The Power to Invent

According to the Boston Globe, “Young women have all the characteristics to be inventors but do not regard innovation as their forte, a self perception that deprives the United States of an untapped group of creative talent.”

Read more here about how this conclusion was drawn by researchers from Lemelson-MIT, a new program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Do you have the gift of invention? Of creativity? Then why aren’t you using these gifts? Here’s what scripture has to say about your ability to invent and create…

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Exodus 35:31-32   

And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze.

Ephesians 2:10    

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Genesis 1:27  

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created Him; male and female He created them.

Amos 4:13

For behold, He who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is His thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is His name!

Colossians 3:23 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Exodus 31:1-6

The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. …

Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Psalm 104:24 

O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures.

1 Corinthians 14:13-17 

Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.

Exodus 25:1-40

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for Me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for Me. And this is the contribution that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze, blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, goats’ hair, tanned rams’ skins, goatskins, acacia wood, …

Jeremiah 10:12

It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens.

Psalm 150:1-6 

Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens! Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp! Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe! Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals! …

Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

In God’s Hands

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In God’s Hands is a faith and fashion-based clothing line, designed by Lauren Lusk, whose husband, Jeremy Lusk, died in a motorcross accident. Read how she changed this tragedy into triumph in CNN’s Belief Blog.

Now check out her glam-rock style fashions here

How will you transform your tragedy into triumph this year? Isn’t it time to stop mourning, and start creating?

Chinese Mom? American Mom? Godly Mom?

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Many of you paid close attention to the drama that unfolded last week when Amy Chua’s article was featured in the Wall Street Journal about, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior.” Pros and cons in the debate between Eastern vs. Western methods of parenting were amplified all throughout the web. However, silent in these exchanges were what kind of parenting style was God’s preferred style.

The Christianity Today women’s blog, Her.meneutics, recently provided some insight as to what God might think of this discussion. What kind of parent will you be transformed into this year? Check it out…

The True, Eternal Time Keeper

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Time.  There have been times in my life when I planned ahead.  I planned for who I would be and in what time of my life I would be “her.”  I planned for things like becoming a Supreme Court Justice and for being a stay at home mom.  I planned for a wedding before I had a date.  I planned for walking the red carpet in a very, large fancy dress to a charity gala in which I had raised a lot of funds.  I remember planning to be famous when I was four – – I insisted on wearing a night gown to school fancying myself to be different, and therefore, famous.  I planned on famous again when I was twelve making my brother take a video of me ballet dancing – – of course, the video would capture the priceless dancing of the young woman before her upcoming fame.  I always had something quite big in store for myself.  But in the deepest part of my heart, I often felt very small.

Time.  It is the planning ahead that minimizes the ups and maximizes the downs of this life.  I will have you know that I am neither a Supreme Court Justice nor a stay at home mom.  It is the planning ahead that later causes us to “discover” we have fallen short, taken a wrong turn or missed the mark altogether.  I have never worn a large, fancy dress anywhere (except to prom).  The calculation of time judges our understanding of our successes and failures.  And, finally, I am not famous.  The circling of numbers measures you.  It measures you.  How are you holding up under the weight of time?

Time.  The digital glow that gets you up.  The tick tock that pushes you out.  Alarm dings for when to leave, who to call, where to meet.  Married by thirty?  Boy and girl?  Keep trying.  Either way, get it done by thirty-five.  Did you have them potty trained by two? Were they reading by five?  Mortgage to pay by the tenth.  Kids to pick up by three.  Mouths to feed by six.  Work begins, work ends.  Client I missed?  Who can I text while I am waiting in line?  Grocery list?  Who will I call to set plans straight?  Efficient or not.  Behind or ahead.  You’re middle-aged by forty.

Time.  Feeling quite small under its suppression?  Mind you, it’s temporary.  There is a time not too far ahead of this temporal place.  Eternity.  Where there is no time.  Where a day is a thousand years and a thousand years is a day.  Where we arrive as the completed “her” without any planning ahead.  Where we wear large, fancy dresses and are quite famous in His eyes.  Where the depth of the mind and the sweetness of the soul replace the ticking of the clock.  Where we will be thriving in the light rather than striving in the shadow of time.

Time.  If you can catch the “what you planned” without fine sieving it through the net of time, you will find a few jewels.  You will find that you may have attended a gala event in lovely navy pants for a cause in which you raised some money.  You will find that God did not plan for you to be a Supreme Court Justice, but a lawyer and a very good mom.  You will find that feeling quite small is a reminder of the very big unfailing love that the Father has for you.

Time.  You will find that planning ahead is a journey in which time is not a marker or a judge.  You will find that planning ahead is about subject matter and substance.  It is about building a life and not a list.  It is about establishing principles and surrendering failures.  It is about coming home after being far away.  It is about a map that takes on many forms, but always brings you home.

Time.  This time I have with you.  I want to draw with you a map where the points of interest are subject matter and substance.  It is for the woman wearing many hats who desires a map that brings her home.  You will find this map to cover both the what we do and who we are.  It will change the way you plan ahead.  It will appeal to our familiarity with the temporal but set our minds on the true, eternal Time Keeper.  Love to you until next time.

A New Type of Experiment…

“Lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD.” –myoneword.org

Click here and find your ONE WORD for 2011…

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We Dare You…

to stop being a pew-warmer this year. It’s finally time to put Christ’s teachings to work.

Check out Kathy Michael’s blog in DivineCaroline, where she challenges us to lead a life of service in 2011…

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“Service by its definition is a sacrifice, and a sacrifice is not a convenience. Think of the ultimate sacrifice made for you, which was beyond inconvenience. How much are you willing to sacrifice for someone you don’t know—but who needs your help?” –Kathy Michael

Haiti’s Children of Rape

In the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, its tent cities are ravaged by sexual violence against women.

Children of rape are latest legacy of Haiti quake…

As you take time this month to transform yourself from the inside out, make it a point this year to pray for transformation for those you do not see everyday, for those suffering outside of your borders.

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Can you take a few minutes today to lift these Haitian women and children up in prayer? Can you pray that the hearts of these offenders are convicted and brought to repentance?

A prayer based on Psalms 18: 1-3.

Lord, You are their strength.

Lord, You are their rock, fortress and their deliverer.

Lord, lead them to find refuge in You. You are their shield, their salvation and their stronghold.

Lord, as they call to You, save them from their enemies.

Lord, we love You and You are worthy of praise.

Lord, as you transform us, transform them.