Posts Tagged ‘Patsy Clairmont’


Slow Reader Friday: Twirl


I needed this book this month. I especially needed this book this week. Things exploded this week on the Compassion Counseling Center front (in a good way) and I found myself scrambling to just get the essential tasks of living done each day. I’m not complaining–God has chosen to use me in a way I never thought I could be used and it’s exciting. But, if one is moving too fast through life, we may fail to stop and realize how much “extra” God has provided for us to simply enjoy, particularly in the United States.

Enter TwirlIf you’ve never heard Patsy Clairmont speak, plan to do it. The elder stateswoman of the Women of Faith speakers is hilarious when speaking and she could easily have her own comedy series any time she wanted. Instead she chooses to use that sharp sense of humor to remind us to take time to appreciate the little things in life.

The titles of her very short chapters ( more like long devotionals) tell the things we fail to appreciate every day: decorating, reading, laughing, art, dancing, fragrance, bubbles, trees, birds, cuddling, and stars, just to mention a few. At the end of each chapter she asks the reader to ponder 3 well-written questions to encourage deeper reflection about ourselves.

Even though Patsy is probably 20 years my senior and has a deeper appreciation for all of the above (particularly this month), I found myself identifying with various parts of her life and enjoyed both the poignant and humorous “phraseology.” Here’s a taste of what I mean:

1. “Sometimes growth can only be measured by where we’ve been, not by what others are doing. (You might want to back up and read that sentence again.)”

2. “Take, for instance, the seed….Get this: It has no brain, yet it knows exactly what it wants to be when it grows up. (Most of us are still trying to to figure that out.) We never see zinnias strain to produce tomatoes, nor have I caught my petunias trying to be svelte lilies. Instead this diminutive encasement follows its Creator’s plan and purpose right up to the blossoms.”

3. “As I age my sleep patterns become more unpredictable. I’m finding it takes a lot more discipline to set myself up for sleep. Resisting sweets, ice cream and chocolate after 6:00 seems helpful. And personally, I can’t handle any caffeine after 3:00, which includes chocolate; otherwise I’m practicing Zumba steps at midnight, which tends to annoy Les.”

As we enter this holiday season, I hope you will pick up this book and put down what you’re so busy doing and just read one chapter. And take a moment and remember how much fun it is to twirl, like you did as a kid.

Monday’s Post: What in the world is “infix”?

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Best Quotes from the Dallas Women of Faith Conference…

power tool

Each and every speaker at the Dallas Women of Faith conference have “sound bites” down to a science and that is probably why they were chosen to speak at such a large conference. I caught myself thinking, “I would give my eye teeth (whatever eye teeth are) to just spend a week with them and soak up their passion, enthusiasm, humor, knowledge and wisdom.” That is probably one bucket list item that will never happen, but if I can’t do that, then I prefer to share with my dear readers what I wrote down as my favorite quotes from the conference. These will soon be posted to my Quotes page, so if you can’t find this post to remind you of something you also liked, look for it there in the coming week.  Here goes:

Anita Renfroe:

“If you can’t love it, just decorate it.”

“Just because they make it in your size doesn’t mean you should wear it.”

“My doctor said, ‘You are what you eat.’ Therefore, I want to eat a skinny chick.”

Patsy Clairmont:

“You are more than you know.”

“You are going to have to take some risks to prove that you are more than you know.”

“We shouldn’t just memorize, but internalize.”

“Stop believing the lies told to you when you were young.”

“I’ve been around the block so many times, I’ve worn out the curb.”

“God is so much more than you know.”

Sheryl Brady:

“We play so hard to get with God.”

“Praise and worship is not about you.”

“You are closer to the miracle than you have ever been.”

“You don’t know how important Jesus is until He’s all you’ve got.”

Christine Caine:

“Are you willing to be inconvenienced for your church?”

“You are the answer to your own prayer.”

“God cannot multiply what you don’t recognize.”

“We see the enormity and think we can’t do everything. So, we do nothing instead of doing one thing to start something.”

“Jesus doesn’t show up until it’s impossible to do it without Him.” Impossible is where Jesus starts.”

“If you are broken into a thousand pieces, collect and gather the broken pieces and just see what God will do with them.”

Priscilla Shirer:

“This is supposed to be an encouragement so you want more of Him.”

“Just like deodorant, we need to ‘put on God’ every day.”

“God doesn’t need a nap before He can handle you.”

“God’s power is often seen in what He refrains Himself from doing.”

“God has your back.”

“Become the women of destiny we are called to be.”

“You are not an accident! God knew you were going to be here today when you were born. If you think it was a miracle you were born, it was even more of a miracle that you were born again. The Hound of Heaven has been looking for you.”

“Lasting external change comes from changing ourselves from the inside out.”

“I am where I am because God wanted me right where I am to serve right here.”

“I had not been cheated; I had been chosen for that location…for that ministry.”

Mercy Me:

“You are a little kid with power tools…you’re dangerous!”

So, my readers, how “dangerous” are you? Become the person of destiny you were called to be and watch how dangerous you become. But, danger (at least this kind) can be oh, so much fun…and good for the rest of man- and womankind!

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