Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Workout and Chia seed Update

I saw my lovely trainer today.

I am already so sore I had to chi my hair in stages this afternoon.

My arms just won't stay up.

And after only a 15 minute workout.

Intense!

Crossfit is like the ninja of workouts. Flies in out of nowhere. Whips your butt in record speed. Leaves your arms feeling like dead bodies hanging from your shoulders. It's all so fast you don't even know what hit you (but you suspect an 18 wheeler).

Word to your ninja mother.

I made Hayden drink chia seeds in orange juice.

He literally almost threw up on the kitchen table.

I'll try a different approach tomorrow.

Get in Shape Girl

Anyone remember this?



"Get in Shape Girl...You'll love the feeling! Get in Shape Girl...it's so appealing."

Right.

Bunch of lies.

Getting in shape hurts and it's anything but appealing.

After a hard year of emotional issues, spiritual issues, having mono and being anemic I have felt like I'm wearing Mrs. Doubtfire's fat suit. Thankfully God has done some sweet knitting on my insides, but I have been feeling like I need a reset button for my outsides. I can't find one on my body though.

I'm trying two things to kick start my body, repair my immune system and get rid of the pudge that has made itself at home around my middle.

Weapon Number One...

Chia seeds. Have you heard of these? I found out about them on one of my favorite blogs. Christine is fun-knee. She loves breastfeeding, has dreads*, a multi-color family, loves Jesus, adoption, lives her life for the least of these...I could go on and on. She's the real deal. She's honest. Honesty is refreshing. She totally inspires me to be myself.

There is a Christine inside me somewhere. She just got lost along the way.

I've slowly read all of Christine's archives. Who does that? I certainly never had until Christine. For a few days, any time I had free time I'd catch up on Christine's blog. Okay fine...it wasn't actually all free time. The laundry got a little higher than I like for it to get. I guess that's okay sometimes.

Aaron would see me and say, "Are you reading the naked lady blog?" My response...yep. yep I am. I love her. There aren't naked ladies on her blog, by the way. There are nursing pictures. Aaron is silly that way. Besides, I think he just likes to say, "naked ladies."

Awhile back, Christine linked to this article about chia seeds:

Chia for Health


Plus...Dr. Oz has had loads of great things to say about our new friend, Chia.

Poor flax seed. Chia seeds seem to lap flax seeds in the race for awesome health. I'm sure on the health food aisle you can hear Chia taunting flax with lots of "Your momma's so big" jargon.

Sad day for flax seed.

Seriously, chia seeds help with weight loss, are super high in protein, calcium, magnesium, and are higher in essential omega 3 fatty acids than flax seeds. Plus...you don't have to grind them. Who has time for grinding?

You can eat them in yogurt with granola, on cereal or bake them into breads. Or you can dissolve them in your favorite beverage. They are flavorless.

I bought some to jump start my immune system and to help Hayden's eczema. I'll also use them as a catch all for the other kids. A little chia every day will surely make up for the vegetables they hide in their napkins at dinner time.

Weapon Number Two...

I'm also starting a new workout/nutrition regimen today...with a real-live person who knows stuff. I'm super excited and a little nervous.

More on that to come...

I'm just ready to get back in shape. To stop feeling like a slug. I want my energy back. Stupid mono stole that from me. It's time to reclaim what has been lost.

Now if I had only kept my cool "Get in Shape Girl" arm weights from the 80's. I'd really be in business.

*How way-awesome are dreads? I've been trying to talk Megan into getting them.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mother's Day Idea


I have an idea.

Ready?

Mother's Day is right around the corner.

You can judge me if you want. I have four sons and one husband. When it's gift time around here, I have found it to be "not in my best interest" to let said males come up with their own ideas for what to get me.

I guess I could let them come up with something to get me on their own, but when I do that I usually end up with something dumb. Sorry. It's true. Buying something dumb, is extra dumb when I could simply tell them what I want. Buying something dumb is extra extra dumb when the money for a dumb gift could be used for something spectacular instead...like saving the life of one of the 24,000 kids who will die today of preventable diseases.

