This has been a month of historic moments...the inauguration of
our 44th President, the plummeting economy, and the beginning of Season
8 of American Idol! Yes, I know the Bible says in 2 Timothy we are to
avoid "idol chatter," but I am quite certain Paul didn't write that
verse with the TV show in mind! Whew!
For the New Year, Phil decided he needs to start drinking green tea to lower his cholesterol. So, I've been on a quest to find the most flavorful green tea. I've about decided that finding a green tea with flavor is like finding a candy bar with no calories, but I think I've settled on Tazo Zen. It's a green tea accented with mint and lemon flavors. Here's the official description: A healthy blend of eleuthero, peppermint, cinnamon, licorice and echinacea. It tastes great! And that's a good thing because it can't help your cholesterol if you can't swallow it!
I've been sipping the green healing nectar in some new mugs my friend Suetta sent me. They are part of the Scripture Dinnerware collection. The dinnerware is ivory tinted porcelain with black trim. Scriptures are written in black scripted lettering on the rim of the plate and the reference is given just inside the bottom of the rim. There are 16 different themes, with each of the 5-piece place settings having a different scripture within that theme. The mug usually has the summation of that theme, i.e. "Faith! Hebrews 11:1." I've been shopping for new dishes for a while since my set has gotten smaller from breakage, and the ones that remain are scratched. So, I think I've found my new dishes! I am starting with the "Faith" collection and planning to add accent pieces over the years for birthday and Christmas gifts. You will just love them!
The book that kept me curious during January is American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham. Though Jackson is a controversial figure, his story is compelling. The book briefly touches on his orphan beginnings, his romance and marriage to Rachel, and his wartime heroics, but mostly focuses on his eight years in the White House. What I appreciate most about him is his loyalty and love for his wife, family, friends and our country. God bless America! I'll drink some green tea to that!
The month came to a historic end with our Fresh Grounded Faith event in Shreveport, Louisiana. Chonda Pierce and Alicia Williamson Garcia joined me to make the experience a perfect blend. My favorite Chonda quote from the weekend was: " I now wear two pairs of Spanx. When one got a hole in it I thought I had a tumor!" My favorite quote from Alicia was: "Worship is a response to God, not a reaction to circumstances." We had such a great time with 900 of our closest friends! I wish you had been there, too!
So, give these things a taste test: