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Tara Rayburn
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Put a face on it!
My friend Shaula Overholt has felt called to answer the need. For her and her family, it's not about politics, issues, walls, vetting, etc. For her it's faithfully following what she has been asked to do... "Love your neighbor."
Right now, her Austin neighbor's happen to be several Syrian Refugee families. These are some of the faces. Their horrific stories are real. Their children and their needs are real, not news clips.
Recently, her church Gateway in Austin sent her to Jordan to learn first hand how they could help this world crisis. While there are a few churches helping there, one of the biggest problems is schooling for the kids. Living in some of these neighboring countries is overwhelming to all involved. When these children enter the local schools, they are oftentimes made fun of and bullied for being refugees. Then these kids don't stay in school because it's horrible. Then they don't get an education and start to hate others too. Then, guess what kind of people/organizations want to swoop in and cause these same kids to join their hate groups? See how vicious that cycle can be? Education is a huge answer and need.

You see, the relatively few extremists wreaking havoc in our world are causing people to fear muslims, refugees and even people who don't look like them. I get it. These are some scary times in our world. But FEAR cannot win. Compassion and loving our neighbors must prevail.

Shaula, Laney Robb and their church are simply responding to need in their community. They are building relationships with people who have a face, a story and have lost their homes. They are working alongside the Syrian American Refugee Aid - SARA Organization and Gateway Church to love and support these people.

One such way is Laney and other youth leaders are selling these way cool "Don't Play it Safe - live out of your comfort zone" t-shirts to raise money to buy this group of families a car so they can begin to earn a living. Austin doesn't have public transit making it very difficult to work. Will a t-shirt save the Syrian refugee community? Maybe not, maybe it's just a tiny dent in the solutions, but this community is doing something. They are not mired in political debate. They are actively "loving their new neighbors."
FB message Shaula if you are interested in getting involved or need help understanding the scope of this problem in our world that needs real people helping in real ways.
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A Church that embraces tattoos? Yes, I know this one can really draw a line in the sand for people. Me? I am not a tattoo person, but what I have seen is that even as popular as tattoos are today, many people who have them feel looked down upon and unwelcome when they walk into a church. What?!?! 👀

The truth is we all carry marks from our past... Whether they are visible or not, they can sometimes steal, overshadow and rule our identity. This series is about finding permanent freedom from the marks of your past. If you are a Christian and find yourself offended by tattoos, PLEASE don't respond with scripture here, but examine your heart and understand that our most precious job is to shine God's light into others lives and is not to judge.

Warning: This series might just leave a permanent mark on you!

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7850 Dean Martin Drive, Suite #503, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Mondays at 7:00pm. Http://www.VivalaVerve.org
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“Intense love does not measure—it just gives." - Mother Teresa
#sacrificiallove
#MotherTeresasfeet #service #sacrifice #thebodyofChrist 
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“While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die—whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness." Gilda Radner #getbusyliving 
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Are you in Vegas? Are you looking for deeper connection and experience community? Are you brave enough to come out of hiding and start walking alongside others in life?
Verve groups will be starting in September. I'll be leading a women's group on Thursday nights at 6:30.
Check out all the groups offered this semester and Sign up at - https://verve.churchcenteronline.com/groups/verve-groups
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I just had to share this timely story from my morning devotions by Dr's. Les and Leslie Parrott...

"A friend is one who walks in when others walk out." - Walter Winchell

“On this day in 1936, American track-and-field star Jesse Owens was on a course to win the long jump at the Olympic games in Berlin, Germany. After all, he had set three world records in one day in 1935. He had a running broad jump record of 26 feet 8¼ inches that would stand for twenty-five years. But at one crucial moment in his career he needed the encouragement of a friend, and just about the unlikeliest person stepped up to be that friend."

"As he walked to the long jump pit to make his jump for qualification, Owens saw a German competitor taking practice jumps—in the twenty-six-foot range. Owens, fully aware of the racial tension caused by his presence, was nervous. He knew about the Nazis’ desire to prove Aryan superiority, and here was a German who looked quite capable of doing just that.
Fumbling under the pressure, Owens made his first jump from well beyond the takeoff board—a foul. Then he fouled the second attempt. One more, and he would be disqualified from the event.

"It was at that point that the tall
German approached Owens. He introduced himself as Luz Long and proceeded to talk to Owens for a few minutes. Lest you miss the significance, remember that this was the black son of a sharecropper and the white German, in Nazi Germany, chatting in view of the entire stadium. What were they saying?
Long had recognized Owens’s skill and, apparently, his nerves. He pointed out that Owens could easily jump the qualifying distance, so he suggested starting several inches before the takeoff board, to avoid a fatal third foul."

"Taking Long’s advice, Owens qualified easily, going on to set an Olympic record and earn the second of four gold medals during the 1936 Olympics. And the first person to congratulate Owens was Luz Long in full view of Adolf Hitler."

"At the beginning of World War II, a paragon of Germany’s strength offered technical assistance and words of encouragement to someone who, according to the rules of the game, was technically a foe both on and off the field. Owens never saw Long again, because Long was killed in the ensuing war. But he never forgot him. “You could melt down all the medals and cups I have,” Owens later wrote, “and they wouldn’t be plating on the twenty-four-carat friendship I felt for Luz Long."