So why not just tell the men in my life what I want?

And by tell, I mean tell. Not hint. You can have your own opinions, but with this many guys in my house I have found that hinting doesn't work. It actually makes matters worse.

For instance, if it's close to a holiday and I say, "Wow. My back has really been hurting me lately. My neck is so sore. What I wouldn't give for a massage..." As I'm saying this, I'm thinking of a gift certificate to my favorite spa for an hour long massage.

Instead, I will probably end up getting this.

"Oh, you wanted a real massage? We thought you wanted a yellow sea anenome helmet."

Story. Of. My. Life.

Out with the hinting, in with the telling.

So I was thinking about what I want for Mother's Day. What do I need?

Um...nothing.

Really. I do not need another stupid thing.

I want to redeem this holiday. I mean, really. We could all buy into this world's dark agenda to commercialize everything lovely in our lives.

Personally, I'm kind of tired of that.

Then I read this great post at the Radical Womanhood blog.

You can read the article yourself. To sum it up, she gives some great gift ideas that will help mothers in developing countries support their families.

What if instead of asking for more junk for us, we invest in the life of another mother this Mother's Day?

How exciting!

One of my favorite places to invest in women is Heartline's Women's Program in Haiti.

Heartline brings women into their program, teaches them about the Lord and teaches them to sew.

Then those ladies sew purses and sell them on the internet.



If you've been around this blog for awhile, you know I had a purse party here at my house not long ago.

I LOVE my bag. Love it.

You can browse the bags online here.

I can't get over how well made my bag is and how trendy cool it is. Let me make this clear...when you buy a bag from Heartline, you are not offering a hand-out. I'm not saying hand-outs are always bad, but these purses are incredible. Mine is so well made. It is worth every penny I paid!

When you buy a bag from these women you are supporting mothers as they work extremely hard to support their families. Heartline is also an orphanage, but their greatest desire is to equip women so they can love and care for their children without having to abandon them.

You can also host a purse party. It's easy. You go here. Contact the lady in charge of purse parties. They will ship you a box of purses. You give them your credit card number, but nothing is charged on your card! Invite your friends over. Shop. Buy. Laugh. Eat. Talk about tampons, three year olds and kiefer. Then return any left over purses. You don't even pay shipping to get the bags or send the bags back. If the left over purses are returned nothing is ever charged to your card. It is super easy!

Another place to shop for your wife or mom...Katie's bead making program in Uganda.


Do you know about Katie? Oh how I love this girl.

She's in her early twenties and is raising 13 (or is it 14) girls in Uganda. Her life inspires me!

Want to make a difference in a woman's life for Mother's Day?

Read this post.

picture from Katie's blog

Then buy these beads!

Also....you can check out what Trade As One is offering for Mothers.

Heartline, Trade As One, and Ugandan Necklaces are giving mothers hope.

What a wonderful gift to give to another mother on Mother's Day.

So...

Buy a bag. Buy some beads. Buy some hope. Celebrate two Mothers on Mother's Day! Your own wife or mother, and another mother desperately trying to feed her babies.

Mothers. They have one thing in common. They love their babies in a ferocious way.

I know it is hard for us to imagine, but what if we couldn't feed our babies?

What if we had to watch them suffer, not because we were unwilling to work, but because there was no work?

How exciting to think of being celebrated this year as a mother by celebrating what we all have in common as mothers...a crazy, wild love for our children. A desire to see them live...to grow...to thrive...to laugh.

When we buy a bag, give a loan, or purchase some beads, we're equipping women to do one of the only things that matter to each of us as mothers...love our babies.

I am praying for a Happy Mother's Day for you my sweet friends, but also for women just like us who have heard their babies cry out in hunger or watched them die of something lame like diarrhea or malaria. Let's give the gift of hope this Mother's Day!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Three Things I'm Digging Right Now




Remember the Radical Series. Uh. Duh. Of course you remember it, because I'm super annoying about it and won't write about anything else.

I promise.

One day I'll go back to writing about bodily functions and being borderline inappropriate. Have patience with me.

Okay, enough small talk. Back to the Radical Experiment. Go ahead. Roll your eyes. Whatev.

Well...Megan told me about the coolest thing ever.

Brookhills has some great resources online for people who have gone through the Radical Series. In a nutshell, David Platt (pastor of Brookhills) preached the life altering, headache inducing, bring revival in your soul series called the Radical Series. Later, their church embarked upon a 1 year journey to pray for the world, read through the Bible and live out all their new convictions about giving and loving people around them. This part of their journey is called The Radical Experiment.

From what I can gather, the church prays over a specific country every week. During that week you get informed about that country. You read through parts of the Bible together...all that jazz.

Brookhills has some cool links (especially for those of you with kids). I can't wait for our family to use these resources. Maybe I'll actually learn some geography. Jesus and map skills. Both much needed around here.

Here's how it will work...

We'll buy this book:

Window on the World
looks a little creepy, but it's going to be great

You can get it on Amazon or half.com

We'll use this study guide put out by Brookhills...

Go here. Scroll down to the bottom and either click on Family Worship Guide or click on Family Worship Guide Archive. To get an idea of what's available every week for you and your kids, just read the latest Family Worship Guide. But...we are going to start from the beginning, so we'll be using the archive.

The family worship guide for the week will give you scriptures to use every day with your kids, a verse to memorize for the week, and the teachings for the week will correspond with pages out of the Window on the World Book. Window on the World will teach our families about different countries and the prayer needs for each country. Wow!

I love how Brookhills serves their families this way (and all of us!) They have basically done the planning and leg work for us. We just grab the book, grab the family worship guide and dig in. What a great resource!

For those of you who are not sure what Family Worship is (or how to get started) Brookhills has put together one of the best packets for explaining Family Worship and helping families get going. This is like Family Worship for Dummies. Except we won't be dummies. We'll know where Pakistan is.

You can check that out here. It's called A Simple Guide to Family Worship.

Second thing I'm loving right now...

The Story of Stuff. Check it out. If you're on this journey with us to figure out where our stuff comes from and how to honor God by caring for the people who make the products we buy, The Story of Stuff does a great job giving an overview of some of these issues. Thanks for sending this to me, Aubry!

I'm not sure if I love the content of this video, or just love Annie's hand movements. I'm a sucker for good hand gestures. They hypnotize me.




And last but not least...

Speaking of caring for the earth. I will be making far less trash every month because of this great invention:

The Diva Cup.

I'll also be grossing myself out every month, but it's for the earth...so I'll take one for the planet.


I won't go into great detail, but I'm outing myself.

I have one.

I use it.

I love it.

Google it.

Yep. It's happened.

I've gone granola.

David Platt. Family Worship. Story of Stuff. Diva Cup.

Only here, folks. Only here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I feel like Marvin K. Mooney


Sending...long story short, we stink, but we are going to fix that.

No more excuses.

It's time for us Hendricks to remove our heads from our rumps and know what's going on with missionaries we've technically sent, but not really sent in the ways that matter. We're truly excited about learning to be better senders.

Come to find out, life is lonely for lots of missionaries. Yes, they need money but they need to know we love them, we pray for them, we haven't forgotten them, and we see ourselves in a partnership with them in fulfilling the Great Commission.

The Radical Series has totally ruined our lives. Not exaggerating. Technically it's Jesus ruining our lives but still...

Recently our pastor was at some conference.

He emailed Aaron to tell him that he had just met David Platt.

I asked Aaron to ask Allen to knee David Platt in his man parts and then say, "That's for ruining the Hendrick's life."

Some days I'm overwhelmingly grateful for all the things we learned while listening to the Radical Series.

Some days I want to maim David Platt, rewind my life and go back to the way it was before we were given ears to hear.

That's just the way it goes.

During this whole "re-evaluate our entire life" phase (and we're still in it, but actually seeing a light at the end of the tunnel) we started asking ourselves some hard questions about how we care for the poor, how we help the orphan, and how we support global missions.

I mentioned that we started asking God (for the very first time in our lives) if we should go.

