Bad Press, Hot Mess Express!

Did you hear a train whis­tle after you read that title? I sure did! Choo Choooo! 😆

I came to know about Jesus at a very young age. At around 8, one doesn’t under­stand pol­i­tics or the nature of peo­ple. It is more of an inno­cent time where one sees things more as they are and less of the extra that adult­hood can some­times put on things and con­cepts. I didn’t begin to study the bible until my mid 20s and I wasn’t a reg­u­lar atten­der of church until around my ear­ly 30s. What is inter­est­ing is that the more I got around “spir­i­tu­al” peo­ple, the more dif­fi­cult and mud­dled things attempt­ed to become. What I under­stood at 8 up until my mid 20s was sim­ple. I had a per­son­al rela­tion­ship with God through Jesus and He was always help­ing me. Help­ing me do the impos­si­ble, help­ing me through a dif­fi­cult child­hood and help­ing me nav­i­gate my inno­cence as a new adult in a world full of noise and sug­ges­tions. For exam­ple, how did I end up tak­ing  break from col­lege, liv­ing in Berlin with no job, not know­ing where I would stay or any­one in the area and a week lat­er, find that I had a flat, a job and a new friend who was like fam­i­ly? And my orig­i­nal plan was to go to France! I have found myself in a vari­ety of sit­u­a­tions, many of them a mess. What’s amaz­ing is that I nev­er felt judge­ment or con­dem­na­tion from God. Nev­er. If you would like to know the var­i­ous adven­tures and mis­ad­ven­tures, let me know, it gets pret­ty seedy. Con­trary to pop­u­lar opin­ion know­ing God doesn’t mean I am per­fect or that I don’t and can’t par­ty, cel­e­brate and have a blast, it’s actu­al­ly the exact oppo­site. I’m def­i­nite­ly on the hot mess express, cel­e­brat­ing joys along the way and look­ing for my stop!

In each of these sit­u­a­tions, God was always there, remind­ing me He loved me and that He had bet­ter planned for me. He always blessed me and made me feel like His princess. This was the extent of my faith. Then I got more into social sit­u­a­tions where I spoke about my expe­ri­ences, I began to attend church and learn more about the bible. It was amaz­ing learn­ing about the bible and shar­ing my expe­ri­ences and crazy times. What was a sur­prise, was how many peo­ple had been hurt by their church­es and how many peo­ple had ideas about who God is based on hor­ror sto­ries involv­ing hyp­o­crit­i­cal peo­ple in their lives. Because my rela­tion­ship with God was very pri­vate for me at first, mean­ing my edu­ca­tion came direct­ly from God, I hadn’t expe­ri­enced anoth­er per­son with­in my faith yet. I got an ear and eye full of peo­ple upset and hurt at God. Angry at all the nasty and quite force­ful his­tor­i­cal back­ground of Chris­tian­i­ty. As it turns out Jesus has some bad press due to the actions of many who claimed to rep­re­sent Him and His ideas. What if some­one had the gift, abil­i­ty, and had been com­mis­sioned to cre­ate more truth­ful press around who Jesus is and what it is to be Team Jesus. Put your­self in His shoes. What if you had a bunch of peo­ple doing things you didn’t agree with and putting you on blast as the orig­i­na­tor and you weren’t phys­i­cal­ly present to refute the claims and blame? Most peo­ple would hire an advo­cate to speak for them, to set the record straight.

Just some­thing to think about…

Bad Press, Hot Mess Express!
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Has Jesus become a Four Letter Word ?!

