You're a Masterpiece

"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago," Ephesians 2:10 NLT. Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, Vincent Van Gogh's "Stary Night", and the "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo Devinci, are just a few of some of the greatest masterpieces in the world.

These artists had a vision and worked tirelessly to create their works of art for something bigger...many not knowing how grand or what an impact their creations would make. Rarely do we think of ourselves as beautiful, captivating or worthy, but we are.

In fact, WE are God's masterpieces. Unlike the aforementioned artists, God DID have a plan for His work of art. He knew exactly what you would grow to become and the thousands of lives you would impact. Instead of being confined to a museum, God made you to roam the Earth and show off the masterpiece that is YOU.

Merriam-Websters Dictionary defines the word masterpiece as: "a work done with extraordinary skill; especially : a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement."

Do you see that? You. God's precious work, was done with extraordinary skill, supreme intellect and artistic achievement....Woo! Who needs another's compliment when you've got the word of God flooding you with them?

Lady, you are His "pièce de résistance"!

Father God,

Your works are far too marvelous for us to understand. However, show me how to see myself through YOUR eyes. Unveil to me, the masterpiece that I am. Give me the courgae to be bold, and yet humbly exhibit the beauty and grace You made me with. What a work of art You've made in me! For that, I'm eternally grateful.

Genesis 1:26

Psalm 139: 13-16


Money, Lies and Profit

Often I hear women who own/operate small businesses make statements such as, "It is not the money that we are about."  The bible states clearly, "The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." (1 Timothy 6:10) God warns us about falling in love with anything that may distract from or tear down our relationship with Him. If you operate a business,  sell a product/service and are apologetic about making money, you are not a threat to the enemy in this area. If anything, he's won you over in this because he knows that you believe his lies and if you never make a concerted effort at making a profit, your business will have little, if any monetary impact on the Kingdom. He has a checklist of what your business will never accomplish and here is a sample of what Mr. Ugly's list looks like:

  • Her offering to that ministry she supports in will never be more than $100 a month. Yay!
  • Great! There's a cap on what she can give to the campus minister  who disciples college students.
  • Awesome. The women's clinic in Uganda; excited because it will take longer to build.
  • Oh, and that family that needs another $10K to adopt the Down's Syndrome baby, she can't make a dent.

If you run a business, any kind of business,

making a profit should be at the forefront of your objectives. In the absence of a focus on profit, what you have is a hobby not a business. Businesses make money. Hobbies cost money.

As women, there is a tendency to apologize or dismiss the impact of making money. We are by nature, nurturers, so some women believe that by focusing on making money, a contradiction exists that we cannot be caring, loving, generous if we have an intentional focus on making money. Having a profitable business does involve sometimes saying no to friends, raising prices, etc. and therein lies a conflict that we prefer not to deal with. Ugh. This is stinkin' thinkin' ladies.

Examine the monetary goals of your business, ask God to redirect your thoughts about money and entrepreneurship, and get your name off Mr. Ugly's checklist.

Sprinkle your Valentine's date

Everyone loves sprinkles. Sprinkles on cupcakes. Sprinkles on cookies. Sprinkles are a universal love language wherever you find them. Yum. They make you smile, don’t they? Kindness is a universal love language as well, no doubt. Yes, even with men. Never underestimate the impact of kindness, especially when delivered from a confident, powerful, and feminine woman. This Valentines Day, try one, two, or a dozen simple thoughtful ideas that ooze kindness and caring compassion to melt the heart of the man in your life (or the one you want in your life). Notes. From a long love letter, to a simple card, to a series of small notes scattered about, written notes can touch his soul. Tell him what it is that you like, love and admire about him- his personality, values, little oddities, likes and dislikes. Tell him how much you appreciate what he does on a daily basis or maybe something big over the course of your relationship. What does his soul possess that you are grateful for?

* I love the way you look in a white t-shirt, blue jeans and Frye boots. * It’s so cool that you love to build things. * I really appreciate it that you make coffee every single morning, and never complain about it. * Your curiosity about life and learning new things really makes me smile.

Actions. Think about his favorite things in life and pick one, two or a dozen to incorporate into his day. What is his favorite food, candy, or drink? What is his favorite pastime? Maybe it’s a thumb’s up to a hunting weekend, a Vegas weekend or night out with the boys. Which outfit does he love you on the best- that extra short little black dress with those uncomfortable stilettos? Maybe it’s the racy lingerie instead of the sweet cute ones? How does he like your makeup and hair- curly or straight, smoky eyes or au natural? Put away those frumpy sweat pants, shave, wax, and paint your toes (and not blue, unless that really makes him smile).

Don’t let your man’s tough exterior fool you. All men are little boys deep inside who absolutely love (and dare I say, even, need….) the caring, thoughtful, and gracious touch from the woman in their life. Don’t be skimpy. Would you rather get 3 roses or two dozen?

Let kindness sprinkle your Valentine’s date, and entire day this year, whether you cook a foodie feast of all his favorites or let him take you out to a fancy dinner and dancing, to putting together a creative scavenger hunt through out town to even snuggling up and having a non-traditional evening in, being cozy, ordering pizza, and watching a movie. One of my most favorite Valentines was skipping the fancy dinner and having a hamburger at Hut’s Hamburgers (a beloved, funky dive in Austin, Texas). It was oddly intimate and a whole lot of fun!

Kindness will make whatever you do- traditional or out-of-the-box, an extra special event that he won’t forget. Neither will you. Everyone loves sprinkles. Happy Valentine's Day!