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.
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…
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
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.
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 Opting Out
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 Opting Out
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 Opting Out
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?
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.
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.
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?
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…