Thursday, June 25, 2009

Let's Do LUNCH!

When the local school bells ring again in August That Girl's Lunch will be ringing bells on August 13 at Woodmont Golf & Country Club. We'll be meeting in the spacious Cherokee Hall at Woodmont -- just follow the pink and black balloons!

All you girls out there who are looking for encouragement and inspiration in your daily walk, a devotional message is shared during each of our monthly gatherings. If you want to network with other girls who are in ministry and/or business or you're looking to make some dynamic connections......this is for you! You never know who you're going to meet at That Girl's Lunch. Talk about divine appointments! Oh, and the delicious
menu has been customized for us, too.
Woodmont Golf & Country Club
3105 Gaddis Road
Canton, GA



Save the Dates for the Fall Lunch Line-up!
August 13
September 17
October 29

RSVP Required: rsvp@thatgirlmarketing.biz
Cost: $15 per person


Please make checks payable and mail to:
That Girl Marketing, LLC
149 Ardsley Run
Canton, GA 30115

For more information: http://www.thatgirlmarketing.biz/


"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven." Matthew 5:16



Let's do it together!
Love & blessings,
Polly

Monday, June 8, 2009

Rescue Me!

This month it will have been two years since our precious 13-year old black lab, Puah, (poo-ah)died. She was a loving member of our family. Over the past few months my heart has been telling me that between becoming an empty nester and missing having a sweet dog living with us....it's time to consider getting another one. But this time let's -- for the first time ever -- get a little one. We've always had large dogs: Daisy, the retriever/shepherd mix, Max the boxer/bulldog mix; and Puah, a black lab/retriever mix.

I'm about to go on a rabbit trail for a moment -- kinda like all of our dogs have always done. When our girls were very small, Don used to read the Bible to them at night as he rocked them. Even as very young children, Grace & Mary learned the names and passages from the Bible...and two of the names were "Shiphrah" and "Puah" -- the Hebrew midwives. People always asked us how we came up with the name, Puah, and the girls would tell them, "She is named after the Midrew Hewives in the Bible!" I'm not making this up. They would say, "Midrew Hewives" and it became an ongoing family joke immediately.

Ok, now I'll get back on track. I am continuing to learn how important it is to not act and react impulsively and emotionally, but instead make decisions prayerfully; to wait and pray until I get an answer and if I don't know what to do, I just keep praying until the answer comes. I have been praying about us getting another dog...and asking Don how he felt about it....it had to be right, you know. All I know is that my desire was to have a small female dog. When Don said it was ok with him to get a little dog, I began to prayerfully search for the RIGHT little dog. Mary said, "Mom, we have to RESCUE a dog from an animal shelter. We can save it and give it a good home." I thought that sounded great.

I began to visit our local animal shelter and it was bittersweet to be there. Lots of homeless dogs jumping up and down in their pens begging and barking for someone to rescue them by taking them to a loving home. I kept telling the animal shelter staff that I only wanted a small dog and they were so gracious as I kept coming back to find her. I knew I wanted a female dog. It just seemed right.
During one of my several trips to the shelter I found a sweet, charcoal grey, long-haired terrier mix. She was little and adorable. I couldn't wait to take her with me to get groomed before I brought her home. I filled out all the paperwork to legally adopt her. I had to wait a couple of days because she had to get "fixed" so I went to PetSmart and bought a hot pink leash and collar. The day came and as I was ready to leave home for the animal shelter my cell phone rang: the animal shelter staff member said that the owners of the dog just showed up and said that my dog was their dog. What? She had been a resident of the animal shelter for two weeks, why have they waited two weeks? The people at the animal shelter said that legally the little dog was mine and they knew I would give her a good home. It was up to me if I wanted to give her up to them. Whoo boy!

My thoughts were, "Lord, what is this about? Am I being tested? Hmmmm. Well, Lord, if that is really their dog, then I can't take one of their family members from them. Besides, I understand the providence of God. You rule over every circumstance. You must have something better out there for me." So I gave the dog up and got my money back. Disappointed? Yes. But still, I know God and I know I'm HIS, and I know He loves me and He does not do cruel things to His children. So after I left the shelter I returned the hot pink leash and collar to PetSmart. I knew that if I was supposed to have a new dog the Lord would give me a new dog where and when HE says so. And that's the best thing.
Believing the Lord had something else, something better for me and my family I went back to the web and looked at pet adoptions to see if there was another little one that I was supposed to bring home instead. I found some cute dogs and then in my research discovered that local PetSmart stores have pet adoption agencies show up on weekends with loads of adoptable pets! Whoo hoo. I was on it and still praying for God's will in all of this.

I asked Mary, still living on the KSU campus, if she would check out the pets at the Kennesaw PetSmart while I revisited the local animal shelter and the Canton and Alpharetta PetSmart locations. It was a sunny Saturday during my quest and I couldn't find a little pooch who could fit the description of what I was looking for -- and then Mary called me, "Mom, I found our new dog and she's adorable and she's everything you wanted in a new dog! I'm with Rob & Ryan at PetSmart and I'm holding her right now!"
I zoomed down 575 and pulled into the parking lot. There they were sitting on the sidewalk at PetSmart. Mary was holding her. It took me only five minutes to see she was the dog! I already had a name picked out, too, "Lexie". This decision made Mary's day :) because she's been wanting new pup in the family for a while. She's already planned to take her "little sisterpup" back to school with her for visits!
While I was filling out Lexie's adoption/rescue paperwork , Mary and her buds were in the pet store picking out puppy toys and fulfilling my request for hot pink collar and leash for Lexie. She is a terrier/pug mix , estimated to be about 10 months old. She shouldn't get any bigger than her 13 pounds and that's perfect!