CENSORED

It’s so inter­est­ing when I hear peo­ple who would have noth­ing to do with Jesus speak His name in frus­tra­tion or as an excla­ma­tion. In the media I have heard so many ren­di­tions of its uses. One thing I do won­der…

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Could I go on nation­al Tele­vi­sion and say “Jesus loves you”? Would it be allowed? I was watch­ing a cur­rent series of a show that began in the 60s.
This show since its cre­ation has had many fol­low up series and movies over the decades that fol­lowed and they had just began a new one. I had always seen the show as some­what whole­some. This show aired in one of the basic net­work chan­nels. As I was watch­ing one the char­ac­ters, who was por­trayed as a bit inno­cent and sweet blurt­ed the f bomb

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I was like, wait whoa, when did I turn to a net­work chan­nel? And what I will say is it was stream­ing on a ser­vice, so it’s pos­si­ble this did not air direct­ly on tele­vi­sion but it was def­i­nite­ly unex­pect­ed. It seems as time has passed what wasn’t okay is start­ing to be more okay slow­ly over time. I am won­der­ing what media will look like 50 years from now. Think of what is was like 50 years back?

It’s so curi­ous to me that while some con­cepts and words are becom­ing more accept­able with­in the media, oth­ers have been slow­ly removed or maybe even banned. There was a time when shows spoke about God and the faith of a fam­i­ly on net­work tele­vi­sion, but they seem more far and few between as time goes on.

Has Jesus been cen­sured?????

Has Jesus become a Four Letter Word ?!
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The Extraordinary Zone — Interview with The Vintage Girls

Quality time and Cute Kitsch during Quarantine with the Vintage Girls

What start­ed out as an idea for a typ­i­cal garage sale trans­formed into any­thing but typ­i­cal as 5 girls, who are also stu­dents and baris­tas at an amaz­ing cof­fee shop in Hol­lis­ter, MO, “acci­den­tal­ly” on pur­pose dis­cov­ered their entre­pre­neur­ial edge. These ladies orga­nized and set up #Sip­N­Shop­Co, a unique busi­ness idea that pro­motes com­mu­ni­ty and sup­ports a local com­mu­ni­ty cen­tered busi­ness.

The #vin­tage­girls began vir­tu­al­ly to adjust to the city shut­down with adorable wrapped care pack­ages, deliv­ered with sweet notes and coupons for Vin­tage Paris to bring encour­age­ment dur­ing the unex­pect­ed times to the weary. You can find them and their amaz­ing line of cloth­ing and items on Insta­gram or in per­son dur­ing one of their sched­uled pop up events at #Vin­tageParis.

The Extraordinary Zone — Interview with The Vintage Girls
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WHAT ARE WE MISSING?! Encouragement for Caregivers, Guardians, and Parents of Children

WHAT ARE WE MISSING?!”

Sit back and relax to the pleas­ant sounds of chil­dren, pups and bounc­ing balls as I bat­tle through the strug­gle of chil­dren physics which, btw, seems to defy reg­u­lar physics. Why?! Arg!!! It feels like we can spend hours, days and years putting care­ful­ly placed, pro­tec­tive spir­i­tu­al armor and tech­no­log­i­cal­ly sound, equip­ping mate­ri­als on their lit­tle bod­ies then they go to the play­ground and in like 5 sec­onds the armor just dis­in­te­grates like a para­chute filled with pots and pans instead of the para­chute you pur­chased. And that YouTube video you didn’t play that pops up out of nowhere teach­ing them the wrong thing that seems to be burned in their mem­o­ry after see­ing it just for *a sec­ond* as you face dive for the remote to change it. At this point they are sit­ting ducks wait­ing to be picked off ready to bring all those new­ly learned bad habits home to their younger sib­lings who then stage a mutiny!

They know we are out num­bered!

Why?! What am I miss­ing?!!! Maybe we can fig­ure this out togeth­er…

WHAT ARE WE MISSING?! Encouragement for Caregivers, Guardians, and Parents of Children
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The Extraordinary Zone — Interview with Joe Defina

The Extraordinary Zone Joe Defina

Mir­a­cles still hap­pen every moment! Yes, you heard me right. I heard some­one say, “If you want to see a mir­a­cle, look in the mir­ror.” Take a moment to let that sink in…we will wait…

