Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
I think there was a movie by that name, wasn't there? I never saw it, but I know the type. High school was not a happy time in my life, and there were two girls in particular -- Brenda and Barbara -- who made it particularly less happy. But I learned to pray for them and smile at them when I saw them, and don't count their harassment as one of my life's major traumas.
But what brought the topic to mind was a dream I had last night. I was driving somewhere and needed to pull off the road for some reason. Just as I was reaching to turn on my hazard lights, a car rear-ended me. And not just any car...a car full of mean girls. They said some nasty things to me, one of which was an insult about my eyebrows. This is what you get when you notice right before going to bed how desperately you need some quality time with a pair of tweezers! It was a funny dream, though it took me a while after waking to sort out that my car had not really been rear-ended.
And it made me think about how grateful I am for the many wonderful female friends I now have in my life. I still have my insecurities, so it still rather surprises me that anybody likes me, but I'm a little more used to it that I used to be. And there's something particularly blessingful about being accepted and liked by younger ladies. The high school and college-age girls in my church and extended Christian community are such godly and beautiful girls -- they show me what the Brendas and Barbaras of my past should have been like. Not to mention what the Valerie of my past should have been like. So here's to girlfriends younger and older -- when I grow up I want to be like you!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 1:35 PM
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Pay It Forward
If you want to join in the fun and get a little something in return...be one of the first three ladies to leave a comment on this post (on my blog...not my Facebook notes) , and you'll receive a gift from me during this year. There's a small catch...You knew there would be didn't you? Post this on your blog or Facebook wall (sorry, no MySpace-ing) referencing this post then come back and leave a comment on this post, telling me you're in. Fun, huh? And by in, you do know that means you have to Pay It Forward and give something to three people on your blog or Facebook page. I don't even care if you make something...just giving something is good with me!
Remember, only the first three comments receive the gift from me. When and what will be a surprise.
Recommended Listening (Especially for You Pastor/Elder Types)
Tim Bayly posted a link to this sermon by my friend Mark Cary, delivered at a presbytery meeting. The message is about faithful shepherding, which Mark not only knows about, but excellently exemplifies. Well worth a listen!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 9:17 AM
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009 AD
The Only Appropriate Demeanor for Christians
[W]e are to apply ourselves to the doctrine of God* "with teachableness rather than with subtlety" and so I thought to make a point about the only appropriate demeanor for Christians. "Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: And let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil" (Ps. 141:5). To live any other way is always the way of turmoil. (Doug Wilson)