God says go, so should we go?

With everything else, we've had to confess how quick we are as a couple to jump straight to all the reasons why Jesus didn't really mean what he said. We're lightning fast about listing all the reasons why "go" means "stay right here." We're even faster at coming up with a long list of reasons why Jesus was not talking to us...to Aaron...to me...to our family.

Before asking God if we should go, I had this ongoing, broken record conversation in my head that went something like this...

I can't go.

I can't.

I'm a wienie.

A big wienie.

My nick name is Heather Hilton.

I'm a brat.

Hayden has eczema.

I heart electricity.

Aaron takes man baths...hot longs ones.

I don't have the complexion for missions work. This is a biggie.

I have such a great family. I want to go to all my niece's birthday parties.

I have the best group of friends. For real. We are crazy blessed.

We are doing so much work here for Jesus.

I'm sure that work is uber important.

Too important to leave behind and go.

I'm sure it would be easier for singles to go...or people with less kids...or kids who are younger than mine.

I could seriously go on all day.

Lots of reasons.

Lots of "not it" excuses.

When asking the question, "Do we need to go" we started doing a lot of research.

Research in general...as in, do there need to be more missionaries?

And research specifically about Haiti. For some reason, that's the country that has our heart right now. "Obsessed" is the only word to use for Aaron's relationship with Haiti.

In general, here's what we found about missions and the way the church spends their money on reaching the lost. These statistics are mind boggling. I got them from this blog. The author cites his sources at the bottom of his post.

"Worldwide Christian churches devote more than 85% of their resources on our own development. That is, only 15% of this arsenal of personnel, finance, prayer, and tools goes to bless unreached people groups.
In the U.S., the picture is even bleaker. According to the Bibles for All World Prayer Map, American Christians spend 95% of offerings on home-based ministry, 4.5% on cross-cultural efforts in already-reached people groups, and 0.5% to reach the unreached.
American evangelicals could provide all of the funds needed to plant a church in each of the 6,400 people groups with only 0.2% of their income.
If all the missionaries needed came from this country, less than 0.5% of evangelicals aged 18 - 35 could form the teams required."
Is there a missionary shortage?
Yes.
There is a desperate...and I mean desperate need for more people to leave this country and suffer for the sake of the gospel and for the sake of the poor and the orphaned.
Is there a giving shortage?
A friend sent me this statistic. It's from the book, Through God's Eyes: A Bible Study of God's Motivations for Missions by Patrick O. Cate Past President & General Director of Christar.
"Worldwide Giving -

$2.75 per week per church member
$0.15 per week per church member to foreign missions"
The average amount of money we give to foreign missions is 15 cents a week. Crazy.
Obviously, more people need to be going and more people need to be sending. Too many of us are living in the category where Aaron and I have made our home...in the disobedience column.

Remember how I said we've always been "that couple" who make everyone a little irritated by saying things like this....
"Maybe not everyone is called to adopt, but holy crap, with all the orphans we have sitting in institutions or foster care around the world AND all the homes here in the US with plenty of money and resources to care for those kids COMBINED with the fact that God commands that we care for the orphan, I will go to my grave confidently saying that MORE of us should be adopting."
After doing a few weeks worth of research on missions I think I can confidently say that maybe not everyone is called to go, but dang it...more of us obviously should be going.
For those of us who live here in College Station, the following statistics should really hit home for us.
"60% of unreached people groups live in countries closed to missionaries from North America.
22 million internationals visit the US each year. Of these, some 7050,000 are university students from 220 countries 25% of which prohibit Christian missionaries. 80% of those students will return to their countries having never been invited to an American home.
  • 40% of the world's 220 Heads of State once studied in the US.
  • 60% of international students come from the 10/40 window.
  • 10% of international students are reached by ministries while in the United States."
So, that's where we are right now.

Asking God if He wants us to go.

And like I've said before, please oh please don't think we're totally rad for asking God that question.

We're not rad.

