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Jen Price

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God Colors

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14 (Message version)

I was stopped in my tracks by this verse from the Bible yesterday. With all the talk of color, I was struck by how he talks about being a light and bringing out the God-colors. I love that analogy. I also love how he talks about being generous with our lives and the results of that. I want to be someone who generously exudes love and kindness to everyone. Even though that is my heart intention, I have no doubt that I have said and done things along the way, unintentionally, that have caused hurt or pain to someone who is different than me. Today, let’s all examine ourselves and be ever mindful of our words. Some of us would never say we are racist, but every time we single out someone who is different than us in a negative connotation, we are being racist.

The only way to be a bright spot, a light, in the midst of so much pain, suffering, and heartache, is to generously love others as God so generously loves humankind.

Fun Thoughts

10 Things

Every Friday, I will be posting 10 things I’m grateful for. Join along with me by posting your blog link in the comments of your own 10 things or simply comment with what you’re thankful for.

1. Jobs that allow us to work from anywhere. My current office consists of a lounge chair on a deck overlooking the Sacramento Mountains with the occasional hummingbird and elk visit.

2. Driving lessons. We’ve moved from a quad to a real car. Pops, if you’re reading this, don’t worry. She’s only driving to the trash bin and back.

3. Outdoor grills. We’ve grilled everyday this week. Everything is just so much better on the grill.

4. That Jeremy Price has been found. It’s been a long time coming.

5. Decks. With outdoor tables. I’ve always wanted a deck with an outdoor table on it. It has made eating dinner the past week an event as we eat, talk, play games, and enjoy nature. Warms my mama’s heart.

6. Needy dogs? Not sure if I’m entirely grateful for that but… Her happy place is being outside, only if someone is out there with her. As I sit and work with her by my side, I guess I’m grateful that we were able to bring her over from South Africa before travel restrictions and everything hit.

7. People. With all the unrest going on in our country right now, I’m just grateful for people of all colors from all places. It makes the world beautiful.

8. Organization. I rest so much better when everything has a place, and it’s in it. Sometimes it drives my family crazy.

9. My quilt! My mother-in-love has been on a mission to make everyone in the family a quilt. I got mine right before our trip to New Mexico. She was spot on in picking out the color scheme. I love it!

10. Binge watching season 3 of Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix, because one, sometimes it’s good to make yourself be still and two, I just love his quirkiness. The only bad thing is that it gives me the travel itch which is not good right now!

What are you thankful for?

Thoughts

What is color?

As most of you, my heart is breaking over the social divides happening in the US right now. This post is meant to promote love, so please refrain from speaking anything that will bring the opposite.

Before our kids became too old to want bedtime songs sung to them, we would sing the same 4 songs every.single.night. One of them was the age old Jesus Loves The Little Children.

Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white. They are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Our kids have not grown up noticing color of skin. I’ll never forget the first time our daughter was shocked to hear someone telling a story and referring to someone as black. She didn’t understand why the story needed someone’s skin color pointed out. The truth was it didn’t.

I’ve traveled the world and seen racism in many different forms against all different people. It always breaks my heart. We are ALL people created in God’s image. We are ALL people of color. Some are red. Some yellow. Some black and some white. Let’s see people as people and not negatively distinguish them for their color of skin or where they’re from. Love and peace, friends.

Thoughts

Lessons From The Hummingbird

This week I’ve been in New Mexico up in the mountains where the air is cool and nature sings to you. I put a hummingbird feeder out a couple of days ago and have spent a lot of time watching the hummingbirds come up to feed from it. They really are fascinating little birds. I’ve learned a little about them thanks to Google. They are the only birds that can literally fly in any direction. They fly 25-30 miles per hour and can dive 50 miles per hour (that explains their constant return to the sugar water filled feeder). They have an impeccable memory and can remember every flower they visit and how long it takes it to refill. They are unlike any other bird which is what gives them that fascinating edge. But they do have their limitations. Did you know they have no sense of smell? Or that they have very weak feet? They really only use them for perching. They can’t walk or hop on them.

As I’ve tried to draw some kind of mind blowing conclusion from the hummingbird, I’m reminded of recent conversations centered around doing what you’re good at it. So here it is. The mind blowing conclusion derived from watching the hummingbird… Spend your energy doing what you do well. After all, you can’t be good at everything.

Thoughts

Connectedness

I believe that good can come from anything if we look hard enough. This pandemic has definitely been the opposite of good; it’s been horrible. If I look past the horribleness of it, I see people who have come together in community to help others. Virtual prom and graduation for seniors who are missing the most memorable moments of their last year of high school. Friends dropping banana bread and games at our doorstep. Drive-by disciplines that bring a broadway star singing Phantom of the Opera to a freshmen’s sidewalk. Families gathered around the table eating dinner and playing games. Food parcel deliveries to the most vulnerable in South Africa.

The response of so many in such a devastating time brings tears to my eyes. It also challenges me deeply. When it’s ok to give a hug again, I want to carry over this heart of community, love, and generosity that has seeped through the cracks. We were, after all, designed for connectedness.