Saturday, April 24, 2010

Proverbs 5:18

May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.

Jesus, the Bridegroom, is relentless in His pursuit of His bride, the Church. He does not grow weary, He does not give up. He loves His bride as much today as ever, in spite of her faults.

Why then does a man cease to pursue and adore the wife of his youth? Why are some guys not fighting for their marriage? Why do they no longer rejoice in the woman that has walked alongside them, for better and for worse? Why is the covenant no longer sacred, and the promises no longer kept?

You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning
because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor
from your hand. But you say, "Why does he not?"
Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth,
to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion
and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one,
with a portion of the Spirit in their union?
And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring.
So guard yourselves in your spirit,
and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.
Malachi 2:13-15

Men of faith, rise up! Fight the good fight for your wife and your marriage! Do not grow weary, and do not cease to persevere! May your fountain be blessed AS you rejoice in the bride of your youth!

** I praise God that He has brought me into covenant with a man who walks with integrity and who seeks after God's heart. Day after day, Hubbs models the grace and patience and love of Jesus to me, and lavishes me with affection. My cup overflows, and I feel every bit as cherished and adored as when we first made our covenant to each other. I am blessed, but fear I am in the minority. May that not be so.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Make-Up and Ecclesiastic Eclecticism


In my bid to find the perfect mineral make-up for my face with the least toxicity, I've been trying nearly every brand mentioned to me. I began with Pur Minerals after having been introduced to Bare Escentuals (which I did not try). Next, I followed my beautician's advice and picked up some pricey Smashbox stuff. When that started to run out, I ordered some Mineral Hygienics. Based on new information about nano-particles, I then rushed an order of Everyday Minerals. Finally, when the great debate about titanium and zinc oxide reared its ugly head, I consulted with the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database and sent for some Rejuva Minerals, my latest purchase.

However, none of these brands has completely satisfied me. Each one has had one or two great products that have really stood out, but for me to conclude overwhelmingly that any one brand has got mineral make-up all figured out would be inaccurate. My quest for the right combination has led me to conclude that perhaps I need to take the best products each brand has to offer, and create my own customized make-up routine rather than commit to just one brand's product line.

Through this process, I am reminded of an article I once read about being an ecclesiastical eclectic. Its premise (which I agree with) is that every denomination that holds to the authority of the Bible and proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord offers some universal Truth about God. Does any one particular denomination get it all right and capture all of the essence of our great God? Probably not; each one is fallible because of the limitations of sinful human nature. However, does not each have something to offer us about who God is? Likely. We can see the passion of God in the more charismatic churches, the splendor and holiness of God in the rituals and traditions of Catholicism, and the mercy of God in the more evangelical traditions. Each denomination of the universal Church reveals something about Him, for each has been established by Him and through Him for His glory.

Just as I would not want to commit to just one brand for my mineral make-up, so too would I not want to commit myself to only one denomination and in so doing, miss out on the insights that another denomination would have to offer about my Father in heaven. I have been so privileged to be able to worship alongside my brothers and sisters in the Alliance, Pentecostal, Catholic, Interdenominational, Christian Reform, Baptist, and Mennonite Brethren traditions. As God calls me to worship in different ways and in different places, I keep getting a fuller and more beautiful picture of the One I serve. How wonderful it is to be an eclectic!

PS - My final "best" list of mineral make-up goes something like this:
- Everyday Minerals Intense Fair Medium foundation / Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder*
- Everyday Minerals Sunlight Finishing Dust
- Mineral Hygienics Cool Kiss Mineral bronzer
- Pur Minerals Universal Marble Mineral Powder (pink)
- Mineral Hygienics Sheer Perfection Mineral Finish (translucent)
- Pur Minerals Intensity Eyeliner gel

*By no means is this stuff non-toxic, BTW. It has great coverage though!

** Honourable mention to Rejuva Minerals' Cool Touch Mineral foundation; it doesn't offer super great coverage but it rates the lowest on the toxicity scale and it's still pretty good! :)