We're sad that this is an area near and dear to the heart of God and yet we've basically told Him to talk to the hand. We serve a missional God, and yet we have never gone to the trouble to do any research or ask God if He wants us to imitate His heart when it comes to "going" somewhere hard and foreign for the sake of the gospel...or the poor...or the orphan.

Read back over those statistics.

The Great Commission is a pretty easy read. It's pretty clear.

The need is great.

And yet if someone would have even suggested to me that I should pray about "going" I would have laughed and then said something sassy like, "Shut up. That's stupid. Puh-lease" and totally dismissed them.

I'm asking myself...if the great commission is so important to God, why aren't we more comfortable asking our friends and our family if God is asking them to go? Why are long-term foreign mission conversations weird (or worse, non-existent) even in the church?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Garage Sale/Book Sale

We're having a big, multi-family garage sale tomorrow at the house.

I'm also selling the rest of these books. Remember the library books we bought from an auction?

We still have a bu-jillion.

We have baby items, rock band, and a bunch of old windows ($10 each).

There will be a bunch of stuff for sale.

7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning at our house.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Makes Me Wonder What I'm Doing With My Life...


Have all of you cried through Extreme Home Makeover's episode where they built a new home for the Beach Family?

If you love adoption, or are learning to love adoption don't miss this show! You'll be inspired.

Noel Piper mentioned on her blog...

One caveat: Adoptive parents, we have to grit our teeth and bear it when there are several mentions of the Beaches’ “own” children and adopted children–
not by the Beaches, though. I put my arm around Talitha and said, “You are my own child.”

I so feel what Noel is saying. The first time the EHM people fumbled that adoption terminology I literally think an audible growl came out of my body. Just the mama bear coming out, I guess.

Be blessed as you watch this sweet family! I kept thinking about how crazy the Beach family must be to have adopted all of those kids. Then I'd remind myself that what the Beach family is doing is only crazy if this kingdom is all that matters. How I want to live for heaven! Jesus, help my unbelief!

Here's the link to the first part of the episode. The second part will pop up automatically.
I bet these won't be available for long. I think there are only a few weeks worth of episodes online.

Part One

Make sure you have tissues. I watched it with my boys and cried all the way through this show. It's one of those things you watch...and cry...and then that one event causes you to rethink your entire life. There will probably be more tears during the "rethinking" part. Just a warning.

Did I tell you all that I got a spray tan this weekend for a wedding?

I think I only shared that on facebook.

Well...as you watch EHM...when you see Tye...that's what I looked like on Friday.

TERRIFYING.

Spray Tans...

I need to write about that ultra weird experience.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Should We Stay or Should We Go?

This post is brought to you by the Radical Series.


"Do you want us to go, God?"

That's what we're asking....for the first time in our lives.

That's where we've been for about a month.

One thing is for sure....things have to change.

Big changes.

After listening to the Radical Series our hearts are broken...angry...sick...sad...repenting.

Like I said, we've claimed to follow Jesus, and yet we don't really live the way He did or care about the things He loves.

Besides knowing all the right things to say, our lives do not really look much like Jesus'. We are the picture perfect family for the poster that is American Christianity...but when I look at Jesus...when I hear His heart in His Word about life...about living for heaven...I am painfully aware that there are some huge discrepancies between who Jesus is, and who I'm striving to be.

Aaron and I can throw down words like grace, truth, sovereignty, and gospel like the best of them, but our life as a family...the way we actually spend our money, spend our time and love this world do not look much different from people who do not know Jesus. We certainly don't live like the widow that Jesus commends. I guess a lot of great, Bible things are stuck in our heads, but not making a way into how we live our every day, real-life, lives.

We spend most of our money on ourselves every month. How awesome of us, right? Even if we were generous with some of our money, our bank statement does not lie. It says we spend a gigantic percentage of our income on ourselves. It says we live in splendor...in absolute extravagance...while people suffer around us.

Even though God says to share, to care for the poor, the orphan, to send out missionaries, we have somehow justified spending most of our money on our own family, buying ourselves tons of fun, unnecessary items while 24,000 children die every day of preventable diseases.