"This unlikely friendship demonstrates an invaluable lesson in close connections: When someone goes out of the way—regardless of what others may think or say—to put our interests above his or her own, that person is sure to earn our affection and loyalty. How much more so for marriage!"

This story is from - The One Year Love Talk Devotional for Couples by Les and Leslie Parrott
#jesseowens #love #friendship #encouragement #riseabove #peace #Olympics
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“You’ve got to help other people in this world; otherwise why are you here?” - Clara Hale #love #politics #ourworld #servanthood #ClaraHaleHouse
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Healthy Habits for that "Stinky" Sports Gear: If you or your kids play a sport, practice yoga or go to the gym then you know what I'm talking about right? Those mats, braces, pads, gloves, etc. can all get pretty stinky and don't hold up if you wash them all the time. So, what can you do?
I've come up with a nice system that seems to be working... I love my Young Living Essential Oils but using them directly on this gear can cause the synthetic components to breakdown so here is what we do in my house:

* Spread a sheet/towel out on the floor, preferably in a sunny spot.

* Place a diffuser above this with #Purification OR #Thieves essential oil blends "loaded for bear!" 🐻💦

* Pour 1/4 cup colloidal silver and add 10 drops of Purification essential oil blend to a glass spray bottle and mist over gear while on the sheet/towel and occasionally turn over and repeat

* Keep diffusing over gear and mist each side at least twice

This clean drying/airing out process along with natural sunlight doesn't take long and will extend the life, aroma and bacterial environment of your gear!

#essentialoil #tipsandtricks #gearheads #greanclean +Young Living Essential Oils

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“He who neglects the present moment throws away all he has."
—Friedrich von Schiller

Don't blink!
I think I just discovered new meaning for the concept of taking time to "stop and smell the roses" as it pertains to the above quote.
You see, roses have been an interesting theme throughout my life. Some of you who have been following my posts over the years might have caught glimpses of this. Especially how they seem to catch me at beautiful times. (See Doris's rose)

Well, here I am once again with roses in my life. We recently moved, while still in Vegas, we are much closer and actually have a completely new perspective. Green! Yes, for the first time in 7 years I have grass again! (friends back east are laughing)
Even more special is the fact that thanks to the former caretakers of this oasis, I am literally surrounded by roses as well as other fabulous flowering entities.

So, on to my point. The obvious message on the "stopping and smelling of the rose" is to remember to take time to enjoy life. The aspect of this that really has escaped me is how fleeting some of those moments can be if you are not present to even see that they are blooming. In fact, there is often a window of time for those moments of joy and wonder. You can come in too soon, too late or miss them all together. I'm learning to take the time to see where the various roses in my life are blooming and enjoying watching their progression.

Perhaps the two areas most represented by this concept for me these days are my children and my mom. Mom's dementia has taught me soooo much about living in the present. You see, when you are with someone who has memory challenges, much of the time is spent enjoying/observing/engaging in what is happening right now - regardless of what stage your flower is in, it is what you have.

The other area is my kids. The last year has truly been a time of stepping aside from many adventures and endeavors to be present on all levels for the incredible blooms in my children's lives. Given that they are both at LMCA's retreat right now and I haven't had a house without kids at all for a VERY long time, I am extremely aware of how quickly it is possible to miss their incredible blooms if I am not present - mind, body and soul.

Seneca reminded me that yes there are plenty of thorns to deal with, but I wouldn't trade being able to experience these moments of budding and blooming for the world.

So next time you stop and smell the roses, REALLY take time to go beyond the obvious joy created by beauty and aroma and truly experience the moment and what it represents. Take note where the actual flower is. What stage is it? Budding? Blooming? Getting ready to move on? What lesson or reminder is that little beauty really sharing with you?

#mindfulliving #beingpresent #dontblink #smelltheroses
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These are traits of the strong. In our growing selfie world remember what REAL strength and character exhibits.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
‭‭- Colossians‬ ‭3:12-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

#compassion #kindness #humility #Gentleness #patience
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Healthy Habits for the Home:
Purification blend - my go to 💧❤️

We are in the process of moving and boy does it stir up a lot of dust and add extra challenges to the body. Dust aside (I wish!) we are getting our current house ready to sell and having repairs done almost daily. Many of these "improvements" bring noxious fumes into our normally green home.
I'm sooooo thankful for my Purification blend and multiple diffusers throughout the home. In fact, my first experience diffusing oils was Purification when we were putting our house in Florida on the market. You see it was about 11 years ago when I first started using essential oils. I had never diffused before and had burnt chick peas recently. I had tried everything to get rid of that awful smell and nothing worked. I looked up odor eating oils and Purification blend came up!
Long story shorter, it worked AND our house sold faster than the others for sale in the neighborhood... Coincidence?

This move is local, but dust and repair fumes are still present. My Purification blend is worth it's weight in gold. Not only is it supporting clean air at our current home, but I will also diffuse in the new home before, during and after our move! #Purification #essentialoils +Young Living Essential Oils 
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Inspiring Uplifting Habits for the Mind, Body and Soul
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 Mom-on-a-Mission

 Young Living Essential Oil Distributor

 Weston A. Price Chapter Leader

 Chi-To-Be! Master

 A Friend and Advocate for Farmers,

 Families, Doctors and World Healers

Tara is the author of 100 Easy Healthy Habits: Uplifting Habits for the Mind, Body and Soul and Co-author of  Essential Gluten-Free Recipes - "An agent of lifestyle change disguised as a cookbook."

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