are many things that I am not finished with, my assurance that Jesus died for me is finished. Thanks be to God for a Risen Savior who finished his work!

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Skin Problems

This is sad and awkward to write about. Friday we were shopping at the mall in Grand Rapids. Henry’s birthday is coming and since he loves books so much I found two that I knew he would appreciate. At the checkout I swiped my credit card and then asked the clerk if she wanted to see it. “No thanks”, she responded, “you look like a nice person and not someone trying to get away with something.” Guess it’s good to not look like a criminal.

Now for the sadness and contrast which I felt this morning after reading an article from the New York Times about Charles Blow’s son.  Charles Blow is a writer for the Times.

SAMSUNG Did you read what happened to him? How sad that some parents have to prepare their children for a walk home from the college library or out in the general public. . . all because of how they look. Will some of these children in this picture need “training” because of how they look? I didn’t look like a criminal in public on Friday, but others did that day.

Wouldn’t it be nice if this blog post were about Enfuselle, Shaklee’s product for healthy skin, which is what I was intending to write about this week. Although Enfuselle is great for the skin, it can’t handle this skin problem.

Surprising Thanks

ichs2A week ago today, my friend Linda invited me to join her in attending her grandaughter Emma’s chapel at lliana Christian High School. Emma joined several other students in leading the student singing. So what was the surprising thanks in this?

First surprise, the songs we sang. Blessed Assurance, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, and When Peace Like a River were a few of them. These are not new songs, but rather songs with a rich history in church music. A student also shared the story behind the writing of each song which made the singing of them even more meaningful.

Second surprise, the reverence with which the whole group sang. Reverence means a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe, veneration. What a joy to experience that feeling of deep respect to God as they sang!

Finally, the thankfulness I felt after 20 minutes of standing up singing with this student body. I didn’t expect to walk away with a heart filled with gratitude to God for what He is doing in the lives of young people, but I did. Thanks be to God that His faithfulness continues from one generation to the next and it was evident in this place.  Well done, students, you are meeting “the challenge of His service!” Sing on!

Never Too Old

Have you been busy these last couple of months? Are you able to keep up? Perhaps young children and school age children have kept you running. Now it’s time for graduation parties and retirement parties. And if you haven’t traveled in the past couple of months, like we have, then you might have some busy travel plans for the summer. The older we get the more difficult it may be to keep going. Our lives are busy and active and it is a blessing to be able to keep up with it.
But there are events in life that bring us down. Physically and emotionally Bill fell apart. Listen to what happened to Bill and how he changed the place he was in and the direction he was headed. Click on Bill’s Story.

Watch 2 min. Bill’s Story

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