Regardless of whether or not God says "go" or "stay" big change is definitely coming our way. We want to share this part of our journey here, but my greatest fear is that you would think we're awesome for doing some of the things we may be doing soon (after Jesus pours a big fat, jumbo size portion of faith into our lives...cause we need it). We're not awesome. I hope we've established that. And for the first time in my life I don't think people who sacrifice for the gospel, live for heaven, spend their lives caring for the orphan and the poor are super stars. I think they know Jesus. I think they actually obey Him. I think they are living out basic Christianity.

I also think the converse may be true. I think scripture makes a pretty clear argument for people who live like my family has been living, hear Jesus teach and then continue living the same way they have always lived. Like the rich, young ruler, those people will walk away from Jesus sad.

We want to love Jesus. Really love Him. We want to listen to Him instead of hearing what He says and then blowing Him off or giving His clear instructions new meaning. We want him to tear away our earthly loves (which is extremely painful, by the way).

We're reevaluating our lives in a few specific categories...the poor...the orphan...our money...and missions.

For now, we're talking about missions....

In the Bible, Jesus says to "GO." Go make disciples of every nation.

We're trying to take our lives...look at them...and then figure out if we're being obedient to the Jesus we say we love.

Since we're not uber holy, always-been-fanatical-about-missions kind of people we had to start with some research.

Here are a ton of questions we're asking the Lord...

Do we need to go, God?

Where are we most needed?

Should we be here in the US making an American sized salary and sending it to other gospel-centered, needs meeting organizations and missionaries in other countries?

Should our family be the ones who go while others here send us?

Do more people need to leave the US and be the goers?

Do more people need to stay in the US and be the senders?

We're asking God which of those categories of people our family should fall into.

I've heard it said...many times (and ignored it)...

There are only two ways to live when it comes to missions and living out the great commission:

As people who go.

As people who send.

Any other category is called DISOBEDIENCE.

That's the category where we've made our home for years. We are asking God to lift us out of this dark pit...this cave that is self-absorption and show us clearly if He wants us to go or send.

This has been a time of many firsts for us as a couple.

The first time we're hearing Jesus speak and trying to quit ignoring Him.

The first time we're evaluating our lives in light of the great commission.

The first time we're asking God to help us to live for heaven.

The first time we're getting a real glimpse of how hard it is to live for something you cannot see with your eyes.

I don't want to live for this kingdom, but I do live for it. That's the only way to explain the size of our home, our flippant view of missions, and all the other ways we refuse to live generously and sacrificially. We aren't generous or sacrificial givers, because in order to be, we'd have to be convinced that this kingdom is not our reward. Our reward is waiting in heaven. In order to go, to send, to give in a way where we felt it as a family, we'd have to actually have faith. A faith that is alive, is meaningful and shaping every decision we make.

We want to be people whose greatest investment is in heaven...not in this earthly kingdom.

We need Jesus to grow our faith. We're asking Him to grow it.

I want to believe Jesus isn't a liar when He says:

Matthew 19:21-30
Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?"
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

Friday, April 02, 2010

And the Winner Is...

Thanks for playing along on this give away!

And thanks for giving me carpal tunnel syndrome as I wrote down over 200 entries.

Good thing I have a great doctor.

We wrote. We cut. We folded....



We used up a lot of our scrap paper like the hippes we are.

Aaron drew the winning name...

Congrats Gina Rock!

You just won yourself a Lime Ricki swimsuit.

Please email me at hendrickcrew@gmail.com to claim your prize.

If Gina doesn't claim her prize by Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. (my time) we'll draw another name!

Don't forget about the promo code...

LIME RICKI PROMO CODE

If you're not Gina, but you want a swimsuit as cute as hers, type in HENDRICK as you're checking out at the Lime Ricki website to get a 10% discount off your purchase.

Thanks Lime Ricki for hosting this incredible giveaway!

I pray we are all going to the Lord, allowing Him to search our hearts and teach us to pursue modesty.

May we live out all the LIFE God has for us at the swimming pool this season, being fully convinced that what we're wearing is honoring the Lord we love!