The Stand Out Project

Why Me? Walking the Tightrope

Why Me? Walking the Tightrope

Here is one of the questions God has probably heard millions of times today: Why me? There are moments in life when we hold conscious resistance to accepting the different happenings that come our way, mostly if they can be characterized as contrary to our plans. So we ask: “Why me?” Why do I have to be the one to undergo persecution? Why do I have to be the one who is faithful to God ...[Read More]

Can You Trust Your Feelings?

Can You Trust Your Feelings?

Talking about feelings at this point in life can give me chills. I will confess to you, if you can keep it a secret, I have lived long enough to see that this revolutionary apparatus living inside me called feelings can be dangerously tricky. Let me tell you how it works. Recently, I had a major surgery done to my body. Some loving, concerned people warned me to keep away from activities or anythi ...[Read More]

Sweet… 15? What Will Come Next?

Sweet… 15? What Will Come Next?

People around the world have a different idea about when and how to celebrate birthdays. All birthdays are important; no one will deny. It’s more than just another year of life to count. In Brazil, for example, if you allow me sharing some cultural information here, one date in particular is more important than others in the life of a girl. Turning 15 is a dream to come true! Differently from what ...[Read More]

Marathon Running

Marathon Running

The faith required for preparation Sometimes God calls us to run marathons. Marathons of faith. I have never actually participated in a marathon. I once almost finished a 5K. ‘Almost’ is a loose term … don’t look up the footage, thanks. But, if I understand this marathon business correctly it requires training. I imagine for a long time. More than just days or weeks … months. And on the day you de ...[Read More]

Going Through Deep Waters

Going Through Deep Waters

If you live in south Louisiana, you certainly heard of a tropical storm that shook Louisiana on August 19, 2016. Schools got cancelled on the first week of activities. For some students celebration was in the air. No one knew of the upcoming tragic historical moment in the Louisiana Gulf Coast. It was not a hurricane. The people of Louisiana know well what a hurricane is like. High winds, high sur ...[Read More]

No Posts This Week? Here’s Why.

No Posts This Week? Here’s Why.

Dear reader, If you have been reading our posts weekly, you might be asking: No posts this week? What happened? Well, inspiration has given the place to action. We have been watching the waters go up in our region and flood the houses of many friends and neighbors. No, it is not a pretty picture. It’s devastating! But if there is one thing about people in south Louisiana,it is that they like ...[Read More]

Life Is Not a Lipstick

Life Is Not a Lipstick

Go to a store and observe how girls choose a lipstick. Some like it red. Some like it pink. Some like all sorts of colors. Some like none. Some girls may wear expensive brand names, while others are just looking for another lipstick. It may be a matter of opinion or budget, but the fact is that some girls have to have it. This popular product comes in different shapes, sizes, and scents. It keeps ...[Read More]

BEST DAY Ever: Number 2673

BEST DAY Ever: Number 2673

I am such a wimp. Seriously. Who knew I’d be living in The Last Frontier, embracing and relishing the cold and snow and doing things like flying four-wheelers down a narrow, bumpy, muddy trail through moose and bear country, then pausing said wild ride to pick blueberries on the trail with my fellow female trailblazers. If you had told me I’d hold fairly limited qualms regarding the use of h ...[Read More]

Are You Fit to Lead?

Are You Fit to Lead?

I grew up playing simple games like Red Rover, Hide and Seek, Red Light Green Light, and Simon Says during recess and after school with my neighborhood tribe. Simon Says was a fave with us Big Kids. I relished tripping the littles up. The hardest one? Rub your belly and pat your head at the same time, except I’d demand the one and do the opposite; I’d pat my belly and rub my head. This sneaky swit ...[Read More]

The Master of Thunder

The Master of Thunder

The master of thunder Our trustworthy father While our parents have spent much of our lives reassuring us of the scary things that go bump in the night, during times like these they just may be the ones who need reassuring. Recently I watched my niece and nephew and my son for a few days while my sister and her husband went on an anniversary getaway trip. On a Friday night in Arkansas the storm wa ...[Read More]

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