I recently told a friend about Lexie and she said, "She's black and her name is Lexie???? That sounds just like your car -- oh, she sounds like a little black Lexus! Hahahah. That's very funny! Yeah, I can picture that!!!!"

Another friend recently saw a photo of Lexie and said, "Hmmm. All of this seems very familiar, she's jet black with a hot pink collar and leash??? Sounds like That Girl colors!"

Uh-huh! She's become the little mascot of That Girl Marketing as well as a new member of the Balint family! Par-tay!

Ok, so what's the lesson here? There are probably several and as God's children we should always work at being teachable. Personally, through all of this God has reminded me to trust Him and wait for HIS best for me and my family. God really does care about every single, tiny detail of our lives -- why else would He talk about the number of hairs on our head?

I believe rescuing a little black female dog matters to God. I also believe He wants us to live out our lives to the fullest -- for His glory. John 10:10 tells us the Jesus came that we might have life in abundance. The fact is we are here to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. And I'm trying to give Him my best so I will be able to do just that! :)

Love & blessings, Polly

Monday, June 1, 2009

Got Manna?

Getting Spiritually, Physically, & Emotionally Fed

Exodus 16

(This message was shared at the May 2009 That Girl's Lunch.)


These words of encouragement look at how God provided for the Israelites....even when they were whining and complaining about their circumstances. (Ouch. That sounds way too familiar to me!) The truth is He gave them manna. And when He fed them manna it wasn't just simply physical food but it was spiritual food and emotional food, too. That's what He does for us today...He is the One who can feed us and fill us in every way.

Our handbook for life is the Bible. God speaks to us through His word. He has stories, examples, and word pictures to teach us how to live and which step to take next. The people described in the Bible are weak and frail -- as we are -- and yet the ones who sought after God always found their power and strength in God alone. When they would seek Him He helped them and spoke to them and taught them. He'd say things like, "listen to my words", "walk in my ways", "be still and know that I am God", and "remember what I have already done for you".

Exodus 16:2-3 -- "If only we had died by the Lord's hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death." Hmmm...would we Israelites/today's Americans like some cheese with that whine???? :)

If you'll notice God does not teach us everything at once. We have to seek Him daily and be filled for that day. That's what His grace and peace is all about. He says His grace is enough for the day. He will always give us what we need when we need it. With the manna He told the Israelites to only gather enough for the day...and no more. The ones who horded manna -- to be sure they wouldn't run out -- ???---they were not trusting God -- their manna rotted.

Exodus 16:11-12 -- "The Lord said to Moses, "I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, "At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God."

They gathered enough for each person in their households....some gathered much and some gathered little and the outcome was perfect portions. The ones who "paid no attention to Moses" (NIV translation) and kept the extra manna overnight saw it rot and smell by morning. And Moses was mad.

On the sixth day they were told to gather twice as much so they wouldn't be working on the Sabbath by collecting their daily manna.....and God PRESERVED manna for two days and it stayed fresh. This fact tells us He is in control of what will spoil and what will remain fresh...and for how long and for whom.....get it??? God is in the tiniest details of our lives. We can't ever say in truth that God can't do something.
About manna: My NIV Study Bible concordance states that no naturally occurring substance fits all the data of the description of manna and the way is was provided. It was a unique food -- in appearance and taste. And there's more:
  • "Manna was the Lord's unique provision for His people in the desert."

  • "The Hebrew word for manna is "what is it" and this suggests that it was something unknown by the people at the time. "

  • "The taste was something unknown by the people at that time."

  • "The daily abundance of the manna and its regular periodic surge and slump (double amounts on the 6th day) hardly fit a natural phenomenon."

  • "Its availability in ample supply for the entire desert experience, no matter where the people were suggests that it was not a natural substance."

  • The keeping of a sample of the manna in the ark for future generations (vv.33-34) suggests it was a unique food.

  • The point is....this was a supernatual provision! Do we believe God can supernaturally provide for our needs today? Here it is again: "With God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26) There is nothing He cannot do! We must believe!

Day-by-day is the way the Israelites were told to collect manna -- and God in His wisdom is teaching us today that we, also, are to be aware of our total dependence of Him. We need to see that the manna from God includes His peace and His grace as well as provision of physical needs, too. He designed us to need Him moment by moment. We just need to come to Him daily and often with prayer, praise, and requests ---with thanksgiving!

Oswald Chambers in his devotional My Utmost For His Highest writes: "Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard it for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was horded (Ex. 16:20). God will never allow you to keep a spiritual blessing for yourself. It must be given back to Him so that He can make it a blessings to others.

"When our awareness of our neediness increases, so does the realization of His abundant sufficiency." How cool is that????

  • Deuteronomy 8:3 -- "He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD."
  • Deuteronomy 8:16 -- "He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you."
  • Psalm 78:24 -- "He rained down manna for the people to eat, He gave them the grain of heaven."
  • Exodus 16:35 -- "The Israelites ate manna for 40 years until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan."

Look at that! Even while they were in their own wilderness of rebellion and sin for 40 years, God still faithfully provided for their needs! On top of that -- the manna did not stop meeting their needs until the perfect time for them to 'move on' to something else, namely when the Israelites celebrated their first Passover in Canaan! He is faithful and true. Always was. Always will be. Let us encourage one another in this truth during these most difficult days we're living in right now!

Revelation 2:17

  • "He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it." (NIV translation)
  • "Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit is blowing through the churches. I'll give the sacred manna to every conqueror; I'll also give a clear smooth stone inscribed with your new name, your secret new name." (The Message translation)

God is our Hope. He sent His Son Jesus Christ who has said, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6:35)

He is our Manna! :)

Love & blessings, Polly