3 Steps to a Fair Trade Easter

This week I threw a challenge out on Facebook and Twitter: let’s have a Fair Trade Easter!

I know, I know.. it sounds like a whole lot of hard work and like a bad idea for the budget. That’s certainly what I’ve always thought about Fair Trade Easter Eggs. I assumed it would be inconvenient and expensive but every year it seems to gets easier. With society becoming more aware of slavery, some  chocolate companies are responding by going Fair Trade with their cocoa. Last year I posted about cocoa slaves, their treatment and the fact that many of them are children.

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The Power of One

Melissa from Dusty Highways posted on her blog about a subject I struggle with. She has expressed it so beautifully and in a way that bought so much relief and peace to me that I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.

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Dear Me, I am writing to remind you that you are you, and you can not do more than you can do. But there is, and always will be, water in your glass, however full…

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She’s So High Above Me..

Remember that song by Everclear?

She’s so hi–gh, high above me, she’s so lovely.. She’s so hi–gh, like Cleopatra, Joan of Arc or Aphrodite..

I used to feel so threatened by that song. I figured I could never be the woman who made her man feel  like he didn’t deserve her. Like she was so much higher than any of his wildest dreams or expectations. How silly is that? Of course I could be that woman! As Christian women, we do the same…

Most of us already know the power of a woman but one of my favourite pieces of the bible goes to a lot of effort to show the magnificent, beautiful strength and power a Godly woman possesses. Yet it’s a passage which many women feel intimidated by and even discouraged. It’s one which has, unfortunately, at times been used wrongly.

It is Proverbs 31:10-31. The story of the ‘Proverbs 31 woman’.

Please don’t sigh and stop reading. I know you’re tired of having a check-list to live up to. I know you’re tired of not living up to it. But Proverbs 31 is not meant to be discouraging or to make us feel bad about ourselves. It’s not meant to be something we compare ourselves with.. and then use to harshly judge our performance. In fact, it’s meant to do the opposite; the story of the Proverbs 31 woman was, I believe, written to encourage, uplift and empower us. You see, if God created the ‘Proverbs 31 woman’ and if God created you and me, doesn’t that mean she’s within all of us? If the ‘Proverbs 31 woman’ is kinda like the perfect woman, then isn’t God moulding and strengthening us all to have her strengths in our own unique ways? Continue reading