Often times they can go unno­ticed if we aren’t care­ful. Join us as we inter­view this extra­or­di­nary gen­tle­man. His amaz­ing sto­ry of heal­ing through faith, humil­i­ty and neigh­bor­ly love is absolute­ly amaz­ing and filled with the mirac­u­lous. We aren’t meant to be iso­lat­ed and when we join togeth­er in love to pro­mote heal­ing, the super­nat­ur­al always hap­pens and empow­er­ment flows out abun­dant­ly to any­one will­ing to receive. Get ready to be empow­ered and inspired to step into your very own Extra­or­di­nary Zone as we trav­el with Joe Defi­na through his life’s jour­ney full of hurts, recov­ery and ulti­mate­ly a call­ing to speak and encour­age.

The Extraordinary Zone — Interview with Joe Defina
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Village Built

We were always meant to be in com­mu­ni­ty with each oth­er. Tech­nol­o­gy and cur­rent cli­mate tends to find us more sep­a­rat­ed from each oth­er. We don’t want to bur­den each oth­er or we are afraid of some­one out­side our vul­ner­a­ble zone see­ing “our mess”. It makes for silos and strug­gles.

What would hap­pen if we invit­ed some­one to sup­port us in an area they are strong in, rather than engag­ing some­one who may lack the expe­ri­ence? What if you told a suc­cess­ful musi­cian you aspired to be a musi­cian rather than dis­cussing it with one who is genius at com­put­er pro­gram­ming?

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Village Built
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Opting Out Recap — Czettys On the Road

Hey, what are you up to?
Are you crazy?

Yes, we are crazy…

The world will think you are crazy any­time you “Opt Out” of what is con­sid­ered the norm. It’s out­side of the com­fort zone and will gen­er­ate resis­tance. Think of any time some­one set out to change things. Think about all the his­to­ry around all men and women being treat­ed equal­ly.

You did what??? How are you guys able to do that???? These are just some of the ques­tions we have heard as we embarked on our mobile adven­tures 5 months ago. In this pod­cast I go back to where it all began, the con­densed ver­sion, and catch up to today. Get a clos­er look into our crazy. Also look for an inter­view with me by a fel­low pod­cast­er and adven­tur­er some­time lat­er this month.

Opting Out Recap — Czettys On the Road
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Moving Toward Your Destination

Adven­ture Awaits…

Who doesn’t love the idea of an adven­ture? Don’t wor­ry, the thought is sup­posed cre­ate a lit­tle trep­i­da­tion. It is part of the process. Most amaz­ing things will stretch us and stretch­ing beyond our lim­its comes with pain. But the pain means we are get­ting stronger and soon it sub­sides, just as when we build mus­cles.

What thing is call­ing you? What is your cur­rent, “X marks  the spot”? We all have buried trea­sure, it just takes some dig­ging and cre­ativ­i­ty to find it. What thing comes to your mind that the idea of you doing it caus­es your heart to skip a beat? Both our of hes­i­ta­tion and excite­ment? If you don’t know, don’t wor­ry, the tim­ing for the extra­or­di­nary is always per­fect, because our cre­ator has per­fect tim­ing.

Anchors Away & Bön Voy­age!

Moving Toward Your Destination
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Your Extraordinary Path — Part 2

So we have heard and/or seen that we are Extra­or­di­nary with our ears, (if you haven’t, see Part I).

But do we believe it?

Has your per­son­al view of your val­ue increased yet?

Some­times to real­ly expe­ri­ence some­thing and to believe it, it takes a 360 degree view  through all the avail­able sens­es where amaz­ing­ly, some sens­es can be more height­ened than oth­ers, (anoth­er appear­ance of the extra­or­di­nary in us). In this we talk about some of the oth­er sens­es, along with our hearts, minds, strength and soul. I encour­age you lis­ten with your sens­es height­ened and ready…

Some­thing amaz­ing is about to hap­pen…

Bonus Ques­tion for after the Pod­cast: How does your fruit taste? Bit­ter, Sweet or Rot­ten? More on this lat­er…

Your Extraordinary Path — Part 2
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